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Comment: Re:Sort of dumb. (Score 2) 377

by Chas (#49614991) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Plus, of course, it's still not that rare for people elsewhere in "IT" to switch over to software development at some point. They may actually be willing to take a salary cut and work for entry-level pay if that's what it takes to make the switch.

There are many reasons why pay alone doesn't "keep the old guys away", and some companies really do only want young workers. They tend to be very exploitative companies, however, banking on someone in their first job not recognizing how badly they're being used. Age discrimination may well be low on the list of sins for some of these companies.

This pretty much says it all right here.

They might as well advertise for "Naive, spinless young suckers who'll do anything for a buck."

Comment: Re:A useful link for all of ya ... (Score 1) 900

by Penguinisto (#49612919) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

"useful link"... Lots of similar stuff on the Ku Klux Klan website and the sites of related groups. If a couple of black guys attacked a KKK rally would that prove that all Blacks are murderers?

A single incident, no. Multiple, consistent incidents of murder/assassination over such speech is, however, a pattern that cannot be ignored or isolated.

Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 4, Insightful) 435

by Penguinisto (#49612853) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

The 'muh sexism!' cry is unnecessary, especially in this case. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison(!!), and others have also (credibly) been accused of having monster-sized egos...

Seriously, when it comes to big egos, Scott McNealy (dude who used to run Sun Microsystems) had an ego large enough to carry it's own gravitational pull.

You can be a CEO without having an ego large enough to require its own zip code... tons of examples out there (even deep within the Fortune 500), but you don't hear about them as much because they tend to focus on their work, not their public image.

Comment: Re: Never a good idea (Score 1) 105

by Chas (#49599759) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

So we should not remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere but we should cut down our carbon dioxide emission?

Where is the credibility? It seems like global warming alarmists are trying to force their solutions down people throat. What is the difference between them and systemd supporters? Nothing much really.

Please, before you go off on me as if I were some lazy denier, try taking the time to READ what I said.

I'm saying that the science behind a geoengineering project needs to be HEAVILY scrutinized, as Doing It Wrong could be EXTREMELY detrimental to life on this planet.
I'm also saying that there needs to be a certain unity of action from all nations on the planet. Having North America and western Europe "resolve" to do something means exactly jack-shit if South America, Central America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia aren't on board.

Comment: Re:Never a good idea (Score 1) 105

by Chas (#49598751) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

Tell you what I'm getting tired of, these assholes who come along and say "We don't think anything's wrong, so full speed ahead! Burn that coal, oil, and wood! We're all gonna be fine," no matter what the evidence actually tells us. It is considered ill-mannered, in my country, to kill your friends will committing suicide

Hey, you're preaching to the choir here. I'm not 100% sold, but I'm a big fan of "let's leave the planet better than we found it". If that means killing the burning of fossil fuels? Okay!

But simply doing "anything", or worse, badly coordinated "anything" is a recipe for disaster.

Comment: Re:Won't work for long... (Score 1) 63

by Penguinisto (#49596915) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

a mouse driver can be modified to filter through the cheat software before moving onto the anti-cheat device, then the game, etc... the time-shift wouldn't be really large enough to alert anyone (and might even help emulate a 'human' factor into the cheat, thereby saving you from writing in a few random delays). Same w/ the keyboard, come to think of it...

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 2) 63

by Penguinisto (#49596807) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

...shouldn't tournament organizers provide and lock-down the machines that people play on?

This, right here. Wanna play for money? Use our computers - each one is normalized, matched, patched, and clean of everything but the game... hell, fill the USB and other ports with epoxy if you're worried about someone sneaking in a geek stick with cheats, and proxy the hell out of it to prevent Internet access. Allow players to configure the game through the UI if they want, but otherwise no other action allowed outside of the game itself, and seal the cases with tamper-evident tape.

The only possible obstacle is from players who demand to use customized config files for their game of choice. Example: the Quake 2/3 WeaponsFactory** MOD relied *very* heavily on players using fairly heavily modified key/mouse mapping configs, because otherwise you'd never be able to do much in the game - it was that complex when using some of its team characters for best effect.

Of course, the tournament could audit the config files to insure no cheating, but there's a lot of gray area in there (e.g. having a specific combination of player events tied to one key or click that can perform fairly incredible stunts, etc).

** WeaponsFactory was the Quake2 answer to the lack of Team Fortress in that game version.

Comment: Won't work for long... (Score 2) 63

by Penguinisto (#49596717) Attached to: Game:ref's Hardware Solution To Cheating In eSports

Sorry, but a hardware-based solution isn't going to be much different.

I say this because for years, software applications like 3DS Max/Viz required a hardware dongle latched onto the back of one's workstation before the app would even launch (it was replaced by a software version of C_DILLA eventually). Before and after, it was almost trivial to emulate the hardware, its responses, and 'plug' the emulated hardware into a virtual port. Today, most mobos don't have as much variety of hardware I/O (you're lucky to find a serial port nowadays), which probably means USB, HDMI, or Thunderbolt... and the original 3DS dongle required a parallel port, FFS.

Even comparisons of input-to-screen don't mean much, because the eventual circumvention/cheat will emulate one, the other, or both, and send the 'results' to who/whatever is monitoring the user's gameplay.

Furthermore, I daresay that once money gets involved (via eSports), the incentive to built/implement a seamless means of circumventing the cheat-detector will be far greater than the motivation of some asshat griefer who wants to punk on a few pub server players.

Comment: Re:Never a good idea (Score 2) 105

by Penguinisto (#49596437) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

You mean how scientists don't fully understand the brain, but yet we have brain surgery right?

If a brain surgery fails, one person either has his life screwed-up, he gets killed, he becomes crippled, or nothing happens but at great expense to find out. Either way, it only affects one person.

If geoengineering fails, every human being in current existence has their lives screwed-up, get killed, becomes inhabitants of a crippled ecosystem, or nothing happens but at incredibly greater expense to find out. Either way, it affects everyone.

The greater the potential/actual impact, the greater the caution required. A brain surgeon can try a failed experimental procedure again on some other person. No one among the budding geoengineers seem to have a spare Earth on hand for some odd reason.

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