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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Murdoch5 They sold 10 million units of last years tech? (206 comments)

It's amazing the iPhone sells, it's old technology outfitted with pointless style, but I guess if you want to brag about getting the hardware I had last year then cool.

about a week ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Murdoch5 This is new? (974 comments)

Creationists try to block the teaching of proper science to children so I fail to see the big difference.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Murdoch5 Required languages to know (270 comments)

C, ASM, COBOL, PHP-8 / 11, Fortran, Perl, Bash, SH, PHP / Rails and Java. If you know those then you'll be set for pretty much anything you'll find in the real world.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Murdoch5 So, never be afraid (232 comments)

It doesn't matter how much lashing you take from managers, co-workers or senior management. If something is wrong you need to point it out and stand up until it's fixed ( usually meaning you fix it! ). I was a on a project where my boss insisted on outsourcing all the programming to India to save money, it took over a week of arguing with him to make him realize that saving money doesn't make up for quality. I've been on other projects where marketing gets to set the requirements and managers pretty much adhere to "If marketing wants it, they will have it". In all cases the role you have to play is the same, stand up to people and tell them they need to fix the steaming piles of shit now before it snow balls. If you get fired for being right and standing up then good, it proves you have more integrity then the company did, if you get verbally beat down then it usually means you're right and should keep pushing back until something is done.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Murdoch5 Re:Can we stop lying? (326 comments)

It's not luck, why would luck dictate my ability to quantify the amount of spacial reference around me and react? Granted that driving in India of China might be a different ball game but I still fail to see why I would need super human ability to text and drive, driving is only about taking in the amount if matter around you and reacting to it, something which a human brain is pretty good at, texting is simply typing a message and thanks to all keyboards being standardized you should be able to do that with out looking at the screen, so I fail to see your points, you're either a bad driver or you believe the lies about non-existent distracted driving.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Murdoch5 Re:Can we stop lying? (326 comments)

If you think you need super human skill to text and drive then you need to give up your license.

about two weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Murdoch5 Good (249 comments)

The fact is that 99.99% of what we use PC's for can be done on Linux, in fact 99% of the server room can run on Linux with out effort. It's time for Microsoft to admit we don't need them.

about two weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Murdoch5 Can we stop lying? (326 comments)

There is no such thing as distracted driving! There are bad drivers, incompetent drivers, morons, assholes and people who should never of been given a license in first place but there is nothing called distracted driving. Just because you can't use your cellphone and drive doesn't I can't, I could have 20 naked women all grinding me and still drive a prefect straight line well taking in everything in my environment, which doesn't mean that if another person, in the same situation, crashes it's distracted driving. Just as video games don't cause violence, Atheism doesn't cause a loss of morals, cell phones don't make you a bad driver, you either are a bad driver or you're not.

All this talk about how to handle cell phones in the car is just silly, don't do anything! It's not up to the car or police to control phone use in car, it's up to the driver to realize that they have no control of a car well texting or calling. Yes people have died as a result of someone using a cell phone well driving, but in reality they died because the person behind the wheel was given a license when in fact they shouldn't of been. A cell phone has never caused an accident, only a driver can cause an accident, can we start calling out piss poor driving and stop trying make excuses. Bad driving is the problem, don't make your cellphone take the fall for the fact you can't drive.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Murdoch5 Horrible Logic (937 comments)

Atheism means that you believe it's more probable for the universe then create itself then it is for a pedophile, misogynistic, sadomasochist, asshole, to create the universe 6000 years ago and you exist now thanks to incest, murder, killing, abuse and rape. If you want to believe in the literal bible then please go ahead, but you don't look intelligent, rational, mature or even like an adult. The same goes for Islam, Judaism and any other religion which claims to have the answers.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Murdoch5 Act first think later (540 comments)

Well the US acted in 1960 to place the embargo, we're still waiting for them to actually think it through. It's funny that Cuba actually has a better medical system then the US, and it's state funded, probably what the embargo was about in the first place.

about three weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Murdoch5 Re:Bitch Mc Wynne fails again (184 comments)

This isn't a troll comment, she actually is the worst thing to happen to Ontario ever.

about three weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Murdoch5 Bitch Mc Wynne fails again (184 comments)

Thanks Bitch Mc Wynne, just keep screwing Ontario up, I really hope she dies in a horrible way.

about three weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Murdoch5 Why does anyone recline anyway? (819 comments)

