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Comment: Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by dsginter (#49070035) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places
Actually, no - this isn't just another heat map of the population. Take the Midwest, for example: there's some pretty rural areas there but, because they are flat, two factors dominate: sound is free to travel and wind is a huge contributing factor. I'm from Michigan and spent my summers on a large farm. When the wind wasn't present, you could hear things from miles away. However, in a truly quiet area (a tranquil valley is the only place that I've ever encountered this), it becomes immediately apparent when wind and man-made noise vanishes. I've been fortunate enough to experience this and it is difficult to describe (scary, awesome, surreal, etc). That said, I'm noticing that this is a "macro" map. There are plenty of quiet places hidden in that mix. They need to add a zoom feature to that map. But, if they did, they'd need to update it in only a matter of weeks or months. Silence is truly magical.

Comment: Re:nah it's a dead cat bounce (Score 1) 269

by dsginter (#48587101) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

nostalgia only goes so far;

It isn't nostalgia: there is a market for people who aren't tech people and need something simply. Apple is ignoring those people as Blackberry did right up until just now. I understand the need to have a simple smartphone with a keyboard as well as the simple mp3 player with just a few controls.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 309

by dsginter (#46975203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?
You're a *real* CS major, from the sound of it (not one of these "CS because it is profitable" people). To the point: if you graduate, then you have failed. When you are sleeping on the floor, then you cannot fall out of bed. This is the definition of college and you are there now. Build something of use - anything. But do it well and you will eventually find your niche before you graduate. On the other side of the coin, if you do graduate, you'll have a great "plan b" for the rest of your life. But concentrate on finding entrepreneurial talent at your school and do something with it.

Comment: Re:The quick answer is yes. (Score 1) 338

by dsginter (#46869485) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Private ownership of natural monopolies is a threat to my security.

That would make you a socialist, according to the other party. The people that vote for them are so uneducated that this dog whistle works quite well all of the time: you are either a patriotic capitalist or a pinko commie socialist and there can never be a reasonable combination of the two (like public roads, police, fire and military, for example). This is why we are removing critical thinking education from our schools (don't think, just knee jerk).

Comment: Re:The quick answer is yes. (Score 1) 338

by dsginter (#46866931) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution
Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others. --Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Comment: Anecdote (Score 5, Insightful) 627

by dsginter (#46327313) Attached to: Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?
When I was in college, I started immediately with an IDE - largely with no development experience. This was a struggle because the IDE was doing things that I did not understand. Ultimately, one of the elder geeks (a properly bearded and pony-tailed Yoda) suggested that I start at the beginning and develop with a text editor and the command line. This worked. Once everything was properly understood, the IDE is useful for saving time and catching typos. But I still need to "go back to the beginning" in order to find out what I am missing sometimes.

+ - Without Congressional Support, Pour on the Data

Submitted by dsginter
dsginter (104154) writes "The US House of Representatives recently voted down a bill that would have forced the NSA to respect the US Constitutional Right to privacy and it appears that few people really care about this matter in lieu of Bread and Circuses. I felt defeated until a realization set in: these spying systems can be overwhelmed by data — just give us software that will wget pressure cookers and backpacks and perhaps a phone app that will randomly dial other participants during idle+charger (mute the ringer, of course). Throw in a desktop app and I'll buy a couple of POTS lines just to assist!"

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?