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Comment: Not enough punishment (Score 0, Troll) 195 195

But repairs are costly and penalties are not stiff enough to deter would-be vandals.

If the courts hadn't moved to declare hard labor "cruel and unusual" then it would be non issue. About six months of hard labor would be scarier to most low level offenders than five years in prison. Heck, in the South we could really amp it up just making them do chain gang duty with no bug repellant in the middle of the summer.

+ - XKEYSCORE: NSA'S Google for the World's Private Communications->

Advocatus Diaboli writes: "The NSA’s ability to piggyback off of private companies’ tracking of their own users is a vital instrument that allows the agency to trace the data it collects to individual users. It makes no difference if visitors switch to public Wi-Fi networks or connect to VPNs to change their IP addresses: the tracking cookie will follow them around as long as they are using the same web browser and fail to clear their cookies. Apps that run on tablets and smartphones also use analytics services that uniquely track users. Almost every time a user sees an advertisement (in an app or in a web browser), the ad network is tracking users in the same way. A secret GCHQ and CSE program called BADASS, which is similar to XKEYSCORE but with a much narrower scope, mines as much valuable information from leaky smartphone apps as possible, including unique tracking identifiers that app developers use to track their own users."


"Other information gained via XKEYSCORE facilitates the remote exploitation of target computers. By extracting browser fingerprint and operating system versions from Internet traffic, the system allows analysts to quickly assess the exploitability of a target. Brossard, the security researcher, said that “NSA has built an impressively complete set of automated hacking tools for their analysts to use.” Given the breadth of information collected by XKEYSCORE, accessing and exploiting a target’s online activity is a matter of a few mouse clicks. Brossard explains: “The amount of work an analyst has to perform to actually break into remote computers over the Internet seems ridiculously reduced — we are talking minutes, if not seconds. Simple. As easy as typing a few words in Google.”

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Comment: Just get familiar with it (Score 1) 125 125

I don't know about other toolkits, but Angular uses it for a number of tasks. There's a lightweight clone, but plugging in jQuery to replace that is very common. I've used jQuery with ExtJS as well because Ext's equivalent was pretty bad (as of 3.X and 4.X) for doing straight forward DOM access. Learn the very basics of querying the DOM with it and adding new elements, then move on.

Comment: Irony (Score 4, Insightful) 256 256

Asians make up less than 6% of the population according to Google, whereas blacks are 13%. Yet the former are over 40% of the company at Facebook. If Facebook were to be made to "look like America" then a significant percentage of its labor force would have to be laid off.

There's nothing "woeful" about these numbers. They tell us nothing about qualified black and Hispanic candidates not getting jobs. Given the interest in diversity, it's perfectly reasonable to rule out the probability that there were any because the interest in diversity would have almost invariably lead to them being given hiring priority if they applied.

Comment: God forbid the law applies to elections (Score 3, Insightful) 1082 1082

Being as he was one of the unelected lawyers who selected our president in 2000, he apparently has no sense of irony.

There is no irony here. None. Florida fucked up its election process to hell and back. The US Constitution provides no mechanism--none--for redoing such an election or extending a presidential election until that state can get its head out of its ass and finish its election.

All they did was decide based on the law when and how to finish the vote tallying and force the state to declare a winner. It was the best decision they could constitutionally make.

You know why you should thank your lucky stars they didn't keep it going until everyone had warm fuzzies? Because then the SCOTUS would have arrogated to itself the power to let a sitting president stay in office beyond his constitutional term or allow a man who is not legally entitled to assume the presidency assume it.

Do you really want to live in a society where the SCOTUS can hold up an election so long that the President has to stay in office illegally or resign and then the VP can assume that office via succession law until the election is all hunky dory to all parties?

Comment: Well they're getting closer to the truth (Score 5, Insightful) 473 473

"Because boys get more informal opportunities for computing experience outside of school, this lack of formal computing education especially affects girls and many youth of color."

Inch by inch, the social justice warriors are getting closer to the truth that boys dominate these fields because of all of their informal experience. Why? Because boys tend to be more willing to go against peer pressure and do what interests them. Male nerds and geeks may resent peer pressure and bullying, but they'll stick to what they like. Never met a single boy who took the attitude that he couldn't pursue his hobbies because of peer pressure unless those hobbies were things you don't mention in polite society (and maybe even make the avante garde squeamish).

No, girls don't need "more pushing." It would be a problem if a family let the sons fire up an IDE, editor + interpreter, etc. and told the girls that that was forbidden for them. I can pretty much assure you, that in the vast majority of American households, even religious ones, that doesn't happen. What naturally happens is that the boys will say "this is cool" and try it out and the girl will make all sorts of excuses ranging from lack of interest, to what would her girlfriends think.

