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Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

Monkeedude1212 Re:High school level programming. (1086 comments)

At first I thought you were joking.

Most programmers don't even know about sorting algorithms.

They just throw everything into an Array or List or Vector or some random collection class that they first looked up how to use, and just use myList.Sort()

The only thing they bother doing in SQL is a
'select * from table where id =' + strId;

I think you're giving them more credit than is due.

more than 2 years ago

Ants Build Cheapest Networks

Monkeedude1212 Re:Evolution is smarter than you. (108 comments)

It's not that evolution doesn't appy to us, we've inherantly used Steiner trees in the same way Ants use them without even thinking about it. The road systems in Ancient and Medeival times were the same for humans, in fact, anywhere you can think of a T instersection is an example where a Steiner tree was favoured over two direct routes. These kinds of "efficient solutions" just simply come about when you get co-operation on a large scale, such as Kings leading peasants or Queens ants leading their colonies.

more than 3 years ago

R-Rating Sunk BioShock Movie Plans

Monkeedude1212 Re:Donations from pirates? Arr. (140 comments)

Well you're going to need to convince 10 million people to cough up $10 for it before its made.

Good luck with that.

more than 3 years ago

How Your Username May Betray You

Monkeedude1212 Re:Oh, and then there are the cookies (308 comments)

Same here.

In fact, I just did it with 2 corporate computers here, they both were identified as Unique and the information displayed was also identical.

So, I wouldn't believe that page much.

more than 3 years ago

OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Monkeedude1212 Re:Bitter from competition? (278 comments)

I don't see what WikiLeaks problem is with it. If they are truly in this to spread information to the masses, then the more sites that do it, the easier it will be for the information to get released.

All the more evidence to suggest that either
A) Wikileaks is right in that Domscheit-Berg sabatoged Wikileaks and they don't want you to trust him
B) Wikileaks is not truly in this to spread information to the masses.

more than 3 years ago

Online-Only Currency BitCoin Reaches Dollar Parity

Monkeedude1212 Re:In other words (517 comments)

Yes, but given how language has adapted beyond that syntax, posing the question as I did gives it a more "I'm leading you on" feel to it. There is no real question in my format, I seem so certain that the US Dollar will soon be worthless that I state it as such, but the question mark is there to imply that this query is expecting a response, even though I leave no room for an anwer. There is no Yes or No, it's not a yes or no question, however, one might still disagree with the statement, and the question mark is an open invitation for them to post their response.

Welcome to trolling 101. Hence, the *ducks*.

more than 3 years ago

Leaked Cables Reveal US Thinks Saudi Oil Reserves May Be Overstated

Monkeedude1212 Re:Thank goodness for Canada (385 comments)

But that would only really work if the above-mentioned oil producing states basically agreed not to sell to anyone else

Which is the whole idea of the States invading and taking control...

more than 3 years ago

Leaked Cables Reveal US Thinks Saudi Oil Reserves May Be Overstated

Monkeedude1212 Re:Thank goodness for Canada (385 comments)

But the idea was that the US would no longer need to purchase it's oil... (assuming the states is invading and taking control or Canadians are just that nice) Hence prices no longer matter to the US. Essentially if the Demand for oil by the US is met by the supply the US has, the prices only really go up for everyone else who loses out.

more than 3 years ago

Online-Only Currency BitCoin Reaches Dollar Parity

Monkeedude1212 In other words (517 comments)

The US Dollar will soon be worthless?


more than 3 years ago

Fox News Brings Video Game Violence Debate To a New Low

Monkeedude1212 Re:Rubbish (421 comments)

Yeah but since they are news "Stories" they're allowed to be fictional. Just trust the news outlets to tell the truth about as much as you trust the future to turn out exactly like Star Trek.

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Steals $12 Million Worth of Zynga Poker Chips

Monkeedude1212 Re:My sister stole 13 million worth of my monopoly (99 comments)

My friend stole a few hundred trillion dollars from me the other day, as that's what I had valued my favourite pencil at had anyone wanted to purchase it from me.

The only difference between our situations and the ones in the article is that there are actual transactions taking place, right now, for such items. With so many of them going on, they have a bit of a competitive market, which forces them to be roughly equal in price. This means that, in practice, this virtual currency DOES have a value, as much as one could say a chocolate bar is worth anywhere between 1 and 2 dollars.

Stop being so smug with the whole "omg virtual currency has no value" bit because it obviously does - people spend their money on it. They're just 1's and 0's on a database somewhere, but then again, so is your bank account.

more than 3 years ago

Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

Monkeedude1212 Re:The situation is much more complicated than tha (364 comments)

1) You pay $40/month for an unlimited 10Mbps connection, but can only get 10Mbps at 2-4am in the morning. Other times, because of high network usage, you get an unstable connection that goes 3-5Mbps, or even slower during peak times.
2) You pay $40/month for a 10Mbps connection with a 100GB limit. Most of the time, your connection speed is around 10Mbps, but you just need to watch how much you download. There is a tool provided for you by the ISP to check your usage, updated daily.

I would much, MUCH rather go for the second option.

I would too, if thats what would happen.

What would happen is you pay $40 a month for a 10Mbps connection with a 100GB limit and most of the time you'll get 3-5Mbps because of high network usage. Right now, the caps they set are too low, which would encourage even the medium and light users to watch their bandwidth. 10Mbps all the time for the 20GB limit they set... That's like 4and a half hours a month you can use the speed you were promised! Some activities that would require that speed are playing games, streaming movies. I would not want to kill half my monthly alotted amount just by using netflix once. If they set it to 100GB, That's a little better around 22 hours, but that still means if I want 1 solid hour of gaming a night, I'm STILL going over my cap.

So ISP's that currently preform the Technical ITMP's SHOULD be able to provide that solid 10Mbps connection right now, right? Because they've effectively employed the technical solution over the economic one. How come everyone at Shaw is still bitching they don't get the full speed they paid for? Because they are not equipped to handle a 100GB cap at 10Mbps. How many of the heavy users, who download 1TB a month, are ACTUALLY going to be curbed? Little Johnny Jimmy who downloads movies for all his friends 1 months, gets scolded by mom and dad, then teachs his friends to do it instead... and it just goes around.

Let's face it, the caps in theory would work incredibly well, the problem is that the ISP's aren't equipped to handle the caps. They've been employing the technical solution and they still aren't up to snuff, so I doubt the more flexible and lenient economic plan would be any better whatsoever.

more than 3 years ago

Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

Monkeedude1212 Re:You wanted it, you got it. (584 comments)

It's going to be more expensive, that 30% profit loss will be passed onto you as a user.

more than 3 years ago

Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

Monkeedude1212 Re:You wanted it, you got it. (584 comments)

They'll notice an increase in the price of ebooks, or they'll notice less ebooks available.

more than 3 years ago

Google Art Project Brings Galleries To Your PC

Monkeedude1212 Re:Museum gift shops (103 comments)

Do you mean that in the "These shops will lose revenue from lost tourist sales" kind of way or the "Advertising is annoying, why are they linking me to the shop between every image" kind of way?

more than 3 years ago

Teachers Back Away From Evolution In Class

Monkeedude1212 Re:America has jumped the shark (947 comments)

I'm always pissed off when people say that.

For Pete's sake... We didn't come from MONKEYS!

We came from a similar ancestor! Could they at least acknowledge the relationship between us and Homo sapiens neanderthalensis?

This is like saying "I am not part of my family because I wasn't born from my brother!"

more than 3 years ago

Police Arrest Five Over Anonymous Attacks

Monkeedude1212 Re:Well Duh (295 comments)

Also kinda ironic attacking people's freedom to do business with who they want in the name of protecting free speech.

Also ironic that stopping people's ability to hinder that business could be considered protecting free speech... It goes both ways, really.

I personally don't think free speech has anything to do with it. Supporting Wikileaks does not necessarily mean that you banner behind the motto "Free speech". If thats what the 15 year olds were shouting, well, all the power to them.

more than 3 years ago

Third of Content On Popular BT Portals Are Fake

Monkeedude1212 Re:I suggest (255 comments)

Woah now - there's a difference between a fake and Malware.

Essentially, a photoshop keygen that works while stealing your password isn't a fake, even though its malware.

