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The Hacker Lifecycle

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the pollination-fertilization-budding-and-dispersal dept.

Editorial 77

An anonymous reader writes "Hacker Benjamin Smith deconstructs the cycle of education, production, and rest that will be familiar to many software and hardware engineers. He breaks it down into four steps: 1) Focused effort toward a goal, 2) structured self-education, 3) side-projects to sharpen skills, and 4) burnout and rest. He writes, 'As my motivation waxes at the beginning of a cycle, I find myself with a craving to take steps towards that goal. I do so by starting a project which focuses on one thing only: building a new income stream. As a result of this single-mindedness, the content or subject of the project is often less interesting than it otherwise might have been. ... [Later], I almost always decide to teach myself a new technical skill or pick up some new technology. ... This is usually the most satisfying period of my cycle. I am learning a new skill or technology which I know will enhance my employability, allow me to build things I previously could only have daydreamed about, and will ultimately be useful for many years to come. ... [In the burnout phase], I'll spend this period as ferociously devoted to my leisure activities as I was to my productive tasks. But after a few months of this, I start to feel an itch...'"

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Not just for software (4, Insightful)

cellocgw (617879) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445529)

I think this is a reasonable description of 'most everyone's productivity cycles. Granted I'm just another more-or-less Asperger's engineer/physicist with a strong love of music, but take a look at writers, artists, or almost any field of endeavor. You'll find people's output varies significantly over time. Vacations help too. :-) . The ability to take on side-projects without feeling guilty is probably a very handy thing in one's life.

Re:Not just for software (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445833)

this is the other side of engineering, i don't how this became a programming only issue. One of the early intel engineers would randomly fly somewhere at the end of the week to relax.

Re:Not just for software (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43450559)

this is the other side of engineering, i don't how this became a programming only issue. One of the early intel engineers would randomly fly somewhere at the end of the week to relax.

Why couldn't they just go out and get drunk on Friday night like everyone else does to relax?

Re:Not just for software (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | about a year and a half ago | (#43454575)

Smart ones don't drown themselves in alcohol as it has more adverse effects over time than just forgetting what happened the night before. I prefer to watch a good movie at the theater, but haven't done that in ages. Not because I don't have the money either. However, IF I did have the money I would possibly fly near to or drive to a landmark of some sort to take in the scenery. Come to the Dallas area. The Blue Bonnets among other flowers are in full bloom right now and it's absolutely beautiful.

Re:Not just for software (2)

computererds (1613487) | about a year and a half ago | (#43455473)

Smart ones don't drown themselves in alcohol....

Indeed. We all smoke pot.

Re:Not just for software (3, Insightful)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445855)

I think this is a reasonable description of 'most everyone's productivity cycles. Granted I'm just another more-or-less Asperger's engineer/physicist with a strong love of music, but take a look at writers, artists, or almost any field of endeavor. You'll find people's output varies significantly over time. Vacations help too. :-) . The ability to take on side-projects without feeling guilty is probably a very handy thing in one's life.

Paid vacations (or similar) and adequate non-work time are a key in maintaining long-term productivity. The occasional side-project on the job is essential in maintaining your intellectual capital. Alas, if you are unfortunate enough to work for a major corporation in a fungible role (i.e. one where you can be easily replaced), then your long-term productivity and intellectual development are mere costs to be eliminated. This results in significant differences:
1) Focused effort toward a goal, This is good, provided the goal came from Marketing, was approved by numerous committees, and was not one you dreamed up yourself
2) structured self-education, Unnecessary, as you should know everything required for your job already
3) side-projects to sharpen skills, Time-wasting, especially because you should know everything required for your job already
4) burnout and rest. Burnout happens, then you're discarded and can rest without remuneration

Re:Not just for software (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446421)

> 2) structured self-education, Unnecessary, as you should know everything required for your job already

Unlikely, because learning minimum of what you should know takes usually at least 10 years and most people don't ever learn it. Even if you master one area, there is still plenty you can learn from other areas that are near your own area. E.g. programmer can master a programming language or two, but after that there is still user experience, testing, design patterns, clean code issues, technical writing, management, domain specific knowledge, people skills, psychology, measuring technologies, various tools, different ways of programmings (e.g. C programmer can learn object oriented programming and after that, functional programming), kanban, scrum or other ways to prioritize tasks, different operating systems, SQL, NoSQL, network programming, security, thread safety, etc. The list never ends, so there is always something you could still learn.

Please note that I listed there only the things that I know. The biggest problem is that it is quite rare for one to know what they don't know. So there are probably a lot of important stuff missing from my list also.

Re:Not just for software (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43451691)

I think AliasMarlowe was giving you the cynical point of view of a major corporation. If you're an engineer you recognize the irony immediately, or you've been staring at the screen for too long and need a break.

Re:Not just for software (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43462499)

or AliasMarlowe is the Dilbert Pointy-Haired Manager and stumbled in here looking for SlashD.O.T. - the website to tell you how to slash Damn Overpriced Techies.

Re:Not just for software (1)

twosat (1414337) | about a year and a half ago | (#43451971)

Men of lofty genius are most active when they are doing the least work. - Leonardo da Vinci

Hacker Specific? (1)

foobsr (693224) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445549)

From my experience, the cycle more describes a "typical" workaholic.

CC.

Re:Hacker Specific? (1)

rve (4436) | about a year and a half ago | (#43449717)

From my experience, the cycle more describes a "typical" workaholic.

CC.

A Hacker Specific addition would be a remarkably short number of cycles before age related obsolescence is reached.

