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Comment: Re: Pft (Score 1) 856

by ultranova (#47520327) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

As to ending up in jail or dead, nothing I did was illegal. He brandished a weapon at me and I showed him I had a bigger one.

Escalating a fight when you don't need to is stupid and, in most places, illegal.

As to your second point, I looked for a point in it... and couldn't see an actual argument in it. Please rephrase.

Nuclear war is a bad thing, since it'll kill you. Promoting behaviour that leads to it is stupid.

As to your third point, I have millions of years of natural selection humming in my veins. I am not some skittish herd beast. I not a rat. I am not a rabbit.

No, you're just some dude with serious impulse control issues and delusions of grandieur.

I am a homo sapian. A man. I'm the ape that cracks atoms and marks his territory on the moon.

Claiming credit for other people's achievements is not the least bit impressive.

Come at me.


Comment: Re:Occams Scalpel (Score 1) 856

by ultranova (#47518921) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

You are of the opinion that nothing bad happens to men and it always happens to women.

Nope. I'm just doubting the OP.

You are doubting the OP solely on the basis that the OP is a male, since that's the only information you have about him. That only makes sense if you're of the opinion that nothing bad ever happens to men.


VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the at-least-he-was-wearing-pants dept.
theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year to highly-skilled H-1B visa holders could in fact be done by Americans with no more than a two-year community college degree.

Comment: Re: Pft (Score 2) 856

by ultranova (#47517733) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

That is how a man deals with a threat of violence.

If he wants to end up dead or in jail, yes. Smart people simply speed away from the dumbass who's chasing a car on foot, and maybe report him to the police.

Men don't ask for that. We protect ourselves. Up to the point of going to thermonuclear war. Literally.

And you see this as such a desirable result that not only do you not seek to change your ways, but you actively recommend others to embrace them?

Dude, Broforce is fiction.

Toughen up or bow out.

Grow up or die. Next crazy dude you humiliate might come visit you with ten friends. Natural selection only has so much patience for your bullshit.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 4, Funny) 93

by gstoddart (#47517567) Attached to: 'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Our new Monster Cable Air ionizes the air around the signal ensuring maximal defrobulation of the signal flux and maximal polarization in the near infra-red spectrum, guaranteeing a smooth, minty taste.

When connect to your tube amplifier, this provides a sound which is spunkier and enhanced in the pink spectrum, causing women to swoon. Achieve smooth bass response like never before.

For only eleventy zillion dollars, you too can get the most out of your sound system. :-P

Either this stuff is real, with real benefits, or it's hype. Either way, someone will use it for marketing complete crap.

Comment: Re:Is this an achievement? (Score 2) 42

by gstoddart (#47517185) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

If the water is deep enough and the USV can dive deep enough, its trivial to wait it out. A submarine for instance has little fear of a hurricane unless its stuck trying to get out of port because they waited too long.

Except, the difference in this case is this thing is at the surface.

Which means it couldn't dive to wait it out.

It's submerged, but only a little, and it has a mast sticking out of the water.

So, how trivial is it to ride this out when you're barely under the water? It seems less so.

Comment: Re:ads (Score 1) 150

by gstoddart (#47517057) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Don't suppose you also sell tinfoil hats that could protect me from the NSA's mind-reading rays?

The problem is, the current version of the rays can penetrate tin-foil.

What you need is a layer of pudding between your head and the tinfoil, chocolate works best. You'll need to shave your head first to be ensured of it working.

Comment: Re:Is this an achievement? (Score 1) 42

by gstoddart (#47516955) Attached to: Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

Well, James Gosling was mentioned, so that's pretty impressive, right?

You know, I've been trying to figure out WTF that mention was all about.

So far, I've got nothing other than it serves as a very oblique reference to 2011.

As 'news' reporting, I rank that right up there with "in 1984, the same year Sally Baker showed me her underwear, there was a chemical leak in Bhopal India".

It's just spurious junk.

Slashdot continues to decline, and the 'editors' continue to be a joke.

Comment: Re:The problem is... (Score 1) 186

So the only thing destroying live smallpox samples does is reduce the chances of a catastrophic screw-up.

You seem to underestimate the historical tendency of crazy tyrants to decide "if I can't win, everybody dies".

WTF do you think "mutually assured destruction" was all about? The premise that nobody would actually be crazy enough to destroy the entire world.

I think you attribute too much rationality to geopolitics. Now think of North Korea, and tell me just how much rationality you see.

Comment: Re:The problem is... (Score 1) 186

Don't forget the goofy comic relief character. There's always one of those.