And no, boys by and large don't put pressure on girls to not share hobbies with them. I've never met a red-blooded male who thought a generally feminine female who shared most of his interests was a bad thing.

Comment: They'd have people fighting to do overtime (Score 1) 381 381

If productive overtime, especially that built business, meant whoever involved got performance incentives. In contracting/consulting circles, it's common to draft the grunts who don't get those incentives to help write contracts. I guarantee you that if you took 50% of management's bonus pool and shifted it to a general pool for encouraging workers to pitch in on new initiatives and stuff like that, you'd have people fighting to pitch in.

Comment: Re:Reconciling faith with science (Score 1) 305 305

Unlike Science, Religion does not need to offer predictions nor make falsifiable statements.

Nothing needs to do anything, but it's pretty clear that all significant religions do make falsifiable statements. Practically, any religion that doesn't have an effect on this world isn't worth much.

Some versions of all significant religions are making falsifiable statements. But making a falsifiable statement does not necessarily result in a conflict with science. Many religions are making falsifiable statements that are mostly likely true, such as: Building your house on rocky ground makes it safer from floods than building it on sand.(Matthew 7:24) There is only a problem if a statement is proven false, but people will continue believing it, because their religion says so. If a statement is found to be false, many religions will declare that they must have made a mistake in the interpretation of their holy book and change their interpretation.

Practically, any religion that doesn't have an effect on this world isn't worth much.

I agree, but Religion do not need falsifiable statements to have a effect on this world. Falsifiable statements can be falsified because they describe the world and these descriptions can be wrong. Empirical measurements can be used to show that a certain description of the world must be wrong, because it disagrees with measurable facts. Religions change the world by making statements about how the world should be and believers acting on these guidelines. But it is only possible to measure how the world currently is, not how it should be. Statements about how the world should be are always not falsifiable, but can be extremely powerful in changing the world. Science describes the world as it is, philosophy and religions try to make statements about how the world should be.

Science can make a statement like if we do X, Y will happen. That is a falsifiable statement that can be tested. It does not tell you to do X, it only describes the consequences of doing X. People still need to decide that they do want Y to happen, only then they can derive the statement that X should be done or not done. Deciding if X should be done, depends if you believe that Y would be good or not. Sure, for some Y nearly everyone agrees that this Y should be avoided, and the hard question is not "do you want Y to happen?" but "if you you do X will Y really happen?" But on other questions of moral and ethics it is the other way around. Nearly everyone agrees that (Y=)millions of people dying should be prevented, but not everyone agrees that (X=) it is required to cut down CO2 emission to do so. On other hand everyone agrees that an embryos dies if you have an abortion, but people disagree on the Y question: Is it a bad thing if a embryo dies?

Comment: And if they really want to make nice (Score 3, Interesting) 229 229

The board should direct the termination of the executive responsible in such a way that it is termination for failing to abide by Disney, Florida and federal labor guidelines so that they don't get a severance. Since most of the employees are still there, there's no wrongful termination lawsuit they can bring against Disney so the risk to Disney by admitting that they caught an executive violating the rules and acted accordingly should be small.

Comment: It's not a recruiting problem (Score 5, Insightful) 298 298

It's a leadership problem, as shown by this:

sapped by alternating day and night shifts with little chance for academic breaks or promotion

I can't believe any other part of the military would push people in combat arms that hard with so little chance of academic breaks or promotion opportunities. Especially promotions. This is part of a general rot in the US Air Force that has been documented in various places, such as strategic forces being considered a loser's job and the antagonism to flying the A-10 warthog to provide close air support for ground units instead of sexy modern aircraft.

Comment: Like Google, they missed some big opportunities (Score 1) 80 80

Just as Google basically ceded the high end enterprise market to companies like Autonomy by refusing to package their software for individual and group licensing, GitHub's enterprise fees were ridiculous for what you got from them. When they openly advertised the prices, it was like $5000/year/20 users. $10000 for 50 users for a perpetual license? A lot of companies could have gotten into that, but a subscription is ridiculous especially when you consider that things like issue tracking are terribly simplistic compared to systems like Jira. You'd have to run something like Redmine in many environments and at that point, what are you really paying for except a bunch of slickness and coolness on top of Git?

Comment: Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

If the return on investment was really that good, then the graduates should have no problem repaying their student loans.

The average return on investment is that good, the individual return on investment can be really bad. Some people are struggling with paying back their own student loan, while others could easily back way more than their own student loans.

I think it also works quite well, because German Universities are not afraid of kicking out already accepted students. No GPA or SAT test is really able to tell if people got what it takes to be a successful engineer. In Engineering almost half of the students usually fail during the first one or two years. It is way easier to kick people out, if they did not already spend >$10K tuition at that point.

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