×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In the Public Domain

Shados Re:Just post it (82 comments)

Because then people don't have any assurance that they won't get sued for using it.

yesterday
top

Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Shados Re:Lack of social ability at Microsoft (97 comments)

Microsoft is large. Very F**** large. Their development tool division, while it has had some hiccups over the years, overall has been pretty good, devs liked them and they were always pushing to embrace open source. The rest of the company, not so much.

So things like this look weird depending on where you're looking from. If you look at Microsoft the company that makes Windows and Office, this is awkward, they're trying too hard, etc.

If you look at it from Microsoft the company that makes C#, has been pushing a bunch of open source stuff for a pretty long time now, has Microsoft Research, etc, its really not that special and pretty much expected of them at this point, even if it wasn't true 15 years ago.

They're trying to take the "cool" division and make it do things that affect Microsoft's reputation as a whole. That will be long and hard.

yesterday
top

Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Shados Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (191 comments)

Didn't replace anything that I could see, but I can't talk beyond that. The running theory, since it only affected very specific sites (big MMOs, Youtube, Netflix, etc...while you could easily download at maximum speed from Steam or Microsoft) is that it was just the same freagin crap that happened with Comcast, except they may actually have upgraded without needing to be bribed.

2 days ago
top

Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Shados Re:My experience with Fios was largely negative (191 comments)

For a while (2-3 years ago) most (not all!) of FiOS customers, especially on the east coast, had terrible (TERRIBLE) experience on most popular streaming services. Worse than Comcast + Netflix. As in Youtube would barely play 360p videos.

You could see it on that youtube statistic pages that showed the average streaming speed per ISP. FiOS was abysmal.

From what I understand, its been fixed by now, but it it was so bad I had to switch back to Comcast when I realize everyone with FiOS in my region had that issue (their forums was flooded about it, etc). Worse, some MMORPGs were completely unplayable because of some bad routes... unrelated, but it made everything so painful...

2 days ago
top

Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Shados Re:the fiber is a lie (191 comments)

Its not "cable in your house to a cable modem". Its using MoCA, and the router is a moca -> ethernet bridge (my terminology is probably off). Sure, its just semantic, but its just the easiest way for most people to have effectively an ethernet wired house, since its pretty damn unlikely you have fibers running in your walls. Since you don't share that coax with your neighbors, its fast enough.

And as someone else pointed out, whats telling you its coax cable on the street? You opened one up, removed its cover, and looked inside?

2 days ago
top

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Shados Re:Yes, but not the flu (642 comments)

Thats very possible. The flu doesn't do permanent damage to healthy adults, but its a fairly serious illness with pretty rough symptoms. Most people never catch it, even though a lot do (googling around, 5-20% of people every year? That a lot less than a cold, so its very likely to never catch it).

I'm pretty sure I only caught it once, and I was a mess to begin with when I did.

2 days ago
top

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Shados Re:This is why Big Pharma is so maddening (642 comments)

But but but last year I had a flu shot and right after I was super duper mega sick! (not even with flu symptoms). I never get sick! Im never getting a flu shot ever again! /sarcasm.

2 days ago
top

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Shados Re:Yes, but not the flu (642 comments)

Is the sniffle even part of the symptoms for the flu? Even the toughest will usually be on their ass with heavy muscle pain and cough.

But yes, generally the flu shot is for the young and the old, and _people exposed to them_, since its easy to be contagious before you know you're sick.

2 days ago
top

IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Shados Re:Cry me a river (253 comments)

Not completely through fault of theirs thought. You have one of the most complex tax codes in the world (with several times the population of the only other first world country i can think of with a tax code thats just as fucked up), and a population who, because of heavy government distrust, is doing everything it can to stick it to the man (not counting corporations which always are).

That will end up making it a much more complicated problem to deal with than the FBI has to. Its employees are also going to be much, much less efficient. Who in their right minds want to work for the IRS?

3 days ago
top

Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Shados Re:Basic things make all the difference. (378 comments)

Not a .NET shill, but it didn't "catch up" to Java in terms of garbage collector. Java has been catching up to it, and only barely. Multithreading support is also a lot better in .NET land (just as safe, but vastly superior APIs and language support).

Still, I totally agree with your point. When playing in JVM/CLR land its often easy to forget how behind other runtimes are, mainly because until you're doing something massive (8-9 figure users), it just doesn't fucking matter unless the code is crap, so these subtleties often get lost by the peanut gallery.