Leave your seats upright, you don't need to recline on a short flight, or really any flight under 7 hours. Either buy a first class seat if you want to lay down or stay seated properly!!! I don't pay money to have someone jam the seat into my knees, I would use knee blockers ( or what ever those plastic clips were ).

about three weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Murdoch5 Best Fix (304 comments)

Upgrade to Linux and don't look back.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Murdoch5 That means nothing (561 comments)

You have to look at how each gender interviews and balance that with qualification, the same has to be done for each time of ethnicity that applies. You can't get mad at them saying, "They're sexist and a white majority company!", when you don't know the information stated above. If 90% of the women who apply can't interview very well or can't show there qualifications then why would they deserve a job? You should never be awarded a job because you aren't a while Caucasian male.

about a month and a half ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Murdoch5 Re:Not true! (294 comments)

I find web development rather simple in comparison to trying to write a basic thread manager for a PIC18F uC, not saying you're wrong, just different views. I also would hardly call something this:

$window = new window("title", 640, 480).show();
$window.thread1 = new Thread(attach(Serial.IO.Ports.serialPort));
$window.thread1 = Start();

Real programming, That is kind of mock-up of PHP mixed with C# but my point is clear. A real programmer can write the thread manager and a developer just calls the start function. The amount of new grads who I interview that can't write something as a simple as a splay tree with lists at the nodes, in C, in under an hour, is frankly disappointing.

about a month and a half ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Murdoch5 Not true! (294 comments)

In the embedded world I often use Assembly and C, even on the desktop it's not rare for me to C in order to avoid pointless overhead with weighty languages like C# or Java. A real programmer interfaces at the hardware level and tells a computer how to do it's job without having to use bulky objects, interfaces and abstraction. "Modern" programming bears little resemblance to programming because modern programming isn't real programming, it's falling back on managed, bulky overhead that does all the work for you. I wouldn't call a developer who uses C#, Java and basically sticks in object land a programmer because they don't program, they don't interface to the hardware to make a computer actually work. As a good rule of thumb, the more you get abstracted from memory, the less of a programmer you become.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Murdoch5 Re:Enterprise grade AC (427 comments)

Hey!

I'm going to be completely honest that I didn't try to many middle of the road products before jumping over to the enterprise / small business line. I tried a high end gaming dlink router with dual 2.4 and 5GHz bands, I tried a higher end Linksys E series router and that's about it. What really bugged me about the consumer grade products was the total lack of support and the lack of quality. Personally I don't think one year is accept for any product to last, yet alone networking gear. I have the UniFi AP AC right now and paired with a higher end AC card I'm getting literally 1300 MBPS, which is awesome!

I don't want to push you in any one direction unfairly so if you read / watch some reviews you can draw your own conclusions. All I know is I've been rock solid with my setup and I love it. I don't think twice and usually not even once about it, I've had stellar WiFi performance and when I need the extra kick I use my wired connection.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Murdoch5 Enterprise grade AC (427 comments)

Don't bother screwing around with anything less then AC and enterprise grade AC at that. What you should do is buy a good quality small business Gigabit router with management and POE+ and get something like: http://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unif.... This will provide your house with excellent full speed Wifi, suitable for almost anything you can throw at it and the wired router will allow you to have an almost no downtime wired solution for when you need extra juice. This is the setup I use and honestly for 10 months of the year I don't even think about it because I never have to.

about 2 months ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Murdoch5 Automate, Improve, Implement (228 comments)

Automate what you can, but even with automation in place, someone who understands what's being automated and how automation works still needs to be around to monitor and improve the system. Automation should only ever replace tasks with are safe and repetitive, to free up time for people, such as IT staff, or engineers, to focus on much more important tasks.

The way I would spin it to a boss ( and have before ), is this way: "I made a spread sheet and pie chart outlining where my time is spent each week on tasks X, Y and Z. As you can see I spend 10 hours a week on X which really has no reason to be a manual process. Which causes Y and Z to only get 30 hours of my attention, which I feel is to low. I was wondering if you I could look into automating X so that I can free up time to implement better monitors and issue resolution."

Generally the boss will be impressed, mostly at the chart and let you move your effort into something more meaningful without replacing you. Of course make sure to pad the chart so you look awesome :P

about 2 months ago

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Enginnering Project Ideas

Murdoch5 Murdoch5 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Murdoch5 writes "I need to think of ideas for a final year / capstone project for university. I'm taking Integrated Telecommunications and Computer Technology. I can't seem to think of anything good, anyone got ideas."

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