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

VTI9600 Don't do this as a job (548 comments)

There are tons of professions where knowing how to write good code will help you achieve success over the competition. Computer programmer isn't one of them.

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

VTI9600 Re: What to know (548 comments)

Ah yes, because you were a hedge fund manager as a kid, right?

Regardless of what you think you "know" about the markets, it takes lots of cold, hard cash to actually make money off of it.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

VTI9600 Re: Nuclear has bigger bird issues (521 comments)

This! Don't give super-mutant birds a chance to be born. Use the solar array against the NCR instead! Residents of the Mojave wasteland will thank you.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

VTI9600 Replacing the systems... (195 comments)

...should be the ultimate goal. Understand the design, get it under basic control and then work with a team (largest you can muster) of diligent specialists to design replacement systems that are firewalled off from the original. The reasons for this are twofold:

1) No matter how well documented, well designed, etc. the system is, your knowledge of it will never be perfectly complete and you'll never be able to turn around changes with the same degree of confidence and alacrity as the original admin.

2) Your Career -- If you bend over backwards to make the system work perfectly the original designer will still get most of the credit. If you try your best but the system falls short of expectations, you will take the blame as the new "owner" of the system. It's a lose-lose proposition. Building something new, something that you can demonstrate is supported by more than just one person (unlike the original) will be a feather in your cap.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

VTI9600 Re:Only one week? (195 comments)

Only three years on the job? Pop a champagne bottle and rejoice...

about a year ago
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Samsung Sets New Guidelines For Alcoholic Beverages

VTI9600 Hoesik? (137 comments)

Some 'tussin will get her ass back on the street in no time!

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

VTI9600 Re:good (783 comments)

Killing the city of Jericho, Sodom and Gomorra because they don't agree with you is a good thing, while having a wank is a mortal sin. Burning oxes before the sabbath because the odor pleases the lord is good, but putting a dick up one's bottom is a mortal sin. If two people have sex outside of a narrowly defined set of circumstances, it is OK to stone them to death in the village square, but it is a horrible sin to show someone a breast.

Not all religions agree with one another, and some (i.e. Unitarians) are actually fervent supporters of gay rights.

These examples just serve to illustrate the complete moral bankruptcy of many religious writings. These books were not exactly written during the renaissance.

I don't recall saying anything about books but, um, okay.

[...] but it has been proven that schizophrenia and epilepsia do cause religious visions, and hence religious beliefs.

No, religious beliefs are caused by someone (typically family, ministers, etc.) telling them to you, and then by you believing them. Psychotic episodes don't cause completely original viewpoints to come into ones mind.

There is a researcher called Dick Swaab in the Netherlands that has done interesting work on simulating certain attacks by use of electrodes in humans and has thus been able to conjure up end-of-life visions, out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies with the flick of a switch.

You may be interested to know that there is a researcher in the US called Feelma Vulva who has done some even more exciting work in the study of people responding to things that weren't actually said. Check it out.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

VTI9600 Re:good (783 comments)

Do please enlighten me: Is stoning your brother's wife for adultery right or wrong? Is killing gay people right or wrong?

I don't need to enlighten you. All I do is toss your questions into my Relig-o-Matic 3000 system-for-telling-right-from-wrong and...*poof*...out pops the answer, thus proving my point. By the way, most religious leaders would quite obviously find those things to be wrong. How you and so many others (with similarly sized chips on your shoulders) can't see that is beyond me.

Hint: There's the religious answer, and there's the answer deemed acceptable in modern Western civilisation.

...because religion neither exists in, nor is a part of, modern Western civilization?

Face it, religious dogma and indoctrination is WRONG. I don't need a fucking religion to tell me that.

Life is not a series of black-and-white dilemmas with obvious answers. For the not-so-obvious issues, the theist turns to his faith while others may turn to the study of ethics. And then there are those like yourself who seem to deny the existence of such issues while having misplaced knee-jerk reactions to the (completely unspecified) beliefs of others.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

VTI9600 Re:good (783 comments)

This perpetuates a society which can't distinguish between right and wrong,

Huh? The world's religions, each and every one of them, are a system for doing just that!

real and imagined,

Religion does not cause schizophrenia. That is a scientific fact whether you choose to believe in it or not.

and fosters abuse of the minority (be it communists, pedophiles, [...]

