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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

MouseTheLuckyDog What complete and utter bullshit. (220 comments)

95% of 250 coders. That means that out of a million programmers they will misidentify 200000.

I suspect that there are few enough variances in style to make any coders style unique. For example whether to uses braces on a one line statement after an in if in C.

With a few programmers it's likely to work, but when the possible source of programmers is the world...

Not to mention emacs, Visual Studio and such enforcing some indentation standards and programming languages enforcing others.

4 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Can they do it with corporate code? (220 comments)

They are talking about the corporate code as a baseline to compare to the anonymous code.

4 days ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

MouseTheLuckyDog Hey NASA... (360 comments)

instead of making questionable measurements of the planet, why don't you figure out how to build a decent space vehicle? Which is your raison d'etre.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

MouseTheLuckyDog Re: Easy solution (218 comments)

It's much the same in Chicago, except that is not the reason for three/four man crews.

It's called labor unions.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Good thing... (123 comments)

Maybe he is doing a Sheldon Cooper impersonation.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

MouseTheLuckyDog Improved? (553 comments)

From the article:
"With the most recent work that has landed, the networkd component has been improved with new features. "

What are jones_supa amd samzenpus smoking?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:I've got one (790 comments)

Very likely they were crowded out by sparrows. A nonindiginous species.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

MouseTheLuckyDog Chimes (790 comments)

The sound of a cookoo clock, grandfather clock or steeple clocks. Especially the quarterhourly chimes.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose a Question

MouseTheLuckyDog Indexing for regular expressions. (80 comments)

Often times I search for something and I want to search for a regular expression. Is there any technique that allows for indices on such?

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose a Question

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Search seemingly getting worse over time (80 comments)

I was wondering something similar. Often times recent news tends to overshadow search results.

Let me give a practical example. Grand Jury. proceedings have undergone serious reform since the 70s. In some states a target can demand to appear before the Grand Jury. In some states a No Bill precludes the State from representing the case. In others there must be clear new evidence before a case can be represented. I know one state has a three striges rules for GJ proceedings ( sorry don't remember which).

The day before the Michael Brown shooting, a search on Grand Jury Missouri would have found several articles on the specific laws to Grand Jury proceedings in Missouri.

The day the DA announced he would present the case to a Grand Jury, the same search gets hundreds of articles on news story about Michael Brown and Grand Jury proceedings, but it becomes impossible to find those same scholarly articles about the peculiarity of Missouri Grand Jury proceedings. Not even the relevant statutes from the state website.

What can be done to mitigate this effect?

about a month ago
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Project Ryptide Drone Flies Life-Rings To Distressed Swimmers

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Drones for avalanche rescues? (62 comments)

An IR camera spotting a warm object in the snow?

about a month ago
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Project Ryptide Drone Flies Life-Rings To Distressed Swimmers

MouseTheLuckyDog An example of where tech does not improve life. (62 comments)

The image of three buxom ( female ) lifeguards running on the beach in skintight swimsuits with their assets bouncing up and down is so much more appealing then a minature helicopter flying over the beach.

about a month ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

MouseTheLuckyDog Re:Seriously? (252 comments)

Well, I was using floppies well into the 90's. CD-ROMs were nice for large chunks of data but until I had broadband, sneakernet+floppies was usually a lot more efficient. Really the modern replacement is USB sticks, although they're not quite cheap enough to give away as floppies were.

CD's always seemed impractical. Probably because they are in a way more fragile.

I still use ZIP drives for some backups ( say my password manager ).

USB sticks are OK but I really don't like their form factor.

microSD cards in an SD card adaptor ( if needed ), seem best. and most easily stored. I just wish they had binder inserts similar to the ones they had for floppies.

about a month ago
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Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

MouseTheLuckyDog So how many have SATA ports? (81 comments)

SATA
and
USB.

I gfigure USB is common but SATA is hard to find.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless LED Light Setup for 2015?

MouseTheLuckyDog Check out processors for signs/scoreboards. (68 comments)

Since the Corsair RGB keyboard came out I have discovered that there are processors dedicated to managing signs.

You should look into those.

about a month ago
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Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

MouseTheLuckyDog Seems to me that the high tech women CEOs (224 comments)

have all been massive failures.Well Virginia Rometty hasn't been a massive failure, but she hasn't been a success either.

about a month ago

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Obamacare subsidies struck down.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 6 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A federal appeals court has just struck down, the provision for granting tax subsidies for those who get their insurance through the federal website.

