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Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

b4dc0d3r Re:'help' (211 comments)

Petzold, Prosise. Two examples of good documentation. K&R, a different approach.

Wrox, how not to do it.

Go forth and multiply.

about a year ago
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Patent Suit Leads To 500,000 Annoyed Software Users

b4dc0d3r Re:My give-a-darn meter is reading negative GADs (180 comments)

ask VirnetX if they want to be an Apple subsidiary, or rather milk their cash cow without having production costs. I'm sure they will say no thanks to being bought, which is the answer to your question.

stock has soared, stockholders would likely object to any buyout now.

Lern2financial

about a year ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

b4dc0d3r Re:Fight it if you want to. (555 comments)

Miranda was traveling through the country that was leaking snowden's info. and it showed gchq as being almost as bad. stupidity got Miranda, because gchq had no idea what would leak next, ergo Miranda posed a threat to national security, ad does snowden.

no coincidence that Der Spiegel is now the leading leaker, since Germany is quite pissed.

never travel through your allies' airspace if you are leaking info on your allies.

about a year ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

b4dc0d3r Re:Fight it if you want to. (555 comments)

Why should the severity of border checks be proportional to land area?

more people to protect, more taxes to protect them with, and of course more exposed border milage. and sparser population at the border. and more people hate USA. need more?

about a year ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

b4dc0d3r Re:You Only Have To Cross It Once (555 comments)

Were I an American, I would only have one option to cross - out. Were I not an American, I would have the option to give it a miss entirely.

Your attempt at bumper sticker wisdom has encountered an error. Abort/Retry/Fail?

about a year ago
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The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

b4dc0d3r Re:The real issue: U.S. government corruption. (555 comments)

You don't have to know anything about how encryption works at all to be aware that normal citizens have been compelled to turn over their passphrases just because encryption just makes it look like you have something to hide.

In fact, the more ignorant about encryption itself, the more you are likely to come across stories that resulted in the "plausible deniability" encryption, where you take one container with innocuous but private material, like bank accounts, and an alternate container with the good stuff. Which is exactly what gweihir recommended.

It drops off at some point, at the zero point of encryption knowledge you would be unaware of any story.

As a general rule, if you have to qualify yourself or give a personal anecdote, you are undercutting your message. It doesn't make it any less true, just harder to believe without looking, or knowing. But having read slashdot since 2000 or earlier, I've seen a goodly number of stories. Search the archives and read in wonderment.

about a year ago
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US Uncorks $16M For 17 Projects To Capture Wave Energy

b4dc0d3r Re:Money is great, but regulations are the problem (132 comments)

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., in Pennington, New Jersey, will work on developing the float and spar â" or cylindrical body â" components of their PowerBuoy wave energy converter. These two components account for 50 percent of the deviceâ(TM)s mass, so improving materials, manufacturability, and durability of the float and spar could reduce the cost of energy and significantly improve the deviceâ(TM)s powerâtoâweight ratio. This work will make the PowerBuoy more reliable and marketable. DOE Funding: $1,000,000. Total Project Value: $1,250,000

ftfa

about a year ago
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US Uncorks $16M For 17 Projects To Capture Wave Energy

b4dc0d3r Re:Failed technology (132 comments)

tech has improved since that quote from, as far as I can tell, the mid 60's. care to go for another?

about a year ago
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US Uncorks $16M For 17 Projects To Capture Wave Energy

b4dc0d3r Re:Wee, it's no wonder (132 comments)

did you read the article? that's basically the unstated goal. funding small projects to get enough information to work with.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

b4dc0d3r Re:Three reasons why this won't work (732 comments)

The scheme would work either using satellites, which would communicate limits to cars automatically, or using cameras to read road signs. Drivers can be given a warning of the speed limit, or their speed could be controlled automatically under the new measures.

ftfa.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

b4dc0d3r Re:If speed limits were reasonable (732 comments)

I thought they did math and stuff, and never went back to recalculate. do you have any citations other than your rectum?

about a year ago
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Apple Now Relaying All FaceTime Calls Due To Lost Patent Dispute

b4dc0d3r Re:Obvious patents and patent trolls (179 comments)

It is very VERY difficult to judge what was inevitable, because things in hindsight often look obvious.

I could take 10 of the smartest people here, who hadn't seen this patent - only the problem it was supposed to overcome. And we could spitball ideas for a few hours. And maybe come up with a solution. Does that mean it is inevitable?

