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Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Open Standards, Not stupid plugins. (166 comments)

HTML 5 is ideal but one of my problems with using pure HTML and JavaScript for certain tasks is that implementation can vary wildly and performance even more so. Browser A might implement only a part of the standard, Browser B might implement the entire standard and Browser C has no support and worse is when all of them fully support the standard but Browser A is super slow compared to Browser B and Browser C is basically unusable.

I guess that's the price you pay for deciding to ride the bleeding edge. When HTML5 reaches the Recommendation status perhaps the browser developers will concentrate on supporting it (the standard) rather than speculating on which of their proposed implementations will give "the bigger market share"/"scratch their biggest itch". Until then there will continue to be a lot dog-waving by the tails.
Oh wait... HTML 4 was a different dog, same leg action - but good developers worked with the differences.

Bleeding edge has a great view, but not everyone enjoys it e.g. nothing more annoying than listening to butthurt little boys that insist on riding bikes without seats.

about 4 months ago
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Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

Demonoid-Penguin Re:He didn't make a mistake? (281 comments)

With hindsight Zuckerberg made no mistake. But for every Zuckerberg who drops out and makes Billions anyway, there many more with equally good ideas that tried a similar path, and through worse luck ended up going bust. Anecdotes are not data.

For every Zuckeberg that dropped out of college there are many others that dropped out of college because it was too hard.

Yes.

And the majority that completed college and further education do better financially than the majority that drop out of college. Guess which majority is larger?

There's a reason why the majority of new immigrants from poor countries work hard to put their kids through higher education - it's so their kids can do better. And that's not based on anecdotal evidence. Education means choices - one of which is to make more money.

For every uneducated success story there are many, many, more educated sucess stories. They're just not considered new worthy ('cos we "knew that").

For every Zuckeberg that dropped out of college there are many others that dropped out of college that have never had a good idea in their lives.

For every Zuckeberg that dropped out of college there are many others that dropped out of college that have never had a good idea that they pursued.

For every Zuckeberg that dropped out of college there are many others that dropped out of college and don't come from wealthy families.

There are millions of people who dropped out of college that aren't complete a-holes.

um, cos I don't want to be a waffle waitress? ~ some dead clever guy

about 4 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Already denied (382 comments)

You can't make a triangle out of a single point.

Back to Intro Geometry with you!

Agreed

But you can triangulate a single point with three satellites. Maybe it's a triangle shaped triangulation?

about 5 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Stunning. (227 comments)

Okay, if you want to nitpick over semantics, technically you are correct.

Semantics is when I tell you to go look up the meaning of semantics (the meaning of which you don't comprehend). Maybe you "meant" nitpicking and just got too emotionally attached to your own insistence that wget "needing to know if the directory exists" - which'd explain why you're now out on a limb with Shirley McLain trying to shift those goal posts to "shitty basis for a web crawler" - "not designed for that" (when wrong digress?). Neither of which I disagree with, their just not relevant to anything other than your ego.

While you're there looking up the difference between parenthisis and semantics, check the meaning of sophist argument, context, and recalcitrant.

As for what wget was designed for - you conflate wishful "thinking" on your part with the designs of Hrvoje and Giuseppe. A little arrogant don't you think?

about 5 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Stunning. (227 comments)

(wget) "needing to know if the directory exists".

I did RTFM, and no, I'm not wrong

You expand beyond the quotes. So yes, you are wrong.

If a comment was directed at you I've quoted it, otherwise it's directed at the thread. But then - when it rains you shake your fist at the sky and cry "why rain on me?". Too much emotional content.

I do this stuff for a living, man.

I make stuffups like that for a living, man.

TFTFY (your comprehension skills are exceeded only by your vanity).

about 6 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Beta sucks! (164 comments)

Down with Beta! Leave Classic, or we'll go to Hacker News!

You've made your case, though it's not the one you thought you were making. Now fuck off back to reddit or post some more comments on Youtuber.

And take your PCmalware plugs with you (I think you know where you can stick them).

P.S. don't take that the wrong way.

about 6 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Weight-ist, and HIPAA violation (225 comments)

Only if I get to decide what compulsory medical procedures you undergo.

Feel free to waddle on over, with the anonymous coward paper bag on your head, and assert your right. You'll have to waddle because your couch won't teleport.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Demonoid-Penguin Re: I'm male but... (545 comments)

Feel free to point to a single employment ad for open source code that "pays well."

g e s t a l t _ n _ p e p p e r d spells recalcitrant..

Look what I found on the "internet" (have you heard of it?)

