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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

aztracker1 But... the children!? (130 comments)

My first thought was "but... the children!?" ... I would think that the primary marketing for such software would be for parents. Not that I condone such actions, at the very least it would be socially acceptable.

10 hours ago
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Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

aztracker1 Re:Frosty pasta! (41 comments)

I actually like Metro UI (for phone/tablet) ... it's horrible as a desktop UI, and the metro apps are pretty clunky.. but for a phone/tablet UI it's decent. Not as nice imho as even the WebOS' UI that Palm had done, which is still one of my favorite UIs for mobile devices, and Android and iOS have adopted some ideas from.

Forcing Metro on the desktop versions of windows, and even into the XBox UI was a pretty big error imho. It is passable on a touch screen laptop but still not great. To this day, I think that Windows7's UI is one of the best desktop interfaces I've seen. I like Unity, but it's still really rough in some respects, and the menu interface for it is really bad if you're actually clicking through, for super+search it's okay. OSX is okay as well, but finder has its' own warts for power users. I'm currently running Windows 8.1 for my desktop with ClassicShell over it, and that's not bad. My laptop is OSX and I run Ubuntu's Unity on a couple machines as well.

At least MS stopped trying to shove a desktop paradigm onto mobile users, now if only they could stop shoving the mobile UI to the desktop. I think that there are some really bright people at MS, but their management style has really hindered a lot of things over the years. That's now changing (somewhat) if only because they are now trying to adapt.

10 hours ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

aztracker1 Re:How is that supposed to work? (130 comments)

If I were a company, and there were a matching stack exchange site, I'd simply have a few paid employees answering questions there...

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

aztracker1 Re:Yep, ready for a job in coding (130 comments)

They don't even ask for any special access to your profile. Also, if you are writing any kind of script or software today and don't have a github account, you're probably not paying attention. I know in some circles it's a little less important, but github is pretty much the common denominator for development today.

It's no less likely for their target audience to have a github account than say twitter, facebook or google plus.

about a week ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

aztracker1 Re:.info (178 comments)

No kidding... I doubt this would have issue running on a couple medium sized cloud instances for db and web... unless it's in an enterprise framework like Java or .Net designed by an enterprise architect. (Or by Oracle) ... I kid, knowing you can build fast and scalable software with those tools, but that doesn't always work out to be the case.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

aztracker1 Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (34 comments)

I just wish i could get the 7 bitcoins back I lost early on... ran a miner really early on to play with it... didn't get much use, and deleted the software and wallet... if I sold at a peak to USD, would have a bit of cash. I didn't think they'd be as successful as they have. When I see a traditional bank offering exchange rates, I'll convert.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

aztracker1 Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (34 comments)

Which is true in the same way that you need to use an exchange when going to/from USD and GBP or Yen.... If you get paid in BTC, and buy stuff in BTC, then you don't need an exchange.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

aztracker1 Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

I think that 4K displays will shake things up, once they hit a point where they can support >= 60Hz at 4k, and hdmi2 becomes more common, I think it will be relatively awesome and I'm looking forward to it. Though for my own use (mostly development) 4K is probably sufficient today... been considering a 39-42" 4k screen even at reduced refresh rate for my desktop.

about a month ago
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Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

aztracker1 Re:Looks good to me (67 comments)

For those, like yourself, that don't already know CERT is now under DHS. CERT has some pretty big credibility.

about 2 months ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

aztracker1 Re:TCO (158 comments)

The last time I installed linux... I had only my SSD plugged in... when I connected my other drives everything was fine, then I ran updates a few days later... part of the updates included an update to grub, which after said update would no longer boot. This was a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 a couple years ago. Prior to that, my attempt for linux as my primary desktop OS was in 2006 which resulted in a lot of effort to get both 3D acceleration and multi-monitor support... prior to that, was a regression issue with intel video drivers on a laptop selected for linux back in 2004 (or so) that made it unable to watch youtube videos, or play frozen bubble... Every time I've tried linux as my primary desktop, I hit a level of frustration that is intolerable. I have a Cubox-i4-pro that was doing XBMC chores (for two months) that now won't boot, not sure why... I use linux without a GUI for servers... I am building a new version of the web apps at work targeting node (to run in linux) and find that android works pretty damned well. All of that said, I'll take my macbook or windows desktop over another attempt at using linux for my primary desktop OS... I don't have the free time or patience to deal with edge cases that seem to pile up to unusable solutions. I've tried Linux on the desktop and it failed repeatedly.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

aztracker1 Re: surpising (168 comments)

I actually appreciate Amazon's approach.. imho a business should either expand/invest or return dividends... I don't like companies that simply bank significant profits or hold onto under-utilized assets for years. Amazon uses its assets. Also, the share price has grown to reflect this overall growth in value, while not specifically paying out dividends... Good for them, this is a very small blip, and you're right, I don't think their phone is the answer.. maybe at a sub $400 out of contract price (in line with the Nexus phones from Google).

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

aztracker1 Re:Good (225 comments)

Agreed, the RDP client is decent too... been considering using a windows vps for dev work that needs VS, from my chromebook.

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

aztracker1 Re:Papers (225 comments)

What OS is this $99 device you speak of going to run?

about 2 months ago
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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 (282 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.

about 2 months ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

aztracker1 Re:Youtube Comments (238 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 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 5 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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