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High Tech Vending Machines Transform IT Support At Facebook

Shimdaddy Re:Easy resale! (210 comments)

Yeah there's no way that's gunna backfire and get you fired / thrown in jail.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?

Shimdaddy What about an online IDE? (386 comments)

I don't know how much debugging type stuff you want to do, but you might enjoy using a web-based IDE like IDE One. You can use any language you want, and if I were you, I'd type my code in a text editor that allows for syntax highlighting, like Notepad++, which can be run without an install.

more than 2 years ago

12 Ways LibreOffice Writer Tops MS Word

Shimdaddy Re:Number One! (642 comments)

Different strokes I suppose -- I love using the ribbon.

about 2 years ago

US CompSci Enrollment Up For 4th Year Running

Shimdaddy Re:Students Don't Always Know The Difference (101 comments)

A university Computer Science degree should be an addendum to basic IT skills, not a replacement for them.

Nope. A computer science education should be a computer science education. If you don't want fresh college grads, don't hire them. You don't hire physicists and complain they can't do "IP networking" -- you shouldn't hire computer scientists to do non-science. You especially shouldn't then turn around and tell everyone who is a computer scientist how they should teach their classes.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Shimdaddy Re:Bad Idea (803 comments)

Please, generalturdigson, enlighten /. (and any Fedora team members who are reading) as to your reasons for calling them stupid.

more than 2 years ago

Outlining a World Where Software Makers Are Liable For Flaws

Shimdaddy Re:Great idea (508 comments)

Actually, in a world where software can be a liability, testing isn't the answer -- the answer is formal methods. It's still under active research (as it's not immediately applicable to certain types of programs) but when used correctly, formality not only reduces errors, but reduces costs as well.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Pays University $250K To Use Office 365

Shimdaddy Re:Why not openoffice? (219 comments)

OpenOffice is good, but it's not a full replacement for modern versions of Office. If all you're doing is authoring memos and papers (by yourself) it will suffice, though. What's with the random dig at Nebraska, though? The state has plenty of social conservatives and plenty of liberals (see: Omaha) -- there's no reason to slam a pretty respectable university over your stereotype.

more than 3 years ago

Sony's Case Against Geohot Has Been Settled

Shimdaddy Re:Wow.... (469 comments)

I don't think it's Sony astroturfing. I think it's just gamers who see action like GeoHotz's as a gateway to piracy -- if they spend a good deal of their time in online games (which can be totally ruined by cheaters), I think their comments are understandable (though I still don't agree with them).

more than 3 years ago

MGM and Warner Near On Deal For Hobbit Films

Shimdaddy Re:Sigh (222 comments)

We'll always have the Arrested Development movie :P

more than 3 years ago

Technical Objections To the Ogg Container Format

Shimdaddy Re:Still better than AVI (370 comments)

I'm not sure about the XBox360, but the excellent ps3 media server will happily transcode matroska files for smooth playing on your ps3.

more than 4 years ago

PS3 Hacked?

Shimdaddy Re:You obviously know nothing (296 comments)

The difference between a computer and a ps3 is that the ps3 sells for less than it costs to make. Sony makes this money back through selling games -- claiming that there is no difference between a game console and a computer since they have equivalent parts is disingenuous. You can't have it both ways -- you either get great hardware for cheap with restrictions on it, or great hardware for a more reasonable cost and the freedom to do whatever you want with it.

more than 4 years ago

Fedora 12 Released

Shimdaddy Re:Fedora? (236 comments)

Fedora also ships with selinux enforcing by default, and was one of the first distros to do so. As far as I know, you still have to install it in Ubuntu. Also, I'm not sure what you're talking about with the "lots of daemons running and ports open" stuff -- this hasn't been my experience at all.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Radeon HD 5870 Adds DX11, Multi-Monitor Gaming

Shimdaddy Re:A shot in the arm? How about cooler chips? (195 comments)

So, to be clear, you just want:

  • Games that are as good as StarCraft, which is a very solid contender for best game of all time
  • Computers to be as cheap as netbooks but as powerful as top-of-the-line desktops
  • Desktops that are ridiculously powerful but don't produce heat


more than 4 years ago

Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or

Shimdaddy Re:Reduced Effort in World of Warcraft (520 comments)

This is, of course, a tactic to entice new players.

I'm pretty sure this is only partially correct. It serves two purposes: 1) It helps people who play recruit their friends. If I'm high-level, and you don't have any characters, if Blizzard can make you get to my level faster, that means the game is more fun for both of us. 2) It helps people roll new alts. You're less locked into your character if the barrier to a new, more interesting one is lower. Blizzard has also said that the newer content is better than the old content -- the designers / artists / writers / etc. have simply gotten better at making the game. Thus, they want you to spend more time in the newer areas, as they're (generally) higher quality.

about 5 years ago

Local Privilege Escalation On All Linux Kernels

Shimdaddy SELinux? (595 comments)

Is this something that SELinux would protect against?

more than 5 years ago

AT&T Could Cut Off P2P Users

Shimdaddy Re:Nice... (397 comments)

No. Illegal clauses / illegal contracts are not enforceable, regardless of your signature on them.

more than 6 years ago

Intel Switches From Ubuntu To Fedora For Mobile Linux

Shimdaddy Re:Problems... (165 comments)

Stop it. This is a total troll and is 100% FUD. Fedora isn't a "trial" version at all -- it's a bleeding edge distro made for people who don't need commercial-grade support for their distro, but they want a Red Hat based system. Plus, Fedora isn't just "usable," it's awesome. Far from being a collection of bits and pieces, it's a coherent, organized collection of software -- in short, it's everything you expect a distro to be. You should check out: This and this.

more than 6 years ago

Mother Sues After Bebo Story Hits Press

Shimdaddy Re:Editors? (305 comments)

Talking to yourself is a sign of insanity.

more than 6 years ago



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