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Comment: you dont need biometrics for this at all. (Score 5, Insightful) 75

by nimbius (#47509781) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code
When your developers cringe at a project, when they encounter a subroutine or callback that literally makes them groan, you've found exactly what needs to be refactored. if you find a python wrapper around a godforsaken class, or find explitives cursing a dead gods name in a forgotten universe, thats the code that needs your attention. Project managers, section leaders, whoever has direct line-of-sight communication with the dev pit needs to pay more attention.

the problem is 'refactoring' is a lie. as a DevOps (christ i hate that fucking word) engineer, I've been faced with rotting festering codebases for years in my career on a daily basis. the issue is business priorities interfering with good coding practices. I and 2 junior devs might want to go rip up a few thousand lines of horror-code to make everyone more productive, but we get denied. why?:

1. downtime is unacceptable for this application. this code controls so much, does so many things, and is so obscure (say it with me, payments processing subsystem) that to do ANYTHING to it is literally worse than pistol whipping the CEO's daughter.
2. New New NEW! we need to get in those swim lanes and stand up in those scrums nice and straight so we can deliver optimum ROI to our dear customers! who cares if the system crashes 5 times a month because this module is satans petrified asscrack, google just launched their new $app so our new $cloud_app_pro needs to go live NOW!.
3. we had the resources, but uber elite coders in our ranks were ganked to other projects months ago. they havent seen the code in 3 months, and we're sure they'll be along to help us again once they put in their 2 weeks and show up in flip flops for the knowledge transfer.
4. you were ganked from the refactor project and are now plugging away at an irritating new web 9.0 cash money matic piece of code that marketing wont stop skullfucking and your boss cant deliver fast enough. Catch this rabbit though and you'll be able to sit down and think through...wait....what was the refactoring project about again? oh christ is that CVS?

what this technology will get used for
efficiency sampling in your dev groups. eye tracking and biometrics will now subtly be included in SCRUM/ITIL/six sigma/devops/management wankfest.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 3, Insightful) 769

by Rob Y. (#47502289) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Why is it so hard to grasp the concept that public policy is a balancing act? Just because I say today's minimum wage is too low, doesn't mean you get to extrapolate and say that my argument is equivalent to suggesting a $25 minimum wage, and that would be a disaster, so no increase at all. That's asinine. But it's exactly the argument that so many right-wing pundits are making - and that you're parroting so faithfully here...

Comment: Re: Local testing works? (Score 1) 769

by Rob Y. (#47502221) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

The drop in labor force is not a drop in minimum wage jobs. Those are being added at a steady clip - that's part of the problem. Those 'giving up' are giving up on trying to find a job that they're qualified - and not yet ready to stoop to the minimum wage jobs that are available. Y'know, the ones you're only supposed to take when you're still living in your parents' basement...

Comment: Re:"here on the Android side" (Score 1) 39

You have a point. Of course, there are differences. This gives you desktop apps on ARM, unlike Windows RT. And the mobile apps you get are Android ones - i.e., there are mobile apps. The joining of the two is just as awkward (perhaps even more so) than in windows 8. But at least you're getting the apps you want - and oh, by the way, it's all free. It would be nicer if they somehow managed to run Android apps windowed on the Debian side - kind of like Windows 9 is promising to do...

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 5, Insightful) 769

by Rob Y. (#47495531) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

This whole attempt to steer the discussion to one of illegal immigration is a cute trick, but it skirts the real issue. The minimum wage (which hasn't been adjusted for inflation in decades) isn't enough for someone working 40 hours a week (whether picking fruit or stocking aisles at WalMart, etc) to live on without some form of public assistance. So either:

1) Accept this - and lobby for public assistance to make up the difference instead of against it.
2) Accept that the wage needs to be raised, because it's more important to the American ideal for a full time worker to be able to support themselves - if not themselves plus their children, than it is for employers to be able to squeeze every last bit of profit from their labor.
3) Admit that you're okay with America not being a place where all people who work can afford food, shelter and health care (i.e., perhaps not The Greatest Country On Earth (tm)).

