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Comment: Re:It's a little early (Score 1) 349

by Smallpond (#48899759) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Oh, I assumed it was DNA as in GMO... but it's just DNA... that makes a lot of food!

Possibly more interesting to know which foods are free of DNA. Which would indicate they either had nothing to do with any living organism, are highly processed or both!

Marshmallow peeps are DNA-free!

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 151

by Smallpond (#48846391) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

How big a market is this "defensive" drone problem? Seems more likely the market is bullies chasing down innocent drones

Seems like you are a child who lacks a bass understanding of how drones
are used in the real world.

If you ever leave your mother's basement you are in for a shock, son.

The treble with that remark is that it's totally off-key.

Comment: Re:Dijkstra's rejection of analogies in learning (Score 1) 303

by Smallpond (#48730541) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

The problem is that the model method is a very good way to learn things. When you learn electricity it's always compared to water in a pipe: voltage is like pressure, current is like flow rate, etc. Where it breaks down, as Djikstra says, is on radically new things like quantum mechanics. There is not much in real world experience that you can model that on.

But how much of software is radically new? What in the last 10 years, say, is so new there isn't a well-undertood precept for?

Comment: Re:Terrorists Win (Score 1) 589

by Smallpond (#48622495) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

In the case of AQ / ISIS / others, it's because they will never give up and we never "finish the job" in the way Churchill, Stalin, Caesar, Ganghis Khan, early Americans, etc, would have done..

But, in this particular of Sony vs. North Korea, it's pretty hard to blame a private company that's under attack from a military totalitarian state. Especially one that's used to always bullying its way in every possible manner for every possible topic.

It's pretty hard to blame a private company that made a movie about killing a current head of state?

Comment: Re:Despicable Greenpeace (Score 4, Insightful) 465

by Smallpond (#48589255) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Greenpeace has been, for quite some time now, nothing but a group lobbying for its self-interest...

Really? What interest is that? Please be specific. You really need to stop parroting Fox news talking points and thinking for yourself. While this stunt is nothing, if not stupid, Greenpeace's stated mission can hardly be described as "self interest".

Were they planting trees on the Nazca plains? No? Were they advertising themselves? Yes!

Comment: It depends (Score 1) 720

by Smallpond (#48542717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Drugs you can show completion of a program, swear you've been clean for two years, have testimonials from your preacher, rabbi and yoga instructor.

Theft is tougher and would probably be a bar for any financial company (except apparently at the top executive levels). Might be better to lie or not check either "Do you have a criminal record" checkbox and hope they don't do the background check.

Violent crime, property damage stuff you can just give your side and claim that it was a minor offense and the other party was out to get you. Doesn't look good if you have multiple offenses, though.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.