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A New Law For Superconductors

Ronin Developer New Law? (53 comments)

WTF? Railroad Super Conductors get preferential treatment over less than stellar ones? What lobbying group managed to get Congress to pass this?

Oh...wait...

5 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Ronin Developer Re: Pretty sad (156 comments)

I could not agree more. I cut my teeth on Dr. Dobb's starting in high school during the early 80's. Looked forward each month to receiving my copy in the mail and then, digesting it's contents from cover to cover. While some of the discussions and techniques covered didn't always have immediate impact, I have found that, over the years, that much of the older content was actually still relevant today.

This view of "It isn't relevant to me today" will come, in time, to bit developers. The seemingly limited discussions which involved older tech, has opened the doors for the current generation.

Sadly, when they went entirely online, they lost their relevance and I saw limited value to the once vibrant tech journal known as Dr. Dobb's.

Goodbye, old friend.

5 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

Ronin Developer I wasn't orginal? (100 comments)

Bumming...I invented the Write Only Drive while at college. Now, it looks like I infringed on the Patent. Mine, however, used the Pauli-Exclusion and Heisenberg Uncertainty Principles to store information on each atom. Problem was, we hadn't figured out how to get the data back out (it was just a s SCSI cable going into a black box. I think we just needed Heisenberg Compensators.

Even though we published our "Announcement" it during our April's Fools edition of our Newsletter, we received one call from a company wanting to commercially build it. We had to explain it was a joke.

about a week ago
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Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

Ronin Developer The Virgin Submarine Plan (47 comments)

Sounds like a really bad porn movie.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Ronin Developer Brilliant (567 comments)

We've been capable of doing this since 1980's. Even the early Xerox word processors had this orientation. The author must be a hipster.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Ronin Developer The question asked... (720 comments)

Is often "Have you ever been arrested?" and "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?".

If you answer "Yes", the next question is often to describe why you were arrested and whether you were convicted.

If it's a juvie record, you might not have to answer.

When and if you are hired, they are putting a lot of trust in the hire. For positions that demand that level of trust, a hire is unlikely. For others positions, they might hire and you'll have to prove yourself as not being a risk. Evenually, if you stay clean, most will forget your earlier transgressions. Keep your performance evaluation as they will help you in the future if hired.

Good luck!

about two weeks ago
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Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

Ronin Developer Common Sense Prevails (62 comments)

Now, let's bring that logic here to the US.

about three weeks ago
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Ronin Developer GOD and the 10 commands (452 comments)

GOD said to split it into two pages. Then GOD saidth, Upon each, thou shalt place five, not three and not four, but five commands. And, he saw it was good.

about a month ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Ronin Developer Excellent! (147 comments)

I cut my teeth programming the 68k on the original Mac - well, did 8086/8008/4004/z80 and 6502 long before. Loved programming the 68K.

No easy task getting the home brew hardware to work. The capacitance and inductance of the breadboard and wires is limiting performance. Always fun to write the loader and make it come to life.

its nice reading real 'nerd' stories. Anyone here belittling your work likely has no understanding of the effort and skill required to build an operational computer from scratch. Great job!

about 1 month ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Ronin Developer Re: US Gov't Corn Subsides (140 comments)

The first thing they teach you is to watch your diet and to exercise and monitor your glucose levels. When that approach fails, what other cause is there?

The fact that YOU have patients that continue to eat poorly and don't exercise is not an environment thing - it's laziness or they are simply tired of nothing working and have a nurse that doesn't understand their disease but pretends they do. I bet you probably smoke also, right?

Show me the "environmental" factors that can cause Type 2 to flair up. I exhibited no symptoms when I was 160 pounds at age 21. I am 6 ft 1. I fought semi-professionally, cycled, rock-climbed and ran long distance (trained for marathons). I developed the disease regardless. The only mitigating factor is that for four years, I led a more sedentary life onboard a navy ship where I couldn't do all that and performed the equivalent of shift work. Still it was another 20 years, after I got out, before I was diagnosed. I had regained a more active lifestyle.

The only extraordinary environmental factors that I was exposed to might be nerve agents, depleted uranium and experimental vaccines during Desert Storm. When you can drop down 20 pounds in the first several months, monitor and control caloric intake, increase activity only to have it go back up a few months later? Let me tell you, pal, it's a pisser. And, it's not diet as you indicate.

Short of sucking out the fat cells, there is little anyone can do to stop regaining the weight as the glucose that is not processed by the cells go straight to the fat cells and keep flooding the body with more glucose. So, yes, obesity and Type 2 go hand in hand caused by the cell's inability to utilize the insulin it produces - it's a Catch-22 type scenario called "insulin resistance".

As somebody else pointed out, Type 1's on insulin can develop it also. Prior to insulin injections, these folks would just waste away. Now, they can have the benefits of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lucky them.

about a month and a half ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Ronin Developer Re: Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

By your reasoning, when you answer a question on a test in which you are trying to do well and get a question wrong, you are lying.

Models are that - models. They are based on the sum of knowledge you have. Models are meant to be adjusted to fit the facts. Failure to do so and assume you are correct is lying

about a month and a half ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

Ronin Developer It was NOT secretly installed (271 comments)

It is a common technique among used car dealers who are selling to someone with bad or poor credit. It is intended to aid in recovery and repossession. The purchaser is aware it is installed. And, it is removed when the vehicle is paid off.

The device our company made and sold ( when I worked for them) could be activated with a court order. Activation was not in the hands of the car dealership because of the privacy implications.

about a month and a half ago
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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

Ronin Developer Re: US Gov't Corn Subsides (140 comments)

And, I hope you are NEVER my nurse!!!

Go back to class and learn that Type 2 is not caused just by diet, but by metabolism and genetics and a funny thing called insulin resistance.

I exercise every day, watch my diet, take medications for my Type 2 and STILL the A1C (and weight) keeps creeping up. It is a progressive disease which has some nasty effects on the body. I am wondering when I will be required to take insulin injections as goto drugs like Janumet and Metformin don't get the job done anymore.

Now, go sign up for that continuing education class so you can learn about the disease instead of remaining ignorant about this disease.

about a month and a half ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Ronin Developer Re:Rebrand old Windows RT devices as iPod Stands (236 comments)

Oh, come on moderators! I actually laughed when I read this comment (even if it was from an A/C)...It tied in perfectly with the the parent comment.

about a month and a half ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

Ronin Developer Honestly Mom! (110 comments)

I can't help myself!!!

about a month and a half ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

Ronin Developer Re:HA! (102 comments)

Now, that's funny (Yes, I served).

We had navigation logs, engine logs, bridge logs, radio logs, pretty much logs for everything. And, those were required to be accurate. Even the Boatswain mates had their own logs. Their log, however, I would question ...

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

In 1979, it didn't matter - I was in 9th grade working at a tech company on weekends. I was more interested in the girls at school who were my age than the women at work.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re: They WILL rewrite your resume... (253 comments)

Most rewrite your resume for their particular style and, as you noted, to remove personal contact information.

Good recruiters won't change the fundamental nature of your resume. Still, you should ask to see a copy of what they are submitting to avoid situations like you encountered.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

Sorry if my having experience and relating what I have learned when forced into the new employment market makes me sound like Grandpa Simpson. I will tell you to go read the statistics which indicate that 91% of tech recruiters are female, under 30 and single. And, maybe read the entire part inside the parenthesis next time - pretty tongue-in-cheek. Why must a guy put a ;-) to indicate they are being sarcastic?.

about a month and a half ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Ronin Developer Re:My take... (253 comments)

If you are in school, use the employment resources they offer (i.e. co-ops) and strengthen your resume. If already working, optimize your resume. There are plenty of resources (free and paid) to help you do that. You want a modern CV.

I would also suggest using social media such as LinkedIn. Find others you know, professionally, link with them and then see if they are linked to a recruiter. Then, request to link with those you find interesting. Very few will reject you. Or, you can send them a message and introduce yourself. Act and post intelligently. They WILL find you.

Create a profile on, say, Dice with an updated resume and indicate what you are looking for and available. They WILL find you.

Good Luck!

about a month and a half ago

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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC to Apple Pay Only

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about 3 months ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "From the article:
"At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilises NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch.

Apple also announced a number of retailers that would accept Apple Pay for mobile payments at launch.

However, Cult of Mac reports that NFC will be locked to the Apple Pay platform, meaning the technology will not be available for other uses.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the lock down of the technology, saying developers would be restricted from utilising its NFC chip functionality for at least a year. Apple declined to comment on whether NFC capability would remain off limits beyond that period."

So, it would appear, for at least a year, that Apple doesn't want competing mobile payment options to be available on the newly released iPhone 6 and 6+. While it's understandable that they want to promote their payment scheme and achieve a critical mass for Apple Pay, it's a strategy that may very well backfire as other other mobile payment vendors gain strength on competing platforms. Subway already has penned a deal with Softcard to accept their mobile payment exclusively. Will other retailers take a similar tact and lock out Apple users who can't use their newly minted iPhone 6's for mobile payments everywhere because of this decision?"

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Say Goodbye to that Unwanted U2 Album

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about 3 months ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their purchases and, in some cases, pushed down to their devices.

While it is possible to remove the album from your iTunes library, it takes more steps than most would like to take. Apple has responded and released a tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step."

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Key Logging on iOS Devices

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about a year ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "iKeyMonitor popped up on freecode.com today. It provides key logging capabilities to users of jailbroken iOS devices.

This is a perfect reason NOT to jailbreak your phone and why the Apple walled garden provides a measure of security.

Now, question for you Android folks — Can you install a key logger on an Android device? Any special requirements to do so? If the answers are, respectively, "yes" and "no", it seems to provide a clear indication why Apple still dominates the Enterprise tablet market.

Thoughts?"

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Break-Even at the National Ignition Facility Achieved!!!!

Ronin Developer Ronin Developer writes  |  about a year ago

Ronin Developer (67677) writes "It is being reported that the NIF has achieved break-even with the fusion reactor — getting as much energy out (if not a little more) than they put in.

While a long way off from commercial fusion power generation, this is a significant milestone."

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