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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

BlackHawk-666 Dragnet (505 comments)

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up amphetamines."

3 days ago
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A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

BlackHawk-666 Jarrah (82 comments)

You could do a lot worse than using Australian Jarrah wood. It's lovely looking, hard, and can be brought to a smooth finish. My speaker cabinets use this wood for their veneer.

https://www.google.com.au/sear...

about a week ago
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MIT May Have Just Solved All Your Data Center Network Lag Issues

BlackHawk-666 Hooray (83 comments)

Now I can see pictures of other's people's food and children so much more quickly...can't wait..>.>

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

BlackHawk-666 Re:Subscription Everything (87 comments)

The profit comes from the same place gym membership profits come from. People sign up, use it a couple of times, then forget about it, meanwhile - it ticks over every month pulling in money for nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

BlackHawk-666 Re:Space Cadets (181 comments)

The Pirate Hawkings (whore kings).

about three weeks ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

BlackHawk-666 Re:thank goodness (181 comments)

Service guarantees citizenship!

I'm doing my part!

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Software engineering has a tendency to enshrine ivory tower principles, that - although sound and logical, can end up making your project large, slow bloated and excessively encapsulated. I'm happy that NASA and the DoD both use it, those things need to be rock solid, but it just doesn't make sense for a lot of businesses where being first to market is more important than any code refactoring issues you might have 2 years down the track. Being slow to market might mean you don't even have a business 12 months from now.

Good programmers know when to lay on the engineering and when to pull out the stops and slap something together that does the job "just good enough". That's part of what makes it an art, not a science.

about three weeks ago
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On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

BlackHawk-666 Re:Need my glasses checked (35 comments)

I can't wait for the VR release of Two Girls, One Cup.

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (608 comments)

I don't know where you learnt to program, but at my uni the first thing they taught us was dealing with algorithms, writing algorithms, and how to break an algorithm down and turn it into code. They taught us this before even teaching us any code, because if you can't write the problem down as an algorithm, you simply don't understand the problem.

Flow charting was introduced shortly after as another means of envisioning the algorithm / designing an implementation.

As for bubble sort - could you have picked a worse example?

for each item in the list
    compare current item to the previous item
        swap items if current previous
repeat until no swaps have occurred on a run

That's it as a pseudocode algorithm. If you're having trouble understanding that or implementing it in any language, well - you might be in the wrong business.

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Or Some People are Finally Employable (608 comments)

"...does anyone else look at bigbang-theory and think "wtf, WHEN are we gonna be done with this shit?"

Definitely.Those guys are a horrible parody of a decades old caricature of people with in depth technical and scientific skills (geeks). They are nerds, rather than geeks; socially inept (a creep, a social mute, a loser and a robot), and well into the autism spectrum. It's pretty insulting stuff.

All the geeks I know are very sociable, articulate and generally interesting / fun people.

But then again, what can you expect from the guy who gave us Two and a Half Men?

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

"Of course, all of this was done in software designed by people without any engineering experience at all...go figure."

You don't need to have an engineering degree to write a price of software that implements calculations and algorithms that are needed for an engineering project. Programmers turn math, algorithms, business methods, ideas and the like into code. That's our skill, understanding your needs and expressing it in a way a computer can understand.

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

"Many people including some "idiots off the street" seems to have wound up capable of bodging something really nasty together with exel and possibly powerpoint. Like it or not, that is programming."

The worst crimes I've seen were committed with MS Access. One of the accountants decided he suddenly had programming chops and took it on himself to slap together the most god awful mess of half assed end of month reporting procedures. Once the mainframes had done their work we used to have to get in at 7AM and start the EOM processing on the PCs, consisting of dozens of different MS Access databases, dragging in tables, crunching numbers, often failing at various points, and hopefully pushing out more tables to be handled by some other broke ass bitch Access database.

MS Access basically lowered the bar enough for an unskilled worker with no sense of perspective on his abilities to churn out a liability to the company that is probably still in operation today.

