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Comment: Does not make sense (Score 4, Insightful) 519

by tempestdata (#46423587) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Obviously, I imagine an upskirt picture does not reveal any more than what you would see at a beach in any western country. I think the issue is that, a person being made to reveal more of herself than she is consenting to, to a person she does not know, and usually without her knowledge. It would be the equivalent of someone being forced to take off her skirt in public without her consent.

Also, what if the woman is not wearing any underwear? It is her business if she is, or is not, and by wearing a skirt she has a reasonable right to privacy in that matter.

Comment: Wait and find a better opportunity (Score 5, Informative) 263

by tempestdata (#46336509) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

Most decent programmers will find themselves in your position at some point in their careers. I did too. I know nothing of your financial situation and commitments (mortgage/family/etc.) but don't take a pay cut if you can at all help it. The fact that you feel any uneasiness would seal the deal.

I would readily agree to a pay cut in only the following situations :

1) Need a job desperately and gotta make rent. Hopefully this situation never arises
2) Major promotion or opportunity in a company I strongly strong believe in. The idea being that I will work my ass off for peanuts, but believe in my heart that I will come away with a huge sum of money at the end, or the ability to make a huge sum of money.
3) I am going to work for or with someone who is absolutely exceptional and is going to be teaching me something I couldn't already learn on my own.

It does not sound like you are getting any of those three. If you are bored, keep looking for a better or different job. In the meantime, If you want to scratch your intellectual itch, do it on the weekends.

You have my 2 cents worth.

Comment: Re:Darwin (Score 0) 923

by tempestdata (#45610135) Attached to: Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

I am sick and tired of this racism against Mexican and latin american people. I do not find your racist joke funny. It is also perpetuating a completely inaccurate stereotype. Google "Mexican fertility rate" and educate yourself.

US Fertility Rate = 1.89 Births per woman
Mexican Fertility Rate = 2.28 Births per woman

US Life expectancy = 78.64 years
Mexican Life expectancy = 76.89 years

I am not Mexican or latin american. Mexico, and most of latin america, have a LOT of social, cultural and economic issues. But give them some respect, they aren't backward savages like most american's seem to believe.

Comment: Re:Blockchain (Score 1) 287

by Stormalong (#45585411) Attached to: RMS Calls For "Truly Anonymous" Payment Alternative To Bitcoin

No its not. The blockchain is currently almost 12GB. Last week I downloaded a game that was 28GB. Thats just one game. 1TB hard drives are $60.

Yeah, if you are getting started it takes a fair amount of time for the blockchain to come down. If you are in a rush, just use Electrum (which will be up and running in 30 seconds) until the blockchain has finished downloading.

Plus, bitcoin devs are working on ways to prune the blockchain.

Blockchain size is not something you need to worry about.

Comment: Re:Good thing I didn't invest. (Score 2) 157

by Stormalong (#45482789) Attached to: Cyprus University Accepts Bitcoin For Tuition Fee Payments

> It was good advice at the time.

Actually, no it wasn't. Good advice would have been: Use your brain. Research Bitcoin until you understand how it works, what it is and what it isn't. Then, decide if it is workable and worthy. If it is, decide how much you are willing to risk investing in it. Don't invest more than you can afford to lose. Note that this is good advice for any new technology.

This is what I did early in 2011. At first I was like most people: "That can't possibly work." But I researched and I found it could and DID work. And I wanted it to succeed, so I did whatever I could to help it (which included investing in it).

When I finally figured out what it was all about I got a weird feeling. I can best describe the feeling as "This Is Important". I got the same feeling when I first found out about the Internet.

Comment: Re:I knew it would be 5-4 (Score 1) 643

by laughingcoyote (#43911221) Attached to: SCOTUS Says DNA Collection Permissible After Arrest

Much of the Constitution was deliberately written in broad terms, for reasons of futureproofing.

Certainly, not even the smartest attendee of the Constitutional Convention could have ever foreseen DNA tests or GPS tracking or electronic snooping. It wasn't even something they could have conceivably imagined at the time. But the Fourth Amendment is clear on the matter nonetheless:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...

(emphasis added)

DNA is, perhaps, one of the most comprehensive pieces of information contained in one's body, one's "person". It can reveal everything from family lineage (ancestry, siblings, and descendants), to congenital diseases or conditions, to the color of one's eyes. It is not equivalent to a fingerprint, which in itself tells you next to nothing about the owner of that finger other than as an identification. The Fourth Amendment is clearly intended to restrict violations of one's person in that way without justifiable cause, even if the particular method of violation is one the Founders would never have conceived of.

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