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The First Open Ranking of the World Wide Web Is Available

L7_ (53 comments)

Read this article about systems rendering the http links in DTD headers from XHTML specs -

It's from 2008, still stands.

about 7 months ago

Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

L7_ Re:Is Apple being compensated? (239 comments)

You can crack the 4 digit lock screen in like 2-4 minutes.

Most likely these phones are using long alphanumeric strings.

Strange how so many people don't know that they can use arbitrary length alphanumeric unlock codes.

about a year ago

Slashdot ID's by year

L7_ Re:seems legit (18 comments)

Right. I registered early February 2003, with an id of (645377), which is 10,000 users past the 636838 on 12/31/2002

about 2 years ago

Too Many Biomedical Graduate Students, Not Enough Jobs

L7_ Re:time for more apprenticeships over older collge (226 comments)

Exactly. And also of note that biology and life science degrees are also considered to be easier than the physical sciences and engineering disciplines due mainly to the lack of advanced mathematical concepts and rigor. It is turtles all the way down (or up?) though, and if people are being condescending to others studying humanities, or what is contrived to be an easier/less rigorous field, you should take a minute to look at the people studying electrical engineering, who have no time to be condescending! :-)

more than 2 years ago

Too Many Biomedical Graduate Students, Not Enough Jobs

L7_ Re:time for more apprenticeships over older collge (226 comments)

Right. You don't get people switching to Biology because it is too hard, what you do get is a ton of Biology students that have no real interest in Biology and just want to "become a doctor" (note that they do not really want to practice medicine).

Actually, (even with no evidence) I believe that at least a third of these people have no real interest in biomedical research, they are just doing it as a graduate student because there are almost no other options available. They did not make it into Medical school (or could not afford it) and have no other option with an undergraduate degree in Biology.

Not going to medical school and with no real idea of what to do in the 'real world' with their biology degree and an advisor talking about grant money, they are encouraged to apply to graduate work in biomedical research or something similar. They don't really care about it though, they are just failed doctoral students.

Call me biased, but too many freshman level advisors tell people to study Biology.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Tax Controversy Explained In Cartoon Form

L7_ Re:twitter makes money (303 comments)

it's also a translation, some people forget that the English version of the Bible was not the first. how do you know in the original that know in the know was 'know' and not 'know', we will never know.

more than 3 years ago

Russia Launches, Loses, Finds Military Satellite

L7_ Re:3D maps... well, that's ambitious. (88 comments)

when things move as fast as satellites move, you never really know where they are. even a 0.01% uncertainty in velocity of a typical satellite going ~2000m/s... after about a minute the resulting position would have a bounding box of 12 meters. Now, after an hour, a day? It's not too difficult to lose track of where you need to point your radars to find your bird.

[Calculation is very general, I pulled that 0.01% velocity uncertainty from my ass]

more than 3 years ago

Threat of Cyberwar Is Over-Hyped

L7_ Re:Well... (123 comments)

The iranians first causes millions of twitter users to turn their icons green. If that is not a first strike, I don't know what is.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

L7_ Re:Here we go again (SCO) (675 comments)

The CEO of VMWare Paul Martiz thinks that everyone is moving to Python/Ruby, specifically Django and Rails as replacements for the J2EE stack.

Think of it what you will, but unless you've tried to write a small-medium sized project in Python (as suggested by ESR: ) then you don't know what you're missing, especially if you're moving from Java.

more than 3 years ago

Gosling Reacts To Apple's Java Deprecation

L7_ Re:Cost to support benefit (436 comments)

If you read the article, on page2 it says that OpenJDK is already ported to OSX. However, it is incomplete in the UI sense; it only uses X11 libraries and the Java integration with Cocoa/the native UI doesn't exist.

more than 3 years ago

Google Testing High-Speed Fiber Network At Stanford Res Halls

L7_ Re:How convenient... (107 comments)

Actually, I thought it deserved a comment because he reversed the usage on both:

Google has plans to scale they're broadband experiment up to 50,000-500,000 homes before their done.

Should be "Google has plans to scale thier..." and " before they're done."

Such improper usage leads me to believe that the original poster just does not understand proper grammar.

more than 3 years ago

Why Silicon Valley Won't Be the Green Car Detroit

L7_ Re:Only one real reason (329 comments)

You're wrong, please don't be defensive.

Nothing was ever designed in Alabama. Defense contractors in Southern California (mainly Los Angeles) used fabrication facilities to manufacture things in Alabama, but all of the science was done in LA. All of the scientific brainpower for those companies have never resided in Huntsville, it's a shithole.

And JPL? I thought that was a Caltech institution? You know, in eastern Los Angeles? And Los Alamos National Lab in Santa Fe, NM might have something to do with the design of the nuclear bomb.

Because a company or an institution has offices in a rural southern state for cheap menial jobs, does not mean that those laborers contribute science or engineering designs. They don't.

more than 3 years ago

Google Testing High-Speed Fiber Network At Stanford Res Halls

L7_ Re:How convenient... (107 comments)

are you purposefully being obtuse to the there/their/they're usage?

more than 3 years ago

Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source

L7_ Re:Some more math-specific ideas (283 comments)

This is a good list. If for one, it shows that the original author might look beyond the boundaries of libraries written in C++. I personally would recommend numpy ( because I've been doing mostly python coding in the last few years. Also, to note, that some/most of the backend to numpy is written in C.

However, if the submitter really wants to start contributing to open source libraries, they really should start at writing test cases and documentation. Contributing code to them is not something that maintainers usually like to take from people that are not associated with the project. Joining the mailing list was a good idea, but they really should download the code and run the set of test cases. Then, knowing what he knows, look into his area of expertise and see if there is test coverage he could add.

In summary, look into an alternate programming language library, download and run the library's test cases and fill in the test case coverage and write it up in their documentation.

more than 3 years ago

Motorola Sues Apple

L7_ Re:iOS is woefully behind on ease of use? (176 comments)

and all of them stays in alphabetical order in the menu, which makes finding an app much more easier

swipe to the left on the home iOS screen, type in the first letter of the application you want into the search box... and Spotlight will bring up a list of applications starting with that letter.

They all do the same stuff, albeit in slightly different ways.

more than 3 years ago

Tech CEOs Tell US Gov't How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

L7_ That's not how the Gov't Does Business (311 comments)

It's too bad that none of those businesses are Minority or Women owned, otherwise they would get the contracts for sure. Because in the world of Government, it is

more than 3 years ago

The Case For Oracle

L7_ Re:Wrong, this is not a branding case. (341 comments)

the question then becomes, what is meant by a "complete implementation" of java?

I mean, why did they not sue projects like blackdown and other open JVMs that were not 100% implemented? I understand that the Android Dalvik is not a "JVM", but the question remains: what is a "complete implementation"?

about 4 years ago

The Gathering Storm Discussion

L7_ Re:Amazon and B&N readers give it good reviews (186 comments)

I am very much the same way. I've read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, to the point where I'll try anything that someone recommends. The problem is that I can't always keep track of /what/ I've read. Oftentimes, I get a book... get to like page 25 and realize that I've read it before sometime in my youth. I had no idea when i picked it up, but when the plot and characters are starting to be developed, my brain remembers it.

P.S. I hope that you have read Joe Abercrombie's series, Rothfuss "Name of the Wind" (only first book out, good good stuff), and Brent Week's Nightangel Trilogy. They are all under related books at Amazon, and they are all awesomely rad.

more than 4 years ago


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