But the point of the article is that the argument that 'raising the minimum wage will kill jobs' has been disproved. To continue to scream it is to lie. But many of those are the same ones still touting that 'lower tax rates raise revenue' - despite the fact that that's not really what the Laffer curve says - and experience shows that we're on the part of the curve where that's not true anyway. In other words, it's a lie, based on a fantasy and/or propaganda - in the face of actual experience that demonstrates the opposite. That letting gays marry will destroy marriage and hurt children. I could go on...

Comment: Re:Why should Lenovo support their main competitor (Score 1) 124

Easy. Because they all still have big businesses selling Windows desktops and laptops - and don't dare piss Microsoft off too much. That plus the fact that Linux lacks 3rd party app support - but so does the Mac to some extent. Essentially, though, there's not a big enough market for such a thing - certainly not big enough to invest in the capability to offer phone support. Between Windows desktops/laptops, Macs, iPhones/iPads, Android phones and tablets and Chromebooks, there's a lot of competition out there for a new platform. And they can still sell their hardware to Linux fans. Unfortunately, that means Linux fans still have to pay the Microsoft tax.

Comment: Re:Soon... (Score 2) 224

by Rob Y. (#47476729) Attached to: X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

WINE on the Mac uses XQuartz too. It works well, except when it doesn't. I've had it freeze up my display completely - happens when I exit my WIN32 app and then restart it. If I wait a while before restarting, it's okay. But if I restart it too soon, X launches and the screen goes all white. That's when you find out that the Mac's equivalent of Windows task manager is pretty crappy. It won't come up either, so you need to reboot...

Comment: to a larger extent, this is culture war. (Score 0, Troll) 158

by nimbius (#47469811) Attached to: ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source
The largely patriarchal narrative woven into the fabric of the american dream is that women are caretakers of children and roasters of turkey during holidays. Whereas the soviet union in the 1970's boasted much greater equality in the workplace in terms of female STEM headcount, the US doubled-down on rhetoric, shuffled 'in god we trust' into the pledge, and made haste to forget rosie the riveter ever existed.

We have an entire party in government that literally see women as uselessly inferior to men. We cant even approach the idea that women are, in terms of sexuality, to be treated as equals to men. Womens healthcare at the local and state level is nothing short of an embarassing campaign to wipe the scourge of contraception off the map, at any cost. Colleges routinely hush up rape cases and take it upon themselves to redact student names and details of repression and reprisal. Its also sadly true that not a day goes by where a politician or religious leader claims to speak for reason when they ardently affirm rape can be 'legitimate' and its the womans fault. Our approach to womens education is inconsistent at best as women didnt get to attend military colleges until the 1970s, and it wasnt until 2013 that we decided they could not only participate in the military but actually serve a combat role.

so yeah, if we ask ourselves why the deficit exists its because we have tacitly and communally agreed that women are inferior, despite a thin veneer of nodding and applause for our insistent declaration that women are no different than men and can achieve anything.

Comment: a bit of legislative history (Score 2, Interesting) 148

by nimbius (#47469115) Attached to: US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes
in 1998 there was a sizeable movement to declare internet access a 'basic human right' and as such, make it an entitlement. Since republicans and conservatives alike respond to the word Entitlement in much the same way as a microwave responds to a sack of paper clips, its safe to say this legislation was enacted to ensure your internet remains permanently comcastic. so how did this come to pass?
the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), following a proposal by the government of Tunisia during ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis in 1998, approved Resolution 73 to hold a World Summit on the Information Society and put forward it to the United Nations. It cant be stressed enough that 1998 was clearly a better year for congress as is evidenced by the fact that legislators got wind of the WSIS and its strong position on internet as a basic human right. Much like affirming things like the kyoto protocol and the basic human right to water, the internet was sandbagged in america to ensure it would never amount to something as horrifying as a free service. amending it recently simply extended its reach to local governments. It did now however close a loophole being exploited by local municipalities in which the 'tax' for their paid services like WiMAX and municipal broadband was bundled under things like vehicle registration fees (something used by local governments that need to fund schools but have politicians who promise no new taxes.)