Not the way to bliss. (0)

hendrikboom (1001110) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445551)

You're focussing on the result, rather than the activity.

A no-no in most spritual guides inspired by Hindu philosophy or Buddhism.

-- hendrik

Re:Not the way to bliss. (1)

hendrikboom (1001110) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445585)

Here the intended result, of course, is an "income stream".

New API? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445621)

Here the intended result, of course, is an "income stream".

Yeah, WTF! The guy was writing a library to support a new API called IncomeStream - I guess IOStream would be the parent?

1. money = new IncomeStream

2. compile and run

3. Profit?

Need a lot of other classes (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446843)

The problem here is that IncomeStream needs support from a lot of other classes, or its read method will just block forever.

Re:Not the way to bliss. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445675)

A no-no in most spritual guides inspired by Hindu philosophy or Buddhism.

Ignorance is bliss, hacking is achievement oriented. Go discourage thought somewhere else, please.

Re:Not the way to bliss. (3, Insightful)

hendrikboom (1001110) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445801)

You misinterpret.

Hacking is a joy unto itself; the ostensible goal is only an object, something to hack. Hacking isn't random, it's purposeful. But if the enjoyment doesn't come from the hacking, but from the ostensible goal, well, the enjoyment is fleeting.

-- hendrik

Re:Not the way to bliss. (2)

GrumpySteen (1250194) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446099)

Taking pleasure only in the end results of your work != thought.
Taking pleasure in your work != ignorance.

There is always far more work than there are end results. If you enjoy your work, you will be far happier than you will be if you only enjoy the end results.

Theory is gray ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445563)

... but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe

Re:Theory is gray ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43451715)

cuz it's fake gold.

Hmm... for me it's a bit different (5, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445567)

It's more like

1) Yay, a new project!
2) Yay, I learn stuff!
3) Ok, let's start implementing.
4) Bah, it's trivial, it's boring.

It's really hard to motivate me to do something trivial. Sadly, that's also what works is like in most areas. You do stuff you already know quite well. And that is just simply boring.

I guess I suffer more often from bore-out than burnout.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445685)

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446237)

More AD than HD, but yes.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43450593)

Since ADHD is essentially a disease of the rich (in Tom Lehrer's immortal phrase) it's not something you should be proud of. Like all the self-diagnosed Aspies here, it's just an excuse for being an irritating prick, with delusions of grandeur, and a belief that mundane activities are beneath your precious gifts.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | about a year and a half ago | (#43454957)

And if you truly have the disorder or knew someone that truly has it, you wouldn't make that comment. I have it and so does my son. We are not rich and the medications we take for it are incredibly helpful. They work and we are able to get shit done without having the most trivial things distracting us.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43462489)

Since ADHD is essentially a disease of the rich (in Tom Lehrer's immortal phrase) it's not something you should be proud of. Like all the self-diagnosed Aspies here, it's just an excuse for being an irritating prick, with delusions of grandeur, and a belief that mundane activities are beneath your precious gifts.

As someone who went untreated as a child (because they just didn't know any better) I can tell you that they'll actively discourage you from seeking a diagnoses as an adult. My daughter is an aspie (rare in girls), even knowing that they'll say, "it's not useful, you're an adult". What they mean is, "You seem functional to me." This simply shows a pretty shitty understanding of what it entails.

In short, yeah, a lot of people are being hypocondriacs or just self diagnosing because. But don't fault everyone for doing it, even if they knew something was wrong and started down the path of figuring it out, it's not uncommon to hit a lot of roadblocks that will make most folks give up. People sometimes have something else, but they just use a term because they understand it. You don't say "she had an acute stress reaction" even if it's true, people don't know what the fuck that is, but they do know what a "nervous breakdown" is, so you say that instead. It's close enough for communicating to people who really don't have context anyway.

Finally, careful when you say, "act like a grownup", a lot of people do have something wrong. I don't like shitty behavior either, but you wouldn't tell a dude in a wheelchair to "just get up and walk already!" You'd be an asshole. Just because you can't visually see whatever it is doesn't mean that whatever they're dealing with isn't debilitating at times. Just because they call it ADHD or Aspberger's, because they don't know a better name, doesn't mean they don't have difficulties functioning. High functioning ASD sufferers can actually function really well for hours at a time. But the pressure build up is immense and really uncomfortable, many have to do some heavy duty compensating when they get home.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446401)

Consider a career in science. There the focus is on 1 and 2, rather than 3 and 4. A lot of people at university these days like to crack at problems and solve them end-to-end, which means that a lot of time is (also) spent in phases 3 and 4, rather than working on the next idea.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (4, Insightful)

Fallingcow (213461) | about a year and a half ago | (#43449713)

Ditto.

Fucked me in school.

"Write a paper on X". Cool. Read about X, learn about X, sit down to write paper that will be read once and thrown in the trash and that a billion other people have already written... motivation goes out the window. I can already write well (I've written 1,000 of these goddamn things) and I already know the material that's going in the paper. No one truly cares about what I'm about to write—no one needs it, and no one really even wants it. Suddenly a blank wall is more interesting.

Give me a real need to learn something or just let my curiosity take me where it will, and I'm the world's most dangerous carnivore. I'll run a problem down and eat its damn heart, then take out the rest of the herd for funsies. Otherwise? I'm probably boned.

