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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

NecroPuppy Quite simply... (548 comments)

That people who use spaces for indentation are just WRONG. :)

about 2 months ago
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

NecroPuppy Obligatory... (65 comments)

Hail HYDRA.

about 3 months ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

NecroPuppy Re:What about those of us who aren't sure anymore? (174 comments)

It's all the documentation on the system. Because it's not just enough to say "yes, we've secured it", we have to write it down.

It's all paper trails, man.

about 3 months ago
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Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

NecroPuppy To be honest... (52 comments)

There are days that I can rarely work up empathy for real people.

Coincidentally, those are the days that I have to drive on the 405. I wonder if there is a connection?

about 3 months ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

NecroPuppy What about those of us who aren't sure anymore? (174 comments)

My degree is in Computer Engineering, with some Master's work in Comp Sci...

And these days I mostly work system accreditation. That is, certifying that a given system is secure. I do relatively little of the tech work, but push a lot of paper.

about 3 months ago
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Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Default Search on Android Phones

NecroPuppy Re:I remember this with M$ (221 comments)

How do you change the default search functionality in Android?

Have you tried Googling for that information? :)

about 6 months ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

NecroPuppy The ones I really hate... (199 comments)

Are the updates where the hardware requirements have changed so much that you effectively have to buy new hardware. Obviously, not an issue for phones, but annoying as hell on PCs.

Or the company that comes out with an (non-free) upgrade ~every~ year, necessary or not, and immediately stops supporting the previous version. "Yeah, we know about that rare bug. It's fixed in the latest version, which will only cost you $150k, across your user base, to upgrade to."

about 7 months ago
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Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

NecroPuppy Why it's was being reported as suicide.... (126 comments)

Aside from lazy reporting, of course...

Is because there have been what conspiracy theoriests are calling an unusual number of banker (though they usually use bankster) suicides and mysterious deaths, since the start of the year.

So they're trying to make this death fit a pattern that may not actually exist.

about 7 months ago
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US Government Data Center Consolidation Behind Schedule, Cost Savings Uncertain

NecroPuppy Re:!able, unwilling (95 comments)

I'm (sorta) one of those admins.

It's not that local sites are refusing to go along with the data center consolidation, as we have to justify anything that stays here instead of moving to the data center 400 miles away, it's that in a lot of cases the data center people are saying, "You have to move", and then not understanding the reasons why we can't.

Whether or not this lack of understanding is deliberate or not, I'm not sure. We lowered our explanation to about a 6th grade comprehension level, and they finally seemed to get it, at least while they were on site.

Stuff like:

"These are the daily and weekly tasks we must perform with this system - you will have to sign an MOU/MOA (Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement) where you will accomplish these tasks how we tell you to." (Often, they didn't have the trained personnel to do it.)

"You will have to provide 24/7/365 uptime, with at least three 9s reliability (yes, I know that's low, but we couldn't justify higher), including the ability to do file level restoration." (They really balked at the file level restoration.)

"You have to have trained support personnel with OS experience." Their response was, "We can upgrade that to ." Our rebuttal, "No you can't, it has to stay in that exact configuration until changes are tested and approved by Echelon II."

We got to keep most of our stuff, at least so far.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life

NecroPuppy Re:You mean easily lost (473 comments)

People are supposed to put on the glasses (even if they don't wear glasses) and then also remember to bring three or four handfuls of batteries, and not lose them also? And you also have to remember to charge three or four sets of these tiny things every day?

People did that regularly with several models of cell phones.

But there's also that new battery model, which if it scales well, could solve the entire problem. (http://www.extremetech.com/computing/153614-new-lithium-ion-battery-design-thats-2000-times-more-powerful-recharges-1000-times-faster) Seems like this is something Google should invest in.

Since google has been better at design (lately) than Apple (who came up with craptacular earphone jacks for the latest iPods)

The latest iPod earbuds are the only ones ever made I can stand to wear more than an hour. That includes the custom shaped ones.... I spent a few hundred on a nice set of earbuds but after I got the newer Apple earbuds, the Apple buds are the ones I use on planes simply because I can leave them in. The sounds is not as good but the shape is far, far better.

Apple also apparently understands that most people hate recharging batteries, a fact that seems lost on Slashdot.

