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Comment You'll be there someday, if you're not already (Score 4, Interesting) 162

There are a lot of good comments about older developers who are more than qualified in numerous ways in the tech world today.

For the younger guys who are developers: Use those long-term thinking skills and remember where you might be in XX years.

Are you a person who loves to learn (and keep up with) new technologies and solve real problems, and has learned a lot over the first few years of your career?
Do you think you'll be any different any years down the road (other than being more experienced and more mature maybe)?

If so, then welcome to the life of may older developers. Granted, some people don't keep up nor want to, but the same can be said for virtually any age group.

My point is simply: Be careful who you prejudge as you will potentially be an older developer one day yourself. Unless you've gone into another role/career or made your retirement $$ before age 40, be kind to the ones who can offer a lot of talent, even at their age.

Thanks for reading.

Comment Precisely Why... (Score 5, Insightful) 272

This is precisely why:

- Apple didn't want to release a tool to unlock iPhones.
- Back doors should never, ever, ever be required for any type of device.
- Encryption keys should never, ever, ever be given/managed by any government agency.
- Etc., etc., etc.

When will the masses wake up and realize that a large, controlling government will never be a good thing for freedom?
Ramley-out! :-)

Comment So in the long run... (Score 2) 267

American companies can not provide unbreakable encryption? Another country will provide those products and people will want them. Our tech firms get hurt. Brilliant!

...Until all countries follow our laws and prohibit the same thing(s).

Then the only people who have an immense, evil amount of power are governments... beyond what we (in the US) allow today.

Not to get into the politics of it all, but doesn't limiting the size and scope of our government here in the US make the most sense in the long-run? Handing over power to our government might seem great when the right people are in office, but when the people change (and the power is still there), everyone is screwed. History repeating itself over and over.

Comment WebMD Article (Score 3, Informative) 514

Another interesting article talking a little less positive about this:

Quote: “No information was taken on the amount of drugs or other things that might have to be used to raise them".

Quote: The main change to the salmon caused them to produce more growth hormone, but tests used by the company couldn’t detect how much they were making, according to Hansen. “It was like using a radar gun that doesn’t detect speeds below 125 miles per hour, and from that concluding that there’s no evidence that cars and bicycles move at different speeds,”

Here's the link:

Comment Re:Risk Management (Score 5, Insightful) 737

According to a CBS article, the US has a policy that no one single person can be in the cockpit alone during a flight. If one of the pilots needs to leave the cockpit, a member of the flight crew will step in until the other pilot returns.

Apparently this is not the case in Europe. Perhaps it will be now.

How unfortunate this happened.

Comment As it should be... (Score 1) 69

... at least IMO.

Background: I have been using XCode 6.6 (I think) for about a month now, as swift sounded intriguing. I wasn't a huge fan of obj-c, but I worked with it for a mobile app, so swift sounded like a potentially nice evolution...

One of the plus's of the IDE with Mac OS X is the ability to quickly assemble a UI. I would much prefer being able to work under the hood with the code for the rest of the app... it helps me understand the language, and how everything works together... as well as a sense of control, knowing it does what I intended for it to do.

If you want to create a complex app, it seems that one should know what they're doing... especially if it is to be used for more than personal use... for so, so many reasons.

Comment "Feels" Unnatural... (Score 4, Insightful) 151

Business decision(s) aside, it feels completely unnatural that such a cool, grassroots company sold out to a behemoth monstrosity like FB.

I would really like to see FB taken down a notch (putting it nicely), and this I am afraid will draw more people to it, as this tech is very compelling. I don't want to have to use FB to play with VR on this level. Perhaps I won't have to.

Maybe Oculus did need the help referred to in the article, but couldn't there have been another way? $2B would be hard to turn down, but (imho) they could have gotten there another way, and maybe surpassed it.

just my $0.02

Submission + - Yale Professor 'Embarrassed' to find Tea Party Members Scientifically Literate (

An anonymous reader writes: Professor Dan M. Kahan of the psychology department at Yale says he was surprised to discover a positive correlation between science comprehension and members of the Tea Party:

"Identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively (r = 0.05, p = 0.05) with scores on the science comprehension measure."

Comment Not a bad CMS, Very flexible (Score 1) 70

I have a client who wanted to implement ModX (Evolution, the prequel to Revolution). I took a look at it for them, and found it to be very simple to work with, and was quite flexible to be able to do what you needed with it.

It has its own coding standards, and allows for static templates or DB storage for HTML. It's definitely easier to use/customize than Joomla, and some of the other (more popular) CMS's. Out of the box, it just works, and works well.

Would I recommend it for everyone? Definitely not. I would compare its ease-of-use to WordPress, but I tend to like it better... if for no other reason than its not WordPress.

Just my simple 2 ... it's worth a look.

Comment Re:So do something about it. (Score 2) 525

You want to get rid of the TSA?

Don't fly.

It's that simple. No, don't tell me you have to. You don't. You get enough people together and you all refuse to fly until the TSA is dismantled, and you know what'll happen? The airlines will get things changed in a hurry and the TSA will evaporate in a puff of invalid logic. It's that simple!

"Oh but it isn't and I have no choice and I need to fly and-"...

I can't agree with this more. ...and I've done my part, but not only for TSA reasons.

You can be guaranteed that if *we* all stopped flying to protest the TSA, the TSA would go away because the airlines would scream 'bloody murder'. You can also be guaranteed that this will never (absolutely never) happen, because people in this day & age put their (mostly petty -- a dying family member is not petty) needs before something as important and fundamental as this.

Wouldn't it be a good start if we all could pick a day (or a week, etc.) that no one booked a plane ticket in the name of TSA protest? It would send a message, at least, but wouldn't completely stop the craziness of what is happening today. When can we have a "no fly day"?

Comment Maybe I'm Crazy, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 283

This is Slashdot which has a deep user base of highly skilled technical talent, hates what's happening to the Internet (etc.) via the U.S. Government (etc.), and collectively has the ability to do something about it.

Personally, I often find myself reading articles like this, and becoming very frustrated about it to say the least. The older I get, the more I have seen the encroaching government rules/laws/lack thereof which basically invalidates some of the most important parts of the Constitution. It's gone waaaaayyyy too far at this point, don't you think?

All of this has to be somewhat obvious and common in terms of how you feel when you read this. I don't think I am in the minority here, but I might be crazy.

With the long-winded intro above... there must be something we can do as a collective. There are a lot of great minds here, and a lot of talent which can out-think, and out-perform anything the government can come up with without breaking laws.

What we're lacking is organization, and a plan to do something about it. That could be anything from making sure the world knows what's happening, to creating secure means of communication, to outing politicians, and getting the media involved, to a lot of things we haven't thought of.

I'm ready for the neigh-Sayers, and the "it won't happen because...", but doing something is a lot better than watching this all happen and feeling helpless.

How do we organize? How can Slashdot come together to do something positive which stops this atrocious behavior by our governments?

Before we hear about how silly this idea is or how it won't ever work, who has actually tried on a somewhat large scale in terms of people?

I may be alone, but I am so tired of hearing about all the incredibly ridiculous things our government is doing to the people who pay for them to be there.

Well, it was worth a try... I'm ready to be shot down, but if I didn't say something, I'd just be a lemming like a good percentage of the clueless constituency.

Rant over... :)

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