The elimination of the uselessness of the end product that comes with doing actual work rather than "homework" has helped a lot, but it's still something I have to fight, years later. The multi-year process of adjusting my image of the way thought I ought to be to accommodate the fact that I simply was not compatible with a formal educational setting really sucked. Those were some sad years full of serious self-loathing. My self-loathing is far more lighthearted now :-)

I still hate maintaining systems and chasing bugs that don't require much sleuthing. Any time I'm required to make some "quick hacks" to fix something in an ugly way for lack of time is a bad day, and I'll go home in a bad mood and show up the next day in a bad mood. I'm probably the happiest at work either designing systems or fixing things that have broken in strange ways, when I'm fully engaged in a problem for hours on end. Exercising the clever-muscle in my brain is great and makes the hours fly like nothing else, and playing grown-up legos when designing is fun. Practically everything else about being a programmer sucks, but WTF else am I going to do? At least it's fun some of the time, which beats most jobs.

As with any personal trait or behavior I'd guess I'm far from being alone.

Re:Hmm... for me it's a bit different (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43450599)

Aren't you a precious little darling?

Embryo Larva Pupa Imago (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445591)

Just saying.

This was never been the case for me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445595)

I am learning a new skill or technology which I know will enhance my employability,..

I guess I've only interviewed with hard asses, but whenever a potential employer sees a skill on my resume, the first thing out of their mouth is, "How many years of experience do you have with 'xxxx'? And how did you use it in your recent projects?"

I actually had a hiring manager get pretty peeved at me once. Even though there was no where in the job posting about how much experience they required for VB.NET, during the interview, he asked how many years of experience with VB.NET did I have?

Since I had just a semester at school, I said "Point 3"

The tech lead had a chuckle: the manager had steam coming out of his ears.

Forget the parasites (1)

doesnothingwell (945891) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445617)

I am learning a new skill or technology which I know will enhance my employability

After 40 I just don't care what gives Lumberg a stiffy anymore, new skills entertain me. Business's needs change daily and it's always the shiny new skill they gotta have, proficiency is always an afterthought. Like a room full of tweens waiting for Beiber to puke up something new. I hate peppy, gushing with all that enthusiasm (its like a tampon commercial), they'll beat that out of ya after a few years kid.

Re:Forget the parasites (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43448359)

I hate you.. because you're right.

Re:Forget the parasites (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43449655)

The worst aspect of working in a large company is being surrounded by people like that. If you're an intern, if it's your first real job, I can get it. But when people over 25 or so echo that company man sentiment it's just a bit depressing. Everyone has to find their own purpose in life. But at the same time, I've seldom seen anyone actually happy who's purpose in life is molding themselves into a shape in some vague hope that their boss might give them a passing nod of approval. Partially because one simply isn't living life like that. It's existing while trying to let someone else live it for you. But just as much for the simple reason that in the vast majority of cases it won't even work. Sharing a joke or off work interest is what catches most people's eye, not work performance or skills which would look good when first applying for a job.

Rabbit Out of Hat (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445631)

The trick is; to multitask all the steps at once.
or
Have several focuses juggled at once.
and
Be at different steps in multiple projects.
but
Hurry up and wait.
therefore
You have the node to begin yet another branch, let's try applied recursion in complex systems through archaeological evidence on various timelines, compare, contrast and map the algorithm to natural phenomena. That should hold us til dinner.

Re:Rabbit Out of Hat (1)

dkf (304284) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446203)

The trick is; to multitask all the steps at once.

But that strengthens the burnout when it hits.

Re:Rabbit Out of Hat (2)

flyneye (84093) | about a year and a half ago | (#43448087)

The deeper you go , the higher you fly
The higher you fly, the deeper you go
so c'mon -"everbody's got something to hide 'cept for me and my monkey " -Lennon/McArtney

Stupid n00b. (1, Insightful)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445659)

Those goals still form the focus of my motivation, even 7 years after I first wrote them down.

lol n00b

One of the most important is financial independence – I want my day job to be a lifestyle choice, not a requirement.

Translation: "I can't function in a society, and never will have any joy until I am rich enough to do whatever I want".
Here is the reality: you will never be that rich. No one ever will.

Re:Stupid n00b. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445921)

You are the noob because you don't know what financial independence means. It isn't about having as much money to do whatever you want, it is about having enough that you will be "secure" regardless of the other circumstances of your life. And if you have a family then security for them as well.

1. First come basic survival needs - shelter, food, clothing
2. Then basic "emotional fulfillment" needs - communication, entertainment (internet, in person socialization, access to common culture).

3. And finally, after the personal needs are met, the opportunity to contribute to a chosen cause or idea that the individual deems as worthwhile. Working so some executive can afford more hookers and blow, or so stockholders get a bigger dividend is not my personal choice for a worthy cause but I understand that others don't feel the same way.

Sadly on this planet only a relatively small percentage of people get past phase 1. In the "developed" world only a handful, mostly who inherit their wealth, make it past stage 2.

"Joy" as you put it is difficult to truly experience when you know you are one accident away from being jobless and then homeless. Doubly so if you are providing for a family.

Re:Stupid n00b. (2)

mspohr (589790) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446219)

This is a very insightful comment.
  I did not inherit money but I did receive a good education so I am fortunate in that I have been able to provide level 1 for all of my working life. Level 2 has been easy with friends and family (and not too much focus on work). Of course, you have to get past level 1 to avoid the "nose to the grindstone" but it's also about setting priorities. Having a business in town allowed me to fully participate in raising our children (such as going to all of their soccer games, track meets, etc.).
Level 3 started about 20 years ago after I sold my first company and "retired". I was too young to stop working so I applied my tech and medical skills in developing countries. This has proven to be intellectually and socially stimulating as well as giving me a sense of contributing back to society.
I did have some advantages in education which were a gift to me but this is no more than many people receive in developed countries. I think the key to success in this is attitude and setting priorities. I started by deciding that I had enough money to live on and that I could afford to spend time on family and friends and recreation. I made this decision a long time ago when I had no money. Rather than tell myself that I couldn't do things because I didn't have money, I adjusted my life to live on my budget so I wouldn't be a wage slave. I have kept this same attitude regardless of the amount of money I had. It's a sort of Buddhist approach to life. It really frees you sit back and enjoy your life. (I do realize that many people do not have the advantages I have had and they have a much harder time of just getting to level 1.)
Now that I think about it more, I really do think the Buddhist idea of being satisfied with your life and divorcing yourself from attachments and desires to material things is key.

