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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Snotnose One of the cornerstones (151 comments)

Back in the day Dr Dobbs, Byte, Embedded Systems Journal, and Computer Languages were the 4 I read every month.

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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Snotnose So... (428 comments)

Can I expect a black guy in a virtual white cop's simulation to shoot me as I experience being a black dude in same simulation?

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Snotnose Hello, I'm snotnose (157 comments)

I have the same nick/password on several sites. Including, but not limited to, /., soylentnews, fark, ultimate-guitar, ars-technica, a couple dating sites, a gay dating site, a site dedicated to midget transvestites, and petitions.whitehouse.gov. Feel free to track me.

Dang, I should change the latter. Some of the petitions I sign could be embarrassing.

That said, I assume the original article meant something more subtle. I wouldn't know, the link is dead to me.

3 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Snotnose uh oh (157 comments)

Somebody took that link out back and fed it a fist full of Valium. It's not dead, but it's comatose.

3 days ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

Snotnose Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

This is what gets me. The climate change types seem to have both science and scientists on their side, but their predictions just ain't happening. They seem to enjoy saying "well, we tweaked our models, this time we're right". Meanwhile you've got the dipshits claiming the sea level will rise by 6 feel over the next century even if we stop dumping carbon in the air now. Not to mention issues like putting your temperature recording stations in the middle of cites, which are naturally hotter than a 12 square mile meadow.

Color me confused, and too lazy to spend the hundreds of hours it would take for me to properly educate myself on all the issues.

about a week ago
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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

Snotnose Re:Fark (167 comments)

There are a couple of TF'ers who are pretty hostile, once they don't like you they evidently get flagged every time you post something and immediately reply with some BS. I learned to ignore them.

I'm no longer a TF'er, but I still get most of my online news from Fark first.

about two weeks ago
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Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

Snotnose Fark (167 comments)

I find I reliably get most of my news, and fast, from fark.com. Beats bbcnews (ok), yahoo (sucks), cnn (ok), and abcnews (ok) consistently.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Snotnose Re:Why? (262 comments)

"I also firmly believe individual departments should be paying for them" But they haven't been, often citing cost. This both encourages their purchase while reducing the excuse about cost.
So make it a federal mandate they have them by, say, 2018. The feds are good at forcing other people to spend money on things they'd rather not spend money on.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Snotnose Re:corporate win fall? (262 comments)

Taser (tasr) is selling most of the cameras to the cops. Looked into buying some a month ago, wish I had.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

Snotnose Why? (262 comments)

Why is this a federal charge? While I firmly believe all cops should wear cameras, I also firmly believe individual departments should be paying for them.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

Snotnose Re:wait for it (116 comments)

I think the idea was to get a cheapie this year, learn to fly it, hope it lasts a year, and get a better one for less money next year.

about three weeks ago
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Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

Snotnose Which 6? (107 comments)

If I knew which 6 NPAPI plugins were used I'd know if I cared or not.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

Snotnose Re:But hey (93 comments)

That whooshing sound is my sarcasm flying right over your head. Of course the major loser in these things is the consumers.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

Snotnose But hey (93 comments)

the consumer comes out ahead in all this, amirite?

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Snotnose Duck duck go (400 comments)

I switched my default search to ddg about 6 months ago. The results aren't as good as google, but 90% of the time it's good enough. Google is bookmarked when I need it.

Then again I use Chrome, don't remember exactly why but Firefox pissed me off enough to make the change about 2 years ago.

about a month ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

Snotnose Peak chocolate (323 comments)

So you're saying we're at peak chocolate now? Can't we just build pipelines to get the crude into our factories? Maybe use solar energy in it's production?

about a month ago
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R. A. Montgomery, Creator of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" Books, Dead At 78

Snotnose A programming book with the same format (80 comments)

Back in the late 60s/early 70's my dad brought home 2 books on computer programming. Each page explained a concept, and at the bottom asked a question. The answers were "foo, turn to page x", "bar, turn to page y". If you chose wrong the page explained why you were wrong.
I wish I had those books now. I asked dad several years ago what happened to them, he didn't know what I was talking about.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Snotnose Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

As opposed to....what.. not fixing roads?

You miss the point. If 100% of our gas tax went to roads and bridges we'd be golden. Instead it goes into the general fund, where it gets pissed away on politician's whims. Raising the gas tax in California does nothing for roads and bridges.

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Snotnose Oh fark off (554 comments)

Gee, 0.001% of consumers are now buying gas guzzlers so PANIC!!!! Meanwhile the rest of us drive as little as possible and enjoy saving $10-20 a week on gas prices. I live in California. The problem with raising the gas tax is that money goes into the cesspool that is the general fund, instead of being dedicated to roads and bridges. How can giving the bozos in Sacramento more money to piss away ever be considered a Good Thing (tm) ?

about a month ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Snotnose Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

Seriously: who or what interest does the state imagine it is "protecting" with this license?
Did you miss the part where they charge $75 a year? That's all the "protecting" they need.

about a month ago

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