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Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by ohnocitizen (#49144605) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch
This is dangerously false, and should not be modded insightful. All it takes is a quick google to find examples ( of people who committed suicides who first posted to Facebook.

People talking about it on Facebook just seek attention and don't have the courage or conviction to actually do it, nor do they actually want to do it.

That is harmful bullshit for many reasons. One being that committing suicide is not about courage or conviction!!! Honestly who talks about suicide that way other than an internet troll? Because that is how you push someone over the edge.

Comment: Re:Preloaded Crapware? (Score 1) 148

by ohnocitizen (#49070833) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6
Read the articles I linked to - where the company refuses to give info about what (and how much) is being downloaded. Then there is the fact that if a user is advanced enough to find the screen to disable an app - they know what they are doing and should be allowed to. Removing choice is crappy. In the end it doesn't matter whether or not you see the problem. Samsung lost a customer :).

Comment: Re:Preloaded Crapware? (Score 2) 148

by ohnocitizen (#49055817) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6
I have an S3, and the crap software (buggy, intrusive, annoying) that Samsung has installed has convinced me to leave the brand when I upgrade. What a clueless company. And for everyone saying "just root your device" - 1. We shouldn't have to in the first place. 2. It isn't that simple and easy for everyone.

Comment: Pop Quiz vs Real Interviewing (Score 1) 809

by ohnocitizen (#49048645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
If you are only looking at developers who have worked with encryption, ask them to describe recent relevant projects. If you are getting in developers who don't have encryption on their resume, and expect them to answer what is essentially a pop quiz on a specialization - prepare for more disappointment. Also prepare to miss out on potentially brilliant problem solvers who won't be able to answer questions like that off the cuff, but who could probably *implement* a custom encryption solution for you if directed. If they DO have encryption on their resume, see how they talk about it. Perhaps using encryption in the day to day doesn't NEED to involve thinking about how it works, and so most developers don't waste time on it.

Comment: Re:Its politics/emotions not intelligence level .. (Score 2) 580

by ohnocitizen (#49042985) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities
Indeed, sorry you got modded down for an insightful reply. Science denial in this specific case however, seems to be across the political spectrum: ( - as opposed to the generally right wing tilt of denying climate change, evolution, etc.

Comment: Unschooling vs Homeschooling (Score 1) 700

by ohnocitizen (#48979471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
Check out: Look into finding ways to gain more control over school, vs leaving it entirely. Such as enrolling in college courses, etc. If you are using homeschooling to protect your child from science or the outside world - it will end poorly. If you are using freedom from traditional school to let your child really explore and treat middle/high school as early college - go for it! I recommend waiting until middle school.

Comment: Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (Score 5, Insightful) 120

by ohnocitizen (#48899293) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky
This isn't new, we've seen candidates from outside the political establishment try to break in before. What irks me is here is a guy saying "I'm an outsider, support me" as if that and net neutrality ought to be enough. It isn't. I don't know where this guy stands on various matters of civil and human rights, taxation, health care, education, the environment, separation of church and state, etc.

I'm even more suspicious when I see someone railing against "special interest groups", since many of the groups opposing net neutrality (like the EFF) count as special interest groups. That is just a catch all term for groups of people with money that spend it to influence politics. That includes groups we might oppose (like the Koch Brothers or "The Family") and groups we might support (FFRF and the EFF).

If he is serious about winning, he needs to put his cards on the table and let the people he is running to represent know how he will support them on the things they care about. Even if it is simply "I will hold public opinion polls and honor their conclusion". Because right now he is a closed book.

Comment: Re:Outcome of the vote (Score 3, Insightful) 497

by ohnocitizen (#48875467) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work
Mod parent up with the result. Also the purpose of the vote. The vote was a strategic tool by one party to get members of the other party on the record about climate change. To what degree that works we'll get to see in the next Senate campaign (if any of the Democrats are able to effectively use it in their campaigns). But this isn't about legislating science - its about applying political pressure to the people who deny science to secure votes. While I am not sure how effective that will be I would love to see bills about creationism hit the federal level. Can you imagine your Senator on the record saying they think creationism is valid science?

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