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Comment Re:Extremely ignorant (Score 1) 523

You should do your own research on it. There's just too many things to list in this space. Search through Slashdot's archives for plenty of discussion.

Code for: "I don't really know." (But now that someone's called me on it, I will do some Googling and reply with stock Trump / anti-TPP information to show that I do know what I'm talking about.)

[ Please don't bother, your views are already clear. ]

FWIW I'm pretty damn liberal and I think the TPP is an abomination, or more accurately contains enough sub-abominations that its good features are not redeeming to the document as a whole.

Comment Re:Different from any other investigation?.. (Score 2) 145

Tech Firms Say FBI Wants Browsing History Without Warrant

Just how is this different — in principle — from the normal and old-fashioned investigation, where the investigator would talk to the suspect's friends, business-partners, grocery-suppliers, neighbors, and landlords? And, if the folks had any relevant records, ask to see them?

Sherlock Holmes would do that, Perry Mason would do that, Hercule Poirot would do that, Miss Marple would do that. Why can't the FBI — which law are they violating by the mere asking? There is no allegation in TFA of any illegal threats the agents have made against the companies for non-compliance or for demanding a warrant or some other approval from the Judiciary... What is the there there?

I'll bite - because this is compelled, not asked. An NSL *compels* information, and it also comes with a gag order. Neither of that is true of a cop asking. Now, in the case of a standard investigation, if they wanted to compel testimony or info they could get a warrant or a subpoena, as they can now for these records, but that requires a judge, not just a senior FBI agent, and typically never came with gag orders.

Comment Snowden (Score 1) 18

Snowden does actually count here. Love him or hate him, he's well known, and known for security (whether he's truly a "security guy" isn't really the point, as another poster pointed out Gates and Jobs are famous for tech, but what they really were were good managers, market analysts, and pitchmen)

Comment Sometimes (Score 4, Insightful) 568

Are you actually doing engineering work? Scoping out and building a system? If so calling yourself just a "programmer" may cheapen the scope of work you do. Moreover, the author points to huge software failures as examples of things that won't happen in Engineering, but bridges and buildings collapse too, trains derail, car designs turn out to be duds or unsafe, etc. Plenty of what the author defines as "real" engineering has run into the same problems he highlights in software. The author, frankly, seems to have a beef with software as a concept, and a problem understanding its role in the modern world. To answer the post title though: not all programming is engineering, but there is plenty of programming that is.

Comment Re:Totally Agree (Score 1) 568

Unlike law, medicine and traditional engineering fields, software development is completely unregulated with no real standard certifications (even a degree is optional). This is nice for letting skilled yet uncertified people into the field and allowing self-taught people to capitalize on their self-investment.

The IOT-craze will probably force us to take a second look at this as craptastic software will have an even greater influence on the tangible world and people that live in it.

Developers usually do not shoulder outward responsibility for the applications they write.

On the flip side, most of what we consider "real" engineering was more of an apprenticeship than anything else up until the 20th century, with no degree most of the time either.

Comment Almost same as OP, diff outcome (Score 1) 363

When I took Linear Algebra the prof (also the undergraduate chair in addition) had written the textbook. The commercial version, which could be bought on amazon and which other schools used, cost around the same as the one the article mentions. For any classes *at* my school the school had a special version printed and bound especially for them. The printing and binding wasn't the greatest quality and it only included the material used in the specific curriculum of the school, but it was $25 at the university book store. I've always thought that was really cool and I always respected the prof for that.

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