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Comment: Re:Feminist bullshit (Score 1) 950 950

No. Really, no.

If you're attracted to someone and they are not attracted to you, and you act like an idiot about it, that's being creepy.

If you're attracted to someone and they are not attracted to you, and you continue to act appropriately around them, that's fine.

In particular, if you want to succeed in the modern work environment, you're going to need to learn how to be professional with people who you find attractive and who don't find you attractive. This really isn't a hard skill to pick up, it just requires a change in attitude around your co-workers.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 5, Informative) 108 108

There wasn't enough fuel to sustain orbit. The team responsible for this went to heroic lengths to keep it in orbit --- including at one point venting the spacecraft's helium to give it a final boost. This was all done so the probe could keep sending back data, which it did happily. In the end we got approximately four times the expected data we wanted from the probe.

Not bad for government contractors.

Comment: Silly Rabbit. (Score 1) 105 105

Just make encryption that isn't ridiculously easy to crack illegal, or subject to severe regulation and taxation. Get an expert devoid of care for privacy (say, Dorothy Denning) to endorse the law on the Sunday Morning talk shows. Cast anyone who cares about secure encryption as a bitter and deranged malcontent. Tell people it's for the Common Good.

Problem solved.

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 4, Insightful) 587 587

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine. 1895

Chambers, Robert W. The King In Yellow. 1985.

Lovecraft, Howard P. The Shadow Over Innsmouth. 1936

Lovecraft, Howard P. At The Mountains of Madness. 1936

Lovecraft, Howard P. The Shadow Out of Time. 1936

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949.

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. 1984.

Gibson, William. Count Zero. 1986.

Sterling, Bruce. The Artificial Kid. 1980.

Sterling, Bruce. Mirrorshades. 1986.

Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. 1992

Dystopian sci-fi is not a feature of Social Justice, it's a feature of sci-fi itself.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 4, Informative) 536 536

He explored that solution, and it turned out to be a huge pain in the neck. Quoting Consmerist (first link in the OP):

Then there’s XO, which provides connectivity solutions for business. We confirmed with an XO sales rep that the company could, in theory, provide T1 broadband service (through CenturyLink). However, it would require that either Seth’s employer purchase the service or that Seth have a business license of his own. But even if that were possible, the cost would be exorbitant, starting at nearly $600/month with a three-year contract.

I could see his employer saying "no," and $600/month for 1.5 mbps is highway robbery.

Comment: I imagine a pair of women... (Score 1) 522 522

...could make real names for themselves by writing, respectively:

  1. code for something kinda useful
  2. a RESTful web service exposing the above

Then every web page on Earth can pass the Programmer Bechdel Test just by consuming the web service.

However, I suspect that's not what the test is intended to accomplish.

Comment: Re:Oh the irony! (Score 2) 155 155

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