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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

aztracker1 Re:This is just a repeat (275 comments)

it's like saying you can't hire anyone because you don't hire anyone who wears glasses, and the only people applying for jobs are people who wear glasses.

It's funny, because (starting with the smokers, which I am not), we are headed in that direction... there's already soft discrimination against smokers and increasingly with fat people. This is going to be increasingly backed under the cost to provide insurance, and will only get worse... those genetically disparaged will eventually feel the same pains.

I'm not meaning to seem like a tinfoil hat type... but I am seeing the trend, and it frankly is upsetting to say the least.

2 days ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

aztracker1 Re:Youtube Comments (237 comments)

Honestly, the real name thing didn't bug me so much as the "vanity" url name they give me is "MyFullName" instead of "nickname" ... when I search for my nickname, I'm a significant portion of the results... I should have been able to get this.. with their old profile system, I had it.. now I still don't.

about a week ago
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ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

aztracker1 Re:just curious, why did you choose Android on ARM (69 comments)

The problem is that a quad-core ARM isn't 40% as fast as a 6-core Intel, let alone a dual/quad 8-core AMD... Now, you can do some really cool things with ARM, if there were a decent I/O backplane for a cluster it would be awesome, but most can't even get 40mbps of throughput to a network adapter... When there are systems handling hundreds of thousands of requests per second, ARM won't handle that in its' current state, and those that have tried have been so much more expensive than x86 off the shelf, it won't save enough in power over its' lifetime. Doesn't mean it will always be that way... and yeah, I've looked, and it's cool.. but not worth it (yet).

about three weeks ago
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ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Developers

aztracker1 Re:What the fuck is this thing? (69 comments)

well considering the target is android, you'll get v8 under the chrome browser.. beyond that, you can probably get node.js running in it.

about three weeks ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

aztracker1 Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

There goes your ignorance... a healthy baby should float and wouldn't make a good anchor at all...

Seriously, an upbringing like that might get you a thoughtful, well adjusted child who is creative and adapts well. It also might teach you to be less of a selfish ass.

about 2 months ago
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Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

aztracker1 Re:Which environment instead? (73 comments)

For the most part the cross browser stuff is pretty straight forward these days, and if you're building a web application (not site) you can limit yourself to modern browsers without too much trouble... depending on your browser feature needs of course. IE11 is decent, 10 isn't bad, and 9 is doable. If you use react, angular or ember as a base, it's as good as most component ui systems. It's still easier than a cross platform codebase for native apps.

about 2 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

aztracker1 Re: Range is the issue (258 comments)

Yes.. I understand that... My meaning is that the li batteries are from scarce resources, and sold in a limited market... More demand means increased prices... Barring improved methods of production or increased competition.. Which for the base materials is unlikely... Prices are likely to go up.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

aztracker1 Re:Range is the issue (258 comments)

The problem is that going all electric for many places isn't going to help anything... Many places burn fossil fuels for electricity. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more electric cars.. just don't think it's necessarily going to improve the environment.. let alone the cost to dispose of the batteries properly. Our electronics waste is poisoning China, and Japan is leaking nuclear waste into the larger environment. There are plenty of issues to work towards improving.

How do you figure that with increased demand li-ion batteries will cost half as much? That's simply not how economics works.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

aztracker1 Re:Thank you summary guy (258 comments)

That's why I drive a V8 Challenger R/T ... If I didn't do it, how could the Prius drivers feel good about saving the world?

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

aztracker1 Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (632 comments)

You can do direct deposit into a savings account, just get an account slip (routing and account number) from the bank. You can also do a checking account and simply shred the debit card and checks, or simply request not to have them. All you need is a routable account. You don't need "easy access"

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

aztracker1 Re:Gotta pay the government bills somehow (632 comments)

It's about affecting the whole... when a party gains popularity, even 8-10% this tends to be seen in policy changes in the other parties... I'm not pushing for a straight/classic libertarian agenda, I'm more pragmatic than that... the point is to influence the whole a bit more.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

aztracker1 Re:Gotta pay the government bills somehow (632 comments)

It's about trying to reduce the size of government consistently... It's when a party tends to get 8-10% of the popular vote, and even 5% of seats in congress that those concepts start to influence decisions... I'm more pragmatic than a typical Libertarian, just the same I'm for creating change, and reducing the federal government in was Democrats or Republicans would oppose.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

aztracker1 Re:Refunds indicate bad tax planning (632 comments)

I have a bank account that I can (and do) have a portion of my income go into that I can't touch without going into the bank... set such an account up, only in your name, and have that amount go there.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

aztracker1 Re:Taxation (632 comments)

It definitely has me rethinking my tax contributions. I think if everyone changed their deductions to 99, so they don't have taxes taken out, it would choke the government off a bit... I'd rather 20-30% of my income go into savings for the year.. I won't make anything, but it at least would stop the interest free loan the the US Govt.

about 3 months ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

aztracker1 Re:Back in my day (142 comments)

I know you're joking.. but I do know of quite a few telnet boards still up and running...

about 3 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

aztracker1 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Thank you... Though I didn't experience this, my brother had a teacher that would score boys by rule 10% lower than equivalent work by girls in the class. It's one thing to encourage girls to work in areas that are typically male dominated, it's quite another to offer incentive to discriminate.

about 3 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

aztracker1 Re:Thank you captain obvious (353 comments)

Generally, it's still worth it for an SSD if you have at least a SATA2 controller... it won't run full out, but is usually 2-4x the speed of any HDD.

about 4 months ago

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Where is the safest place to host a website?

