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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Gazzonyx Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)

I'm in complete agreement here. We desperately need some way to tell legitimate Kickstarter campaigns from frauds. For that matter, the entire internet is full of scams and con-men waiting to take your money. That's why my team has developed iScam, the revolutionary new fraud-protection device.

Inside every iScam is a tiny induction coil that is powered by negative energy. When negative energy released by a scam such as this one activates the device, it generates a current which in turn activates a blinking LED, with the frequency of the blinking being proportional to the negative energy field. Simply aim the device at your computer screen, or hold it up to the phone when you get that too-good-to-be-true offer, or even point it at your lover... if there's any deception in the area, iScam will be activated and you'll be alerted!

Pledge just $15 and we'll send you one device. For $25 we'll send you two. For $100, we'll send you an improved prototype with even more sensitive scam-detection algorithms. And for the especially gullible-those of you who have lost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to scammers before- you need the top-level security provided by iScam Pro, which has a more powerful induction circuit, both increasing the range of the device and allowing it to detect even the tiniest fib! Pledge just $999 and we'll send you an iScam Pro. With our patented technology, you'll be safer than ever. And best of all, it's all environmentally friendly and fair-trade, with 10% of all proceeds going to benefit orphaned pandas.

Seems legit.

about 2 months ago

I suffer from jet lag ...

Gazzonyx Hard to tell (163 comments)

It's hard for me to tell. Whenever I ride on a machine at 30,000 ft above the ground at 300 MPH, I take a Xanax (or three, funny story, but I have been "carried" off of flights by friends and family) to help me forget the previously mentioned facts. If I ever remembered that there's software on those machines, I'd probably take my pills with alcohol. Either way, when I get to my destination I always sleep for about 10 hours.

Off topic, I heard a great programmer joke; a bunch of programmers are hanging out and talking about code and such. One of them says, "show of hands, would you ever get on a plane if you knew your company wrote the software that controls the airplane?" A single hand goes up out of the group. "You believe that your company writes software that well?!" questions the programmer that brought up the topic. The man with his hand up replies, "No. I'm just not that worried about troubles from our software mid-flight; if my company wrote the software, the plane would never even take off in the first place."

about 2 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Gazzonyx You forgot to factor in the supply chain (1040 comments)

You forgot to figure in that when the minimum wage goes up all of your suppliers have more overhead and pass that on to you. So your cost of supplies increases as well. When you buy a Big Mac, you're paying for the entire supply chain that got the thing to you. Sometimes that chain is reasonably long and you have to cover the cost of every step of it.

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

Gazzonyx Good way to brick your XP box (322 comments)

Seems like MS would make a lot of dough if you were to enable these non-XP updates and then one of them bricked your box. Maybe it's a bit of a tinfoil hat idea, but I'm sure they're not going out of their way to make sure that enabling this registry key isn't going to make you a potential customer again.

about 3 months ago

The Most WTF-y Programming Languages

Gazzonyx Re:Visual Basic (254 comments)

I'm not sure whether it's the language, or the people who choose to use it.


about a year ago

Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

Gazzonyx Re:Correct (630 comments)

I'm meeting the requirements of the GPL, even though I'm only technically linking to the library in question. The code is available to anyone that I'm distributing a binary to (read: no one, they have to compile it on their own).

about a year ago

Most Projects On GitHub Aren't Open Source Licensed

Gazzonyx Correct (630 comments)

I agree.

I have three projects on GitHub. One of them is practice code I was writing for when I interviewed with Google (don't worry, they didn't ask me a single question that was on the study sheet - but I did have fun writing a splay tree). It was just a bunch of functions with a description of "nothing to see here".

Another project is eventually going to be a GPL project that runs a football pool. Currently it's just a parser that scrapes and puts info into data structs. I haven't bothered putting the license file in it yet. It uses another GPL library, so it's already implied that it will be GPL code when it matures past being a bunch of functions sewn together just enough to test them. Why would I put a license on that? So I can be sure that I get changes back for incomplete interfaces? The interfaces aren't even defined yet.

The last project, I can't even recall what it is. I'm not maintaining it and I don't care if anyone swipes the code. It's probably code that scratched an itch that I had that was unique to me.

about a year ago

Wordpress Sites Under Wide-Scale Brute Force Attack

Gazzonyx Re: Off topic (110 comments)

Huh, small world. I grew up on the Stroudsburg/Bartonsville line and went to Pocono Mountain. But I left there in 2004. There used to be a couple of computer shops in the area, but I think they're mostly gone now.

about a year ago

Wordpress Sites Under Wide-Scale Brute Force Attack

Gazzonyx Off topic (110 comments)

Your user name... you don't happen to live in the Mount Pocono area, do you?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Happen To Your Data After You Die?