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

jelizondo (183861) | about a year and a half ago | (#43447233)

Very interesting comments, both yours and GP.

However, money is not the issue.

To quote Saint Francis: I need little and the little I need, I need little.

As someone else pointed out, I'll never be a rich man, like Gates, Buffet o Slim. However, being poor means not having that which you need, if you need little, then you are rich with little money.

Years ago I used to work 18 hours a day (true), going about with 2-3 hours of sleep per night. I was not happy, was making a lot of money but was NOT happy.

One day, I woke up to find my wife divorcing me, my ass getting fired for lack of social skills, my life in shambles.

Now I work about 7-8 hours a day. I don't mind putting overtime and working hard but now my priorities are different. Today, Sunday, I will get to work on writing a proposal that I must turn in tomorrow but I will do it after having a good breakfast, going to the supermarket, walking my dog, bathing my dog, having a good lunch and my siesta. You want me to skip all of the above? Find someone else to write the proposal.

Don't get me wrong. I still work hard and deliver my project on time, the thing is, I budget more time to do them, to get them right and without artificial pressure. If the guy in marketing urgently needs this by tomorrow, then he can find someone else. I will do a proper job and that takes time and I only have so much time for work. There are other things and people that need my time too.

I don't have a lot of money, mostly I live day to day, but I am happy. In my book, now, that counts for a lot more than a new car!

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year and a half ago | (#43447871)

"Joy" as you put it is difficult to truly experience when you know you are one accident away from being jobless and then homeless.

But everyone always is. Actually everyone is one accident away from being dead, it just depends on the accident, however all those things are pretty common, people just don't realize that until it happens to them.

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

adam.voss (1854938) | about a year and a half ago | (#43448609)

Thanks for the Insightful post. Is there a souce for where this three phase idea comes from?

Re:Stupid n00b. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43449627)

Thanks for the Insightful post. Is there a souce for where this three phase idea comes from?

Might not be the same source as the poster. But here's how I learnt about it.
http://earlyretirementextreme.com/

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43450621)

Thanks for the Insightful post. Is there a souce for where this three phase idea comes from?

It's just a simplified version of Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Re:Stupid n00b. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446225)

>> you will never be that rich. No one ever will.

If you mean that humans are essentially insatiable, I agree. However, it's pretty uncomplicated to become financial independent at a young age. Work hard and save most of your money. I did this for the first decade of my working life and then didn't *need* to work any more. I now only work on projects I am interested in and could go full time retired whenever I chose.

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year and a half ago | (#43447829)

I did this for the first decade of my working life and then didn't *need* to work any more.

Minimal food cost for 50 years: at least $400K.
House: $200K-$2M depending on the location.
Alternatively, somewhat modest apartment rent for 50 years: $300K-2M depending on the location.
Utilities for 50 years: $60K-$200K.
Total: $660K-4.6M

Required "savings" per year: $66K.
Hi, Mark [wikipedia.org] !

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#43450653)

>> you will never be that rich. No one ever will.

If you mean that humans are essentially insatiable, I agree. However, it's pretty uncomplicated to become financial independent at a young age. Work hard and save most of your money. I did this for the first decade of my working life and then didn't *need* to work any more. I now only work on projects I am interested in and could go full time retired whenever I chose.

Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

You would need to be earning a pretty exceptional salary and have no social or other life to do this. It's not easy, uncomplicated or anything else.

Only a fool would waste their youth working hard chasing the chimera of financial independence.

Re:Stupid n00b. (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446283)

I was about to flame and disagree with you, then I read the article.

The guy feels guilty every time he's not working towards his 'life goals' (which mainly to him seems to be getting rich). Then since he feels guilty he just mopes around.

It may take decades or even full lifetimes before he finally reaches the 'rich enough to not work' goal. In the meantime, he needs to realize that money is only a means to an end, and he should arrange his work so it helps him reach that end. If he wants to invent the future like Alan Kay, for example, well, Alan Kay didn't wait until he was rich to invent the future. If you do it right, you can really enjoy your working, you don't need independence.

On the other hand, if his goal is just to sit around with money and booze and women, allow me to join in with mocking him.

Re:Stupid n00b. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446437)

Anyone with a three digit UID who says "n00b" is suspect in my book.

Re:Stupid n00b. (1, Funny)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year and a half ago | (#43447891)

n00b. You think, we didn't use the word "n00b" in 1997?

meh... I blame the internet (2)

JustNiz (692889) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445775)

Sounds to me this cycle he describes is mostly because he's yet another developer who only does web-based stuff to get rich quick and thinks the minimal requirement to run any software includes a browser and a backend server. The internet is a short-term fickle place so isn't going to be a good environment for building something satisfying.

Believe it or not there are still jobs developing software that has nothing to do with the internet. These usually are more intrinsically deep and longer-term tasks so often more deeply satisfying. I mean find a job developing a new way to do a speech recognition engine or an autopilot or something. I find that type of work much more personally meaningful than just continually trying to develop the next faddy website in the naive pursuit of getting rich quick.