Poster might very well have a bot on his machine - but he still hasn't come across any fakes.

more than 3 years ago

Terrorists Bomb Moscow Airport

Monkeedude1212 Re:All Religions are like that (640 comments)

I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What god desires is here [points to head] and here [points to heart] and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.

I can't say it better, so I won't even try.

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Supreme Court Rules TV Forwarding Illegal

Monkeedude1212 Re:Wait...what? (177 comments)

I see what they're saying, but it doesn't make any sense.

Welcome to every bit of Japanese Culture, EVER.

more than 3 years ago



Development Hardware Requirements

Monkeedude1212 Monkeedude1212 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) writes "So after a handful of successful flash games our game development team has decided to kick it up a notch and produce something "Real" and "Possibly Profitable". We've settled on Valve's Source Engine not only because its free and open source, but it already has a distrubution method tied to it (Steam). The problem is that we are all running on some pretty old hardware, myself being on a laptop thats approaching 4 years old. If Any of you have ever tried to Recomplile Half Life 2 with 2 Gigs on Vista you'll know that it can take the better part of a day to finish. So its time for an upgrade.

Sadly, I am not a hardware junkie, nor do I know any, so I'm not 100% on exactly what's best to suit my needs for development. I will be running windows (Either XP or 7) and Visual Studio 2008. I had once worked on a Mac Pro, the 2x Quad Core with 32 gigs of Ram, and I found it to be a dream. So I want something comparable to that, but I want it cheaper. If I order parts from Tiger Direct I'm sure I could get a good rig going at a fraction of the price of buying one setup.

So I am opening it up to /. — Can it be done? The Price Range is anything below $3,300. Minor preference towards NVidia (but not necessary). Any suggestions on where else to order are also welcome."

Microsoft Urges Court to Overturn Word Ruling

Monkeedude1212 Monkeedude1212 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Monkeedude1212 writes "Microsoft made a formal plea for the right to distribute its Word product Wednesday, appearing before a federal appeals court to argue against a recent patent loss.

"At today's hearing we emphasized three points for why a reverse judgment or retrial is warranted: Courts need to construct claims properly, the patent is not valid and we do not infringe it, and common sense can't be abandoned when it comes to damages calculation. We are pleased with how the hearing proceeded and we look forward to the Court's ruling." Microsoft spokesperson Kevin Kutz said in a statement.

"We're feeling very, very good about the appeal," i4i chairman Loudon Owen said in a phone interview. "There wasn't a single issue that arose that was new. It was, in fact, a re-package of all the same arguments that were made at trial. All of [Microsoft's] core elements failed at trial" and will likely fail on appeal.

The case is now in the hands of the judges, and a response can take anywhere from two to four months, Owen said. The judges have the option to affirm the court's decision, affirm in part, or dismiss.

"As a company, we have a great sense of urgency, and we're extremely enthusiastic to hear back as soon as possible because we're suffering irreparable harm every day," Owen concluded. "And it's not just financial â" we're also losing out strategically. We want to become the pioneer in what's going to be a very, very fast growing segment.""

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Filtering Users Internet Access

Monkeedude1212 Monkeedude1212 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Monkeedude1212 writes "Hi Slashdotters, I'm hoping you can help me out.

I'm one of the four IT guys at our ever-growing medium sized company. We've ran into a few problems this week where people are getting nasty viruses on their PC's by visitting sites that they shouldn't be while working; Myspace, Foreign Radio Stations, etc. Currently we have no system in place to block users from accessing anything on the internet, we just have Symantic antivirus and firewall in place on all PC's and the servers (I know, thats one problem right there). The virus definition updates get pushed out by the server daily whenever there is an update.

One of the other IT guys and myself think we should nip the problem in the bud and restrict users from visitting harmful sites. The tricky part is that we don't always know the URL of the site they plan on visitting, as new ones can crop up daily; so for the users we know as troublesome we want to restrict them to the few trusted sites we know. Or at least no URL's ending in .cn — we're not a Chinese Company nor do we have any business with it. However we also want regular users who DON'T abuse the company internet to have the same access as before minus any blacklisted sites we may set up;

We're running Active Directory on W2K3 Servers, we want to be able to filter internet access by groups, with varying degrees of internet Access. Whats the best solution to our problem?"



