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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

SpaghettiPattern Google could bring back Apps Sync (165 comments)

Awhile back Google started asking money for Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook®. I think I speak for many when I say that this is a neat gimmick I could have continued using to sync my Outlook Calendar at work with my private Gmail Calendar. For Google that was one way to reduce MS' influence on Android by penetrating Outlook and make corporate users see alternatives. Alas, Google decided to make peanuts and the regular user stopped using Apps Sync for MS. I guess that now MS Outlook on Android considered by my employer for making workers more productive whilst using their own device. Security on Outlook for Android should be interesting.

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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

SpaghettiPattern Some Nobody On Earth: Who Started? (422 comments)

Who started snooping without warrants? Bending rules? Breaking rules? Little sympathy towards authorities is left in the world.

2 days ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

SpaghettiPattern Situations where using your own is forbidden (165 comments)

There are situations where using your own computer is forbidden.

What a stupid bit of advertising here. It puts off resellers as the product is marketed to circumvent procedures and hence to engage in illicit activities. And in cases where circumventing procedures is beneficial to the common good, activists will already have spotted that opportunity.

I admit that I'm not a marketing guru. But why not elegantly appeal to people wanting to travel light for instance?

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

SpaghettiPattern Expectations (840 comments)

Why expect anyone to do economically pointless work? By the same standards you could wonder why we stopped grinding wheat. Or darning socks. Even though I am a tinkerer, I appreciate most people avoid fixing appliances.

Also, we are moving towards a society where working is no longer required. Youths today are perfecioning the art of chatting and consuming. Although such a life style is not my cup of tea, I realise that the alternative would be unemployed peoplen rioting. Governments and corporations will come up with a scheme to keep the masses happy and consuming. We will live in even more interesting times

about a month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

SpaghettiPattern Venomous vs. poisonous (94 comments)

Poisonous snakes poison you when you eat them. Venomous snakes poison you when they bite you.

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

SpaghettiPattern OT: Jehovah's witnesses once hung up on me (246 comments)

I pride myself with the fact that once Jehovah's witnesses called me and they themselves decided to hang up on me. I don't recall what I said exactly but I listened attentively, I actively engaged in a discussion, I never raised my voice and I always remained courteous. Now I realize I must be a absolute and genuine bastard. No matter how hard I try, my bastardness seems to ooze out out of every hole and pore of my body. Damn, my goal in life of becoming lovable remains far away on the horizon of my journey.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

SpaghettiPattern Rude AND illogical (430 comments)

I believe most of us agree that homophobia is rude (to say the least.) But as Steve Jobs wasn't gay, removing the memorial dedicated to him is highly illogical.

about 3 months ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

SpaghettiPattern "Negative thinking" is interpreted wrongly (158 comments)

In any setting I need to see shortcomings in order to improve on them. So called "positive thinkers" have a tough time dealing with that. (Usually their claim to fame on my work is that they too cooperated. Usually by not inhibiting me.) But as age grinds on, I learned to naturally word my concerns in a positive sounding fashion. I sometimes utter a kind of new-speak -which I detest- but it enables me to proceed with development, so I indulge.

about 3 months ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

SpaghettiPattern The dirty mind plays up (165 comments)

Would I be able to surprise mi SO with a special toy made in my full body shape. I wouldn't need sharp edges, a soft material would better suit the purpose and no toxins should be freed on body contact -especially with the mucus membranes.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

SpaghettiPattern Re:Pay me once, shame on me. (106 comments)

So basically they're paying the winners less than one year's salary for a picker,...

We shouldn't be sentimental about crappy jobs vanishing. It's the way we go and there's no stopping the train. The main question here is how we will transition into a society where entertainment is there to keep the masses sedated and to convince them to consume stuff (like entertainment.)

