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Why does Google Maps need to track who I'm calling on my cell phone?

Ada_Rules Xprivacy (5 comments)

Root your phone. Install xprivacy. Give apps the permissions you want instead of the permissions the developer wanted.

about 2 months ago

Ada 2012 Language Approved As Standard By ISO

Ada_Rules Re:Anybody using Ada? (165 comments)

I use it all time The complexity assertion is a bit confusing. I am not sure by what measure you'd rate it more complex than languages like Java. I've hired lots of engineers out of college and none has ever had a problem learning it. There are certainly some bad habits from other languages that carry over in their early work but generally not that big of a deal.

more than 2 years ago

GCC Turns 25

Ada_Rules Thank you gnu (192 comments)

I remember the first time I built gcc in college on an decstation (probably around 1990) I was thrilled to have a free compiler with source code. It almost seemed like magic. Several years later when the GNAT project started and promised to bring Ada programming to GCC I was even happier but I never really expected it would turn into the high quality Ada compiler that we have today. While HURD never really worked out, the GCC project alone (never mind the vast quantity of other software covered by the GPL) has been transformational and I think many of the younger generation take the existence of this stuff for granted.

Now, get off my lawn.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Making JavaScript Tolerable For a Dyed-in-the-Wool C/C++/Java Guy?

Ada_Rules C.C++,Java Strongly Typed? (575 comments)

Wow. Now that is some drifting of the (english) language. While it is true that over the years, the weak typing of those languages has been slightly strengthened and it is true that some languages such as Javascript are even more weakly typed, it is really a stretch to consider C,C++ and java as 'strongly typed'. Of the bunch I suppose calling Java strong typed is probably somewhat fair but really, you've been swimming in a weakly typed pool your whole life and are just wading down a little bit more into the deep end and this point.

Ada is strongly typed. C is not.

But in any case the advise for living with Java script is the same advise I give people that are used to C++ and trying to get used to the 'strong' typing of Ada. You really need to work on thinking in your new language and not cling to first thinking of the solution in your old language in your head and then translating. There is not really any magic to doing this other than writing a lot of code AND trying to not let emotion get in the way.. Once you've picked up the tool, use it.

more than 2 years ago

New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'

Ada_Rules Re:Ugh. PC Comes to the PC (260 comments)

In addition, to the links from the parent post, there is a pretty good documentary about the FSP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEPLUQNwU6w Not really a cross section of all/most Free State Project participants but worth a watch. I am not an FSP participant, but I am glad they are here.....Even Seth ;)

more than 2 years ago

Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

Ada_Rules Re:Yo btw! (574 comments)

Wow.. if there is one thing that almost everyone agrees on, liberal or conservative, is the federal budget is bad. I guess this is just the latest in the deny everything trend?

No it isn't the latest in deny everything trend.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Predicts the End of the Wallet By 2015

Ada_Rules Sweat! (391 comments)

I don't want to carry a wallet. There is no room for it in my flying car. Now, let be go out to the warehouse out back and see if I can replace some tubes in my massive computer.

more than 3 years ago

Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

Ada_Rules Go with Ada (510 comments)

I've never met a programmer that did not end up being better at their craft after spending time writing Ada. Some did not like it and shun it but even they seem to be better programmers in their language of choice after using it. (Though of course it is not magic and if you are not cut out to be a software developer, it is not going to fix that).

more than 3 years ago

Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube

Ada_Rules Punishment is too lenient. (375 comments)

He is damn lucky he only got suspended. He blasphemed 'The Penguin'. The punishment should be far more severe.

There is no OS but Linux.

more than 3 years ago

CD Ripper 'Incites Law Breaking,' Says British Regulator

Ada_Rules Re:Technically true (204 comments)

Format shifting is illegal in the UK. Fixing this, and adding explicit fair use provisions, are both things that David Cameron has proposed. Whether they'll actually be done is another matter. It's quite ludicrous that, as it stands, we have a law that pretty much everyone in the UK has violated.

"Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that's the system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." - Atlas Shrugged

more than 3 years ago

New Hampshire Begins Open-Data Efforts

Ada_Rules Re:An outcome of the Free State Project? (164 comments)

The slashdot summary is not particularly well written and leads with a statement that is neither relevant to the bill nor present in the full article. I love the free state project. I like the bill. I just don't think this submission is particularly good.

In an case, the Free State Project does not officially support or propose legislation. Representative Seth Cohn is the primary sponsor of the bill. He is a Free State Project participant. (See here http://freestatenow.com/).

more than 3 years ago

New Hampshire Bill Could Lead To Adoption of Approval Voting

Ada_Rules Re:A Dangerous, Slppery Slope (416 comments)

With no salary, NH has decided that only the rich, self or semi-self employed, or retired can hold office.

I really don't see anything to look up to in a system like that. The state ought to pay their representatives the state's median-salary wage for the months they meet, and require that there be a job available at the end of that time for anyone who has to take a leave of absence to serve.

I've got several friends who are state reps. One works in Retail at a Verizon store. Not rich. Fully employed. Still works at least 40 hours a week. Retail job (7 day potential + night availability) means he has been able to work things out just fine. Another is a full time paid EMT. Similar situation. Another owns a bar so you are correct on the self-employed in that account. I don't know any that are rich (one of my previous local reps probably fell into that category, but she was thankfully booted out last session)

I really would not be able to re-arrange my job so it is true that some people get excluded.

