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Comment: What if we worry about (Score 0) 49

by nrasch (#49241125) Attached to: The Role of a Nonprofit In Open Source Development

Every time I see one of these women/minority/Eskimo comments in computer science/math/name-your-subject I can't help but thinking....

How about if we worry more what's between people's ears and not so much about what's between their legs?

Also, I'd like to know why there isn't a movement to get more women into the plumbing, ditch digging, and roofing arts. Last I checked these critical fields were mostly male dominated, and I'm sure we need to start throwing some bucks at diversity efforts for the sexes in these industries

Comment: Lord forbid.... (Score 1) 65

by nrasch (#49081197) Attached to: 'Babar' Malware Attributed To France

Lord forbid a security researcher share list of user name and passwords, or a journalist post a link to a database dump, or a college student download a large number of academic journal articles through MIT's computer network.... These evil computer hackers need to be put away forever to protect the children, moral people everywhere, and our pristine government that can do no wrong. The death penalty probably won't be too good for them!

However, should the government want to hack us, destroy our privacy, intercept and tamper with postal packages, harm the computing environment in general by embedding back doors and exploits into software/hardware, etc. by all means this is perfectly OK. Hell, we should be grateful they are doing this for us poor pleebs since we can't think for ourselves. I mean this is the government; they know what's best for us.

So kill the "hackers" for doing something that doesn't even remotely approach the level of invasiveness described by this article and others, but let the government do anything they like in the name of "security" and "safety." Or hell, maybe even because they just feel like it. Who are we to question our betters?

This crap makes me sick.

Comment: Quick rule of thumb (Score 5, Insightful) 561

by nrasch (#47660497) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

I always apply a quick rule of thumb to these types of items: Replace the word diversity/female/minority/whatever with the words "single white Christian male." Then read the sentence again. Does it offend and/or sound bigoted? Would it make Al Sharpton snort milk out of his nose if he read it whilst eating breakfast cereal? If not great; probably a good idea. If so, then it's just as bad/racist/slanted as if the words really were replaced with "single white Christian male."

Ex: Single white Christian male's have a higher cancer rate in lower income communities. (Yep, no problem here.)

Ex: Apple needs to hire more single white Christian males. (Derp! Issues... Al's nose hurts now...)

Comment: Re:Anything that screws monsanto (Score 5, Interesting) 391

by nrasch (#42663483) Attached to: Hidden Viral Gene Discovered In GMO Crops

...Will also screw those eating their products. Please resist the temptation to treat this so light-heartedly as just another case of hubris. These things affect not just one or two lives, but entire communities and even a couple of generations.

Oh I wouldn't worry about the light-heated treatment of hubris. I'm sure Monsanto will pull of bunch of political strings, make some key campaign donations, and this whole thing will be forgotten. Maybe you forgot how things work here in the USA....

In the meantime, be sure to stock up on corn and soy products!

Comment: I'm so sick (Score 2) 72

by nrasch (#40860697) Attached to: Cybersecurity Bill Fails Today In US Senate

I'm so very very very very sick of our govt doing their damnedest to turn us into a police state.

This law like so many others is just a pathetic attempt to force ridiculous and unnecessary controls on us while giving the govt the ability to do anything they wish.

I truly wish someone knew how to wake up the majority people who live in this country, because this sort of nonsense needs to come to an abrupt halt.

Comment: Be very carefull (Score 1) 228

by nrasch (#39000671) Attached to: What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

I think you ought to be very careful about going into QA. At many jobs that simply means pushing buttons and running the software. You certainly won't be adding any development/code writing skills on your resume at a job like that.

Also, they more you do something, the more companies will only want to hire you for that one thing. So, if you want to be a developer or remain a software engineer I'd think twice before filling your resume with QA positions. You'll likely only be considered for that position going forwards.

My $0.02, and good luck with whatever direction you end up going. :)

Comment: Re:US citizens pay more taxes than corporations (Score 1) 426

It is a great US myth that corporations fund the government. The actual facts are that the people pay more.
Also the citizens vote. So why are the politicians doing the behest of the corporations ?

Short answer: Sadly, because you and I don't contribute X million dollars to the ol' campaign fund.

Despite all the lip service to serving the people, a politician's real job is to try and stay in office. When corporations are giving him/her what is in effect free money to pursue this goal, then of course their (the corporations) needs and/or wants are going to be put orders of magnitudes greater than ours.

If I offer you $5 and they guy next to me offers you $10,000, who are you going to listen to more?


id Software Demos Rage On iPhone, Releases Source Code For Two Games 266

Posted by Soulskill
from the iphone-is-all-the-rage dept.
glenkim writes "Kotaku has posted their liveblog of the QuakeCon 2010 keynote, with some big announcements by game developer and Slashdot regular John Carmack. Highlights include a video of the id Tech 5 engine (aka Rage) running on the iPhone 4G at 60fps, with claims that it also runs on the iPhone 3GS. Carmack noted that performance on the iPhone was able to 'kill anything done on the Xbox or PlayStation 2.' He also announced the source code release of two games, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Also, Carmack finally admitted that Doom 3 was too dark!"

Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-fast-enough-for-you-old-man dept.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a production crew from Little Mountain Productions, a 9-year-old is getting the best fort ever. The crew is making him a Star Wars-themed fort with a gigantic Millennium Falcon with solar-powered LED interior and exterior lighting to sit on top. No word on how fast it can make the Kessel run, but lets hope the kid gets a long trip.

+ - Fight back against DMCA? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've heard of DMCA take down notices and seen the results but I didn't know about th 14 day time to reinstate the material Rob Graham talks about here here. Is this correct? It seems this dispute was over cracking the signing key for TI-83 calculator updates and a friend of Robert's got a DMCA take down notice for linking to the key. Robert says that under the DMCA you can repost the material in 14 days if you believe the original notice was not in good faith. Is this correct if so why haven't I heard of more people defending themselves from companies using the DMCA to get rid of things they don't like?"

Comment: The states don't win on these deals.... (Score 4, Insightful) 260

by nrasch (#28102921) Attached to: Apple Plans $1 Billion iDataCenter

It cracks me up to keep seeing states jumping through hoops and giving away all sorts of tax revenues for these big companies to set up shop. Then, later on, the company reveals that only about 30 jobs are going to be created in actuality, and the state has lost more than if they had just let the deal pass them by.

I have yet to hear of a happy ending for one of these deals for the state, and I'd be happy to be corrected if some one has a link....

Comment: I almost feel sorry for them.... (Score 1) 94

by nrasch (#28003557) Attached to: Sophos Releases Klingon Language Version

I almost feel sorry for them....

With all the 'your using our IP' cry baby-ness going on, I'm sure lawyers will be sending them take down requests in droves.

There is at least one story every day on ./ about some corporation whining and threatening about things like this. :(

Maybe that is why they didn't fully finish the page.... ;P :Quote:
Why did we translate it into Klingon?
  Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Duis consequat odio vel risus fermentum at hendrerit sapien malesuada. :End Quote:

Comment: Microsoft must love this.... (Score 2, Insightful) 459

by nrasch (#27245455) Attached to: Linux Foundation Asks Who Says "I'm Linux" Best

The parent post says: "... hilarious but inappropriate, to the well-made but creepy, to the 'I'm sure it sounded good in your head.'"

If I was in MS's marketing department I'd be all over the bad videos. I'd show them to everyone I could and explain, 'See? This is the type of person who identifies w/ Linux. This is how they brand them selves. These type of people will be working on your servers, looking through the source code, etc.'

My job would be done, people thinking about switching over would be creeped out, and a fuzzy warm marketing glow would ensue.... ;)

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky