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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Dynedain Re: Pick a different job. (478 comments)

That doesn't require a union to fix. Get off your ass and leave. As plenty of other people have pointed out, there are tons of non-union shops that respect their employees and don't pull that crap.

5 hours ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Dynedain Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

Optical is already used in those scenarios for line-of-sight networking. How does engineering a wind tunnel around a laser improve the effectiveness in any of those scenarios?

about a month ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dynedain Re:New potential battleground? (118 comments)

By contrast to get even the same small warhead to geostationary, with guidance and course course correction ability, will require a rocket very similar to that used to put geostats into orbit in the first place.

I think you just backed up my claim. Reread what I wrote. If you can get a satellite to a specific point, you can get a weapon there as well.

By payload I am referring to the use type, not the mass. Assuming equivalent mass, it doesn't matter if you're throwing up a few kilograms of circuitry or a a few kilograms of rock.

about 1 month ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dynedain Re:New potential battleground? (118 comments)

If you can put a satellite there, you can put a weapon there as well. Payload has little to do with the capability to get there.

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Dynedain Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

Yeah, I have KeePassX 2.0 as well. The UI is kinda flakey (hence why it's been in Alpha status for several years now)

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Dynedain Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

I love KeePass, but the community needs some help...

There's a myriad of client apps for it, but the 1.7 vs 2.X database formats fragments the market.

2.X requires Mono if you want to run it on Linux or OSX.

I wish they had a central dev team with first-class OSX, Windows, and Linux versions like VLC or Transmission.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Dynedain Re:Subpoena vs Warrent (749 comments)

Uh, no.

A warrant means that law enforcement has the legal standing to search and seize evidence in your control (forcibly if need be).

A subpoena means that you, the targeted party, are required by law to provide the evidence demanded.

Jurisdictional boundaries aren't the difference. A warrant can be issued internationally. The key difference is authorizing a government-operated search versus a legal demand that you provide evidence. The entities involved and their roles is the key distinction.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Dynedain Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

Tax avoidance is by definition, figuring out what is legal, what is not, and adjusting accordingly.

Claiming your charitable donations on your tax return (which you're supposed to do) is tax avoidance. If the laws allow for undesirable tax avoidance behaviors, then they should be changed.

about a month ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Dynedain Re:The pubic school system (530 comments)

I hear the pubic school system is also run by Foxconn beings. There takeover began when spell checkers was installed.

Literary irony, or subtle joke?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dynedain Re:PHP is a very solid choice (536 comments)

Foundation is not a server-side or even an web app framework. Neither is Bootstrap.

Both are layout frameworks for HTML and CSS, with a smattering of JS thrown in to make some nice client-side widgets behave consistently. The original post is asking about languages and application frameworks, not layout systems.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dynedain Re:Node.js (536 comments)

When building pages to send to the client, there's a lot of value in building DOM structures server-side. Having powerful DOM-manipulation tools is an advantage.

Plus, if you run the same language on both ends, you can start to do some really interesting things, like the Meteor framework, where the same functions exist on both sides of the fence, and work the same way.

Think of the power that exist(ed) in using .NET on both the server and IE. It was proprietary, but made huge advancements in rapid development and deployment.

Node.JS and other JS-on-the-server approaches are making this happen in a OS and browser agnostic way.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Dynedain Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

Until they start developing widgetFactoryFactoryFactoryFactory structures. I'm not exagerating. I've seen a senior developer/architect with a Java app build a PHP system that way, while spending every free moment bitching about how bad PHP is.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Dynedain Re:Smart-watches are for watch-wearers (427 comments)

Did you forget what you wrote?

because it's easier to look at my wrist (especially while driving) than it is to pull my phone out

In your justification for a watch you emphasized the one scenario where you are in the extremely small minority, to the point of it being almost incredulous. That's why people are focusing in on it.

Your larger point is valid, but got overshadowed by how you phrased your position.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Dynedain Re:Smart-watches are for watch-wearers (427 comments)

What are you driving that doesn't have a clock already built into the dash somewhere?

about 2 months ago
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3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift

Dynedain What's old is new again (72 comments)

Everything cycles around.

This tech existed 10-15 years ago. There were "popular" options for IRIX, and common in CAVE setups.

I attended SIGGRAPH in 2000 or so on an exhibitor pass for a company that was producing a 3D window manager to do exactly this.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

Dynedain Re:taxi? or limo? (507 comments)

Neither.

Uber offers 2 services. The one that made them popular was operating as a limo service, but cheap, with fast booking and automated account. All the pluses of limo service, but none of the pains for scheduling, tipping, billing, etc. It's just a modernized towncar service without the legacy overhead.

Uber's second service is UberX, which they introduced to compete with Lyft. Same principal as lift applies, in that it's community ride-sharing with some monetary compensation, but backed by Uber's existing peering infrastructure and billing systems.

It's the second service that's getting them into so much trouble, not the first. The first service follows all the livery laws. The second service has all the uninsured, unlicensed, poor quality drivers. Like Lyft or AirBnB, the peer2peer "Sharing Economy" is fundamentally at odds with the legally-protected and regulated systems currently in place.

about 2 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Dynedain Re:Huh, really? (932 comments)

You're right that the Tea Party started as a fiscally-conservative, but socially-agnostic movement. It was basically a conservative response to the Occupy Wallstreet movement moving strongly into the liberal end of the spectrum

But the Tea-Party movement quickly turned into a far-right grouping of people against the the Republican leadership because they weren't sufficiently conservative in either social or fiscal matters.

Long story short, the Tea Party now represents a more extreme faction of conservative politics and agenda and the social conservatism they represent scares a wide swath of the general populace that otherwise sympathizes with their fiscal conservatism.

about 2 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

Dynedain Re:American Date Format (134 comments)

Reread my comment, I was responding to someone who likes M-D-Y because that's how he speaks: "event happened on May fifth, 2001"

I'm completely in agreement that it's stupid in written and datestamp formats and leading to confusion. I always use YYYY-MM-DD to avoid ambiguities.

My point was that the grandparent's argument only holds true for English. In many other common languages, the day comes first: "event happened on fifth of May", so the natural inclination of making written dates match speaking order doesn't apply.

about 2 months ago

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