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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

HnT Oh it's much better than that! (603 comments)

Being middle-aged means that any time soon they will kick out the old and bring in the new because somehow everybody seems to know, old IT workers are somehow completely useless and just cost money...
Oh and there is never enough of them so please let in more cheap labor from abroad!

4 days ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

HnT Re:Geez-Louise! (603 comments)

Yet strangely enough, practically every CS or IT related degree will hit you over the head with copious amounts of advanced math... and not too long ago anything computer related was basically treated as a sub-section of math and these people would swear on their very lives that without advanced math you couldn't even switch a computer on. ANYONE wanting to program basically needed at least a PhD in math.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

HnT Move to svn (244 comments)

If you like the paradigm of the centralized repository which sure has it's uses then consider moving to SVN instead. It will make things easier and nicer, it is CVS done right.

The git/mercurial crowd just cannot stand the CVS/SVN workflow and wants a lot more flexibility which makes perfect sense for a global open source project. If you don't need all that, move to SVN and be happy.

about two weeks ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

HnT Amazon cloud (244 comments)

Fire up an amazon cloud instance configured for number crunching, do conversion, shut it down again. This shouldn't cost more than 50 bucks...

about two weeks ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

HnT Go back to the 90s (244 comments)

It is high time eric goes back to the 90s and leaves real programmers alone. Doesn't anyone else feel at least a little ashamed of how this guy who gave us the fetchmail plague always grabs the limelight ? The same guy who is notorious for harassing women at conferences and for generally being a nutbag.
I for one am going to create a whole bunch of SVN repositories now, just because.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

HnT Just more of the same... (387 comments)

This is just more of the same old story Linus has been spinning time and again when this topic comes up. He doesn't regret a single instance and then he makes the "that's just how it is" excuse. Then lots of people will flock to how "outrageous" his strong language is and lots of other people will swear they would ten times rather have Linus cussing them out than having to see another tie ever again.

This is getting very boring...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

HnT Judging by lots of their products... (213 comments)

Judging by lots of their products and close encounters with their "consultants", I think it is fair to call Micro$oft pretty damn clueless (shoeless)!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

HnT GMail Spam filters are GREAT! (265 comments)

My first language is not English and even for those mails gmail's spam filter works really, really well. I am starting to wonder whether running your own little email server has got something to do with it. I am assuming you are running a typical home server on a home connection with maybe a static IP. This is generally a very bad idea. Whatever Ip you are connecting from, it is flagged as a "dial up pool" or "home connection pool" so emails coming from there will instantly look very suspicious to any spam filter.
Maybe you have been sending mails back and forth with your gmail account for so long that you worn gmail's spam filter down? Maybe it thinks you actually want messages like that...

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

HnT How to make headlines (367 comments)

It is hilarious how these "ethics warriors" like peta and greenpeace always piggyback onto "hot" company names in their headlines. When anyone else is using a camel, seems like they don't care. If they can get a name like "Google" or even better "Apple" into the headline, oh then they jump right into action!
Same with Greenpeace, the headline would be "APPLE datacenter directly burns the ozone layer" when actually Apple, amazon and a few others are sharing that new data center and the data center turned out to be using a surprising amount of renewable energy.

This clearly shows how manipulative these so-called "NGOs" are and when you point this out you will quickly hear the self-proclaimed "ethical people" argue how the ends justify the means and "that's just how you do it" in the flood of information these days.

So here is a nice headline like that: PETA murders more pets a year than any industry in the world! Oh and Hitler was a vegan, do you really want to be in THAT company?

about two weeks ago
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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

HnT Still a better movie than Phantom Menace! (55 comments)

Even this "uncut" fan version is still a much better movie than PhantomMenace!

about three weeks ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

HnT Is this where they dangle a puppet? (210 comments)

Is this where "the man" dangles a puppet in front of your eyes so you forget about everything else? Say I never used facebook, dropbox and google and steer clear. Now "they" only have phones, credit cards, bank statements, anything I get shipped, plane stubs, hotel reservations, car license plates, cell- and/or smartphones and a bazillion other things to know exactly what I ate last Tuesday and to violate my privacy which, judging by the attention wh**ing online, nobody cares all that much about anyway it seems.

about three weeks ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

HnT Re:Maybe Anthony Bourdain (103 comments)

I hate to spell this out like that but you have to realize that North Eastern Thailand is the hottest, most rural, poorest and generally most "backwards" part in the whole country... it is not mere coincidence that an overwhelming number of Thai-farang marriages are with Isaan girls and yes, they have some rather strange customs and ways there but this does not apply to all of Thailand. Real NorthEastern food is not for the faint of heart but there are so many different really real Thai dishes from different regions, you shouldn't find it difficult to find something you can enjoy. Being "weird" doesn't make it somehow "more real" Thai food, that is just a Western middle class well-off white kids fallacy and way of dick-measuring who had the more "real" experience on their parents' money.

