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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

SQLGuru Re:Just get a case (496 comments)

I want a physical keyboard. People assume that if you have a physical keyboard you can't use a virtual keyboard, but you can.....at least every phone I had with a physical keyboard could do both. For typing short things, I would just use the on-screen keyboard. When I wanted to type a longer message or an e-mail, I'd slide out the keyboard and type away.

My wife likes a keyboard so much, she kept using her HTC Arrive (Windows Phone 7.5) up until a couple of months ago when she broke it. Had to replace it with a virtual keyboard phone and she dislikes it (only caveat is that I got her a bigger screen so it's easier to type on the screen).

7 hours ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

SQLGuru Re:Cost (539 comments)

I get mine from Zenni Optical for a lot less than that.

But yes. Glasses only bother me when I'm sweaty (but I avoid that as much as I can). I like wearing glasses and like the way I look in glasses. I could go with non-corrective lenses for the look, but I think at less than $100 every few years, the ROI isn't really there.

4 days ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

SQLGuru Re:~50% have no degree... (173 comments)

I've long said that the computing field is one where you can make decent money without a degree. I think a lot of that is due to how people in my generation started out tinkering in computers as a hobby and that mindset has still continued. Computer people value ability over certifications and degrees.

That being said, those pieces of paper open more doors (especially at larger corporations) than not having them. But it is quite possible to be gainfully employed at above median income levels without ever having taken any formal training in computer.

* I use the generic term "computers" to mean both the programming as well as the technology side. Whether that is coding in Java or Javascript or C++ or C# for programming, you can find someone that will hire you. For the technology side, it can range from desktop support to server admin or DBA. If you know what you're doing, other computer people will recognize that and respect you for it.

5 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

SQLGuru Re:Code the way you want... (368 comments)

1) You assume I'm independent instead of working for a consulting firm.
2) You assume that I have no knowledge of project management even though my previous gig was as an employee of a company that followed project management processes.
2a) You also assume that the employed project management processes are optimal. Usually they are not because the money people hamstring any attempt at doing any sort of true agile process.
3) You assume that meetings are the only way to convey requirements instead of working closely with the subject matter experts in a more collaborative manner.

5 days ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

SQLGuru Re:Eh? (137 comments)

Yeah, even reading the PDF (http://www.bromium.com/sites/default/files/bromium-h1-2014-threat_report.pdf/) didn't show any sort of "AAAAAHHHHH!!!! The world is ending!" type of numbers. They show IE decreasing the patch time since 2007. There are charts showing that Zero days are decreasing. The Appendix shows 3 more entries in the National Vulnerability Database. Reporting statistics in percentages without referring to what the percentage is based on is just clickbait.

All software has holes. Larger use base makes for a bigger target. Blah blah blah. These stories aren't going to chance what people use because the common person isn't reading them.

5 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

SQLGuru Re:Code the way you want... (368 comments)

I finally got to code when I switched from being an employee to being a consultant. My bill rate is high enough that they would rather me work than to get bogged down in meetings. Not saying it will work for everyone, but it worked for me. I've done more REAL work in the past two or three years than I did in the previous 10.

5 days ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

SQLGuru Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

It looks like the Level 3 post has been pulled. It goes to their 404 page which has a link to recent posts which lists the very post linked in the article.....and the recent post link ALSO takes you to a 404.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

SQLGuru Re:No thank you. (87 comments)

We haven't tried checking out books form the lending library to multiple devices, but my wife and I regularly have the same books on both of our Kindles they we've bought or were free (logged in as the same shared account w/ Prime).

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

SQLGuru Re:No thank you. (87 comments)

I'm assuming that it will be the same books that are in the Kindle lending library. It's a feature of Amazon Prime where you can check out 1 book at a time (and only one new book per month). It's limited as it currently exists, but I assume when this feature hits, your Prime account will let you have one book out at a time with more than one swap per month.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

SQLGuru Re:This makes sense. (279 comments)

Yep. This has been my strategy for many years. I rank sites by how much I care whether they are compromised. For low ranked sites, they get one of several easy passwords (depending on how important THEY think their passwords are). For critical sites (i.e. banking info) they get a unique strong password conforming to the password rules.

about two weeks ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

SQLGuru Re:Explains the TV News (58 comments)

Where the biggest nuts rise to the top.

Politicians, too......

about two weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

SQLGuru Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

You laugh, but Javascript has the lowest barrier to entry of any language. It's already included on pretty much every computer built in the past 10 years (in your browser). And most modern browsers have better debugging tools than many other languages include. It's easy to find documentation and tutorials on the web (albeit, it is hard to find the answers that follow the best practices).

about three weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

SQLGuru Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

That was my thought. I'm too busy writing real code (and posting on Slashdot) to be on their list.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

SQLGuru Re:Seems excessive... (86 comments)

But it only works if you participate.......which might explain Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

SQLGuru Re:Node.js (536 comments)

I'd agree for the most part. There are a lot of pretty cool front-end things going on and with Node makes your front-end and back-end language cohesive. Sure, there are plenty of other options, but there is something to be said for having guys who can transition from front to back or back to front.

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

SQLGuru Re:So, what's the correction? (347 comments)

The way I read it, the speed of light (in a vacuum) isn't changed by this article.....just the expected speed of photons through a gravitational field of large enough mass and enough distance.

about a month ago

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One step closer to Jurassic Park

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 5 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 7 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 7 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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