Oh, and you need the military guy (or the guys in dark suits and sunglasses) in charge of making the weaponized version just in case, and who demonstrate that the good guys are sometimes crazy delusional bastards, and that morality is a grey area (especially when you think you're defending your country).

There needs to be the greedy capitalist only interested in profit, even if that means some loss of life.

You may also need a puppy to complete this trope. Or some other foil which has natural immunity that everybody needs to capture first.

You might also need Steven Seagal just in case things get testy, but if he's the sherrif you're covered.

Comment: Re:The problem is... (Score 1) 186

If we voluntarily destroy all our samples, and some other nation doesn't, then there will be that much less smallpox. This is a valuable goal in itself, even if it doesn't mean that the virus has been completely eradicated.

Except that governments have essentially stated that they're not willing to get rid of their stuff, in case someone else uses it.

So, lots of research is conducted under the guise "well, we can find a cure in case someone else does it". The problem is, that same research can be used to make the weapons in the first place.

You're saying the GPs argument doesn't make sense, but in fact governments have been using it for decades.

It's real, and it's happening right now. If you don't think that's true, then you're somewhat out of touch.

Comment: Good luck with that ... (Score 1) 98

The researchers were hoping to leverage the power of presence: the idea that people recognize another sentient being in the environment, and are more responsive as a result. ...

The interviewer isnâ(TM)t quite a sentient AI; it relies on a dialogue tree similar to telephone customer service: tell the computer all the simple things, then press 0 for a human to explain the story behind your streaking arrest.

In other words, it won't understand you, has a limited set of responses it knows how to deal with, and will piss people off.

And some fed (who had to wait around for your interview and strap you into the electrodes anyway) will come back to an apoplectic interviewee who is tired of the stupid machine because it doesn't understand nuance, inflection, or anything else. Which is precisely why trained humans do this job.

Tell you what though, I hear they have this really cool program which pretends to be a 13 year old speaking his non native language.

I just don't see this being anything more than a gimmick to get funding, and will never actually amount to anything in the near term.

Comment: Re:soddering (Score 1) 62

by gstoddart (#47516181) Attached to: Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

that you don't speak the L in solder is completely new to me, what would be the reason?

Well, the obvious answer is several hundred years of separation before we had any form of telephony or occasion to hear it spoken.

Take Newfoundland (a province of Canada), for example. There are Irish accents which haven't existed in Ireland for a few hundred years. Why? Because they were remote places, without a lot of interaction, and the accent remained intact even after it had died out in County Cork.

Why is there High German and Low German? Again, either geography, class, or something else. My guess is mostly class.

In North America you're talking about a huge land area, settled over time by people from all sorts of places, and with no fast transportation between them.

Even regionally the pronunciation can change quite a bit. Heck, I don't have the same inflections as most of my family does. I've actually been asked where I'm from by people who grew up in the same area.

In the UK, there's massive differences in accents -- some class based, apparently, and some region based. There are plenty of people in the UK who, as far as I understand, will say "hise" instead of "house". Why that would be, I have no idea.

For instance, I have known more than a few Brits who almost can't say "th". So, instead of "thought", it comes out as "fought". They don't even hold their mouth/tongue the way you would to make the "th" sound, they make an entirely different sound, essentially the way I'd make an "f" sound. Similarly, in my limited experience, a lot of German speakers turn the "th" into more of a "z" sound, so you can get "zinking" instead of "thinking".

Beyond that, you'd need to ask a linguist. Over time, what you grew up hearing and saying defines how you say it, and what you can say. I strongly suspect there are some sounds that some people simply cannot make if they didn't learn early enough.

Sometimes, I do wonder if accents aren't sometimes the equivalent of a regional speech impediment, and they will always affect how you speak. :-P

The longer I live, and the more non-native speakers of English I meet, the more I have a hard time explaining all of the corner cases in English, because it's made up of stuff from so many different languages.

Comment: Re:Incompetent developers? (Score 2) 39

by gstoddart (#47516017) Attached to: CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

Instead of talking about "malicious actors", the article should be talking about malicious developers.

Or, and I think this is more likely ... malicious management who is more interested in getting something out the door than giving a damn about how much it sucks.

Find me a developer who has never been told to "just do it" and put some garbage out, and I'll show you a lucky (wo)man.

From what I've seen, this is caused by the people who make the decisions deciding they don't want to wait, or spend the time implementing security.

Nothing succeeds like success. -- Alexandre Dumas