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Patent Attorney Breaks Down Impact of the America Invents Act

Mensa Babe Simple (142 comments)

Microsoft supported it, Google opposed it. What more proof do we need that this act is evil? Propably none and even if some then not much. Nevertheless the articles linked in this story even if not bad in content still may be quite hard to follow for anyone who hasn't got an opinion on this matter yet. You can find much more information in the Wikipedia article: Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and even more in the articles linked in the references. I strongly recommend reading it all because otherwise we risk to draw uneducated conclusions from the aspects of this story that may seem obvious but actually are not that obvious for anyone educated in the intellectual property law. Some of the implications of that act would be rather scary so we really need to take some time to fully research the subject and unlike the Redmondmag, the so called "independent voice of the Microsoft IT community", the Wikipedia is actually worth reading.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Ousts IE Mobile Manager For Revealing Nokia Phone Details

Mensa Babe Shame (158 comments)

It's a shame that Nokia, a phone company with the best hardware, is working so hard to provide us their great hardware with the worst possible software. What I would really like to see is Nokia handsets with Android system. They would sell like there was no yesterday. Do you hear me Nokia?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?

Mensa Babe Performance (329 comments)

The main point is performance. Ryan Dahl wanted to write fast, scalable servers easily. We all know for years that threads don't scale but event loops do (see the second chart of memory consumption of apache vs nginx). Of course in order to have a highly concurrent evented server you can't use blocking system calls (which were a big mistake in my opinion to begin with - they are the only reason why you needed threads exposed at the application level for concurrency in the past). OK, so we want a portable, high performance, event-based, async-I/O, scalable, highly concurrent server. The obvious way to write such servers in a portable, OS-independent way was to write them in C using libraries like libev or libevent for event loops and libeio for non-blocking I/O. The result is great. But the problem is that it is not easy. C doesn't have lambdas, anonymous functions, closures or higher-order functions in a real sense, which all would make writing event handlers much easier. So Ryan was looking for a higher level language and found V8, the JavaScript virtual machine written by Google for Chrome. JavaScript has anonymous functions and closures. And V8 is fast. And also when you write JavaScript in the browser then you never use blocking function calls anyway, so people are already familiar with asynchronous I/O, events, callbacks, closures, futures and promises. Hell, you can even use Y combinators in JavaScript if you know your craft. Now, if only JavaScript had lazy evaluation and proper tail call optimization - maybe some day. Watch some talks by Ryan Dahl if you're interested and after 25 years in the field you should be. Oh, and Node doesn't have anything to do with the browser besides the V8 origins. It's all server-side. See the Wikipedia article on Node for more info and code examples. I'm glad that people who have been professionally programing for so many years are still willing to broaden their horizons. As I have written in the past it is not a universal property of programmers unfortunately. Have fun with new tools.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?

Mensa Babe Click (329 comments)

Out of curiosity I looked at your link to Node. Then at the explanation about what the project is. It fits in half a line: "evented I/O for v8 javascript" and I have no idea what that means, even after 25 years of pro programming.

Actually it says:

evented I/O for v8 javascript - Read more
http://nodejs.org/

Surely clicking one of those links would be faster than asking for it on Slashdot and waiting for an answer? When you click the "Read more" link that is not even half an inch from what you've quoted you can find a big "Resources for Newcomers" section with links to the wiki and the home page.

JavaScript is of course the programming language. V8 is its high-performance implementation developed by Google for Chrome. I/O means input/output and evented means that it is asynchronous I/O based on event loops. I think that after 25 years of pro programming you should know that, and if you don't then you should at least know how to follow the hyperlinks to find it out.

Fairly typical of undocumented open-source projects, unfortunately.

Well if the only place where you look for documentation is the title of the project on GitHub then yes, it is fairly typical.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?

Mensa Babe More (329 comments)

One more thing: don't actually look at the npm source because it is extremely complicated, just use it as a utility which is easy. For good examples of Node modules to learn from take a look at Connect, Express, Socket.IO, Cradle and many other modules that you may find interesting. Have fun!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Programs To Learn From?

