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Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

ArundelCastle Re:Tongue of the Fat Man (66 comments)

+1 for referencing a ridiculously awesome game.
-1 for it probably being a tired joke for Mr. Sanger.

about a year ago

Ask "The Fat Man" George Sanger About Music and Computer Games

ArundelCastle Re:Hey Mr. Sanger, (66 comments)

Beta what?
I haven't been to /. in years and it looks exactly the same?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?

ArundelCastle Re:Easy, look at what was already posted here. (257 comments)

Anyone sees a pattern? :-)

First posters are dicks?

Could'a told you that without the empirical evidence. :p

more than 2 years ago

The PHP Singularity

ArundelCastle Re:Recursive? (622 comments)

PHP itself is an acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor..

Hm, for some reason I had "Pre-Hypertext Processor" in my head. I must've seen or heard it somewhere.

(And now YOU have too, haha!)

more than 2 years ago

A Cashless, High-Value, Anonymous Currency: How?

ArundelCastle Re:Gold (400 comments)

[_] Cashless
[x] High-Value
[x] Anonymous

You're really referring to fiat currency and not cash-carrying in a broad sense. Although given that the penny's metal now has intrinsically more value than its decree, anything can change. Imagine how valuable paper bills would become if some catastrophe destroyed the world's forests? (Let's assume it also destroys book scanners. ;)

But it can work.

more than 2 years ago

A Cashless, High-Value, Anonymous Currency: How?

ArundelCastle Re:Mint Chip? (400 comments)

So ice cream for currency?

Here in Canada it's winter most of the time, right now my assets are liquidated. :d
Still better than ice cream phones.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do Before College?

ArundelCastle Re:If Poor Acquire Capital, If Not ... (335 comments)

Yep, I worked for 5 years after high school, mainly in a grocery store. Best decision I ever made, before going to college.
There just aren't a lot of employers who want to hire a high school grad for anything approaching a complex task. Ten years from now OP will probably understand why... nah, he's a smart kid.. probably 5 years. :-) Need to see your current self in the rear view mirror first.

Something to be said for knowing what you want to do with your life, there's also something to be said for letting yourself change minds. If you're still a programmer in 20 years, good on ya. Probably set for bigger and better things though.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox 13 Released, Debuts Brand New Tab Page and Homepage

ArundelCastle Re:NOOOO (320 comments)

Either that or I'm going to wait another week for Firefox 16 which will likely imitate Facebook.

Oh, you mean Firebook?
(Ray Bradbury is not amused.)

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

ArundelCastle Re:That Moment (414 comments)

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. (Douglas Adams)

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

ArundelCastle Re:That Moment (414 comments)

What's wrong with using them? Not to do that would be like using a pencil and paper instead of typing when you're preparing a publication – I'd think that brain power and time should be used constructively.

It's not a matter of the tool is wrong. It's a matter that assuming one tool is always best is wrong.
Your premise is based on: using a computer is easier and better for 100% of humans. That's not true. Allow me to introduce you to my parents. Allow me to introduce you to senior engineers who can craft new formulas on a whiteboard faster than juniors can wake their laptops.

Different areas of the brain are involved with the act of handwriting than with touch typing or pecking. Make LCARS speech recognition a reality and we have a winner. Solving problems that stump otherwise intelligent humans for *hundreds* of years, *clearly* requires some creatively alternate use of the brain, and not Microsoft Clippy. ("I see you're trying to solve an unprovable theorem, would you like to Quit without Saving?") I don't even need to cite sources that say poor UIs slow people down. That's how it is. Computers add cruft, otherwise there wouldn't be a market for applications that remove distractions when writing.

...like using a pencil and paper instead of typing when you're preparing a publication...

Poor analogy. Publication implies mass reproduction and distribution. An *author* can write however they want to form their ideas, the result is the same. How the idea gets distributed is irrelevant to the core point. (Also there are such things as shorthand.)

more than 2 years ago

Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files

ArundelCastle Re:Security through obscurity (333 comments)

On one of the photography sites I frequent, there was a poll years ago about: if you could choose, what would be the last photograph you ever take?

I said "Elvis". A good one to retire on.

I could've said "Bin Laden", but that would give an entirely different connotation to "last".

