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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Phrogman Re:TDD FDD (232 comments)

The only time I can recall doing TDD, we started out with unit tests for everything but as time went on the managers grew upset with how long things were taking to develop and the only choice was to abandon writing the tests and just plow on.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Phrogman Graph Paper (635 comments)

I cannot live without pads of graph paper. Anything written on regular blank paper or lined paper is just wrong. It must have the pale blue lines of a proper pad of graph paper or anything I write on it, is rubbish.

I periodically find myself writing something on the latest graph paper pad, only to realize that its not interactive and I cannot edit, so with a sigh I go rewrite the entire thing in a text editor.

Then I go back to the graph paper pad :P

about 1 month ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

Phrogman Re:Not sure about an older Doctor Who (186 comments)

I think there was a Magnum P.I./Simon & Simon cross over episode that was pretty good too.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Phrogman So much for "Freedom of Speech" (928 comments)

I guess it gets trumped by corporate rights and power.

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Phrogman Re:lawl. (417 comments)

Because you know, its always just a choice between being a spineless pathetic guy or supporting stupidly expensive military hardware purchases that the country probably cannot afford but which get the PM some political cred in the US. Its black or white, there can't possibly be a different solution right? /sarcasm off

What a fucking moron

about 4 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Phrogman Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

Yes, Snowden would return to the US for a trial in a secret court, with nothing released to the public for "security reasons" and be placed in solitary confinement for the rest of his life. He would not get a fair trial. It would not and could not happen.

So yes, it would be interesting and beneficial for the US public if Snowden received a fair trial and was granted all his rights. It would be a chance to test the legality of various laws etc - but since it would have to be conducted in secret by a military tribunal, it would never reach the light of day, and thus no benefit would be had.

Snowden should stay where he is until the US changes its laws to make it safe for him to return. That will take some major changes I don't see ever happening.

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Phrogman Re:Read his books (405 comments)

In essence, Amazon is letting the authors write the books, the publishers and writers edit the books, and the publishers produce the books as well as promote them, then sidling in as the cheapest distributor with the greatest access to the customer and ensuring the prices are so low that no one makes a real profit except Amazon.

I don't buy from Amazon, I would if I had no other access to the book I need, but by and large I get my books from physical bookstores. I *like* authors I read and I want to see them continue to write.

about 4 months ago
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Why Lavabit Shut Down

Phrogman Tremendous Respect (304 comments)

for this guy who was willing to shut down his business rather than betray his principles and his customers. Note that the government doesn't appear to have wanted the passwords and encryption keys for specific individuals, they wanted the whole fucking lot.

I guess "Don't Tread on Me!" has been transformed to "Go Ahead and Trample Me!" :P

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Phrogman Re:No (403 comments)

This. I saw Star Wars Ep IV when it came out. I was blown away by the movie. It had its faults but by and large was a good film and deserved the cult status. Ep V was also enjoyable, Ep VI was okay but the Ewoks ruined it for me as I didn't find them believable. Had they used Chewbaccas people as they originally planned it would have worked for me I suspect.

The prequels were badly acted, badly plotted, filled with unnecessary elements that destroyed the feel of the movies for me and Jar Jar Binks. They also wasted some great actors in those films feeding them really lousy lines. The immediate impression I got was "this was written to sell toys" and it was plotted accordingly.

My annoyance is primarily that the first films were (to me) aimed primarily at adults and I enjoyed them as such. The prequels were aimed at 8 year olds and I try very hard to enjoy them but usually can't. If your introduction to Star Wars was via the prequels, then you probably enjoy the whole set, if it was via Eps IV-VI then you probably don't.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

Phrogman Re:i've worked on that bridge (278 comments)

You missed the stages where the customer changes their mind (and thus the requirements) half way through the project because "they read an article" - but has no idea what the consequences would be, or the stage where the lead developer decides he *hates* one environment and decides the whole project has to be reimplemented in a different environment (with no cogent reasons to support it), or the testing phase for the program is abandoned because there isn't time. Been there with all 3 of these.

about 5 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

Phrogman Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Ah this "no-value-added middleman" is the guy who created the show, researched it, wrote it, his wife is one of the main characters and he acts in it as well. He is by no stretch a "middleman". I am not saying I agree with him - haven't read the article yet even - but he definitely on the creator side of things.

about 6 months ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Phrogman Re: I wonder (347 comments)

I agree, although I also think there is a strong element of "not on my watch" covering of the ass. No one in the West wants to be held responsible for the next 9/11, so gathering *all* the information on everyone seems a prudent exercise to prevent being blamed because *you* didn't do something to prevent it, no matter how flagrant a breach of the public trust, laws, etc.

about 7 months ago
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Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay

Phrogman Re:Sounds like a problem (98 comments)

Yes you are. Sure makes sense in that light doesn't it? :P

Rights holders won't have to worry about the effects of piracy when they offer a means of consuming media that is as userfriendly as torrenting that media is, or better. The technology exists, all they need to do is sell it to us at a reasonable rate.