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aztracker1 (702135) writes "Given the number of intrusions in terms of U.S. (and its' allies) based hosting providers turning over data without a warrant, and rulings that consider "cloud" data to not be private, I have to ask. Where is the safest place to host a web server these days?

I've been thinking of putting some data services up, and have no problem with responding to limited court orders, or even paying income taxes on any profits made. I do have a problem with client data potentially being seized without due process."
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Isn't it time for a -1 Disinformation mod?

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aztracker1 (702135) writes "I've gone through moderation several times over the years. One thing that constantly annoys me is when people post conjecture, fud, or other clearly dis-informative posts that simply aren't true. I think it would be nice to see a -1 Disinformation mod for these instances where Flamebait/Troll aren't accurate or appropriate at all."
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A Better Solution For PC Gaming.

aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aztracker1 writes "This is really a collection of ideas on how to move forward with PC based Gaming. A means of balancing the industry's concerns for minimizing losses caused by casual copying, to future-proofing ability to play today's games on future systems. No, I don't have a working solution, just a collection of ideas that could really work well in the end. I feel that a combination of hardware encryption in a USB media device combined with a Gaming OS is the best approach for the future in gaming."
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aztracker1 aztracker1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aztracker1 writes "C# combines some of the best aspects of C++, Java, and Pascal. "Accelerated C# 2005" is targeted for people coming from other languages and environments into C#. It is well suited for those with heavy experience in Object Oriented Programming, and languages with similar style, such as Java, Obj-C or C++. If you have strong experience with C# version 1, Java, or other C dialects, this is a great choice for diving into C# as a language. If you are experienced with VB.Net, it may be a decent choice for you.

This book covers C# 2.0 (2005), which is the second version of C#. It is divided into 13 Chapters ranging in commonly used areas of the language. It does not cover the Visual Studio 2005 IDE, which makes the use of 2005 in the title somewhat confusing. Chapters 1 through 3 are more introductory in nature, while 4-13 are more in-depth.

Chapter 1: "C# Preview," is a very brief introduction to C#, some of its' history, and the classic "Hello World" example. It also highlights some of the difference between C# and native C++.

Chapter 2: "C# and the CLR," continues where Chapter 1 leaves off, going into some coverage of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) environment, as well as garbage collection.

Chapter 3: "C# Syntax Overview," explains some of the basic syntax and structure of C# as a language, and introduces the two fundamental types in C#. It also covers the use of namespaces. It makes a brief mention to the use of Generics (new to C# 2.0), which is covered in more depth in a later chapter.

Chapter 4: "Classes, Structs, and Objects," introduces you to the object oriented principles for programming in C#. It expands upon the use of reference and value types, and introduces you to the options available in Class and Struct design and how they affect usability.

Chapter 5: "Interfaces and Contracts," details the use and definition of interfaces, and the role they play. Interfaces are a guideline or contract that classes implement, and can be derived from.

Chapter 6: "Overloading Operators," details how you can provide custom functionality by creating differing method signatures for methods and properties. Operator overloading is a C# implementation of polymorphism. It also covers how the use of operator overloading can affect usability in regards to other CLR languages.

Chapter 7: "Exception Handling and Exception Safety," introduces you to the use of exception-handling in the C# language, and within the CLR. It covers the use of try, catch, finally as well as rollback behavior and use of the using statement.

Chapter 8: "Working with Strings," details how the string is a first-class type in C#, as well as how to use strings effectively. There is a lot of information on string formatting options, as well as how to implement CultureInfo for better support of multiple languages and dialects.

Chapter 9: "Arrays, Collection Types, and Iterators," Brings you into the various ways you can use related or grouped information together. It covers the use of Arrays including multidimentional arrays. It shows how you can use the various built in collection types, as well as how iterators work within this structure.

Chapter 10: "Delegates, Anonymous functions and Events," shows the various mechanisms within C# to provide for callbacks, and event handling. With C# 2.0 you gain the ability to use Anonymous functions which are similar to lambda functions in functional programming.

Chapter 11: "Generics," is a more thorough introduction to the use of generics. Generics are one of the most widely touted enhancements to the CLR and C#. Most useful in allowing for a strongly typed use of more generic collections, without the need for custom collection derivatives.

Chapter 12: "Threading in C#," will introduce you to the common tasks used in creating multi-threaded applications in the C# execution environment. There are many differences in use when compared to the Win32 API environment. It covers synchronization, and more advanced use of delegates.

Chapter 13: "In Search of C# Canonical Forms," is an exploration on some of the best design practices for defining new types and how to account for use as a base for consumers, as well as proper planning.

It does cover the bases for the intended audience well and, you will get the information you need when moving to C#. In my own opinion the writing style is a bit dry, and text-book-ish. It is emphatically not a good book for those without a good base of programming knowledge and experience. For what it is, it does well, for anything else, you should probably look elsewhere."

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