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

GrumpySteen Easy (445 comments)

When I started programming, I wish I'd known that I would hate doing it as anything other than a hobby. I wasted a lot of my college years studying something I'll never used in a job.

9 hours ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

GrumpySteen Re:What about maintenance settings? (239 comments)

We can't can't jet jacks low cost auto cars push the limits of maintenance to being unsafe.

That made lots of sense.

3 days ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

GrumpySteen Re:Similar (98 comments)

Not similar. The SAME.

It reminds you of that building because that's the building the summary is referring to.

about a week ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

GrumpySteen Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

It's a reboot, not a continuation. It starts from the beginning, so you don't have to see the TV series in order to watch the movie.

about two weeks ago
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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

GrumpySteen Re:Why? (124 comments)

His 'arguments' here are just vague complaints about Google and privacy with nothing informative or substantive added. You'd get better arguments by reading the comments on a /. post about Google with moderation set to -1.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

GrumpySteen I could make a fortune (353 comments)

If only I had a large enough collection of tinfoil hats to sell to all the posters freaking out over this.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

GrumpySteen Re:Oh, for... (637 comments)

Wuss. In my day, we didn't have electrons and we had to build a goddamn universe before we could build a computer to program on.

about two weeks ago
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Justin.tv Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch

GrumpySteen Re:Soon, a few companies will own all your base (56 comments)

That's not really true. Look at the women's makeup, for example. There are hundreds of brands available, yet the infographic shows only three.

Pick any category of product there and you'll find the same thing; lots of alternative brands exist but aren't show.

All the infographic does offer is an idea of how diverse those ten companies' products are. It doesn't show anything about what's actually available in the marketplace.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

GrumpySteen Re:If only... (131 comments)

He asked which ones are good to attend, not which ones are best at SEO.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

GrumpySteen Goodbye karma (430 comments)

Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?

To be honest, my answer is often "closed source software from a company that provides documentation and support contacts."

Yeah yeah... open source rah rah read the code and fix it yourself. Fuck that. I have better things to do with my time than trying to decipher and fix some other jackass's code.

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

GrumpySteen Re:People hear "Windows 8" and run away (336 comments)

I got 8.1 Pro... installed classic shell, and don't understand what all the complaining is about.

You dislike the UI so much that you replace/hide it, but you somehow can't understand why other people don't like it?

Were you dropped on your head as a child?

about three weeks ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

GrumpySteen Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (127 comments)

The report they used even showed the Google Play Movies application as malware

To be fair, that app is capable of downloading Uwe Boll films so you can make a case for it being a bit malwareish.

about three weeks ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

GrumpySteen Re:Because nobody reads TFA (125 comments)

Profit doesn't mean that your privacy has been invaded.

Patents on genetic tests already exist. This program is a way of developing more tests that can be patented and profited from.

That said, my opinion is that allowing patents on human genes was a bad idea that should have never been allowed to happen, but that's an entirely different issue that has nothing to do with privacy.

about a month ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

GrumpySteen Because nobody reads TFA (125 comments)

Baseline will be monitored by institutional review boards, which oversee all medical research involving humans. Once the full study gets going, boards run by the medical schools at Duke University and Stanford University will control how the information is used.

Now feel free to laugh derisively at the idiots who didn't read TFA and immediately started screeching about Google invading their privacy.

about a month ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

GrumpySteen Re:Worked on similar concept (205 comments)

Amplify it and call it a feature. A deafening blast of screeching feedback noise every time the kids misbehave would be a hell of a deterrent.

about 1 month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

GrumpySteen Re:...The hell? (291 comments)

So? That doesn't make his complaints about what's wrong with the cheap, crappy smart phone he bought any more insightful. We know cheap smart phones tend to be crap. It's not news.

about 1 month ago
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Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

GrumpySteen Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (135 comments)

In very much the same way as a specific brand of laundry detergent is used as a currency in illegal transactions.

Except that doesn't happen. A 100 ounce bottle of Tide weighs about 7 lbs and sells for $10. Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer would need a fucking U-Haul to carry away the detergent equivalent of one afternoon's sales.

It's a dumb urban legend that isn't even remotely plausible.

about a month and a half ago
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Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

GrumpySteen Re:Something missing from the summary (77 comments)

The Tesla S has a keyless ignition. The key just has to be in range of the vehicle and you can press the start button and take off, even the key isn't in the car with you. Only after you park the car will it refuse to go any further. All the guy had to do was get into the car and that's not that difficult even if the door is locked.

Tesla wants to examine the wreckage because it's an unusual accident and could provide insights into ways that they could improve the structure of the car, not because they can't figure out how someone started it and drove off.

about a month and a half ago

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