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Preferred Type of Game?

SirGeek Re:Boardgame Geek (171 comments)

My wife and I both love BGG. She's found their "Women in Gaming" group and they're super supportive and welcoming vs. the guys (Wow. what a shocker there :-\ ).

And with our 150+ games, its nice having a place to keep them all in a list too :)

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

SirGeek They've been screwing me too. (405 comments)

I'm not hosted by them either. They reject silently all emails from my qmail based servers and don't even tell me WHY they've been rejected either.

about a month ago

Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

SirGeek And to allow the NSA/Austrailian gov access to it? (142 comments)

Does ANYONE think that this would be happening if the gov agencies didn't think they could get something from it ?

It would allow the Australian NSA access without violating those pesky laws they're supposed to follow...

about a month and a half ago

Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

SirGeek Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (460 comments)

I pity USA scientists. It must be hard to live and work in a country where the powers that be turned all facts into opinions.

Or worse. Where their "faith" trumps your Facts, Data and empirical evidence.

about 3 months ago

Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

SirGeek Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (144 comments)

What about teaching "Data Structures and Algorithm Design", C/Pascal/Assembly Language ?

Linux != Comp Sci ...

This is why we have a generation of "programmers" who's solution to a problem is "throw more RAM into the system" instead of fixing their crappy code.

about 3 months ago

The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

SirGeek Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (160 comments)

And what happens when they've spoofed their IP addresses to point to a law enforcement building ?

about 3 months ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

SirGeek Re:Of course (141 comments)

Someone who wants you to die ? How hard would it be to increase the temp to "just" above the safe point (so bacteria/etc. grows) ?

Ingest the food, Get botulism or something else and die.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

SirGeek Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I've been out olf college for *mumbles 26 years* - I had Pascal, C, 2 Different Assembly Languages (X86 And VAX). Not to mention classes in Data Structures and Compiler Design. I've also done Embedded Systems Programming (Aircraft Engine Controls and Fire Alarms as a couple of examples). Too many people get the attitude - 'Oh. My program needs more memory, Just add some to the server.' which is a bad. Why write optimum code ?

I'd LOVE to see the Code Monkeys code working in some of the systems that I had to work with - Entire Program space was 32K (thats right - 32,768 BYTES) of memory - and NO OS. I've also worked with custom cpus that had 2 registers and no stack

about 4 months ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

SirGeek Then, Why isn't he being arrested and charged w/.. (266 comments)

Charged with Treason ?

He violated his departments charter and law...

So Toss his ass into Gitmo and wait 15 years to bring him to trial ..

about 5 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

SirGeek Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Ken Thompson - Also creator of the C Programming Language.

about 5 months ago

Why Software Builds Fail

SirGeek Here's a concept to prevent this crap - UNIT TESTS (279 comments)

If GOOD/Complete unit tests for code exist and this change would break it, How freaking tough is it to run the unit test before committing your change to source code control ?

about 6 months ago

New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

SirGeek And do they guarentee in writing that the data is. (64 comments)

... totally anonymous ?

How do you know that city employees are lying ? Their lips are moving :-\

and do they ensure that data won't be aggregated (i.e. Cellphone xxx-yyy-zzzz is anonymized at EVERY tower using a different encryption me key so that they can't look at the city and correlate that Cellphone xxx-yyy-zzzz was here, and here, and here, etc... ?

about 6 months ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

SirGeek Re:No, we don't (309 comments)

I thought that was what Java was "supposed" to be. Write Once, Run anywhere ?

Oh yeah.. That's right... 99% of programmers ONLY write for their target... Use libraries designed for their preferred target and can't even bother to test the damned thing...

And I've been programming around 33 years (As a professional for about 25) so just a "little" familiar with what happens because of "I have this Tool (hammer) so every problem must be solved with it (everything = nail).

about 6 months ago

The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

SirGeek Re:False comparison (339 comments)

That is one thing they're NOT talking about. Companies are trying to push people away from all concepts of ownership.

They want you to rent:

  • Books (Why the push to more electronic books) ?
  • Streaming of Music and Movies (why OWN something as lame as a CD/DVD - Rent it and save space !)
  • Renting furniture (I'm almost 47 and I can't EVER remember there being rental furniture when I was growing up
  • Renting of Video Games (why else push for download/etc. - other than no resale of the games)

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

SirGeek Why not badging of the doors ? (130 comments)

You can easily have the door "locked" from outside, But the room can be easily exited in the event of a power loss (crash bar on the inside door).

about 9 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

SirGeek Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

Are you going to give me the 100+ bucks for a new printer, new cartridges, etc ?

Why am I going to replace functional hardware JUST to "fix" a problem that isn't really a problem for me ?

about a year ago

Canadian Music Industry Calls For Internet Regulation, Website Blocking

SirGeek Re:Buying music? (198 comments)

Sorry, but your argument is wrong.

Most "Owned" Bands (i.e. on a Major Record Label) do NOT make their money on the CD Sales. They make a pittance. They make most (if not ALL their money) on tours.The reason we have things like JB, is they sell their souls to the music industry and allow them to be totally manipulated and peroform cookie cutter music that you can't tell from the other 20 performers of that style of music.

As for the "ugly" comment, You're telling me that a performer like Ted Nutgent.. I mean Nugent can't sell tickets ? Sadly he does.

If you want REAL musicians, Look up an Indie artist. There are a bunch. And some are even geeky. You have Marian Call, The Double Clicks, Molly Lewis, Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and others.... Support them and support their music.

about a year ago

US Internet Service In 2014: Net Neutrality Challenges and High-Speed Build-Outs

SirGeek Re:Pass the cost to the end user (73 comments)

Not "quite". Places are allowed to say "Price: X.XX, Cash Discount of $ Y.YY"

I've seen a few gas stations saying this. And doing this (offering a cash discount) is perfectly legal.

I would just like to see more places that do debit and credit (that don't charge more) asking people to use their debit cards (AS debit cards) whenever possible because it saves them CC Transaction fees - and thus saves THEM money because they don't need to raise their prices to pay for the fees).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

SirGeek Re:You answered yourself. (361 comments)

It isn't necessarily the "what you said", its the "how you say it".

  1. If you need to email someone, don't forget to be pleasant (it actually can make a huge difference - saying something as simple as "Hi Jim, I wanted to let you know that there may be a problem with your spec. I believe it should be .... Thanks Mike."
  2. If you're replaying to an email/communication with lots of people, be specific in whom you respond to (i.e. the "Hi Jim" comment above). It makes you come across as much less "curt" or blunt.
  3. Ask the more senior programmers for advice there. They will know the 'political landscape' too.

As for keeping the team informed, ASK THEM WHAT THEY WANT :-\

It may be as simple as telling them "I've met milestone 20131112, I'm moving on to the next task unless someone needs me to work on something else."

about a year ago



Google, Verizon propose Net neutrality framework

SirGeek SirGeek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SirGeek writes "CNET has just posted a story about Google, and Verizon have submitted a Net Neutrality proposal for the lawmakers.

The big breakthrough in the jointly written proposal for lawmakers is an agreement that would allow enforcement of the FCC's nondiscrimination clause."

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FCC overstepped with Comcast action

SirGeek SirGeek writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SirGeek writes "The Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to impose strict Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel in Washington, D.C. unanimously tossed out the FCC's August 2008 cease and desist order against Comcast, which had taken measures to slow BitTorrent transfers and had voluntarily ended them earlier in the year."

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