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The World's Best Living Programmers

SirGeek Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

Ken Thompson - Also creator of the C Programming Language.

about two weeks ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 a month ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 6 months ago
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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 5 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

SirGeek Re:I think he's ready (274 comments)

I think this kid's ready for the big time! Future statesman, you heard about him first on Slashdot!

I'm not sure mentioned on slashdot is any kind of endorsement. You don't see Wil Wheaton in the DC, do you?

Nope. Because Wil Wheaton :

  1. Is NOT a lawyer (and he doesn't play one on TV either)
  2. He HAS A SOUL

1 year,4 days
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Dr. Dobb's Calls BS On Obsession With Simple Code

SirGeek Re:So the news is... (381 comments)

The people who I think need to be berated are the folks who write the obfuscated code or do things like overload operators not because they need to, but because they can.

I think you mean beheaded. And their heads mounted on the wall above the server room :)

1 year,24 days
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Automated Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records On Drivers

SirGeek Re:Paranoia (276 comments)

Ok. How's this for a very "possible" scenario.

You're driving a different route (due to road construction/etc.) And your car goes past a house that is under surveillance for some crime (Say prostitution or drugs).

Your car's plate gets "snapped" in front of the house. They don't CARE that you're just driving by, You're driving past a crime scene. They get your data, and then they check your plate and find you had unpaid parking tickets. Then they visit you at your place of employment or better yet your home. They ask for you in regards to a crime at house where Prostitution/Drugs are used.

Does it MATTER to the police that you were just driving by the hose ? Nope. They can use it as an excuse for harassing you.

Does it matter they already knew your plate # ? Nope. They can use the cameras to determine ANYTHING they want:

"Gee. You drive from Camera A to Camera B, a distance of 1 mile. You drove it in 45 seconds, It should have taken you a full minute @ 30MPH. So you're speeding - DING ! Ticket issued. Camera B to Camera C, another Mile. Another 45 seconds, DING Another ticket.

Is that OK with you now ?

1 year,24 days
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Nationwide Snooping System Launched In India

SirGeek Re:What point does public discussion serve? (98 comments)

Having the public outraged against war is what got the soldiers OUT of Viet Nam before they were all massacred. People can do something, the problem is that too many people are currently more concerned with who won American Idol, or the next episodes of Big Brother, etc.

People need to stop the "I'm not doing something wrong so who cares" attitude. The point is what happens if a wrong number calls you and They ARE doing something bad, you're now "Associated" with that person so they're going go through you you wouldn't believe. And for what ? Receiving a call from a WRONG NUMBER ?

THATs the problem. They can do what they want, to whomever they wish, for any reason (or no reason other than "Your name looks funny, You must be doing something wrong."

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

SirGeek Re:first (334 comments)

I'm SO with you. My 1st "full time" programming job was for embedded systems where throwing "more RAM" at a problem wasn't an option. It was programmed with ASM (including a Custom Macro ASM language for the company's own CPUs).

There is ways to be efficient and there are ways to be lazy and there is some happy medium. My biggest gripe is that too many people rely on:

  • Their IDE to tell them all the syntax, etc. instead of having to know when its right.
  • Their IDE to do everything "under the hood" so they don't have to.

I didn't use an IDE for almost 20 years of my career (and I'm only using one now because of all the "young" programmers that can't even write a hello world program without one). While I'm no longer doing ASM programming, I still try to do things as efficiently as possible (code reuse, static libraries when possible, etc.)

about a year ago
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Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime?

SirGeek Re:The ONLY Way this should work is... (309 comments)

No. That's a bit "harsh", I'd say they're removed from their job and forbidden from ever working in a Public Service or Police position ever again.

about a year ago
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New Drugs Trail Many Old Ones In Effectiveness Against Disease

SirGeek Then you've got companies abusing the FDA process. (230 comments)

A perfect example of this is when Colcrys was approved. It was a "tweaked" version of the drug Colchicine which was grandfathered (i.e. no patent).

They patented Colcrys and killed Colchicine. The new drug was "purer" than Colchicine but it didn't work for many people. And the price went from $0.09 to $4.85 per tablet. The old drug was also used for treating joint issues (but the new version didn't work).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchicine

about a year ago
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Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime?

SirGeek Re:The ONLY Way this should work is... (309 comments)

You are correct. My bad. I thought that it was not the right acronym. But I flaked !

about a year ago
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Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime?

SirGeek The ONLY Way this should work is... (309 comments)

if 100% of the footage is uploaded/published on a regular basis.

Remove the ability of a department to "lose" the info. Perhaps even send the raw footage to the AFL-CIO

about a year ago

Submissions

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Google, Verizon propose Net neutrality framework

SirGeek SirGeek writes  |  more than 3 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."

Link to Original Source
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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."

Link to Original Source

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