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Comment Re:Says more about him then other people (Score 1) 151

Please describe to me a job with that kind of massive tech use requirement but ALSO lets you go 24 hours without being in any contact at all (not even phone).

I propose that job is so rare as to be irrelevant to a general discussion of the issue. They can talk about it on an industry specific site.

Comment Says more about him then other people (Score 1) 151

Look, if you are the type of social media obsessed fool that constantly checks your phone every minute of every day, then YES, 24 hours of no electricity will keep you sane. It also means that 6 days after you do it (the day before you next free day), you will be a bit insane.

Or you could simply engage in moderate, sane levels of e-use throughout the week and never get to that point.

You could for example merely kill the privacy stealing Facebook, keeping your twitter, phone, text, internet search, and probably get the same effect.

Or perhaps just use facebook/twitter once a week rather than every single hour of the day.

When lunatics moderate their behavior, they appear sane. Better to be moderate through the entire week, rather than go hog wild 6 days and abandon it the 7th.

Submission + - SPAM: Pennsylvania May Be the Most Vulnerable to Voting Hacks

rmurph04 writes: As reported by CBS News, the battleground state of Pennsylvania might as well have a target on its back as Election Day nears, the cybersecurity company Carbon Black warned in a new report released Thursday.

Across the state, most Pennsylvania counties use particularly high-risk electronic voting machines that leave behind zero paper trails, which could be useful to audit the integrity of votes cast. In addition, many of these machines — called “direct-recording electronic” machines — are running on severely outdated operating systems like Windows XP, which has not been patched by Microsoft since 2014

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Comment Re:Would you rather they SHOOT YOU DEAD? (Score 5, Insightful) 185

You display ignorance and a misunderstanding of statistics.

Police are not angels, they are human beings. They are almost EXACTLY as honest as your average employed civilian. Studies show that 96% of them are not criminals, with another approximately 10% doing unethical but not clearly illegal things (such as 'not following protocal').

You look at that and stupidly say wow, 96% is great.

The rest of us look at that say 4% crooked means one in every 25 cops is an outright theif, and 10% shadey means that if you walk in to a police station and you will see a shady cop in every single squad room.

We realize we need to write the laws based on those 4%, not the 96%.

We also realize that that 96% - they are not the ones that end up shooting unarmed civilians. When a cop hits the news for questionable behavior, the odds are not 4% crooked or even 10% shady, but more like 30% crooked and 70% shady.

Comment Re:Probably actually illegal (Score 1) 249

You are falling for the fallacy of scale.

Everyone knows that a candy bar is worth about $1-$2. So when you see someone get one for 50 cents, you know they underpaid, and when someone pays $10 for one, they overpaid.

But you have no idea the value of something like stakker. So they got a huge amount of money, it was their BUSINESS, and was beyond doubt worth a huge amount of money. If they had a $200 million company, but settled for $20 million, you would see that same thing as if they had settled for $400 million.

Usually you settle for a fraction of what you deserve, and the lawyers take 1/3 minimum to 1/2. The longer the suit, the higher percent they take.

Basically, you are some shmuch that looked where I pointed, saw a large hill and said "That's big" without ever realizing I was pointing at Mt. Killimanjaro behind the hill.

Submission + - What is employers obsession with programming languages? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Just got off the phone with a recruiter for a company and the lady asked if I had 3-4 years C++ and 3-4 years Java experience. Okay, so first off, C++ and Java are two different programming languages used for two completely different purposes.

C++ being used mainly for low-level platform specific programming and Java being platform independent. My response was I programmed in C++ throughout college, but haven't worked any jobs specifically writing C++ and I've had Java experience in past jobs, but mostly used C# which was similar.

She said, "Oh well we are only looking for those two languages so thanks anyways". Is it just me or is this absolutely insane? It's like wanting to hire a mechanic who has 3-4 years experience working with just 1978 ford trucks. I mean really? How did we get to this point as engineers?

As any developer worth their weight in salt can attest, the languages are so similar it's kind of difficult to distinguish between them looking at syntax alone and if you've got a computer science background or equiv what's it really matter if the underlying OOP concepts are the same.

Is this just a result of incompetent managers and ignorant recruiters or as engineers have we set ourselves up by succumbing to a label such as Java Engineer or C# Programmer.

Should I just say yes, and move forward with the interview? I mean, I could probably answer most C++/Java programming questions unless they are truly looking for people who spend all their time memorizing specific libraries or API's which in my opinion is insane. I equate that to trying to memorize a phone book. You can but why would you want to?

Not only is it frustrating as a job candidate, but it seems to really be limiting your hiring pool to a small few who by chance happen to work in a couple different programming languages over the course of their career. How do most of you handle this sort of thing?

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 3, Informative) 288

1) No, truth is not relative, but INSULTS are. When you say things in one context, they are bare truth. In another, they are discriminatory and insulting. For example, saying "I don't accept stolen food" is always true, but saying it after I offer you a sandwich is insulting because it implies that I stole the sandwich. You damn well better have a video of me stealing it, or you are just an a-hole.

2) (Followed response) You strongly implied, which is just as bad as saying it.

3) You want evidence that tRump kept the issue going? http://abcnews.go.com/Politics... Birth Certificate released in 2011, Trump kept the issue alive in 2012 and 2013, and did not publicly announce that tRump was wrong about the Birther issue until 2016.