Re:meh... I blame the internet (1)

jrmech (2714225) | about a year and a half ago | (#43448671)

I can write an autopilot software in less time than it takes to set up a personal webpage. while(flying){ trueHeading = poleGPS; desiredHeading = lookUpPreDefinedRoot(); headingError = trueHeading-desiredHeading; yawInput = Kp*headingError; } end while Add in some other terms for speed tracking, etc if you like :)

Re:meh... I blame the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43449761)

Wow,

That wonderfully lazy subtraction will have the plane wildly careening in circles when encountering the rollover between 359 and 0 degrees.
You also aren't clamping for maximum turn rate, just assuming that a maximal error should produce the most correction.

Also just using proportional control will cause a very sickening left-to-right motion (like a fish swimming).

There is also nothing that is really ever "true" heading. This "true" heading also would not jive with how the air is moving (wind?) versus how the airplane is moving over the actual ground. Nothing about an optimal thrust direction. You also aren't considering that wind is a 3 dimensional vector (air mass could be rising or falling). Or that to even model such wind, it is only an approximation that can only be derived from sensing non-linear effects.

Seriously, don't ever, EVER design anything important that involves people's lives. I have still oversimplified.

Re:meh... I blame the internet (1)

JustNiz (692889) | about a year and a half ago | (#43453171)

Trust me there's FAR more to it than that. Not only would your solution have passengers throwing up, spilling drinks etc, but it would fly the aircraft into mountains, the ground, other aircraft, and also be clueless about air spaces, air law, weather, speed, flight phases, controlled ascent, descent, merging and spacing, optimal flight paths for fuel saving and many other real-world issues that actual autopilots deal with.

Re:meh... I blame the internet (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43448967)

Sounds to me this cycle he describes is mostly because he's yet another developer who only does web-based stuff to get rich quick and thinks the minimal requirement to run any software includes a browser and a backend server. The internet is a short-term fickle place so isn't going to be a good environment for building something satisfying.

Believe it or not there are still jobs developing software that has nothing to do with the internet. These usually are more intrinsically deep and longer-term tasks so often more deeply satisfying. I mean find a job developing a new way to do a speech recognition engine or an autopilot or something. I find that type of work much more personally meaningful than just continually trying to develop the next faddy website in the naive pursuit of getting rich quick.

Uhm, speach recognition is a solved problem. So is autopilot. You don't see more speech to text stuff because it's either slower / less intuitive than other input methods, or the application is great, but you discover the patent minefield that exists there. I can tell my digital assistant to dim the lights, or have it turn them back on and pause the show automatically when I get up and go get a snack -- That's easy. It's hooked into Linux MCE. However, if I want to sell the AI and whole home AV / automation system I can't afford the patent suits. Been there, fuck that. So, immortal corporations will just wait another DECADE or so for the wave of patents to expire before using them -- They won't even pay to license patents; They're immortal, 20 years is next week. So instead the humans with very short life spans will just do without, unless they can do it themselves.

When your life is measured in decades, I'm afraid that short term is the only way to go if you want to accomplish anything at all. Business wise? Fuck it, unless you're immortal you're screwed. Get in and out before you get on the giant's radars.

Re:meh... I blame the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43450665)

speach recognition is a solved problem

You are a fucking idiot.

Re:meh... I blame the internet (1)

JustNiz (692889) | about a year and a half ago | (#43453101)

You have to be joking. Speech recognition is FAR from a solved problem. Our current systems suck ass compared to the ability of a human to understand speech. OK you want more of a challenge? try natural language processing or software that can do cognitive language reasoning.

>> When your life is measured in decades, I'm afraid that short term is the only way to go if you want to accomplish anything at all.

Not true at all. There are many individuals who have gone from 0 to changing the world in less than 1 decade. Also you're confusing cause and effect. Throwing somethnig together in a quick and hacky way is a great way to ensure it really wont be around for long.

This would be my very fantastic lifecycle process. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445817)

1) hey I could learn that new thing, it could be very useful in a year
2) hey, I should learn that thing, it would be useful in a year
3) hey, that sounds interesting, maybe I should learn it?
4) hey, that sounds interesting.
5) neat.
6) Hey, what is this thing in my To Learn bookmarks? [ Site unavailable or resource moved ] Oh well.

Not to mentioning balancing my no learning with no ability to do much because of my Crohns Disease being very easily activated by medium-ish activity.

Luckily I knew a lot previous to this becoming full-blown, including graphics, software dev, game dev, tools dev, engine dev, a little electronics, some architecture and interior design, art (not "lol art" art, actual art, I hate what has happened to art as an industry, filled with period blood and paintings on fat people)
Freelance, casual work is best work.
And lucky#2, I never spend much as it is and know how to make great food with very little and by using bulk ingredients instead of ready meals (I still have those on occasion though, especially when some of those are cheaper than if I tried to get all the bits by hand, chicken wings being the main one in that case)

I remember having some goal in life back when I was 15, and that was to learn the absolute basics of 25 languages before 25.
I know exactly 1. 2 if you count a videogame language and several more if you count programming languages as well I guess. But actual spoken languages, 1 at best.
The thing with learning is, you have to prioritise things a lot. And sometimes, life decides to stick its dick in the way and you get sidetracked a lot.
I know this a lot from my personal experiences with chronic illness for nearly a decade now.

