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your mission, should you choose to accept it (+) 

Be kind to yourself ♥️

@Surasanji Are they required to answer truthfully and detailed?

Not that I’m worried about this person, but I would love to ask my Grandmother, who died when I was quite young, “Did I turn out like you imagined and are you proud?”

I’d really just love to talk to her and be able to make some memories beyond the pictures that we have. Among everyone who ever met her, she rivaled Mother Theresa in how amazing a woman she was.

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for 30/08/2018:

If you could ask one real life figure (living or dead) any question who would choose and what would you ask them?

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If we only tolerate those we agree agree with, I'm not sure that's tolerance.

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Even if you don’t intend anybody else to read your code, there’s still a very good chance that somebody will have to stare at your code and figure out what it does: That person is probably going to be you, twelve months from now. 

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For users:

Dogpiling and harassment are off-limits no matter how justified you think you are. The rules are for everyone.

Strongly considering adding screenshot-dunking to the code of conduct as well. We don't need that culture here.

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I'm currently enrolled in the Physics Bachelor. I'm very curious about new discoveries and new technologies, hence my presence here on Mastodon (and @QOTO)

I am also an avid reader and I would love to get some recommendations from you all.

Nice to be here. :blobsmilehappyeyes:

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I study photonic engineering. My current main interest is in physical phenomena, including Fourier optics, holography, light sources (e.g. lasers) and optical components (e.g. LCDs).

What do you think of a non-invasive brain interface?

Preferred programming language: C/C++
- Once I learned something about OpenCL, OpenMP, Qt,.....
Favorit operating system: Xubuntu/Win/Mac -> Cross-platform

Favourite musical instrument: Didgeridoo

Nice to be here.

Profession Ethics/Morals 

@Demo318 That was a good article. It touches on probably the underlying factor that leads to my hesitancy. But where do I draw the line?

As I mentioned to someone else, I would love to open brewery. Should I also be concerned about contributing to one’s addiction? For the sake of exaggeration, what about working at an ice cream parlor and feeding into America’s obesity problem?

This is where it comes to personal beliefs, but I feel almost hypocritical.

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I've recently been reading "The Gay Science" (perhaps a misleadng translation) by Nietsche and I came accross a quote that's a perfect summary for why I made this Mastodon.

Nietsche despite his talent for writing was profoundly embarrassed by it, to quote him "even a parable [of my writing] disgusts me" and he goes on to say

"B: But why, then, do you write? A: Well, my friend, to be quite frank: so far, I have not discovered any other way of getting rid of my thoughts."

Profession Ethics/Morals 

@Surasanji Thanks for sharing! It confirms most of my interactions in casinos and gambling as well.

Profession Ethics/Morals 

@Surasanji I'd really appreciate learning more about your experience. We can take this to DM if you'd like.

Do you ever wonder if others are bothered working at that company your left and how they may justify working there?

In the case of working for DoD contractors, several of my friends currently work in that sector and they have some interesting takes. As to working on a project for a missile, one friend said (paraphrasing of course), "By creating a better missile, I can help reduce the number of civilian /innocent casualties. So instead of looking at how many people it kills, I look at how many people it didn't kill." I never once thought of it that way, but it makes sense.

Profession Ethics/Morals 

@absolutus That's where I keep finding myself at. I'm not sure that it is for me, but I have no issues with others who work there. There's also no judgment for anyone who works in that industry or for that company. It really comes down to my inner-peace. Am I being true to myself and my calling?

The difficulty comes in putting my calling into words. It does me no good to be vague and say, "help others." But am I also wrong to put too much emphasis on aligning my job with a personal calling? Could I "just have a job" and work on my calling outside of that?

You see, what's happening is all my inner thoughts are now making their way onto Mastodon instead of circling inside my head.

Profession Ethics/Morals 

@SecondJon I completely understand your vision of your profession. I try to live my life off of one general rule, "Don't be a dick." I want to leave the world a better place and I also want to help others.

Interestingly enough, I can call myself on some hypocrisy. I hesitate with taking a job in the gambling industry, but I would love to open up a brewery. Why do I hesitate with one and not the other? I could live inside my head for days arguing/rationalizing with myself.

Profession Ethics/Morals 

@QuantumHemp Absolutely, I want to make sure that I am happy in whatever I do; realizing, that money does not mean happiness.

Profession Ethics/Morals 

Recently, I've found myself in a position where I could pursue a new job in a different sector, one specifically centered around entertainment.

When I originally entered the work force, I had two job opportunities: medical device manufacturer or a Department of Defense contractor. I struggled with the idea of working on a project that "success" meant a better killing device. This was a personal decision and I find no fault with others who work there. It was that I, personally, struggled with being in that profession.

I'm in a similar scenario right now. I have the opportunity for a job in the gaming industry, more specifically, the casino electronic gambling industry. Knowing that so many people struggle with gambling addiction, could I personally be OK working in this sector? Again, this is not casting judgment on others, but rather, making sure that I'm at peace within myself.

I realize that I have to find my own balance, but I wanted to pose this question to . Have you ever struggled with your personal moral/ethical positions on a project/job that you were working on?

I'd love to hear from everyone on their thoughts and experiences.

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#RandomQuestion for 29/08/2018 

Hello ! Hope you're all having a fantastic day so far. A bit warmer than I prefer today, but it be a perfect day for the beach here in Tel Aviv.

Today's is as follows:

You've discovered a machine that will allow you to add or remove one evolved aspect of modern humanity. It would change everyone instantly, and no one but you would know that anything has changed.

As with yesterday's question this machine can only be used one time, afterwards it is broken and can never be repaired.

What do you change?

I would change the evolution of the eye to have more color receptors. I don't have any good reason why. I just think it be neat to see colors I've never imagined before.

@drewfer @Surasanji I used to make fun of my parents because they only drank half-caf, but they would polish off a pot or two throughout the day.

Now I'm in my 30s and regularly drinking decaf because 6 cups of regular coffee is just no bueno for my health.

@Surasanji If there is one thing that I miss about smoking, it is my morning coffee and cigarette. That got me through grad school and my thesis.

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