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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Like2Byte Re:Try (352 comments)

Mod up parent. So wish I had mod points.

about 8 months ago

Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Like2Byte Re:JAIL JAIL JAIL (236 comments)

Where did the parent advocate having the government monitor code check-ins or ensure software quality? All he advocated was having criminal penalties for insecure software, which actually sounds like a good idea to me, provided people are able to pass the blame to their bosses and thus avoid all liability (if you fear for your job because your boss ordered you to do something insecure, then your boss should go to jail, not you. If your boss was just passing orders from his boss, his boss should go to jail, not him.).

Both bosses should go to jail. Depending on the situation it's called collusion and/or conspiracy.

about 9 months ago

How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

Like2Byte Re:So how fast is it...? (142 comments)

No, no. Not at all. I was simply suggesting that maybe their point wasn't to get statistics out; but, rather, obtain eyeballs.

I think you're totally spot on - what a wasted opportunity and inferior article. They made a claim without substantiating it at any length.

Oh, and sorry if I offended you. That certainly wasn't my intent. The whole thing is humorous to me.

about 10 months ago

How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

Like2Byte Re:So how fast is it...? (142 comments)

The most specific the article gets is

Svalbard enjoys speeds estimated to be 10 to 20 times as fast as any in the rest of Norway.


Given that it's possible to get gbit fiber, well...

But you *did* read it. See what they did there?

Thus endith the lesson. :)

about 10 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Like2Byte Re:Ridiculous. (914 comments)

Exactly. This is simply inhumane. Regardless of the otrocities commited by the convicted, we cannot, as a society, debase ourselves by resorting to torture of the mind, body, or soul.

The department of corrections is supposed to be "correcting" human behaviour, not damaging it. Too much of that happens in prisons as it is. Now this doctor wants to exacerbate that?

Whatever organization that she received her doctorate from should revoke it immediately!

about 10 months ago

Goodbye, Google Voice

Like2Byte Fox News? (166 comments)

Is that you? To reiterate another poster's comment, this is just some dude's blog entry.

Seriously? WTF with the headline, Timothy? Is /. Into sensationalist, eye-grabbing headlines now? How about maybe only showing comments 5 at a time while you're at it? That should garner some ad revenue. That title is *very* misleading.

about 10 months ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

Like2Byte Re:USB (255 comments)

If I accidentally connect pin 1 to 4 would it be a short bus?

Only for that special 10% of people who took the survey!

about a year ago

Property Managers Use DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

Like2Byte Re:inconsiderate... (234 comments)

True story.

I taught my small, 20lb dog to not crap in the house, too. We always walk up a hill so he can crap in the field behind the house. He doesn't like to crap on short grass, either.

One day, on vacation in Kansas City, KS, we walked out of the hotel for a morning walk. We walked across the street (near a highway). We walked and walked and he wouldn't do his business. Finally, he semi-squated in front of a small, manucured bush and promptly deposited a turd on top of it.

Triumphantly, I left it there. Hey. At least no one would *step* on it!

about a year ago

DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

Like2Byte Car Museum (20 Years from now) (231 comments)

Father: See that, son! That's a picture of Renault.
Son: Renault? Who were they?
Father: Who? Renault?
Son: Yeah.
Father: It was a car company. They went out of business screwing their customers over.

about a year ago

Firefox OS 1.1 Released, Mozilla Prepares For 2nd Round of Device Launches

Like2Byte Re:It's been half a year (76 comments)

I figured they'd be on version 48 by now.

Well...your post was over an hour old when I read it.

about a year ago

iOS 7 Lock Screen Bug Leaves Certain Apps Vulnerable For Access

Like2Byte Re:Can't replicate (135 comments)

Ah, cool. Good to know! Thanks for the update. I hadn't considered the immediacy of the locking mechanism.

As far as I can tell, this "bug" is bullshit. The worst that happens is that someone sees what apps you were running, the screens are greyed out if you "exploit" this successfully.

Try again, Apple haters.

Agreed! I thought about this while driving. Haters gotta hate. :P

about a year ago

iOS 7 Lock Screen Bug Leaves Certain Apps Vulnerable For Access

Like2Byte Re:Can't replicate (135 comments)

KABOOM! I read some of the other posts. You DO have to double-tap the home button in really fast succession.

So, scratch my previous post.

I was able to replicate this WITHOUT having the 'Passcode Lock' enabled with a single home button tap.

I was also ABLE to replicate this WITH 'Passcode Lock' enabled with a double-tap of the home button. However, I was unable to access any of the open applications from the multi-tasking screen.

about a year ago

iOS 7 Lock Screen Bug Leaves Certain Apps Vulnerable For Access

Like2Byte Re:Can't replicate (135 comments)

I was able to replicate this with caveats.

I was able to replicate this WITHOUT having the 'Passcode Lock' enabled.

I was UNABLE to replicate this WITH 'Passcode Lock' enabled.

I've now restarted an iPad Mini and am STILL UNABLE to replicate with the 'Passcode Lock' enabled.

I'm not sure what the problem with this feature is. Sure, they've 'bypassed' the swipe to unlock screen; but, the user has specifically poked and prodded this iPad Mini in what, I assume, is an extremely unlikely situation. By itself I'm not so sure this is such a major problem. If it had gotten around the 'Passcode Lock' then yeah; but, it doesn't seem to.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Med-School Note-Taking?

Like2Byte Re:pen and paper (217 comments)


I have one. It's an ink pen with a camera in the tip. The camera reads dots on special paper and digitally records whatever you are writing / scriblling / drawing. It also records audio.

It plays back the audio, too. On each sheet of paper there is a timeline. Touch the timeline with the pen and it plays back from 0% marker to the 100% marker. If you touch the paper to a section that the pen wrote/drew it will start playing the audio from *that* point, too. It's totally awesome.


