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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

LordWabbit2 Re:Simple solution (450 comments)

Stop speeding, the limits are there for the safety of yourself and the poor innocent bystander you kill when lose control of your car and wipe out, because NO, you do not have the driving skills of a race car driver.

yesterday
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

LordWabbit2 Re:Escaping only helps you until a war. (330 comments)

A bunch of rich people with no real military protecting them

You do realise these are uber rich people.
They can just hire their own military
You do realise a good portion of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq were not actually fought by the American military.

2 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

LordWabbit2 Legions of crappy programmers (199 comments)

Sigh, forcing people to "learn to code" is just going to create legions of substandard programmers. Every year we get interns fresh out of varsity, it takes at least half a year to teach them to forget the crap coding standards that they got away with in varsity and to code properly. Memory leaks they didn't even know they had because their programs never ran longer than 20 minutes, and these are people who actively sought out becoming programmers. Imagine a legion of people who didn't want to learn to code in the first place.

2 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

LordWabbit2 Re:^^Winner (215 comments)

Yeah, democracy in the Western sense, where you only have two parties and they are both stooges to the corporations and have no real power. Democracy does not exist.

2 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

LordWabbit2 Re:COBOL (383 comments)

Soz to burst you bubble but new COBOL programs are written every day, my wife is a COBOL programmer working for a major bank and she's on new projects all the time. I do agree with you that a lot of COBOL systems are being replace though, but the main drive around that is a lack of resources to write new COBOL programs. I worked with COBOL a long time ago, and I have worked with lots of other languages since then, nothing has come close to the ease with which COBOL parses data. Just define your working storage and drop the chunk of data into the 01 level. Tada, parsed. Hate the rest of the bloody language though.

5 days ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

LordWabbit2 Re:TED talk about proprietary SW in schools (646 comments)

Could not agree more. Everything is a bloody youtube video, wanted to do some modding in Skyrim, there's a youtube video for that, and precious little else. Then the first 5 minutes is waffle waffle waffle about his dietary requirements and recent bowel movements, as if I cared. There used to be the &wadsworth=1 option to skip the first 10% but apparently it's not working anymore. (Youtube is banned at work, and I avoid it like the plague at home).

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

LordWabbit2 Re:COBOL (383 comments)

COBOL has increased in popularity because all the people who know it are retiring, so the people who are willing to learn it are getting humongous salaries. There are literally billions of lines of COBOL code still churning away, working out your interest payments and processing your credit card transactions etc. I know of one company (retail) which have bought the SAP cool aid and are spending millions to convert their systems to SAP. SAP said it would take 5 years, well it's 5 years further down the line and they have only finished phase one, and that was a fvck up of note (and still not finished). There are another 3 phases to go, and they started on the "small" one first. So yeah, COBOL is going to be around for a LONG time, and anyone with 2+ years experience in it will coin it big time.

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

LordWabbit2 Re:Altitudinally challenged? (208 comments)

You need a catchy slogan to go with it, The war on drugs, the war against terror (which is TWAT when abbreviated) that sort of thing.

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

LordWabbit2 Re:Altitudinally challenged? (208 comments)

The F-Anything is an apt description for a project which has hugely overrun and is hugely over budget and still isn't actually usable. So it's more like Fvckit at this point we'll take anything.

about a week ago
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Deep-Frying Graphene Microspheres For Energy Storage

LordWabbit2 Re:Science, not a product (49 comments)

And in ten years after it has migrated into all of those products they will discover it causes cancer, and deformities in babies. Like the wonder material asbestos before it.

about two weeks ago
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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

LordWabbit2 Telephone sanitizers (300 comments)

Telephone sanitizers are more useful than this wunch of bankers.

about three weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

LordWabbit2 Re:As a former scientist: (287 comments)

True to a point, but the knowledge gained from the ISS is nothing to sneeze at either. I do agree that a manned mars mission is a bit silly at this point though, we don't really have the technology yet to make it feasible. More research into alternate energy sources should be where most of the money should be going.

about three weeks ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

LordWabbit2 Re:Re usability (151 comments)

Well hopefully they are better at working on their "car" than you are at working on yours. If you have bits left which are not the bits you replaced you start to wonder why there is a slight rattle coming from under the hood when you turn left on an incline (yes I also end up with bits left over).

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

LordWabbit2 Re: Its a cost decision (840 comments)

I would say it depends on the item. I wanted a DVD player for the bedroom, my wife went to the local store and came back with cheapest ass DVD player she could find (if I had gone I would not have) so I plugged it in and was pleasantly surprised with all it’s features, so much so I went back the next day and bought another one for the lounge (and save playing them in the PSX2). That was more than 10 years ago, they are still going strong. However I used to buy mid range boots for hiking and would need to replace them once a year because I would work through the sole, bought an upper range pair and only have to change them every 3 years.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

LordWabbit2 Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Haynes manuals are normally just as good (if not better since they give tips and advice, and howto's as well) Or you could just buy the workshop manual online, a couple years ago I bought the workshop manual for my CX500T - which is a pretty rare bike with no Haynes manual. There's one for the normal CX500, but not the CX500T and other than the physical engine the bikes are WAY different, one is aspirated the other fuel injection, with all the extra plumbing and wiring that entails.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

LordWabbit2 Re:Cat and mouse... (437 comments)

Third that, am quiet happy to pay for watching something, but since Netflix is not even available in my country I just torrent it instead. All these stupid license agreements means that they are actually losing my money. I haven't pirated a game in years, I earn enough now that I am more than able to pay for them, and prefer to do so. It would be the same for movies if it was available here.

about three weeks ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

LordWabbit2 Re:Paywalls; HTTPS proxy (396 comments)

Your session cookie, which represents your privilege to read the news site, is "sensitive in nature".

