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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

amaupin Re:It's Ruby and here's why (466 comments)

There is no language that seems to have more web relevance these days.

Yes, there is. It's Javascript.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

amaupin Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

You implied there's no way to convert Bitcoin to cash. That's laughably out of date.

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

amaupin Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

Oh look, someone from the year 2010 who hasn't kept up with Bitcoin. How adorable.

about a month and a half ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

amaupin really? (277 comments)

To put the security difference into perspective, three random 6 character passwords that are stored using standard salted secure hashes can be cracked by a laptop in an hour.

Really? Okay, here are three NONrandom 6 character passwords that are stored using standard salted secure hashes:

a44a6d60ebc202a7d296d82a7eac5748b7a93474c996e533795d769b297e613c
5529ce75d4bf3bc7b488c8591906cc39bf5ac90feeeb9fbc278b0f98e03cafc6
9de700d2bc4fa3ed30a3459a9cffd7785c10f465c5b9cfb4a83d417e9347f0f9

Start your laptops, gentlemen. I'll even give you a hint. The first password is 123456. The second is abcdef.

about 4 months ago
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4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television

amaupin Re:Whay doesn't /. save some time (559 comments)

I know plenty of people who really can't see much difference between NTSC and HD. This is one of the reasons why they still watch DVDs, and not Blu-Rays.

I, too, have parents.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard Has a Version of Diablo 3 Running On Consoles

amaupin End goal: (147 comments)

Bring the Real Money Auction House to a million new potential customers.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Sams Teach Yourself Node.js In 24 Hours

amaupin Re:Benefits (112 comments)

Node.js is an event-driven system utilizing callbacks on a single thread. (So after requesting data from the database Node can continue responding to other events until the database comes back with an answer - it doesn't sit there waiting.) Javascript is particularly suited to this environment due to anonymous functions and closures.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

amaupin Microsoft Security Essentials (515 comments)

First I used Avast, but after a while it began bugging me to to buy the paid version, and slowed down my PC with ill-timed, intensive scans.

I switched to AVG, but after a while it began bugging me to to buy the paid version, and slowed down my PC with ill-timed, intensive scans.

Now I use Microsoft Security Essentials, which is surprisingly good. So far.

Complement with a Spybot Search and Destroy scan every now and then and you're good to go.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

amaupin I'd like to recommend... (1365 comments)

... the excellent A Grey Moon Over China by Thomas A. Day. A tale of the life of a futuristic soldier who escapes Earth in a colony ark to a far away system. There his group attempts to colonize while dealing with their own internal politics and a non-human threat. The mistakes and triumphs of a lifetime really add up, and the ending left me with a sense of sadness that I strongly remember now, a few years later.

Wonderful book.

about 2 years ago
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Ford Predicts Self-Driving, Traffic-Reducing Cars By 2017

amaupin I predict the market isn't ready yet... (388 comments)

After the first fatality involving one of these cars there will be a crippling uproar and/or legal battles.

about 2 years ago
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Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

amaupin Re:Micro Center (322 comments)

Although that bullshit of wanting your phone number on checkout is annoying. As well as the email address - I hate lying - Obama is getting a shit load of Microcenter "specials".

I always tell them my email address is a secret. Works every time. They ask for personal information but don't require any.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

amaupin Re:No background-color defined (339 comments)

I didn't override the page's body background-color. No background-color was specified for me to override in any case.

I set a default color. Since no color was specified in the design my default was used.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

amaupin Re:No background-color defined (339 comments)

You miss my point. I'm not complaining because I see my default background color. I'm pointing out that the CSS in question specifies font colors, faces, and other style elements while omitting body background-color. Yet the elements which are styled rely on a light gray or white body background.

If any background color were to suit the design, this would not be an issue. But that is not the case so this is an omission and mistake.

more than 2 years ago
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Introducing SlashBI

amaupin No background-color defined (339 comments)

You haven't defined a background-color for the body element, so it defaults to transparent. That means users will see whatever color they've told their web browser to default to as a background-color. No doubt you meant the site to have a white background, but you need to specify it. Browsing with an off-white color as my default, SlashBI looks pretty bad...