Thai cuisine has even adapted some very Western dishes and given them a unique twist, I would still consider many of those Thai dishes.

about a month ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

HnT How to judge "real" Thai food (103 comments)

It's a given that Thai food is amongst the most delicious cuisines in the world so you only need to find the right place to eat! These two simple points should help:

1. Are you in Thailand? Many places around the world come close but it's never quite the same.

2. Is it packed full with locals with just enough space to squeeze in? If the place is packed full you can be sure it is great and this goes for small food stalls just as much as for nice restaurants! Thai people are passionate about food and eat out a lot so the good places will be very full; better stay away from the empty ones.

This is all you really need and you can be 98% certain before even having tried the food! chok dee krub!

about 1 month ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

HnT lol Germany (169 comments)

Something that Germany and its ridiculous energy politics driven by even more ridiculous, emotional and instrumentalized nuclear fear mongering could only dream about...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

HnT PhD is not a job but a research qualification (479 comments)

Congratulations on completing your PhD but boy do I have bad news for you... a PhD is not really a job qualification but actually supposed to be your entry into the world of academic research, so in a way you spent the last 6 years working hard towards a research career and now you are applying for a totally different kind of work. Most IT related work absolutely does not need even close to PhD-style research and data gathering, it needs people acting fast and pressing the one right button from years of practical experience so your academic research qualification of thoroughly analysing a completely unknown, really new problem is hardly ever needed.

Unfortunately this seems to be something many PhD candidates are forgetting and of course the universities will happily have you doing endless hours of very low paid work until they finally allow you your PhD and for some reason the media makes it seem as if every last one of us needs minimum two PhDs to even flip burgers but the real world works differently and it is about working experience and having a good network and a good reputation.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

HnT Re:iPad 3 (504 comments)

I notice that iBooks rather frequently hangs when scrolling through the text while reading. I am in night mode and the font is at the smallest possible size, it is AFeastforCrows bought on iTunes, so there is a lot of text visible on the screen and every 4 or 5 pages or so there is a small "hiccup" where it suddenly hangs while slowly scrolling... then continues. That's on my iPad3. It is there on the iPhone5s too but the hang is much shorter, so it's barely noticeable but it is there.

All of a sudden it has become a lot harder to swipe-up the system controls or swipe-down the notifications overview while reading, too.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

HnT Honest question: why? (287 comments)

I used to love running my own Linux gateway box in the 90s and was proud as can be of it's uptime and for a while I was leading the eggdrop-bot uptime stats, so I completely understand the fascination of fiddling around on servers as a hobby. Still, I got to ask: why would anyone want to spend all that money to install a data center in their garage and what are you people using it for? There is only so much you can really do and your home data-center needs will typically be ridiculously small and won't go far above needing some storage and backup.

I cannot imagine a single use that would warrant shelling out that much money for the gear and electricity. If you want to teach yourself the skills, fine, I can see that point but you do not need two or three full racks and blade servers for that. If I really needed so many servers for test runs of an application, well you could just rent a couple of nodes on S3 or some other virtualization service and only switch them on when you really need them. It would cost much less, be more reliable and you could actually focus on getting your work done - instead of spending all that time maintaining all this junk in your basement.

So, enthusiasts, please tell me: why and what do you use it for?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

HnT Re:Seriously? This is a post? (232 comments)

Half way through your post I wanted to scream "It's great we have these books but goddammit, people are STILL making the same mistakes!!!"

about a month and a half ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

HnT More Editors! (282 comments)

We all know what really needs to be done first and foremost... write a new editor with all the good features of vi, emacs, ed, notepad++ and textmate rolled into one powerhouse!

about 2 months ago

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iWork for iCloud beta now available for registered Apple developers

HnT HnT writes  |  about a year ago

HnT (306652) writes "Registered Apple developers got an email today that their iCloud accounts now offer a beta test access to "iWork for iCloud" and it looks very promising!"
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More details on the German government malware and

HnT HnT writes  |  about 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports details on cases where the government malware was used so far — all of them actually unlawful and in violation of its initial intention to only be used against serious crime and threats of terrorism."
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Skype Protocol Reverse Engineered

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The skype protocol for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x has been reverse engineered including rc4 and arithmetic compression and there is source code available to send a message to skype."
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Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for OSX

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort."
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