I said jacks, not earbuds. The buds themselves are fine; I like them. (Far better than the "stuff into your ear" kind; I can't wear those at all.)

But the (female) jack point in the iPod is fragile and has only one set of contacts, so if there is any significant lateral pressure on the connector, the jackpoint cracks slightly, allowing future pressure moments to cause intermittant disconnections of the plug from the contacts, turning off the sound.

This lateral pressure can easily be applied if you have your iPod in a pocket and are just walking around.

Apple's response to me (other than replacing the iPod) was, "Well, just keep the iPod in your hand; don't put it in your pocket."

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life

NecroPuppy Re:Google glasses (473 comments)

Yes and no.

Depending on the location (nation, state, municipality, etc) there are laws about deliberately filming someone. ~Sometimes~ there are legal differences between casual recording (you walking past in the background) and deliberate recording, but sometimes not.

Sure, you're not going to be (normally) busted for filming your friends at the beach and getting some random people in the background, but it's still possible. (IIRC, there was an Australian case very recently about this.)

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Is the Future — and the Future Has Awful Battery Life

NecroPuppy Or easily replacable... (473 comments)

Batteries.

Since it's, effectively, a pair of glasses, make each of the temples or temple tips be a rechargable battery, with a good enough connector to handle connecting/disconnecting and plugging / unplugging hundreds of times.

Design them so that it won't shut down if even one of the two power sources is present, and ship with two+, allowing people to buy additional. Power temple #L1 is low? Disconnect and plug in power temple #L2. Power temple #R1 is recharged, replace power temple #R2 that are on the glasses.

Since google has been better at design (lately) than Apple (who came up with craptacular earphone jacks for the latest iPods), this should be easy.

about a year and a half ago
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Disney Wants To Track You With RFID

NecroPuppy Its.. (278 comments)

An Orwellian world, after all...
It's an Orwellian world, after all...

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Batch of Windows 8 Input Devices

NecroPuppy Am I the only one who read... (156 comments)

this: "The Wedge Touch Mouse is an artful product shaped as an angular wedge..."

as this: "The Wedge Touch Mouse is an awful product shaped as an angular wedge..."

Looking at it, it in no way looks like it is designed for comfort of use.

more than 2 years ago
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Patents On Genes: Round Two

NecroPuppy So just patent the test... (85 comments)

Ok, I'm sure I'm missing something here.

But I don't see where a specific test can't be patented to determine if a gene is present, without patenting the gene.

If someone else comes up with a different way to detect that gene, then they wouldn't be in violation of the patent.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Judge: Galaxy Tab "Not Cool" Enough To Infringe iPad

NecroPuppy For maximum trolling... (325 comments)

Judge says that only simple people use Apple products. Anything more than one button at a time confuses them.

What? I said I was trolling...

more than 2 years ago
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Avira Premium Anti-Virus Bug Disables Windows Machines

NecroPuppy Why, oh why... (151 comments)

Couldn't we be using Avira at work?

Then I could go home and play Diablo.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

NecroPuppy Re:That was Rand Paul. (199 comments)

Samzenpus was scared by Ayn Rand as a small child (who wasn't, really), and so has a mental block there. He had to put down Ron Paul instead, or it would have just been 'fnord' all over the place.

more than 2 years ago
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Camera Gun Would Let Hunters Get Killer Wildlife Shots

NecroPuppy And just think... (263 comments)

Police will be called out to those events because "there's someone with a gun!" Family reunion becomes a family bloodbath.

more than 2 years ago
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Oklahoma Politician Wants To Tax Violent Video Games

NecroPuppy Wouldn't this... (312 comments)

Fall afoul of "restraint of trade"?

more than 2 years ago

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Navy Almost Ready to Torpedo NMCI

NecroPuppy NecroPuppy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NecroPuppy (222648) writes "The US Navy finally finds themselves in sight of the end of their contract with NMCI.. Depending on who you ask, the Naval Marine Corp Intranet (acronym explained so you don't have to come up with your own meaning), has been the best thing to happen to the Navy, a massive waste of taxpayer money, a less than useful implementation, or a massive boondoggle. Possiblly multiple of those at the same time. A bit of history, before people start laying all the blame on HP: EDS (who started the contract) was originally a standalone company that was only recently bought by HP. (Not that HP has done much better with the contract.)"
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