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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

bi$hop No Unity required (137 comments)

I love that the Tetris site provides a "No Unity required" option that requires Flash.

about three weeks ago

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

bi$hop Reminds me of The Office... (142 comments)

...when Michael and Jim were "co-managers" and Jo Bennett comes in and says, "Two guys doing one job? We gotta do something about that!"

about a month ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

bi$hop Degree are a joke (546 comments)

I just started an upper division CS course at my university (all coding is in C), and it's already lame. Our first assignment is to solve various bit-shifting puzzles while artificially restricting ourselves to a very small number of language constructs (e.g. we can't use if, while, for, most logical operators, functions, or many other parts of C). It's not clear what we should be learning from this, other than that artificially restricting C makes it really tough. Or perhaps that wild guessing is a critical part of software development.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

bi$hop Know where your programming language is headed! (548 comments)

Starting in about 2004, I spent a couple years becoming proficient in Perl 5. I used it for everything, from serious web programming to complex Win32 GUI-based applications "compiled" into stand-alone executables using ActiveState. Somehow, though, I allowed myself to remain oblivious to the fact that Perl was headed absolutely nowhere.

Then I decided to look for jobs as a Perl programmer.

It had never occurred to me that programming languages are living, breathing things that can actually die if they don't get enough oxygen. I suddenly realized that my efforts to develop prowess in Perl had actually turned me into a tumbleweed, blowing farther and farther away from any sign of civilization. The solution, of course, was to do what everyone else did: Abandon Perl.

Now I wonder if my current language, Java, is headed for a similar fate...

about 2 months ago

Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

bi$hop It certainly doesn't look very "attacky" (103 comments)

Looks more like a baby while swimming on its back, extending its flippers in glee. Hopefully the final design will look a little more menacing and bad-A than this ferfy thing.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

bi$hop Why not foster IT expertise? (281 comments)

Ask the people in the charity staff, or better yet the kids themselves, if any of them would be interested in developing the necessary IT expertise. Then teach them as you set it up and help them learn what they'll need to know. You might change someone's life.

about 5 months ago

How Firefox Will Handle DRM In HTML

bi$hop Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (361 comments)

THIS is a good reason to oust a Mozilla CEO.

Amen. For the first time in my life I actually wish I had mod points so I could mod this up.

about 5 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

bi$hop Re:Part of the problem is taking notes (166 comments)

While I'm happy that you found a system that works for you, your calculus professor was a twit.

That's harsh. What compels you to resort to name-calling?

In college, I took copious notes during lectures - and then never looked at them again.

Ahh, I see. That sounds like a frustrating way to learn indeed. And you must have gone through quite a bit of paper.

about 5 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

bi$hop Part of the problem is taking notes (166 comments)

One of my calculus professors told us on the first day of class that note-taking was forbidden during his lectures. He argued that, in our quest to write down everything he said, we would inevitably miss important points or misunderstand key concepts. I was skeptical at first, but I soon discovered that he was absolutely right. I was able to absorb much more than I thought by listening intently to what he said, and fully focusing on what he drew on the board. In short, his lectures were effective and valuable.

I never took notes in any other class after that, and my grades never suffered from it. In most classes, the lecture materials were made available for later download anyway! Moreover, the freedom to simply pay attention actually made lectures more enjoyable.

about 5 months ago

The Struggle To Ban Killer Robots

bi$hop Just make them 3/4 size... (138 comments)

...easier to stop them if they turn on us. Also, give them a 3-foot cord.
-Dwight Schrute

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

bi$hop Albert Einstein said... (384 comments)

...never memorize something you can look up (after a reporter asked for Einstein's phone number and Einstein retrieved the phone book).

about 9 months ago

Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

bi$hop Re:Cheats! (201 comments)

Or he could have disrobed himself and started with 255 missiles by entering JUSTIN BAILEY for the password.

about a year ago



Snapchat Settles FTC Charges; Promises of Disappearing Messages Were False

bi$hop bi$hop writes  |  about 5 months ago

bi$hop (878253) writes "Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile messaging app, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers [PDF] with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service. The FTC case also alleged that the company deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect that data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure. In fact, the case alleges, Snapchat’s failure to secure its Find Friends feature resulted in a security breach that enabled attackers to compile a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers."
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Consumerist releases bracket for 2014 worst company in America

bi$hop bi$hop writes  |  about 7 months ago

bi$hop (878253) writes "The Consumerist is proud to present the first round match-ups for this year’s Worst Company in America tournament!

There are several returning competitors, including previous champs EA and Comcast, three-time runner-up (and sort of winner from when it acquired Countrywide) Bank of America, the perennially hated Ticketmaster and PayPal (with their respective corporate counterparts LiveNation and eBay). There are also some new names on the list, like Koch Industries and lawsuit-happy seed company Monsanto. There’s also SeaWorld making a splash on WCIA 2014, presumably because people have been watching that Blackfish documentary.

Voting will begin tomorrow, March 19..."

Consumerist releases contenders for 2014 worst company in America

bi$hop bi$hop writes  |  about 7 months ago

bi$hop (878253) writes "After sorting through a mountain of nomination e-mails, we’ve whittled down the field of competitors for this year’s Worst Company In America tournament to 40 bad businesses. Here’s your chance to have your say on how these players will square off in the bracket, and which bubble teams will get left out in the cold.

The poll below has the names of all 40 contenders for the 2014 Golden Poo trophy. You can vote for up to 8 companies. The result of your votes will inform the seeding for the bracket that we post tomorrow. So be sure to read through the list (presented in random order) to make sure the eight companies whose boxes you tick are companies that really tick you off."

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Mechanical 'Robo Raven' is so realistic, real birds fly in formation

bi$hop bi$hop writes  |  about a year ago

bi$hop (878253) writes "We humans are surprisingly good at traveling when off the ground: We have planes that can fly at five times the speed of sound and we've traveled all the way to the moon and back — at least if you believe NASA and Neil Armstrong.

One thing we haven't yet been able to do, though, is fly like a bird. All that flapping and flying involves some pretty complex mechanics and has been so-far unachievable. But researchers at the University of Maryland and the Army Research Laboratory have a had a breakthrough: A mechanical bird so realistic that actual birds either attack it or fly in formation with it."

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Adobe Helps Turn Flash Into HTML5

bi$hop bi$hop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bi$hop (878253) writes "Flash vs. HTML5. HTML5 vs. Flash. Whatever your take on the respective merits of the two high-profile technologies for creating splashy Web content, you can't deny that the rivalry between Adobe's venerable Flash and the assortment of evolving open-source standards collectively known as HTML5 is intense.

But what if Flash could become HTML5?

Starting now--in certain limited instances--t can."

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Java Exploits Up in 2010, Cisco Says

bi$hop bi$hop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bi$hop (878253) writes "The networking giant's 2010 Annual Security Report states that in January 2010, Java exploits accounted for only 1.5 percent of Web malware blocked by the company's ScanSafe software. By November, that number had jumped to 7 percent, Cisco says. Meanwhile, PDF exploits were declining. In January, they totaled just over 6 percent of Web malware blocked by ScanSafe, and by November that number had dropped to just 2 percent."
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