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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Consider Elegant Code?

Zarjazz Simplicity (373 comments)

I've always considered elegant code to have a few criteria.

There is no unnecessary complexity in the code.

The code base is "clean" and consistent. That can be the file system layout, filenames, variable names and function naming. Also a non-consistent comment and white space convention is a personal irk of mine.

Where most programmers would write several hundred lines of dense code to solve a particular problem, the elegant coder will write a few simple lines instead as they really understood the problem.

about 4 months ago
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How One Man Turns Annoying Cold Calls Into Cash

Zarjazz Re:So Full Of Win! (227 comments)

It's just a shame he could only make 7p/minute from it. What happened to £1/minute premium rate lines?

This isn't a new trick to me since I work for a telco that provides the infrastructure for a lot of these cold callers, I've seen it before.

The premium rate 09 lines you are talking about are separately regulated and abuse is prosecuted. However the guy missed an opportunity here. He should have actually chosen an 070 number which is allocated by Ofcom for use of Personal Numbering Services, these can cost 50p - £1 to call. But since they start 07 most people think it's just another mobile number.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

Zarjazz Expectations (306 comments)

I have to ask what your expectations are and be realistic.

As an employer actively recruiting IT staff at the moment, rare in the current job market I know, and I have a choice between a recent uni-graduate and someone with 15 yrs experience who I can hire for almost the same wages because so many skilled IT staff have been laid off and need to pay their mortgage. For me the choice is obvious, I don't care about the age factor.

However I also interview many many people who think they deserve to get the same remuneration they got from their high-flying finance job and wonder why they are still jobless after two years.

about a year and a half ago
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UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration

Zarjazz Re:Digital distribution and death of second hand (172 comments)

I used to work for GAME many many years ago in their digital division. We had the developers, network infrastructure, industry clout (at the time) and the strategy to create Steam before Steam even existed. We were incredibly motivated to do this, basically it was why we'd all been hired. We all knew digital distribution was the future.

In the end the then board decided "forget the internet, we ship boxes". The entire digital team was disbanded and moved to other departments. Just one of many, many mistakes they made but from my personal perspective a bloody huge one!

more than 2 years ago
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Symantec Looks Into Claims of Stolen Source Code

Zarjazz Re:Why does the Indian military have the source??? (116 comments)

Believe it or not, most major software vendors have licenses and policies in place (e.g., Microsoft) to allow sensitive institutions (governments, defense contractors, etc) access to their source code. The primary reason is actually the opposite of what you say. Customers such as the Indian government want to be able to see what's actually in the code before they agree to buy and install it on their own systems and network.

Yes, this explanation is valid and almost certainly the main reason why this happens. But the fact that any institution can then exploit any bugs they do find is hardly something that can be ignored.

more than 2 years ago
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How many robocalls do you get each month?

Zarjazz root excluded (228 comments)

Well I write the software that does a lot of these calls so its pretty simple to exclude myself :)

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

Zarjazz Re:and then comes the fun part (337 comments)

.. to the soundtrack of Jonny Cash singing "Ring of Fire"

more than 2 years ago
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Voicemail Hack Scandal Leads To Closure of UK Tabloid

Zarjazz Not a hack (268 comments)

<deep breath>Let's keep this /. related while I try to calm down from the state of induced rage I've been in from hearing the constant use of the work "Hack" in the UK media the past week when talking about using the default pin code for a mobile networks voicemail system. THAT'S NOT A %£^%£"%" HACK!!!! </deep breath>

Okay, I feel better for getting that off my chest.

about 3 years ago
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Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

Zarjazz Re:This is getting fucking ridiculous (462 comments)

I remember playing the original and you pretty much nailed how I feel about it. What did these people expect? The second coming of Jesus in game form?

I was personally offended more by Crysis 2 that promised so much and then delivered nothing, screwing the user in the process. While DNF promised nothing but a juvenile story, script & gameplay and guess what, that's exactly what you get. This was never meant to be a AAA class game and I honestly laughed and had fun playing it. Frankly I feel like telling everyone to grow up and learn to just switch off their forebrains and enjoy some sick childish humor.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Pushes Out Enterprise Linux 6.1

Zarjazz Re:Something's missing (90 comments)

How can you steal something when Redhat make it available for free? You pay for Redhat if you want support and their management tools. They probably consider CentOS a loss leader, a lot of their business is likely "won" by converting sysadmins from the free distro.

more than 3 years ago
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'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

Zarjazz It's Obvious. (718 comments)

Angry Birds

more than 3 years ago
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Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage?

Zarjazz Two Options (609 comments)

1) Cheap tower server + your favourite unix distro + software RAID + many, many cheap 2TB drives.

2) Standalone NAS device. Everyone so far seems to recommend different makes so I'll carry on the trend and suggest Thecus. Just slot in the drives and you're ready. Install the SSH module and you also have a Linux server too.

more than 4 years ago
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Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive

Zarjazz Involuntary response. (599 comments)

So was I the only one who crossed their legs while reading the story?

more than 4 years ago
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Visually Demonstrating Chrome's Rendering Speed

Zarjazz file://... (140 comments)

Cool video but probably not as impressive when you don't load from the page cache and add network latency and overloaded webservers to the mix.

more than 4 years ago
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Robot With Knives Used In Robotics Injury Study

Zarjazz Terminator 0.1 (132 comments)

I know we joke about "World Robot Domination" but why do we seem to be trying to get there as fast as possible!?

more than 4 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Feature Film Confirmed

Zarjazz Side Effect (342 comments)

Even if this is completely unrelated to the SyFy series, Singer is not a small name in the movie business. So if it gets more people interested enough to watch the TV show, I can't say it's a bad thing.

more than 4 years ago
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PHP 5.3 Released

Zarjazz Missing Feature. (120 comments)

You forgot the most important change of all.

They added support for "goto".

about 5 years ago
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Norton Users Worried By PIFTS.exe, Stonewalling By Symantec

Zarjazz Re:Dumbfounded (685 comments)

This is Slashdot, we like to laugh at and feel superior to all the peons who install bad software.

Normally it starts with "Win" and ends with "Doze".

more than 5 years ago

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A day in the life of QuakeNet

Zarjazz Zarjazz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zarjazz (36278) writes "QuakeNet, the largest internet relay chat (IRC) Network in the world, has produced a very nice video of chat activity over a 24hour snapshot. How many of the users are really open proxies is left up to the opinions of the readers."
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Zarjazz Zarjazz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Zarjazz (36278) writes "If both the innocence / ignorance of the seller and the validity of the winning bidder are to be believed, a job lot of 24 NES cartridges for $24 (1$ per game) eventually sold for over $20,000 after it was noticed that one of the cartridges was a special winners edition of 'Nintendo World Championships 1990'

After the death of his son in Iraq, the seller placed the games up for auction hoping "whoever buys the games will enjoy them as much as my son did!". NWC contained special versions of Super Mario Brothers, Rad Racer and Tetris to be played under a fixed time limit. At least 90 of these copies exist in a grey cartridge and were given out to semi-finalists of the 1990 NWC however only 26 of these cartridges exist in "gold" for the winners and are considered to be the rarest and most valuable NES cartridge released. The game can be clear seen lurking in the bottom left corner of the original auction image."

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