I have been slowly allocating at least one day a week to doing something that isn't something I normally do, learning new language, using new drawing techniques, practising other stuff, etc. Even doing some very basic learning exercises to keep my brain active in general. (non-sensical stories to increase creative and memory, maths, mental endurance tasks, general stuff like that)
I've mainly been focusing on drawing in recent months, and updating very old code (2003 old)
It has certainly made be happier overall.
Going to read up on some more electronics stuff again, as well as architecture stuff, probably in the latter half of the year.
Looking forward to it.

Re:This would be my very fantastic lifecycle proce (1)

hendrikboom (1001110) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446649)

Yeah.. I've been reviving some old code, too. 1978 old. It was greate while I was busy with it, then I got to a part of the spec I didn't care much about (because I thought the design was wrong) and it became a drag. I also spent some time on an unfinished novel, threw together an absolutely trivial 3D video game, tinkered witl the lumiera documentation. All in spare time, and it's great!

pepper spray (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445831)

i put it in your panties , thats why you feel an itch

Does not match up to a real hacker. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43445941)

Let's talk about some real hackers, Linus Torvalds for example. Working on the same project in the same language for decades. With a little time out to work for some CPU start up or build a source code control system.

Or Donald Knuth, decades writing the definitive guides to the art, takes a few years out to write a program to type set it all.

When it comes to "hacker" this guy does not seem to have what it takes.

"It takes one to know one"... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446309)

"When it comes to "hacker" this guy does not seem to have what it takes." - by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 14, @10:58AM (#43445941)

How about YOU? What've YOU done?? Zero, right??? Big talk from a "ne'er-do-well" is what we're seeing out of YOU! YOU, seem to be talking about yourself!

Per my subject-line above: In fact, I severely doubt YOU have done anything that allows you to critique others in computing in this regards...

* I've seen SO much of that online, it makes me want to puke @ times... it really does!

(You NEEDED to hear this - so now? You *might* actually do something about it, & get working on something that MAY even do well, provided you actually possess the skills to do so (doubt it), just so you don't have to hear this from anyone like myself (who HAS actually done quite a bit in the art & science of computing over time that did pretty well)).

APK

P.S.=> ANYONE can be a critic - it takes quite another kind of person, to be the chef (that has to listen to those "like you")...

... apk

Re:"It takes one to know one"... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43467553)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

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apk on 4chan [4chan.org]

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INCONTROVERTIBLE FEEDBACK PROVIDING ESTABLISHED PROOF OF ALL MY POINTS:

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That was amazing. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073 [slashdot.org]

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My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41835161 [slashdot.org]

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Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579 [slashdot.org]

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put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259 [slashdot.org]

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[apk]'s done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone [else] ever could. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565 [slashdot.org]

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this is hilarious. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479 [slashdot.org]

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I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339 [slashdot.org]

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Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251 [slashdot.org]

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a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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a very clever parody of APK - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229 [slashdot.org]

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Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429 [slashdot.org]

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Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187 [slashdot.org]

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KUDOS valiant AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777 [slashdot.org]

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Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171 [slashdot.org]

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You made my day, thanks! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469 [slashdot.org]

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Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381 [slashdot.org]

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truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795 [slashdot.org]

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It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209 [slashdot.org]

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Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175 [slashdot.org]

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APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137 [slashdot.org]

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Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951 [slashdot.org]

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Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273 [slashdot.org]

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That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107 [slashdot.org]

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that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832599 [slashdot.org]

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What? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832673 [slashdot.org]

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It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41841251 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41843313 [slashdot.org]

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it's apk, theres no reason to care. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847097 [slashdot.org]

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Seems more like an apk parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847661 [slashdot.org]

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That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847101 [slashdot.org]

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Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41864711 [slashdot.org]

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I can has summary? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861327 [slashdot.org]

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Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869353 [slashdot.org]

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We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869305 [slashdot.org]

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Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981977 [slashdot.org]

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Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42984521 [slashdot.org]

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In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [thorschrock.com] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42983119 [slashdot.org]

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You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42989683 [slashdot.org]

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"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028403 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028425 [slashdot.org]

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I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43029495 [slashdot.org]

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Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43037445 [slashdot.org]

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Best. Troll. Ever. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044811 [slashdot.org]

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I like monkeys. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051505 [slashdot.org]

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This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43052263 [slashdot.org]

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I admire this guy's persistence. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063797 [slashdot.org]

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It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063881 [slashdot.org]

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APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063893 [slashdot.org]

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Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [slashdot.org] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43064383 [slashdot.org]

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I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43069271 [slashdot.org]

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^ Champion Mod parent up. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43067371 [slashdot.org]

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I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094565 [slashdot.org]

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The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43097221 [slashdot.org]

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AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097215 [slashdot.org]

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If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115215 [slashdot.org]

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">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115337 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115363 [slashdot.org]

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No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43116855 [slashdot.org]

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Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216431 [slashdot.org]

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Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216225 [slashdot.org]

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YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43236143 [slashdot.org]

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I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569173&cid=43236987 [slashdot.org]

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Can I be in your quote list? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569443&cid=43237531 [slashdot.org]

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Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569425&cid=43238177 [slashdot.org]

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+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43238479 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243509 [slashdot.org]

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APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243145 [slashdot.org]

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I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43245913 [slashdot.org]

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oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247231 [slashdot.org]

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"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43246997 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247097 [slashdot.org]

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"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247135 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247219 [slashdot.org]

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"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247225 [slashdot.org]
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247481 [slashdot.org]

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Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43247533 [slashdot.org]

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you have a point - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247823 [slashdot.org]

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I do admire that level of dedication. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247765 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43250533 [slashdot.org]

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I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43250411 [slashdot.org]

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I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573571&cid=43251593 [slashdot.org]

