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Comment: Re:SummaryBait (Score 2) 91

Yes, but it's interesting it's even being talked about. Normally, when a crime is committed, you don't also immediately consider indicting the owner of the facility it happened in...unless there's specific evidence they're involved that isn't being made public.

If this is the garden variety case where there's no reason to think the data center operators are involved, then of course this is massive overreach.

Comment: Measure badly, get bad measurements. (Score 1) 187

by SecurityGuy (#49165041) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

I don't know how we're supposed to draw inferences about popularity based on giving things away for free. You want to compare an artist that gave an album for free to 500 million people (prompting an outcry from people who didn't want it) to one where people actually had to deliberately buy her music. Shockingly, people listen to things that are free. I listen to free music on the radio and on Pandora, but that doesn't mean I necessarily like it that much. Sometimes the criteria for leaving it on is just it being acceptable enough that changing it isn't more important than whatever else I'm doing.

Comment: Re:Don't Waste Time Making films (Score 3, Interesting) 696

I actually disagree. Writing things down or recording them is great, because we forget. I always thought it was a little nuts to go to events and spend them taking pictures, videos, etc. BE there, don't be the videographer. As time has gone by, though, I've come to realize if I had all those artifacts to refresh my memory over the years, I'd remember them a lot better.

An uncle died when I was 7. Great guy, I remember that. I remember what he looked like, but in my mind, he looks a exactly like the picture on my grandmother's wall, so I think I've lost any real memory of his face. I replaced it with the version I see a few times a year. I have no idea what his voice sounded like even though I used to see him all the time.

So yes, go do wonderful things, but also take pictures and make videos. If you were my dad, I'd appreciate that gift, especially later in life, and not just for the wisdom, just for the memories.

Comment: Re:Videos? (Score 4, Insightful) 696

Nothing about preparing videos for his daughter implies that he's NOT spending time with her now.

For those who don't have kids, you can't spend every waking minute with them. They don't even WANT that. I have a very young child who sometimes just wants time with mommy. Sometimes she wants me and not mommy. As they get older, kids spend time with friends and their own interests (note that the OP's child is in 6th grade). I suspect there's plenty of time to record videos when the daughter is doing other things, not home, etc.

Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 2) 145

by SecurityGuy (#49119661) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

I'm engaging in some deliberate hyperbole. I think a lot of people, when they think of the 10xers, think "oh, like me". No, not like you. Most likely not like anyone you've ever met. Your Tiger Woods analogy is spot on.

A LOT of people play a pretty good guitar. A LOT of people sing well. There are darned few actual rock stars.

Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 4, Informative) 145

by SecurityGuy (#49118855) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

so for anyone thinking rockstars pornstars or coked up overweight perl jockeys with poor attendance and a penchant for lashing out at coworkers in a 10 am alcohol fueled rage are in need of some kind of dedicated legion of cocksuckers to treat them like a special snowflake, get bent.

Those are, by definition, not the 10x-ers. They're problems or prima donnas, and best shown the door quickly. It's the ones who are pleasant, or at least reasonable, to work with and still have productivity that are way beyond the norm. THOSE are the rock stars. Personally, I think they're like I don't think they exist. I've met some great coders who are probably 2x as good as the average "good" coder, and some bad ones who just really shouldn't have been doing the job, but 10x? I've never seen one.

Comment: Re:As in, Lung Cancer? (Score 2) 147

by SecurityGuy (#49116535) Attached to: Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies Are Tracking You

Or is researching something a family member, friend, acquantance, etc has.

I'm fortunate to be healthy as the proverbial horse, but people I know have come down with some nasties lately, and I've done some research to try to understand their conditions.

Assuming people only read about ailments they have is rather stupid.

Comment: Re:same old shit (Score 1) 291

by SecurityGuy (#49056843) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

Gotta agree with sribe. The best way to build apps is to have a magic box you can just feed a description of what you want to do into the app.

The problem is, the magic box will ask you lots of questions you didn't think about. You'll have to answer "What should the app do when (unexpected thing) happens?" "What about (error case)?" Et cetera. Source code ends up being a precise and concise way to describe what you want a program to do. Sometimes you can accelerate it using libraries, CASE tools, 4GLs, etc, but only if they actually support the thing you want to do. For a while, it was promised that programming would be as simple as linking a bunch of boxes in a GUI. I did that, and it was great as long as there were boxes that did what you want. If there weren't, there was an API and a manual for creating your own C.

Comment: Didn't we just do this? (Score 1) 291

by SecurityGuy (#49056335) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

Didn't we have this very debate not long ago?

No, we shouldn't teach everybody to code. We don't teach everybody to balance their own checkbook, or why credit cards with a 29% interest rate are a bad thing. Let's start there. We need basic financial literacy. We need basic scientific literacy. Let's get there, and maybe then teach everybody to code.

Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 1) 307

by SecurityGuy (#48927541) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

They are still called phones because that is the primary reason most people carry them around. It may not be what they use it for the most, but it is still the core reason a person owns it.

I don't think it is. I had a dumbphone and upgraded to a smartphone because I wanted a mobile web platform in my pocket. It happened to make my dumbphone unnecessary, so I no longer carry one. I, at least, did not buy a smartphone because I needed a cell phone. I *had* a cell phone already.

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