They should have just used a few professionals to turn out a well designed system instead.

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BlackHawk-666 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Is now a good time to admit that I learnt BASIC programming from a book titled "Teach Yourself BASIC in 8 Hours" or something very much like that? To be fair, it was sometime around 1980 and you really could learn BASIC in that amount of time, with change left over to learn fun memory locations to PEEK and POKE. I was writing my own games before I made it to the end of the book.

You can learn Lua in under 8 hours, but really, that's just the syntax - the hard part of learning any language is learning it's libraries and good programming standards for that language. Lua is generally embedded, so you'd need to learn how to call into the host system and what calls it provides.

You can't learn how to build a highly optimised, always available, secure e-commerce trading platform in 8 hours.

I guess the underlying issue is that you can learn how to program and achieve modest things in a short period of time, but some people expect to be able to engineer vastly complex software with just a few hours of effort into the craft, and that's just insane.

People's expectations exceed their abilities to deal with complexity; therefore, they need to either scale back their expectations and learn to deal with and reduce complexity.

about three weeks ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

BlackHawk-666 Re:Where's the cheap board with gigabit ethernet? (122 comments)

Skip the Pi and get a WD MyBook Live instead http://www.wdc.com/en/products.... It's got 1gbit networking, 1-4TB sized hard drives, a power PC processor and runs Linux. Mine has been slurping torrents off the net happily for the last 6 months. These cost a little more than the same sized hard drive with only USB3 but more than make up for it with utility and speed. You can run a web server on them, they have one installed already in fact.

about three weeks ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

BlackHawk-666 Re:Just think of what you can do with this! (122 comments)

I tried using a Pi for NAS but it was let down massively by the slow 100mbit networking and the way it shared that connector with the USB (which had the attached external hard drive). It was only able to push about 30mbit in one direction and 60mbit in another - and let me tell you, transferring a bunch of 2GB video files at 6MB/s is not a lot of fun.

I replaced it with a WD MyBook Live - which has a Power PC processor and 1gbs network connector. The MyBook Live runs Linux making it easy for me to add Transmission and BTSync to it. Potentially I could also load up Git, SVN, or a host of other Linux software.

I can transfer files back and forth at approximately 700mbit/s (70 MB/s), over 10 times the speed of the Rapsberry Pi. It supports SMB, NFS and Apple iTunes shares out the box, so works great with XBMC.

The drive cost me $50 more for a 3TB unit that a regular 3TB USB3 drive - which is on par with the cost of a Raspberry Pi and a drive of the same size.

The Pi is great for a lot of things, but a NAS is not one of them.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

BlackHawk-666 Re:Avoid Frameworks. (536 comments)

Google's other baby, Go has done quite well in some benchmarks too, despite having a pretty simple / inefficient garbage collector. For those of use who shudder a little at the thought of JS on the server, Go serves a good niche.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

BlackHawk-666 Re:Avoid Frameworks. (536 comments)

Non-techies should stay the fuck away from any website that is not just a collection of HTML, pictures of cats, and flashing text. Would you ask your GP to perform gastric bypass surgery on you? Do you ask your bartender to service your car? Let the people with the right skills handle the skilled work.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

BlackHawk-666 Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

Depreciated...

"You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means."

The word you are after is deprecated. The word you are using is generally used to mean a reduction in value over time (ask an accountant), whilst deprecated means...it's on it's death throes right now, stop using it.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

BlackHawk-666 Inteligent but not smart (561 comments)

The male members, which I'm sure is going to be pretty well represented at Mensa, is far better off joining a local yoga club if they want a chance at love ^.^ The females just need to go to a bar.

about a month ago
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Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

BlackHawk-666 Re:Hmmm .... (73 comments)

Better off putting it in the bottled water and whiskey instead. Those wankers wouldn't lower themselves far enough to drink tap water.

about a month ago

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