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Comment: Re:Gay? (Score 1) 764

by Xenna (#48276133) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

"He could perhaps be proud of coming out if it took some courage or there was some barrier to overcome,"

Don't underestimate how hard it is for a child to come out with their homosexuality. I imagine every homosexual (even in my famously enlightened country - Holland) goes through a seriously difficult phase of self acceptation.

I recently had a high school reunion. I noticed that all the gay kids had not come out until after they left school. They must have known they were gay, but they all kept it quiet. Puberty is hard enough as it is, having to come to terms with your own being different must be pretty hard. Probably reason enough to turn your shame into pride.

Pride, also in the face of all those who still feel you should be ashamed.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 0) 150

by Xenna (#47605835) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

That's what I was thinking.

Now this is just data, but what if this kind of thing gets used for real ransom demands?
Like kidnapping someone's child and demanding ransom in bitcoin.
Is it feasible that one could get away with that?

Wouldn't that be the death of TOR and bitcoin?
I mean I'm all for privacy but not if it facilitates kidnapping.

Comment: Create your own job (Score 1) 282

by Xenna (#47431731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

I've always lived the idea that you create your own job. I started out as a nearly invisible young programmer. Now after 27 years I've come to the point that I've created a whole software eco-system around me. My importance in the institution where I work has risen accordingly.

You basically have a choice of finding the right job or creating your own in this business.

Comment: Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

by Xenna (#47105853) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

There are possibly some hybrid scenario's conceivable in which an auto-automobile (how about calling them a2mobiles?) could serve a very useful intermediary purpose.

Highway driving is much simpler and much more tiring than city driving, so that could be an easy win. Especially with dedicated lanes for a2mobiles, the programming thing could become almost as easy as programming an elevator.

Comment: Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (Score 1) 583

by Xenna (#47105757) Attached to: Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Yeah, I agree. The mix of computers and humans is probably a recipe for disaster. I've seen many a software package attempt to figure out what I want or intend to do and they usually get it wrong. Now imagine a computer trying to predict the actions of a mix of human and computer vehicles...

To the systems programmer, users and applications serve only to provide a test load.