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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

Nitewing98 Re:Not everything is about Apple. (146 comments)

And It's purely coincidence that other shows have Microsoft Surface tablets displayed very obviously? Please refrain from slamming Apple for something every tech company (that can afford it) does.

about a year ago
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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

Nitewing98 Re:Samsung, Apple, Phhft (146 comments)

Please. Gates was Satan. At best, Ballmer is "Son of Satan."

about a year ago
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Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

Nitewing98 Not everything has to be online (390 comments)

What this convinces me of, more than ever, is that not everything needs a cpu and not every cpu needs to be online. I can foresee hooking up a cell device to a target car and taking control of it over the internet. Perhaps the folks on the Battlestar Galactica were right to keep some things "old school."

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

Nitewing98 What's the issue? (334 comments)

If Linus isn't happy with the code, why go through with the release? And why is he unhappy? Why not hold the release until his issues are resolved? This makes no sense.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

Nitewing98 Re: Profanity? (334 comments)

Can I quote you on that?

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

Nitewing98 Re: because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (1215 comments)

I much prefer either Linux or OS X, or any unix-based system over Windows. I have used Linux as a desktop OS and as a server OS. I have also used Windows IIS for web server, and would rather deal with Apache and perl. I would much rather write a bash script or an Applescript than a batch file. YMMV.

about a year ago
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World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

Nitewing98 Re:not where from, where to? (523 comments)

Well played, sir.

about a year and a half ago
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Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

Nitewing98 Re:The answer is simple.... (630 comments)

Isn't this the same as every Jedi building their own lightsabre?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Sandbox To Deal With Spambots?

Nitewing98 Re:hellbanning. (167 comments)

So it works much like the Phantom Zone. Zod can see us, but can't interact with us. Brilliant!

about 2 years ago
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Former Goldman Sachs Programmer Arrested and Charged Again For Code Theft

Nitewing98 Re:Out of his mind (176 comments)

Valid point. I guess my problem with computer code as IP is: At what point does something become too trivial to matter? A shorter method, a better-laid out object, entire modules, etc. Any computer language has a finite number of combinations (within a given length) that are valid code. If you and I write the same method, who decides if you wrote it first or I did?

Also, to be fair, I'm coming at this from the standpoint of a math major, not a business major. From a math standpoint, once a routine is written and it works in the most efficient manner, it should never have to be written again. For me to argue that it's mine when you have the same code only forces you to rewrite in a less-efficient way.

more than 2 years ago
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Former Goldman Sachs Programmer Arrested and Charged Again For Code Theft

Nitewing98 Re:Out of his mind (176 comments)

"So even if he is the original author of the software, (he carries the details and inspiration in his head), and the software came out of his mind, he is still a criminal for telling/selling his idea to someone else."

Yep. As long as he was being paid by GS to write that code, it belongs to them. I know that most programmers don't like this idea, but that's the way IP works in this world. I think it sucks too. But from a business perspective, how else do they "get an edge" on their competitors, if they have the same software?

more than 2 years ago
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Former Goldman Sachs Programmer Arrested and Charged Again For Code Theft

Nitewing98 Re:US Not Seeking Goldman Charges (176 comments)

"Are we all missing something? Is there some different and higher standard of triple- and quadruple-lying that applies to bank CEOs but not to baseball players?"

Yes. As long as "corporations are people" and can line the coffers of Congress' re-election funds, they won't be called on anything. This is why corporations are NOT people.

more than 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

Nitewing98 Glad I'm not using Windows (671 comments)

Not trying to be snarky, but I'm glad I don't have a horse in this race. While Apple has incorporated some iOS features back into OS X, they haven't forced the tablet UI on all the desktop users. And what features they have incorporated (like LaunchPad) are ignorable for those that don't want them.

Keep pushing MS and they will capitulate, guys. I am sure you will win.

more than 2 years ago
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UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

Nitewing98 Re:yes and no (521 comments)

Why does this piss you off? And is it the locking out of other OS's from Apple's hardware, or the fact that no one seemed to care, that's upset you?

When Apple licensed the Mac OS back in the 90's it hurt what little business Apple did have. Apple is, and has always been, a system provider, meaning hardware+software. While selling the Mac OS to run on non-Mac hardware has been tossed around for years, it will never happen since Apple wouldn't sell enough copies to stay in business by selling hardware that can be replaced with a cheap PC.

If you want to run a non-Apple OS on a Mac, that's been possible since 2006.

more than 2 years ago
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Wozniak's Original System Description of the Apple ][

Nitewing98 Man was an F'ing Genius (170 comments)

Woz WAS the SH*T back then. While I still love him, he's never been the same since the plane crash. God knows what he might have come up with to save the Apple II if he hadn't had the accident.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

Nitewing98 Re:Easy solution (241 comments)

Kind of hard to get through airport security with a .45 on your person. Just sayin'.

more than 2 years ago
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Dr. Who's Sonic Screwdriver a Step Closer To Reality

Nitewing98 Wonder how it does... (94 comments)

I wonder how it does on deadlock seals? Or baby seals, for that matter.

more than 2 years ago
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The Ugly Underbelly of Coder Culture

Nitewing98 Why I quit school (715 comments)

As an older coder, I tried to finish my bachelor's several years ago, until I flashed on the fact that I would be competing with a bunch of 20-somethings for the available positions. An older adult, even a male, has a snowball's chance of getting a cutting-edge IT job in the current atmosphere.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From 'Hacker' To 'Engineer'?

Nitewing98 I'm still a hacker (446 comments)

I'm still a "hacker" 25 years after getting my first computer, studying data processing and computer science, and writing and maintaining software. I never cared for the term "software engineer." Back when I started, "hacker" wasn't a bad word. A good "hack" meant a great prank, or a really cool or elegant solution to a difficult programming problem. It was also used by hardware folks, since most of us could take our computers apart and put them back together ourselves.

Professionally I have always used the word "programmer.". People in IT and management both respect the word, and you don't sound like you are trying to make yourself some titled position, like "sanitation engineer" instead of "garbage man."

more than 2 years ago

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Opera to Show Off Opera Mini for iPhone

Nitewing98 Nitewing98 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nitewing98 (308560) writes "Norway's Opera will soon be submitted to the Apple App Store and they will be showing off the browser this month during the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The question is, will Apple reject it for "duplicating functionality" as they have other apps?"
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