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2013 FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off

Ancantus Current FIRST Mentor and former Student (64 comments)

The object of the game (and I know it sounds cheezy) is not to win, its to learn. When I was a student, the mentors let US do the programming, designing, etc. While the robot wasn't as good as the adviser-bots; when your in the pit and YOU'RE working on the robot...well I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world. You might not have a full practice field (hell I don't think we ever had the robot WORKING in time to practice anything!), but it really is fun no matter what place you finish in.

Now as an adviser, it drives me nuts when the students don't want to take the path I think is best. But FIRST is about experience, it shouldn't be a classroom where students sit down and watch engineers build things. Let the students make the mistakes (to an extent) and of course let them to ALL the work.

If your looking for good mentors, ask around the local college (if there is a engineering/technical minded college around your area). I know after I graduated from high school, I was eager to come back and work with the team as an mentor.

about 2 years ago
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CyanogenMod 9 Achieves Stable Release

Ancantus Re:No Nexus 7? (75 comments)

Not much at the moment, just some extra settings (and I am not an expert, this is my first android device with CM). I wanted it just to give it a try, and I am intending on custom compiling it at some point to try and play around with some kernel features.

But from what I have seen, its really surprisingly stable. I have not had any issues so far.

more than 2 years ago
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CyanogenMod 9 Achieves Stable Release

Ancantus Re:No Nexus 7? (75 comments)

Typing this right now on a rooted CM10 Nexus 7. It may not be supported (give them time) but it works quite well.

more than 2 years ago
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Nvidia's Fermi Architecture Debuts; Nouveau Driver Already Working

Ancantus Re: Nouveau (70 comments)

I know you probably got a lot of comments like this, but thank you Martin Peres for your work.

more than 2 years ago
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Notch Shows Minecraft Adventure Update

Ancantus Re:I love this game (113 comments)

Start doing redstone circutry, thats where it really gets fun. And piston mechanisms.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Thinks Virtualization Is 'Evil'

Ancantus Re:One server per service is stupid (330 comments)

We use Solaris zones at the University i work at, and while we dont do one service per zone, it is pritty close. It is invaluable to have his when your moving to new servers or adding more functions. You can clone a new zone from an existing, add new functions or copy it to the new server. Test it all out, then pull the plug on the old zone after the dns name has been changed. It provides a nice compartment for individuals to work in and not screw up something someone else is doing.

more than 3 years ago
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The Code War Arms Race

Ancantus Re:AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! (74 comments)

Don't you know?! Bitcoin mining is the only thing that could waste that much CPU power.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

Ancantus Re:Bimonthly release cycle == overhead? (555 comments)

For my college (we use active directory, but the profiles are almost blank) and we use a shared network drive that we run all most of the programs from. The programs don't suffer too much in speed because Windows caches the program running. Updating the program is as easy upgrading the shared drive, and all the labs are done instantly. Also you might consider installing all the popular browsers, and have a small program that lets the user choose their browser. We implemented that and it saves a lot of time, cause people choose what they are familiar with.

more than 3 years ago
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Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

Ancantus Re:Good starter languages? (510 comments)

VBScript (as far as I know, this is still shipped with Windows)

If my first programming language was VBScript, I think I would have run away from the computer, screaming.

more than 3 years ago
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Cloud-Based, Ray-Traced Games On Intel Tablets

Ancantus Re:Cloud cloud cloud (91 comments)

You reminded me of a penny arcade comic.

Lunch

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Retrieve Your Books At U. Chicago's $81 Million Library

Ancantus Interesting Concept (202 comments)

I like the overall idea, however according to the video, it seems like you still require librarians to sort through a bin of 100 books for the book you requested. I know that this is probably the first automated library of this scale, but if your going to spend the 81 million, you might as well make it totally automated without human interaction.

On a positive note, the library really does look like a library from the future. I would love to go there and read books on my eReader.

more than 3 years ago
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KDE 4.6.3 Released

Ancantus Dedicated to: (105 comments)

It isn't mentioned in the summery, but:

The 4.6.3 release is dedicated in memory of the young daughter of KDE developer Daniel Nicoletti who tragically passed away after a car crash last month. The KDE community wishes to express their deepest sympathy and support to Daniel and his family in this difficult time.

