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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Dionysus Re:Worst Response of all Time (176 comments)

All of the software should be free software so that backdoors are less of a problem.

How does free software insure that a service you access doesn't have backdoors? Is it really that difficult in your mind to branch off the codebase so that the code that is freely available is different from the code that is actually used, or are you one of those a*holes that thinks throwing out "free software" is the solution to everything?

about 5 months ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

Dionysus Re:Power? We dont need no stink'n power! (468 comments)

So what happens when the first plane has a power blip, or an engine failure? How can you land with no view?

Considering modern planes are fly-by-wire, can you even land without power? (wondering, don't know myself)

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Dionysus Re:Books to read (352 comments)

Also if you are a C++ program, the original K&R C book is a good read of how to keep things simple.

I agree on the K&R C book. Also would add The C++ Standard Library by Josuttis. Although I don't know how dated it is, since the version I have dealt with C++98 (or whatever was before C++0x. I'm not much of a C++ programmer these days). I also like Beautiful Code by Oram & Wilson (small essays from programmers about beautiful code they've seen/written in different languages). K&R C book has that too. If you're interested in history, I loved Go To by Steve Lohr and The Design and Evolution of C++ by Stroustrup.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Dionysus Books to read (352 comments)

Clean Code by Robert C. Martin, Working Effectively with legacy code by Michael C. Feathers, Refactoring by Fowler, Design Patterns by the gang of four. If you are a C++ programmer, anything by Sutter or Meyers.

about 7 months ago

AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes

Dionysus down the drain (123 comments)

So glad I no longer live and work in the US

about 10 months ago

The Free State Project, One Decade Later

Dionysus Re:"Liberty-Minded"? (701 comments)

First. Killing people and burning shit down is illegal. Do not need different laws to prevent it.

Nice thing about jury nullifiication is that you can change that. Sure, the law might say that blowing up a church with black girls in it might be illegal, but "thankfully" no jury will convict you for it. That is, if they can get anyone to prosecute you, that is.

about a year and a half ago

Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

Dionysus Re:"science"==religion (434 comments)

That's OK, because American "Christians" have been pushing the idea that Christianity is not a religion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PH09hgb7DQ) for some strange reason

about a year and a half ago

PETA Wants To Sue Anonymous HuffPo Commenters

Dionysus Re:And with this move... (590 comments)

Yes, and for an example of this, mention "Streisand effect" to someone that doesn't read Slashdot, and they will probably have no idea what you are talking about.

What about someone reading the Economist?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

Dionysus Re:Playboy! (363 comments)

Does Playboy still have any good articles? I know they used to (some of the interviews were really interesting), but last time I picked up one (couple of years now), it had turned into a FHM/Maxim wannabe. Still the playmates pictures, of course, but the articles had become fluff pieces.

about a year and a half ago

Oracle Responds To Java Security Critics With Massive 50 Flaw Patch Update

Dionysus Re:Confused. (270 comments)

I'm sure there are enough that I feel fairly confident in my advice to just not install Java unless you really, really need it. Which, unless you're a developer or a Minecraft addict, you really don't.

Depends on where you're from. All the banks in Norway (and I think the Nordic countries, don't know about the rest of Europe) have a common login functionality that is java applet based. Meaning if you want to do online banking (or financial transactions, since I think brokerage firms also use it for login) in Norway, you need java installed.

about 2 years ago

Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow

Dionysus travellers (475 comments)

So, what happens when you need to travel out of the country during your contract time? Do they give you the unlock code, or are you forced to be roaming costs?

about 2 years ago

US Navy Cruiser and Submarine Collide

Dionysus God's Punishment (236 comments)

*sarcasm* this is what happens when you have a Socialist president. It would never have happened under a True Conservative President. Remember this in November, people. If Jesus or Paul didn't want bat-shit crazy people to hate the socialists, why did they never speak up against it? *sarcasm*

more than 2 years ago

Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

Dionysus Re:Simple solution (408 comments)

"Who is your favorite author,"

Questions like that (or favorite book) might sound easy, but is actually hard because of the "there should only be one correct answer". There were a site where the security question was that, and I forgot what I had answered because my favorite author and book had changed in the meantime (and I don't remember who I had at the time when I signed up for the site).

more than 2 years ago

Google Releases Jelly Bean Updates For the Nexus S

Dionysus Re:Screwed over (104 comments)

The other devices have better hardware

more than 2 years ago

Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

Dionysus Re:Google What? (286 comments)

Considering how inane Youtube comments are, I'm hoping more people will follow your example. In the meantime, I just block all comments

more than 2 years ago

Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed

Dionysus Re:Everybody in Slashdot already knew that (447 comments)

Oh, please. Read the comments for those articles. Read how iPod is a useless mp3 player because it doesn't have wireless, and nobody would buy one (except for the iSheeps) when they could get a nomad. How the iPhone is a useless phone because it doesn't have physical keys, and nobody would buy one (except for the iSheeps) when they could get a Blackberry. How iPad are a useless device because you can't do all the stuff you can do on a laptop, and nobody would buy one (except for the iSheeps) when they could get an Asus EEE.

The point is, when it comes to prediction of successful products, Slashdot group think usually knows Jack Shit.

Some quotes for ya:
About iPods

Raise your hand if you have iTunes ...
Raise your hand if you have a FireWire port ...
Raise your hand if you have both ...
Raise your hand if you have $400 to spend on a cute Apple device ...
There is Apple's market. Pretty slim, eh? I don't see many sales in the future of iPod.


About iPhones

My guess is that early adopters will get it and use it, but for the general masses, this won't be something they get for another 6 years, unlike the iPod.


About iPads

It's more than just an iPod touch that won't fit in your pocket...it's also an underpowered netbook with no keyboard. It's the worst of both worlds!


Note how all these comments got either +4 or +5 insightful?

more than 2 years ago

Tennessee Passes Bill That Allows "Teaching the Controversy" of Evolution

Dionysus Woohooo (1108 comments)

As a non-American, I hope the rest of the States follow suit. Today Theory of Evolution; tomorrow, Theory of Gravity :-D

more than 2 years ago


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