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Ask Slashdot: Tags and Tagging, What Is the Best Way Forward?

BrynM Re:Tagging? (142 comments)

Don't forget all of the things the advertising world calls a "tag".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Daily Stand-Up Meetings More Productive?

BrynM Re:Curious (445 comments)

Knowledge of how to implement a search algorithm is pretty much useless in most real world applications in businesses especially when most people would just leverage what is already present in a framework like .NET's linq or use the power of a RDMS to sift through data. There is often no need to "reinvent" the wheel and even if there was such a need, chances are, someone on the team would have already written a generic common library function for the most efficient search algorithm if you happen to be using a framework poor language such as C/C++.

If I may extend your use of "reinventing the wheel" a little further, it's like expecting a modern-day auto mechanic to know how to give a Model T a tune-up. Sure, he could figure it out eventually (especially if you illustrate it to him), but it's probably not something he's ever been exposed to let alone know off the top of his head. All of his normal diagnostic toolkit would be gone (computer, standardized gauges, timing gun, even the humble timing torque wrench).

more than 2 years ago
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Hijacked Web Traffic For Sale

BrynM Re:This is getting ridiculous (68 comments)

Lots of the time, this happens on porn sites. It's the old "shame you into not reporting it" angle.

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt Doesn't Think Android Is Fragmented

BrynM Re:Eric Schmidt, master of non-answers (431 comments)

iOS minimised the problem by limit[ing] the number of devices that developers need to target and test against

You were quite convincing until this statement. If we're down to splitting hairs, Apple does not "limit" the number of iOS devices. Apple clearly states that only Apple can make hardware to run it on and only Apple can make the tool chain to construct your application. If they allowed even just one other vendor, I would buy your phrasing. The way it is, that seems like an apologist way of saying "they enforce their own small-scale monopoly".

more than 2 years ago
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Cambridge Scientists Create Huge Quantum Particles

BrynM Carrying on a geeky tradition (52 comments)

When I read the title, this scenario immediately popped into my head:

Physicist A: "We need to make something cool out of them... like one of those tiny violins or the art on a microchip..."
Physicist B: "Let's make boobs! Every sculptor makes boobs eventually! Quantum boobs!"
Physicist A: "OK, but they gotta be HUGE! Then we can use normal particles for the nipples!"

I've been hanging around lonely geeks too long.

more than 2 years ago
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Data Hogs: the Monsters Carriers Created

BrynM Re:Lost All Respect (215 comments)

I second this. I've had a prepaid T-Mobile account of some sort for years. It works great. I have a full-featured android phone and it's a fixed price from month-to-month. Best of all: when I decide I don't want it, I can just stop or change prepaid plans. When I decide I want a certain phone, I buy it unlocked and T-Mobile has no say in it. I think people who willingly put themselves into plans with wacky-overage bills, limited choices and cancellation fees are "unwise" (to put it nicely).

more than 2 years ago
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French Court Frowns On Autocomplete, Tells Google To Remove Searches

BrynM Re:Sometimes suggestions reveal real public opinio (343 comments)

I see what you're saying. You're thinking of combating the SEO results. That is an ongoing battle that I don't think will ever truly be won. I've seen both sides of it. An ugly, escallating, no-valid-results land of despair and buzzwords...

more than 2 years ago
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French Court Frowns On Autocomplete, Tells Google To Remove Searches

BrynM Re:Sometimes suggestions reveal real public opinio (343 comments)

They are two different things. The suggest search is accumulated from the phrases people search with. The results are governed by the search rankings.

more than 2 years ago
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French Court Frowns On Autocomplete, Tells Google To Remove Searches

BrynM Re:troll post (343 comments)

Great Zappa quote for you: "There is no hell... There is only... France."

more than 2 years ago
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French Court Frowns On Autocomplete, Tells Google To Remove Searches

BrynM Sometimes suggestions reveal real public opinion (343 comments)

Frankly, I like having the suggestions pop up (and not just for the fun factor). There have been times that a suggested result reveals the truth of something when the marketing and SEO have worked to whitewash the search results themselves. When people run into problems with a product, they will search for their problem rather than the marketing speak. I wish I could give my real examples, but I'm contractually/legally obligated not to. I'll contrive a working one instead (though the contrived one is not as solid as my real examples...).

Contrived example: Pop the words "MS Antivirus" into google search. "MS Antivirus" is a name of a piece of malware posing as security software. For me, the third suggested search is "MS Antivirus malware". Without having that there, the search results for "MS Antivirus" that declare it as malware are all below the fold. The results for "MS Antivirus malware" have the wikipedia entry for the malware itself as the first result.

more than 2 years ago
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US Survey Shows Piracy Common and Accepted

BrynM Re:double-edged sword (528 comments)

Here in California, abolishing write-ins gets proposed every couple of years and there. Many states have some severe hoops to jump through before a candidate can be written in. Regardless, the funding in many campaigns for the two major parties ensures that the populace only really knows their names and not any information about "fringe" candidates. Even the people themselves cast allegations of "throwing away votes".

I ask: Do you know who you will write-in if your congress-critter votes to pass SOPA? Can you name who you will vote for instead to your critter when you complain/threaten?

more than 2 years ago
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US Survey Shows Piracy Common and Accepted

BrynM Re:double-edged sword (528 comments)

Saying "I won't vote for you" simply does not work. So what? Then you're... going to vote for whom? It's sad, but this is where the "two party system" has it's fault tolerance. (see my sig for the bumper-sticker version) I'm not sure what would really work aside from open protes... Nevermind. I don't know what if anything will work.

more than 2 years ago
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Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War

BrynM Re:Iran Encounter Grimly Echoes ’02 War Game (969 comments)

I also find it quite interesting that the NYT article you (GP) mention describes the reset thusly:

After the Blue force was sunk, the game was ordered to begin again, with the Blue Team eventually declared the victor.