Oh, and no. I dont work (or know anyone who does) there.

about a year and a half ago

Was That A Tsunami?

Like2Byte Re:One of my earliest memories (79 comments)

I was four years old. We were at Myrtle Beach, SC. We were on dry sand, quite far back. I seem to recall the waves being large and clean, with very little chop; but not threatening to people up on the beach. A wave charged in, all the way to the boardwalk. The beach is relatively flat there, so the actual depth was only about a foot. My mother picked me up. My sister and my father were large enough to fend for themselves. I have no idea if anybody was hurt. The beach cleared. In the panic, my yellow plastic shovel was lost; but I spied it from up on the balcony of the motel. "Mommy, can you pllllleeeeease get it?". She went down, but another wave or a person must have taken it.

Since then, I've heard of at least one other incident like this. I think it was in Florida.

So...let me see if I got this straight. Two kids lost a yellow plastic shovel at Myrtle Beach, SC?

about a year and a half ago

Former TigerDirect President Indicted In $230 Million Laundering Scheme

Like2Byte Re:Not surprising (109 comments)

for what i still have no idea

Exactly, you have no idea. Here's the likely explanation: trespassing. ...

You're adding more conjecture to his conjucture? Interesting.

about a year and a half ago

Google Patents Image-Capturing Walking Sticks

Like2Byte Re:Great (117 comments)

Time to update the list of things that will let you automatically get a patent for something:

        - on a computer
        - on the internet
        - on a stick

Don't forget 'In the Cloud'

Well, obviously "In the cloud."

So, besides, "On a computer", "on the internet", "on a stick", and "in the cloud", ...what has Google *ever* done for us!?

about a year and a half ago

Project Envisions Modular Aircraft That Double as Train Cars

Like2Byte Re:Bloody idiots (146 comments)

The queues are there for a reason: To create the impression of safety.

Also, to present a highly populated and completely unsecured target to any bad guy who decides to exploit it. That's one of the many ways in which US-style airport security is sheer idiocy.

Of course, for mentioning this, I'm sure I'll end up on somebody's watchlist somewhere. Hi NSA!

Recent news reports suggest that you - probably - already are.


about a year and a half ago

How Did You Learn How To Program?

Like2Byte Re:TRS 80 Model I (623 comments)

Ha! Know the feeling well. I like to think that I hacked and R/E'd my way to computer programming by reading the source to hundreds of thousands if not millions of line of code. I was 9 (1978) when I located this rabbit hole and knew then this is what I'd do for the rest of my life. There was no Google so I largely would trade pirated games or find cassettes that contained programs written in easily translatable BASIC commands which I quickly picked up. Every 'RUN' magazine was read from cover to cover. Learned to type while reading code from it. Began writing my own programs to do whatever because guess what, young-bucks - It hadn't been done much yet and the 'teh interwebs' was another 20 years away - so searching the web for a program to do 'X' didn't exist.

One day sticks out particularly well with me, too. One day I had a mathematical homework assignment. Math is tedious. Being lazy, I wrote programs to do all my homework assignments for me. My father caught me doing this one day and began to - as he was often want to do - scold me. He said, "Son, if you let the computer do your homework for you you'll learn nothing." I turned and quickly responded, "Wrong, Dad. I have to program the computer to do the homework AND validate that the computer is doing my homework correctly. So, I'm learning twice as much." His eyebrows raised and he turned and walked away.

That was the first time I knew this US Marine to not pound me into the ground for talking back to him. I knew I was on to something amazing.

Computer system progression: Commodore PET/CPM VIC20 C64 C64c (VIC20/C64/C128 combined) 8086 (it was a sad beast) 486 $WHO_CARES_AFTER_THE_486 ...

about a year and a half ago



Tweet Causes Price Chopper Retaliation on Customer

Like2Byte Like2Byte writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Like2Byte writes "US food chain Price Chopper contacted a customer's employer after finding the person made an unflattering tweet on Twitter and attempted to have the individual 'disciplined.' Syracuse.com is running the story. A friend of the person at the center of the attack has started a blog to discuss the impact of social media on society."

Rare Video Games Fetch Hefty Prices

Like2Byte Like2Byte writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Like2Byte writes "CNN is running a story about video game collectors and the prices they're willing to pay for ancient video games. As recently at Feb 2010, one video game was sold for $41,300(US). CNN provides a short-list of eight video games that are currently commanding high prices. Time to reach into the attic and find those old 2600 and NES cartridges. Clicky to the source."
Link to Original Source

Sen. Stevens is convicted on corruption charges

Like2Byte Like2Byte writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Like2Byte writes "Every /.'ers favorite state Senator has been found guilty of corruption charges in the federal case against him. CNN is reporting, "Stevens, 84, was convicted of all seven charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday at noon. Stevens faces up to five years in prison on each count when he is sentenced Jan. 26, but under federal sentencing guidelines, he is likely to receive much less prison time, if any.""

BIONIC legs assist US Marine to walk again

Like2Byte Like2Byte writes  |  about 7 years ago

Like2Byte writes "There's an interesting story on CNN where a US Marine that lost both his legs in Iraq is now able to walk again by implementing BLUETOOTH technology to coordinate his leg's movement. The article explains how the two legs communicate to keep the man in motion. An except from the article: "...Computer chips in each leg send signals to motors in the artificial joints so the knees and ankles move in a coordinated fashion. Bleill's set of prosthetics [legs] have Bluetooth receivers strapped to the ankle area. The Bluetooth device on each leg tells the other leg what it's doing, how it's moving, whether walking, standing or climbing steps, for example.""


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