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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

Handbrewer Nordic perspective (330 comments)

As a Dane who has worked in most of Scandinavia, Germany, Ireland, UK and with a plethora of nationalities from around the world - English is the language of choice for any technical discussion. Even among fellow Danish developers its toe cringing to try to speak in Danish as the words either don't exist or are 'old fashioned' direct translations. Which means if we're talking anything really technical - just switching to English is convenient and mutually understood anyways. So either its fully Danish or we have a hybrid language where all technical terms is spoken in English. I wouldn't be caught dead saying 'peger' instead of 'pointer' :).

about a year and a half ago
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Chips That Flow With Probabilities, Not Bits

Handbrewer A Computer for Truth Challenged Scientists? (153 comments)

So basically its a computer that makes up statistical computations and corrects them to fit the models on the fly? Lazy scientists, rejoice!

about 4 years ago
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I suspect my current job will end when ...

Handbrewer Re:My plans have changed (409 comments)

I'm a banker. I was planning on retiring on your 401K, you insensitive clod!

more than 4 years ago
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Ireland May Be Next To Censor the Internet

Handbrewer Ireland is a banana republic (155 comments)

And I'm not kidding, I live here at the moment, although I come from mainland Europe. This country is backwards. Think 1940es style, backwards.

I dont know why that is, perhaps its the general repression during British rule, the famine, the isolation from europe, and the dominance of the catholic church, but its so conservative you wouldnt believe it. Women have to go on special ferries to get abortions in the UK - and they risk all kinds of hell if anyone reports it back home. I see teenage mothers all over the place and every day theres new details about the catholic church raping (literally) the entire society. And on top of that, the last 3 taoiseachs has been openly corrupt, and probably longer back than that.

Oh well, atleast the pubs are OK.

more than 4 years ago
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Wisconsin DA Threatens Arrests Over Sex Ed

Handbrewer As a Dane (703 comments)

I just have to say youre batshit crazy America. Why are you so afraid of sex, its a deep part of human nature, its not going away, it happens to wake up around 13-14 earlier/later depending on individual maturity. That doesnt mean teenagers have sex at that specific time, we all know that. But some will, many, will before they become 16 (age of consent in Denmark) - better they know how to protect themselves. No? Interestingly you can buy a pack of cigarette, a six pack of beer at the age of 16 here and then go out and fuck like a rabbit. But they just dont do it, what gives ? Why dont they censor swearing and titshots on TV here ? According to your legislators our society would be run by demented, raving alcoholic sexperverts raping everything with a pulse and not one of the safest places in the world. I know im generalizing here :), but its always weird to look across the pond (the UK is bad too), and see how much the people with a higher sense of moral right is dominating the news (that reaches us).

more than 4 years ago
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UK Gov't Wants Facebook To Feature Child Safety Button

Handbrewer How ever did we manage before?! (237 comments)

How on earth did anyone manage to become adults before, without being constantly molested or our minds corrupted by such evils as pictures of nipples and reproductive organs. Thanks to all the silly "think of the children", "beware of terrorists" laws lately i feel SO MUCH SAFER. George Orwell would weep.

more than 4 years ago
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Cable Modem Hacker Faces Four Decades Behind Bars

Handbrewer Re:Ridiculous (2 comments)

This is absolutely insane. A non violent crime, that maybe cost a telco company a few houndred bucks, at most can cost a young man 40 years in prison? 40 years not paying taxes, costing society a very real and very large amount of money, not to mention destroying a life. Why dont they just go out and shoot him in the head behind the court building? It would be cheaper and more humane. Im sure the founding fathers of America would be proud.....

more than 4 years ago
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EU Paves the Way For Three-Strikes Cut-Off Policy

Handbrewer Unconstitutional (272 comments)

I believe that this goes against pretty much any nation of EUs constitutions. You are innocent until proven guilty. France with their Dear Facist Leader, Sarkozy can fuck off.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft leaks details of 128-bit Windows 8

Handbrewer Re:Why? (11 comments)

Only reason I can think of is that its twice the amount of bits! Joe Sixpack will buy it! But untill we need to address 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 bytes of memory I dont see the point ?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year

Handbrewer Re:not really (1073 comments)

Ofcourse not, I was merely reflecting what I have been led to believe based on many IRC chats with American friends - which may have been a part of an older school of thought :). There is something to be said however about how less time in some countries lead to higher scores which I find interesting - and I hope that is a research topic, it could be a cultural thing or a certain emphasis on some areas, like the old Soviet block focussing on the hard sciences, disregarding other parts entirely. I think learning is a hard subject as people react differently to different methods and you have a classroom of 25-35 pupils, theres no easy way to find a single method that works equally well.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year

Handbrewer Re:Change... (1073 comments)

Why do you think other countries outscore America even if they spend less time in school? It is because they put emphasis on learning how to think and not to remember random trivia. I've been schooled in 3 different European countries, and not one of them has ever asked me for a multiple-choice test. Rather, heres a problem. Solve it or explain why it cant be solved. I am under the impression that the US focus more on trivia style learning. Correct me if im wrong ? Learning to use tools and learning resources and learning how to learn/teach yourself concepts means you can solve many things without being told howto. Thats the way to do it, in my opinion.

more than 4 years ago
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President Bush Signs Genetic Nondiscrimination Act

Handbrewer If it runs.. We can crack it (527 comments)

Does a TPM module matter? Afterall if the code runs we must assume its decrypted in memory, a debugger will quickly dump the decoded blocks to disk. Might take some re-assembly to recreate the PE file, but nothing that hasnt been done before. Afterall SecuROM already reads a 128bit TEA encryption key of the disk.. To decrypt sections in the executable but it still leaves pages decrypted (it needs to run.. afterall) and theres your entry point. Its futile.

more than 6 years ago

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Google 99% certain to shutdown Google.cn

Handbrewer Handbrewer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Handbrewer (817519) writes "Google has drawn up detailed plans for the closure of its Chinese search engine and is now “99.9 per cent” certain to go ahead as talks over censorship with the Chinese authorities have reached an apparent impasse, according to a person familiar with the company’s thinking."
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FreeBSD Developer Sues Lenovo over "Microsoft

Handbrewer Handbrewer writes  |  about 5 years ago

Handbrewer (817519) writes "The FreeBSD Developer Poul-Henning Kamp (phk), has sued Lenovo in Denmark over their refusal to refund the Windows Vista Business license eventhough he declined the EULA during installation. Lenovo argues that they sell the computer as a full product, and that they cannot refund it partially, such as the power supply or the OS even if people intend to use a different one. This seems to be contrary to previous rulings in the EU where Acer and HP has been forced to refund the Microsoft "tax"."

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