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A New Law For Superconductors

SQLGuru Re: That's amazing (53 comments)

My (limited understanding) is no.....but fewer of them "clog the pipe" and make it to the other end (lower resistance values).

3 days ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

SQLGuru Re:Algorithms (161 comments)

I disagree with your coder lock-in statement. But I agree with your "throw a dart" metaphor.

Just because you CAN code an algorithm in a language doesn't mean it's the best option. Just because I can drive a screw into a 2x4 with the heel of my shoe doesn't mean I should.

Languages are developed to make certain problem domains easier. If they are flexible enough, people will adopt them for other problem domains as well. If they aren't flexible enough, they might stick around in their problem domain, but they'll stay on the outskirts. That's it.

about two weeks ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

SQLGuru Re:Effort dilution (254 comments)

Very true. For "the common man" to know what direction to take, too many choices can be bad......especially when there is more similarity than differences and not enough experience to know which differences will be important to them in the future.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

SQLGuru Re:Those aren't the services you're looking for (238 comments)

But you should be able to cache the unchanging portions (the template as it were) and not cache the data leading to BETTER caching. If I'm using some sort of data-binding and AJAX, my HTML template page and the Javascript logic can both be cached. Then, my page can be dynamically (and constantly) updated with AJAX data. As the data changes, I don't have to keep sending an entirely new HTML page that only differs by some portion of the content.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

SQLGuru Re:Yes (277 comments)

All of the reasons that you like Java are the very same reasons that I opt to feed my family coding in the various .Net technologies (ASP.NET, C#, Javascript, HTML, etc.). Microsoft is very developer friendly (just as Balmer).....but seriously, Visual Studio is a great IDE.

But I firmly agree with the aspect of taking less money to do what you love; that's far more important than money. My worst day doing my current job is better than the best day at my previous job.

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

SQLGuru Re:Hmmm ... (452 comments)

After Egypt might be a fun game.......sort of an RPG that reminds me of Wasteland......

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

SQLGuru Re:dem poles yo (236 comments)

My computer has a built in batter backup (it's a laptop). As long as my strip protects from the spikes, the actual outage is inconvenient more than anything else.

about a month ago
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Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

SQLGuru Re:Honest, honey... (189 comments)

This is one of the reasons that I kill the Chrome task if I get anything even remotely fishy (phishy) looking popping up.

about a month ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

SQLGuru Re:Nope... Nailed It (186 comments)

Turn around.....the congregation is over there. This is the choir. But preach on.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

SQLGuru Re:It's all about the haters (178 comments)

For those people, the experience on lower-end Windows Phone devices is usually better than the experience on lower-end Android devices......I suspect that's where MS will garner their greatest bump in marketshare.

An unlocked Lumia device for under $100 US ---- unsubsidized!!! And it's actually a decent phone for the money and doesn't suffer as much UI stutter as a knock-off Android device.

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

SQLGuru Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

Does it ensure that your Stripper name is protected akin to a business license? That would be a useful benefit of registering.

about a month and a half ago
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Landfill Copies of Atari's 'E.T.' End Up On eBay

SQLGuru Re:$50+, really? Can I get $50 for my copy? (107 comments)

I still have my copy as well, but I haven't fired it up in a while (emulators!).

But those Atari 2600 carts were pretty robust.....just ask any of the ones that were flung across my room. I would bet that a cart wrapped in cardboard survived rather well.

about a month and a half ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

SQLGuru Re:You need enough rope to hang yourself (217 comments)

This. Languages that enforce their rules at compile time vs run time should inherently lead to higher quality code just by "accident". You can still write bad (or good) code in any language, but a language that lets you do whatever you want requires you to be much more rigorous in your testing strategy to ensure higher quality......and we all know how much developers love to test (and to document).

about a month and a half ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

SQLGuru Re:And? (367 comments)

Can't we sick Greenpeace on PETA -- get two of most polarizing groups fighting each other? The camel wasn't injured (was probably well taken care of) and was more environmentally friendly than a Jeep.

about 2 months ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

SQLGuru Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Another feature that I would love to see in CSS is "relative to another element" via a selector.

Some Content

That is multiple lines tall

More Content

.SecondContainer{
height: ||.SomeContainer||.height
}

That should make layout simpler.

about 2 months ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

SQLGuru Re:Lots of problems with it (198 comments)

Most of the solutions for harnessing wave power that I've seen rely on something staying moored in the same place and letting the waves go back and forth over the device. So, a boat anchored for a time could use a similar device (probably combined with something to harness the sun and winds, too -- power needs probably exceed the generation capabilities of each of them individually). While the boat is moving, you have an engine which can generate power as well as locomotion. So, I don't really see the problem with it.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

SQLGuru Re:Wow... (232 comments)

Agile itself has a process for this (marketing can request all of the features they want, stack rank them, and pull into the sprint what can be done in the sprint --- keep working on the project until the budget is gone or everyone agrees it's complete). However, most people doing "Agile" aren't really doing Agile......they're doing more of an iterative-waterfall with the overhead of certain Agile processes. I've worked at places that do both and where they followed a truer Agile process, they got more done and the staff was less stressed.

about 3 months ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

SQLGuru Re:Start Button ? (210 comments)

Next time you get the call, you could try this approach:

You: Wait, you know I have a computer? Are you my parole officer? I've been banned from using electronic devices due to my recent conviction. If you're accessing my computer, that makes you an accomplice. Per the plea agreement, we both going get 20 years in a federal prison. The NSA is probably now tracking us both.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

SQLGuru Re:Seriously? (533 comments)

If you're on a 4mbps connection, you probably aren't one who cares about 60fps or 4k video.....you just want to watch the cat fall over.

I'm ok w/ the definition of broadband being 10mbps. It doesn't stop anyone from selling a 4mbps connection --- as long as they don't call it broadband.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

SQLGuru Re:Hahahahahahaha (230 comments)

Not a Linux apologist (Windows pays my bills), but in defense of Linux, these were programs running on Linux that had exploits. Of course, many of the exploits in Windows are through programs running on Windows and not the OS itself.......but Linux fanboys wouldn't be as quick to point that out.

about 4 months ago

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One step closer to Jurassic Park

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/11/20/1120mammoth.html Scientists are exploring techniques to salvage DNA from Woolly Mammoths and bring the species back to life (as well as possibly other extinct species). With current samples, they think they can get 80% of the way from an elephant to a mammoth. The article also talks about doing the same with Neanderthal and the religious implications (and circumventing it by using a Chimpanzee as the host instead of a human)."
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A case for evolution

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SQLGuru writes "A scientist at Michigan State has some significant findings that make a really strong case for evolution. He's been growing E. coli bacteria for over 20 years to observe how they have changed over time. One group has developed the ability to metabolize a nutrient that E. coli normally does not process. He's found where the mutation happened and is now researching what the change was that led to this capability.

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn14094-bacteria-make-major-evolutionary-shift-in-the-lab.html?feedId=online-news_rss20"
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=printArticleBasic&articleId=291633

Digg Inc., which operates a news aggregation Web site that lets users determine the placement of stories through voting, last week found itself at the center of what some analysts and academics are calling a test case on who has control over user-generated content on social networking sites. What happened on Digg.com was described even more trenchantly as "an Internet riot" by many bloggers and online posters. And the outcome was clear: The rioters won.
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.thestreet.com/pf/funds/toponepercent/10 336694.html This article shows reasons why a company may do well with spending money on R&D and why others may be better off not spending on R&D. I know that there was an earlier Slashdot discussion on the benefits of R&D (couldn't find the link). This article refers to a study that looked at how much of that R&D money translated to money on the bottom line."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070124/sc_nm/germs_sp onges_dc_3

People who read the article the other day that talked about how 2 minutes in the microwave would kill 99% of the bacteria on the sponge were complaining that they tried it and it ruined their microwave. Apparently, reading the whole article should have clued them in that the sponge needed to be wet. It isn't just Slashdot where people don't RTFA."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "As a follow-up to the discussion from YRO: Face Recognition: Real or Science Fiction (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/25/1 353221), I came across this article that seems related. http://www.livescience.com/scienceoffiction/061009 _technovelgy.html
Polar Rose is a new search engine now being tested that will allow you to find anyone in any photo on any site. Type in the name of a person you know, and find pictures of that person all over the web, on sites like MySpace or blog pages using face-recognition technology.
Or just skip the article and go to the web site: http://www.polarrose.com/ (not much to see on the web site yet)."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 8 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/19/ati_gpgpu/
Even before its merger with AMD closes, ATI plans to charge the server market with a new type of graphics product that could shake up the high performance computing scene. Advocates of ATI's technology say it could create a lucrative new revenue stream for the company and add some weight to the ATI/AMD marriage. ATI has invited reporters to a Sept. 29 event in San Francisco at which it will reveal "a new class of processing known as Stream Computing." The company has refused to divulge much more about the event other than the vague "stream computing" reference. The Register, however, has learned that a product called FireStream will likely be the star of the show.
While the ideas aren't new, direct support by the hardware companies is pretty cool."

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