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Comment Re:Enders Game (Score 5, Interesting) 216

BINGO! I was just going to say the same thing. This is straight out of Orson Scott Card realm. Not surprised by any of this, we're already seeing already for YEARS with the Air Force marketing drone operators as 'video game playing'.

I'm not a true gamer by definition and levels of this, but the amount of Counter Strike, Half Life, Battlefield, Call of Duty and a like I've seen my college friends of old play in groups (a la LAN parties) and all that televised stuff now --- that game play and engines backing that are remarkably polished, realistic and the tactical intuition you develop would no doubt be a transferable skill for any future warfare.

When I did my time in the service, I remember vividly remember the SNES MACS setup being a huge marketing tool at our unit and booths. It was a recruiters wet dream to bring in kids "hey you like Super Mario World, try this!" shit. Then, I remember being deployed to the motherland of Iraq for a stint in early 2000's, the name of the device in our up-armoured HMMWV's ran embedded Windows CE with a GPS and a few other sensors, then back in Kuwait or some of those master command camp areas, General's had all those up on a huge zoom-in map interface projected on a big 30-40' wall and would use that for surge and placement like they were playing 'Risk'.

Comment Would the subject should be is... (Score 0) 221

42% of Americans Under 8 Have a... Digital Device to Do Parenting and Handle Any Amount of Attention for them so they can dabble on their device(s). Shameless, really.

Reminds me of a Geoff Ryman sci-fi short I just listened to not too long ago about BESTsi doing all-things-parenting because mom was to pre-occupied with her own life.

Comment Rotten Tomatoes is manufactured eye candy (Score 1) 173

I agree with this movie critic for sure. I used to be an avid Rotten Tomatoes review scourer and I stopped doing it, but not for a lot of the reasons that critic outlined, except for the general term of: the internet.

Rotten Tomatoes, to me, turned into yet another platform for everyone to try and stand on to write the best blog-vlog-journalistic-thesaurus-oozing cute-and-clever one-liner with a very binary representation: to tell me how amazing and awesome an average movie really was or to shit on it on in epic proportions to get some head turning attention. That's it.

It just started to be less of a trusted second opinion and more of a flap-jack race for people to get a word out on a platform. Not using or reading RT has turned my life back into my younger adult years of the 90's: I watched or caught a trailer, and next and only decision was: is this prime-time evening price worth or matinee? After that, if it sucked, then it sucked. If it was average, it was average. If it exceeded my expectations, I bought the VHS/DVD/Blu-ray or streaming copy (now).

Comment This stuff needs to END - whats wrong with ppl? (Score 3, Insightful) 1219

This is a whole new level of insanity I just cannot wrap my head around. I just don't understand the mentality or whacked-out level of disgruntlement, depression and motive it takes to want to walk into a concert and mow human beings down with an assault rifle (I presume), then have your own life taken. That in itself, minus the news-fed death toll that's rising as I type this, is a tragedy.

It's just downright scary as fuck anymore to go to any public event. I look at the school shootings from the late 1990's and 2000's, that 'joker' impersonator who took lives at the Batman movie premiere, Boston marathon bombings, the Ariana Grande concert in London as of late, and now at a fucking Country music concert at Las Vegas? Talk about wanting to just stay at home anymore. Living in the United States or not, I think anyone is going to start second-guessing

Point I'm getting at is, one life or a million lives, this insider-thread-homeland or organization-led terrorism shit happens every day on scales that blow my mind. I wish that it all made headlines so we'd, as a world of people, would figure out how to handle it. Because it's not right or just, and even though this is making huge headlines, we sure don't blink more than once at headlines for any war-torn country where a car bomb erases hundreds of lives --- and that's just as terrorism-led and tragic. We need to stop minimizing it and come together to end this type of behavior.

It's honestly sad and I'd be the first one to say, the more and more this happens, the less and less I seem to find an answer to any of it.

Comment All the new word-smith phrases for getting DDOS'd? (Score 2) 74

Are these airline information systems really all that fragile in this sector? I know we all say that, but I personally don't have a F clue; I'm 100% media driven on this from what I read, consume or read-between-the-lines. I'm hoping someone close to this could chime in or reply...

With any one of us with any moderate amount of IT experience in the trenches and at any level that's support any ops or for-profit system, It's hard to dismiss a generic statement such as network issue. I know management I've worked under in the past at other organizations, private and government, would pre-can some huggable and down-played message like that --- and I totally get it; it's embarrassing on any level for any end-user disruption, but we'll never know why.

With the amount of breaches, DDOS's and what seems like this popular resurrection of using the word 'Hacking' like we are all hoping a Hackers reunion happens with Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie is just nauseating, but a very true reality anymore with the lack of implementation over security practices.