Kinda nice, I am not to familiar with the KDE release cycles, do they dedicate every release?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Afflict Computers With Schizophrenia

Ancantus Re:Interesting (143 comments)

Right now for me its displaying a huge block of fortune file type text, I assume it is displaying the first fortune, then going right passed the % and keeps going till it hits a limit. Well its way better than lemmings, that quote was old the first day.

more than 3 years ago
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JavaScript Gets Visual With Waterbear

Ancantus Kinda Cool (220 comments)

I think I am with most slashdotters when I say this isn't for me. But its good to see people making these languages accessible for someone just starting out. My first programming language was a point-and-click drag-and-drop programming language, and I think they are really useful for teaching people the basics of computer programming. Now if someone is going to try and make their entire website like this...well good luck with that, I hope you like carpal-tunnel.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Running Unpatched Servers With No Firewall

Ancantus Re:Welp (306 comments)

But probably not on servers that are storing millions of credit card numbers. That's a key difference.

Exactly! Although it is never good to leave something exposed to the Internet unprotected, if its small there is very little risk (I have always been taught to assume that your system is constantly being attacked, better to be secure than sorry). But its entirely unacceptable to be so lax on security for something having access to their credit card database. I hope other companies that store credit card data are double-checking their security. If Sony made this mistake, others have as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Running Unpatched Servers With No Firewall

Ancantus Re:Welp (306 comments)

From USLegal:

The civil standard of negligence is defined according to a failure to follow the standard of conduct of a reasonable person in the same situation as the defendant. To show criminal negligence, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the mental state involved in criminal negligence. Proof of that mental state requires that the failure to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk that a result will occur must be a gross deviation from the standard of a reasonable person.

Bolding by me.

IANAL, but I think this is a clear case of criminal negligence. Any IT tech would know better than to leave a unpatched HTTP server without a firewall up to the internet. If you were told on open forums that this was happening, and then loose 2 million credit card numbers? Well if that isn't criminal negligence, I don't know what is!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Speech To Newly Stable Chrome 11, Pays Big Bounty

Ancantus Computer: (88 comments)

Computer: open slashdot.org Computer: read first article I think we have found a better User Interface replacement for Slashdot 3.0

more than 3 years ago
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Does China's Cyber Offense Obscure Woeful Defense?

Ancantus Re:Retaliation? (132 comments)

TFA answers your question:

A lot of what is running in China is developed in-house by Chinese firms. They're not using Western products or open source platforms, because they don't trust them or they're worried that someone might put a back door into them.

So they are rebuilding from the ground up without taking advice from other people who have tried it. Eliminates back doors (unless your own coders are putting them in) but it seems the front door is wide open...

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 App Store Screenshots

Ancantus Re:Uber Fake (131 comments)

Whats to say that this is a prototype and App Store is just a place-holder for a real name?

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

Ancantus Re:Questions. (481 comments)

...but I was still frequently shocked at the level of ignorance and near complete lack of intellectual curiosity some people displayed after years in the US educational system.

I am usually surprised that intellectual curiosity survives after years in the US educational system.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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PETA Offering Vasectomy as Contest Prize

Ancantus Ancantus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ancantus (1926920) writes "PETA (People of the ethical treatment of animals) has a new contest many will wish to avail themselves of. To solve the human overpopulation the organization is offering a free Vasectomy when you win their essay contest by answering the question "Why should PETA neuter you?". It turns out with less humans, animals will be better off!"
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Moderator For the First Time

Ancantus Ancantus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Just finished my first bout of being a Moderator. Decided to browse showing all comments except those modded to -1 for the duration of my mod points (to give everyone a fair chance). I never realized how many AC trash posts and general forum crap is on Slashdot that I never saw before. Its a wonder so many AC's will comment when their posts never even appear on the radar of normal every-day viewers.

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