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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Talonius That I would be working with people, not computers (548 comments)

I always wanted to be a programmer so I could while away the night, hacking away at solutions to problems that interested me. Now I find myself in a career mired by paperwork, delays, and clueless management. I wish I would've known what the real world was like before I started -- perhaps I'd have taken up that writing career instead. (Who's kidding who... it's just as bad, if not worse.)

about a month ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Talonius Re:Shenanigans! (371 comments)

After checking my history, I need to re-evaluate my definition of the word "rarely."

about a month and a half ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

Talonius Re:Shenanigans! (371 comments)

I have a low UID but rarely comment. Mostly because by the time I get to an article, what's worth saying has been said. In short, I wouldn't hold that against him. The other evidence... eh, go wild.

about a month and a half ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

Talonius Kidnapping. (176 comments)

When I had heard that the Russians were calling this kidnapping, I was doubtful -- but now, not so sure. We really do exact our justice anywhere we want to, don't we?

What happened to extradition treaties and such? When did it become "stuff them in a van and drive!"?

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Talonius Re:Never meant to upset? (160 comments)

Testify! As was said before on /. change your information to nonsense and leave. Afterthought Look up the British journalist whose photo was used for a prostitution service she objected and was told because the advertisers liked her photo they could use it and there was nothing she could do about it.

I Google'd "British Journalist Facebook Photo" and received zero valid results relating to what you describe. Do you have a more direct link, or a name?

about 3 months ago
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Facebook To Introduce Video Ads

Talonius This is for your own good! (180 comments)

Oh, we're sorry. You haven't NOTICED the text and graphical based ads here. Since we know that can't be because you have no interest, we wanted to make it easier for you to see our advertising!

Reminds me of the project managers where I work. "Oh, reality? Fuck that, we warp it to what we think it should be!"

about a year ago
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Injectable Nanoparticles Maintain Normal Blood-sugar Levels For Up To 10 Days

Talonius Re:Both (121 comments)

The problem with the pump for me is that the reservoir isn't large enough. As a Type-1 insulin resistant diabetic of almost 30 years I currently take 250u of Apidra insulin a day, along with 85u of Lantus. When on the pump with Apidra insulin forming the baseline it comes out to 325u of Apidra a day. That's a single reservoir, meaning I'd be changing my kit every day - and that's something my insurance company won't pay for and is really a pain in the ass.

And concentrated humulin R insulin does absolutely nothing for me.

And before you scream "eat less" -- if I eat a peanut butter and sugar-free jelly sandwich (two slices of white FKA known as "Wonder" bread, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a table spoon of jelly) I have to take 50u of insulin to maintain my blood sugar.

(Boy, us type 1s sure are defensive about being told how to care for our disease, heh.)

about a year ago
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Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs

Talonius Re:Idiots (312 comments)

See the "people are too stupid to run a democracy" study published a few months back.

Really, here in the US, there's no benefit to doing the right thing - or anything. You'll get lambasted from both sides no matter what choice you make. Objective political reporting is dead, if it ever existed. Satisfying the donors and behind the scenes manipulators is about the only approval you can expect.

And that's our (the voting public's) fault. We have become unwilling to compromise and negotiate and instead we prefer highly publicized stand offs over minute issues while our paid taxes slowly swirl down the drain.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs

Talonius Re:Mixed feelings ... (312 comments)

I don't see how having access to everything done by everyone in a nation will help them. Information overload. If they're using it to fight crime, the crime has to occur first. And the potential privacy implications of such a database as well as the identity theft/blackmail potential is simply unreasonable as a counterweight to the gains.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Activities To Be Recorded By UK ISPs

Talonius Re:Riots (312 comments)

It's sad that I wanted to post a joke in reply to this post, but I'm afraid it would be logged, tracked, and used against me in a court of law.

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese Court Orders Google To Turn Off Auto-Complete Function

Talonius Re:What goes around comes around (236 comments)

Woah, woah, we have no place for your logical thinking here. Get out, heretic!

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

Talonius Re:Just because they don't make money doesn't mean (649 comments)

I don't get this argument that Android users don't buy apps. Perhaps I'm the minority.

On my phone right now are: Anomaly HD (which if you don't have, get!), Armored II, Bloons TD 4, Settlers of Catan, Dead Space, Dungeon Village, Epic Astro Story, Fieldrunners, Fruit Ninja, Great Little War Game, Gurk and Gurk II, HexDefense, Homerun Battle, Jelly Defense, Majesty and the Frozen North expansion, Monopoly, Myth Defense (and all expansion maps), Pocket League Story, Quell, Quell Reflect, Retro Defense, Robo Defense, Sentinel 3, SpaceStation, Townsmen 6, UNO, World of Goo, Zombie Defense, Zombieville. Not installed (but purchased through the market) are Age of Zombies, Baseball Superstars 2011, Bejeweled 2 (which EA says doesn't work on ICS but works fine), Cell Wars, Heavy Gunner 3D, Reckless Getaway, Simcity Deluxe, Spirit HD, Star Armada RTS, Super KO Boxing 2, Tetris, The Sims 3, Tower Raiders GOLD, Towers Raiders 2 GOLD, and Train Conductor 2: USA.

I've also bought apps from Amazon but since I can't separate what I've bought from what I've obtained through their free app of the day program, I won't list them.

Even the games that I've spent $4.99 for (Anomaly HD) are well worth the money, especially when compared with the massive disappointment that Mass Effect 3 was at $79.99. (Actually, to clarify, ME3 was a good game with a fucking incredibly horrible, pointless ending, and is the first ME game I have no desire to replay whatosever.)

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

Talonius Re:Who can blame them? (649 comments)

Buy an HTC phone. They allow you to unlock them - officially - and install any ROM you want on them. In return you give up support. The same choice that was made previously, but you had to break the law to achieve.

