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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

CokoBWare Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Maste (247 comments)

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master - It's not a Computer Science book, but it really talks about essential things any programmer should know in order to excel in their career.

about 3 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

CokoBWare Re:Already denied (382 comments)

*spoiler alert* Reminds me of the end the movie Contact, when they figure out that the video recorder actually recorded more video than was supposed to be possible given the circumstances.

about 4 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

CokoBWare Strangest thing... (271 comments)

I was just remarking to a friend today how Agent Side Grinder's new album "Hardware" sounded like as if Skinny Puppy, Kraftwerk, and Depeche Mode were to have an ugly baby.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

CokoBWare Re:Suck it up (308 comments)

There is no evidence to support this hypothesis. Unless the OP had explained this to be true, I would not jump to this conclusion.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

CokoBWare Suck it up (308 comments)

It's a sad thing. When someone who is well respected basically gave birth to a turd, and you need to clean it up, this is not ideal, but definitely the nature of the business... the business will become acutely aware of how crappy this app is in short order without your input.

Advice: keep your nose clean. Don't complain about this person's code, but explain how the condition of the code will cost your time and energy to fix the problems as you dial in new changes. When they question you on it, tactfully explain that design decisions in the app are not entirely flexible, and changes may cascade into other areas that need to be fixed.

about 6 months ago
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Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

CokoBWare What could possibly go wrong? (192 comments)

I view this as bad for a number of reasons:

1. Normally, when you have service, it's attached to the SIM, not the phone. With this new embedded SIM model, this goes away. Your service is attached to the phone. Bad.
2. Remotely programmable means that it will be even easier for hackers to fuck with your phone. Bad.
3. Your phone is really no longer your phone. The carrier will have ultimate jurisdiction over the phone, unless you pull the battery. Bad.
4. If I lose or seriously damage my phone, my SIM is gone, and I HAVE to buy a new phone and activate it again. Bad.

I won't want a phone like this if this is how the carriers want to do business. I'll keep my removable SIM card thank you very much.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Users In Danger of Unknowingly Picking Up Malware

CokoBWare Plain simple FUD over Netflix (153 comments)

The problem was with Silverlight, not with Netflix. I think the author's article title is misleading and going to scare a lot of unsavvy Netflix users...

about 8 months ago
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Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

CokoBWare No media server support upsets me (312 comments)

So I was excited to buy a PS4 until they announced no media server support. Same with XBone. I guess I'm just one of those guys who will stay with his PS3 for the forseeable future...

I know why they made that choice, but it doesn't service the customers who put their media library on a server instead of on disc.

about 9 months ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

CokoBWare I could fart (395 comments)

... and by that defintion I'd be possibly potentially in my minds eye aiding terrorism.

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

CokoBWare Re:And on the other side of the coin... (505 comments)

Yeah, but the point we're making is that the /. title if this article is GROSSLY misleading. Stick to the issue, don't deflect.

To say MS is abandoning Windows Phone is a monstrously leap of conjecture based on the info in the original article.

For shame.

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

CokoBWare /. editors need their heads examined (505 comments)

The title on this article is TOTALLY misleading, as the source article said nothing about abandoning Windows Phone as a platform... just wrapping up mainstream support on their current mobile OS versions. /. editors are stooping to Fox News levels with this sort of bullshit. Sure this is /., but be accurate in your reporting, and don't start unfounded rumours based on BIAS.

about a year ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

CokoBWare 5-day service is not bad (582 comments)

In Canada, we've always had 5-day a week mail delivery service. What doesn't get delivered on a Saturday will be distributed on a Monday instead. Yes, individual postal workers won't get to work as many hours during the week, but you'll all still get your mail. IMHO, Americans will get used to this, and it won't harm the quality of service of mail delivery in any real measurable way.

about a year and a half ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

CokoBWare Forbidden from researching internall (255 comments)

MS employees are forbidden from researching other technologies and patents by other parties when "inventing" something. They build it straight-up, and if their invention collides with another invention that's patented, they have to sort it out through legal.

Likely the folks in MS who designed the Live Tiles didn't know StreamCast had a patent on this tech.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

CokoBWare Re:If it ain't broke don't fix it (823 comments)

Arrogance is never justified. This is why it's never seen as a positive trait in people. Arrogance puts yourself and all of what you are in front of EVERYONE else. Arrogance is NEVER confidence.

