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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

WarJolt stealing identity (74 comments)

I can't imagine the identities of a bunch of ex-cons are that valuable.

3 days ago

If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

WarJolt Re: I hope not (507 comments)

You only need to learn one oo procedure based language. All others are just a book exercise.

The problem with that is most people think because they can program in that language they understand the paradigm.

There are tons of c++ and c# programmers out there who think object orientation is only about turning UI controls into objects. All other code is more of a mix of bad OO and imperative programming.

I would revise your original statement to you only need to learn one oo language well. Same for functional languages. You are have to know a language well to understand the paradigm.

5 days ago

Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

WarJolt Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

I just don't agree with him. Bitcoins have some serious issues. If someone develops a digital currency that addresses those issues and makes them more practical for every day use I support it. If I had to wait for 10 minutes to get my starbucks coffee paid for I'd probably decide to just pay cash. I also wonder how quickly the blockchain would grow if bitcoin became more mainstream. Anonymity is also an issue. I think competition between digital currencies will only make them more practical and robust. That can only be a good thing for digital currencies in the long run. If progress is not made digital currencies will never replace conventional ones.

about two weeks ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

WarJolt Re:"Dance" = rolling blackouts (442 comments)

I think you missed the point of the article. Demand is far easier to manipulate. Cost incentives that match demand to supply will work if you scale the cost dynamically to match the instantaneous capacity of the grid. Turn a factory on full power when the wind is blowing and slow it down when the wind isn't.

about two weeks ago

Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

WarJolt Re:Jump start the US space industry again? (252 comments)

and catch a ride with those SpaceX guys? I'd rather deal with the Russians.

about a month ago

Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

WarJolt Re:Trillion-dollar boo-boo (252 comments)

Russia has a stock market?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

WarJolt install Eucalyptus (208 comments)

I'd install Eucalyptus and develop an application. Then when my lease ran out I'd redeploy it on AWS.

about a month ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

WarJolt Re:Great! (59 comments)

I was just thinking "I don't own enough expensive single-use gadgets whose meagre functionality could be replaced by a few lines of code."

Yeah and this one comes with it's very own useless HD h.264 video decoder and HDMI port.

about 3 months ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

WarJolt Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Reminds me of running instances on AWS. AT&T has no financial incentive to reduce these surprise charges. Seriously there should be a hard cap that we can set. Sure we are responsible for these charge, but most of the times naive consumers are not aware. Amazon clearly posts the prices of their instances, but it's not uncommon to get a $30,000 bill accidentally due to some developer testing out their application by spinning off instances. You get charged for the whole hour when an instance starts on AWS and things can show up on their accounting system weeks later.

A real time system for monitoring usage should be mandated by law and sufficient warning should be available. A data roaming plan should automatically be applied if it will save you money. Most importantly we should have the ability to set a cap.

about 3 months ago

MIT Working On Robotic Limbs That Attach To Shoulders, Waist

WarJolt Redundant Refernce (12 comments)

Yeah we know....Did you even read the summary?

about 3 months ago

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

WarJolt Deeper Underground (208 comments)

My theory is that any legislation will just put the covert back into intelligence gathering.

about 3 months ago

Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

WarJolt Re:What about inbound? (347 comments)

You think the NSA really needs customs to help them spy on US citizens? They really don't have to be that clever about it.

about 4 months ago

Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

WarJolt Re:Typcial (143 comments)

The answer is simple. Cloud based medical records and disallow local caching. A PC is disconnected, no problem. It scales and it allows you to consolidate security. I never understood why we trust IT staffs with medical record security. You really need a Dev Ops team for that.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

WarJolt Open your mind (306 comments)

There are other programming languages besides those listed in the article. It's interesting there is a whole resurgence of new programming languages.
Some people need a little encouragement. Write formally verified code and learn Coq. Learn a functional programming language like haskell or take a blast from the past and learn smalltalk.

You might never use these for anything practical, but what you learn from them is invaluable. You need to constantly be learning new things.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

WarJolt Re:Ask the OSM community. (52 comments)

Works on android too as a pretty good replacement for the Google maps api.. I've found it fo be a little slow at times and google maps api is a bit more mature. Gotta get your hands dirty and write some code.

about 5 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

WarJolt Re:Stop (349 comments)

I use googles dns. I figure since they already know everything about me anyway, why let them know which domains I'm visiting. Cox redirects unresolved domains. I hate that.

about 6 months ago

The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

WarJolt Re:Grooming propaganda for Google's Robot Tank (79 comments)

The owners of Slashdot have been previously grooming you by constantly promoting the nonsense of 'self-driving' cars - the first stage of Google propaganda to prepare the way for their robotic killing machines. The self-driving algorithms, while utterly useless for a vehicle that could tolerate not even one mistake, are perfect for robot tanks that can crush and slaughter a bus full of the 'other' without a murmur of complaint from the sheeple of the USA. By self-driving, the LAST thing Google means is 'safe' for civilians.

Tin foil hats are pretty fashionable, eh?

Car companies are investing millions in this stuff.
Without the DARPA we wouldn't have ARPANET, the precursor to the internet.
Of course this technology is going to emerge out of defense research, but it doesn't mean it won't be used for automobiles.

about 6 months ago



iPad 3 was plan B

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "Ever think your iPad is too bulky? Brooke Crothers writes about how the iPad was plan B for apple. They wanted to use IGZO displays from Sharp. This may make some folks feel better about skipping a generation. Hopefully the next iPad will be smaller thinner and just as beautiful."
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Proposed Bill Allows Fed to Shut Down Your Interne

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "The 197 page bill will allow the president in a time of an emergency to flip a "kill switch" in a time of emergency. Do you think giving the federal government power over the greatest forum for free speech in a time of an emergency is a good idea?"
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