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Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573679&cid=43252957 [slashdot.org]

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Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573873&cid=43255013 [slashdot.org]

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I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43256029 [slashdot.org]

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extremely bright - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255855 [slashdot.org]

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You provide many references, which is good. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43257043 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously very passionate - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43261975 [slashdot.org]

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Thanks ... You should probably stay - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577613&cid=43262993 [slashdot.org]

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Art? -- http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569681&cid=43244883 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577639&cid=43263029 [slashdot.org]

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I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43264325 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578301&cid=43265657 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578229&cid=43265767 [slashdot.org]

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Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42698875 [slashdot.org]

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Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3554655&cid=43209619 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42701491 [slashdot.org]

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You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3580251&cid=43270359 [slashdot.org]

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Most insightful post on the Internet - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3579259&cid=43275207 [slashdot.org]

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I read the whole thing *again* just to see if my comment was in there - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3588003&cid=43293069 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] So, did your mom do a lot of drugs when she was pregnant? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586303&cid=43291531 [slashdot.org]

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people are looking at me funny because I'm laughing hysterically at what a perfect APK imitation it is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581991&cid=43278203 [slashdot.org]

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Slashdot devs seem in no hurry to fix this problem and it's been driving me nuts. So for anybody who values viewing at -1 and uses greasemonkey here's a Script [pastebin.com] . There's a chance of false positives and it's not the most optimized. But I value not having to scroll through > 10 paragraphs of APK, custom hosts files, or 'acceptable ads' spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43287671 [slashdot.org]
--> slashdot devs are too busy installing itunes for their hipster nerd buddys to sort this problem out. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43290701 [slashdot.org]

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I can't get enough of all of this good stuff! Thanks for the informative links! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43287553 [slashdot.org]

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When threatened, APK typically produces a post with links showing he's essentially posted this hundreds of times to slashdot stories... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43290275 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] Your post got downmodded because you're a nutjob gone off his meds. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586081&cid=43288893 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] The reason people impersonate you is because everyone thinks you're a moron. The hosts file is not intended to be used as you suggest. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3591803&cid=43302885 [slashdot.org]
-->What? You don't have a 14MB hosts file with ~1million entries in it? Next you'll probably tell me that your computer doesn't start thrashing and take 5 minutes for a DNS lookup! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3591803&cid=43302977 [slashdot.org]

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[about apk] - this fwit is as thick as a post. worse, this shithead has mod points. and using them. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3591681&cid=43302873 [slashdot.org]

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In before the fight between those two guys and their walls of text... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592647&cid=43306485 [slashdot.org]

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HEY APK YOU ARE A WASTE OF OXYGEN -GET A LIFE - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3593009&cid=43308147 [slashdot.org]

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KPA ...thgim dik a ekil .s.b laivirt hcus no emit hcum taht etsaw t'ndluow I sa ,ti gniod em TON si ti - syug ON - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592933&cid=43307605 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You seriously need to go see a shrink. You are a fucking fruitcake! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592933&cid=43307559 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] Did you ever consider that it's not just one corrupt moderator, it's a bunch of regular slashdot users who infrequently get mod points who think you are totally full of shit? Stop posting annoying off topic irrelevant bullshit, and people won't mod you down. I'm seriously sick of reading your posts about someone impersonating you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592933&cid=43308389 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] you should be forced to use a cholla cactus as a butt-plug - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592647&cid=43308219 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] No one is on your side, that is why you're here. posting. still. No one cares. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3595009&cid=43310903 [slashdot.org]

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Who's the more moronic? The original moron, or the one who replies to him knowing full well his comment will certainly be ignored, if not entirely unread, thus bringing the insane troll post to the attention of those who would otherwise not have seen it at all (seeing as it started at 0 and would have rapidly been modded down to -1) and whose post (and, somewhat ironically I grant you, this one as well) now requires 3 more mod points to be spent to hide it? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3593207&cid=43311073 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] I miss trollaxor. His gay porn world of slashdot executives and open-source luminaries was infinitely more entertaining than this drivel. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3593207&cid=43311225 [slashdot.org]

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PLEASE stop modding biters up. Anyone who responds to an abvious troll, especually one of these APK trolls, should autometically get the same -1 troll as the damned troll. Any response to a troll only makes the troll do more trolling. Come on, guys, use your brains -- it isn't that hard. Stop feeding the damned trolls! - (missing link)

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[to apk] Lick the inside of goatse's anus, it's delicious! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3589605&cid=43301757 [slashdot.org]

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Excellent post A++++++++++++ would scroll past again!!!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3595009&cid=43312407 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You are the one who is pitiful. If you didn't spam /. with your bullshit you wouldn't have spammer 'impostors' doing the same. Just fuck off and die already, ok? Please, really. Step in front of a bus. Drink some bleach. Whatever it takes, just FUCK OFF and DIE. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3595851&cid=43313459 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] From one AC to another please for the love of god, PRINT YOUR HOST FILE OUT AND CRAM IT DOWN YOUR JAPS EYE!!! For fucks sake we don't care we see this and it takes the piss, short of a full frontal lobotomy what will it take to stop you posting this you moronic fuckwit? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3596285&cid=43314755 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] And someone forgot to take his meds today...Are you really that dense that you cant tell that the only reason the "impostor" exists because you have a hard time realizing that you are wrong and/or wont let it go. It would take a complete moron to not realize that the whole reason he continues to do it is because he knows he can get you to respond by simply posting. This isnt rocket science, this is internet 101... Let me offer you some advice on how to get rid of this "impostor"...shutup - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3595561&cid=43313235 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] If you had a 'luser' account it wouldn't be a problem. But you don't want one of those, because your long rambling and bizarrely formatted posts mean your karma gets nuked in next to no time. So I guess you just have to work out which is 'worth it'. Posting AC because I don't want to become your latest fixation. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3593207&cid=43314397 [slashdot.org]