My beliefs:
- Arrogance is not a virtue. Arrogance alienates you from people.
- Humility is a virtue. Humility brings us closer to people.

Be confident yet humble, and people will follow you to the ends of the Earth...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

CokoBWare The truth? (823 comments)

Why not just be blunt with them and tell them the truth that you find their arrogance offensive?

Or, you could try the school-yard model: lead by example and be humble and open and good to your peers. If and when someone tries to trample all over you with their arrogance, socially boot-stomp them in public so they learn that they can't just be a fucking douchebag without social consequences.

Example: My old manager could be highly arrogant and sometimes pious... A coworker snapped one day over a GoToMeeting and yelled at our manager for habitually speaking to him with disdain (which happened all of the time to most people). My manager's tone changed very quickly after that. Very risky move by my old coworker, but it did work out in the end.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

CokoBWare Funny how most of you... (1027 comments)

Funny that most of you chiming in here haven't even USED Windows Phone in any meaningful length of time. Tell me how much you hate the OS when you've used it for a month or two. I'm confident you'll have changed your mind. There are some major advantages to using this sort of interface and OS paradigm.

Being a die-hard Android fan, I decided usability was a key driver in my upgraded phone purchase. I owned a G1 and an ASUS phone. Well, when I did my research, I chose Windows Phone for usability... I gambled... boy did I ever. I could have bought a Galaxy S 2 but decided to roll the dice on a Samsung Focus. I knew that I had 15 days to return the phone and get a different one if I didn't like the Windows Phone experience. I was certain I was going to return the phone. Well, I still have the Windows Phone after 8 months, and I'm still happy with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

CokoBWare Offshore facility (402 comments)

Seriously... look into get a job with an offshore facility. Places like that need people with grand English skills. With outsourcing the way it is, you would be a feather in the cap of an outsourcing firm.

about 2 years ago
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Topher Grace Screens Star Wars Prequel Re-edit

CokoBWare Want! (192 comments)

Man this would be fun to watch!

more than 2 years ago
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Against Online Surveillance? You Must Be 'For' Child Porn, Says Legislator

CokoBWare Re:repugnant, like Gingrich (583 comments)

Toews is pushing this through so he can give the Canadian Gov't more control over the citizens. It's just another police state move, in the name of child pornography prevention - which is doing just fine by the way.

more than 2 years ago
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What Does a Software Tester's Job Constitute?

CokoBWare Re:Developers often make poor testers (228 comments)

A1 comment. networkBoy knows what he's talking about. I transitioned from software developer to test developer, and it's a different animal, but highly rewarding. Knowing how software works is a boon. You know how to write better bug/issue reports.

Test planning and devising scripts is big where I'm at. I do far more documentation and planning WHAT we need to do than looking at code. I do participate in informal and formal software reviews though to keep my mind fresh with code.

more than 2 years ago

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Chrome OS: Is it just about more AdWords?

CokoBWare CokoBWare writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CokoBWare (584686) writes "There's a lot of hype about Chrome OS today in the news, because naturally, it was just released and is open source. Cory Koski suggests that Chrome OS isn't about the AdWords and all the advertising that is going to display in their new OS, but maybe it's more about getting third-parties to deploy their applications to the Google platform, to run on the Google App Engine (which we all know isn't free to third parties). Maybe this is Google's way of beating Microsoft to the punch. Microsoft may be right, and that applications will eventually run in the cloud, but Chrome OS seems to be poised to make sure the cloud we use is Google's cloud, not Microsoft's or Amazon's."
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CokoBWare CokoBWare writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CokoBWare (584686) writes "I've been recently become interested in the debate of global warming, where I've discovered that are many different perspectives on if and how even global warming happens. Some speculate that the numbers that show global warming have been skewed over the years. Other say there is increased solar activity. Others blame livestock and methane. Some say it's our use of fossil fuels creating greenhouse gases. Some even claim that the whole idea of greenhouse gases causing global warming is nonsense. There are other topics in the debate, and I am certainly confused by all of it. How can one make sense of all the seemingly legitimate debate points, and really distill the essentials to understand the issues? Does the Slashdot community have a stance on the presence of global warming, and if so what the legitimate causes are? Conversely, is there any legitimacy to the argument that global warming might not even exist?"

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