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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

Rob Hostetter Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (220 comments)

If you have that many tabs open you NEED flashblack and adblock+. Flash is super crash happy, and ads are a huge issue too. I similarly open many tabs often a couple hundred before I go through and clear them out (I do news feeds), and with those two things I might get a crash once every 2-3 months.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Rob Hostetter My lessons (548 comments)

Here's my advice, been programming for 15 years. Write comments, one per block of code that does a step, then fill in code. You will then have well commented code, and forced yourself to think through the solution before you begin coding. This saves tons of time by avoiding thought errors before you code. When hunting a bug, don't just look at what's not working. Instead look at what was most recently changed, even if it seems it couldn't possibly be related. The times I didn't do it this way have cost me many days hunting down a really tricky bug. Sometimes it really is unrelated to recent changes, but not often. If you are stuck, take a break and do something mindless, like get some water, go to bathroom etc. your subconscious keeps working without the interference of your conscious mind. Preplan your work a few days ahead if possible. You can avoid many roadblocks by thinking through things ahead of time. Persistence pays off. I've worked through many "seemingly impossible" tasks, only to find the solution after failing a few times first. Visualize what the users interaction will be before coding. I like to draw it on paper and pretend to use it. Putting yourself in your users shoes allows you to see what might be difficult to understand. I rarely keep my first design, but since it's just a drawing I'm not invested in it. If you lay it out in software, it's much more tempting to keep a poor design. Ask a colleague if you are stuck. Often, articulating the problem out loud is sufficient to solve it!

about 4 months ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

Rob Hostetter Re:100 watts?! (208 comments)

It depends greatly on the length. 14 gauge wire can handle 20A with a short enough wire. The issue is the resistance of the wire. 100 watts is not very high and 18 gauge wire can handle that for short lengths easily, whether it's 20A at. 5V or 5A at 20V it should be fine for the lengths we're talking about.

about 9 months ago

Water Filtration With a Tree Branch

Rob Hostetter Re:Wooden chopping boards. (205 comments)

Why? I bet his dog loves it! Dog saliva has very little bacteria in it, we do similar things at our home. Dogs have lived with humans a LONG time and "dog food" is a very recent invention. They are our leftovers for most of their history with man.

about 10 months ago

Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart

Rob Hostetter Re:OK, I'll bite (190 comments)

Personally I think Microsofts typescript idea is the best I've seen. Compiles to JavaScript, looks like a modern OOP language, tracks the next version of JavaScript fairly well, has a great IDE available with code completion, and is compatible with pre-existing JavaScript libraries.

1 year,3 days

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

Rob Hostetter Re:Tough luck.. (923 comments)

Vengeance is mine says The Lord. I personally would consider this divine justice.

1 year,13 days

A Co-processor No More, Intel's Xeon Phi Will Be Its Own CPU As Well

Rob Hostetter Neat (53 comments)

I could see using this, whereas I couldn't see myself using the card version. If the cost premium is reasonable this could be awesome for image processing. I have an image algorithm I use CUDA for and moving the data around consumes almost as much time as processing the data. If I had this in my servers I would have flexibility and much greater performance with this solution. --Robert

1 year,22 days

Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

Rob Hostetter Re:Don't Go On Vacation Then (188 comments)

I am an online retailer. I lost $8,000 in one season from credit card fraud. When the cards are stolen, the frauders use it at a store. The cardholder then does a chargeback. The bank will refund the cardholder and take it from the retailer, so the retailer assumes all risk. Many online sales have 15% margins from which you have to pay advertising and labor costs. A single fraudulent sale can take 10-20 legitimate sales just to break even! Most of the frauders are from countries like Vietnam, China etc. they will ship often to a US address and the cardholder is a US address as well. The only thing us retailers have to go by is the location of the IP address. If that's from a country other than the cardholder's that's a very strong signal that it's a fraudulent order. Size of order, fake phone number are also good signals. If you don't want an order flagged, then don't look like a frauder! Place your order from your actual IP address.

about a year ago

OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

Rob Hostetter Vertex 2 (292 comments)

I bought a vertex 2 when it first came out due to its incredible speed for use in a server. After a year the server slowed down to way slower than hard drives. I researched it to find out, that they built in a limiter, if you exceed the IO that will burn through the drive before the warranty ended they slowed down the drive so that it would last. This made the drive useless to me. I had to replace it with an intel drive. I will never buy another OCZ SSD.

about a year ago

Broadcasters Petition US Supreme Court In Fight Against Aereo

Rob Hostetter Re:Hmmm I wonder... (229 comments)

FCC requires cable operators to rebroadcast local OTA stations, but they have to pay for that. The broadcasters can essentially charge whatever they want since cable operators are legally required to buy their product. Those operators are pooping themselves because if they stop OTA broadcasts then cable operators no longer have to buy their product, and if they continue then antenna arrays can get them around these fees, so the big cash cows that are cable operators will dry up overnight once this decision is upheld. Over time cable operators will be able to lower prices, or increase profits substantially!

about a year ago

Producing Gasoline With Metabolically-Engineered Microorganisms

Rob Hostetter Re:Sounds plausible (233 comments)

That means you have internal bleeding in your intestines which can be very serious or a symptom of something even worse! Please go see a doctor!

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

Rob Hostetter Re:If evolution is true... (1293 comments)

In the culture of the bible it was quite rare for women to be mentioned. They were usually not discussed in lineages. So in short it was his sister. Many of the censuses say x amount of men plus women and children. It's just how that culture was.

about a year ago

Can Even Apple Make a Watch Insanely Smart?

Rob Hostetter Re:yeesh (196 comments)

Well that is ironic since android copied all the good ideas from iOS first.

about a year ago

Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon Using DNA Extracted From Lennon's Tooth

Rob Hostetter Re:Fantasists (224 comments)

You are correct. OTOH my biological father had almost no contact with me from the age of 2 until I was 15. When I first met him it was uncanny. We talked the same, thought the same way, laughed the same. It was insane. My wife and my sister both get creeped out by how similar we are. So nurture is important, but nature is too!

about a year ago

Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

Rob Hostetter Re: Always on Internet Connection (232 comments)

I use a computer hooked to my living room PC. Called an HTPC (home theater pc). Cost me $700 as well but the wireless keyboard, mouse, Xbox 360 controller were added on top of that later. Anyway my point is I agree, but the new hardware they are coming out with is going to blow my PC away. It has 8GB of GDDR5. This will allow a level of realism in games never seen before. No current video cards support this and even if they did, the system memory is seperate from the video card's memory. This means the PC is going to be substantially worse for gaming for several years, which makes me sad since I love my HTPC.

about a year and a half ago


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