Interesting way to spin avoiding the issue of such an attack altogether.

more than 2 years ago
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Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War

BrynM Re:Iran Encounter Grimly Echoes ’02 War Game (969 comments)

Unfortunately, the US Military didn't listen to him. The first round was over quick, but instead of trying to defeat the scenario, the Millennium Challenge (as the wargame was known) was reset and a predetermined plan of attack was ordered. Gen. Van Riper resigned in disgust.

After the reset, both sides were ordered to follow predetermined plans of action, leading to allegations that the exercise was scripted and "$250 million was wasted".[3] Due to his concerns about the scripted nature of the new exercise, Van Riper resigned his position in the midst of the war game. Van Riper later expressed concern that the wargame's purpose had shifted to reinforce existing doctrine and notions of infallibility within the U.S. military rather than serve as a learning experience.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Challenge_2002

more than 2 years ago
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Corporate Claims On Public Domain YouTube Videos

BrynM Re:Been a problem for a long while (320 comments)

You do know, of course, that the copyright on the music (notes, not performances) of Beethoven's 8th expired long ago (It was composed in 1812). Then again, that does bring the discussion back on topic of claiming copyright over things in the public domain...

more than 2 years ago
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Google Guitar Doodle Song Gallery

BrynM Les Paul (77 comments)

Since there's no mention of Les Paul in a lot of the news relating to the doodle, here he is. Thank you Les. I have proudly owned several guitars with your name and they have given me countless moments of joy, contemplation and reverence. I hope the other side of the rainbow is treating you well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NdSU03jnUw

more than 3 years ago
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Taco Bell Programming

BrynM Re:which language is best? (394 comments)

True. It will save you from invoking another binary though and having the ambiguity in the first place.

about 4 years ago

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US Democracy: The best person for the job (among These pre-s

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

US Democracy: The best person for the job (among These pre-selected choices)

New sig. I was thinking of the likelihood of a President Hilary. The idea that the US could be a Democratic Dual Monarchy for almost 25 years saddens me (Bush(4)->Clinton(8)->Bush(8)->Clinton(4?/4+?)). Between her electiveness and the state of US domestic affairs, I fear for the future of the land I love. The other candidates are just as "prepared".

Maybe one day we'll actually have some more choices in our choice. Then again considering how we've made villains of any 3rd party, maybe not. I really hope time will prove me wrong.

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Ecc-3:19

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 7 years ago

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yes, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

I got reminded of this biblical quote by an X-Files episode. You can view the many translations yourself. Stewardship rather than dominance seems to have been forgotten by many modern American worshipers of the book. If you're sitting there saying "not me", then keep the quote in your conscience and truly ask yourself when the last stewardly act you undertook was. Then think of how often you are stewardly. I bet it's not as often as you would hope.

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I'm afraid of Americans.

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Time to update my sig again. This one is a David Bowie/Trent Reznor quote from the song "I'm afraid of Americans". My MP3 player cued it up for me and the lyrics really struck home given today's political world climate and the upcoming US Mid-term Elections. I'm a US native (Californian) and I don't think I know who Americans are anymore - my own people and many of them seem to hold beliefs that are alien to me.

I know I'm not alone in feeling this way and frankly that scares the hell out of me. Somehow my national identity has been usurped by people I have no faith in over the past six years or so. Thanks to those people, the world views me (the American not the individual) in a skewed and suspicious manner - perhaps rightly so. I still feel patriotic, but what the feeling came from is being chiseled away and discarded without my consent. I vote. I converse. I write to my representatives. I try to be a responsible citizen, but after so long futility sets in.

If you're unfamiliar with the song here are the lyrics. They remain as eerily true today as they were in 1997.

Johnny's in America
no tax at the wheel
Nobody needs anyone
They don't even just pretend
Johnny's in America

chorus {
I'm afraid of Americans
I'm afraid of the world
I'm afraid I can't help it
I'm afraid I can't
} (x2)
I'm afraid of Americans
/chorus

Johnny's in America
Johnny wants a brain
Johnny wants to suck on a Coke
Johnny wants a woman
Johnny wants to think of a joke
Johnny's in America

chorus

Johnny's in America
Johnny looks up at the stars
Johnny combs his hair
And Johnny wants pussy and cars

Johnny's in America (x2)

chorus

God is an American (x2)

chorus

Yeah, I'm afraid of Americans
I'm afraid of the words
I'm afraid I can't help it
I'm afraid I can't
I'm afraid of Americans

God is an American (x6)

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Companies that lie about caring

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 8 years ago This was inspired by one of those "we care about you - our customers" commercials on TV. I want to see one company be honest and say "We don't care about you, but we do care if you get mad and complain - sometimes". It originally said "When a commercial says a company cares about you, they are talking to the 'you' in your wallet, not the 'you' that owns the wallet.", but that doesn't fit the /. 120 character limit for a sig.

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Discovering a better mousetrap...

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 8 years ago Discovering a better mousetrap has devolved into discovering a better consumer trap.

For supporting info, see these links.

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"DEMOCRACY DISCLAIMER

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 9 years ago "DEMOCRACY DISCLAIMER: Past performance does not guarantee future results." - Fiore

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Johnny on the Quote

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 9 years ago "I see your inflection and the way you move your head with it." - John Stewart

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Sig Public License

BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 10 years ago Sig Public License - If you resrtibute, copy or alter this sig you must append your changes after the /. character limi

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BrynM BrynM writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've decided to just put a sig history in here. Too bad I've already missed a few years of sigs. If you want to comment on a sig, do it here so that the discussions can stay on topic and you don't get modded into the mud in the regular /. stories.

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