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Comment And the winner is... Vox Day (Score 2, Insightful) 1030

Yes, the social justice clique burned the awards to the ground to stop any Puppy-nominated candidate from winning. But all Vox Day (the Rabid Puppy leader) wanted was to take the award away from that clique, and he was openly willing to burn it down. They did it for him. Bravo.

The Sad Puppies this year were run by Brad R. Torgersen. He's the most moderate of the puppy group. He explicitly wanted the Sad Puppy slate to be apolitical, the best works around. So on the slate were works by people in the Social Justice clique, and works by those who were neither puppy nor SJ. All the clique had to do to save the award for themselves is vote for those works. But instead they hounded some of their own people into withdrawing their nomination, and refused to vote for those neutrals (e.g. Jim Butcher) who remained. Once again, bravo, SJW/CHORFs; in stomping on as decent a person as Torgersen you gave victory to Vox Day.

Comment Re:Is K-12 CS really necessary? (Score 1) 183

I just checked out the University of Maryland College Park (my alma mater) Computer Science program. They have no prerequisites in Calculus or Physics. In fact, they have no prerequisites (beyond general university entrance requirements) at all: "If you list Computer Science as your preferred major and are admitted to the university, you will start directly in our program."

There are 4 CS classes you can test out of (but without credits) if you do have previous experience; you can also test out of Calculus II. AP credit is accepted for Calculus I & II; IB for Calculus I.

Comment I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 4, Interesting) 183

US primary and secondary schools are good largely at smothering any love of learning or a subject that children have. Like to read? Here's a bunch of dull books you are required to read and give a report on. Like math? Here's a billion problems to work on, and don't dare sneak a peak ahead in the book to find the easy way (or write a program on your computer to solve them). Interested in history? Here it is in the driest form possible, please regurgitate on command.


Do Old Programmers Need To Keep Leaping Through New Hoops? 242

Nerval's Lobster writes: In recent years, it seems as if tech has evolved into an industry that lionizes the young. Despite all the press about 21-year-old rock-star developers and 30-year-old CEOs, though, is there still a significant market for older programmers and developers, especially those with specialized knowledge? The answer is "yes," of course, and sites like Dice suggest that older tech pros should take steps such as setting up social media accounts and spending a lot of time on Github if they want to attract interest from companies and recruiters. But do they really need to go through all of that? If you have twenty, thirty, or even forty years of solid tech work under your belt, is it worth jumping through all sorts of new hoops? Or is there a better way to keep working — provided you don't already have a job, that is, or move up to management, or get out of the game entirely in order to try something startling and new.

Comment Re:AT&T had zero choice (Score 4, Informative) 82

Of course AT&T had a choice, they could have gone to court. That would have stopped it right there. What could the NSA do, shut them down?

Trump up criminal charges and get the CEO of AT&T thrown into pound-me-in-the-ass Federal Prison, just like they did to the only telecom executive to refuse them. This ain't the bush leagues.

Comment Re:Police chief should be fired (Score 1) 220

Expand the tweet to say "Well, yes, I did have sex with my high school teacher."

Why not expand it to "Well yes, I did have sex with Morgan Fairchild, who I have seen naked on numerous occasions?" Because that would be about equally accurate.

The tweet being responded to:

âoedid @R_Sagehorn3 actually make out with [name of female teacher redacted in court filings]? prolly not.â

The response:
"Actually, yes".

Now, I'm an old fart, but I'm pretty sure "making out" still refers to amorous activities _short_ of actual sex. So you can't even get unchastity.

This wasn't a felony, it wasn't a misdemeanor, it wasn't an accusation of any sort. It was one person talking shit and another person playing along. No reasonable person (of which, I will grant, there are few in evidence in the administration of any high school) would take it seriously.

Comment Re:That's stupid (Score 1, Interesting) 417

When the 97% of nature is in balance, then the 3% of mankind's emissions will be enough to put it out of balance.

It seems that someone doesn't understand how an equilibrium works. You can use your brain and still be wrong if you don't understand the problem in the first place.

This is only true if it's an unstable equilibrium. There's ample evidence it is not; the fact that the planet has gone in and out of ice ages and warm periods and returned to status quo ante after large impactors and eruptions indicates the equilibrium is quite stable.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 1) 663

It's interesting but the fatalistic conclusion is nonsense; people in the US have been getting fatter (even controlling for age) for years, they can get thinner too. I got down from 170 to 150 through the simplest diet of all: eat less. It's been 20 years. I was in the 145-155 range most of that time; I'm now in the low 140s for other reasons. Did this make me hungry all the damn time? You bet. Did that pass after some time? Mostly. I also started exercising pretty hard, but that was after I'd lost the weight; that let me eat more without gaining back.

Willpower works. You just actually have to have some and not fool yourself with "oh those calories don't count", or "I used an elliptical for 10 minutes, I can afford that donut" and other such nonsense. And if you notice yourself gaining, you have to cut back. And you have to understand that yes, you will be hungry.

Submission + - Apple says diversity is important, but one contractor is 98% Asian->

dcblogs writes: Apple says workforce diversity "inspires creativity and innovation," but one of Apple's major contractors, Infosys, is far from diverse. In 2013, Infosys, an India-based IT services firm, had 509 workers assigned to Apple sites in Cupertino, Calif. Of that number, 499 are listed as Asian, or 98%, with the remaining 10 identified as either white or black, according to government records that were released as part of discrimination court case. Apple isn't the only firm with a disproportionate Infosys workforce. Of the 427 Infosys workers at insurance giant Aetna's Hartford, Conn., offices, 418 were identified in a court filing as Asian. This lopsided representation of Asian workers by IT services firms is not limited to Infosys. It is also a consequence of the H-1B visa program, which supplies most of the labor for the offshore IT services industry. Nearly 86% of the H-1B visas issued by the U.S. for workers in computer occupations are for people from India, according to a Computerworld analysis of government data from a Freedom of Information Act request.
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Comment Re:How to stop the losses (Score 5, Funny) 232

That's a serious point. They're not losing money "on every car sold", in that it implies that it's the cost of making the cars that's losing them money. It's the cost of scaling up by orders of magnitude that's losing them money. But that's obviously to be expected.

Well, the summary claims they're losing money on "operating margin", which would exclude capital expenditures due to scaling up. I suppose it's possible a slashdut summary isn't infallible, but I'm pretty sure they've never been wrong before.

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