I have an HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile) and I cannot stress how much I love this phone. It's already running ICS despite the T-Mobile official upgrade being available, and if I want a different feature set xda-developers has almost every choice I could want, including how to cook my own from the Android source.

more than 2 years ago
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C++0x Finally Becomes a Standard

Talonius At least it's in no trouble of dying... (398 comments)

...unlike C# which Microsoft seems to enjoy having confusion surround (see the HTML/JavaScript fiasco) or Java, which Oracle seems intent on bringing confusion, branding, and licensing to, C++ has managed to evolve for how many years now? Under a committee of people no less?

Say what you will but I've recently decided to go back to my roots and work in C and C++ just for that reason -- there's never a loud outcry that the languages will die a horrible death or go anywhere. In a world of uncertainties I'm tired of having to wonder what language I'll need to master next.

more than 3 years ago
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Science Fair Entry Shuts Down Airport Terminal

Talonius Re:Another Tale of TSA (380 comments)

The last time I flew was when they confiscated my entire collection of medicine: 3 bottles of insulin (I traveled at the time for weeks at a time, sometimes two flights a day), Lithium, Zoloft, syringes, my glucometer, Adderall, and some Xanax. It came out to about $1,500.00 worth of meds. When I objected, they cavity searched me because I was "acting suspiciously". When they were done and I threatened them with a lawsuit, they told me they could put me away in jail for so long that no one would ever hear from me again and to "shut up and get on my plane."

Was the last time I flew. The TSA can bite my ass, and if one ever tries to search my car (which they claim they can do as well; I'm too lazy to look up the link) while I'm driving it without a warrant, he'll regret it. I drive everywhere now - drove from St. Louis to Seattle for a conference. I trust no one. All of you have these pretty arguments about rights and whatnot; the shit that happened to me isn't going to happen again, and it isn't going to happen to my children. That's not a right. That's a goddamned guarantee from me.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft Hops On the Online Pass Bandwagon

Talonius This really irritates me... not because I buy... (134 comments)

used products but as someone who has multiple XBL accounts in the house. I'm not paying the publishers extra money just because my son, my daughter and I like to have separate achievements. Figured this out when I went to play the latest NFS... worse, I own it on my PC but there's no way to go, "Hey, I own two copies of this, let me play!"

Fuck the people who do this. The games are already shoddy pieces of crap which are unimaginative, buggy, and overpriced - now you want more? I'll just stop buying - for me, my son, my daughter, my wife. 4 consumers, lost. See you on the flip side, suckers.

more than 3 years ago
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Ceglia Sues For 50% Facebook, Old Emails as Evidence

Talonius Re:Stupid Zuckerberg (350 comments)

Thank you for recognizing the difference. I'm tired of having people tell me that "if you weren't so fat you wouldn't have diabetes." Sorry -- I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 28 years. The obesity is a partial side effect of the large amount of insulin I take, itself a side effect of insulin resistance, which is a side affect of my lengthy history of it.

Type 1 diabetes is believed to usually develop because of an auto immune disorder... making it genetic rather than a failure to maintain physical fitness.

more than 3 years ago
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DRM Drives Gamers To Piracy, Says Good Old Games

Talonius Re:Yup (642 comments)

literally trust the crackers more than the video game publishers. I cringe at the thought of installing new, store-bought games. You're almost guaranteed to have your system compromised by some DRM garbage that will mess up your system (sometimes even to the point of damaging hardware). The inverse is true with cracks, I find.

The interests of software crackers at least coincide with mine (i.e. playing video games). Software publishers are not interested in games; they are only interested in trying to get my money, whether by hook or by crook.

Mod up. I trust the scene and all the elitist jerks in it who value prestige and honor in it way more than the money grubbing publishers. (Note: Not the developers. Most of the developers are damned cool and I want to support them. The publishers are the problem.)

more than 3 years ago
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3rd-Grader Busted For Jolly Rancher Possession

Talonius Re:More "zero tolerance" idiocy (804 comments)

You're obviously not a parent. Or any sort of individual responsible for teaching a child. My child, my rules -- consistency is one of the key issues with parenting, and having those rules undermined and changed on a whim because of a school administrator only serves to subvert the authority of the parent -- a fragile entity at any point in a child's life.

The government is stepping way over the line with parenting - constantly. The GP's reply was succinct and to the point - they're my children, my problem. Until schools allow us to divert our tax dollars to a private school and until school officials are not public officials they do not have the right to dictate to me what my children do. Just in case you missed it -- they work for us. Me. They're not an untouchable entity to which I must bow and scrape.

One example: my wife buys food for my son to take to school. He doesn't like it, so he doesn't pack it. He goes to school and ends up skipping lunch. The food's there -- but in your world the government billing us for him to eat what the school provides is just dandy. We can't force him to take his lunch -- take away their food, you go to jail. Take away their freedom, you go to jail. Take away their game system, you go to jail. The government is making parents into individuals who have all the responsibilities but none of the power -- while conveniently ignoring their own continuing abuse of powers.

The "letter of the law" is not intended to be zero tolerance. These teachers and principals and other officials always claim they're following the letter of the law, but police officers let speeders off with a warning every day -- or ignore the jay walkers -- or the people in the financial industry routinely flipping the SEC the bird while they manipulate away billions of our dollars. Claiming the "letter of the law" is being followed is just an excuse to piss on the individual on question, and not even bother to call it rain.

With the way the world is going we're all going to burn in the next century; that fire may be religious, or indignant, or nuclear in nature -- I don't know.

"People should not fear their government, their government should fear the people."
"There is no justice. There is no balance. Violence isn't the last resort; it's the only resort."

more than 4 years ago

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