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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

Chrisq Don't listen to Wanxiang (41 comments)

Don't listen to Wanxiang, they're probably just jerking us off.


Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Chrisq It doesn't look like it (334 comments)

looking on google some people have reported success with 3g/4g USB dongles (mobile internet) bit not with a dial-up phone modem. If you have one to try it might work, but it is so unusual now that there is a big chance drivers won't be included.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Chrisq Re:You want a ChromeBook (334 comments)

> a Chrome Book is the answer

Several people suggested Chromebooks. I can understand why, they are easy and locked down. But, as far as I know, a Chromebook cannot do dialup, which, as the original post says, is a requirement. So, unless your Chromebook is very different from mine, that's not such good advice.

They could use either a wireless or Ethernet (most models) dial-up router/modem

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Chrisq Re:I've seen a place like that (232 comments)

[...] They once had a brilliant young developer who wrote more in three months than their team did in years, before being sacked for delivering code with a bug that caused an outage. [...]

Please tell me this is an exaggeration. Show me a single developer who hasn't caused an issue of some sorts, in production, and I'll show you a developer that hasn't fully matured yet.

Only slight. He had been given warnings for later delivery previously, and rather than actually being sacked he was told that if he chose to stay he would be held over for pay increases or promotions for two years. And that was a time when two years pay increase would have made a big difference

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Chrisq I've seen a place like that (232 comments)

As a software house we were called in many times as a scapegoat, a game we all knew. A project would not be working and have no hope of delivering, so we would be called in. We would then give an estimate for remaining time and be severely berated for it not matching the timescale, but they'd agree to pay for it to be done. We would take full responsibility and the managers would not seem to see anything strange about us having been working on a project for a week (estimating) and in that time got behind by three months. That way nobody was sacked.

The company programmers themselves did hardly any work. They once had a brilliant young developer who wrote more in three months than their team did in years, before being sacked for delivering code with a bug that caused an outage. The people who survived spent more time covering themselves in case something went wrong tan doing work. For example, I once had a call from a guy who asked "how do you send a block of data to a certain output device". I told him, and years later I saw some code with a comment "IO as specified and recommended by Chris Q of XXX on 03 March 1998", The whole module was covered with comments like this and by the dates it had taken almost a three weeks for this guy to write a program o read a file, and send it in blocks with a maximum length of 256 bytes to an output device with a "continue" flag set for all but the last block. The guy is now in their IT management

I always warned people never to work for that company!

5 days ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Chrisq Re:Parallax. (424 comments)

Show me another MILF with an IQ of 80 who has inculcated herself as one of the highest paid cheerleaders of all time.

That's amazing.

It's also depressing, but you didn't ask about that.

This is an Apple thread, The fanbois would be more interested in FILF

5 days ago

NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Chrisq Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Yay for Godwin's Law! Let's compare a religion to Nazis! And judge everyone who practices that religion for the actions of extremist believers! I wonder what the percentage of Muslims who practice their religion and don't bother people is compared to the percentage of Muslims part of extremist groups? Also, are there other religions where there are extremist groups? Hm...Christianity....Westboro Baptist Church sound familiar? Hm, all Christians hate gays etc etc.

The Westboro baptists are much better than Islam in many ways. How many people have they beheaded? How many sex slaves have they taken? How many bombs have they set off, or planes flown into buildings? Also where are the hundreds of Christians from Britain, France, Denmark, Australia and other countries leaving their countries to join the Westboro baptists and lay down their life?

5 days ago

NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Chrisq Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Or maybe reducing the entire world to the single dimension of religion is not a terribly useful way to understand "terrorism"

When the religion commands acts of terror, and many of the followers commit acts of terror then maybe it is. You might as well say "the single dimension of nazziism is not terribly useful in understanding Germany's terrorist acts against the jews in WW2"

about a week ago

NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Chrisq Obvious (73 comments)

There are a lot of Muslims in Australia, and it makes sense to keep an eye on them as a lot of them support terrorism

about a week ago

Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Chrisq Re:"One"? Seriously? (50 comments)

Do you think the number one is unlucky, or something?

One does ... oh wait!

about a week ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Chrisq Re: (536 comments)

My conclusion is that Canada sucks as bad as the USSR.

Its a close call. Invading the Ukraine vs those stupid "Mountie" uniforms.

about two weeks ago

Learning About Enea's Real Time Linux Embedded OS (Video)

Chrisq Re:wtf... (27 comments)

What the fuck is the summary trying to say?

I wonder how much Enea paid to get this badly written advertisement.

I think a slashdot article is probably worth about a quarter of a Wikipedia page

about two weeks ago

Learning About Enea's Real Time Linux Embedded OS (Video)

Chrisq Re:Commercial alternatives (27 comments)

Why should we do it for you?

It's up to shills like you to emphasize these supposed benefits.

If there are any, your post failed to mention them.

There are plenty of benefits - to the NSA, to businesses that lock people in, etc.

about two weeks ago

Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

Chrisq Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

In 1994 there were 23,730 homicides in the USA source.

Isis are responsible for way more than 23,730 deaths source.

Read in to that what you like :)

In 1994 the US population was 263 million. (1.6billion / 263 million) * 23730 = 144365, almost bang on middle of the estimate range in the Wikipedia article you linked.