by shitting on the idea of a tax for internet service, congressional republicans have created a two-tier system in america in much the same way as education and housing exist. underprivileged or poor students and families seeking internet access are now relegated back to the library, and those libraries in turn forced to shovel federal dollars into the gaping maw of AT&T and Verizon for something that, yes, is increasingly more of a basic human right in the 21st century.

Comment: holy word salad batman (Score 1) 79

by nimbius (#47456103) Attached to: Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet
This isnt an article summary, its a cry for help. Clearly op is choking on a viscous combination of scrabble letters and entropy from /dev/random
also...its Slashdot. im fairly certain the word "Ass" is probably the most welcoming explitive most of us will have the privilege of experiencing this afternoon.

Comment: except that it didnt. (Score 3, Insightful) 311

by nimbius (#47417589) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service
Tor isnt a service, its a technology and accompanying data protocol. There is no corporate entity or backer that "crontrols" the network or if there were, the federal government would have beaten this attorney to the punch long ago. Its like trying to sue LUKS deveopers for a hard drive that cant be read by the NSA.

Comment: apply this technology where it counts. (Score 4, Funny) 87

by nimbius (#47416911) Attached to: A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory
If this truly life enriching technology comes to fruition I expect America to do that which is most needful and apply it to politicians first. Imagine having an elected represenative with the cognitive ability to make ethical decisions and prudent judgement during legislative sessions that may involve a declaration of war in which american soldiers will often likely return from battle with signifigant brain trauma. This next-generation of politician could one day come to understand the moral and sociopolitical repercussions of things like intentionally shutting down the government. With this helpful medical implant, one could marvel at a world in which the average congressman understands and acknowledges once baron concepts such as the impact of climate change, or even homosexual marriage.

Comment: translating for the athiests. (Score 5, Informative) 144

by nimbius (#47415035) Attached to: Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles
For those of us scientists who hold Christ-gods and sky friends as important in our lives as an empty roll of shit-tickets or takeaway flyers:

God Particle: the Higgs Boson.
Oh-My-God Particle: ultra-high-energy cosmic ray (most likely a proton) detected on the evening of 15 October 1991 over Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.

other particles we find similar to it could be given normal names like UHE particles, or super high energy rays but that doesnt secure grant funding in the theocratic Mormon state of Utah.

Comment: this is not for your benefit. (Score 4, Interesting) 353

by nimbius (#47408937) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies
insurance companies are taking a page from social media and hedging their bets that you will concede to them monitoring your every waking movement. In most cases you arent told what exact amount you stand to save on insurance until after the metric is collected, and its usually very little (between 5-15%) You arent even told what metrics that little box is collecting or how theyre used, or how long theyre maintained. Most of the information they keep with these snooping devices becomes proprietary once you sign up. So why are you so ill informed about this?
its largely because insurance companies are using the metrics to forecast profit and loss to their board and shareholders, not because they actually care about saving you money. In some cases signing up for a biometric program might quietly absolve the insurance company from having to treat you for a whole range of different ailments they attribute to a sedentary lifestyle, thus saving them in quarterly losses. The worst part is nobody is asking questions like 'does this fitbit factor into my HIPAA protection?' or 'can this vehicle data be used against me in a court of law?'

full disclosure: im signing up for a workplace fitbit program subsidized by my employer. The data, presumably, is going to be aggregated from the devices and submitted to the health insurance company as "harmless biometrics" but as I cant sign up for my employers healthcare for another 7 months, I have no intention of using the device outside of the data i scrape from it in linux using fitbitd.

Lisp Users: Due to the holiday next Monday, there will be no garbage collection.