Yeah! Especially those darn Unitarians, always abusing pedophiles and other minorities!

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

VTI9600 Re:good (783 comments)

As a Catholic, I am obliged to completely agree with evolution, because Pope John Paul II, Pontiff of the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church decreed that it is a valid and true theory , and have no problems with it being taught [...]

FTFY

about 2 years ago
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I double check my spam filters ...

VTI9600 Missing Option! (144 comments)

Whenever I'm preparing my next spam campaign. I mean...duh! You've got to check all 500+ of them to make sure you're getting inbox delivery. *ducks*

about 2 years ago
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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

VTI9600 Re:Sriracha sauce (348 comments)

Sorry, I meant sodium bisulfite. Apparently, sodium bisulfate is generally recognized as safe by the FDA, and therefore, generally recognized as unfit for hot sauce by yours truly.

about 2 years ago
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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

VTI9600 Re:Sriracha sauce (348 comments)

Actually, it's the Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Bisulfate that make Sriracha (at least the Huy Fong variety) so darn tasty. How do I know? Try buying Sriracha sauce at Whole Foods. It tastes like ketchup fermented in a goat's ass because they ban those ingredients.

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

VTI9600 Re:Ummmmm. Clear text storage?! (497 comments)

Here's your chance, hack hotmail, and get a treasure chest of emails and passwords, and subsequent Bank password reset opportunities...

Thanks, but the real opportunity was back in 1999 when they limited your password to two characters. Now those were some good times!

about 2 years ago
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Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

VTI9600 Re:How were they storing the passwords before? (497 comments)

From TFA:

[...] this can only mean one of two things, according to Kaspersky:

        Store full plaintext passwords in their database and then compare the first 16 chars only.
        Calculate the hash only on the first 16 and ignore the rest.

I’m fairly certain Microsoft isn’t stupid enough to go with the first option. Storing passwords in clear text would be a disaster,

I wouldn't doubt for a second that MS would go with the first option. They are, after all, competing with Yahoo :-) Also, wasn't it Microsoft that came up with the oxymoronical term "reversible encryption"?

On the other hand, Hotmail was originally built on FreeBSD by non-MS types, so who knows? To this day I still find it amusing to think of all the difficulty they must have had porting the platform to Windows.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

VTI9600 Re:Who cares (399 comments)

(stupid slashdot thinks mysql's output are junk characters)

...because leading a comment with superfluous CLI output is exactly what a smarter Slashdot would want you to do, right?

(Protip: There's a code-post mode if you really need to do that)

about 2 years ago
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If I could print 1 replacement organ ...

VTI9600 Re:knees (544 comments)

The order form collects power settings for my left and right eye, but has no place to enter cylinder and axis information for my astigmatism correction. For this reason I chose not to place the order.

about 2 years ago
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Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping

VTI9600 Re:Explain me? SSL is not sufficient? (198 comments)

Traffic analysis does not require decryption. Someone watching the traffic can still see that you are on Wikipedia, what time you were on the site, how long, and the approximate size of the content you downloaded...or uploaded for that matter.

Say you submitted a post; even encrypted its still possible to see that more bytes were sent than in a normal GET request. Even if your IP is hidden behind your WP login, it is feasibly possible that the timestamp combined with the approximate byte count could be used to identify you. Of course, HTTP keepalives would make this more difficult, but other tricks like checking the referrer header when clicking off to another site could betray you. Even if you are just clicking around, it could be possible to establish a fingerprint of your traffic pattern, using things like byte counts, number of concurrent connections (to identify the number of images on the page perhaps?), etc. that could be used to identify the pages you visited.

about 2 years ago
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Twitter Based "Ted" System Warns of Earthquakes Earlier

VTI9600 Re:Confusing data and information (64 comments)

No, I'm sorry, but your analogy is flawed. What actually happened was that Judge Dredd used his Lawgiver-II grenade launcher to destroy a car that was ilegally parked. Within seconds he triumphantly announced that justice had been served via his megaphone. Minutes later, other cars in the megacity were trembling with fear. It wasn't until several hours later that the coucil of judges came up with an adequate rationaliztion for what, on the surface, appeared to be an egregious misuse of police force.

FTFY.

about 2 years ago

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