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Comment Re:"You've heard of the Paleo diet" (Score 2, Interesting) 315

Why is it silly shit? Because you haven't heard of it? Because hipsters like it? Does that make it bad? Hipsters like exercising, too. So exercise is bad? Google something like "interval training" and you'll probably get lots of marketing crap. That doesn't mean that running wind sprints is bad.

Dude, just because you, with your all-knowing all-knowingness, haven't heard of something doesn't mean its silly and its shit.

You wanna know what paleo really is, if you take away the marketing name? Stop eating shit. Don't eat convenience foods, don't eat junk food with sugar and HFCS and other crap. Eat meat and vegetables. Does that sound like shit to you? To eat healthier?

I guess what bothers me is that this single quote dismissing a way to eat better and improve your health makes a single remark and its somehow insightful. Especially when several other Slashdot articles actually encourage this type of eating. An alternative approach is to actually research something better than a glance at a Google search, and maybe consider that someone out there knows more than you on a topic. Especially when that topic can improve your life and the lives of other people around you.

Comment Interesting subject, lousy article (Score 5, Insightful) 103

I actually RTFA, because this interested me. And its a fascinating subject. I only sorta knew about these, i.e. hackathons, but I didn't realize there where giant, international, money-prize competitions. This, to me, is coding in its rawest, purest form. No business side, no integration, just problem solving in all its pure elegance and source code in all its unhindered, non-process, non-styleguide'd glory. I know I'm a huge geek but its honestly breathtaking.

That being said...this article is horrible. Ashlee Vance, you might be some sort of bestselling darling-of-the-tech-world author, and congrats on your book on Elon Musk or whatever, but I found this writing almost painful to read.

Theyâ(TM)re not the healthiest-looking bunch, with an average weight that appears to be no more than 120 pounds. There's a disturbingly stereotypical assortment of ticks, both verbal and gesticular, as well as bowl haircuts, wan faces, and shabby clothes. Mark Zuckerberg would look like an Adonis in this room.

his hands swing into motion and beat down on the keyboard with the incredible speed of a court stenographer in the most productive part of a meth binge.

I just have to wonder, why are these writers such assholes? I thought we as a tech society were past nerd bashing. Apparently the "mainstream" is still all about jock-like superiority over other people. Yup, these coder competitors are really smart and hard-working, probably more so than you. So you have to bash them? Why?

I'll leave you with one last quote:

His friends explain that he mostly shuns the press after Wired did a story several years ago, which posited the idea that Korotkevich might âoedie a virgin.â

So does anyone know of any good online tech zines that embrace and exalt this culture, instead of trying to find ways to tear people down?

Comment Slight devil's advocate (Score 1) 262

OK, I'm not saying that all this is not true, but every single link in the summary is to the same site, called "". So I suspect that every link would be to someone writing who is, well, anti-polygraph. I generally try to explore all sides of an issue, so it would be useful if someone researched this a bit more.

You know, what, never mind I'll do it.

APA thinks they're bunk:

ABC news sort of thinks so, too.

Interestingly, the ABC news article says that polygraphs are starting to be ruled inadmissible in the US. Not 100%, but in some courts.

The stupidness here, in my opinion, is that the FBI is ruining someone's career over this. Now, I suspect there's more to the story (there always is). Maybe the higher-ups wanted to get rid of this guy anyways and this was an excuse? Maybe its an inane policy that even the higher-ups hate but they are too timid to stand up to the system?

Comment Yes, and I did (sort of) (Score 1) 654

Plural of anecdote is not data, etc etc., but....

When I moved to Atlanta I lived right in the heart of Buckhead and was two blocks from my office. I walked every day. It was awesome. A 10 minute walk was faster than a 30 minute (with traffic) commute, plus I didn't have to pay for parking. And I just enjoyed walking.

After two months I realized I never drove anymore, I just used the MARTA or Uber, so I sold my car.

The year I lived in Atlanta like that was awesome. No car payment, no car hassles, and I could drink at dinner every night without worries. Now I moved away from the city to a small town and had to buy a car again, and I'm actually sorta sad about it.

Comment Re:A mixed bag (Score 1) 490

Actually LEGO was not doing fine before. In 2003-ish it was on the verge of bankruptcy. They did a massive reinvention which included gender-branding and licensing of pop culture. Which in just a few years has turned them back into a juggernaut.

Here's an article but its not the one I'm thinking of. There was a print article in Forbes or something about 2-3 years ago.

Comment Re:A mixed bag (Score 1) 490

Well here's another thought I meant to capture but hit submit too fast. End result is, my daughter now plays with LEGOs and builds stuff. Which is a good thing.

Maybe when I was younger and intellectual and thoughtful and stuff I worried about things like this. Now I'm just a pragmatic old fart who is just happy that his daughter plays with LEGO and likes machines and mathematics. i don't really care whether she wants to wear pink frilly dresses or dirty blue jeans.

Comment Re:A mixed bag (Score 5, Interesting) 490

Well, here's my anecdote with a sample size of n=2. I have a son and a daughter.

When I bought my very first LEGO set for them, it was a generic box of plain shapes. Something like this.

My son played with them. My daughter didn't. So I bought this and mixed the pieces in. The "draw" of the cutesy pieces drew my daughter in. Now she plays with all the pieces.

So...yeah. I guess what I'm saying is, I don't think they just "color it pink". Probably a bunch of focus testing and playtesting occurs so they know what draws girls to the toys.

Now, a related question...why did pink and cats draw her in? Is it innate? Or is it something she was taught by society? To that question, I have no answer.

Comment Roll your own... (Score 1) 50

At my old company, we rolled our own system using perl (or python or ruby or whatever you want) and Doxygen and autopod. This made a Javadoc-ish-looking website. Doxygen is pretty powerful in what is generated, based upon the source code decorators. So we nightly generated the HTML from our git and hg repos and threw that html docset into a templating system a web designer made for us. And we were able to make one doc set using only APIs that had certain keywords or @public=true in the comments, and then another website that revealed absolutely everything for the internal developers.

And to be honest it wasn't that hard. Maybe 2 days of scripting to get it done.

Comment Less specificity with age (Score 1) 558

When I was 25: I knew every spec, every component, research and purchased them individually, hand-assembled the hardware, and optimized for performance so I could play Half Life.

When I was 35: I had xoticpc build me a spec'd PC in the high end so I could play Skyrim.

Now: I bought a macbook off the shelf. I honestly don't even know how much RAM I have.

"The most important thing in a man is not what he knows, but what he is." -- Narciso Yepes