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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Doug Otto Of course (140 comments)

I for one welcome our new dalek shaped robotic overlords.

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Doug Otto Actually... (163 comments)

If all of congress truly would code (blue) it could pave the way for some actual improvement.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Doug Otto Re:Out of band patch.. (167 comments)

No kidding. On the other hand, perhaps the outage was due to them not applying it soon enough......

about a week ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

Doug Otto Re:Here we go again (226 comments)

In all fairness, it doesn't sound like they're trying to churn out geniuses. From the linked site:

Can you really become a programmer in 19 weeks?

Software engineering is a craft that takes years of deliberate practice and learning to master. Our goal is to graduate world-class beginners, and jumpstart your journey towards becoming an elite coder. Having said that, we are betting that in 18 weeks you can learn enough programming to start contributing value to an engineering team as an entry level developer, where your learning can continue on the job. In fact, we think that our most successful graduates are those that view their first job as covering their food and rent while they continue to learn.

It sounds, very much, like what you can expect after graduating from a 4 year program; it's just more of a trade-school approach.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

Doug Otto Re:Black and White? (132 comments)

You can do the same thing with a single B&W image and processing back here on Earth; without having to send that extra kit into space. It was good enough for Ted Turner....

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

Doug Otto Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

If you're doing straight select, insert, update, delete operations there really isn't much functional difference between any of them. They all do locking a bit different and their are some syntax differences but it's all manageable.

It's when you start looking at procedure code, triggers and such that MySQL(or Maria) is lagging behind in that thing get a bit wobbly. We've been looking at dumping Oracle for exactly the reasons mentioned in the article. Apparently Larry needs some new toys or something because they also seem to be going a bit 'audit happy' as of late. We're completely in compliance but it's taken dozens of man hours on our side to prove it. The worst part is there's really nothing you can do about it.

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Doug Otto Re:I have an idea (236 comments)

Just because you value a SD slot more than life itself doesn't mean that everyone else does. I use three or four different platforms every day. Never once have I caught myself saying: "damnit, if only I had a SD card slot!"

Physical media is a pain in the ass.

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Doug Otto Using NASA's dictionary (445 comments)

Apparently, "anomaly" is a synonym for exploded into may tiny pieces.

Who knew?

Kidding aside it's a sad day for the family of the person killed.

about a month ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Doug Otto Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (179 comments)

In my case, it is an unlimited contract. You're allowed to keep your existing plan when starting a new contract.

about a month ago
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Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

Doug Otto Re:Is it just me? (121 comments)

Yeah, no kidding. Clearly it wasn't 4mm.

about a month ago
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Companies Genetically Engineer Spider Silk

Doug Otto Waiting for the infringement lawsuit... (82 comments)

Spider-Pig, Spider-Pig, Does whatever a Spider-Pig does. Can he swing from a web? No, he can't, he's a pig, Look out, he is a Spider-Pig!

about a month and a half ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Doug Otto Re:Mod parent up. (191 comments)

Actually, according to links in the article, it DOES still push packets. The issue, specifically, is that it breaks DNS if it can't get it's heartbeat. It's still stupid but the device continues to be a router.

about 1 month ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Doug Otto Obligatory (223 comments)

You mad bro?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Doug Otto Re:Lemmings (206 comments)

Yet, in the same paragraph, you call people lemmings because of their choice of device.

Hypocrit much?

about 2 months ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Doug Otto I was dubious too... (174 comments)

A few weeks ago, at my kid's school, their info tech teacher mentioned that kids are much better at things like Google Sketch-up, and a lightweight CAD product they spend some time on, than they were a few years ago. She credited Minecraft as teaching them to visualize things in 3D. If that's truly the case, Satya might be on to something. That said, after about 15 minutes of hearing the music in the game I get the urge to climb a bell tower.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 8 Review

Doug Otto Re:Not answered in review (216 comments)

Nested folders have been around since version 7 but it takes a little practice to actually make one.

about 2 months ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Doug Otto Re:clever move by NASA (200 comments)

I think that's spot on.

about 2 months ago
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A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

Doug Otto So.... (67 comments)

How many words can the average person "breathe" before they pass out?

about 2 months ago
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The Biggest iPhone Security Risk Could Be Connecting One To a Computer

Doug Otto Re:Developer Access? (72 comments)

That was my thought as well.

about 3 months ago

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We're your government, and we know who you are.

Doug Otto Doug Otto writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Doug Otto (2821601) writes "Buried deep in the bowels of a bi-partisan immigration reform bill is a "photo tool." The goal is to create a photo database consisting of every citizen. Of course the database would be used only for good, and never evil."
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Does antimatter fall up? Experiment could provide the answer.

Doug Otto Doug Otto writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Doug Otto (2821601) writes "Scientists at CERN ask the question:
But one interesting question remains unanswered: does antimatter possess antigravity, experiencing a repulsive force when matter experiences attraction? And, even if antimatter experiences plain old gravity, does it behave in exactly the same way as matter does? And if it does fall up, could a dog see it?"

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Which licensing model for a "free to use" application?

Doug Otto Doug Otto writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Doug Otto (2821601) writes "I work for a small defense contractor. We provide long range cameras and control systems to the military. We've developed an application to aid in configuration and maintenance of these systems that we'd like to distribute with the camera systems. The idea is to provide the application with a "free to use and distribute" license that doesn't give up ownership. Any thoughts?"

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