No, because even though that team possessed the ability to solve the problem, statistically speaking they were not ever tasked to solve the problem, and so would not have done so.

This is why we have multi-disciplinary projects at research institutions - to find discoveries by putting together people with new and different understandings and backgrounds. And what they come up with is novel.

To be inevitable, you would have to come up with a solution that worked, within the existing framework, and was capable of handling the type of data requested.

Patent 1:

A plurality of computer nodes communicate using seemingly random Internet Protocol source and destination addresses. Data packets matching criteria defined by a moving window of valid addresses are accepted for further processing, while those that do not meet the criteria are quickly rejected. Improvements to the basic design include (1) a load balancer that distributes packets across different transmission paths according to transmission path quality; (2) a DNS proxy server that transparently creates a virtual private network in response to a domain name inquiry; (3) a large-to-small link bandwidth management feature that prevents denial-of-service attacks at system chokepoints; (4) a traffic limiter that regulates incoming packets by limiting the rate at which a transmitter can be synchronized with a receiver; and (5) a signaling synchronizer that allows a large number of nodes to communicate with a central node by partitioning the communication function between two separate entities.

Some of that sounds rather basic, but together, with the other involved patents, it is well more complicated than "let's use that p2p stuff I heard about". Please, if you want to, go into the specific claims of the patents and tell me what is inevitable, and how, rather than taking the terrible summaries of the patents as being representative.

about a year ago
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Apple Now Relaying All FaceTime Calls Due To Lost Patent Dispute

b4dc0d3r Re:uhuh sure (179 comments)

I don't think you can dismiss out of hand the possibility that this was a planned outcome.

That sounds very weaselly, in the sense that if one person anywhere had such a thought but never spoke it, your statement would be true. And it sounds like the kind of baseless nutball regurgitation we have come to expect from internet conspiracy crazies.

You should meet AC, he's informative but shy. This is probably why it was marked troll initially, since it has been going around for a while, and calling out the NSA is standard fare for a frosty piss.

Skype was moved to centralized servers so they could survive the new era of communications: mobile devices. It was impossible to do Skype on mobile devices without centralized servers because the P2P communications would eat your battery AND your data bill. I'm sure this helps with interception as well, but it wasn't he main intention. This is discussed in detail by a former Skype engineer here:

http://www.listbox.com/member/archive/247/2013/06/sort/time_rev/page/1/entry/6:271/20130623090855:0B714E0A-DC06-11E2-9F35-8CD4CCA160A2/

Your post should have consisted solely of This link followed by this link which it took me all of 3 minutes to find, so I would know whether to make fun of you or support you.

How Brazil-ian that the line between "chicken little" ignorant asshattery and fact has completely disappeared.

about a year ago
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US Uncorks $16M For 17 Projects To Capture Wave Energy

b4dc0d3r Re:Less than $1m each? (132 comments)

Scotland is way ahead and therefore invests more than that? Which is the cause, and which the effect?

Better yet, why doesn't the DOE just ask Scotland what it's up to? Sounds like a stupid waste of money.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, will quantify the distribution, behavioral response, and general patterns of fish movement around an operating tidal energy turbine. The research team will conduct an analysis of individual fish movements using previously unanalyzed sonar data collected at Verdant Power's Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project, located in the East River near Manhattan. This study will provide the industry with a complete analysis of fish interaction data at a fullâsize turbine that developers and regulators can use to estimate the likelihood of encounter and injury at tidal and riverine sites. The tools refined in this study will be widely applicable to other sites and conditions, and the results from this study will be used to refine estimates of potential effects, design mitigation to minimize impacts, and develop monitoring protocol. DOE Funding: $95,000. Total Project Value: $132,000.

Oh, these are specific grants to specific institutions and companies with established tech to figure out how to improve efficiency and lower impact on the environment. I guess I'll go be outraged that Scotland hasn't spent public funds to do this sort of things.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

b4dc0d3r Re:Speed limiters a good idea but 70 is too slow (732 comments)

I think speed limiters for most people's cars are a good thing

Think about the one day this fails for some reason, and someone is unable to get out of harm's way, or the brake inexplicably turns engages, and someone is hurt or injured.

Now, instead of it being a jackass driver's fault, it is the government's fault. A law-abiding citizen, perhaps, who did nothing wrong other than live in the EU. That's why this is a terrible idea.

new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

So many reasons why a person would be injured instead of saved - I won't bother picking this apart because the details are not my point.

