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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Powys Re:"Vrije University"? (136 comments)

What about "Libre University" then?

about 3 months ago
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PHP Next Generation

Powys Re:Well, I, for one, like it (213 comments)

I have no problem writing non-shitty code in PHP. I keep hearing that exact same line, but it doens't make any sense. If php actively makes you write bad code, I say javascript is worse.

about 5 months ago
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PHP Next Generation

Powys Re:Well, I, for one, like it (213 comments)

Everybody hates PHP, I get it. I don't. I understand all complaints to PHP, but I have learned to deal with them (I keep a php.net tab open so I can get the paramters in order). I currently maintian a PHP codebase that is just over 1 million lines of code. It is hosted on a cluster of servers that number about 30 (databases, sessions, application, static content, etc). The beautiy of PHP is the tight integration with Apache. When you do Apache right with PHP, you can make a website scale to no end (reverse proxy, load balancing, hot-standby, etc).

A budy of mine used to have this awesome quote: "It's not the language, it's the people". You can write shitty code in any language. You can write elegent code in any language. Shitty devs will write shitty code. It matters not what the language is.

Don't get me started on Node.js. It seems neat on the surface, but I'll be damned if I let my front end devs ever touch server side code. It is a completely different world with massivly differnet mind sets. It is dangerous to think you can unleash people well on both front and back sides of the coin.

about 5 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

Powys All hail the EFF (202 comments)

Seriously, in the last few months I have increasingly heard about the awesome work the EFF keeps doing. Where would be be today without them? They really could be one of the most important charities/non-profits out there right now. Please do support them in any way you can.

(note, I am not affiliated with the EFF)

about 6 months ago
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SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

Powys Oh how the mighty have fallen (166 comments)

It's a wonder that all the government spending on Lockeed and Boeing they have been unable to produce a viable engine themselves. They do have a huge lobbying force, so I doubt this is over yet.

about 6 months ago
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You Don't 'Own' Your Own Genes

Powys Re:Normally I wouldn't own my own genes... (293 comments)

Who do I owe for the use of my genes? My cells are using copys of said genes all the time (hopefully there is no copyright restriction as wekk since I've not paid anyone for the right to copy these genes).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

Powys Lamp behind the monitor (195 comments)

Seriously easy thing to try. Get one of the architect like lamps and can bend and move anywhere, put it behind your monitor with the light facing up. This removes the contrast of bright monitor from the dark background. I've had zero eyestrain for years after doing that. You won't use that lamp to read by, it's only to remove the contrast. It's easy and really has helped.

about 2 years ago
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World IPv6 Launch Day Underway

Powys Fun addresses (236 comments)

$> dig facebook.com aaaa

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Fitness For Geeks

Powys Not all geeks are fat (201 comments)

Perhaps I've been spoiled living in Colorado my whole life, but that vast majority of "Geeks" that I've worked with here are the fittest people in the companies I"ve worked for. From marathon runners, to long distance cyclist, to yogis, to (obviously in Colorado) hard core skiers. Other offices in the company do have less fit geeks but over all I'd say they aren't any worse than the average employee in the company.

I think the perception of translucent/Mountain Dew drinking/Pizza&Cheetoes eating geeks is a little old and incorrect.

more than 2 years ago
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80-Year-Old Edison Recording Resurrected

Powys Other Edison recordings (133 comments)

The following are recordings (even older) that Edison made, but not of himself. Still, very interesting:

Ada Jones

more than 4 years ago
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Google To Answer Your Questions Directly

Powys The meaning of life (145 comments)

Search for this in Google:
the answer to life, the universe and everything

Also:
recursion

Enjoy :)

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates May Build Small Nuclear Reactor

Powys 640 Watts (347 comments)

Just remember, 640 Watts is Enough For Anyone!

more than 4 years ago
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Falcon 9 Prepares For High Stakes Launch

Powys Re:How is this more private than before? (190 comments)

"You know we're sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn't it?" -Armageddon

more than 4 years ago
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Does Microsoft Finally Have a Phone Worth Buying?

Powys Me Too! (427 comments)

OO OO ME TOO ME TOO!!

more than 4 years ago
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Can Curiosity Be Programmed?

Powys Re:Physics of computing the universe (269 comments)

The problem with this is that you need to be outside the universe in order to do so

How about recursion? An atom is kind of like a solar system, a solar system is kind of like a galaxy, and a galaxy is kind of like the universe. (And perhaps the universe is kind of like the multiverse?)

I kind of jest, but not necessarily.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Apple Denied the Google Latitude App

Powys Equivalency (308 comments)

What if Microsoft were to ban the installation of OpenOffice, LotusNotes, Word Perfect, etc. because they compete with their Office? I bet this would be a whole different conversation.

more than 4 years ago

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ICANN to become international organization

Powys Powys writes  |  about 5 years ago

Powys (1274816) writes "'The deal, part of a contract negotiated with the US department of commerce, effectively pushes California-based Icann towards a new status as an international body with greater representation from companies and governments around the globe.'"
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