  • http://www.indeed.com/q-Open-Source-Developer-jobs.html
  • https://osuosl.org/about/employment
  • http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/careers/software/open-source-developer.html
  • https://developers.google.com/jobs/

Now you can do your juvenile denial dance about "pays well". There used to be a test administered by doctors - they'd heat a spoon over a flame and offer it to a child, if they refused they were normal, if they grabbed it once they were an idiot, if they grabbed it twice they were a moron - do you remember it?. You've been grabbing that hot spoon your whole life. Don't take this the wrong way - but kill yourself. You're lowering the standards - on /. no less.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Demonoid-Penguin Re: I'm male but... (545 comments)

Programming. Not "using." Whoosh!

Don't hurt yourself lugging those goal posts around (that's not what you wrote). So you're still an idiot - can't make an intelligent argument, can't write what you later claim you meant. Most of the Linux kernel (80%) code is written by well paid programmers, and many of us make good money writing code for Open Source software (more than M$ pays their wave programmers, which I why I don't work there anymore). Of course - if you knew anything about programming and how to read employment ads you'd know that.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Demonoid-Penguin Re:I'm male but... (545 comments)

Well, we don't want a bunch of old ladies to hit on at work. They need to change it to "Young hot women" or something.

Hmmm... for some reason I think you may be close to solving the problem - or maybe the problem is you.

about 6 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

Demonoid-Penguin Re:I'm male but... (545 comments)

I too would like a strong role model for someone using it to make money. Anybody? Anybody?

That's the solution! You genius. Oh wait... maybe genius doesn't mean what I think it means, I'll have to check with the bloke who empties the septic tank 'cause he handles a lot of them. (sigh)

The answer to your moronic question - Google (have you heard of them?), EBay, Amazon, IBM, Sony, etc.

about 6 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Weight-ist, and HIPAA violation (225 comments)

Wow. Bigoted and illegal in the US. And everyone says the USA is privacy invasive. If someone did that in the USA they would be sued for violation of medical privacy law.

What part of opt-in didn't you understand?

The bit that where it's likely to motivate fat lazy people - to make the effort required to request someone (else) motivate them.).

How about - compulsory weight checks outside fast food stores and supermarkets, in concert with compulsory liposuction? You could require fast food deliverers to have portable units - and make it part of a re-employment plan for TSA and NSA staff (they already have the necessary skills and motivations). Reduce health and public transport costs and create a viable biofuel program.

Just musing on my keyboard....

about 6 months ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

Demonoid-Penguin You're doing it wrong (225 comments)

Instead of being lazy and sending texts - those obese public servants should ride a bike, or walk, to deliver the message. (or tax the hell out of sugar and fund health programs?)

Oh wait (weight?).... maybe it's only people who are not public servants who are morbidly obese.

about 6 months ago
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Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

Demonoid-Penguin Re:the real question is (113 comments)

If you bothered to read the referenced article you'd see it starts at 11. [mutter, mutter].

No, you mixed up things: the one that starts at 11 is called DEAF.

Call it Joelene if you want, 11 is what it says.

Oh, and that thing you call the "specific" - I'll continue to call "the Pacific" (ocean).

about 6 months ago
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Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

Demonoid-Penguin Re:the real question is (113 comments)

can it go to 11?

(sigh) bloody Slashdot posters.... If you bothered to read the referenced article you'd see it starts at 11. [mutter, mutter].

about 6 months ago
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Reports Say Satya Nadella Is Microsoft's Next CEO

Demonoid-Penguin Re:here's a suggestion (177 comments)

Birth control and education are some of the major problems he's addressing, and that doesn't lead to more starving, suffering kids.

But that'd be less souls for Jesus. What will all those fat white missionaries do?

about 6 months ago
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Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Three hots and a flop. (133 comments)

I've never seen any empirical evidence that there is any truth to the claim whatsoever. And in fact, I think it's false.

Never seen as distinct from not found? Think as the result of reductive reasoning or just as a poor synonym for imagine?

I imagine that a government that is radically smaller than the largest organization it is supposed to regulate is incapable of regulating that organization because it can't keep up.

FTFY

Unless... government "regulation" effectively licenses monopolies that stops the market from self-regulating business.

I'm not sure if you're just a amateur sophist or a moron - but arguing that government regulation of business requires it to duplicate every single aspect of the business, therefore requiring the regulation process to match the size of business being regulated, is just, um, doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

For evidence, I point to the current state of affairs. I say, our bank regulators are understaffed. There should be more people with more government jobs specifically to regulate the banks, and because the part of the government that is supposed to do that job is so small, it's helpless to rein in behemoth multinational banks that can generate paper faster than a regulator can read it.