New Computer for ME

Monkeedude1212 Monkeedude1212 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

8 Cores at 3.2Ghz...
12 G's of Memory...
1 G dedicated to GPU Nvidia card

Can't wait to unleash the beast...

Crysis, watch out


The little things

Monkeedude1212 Monkeedude1212 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

As everyone in IT knows, the bulk of the workload is not actually doing operations, but rather fixing things or getting them to function properly. This makes it more of an annoying job, specifically when you can't figure it out for a while.

So I get pulled aside to help set up a server for someone at work. Somehow, as the junior guy, I have the most experience with IIS and web sites. Given there are only 3 other IT workers in the company, and each of them kind of have their expertise, its not TOO surprising. Anyways, so he's trying to browse to a virtual directory he set up or some such, and its giving him a 404. So I get called over. He says I can sit down if I want, call him when I get it figured out. Great, so I have no idea what he has done to set it up so far, and any troubleshooting he might have tried. Check the paths - they all look good. Okay so its pointing to a default.aspx - it exists and is in the right spot. Won't open in Internet explorer for some reason. That alone seemed curious enough. I tried pointing it to a test.html file. Worked like a charm. So ASP.NET isn't going for some reason. I'm told Its a fresh install of Server 2003. Maybe it doesn't have the latest .NET framework, its a long shot, but I go grab it from windows update. Still doesn't work.

Thank God for Google, I was getting a little frustrated at this point. Turns out someone had this problem (99% of the time Google will have someone complaining about the same problem). And it turns out they found the solution. Windows Server 2003 doesn't allow ASP extensions by default. This absolutely baffles me. the .NET framework practically -IS- microsoft, and they have it prohibited by default on their servers. What benefit does this serve?


Troubles in Time Management

Monkeedude1212 Monkeedude1212 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So as of late I've found myself taking up more and more side projects to expand my computer related skills. I took the first year of a computer science Degree and then switched over to Software Development when I discovered how much I loved programming things. However, I found that in the work place I'm generally not the one making the decisions on what to program, and thus I was left maintaining other peoples problems and I didn't enjoy it very much. This is of course to be expected at a Junior level, I've learned that now, all things past and gone.

So I currently work as an IT Technician, which basically involves me taking in requests and solving the problem. Anything from Printer toner to Network issues to software problems, you name it. If something with the computer is NOT working - it's my job to simply get it working. So I learned a lot of the hardware aspect of computing while on the job. Learning about cabling and replacing computer parts really isn't that difficult, I'm sure many of the people on /. here can attest to that. I have, on rare occaison, been prompted with the option of writing a piece of software to help the IT Department, and I was more than happy to it.

However I felt that it wasn't enough, and decided I needed a programming hobby. So a buddy of mine and I set off to build a Flash game. I had completed a couple Flash games before in high school, and I thought it'd be fun to get back into it now that I have an incredible amount of knowledge on programming. Everything was going well, until things came up, life got busy, and we couldn't meet up to work on the game. Slowly but surely over time its reached a halt in production, no work is really getting done on it. I partly blame my friend, as he is going to University and doesn't exactly have the spare time after class like I do after work.

Also now, as a way to create some extra income - I have started a sort of unofficial Repair shop. Co-workers can bring me their home PC's, Friends and family too, all for a relatively cheap price. A friend from highschool who I occaisonally talk to (She has a kid now so she doesn't get out as much) asked me the other day about websites. She has a photography business she's trying to get up off the ground. She has had maybe 20 customers or so thus far, and she figures a website will help bolster her marketing. I know a bunch about websites, did a whole semester on Web Apps and Web Hosting and Web This'n'That. So I agreed to build her a website for a remarkably cheap hourly rate (minimum wage) and I guided her on what to look for and where to look for web hosting.

Now here's where things are starting to get complicated. I plan on taking some vacation time next month, but I've essentially used all my vacation time already. My boss says I can work those days in lieu, so I've got every other Saturday scheduled for work.

So - here's where I stand:
1) A flash game trying to re-pick up
2) Constantly requested to repair a PC
3) A website under construction
4) Working weekends
5) Vacation coming up

What should I do? Should I make a weekly schedule and stick to it? Should I drop one of these projects entirely to allow more room for the others? Should I dump my girlfriend?

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