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Comment: Re:I haven't seen anyone ask the question... (Score 1) 507

by ddt (#47461283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
The problem with this question is that if honest, most people would answer, "Eat delicious food, play awesome games, and hang out with my friends." The best career advice out there seems decidedly geared towards the people who have the very good fortune of loving to do the things that actually pay the bills. That isn't common, despite what the motivational storybooks say, and if she had such a predilection, I suspect Dear Old Dad wouldn't be coming to slashdot for career advice.

Comment: Re:Misuse of FOIA (Score 5, Insightful) 231

by ddt (#47443947) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Second off, this story (and the multitude of Greenwald/Snowden cult of personality reposters) is missing the most important thing in the NSA's response, the last sentence:

“For your information, there are no emails indicating that Mr. Snowden contacted agency officials to raise concerns about NSA programs.”

You'd have a great point if there were any reason we could trust the NSA. They could be lying outright, or they could be doing it the DC way, which is telling the truth in a misleading way, by overlooking the fact that he approached them in person about it instead of in written form, which I certainly would have, as I'd be nervous as shit about writing an email like that.

He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

He gave up his girlfriend and cushy job, he exposed clear evidence of violation of international treaties and the US Constitution by the world's dominant superpower, and then he endured being stuck in the Moscow Airport (there isn't enough Prozac in the world to make this OK) and is now stuck in Russia, which I assure you, is a severe downgrade from Hawaii. There's nothing cowardly about all that.

Comment: Re:Sure don't! (Score 4, Insightful) 381

by ddt (#47439593) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?
By servicing, I don't mean it was broken. I mean charging, paying a monthly premium for bandwidth, enduring dropped calls and poor reception, checking it like some kind of animal expecting a treat or an addict hoping to find a leftover hit in his pocket, getting phantom vibrations on my leg when it wasn't ringing, missing vibrations when it was, and then finally, noticing that I was getting angry when people called me out of the blue without scheduling an appointment. That wasn't my first relationship to phones. Before the internet, when the phone rang, I'd run to answer it and be excited to hear who it might be. It was communication from the outside world! They changed. I fell out of love.

Comment: vi forever (Score 1) 359

I use vi for everything, currently c#, shader code, and my work log. If this fucking Internet thing weren't all about these God damned pictures and videos and programs it wants me download to my stupid fucking bloated browser, and I could instead glean the knowledge of the internet in nicely formatted text and download and view all the rest of that bloat at my leisure, I'd be a lot happier with that. I'd like vi to be my input window for this post. I find this whole affair uncomfortably removed from the command line.

Comment: Morality and permanence (Score 2) 308

by ddt (#47298503) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC
I want to applaud you for making an impressive effort to fight this problem, but at the same time, you're combating the purchase of elections by purchasing elections. This seems morally dubious. I understand the goal is to have one last round of evil and then patch up the laws that allow these things, but what's to prevent lawmakers from undoing these changes later?

Comment: Outlaw manually driven cars (Score 1) 800

by ddt (#46941043) Attached to: Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
When you outlaw manually driven cars, so that the only cars on the road are automatic, then you no longer have to make this choice. First, it becomes much, much less likely that an accident will happen at all. Gone are all the accidents caused by lack of focus, drunks, road rage, etc. Assuming you can automate the cars to go in for routine maintenance as well, then all you're really left with is car malfunction (only now all the cars on the road are much better maintained) and the comparatively rare "act of God". If you still find yourself in the described accident, because all the cars around you are automated, they can slow or speed up, basically maneuver to match your car's speed, box it in, and slow it safely to a stop.

Comment: Pieces of impossible (Score 2) 172

by ddt (#46935353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?
Do a small piece of something impossible in such a way that you might be able to integrate it into the impossible thing later once your kung fu is strong enough. To tip the odds in your favour, do a piece of something that seems impossible but is something you're super passionate about. It'll help you overcome the hurdles more easily.

Neutrinos are into physicists.