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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

alexo Re:The JVM (132 comments)

Guess which language the JVM is mostly written in? Dumbass.

Dumbass? Is that a dialect of Brainfuck?

3 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

alexo Re:Are you kidding (806 comments)

I'm a liberal [...] as a Catholic [...]

Contradiction in terms.

5 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

alexo Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

There are at least two reasons for his opinions.
1. Corrupt or power-tripping cops.
2. The rest of the cops that protect them.

I teach my kids to always be polite to policemen, but try to avoid any contact with them if possible.
Mostly because they are the most dangerous gang around.

And please forgive me for being skeptical about your claims.

about two weeks ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

alexo Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

Will you ticket a fellow police officer if you observe them break the law? (Say, speeding without having their flashing lights and/or siren on)
And if so, will the ticket stick?

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

alexo Re:If you make this a proof of God... (607 comments)

You have no idea what the Programmer's motive and design goal is. [...]
We would have no more understanding of the Programmer than my WoW character has of me.

And yet, some people go around proclaiming that they know all about The Programmer's goals, motivations and rules just because somebody handed them a "programming for dummies" book.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

alexo Re:Viable Replacement? (240 comments)

How do use mycomputer.mydomain.example on afraid.org where mydomain.example is a domain I own, without advertising the domain on their system?
The "stealth" option is not available for free.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

alexo Re:Alternatives (240 comments)

How do I I use the noip service to manage hosts in my domain, where the domain DNS is not managed by noip?

Let's say that the DNS server for mydomain.example is my registrar, who does not support dynamic DNS
and I want mycomputer.mydomain.example to be dynamically managed by noip.

I could not find this option on noip's web site.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

alexo Re:Linus is getting old and cranky (641 comments)

he has more faith than the pope.

I don't know if the pope has any faith at all or just plays the part in order to keep his cushy job.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

alexo Re:Witches Are Real (470 comments)

Q: How do you call a person that doesn't believe in witches?
A: A bachelor.

about two weeks ago
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What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

alexo Re:I don't know about good... (99 comments)

any combination of pwn or own

So what about "Gordon Brown" then?
Oh, wait, Never mind...

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

alexo Re:Linus is getting old and cranky (641 comments)

there is no god.
there is no magic.
there are no souls

With you so far...

Blessed be Rationality and Self Interest, the One True Engine of Progress!

What is the meaning of blessings in the absence of gods?

about two weeks ago
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Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

alexo Re:2014/04/01 (82 comments)

Slashdot uses the WTF8 standard.

about three weeks ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

alexo Re:opinion (551 comments)

As a Latvian you're fairly safe since your country is a member of NATO and you get to have the US come fight for you if you get invaded.

Want to bet?

about a month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

alexo Re:If you can't beat them... (405 comments)

Bill template:

Clause A.
XXX will be punishable by...

Clause B.
Clause A will not apply to law enforcement, governmental agencies or anyone designated by them.

Any questions?

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

alexo Not every company has this bias (379 comments)

I joined the company I currently work for at 40+. Since then, we've hired people older than me (young ones too).

Shameless plug:
We're looking for good C++ developers. Age is not an issue.
Good company. Turnover is close to nonexistent. Interview is murder.
Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario

about 1 month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

alexo Re:No. (246 comments)

decent lawyers

Syntax error.

about 1 month ago
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Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

alexo Re:Short sighted (200 comments)

My company's moving to Windows 8.

All 20-something employees?

about a month ago
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Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

alexo Resolution wars (70 comments)

What good is a tiny 16MP sensor if the lens cannot match that resolution?

about a month ago

Submissions

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Conservatives Commitment to Internet Surveillance

alexo alexo writes  |  about 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Dr. Michael Geist writes that Canada's Conservatives committed to pass "lawful access" legislation that would fundamentally reshape the Internet in Canada within the new Parliament's first 100 days if they win a majority.

The legislation includes new laws that would establish massive Internet surveillance requirements and the potential disclosure of personal information without court oversight.

The proposed bills were never debated in parliament nor subjected to committee hearings, yet the Conservatives election platform promises to bundle all the crime and justice bills into a single omnibus bill and to pass it within a new Parliament's first 100 days.

With the elections looming, it is time to fight for your rights."

