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Comment: Re:I suggest a million dollar fine (Score 0) 317

by pspahn (#49357527) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

... unless he is retrained to do something completely different such as teacher or nurse ...

So you're saying we will be come a more educated society as a result? I jest, of course, but it's an interesting thought. Forcing people to retrain to another field will certainly broaden their knowledge of the world, or at least motivate people to have that broad array of knowledge in the first place.

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by pspahn (#49351655) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

This is pretty much what I do. I personally don't like all the generic words, and instead use variations of a similar pattern. I have several main patterns that I can determine which one to use based on a rule I know that takes the site's name into account. This is my base password.

Then I take the site's name and apply another rule to it. This becomes my salt.

Together they become a very complex password that is unique for each site and yet very easy for me to remember. An example (of course not close to what I use, but you get the idea) for Slashdot would be:

Slashdot.org - TLD is org so we use Gro.dotSlash as the hash + 19 (slashdot begins w/S, the 19th letter) + someone I love's DOB 9-18-80, so the full password is Gro.dotSlash1991880?

Comment: Re:Boo, you fad killer! (Score 1) 110

by pspahn (#49342447) Attached to: The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

These are pretty dangerous times we live in for many reasons. People believing they are smarter than billions of years of evolution gives me no assurance that these people have a clue ...

And CERN? Doesn't it make sense that every black hole in the universe at one time was a really tiny black hole? Is it a good idea to just start making a bunch of those?

Comment: Re:Keyword "apparently" (Score 1) 110

by pspahn (#49342405) Attached to: The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

In fairness to the GP, high school biology is pretty much the worst fucking class ever.

We had to dissect a fucking shark. It was awful. I can still smell it. The poor souls at the bench next to us had a frozen cat in a bag whose face looked like Scratchy got a rear end stuffed full of cocaine.

I'll take my D+ and be on my merry way, thank you.

Comment: Re:PHP is fine (Score 1) 177

by pspahn (#49325625) Attached to: Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices

I have worked extensively with both.

Expression Engine is just a bunch of ... huh?? It's not bad, but anything other than what they give you can be a pain in the ass. CI in general was always sorta good but shoulda been better.

Magento has clearly been something that redefined PHP applications. The 1.x branch is going to go down as some of the least maintainable software ever written, but it was bad in a very productive way. 2.x (which you'll probably be seeing in a /. ad in the next few weeks before the conference) has been thoroughly refactored and presents plenty of great new maintainability features.

On top of all that, the Magento core is actually very secure. There have been a few security patches, and of course warnings about third-party extensions, but the core itself has little to no record of massive vulnerability.

Comment: Re:When did Slashdot become a press agent? (Score 0) 197

by pspahn (#49325589) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan

As if there weren't a bunch of free tools already?

I think anyone serious about making money is going to be either invested in a proper professional package, or has devoted to Blender et al. If Pixar wants some space here, it's simply because they want young talent to use their stuff.

I guess the end result is, if you are young and want to maybe work for Pixar someday, learn this software, that way they won't have to train you and you're in.

Comment: Re:Alamo Broadband's complaint (Score 1) 314

by pspahn (#49324441) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

Yeah, I was waiting to get to the "onerous" part, but I didn't see it. They might have well just said:

Alamo seeks relief on the grounds that the Order: (1) is stupid.

But, of course it will go somewhere, because they filed it, and as it says in their petition, "venue is proper" (5th Circuit) because they are from Texas. I wonder how much money they are getting paid to essentially file this suit as a proxy.

Comment: Re:As long as (Score 1) 332

Really? Weddings? That's where you draw the line?

Killing people for bringing blankets and beds to kids, that's cool. Killing journalists, that's cool. Terrorizing locals, that's cool. Attacking schools, that's fine? Weddings none of that shit. ... that's it ... huh. To each his own, I guess.

Comment: Re:My wife likes these kinds of jokes (Score 1) 764

by pspahn (#49314609) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

There's the newish game called Besiege. There's a video on you tube of this giant robot someone built. It has fire coming out of its anatomy. It's fucking hilarious, but it's also pretty bad-ass.

I just don't get people that don't think it's awesome (my grandmother excluded).

Comment: Re:And the almond trees die. (Score 1) 415

by pspahn (#49314197) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

It takes 3 years for your first crop of almonds and 8 before the tree is delivering anything like commercial quantities. These trees have decades of work invested in them and the posts suggestion of ripping out the crop is stupid.

You've never grown anything for commercial profit. To the folks who do, it is most certainly "not stupid" to rip out your crop and replace it with something that would make you more money. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with the article, but if you grow things, and the things you currently have in the field don't provide as great a profit as something else, it doesn't matter what the crops are, you are going to replace your crops with something more profitable. Done.

I recall very well a weekend where my dad and I took chainsaws to hundreds of nice sized (4-5" trunk) retail nursery shade trees to make space for new ones.

"Can't you get anything for all these? Seems like a $600 tree could do somebody a lot of good instead of turning it into mulch."

"No, I can't get anything for these. It will cost more money in labor to sell these than I would get back. Also, I can save a few thousand in mulch by making it myself."

I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.