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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

SpaghettiPattern Is he a scientist? (179 comments)

Is he an actual scientist? Did he do any scientific research? Did he merit a the title of university professor? Sure, he did make money, but that doesn't automatically mean he should earn a title that few people get after working very hard, usually without extreme luxury or profit.

about a week ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

SpaghettiPattern Re: Passwords don't need to be killed (383 comments)

The device almost by definition must be autonomous. You wouldn't want your phone to setup a session which attackers could misuse. I'd be fine with using a key like my bank uses whereby the application sends me a challenge which the device encodes and which the application recognises as such.

about two weeks ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

SpaghettiPattern Re:Passwords don't need to be killed (383 comments)

First decent reaction I see here on /.

Open hardware key where a private key is held and which cannot be extracted (yes, that is possible.) Access to hardware through small keyboard, requiring a PIN/password. Open protocol to challenge private key. Everything is already available. Openness is the key and I think DARPA could apply strong influence in making this possible.

about three weeks ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

SpaghettiPattern What happened at the road exit? (163 comments)

If you watch the navigation screen you see the guy approaching a an exit and the video stopping right there. What happened there?

A few observations more.

  1. Considerable effort went into the work around. A redundant device was prepared as cold standby.
  2. Why was the driver listening to Bavarian (Bavaria is the B in BMW) radio?

about a month ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

SpaghettiPattern Re:Stop mentioning vi and emacs (402 comments)


This is for people moving to a text editor from Word.

Then, I sincerely wonder, WTF is this article doing on /.?

about a month ago

Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

SpaghettiPattern Not a threat to security (143 comments)

Not a threat to security. More of a threat to global mental health.

about a month and a half ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

SpaghettiPattern Imagine managing a corporation without vision (468 comments)

It's Monday and you arrive at work. Somehow you feel you're being managed bin a bunch of cretins but you attribute this to your negative outlook on life. But today is different. In a Tommy-esque way, starting from middle management going up, everyone wares ear, eye and mouth plugs. You think, at first, that your outfit is going to the hounds because vision now truly can no longer be. However, well before the 2nd coffee break, you realize you were wrong. Stuff suddenly works. You feel at ease to communicate with your peers. Stuff that would have take weeks of meetings is agreed upon immediately. Stuff requiring well thought considerations actually gets these. You even start greeting the cleaner at the end of the day. The strangest day of your life passed and you became absolutely convinced that the magic potion for the shop was found. A new and effective way of managing a bunch of developers leaves them enthused. It is patented of course. Magic, sheer magic was cast upon everyone in the company. That night you sleep calm and sound knowing the pointy headed bosses suddenly got a clue and that in "vision without seeing" will be the next hot thing. The deaf, dumb and blind bosses sure play a mean pinball.

about 2 months ago

New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

SpaghettiPattern Re:What a shame, but... apk (206 comments)

Don't be naive. The only reason Russia and other oppressive nations pass laws like these is so they can better monitor what their 'citizens' are doing and saying. It's a lot easier to lock up whoever wrote "Putin Sucks" online if the data is in a Russian server.

And having data reside in the USA at the whims of the NSA is how much better?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

SpaghettiPattern It depends (282 comments)

It depends. No exact numbers apply here. If you take full control and responsibility for your actions, change when you cannot add value to the company you work for and once you have the opportunity to do so elsewhere. The term "adding value" I chose deliberately. You can only add value (and generally make sense) if you're happy and progressing in the fields you find desirable. IMHO anyway. If OTOH building a career only has to do with knowing people and babbling a lot without going fully into something, then WTF are you doing on /.?

about 2 months ago

Damian Conway On Perl 6 and the Philosophy of Programming

SpaghettiPattern Perl for learning OO (132 comments)

Conway states Perl isn't the ideal fist language and I sort of agree. I OTOH have found Perl awkwardly useful for learning OO. As in Perl 5 you had to roll your own inheritance, you definitely understood it better as a consequence. I transitioned to Java SE and I actually prefer the strong typing as it makes messing up that little harder. Perl is still in my toolbox and I do advanced system programs with it. You know, stuff that both Bourne and Java are bad at.

about 2 months ago

Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

SpaghettiPattern Who's invasive then? (133 comments)

Could this be used to determine whether certain people are invasive? And they should leave on moral grounds. Or that they will face misery because of a gene they don't possess?

about 2 months ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

SpaghettiPattern Re:Hail UTC (158 comments)

My car's clock live on UTC, mostly because I'm too lazy to adjust it.

