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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

DJ Rubbie At a coffee factory (310 comments)

The client had a separate network off the Internet hence physical presence was required to access the contents needed to build/deploy that particular internal site. Machines were loud, even behind the closed door. Naturally the place was completely filled with coffee beans of all kinds in all stages of processing, and just after an afternoon there both my boss and I smelled like coffee - the scent was transferred to his car so it still smelled like coffee the next day I stepped into that car.

What's more unusual is that it was running a rather old Red Hat distro (for its time even; Fedora was already out for nearly two years at that point) and they only gave me the root account. No XFree86, so a 80x25 terminal on a 13" CRT screen, and of course no way to install anything else aside from what's there (Apache/PHP and vi (not vim) for editing). I can't even remember how I got the skeleton project files onto that machine, might have been a 3.5" floppy, I really forgot about that part.

At that time I felt like I was thrown back a few years back, but thinking about this now it would have been a stranger experience today.

about 8 months ago

Nvidia Removed Linux Driver Feature For Feature Parity With Windows

DJ Rubbie Removing feature for parity with another platform? (237 comments)

Anyway, if i'm right, optimus support under linux is not on par with windows.
Are you nvidia going to fix optimus on linux, or "for feature parity" are you going to make the optimus support worse on windows too?

Directly quoting someone from that thread because this was exactly what I was thinking of.

about a year ago

Epic Online Space Battle

DJ Rubbie Re:These big battles are a rarity (296 comments)

Think of it as an open sandbox. There isn't any purpose to any single pile of sand, except to individuals who are creative and persistent enough to sculpt something out of it, and changes made inside the sandbox has long lasting legacy (if not impact) for future users of that sandbox.

If you think of EVE Online as a means to an end, not the end in itself, it makes much more sense. Consider that in other games, the achievements within often are the end in themselves. While being the first group to beat a raid boss in WoW might get you talked about for a week, pulling off a legendary heist or being a double agent to take down an empire results in the party responsible still being referred to many years later. This is the kind of thing that EVE Online provide that no other games out there have.

about a year and a half ago

Epic Online Space Battle

DJ Rubbie Re:These big battles are a rarity (296 comments)

> I felt barely competent after 4 months of play.

Try three years. Nobody is really competent in this game. If you are looking for fun in the game play you won't really find it, I've had more fun chatting with the people I met there, maybe while doing things which may or may not be tangentially related to the actual game play. It is an MMO after all.

about a year and a half ago

London Tube Stations Finally Get Wi-Fi

DJ Rubbie Re:Oystercard: transfer of costs to the passenger (140 comments)

I don't get why Western countries seem to have problems with providing affordable yet ubiquitous electronic currency. Limiting these uses to transit just serve to annoy users. The approach Hong Kong took with the Octopus card should be the example to follow. Not only can they be used for nearly all types of mass transit (except for taxi), they can be used at nearly all fast-food joints (e.g. McDonalds), all major convenient stores (i.e. 7-11, and typically people top up there card over there), even major restaurants now support this contact-less payment system.

If this is adopted by other parties, users should feel less apprehensive about storing value onto these cards.

more than 2 years ago

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 (Real Money) Auction House

DJ Rubbie Re:Nickel-and-diming (384 comments)

... and people bought that sparklie flying horse for $25 in droves. Blizzard wanted to make that mount "exclusive", and one way to do that is to have it priced very high. Well, so much for that plan. If they can sell it to 10% of the player base at $25 and results in near maximum total profit, I don't see why they should not do this. Not like this mount is a requirement to enjoy the game, nor the auction house in D3 be required for maximum amount of fun for you.

Simple economics, my friend.

Oh, you always have the option to vote with your wallet, too.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox Extension Makes Social-Network ID Spoofing Trivial

DJ Rubbie Re:Mobile Apps (185 comments)

One way to find out is to do a promiscuous tcpdump of your local network traffic while using that app - if you can read personally identifiable items in plain text, you are simply not safe.

more than 4 years ago

Where I am now, it's ...

DJ Rubbie Re:Seconded. (525 comments)

Not to mention lack of well insulated houses. Any heating won't do you any good (unless you live in apartments, but that too can vary). With the high energy costs here it's more economical to wear coats if it gets that cold.

