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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

HJED Re:Sexist? (125 comments)

Who the hell is saying that? I certainly haven't been. Women and men are different, and women by and large do not like to code. Why should we force women to do something they clearly don't enjoy doing? To try and balance out a meaningless diversity pie chart?

If you want an example of real sexism, this part of your post is. It is also incorrect in my experience, some of the best programmers I know are female.

In regard to you point about targeting one particular gender group as being sexist, unfortunately society divides us at a very young age and you need to appeal to kids interests to get them involved. I'm sure there is equally as many (probably more) male targeted programming courses.

about a month ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

HJED Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

It is possible to mathematically vertifiy code (see l4, its expensive and time consuming. But for something like this it would make sense to do it once and do it right.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

HJED Re:working as designed? (139 comments)

Whilst that is true, I don't have any say in how the software is setup and have to use it. I'm sure this is the case for many people, so it definitely is a strike against companies implementing reject or spam responses to spf.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

HJED Re:working as designed? (139 comments)

It breaks a few mailing (discussion, not advertising) list programs (such as my uni's one) if you send from a SPF protected address because the list server forwards it with you address in the from boxs. Other then that it works well.

about a month and a half ago
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When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

HJED Re: Snowden (221 comments)

Great man therefore traitor to status quo != traitor to status quo therefore great man.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

HJED Re:Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

Because ubuntu dosen't allow new major versions to be added to a distro that has already been released.

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

HJED Re:Mint (303 comments)

heartbleed wasn't a bash exploit, and had nothing to do with the shell you used. The majority of linux distros had /bin/bash as their default shell.

about 2 months ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

HJED Re:WTFBBQ (217 comments)

That's what they have a sydney. If there is constant traffic on them you could easily walk all the way through in the opposite direction

about 3 months ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

HJED Re:No he didn't (217 comments)

He walked back through the exit. At Sydney domestic the exit is an unmaned automated system.

about 3 months ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

HJED Re:No he didn't (217 comments)

At sydney they have sensor activated doors that only open in one direction, and about three sets of them in a row. Problem is the delay on them is way to long, so people can just walk back the other way. Suitcases and turnstiles are not a good combination

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

HJED Re:I am wrong but... (399 comments)

Anything that uses bash is exploitable, another example of this being used is to gain root through the dhcp client...

about 3 months ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

HJED Re:COBOL: Why the hate? (270 comments)

C has goto. C has pointers. C pointers can be cast to something that is a different size... most of the disadvantages you've described seem to apply to C as well, care to enlighten me on the difference (other than bad programmers) .

about 3 months ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

HJED Re:Because it sucks when you can't compete..... (96 comments)

Which companies? As far as I can tell the only companies that are complaining about this are other search engines or other people who compete directly with google in another area (e.g. maps).
In the case of search engines if you search for "search" Google isn't even the top result (Yahoo is...), Google is third. If you search for maps Google Maps comes first (which makes sense as it is probably the one most people link to on websites), followed immediately by whereis. As far as I can tell Google isn't intentionally manipulating the results there products are just more popular so get more links and are hence ranked higher (which is fair, this is how Google ranks everything. It is their core product.)
So in this case they appear to be in the right.

about 3 months ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

HJED Re:Nice (105 comments)

outbreak and threat do not mean the same thing. Having an outbreak significantly increases the threat (if that is seriously all you care about).

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

HJED Re:Nice (105 comments)

What you fail to consider is that virus generations are much shorter then the generations of multi-celled organisms and that is what speeds up the process significantly,

about 4 months ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

HJED Re:Nope (369 comments)

Alternately he is a US citizen (a lot of ISIS fighters are from western countries). Gets on a plane from a country bordering Syria (say Turkey, which has quite a pours border atm) and lands directly in a major US population centre (say New York). He now can very effectively spread the disease. It is also worth noting that air travel is a brilliant way to spread a disease (hundreds of people trapped on a plane with recycled air for 12hours)
Now a better question is, realistically is it sensible to introduce extra security measures to respond to this? The answer is most likely no.

about 4 months ago
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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

HJED Familiarity (105 comments)

I wonder how familiar the readers using the kindles where with the device. I imagine that if you are using it for the first time it would be somewhat distracting until you get used to it.

about 4 months ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

HJED Re:Space Drive or Global Warming? (315 comments)

No the control experiment did not get the same results. An alternate version of the "drive" that did no comply with the theory it was supposed to work by did. they also tested a control:

"Finally, a 50 ohm RF resistive load was used in place of the test article to verify no significant systemic effects that would cause apparent or real torsion pendulum displacements. The RF load was energised twice at an amplifier output power of approximately 28 watts and no significant pendulum arm displacements were observed."

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

HJED Re:Beards and suspenders. (637 comments)

He's at a bad school. As someone currently studying CS or first year course is in C, which a bit of very basic assembler thrown in on the side. Assembler is compulsory in second year, as is perl, and java.

about 4 months ago

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Scientist Prove a link between IQ and heigh gene

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 2 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "NewScientist is reporting that a study of fMRI scans and DNA samples from 20,000 people has shown that the gene HMGA2 can effect the size of the brain by approximately .58% and a smaller study of 1642 people has found that it also increases IQ by 1.29.

This kind of science is very interesting, but it also has some dangerous implications which could be used as justification by racists groups and individuals. It also has interesting implications for the nature vs. nurture debate, I'd be interested to know what the /. crowds take on this is?/p?"

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Egypt goes offline

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "New Scientist is reporting that as of 10:30pm GMT Eygpt appears to be almost completely disconnected from the internet. Interestingly the main stream media appears not to have caught on yet.

According to bgpmon it appears most of the Egyptian ISPs have stopped advertising routes over BGP"

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Nobel Prize winner claims DNA performs quantum tel

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "New Scientist is reporting that the joint winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2008, Luc Montagnier is claiming that DNA can send 'electromagnetic imprints' of it self into distant cells and fluids which can then be used by enzymes to create copies of the original DNA. This would be equivalent to quantum teleportation.
Original paper is here[PDF]."
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Wikileak supporters twitter accounts subpoenaed.

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "The U.S. Justice Department has served Twitter with a subpoena for the personal information and private messages of Wikileaks supporters.
There's a copy of the subpoena here[PDF] and boing boing has a detailed article about it here.
Twitter has 3 days to turn over the information."

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Employability of CS v Computer Engineering

HJED HJED writes  |  about 6 years ago

HJED writes "I was looking at University courses recently and was wondering what exactly is the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering both as a carer and as a subject because the courses offered at the moment seem to be quite similar.
I thought perhaps it would be interested to learn the slashdot perceptions on the subject[s] and whether anyone has any clear explanations of the differences in focus/carers of the two topics."

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EU to control internet program use

HJED HJED writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HJED (1304957) writes "The BBC reports that the EU will soon vote on laws that will among other things "bestows powers on governments to decide which programs can be "lawfully" used on the internet" this could easily lead to governments banning Firefox and other software."
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