Link to Original Source
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Speak Out on Bill C-32

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Dr. Michael Geist, a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, writes in his blog that the Bill C-32 Legislative Committee is accepting briefs on the controversial "Copyright Modernization Act" (a.k.a the Canadian DMCA) until the end of January 2011.

The Committee has set the following parameters for input: In order for briefs on Bill C-32 to be considered by the Committee in a timely fashion, the document should be submitted to the Committee's mailbox at CC32@parl.gc.ca by the end of January, 2011. A brief which is longer than 5 pages should be accompanied by a 1 page executive summary and in any event should not exceed 10 pages in length.

The article also contains Dr. Geist's suggestions on the possible modifications that will make this bill less skewed against consumers.

Write early, only 5 days left."

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Canadian-Iranian Blogger Sentenced to 19.5 Years

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "CNN reports that an Iranian court has sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, the so-called "blogfather" of Iran, to 19.5 years in prison.

Derakhshan, a 35-year-old Canadian-Iranian blogger and activist, was "convicted of cooperating with enemy states, making propaganda against the Islamic system of government, promoting small anti-revolutionary groups, managing obscene web sites and insulting Islamic sanctities".

Slashdot mentioned Derakhshan in an article about Iranian bloggers back in 2006."

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Anti-frustration software for Windows

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Soluto, an Israeli start-up, aims to solve one of the problems that plagues all computer users: poor computer performance. As its first service, the company is offering a free (as in beer) program that analyzes the boot process and identifies applications and processes that may be removed or delayed to speed up Windows' start-up. To find the source of the slowdowns, Soluto uses a statistical approach, "The PC Genome", which they describe as "a huge knowledgebase of PC frustration data, built automatically through the usage of Soluto software. Its objective and statistical information, gathered and analyzed by Soluto, is also editable by the community."

See writeups by the New York Times, ZDNet and Geeks are sexy."

Link to Original Source
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Nominate best Slashdot sigs

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "Some readers may disagree but to me, the user signatures are an integral part of Slashdot discussions, often providing additional perspective about the posters' opinions.
However, sigs are not normally considered a part of the discussion and commenting on them is liable to get you moderated "off topic". Likewise, sig moderation is not provided.

Maybe it's time to acknowledge and celebrate the lowly sig.
Please nominate the best (and worst) Slashdot sigs of 2007.
Which ones did you find the funniest? The most insightful? Trollish?

Let the quoting begin."
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alexo alexo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

alexo (9335) writes "President Bush will sign the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (a.k.a bill S.3930) into law today. Among its provisions, the bill supports the formerly secret CIA interrogation program, authorizes the permanent detention and torture (as defined by the Geneva Conventions) of anyone based solely on the decision of the President and suspends the writ of habeas corpus for detainees.
According to CBC news, the UK has already demanded and received an exemption for its citizens. Canada has not."

Journals

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Cellebrating the Slashdot sig

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Here's my latest submission attempt:

Some readers may disagree but to me, the user signatures are an integral part of Slashdot discussions, often providing additional perspective about the posters' opinions.
However, sigs are not normally considered a part of the discussion and commenting on them is liable to get you moderated "off topic". Likewise, sig moderation is not provided.

Maybe it's time to acknowledge and celebrate the lowly sig.
Please nominate the best (and worst) Slashdot sigs of 2007.
Which ones did you find the funniest? The most insightful? Trollish?

Let the quoting begin.

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Canadian witch hunt claims victim

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Here's an article I submitted on Dec 1, 2004.
It was rejected (like the rest of my submissions) so I'm reposting it here.

Canadian witch hunt claims victim (YRO)

Injusticebusters reports the suicide of James LeCraw from Toronto who, on April 16, 2003, was publicly outed by the police as a suspect of child-porn possession as part of "Operation Snowball" that purports to "name and shame" suspected Pedophiles.

Although after a 5-month investigation the charges against were completely withdrawn, LeCraw was never cleared from the stigma of being associated with such a horrific crime and on on July 19th this year he killed himself.

Given the implications of the case, I find it strange that the only other reference I could find on the internet is a report by CBC Radio reporter Kellie Hudson (scroll down to The Current: Part 3).

Are we going to experience a wave of McCarthyism in Canada?

