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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

CriminalNerd Re:But wait (185 comments)

Given that such things already exist at phone companies, I would say yes.

It's not in the same vein of "listen in to feed you ads" but it's still listening in nonetheless. The phone companies even get paid for providing such services to government agencies.

about a month ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

CriminalNerd What you're really saying is (422 comments)

"I never worked in a company with normal people."

I'm guessing you haven't had the pleasure of working in the typical firm where the company's years-old ENTIRE lifetime of work and data is passed around e-mail as a 80MB Excel attachment.

about 5 months ago

Hacking Group Linked To Chinese Army Caught Attacking Dummy Water Plant

CriminalNerd Re:Bull (214 comments)

His point was that industry systems in the US (and outside of Iran) are also prone to attack, and that it's not just some security paranoia that the site manager could just brush off so he can get to the admin controls via Remote Desktop.

about a year ago

How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

CriminalNerd Re:Um, what article? (523 comments)

It's not like anybody clicks the link anyway.

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

CriminalNerd Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

For videos that do not allow skipping, its more time efficient to flip to a different window while the ad plays.

Screw that, I'll just not watch it or watch the 5 or so reuploads that are suggested to me on the sidebar.
I /might/ consider it if I could mute individual browser tabs but I don't think that's possible yet.

about a year and a half ago

North Korea Threatens US With Preemptive Nuclear Strike

CriminalNerd Re:Iraq for less (727 comments)

Iraq on the other hand wasn't attached to China, and didn't have a comeback during the war where MacArthur got too close to China and nearly got chased out of the country for it.

about a year and a half ago

Voyage to the ATX Hackerspace in Austin, Texas (Video)

CriminalNerd The term is "roboticist" (47 comments)

Others are college student roboteers, working on their entry in a regional IEEE robotics contest.

(Emphasis mine)

Seriously, it's "roboticist". How can you screw that up? You're a goddamn editor.

Next thing you know, you'll be calling coders "Programeers" because they work on programs.

more than 2 years ago

Debian Changes Default Desktop From GNOME To XFCE

CriminalNerd I want my pants to fit forever (328 comments)

Switching to DVDs probably just encourages bloat (e.g. GNOME3) when there are plenty of usable alternatives that fit current restrictions.

Automatically switching constraints to fit inside the next largest available media is like buying pants with larger and larger waists as you grow fatter and fatter. Sure, sometimes you need to actually get bigger pants (e.g. during a growth spurt when you're 12) but there comes a time when what you have is going to be good enough for a loooooong time (or at least, should be).

You don't see people yelling at others for wanting to fit in the pants they've been wearing for a while. Why is optical media any different? If your installer and default desktop environment is too big to fit in 700MB of space, then somebody's (or some bodies are) doing it wrong.

It's not just about constraints in resources, it's about the principle: I want my pants to fit forever, and so does Debian.

more than 2 years ago

Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

CriminalNerd Re:Pretty Good, Not Outstanding (263 comments)

The trapped cops were getting plenty of food and water throughout the ordeal. They were essentially the pit.

about 2 years ago

The PHP Singularity

CriminalNerd Marketing Campaign! (622 comments)

The best way to fix the PHP problem at this point is to make the alternatives so outstanding that the choice of the better hammer becomes obvious.

I think he's proposing that somebody starts a marketing campaign to trick/convince all the PHP developers to switch to something better because clearly, Outstanding = Great PR.

I hear that this Streisand guy does a great job of bringing things to the attention of the general public; he'd be perfect for the job.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

CriminalNerd Re:Zoals de waard is, vertrouwt hij zijn gasten (782 comments)

In English, we have a fallacy: "If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear from our snooping. Thus, it's okay to snoop on your communication channels."

more than 2 years ago

2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted

CriminalNerd Re:Why 65000? (428 comments)

It's the government overhead.

more than 2 years ago

Startup Applies For 307 GTLDs

CriminalNerd Dot Com Bubble 2.0 - pets.pets (239 comments)

Am I the only one who thinks that this GTLD craze is going a little bit too far? (Along with the repetitive coverage on Slashdot telling us every day how many applications there were)

Soon, people everywhere are going to have a tough time trying to remember if their favourite cat website's URL was whether, slashdot.cats, slashdot.kitty, slashdot.kitten, etc. and whether they should go to slashdot.pets, slashdot.pound, slashdot.rescue, or slashdot.shelter to find a new animal to bring into their home.

I'm (mostly) kidding but I'm getting the same headache I usually get when somebody tries to explain to me how I should "refactor a system to be completely object-oriented because it's better".

Probably going to be just another craze that'll blow over after a couple years and everybody will go back to using the "old" TLDs like .com, .org, .net, because they "look more legitimate" (or because they're too cheap/lazy).

more than 2 years ago

MS Will Remove OEM 'Crapware' For $99

CriminalNerd Re:We do it at our store for $65 plus tax. (474 comments)

If you read the GP's post, he clearly said that the system restore feature had a minimal restore option (which he used to wipe the garbage), not that the laptop didn't come with bloatware.

Maybe your laptop had something similar. Who knows, you're just an AC.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Says It's Filtering Comments For Spam, Not Censoring Them

CriminalNerd Re:There was nothing in the comment to censor (155 comments)

The way I see it, I think the main reason that post triggered the spam filter is because it name-dropped a lot. You've probably seen a lot of spam where they go

"Are you a stay-at-home programmer dad getting fed up with Google+, Tumblr, Facebook, Blogspot, Twitter, LiveJournal, Slashdot, 4chan, Reddit, MySpace, Xanga, and Angelfire? Come to this new site at http COLON SLASH SLASH www DOT ${SITE}.cm/referrals.php?user=dr_blurb&userid=676176 (type it out in your address bar!) and get ahead of the Internet Revvolushun while making BIG BUCK$$$!! At ${SITE}, you can become the next Google or Micro$oft or Paypal or eBay and make lots of money like Donald Trump and Zuckerberg and Bill Gates!!"

That combined with a couple other /proprietary/ heuristics, and you have yourself a nice false positive (assuming his rant is actually a false positive).

more than 2 years ago

Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

CriminalNerd Re:Cool, so where do you go next? (738 comments)

Are you still insistent that the best way to do anything is in C?

Given that a lot of the newfangled interpreted languages compile to C...I don't see what's wrong with that. That is, of course, begging the question that everybody's favourite new language (Python, Java, etc.) kitchen sink or otherwise (Ruby, PHP, etc.) is /actually/ better to work with for your particular application than C or assembly. And languages like MATLAB are basically reincarnations of old languages like Fortran (with extra features and standard libraries) that people like to mock and make fun of.

The way I see, trend-chasing in your field is like being a music hipster chasing indie bands instead of focusing on what's actually good. I think you should be damn well competent and be able to do anything required of you in your field, job, and maybe specialty but you shouldn't have to be all "HEY I HAVE 5 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THIS NEW HIP LANGUAGE, C SUCKS".

That and get the whole "C is old and useless" idea out of your head. There's a reason it is still used by a large chunk of the industry not involved with web-dev (*coughinterpretedlanguage*cough) and it's not because the companies are too stupid or too dependent on C to switch.

more than 2 years ago


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