Then again, Canadian winters have trained me well, I laugh at people who complain about the cold here.

more than 4 years ago

EU To Monitor All Internet Searches

DJ Rubbie Will not work and easy to abuse (340 comments)

All someone interested in breaking this system at a basic level needs to do is to gain access to some popular server to put some code (plain HTML img tags, or javascript if site is vulnerable) that will automatically do searches based on those "monitored" search terms when a user-agent accesses it. This will incriminate all innocent parties that browse those "infected" pages (as if something like is bad), which naturally flood the monitoring tools with garbage.

more than 4 years ago

Half of Google News Users Browse But Don't Click

DJ Rubbie Re:Kind of like... (237 comments)

I think a number of slashdotters skip the summary also and go straight into the comments.

about 5 years ago

2-D Avatar To Be Pulled From Theaters In China

DJ Rubbie Re:Sure the MPAA wasn't worried about piracy? (344 comments)

Why would you need to place cameras some specific distance apart to record what is essentially two constant stream of frames?

It's relatively trivial to replay the capture, all that is required are two projectors with a polarizing filter over each lenses turned in a way that so that it would work with the users' polarized glasses. Then synchronize the two streams temporally and spatially onto the screen (and play it out of the correct projector), and enjoy your 3D movie.

about 5 years ago

The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

DJ Rubbie Re:Languages not for everyone (752 comments)

Just call yourself a programmer with a fluent understanding of proper programming methodologies (which is knowing how to separate out business/presentation logic, writing unit tests, etc.) The language you work with should be secondary to that.

more than 5 years ago

100-Petabit Internet Backbone Coming Into View

DJ Rubbie Re:How about reducing latency instead? (137 comments)

Not that fast. Circumference of Earth (~40 000 km) / Speed of Light in vacuum. (~300 000 km/s) = 0.133s.

Also, speed of light in glass fiber is about 2/3 that, so it will take light 0.2 seconds to travel around the globe in a glass fiber. Don't forget most routers take the light signals they receive, convert it into electric signals so the circuits can route the packets, before converting them back to light again. At least this is the case until full optical packet switching becomes prevalent.

more than 5 years ago

I Count In

DJ Rubbie Re:Only 10 types of people. (599 comments)

This joke is dumb, one could extend it to this:

There are 10 types of people in this world: those don't know number system other than decimal, those that think this is binary, and those that know this might be tertiary.

more than 5 years ago

NSI Registers Every Domain Checked

DJ Rubbie Re:Can't be ALL of them. (668 comments)

This Domain is available at NetworkSolutions.com
      13681 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300
      HERNDON, VA 20171

      Record expires on 08-Jan-2009.
      Record created on 08-Jan-2008.
      Database last updated on 8-Jan-2008 15:00:44 EST.

I just did it again with variations of the above, and they all got registered.

Check the timestamp.

about 7 years ago


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True Love

DJ Rubbie DJ Rubbie writes  |  about 7 years ago

I am putting this here and not at my usual place because most people that know me in real life don't know about my journal here. Actually, more so Kat don't accidentally read this and get even more uncomfortable.

I loved her when it was easy to love her.
I loved her when it got harder to love her.
I hated her when it got difficult to love her.
I loved her again when it got impossible to love her.

The last love was not from me, and it was not from me to give, I only act as a conduit for His love. Hate is the easiest way out, but that would not be a good reflection on what kind of person I am supposed to be.

Love overpowers all things.

I love you.



DJ Rubbie DJ Rubbie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Why does my heart still ache for the same she, when she is now again over ten Mm away. My heart should feel anger, not anguish, after what she has done to me.

When will she answer my calling.


Look, another year.

DJ Rubbie DJ Rubbie writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, it's been a year since I wrote something here. Let me see... University is highly overrated. I learn more programming and doing stuff at work than what I learn at classes or assignments... but then again, I did learn something from assignments, but that's from the act of doing things, it's not like I won't get a chance to do similar stuff at work, or for my personal interest.

In the end, I wish employers won't pay so much attention to education levels, because they can be cheated (quite upset I failed that excessively difficult course because there wasn't a bellcurve with everyone cheating), and they don't exactly reflect what the person can do. Those employers who look specifically for high grades (and nothing else are definitely not looking at the right thing.

Experience is still important in the end. I am extremely grateful for the job I have.


More about me...

DJ Rubbie DJ Rubbie writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, I claim to be a DJ, but I don't do much of it anymore, because I am too occupied with my job as a programmer and going to university at the same time. Oh well, that is too unfortunate, but I still get my dose of trance, house, and techno whenever I need, and of course, I run Linux, although I do have other Windoze machines at home... because I need to run games. I think game makers should do releases for Linux, even if they are quite hard to do... You want to know how, comment on this.

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