Comment All Forecasting Rubbish... kind of (Score 1) 72

My subject is just mass skepticism mixed with a bad science and forecasting model coupled with some sick conspiracy to get people who live in the Northern US to stay up until the wee hours again like we all did in July 2017! This is even more bleak than last time based on their description.

I will say: Why the heck is 'upper tier of the US' and 'areas of the US' even advertised in this article? That's garbage. Upper tier is Minnesota, North and some of South Dakota, Montana and anything else directly east and west of those and certainly not anymore south than Nebraska as best. Did geography change overnight? The only thing I see is Alaska and that's never been considered 'CONUS' last time I knew. I guess when the 'US' is said, I think CONUS --- we all know Hawaii and Alaska are part of the US but outlying.

Man, whoever is writing this Aurora news lately really wants to make a story out of it.

Comment Obviously less processed == better all around (Score 1) 477

I think this is a HUGE misnomer in forever it seems like when it comes to diets --- but really we should call them 'lifestyle eating habits'. I'd say buy and large, most people eat like complete assholes because it's convenient. What's easier going to a restaurant or cooking yourself a healthy meal? I'd even go a step further, what's cheaper? A restaurant or buying your healthy meal at a grocery store? It's not a trick question, anyone who has, leads or carries out any sort of modesty and good eating habits will tell you it's expensive to keep up with buying raw fruits and vegetables (organic to boot) and stay on budget with it. (that's if you don't have a community garden, access to a farmers market that's reasonable or something of your own to offset it a bit)

A lot of daily diets leads to common sense IMHO. I can't speak for other countries, but in the US, I know any health class I took in grade/high school and undergrad taught me any raw vegetables, grains and fruits that are high in fiber carry out cholesterol out of the body. So you balance it --- that doesn't mean you eat the shit out of foods that are highly set in saturated/trans (e.g. processed foods most of the time) because you ate a single carrot stick. It's all in moderation and balance. These studies seem obvious over the general haul of health education any common person has --- it's too bad most don't follow it.

Eat to live. Not live to eat.

Comment Hard to change the 'free app' as-a-service culture (Score 1) 72

This is totally preaching to the choir here, but sooner or later, everyone needs to come under the realization that your data is worth a TON of dollars. What's better with today's tech, than build you a whiz-bang service for 'free' and how do you think it remains 'free'? Situations exactly like this. It's a completely massive intangible but highly potent asset anyone starting any established or startup company wants to have.

As long as everyone keeps making a quick popular trend of these types of services wrapped around mobile app obfuscation, it won't ever end. At the end of the day with these companies, it matters very little what type of shit they are selling, it's all about what they are getting or can get to. The 'phone' these days is the most personal damn thing any one of us suckers use anymore, right?

Comment Ton of respect for the field, why water it down? (Score 3, Interesting) 179

I hope I am not in the minority with this, but I honestly enjoyed the concept of Dev/Code Bootcamps. I've had an internal philosophy that no matter what 'career' you do (to some extent, so let's not anon-troll that, please) or hobbies/interests, development skills in some programming language would help you. And if you want to make a career out of it, even better!

However, that being said, I'm also a firm believer in experience over quick buzzy skills any day of the week, 100% of the time. All I viewed this as was a way to 1) make a non-profit for gains in big dollars on the business side (WTF WOULDNT want a successful non-profit) and 2) water-down a field that, in my opinion, should NOT be watered down.

Software engineering/development, bridging advanced mathematics (e.g. linear algebra, calculus, etc.) takes an EXTREME amount of well-rounded background in all things computing, skills and investing into yourself, your study, your craft. It's the field I work in, respect and make a living in. I feel like a chimp in shadows of some truly gifted software developers I've met and worked with in my past and I've been doing this for almost 15 years professionally now. Those people didn't get there by taking a quick 4 week crasher on the shiny-new-topic, whizbang a resume with a thesaurus and try to land a $100K gig for 6 months to build a 'previous employment' line-item they could wow the next place into hiring them on.

It's sad from the ideology of it, but if this is the direction it's going, I'm not totally heartbroken either from the glass-half-empty perspective.

Submission + - Martin Shkreli Buying Domains of Journalists' Names Who Ousted Him (arstechnica.com) 1

Comment Boo AccuWeather, too late for action now (Score 1) 54

I'm not as surprised as I am a bit confused as to why every tech-related company and their CEO/CIO/COO/CTO decides to do some overbearing data collection secrecy and bury it in a T&S agreement, all-the-while knowingly have a pretty good idea that there is going to be a massive end-user boycott, push-back and the venom that is social media isn't going to propagate it like a pandemic disease?

