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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

X10 Tigers (190 comments)

Do tigers have stripes for the same reason? If not, how do we know that Zebras don't have them for the same reason as tigers?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

X10 Sixty something (379 comments)

I think that the chance you get hired depends on your own skills and attitude only. Most programmers stop keeping their skills up to date when they're forty. They shouldn't be surprised that that diminishes their chances to get hired. Attitude is important. You won't fit in if you missed out on Twitter or Instagram or whatever the kids in the team do. You won't fit in if you play golf and people you work with bring their skateboard to work. I'm sixty, I love snowboarding, I ride a super fast motorcycle, I have purple hair, I wear short skirts. I work freelance mostly (yes, that I'll give you, freelance works better) and I get plenty of jobs and projects offered. It helps that the market for Android developers is very good, but then, it was my deliberate choice to switch to Android programminig in 2008.

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

X10 I'm happy with Eclipse (140 comments)

I've been an Android developer for over 5 years, I've been using Eclipse for Java development almost since it came out. If Android Studio is better, I won't argue, I don't know. But i'll stick with Eclipse for a while, before I spend considerable time on changing my IDE. Maybe I'll give it a try on my next Android project, or maybe not.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

X10 You don't want to (306 comments)

Actually, as a programmer, you don't want to learn new tricks. The "trick" you should master is to write decent code and to be curious after the tools you can use to write that code. It doesn't really matter what programming language you use if you have the skill to quickly learn the specifics of that language. Once you know a few, you see the general pattern, and you know them all.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

X10 Re:You have already given up... (306 comments)

:-)

I don't see myself as an old programmer. I started programming in 1978.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

X10 Re:If you need to ask, then for you the answer is (306 comments)

I must agree with this. It's possible for some, but you need to have an explorative mind, that apparently you don't have if you have to ask here.

I first learned to program in Fortran, way back, in university. In my first job I did Cobol, then I switched to C and C++. After that, from 1995 on, I did Java, and now I do Android and Java. On the side I did Prolog, some php which I hate, and all the other stuff that you run into and you try out for a while. I'm sure I'll make more switches before I retire.

about a month ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

X10 Ours wouldn't be the first (401 comments)

Our civilizatin wouldn't be the first to collapse, and disappear. Roman civilization rose and fell. Chinese same. Several civilizations in the Middle East. So, no, I wouldn't be surprised if our civilization would go to hell, and be replaced by another in a few centuries. And as every new civilization in history took civilization further than the previous one, the next guys will be wiser than us, richer, smarter, and better off. Until they go too.

about a month ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

X10 What about the parents? (321 comments)

Of course, parents can be held in no way responsible for handing their phone to their kids and having their credit card emptied. Same as when I hand my credit card to my kid, it's not my fault when my kid uses it to buy stuff online.

What are these people thinking?

about a month and a half ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

X10 What about upskirt selfies? (256 comments)

I know, most of you can't do that, but would that be a misdemeanor?

about a month and a half ago
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Ubuntu Gnome Seeking Long Term Support Status

X10 I want Ubuntu 8.04 back. (26 comments)

Why does Canonical keep fixing things that aren't broken, things that everybody's happy with? Ubuntu doesn't want to be Apple, nor does it want to be Windows. Ubuntu wants to be Ubuntu.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

X10 Computers can't beat us at chess, oh, wait... (294 comments)

Everybody knew computers could never beat humans at chess. Now they do. In much the same way, computers will beat us at every single intellectual task, at some point in time. Technology revolutions go faster every time one occurs. From 10k years for the agricultural revolution to two years for the internet and mobile phones. I see no reason why computers can't outsmart us in 2025.

about a month and a half ago
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Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

X10 Re:Just proves the anticensorship case. (205 comments)

F*ck, I get so angry about the stupidity of politicians. They don't care about the kids that have their lives destroyed. They just care about percentages and seats. F*ck them. I have seen the pics, I have seen the videos, and I still dream about them, even though it's been many years since I was actively involved in Meldpunt. As a police officer from Canada said on an Interpol conference about online child pornography in Lyon many years ago, "a person who gets murdered dies once. A child who is sexually abused dies every day for the rest of their life".

about a month and a half ago
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Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

X10 Re:Just proves the anticensorship case. (205 comments)

A perfect child-porn filter that only filters child porn would be wonderful

No, it would not. It would mean that "ordinary people", the average internet user, would not be aware of pictures of child abuse. The pedophiles have access to them anyway, and with public opinion being totally unaware, they can happily continue to abuse kids and publish the pics on their secret proxied servers. The best thing to do is to show every horrible picture to the public, to journalists, causing public outrage leading to funds being made available to put the abusers in jail.

I'm one of the founders of melpunt, the Dutch equivalent of the Cybertipline and Internet Watch Foundation (that were created after our example). I say, don't filter, don't censor, just put the pedophiles away for life. The kids who will never ever get their life back, deserve that.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

X10 Re:Why? (769 comments)

Downside : a normal coffee brew process generates 6-12 cups of Joe.

Does it? My espresso machine gives me one fresh cup of espresso for one serving of freshly ground beans.

about 1 month ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

X10 Why? (313 comments)

Why on earth should kids learn to program? If you want to teach them programming, are you going to teach them every other profession too? Will they get flying lessons, in "pilot class"? Will they be taught architecture, so they can build their own house? I think it's nonsense.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

X10 Re:New IDEs (627 comments)

but the fact that you don't really know what's going on inside can back-fire if you are starting as a programmer.

