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Lawsuit Filed To Prove Happy Birthday Is In The Public Domain; Demands Warner Pa

Intron Re:Where's the Beef? (2 comments)

Story is dated: Thu, Jun 13th 2013

about 5 months ago
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Lawsuit Filed To Prove Happy Birthday Is In The Public Domain; Demands Warner Pa

Intron Where's the Beef? (2 comments)

Err... Where's the link?

about 5 months ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Intron Re:Nudity (175 comments)

Shoes are "non-human appendages". Clothes are "non-human appendages". Should people have to compete in bare feet and naked?

Another reason to keep women's volleyball in the Olympics.

about 5 months ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Intron Re:We need different divisions (175 comments)

Now define "unmodified humans". People who have had appendectomies are lighter than the rest, so that's an unfair mod, right? People who have had polio vaccine are much stronger than people who have had polio, so that's clearly an unfair advantage.

about 5 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Intron Re:Pft (962 comments)

And her quote "But because our very survival can depend on it" ... really? Really?! Melodramatic, much? When's the last time a female developer was ever assaulted at work? And no, "nice ass" doesn't count as a threat to your life, though it is a crude remark (unless you're Tom Brady).

I know one. Her manager got mad and grabbed her by the throat. He didn't even get back to his cubicle. He got walked out the door by HR, told to wait at home to find out if the woman would press charges. Real companies take these things seriously.

about 5 months ago
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Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

Intron Re:Why oppose this? (83 comments)

I wonder why there's no sudden jump in the data then?
Sorry for confusing you with the facts. Carry on with your beliefs.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Intron Re:smartwatch (381 comments)

I'd like a very *simple* smart watch...

* Simple caller-ID and memo display, programmable shortcut buttons, nothing else.

* Very long charge life comparatively (2 weeks would be okay) and/or very easy charging (put it on a charging pad).

I would like mine to also tell time.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Intron Re:No (381 comments)

No, I do not want a watch that is meant to sell my private information to third party, ass-holes like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc. etc. etc.

I already have a phone to do that.

about 5 months ago
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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

Intron Re:GPS on Mars (104 comments)

MPS maybe, not GPS.

about 5 months ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Intron Re:bikes not cars?! (235 comments)

bikse are not the raod people you make them pour out there money on this

I'll have one of what you're drinking.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Intron Re:Perl (536 comments)

man perlref

If you haven't figured out what's wrong with that yet, I question whether you have experience working with any properly designed languages.

I figured out what's wrong. That should be: perldoc perlref

about 6 months ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

Intron Re:T-Mobile's Reponse (110 comments)

Astroturf is on sale this week at Home Depot.

about 6 months ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

Intron Re:The REAL value of the transit system (170 comments)

mass transit is already hugely subsidized...

The "price" of a good in a market is not merely what people want to pay for it. For example, how many people would buy a yacht for 100 dollars? Probably a lot more then buy one now at its current price of about 10 million to 100 million dollars depending on how big it is... but can you charge 100 dollars to sell yachets? No... you won't even break even on the costs.

and yet this is exactly the model for phones and printers. Sell below cost and have a captive revenue stream.

about 6 months ago
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Intron Re:Serious? (71 comments)

One difference between enterprise software companies and consumer software is that over 50% of the enterprise revenue is for support. Virtually none for consumer software because people are unwilling to pay for it and the product lifetime is short.

about 6 months ago
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Intron Re:No bounds checking? (71 comments)

Yes. It is trivial to make data structures that do bounds checking automatically. I remember this being on by default in Pascal in the 80's. Those who prefer speed over security won long ago. Why slow down a processor that can only do 1 billion instructions per second with an extra test and branch?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

Intron Re:It depends what work youre doing (274 comments)

I used to be a project manager. Although I wrote some code, I didn't become a full time software developer until I went with a startup 6 years ago when I was 55. I don't think I ever ran into problems with culture, maybe because the company was not a monoculture as described above. The software group had Indians, an Orthodox Jew, Asians, etc. That might be more typical of East Coast companies. Ages ranged from 20's up and I think all ideas were respected. The problems I had were not with the engineers but with the company management who made some pretty terrible decisions and did not respect my (or anyone else's) experience. I am now a happy Principal Software Engineer at a larger company, also with no problems with the engineers and with much better management.

about 8 months ago
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Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital

Intron Re:Of course he is (329 comments)

I'm pretty sure Occupy Wall Street managed to increase exposure of a problem without burning down some buildings too. Attacking infrastructure to draw attention to your cause does nothing but cement your status as a criminal and harm sympathy for your cause.

So obstructing access to a building is ok,but not obstructing access to a website? Or did they burn down a website, I'm confused.

about 8 months ago

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Micro Channel Architecture runs NetBSD

Intron Intron writes  |  about 7 years ago

Intron (870560) writes "According to the mailing list NetBSD has succeeded in porting to an IBM RS/6000 Micro Channel PowerPC system. This is the holy grail of hobbyists with an old G30 in their garage. Other porting attempts have been defeated by the lack of documentation on booting and the system internals, but BSD prevailed. Only a limited number of different models are supported, but there are enough people with old hardware who might like to try it out."
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Intron Intron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Intron (870560) writes "Perhaps you have been lying awake worrying that your software patent on bubble sort might spend too much time being "examined" or "peer reviewed". You will be pleased to know that the US Patent and Trademark Office has launched their accelerated review process. "Applicants' submissions enjoy a presumption of patentability" says the patent office. Applicants are also responsible for disclosing any prior art."
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Intron Intron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Intron (870560) writes "The New Horizons mission to former planet Pluto just had it's closest approach to gravity assistant Jupiter. Despite the cutely named instruments Lorri and Pepssi, it performed some serious scientific work sending back pictures of Tvashtar's Plume, a volcano on Io and a nice closeup shot of Europa."

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