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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Ghjnut Try (352 comments)

The pragmatic programmer and code complete

about 3 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Ghjnut Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (600 comments)

So, would you say they have faith in it being the correct model? ;)

/endtroll

about 4 months ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Ghjnut Re:Not True (245 comments)

Settle down captain cynicism. Maybe we did have an era where games rested mostly on their reputation and that of the studio that produced them, but I think we've far from lost that. Sure the market may be flooded with the F2Ps for the masses but I think that's expected to come along with the the accessibility of digital distribution. I stepped away from PC gaming for about years, and came back feeling just as at home as I ever have. The difference nowadays is that those small indie games have earned an opportunity to become the behemoths that their predecessors were. The games I get drawn into now still include the platformers but now those platformers have to stand among the smaller titles that have earned their keep solely on enjoyment and playability. I still play games like Half-Life and Civilization, they just happened to be mixed into Minecraft, FTL, and Plants vs. Zombies - games that may have never seen the light of day if conceived 10 years ago.

about 4 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Ghjnut Re:Already denied (382 comments)

I tend to apply this mentality to all 'breaking news'

about 5 months ago
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Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions

Ghjnut Re:More fallout from Snowdon.... (526 comments)

If he gets us all thoroughly stoned, we may forget what we were up in arms about. That conniving bastard!

about a year ago
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Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon

Ghjnut Re:NBD, it seems (159 comments)

It's good to see stuff like this hit the front page. It helps space out the onslaught of disappointing stories slashdot breaks regarding the incompetence/malice of leadership in this country. Seeing a cruising ice comet hit the sun with a CME following is pretty damn cool too.

about a year ago
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Nine Traits of the Veteran Network Admin

Ghjnut Re:Will read later (142 comments)

At least 3 times

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Ghjnut Re:What about new talent? (1501 comments)

I don't know why you've made a blanketed assumption about the OSS community. While I realize that maintaining the linux kernel may be the pinnacle representation of the OSS community, it's far from your only option. I have some colleagues that are active maintainer's of some python libraries and the boorish nature of the linux management style doesn't seem to be a factor among their contributors. If you had a project as pervasive as the linux kernel which you have fostered for a long time and has the expectations that it does, you'd probably hold it pretty close to the chest as well. He has taken on the responsibility of seeing it through, primarily putting him in the driver's seat. If his candor doesn't suit you, the nature of the OSS community is that you have other options. It's his decision if his degree of 'unprofessionalism' happens to be running off young talent.

about a year ago
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California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

Ghjnut Re:Before they tackle BitCoin (396 comments)

I've heard that they essentially operate as a bank, but technically aren't classified as one. This means they can get away with shady banking practices without being held to the standards that legitimate banks operate under.

about a year ago
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California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

Ghjnut Before they tackle BitCoin (396 comments)

I'd like to see what a fine-toothed comb turns up after running through the legalities of PayPal's business practices.

about a year ago
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Flying Bicycle Is Real, Takes First Flight

Ghjnut Why? (123 comments)

Why are there wheels? So they could call it a bike? Maybe you just ride it around like a regular bike for a while before REMEMBERING YOU COULD FLY.

about a year ago
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How LinkedIn's Project Inversion Saved the Company

Ghjnut Details Please (92 comments)

Where is all the tech stuff? I want to know what systems were swapped out, what was used in place or what was swapped, what the steps were (did they set up unit tests first followed by architecture changes and scalability testing), what new coding practices they employed etcetera. I'll sum up this horn-tootin session: "LinkedIn had to change to grow, and they did".

about a year ago
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Harvard/MIT Student Creates GPU Database, Hacker-Style

Ghjnut Re:Could have... (135 comments)

kind*, I'm not sure whether or not slashdot holds the title of 'king of onslaught'.

about a year ago
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Harvard/MIT Student Creates GPU Database, Hacker-Style

Ghjnut Could have... (135 comments)

Maybe we should make it a habit of giving the owner some warning before slashdotting them. I know that if I ever get any concept development project up and running, I'm pretty excited to show my friends and tend to make it accessible before it's optimized enough to handle that king of onslaught.

about a year ago
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Iranians, Russians, and Chinese Hackers Are After You, Says Lawmaker

Ghjnut Thank you (211 comments)

Was able to get a month's worth of FUD out of the way with that single quote.

about a year ago

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