As for requiring a job at the end of the session...Geeze you big government types sure like to wave those guns around.

more than 3 years ago

New Hampshire Bill Could Lead To Adoption of Approval Voting

Ada_Rules It is already a good idea to consider moving to NH (416 comments)

Even if this does not pass this year, NH residents already enjoy more freedom than the citizens of most of the other states.

I would not give up on this too soon either. Last session (before the last election where a large number of pro-freedom reps were elected), NH tossed out a years old arbitrary ban on various kinds of knives. This session, within days of swearing in the new reps, they overturned a ban on firearms in the statehouse.

There is already no income tax, no sales tax, no seatbelt law, no helmet law. $100 per year salary for state reps. No 'offices' or staff for the reps.

There is also a proposed bill going through this year to require the state government to prefer open standards/open source software.

Recommend googling the freestate project.

more than 3 years ago

Solar Car Speed Record Smashed

Ada_Rules Re:Duplicate (72 comments)

Better theory: Dups create more articles to up the page views.

One of the great mysteries of the universe is how we manage to achieve the slashdot effect even though no one appears to read the original article so it is even more confusing how a duplicate submission can result in more page views.

about 4 years ago

Hand-Off, Reconnect To Verizon LTE Can Take 2 Minutes

Ada_Rules More LG Crap (53 comments)

Really is there anything that LG makes that is not utter and complete crap? Perhaps I just had some uniquely bad luck with the LG products I've purchased but at this point I'd buy almost anything made of conflict diamonds and pureed kitten claws over anything made by LG.

more than 4 years ago

Cybergang Compromises Every ATM In Russian City

Ada_Rules We have a similar gang of fraudsters in US (74 comments)

They've got ATMs all over the place. They run this Ponzi scheme where people give them money and then they loan out almost all of it to other people. Eventually this money gets re-deposited and again they loan out almost all of it. This cycle continues until the total amount of money that they own to depositors is substantially larger than the actual money they can ever get their hands on. They try to re-coup this by charging crazy fees on their ATMs and monthly fees for getting to play in the scheme but in the end like all Ponzi schemes, this one crashed.

So get this, then, they have these other dudes with guns who force people to pay them money so that it can be funneled back into the Ponzi scheme to keep it going.

On second thought, what we have here is far worse than in Russia. Damn Bank of America.

more than 4 years ago

Bjarne Stroustrup Reflects On 25 Years of C++

Ada_Rules Ada Programming (553 comments)

There certainly is no perfect language but I find any programmer that really spends time learning Ada, or Python or other language really well ends up being a better C++ programmer in the end too. Brief interludes don't really cut it either.

more than 4 years ago

Decoding Mobile Carriers' Latest Push For Profits

Ada_Rules Better than insightful (64 comments)

It is posts like this that make be both wish that I had mod points and that there was a very insightful option that transferred a fraction of karma points to the the poster.

Lacking that, moderators should feel free to mod up the parent and mod me down!

more than 4 years ago

Will ACTA Be Found Unconstitutional?

Ada_Rules Change is Coming? (260 comments)

Not a surprise at all. Conservatives were more than willing to cheer as their rights "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" were destroyed by the Patriot act as long as the party in power had the right letter in parenthesis as they talked about it.

Liberals are dancing in joy about a law that confiscates wealth from all citizens to give to the insurance companies as long as we call them evil as will fill their pockets. I suspect no complaints from them about this attack on the Constitution because it is 'their guy' doing the attacking.

The answer is certainly not moderates who a are pretty much happy to give up any right as long as you do it slowly.

Enjoy the scenery on the road to serfdom because when we get there, I think we will find that the collectivist paradise promised by the political elite will leave us wishing were we are the promised land of the "South of the Border" tourist trap. Hopefully we will at least get a nice bumper sticker out of the deal.

more than 4 years ago

A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

Ada_Rules Re:Science or Religion? (1136 comments)

If a ball falls down it is because of gravity. If it bounces back up it is because of gravity.

Actually, when it bounces back up it is due to inertia but thanks for playing.

more than 4 years ago



Star Trek Synthehol beta goes into development

Ada_Rules Ada_Rules writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ada_Rules (260218) writes "Researchers at the Imperial College London have announced development of an alcohol substitute that has many of the same properties as the Sythehol from the series Star Trek in that one will get a buzz from it but will not end up with a hangover. In addition you will have the option of getting immediately sober if you so desire it.

Let's hope this is not the typical vaporware. It is not that I really want a drink of Synthehol but with its release I assume Romulan Ale won't be far behind."

Link to Original Source

Ada_Rules Ada_Rules writes  |  about 8 years ago

Ada_Rules (260218) writes "It has been a few months since we've had a good Will Wheaton story (Wesley Crusher on Star Trek : The Next Generation, but if you did not know that you probably are at the wrong website). I've always been pretty amazed that he appears to have managed to gain a healthy perspective on his time on the show and the way fans treated him. His recent posting on Suicide Girls probably is the the definitive writing on the subject. He has gone from acceptance to nostalgia. I think we all must just be getting old."


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