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Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?

God of Lemmings Re:OS-X Unix certification (234 comments)

Close, it was certified Unix 03 in Leopard 10.5, which was the previous release.... Opengroup

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

God of Lemmings Pilot G Tec C4 Steel tip gel ink pen. (712 comments)

This here sir, is the pen you are looking for. Anything else is just common garbage.

google search for Pilot G-Tec-C4
It comes in both 0.2mm and 0.4mm, although I would recommend 0.4mm on thinner paper.
It is a steel tip gel rollerball pen, and the ink dries fairly quick and writes evenly unless the tip is dirty,
which is a little difficult to clean. It can a fair amount of pressure while writing as well.

It somewhat recently became available in America and is available in multiple colors as well,
although I have been using them for years by importing them from other countries.

about 2 years ago

Does Coding Style Matter?

God of Lemmings Style = Religion (479 comments)

All I am hearing from everyone is philosophy and opinion, but in all of it there are kernels of truth. It is exactly like religion, there is no difference. With regards to what I use, the bulk of it centers around reducing the amount of time it takes to read a code block. If you can't read a code block in a couple seconds that you haven't seen for years then you're probably doing something wrong.

about 2 years ago

Mystery of Duqu Programming Language Solved

God of Lemmings Re:Let's See It (97 comments)

That means nothing, All programs are derivations of Hello world.

more than 2 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

God of Lemmings No Correlation with Reality (948 comments)

As far as resumes are considered, we use them to help guide the flow of the interview a bit, but it ends there. If someone put down AJAX on their resume, it could be that either they set up a simple call through jQuery, they rolled their own AJAX library, or they're just padding their resume with keywords. So what we usually do is one continually building question, that starts out with very basic algorithms and moves through things such as SQL joins and normalization, AJAX, advanced javascript, PHP, SQL injection and input filtering. What seriously bothers me is the very large number of applications who have several years of experience, but can't work out in their head how to find the largest number in a large set of numbers.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Beta 8 Up

God of Lemmings Re:The only question I have is (385 comments)

Ive experienced this problem 3-4 times. It seems that this is because windows does not immediately write data to disk. I believe that it may be either buffering the data, so when a crash occurs some important file nodes are missing and/or the resulting rollback of the journal undoes the entire transaction. Unfortunately its been two years since I've done any low level file code, so my memory is a little bit fuzzy with regards to it.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Beta 8 Up

God of Lemmings Tabs... (385 comments)

So, when are they going to fix the usability issue with the changing tab width? For some time people have been complaining about the inability to put the close button on the left side of the tab. They of course refuse to do this, but they still haven't gotten that the issue is really that people just want the close button of the next tab to line up under the mouse every time you close a tab. For those who don't what i'm talking about. Download Chrome, open up enough tabs so that the tabs have to shrink to fit the window. Now close a few. You will notice that in Chrome the tabs don't resize until you move the mouse away from the button. FF4 unfortunately resizes immediately on closing, making it a pain to close more than one or two tabs at a time.

more than 3 years ago

Many Popular Windows Apps Ignore Security Options

God of Lemmings Re:Wait a minute (202 comments)

This is probably a reference to this clause, found both in Vista and Windows 7 eulas. Available here in various eulas, such as Vista Home Premium English and Windows 7 Home Premium English, found here: microsoft Searching the XP sp2 eula does not seem to contain a similar clause.

"6. POTENTIALLY UNWANTED SOFTWARE. If turned on, Windows Defender will search your computer for “spyware,” “adware” and other potentially unwanted software. If it finds potentially unwanted software, the software will ask you if you want to ignore, disable (quarantine) or remove it. Any potentially unwanted software rated “high” or “severe,” will automatically be removed after scanning unless you change the default setting. Removing or disabling potentially unwanted software may result in other software on your computer ceasing to work, or your breaching a license to use other software on your computer. By using this software, it is possible that you will also remove or disable software that is not potentially unwanted software."

more than 4 years ago

NASA Finds Cause of Voyager 2 Glitch

God of Lemmings Re:Really? (283 comments)

I would imagine that it was relatively easy. Voyager has not only a small amount of memory (about 541kb) about 10% of the command system's memory is dedicated to fault protection. Read here: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

more than 4 years ago

GM Working On Interactive Windshields

God of Lemmings Re:Reward vs risk? (307 comments)

You have yet to experience driving through fog so thick you cannot see past the front hood of your car or rain pouring so quickly the wipers do nothing.

Yes, we need this.

more than 4 years ago

Algebra In Wonderland

God of Lemmings Re:tear ducts (184 comments)

Seals do not have tear ducts.

more than 4 years ago

US To Build Nuclear Power Plants

God of Lemmings Re:some facts about nuclear energy. (622 comments)

getting nuclear waste into space scares the nimby crowd too much with thoughts of re-entry accidents.

my personal favorite however, is dumping it into a volcano in relatively minuscule amounts and letting nature recycle it for us.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Says Windows 7 Not Killing Batteries

God of Lemmings Quick Battery Death (272 comments)

It's not a bug.... Its a feature!

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

God of Lemmings estimation (483 comments)

I've found its only realistic to base a time estimate on how long it took to make a component (or something similar) the first time around.

more than 4 years ago

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting

God of Lemmings Re:Best argument for using spaces (390 comments)

Yep, it happens so much our workplace standardized on 3 space indentation; absolutely no tabs in the code.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

God of Lemmings Not Anti-tech, (870 comments)

It wasn't anti-technology in any way. For the Na'vi, the animals and trees around them functioned well as their technology, despite being completely biological.

The movie portrayed paramilitary/mercenary and stockholder-driven corporate interests as the primary antagonists, to both the scientists, the Na'vi, and Pandora itself.

more than 4 years ago

Defining Useful Coding Practices?

God of Lemmings keep it simply stated (477 comments)

Our workplace is such that everything has to be easy to follow and understandable with a glance. This is not necessarily because someone else will be working on our code so much as that we almost certainly end up coming back to it 6-12 months later, or that the person writing it won't be the person maintaining it or porting it.

If it isn't easy to follow, you can usually fix this by spreading out the code and inserting more comments, and avoiding shorthand statements like inline ternary that save typing, but don't enhance readability. Inline comments are uncommon, instead varying kinds of flower-boxes before a section of code. In general, it ends up that being clever requires much more commenting in the flower box to explain functionality, so in the end it becomes a wasted effort.

A few days ago I saw someone going around with this sig from Brian Kernighan;
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.

more than 4 years ago



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