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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

BlackHawk-666 Re:Why is Raymond's claim theoretically sound? (580 comments)

The problem is not with calling memcpy, it's calling it without sanitising or knowing the extents to which it needs to be bound.

4 days ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

BlackHawk-666 Re:Moo (469 comments)

Inuit, not Eskimoes as you put it, don't have 50-100 different words for snow. There are many references for this, but one should suffice. http://curiosity.discovery.com...

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

BlackHawk-666 Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

Don't be confused by the nice guys girls like to spend their time with, and the arseholes they end up fucking in the back alley.

about three weeks ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

BlackHawk-666 Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

And for the brave, formatting their SSSD disks as DSDD.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

BlackHawk-666 Maybe (306 comments)

It sounds like you don't really have 15 years experience. You have a few years experience that you've been repeating over the last 15 years. You also tend to sound more like a scripter than a programmer (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Becoming a fully fledged programmer would therefore be the next step for you, and you could certainly take it, but I doubt you will. You are lacking one or more of these:

* confidence
* direction
* motivation

Learning ability is not likely to be the issue, it's the lack of desire to learn that is at the root.

Find something you are really passionate about and make that happen using whatever tools are considered the best in that domain. Many older programmers unwind and expand by writing games or personal projects that scratch their itch. Find something that interests you and get coding.

Personally, I'm working on a pair of games right now. One with a team (8-16 month duration), and one that will take the next few years of my life which I am starting work on solo. They give me reason to fire up the compilers, read the docs and flex my chops.

about a month ago
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Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

BlackHawk-666 Re:Five percent? (413 comments)

If you're using a half decent receiver then it likely has a setting called 'Dynamics' or 'Dynamic Range' or similar. Just switch this down from full range to something a little more appropriate for your house. It does the same job as all the expensive external compressors that people are saying you should buy; you just don't get the same level of control. That said, you don't really need it either, you're not mastering an album - just trying to watch some TV.

about a month ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

BlackHawk-666 Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

It was in use before that. Actually Apple itself used in on their iPod nano devices with a physical slide to lock the controls. Slide to unlock is just the digital analogue of something that existed well before Apple got it's filthy lawyers all over it.

There is no innovation here. Only a digital equivalent of an analog analogue.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

BlackHawk-666 Essential (531 comments)

apt-get
nano

For Programming:

Sublime 3

about a month and a half ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

BlackHawk-666 Give them a taste of Goatse (921 comments)

For lols you could prank the glass wearer by tapping their glasses and saying stuff like:

"Ok, glass, goatse lemonparty tubgirl"

about 2 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

BlackHawk-666 Re:Take pictures, press charges. (921 comments)

You could claim you were a member of Pussy Riot.

about 2 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

BlackHawk-666 Re:not in use? (921 comments)

The club I used to go to in London had a 'no photos / filming' policy to protect it's customers. People were allowed to take their phones in, of course, but they just weren't allowed to use them to take photos and film. The club was for alternative culture people, and the policy was so they could dress the way they liked without worrying about photos of them getting about town.

about 2 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

BlackHawk-666 Re:F/OSS Platform Needed (314 comments)

I'm in Australia, so Netflix, Hulu and most that other stuff won't even work without proxying and other trickey. My net connection during peak hours is now massively oversubscribed so any streaming service is worthless until I get backhaul relief. OTOH I have 4TB of movies and tv shows in a range of formats, mostly MP4 but some MKV and I can't watch any of those without leaving on my expensive power hungry main machine with iTunes open. Streaming radio I can get through my amp, so I'm not concerned about that.

The AppleTV could be a really cool little device, everything is in place except for the parts Apple deliberately didn't give us, mostly I think to protect copyright holders.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

BlackHawk-666 Re:Flying pigs (374 comments)

Cover it with a good thick layer of whale oil...say Minke or Blue Whale, still got plenty of those left!

about 2 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

BlackHawk-666 Re:Wut? (253 comments)

Why not fire up your own private WoW server and play on your own or with a few mates? Most of the solo stuff works pretty well on them.

about 2 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

BlackHawk-666 Re:F/OSS Platform Needed (314 comments)

If it's like Apple TV it will require you to own a PC or Mac and have that turned on and running iTunes in order to play anything. Sure, it can connect to an Itunes Server, but you don't get any of the UI experience, in fact, it's measurably worse than DLNA. At least DLNA can play my MKV files.

about 2 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

BlackHawk-666 Re:F/OSS Platform Needed (314 comments)

I was expecting HURD to come out at the same time as Duke Nukem Forever and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Who would have thought Duke Nukem would be the first one out the gate from those three!

HURD will be too little, too late. Hell, it would have been too little too late a decade ago, now it's just a joke.

about 2 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

BlackHawk-666 Re:Obligatory (314 comments)

And that paint would come in a really fancy tin with incredible packaging, but still come out of the same factory as the generic brand stuff at 1/4 the price.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

BlackHawk-666 Re:Walk before you can run code (627 comments)

Toggle switches, bitches! Anything else is modern and not to be trusted. Ever see a computer programmed with toggle switches become self aware and take over the world...no, and you never will!

about 2 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

BlackHawk-666 Re:Doesn't make much sense it you look a bit harde (161 comments)

You're forgetting the complexity of learning each language and how repetition aids retention. Languages like LUA and Go have as few as 25 keywords and can be learnt in an afternoon. Try and do that with Japanese.

about 2 months ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

BlackHawk-666 Re:Balderdash (161 comments)

Languages take time and effort to learn. Try to remember, C++, although complex by the standards of most computer languages is ridiculously easy compared to learning French. If the programmers spent a proportional amount of time on the foreign language, I think they would have the same level of mastery.

about 2 months ago

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