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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Java Pimp Processing IDE (107 comments)

After being used to more powerful IDEs I was at first unimpressed with the Processing IDE. However, the more I mess around with it, it's not all that bad. It's what the Arduino's IDE is based on and where I was first introduced to it.

I could see it being a very good introduction to programming. Simple interface, easy to set up and tons of examples and tutorials. Write code, click "run".

about two weeks ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Java Pimp Re:Really? (286 comments)

Why is this modded troll?

about a month ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Java Pimp Re:How about... (482 comments)

If I'm understanding correctly, this allows her to view a guy's profile and/or other info (Question of the day) and choose to allow him to see her picture while it is still not visible to everyone else. From what I remember, for other sites you could have a picture everyone could see or no one could see.

Of course, this gives a guy a bit of an edge since if he stumbles upon her profile and her pic is visible, he knows she's already looked at his profile and she's already somewhat interested.

about 2 months ago
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

Java Pimp Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (92 comments)

The titles remain as a throwback to Usenet discussion threads. Mainly because Slashdot users refuse to leave that era and progress with the rest of the world. We fear change. Take the current uproar over Beta for instance. I remember a similar uproar the last time Slashdot had a major overhaul (which really wasn't all that major).

about 2 months ago
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Sci-fi Predictions, True and False (Video 1)

Java Pimp Re:Star Trek Communicators (139 comments)

I also never noticed them needing a charge.

They are charged by sticking them in a replecator and ordering a cup of earl grey tea.

about 2 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Java Pimp Common sense maybe? (421 comments)

Seriously, I learned this the hard way when I used to put my pencil in my front pocket walking between classes and forgetting to take it out before I sat down. You don't put things that don't bend in your pocket on the one place on your body that does bend with the most force. Bananas? ok. sausages? sure. Fish? unfrozen. Pencils and high tech gadgets? NO!

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Java Pimp Re:Slate? (89 comments)

I'm confused. You do know it was the Slate article that debunked the BS ipod bricking the prosthetic story, right? Or did you not actually read that article?

about 3 months ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Java Pimp Re:Don't be silly (161 comments)

RISC is good!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Java Pimp Re:Shitpost is shit (272 comments)

Since when does a discussion on Slashdot require having actual information?

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Java Pimp Re:FP (249 comments)

What don't you believe? That SCOTUS made a good decision for once? Or that you missed First Post by that much?

about 5 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

Java Pimp Coded Message (250 comments)

"I am sorry, but I think what you're asking for here is impossible. I don't feel that forking truecrypt would be a good idea, a complete rewrite was something we wanted to do for a while. I believe that starting from scratch wouldn't require much more work than actually learning and understanding all of truecrypts current codebase.

I have no problem with the source code being used as reference."

about 5 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

Java Pimp Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

They could have said something like "No Such Action should be taken with regard to our code and you Can't Implement Anything based on it. You might Feel Better If you rewrite everything from scratch."

about 5 months ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

Java Pimp Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

I swear when I read about this when it was first posted that they said there were only 3 judges. Now, the best I can find is this from the Reg:

It would be nice to see exactly how many judges and what the actual conditions were. Fooling 1 person is easy, fooling 10 would be much harder...

about 6 months ago
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OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

Java Pimp Security audit?!! (132 comments)

I hope they don't shut the project down... abruptly and without warning...

about 6 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Java Pimp Re:Maybe blocked a roadside call... (427 comments)

I never said they were rare. They do however almost always result in the person looking at their phone to figure out what happened.

about 7 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Java Pimp Re:Maybe blocked a roadside call... (427 comments)

From a different point of view... he possibly increased the likelihood of a distracted driving accident from callers looking at their phone muttering "wtf" to see why the call was dropped instead of keeping their eyes on the road.

about 7 months ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Java Pimp Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

My daughter has not learned to read and re-read the chapters in her text. Even if they haven't been specifically assigned as a reading assignment they cover the material in class and she is assigned the problems at the end of the chapter. When she gets stuck and asks me for help the first thing I ask is if she tried to look it up in her chapter. Which is typically followed by a no. If I can find the answer to her question in the chapter, I'll have her read it first. Or at least the section that contains the answer. If she's still stuck then I'll try and explain the material a little better. Of course, how I learned things 25 years ago is completely different from what she is being taught so that really just confuses her even more.

about 8 months ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Java Pimp Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I still can't believe they are teaching that Pluto is not a planet! WTF? And don't even get me started about brontosaurus...

about 8 months ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Java Pimp Re:Please.... (321 comments)

I have an app on Google Play specifically targeted at children 0 to 4 years. One time purchase, no ads and no in-app purchases.

I don't blame Google, I blame the developers taking advantage of the situation. Personally I don't like in-app purchases as I feel it exploits the consumer. Draw you in with a "free" game that you can't really do anything with unless you spend money? WTF?

As the GP said, the password thing is a trade off between security and usability. That said, Google could make the password timeout a configurable option.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Java Pimp Windows 2000 Pro (287 comments)

No one is targeting that anymore!

about 9 months ago

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A simple HTML tag will crash 64-bit Windows 7

Java Pimp Java Pimp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Java Pimp (98454) writes "An unpatched critical flaw in 64-bit Windows 7 can lead to a 'blue screen of death' system crash. The flaw is triggered by viewing a malicious HTML page containing an IFRAME element with a sufficiently large height attribute while using the Safari web browser. The flaw seems to be exploitable only with Safari at the moment. However, such a flaw could lead to the ability to execute arbitrary code in the kernel."
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