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Comment: Re:I wonder how the Gen Con people would feel (Score 1) 869

by davesque (#49339629) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
Dictionary definitions are basically irrelevant when it comes to determining what's legal. If it were as simple as looking it up in the dictionary, we wouldn't need lawyers or the legal system. The reason we _do_ have those things is that ethical questions are never so cut and dry. The ideas of "freedom" and "liberty" are defined by the long history of legal precedent.

Comment: Re:On tracking (Score 2) 111

by davesque (#48942297) Attached to: Fixing Verizon's Supercookie
How is a certificate anything like a cookie? Cookies are unique to clients. Certificates are unique to servers. You can't use a server's SSL cert to track its users. And, unless Verizon has figured out a way to crack SSL connections in real time, they can't be injecting any headers into web requests made through HTTPS.

Comment: Re:Contagiousness (Score 1) 475

by davesque (#48031703) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
If you read the findings 2012 Canadian study carefully, you'll see that they could not rule out transmission due to droplets called fomites. This is a different mode of transmission than aerosol. The authors of the study suggested that further experiments would need to be conducted to rule out other factors. People have been routinely misinterpreting these findings. I urge anyone to read the "Discussion" section of the study in which this issue is clarified.

Comment: Re:Gee I do not know. (Score 1) 392

by davesque (#47919339) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Not sure I see your point here. I've conducted a number of technical interviews and resume content seemed to have very little to do with actual performance in the interview. We got one guy who was almost done with a Master's degree in Comp. Sci. and he was one of the worst interviews we ever had. On the other hand, one of our best interviews was with a guy who was working at a marketing firm and had studied linguistics. You really can't predict how an applicant will turn out from their credentials.

Comment: Yep! (Score 1) 392

by davesque (#47919261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I majored in music and I've been working as a software developer for four years since I graduated. Of course, I did have a previous background in programming. I think good work experience and rapport during interviews goes a long way. However, I do sometimes get the impression that certain doors are closed to me since I don't have the degree.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard Of Oz