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Comment: Lobbying worse than useless (Score 1) 24

by SuperKendall (#49773105) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured

If the resources of the government can be brought to bear ....

Then they will fuck everything up, and burn hundreds of millions of dollars in the process that could have gone into doing something real.

The problem will go unsolved and everyone living around the problem will be a hundred times worse off than they were before.

Comment: Misleading and wrong (Score 1) 278

Coding jobs can be easily outsourced to wherever the going rate for labor is cheapest.

SOME coding jobs can be, but many cannot - there is aways going to be a market for good coders that pays far above minimum wage, and is also vastly more enjoyable than most other jobs.

At the very least we should not steer people away from a career than can be very enjoyable, even if you are right about pay dropping (which I see no sign of for good coders)...

I'm of the opinion that we shouldn't push girls into programming exactly but we should present appealing options for them to learn (like all girl coding camps), just for the sake of more women making a more informed choice as to what to study in college.

Comment: Backwards (Score 1) 278

He's just saying that making the choice to be home-maker should be just as valid for women as any other choice they could make. And he's right; it's not even close currently, as many look down on "homemaker" almost as much as they would "prostitute" or "stripper".

Why should choosing to be a home-maker be a choice any less honorable? And YES that also goes for Men, though if you think about it there's less of a societal stigma for men becoming a house maker than a woman!

Comment: Re:White Man's Fault (Score 2) 130

If you think about it it only makes sense that fracking in America creates underground pressures which *must* force volcanos to erupt worldwide to alleviate the pressure. Frackers Drilled, Volcanoes Killed!

Look for my paper on this in Science next month. It contains MANY data points which took me ages to fabri---er, collect.

Comment: Re:Why would I want a Facebook account? (Score 1) 130

And why on earth would I want to do that? Facebook has nothing of value to offer me that I care about

Well apparently now it does, or you wouldn't be complaining.

ProTip: It's not like you need to give Facebook any real data to sign up, and you can access it in privacy mode to thwart tracking cookies.

Comment: Re:Why did you ever think privacy matters to most? (Score 1) 90

by SuperKendall (#49770887) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

I guess it never occurred to you that, no matter how "personal" the nature of the typical Facebook account, those same people have plenty going on that they don't want made public.

Ar you sure? Why are you sure? There is absolutely zero indication that a large majority of people really care.

You need to back up your assertion with something beyond your own supposition - I have illustrated that many, many people post very private stuff all the time. Where is the equally large scale indications of people trying to hide anything?

Comment: Why did you ever think privacy matters to most? (Score 1) 90

by SuperKendall (#49769801) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

Look at what people willingly broadcast to the public over Twitter/Facebook.

Given that, why would you think they would care at all about privacy?

If you believe in privacy, you can't make the vast majority of people care about it. All we can do as computer professionals is try to provide as much privacy as possible, for those that do not know nor care...

Comment: Specs seem a little weaker (Score 1) 125

Apart from the display, the specs seems bit weaker on the Dell - the Macbook Pro has more storage capacity, and a faster processor even in the base configuration.

Also the Macbook Pro 15" now has the ForceTouch track pad, which will be more useful over time (and Apple makes excellent trackpads anyway, Force Touch or not).

I have a Macbook Pro 15" Retina currently, that I use in non-scaled mode (so I get 1:1 use of the pixels). I'm not really sure how much better the higher resolution would look on that small a display.

Comment: Re:This isn't a question (Score 1) 576

by quantaman (#49760485) Attached to: Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

There are exactly 0 valid reasons why gay couples shouldn't be allowed to get married, that's it, zero reasons, as in absolutely none.

I happened to be in Ireland the day before the vote and asked several of the No campaigners why they thought gay marriage should be banned. They ranged from adoption scenarios that already existed, a weird insistence that equality meant two things were IDENTICAL making gay marriage a contradiction, and the innovative approach of comparing gay marriage to global warming (because even though no one has had any problems so far that doesn't mean things won't go bad in the future for unknown reasons).

In short every argument was absolutely terrible and I had an absolute blast listening to them.

Comment: Not bad at all (Score 4, Insightful) 119

by SuperKendall (#49760383) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

I was a backer. Were you? Or do you feel compelling to complain on behalf of other people?

I got the main thing I backed it for - a dev kit.

Facebook buying them means an investment in learning to program for the Rift is probably 1000x more useful than it would have been otherwise.

I understand people are wary of Facebook, and for good reason. But I have seen huge upsides with pretty much no downside since Facebook bought the company.

"For the man who has everything... Penicillin." -- F. Borquin