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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Jaxoreth Re:And (240 comments)

Because you like pain.

That would be the correct answer to "Why should I want a dominatrix to spank me?", not "Why should I use PHP?".

One man's pain is another man's pastry. Especially if he's French.

more than 2 years ago
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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Jaxoreth Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (240 comments)

The community is the main reason to avoid the language all together. If the other users that you turn to for help are nothing but a bunch of elitist Mac-using hopster pricks, then that's your cue to stay away from that launage at all costs.

Yeah? Why don't you write about it in your blag?

more than 2 years ago
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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Jaxoreth Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (240 comments)

When I see people defending PHP, I have the same reaction I get when I see Scientologists defending a religion started by a science fiction author.

The only reason you'd be attacking PHP is so you can hide your own foolish design mistakes. Why don't you tell us what those are? WHAT ARE YOUR CRIMES?

more than 2 years ago
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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Jaxoreth Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (240 comments)

Yes, it's "just as good" as Ruby, Python, or other competing problem-space solutions in a strict Turing-completeness way, but in all pragmatic senses it has been a complete and utter rolling disaster.

Godwin's Law applies just as well to programming language advocacy: If your defense of a language requires pointing out that it's Turing-complete, you lose the argument.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Ported To C#

Jaxoreth Re:c# what a lousy name (351 comments)

"(for those who don't get it: in music, generally speaking, the sharps and flats overlap. C sharp = D flat)"

Unless you're a music theorist.

And specifically an ill-tempered one. :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Software Engineering Is a Dead-End Career, Says Bloomberg

Jaxoreth Re:Not bloody likely (738 comments)

Me too!

(2 points to whoever gets the reference)

Posting "Me too!", like some brain-dead AOL-er? :-)

more than 2 years ago
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A Better Way To Program

Jaxoreth Re:Obligatory Dijkstra (467 comments)

I'd argue that colour screens did give us a big, obvious, and immediate improvement - syntax highlighting.

Actually, THINK Pascal did syntax highlighting on black and white Macintosh systems. It used different styles, such as boldface, instead of colors.

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Court Orders Google To Remove Content

Jaxoreth Re:The only proper way to 'appeal' to these people (477 comments)

And just as importantly, why does God <longpause></longpause> need a spaceship?

This has been an allusion to the worst Star Trek movie ever.

Really? I thought it was a reference to the 'Marklar' episode of South Park.

more than 2 years ago
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How Far Should GPL Enforcement Go?

Jaxoreth Re:as far as copyright law allows (432 comments)

For a massive example of MAD failing, take a look at the patent lawsuits between Apple/Google/Samsung/Nokia etc.

Lawsuits don't necessarily amount to mutually assured destruction for large companies, so it's not a failure of MAD.

It's a case of iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. Usually, companies will cross-license each other's patents, since cooperating is cheaper than suing each other. But if, say, Apple believes the expected damages from an infringement suit against Google (minus the cost in PR and legal expense) outweigh the benefits of peaceful coexistence, then it makes sense (from their perspective) to sue.

more than 2 years ago
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Star Wars Uncut Project Complete

Jaxoreth Re:Download? (175 comments)

Is there anywhere I can download the movie in its entirety?

YouTube? You can use Video DownloadHelper with Firefox, or one of the command-line equivalents.

more than 2 years ago
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EULAs Don't Have To Suck

Jaxoreth Re:If you have to scroll (233 comments)

if itunes updates.. it asks you to confirm the eula.. you press decline.. wait 20-30secs. and it asks again.

But thou must!

about 3 years ago
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EULAs Don't Have To Suck

Jaxoreth Re:They do not have to be hard to read (233 comments)

Can you explain why these agreements refer to "express" warranties? It should go without saying that the opposite of "implied" is "expressed", and "express" as an adjective only applies to transit routes, as far as I know.

