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Comment Re:Dear Slashdot, (Score 1) 147 147

Are you one of those people that think developers should do everything themselves without asking for assistance? That shit leads to really, really bad code.

It may not be fashionable in your circles, but human communication is, and will always be, a basic element of engineering.

Comment Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465 465

"Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead."

The fundamental flaw with that logic is the assumption that the offender is remorseful, and wants to be put to good use. While it is certainly true in some cases, it's almost certainly NOT true in others. Figuring out which is really difficult, because it turns out that people tend to lie when they get caught.

Comment Re:The real crime here (Score 5, Insightful) 465 465

the real crime is punishing a non-violent civil offender with violence (i.e. forced into a cage)

Would you feel the same way if a financial advisor intentionally stole all the money your parents had for retirement? That wouldn't be a physically violent act, but would seem to have consequences that merit punishment other than a fine.

Comment Re:Environmentalists eat your heart out. (Score 2) 211 211

As long as we are willing to include nuclear in that equation, than I agree.

Without a cheap storage mechanism, solar/wind/etc. cannot satisfy the baseline demand of the power grid. Yes, there are ways to do that. They also impact the environment and come with a steep cost.

Comment Security Through Obscurity (Score 2) 126 126

That memo is a wonderful example of why exposing poor practices is difficult. The terminology is so dense that only those on the inside can truly understand it without a good deal of research. Most times people probably give up because they fear looking stupid for not knowing the lingo.

Comment Re:Wasting Your Time (Score 1) 285 285

Let's try an experiment. We'll put 100 adolescent males in a room, and give them a choice of two gaming systems: One older "classic" system, and the latest high-tech thing available. We'll tell them "If you pick the older system, you'll be a better person someday", and "if you pick the newer system, you will regret it later". Would you care to guess what might happen? I don't know. I've not ever performed that experiment. But purely based on intuition, I suspect I know how it might go.

Go back to bed, grandpa, with your stupid "in my day" bullshit

Rather than debate something you disagree with, you turn to insults. You're a dick.

Comment Wasting Your Time (Score 2) 285 285

I agree with your goals, but here are some of facts as I see them:

(1) Kids of this age do not have the higher thinking skills to appreciate sacrificing something for longer term gain.
(2) If you force them use an outdated or substandard system, they will resent you, be humiliated with their friends (or more likely, lie about it to prevent that).
(3) You're not really teaching them anything useful in a practical sense. Yes, I love the Atari 2600 too. It is completely irrelevant to anyone born after 1990 except in a historical sense.
(4) Desire to learn history has to come from the seeker, not the purveyor of that knowlege. It can be encouraged, but not forced.

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt