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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

GWBasic Syncplicity solves it! (167 comments)

Syncplicity lets enterprises store files on their own servers, with an extra layer of authentication that prevents Syncplicity staff from getting to the files. It still allows for access to these files through a web browser. When enterprises use single-sign-on, users don't even realize that they're authenticating multiple times.

This is a very hard problem to solve for consumers, though. Most people don't have the time to set up their own cloud servers.

2 days ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

GWBasic Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

Aereo's implementation doesn't feel like watching live TV. It buffers for about 60 seconds; channel surfing is impossible...

What I wonder is how "Aereo-specific" this ruling is? What if I rented a room in Boson and let you mail me a tiny device that I'd plug into a power supply and ethernet port?

about a month ago

Microsoft's Cloud Storage Service OneDrive Now Offers 15GB For Free

GWBasic Just in! (99 comments)

Just in! [Major hard drive manufacturer] is now offering [large amount of space] for [small amount of money]. This is amazing because, just [a short period of time] ago, they used to charge [small amount of money] for [almost as large of an amount of space].

about a month ago

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

GWBasic Re:Tragedy of the commons (462 comments)

The free market didn't build the roads.

about 2 months ago

Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

GWBasic Tragedy of the commons (462 comments)

Sadly, environmental issues, and limited resources, isn't something that the free market will handle when left to its own devices. I have no sympathy for automakers that need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Now I want to buy an electric Fiat out of spite!

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

GWBasic Re:It's hard to judge competancy (466 comments)

I'd think that most could pass with flying colors; now that they've done the work so frequently!

about 2 months ago

Interviews: Ask Travis Kalanick About Startups and Uber

GWBasic What's the balance between being a lawyer? (79 comments)

Uber seems to hit a lot of legal challenges. It seems like, in every city, the incumbent taxi market has a different set of legal hurdles for you to pass through. It's kind of a shame, too, because everyone involved with Uber is making an honest living providing a needed service.

What's tends to be your day-to-day balance of being lawyer versus entrepreneur? Would you say that you have more legal woes than a normal startup? Do you think this is "par for the course" any time someone's starting an interesting company?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

GWBasic Re:It's hard to judge competancy (466 comments)

I disagree. American doctors have to take standardized board exams before they specialize. The exams are significantly more rigorous, and better-designed, than the job interviews that I run.

Specifically, in the American medical system, specialization happens with on-the-job training after taking a standard exam. Students seeking to be pediatricians, heart surgeons, and dermatologists all take the same standardized exam. The score is then presented when students apply to programs to specialize.

about 2 months ago

New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

GWBasic Re: Eight years? Might work if... (81 comments)

Did your cars ever have a major repair? Owning a car for 200k miles and doing a major repair at 100k is fine. Besides, people are still throwing around the idea of battery exchange.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

GWBasic It's hard to judge competancy (466 comments)

I find it very hard to judge skill when I interview candidates. I can easily filter out incompetent people. Someone I work with says, "when you interview people, all you find out is if the person interviews well."

Many professional fields have long professional exams. Civil engineers need to be certified, as well as doctors. Frankly, I wish I could look at some kind of a score, and spend most of the interview on "soft" topics.

about 2 months ago

Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

GWBasic Re: Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Not true at all! Organic food is routinely sprayed with plant-derived compounds. The FDA only requires that a spray gun sit idle for 3 years before it is fit for organic spraying.

about 2 months ago

Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

GWBasic Re: Activist investors (208 comments)

The endowments serve the university's interests . Stanford might think that coal is a bad investment.

about 3 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

GWBasic Re: Undefined (800 comments)

Because every hypothetical answer has so much context that there's no way for a programmer to anticipate the situation. Instead, if we let the computer be greedy, the answer is simple: do what's best for the occupants!

about 3 months ago

Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

GWBasic Re:It's a great car (398 comments)

It's the range, though, that's making me consider the electric BMW that's coming out in a few months. My wife will have a short 10-mile round-trip commute, but I will have a combination of telecommuting and 80-mile round-trip commute. A car that can safely do the 80-mile commute purely on a battery is a very attractive car!

about 3 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

GWBasic Missing answer (285 comments)

Missing answer: It burnses!

about 4 months ago

Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

GWBasic I like the questions (692 comments)

I like the questions in the linked article. Sometimes you need to ask a fluff question to make the candidate feel comfortable, or see if the guy has a sense of humor.

about 6 months ago

Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

GWBasic Re:Allow me to burn som Karma by saying (489 comments)

Southern CA depends on the Colorado River for its water, and all of CA depends on imported electricity. Much of the US depends on CA for food. That dependency is too strong just to sever over a few dollars.

about 7 months ago

Why Reactive Programming For Databases Is Awesome

GWBasic Examples? (165 comments)

Are there any examples of real-world reactive databases in production or development?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

GWBasic I think you can upgrade them (477 comments)

I've heard that a co-worker of mine upgraded his MBP's SSD and RAM.

This website,, seems to imply that the only thing you need is a funky screwdriver.

Back in the 90s, when computers cost $5,000-$10,000 in today's dollars, it made sense to keep upgrading them. Now the top-of-the-line computers are cheap enough that it's easier to just buy one that you can afford to replace every 4 years or so.

about 8 months ago

How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

GWBasic Re:Old news (211 comments)

Let's not forget how bug free a framework used widely by thousands will be - there's no job security there at all if there's no bugfixing! But if we write our own, then there will surely be some horrific bug in the field that we can work until 4AM to fix, and management will call us heroes!

Counter that with the amount of time I've spent wresting design flaws due to well-known but poorly-chosen frameworks.

Don't pick a framework because you assume that you're supposed to:

  • Choose correct design patterns
  • Prefer well-encapsulated libraries with clear purposes
  • Only use frameworks that directly add value to your chosen design patterns

The issue with frameworks is that they often touch all layers of a program, or product. If the wrong framework is chosen, (or built,) then the entire project must be refactored to recover from the mistake. That is why it's critical to understand the correct design pattern before choosing a framework or building your own.

about 9 months ago



Programming on the Chrome Laptop through the Web

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GWBasic writes "Last night I managed to get my hands on a free Google Chrome laptop during an HTML5 session on Google’s Campus. The famous Cr-48 to be exact. (Google called it their “Oprah” moment.) One topic often brought up when Google gave away these laptops is the inability to use a Chrome laptop to program. I’ve solved this issue with ObjectCloud, my open-source web server designed like an operating system."
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3 Tesla Employees Dead in Plane Crash

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GWBasic writes "This morning I woke up at 8AM when my CPAP turned off due to a power outage; and I couldn't go back to sleep due to all the sirens going off. It turns out that 3 Tesla employees died in a plane crash when they accidentally flew into an electric transmission line. "All those killed aboard the twin-engine plane worked at Tesla Motors Inc., and the plane was owned by a lead engineer at the Palo Alto electric car company, the firm said." The crash resulted in most of Palo Alto, CA being without power for most of the day. This affected the headquarters of many major Silicon Valley companies, including Facebook and VMware. The irony is that the power outage extended to right before Tesla's dealership. The stoplight right before their dealship was working, but the stoplight immediately before them was out due to the outage."
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Where are you hosting your open-source projects

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GWBasic writes "Where are you hosting your open-source projects? Are you happy with your open-source's project's web site? Which open-source hosting site do you prefer? There are so many new ones popping up (github, Google Code, CodePlex,) that I'd like to understand which new ones the Slashdot community prefers.

Specifically, I'm currently trying to find a good site to host my open-source project. Ideally, I'd like a web site that has both a message board and bug tracker. I'm very flexible on the actual program / protocol used for source control, although I have a strong preference for source code control systems that have an easy-to-learn GUI on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Most of my experience is with Perforce, so a protocol with a GUI that's about as easy-to-learn (or hard-to-learn,) is what I'm looking for. Perforce's Open-Source program is an option, although I'd rather not administer my own server.

For the past few days I've been experimenting with github after listing to Linus Torvalds talk about git. Although I agree that it sounds like git is theoretically better, I'm finding git's learning curve to be so steep that it's just getting in my way from actually getting work done."

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What Web Authentication Protocol Should I Support?

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GWBasic writes "The recent article OpenID Fan Club Is Shrinking implies that OpenID is failing in the marketplace. Are there any alternatives that are gaining support? I'm currently building a web development tool and I'd like to build in support for a distributed authentication system like OpenID. My requirement is that the protocol has to be so simple that a technical person can fully understand how the protocol works by reading a single web page. An additional requirement is that the protocol needs to be simple enough that an average programmer can write a client or server in an afternoon without resorting to an API.

Furthermore; as I believe that part of HTTP's success has to do with the fact that any programmer who can access a socket can make a program web-accessible; I would prefer a protocol that's so simple that a programmer who only has access to a socket can still work with the system.

For example, about a year ago, over the course of a few evenings, I put together a simple distributed authentication system that could be implemented in either PHP or ASP. The total amount of code written in either platform was only slightly more complicated then stereotypical username / password code. Is there an existing standard that is as simple as mine?"

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Silicon Valley Startup ships $1 / Watt solar panel

GWBasic GWBasic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GWBasic writes "At $1 per Watt, the iTunes of Solar Energy Has Arrived A Silicon Valley start-up called Nanosolar shipped its first solar panels — priced at $1 a watt. That's the price at which solar energy gets cheaper than coal. While other companies have been focusing their efforts on increasing the efficiency of solar panels, Nanosolar took a different approach. It focused on manufacturing."
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