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How To Build a Winscape

ROBOKATZ Oh no money for software and content! (161 comments)

although they want $10 for the software and then $10 for many of the actual video loops.

Well, nothing is stopping you from making your own if you want to save $20, after spending several thousand on the hardware. Actually I suppose you could just engineer your own plasma screens too. Screw you patents! Stick it to the man!

more than 4 years ago
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Why Some Devs Can't Wait For NoSQL To Die

ROBOKATZ Picutres. (444 comments)

I liked the pictures. Is there a name for the muppet guy in the first one?

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

ROBOKATZ Re:query "why windows sucks" (582 comments)

I really don't think it's demoting anti-MS pages.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=is+windows+expensive&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n

  • Is Windows getting more expensive? - CNET News
  • Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista: One Expensive Operating System!
  • Expensive Computer Dead Slow
  • Windows, Skylights & Doors | Sierra Club Green Home
  • Why is Windows so expensive?
  • Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X
  • Windows 7 pricing thoughts - Is Windows too expensive? | TalkBack on ...
  • RoughlyDrafted: Five Windows Flaws - 5
  • Comparison of Windows and Linux - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "In practice, the availability of Windows source code is generally heavily restricted or extremely expensive, if available at all. However, even where source is available ..."

more than 5 years ago
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Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

ROBOKATZ Re:query "why windows sucks" (582 comments)

And "is windows expensive" returns just plain anti-Windows results. "why is windows expensive" (eliminating the 'so') returns more neutral responses. This is just a difference in the search algorithms. I wonder how many phrases were tried before the authors obtained suitably pro-MS results for their troll.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

ROBOKATZ Re:Details (377 comments)

I was only pointing out that copy protection mechanisms are not immediately defeated, contrary to popular belief. I wouldn't buy anything with StarForce or SecuROM, either. You'll need to ask the companies that decide to implement such technologies about the cost/benefit analysis.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubisoft Working On a New Anti-Piracy Tool

ROBOKATZ Re:Details (377 comments)

If I had mod points I'd mod you up. I don't know why everyone around here is under the impression that all copy protection is broken virtually before release. It took over a year to crack starforce. Besides, most publishers are just looking to buy themselves a few days so that the people desperate to get it will go ahead and buy it when they can't find a torrent.

more than 5 years ago
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Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create WoW Knockoff

ROBOKATZ Re:A terrible idea (111 comments)

Of course -- and I realize you're being sarcastic -- they are doing what you say, AND their job postings have made it clear they are also working on a "next-gen" MMO.

more than 5 years ago
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Rescued Banks Sought Foreign Help During Meltdown

ROBOKATZ Re:I want to know... (749 comments)

Did you think maybe it is not the brightest idea to post one's salary on the Internet?

more than 5 years ago
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IBM Hides the Bodies, Eyes US Government Billions

ROBOKATZ Re:More proof that executives don't do shit. (410 comments)

I can't find an online reference for this, but supposedly Warren Buffet once started out an earnings call with, "We would have done much better this year if I had never come in to work."

more than 5 years ago
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A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

ROBOKATZ Re:Notes? (931 comments)

I think what he meant to say was, "dishonest students will never give up their notes" -- regardless of what the honest students do.

more than 5 years ago
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Saving 28,000 Lives a Year

ROBOKATZ Re:At $107 per life... (263 comments)

Or even just stay as a pontificating lazy idiot, but possibly when something is done by a trained researcher and published a well respected scientific journal not assume they methodology was stupid?

Well, this is keeping in the slashdot tradition -- how many times has the "correlationisnotcausation" tag been (mis)used?

about 6 years ago
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Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

ROBOKATZ Re:Depends on the school (727 comments)

It just seems to me like anyone not capable of answering that question would also not be capable of answering just about anything more complex. So if your screening test is actually targeted to a higher-level recruit, why even bother putting that question on the test? It should be pretty clear from the other responses when a candidate is grossly incapable.

about 6 years ago
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Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

ROBOKATZ Re:Help (727 comments)

Page 18.

about 6 years ago
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Twenty Years of Dijkstra's Cruelty

ROBOKATZ Re:Depends on the school (727 comments)

if they try to answer the "Swap the values of A and B" with out creating a 3rd variable

Why would you even ask that if you weren't looking for a "clever" answer? Or are the caliber of people you're looking for so stupid that many of them might not know how to swap the values of two variables?

Here's another good test question, "you are writing a screening test. Do you put trick questions on it?"

about 6 years ago
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McDonalds Files To Patent Making a Sandwich

ROBOKATZ Re:Just what we need, a robotic McDonald's. (346 comments)

That's actually a really interesting idea, at least for the order taking.

Of course it's debatable whether or not a speech recognition program would do a better job.

about 6 years ago
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Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

ROBOKATZ Re:so? (369 comments)

I've also used both OO and Word for academic work and agree with you. However, I suggest you switch to Latex. Your school probably has Latex class files and templates. There is a small learning curve but it's worth it.

Or you could be like my friend and try to do everything with Google docs until you realize it won't indent correctly because it's HTML..

more than 6 years ago
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How to Search Today's Usenet For Programming Information?

ROBOKATZ Re:wrong answer (230 comments)

stackoverflow is supposed to be a question answer service, except that it is actually flooded with hypothetical and rhetorical questions meant to provoke discussion. For example, I checked there briefly earlier today, and saw the question "Is reverse engineering evil?". Then respondents are down-modded for answering with questions of their own, because the discussion is not in the form of an answer.

That site is like some perverse techy-oriented Jeopardy.

more than 6 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?

ROBOKATZ Re:Just using VIM (702 comments)

Not living in an escher painting would help, too.

more than 6 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?

ROBOKATZ Re:Just using VIM (702 comments)

Even the Ubuntu vim package is pretty barebones. To get e.g., syntax highlighting, you need to get vim-full.

more than 6 years ago

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