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Comment: Re:been there, done that (Score 1) 254

by steelfood (#48613415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

How's your job look now, keyboard monkey?

Considering I (and most other people here) have neither acting nor comedic talent, still pretty damn good. Especially since everybody wants talented programmers, I know I don't have to be waiting tables or doing odd jobs in between gigs, because there wouldn't be any time in between gigs, and even if there were, it'd be on my terms like a sabbatical.

Now, if I wasn't particularly good at programming, I'd probably be a bit more nervous. But because I got into a field I'm good at (and consequently enjoy doing), I wouldn't even consider doing anything else, no matter how glamorous another job might appear. There's a lot of money and glamor in management too, but I'm not one for navigating local political landscapes either (and I know the same applies to a lot of engineers and programmers out there).

If you're looking for an entertainment career, it's a roll of the dice. If you get lucky, you make it big. If you don't, you're stuck doing bit parts and odd jobs. For STEM, you won't hit it big, but the work's steady and the pay's acceptable (unless you're in academia in which case you might hit it big but the pay'll be shit in the meantime). If I had both STEM and entertainment talent, that would be how I'd weigh my career options anyway. Fortunately, having only STEM talent means this life choice isn't applicable to my situation.

Also note that entertainment is a subset of liberal arts in general. There are a ton of literature, history, "business", and other majors who also have no entertainment talent, and as such have significantly diminished employment prospects outside of academia. In which case, burgers and fries it is.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 71

by steelfood (#48586023) Attached to: Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

obviously without testing to Western standards

That's actually not fair. There's a good chance the supplier mixed in some bad cables with good ones. The percentage of bad cables could be small (10% or less). In which case, it may not come out even with the most rigorous of testing, unless every unit shipped out was tested.

Here, nobody'd ever do such a thing because the backlash (fines, public perception, etc.) would put the entire company out of business. In China, even such a small increase in profit is worth it because they can pocket the difference and start up a whole new company afterwards.

The lack of corporate accountability is the real issue here, not the lack of testing.

Comment: Re:Already lost the "complete freedom" argument... (Score 1) 129

by steelfood (#48552567) Attached to: Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

It is a complete straw man. GP is talking about liability, whereas TFA is talking about the illegality of circumventing electronic protections.

These are two completely different things. If GP is advocating for the anti-circumvention measures of the DMCA, GP would be advocating for throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Not cool.

Comment: Re:Just Lie (Score 1) 317

by steelfood (#48552493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Lying about certs is pretty bad, since it can be verified. But if you talk and act like you know what you're doing, there are plenty of people out there who'd be willing to hire you with or without certs. A lot of managers are pretty superficial, and good presentation is more than sufficient.

The thing is, usually, the job you get hired into won't be that demanding. A manager who can't tell know who's bullshitting and who isn't probably won't have terribly challenging work, no matter what the job descriptions say (because said manager probably pulled a bunch of buzzwords out of his ass for it anyway).

It's not a career, but it's enough to get by. And experience has taught me most of the world really just wants to "get by." It's a sad but not unreasonable fact of life.

Comment: Re:why is it always comets and asteroids? (Score 1) 46

by steelfood (#48552463) Attached to: Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

Something about the necessary pressure perhaps?

It's like making diamonds. You need both the carbon, the heat, and the pressure. Geothermal vents only have two of the three (though they may spit out diamonds).

I'm just speculating. But I would imagine that if they thought geothermal was sufficient, they would have considered it. Of course, who knows, maybe it's the "science" journalist who's sensationalizing everything.

Comment: Re:Chinese computers come this way (Score 1) 268

adding some physical value to legit copies

FTFY.

Physical resources are scarce. Virtual resources are infinite. People selling virtual goods have all been obsoleted since personal computers became ubiquitous. You see it everywhere, from software to entertainment to information. It's a matter of waiting for society to catch up.

There is still value in some of these things, just not directly via sales.

Comment: Re:Byebye Node.js. (Score 1) 254

by steelfood (#48537435) Attached to: Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Sorry, both "HE" and "SHE" are not gender-neutral. The proper replacement term is "singular THEY":

If these PEOPLE know how to play it right, Node.js is history. Singular THEY had the same thing with the Mambo Fork Joomla. Hardly anyone (POSSIBLY HAVING A PENIS BUT POSSIBLY NOT) remembers Mambo anymore, and Joomla is a leading project.

Comment: Re:puns bypass censorship (Score 1) 156

by steelfood (#48537417) Attached to: Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Without a pun, pundits would just be dits.

The way I see it, China's just banned a whole class of lame jokes, presumably for mental health reasons. Maybe this'll force people to start using proper double entendres instead. I for one am looking forward to a whole new generation of insults.

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 341

by steelfood (#48529081) Attached to: New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

The only basis needed is self interest.

Many people would not agree with that.

Only because they wish to maintain this idea of superiority and separation over all other animals.

Until they start cutting out their own pieces of flesh to feed to random carnivores, anyone who thinks this way is merely a hypocrite. The farthest anyone's willing to go is vegetarianism, and those are the people who respect the lives of other animals and consider their existence equal to their own.

For everyone else who's not willing to hand out pieces of themselves, there's only self-interest.

Comment: Re:"You are not ready." (Score 1) 341

by steelfood (#48529049) Attached to: New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

As far as I'm concerned, if it's not human, it's far game food-wise. I should add that handling (and eating) wild primates might be a bad idea because the diseases they carry can and do jump to humans.

The only people with these issues are the ones who draw a hard line between their pet poodle and a pig on the farm. Not to mention people have pet pigs too... As for those people, they probably should become vegetarians instead of trying to resolve this cognitive dissonance. The way I see it, either you eat meat or you don't; there's no point in justifying it because any attempt would just be intellectual dishonesty.

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