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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Proudrooster The IRS Still runs Windows XP (465 comments)

Yes, the IRS still runs Windows XP. Their systems are an archaic cluster of crap. Remember, the IRS just collects the money but doesn't get to keep it and spend it on upgrades. Only police departments and judges can do that using forfeiture laws.

about a month ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Re:looks decent (636 comments)

Agreed, It looks decent and both readable and writable. Hope it catches on.

about 2 months ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Re:What took them so long? (636 comments)

Really, it is not the fault of MS, Google, or Apple but of academia. In the CS curriculum they still teach the "compiler" class and as long as you keep teaching kids how to write compilers, they will keep writing languages. SWIFT is definitely a variation on a C theme, but much better than the Objective-C (superset of C) syntax, at least at first glance.

about 2 months ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Re:Somebody post a SWIFT example PLEASE! (636 comments)

Ok, you guys are too slow, I RTFA and downloaded the iBook. So far, I am very much liking the SYNTAX, especially OBJECTS and FUNCTIONS, they even brought the LET keyword in from BASIC. SWIFT will make programming Apple products much easier for the C loving syntax crowd, from what I can see. Ahhh... what a breath of fresh air. Code snippet below of creating an object and exercising it. I feel bad for those that suffered through Objective-C.

“class Square: NamedShape {
        var sideLength: Double

        init(sideLength: Double, name: String) {
                self.sideLength = sideLength
                super.init(name: name)
                numberOfSides = 4

        func area() -> Double {
                return sideLength * sideLength

        override func simpleDescription() -> String {
                return "A square with sides of length \(sideLength)."
let test = Square(sideLength: 5.2, name: "my test square")

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “The Swift Programming Language.” iBooks.

about 2 months ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Proudrooster Somebody post a SWIFT example PLEASE! (636 comments)

I wanted to write apps and tried to learn Objective-C, but as a coder that started with C and then moved on to C++ and PERL (the swiss army chainsaw), the language syntax hurt my ability to read it. In case you don't know what I am talking about, here are some of my learning notes

        myObject.someMethod(); // old school
        [myObject someMethod]; // send a message or call a method

        result = myObject.someMethod(); // old school
        result = [myObject someMethod]; // method returns a result

        result = myObject.someMethod(arg); // old school
        result = [myObject someMethod:arg]; // pass an argument

You can see the Old School syntax above (which works in Objective-C) and the Objective-C standard syntax below. The square brackets [ ] and colons : just hurt my mental debugger... [ ] and yes I know Objective-C is a Superset of C, so they had to steer clear of the C-Syntax but it just looks wrong. Further, I know that I could write my own style of Objective-C but I wouldn't be able to read the code of others. Apple had to start somewhere and Steve had the NeXT languages ready to go but to me the syntax is ugly and offensive. However, I am ready for a better Apple language.

I can't wait to see a SWIFT code example, if it gets rid of the NeXT Objective-C Superset Syntax, I might be coding for iPad and Mac sooner than I thought. If anyone has a code example, please share it, I would like to see what a function, method, or message call looks like. Hoping for parenthesis and a Standford iTunesU class. Guardedly excited!

about 2 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

Proudrooster Re:Style over substance (188 comments)

It has to do with Apple owning the culture of "cool" in the USA.

Just ask yourself, would a teenager rather have a closet full of trendy clothes or an gold iPhone 5?

Yes, the gold iPhone 5 wins everytime....

Apple gets Dr. Dre out of this deal, thus Dr. Dre will now be an Apple employee/aquihire.

Apple needs to transition from selling tracks on iTunes to getting people to pay for streaming without destroying the music business. Dr. Dre is the man for the job.

Apple has watched the decline of facebook as the young-ins are a leaving because it just ain't cool anymore and they do not want this to happen to their brand, which is really, really smart.

When Apple lost Jobs, they really lost the reality distortion field and it is going to take about 5 amazing icons working together to regenerate the reality distortion field and this purchase move them toward that goal.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Proudrooster Re:Don't. (408 comments)

Kensington cable locks? Seriously, just pull hard, break plastic, and gone in 60 seconds.

about 2 months ago

Kids To Get the Best CS Teachers $15/Hr Can Buy

Proudrooster Re:Eternally true (157 comments)

How about only take the top 10% of people who enter the college of education and pay them like similarly degreed professionals. This will get performance. The teaching field needs to attract talent not push it away, otherwise we could use a similar argument for CEO pay or whatever it is you do.

Our country seems to be at war with teachers and primary care physicians. Teachers are burning out an leaving in droves and primary care docs are committing suicide at the rate of 1 per day in the USA. Soon we will have a shortage of both. I am not convinced these folks are our enemies.

about 3 months ago

Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics

Proudrooster Must be a slow news day.... (51 comments)

Hmmmm... geeks don't wear ties and this was published back in January (3 months ago), and the videos have been on Youtube for years. How is this news?

about 4 months ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Proudrooster Other effects to consider (1037 comments)

It is no secret that our technology has expanded faster than our species is able to adapt to it. I do not agree with the premise that the Internet makes people atheists. I believe the Internet makes people busy, distracted, and unhappy similar to a person who watches cable news 24x7.

