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Comment: Citation please (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by kervin (#49655369) Attached to: Interactive Map Exposes the World's Most Murderous Places

Isn't this place about science and scientific methodology? Do you or ( anyone who modded you up ) have statistics to back that up? Can you show that the correlation isn't to poverty, and not race? Or do we continue to discredit an entire race of people simply based on our own stereotypes and cognitive biases?

Comment: CIM is really a widely adopted open standard (Score 2) 265

by kervin (#49638359) Attached to: Microsoft Releases PowerShell DSC For Linux

It is a lot easier to embrace an "open standard" when you developed it yourself, then donated it to a consortium.

WBEM is a decades old open standard implemented by just about every major software and hardware manufacturer out there. It's shipped with just about every OS. The computer you are using right now probably has CIM implementation built in or at least available in the core OS.

The standard is managed by the Distributed Management Task Force which includes most top software firms. Here is the Java JSR-48: WBEM Services Specification and Implementation for example.

What Microsoft is giving the open-source community is a CIMON ( CIM Object Manager ) implementation. This is fully standards based and Microsoft is just donating the code. But as mentioned earlier Ubuntu and most OSes already ship with a lightweight CIMON.

Comment: Did you manage to read past "InfoSys"? (Score 1) 88

by kervin (#49586049) Attached to: White House Outsources K-12 CS Education To Infosys Charity

If you did you would see that this is partnership with InfoSys Foundation. InfoSys is actually donating millions to be part of this non-profit effort. Secondly, they're helping Code.Org and not leading the effort.

With this announcement, Infosys Foundation USA becomes a Platinum-level sponsor of, providing not only financial support but also resources and extensive experience in computer science education.

The Chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA, Vandana Sikka, has been appointed to the Board. Sikka’s background includes a master’s degree in computer science and a successful track record in product design, development and management in several Silicon Valley startups. She joins fellow board members, including representatives from companies such as Google, Microsoft and

Don't let Slashdot bloggers work you into a frenzy whenever they feel like. Isn't critical and scientific thinking a big deal around here? Or does that not apply to organizations we don't like.

Comment: Fairly Native on 1 platform, ported on the other (Score 1) 161

by kervin (#49562639) Attached to: Has the Native Vs. HTML5 Mobile Debate Changed?

If you'd like to use your native language skills ( E.g. Java from Android ) on alternate platform ( e.g. IOS ), frameworks can be useful. I like open-sourced CodeNameOne and RoboVM because I work on the Java side of things and my needs on alternate platforms are fairly basic. An IOS developer may easily go in the other direction.

Comment: no one writes large enterprise systems in Java? (Score 1) 211

by kervin (#49409087) Attached to: Rust 1.0 Enters Beta

You must be a Java programmer. Garbage collection is generally a very bad idea for a systems language, because of the periodic stalls whilst it does the cleanup

Respectfully, you really need to research this if you believe that is the cause. Java is the enterprise systems language to beat today. And its Garbage collector does a fine job if you understand how it operates, just as with most other mature garbage collected runtimes.

Comment: Java strings overweight? Citation? (Score 1) 486

by kervin (#49343109) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

People just say things on here and it's taken as fact. How is Java's String implementation overweight?

Java, like C# does use 16 bit char widths, but that actually makes it faster than variable width characters. That's why these languages do so.

So what about Java strings are 'overweight'?

Comment: What charges were filed? (Score 1) 606

by kervin (#49219583) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

No. We need to collectively get a fucking grip, and move on. Stupid kids doing stupid things.

Maybe we should wait for the charges to be filed before making this argument. As for expulsion, this will depend on the university's bylaws and code of conduct. I expect these will be reviewed.

Kids of all races get expelled for much less, I'm sure.

Comment: Campus Organization (Score 1) 606

by kervin (#49219545) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

When they say it, it's art. When anyone else says the exact same thing, it's a hate crime.

Firstly, very few people are seriously framing this as a crime. Much less a hate-crime. This is a strawman, pure and simple.

Secondly, a lot of the outrage is from the fact that this is a campus related organization. The idea is that these students should be held to a higher standard than "gansta rappers".

Comment: Re:You don't say... (Score 2) 606

by kervin (#49219479) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

Exactly. ...and had this been a Black fraternity chanting about honkies and crackers, absolutely NOTHING would be done about it, nor would it be getting national attention.

Do you or any of the readers that modded your comment "Informative" have any evidence to back that up?

Secondly, even if that was the case, would 2 wrongs make a right? Shouldn't we make sure that the Black fraternity was punished instead of defending the other intolerant fraternities?

Comment: Re:Wrong argument (Score 1) 606

by kervin (#49219393) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

but the point is that discrimination is everywhere and employed by all sorts of people.

And my point is that discrimination should be deplored no matter who it's coming from. I never thought "intolerant white people" when watching the video. I'm pretty sure many of us who thought the video is deplorable simply thought "intolerant people".

Why assume the actions are being criticized because the perpetrators are white?

Comment: Expecting versus Accepting (Score 0) 606

by kervin (#49218213) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

The entirety of the greek system is racism and sexism in action. Give me a break with your feigned outrage.

So your argument is that since we should expect fraternities to be intolerant ( an unsubstantiated premise, but that's another argument ), then we should accept intolerance within these organizations?

Another example would be, since I expect the occasional murder in the city ( given the population size and crime statistics ), I should not be outraged when it occurs.

It always interests me how Slashdot deals with logic when discussing intolerance ( and H1Bs ) versus everything else.

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