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FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

Syncerus Long drop ... (614 comments)

... short rope.

Problem solved.

about 2 years ago

Gene Therapy Approach 'Completely' Protects Mice From HIV Infection

Syncerus MOD PARENT UP (190 comments)

I too think this should be ranked higher.

more than 2 years ago

Zynga Seeks $1 Billion In IPO

Syncerus Party like it's 1999 (93 comments)

As a survivor of the first bubble, followed by the SoCal Real Estate bubble, all I can say is that my BS detector is making loud whooping noises. A company is worth a a reasonable multiple of its earnings; nothing more. And reasonable doesn't mean 650x.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Verifying Security of a Hosted Site?

Syncerus Start here (182 comments)

Not to belabour the obvious, but why not start here:

That and never, ever insert user-supplied data into a query without using the vendor approved escape mechanism, even if you've done your own safety checks.

more than 3 years ago

Bringing Old Arcade Machines Into the Internet Age

Syncerus Re:Please (95 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication

Syncerus Re:"co-create" a language? (179 comments)

A very nice and thoughtful comment. Sometimes I come across more negative than I prefer, but a pet peeve of mine is speech designed to fold, spindle and mutilate the simple truth. Had the authors of the study chosen to use terms similar to your own, I would cheer them onward. Jokes about "dolphin sausage" aside, who can help but smile when around the animals?

Perhaps I mean to say that I like dolphins but dislike bunny huggers? Especially academic bunny huggers out to exploit public affection for the animals.

more than 3 years ago

Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication

Syncerus "co-create" a language? (179 comments)

Some forms of communication are designed to transfer information; but others are designed to obscure or refract it. Phony terms like "co-create" do nothing to generate confidence in the legitimacy of this project.

more than 3 years ago

Project Icarus: an Interstellar Mission Timeline

Syncerus Why spread the dysfunction? (265 comments)

Seriously, folks, why are we so eager to spread our dysfunction? Until we can manage the basics of sanity here on Earth, we have no business spreading to the stars. I'm not even talking about an idealised society of some kind; I'm just suggesting basic stability, justice and social order. Two thirds of the globe live in grinding misery,most of which is entirely preventable. I'd even go so far as to say that 85% of human misery is self-inflicted; the remainder is inherent in the human condition.

By any reasonable metric, social science has fallen abjectly behind "hard" science. In my view, this is because of the primacy of subjectivism and relativism in the humanities, but I'm certainly open to other explanations. I'm not opposed to space travel, even interstellar travel, which is almost entirely wishful thinking by the innumerate, I just think we should put our own house in order before we trash our neighbour's place.

more than 3 years ago

'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

Syncerus Re:Truecrypt (718 comments)

And his password on a small Post-it note stuck to the bottom of his keyboard. ;)

more than 3 years ago

Bing Becomes No.2 Search Engine at 4.37%

Syncerus Google Web == MS Desktop (366 comments)

Why is Windows monoculture bad and Google monoculture good?

Monoculture is monoculture.

more than 3 years ago

Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

Syncerus Counter point -- pre-emptive reboot (705 comments)

One minor point of disagreement. I'm a fan of the pre-emptive reboot at specific intervals, whether the interval be 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days is up to you. In the past, I've found the pre-emptive reboot will trigger hidden system problems, but at a time when you're actually ready for them, rather than at a time when they happen spontaneously ( 2:30 in the morning ).

more than 3 years ago

Geekiest Marriage Proposals Ever

Syncerus Re:Hans Reiser's proposal (96 comments)

In poor taste? Absolutely.
Nevertheless amusing? Absolutely.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Rains Paper Airplanes From Space

Syncerus Don't be so grumpy! (122 comments)

Come on, admit it. The little kid inside you thought this was really cool. :D

If this doesn't bring a smile to your face, then you're not a real geek.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Aims To Release Four Firefox Versions In 2011

Syncerus Synchronization with HTMLX (263 comments)

Mozilla should move the other direction. They should follow the W3C lead and dispense with versions altogether and simply release "Firefox" that displays "HTML".

What could possibly go wrong?

more than 3 years ago

Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

Syncerus Rejected by peer reviewed journals ... (815 comments)

Also, the site on which this report was published is owned by the authors.

more than 3 years ago

Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

Syncerus Re:Old dog, new tricks (785 comments)

That's probably true, but you can't program either as well or as quickly as this one.

All kidding aside, this isn't a troll. There's a shift in one's thinking that takes place after learning 5 or 6 languages; it becomes ever more profound after you've worked in a number of languages for years. At last count, I've learned at least a major portion of some 19 languages. I've actually been paid to work in something like 10 or 11 languages, depending on what you consider to be a dialect rather than a separate language.

My point isn't that learning multiple languages makes one cooler. It's that it causes one to internalize and genericise problem solving methodologies, which makes one a better and faster programmer.

Let me ask you this question: do you expect to learn nothing over the next 10 years? Do you expect to become a worse programmer? All things being equal, a good new graduate will only get better over time.

more than 3 years ago

Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

Syncerus Old dog, new tricks (785 comments)

I can learn a new technology faster than any new grad. If a skill is hot, I can be better faster.

And write 3x as much **production** quality code.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

Syncerus The problem with both parties ... (1425 comments)

The problem with both parties is that we can't keep the dumbest 2% of us off the television.

more than 3 years ago



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