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Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 1) 296

It's not a good menu of choices to my mind. North Korea has been on a mission to develop nuclear technology and ICBMS for at least two decades now, and have lied and cheated every deal to try and dissuade them from going down the path. This will come to a head at some point, and allowing an unstable government to use or lose control of nuclear armament is not an option.

Comment Re:Damned if you do, damned if you don't. (Score 1) 477

I disagree completely. The 'image of the business' is a complex representation of the general zeitgeist and visibility of issues determined by vocal minorities and the media, which have been proven to be wrong in the eyes of history for as long as we've been writing it down. I would personally admire a business that took a stand against this sort of intimidation and said 'we believe in the tenants of freedom of speech, religion, and association and thus will not seek retribution against our employees for things done legally and off the clock, even for things this organization does not agree with'

Comment Re:Because university isn't for job training! (Score 1) 329

You are simultaneously underestimating what it takes to be a programmer and overestimating what university provides. Dreaming up the next great programming language will most likely be done by people with PHD's who have spent decades immersing themselves in language design. Meanwhile thousands of developers will be designing complicated tools for myriads of tasks every day benefiting immensely from a well rounded education. Elements of mathematics, psychology, geography, and philosophy will likely all play a role in any modestly complicated piece of software. You can't do that if you're trained 'for a task'.

Comment Re:Indeed (Score 1) 329

What is a code monkey job anymore? It seems like nearly all of what was once cookie cutter gui driven development has been subsumed by business suites or relegated to complex legacy software that requires years of business knowledge to maintain. Even making a fart app for a mobile device is more complicated than most people would appreciate.

Comment Re: I love rap music (Score 1) 167

The obvious takeaway from your comment is that you accept rap culture with all it's flaws. That is generally open minded and accommodating. You do segue into 'all art that connects has merit' bit that toe me is both preachy and dangerous. Jenny McCarthy might create a beautiful screenplay someday, but I'll be damned if I'll judge that without the context of an anti vaccine message.

Comment Re: Not surprise in the least... (Score 0, Offtopic) 457

Please. Prosecutorial discretion is not a vindication, particularly when the accused's spouse caught in a clandestine meeting with the chief prosecutor, who would be in quite a pickle if she'd been on the wrong side of that decision when Hillary came to power. This is in addition to deleting thousands of emails while under investigation and emailing classified information to an unauthorized organization (who conveniently all got immunity...and don't give me this marked classified bullshit, everyone knows that's not how it works.) This leniency for willful defiance of the law for personal gain (or protection from loss), will allow our current corrupt POTUS to push the boundaries even further.

Comment Re:Interesting timing re Trump's claims (Score 1) 447

He said more than 'I can deny it'. from the meet the press transcript:

Yeah, I was just going to say, if the F.B.I., for instance, had a FISA court order of some sort for a surveillance, would that be information you would know or not know?
JAMES CLAPPER:
Yes.
CHUCK TODD:
You would be told this?
JAMES CLAPPER:
I would know that.
CHUCK TODD:
If there was a FISA court order--
JAMES CLAPPER:
Yes.
CHUCK TODD:
--on something like this.
JAMES CLAPPER:
Something like this, absolutely.
CHUCK TODD:
And at this point, you can't confirm or deny whether that exists?
JAMES CLAPPER:
I can deny it.
CHUCK TODD:
There is no FISA court order?
JAMES CLAPPER:
Not-- not to know my knowledge.
CHUCK TODD:
Of anything at Trump Tower?
JAMES CLAPPER:
No.
CHUCK TODD:
Well, that's an important revelation at this point. Let me ask you this. Does intelligence exist that can definitively answer the following question, whether there were improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials?
JAMES CLAPPER:
We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, "our," that's N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that included in our report.
CHUCK TODD:
I understand that. But does it exist?
JAMES CLAPPER:
Not to my knowledge.

link to meet the press Listen to the audio, it's clear that he's not trying to use weasel words (not to say he's not lying, he clearly has no problems with that).

Comment Re:Interesting timing re Trump's claims (Score 1) 447

I I watched that whole tucker/hines debacle. you're right, about halfway through Hines gives a very lackluster defense of his committee's oversight, 'we get regular reports of overreaches' or something to that effect. I wish Tucker had pressed him more on how he could improve that oversight.

Comment Re:I could not agree more (Score 1) 1001

Unless there's a long interview process, it's important to try and find out as much about an individual as fast as possible. Thus, within a small battery of questions one needs to find out: how do they think about problems, how do they handle pressure, what do they do when they don't know the answer. I know it sucks to be in such an interview, but I can see the merits of it. I think we as programmers often take it personally when we don't know all the answers.

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