4) I knew Obama was born in Hawaii because I was not stupid nor paranoid enough to believe that his mother - an American citizen - would falsely put birth announcements in BOTH the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin. Only a total moron or a virulent racist would think that was faked.

5) You have lied about what my position is. I do NOT claim that a white person would not have been questioned, I claimed that two specific white people were given cursory examinations while the black person was put under a microscope, looking for every possible flaw - and none was found. I gave TWO white people who were running for Presidency whose birth was questioned then accepted - Cruz and McCain.

The fact that you still do not see something is racist merely reflects on how badly your own logic works.

My logic works fine, it is a flaw in your understanding of what a racist means. Racist does not mean "I hate X and patently consider myself superior to X". Instead merely requires a belief that different races should be treated differently - or that the different treatment is 'acceptable'.

Cruz and McCain were given MUCH easier times than Barack Obama were given. That alone is racist.

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 4, Informative) 288

1) It's controversial because of how and when he said it. Specifically, one of his campaign managers fired a woman for being pregnant, and Trump was excusing this inexcusable behavior.

2) The birther lie was rascist. (Also if you FOLLoWED that link you posted, it has snopes saying Hillary did NOT bring it up first). The reason it is racist is multiple issues. Trump kept the issue going long after Obama presented his birth certificate and stated that he only stopped doing it because black people said it was racist. The McCain and Cruz issues were in fact far more relevant, as neither was born in the US, while Obama was born in Hawaii. In addition, they were only brought up AFTER the Democrats complained about all the racist bullshit being done to Obama.

Basically, they gave Obama a lot more trouble than any of the white people. When a cop pulls over a black guy and a white guy for the same crime, with the same evidence, and the white guy gets off immediately, while the black guy gets strip searched and repeatedly brought into court, that's racist.

No, the cop can't say "He got off eventually" and pretend he wasn't racist.

Trump tried to pull that with Obama - he dragged an obviously and patently false complaint on for years after it should have been settled. Why? Because Obama was an African American. They could not magically get rid of the "African" part, sot hey attempted to lie and claim he wasn't American.

Comment Almost exactly reflect voting preference (Score 5, Interesting) 288

Back in July, Slashdot did a poll that said 33% of slashdotters were in favor of Hillary, and 21% were pro Trump.

The current vote seems directly in line with that earlier pole, with a slight correction for the lack of Johnson as an option. Currently the numbers are 31% Hillary, 16% Trump.

People are voting for who they like, not who won the debate. (unless the numbers change as today goes on). Which means no one clearly won the debate.

Comment Re: Finally! (Score 1) 171

Not true.

Miniature horses are routinely used as service animals, particularly in rural areas (harder to use in a city and they need more outside space).

They are just as smart, live a lot longer (25-35 years vs.13 on average), and are physically stronger so they can do more work. They do cost more to keep (food, upkeep), and need more space.

Submission + - Suggested poll to rouse the rabble?

shanen writes: What if WikiLeaks released the plausible, highly embarrassing, but possibly fake tax returns of Donald J Trump?

(1) Trump would still refuse to release his tax returns?

(2) Trump would release his tax returns and he would be helped by the resulting cloud of confusion.

(3) Trump would be hurt by the spotlight.

(4) Cowboy Neal already has the results of the audit!

Just a thought experiment, but remembering how they handled Dan Rather and how WikiLeaks works, I suspect Assange is already sitting on the Donald's tax returns...

Submission + - MS Signature PC Requirements Now Blocks Linux Installation

sombragris writes: According to a well-documented /r/linux thread on Reddit, the Signature PC program by Microsoft now requires to lock down PCs. This user found out that his Lenovo Yoga 900 ISK2 UltraBook has the SSD in a proprietary RAID mode which Linux does not understand and the BIOS is also locked down so it could not be turned off. When he complained that he was unable to install Linux, the answer he got was: "This system has a Signature Edition of Windows 10 Home installed. It is locked per our agreement with Microsoft."

Even worse, as the original poster said, "[t]he Yoga 900 ISK2 at Best Buy is not labeled as a Signature Edition PC, but apparently it is one, and Lenovo's agreement with Microsoft includes making sure Linux can't be installed."

As some commenter said: "If you buy a computer with this level of lockdown you should be told."

There is also a report on ZDNet which looks very understanding towards Lenovo, but the fact remains: the SSD is locked down in a proprietary RAID mode that cannot be turned off.

Comment Re:Bring it down carefully (Score 1) 275

You have mistaken low probability/high danger with 0 risk.

You are like the casino that says "Give them a million to one shot to win the casino for just $100 ticket" and then is SHOCKED when someone wins and demands the casino.

Long shots come in over the long term, with enough time and attempts.

Government do fall, people do get held responsible, and even killed. Just because it's rare doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Comment Re:Bring it down carefully (Score 1) 275

The money is why they WANT to do this.

1) It's new, IMPORTANT engineering science. I am pretty sure t would become the test of the single largest landing craft in atmospheric conditions ever. We want large shuttle crafts, not capsules, and this would tell us how to build one.

2) It's a huge public relations positive. It comes with bragging rights (US nor Russia ever did this), as well as "Look, we are responsible, unlike you dangerous space litterers."

3) Once they do it successfully, they could lobby for international laws requiring deorbiting and start selling their services to others.

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