The Internet is open for business, shopping, facebook, research, slashdot, entertainment, YouTube videos, porn, gambling, gaming, ebay, amazon, netflix, and on and on and on. There is never a lack of services to capture your attention.

My premise would be this, since people are always busy consuming from the Internet, there is very little time for reflection. Since when most people put their smart phones down for the day and send that last text message, they pass out dead tired. Without reflection or examination of your life, you are just busy and tired. You have no time to take stock of yourself as a man/woman. Further, you have less time to be empathetic and/or meditate/pray.

I know older Americans that turn off their Internet for awhile because it becomes and addiction and affects how the live and behave.

Additionally, since 1990 the "Divorce and Marriage" data has shown a much different historic picture. Marriage rates are down, kids are getting married later and later (sometimes due to Internet, XBOX, and PlayStation). There is now a much larger pool of mates to chose from using the Internet causing people to shop and shop and shop. And again, I would say there is very little reflection as to what are the top 10 things I am looking for in a mate, what am I bringing to a marriage etc...

Humanities ability to adapt to the always on technology is a problem. Additionally, the ability to moderate the technology use is a problem. We need time to reflect, meditate, pray, sleep, socialize instead of spending every waking moment tied to a smart device on the Internet. The distraction of always on technology is a huge problem. Research show that limiting screen time for kids is very important.

Maybe we need a law that says the Internet is going down at 10pm to 6am to give humans a chance to sleep and be human.

about 4 months ago

Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

Proudrooster Re:No proof so far (148 comments)

You can also have employees sign non-compete agreements which limits their right to work for a competitor for X years. However, in California (where the movie industry lives) these agreements are NOT LEGAL. Because of this, the tech giants had to find another way to limit employee mobility and this was it.

about 4 months ago

Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

Proudrooster Re:No proof so far (148 comments)

It all depends on how much lawyer you can afford. This agreement is "likely illegal" and definitely shady. I would say this classifies as a cartel since 7 major tech companies are involved. An anti-poach agreement might be legal between two companies like Ford and GM, but not an seven. There are also possible federal anti-trust, anti-competition, anti-labor, and collusion charges which could be brought as well, but that won't happen since none of these companies did anything nearly as (sic) horrible as Aaron Swartz.

about 4 months ago

Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

Proudrooster Just the tip of the iceberg (148 comments)

This is just the tip of the iceberg in Silicon Valley wage fixing, discriminatory hiring, and age/gender discrimination. I would like to see the tech workers walk away with some big bags of cash since most of these companies are paying federal/state taxes in the USA. At least when the employees get paid it will benefit their local countries, states, and communities by re-patrioting some cash through taxation.

To me this is just further proof that large companies can do whatever they want, ignore any laws they want, not pay taxes/wages, and ignore the "invisible hand of the market" any time they wish. The lawsuit will probably be dismissed on Tuesday when the court opens, I am sure someone is writing the check as you read this.

about 4 months ago

Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

Proudrooster How many Apple products do you have in your house? (126 comments)

How many Apple products do you have in your house? More to the point, looking backward to Opensource projects trying to produce a desktop/laptop replacement and comparing those projects to proprietary like Apple, does it change your perspective or thinking in any way? Oh and currently, what is your favorite handgun?

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Proudrooster And the mobile iPad version SUCKS too (2219 comments)

If I try to view slashdot on my iPad (non Air) it switches me to the mobile version and takes 30 seconds to render. What are you thinking? Slashdot is a message board for nerds and geeks. We submit news, you green light it, and then we comment (all the while generating ad revenue). So why on earth would you decide to screw up the web version? Let's review some history that possibly you can learn from......

The CEO of Coke decided that #1 selling cola in the world needed an update and launched NEW COKE. I am still not sure if they recovered the market share.

Northern Reflections a clothing mall store for older women (mostly selling fancy sweatshirts) decided they would switch to trendy teen clothes. They ended up closing all their US stores. since the alienated their existing base without attracting new customers.

Ford motor company discontinued the top selling car in America (The Ford Taurus) and replaced it with a Ford 500. People came in wanting a new Taurus, Ford said check out this Ford 500, the customers left and bought a Subaru. Ford got smart and renamed the 500 to the Taurus.

It is best to learn from the mistakes of others, since you will not live long enough to make them all yourself.

Answer the following question, "What are we changing and why are we changing it?" and if you don't have a good answer STOP before you destroy your business unless of course you are shorting the stock, hate your management, and are planning to bring the place down in flaming ruins.

You can't push a product that no one wants.

about 6 months ago

Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Proudrooster Re:Until you experience the speed ... (338 comments)

That's because in Korea, Star Craft is a professional sport and latency is not acceptable. When you live in a country where the population takes online video games seriously, there can be no lag.

about 6 months ago

How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

Proudrooster Re:Not news for nerds (266 comments)

This post is clearly flame-bait and troll-bait, just roll with it! The NSA analogy was just thrown in to make it seem quasi legit.

about 6 months ago

How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

Proudrooster If you want to know a child, look at his friends.. (266 comments)

So by looking a Chris Christie's friends what can we determine from him? All of his friends seem to be petty, vindictive, bullies. Then when things go bad, it is every man for themselves which shows a lack of loyalty since everyone except Christie has had to resign. It won't be long until one of his friends turns on him, but then it will be an all out character assassination against that old friend.

This little stunt happened on the first day of school, messing with kids and communities on a stressful first day, the people of NY & NJ, interstate commerce, and possible security and emergency services.

Some of the friends are going to need a timeout, where big people go for timeout. A little jail time.

about 6 months ago

Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

Proudrooster I'm sorry Senator, your question isn't valid (363 comments)

Senator, I am sorry, your question doesn't make sense. The NSA doesn't do any spying on Americans, we just collect meta-data about your computer, phone, and US mail. We also control the worlds largest bot-net that screws with peoples computers to allow us to collect even more meta-data. As we have stated previously, meta-data is NOT data and all of our hacking is done from outside the US so it is perfectly legal. Thank you Senator for ill framed question.

about 7 months ago

Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

Proudrooster Re:3des (213 comments)

How did this breach happen? What were the mechanics behind the data theft? Was the server hacked? As it firmware in the POS registers? How did this happen?

about 7 months ago



What Would You Choose to Update Your Technical Skills Inventory this Summer

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  1 year,28 days

Proudrooster (580120) writes "As technologists, developers, and programmers it is essential to keep moving forward as technology advances so that we do not find ourselves pigeonholed, irrelevant, or worse unemployed. If you had to choose a new technology skill to add to your personal inventory this summer what would it be and why? Also, where would you look for the best online training (iTunesU, The technologies that immediate jump out as useful are HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX. Thank you for sharing."

YouTube's ready to select a winner

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  about a year ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "From YouTube. Thanks for all your great entries.
YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?
We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years. All videos will be deleted within the next 24 hours."

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The Apple App Store is down

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  about 2 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "This morning the Apple App Store has been down in various regions for over 4-hours and counting. Apple has not declared downtime for the App store but according to reports has been wrestling with unauthorized in App downloads which should be fixed in IOS6. Apple so far has been silent as users wait for the App store to allow downloads and updates. How long with the outage last and why is it happening? Stay tuned."
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Best School for Video Game Programming Degree?

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "Fellow Slashdotters. I have transitioned to teaching and my students have asked me what is the best path to take to work in the video game programming industry. Which would be of more benefit, pursing a Computer Science Degree or taking an accelerated program like those at FullSail? I have a CS degree and suspect that the CS degree would be of more benefit in the long run, but I would like anyone in the industry to share their wisdom and experience with my students trying to follow in your footsteps. If you could recommend some programs in your replies it would be appreciated."
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Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "In the past two-weeks AT&T sent out disconnect letters to VOIP customers in big rude red letters, stating that VOIP service would be suspended in 30-days and permanently disconnected in 60-days. AT&T cited E911 service as the reason. Many AT&T VOIP customers have found that they are unable to transfer their AT&T VOIP phone numbers to a new provider. Further, AT&T is unwilling to provide a forwarding message directing callers to a new phone number for those that are unable to transfer their old AT&T VOIP phone numbers. In effect, AT&T has told many long-term VOIP subscribers, we are turning off your phone in 30-days, goodbye, and good luck. AT&T does not appear a corporation that values customer loyalty, especially of those who hung on during the experimental days of the AT&T VOIP service

Many longterm subscribers are extremely upset at the AT&T cold shoulder and short notice. It is also interesting AT&T is unable overcome this E911 technical hurdle, since AT&T is also the local landline company (SBC/AT&T) in many areas where VOIP cancellation notices are being received."

Proudrooster Proudrooster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Proudrooster (580120) writes "SysAdmin has a great Greek, err... I mean Geek Travesty of the great programmer Codysseus and his bold journey home to his loving wife Perlelope who just happens to be the daughter of the immortal "C", known throughout the heavens and the earth for his speed, power, and unforgiving nature. Codysseus must suffer many trials and challenges on his journey and even pass through the land of the one-eyed giants and Coboleus the son of Mainphrame. It's a riveting tale and my apologies up front to anyone fond of Peatchpe. O Muse, entrall the Developers, Developers, Developers with a tale of a noble coder. This is the best creative work of geekdom since Codemonkey and the Sony PS3 vs. Nintendo Wii commercial. Enjoy, laugh, and have a good year!"


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