Gazzonyx Let them decide (122 comments)

Let your family decide what they want to do with your data. Write down all of your passwords (if you're like me, you've got about a dozen) along with your usual accounts on a piece of paper and put them in a safety deposit box. When you pass and they go through your deposit box, they'll come across your credentials and decide what they'd like to do with your digital data. Some people would like to read it, others would prefer not to.

This strategy has an added bonus; if they ever come across a site that you belonged to, they've got a login that'll probably work.

about a year ago

HP Launches Moonshot

Gazzonyx Wait, what? Complexity metrics? (168 comments)

"[...]and 97% less complexity than traditional servers."
Wait, what? How in the world did they measure this? I'm seriously curious as to this dubious number.

about a year ago

My cumulative GPA, thus far:

Gazzonyx Re:Bell Curve (441 comments)

Why isn't this a perfect bell curve?

Because stupid people don't generally get involved in the kinds of activities that would lead one to reading /.

That's entirely false; I'm here _and_ posting!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Motherboard Manufacturers?

Gazzonyx Re:This MB worked (352 comments)

You also get video over HDMI with this setup?

about a year and a half ago

Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Gazzonyx Microsoft helped (343 comments)

Stop them? Microsoft helped the Samba team. Microsoft even uses the samba torture testing framework internally for their own products as I understand it. The torture tests catch crap that their own testing wouldn't since it tries to send packets that Windows clients would never send.

The EU is still a bit angry at Microsoft (remember when they had to release all of the documentation on their implementation of the SMB protocol?) and they don't need to be stoking that flame.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

Gazzonyx This isn't surprising (451 comments)

Studies have been done; the people that pay the least always complain the most.

about 2 years ago

Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

Gazzonyx Re:Does it really take so much computing power? (861 comments)

Also, if these things works like the Phalanx missile defense system, you have to prioritize your shots because the gun needs to pivot (on up to three axis) to line up the shot. You could wait for two missiles to be closer so you have to adjust your gun less, but it might mean you lose the chance to hit another missile.

AFAIK, it basically works like a disk scheduler in your OS; you optimize to get as much as you can with the least amount of mechanical movement (since you can crunch numbers faster than the mechanical part can move).

about 2 years ago

US Military Tested the Effects of a Nuclear Holocaust On Beer

Gazzonyx Well, works for me (215 comments)

Looks like I'm going to be enjoying beer and Twinkies if we ever have a nuclear war. No worries; it's sustained me thus far.

about 2 years ago

Logitech Releases Washable Keyboard

Gazzonyx Re:Meh (205 comments)

Yeah, I got a Spanish keyboard down at Walmart. I think it was $12. I touch type, so it was a deal. It also screws with anyone that tries to use the desktop that it's on.

about 2 years ago

Logitech Releases Washable Keyboard

Gazzonyx Meh (205 comments)

Meh. The keyboard that I'm using (Kensington, FWIW) is "water proof"; it has two holes in the bottom where liquids that are spilled into the keys can drain out. It also (in theory) dries quickly after a cleaning because of these holes. Best $15 keyboard I bought in college.

about 2 years ago

How Intuit Manages 10 Million Lines of Code

Gazzonyx Please tell me more (304 comments)

Could you point me to those registry changes? I've been fighting with Sickbooks to get limited users (read: users, not super users or admins) to run Quickbooks. I used the settings that Intuit specified, but no go. Then I created a domain group "quickbooks users" and gave them full ownership of all the folders and registry keys that they should need. No joy. Now all "quickbooks users" are super users on their local machine.

Still won't allow them to do the update that it bugs the users about ever couple of weeks when they decide to push a new release that doesn't fix anything you need and breaks more stuff you do need. The installer fails citing that the user isn't an admin (why not check this before you nag them?). It doesn't check the permissions, it just fails when it does the GID check.

Quickbooks is the only software I've ever seen that makes you trash your box just to get it to mostly run. Bonus points for it insisting on installing an old version of Flash. I've been dealing with this stuff since the 2005 or 2003 version. It's maddening and I want to switch to XTuple Postbooks ( It's open source and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux ( source forge page). Unfortunately, no one is going to want to make that switch since they know Quickbooks.

more than 2 years ago



Tips On Coding Style For A Software Dev Major?

Gazzonyx Gazzonyx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gazzonyx (982402) writes "I'm a software development major in college and lately I've been trying to refine my coding style under various languages. It all started with a comment from someone about my use of white space, or lack thereof. I always prefer my code to be 'tight' in blocks with white space between blocks, regardless of the official convention of the language that I'm writing. I can never get my code to look great, like most geeks I have no sense of style. I can look at code and appreciate how well spaced, commented and indented it is, but I fail miserably at doing it myself.