5 days ago
top

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Shados Re:Imagine if having more men increased a team's (219 comments)

Joke or not, pretty much. And that gives some major bias. Depending on how studies are done, things with very close metrics like effect of genders on XYZ can go either way. But since you can only publish those that show women are better, it ends up that all studies show women are better at everything.

Every so often you'll have a study that shows the opposite for some specific or another, but that will get spinned somehow. ie: I read a study recently about how women don't do well in competitive environments (when talking about how to get women to participate in hackatons, you remove the "contest" element of it). It was spinned somehow as a great thing.

about a week ago
top

FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Shados Re:Your phone system is stupid. (217 comments)

It originally was mainly because people would just call someone and quickly ask them to call them back, which kind of defeated the purpose.

Now its pretty irrelevant since most people have unlimited plans and stuff, and only the cheapest of shittiest plans will have charges for incoming calls.

But it makes for a good argument against shit like robocalls, thats why it sounds like its much more common than it is.

about a week ago
top

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Shados Re:nanny state (778 comments)

Go in any of those "evil socialist" countries that have all those things, and see if parents get in trouble for letting a kid walk a mile. It has nothing to do with it.

This is a state of black/white strong opinion. Thats where the problem lies and why shit like this happens.

about two weeks ago
top

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Shados Re:Times have changed. (778 comments)

that's it really. All the child molesters, rapists, kidnappers, etc, didn't just magically pop up. They're just far, far more visible. There's definitely some cities that are less safe than the were...but some are more. So parents just have to use discretion.

I walked home from school when I was 10 all the time.

about two weeks ago
top

PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Shados Re:okay (245 comments)

Its generally a matter of what the community/ecosystem is optimized for. ie: Python is pretty damn good at math stuff. But it has nothing to do with Python itself, its just the community built fantastic math libraries in python, generally because of historical reasons.

In the same way, an obvious example, if you want to do web sockets, while you can make them in any language, Node is a prime contender there. Examples like that exist for any language.

about two weeks ago
top

PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Shados Re:wtf? (245 comments)

No, he's right. The vast, vast majority of node.js use is as a glorified scripting environment as a build system for static resources. Its its gateway drug in a way. People use LESS to minify their javascript or something in their language of choice's assets pipeline. Then they go "Hmm, what if we used a real build environment for these?". Then they start using node in their build system. There's also stuff like Atom and all the node-webkit applications that use it as desktop apps. Those are the common usages.

Then sometimes, they go "Hmm, node is pretty cool, maybe we should use it for this micro-service in parallel with our existing stack". And then maybe, just maybe, it ends up on the server. Its pretty popular lately, but the percentage of people who use it as a web server is far and few in between, though growing.

about two weeks ago
top

PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Shados Re: Before reading TFA ... (245 comments)

oh yeah, thats working so well for Amazon /sarcasm.

about two weeks ago
top

PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

Shados comparing node to php? (245 comments)

Thats a weird comparison, since they don't target the same audience at all. Rails maybe, as it has a lot in common, but even then.

What makes node interesting is that its asynchronous-first, single-threaded-by-default model has interesting performance characteristic and lends itself well to specific architectures. Bonus that it also works amazingly well for web sockets. There's also a lesser point that still matters, its JavaScript and some people like that a lot.

The tradeoffs however are pretty massive. There's a lot less literature on how to maintain a node production environment. How do you handle memory dumps, how do you instrument it. Also, error handling is terrible, and debugging obscure issues is hell. There's a lot of minor bugs and quirks that you just have to "know".

That makes node.js only really suitable for fairly advanced developers/sysadmins (even if you host it "in the cloud"). Those that have "gone around" and have dealt with shit enough they'll know what to do when that shit happens, even if they can't find the answer on stack overflow. They also benefit from the interesting performance characteristics I described above.

On the other hand, PHP was always a "easy to pick up and run, forget about it" environment.

Those 2 couldn't be further apart.

about two weeks ago
top

NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

Shados Re:The one true encoding (165 comments)

Absolutely. I was just saying that it was basically the only time anything other than UTF8 matters (especially since in the time when it matters, switching from one to the other is HELL).

My wife used to work on a faceted search system made to handle a few petabyte of data... the difference was pretty huge.

Since I personally never did something like that, I never had issues just using UTF8 :)

about two weeks ago

Submissions

Shados hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Shados has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?