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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

Renegade Lisp Relax (466 comments)

Given how many 2/10 I see in my everyday job life, it can't be that hard.

about 6 months ago
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EU Committee Votes To Make All Smartphone Vendors Utilize a Standard Charger

Renegade Lisp Not a big deal (415 comments)

Manufacturers can still keep their bottom line by making cables and connectors so bad they have to be replaced even more often than before. As a matter of fact, I think that already happened.

about a year ago
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Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

Renegade Lisp NPR Piece (657 comments)

There was a piece on NPR about this about a week ago: http://bit.ly/mnZf5r Quite interesting to listen to this in its entirety (about 46 min). The reactions from listeners to that program were markedly different from what the slashdot crowd generally seems to think.

more than 3 years ago
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Testing Mobile Phones For Controlling Space Missions

Renegade Lisp Oh yes (119 comments)

And the logical next step can only be that in commercial aviation, they will start offloading their avionics to the combined processing power of all the cell phones that happen to be on board. Finally, they are coming to their senses!

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android

Renegade Lisp Re:welcome to the future (600 comments)

99.997% of people don't care about this kind of thing. In a decade or two it'll be almost impossible to buy computing devices that aren't locked down. There are advantages for the vendor, and whatever disadvantages there are for the customer require specialized knowledge to even understand, so there is no market force to balance.

Thus dies the freedom that led many into computing in the first place. It was a good run while it lasted.

Thing it sounds crazy? Well not that long ago, the very *idea* of such a locked down device was crazy. Today they are all over the place and people snap them up.

Understand your sentiment, but keep in mind that one of the reasons Android is selling so well these days is because it is considered an open system, even by those who don't really understand the implications, as opposed to iOS. So, in a world where everything is totally locked down, a product that is not locked down might actually appeal to enough people that they would vote with their wallet, and ensure at least a niche for that product, if not more.

The "market" is just not something that will stay in any one corner for eternity.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Engineers Don't Like Twitter

Renegade Lisp Signal to Noise (460 comments)

My Twitter timeline is the most relevant information stream I have come across in all my online life. It really depends on who you are following (and what it is that you're interested in in the first place). I have never come across a tweet where somebody told what they had for breakfast (although I can think of circumstances in which I would find that information highly relevant).

more than 4 years ago
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Corporate IT Just Won't Let IE6 Die

Renegade Lisp Re:My plate is pretty full right now... (479 comments)

but I'm working on it! The only way to get Corporate/Management off of IE6 is to fix any web apps you have in your organization that won't work on anything but that.

At the same time, more and more important sites out there need to stop supporting IE6. Where I work now, we are forced to use IE6 because it is "company standard", but it is accepted, at the same time, that we need to look up stuff on external web sites all the time. If those sites no longer support our browser, that would be an increasingly urgent reason to upgrade.

Once that decision is taken, it would probably only take between 4 and 6 years to actually get the project implemented...

more than 4 years ago
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Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

Renegade Lisp Re:Twitter's 140 Characters (451 comments)

Thanks for the correction. Apparently, the quote is being attributed to different people all the time. Here in Germany I've heard it being attributed to Goethe on more than one occasion.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

Renegade Lisp Re:Twitter's 140 Characters (451 comments)

Twitter is not a discussion tool. There are other tools for that, for example the tool into which I am typing this sentence. Hence my reference to weblogs as a necessary complement to Twitter.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

Renegade Lisp Re:maybe neither? (451 comments)

Mod parent up. This link really traces it back. Thanks for the info.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

Renegade Lisp Re:Twitter's 140 Characters (451 comments)

-- Thomas Jefferson, 223 characters.

He would have said that in two tweets.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

Renegade Lisp Twitter's 140 Characters (451 comments)

To me, the 140-character limit of Twitter is more than offset by the conciseness of the information it thusly transports. I find it actually very stimulating to be limited to 140 characters. Forces you to think a little longer before you post.

As Goethe once said: Sorry for writing this long letter, I didn't have time for a shorter one.

But in any case, you can combine Twitter with a Blog and use that if you really think you need to say something longer than 140 characters, then post the link on Twitter. Posterous is an excellent site for that.

And to those who still think that Twitter is the place where people tell you they're having a sandwich -- you are obviously following the wrong people. It is the most efficient information engine I have ever seen -- and many other things beyond that.

more than 3 years ago
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Toyota Acceleration and Embedded System Bugs

Renegade Lisp Re:Logic of Testing (499 comments)

So they speculate that code they wrote had an interrupt routine that was not bracketed with PUSHF/POPF instructions!!! Which is like Assembly 101.

I didn't read it that way. He's talking about an arithmetic carry condition being misremembered across an interrupt. This sounds to me like a CPU-internal hardware condition that might not have been included in the regular set of data that you save across an interrupt. Maybe the wrong type of PUSHF/POPF was used. It certainly doesn't sound like Assembly 101.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Acceleration and Embedded System Bugs

Renegade Lisp Re:Logic of Testing (499 comments)

I'll grant you that, but what I don't understand is this:

If you test, and do find some bugs, does that allow you to put any more trust in your software than if you tested and didn't find any?

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Acceleration and Embedded System Bugs

Renegade Lisp Logic of Testing (499 comments)

David Cummings does seem to know what he's talking about, but as it is written, there is some strange logic in the article.

If Toyota has indeed tested its software as thoroughly as it says without finding any bugs, my response is simple: Keep trying.

Testing cannot prove the absence of bugs, only their presence. There are two things that do not follow from this:

  • If you don't find any bugs, then your software doesn't have any.
  • If you don't find any bugs, then there must be some left in your software.

It sounds to me as if Toyota is saying the former, while Cummings says the latter. Neither is a correct conclusion.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Responds To Apple iPad

Renegade Lisp That's it (503 comments)

If there was anything that could guarantee the skyrocketing success of the iPad, we've just witnessed it.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia N900 Linux Smartphone Running OS X

Renegade Lisp Not useless (251 comments)

Maybe uselessly slow, yes, but this is the kind of tinkering that any device should allow if it is to be called a computer.

There's a direct link to a free information society from these kinds of experiments -- something that is very much endangered by the current trend towards unmodifiable devices and appifization.

more than 4 years ago
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First Photos of the Reentry of the ATV "Jules Verne"

Renegade Lisp Re:Camera phone funding (87 comments)

The EXIF data says it was taken with a Nikon D700 DSLR and a 20mm lens. A wide-angle 12.1 Mpixel image taken with a diffraction grating and cropped to 778x500 pixels would explain the image quality.

Wow.

more than 6 years ago
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First Photos of the Reentry of the ATV "Jules Verne"

Renegade Lisp Re:Camera phone funding (87 comments)

this is the "Hi res" 28k JPG image on the site. Anyone else get the feeling that they rushed up there to watch it and then someone said "I thought you said you'd bring the cameras" so it was then out with the mobile phones.

Nice speculation, but the image you refer to is probably cut out from a much larger raw image. The URL has something about "800mm" in the name, which probably refers to an already somewhat decent telephoto lens having been in use. Definitely not your mobile phone!

more than 6 years ago
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First Photos of the Reentry of the ATV "Jules Verne"

Renegade Lisp Intentional Break-Up (87 comments)

I guess the summary could have been clearer about this being an intentional breakup during re-entry. The craft is designed to be destroyed after use.

more than 6 years ago

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German Pool Storage Declared Unconstitutional

Renegade Lisp Renegade Lisp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Renegade Lisp (315687) writes "The German Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has just ruled that the law on pool storage, in effect since 2008, is unconstitutional. The law required telecommunications providers to store connection data for all citizens for six months, including the whereabouts of every mobile phone call, and to make that data available to government authorities upon request. This article (in German) at heise.de has the details."

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