This in particular, shows up all those wnnabe geek idiots, who have been in ./. discussions saying that "The Supreme Court has found Obamacare constitutional.", that it is now "settled law". ( Just like "global warming is settled science". ) Obamacare was found to impose it's mandate constitutionally, and even then all aspects of "the mandate" were not considered, just whether it was constitutional to impose a mandate. Obamacare is complex and large. Very large. We now see two aspects of it, contraception and subsidies struck down. Whether it's some left/right thing, some Apple/Google thing, some tablet/desktop thing, some C/.Jabva/C#/Python thing, it is becoming common for one aspect to of an argument to be used to justify an entirely different argument ( "Double Checking Locking doesn't work therefore C sucks for multithreaded apps." ) let Obamacare stand as an example that, one must understand the context of an argument if one is to understand the argument."
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Slashdot screws up story big time.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 8 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Todsay on slashdot it was announced that
Linus would teach a MOOC on linux.
A Stevens level course on linux is something I think a lot of people would be interested in. Such a course taught by Linus himself wow.

Turns out that Linus just did an intro. The actual course teacher is Jerry Cooperstein. I am certain that the course itself will be worthwhile, but I feel a certain amount of people will be dissapointed that the course does not actually involve Linus himself.

OK. Now seriously, do the editors think they should correct the article before some fan chokes on the fluid from an aborted Linus-gasm?"
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Community Manager for game company fired for partially supporting Sterling.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 9 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Josh Olin, community manager ( whatever that is ) for Turtle Rock was fired for sending tweets saying that Donald Sterling should not be fired for being a bigot in his own home.

This adds to the bout of recent politically correct actions taken by companies about people like Adria Richards, Brandon Eich."
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DoJ closing porn stars bank accounts.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about 8 months ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "In a recent story on reason.com it was reported that the DoJ is closing down the bank accounts of porn stars.
Not knowing the site I googled around and found another site, the Guardian.

The story does not end there. It turns out that this is part of a larger scheme ( ironically ) called Operation Choke Point. Also reported in a Washington Post article that downplays the practice.

According to Cryptocoin news. There are thirty industries the DoJ is now targeteting:
        *Ammunition Sales *Cable Box De-scramblers *Coin Dealers *Credit Card Schemes
        *Credit Repair Services *Dating Services *Debt Consolidation Scams *Drug Paraphernalia
        *Escort Services *Firearms Sales *Fireworks Sales *Get Rich Products *Government Grants
        *Home-Based Charities *Life-Time Guarantees *Life-Time Memberships *Lottery Sales
        *Mailing Lists/Personal Info *Money Transfer Networks *On-line Gambling *PayDay Loans
        *Pharmaceutical Sales *Ponzi Schemes *Pornography *Pyramid-Type Sales *Racist Materials
        *Surveillance Equipment *Telemarketing *Tobacco Sales *Travel Clubs

But more can be added. ( I notice alcohol sales is not on the list)."
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Maryland Police have their eye on you.

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  1 year,15 days

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "Forgive the blatent politicalness of the link. [1]

Reading this particular story caused s chill go down my spine,. and I think it will send chills down the spine. of many slashdot readers.

A Florida man was pulled over driving through Delaware last Christmas. He was asked where his gun is. This was outside the presence of his wife.He said he left it at home. His wife was asked and said she did not know. The cop told the man that he was lying and detained the family for a couple of hours.

Now comes the chilling part. How did the police know he owned a gun?

The simple answer is that they probably didn't know, what they knew was that he had a conceal carry weapons (CCW) permit in Florida. Florida does not give other states access to it's CCW database. So apparently Maryland is mining databases for CCW holders.

Of course another thought that will send a chill down spine. What other things are they mining for? What other states are mining databases?

A final aspect of this story. As you drive through Maryland, Maryland has automated license plate scanners. When your plate is scanned, MD's database is scanned for suspicious individuals.

So people watch out Maryland is watching you.

[1] Though that does not stop other slashdot members."
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The grinch that stole Halowe'en

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "A crazy woman in North Dakota will be giving obese children notes for their parents instead of candy.

What kind of trick should the obese children play on her? My vote is getting together and burning ... well I may be a bit extreme.

PS: All the pendants out there will notice I used the apostrophe. Just to keep you guys happy."
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The new CEO of Microsoft is ... Bill Gates?

MouseTheLuckyDog MouseTheLuckyDog writes  |  about a year ago

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) writes "The New York times is speculating that the new CEO of Microsoft could be Bill Gates

Now a lot of people have been saying that it was Ballmer's assumption to the CEO job that has led Microsoft's decline. I have always maintained that while Ballmer has not been the best of CEOs that the decline was not his fault and is more of a result of forces put into play at Microsoft a long, long time ago.

So what do you think would BG's return signal a reemergence of MS?"

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