Netflix is the wave of the future. Cable TV and all the other rental services that want to sell me media for consumption at 10x the rate of Netflix are doomed to failure, unless they can jury rig the laws to close Netflix down.

about 7 months ago
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DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

Phrogman Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

Which is why the fact that they are building a parallel case should be relevant and should be revealed to the Defense. In essence the use of these parallel cases means the government has the motive to "find" evidence to create a chain of evidence that can be used against the defendant. That is an encouragement to create evidence if it can't be found by other means. That's just wrong, period.

This also provides and incentive for the prosecution to rely on evidence acquired illegally, and only encourages the surveillance state mentality.

about 8 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

Phrogman iMac Desktop (371 comments)

I am using an 20" iMac Desktop from 2008 or so. I have it set up to dualboot into Win7 using Bootcamp, and I admit I primarily spend my time on Windows. It is more or less completely silent, I can hear a slight sound from the fans but its almost always drowned out by sound from other sources (traffic, fridge, cat snoring etc). To the point that I was surprised to read this poll because I hadn't thought about system noise in ages.

Whether or not you like OS/X, the iMac is a brilliant desktop computer. Mostly I spend my time actually doing something with it rather than thinking about the system, unlike a lot of my Windows PC desktops prior to 2008.

about 8 months ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Phrogman Re: Wrong (211 comments)

But the key thing here is that most people do not care if the device is closed and limited - their needs for it are limited too. The average person does not need a computer, they just need something that lets them perform a limited amount of functions (mostly email and social networking), and a tablet can be put in your pocket or purse.

Thats a hard sell to the folks of /. of course, for whom the computer is an important tool they use heavily in a lot of cases for a variety of purposes that go beyond mere social networking crap.

I have a desktop that I do creative things on and play complex games on, I have a tablet that I use as my e-reader, and to play a few simple games etc. Each to its own purpose.

about 9 months ago
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Snowden Document Shows Canada Set Up Spy Posts For NSA

Phrogman Re:If only you knew the the power of the .... (177 comments)

Hmm, that seems awkward. You would think there would be some sort of relationship between the two rating methods.

about 9 months ago
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Happy 50th Doctor Who

Phrogman Re:Watched (211 comments)

During the period after the old show was canceled (when the movie with Paul McGann came out), and the new revived series, they have set a whackload of Dr Who adventures starring Paul McGann's iteration of the doctor. They are radio-plays effectively, available here: http://www.bigfinish.com/

There are also recorded episodes for a pile of other popular but now defunct TV shows. My wife has listened to a ton of these and says they are very well recorded, full cast stories.

If you count these, Paul McGann has likely done more Dr Who stories than most of the other actors playing the Doctor :P

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Phrogman Re:I left them all behind for Minecraft (555 comments)

Check out http://www.swgemu.com/ if you hadn't noticed it exists. You need your old install disks, but its free, and its SWG as of Patch 14.1 - or will be once they are done rewriting it. Currently much of it exists and is functioning, and its receiving regular improvements.

about 10 months ago

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Breakthrough silicon scanning discovers backdoor in military chip

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "UK officials are fearful that China has the capability to shut down businesses, military and critical infrastructure through cyber attacks and spy equipment embedded in computer and telecommunications equipment. A British researcher chose an American military chip that is highly secure with sophisticated encryption standard, manufactured in China, with the aim of seeing if there were any unexpected features on the chip. They discovered a previously unknown backdoor, with a key they extracted, that enabled the chip to be reprogrammed or disabled. The article does not provide specifics on the technology used or details on the backdoor itself."
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Wear a Mask During a Protest in Canada: 10 Years in Jail