I'm sure I've seen this movie before like the rest of you --- heck, Plex was just in the news about this, so it's not like any company, their management driving the decisions are naive what-so-ever; it would never work to say you would have never guessed this type of backlash before, plenty of examples all over.

It's either the classic I-dont-give-a-fuck pompous stance in the conference room, the probability is that high that they could eek a change every once in without a gazillion of their user base knowing (or caring), or maybe I greatly under-estimate just how much value monetarily and also an in-house asset all user habit and usage data really is.

Comment Re:Just as ignorant as educated males see it (Score 0) 694

Same boat, here. Albeit my wife isn't an an engineer or do tech work, and even though at least one of my two daughters (middle and high school) dabbles and ask me a lot of questions about computing topics, EE, code slinging and all the nefarious stuff I making a living out of at work and at home with my hobby projects, I'll say this: Women get the under-hand and deal with completely different psychological, work, aptitude and people obstacles I will never deal with as a male, dude, man, etc.

Maybe my girls, all grown up and on their own, won't be engineers of any type, but guess what? I guarantee they are going to get treated and viewed exactly like this in whatever it is they do as long as their is a male around and seemingly in-line or above them in some management hierarchy. They will always be in the higher probability of all things unfair and that's mind bending to a parent like myself knowing out the gates, the playing field isn't the same for them, just because they are a woman and have these remarkably shitty views pre-determined onto them. Their pay is always going to be less than whatever I seemingly do in my career as a male; that pisses me off --- they are just as smart, intelligent, talented, qualified and can be potentially the-best-fit as anyone else (gender NOT a factor). So it's a fucking life-long problem for me, my family I was blessed to have and I really don't like it and anyone who can't look past and gets stuck in the 'James Damore' loop should kindly unhook themselves from their cross, go eat a bag of pony dicks and revert back to the neanderthal they are.

This goes so far beyond being a big swinging big-thinker ego-maniac types and computing/IT and extends into everything. This isn't a '2017' thing, this isn't a 'Silicon Valley' thing --- it's a humanity thing. And just like every fucking social and equality problem we have in our world it all boils down to: thinking and immediate environment. Change your thinking and get out of the environment that makes you think that way. The only reason any of this exists is because we perceive it and think it's normal because of the person before us did it. Racism, Sexism, Gender/Race inequality and everything in between is learned not genetic.

Comment No thanks and go to the 'cheap' theater instead (Score 1) 274

This just seems like a pre-brokered deal to sell end-user data at all costs from movies, to spending, to everything --- I love how it has to take 'credit/debit cards'; try not to be so obvious as to what you're doing. We all know our 'data' is worth mega bucks, so why make it look like a great deal to the end user by selling us an idea like a 5 year old who would do anything to get a cookie out of the cookie jar? No thank you.

Even if it was at face value of $10/month for endless movies with no data, I don't even go to the movies ONCE in a month, let alone finding anything of interest or quality to even watch that comes out much anymore.

But as my subject eludes to, I just wait until the big-box theaters move off the movie and hit it up for a fraction of the price at cheap, last-prime theaters or go to really small community theaters with a single screen. I get to see new release throughout the summer for $5 and can easily slip into a large popcorn and diabetic soda coma for under $7. So for $2 more, I'll take that any day of the week over this shit show of a sales pitch to data mine my life anymore.

Comment End of typing for the minimum wage and non-tech? (Score 1) 230

This is a very skewed article IMHO. All I came away from it was that a very minimum age porter in a subway and airport has a bunch of tech in his hand with todays internet where everything is mobile friendly and at his finger-tips. There is ZERO barrier to entry to get in on using top technical apps, trends or be in-the-loop. This guy is 100% right: he doesn't need to know SHIT about home-row or sending a well articulated e-mail to a boss about xyz topic. So of course typing on a keyboard is useless; it probably barely scrapes by, has a completely liquidated dirt-cheap marketed phone that gets him 'online', that's it. I bet he doesn't have a computer or a laptop because he can't afford one and all he needs to feed vindicated, fulfilled and get what he needs is in his hand on a 4" screen.

This isn't any different than the thousands of us that will make the same comparisons a little closer-to-home (so to speak) to the youth born in sub-2000's, the aging senior citizens or grandparents or maybe their own non-adopting blue-collar 9-5 parents who maybe are just ditching a flip phone without SMS even for their first smart phone(s).

You can't say end of typing is now; end of typing hasn't even exited still for hundreds of thousands of people before and after this. I certanly can't cough it up, it's how I make a living and for the majority of the tech industry and any other industry, it's not dying, but just for people who don't ever need it.

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