I guess this depends on the IDE and programming language you use. I use Eclipse and Java, Android, and the IDE doesn't hide anything from me. It points out errors and it makes suggestions, but in the end it's me who types all the code. That's different from a visual IDE where you don't see the code. There's some areas where I have the choice of using a visual editor, but I never do, mainly because I want to be in control of the code.

about a month ago
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The Neuroscience of Computer Programming

X10 Re:Reading vs writing (161 comments)

In this case, reading, writing, listening, and speaking a foreign language should all be different tasks.

Not true. Reading a foreign language and speaking it has a lot in common. Otoh, reading code and creating code is very different. But I'm not a neuroscientist, I'm just a person who's capable of writing code, reading code, writing/speaking three foreign languages, and reading five foreign languages.

about 2 months ago
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Most Alarming: IETF Draft Proposes "Trusted Proxy" In HTTP/2.0

X10 Re:if you want a trusted proxy.. (177 comments)

If you don't *TRUST* the proxy, don't accept it's use.

That's true. But then, if you're a user who's not very security savvy (like 95% of the people on the internet) and you think "https is secure, my isp can't see my data", and you think "secure proxy, sounds good!", then you're stuffed. Either the rfp should require isps to notify their customers that "secure" in this case means "secure, but we can see it", or the rfp should describe a solution where the isp really can't see the users data.

about 2 months ago
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UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

X10 Re:But... but... (363 comments)

I'm sure Iran's space progam is solely aimed at sending a missile to that school.

about 2 months ago
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Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

X10 NSA radar (108 comments)

A heading with "shooting", "drones", and "terrorists". That should put /. on the NSA's radar.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: what do you guys do with moderator points?

X10 X10 writes  |  about a month ago

X10 (186866) writes "Every once in a while, I get 5 moderator points. But I don't know what to do with them. I can go through comments, but rating them feels like to much of a responsibility to me. Rating down a troll is easy, but the rest, well, I let it go. So my points go away after a few days.
What's your opinion about moderator points? Do you like getting them?"
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Ask SlashDot: What if they give you a broken project?

X10 X10 writes  |  about 3 months ago

X10 (186866) writes "Suppose you're assigned to a project that someone else has created. It's an app, you'll work on it alone. You think "how hard can it be", you don't check out the source code before you accept the assignment. But then, it turns out the code is not robust. You create a small new feature, and the app breaks down in unexpected ways. You fix a bug, and new bugs pop up all over the place. The person who worked on the project before you is well respected in the company, and you are "just a contractor", hired a few months ago.

The easy way out is to just quit, as there's plenty of jobs you can take. But that doesn't feel right. But, what else can you do?"
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Google introduces programming test for attending GoogleIO

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

X10 writes "Google announced some time ago that they want only developers to attend their Google IO conference. They hinted at developing a "programming test" that you have to pass before you can register. Now, they have introduced the Input Output machine at the same time they announced that Google IO registration will open on March 27. I take it that registrations will be ordered according to the quality of one's IO machine. Cute idea...."
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Iranian woman to be hanged for adultery

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

X10 writes "Iranian Sakineh Ashtiani will be hanged for adultery. Originally, she was going to be stoned to death, but er sentence was changed to hanging, according to sources. Punishment for adultery is absurd and ridiculous. Killing someone for adultery is barbaric and insane. What can /. readers do to prevent this?"
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No graphics card support for linux laptops?

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

X10 writes "I bought an Asus laptop, and I put Ubuntu linux on it. I couldn't get the Nvidia GeForce graphics card to work. Then I found that the card has "Optimus", it saves power by being off by default, and linux doesn't switch it on. I need my laptop for work, so I bought a Dell Vostro 3550 which is officially certified by Ubuntu — beit without the graphics card. It has an AMD ATI card. Which didn't work, for the same reason: laptops with hybrid graphics have an onboard integrated graphics card for normal use, and a separate Nvidia or ATI card for better graphics. So now I have two new laptops with different graphics card, and neither works. And believe me, I've spent many days trying to make it work, on both laptops. There's a group at http://linux-hybrid-graphics.blogspot.com/ that tries to solve the problem. As everyone who buys a new laptop and puts linux on it, will experience this problem, I wonder why the linux community hasn't solved this issue already. I'm willing to help."
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google webgl hacks my computer

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

X10 (186866) writes "I watched a youtube video of Danger Mouse, then I watched a Google WebGl video about the making of the video clip with WebGL. But ever since, I see the image of the video in every transparent picture on my screen in Ubuntu 10.10. Did Google WebGL put something in my videocard? My page shows a picture I drew for the occation, and a camera screenshot of how it looks on my screen.

This is the clip I watched:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReH7zzj5GPc&feature=player_embedded"

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Is Android open source?

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

X10 (186866) writes "Everybody is discussing the features of the new Google Nexus One phone, but developers are worried about the future of Android: Google did not provide version 2.1 of the Android SDK which is used on the Nexus to developers prior to releasing the Nexus. Is Google taking Android back to being proprietary rather than OS?"
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Religion is not good for kids in school

X10 X10 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

X10 writes "Dutch researchers Jaap Dronkers and Manon de Heus of European University Institute in Florence, Italy, show that the more religiously children are raised, the worse they do in school. NRC today published an article (in Dutch only, unfortunately, this is a google translation of the page) and an interview with Dronkers. Dronkers' research involved 9,414 children in 16 western European countries with parents from 46 different countries. They show that kids from China, where there's no dominant religion — not counting Confucianism as a religion — do best, whereas children from Muslim countries (either Arab countries or non-Arab countries) do worst. Apart from the obvious relationship they find with religion, the fact that in Islam countries women are considered inferior does also influence childrens performance in school, Dronkers says. Too bad the publication doesn't seem to be available in English, yet."
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