Mensa Babe Node (329 comments)

I suggest diving into Node. It is written in a very competent way, it's fast, small, efficient, nicely documented, does the IO correctly so no messy blocking function calls and threads synchronization madness, and is pretty young so the code base is not too big for one person to understand. Thanks to npm it is also very easy to write modules that are small, clean and have minimum boilerplate code so it's not like writing Java. There is a lot of code to be written so you may find writing and publishing your own useful modules pretty soon. Good luck!

more than 2 years ago
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Microbes Produce Power As They Clean Nuclear Waste

Mensa Babe Nuclear Power + Genetic Modifications (90 comments)

Before anyone has a knee-jerk reaction and says that it is bad because it's about nuclear power and genetically modified life forms, let me summarise for you the most important result of this research in the most straightforward way possible:

nuclear energy + genetic engineering + nanoparticles = clean planet

Now, if those so called environmentalist are really fighting for cleaner planet and healthy energy then they must support this technology. If they oppose it, then it is a clear proof that their motivations are not as clear as they wish us to believe. Anyone who is truly concerned about our environment must admit that there is no cleaner energy source then nuclear and using genetically modified microbes to clean up the nuclear waste is the last nail to the coffin of the opposition to the use of nuclear energy. I don't care about CO2 because this is what plants are breathing, and quite frankly I'd prefer having a little bit warmer climate, but I do care about polution and using clean, not necessarily renewable, energy sources is the answer to that problem.

This is an example of great research. I am proud that it was all done by a team of female researchers.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Classroom Eco-Projects Suited To Alaska?

Mensa Babe Genetics (157 comments)

I suggest diving into the synthetic biology movement. Take a look at the BioBricks Foundation. Search the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Maybe there is something missing that you might contribute. Join iGEM, the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. It is a worldwide synthetic biology competition aimed mostly at undergraduate university and high school students. Some people there are doing amazing eco-friendly projects. And don't be scared by the recent anti-science hysteria. Genetic engineering in general and synthetic biology in particular is not as hard as people tend to think. It doesn't even has to be too serious. For example, in 2006 the MIT team engineered E. coli to produce a wintergreen scent during exponential phase and a banana scent during stationary phase, known as the "banana-fart" bacteria. Some kids are engineering just amazing DNA to produce bacteria that help to digest pollution, or converts sunlight into energy that is easy to use. There is a lot to be done in synthetic biology and both BioBricks and iGEM are directed towards young people who want to experiment and collaborate, without the need to synthesise everything from scratch. You don't need sunlight to do that and you don't need expensive equipment any more. These days people are sending DNA by email and change it like it was just a computer program - which it is in a sense, but it is software that builds hardware. This is truly amazing stuff and I believe this the future of fixing our planet. We have to help mother nature. And this is the most optimal way to do it - from the ground up. iGEM and BioBricks is a great way for young students to dive into it.

more than 2 years ago
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USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

Mensa Babe Battle? (734 comments)

For at least 15 years I've been hearing that various postal services all over the world are "losing battle against e-mail age" while in fact that scary "e-mail age" (or Internet age, as I would call it) should be the best thing they should hope could possible happen. Never before in human history we were buying so many goods from remote locations all over the world to be delivered by ... postal services! And now they want an end to Saturday delivery? They should start Sunday delivery. They missed the opportunity to start the biggest online payment system in the world so they should at least focus on being the best at delivering good bought on the Internet, not being worse still.

The "proliferation of e-mail and online bill-paying services" should have been started by USPS because they already had the infrastructure to do that and the client base. If back in the nineties everyone paying bills at USPS were told that they could do the same faster, cheaper and more conveniently at USPSpal.com then people would do that. The problem is not that the world is not friendly to postal services but that they don't want to change. They missed the train and now they want our help to survive. This has never worked in the long term before.

more than 2 years ago
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Evaluating Patent Troll Myths

Mensa Babe Interesting results (167 comments)