A selective interpretation that doesn't even allow for history is not evidence (it's just piss poor rationalisation). Government regulation of banks mostly amounts to stopping banks being competive. Historically government intervention was to remove the usury limitation that stopped banks charging more than 10% interest. Prior to that the loan sharks were the mob, now credit cards charge up to 30%. Those trillions "generated" are just transfers from Main St to Wall St, smoke and mirrors.

You want your small government? Forbid megacorporations. Forbid too-big-to-fail.

How do megacorporations exist without government - you know? Like American Fruit or West Indies Trading existing with the respective governments taking their money and supplying them with armies (probably some modern parallel but I can't any evidence with this box on my head). And excuse me for extrapolating but.. wouldn't the increased regulation to do that, um, increase government size. Not that I'm accusing you of sophism but... if it smells like a stawman sometimes you need to test if it's really straw (and my only tools are matches).

As for "forbid to fail/bail out my contributors" - just don't. It's that simple. If the government needs to intervene in business with funding it should own (nationalise) the business - not give/loan it money.

about 6 months ago
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Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Priorities (133 comments)

the total take from bank robbery in the US is around $30 million a year.

You mean when banks are robbed right? With a gun? Interesting.

about 6 months ago
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Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Demonoid-Penguin Re: Priorities (133 comments)

I feel like they should pay me, or at least subsidise the price of the item, for it having their advertising on it.

You're showing your age. Time was they did.

about 6 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

Demonoid-Penguin Re:Why are horns still only top volume? (267 comments)

Because young people are still only top volume.

Got pasted by one the other day. I was leaning on the horn, but he didn't hear it, because his music was cranked. Backed right into me assuming I wasn't there, never even looked.

Next time try while you're in a car.

about 6 months ago

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Copyright trolls close Linux time database

Demonoid-Penguin Demonoid-Penguin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Demonoid-Penguin writes "The Linux timezone database was shutdown due to claims it breaches a copyright held by Astralabe, Inc. A civil suit was filed in the Boston Federal court 30th September — the defendant is Arthur Olson who has had to shutdown the ftp server at elsie.nci.nih.gov. Astralabe claim that their recent purchase of ACS Atlas, which is referenced by the tz database, gives them ownership of the information in the database. Microsoft will continue to provide erroneous tz data as they have their own database. Java, Unix, Linux and everybody else that use the tz data will have to find another solution to the problem unless the court decides against Astralabe.
Astralabe, Inc, whose web site has that 1970 built by MS Word look, and may well run on a server built of spit and sticks, won't be feeling any love anytime soon over this move."

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Dumb Card and Dumber User

Demonoid-Penguin Demonoid-Penguin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Demonoid-Penguin (1669014) writes "myki is a creatively named "Smart Card" used to pay fares in the Australian state of Victoria. Yesterday, Dr Stillman, an information technology researcher at Monash University, found his myki account balance was an unexpected $470, 000AU. While having the presence of mind to snap a photograph of the windfall balance, presumably to the joy of the commuters queuing behind him, Dr Stillman tried desperately to add another $5 to his balance. Whereas many would have simply cashed out and carried on, the wily Dr Stillman utilized his IT knowledge and managed to finally reset his balance to $8. Stay tuned for more breaking news as police are called to a domestic disturbance at Dr Stillman's home this evening..... Apparently the ''large, anomalous amount'' was a display error ''triggered by an unusual series of actions, the combination of which is so unlikely as to make it highly improbable that other users will be affected''.

Last March, in a programming error, 20 customers were sent cards with $100,000 balances...."

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Open source computer support software

Demonoid-Penguin Demonoid-Penguin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Demonoid-Penguin (1669014) writes "I am starting self-employment providing computer support for home and small business. I am looking for recommendations for software. Most of the machines being supported run Windows variants — so I use Backtrack, Kon-boot, dd-rescue, clamav, OpenOffice.org, gnucash and Knoppix already. I also support OS/2, OSX and various Linux/BSD distros. Any suggestions for CRM and calendaring solutions (or other useful software)?? My business partner only uses Windows so the ability to host the software on Windows would be advantageous. I try and do as much work as possible in the workshop — so any ideas on how to integrate maps.google/marble/googleearth + scheduling + gps to improve pickup and collection scheduling would be interesting.
Please spare me the "don't do it" stories about tech support — I've been supporting home and small business users for nearly 20 years so I've done almost everything wrong before..."

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