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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Horshu July in Atlanta...HA! (124 comments)

I worked for a company in the 2009 time frame where the AC went out regularly in the summer months in Houston. I came in after a stay in the hospital to an office that was 95 degrees. July anywhere on the Gulf Coast can be bad, but in August/September, it's even worse.

3 days ago

How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

Horshu Re:Why call them "engineers"? (89 comments)

I wasn't even aware that programmers in Cali could even legally call themselves "engineers". I worked for a company out of college HQed in California, and I was told coming in that we used the term "Programmer/Analyst" because California required "engineers" to have a true engineering degree (with the requisite certifications et al)

4 days ago

Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

Horshu Any UPB folks alive? (79 comments)

I use UPB (kinda like X10 v2). It's still wired, but every device serves as a repeater, so signal strength shouldn't be an issue. It's pretty easy to program (I had an app turning lights on and off in about an hour).

about two weeks ago

How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Horshu That supercomputer (145 comments)

sounds like it needs to be riding into the sunset with Lorenzo Lamas, duster valiantly flapping in the wind.

about two weeks ago

Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

Horshu Only a matter of time (60 comments)

They'd already tried several different materials - meat...fowl...crawdads. But when there was no crawdads, they tried sand. "They tried sand" you ask. They tried sand.

about two weeks ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Horshu Re:dwarf fortress (285 comments)

I first heard about it this morning on this site. Holy crap! I'm tempted to try it but am almost afraid to try it.

about three weeks ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Horshu Re:Lovelace? (285 comments)

That's deep, man.

about three weeks ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Horshu It's "The Fifth Sense"... (415 comments)

Seriously, this sounds like that ep of Always Sunny where Dolph Lundgren is the voice of a dog that can smell crime, and then it wound up being a giant nose on Dolph Lundgren's body. (Doctor) Dolph Lundgren could smell the crime before it even happened, though.

about three weeks ago

Programming On a Piano Keyboard

Horshu I dub thee (57 comments)


about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

Horshu Good game to try (172 comments)

How about a Core War simulator? It's essentially writing a very, very simple operating system, so it's easier than a full OS or compiler-level project, it's graphical, so it's got visual feedback, is a game, so it's fun, has TONS of "unit tests" in the form of 30 years of programs.

about 3 months ago

How the Black Hole Firewall Paradox Was Resolved

Horshu Re:I always thought... (118 comments)

Or black holes suck in matter, hold onto part of it for more mass, and shoot the other part out along its poles as radiation.

about 6 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

Horshu Re:jscript (505 comments)

As should be obvious from what I wrote, I'm a .Net developer so my environment is VS.Net debugging against IE. The javascript project is not my primary target, so I don't have, nor do I wish to have, special tools specific to JS. It isn't "stupid" to debug against IE while reading news with IE, as it's a damn web browser. As for your last statement, this is a fucking comment section, not a dissertation, hence the lack of arguments up to your exacting standards.

about 6 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

Horshu jscript (505 comments)

I just started on a web project that is heavily javascript (even though it's an ASP.Net app). It feels like I stepped back in time 10 years. I'd have code not execute. Why? Some error somewhere in the code that was ignored. I had a typo on a property set somewhere else. No error. Why? Because javascript created a new property with the typo and set *that*. And every change requires me to run the app to see if it works, because I don't have a compiler to check the basics out ahead of time. And then, because I'm debugging an app in one window, when I'd open a new one to read the news, I'd hit other, non-ignored errors on those pages (advertisements) because 90% of commercial pages these days have error-laden javascript because people rarely check for error conditions. Horrible language.

about 6 months ago

Is Amazon Making a Sub-$300 Console To Play Mobile Games?

Horshu Deja vu (76 comments)

I feel like I'm reliving the 80s, where every electronics manufacturer on the planet seemed to come out with a Z80-based console to take the market by storm.

about 6 months ago

Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

Horshu Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

Maybe it does...Torvalds tends to think a lot of things in the world are broken.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

Horshu You've got virtualization (158 comments)

So just use a virtual machine to set all of this up. Set up a VHD in Hyper-V, install Win8.1 and all of your tools to it, and it affects no one else. Alternatively, you may be able to do cloud-based development, since MS has an internet version of VS as well as a cloud DB and storage, but then you may lose the Android stuff.

about 6 months ago

New Home Automation?

Horshu Re:WTF? (336 comments)

Maybe the person has a large family. Maybe the person is rich. Maybe the person wants a special room for each kind of drug he wants to indulge on. Maybe the person wants to piss off self-righteous douches. It's part of the luxury of having one's own income and the freedom to do with it at will.

about 7 months ago

Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

Horshu Re:You mean (458 comments)

No, because there is a zero percent chance of her being president, her wave function never intersects with the presidency.

about 7 months ago


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