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I wouldn't be surprised if that is APK trying to draw attention to himself, since he thinks such endless tirades are examples of him winning and make him look good. When people stop paying attention to him, or post actual counterpoints he can't come up with a response to, he'll post strawman troll postings to shoot down, sometimes just copy pasted from previous stories. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592647&cid=43308851 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] No one wants to read your copy pasted crap. Maybe someone is mocking you because you make it so easy to? So drop it, and participate like an adult please. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3596383&cid=43315069 [slashdot.org]

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Seriously.... What. The. Fuck. Can you two homos just go make out on brokeback mountain already, and stop talking about how one of you misspelled "penetration", and how the other cockblocks with their hosts files while grabing the other's goat? Goodness, it sure feels like being in a mountain range, trying to peer around those fucking orbital tether lengthed posts of pure premium bullsit the two of you somehoq manage to keep pushing out on demand. Shit stinks! At this point, i'd be willing to risk the fucking extinction of all life on earth by redirecting siding spring C/2013 1A to miss Mars and land on both of your fucking heads instead. The deaths of billions would be a small price to pay to shut you two cackling lovebirds up! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3596513&cid=43315327 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] Listen up jackass, why the hell would somebody want to impersonate you? You're a certified internet kook. Nobody gives a hot about your 3 gig hosts file. And nobody is impersonating you. You're already a fucking parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3596557&cid=43315579 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. Despite this advice you are convinced that your comments are valuable contributions, ignoring the obvious evidence to the contrary (namely the -1 scores your posts earn on a regular basis). - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42698875 [slashdot.org]

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[about apk] Can this be killed off? I don't mean this account, I mean the actual meatbag behind it. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3598035&cid=43319201 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] Get an account retard. If you format your password as crazily as your posts no-one will ever crack it. - http://mobile.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3598035&cid=43319999 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You are the most consistently annoying creature on the internet. There are people worse than you, just like cancer is worse than psoriasis, but you're more like the latter: pervasive, annoying, and always cropping up when one has mostly forgotten about it. You are that indeterminate, continuous itching that slowly erodes someone's mood until they consider cutting off a part of themselves just to stop it for a while. And like psoriasis, you're auto-immune and not fully understood by science. Slashdot continuously makes it worse by scratching that itch over and over again. It's not smart. It just encourages the disease. But everybody's got a limit to their patience. There is no cure for you. But at least, when slashdot dies, you will die with it, and there will be peace. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3626185&cid=43394107 [slashdot.org]

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http://pastebin.com/Cm0HHC66 [pastebin.com]

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Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.

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* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [google.com] I practice.

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An anonymous reader writes (0)

azsharing.net (2896509) | about a year and a half ago | (#43445977)

I'm thinking :) ??

Not a hacker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446001)

His singular focus is "creating a new revenue stream." That's the sort of task that comes out of the accounting department, and I'm having a hard time believing he's a hacker (or a programmer, or a coder) at all. Also, its never going to be a "singular" task.

Re:Not a hacker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446425)

Does that mean the task is invertible? Is its determinant a non-zero value? Can I row-reduce it to the identity matrix?

Where's communication? (2)

vjoel (945280) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446249)

5. Communication

So, you've built something, or at least you've learned something. Then you need to go to conferences, meetups, bars, whatever floats your social boat and explain what you did. Memorialize it in blog posts, articles, or documentation (please?). Even a failed project will spin off some small piece that stands by itself and fills a need somewhere.

Re:Where's communication? (2)

darenw (74015) | about a year and a half ago | (#43448019)

Insightful beyond all the other insightful posts for this discussion. Communication is so often ignored by engineers and technical creatives. A blog post, article, whatever can be found by potential new employers or clients. This can pay off big, perhaps as income or perhaps as an excellent opportunity beneficial in other ways.

One time, I landed a key position in an exciting project because one decision-maker saw some of my paintings online. Another time, it was my web pages on some personal side projects in electronics (the OP's step 3).

OTOH, if you do something to satisfy curiosity and build skills, and only show it to some friends, your mom, and the cat, it's not going to pay off at all.

I must be doing it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43446319)

1. Work first job (boring stuff that pays bills)
2. Work second job (moderately interesting mobile development)
3. Buy food and eat it
4. Pick up awesome new Dover math book or dial up Frenkel's lectures for some recreation
5. Zone out after 5 minutes because brain no longer works
6. Repeat as long as eating food is necessary

Re:I must be doing it wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43449295)

I'm pretty certain that's exactly the definition of Doing It Wrong.

Just because everyone else is doing it the same doesn't mean they're not all Doing It Wrong.

All the project links (1)

invictusvoid (2882111) | about a year and a half ago | (#43446579)

point to the same project page .. is this deliberate? :S

The solution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43447123)

is easy! Just get yourself a demanding wife, and an expansive mortgage!

for me,that's a good sharing (1)

ralphlaurena (2892633) | about a year and a half ago | (#43448575)

Vialka combine the manic, stop-start spasticity characteristic of so much proggy avant-rock with a melodic sense that draws straight from Eastern European folk and what I ignorantly categorize in my head as “French music.” There’s a sense of whimsy that’s very un-American going on in their writing, which probably makes them sound ridiculous to some of the more jaded types out there, but gives them a certain irrepressible charm for me.
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