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Comment: Re:Serious question... (Score 1) 68

by St.Creed (#48030019) Attached to: Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

If you come over to The Netherlands you can buy 'em right in the city center - leaves and everything on 'm. You can draw thea from the plant and use that. And due to all that nice agricultural expertise we even managed to increase the THC count to the level of a harddrug, so I'm pretty sure you're not going to have to concentrate it - it's going to be pretty dangerous if you do that to plants with 18 to 20% THC in the tips already.

 

Comment: Re:IBM CLM publicizes their bug backlog on jazz.ne (Score 1) 158

by St.Creed (#48016045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

Your main point is excellent. However ...

Then again, CLM is targetting developers, a crowd that is used to the notion that software has bugs

Everyone who has used a computer in the last 30 years knows software has bugs. Even people who have never "used a computer" in the conventional sense know that the software in their car can go wonky. And anyone who's been watching the news certainly knows it, with all the scare stories.

The *know* it, but they don't *like* it. It's like stepping into a plane while the stewardess is reciting all the security stuff: nice, but I'd rather not hear it. And I especially wouldn't like to hear the list of unresolved issues with the plane, right before we lift off.

Buying customers can't back out, so you can list all the bugs in detail. Feel free. But I'd be careful with prospects. Especially non-technical purchasers.

Comment: Re:What I want to know... (Score 1) 207

by St.Creed (#47986809) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

That's already happening a bit. Vineyards are starting to return to Northern Europe, for instance. But if we take Norway as an example, the main problem isn't just the cold, it's also the lack of useful real estate. In Siberia it could be very different but you'd have to want to live under Putin.

Unfortunately, the size of the area under threat is rather larger than the area you could move to. And people would also have to move through inhabited areas that aren't really all that happy with the current influx of refugees. But I guess the Norwegians would be happy to have a bit warmer climate. Won't do much for the lack of light in the winter, though.

Comment: Re:That totally won't work. (Score 1) 471

by St.Creed (#47978919) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Motivation notwithstanding, I would also suggest that you consider consulting.

That totally won't work.

Consulting requires selling, and they've already demonstrated an inability to sell the one product that they're intimately familiar with, and that it's currently their *only* job to sell right now, which is themselves to an employer.

If you can't sell yourself to an employer, how much harder is it going to be to sell your services into the much smaller services market, if you are incapable of selling in the first place?

Very right. Every time I interview for a consulting assignment, it's exactly the same as applying for a job. If you're bad at getting your first job, you're going to be much worse at getting hired as a consultant. What experience do you bring to the table for dealing with the problems the customer can't solve with his own employees?

Comment: Re:What I want to know... (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by St.Creed (#47978847) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

I can't find the reference right now, but if the average temperature of the planet increases by 4 degrees celsius, large swathes of this planet's real estate become uninhabitable. There's about 2 billion people living in that zone that have to get out, or die. Do you think an iron fence will stop them at the border? Not a chance.

And if the temperature rises enough to release the methane gas in the seas in the arctic, the whole process will accelerate beyond our power to control it.

Now, this may or may not happen. Chances are, if we do nothing it might not happen. The odds don't seem favorable though. In any case, gambling with the entire area of this solar system we can actually inhabit seems like a rather stupid proposition.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 122

by St.Creed (#47931161) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Just this week I read an article describing a study that had the following results: of the mice that were given antibiotics that killed the clostridium bacterium, 99% developed an allergy to nuts.

This year there's a rash (:P) of articles showing that the immune system and gut bacteria are much more interconnected than previously thought.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by St.Creed (#47930677) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

You may have Godwined the conversation but it's probably justified. Except it's not nazis, but more likely fascists (though the distinction is probably pretty moot if you live there, but I doubt we're going to see industrial death camps (you need math and chemistry for that)).

Why fascists? Because their social composition is made up from the same type of loser. The people joining ISIS are not, in the main, very successful with their lives. Petty criminals, dropouts, etcetera. And ISIS gives them the chance to become part of something larger, where they can say "Fuck you, I may not be good at math - but you know? We'll just BAN math!".

They can rape and loot and mutilate as much as they want, without sanction. They don't have to listen to all those people who have more power because they are whiter, or smarter, or richer, or all of them combined - they can just grab a gun and feel power in their hand. It's the old attraction of the small worm aspiring to be a big dragon.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by St.Creed (#47930537) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Wombs don't produce unthinking slaves. They can create a large amount of children that will turn into discontent youth later on, but if ISIS wants to hold power somewhere, that doesn't work so well for them - it only helps them when it's in someone else's territory where the discontented youth will see them as the solution, not as the problem. The Arab spring is all well and good when you're profiting from it, but not when it happens to yourself.

Comment: Re:In combination with an accurate summary ... (Score 1) 311

by St.Creed (#47817847) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Not "your password" but "any password".

Using the correct answer to a security question, you can reset the password for the backup. After that, you can download it and then apply the password you just entered. So the security is as strong as the weakest link, in this case still most likely the security questions.

Comment: Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (Score 1) 311

by St.Creed (#47817809) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

f you don't want people to see pictures of you naked, don't take the pictures.

Yes, it's probably too much to ask for some security on your private files, nowadays. Options like "only sync photo's with permission" or "Do not sync" folders are way to complex to implement. So let's put the burden of dealing with failing technology on the consumer. After all, that worked really well for car vendors, right?

I foresee the day when Apple et al are going to pay HUGE settlements in class action suits if they keep up this rather cavalier attitude towards security.

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