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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Shompol Final solution (399 comments)

Based on this discussion I gather that the optimal solution is to send midget women without legs.

about a month ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Shompol Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

there would be a serious web monetization problem

We had the same problem before web for millenia. We did fine. 99% of low grade websites that would dissapear due to lack of ad sales should not have existed in the first place. Anything of value will find means to stay afloat.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Shompol Re: And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

The whole point is to serve ads ... think television ...

Do not want. Neither television nor web becoming like television.

unless you are willing to pay for content directly.

Find a way to monetise it, post it free, or charge for it. No awesome works of art will be lost if some "content" posters quit to do something useful instead.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Shompol Ubuntu + Gnome2 (334 comments)

Ubuntu with Gnome2 worked for my computer-challenged familty members for years.

- No annoying pop-ups that normally plague Windows.

- No trojans and self-installing crap to speak of

- Adblock? (or his stricter brother Noscript)

- I still grant admin access because there are some cases where a simple command needs to be run

- Remote SSH admin access can be routed through any unblocked port

about 2 months ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Shompol Re:no, dickhead (180 comments)

I would hold very little faith in tales told by military brass at a boot camp. They are too far and remote from actual military decision makers, and impossibly far from military historians. Being a boot camp they are also not very accountable for the shit they make up. Try to pull your head from your arse from time to time.

about 2 months ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Shompol Re:Here in Massachusetts (155 comments)

It will take more effort to squelch consumption than screwing free market: Once upon a time a Russian Tzar passed a law of selling vodka exclusiely in large bottles to prevent people getting drunk and passing out on the street. This gave birth to a tradition of buying a bottle for a group of three and passing out collectively. This tradition is still alive today.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Shompol Re:Platform lock-in (729 comments)

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Shompol Platform lock-in (729 comments)

Platform lock-in is the strangest feature of some languages that purposely defeat all the progress we made since Assembler. This is why I will never C#

about 3 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Shompol Re:Been a while (391 comments)

Teaching toddler Python was priceless, and this is just the beginning of the awesome process of passing nerdiness to the next gen.

...and I still find time to assemble my hardware, so there.

about 4 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Shompol Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

All of lower Manhattan (south of 34th St) could not flush toilet for two weeks after an explosion at local power station (due to hurricane Sandy). Where have you been with your "large diesel generators"?

about 4 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Shompol Re:ISIS Caliphate (361 comments)

Judging by the map it is mostly Iraq and some Syria so far. Thanks, Bush Jr!

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

I have to manually adjust indentation because the editor can't figure it out

Try using a Python editor? I don't want to start the next "emacs vs vi" round, but seriously...

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

...and my editor will correct the formatting. For python, I would also have to manually...

Just like a C editor "corrects the formatting" for C, a Python editor "corrects the formatting" for Python.

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:It should be dead (283 comments)

A friend of mine, a physics major, is using Python to do his finance math (he secretly prefers Matlab) -- managed to write same exact code in Python, since chaining statements with ;'s is still allowed. All variable names are exactly one letter long, no spaces -- a wall of text margin to margin with no blank lines. His code will be dumpstered the moment he is not available to maintain it.

about 5 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

Shompol Re:"Undead" doesn't mean vibrant, though. (283 comments)

My senior colleague also does not get it. The thing is, with C-syntax you need braces + indentation. So python halves your work out of the box. In C when indentation and braces are mismatched you read the code one way, but the computer interprets it differently. In Python: fixed.

about 5 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Shompol Re:Good! (619 comments)

What? US has middle class? ...not really

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Shompol Re:Python Perl (466 comments)

Everything is relative. I admit that Perl is heaven compared to C or MASM. It is possible to write millions of lines of code in Perl. It is, however, a nightmare compared to Python: just the appearance of Perl code is an eyesore.

about 5 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Shompol Re:The Nightmare on WINDOWS(TM) Home Street (186 comments)

I see windows boxes at relatives houses and they are all infested with viruses and botnets, their browsers hijacked, mostly not from viruses but from "free" stuff they installed from the internet. By contrast, all the linux machines are pristine. Even two computers in the same household - one Linux and the other one Windows - there is no comparison.

You can downmod me all you want and tell stories how you managed to secure a Windows machine with your ninja IT skills, the average household's computer is like the "house" from TFA.

about 5 months ago

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