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Comment: Stainless Steel Rat called it frighteningly close (Score 5, Informative) 213

by thinktech (#44304239) Attached to: Sci-Fi Stories That Predicted the Surveillance State
I'm disappointed that Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" is not at the top of this list. Written in 1961, it's entire premise is about a thief that operates in a society with computer surveillance tracking everyones every move. Facial recognition, camera and car tracking, etc, etc. I've re-read this many times and it's almost frightening how close it is to reality. Even to the point of most of the populace being comfortable with the intrusion.

Comment: Or perhaps the Judge has a sense of humor (Score 1) 243

by thinktech (#43742469) Attached to: Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video
I'm going to make the much more enjoyable assumption that the judge heard this guys request...rolled his eyes... and with an ironic look of imperialism slammed his gavel to the desk and declared that THIS VIDEO MUST BE DELETED FROM ALL THE INTERNETS! ... I'm also going to assume that he was forced to demand order in the court from all the clapping and that he had to summon medics because 2 teenage girls swooned.

Comment: Tried and True has become relevant to me (Score 1) 365

by thinktech (#43585699) Attached to: Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?
I've been a programmer for over 30 years. Starting with desktop applications and slowly migrating to web applications over the decades. And although I've slowly moved up into management (now at the VP level), I keep my skills honed and sharp to the point where I still help directly drive development projects all the way down to the code level which is still my passion. The one thing I've noticed over the years is that I no longer learn new tricks just because they're new. I don't have the cycles to learn fads. But I constantly watch new emerging technologies and dive head-first into new tech that looks promising and really makes sense to me. I'm much more skeptical about new things. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong, but when I'm wrong I get the play catch-up instead of wasting my time.

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