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Comment: Re:Let's see your portfolio. (Score 1) 357

by LWATCDR (#47920419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

You do realise that it is an all things being equal is assumed.

Yes someone with an English Lit degree from Yale that has written several FOSS apps and contributed to the Linux Kernel will win over someone from the University of Guam that with a CS degree and nothing else.
I also question the very concept that a Liberal Arts education will give you better critical thinking skills than ta CS degree from the same University.

Comment: Gee I do not know. (Score 4, Funny) 357

by LWATCDR (#47918879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I have two people interviewing for a programming job right out of college.
1. Has a degree in CS.
2. Has a degree in English Lit.
Hummm.......
Yea right.
Or turn it around.
You are looking for a fiction book editor.
1. Has a degree in CS.
2. Has a degree in English Lit.
Yes still works.

Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 1) 183

by LWATCDR (#47918569) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Not Bribes but jobs. The simple truth is that a government program like this is often driven by requirements and job creation. If you have two systems and one is going to make more jobs in the area that you happen to represent than the other a senator will support the one from his area. That is just common sense.
I do believe that the Boeing proposal had two advantages over the SpaceX and DreamChaser.
Lower risk and more political clout. Not bribes but congress people that will support it for job creation in their areas.

Comment: Re:One of those strange rules of war. (Score 1) 177

by LWATCDR (#47917119) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Yet you are not in jail for refusing to pay your taxes or protesting.....
So you parade you self loathing for all to see to try feel morally superior yet will not risk anything much less your physical life to stop it.
Please keep your emotional self loathing, self righteousness, and your facade of moral superiority to yourself or put yourself on the line and do something about it.

Frankly I have studied enough history that I believe that the way to security and frankly the least suffering it to fight the small war before you have no choice but to fight the big, morally clear cut war. That is my take on history.

Sorry but the "Peace" movement lost any legitimacy when they protested at the former republican vice presidents home after President Obama got elected. Their silence on the bombing of ISIL and the moving of troops to Iraq and the future bombing of Syria, the bombing of Libya, and drone strikes in Somalia just proves that they are nothing but a PR arm for the Democratic party wrapped in false morality. In fact I have seen almost no peace protests for a few years now.

Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 5, Informative) 183

by LWATCDR (#47917027) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

The new powered landing Dragon is a "high risk" design. The Dreamchaser is also a "high risk" design plus you have all the "Shuttle was flawed" group that wants nothing to do with wings in space.
Boeing vs SpaceX? without doing all the number crunching it is hard to make an educated judgment.
As to the Politics SpaceX is in Ca, Tx, and FL. Boeing in in Ca, Tx, Fl, Washington, and Ks but the killer is that there headquarters is in... Chicago.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 599

So delete it. The rest is just posturing even if I got the vile rappers album I would just delete it. Sure offering it for free might have been the best option but to be honest the amount of time wasted and frankly chest pounding is to the point of silliness. Probably 99.9% of Apple users will be happy with getting the free album or just not care while a tiny minority will jump up and down and pound their chest over the purity of their iTunes library. Do people show off their library to show how cool and hard core and or indie they are?
Implying that you made a choice... It is an album not a vote in an election ,a religious affiliation, or political party, it is not a big thing and if you feel that it is you need to put it in perspective.
 

Comment: Re:One of those strange rules of war. (Score 1) 177

by LWATCDR (#47911829) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

"We might stop worshiping veterans and start questioning if all the wars we're in are necessary "
1. It is respecting veterans. They do not decide which wars are just and which are not the voters and elected officials do.

Maybe but isn't a great thing that we have a peace loving president in the Whitehouse.....

Comment: One of those strange rules of war. (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by LWATCDR (#47911645) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

I can shoot you in the head and kill you but I can not just intentionally blind you?

Actually it seems like a simple enough technical problem. When you go to fire the first burst is a range finder burst and then you set the power for the range. Of course this would all be done by the weapon and not the user.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 599

"ad hominem" is not always a logical fallacy if the person expressing the opinion is some how has value added to because of position or expertise and is applicable when issues involving morality or ethics.
Musician that posts material that is offensive to a large segment of the population complains about the , tastefulness, morality and or ethics of getting a free album from popular band. That does seem to fit a valid use for an ad hominem based reply.
 

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