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Comment: Liberal arts degrees are not all equal (Score 1) 362

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47919347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

I design and implement automated testing systems, including specialized APIs and the VMWare-based virtualization environments designed to support them.

As part of getting a BA in psychology back in the day, you had to have several statistics courses, industrial psychology, human factors, ergonomics and it was strongly suggested that you become familiar with symbolic logic. Neurophysiology, particularly neuronal functioning, was popular too. Had psychology research funding not dried up after Reagan was elected, I might still be in a lab somewhere.

Fate had other plans. Unable to find honest work, I took up the software trade instead. That was 34 years ago.

I use my psychology degree every day.

Comment: Undercover cop issue a non argument. (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47854621) Attached to: Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

The issue is random confiscation (aka. "theft") by local police. I don't have any problem with confiscation as long as a crime was committed and the defendant proven guilty. What isn't tolerable in any way, shape, or form is confiscation of my property because some dimwitted, local yokel cop *thought* about drugs while looking at my car.

Comment: Re:Defund (Score 0) 142

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47854371) Attached to: Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

That ship has sailed. The transnational, transgenerational wealthy have decided that their little experiment in democracy hasn't worked out for them. You can expect continuing regression to the mean of governments for the foreseeable future. Explicit slavery in your lifetime is a pretty good bet.

Comment: Time to exchange data on the American cops... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47854267) Attached to: Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

...who do this sort of "civil forfeiture." Badge numbers, names, pictures, locations, perhaps home addresses and phones.

I'm sure they won't mind, just as they won't mind a "civil" lawsuit or two aimed in their direction. After all, fair's fair, eh?

Comment: Re:False premise (Score 1) 546

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47820963) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Well, thank goodness I stuck it out and got that BA in psychology.

Seriously, no joke. That's my degree. These days, I design and code automated testing systems for seismic visualization and analysis software and the control systems for my virtual machine cloud that runs that system.

But I do a lot of that in vb.net and vb-form code (plus some healthy dollops of powershell), so that means I'm not a real programmer. Fortunately, nobody knows that so they pay me just as if I used curly braces. :)

Comment: Founding fathers would approve filming... (Score 2) 643

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47768713) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Separation of powers happened because the founding fathers understood that no single concentrated power could be trusted. Universal surveillance of all government officials would simply be an extension of this principal.

The founding fathers would approve filming government at ALL levels, from congress to notary. Multiple cameras (in the case of cops, dash-cam and chest-cam), streaming to web, with read-only access and multiple, physically separated backups.

There is no *technical* reason this can't be done, and frankly, it's a good idea. Think how much crap congress and K-Street wouldn't have gotten away with, had this been in place.

Comment: Military surplus to Cops. So handy. So profitable! (Score 2) 264

A militarized police is so handy! You can:

1) Get around that annoying "Posse comitatus" thing.

2) You can use them to fight the national guard, should they become unccoperative.

3) You can field them for both local OR national coups against EITHER the Feds or the State authorities (Texas, you wanted to secede? Your chance is coming...).

4) You can ramp up civil forfeiture (i.e. Theft by law enforcement) and take a cut!

They slice! They dice! You can even Julliane freedom fries! Militarized by military surplus cops. Whoo Hoo!

Comment: Of *course* it's the future of college (Score 1) 81

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47681183) Attached to: Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

The decision is driven by economics. Don't want to go into huge debt? Need to live at home? Don't want to pay for a quaint archaic infrastructure of unnecessary buildings and offices for professors and administration? You'll go to digi-school!

It may only be half as good, but if it's 1/10th the cost, this is where students will go. Excellent students will excel anywhere, of course. This structure favors autodidacts.

Comment: Lay off testers? This is what happens. (Score 1) 179

by gestalt_n_pepper (#47672879) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

Once again, Microsoft discovers what's obvious anyone else who's been in the business for 25 years or so.

You have to have manual and automated GUI testers. Unit testing is nifty, but that's like testing just the spark plug, or maybe the spark plug and the ignition timing. Not a bad idea, but listen. If you knew about a new car, but knew that nobody had ever actually *driven* the car, much less taken it out on the road on a regular basis, would you buy that car?

For that matter, would you fly in a plane tested that way?

Developers testing their little piece of code isn't ever going to cut it. Neither is unit testing. Thinking it will is just managerial fantasy, or an idea that lets you fire a bunch of testers so the books look better and some manager or bean counter. can get a one time bonus.

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser

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