I wouldn't call the results of this study so surprising as the Slashdot story describes. The biggest and most destructive patent exploitations that I remember were all done by big and formerly respectable companies, from Unisys and the Santa Cruz Operation in the old days to Apple today. Of course most of the patents were just stupid - I mean gif? Linux? Rectangle? Come on! Don't even remind me the "click" or "exclusive or" patents. But the harm to the industry is big in my opinion and the much more important conclusion that can be drawn from this research is not who is doing the harm, but to whom the harm is done, and for what reason. We have to answer one question: Do the patent system still stimulate innovation? Because if it doesn't then it is useless and should remain a relict of the past that may have been needed at some point but would never be used again, like slavery.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Training May Have Helped Tunisian Regime To Spy On Citizens

Mensa Babe Wow (129 comments)

Microsoft was helping to oppress innocent people by a totalitarian regime to get a chance to sabotage the Free Software movement? Wow. Just wow. This is low. Even for Microsoft. Is there anything that the richest man in the world won't do to get even richer? With all of that money he should be dating supermodels in Paris for the rest of his life but no, he prefers to help putting heroic individuals in jail for having guts to say what they think so that he could sell more of his precious licenses! How do such bastards sleep at night is completely beyond me. I won't repeat what I have already said about corporations that help to maintain dictatorships all over the world. I will only add that sabotaging the Free Software movement adds insult to the injury. We should all be outraged and never buy anything from Microsoft ever again. I call for a boycott of Microsoft until they explain themselves and repair the harm.

more than 2 years ago
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HP Moves WebOS From PC Group: What Next?

Mensa Babe Rumors (70 comments)

Well, according to Wikipedia, HP's Office of Strategy and Technology has four main functions: (1) steering the company's $3.6 billion research and development investment, (2) fostering the development of the company's global technical community, (3) leading the company's strategy and corporate development efforts, and (4) performing worldwide corporate marketing activities. Under this office is HP Labs, the research arm of HP. Founded in 1966, HP Labs's function is to deliver new technologies and to create business opportunities that go beyond HP's current strategies. An example of recent HP Lab technology includes the Memory spot chip. HP IdeaLab further provides a web forum on early-state innovations to encourage open feedback from consumers and the development community.

It is hard to say at this point what could it mean to WebOS but I've heard rumors about some experiments with Android at HP. Some speculate that HP is thinking about making the WebOS just a thin UI layer on top of Android, just like Mac OS X did with UNIX. It may seem strange at first but after thinking about it for a while it could be the only way that HP could survive in the not so distant future after the Apple-Google war is over and still have original software advantage without the hassle to develop and maintain the entire operating system stack.

more than 2 years ago
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Porn-Industry Outsiders Fear 'Shakedown' In .XXX TLD

Mensa Babe In other news (245 comments)

In other news, Verisign is trying to get non-stupid companies to pay to prevent their brands from being registered as company-is-stupid.com sites. After all, what serious book publisher or university, for example, would want to have sites such as amazon-is-stupid.com or mit-is-stupid.com floating around the Internet?

more than 2 years ago
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Rogue SSL Certs Issued For CIA, MI6, Mossad

Mensa Babe Here we go again (152 comments)

I have written many times about it (here and here in just the last week) and usually my messages get ignored for some reason but the point is that it shouldn't be surprising at all that intelligence agencies are using false certificates just like I am not surprised that they are using false passports. This is the way such agencies work. They have been doing this since the Gutenberg and there is no reason they should stop now. If you don't like it then just use hard-coded certificates for the most important sites that you use and get over it.

more than 2 years ago
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.UK Registrar Offers To Let Police Close Domain

Mensa Babe Well (141 comments)

Just another reason to not use the .uk domain at all - the other one being that it should be .gb by ISO standard. Fortunately everyone can use the .com domain which quite frankly is the only professionally looking domain for any company that ever plans to do any business worldwide.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product

Mensa Babe Nothing new (374 comments)

Is this really new to anyone who hasn't lived in the cage for the last 80 years? This business model is a de facto standard since Phil Taylor Farnsworth invented the tele. Nothing to be upset about. You don't have to use Google if you don't want to. Besides, I'd rather be a product of a company that does no evil than a client of some other companies that do.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Kernel Moves To Github

Mensa Babe Great (142 comments)

I clicked the link and here's what I got: "Server Error 500 - An unexpected error seems to have occurred. Why not try refreshing your page? Or you can contact us if the problem persists." with a cute parallax scrolling animation of GitHub logo falling down the Grand Canion. I've never seen 500 error on GitHub before.

