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Comment: Re:What happens... (Score 1) 563

Context? Sources? I went to Harvey Mudd (admittedly several years ago, maybe this is something new?), and have no idea what you're talking about - punishing male students for being "macho"? Yes, everyone knows it's easier to get into top tech schools if you're female, but that's not remotely specific to Harvey Mudd, and doesn't have anything to do with "punishing" or being "macho"...

Comment: Re: Choose the right people (Score 1) 137

by neminem (#49478439) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

Nice troll.

Introversion *is* a thing. You might not believe it (or you might just be a troll), but plenty of people actually don't want nonstop social interaction, and voluntarily choose to be left alone. They may not even be ostracized at all!

Now, do introverts want to be 100% alone all the time? No, they usually have a few friends they see fairly often, and are usually happy to be more widely social every so often, just not all the time. But mostly they would be just as happy having a few friends, and *not* ever going to big parties or anything, too.

I doubt a Mars mission would only send a single person, so, mission accomplished? (As far as this one problem, which seems tiny compared to all the jillion other bigger problems with sending people to Mars, goes.)

Comment: Half-right, maybe... (Score 3, Insightful) 117

I *can* imagine the possibility that within 5 years, we'd have portable enough 3d imagers and powerful enough phones to both stick the hardware in a phone-sized device and have a phone-sized device run the required software. I have no real understanding of how the physics of that would really work, granted, but it doesn't seem totally outside the bounds of possibility.

But that's just the input. I *can't* really imagine the possibility that within 5 years, we'd have powerful enough *printers* to take the output of such a precise scanner, and recreate it anywhere near so precise, even if you're only talking about an object made entirely out of one or two kinds of plastic, which is unlikely to be the sort of object people would really want to "replicate". "Just about anything"? Yeah right.

Wake me up when we can replicate food, say, and have it taste the same as the original. Will we see that in my lifetime? Maybe, if I'm lucky. Will we see that in 3-5 years? I'd bet quite a lot of money on "no", and I'm not a betting sort of person.

Comment: Re:Isn't John Oliver fucking awesome!?! (Score 1) 200

by neminem (#49423903) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

> Are you pissed off enough to take the time to hand-write a letter to your congressional rep? Are you pissed off enough to get 20 people to sign it? These aren't monumental tasks, nor are they expensive.

They also aren't terribly *useful*. I'm pissed off too, but I'm not so pissed off that I'm going to hire a bunch of people to go door to door to get the signatures that would be required to get something on the ballot, which even if it passed, they'd probably just sneakily ignore it anyway.

Public opinion and people actually knowing it happens is way more important than your congressman knowing about it (anyway, he probably already does, probably thinks it sucks, but knows that if he ever tried to touch it, he'd be labeled as not "tough on crime" and his career would be over.)

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 95

by neminem (#49417845) Attached to: Judge Allows Divorce Papers To Be Served Via Facebook

A few years ago, I got served a lawsuit regarding a person entirely unrelated to me, but who happened to have the same name as me and live in the same city. When they couldn't track him down at his home, they found *me* listed as working at my work address, and gave it to me instead. I called him frantically, he said that's fine, mistakes happen, he was sure I wasn't the guy, he'd talk to his server and he was sure it was a mistake.

He called back the next day, said the server confirmed I was totally the guy he had a picture of (very unlikely, given I'm like 15 years younger...). I actually had to get a lawyer to get the guy to back off me. Luckily my mom knows a jillion people, and a friend of a friend of hers said he'd be happy to send the guy a nastygram on my behalf pro-bono. When the guy heard from an actual lawyer, he must have decided it wasn't worth it and went back to actually tracking down the guy that was supposed to get it, because I never heard back from him again.

So yeah. Not at all surprised there are a lot of awful lazy process servers out there who would rather just drop a lawsuit off randomly then actually make sure they gave it to the person who deserved it.

Comment: Don't hire douchebags (Score 1) 279

by neminem (#49382161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

And if you do discover that you have inadvertently hired a douchebag, fire them already.

As a consultant, I have privs to do all kinds of damage in all sorts of places to not only my company, but any number of companies I'm doing work for or have done work for in the past.

First off, I'm not a dick; even if I were leaving because the company had shafted me horrifically, rather than, as it sounds like here, because I hypothetically just found some other opportunity that suited me more... even then, even if I felt like being vindictive (unlikely), I'd still restrict any harm I thought I could get away with causing, to those people who actually deserved it, not indiscriminately start screwing things up in a way that would harm all kinds of other people who had nothing to do with whatever hypothetical thing I'm imagining the company had done. Anyone who you imagine might start deleting crap out of random databases or whatever, you should can the guy right now, cause what's stopping him from doing that *now* over some slight, real or imagined?

But secondly and far more importantly, if I were that sort of person, and I was disgruntled, do you think I'd tell you and give you a chance to lock me out? That'd be pretty stupid. If I were disgruntled and wanted to cause harm and then quit, I would obviously do it *in that order*. cause I mean... duh?

Comment: Re:Easy Solution (Score 1) 222

by neminem (#49354807) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Fixing that for you:
> If it turns out they can't provide service, they'll claim they refunded your deposit, but never actually send you a refund. When you call them later that month to ask about it, they'll insist that they did, redirect you a couple times to people who don't have your information, then eventually say they'll call you back tomorrow about it, which they also won't do.

Comment: What does this have to do with London or NYC? (Score 1) 226

by neminem (#49346011) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

When a headline says a road is proposed to connect "London to NYC", it's hard to imagine that could possibly mean anything else but the truly mind-bogglingly dumb idea of creating a road all the way across the Atlantic ocean. Which would be hilarious, but rather monumentally unlikely.

The actual proposal, which I've seen before, so it's not like it's a totally new idea, would connect Alaska with Russia, thus connecting the western US with Asia. Would still be stupidly expensive, but not *impossibly* so, and would be fantastic for shipping. But I can't imagine it would be the best way to ship something from NYC to London or reverse? They're both basically coastal on the Atlantic, and we're talking about connecting the *Pacific*. It would connect London to NYC in the same way that it would connect Denver to Zimbabwe.

I don't think it's a terrible idea, though.

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