I just don't like many of the things that are conventional. Full tabs for indentation drive me nuts. K&R brackets make me trace backwards constantly. I like GNU brackets, but I put the opening and closing brackets under the second letter of the function name and the enclosed code one more space in from the bracket to emphasize the codes scope. My comments are almost always directly above a block it corresponds to, with a single line break above it. I always figured that if it were an issue, I could just run 'pretty print' on my files, but somehow I've become really self conscience about the flow of my code.

Does anyone else use their own style (when allowed), or do you guys usually just stick to the convention of the language you're using? Any tips on keeping a coherent flow while also maintaining a decent amount of readability for others? Are 8 space tabs really necessary? Any language, it doesn't matter, I use C/C++, Java, LISP, VB(A/6/.NET)(sigh), ADA, PERL, BASH scripts, etc. I just want to make my code a little clearer and cleaner with some help from the guys who've been doing this for more years than I've been alive."

Microsoft Shuts Down AutoPatcher

Gazzonyx Gazzonyx writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gazzonyx (982402) writes "It appears that Microsoft has demanded that AutoPatcher, a free patching solution that allows you to get patches via bittorrent, shutdown. Although AutoPatcher could be used as a way of getting around WGA authentication for patches, it was stated that they were afraid of security issues; although AutoPatcher had its own built in measures to make sure that the program would only install's patches, which were unaltered patches from Microsoft. AutoPatcher has been providing patches for 4 years."

Choosing an Enterprise Linux Server Stack

Gazzonyx Gazzonyx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gazzonyx (982402) writes "I'm a complete code monkey; I end up trying every language that I can get my hands on, (yet always go back to C++ at the end of the day) and my editors of choice are vi, Eclipse and PSPad. I'm a software development major and I've invested all that I'm making this summer working into building a real server to replace my old sub-gigahertz box that holds my code repository. As far as a good, versatile, modular, software stack goes, what would you seasoned vets recommend? Should I just load up a JBoss stack? Would it be be more versatile to use an Oracle stack and play with Business Intelligence reporting tools and have a database backend tied in? Should I look into Novell's stack or IBMs Websphere stuff over at the AlphaWorks? Or would it be worth it to mix and match various stacks? What have been your experiences developing web apps with different database backends? There are so many configurations to play with and only so little time! Tell me what you love and hate about whatever product you've had to work with, and if you'd use it of your own free will, given the choice!

Side Note:
I'd like to work my lacking Java skills with a J2EE web application server; I'm also thinking about learning a bit of PHP and database programming. For kicks and giggles I've picked up a copy of Flex Builder 2 and Expressions Studio through the school for $100 each. I figure that any way I go, I can use Eclipse as a centralized environment, except for the .NET stuff, obviously. So long as I can keep building on the project as a means to play with (and break) everything from a SQL backend to a multi-language front end framework, I'll be happy!"

Gazzonyx Gazzonyx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gazzonyx (982402) writes "According to an article just posted at softpedia, a group of developers have decided to continue coding Windows Longhorn. What's more, the 'Technical Refresh' release of the M1 release is available for download as a torrent at this moment!

The developers over at Longhorn Reloaded describe the project as:

Longhorn Reloaded is a Project dedicated to the revival of the Operating System known as Code Name "Longhorn". To put the projects aims simply, we aim to finish off what Microsoft started before the operating system was canceled. It is a modification of Windows 6.0.4074, which was originally released during the 2004 Windows Hardware Engineers Conference.
The project's web site even includes the serial, to boot (no pun intended)! Microsoft hasn't yet responded to this project other than releasing a statement to the effect of, "modification and distribution of the source for the official Longhorn Beta, is against the EULA."

How can Microsoft claim any wrongdoing on the part of Linux while this project is allowed to live? Should they even care?"

Gazzonyx Gazzonyx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gazzonyx (982402) writes "Reader responses to Linux versus Solaris. This short article quotes readers from both ends of the spectrum, in regards to their opinion, about which operating system they prefer, and why.

Oliver Jones provides an even-handed summary: "I've been a stalwart Solaris x86 user for many years now — I refuse to run Linux on my hardware, when Solaris makes the penguin look decidedly second-rate." For reliability, he says: "I truly can't fault the Sun option: I consider that if Solaris is good enough for the banks, it's good enough for me."

But, he also says: "To be honest, Solaris isn't without issues — the number one I see at the moment is the user experience (especially with regard to hardware support). Sun really needs to plough some more development resources into hardware support, but we're getting there: Solaris x86 is absolutely fantastic compared to how it was in 2004, but it still has a while to go. Having the likes of Nvidia on-board is great, and hopefully the hardware support will accrete with time — as more people see the benefits of going Sun."


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