The shift in blame is the problem. Putting breathalyzers on the ignition of someone convicted of drunk driving, and having it false positive, can be a consequence of violating that law. Here there are consequences to just being alive, and that is unacceptable. You should not think this is at all a good thing.

Speed governors on commercial vehicles are a tested technology, and a hard upper limit like that would be much safer than one which changes. If I were you, I would support that instead. But I'm not, so I don't.

about a year ago
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The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

b4dc0d3r Re:STEM or VISA? (284 comments)

I would like to see the cause and effect tree that shows who the actors of this conspiracy could possibly be. not theoretically possible, but actually in real life because of something observable possible.

I could tell you, but you won't like the answer because it does not confirm your bias. so I'll let you go first.

about a year ago
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The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

b4dc0d3r Re:There's both a glut AND a shortage (284 comments)

no wonder applicants are hard to find. probably requires a minimum of 16 years experience as a biped. and the talk of poaching scares them right off.

about a year ago
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The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

b4dc0d3r Re:I'll believe the stem crisis is real (284 comments)

your individual experience means the whole thing is made up?

I got into .net because asp support was being dropped, so I had to. we used vb because of the similarities. having done c++ I could also work in c# if needed.

but the main point - c# is really just a way to access .net framework, and it is HUGE. knowing c# by itself means nothing. I suspect this is your problem. that, combined with "most of what they do isn't that hard". get over yourself and start learning the framework.

about a year ago
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The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

b4dc0d3r Re:Hanlon's Razor (284 comments)

every 20 years or so, education reform comes around again. the rallying cry has been "more stem" due to differences in USA vs Asian test scores. now schools are picking up on that, whether it is needed or not.

same time, "work readiness" is a big focus on what business wanted for 20 years. that is also a focus for reform. work ready means trained to be an employee, not employer. most people will be employees, so it makes sense if everyone gets the same basic curriculum, to teach employable skills.

now we have an education system primed to pump out serfs, and no one really to blame. independent actions and reactions. just failure of the people making decisions, because on average, they are average, and will reach faulty conclusions.

I say go back to teaching philosophy and argument, back to Greek basics, and wait it out.

about a year ago
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US Mounted 231 Offensive Cyber-operations In 2011, Runs Worldwide Botnet

b4dc0d3r Re:Now, for the other angle, is this treason? (367 comments)

that's a rather absolutist perspective. isn't it possible that whistleblowing on a super sensitive program is both necessary and treasonous?

and that if found treasonous, a due process trial should happen?

and that the president could pardon the convict once the impact if that revelation is clear?

not saying that will apply, but it is far closer to reality than "all whistleblowing automatically erases harm from completely unrelated organizations and people", which is how your comment reads.

we are getting summarized information. keep in mind that the actual documents that the guardian and now Der Spiegel have likely contain a lot more detail. I'm betting It's well past treason already

about a year ago

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Making sense of CPU and GPU model numbers

b4dc0d3r b4dc0d3r writes  |  more than 4 years ago

b4dc0d3r (1268512) writes "How do you make sense of the various model numbers or naming schemes for CPUs, graphics cards, and the related chipsets? All I want is something that will run Oblivion and output full 1080 video to a TV. Last time I built my own computer I just went to Pricewatch, made a few easy choices, and everything came to my door. Do I really have to research the difference between Core i5, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D, Semperon, Athlon, Phenom... and that's just the processor. Is there a reference somewhere? Sure Wikipedia has some info, but I'm in for a lot of reading. In short, how the hell do you buy a computer these days?"
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IdM SLAs or acceptable user provisioning timeframe

b4dc0d3r b4dc0d3r writes  |  more than 5 years ago

b4dc0d3r writes "I am currently trying to find acceptable SLA or timeframe data for user provisioning. I need to be able to say "Users must be provisioned in X time" and "Users must be able to be granted access in Y time". Provisioned would include the initial load (with default or initial permissions), and granting access would be any additional rights granting (or un-granting) once the user exists.

Are there any recommendations or standards around Identity Management solutions? My target is currently in the range of days or weeks, and we are trying to push this down to hours if not days. But we need data, or recommendations from leading research groups (Gartner et. al.), or something at least to be able to back up the demand. We can probably afford to buy a copy of an industry survey or report, I just don't know where to look. It's obviously not acceptable for a user to sit around without needed access has not been a very effective data point so far.

So if you have nothing else, here's the short question: How long should it take for a new employee to be granted access to the tools they need to do their job? I fail at teh google, if you even have search suggestions that would be good too."

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