Seeing lawyers unable to accurately express themselves without garbling a fairly common word doesn't instill confidence in their command of the more esoteric parts.

about 3 years ago
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EULAs Don't Have To Suck

Jaxoreth Re:The Virgin Digital EULA was at least fun to rea (233 comments)

http://joegratzdotnet.nfshost.com/?p=499

"If you ignore this and then come crying to us later, we're just gong to point you back to this agreement -- which you didn't read in the first place. How do I know that? Because nobody ever reads these things. I'm actually writing this for myself. I'm the only one that will ever read this. And the sad thing is that I'll spell-check it anyway."

Oops.

about 3 years ago
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How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

Jaxoreth Re:Easy... (516 comments)

[Writing] a web javascript UI toolkit to do overlapping windows & WIMP style programming.

I did something like that. More recently I've been writing a 68K emulator.

about 3 years ago
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Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

Jaxoreth Re:I had this in my last interview (743 comments)

if you claim over a decade of experience with C then you probably should have the first sixteen powers of two memorized.

I wouldn't know the relation, but of course there's always short cuts. The trouble with short cuts is they can be wrong. In particular, human memory is contextual. Maybe you can't remember what 2^10 is if you're mountain biking a thousand miles from home, on vacation. It'd be silly to ask an 'out of context' question and make a serious judgement on your recall in that case. It's a little easier to believe an interviewer shouldn't be too tied to context, but tests are definitely out of usual context.

I saw it as possibly a measure of culture fit. Obviously, knowing it's 1024 right off the top of your head isn't a required skill, since you can always punch it into your favorite command-line-based calculator (e.g. `perl -le 'print 2**10'`), but maybe they're looking for the sort of programmer who likes to have these things memorized, or is hands-dirty enough to need to.

In any case, the interview process ended when I couldn't invent on the spot a linear algorithm for detecting a corrupted (i.e. cyclical) linked list.

about 3 years ago
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DOJ Drops FOIA Rule To Permit Lying

Jaxoreth Re:The secret to a good FOIA enquiry... (151 comments)

Had to post to undo my accidental mod down. Meant to mod you up.

If Slashdot's moderation menu used a submit button for confirmation, this sort of error wouldn't happen and it wouldn't require having scripting enabled.

I'd consider applying for the job of fixing it, but it's in Michigan and they're looking for someone entry-level.

about 3 years ago
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DOJ Drops FOIA Rule To Permit Lying

Jaxoreth Re:What if they are lying about not lying? (151 comments)

There are two doors. Each guarded by one guard. Both will tell you which door goes where (one to where you want to go, the other to certain doom), but there's a catch. You can only ask one of them, and one always tells the truth while the other always lies. So you ask one of them "If I had asked the other guard which door was the correct door, which door would he have pointed to?", and whichever door he points to, you take the other one. It's a twisted logic, but there you go.

The double negation is superfluous. You need merely ask, "What answer would you give to the question 'Which door is the correct one?'?", and you'll get the correct answer regardless of which guard you asked. The lying guard would lie about his lie, canceling it out.

about 3 years ago
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Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

Jaxoreth Re:Government jobs (743 comments)

I had this aptitude test one time where the interviewers put us into this room with these uncomfortable chairs and they provided no writing surfaces. While we were proctored the test I dragged the only table in the room over to my chair so that I would have something to write on. Turns out, that sort of ingenuity was what they were looking for - it was all a trick question.

I hope you didn't also shoot the girl with the quantum physics textbook.

about 3 years ago

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Kodak Wireless Picture Frames Open to Public

Jaxoreth Jaxoreth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jaxoreth (208176) writes "The Kodak Easyshare Wireless Digital Picture Frame displays images via a per-frame RSS feed hosted by FrameChannel, each of whose URLs is identical except for a parameter matching the MAC address of the frame, enabling public browsing of users' feeds. And worse, if you reach the feed of an unactivated frame, it gives you the code to activate it, allowing you to preload it with whatever content you choose."
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