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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

CODiNE Re:Knowledge is power (593 comments)

A few speed bumps should take care of it. Get the people on both ends of the block to vote against the people in the middle who have to pass each one every time. Tyranny of the Majority trumps Tragedy of the Commons.

But then freeway drivers could organize and prevent the speed bumps.

Ummmm... And then come winter the gorillas freeze to death.

3 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

CODiNE Re:Radical thought here (305 comments)

Colleges hate letting people skip intro classes. And usually allow only one class to be skipped. When skilled students take intro classes it makes a lot of money for the school. Also you don't want native foreign language speakers testing their way to a degree in their own language.

4 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

CODiNE A bit impressed. (514 comments)

Is it known what kind of phone/OS/app she was using? I was under the impression that most built in video recording apps wait until the end of the video before they start uploading. In my mind if a cop stopped you while recording they'd have time to end and delete before it even starts uploading. Many phones record at 720p or 1080p making the files much larger making a cellular transfer take much longer than the video length.

I was planning to do some research to find an app that would live transmit while recording to be ready for just such a scenario. Do the built in video apps hold off on their delete until the file is backed up?

about a week ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

CODiNE Re:Motives (105 comments)

Great. With the state of security on the Internet we need a wider pool of developers to sift the wheat from the chaff. Too many guys getting paid to do what they can't. With the current security awareness going on, and retailers starting to get sued by banks there may finally be hope for a bit of improvement.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

CODiNE Re:Sad? Saddest? (528 comments)

It's more likely because of the movie coming out Dec 25th.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

CODiNE Re:Stable enough? (96 comments)

Definitely not Windows X marks the P0wnage.

about two weeks ago
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Twitter Should Use Random Sample Voting For Abuse Reports

CODiNE Re:could be easy (132 comments)

Hey! You forgot the trigger warning warning. Your trigger warnings are setting off my trigger you insensitive clod!

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: Adora Svitak Answers Your Questions

CODiNE Re:Where are your ancestors from? (107 comments)

It is a common scenario where one would be offending for showing "interest" in others. Personally I AM interested in learning about other cultures and backgrounds but have to remember it's not always the right time to ask.

I'm deaf, so at times it gets annoying having to explain over and over how much I can hear, how I can speak clearly, do I consider myself deaf or "hard of hearing" over and over.

However I don't interpret that as aggression against deaf people, I realize they are curious and lacking a bit of tact.

I'm sure there's books on etiquette and conversation warning not to ask about such things. Good luck changing the direction of society on that one.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

CODiNE I'm just curious... (125 comments)

Where was the outrage over last years Plants and Zombies/ Angry Birds themed hour of code?

Is it the branding bothering people, or that girls are being focused on this time around?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

CODiNE Re:Obvious guy says (223 comments)

Lived in the third world a few years. A long term project will protect your sanity and prevent home sickness.

Ex-pats tend to fill their evenings with either pirate movies or drinking. I had lots of friends and plenty of personal growth experiences, but boredom can be a real problem in the downtime.

Having a bucket list of things you've wanted to do is a great idea.

about a month ago
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An Applied Investigation Into Graphics Card Coil Whine

CODiNE Re: The Cause (111 comments)

Slashdot no longer the place you used to go?
While it's a bit more mainstream audience than back in the day... you still get great comments like this one from time to time.

So when you think Slashdot is dead, remember this post.

about a month ago
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Researchers Forecast the Spread of Diseases Using Wikipedia

CODiNE This is why... (61 comments)

I always wash my hands after using Wikipedia.

about a month ago
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Prehistory's Brilliant Future

CODiNE Re:Illegal? (50 comments)

That's ridiculous. Manliness directly correlates to the speed of ones computer averaged with the number of LEDs on it.

about a month ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

CODiNE The govt dept full of evil villains. (65 comments)

the U.S. Geological Survey has detected them regularly. They can produce thousands of small tremors."

The USGS is not one to be messed with.

about a month ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

CODiNE Hobbyist programmers (299 comments)

From my own personal experience I just want to say if you enjoy programming and think maybe you'd like to do it as a career... Go for it.

Every job type has a certain percentage of workers who are barely skirting by and somehow get paid for it. There's doctors who shouldn't be, lawyers, etc... There's also the elite that truly know what they're doing and are at a much higher level of skill.

Believe me when I say most programmers are the former.

The #1 most important thing IMNSHO is a continual desire to learn and improve. If you have that, you may start at the bottom but you will eventually become good or great at it.

As a hobbyist you already seem to have that, just keep it up.

Many "professional" developers do copy and paste coding, grabbing chunks of code off stackoverflow and not taking the time to understand them. They don't write test cases for their code, instead they patch it over and over whenever they run into an unexpected condition. Instead of reading through their code to spot the bug, they'll change random parts and attempt to run it over and over until they get lucky... Often leaving some of the unneeded changes in place causing more bugs.

If you can avoid doing those things, you're probably better than half the guys out there. :-)

So if you enjoy it, you can do it for a living, and maybe do it well.

about a month and a half ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

CODiNE Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Quite a difference where you read it. My idea of a flash bang has certainly changed.

about 2 months ago
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Century Old Antarctic Expedition Notebook Found Underneath Ice

CODiNE Re:Bennett! Bennett! Rah! Rah! Rah! (63 comments)

I hear they're planning to change it to XML for easy reading and parsing, here's a preview of it:

<11101100>
    <10101101>
      <00101101>0011101101</00101101>
      <011101101>0110101101</011101101>
    </10101101>
</11101100>

I think the readability is much improved with the upcoming plaintext file format.

about 2 months ago

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