Linus writes: "since I did a github account for my divelog thing, why not see how well it holds up to me just putting my whole kernel repo there too?"

Why not? Because you just broke GitHub! That's why!

And now let's all remain silent while the instant, distributed, cpu-intensive, encrypted https slashdotting of GitHub starts in 3... 2... 1...

more than 2 years ago
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Joomla 1.7: Is it Advantage of Security or A Probl

Mensa Babe Mistake (3 comments)

I wrote: This is the only place where the word "security" is used in the article. Of course it should be: This is not the only place where the word "security" is used in the article. It is interesting to search for "security" only to see lots of promises and no real content. Here are some direct quotes from the article:

meets the growing security concerns convincingly ... contemporary security benefits ... security is a big issue ... dispel those remaining security doubts ... rising clamor of a weak security model ... extinguish such doubts of security ... security issues are set to be dispelled ... security advantages would be available ... more security protection than ever ... enhanced security ... would help stop invalid manipulation of the site to add to the security concern of the users globally ... updated for security purposes ... deal with the constantly growing security issues ... security is the foremost issue that would be solved

Yes yes, I get it. Security. Right.

more than 2 years ago
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Joomla 1.7: Is it Advantage of Security or A Probl

Mensa Babe Convincingly? (3 comments)

"The newest version meets the growing security concerns convincingly"

Convincingly to whom? This is the only place where the word "security" is used in the article. Sorry, but I am not convinced until I see a good evidence that the community of PHP content management systems has finally started to take our security concerns seriously. Will Joomla stop being the laughing stock on DEFCON? This is what I am interested in, not just words that don't seem particularly convincing to anyone experienced in Web security.

more than 2 years ago
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Window Shopping With Gesture Recognition

Mensa Babe Consumers (39 comments)

Can't they just wait to learn more about what's in a store display window till the store is open? I feel sorry for them. It is called oniomania and I don't really think that we should use technology to worsen the suffering of people who are seriously addicted and need our help instead of blatant exploitation of their condition.

more than 2 years ago

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Yahoo! Open-Sources Sled, Renames to Postmile

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mensa Babe (675349) writes "The open-sourcing of Yahoo! Sled and renaming it to "Postmile" (the new website will soon be available) has recently been announced by Eran Hammer-Lahav on the official Sled forum and various JavaScript-related mailing lists. The GitHub project initially published at github.com/yahoo/postmile is now officially available at github.com/hueniverse/postmile under a permissive non-copyleft open-source MIT/BSD-like license.

What is particularly notable is the information about the heavy use of the Google V8-based Node.js environment by the Yahoo! developers. Eran Hammer-Lahav writes: "At Yahoo!, we are super excited about Node.js and it is already part of our standard infrastructure in many areas. For us, Node.js is not just a cool new toy to play around with but a strategic investment. We have a growing internal Node.js community and at least a dozen Node.js opportunities we would love to talk to you about." It is a perfect example of how big corporations can greatly benefit from fully supporting the principles of cooperation in the spirit of the open-source movement.

Sled was developed around open standards like ECMA-262 5th edition — the most up-to-date version of the JavaScript language specification, HTML5 — the cutting-edge standard for interactive Web applications developed by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group and recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium, and OAuth — a secure API authentication and authorization protocol.

It has been built using fully open-source technology including the revolutionary Express Web framework, the Socket.IO real-time browser-server communication library, the Jade template engine, the MongoDB document-oriented database management system and of course Node.js — an event-driven server-side JavaScript environment based on V8, a high-performance open-source JavaScript engine used in the Google Chrome Web browser. Using the Apache CouchDB is a logical next step. Making Postmile available for everyone to use, from small developers to big corporations, can bring more attention to the fast-growing community of server-side JavaScript advocates. Using the same language on both front-end and back-end can significantly reduce the cost of developing Web application. Showing the trust that big corporations like Yahoo! have in server-side JavaScript can greatly improve the public reception of the language that still too many people mistakenly describe as a browser-only scripting language."

