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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 week 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 week 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

CODiNE Re:Prison time (275 comments)

I read the article on the hand grenade situation linked to by another replier to your post.

1. The cops were raiding a meth house, they had the right address according to the report.
2. They attempted entry via the front door with a battering ram and it was blocked. They thought it was a person pressing against the door so they tossed the flash grenade through the opening.
3. On discovering the infant they immediately go it medical care. Wished they knew it was there, would have used the side doors and no flash grenade.

Now unless that article is a total white-wash, it sounds like a tragic mistake. Like insurgents who hide their weapons behind children hoping to vilify their attackers, it seems quite strange someone would place a baby's crib blocking their own front door.

The way you post it... makes it like Officer Duke Nukem comes through the window... thinks "Where should I toss my grenade? Ahhh... that crib will do nicely!" and intentionally kills a child just to spite a criminal who doesn't even live in that house. I think most people imagine "hand grenade" and "flash grenade" to be very different things, it's interesting your choice of wording.

I agree that many officers abuse their authority and escape prosecution by cronyism. Exaggerating or twisting the facts does not help your argument. There's plenty of real and unquestionable abuse you can point to.

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

CODiNE Solution for microsoft... (353 comments)

Hardware with only windows drivers. By requiring windows 8.1 computers to have a certain level of hardware spec, they can ensure incompatible components on every computer and argue that the OS is required by the computer chosen.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

CODiNE Re:Not just women (571 comments)

This reminds me of people who complain about slavery in the past, but have absolutely no concern about slavery in the world today.

It's more about perceived offense than freedom.

about a month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

CODiNE Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

I can give a few points for the iOSification people out there.

1. Yosemite requires signed drivers. A bit more iOS like as you can't easily swap in hacked drivers for non-supported but basically the same hardware.
2. Such as 3rd party SSD disks which (afaik all Yosemite betas) do not have TRIM support in the official drivers. This makes people feel like Apple is discouraging self upgrading. Buy a more expensive OEM SSD, or just get a new Mac when you need a larger one?
3. RAM being soldered on more systems such as the new mini.
4. Built in video mode checks preventing retina scaling on 3rd party monitors and the driver signing limitations preventing workarounds.

There's a lot of people who have long feared Apple locking down hardware and making them more appliance like. It's looking like these fears are gradually becoming more realistic. With signed drivers in Yosemite, security has been improved but with another loss of freedom and apparently arbitrary hardware limitations. It's true the OSes at this point are quite distinct, the locking down trend can be easily argued however.

about a month ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

CODiNE YEAH it's important!! (154 comments)

It totally screws up the Secret of Nymh. :_(

Buuuut... They were genetically enhanced rats, so it still works.

It's ok everybody CRISIS AVERTED!!

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CODiNE Re:Of course! (571 comments)

Fusion of the 3rd dimension into the 1st and 2nd.
Brilliant!
Once you repeat the process and fuse the 2nd into the 1st you get an exponential increase in power AND massive space savings.

about a month ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

CODiNE Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

There's a wifi enabled printer at the religious place I go, gets used every other week or so for printing out emails, forms and misc instructions, all from mobile devices. You may not print from mobile but it does have its uses.

about a month ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

CODiNE Re:Miles? (62 comments)

That's easy!

A kilometer is 1000MB
A kibimeter is 1024MB
(Assuming a bitrate of 256mb/sec)

about a month ago

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