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Comment: Re:NSA College Campus Recruiters (Score 2) 233

by cosm (#46855239) Attached to: Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

It's called paraphrasing, and it's a common form. By condoning the current NSA you are in fact giving up essential liberty in exchange for a little temporary safety. I'm glad that you can recognize a founding father quote. It's a shame you don't adhere to its ruminations.

The full inclusion of all qualifiers does not strengthen your argument. Try again with a valid rebuttal.

Comment: Re:NSA College Campus Recruiters (Score 2) 233

by cosm (#46854613) Attached to: Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

Oh no, no, no! I am not trying to convince you that "freedom is worthless," but rather am pointing out that you have no useful idea about how your freedom was gained, maintained, and what is needed in the future to ensure it. Your little crack about "North Korea" is only further demonstration of that. In fact that might even suggest that you don't really understand your freedoms, let alone the Constitution.

If you are confusing what goes on in North Korea with what goes on in the US you are badly uninformed indeed.

Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither. You are obviously one of those.

Comment: Re:NSA College Campus Recruiters (Score 1) 233

by cosm (#46854565) Attached to: Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA
You know what, I'll bite.

Firstly, the "don't worry about civil liberties because ... uh ... ter'ist murika freedom!!!" argument became passe once those who were prophetic about the longstanding ramifications of the Patriot act turned out to be correct. And secondly, it's antithetical for you to justify domestic spying for the formation of a free country. The two are diametrically opposed. I'm not putting words in your mouth. You are justifying domestic spying. If you had said, "I believe we should have the best SIGINT over foreign entities, and none over American's private domestic communication, and no secret FISA courts and no gag-orders, no NSLs, no secret no-fly list, no secret kill-list", ok, maybe, but you did not say that.

The American people are not the enemy, and there is not some huge terrorist cell lying in wait in your neighbor's fucking closet. Get over it. Whoever beat nationalistic pride into your psyche, probably some baby boomer, they had it beat into them by the McCarthyism of their day, and it was wrong then and it is wrong now. We are a great country because of our people. Not our government. They serve us. They should fear us. We pay for them to serve us, not the other way around.

How about we all just stick our heads in the sand so the terrorist know we didn't see their sacred prophet Muhammad while where at it. Because oh noes .. the terrorist are gunna git'cha!

Fuck you.

Comment: NSA College Campus Recruiters (Score 5, Interesting) 233

by cosm (#46854307) Attached to: Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA
Some years back I when I was working on my undergrad (BS Applied Math), I stopped by an NSA booth at the career fair. I asked if any of the signals intelligence work involved monitoring domestic communications. The recruiter panel said "No, it is illegal for us to spy on Americans and there are signs near every workstation that say so". Agreeing, I said, "well why do you still do it?".

Ok so I was there to be antagonistic, but even five years ago the lower level guys knew what was going.

College students can step up and stop joining there ranks. Here in North Carolina, my alma mator is suckling the teat and getting in bed further with them via a 60 million dollar data analytics lab. There was some student protest in the form of people writing "Fuck the NSA" in chalk on buildings, but other than that, big U's are happy to cozy up closer to the feds.

I ended up going into the private sector and look back thankful that I didn't join their ranks.

Comment: End of the Internet as we Know It (Score 4, Insightful) 410

by cosm (#46828803) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane
It truly just became pay to play for actual content producers and hosts. Goodbye little guys. Right now, I get content from the internet pretty much as fast as I'm willing to pay for. Now, for the same amount of my money, does this mean the content I'm delivered is at the mercy of how much the companies serving it are willing to pay ISPs backbone peers?

How long until consumers are offered tiered internet to these sites, pay X to get the FB + GOOG + AAPL package, etc etc, pay Y for gaming, pay Z for streaming, if you're caught in violation you'll be automatically charged at the overage level (like cell phone providers).

Comment: Progressive Betting (Score 0) 167

by cosm (#46671377) Attached to: A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser
If there were no betting caps, I would progressive bet on paper. Bet 1 dollar paper. If lose, bet 2 dollar. If lose, bet 4 dollar. If lose, bet 8 dollar, et al. Once you win you reset back to zero. This naturally has drawbacks and potential for huge failure, but I've had good luck with it in blackjack and roulette if betting caps are high and I have about $10000 to play around with.

Comment: Man The Fuck Up -- Take Drugs -- Talk It Out (Score 4, Interesting) 257

by cosm (#46655055) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
Yes depression is real. Yes people have chemical imbalances or are wired the wrong way. Yes some people are born into shitboxs with terrible life circumstances. Yes some people lose their fortunes taking a crap-shoot gamble on flaky or even sure-fire premises. Depression is complex. It could be sourced from professional failure, home-life problems, neurological imbalances, marital issues. Man the fuck up and face your emotions head on. Or take drugs if your brain doesn't allow you to cope that way. Or just talk to somebody about it and let it all out. Venting is helpful too. Depression is real. Sometimes it is overdiagnosed. Sometimes it is missed in people. There are many coping mechanisms. I'm making generalizations but all in all depression is not a binary state, but a spectrum. This is not news for nerds, but it is stuff that matters, particularly if the rates of depressions are on the rise, rates which could be indicative of the socio-economic status of a populations inhabitants, and perhaps about the greater culture as well. I am a software developer and have no professional qualifications to comment on the matter, but since this is the internet, fuck-all lets give it a go!

Comment: Fucking Stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 716

by cosm (#46223255) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?
Either your manager is an idiot or you are misinterpreting his analogy. The business entity that causes the defects pays for the defects if they are within the terms of the contract. The builder is a business entity (S Corp or LLC, etc), just as much as XYZ Co. selling Desktop Bullshit 5. The employees of the business are generally shielded from mistakes the business makes. This is not unique to software development. A flaw in a Boeing 777 does not come out of the paychecks of the engineers that built it. They are either fired/retrained/retained for the re-engineering project, management is fired (or today promoted), or contracts are dropped/re-worked, and the work is redone on company/business entity dime. The same company that built it will be the same company that pays for fixes.

If I paint 'ole Ms. Gladys fence and miss a post, going back and "doing it on my own time" is trivial in terms of time-cost. But if my corporation writes an enterprise HR system for managing her egregious cat collection, it is my corporation that will fund the bug fixes for an erroneous bug that miscounts turds per feline. That cost of doing business will come out of my corporation's margin, not my employees paychecks.

In enterprise environments there are SLAs that cover this sort of thing. Why is this drivel on the front page? Somebody's first time discovering they can email scripts for their Joe's Home Programming business or is the editor-community here (he said sighing...) that detached from how enterprise development works?

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