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The End of Paper Books

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Good thing... (669 comments)

I know I'd be really glad for my chunks of dead trees that have information about what plants are safe to eat, which ones are good for medicine, and so forth.

Granted, there will be an immediate scramble for survival, and I have no illusions that I'm in a good position to survive that, but in the long term there are lots of books that would be damn nice to have if you're lucky enough to survive.

more than 3 years ago

Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Lame HTML = Bogus Journal (103 comments)

I hate to say it, because I know that some smart, non-crackpot people just haven't bothered to update their HTML and UI style skills since the 90's, but I saw the big borders and pretty much immediately clicked the back button.

more than 3 years ago

IT Graduates Not "Well-Trained, Ready-To-Go"

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Of course graduates lack what IT managers want (609 comments)

if you need "I need folks who are able to hit the ground running" you don't hire new graduates you hire old hands who have a few years of experience. This is just the old whining of companies not wanting to pay for training.

...or experience.

more than 3 years ago

Drop Out and Innovate, Urges VC Peter Thiel

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:"Lead Generation" (239 comments)

...if you are really young, really smart, and really naive, you just might go for it and end up owing Thiel 50% of your idea.

How appropriate that "Thiel" looks a lot like "Thief" if you're sitting far enough away from your monitor.

more than 3 years ago

Two Major Ad Networks Found Serving Malware

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:No no, MSN is right on the ball (330 comments)

Microsoft's new slogan appears to be, "Be What's Next," which seems to fit pretty well, too.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Cost (121 comments)

Ah, I see, and agree completely. If I could pick and choose at maybe $3-5 per channel per month, it would be worth it for me to switch.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Cost (121 comments)

> I think its a great idea but its too expensive at $30 a month.

Damn, where do you live? $30/month is less than the cheapest basic cable subscription I can get without a long-term contract.

more than 3 years ago

BendDesk Merges Computer, Monitor and Desk

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Why stop there? (152 comments)


more than 3 years ago

How Apple Had a Spectacular Year

NewbieProgrammerMan Excuse me... (504 comments)

Excuse me, Mr. Boudreau, Mr. Wolf? You've got something white and gooey on your the other side. That's it.

more than 3 years ago

Homeland Security Drops Color-Coded Terror Alerts

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:This actually makes sense (183 comments)

If I recall correctly, it only returned to yellow during the summer of election years, so that it could pop back up to orange shortly before election day and give us a good scary reason to not vote for Democrats. Amazingly, the terror threats always subsided after election day.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Talks 1000-Core Processors

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Jeez... (326 comments)

No worries, I think he works for Spishak now.

more than 3 years ago

Stuxnet Virus Now Biggest Threat To Industry

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:We should thank Israel, or whoever (254 comments)

ONLY A COMPLETE MORON will hook up a scada system to a pc that bridges the internet and the secured network, OR puts the whole damn thing on a unsecured network.

As someone that worked on SCADA software for about a decade, I wholeheartedly approve this message. With very few exceptions, every bit of SCADA code I saw makes [insert favorite insecure software target here] look like Fort Knox. You do NOT want the internet getting anywhere near that code.

P.S. Thanks, Slashdot, for making me log in to IE to post. I still can't copy/paste in Chrome.

more than 3 years ago

Evaluating Or Testing Utility SCADA Security?

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:From what I understand (227 comments)

There isn't much to do with SCADA regarding security - The systems themselves are inherently insecure...

As somebody that worked at a SCADA software company for a few years, and saw (1) the skill level of the core development team and (2) what customers did with our systems, I heartily endorse this viewpoint.

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:wrong OS? NO! Wrong QUESTION! (1348 comments)

Everything from word processing to simple photo-editing goes on line - or into an "app."

People have been claiming this (at least the on-line part) for a long time, though. I seem to remember software company executives in the 90's drooling over the thought that you'd pay them a monthly fee to access their word processor and photo editor apps from your thin client at home.

more than 3 years ago

Technological Genius Is Timeliness, Not Inspiration

NewbieProgrammerMan Clean interface? (255 comments)

'Zuckerberg's dominance can be attributed partly to the clean interface of his site...

...what kind of hell-spawned interface did the other guy make if Facebook is clean by comparison?

more than 3 years ago

Tech CEOs Tell US Gov't How To Cut Deficit By $1 Trillion

NewbieProgrammerMan In other news.... (311 comments)

In other news, my barber tells me I need a haircut.

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Cry me a river, billionaires (866 comments)

I bet many of their better software engineers are making close to that much...

You mean actual, non-management, I-write-software-all-day people making near $250k per year at M$ and/or Amazon? I've worked at one of those companies, and I seriously doubt it--I would be really surprised if more than 1% of software engineers make more than $150k.

more than 3 years ago

IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed

NewbieProgrammerMan Re:Thanks google (288 comments)

Now if they could just do the same thing for Windows itself...

about 4 years ago



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