But you're using the world's Muslim population for the crimes of ISIS but only the US population for the crimes of the USA. A more realistic figure would be the number of Islamic state (100,000) rather than the whole muslim population, or inlcude all murders by Muslims anywhere in the world.

about two weeks ago

New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

Chrisq Re:Like I want them to know where I am 24x7... (137 comments)

Only an idiot want's to be tracked.

Only and idiot uses an apostrophe to make a verb plural.

Since we seem to be doing Grammar Nazism, only an idiot would confuse the present indicative for a plural.

Now what's the law that says that anyone correcting grammar is bound to make a grammatical error when doing so? I wait nervously for someone to point one out!

about two weeks ago

Ireland To Host Robotic Sailing Championships

Chrisq Great Irish innovation (14 comments)

... so that they can enjoy a Guinness while the boats sail themselves

about three weeks ago

The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Chrisq Re:Ban when you are done testing? (322 comments)

.....and second that they don't offer any sort of non-military functionality.

I don't know, Amazon could have a "priority delivery" drone service....

about three weeks ago



How do you assess the status of an open source project?

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about a year ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "Our software landscape includes a number of open source components, and we currently assume that these components will follow the same life-cycle as commercial products, they will have a beta or test phase, a supported phase, and finally reach the end of life. In fact a clear statement that support is ended is unusual. The statement by Apache that Struts 1 has reached end of life is almost unique. What we usually find is:
  • Projects that appear are obviously inactive, having had no updates for years
  • Projects that obviously not going to be used in any new deployments because the standard language, library, or platform now has the capability built in
  • Projects that are rapidly losing developers to some more-trendy alternative project
  • Projects who's status is unclear, with some releases and statements in the forums that they are "definitely alive", but which seem to have lost direction or momentum.
  • Projects that have had no updates but are highly stable and do what is necessary, but are risky because they may not interoperate with future upgrades to other components.

By the treating Open Source in the same way as commercial software we only start registering risks when there is an official announcement. We have no metric we can use to accurately gauge the state of an Open Source component, but there are a number of components that we have a "bad feeling" about.

Are there any standard ways of assessing the status of an open source project? Do you use the same stages for Open source as commercial components? How do you incorporate these in a software landscape to indicate at-risk components and dependencies?"


A woman in France received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion Euros

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "

A woman in south-west France, who received a telephone bill of nearly 12 quadrillion euros, has had the real amount she owed waived — after the company admitted its mistake. Solenne San Jose, from Pessac outside Bordeaux, said she received a huge shock when she opened the bill for 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros (£9.4qn). This is nearly 6,000 times France's annual economic output.

If only she paid the bill Europe could have been out of recession and France the world's strongest economic power!"
Link to Original Source


Teenager's stomach removed after drinking cocktail

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "From the BBC:

A teenager has had emergency surgery to remove her stomach after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen. Lancashire Police say Gaby Scanlon was out with friends in Lancaster last Thursday (4 October) when it happened. The 18-year-old is reported to have become breathless and developed severe stomach pain before being taken to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Officers say she would have died if doctors had not performed the operation. The woman, from Heysham in Lancashire, was taken to hospital at 11pm. She was diagnosed with a perforated, or pierced stomach, and is now in a serious but stable condition. 'Toxic chemical' Lancashire Police have not named the place where she bought the cocktail, but say it has stopped selling it.

Why the hell would anyone even consider this a good idea?"
Link to Original Source


Tom Daley Twitter abuse: Police arrest boy in Weymouth

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chrisq writes "The BBC reportsthat a teenager has been arrested by police investigating abuse of Team GB diver Tom Daley on Twitter. It goes on to say "A 17-year-old boy was arrested at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications".

Evidently he twitted "You let your dad down i hope you know that".

If there ever was something that should have been left to censure by other fans and friends and not made a police matter then this is it. This sets an all-time low in the threshold of free speech in the UK. If it sets a precedent how many other comments and posts will result in charges? How much normal conversation would be illegal?

This is also likely to be ceased on by groups wanting to suppress criticism; with "unkind words" being reported to police."

Link to Original Source

Move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress rough

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chrisq (894406) writes "The move of Windows Live Spaces users to the WordPress platform is having some problems. There are lots of queries on the WordPress forum about how to move back to live spaces, which is not possible.

Also, draft posts are not migrated, which is not obvious from the instructions, with instructions to publish drafts being burred in a forum thread. One user lost 30 or 40 drafts with help staff not certain whether the will .

The large number of users is straining Wordpress's support staff, and problem reports are taking over 24 hours to get a response. The migration process has a backlog, which has left some users in the worrying situation that their Live Spaces blog has gone but the posts don't appear in their wordpress blog for hours. There are some suggestions that it can take 24 hours for this situation to be resolved.

Was this sort of chaos predictable?"

Link to Original Source

Massive Orkut Hacking

Chrisq Chrisq writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chrisq writes "It appears that many Orkut communities have been hacked. The "converts to Hinduism" forum was changed to "converts to fucking Hinduism", and contains many anti-hindu posts. A post d=2540072012157365331 gives a list of hacked as

Massive hacking of Hindu communities
List of Hacked Hindu Communities —
D.A.V. ians
Bhumihar Samaj
Shweta Salve-The Dancing Queen
Maharani Gayatri Devi
Amar Chitra Katha
Rabindranath Tagore's works
Metro Railways, Calcutta
Bangla Bhasha
Monda Club (Bengali Sweets)
IACS, Calcutta
Nandan Chattar
Dwarka Rocks!!!!!!!!
Jai Shree Ram
Dhulashia School
Aishwarya rai




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