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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Splab Re:Its the anti-gun agenda, seriously, read articl (250 comments)

No, it's not anti gun propaganda. I'm from a country where guns are banned and people are wholeheartedly against guns, but we aren't fucking stupid! We enjoy science and experiments like these are allowed; but under proper supervision.

This smells a lot like someone wanting an excuse for firing this particular teacher.

2 days ago
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I expect to retire ...

Splab Re:Never! (322 comments)

It is sort of weird, not sure where old programmers go.

When we had our last round of hiring, oldest applicant was 38 (and got hired) - in my earlier jobs I can't recall anyone over the age of 50 applying; I guess programmers of the 80s and early 90s where so uncommon and all have matured to management - or given up on keeping up and found a new career?

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Splab Re:It's California (723 comments)

Really? So you moan about having to pay a bit more to a guy who couldn't get insurance?

You really need to get a reality check...

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Splab Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

Why do you keep claiming that Apple has somehow managed to do animation without discrete steps?

Any animations are a series of discrete steps, you *might* add blurring but they are damned well still discrete steps!

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Splab Re:Article is not very clear. (342 comments)

Considering the book "Flash Boys" is about how fucked up HFT is and how bad it is for investors, one does wonder what kind of agenda you are pushing, claiming the exact opposite.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Splab Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

You obviously don't bike...

The mirror is important because that's when the car is interacting with your space - when both parties are going straight, you don't care about their brakes or speed; The time for danger (provided you as a bicyclist actually adhere to the law) is when a car is trying to do a right hand turn - this is when they enter your domain and this is when you are going to get killed (statistically speaking); this should never happen at high speed, nor with malfunctioning brakes (yay for mandatory two year inspections).

As a bicyclist you (should) pay very close attention to what's going on in the right turn lane, are they slowing down? Have they seen me? *CAN* they see me? And trust me, I assume that all drivers are idiots playing on their phone will trying to eat a sandwich - having a indication that the driver turning right is absolutely blind and oblivious to my presence just means I can react a second earlier.

(I treat vans and trucks like they have zero mirrors)

about three weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Splab Re:Why stop there? (496 comments)

I live in Copenhagen and drive a bike, I think replacing sideview mirrors with cameras is a horrible idea. If someone is driving around with a broken mirror, I can tell from a long distance, and I will know to be careful around that driver - if he breaks his monitor or camera and don't get it replaced, I will have zero "heads up" about his lack of information.

about three weeks ago
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The Mystery of the 'Only Camera To Come Back From the Moon'

Splab Re:Salvage Opportunity... (54 comments)

Team America - World Police.

about a month ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Splab Re:Physical access? (150 comments)

Wrong century... ATMs of today are running on off the shelf hardware, with "special" (as in special needs) operating systems (Windows). They have exposed USB ports under the hood and to make it completely idiotic, the only thing locked behind high security is the money. The motherboard is quite often found just under the keypad, which can be accessed by standard keys.

See these guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... (Unfortunately the actual hack is poorly recorded, but still quite interesting).

about a month ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Splab Re:This story is so strange (491 comments)

Well the problem with that story is it ruins perfectly good conspiracy theories, an airplane going down due to a fire is horrible, but it just isn't sexy enough to keep us news zombies interested.

(Also, one thing I don't like about his deduction is how the airplane managed to stay airborne for 6 more hours; as he himself writes, a fire onboard an aircraft is a major problem, one does wonder how a fire managed to kill everyone on board but in the process also managed to put itself out before anything important for continued flight went dead).

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

Splab Re:Horrible article (140 comments)

So, once you have learned an UI, you refuse to upgrade?

I haven't tried Android Studio, but I am using IntelliJ Ultimate Edition - for the life of me, I can see any reason why anyone would ever prefer Eclipse over IntelliJ.

about a month ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

Splab Re:I'll make it easy (145 comments)

There was a plane some time back that dropped out of the sky, due to black market parts, since then it has been cleaned up quite a bit, but if you are a cheapo operator, picking something up in the far east, that happens to be the real thing for 1/10th of the price, might seem like a good deal.

Granted I personally doubt this is the goal of this disappearance, iff, and that is a big iff, the airplane was stolen, it is most likely because someone wants to do some terror, e.g. fill it with radioactive materials and stick it in a building somewhere.

Personally I believe it to be somewhat more mundane, electrical fire taking out systems ad-hoc, pilot tries to save his plane, gets his bearings wrong and plane ends up in the water somewhere unexpected.

about a month ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

Splab Re:I'll make it easy (145 comments)

In theory yes, in real life no. There is quite a huge black market for spare parts.

about a month ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

Splab Re:I'll make it easy (145 comments)

The big question is what was worth killing 238 people for (the airplane is most probably still intact, the passengers however, was probably killed when they climbed to 45.000 feet)? While an airplane like the 777 clocks in at $250 million, it's probably only going to fetch between $25 million and $50 million as spare parts. One does wonder what was in the cargo; military equipment? Dollars? Perhaps a passenger was carrying high value trade secrets?

Perhaps someone is planning to stick it in a building at some point in the future (even worse, load it with a nuke - damned thing can easily be disguised as civilian traffic and can fly around the world and place it where ever they want...)

about a month ago
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Splab My favorite (452 comments)

They will never realize that I have no idea what I'm doing!

about a month ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

Splab Re:Proper patent valuation (406 comments)

Depends on where you are, but here in Socialist Europe, people are calling less and less, so the ability to call is becoming less of a bullet point.

Data and texting are the most important features now...

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Splab Re:Stills seems like it has to be an inside job (228 comments)

BS. Just because you are a startup doesn't mean you can't get competent programmers.

And whatever happened when the company started, doesn't change the fact that they had half a billion worth of bitcoin when they got screwed; with little to no security in place. as I said, it's more impressive that they didn't get run over before.

about a month and a half ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Splab Re:Stills seems like it has to be an inside job (228 comments)

Why high up? Most articles about Mt. Gox talks about lax security and bag change management.

They had half a billion dollars worth of bitcoins, a "currency" which is extremely hard to track and ridiculously easy to steal if you have the keys to the city. Stealing half a billion dollars (without being a bank) requires a truck and some heavy lifting - a developer stealing the wallets and nuking the database takes only a few seconds and very little lifting.

I find it harder to believe it took so long for someone to steal it...

about a month and a half ago
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New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

Splab Re:Needed for Digital Cameras (155 comments)

Does the loading and saving keep EXIF? My camera puts in a lot of EXIF information, stripping it out can save quite a bit of space.

about a month and a half ago
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Wolfram Language Demo Impresses

Splab Re:Does calling a method really count as 2 lines? (216 comments)

When you make a statement like: "travelling salesman in 4 lines of code", it generally means the entire problem in 4 lines of code, not a function call to some built in function and a couple of array initializers.

Now, had the submitter written something like "Hey check this out, it has some really cool functions build in", that would have made at least some sense.

about 2 months ago

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