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Comment: Re:How do we know? (Score 5, Funny) 176

by DoofusOfDeath (#48625077) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

That leads to my question- are you posting from Pyongyang?

Yes, yes I am. After spending years scouring the Internet, my small team of l88t Haxors realized that only one account, on one site, had the propaganda value we needed. It was We're sure to get a second serving of rice balls for this exploit! Long live the god Kim Jung Un!

Comment: Re:Not a Real Question (Score 2, Insightful) 275

by DoofusOfDeath (#48612793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Let me try cleaning up your post for you, Senior Fussypants:

Dear original poster,

"STEM" is a very broad category of studies. Most of us who have jobs that could be called "STEM" jobs find that we're highly interested in some topics in this category (for example, software development), but not others (e.g., microbiology). Many of us are sufficiency interested in a broad cross-section of "STEM" topics to read about them on Wikipedia / Science Daily / EETimes / etc. But one thing is true of most of us: we're so interested in our particular corner of "STEM" topics that we've invested lots an and lots of time studying it and/or doing it as a hobby.

So when we hear you asking about "STEM" work in general, rather than something specific such as organic chemistry, that raises a few alarm bells in our minds.

First, if you're still thinking in such broad categorical terms as "STEM", it makes us think you're not particularly fascinated with any one particular subject area, such as organic chem or computer science. We fear for you: there's a long, hard path to proficiency in any of these areas, and we're concerned you lack the level of innate interest needed for you to succeed and to be happy.

The second alarm bell is that "STEM" is a buzzword du jour of politicians and educators who think of it as pixie dust. "STEM helps our economy!" "STEM workers make more money!" "Everyone can (and should) code, because STEM is great!" Those persons strike us as outside interlopers who are likely to damage our community and our productivity, because they have political power but not understanding. And so, when you use similar language, we're concerned that either (a) you've fallen for their foolish thinking, or (b) are a snowflake in the avalanche we fear is coming from their foolishness.

Please don't misunderstand us: if you're interested in putting in the time to learn the ropes, and you also have the right kind of mind, perhaps a number of different "STEM" jobs would suit you well. But you should expect to put in a lot of hours learning, and you should do a gut-check about whether or not you're really interested in spending 40 hours/week on it, year after year.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 436

by DoofusOfDeath (#48609917) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Because it's impossible to secure 3,000 miles of border, and he would just sneak back in if that's all we did.

Not if they're dead.

Seriously - why do we allow this? If illegal immigrants consider the penalties to be acceptable, the problem is the penalties aren't strong enough to persuade them.

It's not like the penalties are an entrance fee, where once you pay it, we're all good.

Comment: Confuzzling! (Score 1) 114

by mcrbids (#48604599) Attached to: Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

So, the cheapest TV stick imaginable has a Cortex A9 processor, so reading about the A9 processor in development by Apple is something that doesn't inspire much in the way of excitement up front for me. But it looks like Apple's A5 is more / less the Cortex A9 with some tweaks, so now we literally have two similar products with the same name that are generations apart.

I know of their technical strength in the low-power scene, and the MIPS/Watt race, ARM still leads by a mile, but ARM could also really stand to have some standards for naming the variants in a semi-consistent way so that the merely technically proficient have a chance of keeping up. And, (dare I say it?) this is what trademarks are for and why they exist.

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 5, Interesting) 593

by mcrbids (#48603559) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Buses do nothing when they're stuck in the same traffic everyone else is.

I would take exception to this!

1) Time spent on a bus is time not spent concentrating on traffic. Relax, read a book, maybe do some work.

2) Every person on a bus is a car not on the road, and that results in sharply lighter traffic.

I honestly have no idea why buses aren't free. Putting a bit of economics behind the problem can make a dramatic difference, even eliminating traffic jams completely.

Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion (Score 1) 269

by Quirkz (#48601161) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

What do you mean I don't own it? I can burn a CD and keep physical copies. Plus I can also get a new copy from Apple if I lose both the physical version and the digital version on my computer/iPod.

I've got a much better record buying from them than I did in previous years buying physical media that, once broken, borrowed, or lost, didn't have a replacement.

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 1) 873

by DoofusOfDeath (#48597687) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Islam is a peaceful religion, that's why followers just went out of their way to do this.

There are about 500,000 Muslims in Australia.

1 of them is committing this crime.

And there seem to be about 499,999 who claim terrorists don't represent true Islam, but don't clearly, publicly articulate why the terrorists' theology is less supported by the Koran than their more peaceful interpretations.

Comment: Re:It can be intentional (Score 2) 243

by Quirkz (#48574285) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Reminds me of the old quest catchphrase "Committed to Service Inaction" that you'd hear on TV commercials.

The next version of the commercial they changed the pacing so that it was "Commited to. Service. ... In. ... Action" in a really halting speech.

The next version of the commercial, they either dropped the phrase or changed it entirely. It just wasn't possible to say it clearly.

Comment: Re:Atari 2600 - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Score 1) 222

by Quirkz (#48573273) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

I tried playing that one without the benefit of a manual. I didn't even know what I was looking at, to know what things would kill you or were safe - I remember reloading and just walking around waiting to see if/when/how I died. I'm pretty sure I didn't know I needed to use a second joystick, so that may have made things much worse. In my memory it's the most frustrating Atari game I ever played, and this is coming from a guy who beat and replayed E.T.

Comment: Re:_this_ guy... (Score 1) 243

by Quirkz (#48573057) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

There's a sort of reverse Mondegreen at the end of Queen's "One Vision" where they sneak in some funny words that most people pass off as more normal words. After repeating the title phrase frequently in the song, at the very end they sneak in a "fried chicken!" It's easy to miss, and was put in as a joke. I cracked up a bunch of college friends by pointing it out to them. They had to listen to it half a dozen times to believe it was really in there.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra