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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Sarusa Stop liking what I don't like! (298 comments)

'I don't like tablets and don't think you should either.'

3 days ago

Linux Controls a Gasoline Engine With Machine Learning

Sarusa 'Linux?' (89 comments)

Oh come on - I like Linux and use it for my servers and even some RTOS... but 'Linux' has almost nothing to do with that. It'd work just as well on any RTOS. Would you give credit to Windows for every single freaking program that can run on it?

Something like 'Raspberry Pi Controls a Gasoline Engine With Machine Learning Using Eigen
C++ Matrix Library' would be far more descriptive.

about three weeks ago

India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

Sarusa This is going to cripple their outsourcing (78 comments)

Usual outsourced programming involves finding chunks of vaguely related existing code, smashing them together, beating on them till they compile, calling it done.

If this includes StackExchange they'll be completely dead in the water.

about 1 month ago

Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much To Drink To Boost Your Creativity

Sarusa This works for anything (73 comments)

Bowling, video games, coding, homework, conversation, even speaking a foreign language - you'll do better on one beer (YMMV as to amount).

The hard part is stopping or spacing it out enough. Because after that it's all downhill. Except maybe the conversation, and that's probably an illusion.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Sarusa Notification and Alarms, Subtlety (232 comments)

This is the #1 case for something like a Pebble right now.
- Put all your notifications on your wrist. Email, caller id, SMS.
- Reject calls from your watch!
- Never have to unlock your phone again - it's tied to the watch.
- Canned responses from your watch.
- SILENCE your phone. You can't miss the buzz on your wrist, so now you won't be that ass whose phone is whistling every 10 seconds.
- Likewise, you cannot miss the buzz on your wrist for alarms, no matter how noisy it is.
- Navigation and music control on your watch.

People always go on about 'oh but your phone is right there!' But it's all about the user experience. Pebble: *buzz* I glance over, in meeting, okay - good to know, no need to answer. 2 seconds. Nobody even knows that happened. Or I discretely hit a button to send an 'OK'. Phone: *phone whistles or maybe I was thoughtful enough to put it face down so it just buzzes on the table* Now I pull it out of pocket or flip it over on table, unlock it (or are you just putting notifications on the lock screen, insecurely?), oh, okay. I didn't need to read that now, but didn't know that till I read it. Put it back down. 5-10 seconds, a lot of motion and being a dick to everyone around you.

It's like SSDs. You don't *need* an SSD. So I tried telling people for 5 years how they transform your computer, but oh *PISH POSH* till they actually get one and never want to go back.

about a month and a half ago

French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Sarusa So French (295 comments)

Any excuse to not work!

One strike per month is seemingly required by their union bylaws anyhow, so it might as well be about Uber.

about a month and a half ago

Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

Sarusa Comes pre-backdoored by the NSA (72 comments)

This is horrifying - how gullible do you have to be to back and trust this? It's such a big fat juicy target for the NSA (or FBI or Russian hackers or any other group of
miscreants). It's a 'spy on me!' box for the people they most want to spy on. If they have the full help of the company then they can add cheap hardware to the build so that even if you completely wipe and reflash the main partition their stuff still runs. Even if the company were legit, all you need is one guy or one pwned computer inside it.

A couple years ago you'd be crazy paranoid to think they'd bother, but post-Snowden we know they have the time, the interest, and unlimited resources.

about 3 months ago

Snapchat Says Users Were Victimized By Their Use of Third-Party Apps

Sarusa Snapchat is fundamentally insecure (90 comments)

The 3rd party apps only even worked because Snapchat is hideously insecure and has been from day one. It stored the pictures unencrypted on the device and didn't even bother actually erasing them (just moved them to another folder!). It's since improved slightly, but it's a fundamentally insecure design and they're apparently being too disruptive and innovative to fix it.

about 4 months ago

What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Sarusa Re:FreeBSD (303 comments)

This is it! The year of FreeBSD on the desktop!

about 4 months ago

The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

Sarusa Facebook is full of s@#4 (305 comments)

I apologize for the semi-offensive subject, but nothing else I tried was as accurate or clear.

There's no 'lone actor' or 'rogue account' forcing them to do this. This is THEIR OWN POLICY. Claiming someone else 'forced' them to do it is standard corporate/military/law enforcement weaseling. 'The officer's gun was discharged 30 times into the suspect.' Well darn, that poor officer with his gun going off like that and all.

Total damage control bullcrap.

about 4 months ago

Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Sarusa Re:Binary format (122 comments)

Parsing is not necessary. When it's binary, you can directly read and use the values.

*facepalm* This is /exactly/ why it opens up a whole new class of client (or server) vulnerabilities. You have to assume you are being lied to by something malicious instead of just using the values. Easiest one - in a length field, lie about how many bytes are in the field. That's the Heartbleed bug!

And you're still going to have to parse it - you get a binary blob, but it's not a fixed struct you can just drop into memory and access the members of directly (that would be bad, anyhow). But it's a much easier parsing job... Tag, Length, Value... unless you're being lied to.

about 4 months ago

NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Sarusa More reliable than some other paper serving (185 comments)

Paper serving is not some super serious must be done in person thing. You usually do need to try to have a process server try to serve the papers in person. But when that fails, then it's good enough to just give it to a housemate or relative. If you can't do that, then it can be mailed. If it gets down to it, *the papers can be served just by posting a notice in the newspaper*.

Facebook has 'the message was seen', which is more reliable than a lot of these. If it goes into your spam then it doesn't get marked as read. And it's fairly obvious whether you've been active on your account or not - it's (hopefully) much harder for someone to fake being you on FB for six months without anyone noticing than it is to just register a mail address in your name.

The courts are used to dealing with all manner of tricksy dirtbags, so when they go into hiding mode, the courts go into more aggressive, more error-prone methods. This fits right in there. You can, of course, just lock down your FB account for posting - or use an app that doesn't mark the message as read. But FB users are more likely to be posting public photos of their crimes on FB than to fix their privacy settings.

about 4 months ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Sarusa Engineers and Legislators (326 comments)

Another engineer who thinks he can cobble up a single technological solution to a social problem.

This is the same sort of hubris that has legislators passing random crap to 'fix' a problem with zero understanding of the problem or the consequences of their solution. It's arrogance. For one, it assumes you're smarter (or at least sharper) than the people you're trying to control.

(Disclaimer: I'm an engineer.)

about 5 months ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

Sarusa It sure is, just like every other year (171 comments)

Everyone thinks this when their specific little niche goes away for whatever reason. Or even when it changes.

Opportunists who are just in it for easy money will bail out and find whatever the land rush is this month. The others will find a way. Remember when AAA gaming crushed all small budget games forever? Yeah.

(This can be 'bad' as well if you're one of those people who think income is the only thing that matters... some of those people could have done better financially elsewhere).

about 7 months ago

The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

Sarusa Fool you six times... (208 comments)

"he doesn't really offer an opinion on how good the game is"

The game's not out yet. But odds are, based on every other entry in the franchise, it will be terribly broken and buggy at launch and the servers won't stay up. That's the point of the article.

about 7 months ago

Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion

Sarusa All of Twitch is a 'Copyright Violation' (142 comments)

Since by YouTube's standards, everything on Twitch is a 'copyright violation' (streaming footage of a video game and completely ignoring that most of it is Fair Use with added content) I really have to wonder how they intend to deal with the corporate trolls who are now going to descend on Twitch like the vultures they are.

I imagine that will involve giving most of the money currently going to the content creators to the copyright asserters. The RIAA model.

about 8 months ago

Job Postings For Python, NoSQL, Apache Hadoop Way Up This Year

Sarusa Re:Percentages? (52 comments)

TFA is kind of dumb for not giving the numbers, but a quick search on Dice turns up 4800 python listings.

Compare to 1770 Hadoop listings, 1490 NoSQL, and 3250 for 'Big Data' and you can see that it's kind of the opposite of what you were suggesting. The reason Python is only up 16% is because it had so many listings last year already.

2700 Ruby listings for comparison, regarding another post.

about 9 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Sarusa It's great, but we try not to use it. (435 comments)

Compared to what it used to be, C++11 is very nice. But it's still one of the ugliest, most obfuscated languages for general production work. I realize why this is so - speed and memory concerns still make it the go to language (har) when you really care about either of those.

I used to use C++ constantly. But it's very rare now that we can't just write what we need in C# (medium to large scale) or Python (small to medium scale) in 1/3rd the time (or 1/10th for anything GUI). And for embedded we're still using pure C.

So we use C++ in that very rare intersection where we have some complexity and speed actually matters. Most recently in an image pipeline where the app itself is all C# and the heavy lifting (billions of pixels) is done in non-managed C++ (they didn't want to require GPU). It was okay, but using C++ and C# together makes you really aware of just how much administrative overhead C++ has, though the classes certainly made things better compared to pure C.

So... it definitely has a niche, but it's not normally the most efficient way to do things, for implementation speed, cleanliness, or maintainability.

about 9 months ago

Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Sarusa We already knew corn is a very bad biofuel. (159 comments)

Corn (maize) is one of the worst possible plant masses you could grow to make biofuel. It's horribly inefficient compared to other crops.

We've always known this. And it drives up the price of food. Globally.

Why are we still using corn to make ethanol? Farm lobby.

about 9 months ago



FunnyJunk steals The Oatmeal's cartoons, sends him $20K extortion demand

Sarusa Sarusa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sarusa (104047) writes "From the Oatmeal: 'Almost exactly a year ago I published a blog post about my comics being stolen, re-hosted, and monetized on FunnyJunk's website. The owner of the site responded and some of the comics were taken down, He still had a ton of my comics hosted without credit, but the energy it would take to get him to take them down wasn't worth it. I thought the issue was done and over with so I let him be.

A few days ago I was served papers informing me that the owner of FunnyJunk is going to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay him $20,000 in damages.'

The text is not quite safe for work, as The Oatmeal rarely is, but well worth reading."

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Sony working hard on DRMing AC power

Sarusa Sarusa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sarusa writes "It takes a very special company like Sony to realize that something as fundamental as 120v 60hz power could be DRMed and crippled. After making this fundamental conceptual breakthrough, they're devoting all their technical skill to making AC power fragile, which certainly takes a world class company like Sony. Of course, the proprietary Sony electrons will spin the wrong way, so you'll need a proprietary Sony transformer — that last bit isn't true, but only because they can't figure out how to do it yet."
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How Voodoo Kills You (The Nocebo Effect)

Sarusa Sarusa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sarusa (104047) writes "What you think you know can kill you. The Nocebo effect is the evil twin of the Placebo effect — if you think you're dying you have a real chance of actually dying, even if there's nothing wrong with you. My favorite case in here is 'The Overdose' at the bottom, where someone tried to kill himself with a drug overdose, and was dying till someone realized the 'drugs' were just harmless sugar pills from a study and informed him of this. Or were they? Will either way, it worked!"
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Sony's Little Big Planet Moderation Inscrutable

Sarusa Sarusa writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sarusa (104047) writes "Sony, being Sony, are being arbitrary and random in their deletion of some of the best user created levels in Little Big Planet. Hours and days of work vanishing into the ether without recourse or explanation. Azure Palace was incredibly good (video included in the story), and as far as anyone can tell had nothing banhammer-worthy, but now it's gone. So is World of Color. I suspect they're just being dumb again instead of malicious, but since they're not communicating at all it's all the same. This is your only killer app, guys, stop screwing it up."
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Sarusa Sarusa writes  |  about 8 years ago

Sarusa (104047) writes "If this is true, it's Beta vs VHS all over again and HD-DVD may be the foregone winner of the format wars. First, Heise reports (summarized from the German by sgknox.com) that Digital Playground (NSFW), who were committed to Blu-ray last year, are now producing HD-DVD titles instead. No Blu-ray disk manufacturer would make their disks because Sony doesn't want porn on Blu-ray (just as with Betamax). Second, as reported by tgdaily, the porn industry at CES overwhelmingly favors HD-DVD because it's much cheaper and easier to produce. As noted in the tgdaily article, porn was a huge factor in VHS winning the VHS/Beta format wars even though most people don't like to acknowledge it. Porn, like gaming, pushes tech adoption."


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