I'd shed another light. They're paying way less that what it would cost themselves to develop. Picking an item is actually pretty hard. Will they find "one of us" willing to put in the hours and willing to forfeit his IP? There are plenty of bright young people around that just don't realize the scam and perhaps just buy into it.

about 4 months ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

SpaghettiPattern Good idea (103 comments)

What bugs me most about Thai food imitations is bad taste and cheap surrogates. The wost offenders IMHO are Chinese cooks pretending to. Corn starch with water an coconut flavour DOES NOT replace coconut milk. Never, ever!

about 4 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

SpaghettiPattern Within days on /. (610 comments)

Literally within days, this hot breaking news item shows on /. Impressive. How we ever managed to keep abreast before the age of internet is well beyond my metal capabilities.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend.

It's cheap to knock a language with a huge installed base as COBOL, mostly because the syntax and the conventions are slightly awkward for "modern" eyes. (I say modern but the elitist dislike for COBOL I believe started in the 70ies.) COBOL is damn good at solving the kinds of problems it was designed for. I have even seen a shop that had/has a COBOL backend to the web applications it offered/offers.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

The problem is that you usually don't know where the the allocated memory is finished.

I understand the rationale behind the pointers like they are, but I'd still prefer if pointers could keep both address and size of the buffer. But it's too late now for such kind of redesign or upgrade.

I understand what you mean. For most projects I do I share your desire to be slightly more casual with memory management. Although I am in the fortunate position to be able to choose a different language (I'm happy to use Java's StringBuilder to append ad infinitum), I cherish the basics I learned when I programmed C. Being able to think in the most basic elements is yet another perspective.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

You can't have a string longer than the amount of memory that is reachable by a pointer.

Did you reread what you wrote? A pointer is nothing more or less than a memory address. A string pointer points to the first character in the string and the string can have any length (theoretically.)

Do you mean, perhaps, that you can't have a C string that doesn't fit into memory all at once? Let's assume you do. That would be an academic limitation. I have never ever encountered a string so big. If you have the need to handle such enormous strings then you probably should study streaming (of characters or bytes.)

You don't say. Sounds like this is relatively new to you.

That's a silly tone you'd better ditch buddy.

The former must be very concise

That's complete nonsense. Source code size has nothing to do with object size, let alone suitability of a language for different problem domains. C's conciseness was useful in the 1970s and 80s, where memory used for source code whilst editing and compiling was a significant factor. Nowadays 10s or hundreds of K of source code is irrelevant in GB sized PC memories. The conciseness is worthless.

I give to you that concise was the wrong word to use. However, well abstracted problems result in concise code and object, while at the same time the code remains readable. Beating the optimizer is foolish, but shouldn't be mistaken with well analyzed problems. Simply punching away in order to scratch the itch is a guarantee for revisiting the code unnecessarily.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

SpaghettiPattern Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

I believe none of you actually programmed in C. A string terminated by \0 can be represented by a single pointer and an have any length. You can also easily let the string keep growing (until the allocated memory is finished.) That is the epitome of KISS. If you use an 8 byte character at the beginning then you are limited to a string length of 255. A structure with a length and a string pointer (or a character array) is much more complex and that would reflect in more complex library functions.

C was invented by exceptionally bright people. For a language that was primarily designed to program kernels its remarkably versatile. If you are seeking a language to write administrative applications then you should look further. COBOL back in the days or Java nowadays would suit you better. And yes, there is a difference in programming prowess between kernel / library programmers and application programmers. The latter "just" have to get the business logic going and are allowed to use every trick in the book. The former must be very concise and consider that their code will be used by a huge amount of other programs.

about 5 months ago
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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

SpaghettiPattern Re:Will download (67 comments)

You're forgetting that even if you have cached the maps in detail (e.g. by beforehand zooming in to all the parts you really need on your trip) the navigation still doesn't work without being on-line.

After having toyed around with cached Google maps for years, this year I finally got a (2nd hand) car with navigator built in. No more mucking about when crossing country boundaries. Bliss at last.

For my usage (EU, frequent border hopper), Google maps is excellent for planning a trip. Not so much for actual moving between destinations.

about 5 months ago
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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 5 months ago

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50 office-speak phrases you love to hate

SpaghettiPattern SpaghettiPattern writes  |  more than 4 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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