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Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers

Alanbly Re:Good thing... (215 comments)

Or not, just modded too low I guess

about a year ago
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Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers

Alanbly Re:Good thing... (215 comments)

I can't believe no one else caught the reference

about a year ago
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Minutes spent on the phone, on a typical day

Alanbly When I traded in my first phone... (126 comments)

...it had 123 total minutes of use over the four years I owned it. I can measure my usage in months-per-minute easier than the inverse.

more than 2 years ago
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A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)

Alanbly Re:Mystery? (FTFY) (239 comments)

boolean siriEnabled() { return (system.cpu.version >= 6.0); }

Don't forget the 3S

more than 2 years ago
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A5 Mystery Solved (Why Siri Won't Run On iPhone 4)

Alanbly Re:Interesting but wrong (239 comments)

When you write the software assuming that something is done in hardware, it doesn't matter that it could be done in software. You can render most video games in software, but that doesn't mean that you can get away without a GPU that supports OpenGL or DirectX no matter how fast your computer is.

more than 2 years ago
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Legal Tender? Maybe Not, Says Louisiana Law

Alanbly Re:relocate the server (655 comments)

If the payment system is on a server, how exactly are you accepting "cash"?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

Alanbly Colorado School of Mines (913 comments)

<ShamelessPlug> I got my BS and MS in Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the Colorado school of Mines on 2007. I had to take exactly 6 courses (18 hours) of non-engineering courses to graduate with both degrees. Sure there was physics and chemistry and metallurgy, but very little liberal arts fluff. I learned C, assembly, and Perl in high school but after the first programming course (CS161) it was all new or more applied material than the practical programming had taught me. </ShamelessPlug>

more than 3 years ago
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I Name My Servers After:

Alanbly How about "Cool Names" (722 comments)

Seriously, "Zarathustra" "Sun Spot" "Firmind" "Monolith" "Kirub" Seriously, people?

more than 2 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

Alanbly Re:Productivity be Damned. (1002 comments)

You obviously didn't read the rest of my comment. The nature of good software practice precludes constant productivity.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

Alanbly Productivity be Damned. (1002 comments)

The best argument for a second monitor is that developers aren't constantly productive. Tests take time to run, code takes time to compile. If I'm using the same monitor to compile as to read email (or /.) for example, how long will it take me notice the compile/test has completed? It's close to instantaneous if the compile is running on a different screen. If it saves me 30 seconds a compile that's a few minutes a day every day. So having the second monitor pays it self off quickly without any productivity gains based on real estate. Now, personally, I find that there are real gains as I alternate between programming on my single monitor with multiple workspaces at home and my dual screen setup at work. But either way the extra monitor adds value.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From *nix To Windows Automation?

Alanbly Assuming you absolutely have to use Windows... (427 comments)

When I was working in Software Quality Assurance we had a lot of luck with Mercury Quick Test Pro and Test Batch Runner. They have a solid recording interface than can be coded manually (in VBScript.Net but what can you do?). Integrated fabulously with C# .Net code for doing black-box and grey-box testing. I'd also suggest Symantec Ghost for setting up test systems.

more than 3 years ago
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Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

Alanbly Re:the court should reply: (545 comments)

Actually there is something like $500 trillion in wealth in the world.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Wireless Voting For Students?

Alanbly Why tech? (167 comments)

Not to be a Luddite, but what's so wrong with voting on paper or via visual ballot (raising placards)? Yes wireless is sexy, but it's always going to be glitchy or expensive (especially if you factor in the cost of the time to set it up).

more than 3 years ago
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The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Alanbly Re:I have an idea! (405 comments)

If the car can outrun the bullet, then the bullet wouldn't have enough relative forward velocity to hit the back of the driver's head. It would eventually hit him in the face as it slowed down.

more than 3 years ago
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The Car Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Alanbly Re:Well (405 comments)

If there's nothing to be gained by it then by all rights you should already be able to do it but you couldn't explain all of the machines necessary to accomplish it even if you wanted to. Since it hasn't been done yet, there must be more work to be done to make it work and that is the very essence of engineering. Where do you think new advances in engineering come from if you believe adding new, hard to satisfy, constrains and pushing physical limits of both humanity and science aren't "useful?"

more than 3 years ago
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Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

Alanbly Re:Where's the sport in that? (241 comments)

...Referees on the other hand, you can take out back and shoot right now.

more than 3 years ago
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Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

Alanbly Where's the sport in that? (241 comments)

While I absolutely believe that a computer with enough processing power could make better decisions than the best-informed coach, it starts the slow death-march away from being a sport when the coach is removed. Football (like most other team sports) is a contest of human strategy as much as human ability and, as such, is simply less worth watching if computers run the show.

more than 3 years ago

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New HIV Vaccine cuts infection rate by 31%

Alanbly Alanbly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Alanbly writes ""SCIENTISTS have for the first time succeeded in protecting people from HIV infection by means of a vaccine, a development that has stunned researchers worldwide and transformed prospects for combating the deadly virus. The experimental vaccine cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by 31 per cent, according to results released from the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand. ""
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