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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

andyn Am I reading The Onion? (74 comments)

...because that's what I just thought.

Newsflash! Government pays entrepreneur USD 25 k for coming up with a technological solution for a legislative problem!

3 hours ago

How Relevant is C in 2014?

andyn Re:Very relevent for small target embedded stuff. (641 comments)

Depends mostly on compiler and toolchain availability on those platforms. You still have Python-capable processors for embedded systems if you can't afford to learn C.

FWIW, I've been struggling with LPC4300 series processors. The open source toolchain is just so bad that your CPU hard faults on first attempted function call (most likely due to incorrect memory maps).

about a month and a half ago

Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

andyn Oh please. (76 comments)

having a private key generator do some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff to generate a secure private key out if it.

This is Slashdot. Pretty please stop underestimating our skills.

about 4 months ago

DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

andyn Stop dumbing down summaries, please. (158 comments)

a timing mechanism that underpins a way the Internet works

But how many LOCs is that? Joking aside, I would have thought that nobody had to dumb down things that much before posting to Slashdot.

about a year ago

Chinese DRAM Plant Fire Continues To Drive Up Memory Prices

andyn Damn market speculators. (112 comments)

According to reports, the plant was making GDDR5 chips, used in high memory bandwidth devices like display adapters. This clearly is a perfectly valid reason to raise the prices of DDR3.

about a year ago

Happy World Backup Day

andyn Everything is in the cloud. (154 comments)

Had a head crash on my work laptop on Thursday. There was no need for restoring backups in the traditional sense since all company data was on SparkleShare (company internal git repo) and the few personal documents were in Dropbox. I pulled out a new laptop, installed SparkleShare and Dropbox and was good to go.

about 2 years ago

Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam

andyn Re:Dashcams (253 comments)

there are a lot of Russian tourists this time of year. Most of them do drive responsibly. And I urge you to do so here abroad (we have a pretty decent police who can write accurate reports if there is an accident and are not for sale) as well as home.

They drive responsibly abroad because breaking the law will get their visa revoked.

about 2 years ago

How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code

andyn Re:Contacting Server... (238 comments)

Now that you mentioned it, I just noticed that Chrome gave an error message I hadn't noticed before:
Other users are also experiencing difficulties connecting to this site, so you may have to wait a few minutes.

The real news, however, might be that someone on Slashdot uses a browser that actively spies its users' browsing habits.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Sets New Guidelines For Alcoholic Beverages

andyn No big news. (137 comments)

Somehow this doesn't come as a surprise, as Samsung announced just a week ago that they'll open a new R&D site at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi. Samsung would've been bankrupt by the end of the year had they offered the MSc (Tech) undergrads all the spirits they can handle.

more than 2 years ago

BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years

andyn Old meets new (160 comments)

The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE has adapted the well-aged teletext service for modern purposes by providing real-time Twitter commentary of ongoing muncipal election debates.

Earlier this year they allowed people to post their own pixel art.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes

andyn Re:Like the multi-user features (307 comments)

Kindle has a nice idea of how the device can be used in a family, where the parents can control time spent by kids.

Yeah, books teach kids revolutionist ideas so it's better to reduce their exposure to any potentially dangerous material.

more than 2 years ago

EU Calls for Unified Approach to Allocating "White Space" Spectrum

andyn Re:The one true way to allocate white space (25 comments)

4 space indents, no tabstops

4 is wasteful, only two is needed an gives a nice alignment with the above code.

That's why you both ought to be using tabstops after all. It lets everyone use the indentation level they are most comfortable with.

If you worry about crossing the magical 80 character column width limit, don't. Those folks who care about it are the same who use 2 space indentation anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Only English Final Fantasy 2 NES Cartridge On Sale for $50K

andyn Re:Is it worth it? (109 comments)

Altho i'm loathe to use the word/admit it

No you don't. Damn hipsters!

more than 2 years ago

Software Bug Caused Qantas Airbus A330 To Nose-Dive

andyn Re:What about Google driverless car? (603 comments)

Back in my Finnish Air Force days I talked to a captain who had flown the F-18C in his last three active flight years. He told that when you're straight and level in the Hornet and peek over your shoulder you probably see the ailerons swaying back and forth as the computer tries to keep the plane stable.

more than 3 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

andyn EDA software (1880 comments)

A certain EDA and simulation software (at home, not at work). It uses OpenGL and is just too heavyweight to be run in a virtualized environment.

more than 3 years ago

MeeGo, Zero To VT320 In Seventeen Seconds

andyn Re:news? (150 comments)



more than 4 years ago

Why Game Developers Should Shut Up About Used Games

andyn Games you want to keep won't be resold. (590 comments)

I guess I'm repeating the same mantra over and over again when saying that a game worth playing and keeping won't make its way to Gamestop's shelves. However, I have two concrete examples: Operation Flashpoint and its successor Armed Assault.

OFP with its expansions had a total of three campaigns. Towards the end I found the missions repetitive. Luckily Bohemia had one ace up their sleeve: their creation was almost endlessly moddable despite some shortcomings. Nobody in the community would have sold his disks because skilled modders had created thousands of single addons and dozens of total conversions and were pushing out new stuff years after the initial release.

ArmA was basically an updated version of OFP with a poor campaign. Still people didn't sell their disks because they already knew the possibilities the game would offer.

more than 5 years ago

Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create WoW Knockoff

andyn Poor ripoffs are nothing new (111 comments)

Oh, come on. We all know the fact that that most MMORPGs are practically clones of each other anyway...

more than 5 years ago


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