It's not a behind paywall, it's a free site. So no, my cookie is not of a sensitive nature, and is only used to keep session state.

Just because your "fellow work colleague" paid for a subscription to your local news site doesn't mean you did as well. Even if the site isn't paywalled, you could install the root certificate of your office's HTTPS proxy and surf through that.

What network administrator in his right mind would hand out the root certificate to the HTTPS proxy?

BTW love the

"fellow work colleague"

it's like you don't have any.

about a month ago
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Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

LordWabbit2 Re:would this unnamed group share its initials wit (86 comments)

One of the articles mentions a disgruntled employee against whom a hit had been taken out. Want to bet he ran to the feds because he was scared and ratted on the silk road. I don't attribute any mystical hacking of TOR to the FBI, someone came forward and spilled the beans. The reason the FBI are keeping it quiet is that in this way it seems that the FBI can track you regardless of what you are doing. If they are planning on taking out the main TOR network it's for the precise reason that they CAN'T track you through it, and so taking it out is the only other option. So let's assume they DDOS the TOR directory authorities, if I DDOS'ed someone it would be a criminal offense. Why can they do it without being criminally charged? Also whoever thinks TOR is the "biggest means of circumventing the GFW" is an idiot. You would get much better speed by simply using a credit card to rent a $30 a year vps server in the states and installing squid. Firewall circumvented. Hell, there a plenty of free proxies out there which will allow you to do the same thing. The GFW is a joke, and only stops the ignorant.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

LordWabbit2 Re:Step on it when it doesnt' work (232 comments)

I agree software is shipped without being tested to 99.999% quality. I buy a game on release day, come home slap the DVD in and install it (if it's not a steam game that is) and run it, it checks for patches, and downloads a 22gb "patch". So I stopped buying physical games, most games get released on steam, if I have to download the entire game regardless of whether I installed it from a dvd, I may as well just download it in the first place. I can't remember what game it was, but you could download the patch for the game before the game was even released. That says to me that they sent the code to the dvd fab knowing it was full of bugs.

But

Here's why code is not tested to 99.999% quality.

It costs too much. I work as a developer, I worked for a major bank on their project metrics team, so I had access to all their project data, planning, hours captured etc.etc. To make even a relatively small change to big software costs millions. Impact analysis by senior developers, assessments and documentation from system architects, meetings with management and business analysts etc. etc. All these people are not cheap. Before code even STARTS to change it can cost millions. Then the code changes and you have to do end to end testing, integration testing, regression testing etc. all involving people who pull a pay check, and depending on the code change you may need a new environment (ie. physical hardware) to test the change without impacting the rest of the business. I can hear all the agile pundits screaming, but if your testing cycle involves external parties, like every major bank in the country and the stock exchange, then 'agile' development is more expensive than waterfall development. So, it comes down to the testers to make sure there are no bugs. Developers subconsciously know how their code works, and do their unit testing accordingly, so when they send code to QA they think it's working 100% and there are no bugs. It's up to the testers to push the code in different ways to see if something breaks. But how good are the testers? Are they just ticking the blocks on the test plan? Are they trying weird and wonderful things outside of the test plan to see what happens? Probably not, it's hard to find good testers, it's a boring job. Hell it's hard to find good developers, never mind good senior developers. All of this means that code will never be tested to 99.999% reliability. EVER. IIRC they have had to do 2 patches on the mars rover which is on another bloody planet. If any software should have been tested to 99.999% reliability it should have been the software on the mars rover. But it wasn't, because it costs too much, and software / hardware and it's integration are very very complex things.

about a month ago

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Zalman goes bankrupt after fraud conspiracy

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about 3 months ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The company has filed for bankruptcy in Seoul, after years of its owner, Moneual, bleeding billions of dollars out of the company. But this isn't the only part of the story, it is a full-blown conspiracy with layers of details."
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1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about a year ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library have put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online.
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books.
Among the first up on the site Tuesday, are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain."

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Bit-heist: Over $1mn in bitcoins stolen from Australian online bank

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about a year ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history.

The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at $1.3 million stolen, the service’s operator only known as ‘Tradefortress’ said. He refused to give his name to the press, also stressing he was not much older than 18.

  It took the bank’s owner two weeks to notify the affected customers."

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$30,000 iPhone docking station

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The 8ft long speaker dock pumps out a massive 1000 watts of power and weighs in at over 700lbs. Making it the worlds loudest iPhone speaker dock. Unfortunately no specifications are available for whats inside this monster at the moment."
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