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Comment: Self Serve IT (Score 2) 250

by nicoleb_x (#47841127) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

I was talking to a young, bright FBI agent last month and when I said that I was a software developer she said quite appropriately "aren't we all?"

I'm afraid that IT is becoming very much self serve and the few remaining Development/IT jobs are going to be very specialized and hardcore positions.

Comment: I'm embarrassed (Score 1) 202

by nicoleb_x (#46215095) Attached to: Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program
"...Whether or not Obama is fully aware of the errors built into the program of targeted assassination, he and his top advisers have repeatedly made clear that the president himself directly oversees the drone operation and takes full responsibility for it." The press making up excuses for all that tee time? Fuck That!

Comment: RE: the early explorers died out..calamities (Score 0) 120

by nicoleb_x (#46204797) Attached to: Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa

"the early explorers died out in the ice ages or other calamities"

You human centric slob! The earth is what is important and an ice age or anything else (except human occupation) was NOT a calamity for the earth. The earth is OK with almost everything including asteroid hits, ice ages, super volcanoes and plate tectonics. But humanoids burning hydrocarbons? No way!

Comment: Why is this so complicated. (Score 1) 214

by nicoleb_x (#46106383) Attached to: What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

If you know the history of megafauna mammals then the end of them is obvious.

"Subsequent to the Cretaceous - Paleogene extinction event that eliminated the non-avian dinosaurs about 66 Ma ago, terrestrial mammals underwent a nearly exponential increase in body size as they diversified to occupy the ecological niches left vacant. Starting from just a few kg before the event, maximum size had reached ~50 kg a few million years later, and ~750 kg by the end of the Paleocene. This trend of increasing body mass appears to level off about 40 Ma ago (in the late Eocene), suggesting that physiological or ecological constraints had been reached, after an increase in body mass of over three orders of magnitude. However, when considered from the standpoint of rate of size increase per generation, the exponential increase is found to have continued until the appearance of Indricotherium 30 Ma ago."

So, they got bigger because there was a sudden niche to exploit. The niche ended and eventually they died off as the advantage was lost. Did humans effect the timescale of this, maybe. Did humans change the course of nature, almost certainly not, as if humans aren't part of nature.

BTW, when did the avian dinosaurs go extinct? I can't find that fact.

Comment: firearm owner's identification card? WTF! (Score 1) 934

Mommy, Mommy, Look what I got today! My very own Twitter Account Owner's Identification Card. Now I can tweet three times a week, whatever I want, as long as it doesn't offend anybody or disparage the police or incite violence or discontent or encourage people to queue up for things they don't really need. Isn't the First Amendment wonderful?

Comment: Re:Better solutions that actually work (Score 1) 117

by nicoleb_x (#44977033) Attached to: As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time

Actually, in the Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach area the Atlantic is rather deep and not going to produce a big storm surge. You need shallow water for the water to pile up. They have shallow water in most places in the Gulf but not all of Florida is susceptible to major storm surge issues.

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.