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Considers H264 After WebM Fails To Gain Traction

ArundelCastle Re:Realmedia codec (182 comments)

I kind of wish VLC or MPlayer OSX Extended would implement this.

Try MPlayerX. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The current version doesn't have a playlist or individual loop feature, but that's really about the only things it doesn't have, IMO. It does a reasonable attempt at detecting episodic files in a folder.

more than 2 years ago

Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?

ArundelCastle Re:Oh comeon... (424 comments)

turns out there is a not insignificant difference ...

Did some one seriously write this? Or did slashdot's queue automatically translate it from English to stupid?

That's fair. The more appropriate Slashdottism would be "non-zero".

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

ArundelCastle Re:Not astroturfing if profile indicates employer (391 comments)

If I recommend it in a slashdot thread regarding calculator apps I am *not* astroturfing because my account name, "perpenso", indicates that I represent the publisher.

No it really doesn't. On an internet forum using a corporate alias makes you a fanboy. At best it makes you uncreative.
What you *should* do is a very simple "Disclosure: this is my product".
Presuming that someone will even bother to look at your username, then connect 2 + 2 (lol amirite?) is demanding far too much investigative work from a forum reader.

On a forum that uses Facebook for comments if it said "Works at Perpenso" then your argument would hold water. But a username? No. Absolutely no. You might as well be OracleBoy48.

more than 2 years ago

Former TSA Administrator Speaks

ArundelCastle Re:Don't fix it, abolish it. (196 comments)

Please get rid of it.

Not only is it expensive, it is total theater.

It's useless and doesn't help anybody or anything but TSA agents and the companies selling cancerous porno x-ray machines.

Actually, *total* theatre is what I experienced in a Greyhound terminal a few years ago. They "beefed up" security following a totally insane and horrific decapitation on a bus.
Everyone lined up around some pillars, geriatric screeners unzipping backpacks to peer inside, not even opening luggage or duffel bags.
And the wanding... oh lord the wanding, which I swear, looked like a Radio Shack coin finder without any batteries, and didn't detect so much as my belt buckle.

The theatre only existed in major terminals, because 15 minutes out of town you can board the bus by standing at the side of the highway with just a piece of ID for collateral until the next ticket agent stop.

At least there probably weren't any Greyhound security guards masturbating to backscatter images.

more than 2 years ago

Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowd-sourced Postal Code Database

ArundelCastle For your edification (168 comments)

Please try to keep in mind, these laws are old, and not being under the reign of a monarch is new. These issues will affect every former UK colony.

It is really not much different, functionally speaking, from a telephone number, an email address or a room number. Are telephone numbers copyrighted? Don't think so. Are email addresses copyrighted? I've never heard of such a thing.

Australia and NZ are still hashing it out, actually.

And who pays for postal codes to be created/used in the first place? The Canadian taxpayer. That should make postal codes a "public good", owned collectively by the taxpaying Canadian public. Creating a free listing of postal codes, where anyone can look up postal codes, is a convenience, and a service rendered to the public.

"Permission to reproduce Government of Canada works, in part or in whole, and by any means, for personal or public non-commercial purposes, or for cost-recovery purposes, is not required, unless otherwise specified in the material you wish to reproduce."

And a good one too, since it is "free", and nobody profits from it.

The "otherwise specified" part would seem to be the $5000 Canada Post wants to charge for its directory. Which it has the right to do. Statistics Canada also charges for its data, one of the few places where government documents are not free. Why? Because information has value. The Do Not Call List has a trivial price attached to it, and has been exploited to high hell because foreign telemarketers can afford to do it and are not bound by our laws. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Do_Not_Call_List#Criticism

Besides, if search engines can index the entire f___ing Internet, without anyone crying "Oy! That's my copyrighted webpage you are indexing!",

Ok, now you're just starting to look silly and ill informed...

how can a simple "Canadian postal code lookup function" be a breach of copyright? If the article is correct, the site in question didn't even copy the Postal Services postal code database. It built its own, from user contributions. I really don't see how "copyright" even figures into this case...

It's not the engine, it's the data. Postal codes were *authored*, there is no question about that.

more than 2 years ago

The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

ArundelCastle Re:Where? (715 comments)

I work really hard to be aware of bias and to not let it get in the way of my interactions with people. But it's there for all of us, despite the effort we put in. It does no good to pretend otherwise.

Indeed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window

more than 2 years ago


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