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Guilty until proven innocent

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

CBC News has an article on the Criminal Property Forfeiture Act, introduced by the government of Manitoba (currently run by the New Democratic Party).

The legislation would let police seize the homes, cars, cash and other property of any person, as long as police could persuade a judge that the individual is a member of a criminal organization.
The onus would then be on the suspected gang member to prove the assets were earned through legitimate income and not the proceeds of crime.

The Manitoba bill is civil in nature and requires a judge to rule based on a balance of probabilities - a lesser burden of proof.

Supposedly, New York's Nassau County, New Jersey and Ireland have already implemented similar laws.

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World Computer Chess Championship

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 9 years ago

From 22 to 30 November 2003, the world's best chess software will be put to the test in a multimedia environment in the Dom im Berg. The world champion will be determined according to ICGA (International Computer Games Association) statutes in an eleven-round computer chess tournament in Graz. Clear favourite is a chip called "Brutus", programmed by Chrilly Donninger from Austria.

Under the title "Chess003" Graz will see the world's best chess programmes playing against each other according to the ICGA rules in the Dom im Berg. This World Computer Chess Championship will feature new media, video walls, broadcasting of all games in the Internet and presentation on site.

Further Events will be held in Graz: 1st European Youth Chess Championship, Styrian Open, Austrian Team Chess Championship, Advances in Computer Games Conference (ICGA), Computer Olympiad (ICGA).

More information is available on the ICGA at Graz 2003 and the 8th Computer Olympiad sites.

Interestingly, the list of participants is missing some of the highest ranking programs such as Fritz, Hieracs, The King and Chess Tiger.

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Plextor launches the fastet DVD recorder

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

CDRInfo has a piece about Plextor's new dual format DVD recorder.

The PX-708A (ATAPI) and PX-708UF (USB2 and FireWire) write and rewrite at a speed 8x and 4x with DVD plus, and 4x and 2x with DVD minus respectively. The recorders read DVD-ROMs at 12x, read and write CDs at 40x and rewrie them at 24x.

This story is also posted to cdfreaks.

8x DVD+R means that you will be able to burn 4.7GB of data in less than 10 minutes! I guess that the "plus" format scores another one...

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FY 2004 budget

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

While commenting on the space shuttle program critique, I found a link to the US FY 2004 budget.

Quite interesting to see what are the priorities of the world's only superpower.

Also, take a look here.

Update:
A lot of info about US budget here.

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No more submissions

alexo alexo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Update: Check the following journal for rejected submissions.

I give up. After 7 rejected stories (100%) I got the message and will not waste my time on submitting anymore.

Here are your recent submissions to Slashdot, and their status within the system:

2002-04-19 02:48:53 eBay censors discussion boards (articles,censorship) (rejected)
2002-10-01 15:25:27 Canadian proposed "copying tax" slammed in (articles,news) (rejected)
2002-10-29 18:39:27 J2EE vs .NET Application Server Performance Benchm (yro,news) (rejected)
2003-01-16 18:54:17 Viewing porn sites will get you arrested (yro,news) (rejected)
2003-01-23 15:06:34 Save the free programming resources from thefreeco (developers,programming) (rejected)
2003-05-09 22:20:55 Good computer hardware review sites (askslashdot,hardware) (rejected)
2003-05-11 16:42:58 Everyday life tracked by society's prying eye (yro,privacy) (rejected)
Summary:
rejected (7)

I know that "grousing about rejected submissions" is counterproductive but sometimes I feel that my submissions just get forwarded to an autorejector.

FAQ says:
Slashdot gets hundreds of submissions every day. Every day our authors go through these submissions, and try to select the most interesting, timely, and relevant ones to post to the homepage. There are probably as many reasons for stories to get rejected as there are stories, but here are some of the more common ones:

* Badly worded subjects

Look OK to me. OK, there was one "misclick" and a story got marked as "yro" when it wasn't.

* Broken or missing URLs

Nope.

* Confusing or hysterical sounding writeup

Nope. Factual al the way.

* It might be an old story

Nope, all fresh at the time of submission (48h max).

* It might just be a busy day and we've already posted enough stories

Maybe. Nothing I can do about it.

* Someone already submitted your story

Nope. Checked.

Your story just might not be interesting!

Hmmm... Check for yourself.

Anyway, I'm done.

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