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JavaScript Toolkit v1.1.0 Released

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Mensa Babe (675349) writes "Oliver Morgan, the original author of the JavaScript Toolkit, or just "The Toolkit" as it is known in the JavaScript community, has just announced the release of the long awaited version 1.1.0, with better documentation and added function support.

Quoting the project documentation: "[JavaScript] Toolkit offers a large number of integrated methods and utilities to help enrich the javascript object library. Javascript was built originally for browsers and as such lacks a large number of data utility methods with are seen in languages such as Python and Ruby. However times have changed and JavaScript is being used more and more in backend platforms. JS Toolkit aims to bridge that gap and provide everyone a modern developer needs to produce fast, secure and tidy code quick and easily."

The Toolkit fully supports ECMAScript 5 and runs on the most important virtual machines that we have today, including Node.JS, V8, Rhino, RingoJS, and many others. It continues to be actively developed."

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Controversy in moderation

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

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Bad news.

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago I have some very bad news. I might not be able to post on Slashdot for some time. I am terribly sorry, but I am afraid it is inevitable. Unfortunately I cannot tell you any more details right now. I am sorry.

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Finally! The results of my experiment.

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My work seeking the mysterious correlation between AQ (i.e. how someone is popular in the society at large) and IQ (i.e. how someone is clever, smart and intelligent) is finally completed. The results I got may surprise some of you. Here is what I have found out:

People with AQ 7 are most likely to have IQ over 150. People with AQ 11 are most likely to have IQ 175. People with AQ 16 usually have IQ in the range of 140-160, which is exactly the same range, which is the most common among people with AQ 17, however with AQ 17 about half of the people have IQ well over 150, just like all of the people with AQ 21 (the transition to the higher half of 140-160 range must be somewhere around AQ 18.5) and this trend continues up to the point of AQ 27. Then, over AQ 27 strange things happen. The AQ 28 is a usual value of former Mensa members, i.e. those people, who once used to have high IQ, which suddenly dropped below the acceptable level. Half of the people with AQ 28 however have IQ around 140 which is still acceptable in Mensa, however one would suspect a slow but noticable decreasing of IQ at this point. People with AQ 31 have IQ 179, but people with AQ 36 have strangely IQ only 170, and for AQ 39 the most common IQ semms to be 148. This is very interesting indeed. The optimal AQ seems to be exactly 31, which is the highest score one could get without being autistic. Any comments?

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I will never write on Slashdot

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago I will never write on Slashdot after using marijuana, the deadliest of drugs known to human kind. That is because I never use any drugs, especially the deadliest ones. No one should. I like my brain working with the full capacity, thank you.

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That is truely unbelievable!

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago Last night something absolutely incredible happened to me. You wouldn't believe. And that's why I won't tell you about it.

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I am famous indeed! (thanks to mdielmann)

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This is the new signature of mdielmann:

Mensa Babe calls me a foe over a definition. Sweet!

I find it very amusing that I am so famous here on Slashdot that people are even worshiping me in their signatures.

Unfortunately mdielmann is being terribly mistaken in one subtle aspect of this signature. I am talking about the link, which should point to this comment and instead of "over a definition" should read "because of childishly pointing out every single typo and mistake of her to feel smarter."

Otherwise it is very accurate. Thank you for your attention. Have a nice day.

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I think . . . therefore I am . . .

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago I think that there are many nice and intelligent people here on Slashdot, therefore I am sure I will be strong enough to stay calm, while being constantly insulted by all of those childish and completely unintelligent individuals, whom I've always felt sorry for.

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So close...

Mensa Babe Mensa Babe writes  |  more than 11 years ago I have just taken an Autism-Spectrum Quotient test, and fortunately I got only 31 points, while 32 or higher is typical for people diagnosed with autism or some related disorders. I am really glad I haven't scored 32, it was so close... I wonder how many points in this test have other people on Slashdot scored, especially those with IQ higher than 150. I am trying to find some correlation between IQ and AQ. I would be really glad if anyone could provide her AQ score together with a little background information. Thank you very much indeed.

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