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Comment: Re:Update to Godwin's law? (Score 1) 575

by hirundo (#48040731) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

> How is the government not concerned about corporate espionage, terrorism, and other criminal activity, you'd think from a security standpoint, they would want encryption to be legit.

Because such measures limits the capacity of the government to conduct corporate espionage, terrorism, and other criminal activity?

Comment: designed by violence (Score 2, Interesting) 190

by hirundo (#47196015) Attached to: Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

I heard another theory on the way that violence has influenced our evolution. It was suggested that opposable thumbs were favored because they make some apes like ourselves capable of forcible rape, unlike most animals. The success of forcible rape as a breeding strategy led to the differential survival of more violent, impulsive men and more submissive (more likely to survive rape) women who ovulate monthly. And this male aggression has led to homo sapiens becoming earth's dominant megafauna. So if true, on evolutionary time scales the optimal amount of violence to promote species survival is greater than zero.

This is depressing in proportion to its plausibility.

Comment: Re:What does Obama know that we don't? (Score 1) 284

by hirundo (#47059141) Attached to: White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

It could be as easy as a credible threat that he must play ball or they'll have one of his daughters (add nasty bits here). Does anyone think that's beyond the moral capability of an intelligence community willing to indiscriminately kill anyone near a drone target? Based on such recent actions I think that there are plenty of such people in the permanent bureaucracy who would consider that to be an act of courage and patriotism.

Comment: Re:We are a colony organism (Score 1) 162

by hirundo (#46307499) Attached to: Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

> That means that we're 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human.

That's very eukaryotecentric of you. Given the proportions, why assume that only the cells with nuclei are human rather than the other way around. Maybe we're 90 percent human and 10 percent new weird stuff. Dude, let the prejudice go and embrace your inner prokaryote.

Comment: Re:Cookie Cutter Concrete (Score 5, Insightful) 253

by hirundo (#38744610) Attached to: Printing a Home: The Case For Contour Crafting

Geez...just what we need...MORE cookie cutter homes that all look the same...

You've got that backwards. Printing homes mean far more customizations. Bespoke your heart out on Sketchup, send it to be validated by a building code / physics model, and off to the printer. A room shaped like Einstein's hollowed out head? A bas-relief tribute to your dog on the living room wall? No problem! Try getting that kind of flexibility from a conventional contractor for conventional prices.

Comment: On the internet nobody knows you're an old dog. (Score 2) 435

by hirundo (#38560008) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?

Remote jobs are your friend. I left programming for ten years, and when I returned found that my age and lack of recent experience was a definite handicap. Then I applied for a telecommuting job (advertising for a 'young' developer) and found that they really only cared about my coding chops and how well I play with others, but not much else. They never saw the gray beard. By the time they discovered that I'm not young anymore, it didn't matter. And it turns out that I really like working at home, and would hate returning to a cubicle.

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