It's quirky. But could also be a symptom of a benign kind of OCD. Then again, perhaps I'm projecting my prospect of live on you. In which case, please ignore cheerfully.

about 2 months ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

SpaghettiPattern Hail UTC (158 comments)

Hail UTC. Everyone should use it. I mean, what's in a number for keeping track when you have to do stuff? Local time is hard enough and then comes daylight saving. Ever travelled by boat from Europe main land to the British isles? Ever had to calculate tides and/or water flow? Ever had an uncomfortable/critical email exchange between Europe and British isles (where the feet-dragger typically abuses any possible source of unclarity)?

about 2 months ago

Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

SpaghettiPattern Cool time capsule (133 comments)

Cool time capsule. Stuff belongs in a museum. Great document of Japanese culture.

about 2 months ago

Perl Is Undead

SpaghettiPattern Re:It should be dead (283 comments)

You can write C-code obscurely too. But, somehow, Perl seems to encourage this sort of thing... 20 years ago my CS-professor dismissed Perl as a "write-only" language — since then my conviction of him being right has only grown.

I understand but disagree. Any language can be a write-only language if you don't care about maintainability. Then there are the wannabe gurus that save 3 lines of code not to shorten the program but to impress others. Even worse, there are people that criticise readable code for it being too simple. If you ever worked in a team of programmers with varying skills then you appreciate simple, readable code. You also will once you had to take over unreadable code.

about 2 months ago

X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

SpaghettiPattern Migration from VT220 (204 comments)

I started my IT life on DEC/VAX with VT220 terminals. VMS wasn't too. Then Solaris 4.* came along and I had the privilege of setting up a bunch of X-Windows terminals. UNIX, I found, rocked much more than VMS. The best GUI I ever used on X was xterm. Nowadays the herminal emulators on Cygwin are pretty good. The socond best GUI which I ran on X is Eclipse. The Internet browser comes in third.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

SpaghettiPattern A day at the library saves a month in the field (466 comments)

Sure, you can grasp stuff you google and simply repeat the trick over and over again. If you don't want to learn a new language then that's probably the way to go.
However, if you invest a few hours here and there, you will start to master a language that suits your purpose. I myself learned Perl back when C and LISP were still taught. Any quick, one-time transformation I can do in Perl. There are a bunch of other languages out there that so similar stuff for you purpose (Python, Ruby, etc...)

I also sense you'd be happy to graphically click your transformation together. I advocate against such practice as the solutions I've seen so far work well for Hello Worlds but start to stink at anything half complex.

If you have a career you will understand that unless you invest (in yourself) you will remain at the mercy of others.

about 2 months ago

Cisco Complains To Obama About NSA Adding Spyware To Routers

SpaghettiPattern Why! Cisco gear is manufactured in the USA. (297 comments)

Why! Cisco gear is actually manufactured in the USA. (As opposed to being outsourced to the cheapest outfit on the planet.)

about 3 months ago

Brazilian Kids Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans

SpaghettiPattern Re:Vocês crianças saia do meu gramado! (147 comments)

Vocês crianças saia do meu gramado!

(You kids get off my lawn!)

I have to say. It is not correct, but is exactly what a foreign neighbor of mine would say me years ago !

I confess to have used Google translate. I would have done a better job at Spanish as it is more similar to Italian, my mother language. But here we are.

about 4 months ago

Brazilian Kids Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans

SpaghettiPattern Vocês crianças saia do meu gramado! (147 comments)

Vocês crianças saia do meu gramado!
(You kids get off my lawn!)

about 4 months ago



50 office-speak phrases you love to hate

SpaghettiPattern SpaghettiPattern writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SpaghettiPattern (609814) writes "I wouldn't want to wrongside the /. demographic by don't letting them come to the party, so it's time to get all our ducks in a row and sprinkle some BBC magic onto my dear stakeholders. The BBC runs an article that goes forward in 360-degree thinking about the challenge posed by office-speak.
Oh, I can't stand this any longer so I'll move forward."


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