Rookie css mistake that is embarassingly common.

more than 2 years ago
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GIMP Core Mostly Ported to GEGL

amaupin Re:I'm offended! (312 comments)

You lost.

more than 2 years ago
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GIMP Core Mostly Ported to GEGL

amaupin While we're all accidental... (312 comments)

Perhaps they could accidentally rename the program to something that isn't offensive...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

amaupin Re:Possible languages to choose from (525 comments)

Languages you inexplicably did not mention:

Python - Less boilerplate code than other languages, easy readable syntax that encourages clean code but more importantly allows a beginner to easily focus on control flow logic, functions, etc. Forget every other language mentioned - Python is where a beginning programmer should start. It's fun, will teach all the concepts, and can do anything.

Javascript - Runs inside any web browser and is the de facto language for web development. Exploding all over the place thanks to node.js and html5 canvas games/apps. Every web browser is a platform, making distribution of code to friends/family a snap.

more than 2 years ago
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Diablo 3 To Be Released On May 15th

amaupin Torchlight 2 (246 comments)

Torchlight 1 scratched my Diablo itch in such a perfectly and satisfactory way that I now find myself looking forward to its sequel more than Diablo 3. And I'm not the only one. I doubt the makers of Torchlight will require me to have a constant internet connection just to play a single player, offline game.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Now Has Distributors -- and Will Soon Have Boards for All (Video)

amaupin Re:Major disappointment to say the least. (304 comments)

Agreed.

I expected a neat and tidy order form on raspberrypi.org. Instead, I'm directed to search the homepage of two UK electronics retailers for the Raspberry Pi and follow the normal checkout process. At just a fraction of a second after launch, one retailer is completely down and the other is only showing a form collecting names and addresses of people interested in buying the RP - no actual checkout process. Soon it goes down, too.

Following Twitter, it seems one retailer won't start selling the RP until later this week, and the other won't even ship to many international or non-corporate buyers. The Raspberry Pi people are just as in the dark as the rest of us, and it's up to random folks calling the retailers in question to gather this info.

I really respect what the Raspberry Pi Foundation are doing, but they bungled this launch. Yes, their own site was prepared for the traffic, but when you partner with idiots and fail to guarantee those incompetents can hold to promises you made, it does reflect a bit on your own abilities.

more than 2 years ago

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Man Escapes Prison by Mailing Himself in Box

amaupin amaupin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

amaupin writes "A convicted drug dealer serving a seven year sentence in Willich, Germany climbed into a box in the prison's stationery factory and was delivered to freedom. After the delivery courier crossed the prison gates, the escapee cut himself out of the box and jumped from the truck. Authorities are still looking for him."
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HBO Greenlights Song of Fire and Ice Pilot

amaupin amaupin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

amaupin writes "HBO has greenlit a pilot for a series based on George R. R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series, A Song of Fire and Ice. Plans are to turn each of the extremely dense books into a single season of episodes, with Martin himself sharing a portion of the writing. No word yet on who will play Tyrion... or if notoriously slow Martin will be able to finish additional books in time for later seasons."
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Long-lost Metropolis Footage Recovered

amaupin amaupin writes  |  about 6 years ago

amaupin writes "Lost for nearly 80 years, the original version of Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece Metropolis has been found in the vaults of Buenos Aires' Museo del Cine. The copy passed into the museum's collection in 1992, but nobody suspected it was uncut until the manager of a local cinema remarked that a showing of the film took much longer than expected. Over a quarter of the landmark German silent film had been believed lost forever."
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amaupin amaupin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

amaupin writes "Variety reports that HBO has acquired the rights to George R. R. Martin's fantasy series, "A Song of Fire and Ice." The network plans to condense each book into one television season, with at least one episode being written by Martin himself. Martin goes into further detail about the deal on his site. The ongoing bestselling series of books, starting with A Game of Thrones, is known for its multitude of characters, political intrigue, and non-romanticized portrayal of sex and violence."
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amaupin amaupin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

amaupin writes "Variety reports that HBO has acquired the rights to George R.R. Martin's fantasy series, "A Song of Fire and Ice." The network plans to condense each book into one television season, with at least one episode being written by Martin himself. The ongoing bestselling series of books, starting with A Game of Thrones, is known for its multitude of characters, political intrigue, and non-romanticized portrayal of sex and violence."

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