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Comment Re:This will obviously help. (Score 2) 511

Unfortunately, some people by their previous actions have proved that they are a danger to others, and need to be monitored and controlled.

Despite the fact that sex offenders have the second-lowest recidivism rate around (after murder)?

The alternative to keeping a close watch on a convicted paedophile and restricting his freedom is simply to chuck him in prison and throw away the key.

Well, despite the fact that there's evidence that most sex offenders do not re-offend (as above), and are thus not particularly dangerous to children, wouldn't they be better off in jail than living like this? That's the kind of "restricting his freedom" you are talking about.

I'm all for keeping kids safe and obviously think that sex offenses against children are despicable (and isn't it sad I have to say that?). But either they need to be able to serve their punishment and be done with it, or we should just kill them outright. After all, these pervasive time-unlimited punishments are basically saying they can't be rehabilitated, right?

Comment Re:generators (Score 1) 50

Sure, but then most of the transit is in cities, and it's either more expensive or slower to build outside. It's a tradeoff, to be sure.

Nobody's suggesting that it's impossible for a DC in NYC to weather the scenario that ended up happening, but it's into the diminishing returns so it's a lot more expensive. Even if the claim could be made that the DC made mistakes, they weren't trivially stupid mistakes - which is what the GP was implying.

Comment Re:generators (Score 0) 50

Oops, the basement is completely underwater and the fuel tanks are flooded. What do you do now?

Oh, you put the fuel tanks up high? No you didn't, that's against the fire code (bad idea having flammable liquid above people's heads in a fire).

It's OK, your tanks didn't leak, and you were clever enough to put your generators up high. But the fuel pumps shorted out.

Alright, you got lucky and the pumps were fine. But now you're out of fuel, as is everyone else, and travel is difficult since tunnels are flooded so getting trucks in is a nontrivial task. How do you keep the generators running?

What does Mr. Anonymous Coward, Site Reliability Engineer Extrordinaire, do now? More importantly, did you think of it before this hundred-year storm?

Comment Re:If there was a Bad at Math Map... (Score 1) 1163

The trick for the republicans is to find a way to whip the social conservatives up into a frenzy of support without also alienating the moderates.

Absolutely, which is why they're so f**ked now. It's impossible to do any sort of compromise between the "relatively moderate, boring" position and the current "right" of the GOP without both sides being seriously unhappy. Christ, you had serious candidates for office talking about how "women's bodies have ways of shutting [rape pregnancy] down" in legitimate, so not only do we not have to do anything allowing for rape victims, but any woman who got pregnant must have secretly wanted it. I don't even know how far back you have to go to find that as an acceptable belief.

Even if Romney won the election, no matter his actual leaning, he'd have to spend 4 years trying to convince the right not to torpedo him come re-election. Honestly, that's what I was more afraid of than Romney himself - he seems like a mostly-reasonable man, but his hand would be forced to the right trying to reassure the nutters who were never going to believe him anyway.

Comment Re:So Many Mis-Steps (Score 4, Insightful) 300

And I've heard (maybe this is just a rumor) that the next version of Windows server is not going to have a GUI interface and will be completely command line driven; what sysadmin wants to sit there typing command after command into a Dos prompt.

Uh... most sysadmins do that all day on Linux. That is, people whose title is "sysadmin" (implying a big-league system), not "IT guy" (implying a small-medium business) pretty much use Linux for servers, and they manage just fine.

I seem to remember that the GUI would be an option, not unavailable, but even if it were unavailable a server is not something you administer at the console. It's something you manage remotely, and even if you need a GUI (which is fine for the smaller companies), RDP is a stupid way to do that compared to a desktop console.

However, not requiring a GUI means that everything is controllable by command line which is a MASSIVE boon for anybody doing serious administration, because it means everything is scriptable and repeatable.

Comment Re:Free wifi was great when we had it (Score 2) 253

Uh... what? Not only is the vast, vast majority of the "encryption trend" due to default encryption on new routers and the fact that all devices now support proper encryption, not legal fears, but when did cops start shutting down open WiFi? I'm sure I would've heard about that on Slashdot.

No, the wardriving sheriff sending letters doesn't count because there was no threat, just information. It turns out that having open WiFi is a bad idea for many reasons, regardless of how nice it is for everybody else.

Comment Re:But we're still buying their oil, right? (Score 1) 480

Yeah, nobody but the United States, France, Russia, South Korea, India, Canada, United Kingdom, China, Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Slovakia, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Armenia, Croatia, Iran, the Netherlands, and Slovenia have operating commercial nuclear reactors registered with the IAEA.

Comment Graduated in 2009, learned real CS (Score 1) 632

I graduated from an unusually good and small public HS in New Jersey in 2009. I took APCS A and AB (the last year AB existed) in my sophomore and junior years, so we did fundamentals of programming (in Java), algorithms, polymorphism, inheritance. In APCS AB, we did data structures (trees, heaps, linked lists, hash and tree sets/maps), big-O notation and basic complexity analysis. After I exhausted the AP stuff, my school let me do an advanced independent-study type thing for credit, where I pretty much made up my own curriculum, as long as I could justify it. There, I learned Python, CGI/webapps (which culminated in a simple AJAX IMAP mail client), x86 assembly, Qt, and some other stuff. Myself and another friend of mine (in the same class) went to NJIT's programming competition and won it outright (we'd never been before or since) out of about 50 schools.

Looking back on it, it's just about the most fun programming I've ever had. Now that I'm in university, I do some really interesting and fun stuff, but it's all for classwork, so there's deadlines and I can't just go off in an interesting direction when I feel like it. And I have a heavy enough courseload that I don't have enough free time to program much. I still have fun with it, but I'd rather spend my time going out to eat with friends, or seeing a movie or something. Having a guaranteed 45 minutes a day where all I could do was go code interesting things was (looking back on it) a huge factor in getting me where I am today. I had an unusual situation and a fantastic teacher, and I wonder what happens to kids like me who don't.

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