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "The Conservative government of Steven Harper in Canada has proposed a new bill that would impose a jail term of 10 years for anyone wearing a mask while "participating in a riot or unlawful assembly". The conservative backbencher who proposed the bill makes it clear that he intended it to allow police to arrest anyone wearing a mask "before protests spiral out of control". Since this is the same government that arrested hundreds of protesters during the G8/G20 summit using a law that didn't actually exist, it raises the question as to how they will define "unlawful". This is the latest in a series of "tough on crime" legislation being promulgated by the Conservatives now that they have the power of a majority government. The 10 year penalty is more than double the penalty awarded to a person who murdered someone in a fit of "road-rage" recently."
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Branson spacecraft completes test flight

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "CNN is reporting that "British billionaire Richard Branson's dream of space travel that thousands of people can afford took a leap toward reality with the maiden flight of the world's first commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert", stating that "the VSS Enterprise had successfully completed what it called a captive carry flight attached to a carrier plane.""
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Ultraconservatives Rewrite History in Texas

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, history and economics lessons that will be taught to millions of students for the next decade. The changes will see teachers no longer teaching students about Thomas Jefferson (instead they will learn about religious right icon John Calvin), "Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation's Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state", Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a "constitutional republic" rather than "democratic", teachers will not be required to teach students that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others, there is a heavy focus on teaching about conservative groups and movements (including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association) with no corresponding discussion of liberal or minority rights groups, high school sociology courses will no longer discuss differences between sex and gender (board member Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, worried that (discussion) "would lead students into the world of 'transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else"), gone are discussions on the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and new Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, while the late President Ronald Reagan gets elevated to more prominent coverage, Members voted to polish up references to the American 'free enterprise' economic system and removed most mentions of 'capitalism,' a word that board member Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, said has a negative connotation, plus a variety of other changes all reflecting an ultraconservative viewpoint. Since Texas is one of the biggest clients for textbook publishing, these changes here can affect textbook content nationwide."
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DR Congo ring may be giant 'impact crater'

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "The BBC is reporting that "Deforestation has revealed what could be a giant impact crater in Central Africa, scientists say. The 36-46km-wide feature, identified in DR Congo, may be one of the largest such structures discovered in the last decade." If you search google maps for "Omeonga Democratic Republic of the Congo" you will be right in the middle of the suspected crater."
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U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "In this CNN article by Bruce Schneier, he states that the US Government inadvertently enabled Chinese hackers access to Google's Gmail. The article states "Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated — we knew that already — it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.""
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Dave Arneson RIP

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Phrogman writes "The Co-inventor of Dungeons & Dragons (along with Gary Gygax) has passed away. As this note on his blog mentions "Dave Arneson invented "armor class." He invented "hit points." He invented the "cleric." He invented the "dungeon." He invented "so, last week you cleaned out the dungeon, and now you've heard about another, even scarier dungeon, over the ridge there." He invented "everyone plays one guy, and I play all the monsters." He invented Roleplaying Games. I think a lot of the /. readership will be sad at his passing."
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Flikr Set of Obama on Election Night

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes "From Scott Beale's Laughing Squid blog: "Obama for America campaign photographer David Katz shot some wonderful behind the scenes photos of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and their families watching the election results come in from their hotel room in Chicago." A fascinating look behind the scenes and an excellent set of photographs. Great to see another use of the 'net by the Obama campaign staff."
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U.S. Customs Officers Enforce Copyright Laws

Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Phrogman (80473) writes ""Jerilea Zempel was detained at the U.S. border this summer because she had a drawing of a sport-utility vehicle in her sketchbook. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told Zempel they suspected her of copyright infringement. She was released after more than an hour in custody at the Houlton, Maine, port of entry from New Brunswick, Canada. Her release came only after she persuaded border guards she was an artist doing a project that involved a crocheted SUV as a statement against America's dependence on oil and love for big vehicles."
What I find interesting in this article is at the end where a Customs official notes "It's a part of a CBP officer's training. Time is set aside for intellectual-property-rights training". Looking at the sketch they stopped her for, they need a bit more training..."

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Phrogman Phrogman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Phrogman writes "CBC News in Canada, is reporting that "An ancient ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields that broke off Ellesmere Island could be dangerous when it starts to drift in the spring, a scientist says. The collapse of the ice island's northern coast represents the largest breakup of its kind in the Canadian Arctic in 30 years, the head of a new global ice lab at the University of Ottawa said on Thursday."

The article notes "the remains of the Ayles shelf are about 15 kilometres long and five kilometres wide. The fragment is between 30 and 40 metres thick.". I don't think its a good time to be working in the Oilfields off the Grand Banks..."

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