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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

AuMatar Re:Yes it is. (421 comments)

Where do you think those blogs are getting their info from? Their large collection of reporters circling the globe and getting the real scoop? Or do they just check out the big news sites for 99% of their stories? (Hint: the answer is B). So you have yet another layer of obfuscation and bias in there. Congratulations, your news is even worse.

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

AuMatar Re:Shes not that great (360 comments)

Been to 10 countries in Europe, from Finland to Italy. Definitely some attractive women, but the average isn't too different from America- just perhaps more ethnic in areas.

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

AuMatar Re:Shes not that great (360 comments)

I'd really love to know where you live- if that's average I need to move there. Average for TV, maybe. Average for real life, not even close.

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

AuMatar Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (360 comments)

No they couldn't. Her time replacing Kari during her pregnancy was painful to watch. Not saying they couldn't replace a single person leaving, but definitely not with Jessy.

about a week ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

AuMatar Re:Announcing ICoin! (267 comments)

I read that as iCoin at first. Which would have immediately created a horde of fanbois using it.

about two weeks ago
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Auralux Release For Browsers Shows Emscripten Is Reaching Indie Devs

AuMatar Re:Negotiating around cryptographic lockdown (44 comments)

No, the purpose is to prevent unknown code from running at all. It doesn't matter if its in a sandbox or not. It's an end run around the security, and that's always a bad thing.

about two weeks ago
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Auralux Release For Browsers Shows Emscripten Is Reaching Indie Devs

AuMatar Re:Negotiating around cryptographic lockdown (44 comments)

So you're saying that the advantage of this is being able to work around the security restrictions on a machine- and you think this is a good thing?

Of course any such machine will have javascript turned off anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Auralux Release For Browsers Shows Emscripten Is Reaching Indie Devs

AuMatar Just because you can do something (44 comments)

Doesn't mean you should. Congratulations- you managed to write your app in the least effective way possible and got both the performance of javascript and the ease of writing code in C++. You are the biggest idiot on slashdot today. Your reward is getting to write a nice check to Dice for the slashvertisement.

about two weeks ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

AuMatar Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (120 comments)

Given that every time I try to check into a hotel I spend 20 minutes waiting for my tun then waiting for the clerk to type in the info I tell them, I doubt it will be slower. My guess is it will save me 19 minutes. Another great win for automation.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

AuMatar Re:GUI = fail (402 comments)

For the .1% of programmers who ever do that, it will matter. For the rest of us we'll use a GUI.

about a month ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

AuMatar Re:We'll "need" Swift? (315 comments)

A pretty trivial non-problem. Make a mutable one and just don't change anything in it.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

AuMatar Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

What kind of pockets do you have? I fit my wallet, keys, and Note all in 1 pocket.

about a month ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

AuMatar Re:Laziness (150 comments)

I think that HTML5 would make it far worse. Where do most of these bad programmers start? Where the barriers to entry are lowest-- javascript. You'd be making the problem worse, not better.

I do think that there's much improvement to be made with permissions on mobile phones. But that's a separate problem, and one a lot of the Android custom ROMs do well.

about a month ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

AuMatar Re:Laziness (150 comments)

Design guidelines are just recommendations. Frequently bad ones. A developer should design the best UI he can, not follow what Google says regardless of whether it fits. And most developer guidelines, Google and Apple both, are crap.

The problem is that the whole app movement has brought in a whole slew of crappy developers who's idea of coding is to search stack overflow or git for stuff to copy paste. They don't read it, don't understand how to use it right, and expect it to magically work. Worse half of the people writing that code fall into the same category, so its the blind reading the blind. If you pick a library off of github and assume it will work, you deserve what you get. Unfortunately your users don't.

These people have been around for a while (they used to be "web developers" and program by copy pasting big chunks of javascript). The problem is that on a phone they can do more damage. In a world where the number of quality programmers is fixed and far less than the demand for programmers, how do you fix it? Making it easier to program actually hurts, you end up with those crappy coders trying to do even more. Maybe its time to raise the barriers to entry for a while.

about a month ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

AuMatar Re:No surprises here (119 comments)

Sure they are. My school had AP classes, but not everyone in the class takes the test- those who didn't think they would pass skipped it and save the 70 bucks. In each one the teacher suggested to a few people not to take the test because they didn't think they had the understanding to pass. In at least 1 case they talked someone into taking the test when they were borderline (I think he passed).

As for financial incentive- read the article. Google was paying teachers directly. It was going to the teachers, administrators not involved. With financial incentives I can easily see the teachers telling more/all of those tweeners to take it and see if they pass.

about a month ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

AuMatar Re:We need different divisions (175 comments)

Lets be fair- its always been boring. Nobody gives a fuck about these sports for 3.9 years out of 4. Nobody should care about them the other .1 either. Or are you buying tickets to the local synchronized diving competition?

about a month ago
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AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

AuMatar No surprises here (119 comments)

You tell teachers they'll be paid if more people pass a test. So they encourage more of their students to take it. Many of those aren't ready, they're just hoping they'll pass for a payout. So the pass rate goes down, as the majority of additional takers weren't capable. Yup, statistics work.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

AuMatar Re:call them (354 comments)

I don't have kids, but when I was one my parents were spending most weekends taking us somewhere to do something. Watching movies was not on the agenda, at least not at home (maybe the occasional trip tot he movie theater). Why would you waste prime family time on movies? You do those on the weekdays because there's fewer entertainment options and most of them are closed by the time you get home from work.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

AuMatar Re:call them (354 comments)

I think you have that backward. M-Th is when you go to work then come home and want to just watch TV for the night. F/S/S is when you go out and do something because you don't have to be home early.

about a month ago

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What next for a programming career?

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "I've been a professional programmer for 10 years. The startup I work for was recently bought, and while I was offered a full time job I opted to accept only a 6 month contract. At my most recent job I was lead developer for a platform that shipped tens of millions of units, leading a team that spanned up to 3 geographical areas, I've done everything from maintenance to brand new apps. About the only thing I haven't done is been lead architect on a large system. What else is there to look for in the next job so it won't just feel like the same challenges all over again?

Oh, and since I know slashdot all too well- I'm not interested in starting my own company. I don't want to deal with sales and marketing, and I have no desire to do a consultant type role. I'd consider technical cofounder of a startup, but I have no ideas I want to pursue at the moment. So I'm looking for suggestions assuming I'll be working for someone else."
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Non-kindle eink devices?

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "I'm in the market for my first ebook reader. I like the battery life of the eInk devices, but I don't want to be locked into only buying from Amazon. Are there devices out there which support both Amazon and Barnes and Noble? Any hints as to removing the DRM from downloaded ebooks also appreciated."
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Swype 3.0 enters beta

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "Swype, the keyboard for Android and other OSes that allows you to enter text by gliding your finger across the keyboard, has released a beta of their new version 3.0. New features include a predictive tap algorithm, tablet support, resizable keyboards, and better dictionary management."
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WA election to try online voting

AuMatar AuMatar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AuMatar (183847) writes "According to the Seattle Times, the King Conservation District is going to allow online voting to combat chronic low turnouts. The voting portal is found here. As a citizen of WA seriously concerned with politics, anything that completely removes a paper trail like this scares me. Luckily this is probably the least important election in the state. Anyone want to hack the election so 300% of voters vote for Firefly or Stephen Colbert or something?"
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