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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

bugs2squash risk something (247 comments)

Design a system or an improvement to a system, argue that it should be used. Defend your ideas. Stop depending on your manager to put your ideas forward. That should solve the problem one way or another. You'll either be up to your eyeballs in responsibility for a project or out on the streets pretty rapidly I should think.

yesterday
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The Minecraft Parent

bugs2squash Server is critical (166 comments)

I watch my son play minecraft and I like what I see... creativity, use of a commandline, interaction with his friends (he's usually on the phone to a friend who moved away across the country, so it's a good way for them to stay in touch). It's fine for half an hour a day or so. On the other hand, when I see my nephew play minecraft I'm appalled. The chat messages are full of nasty, hateful language. It seems to me that the user experience varies greatly from one server to another.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

bugs2squash Re:Lock down the Windows desktop (333 comments)

I use deep freeze too, it gives the kids lessons in backing up their data from time to time (you can back up minecraft etc.) so it's educational too !

2 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

bugs2squash Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

no, it's the gaol of capitalism

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

bugs2squash Re:You mean... (239 comments)

Which consumer level device out there will rate limit ACks for some applications if other applications are in play ? I'm not talking about a TCL script for cisco or a fancy TC rule for linux, I mean a consumer grade router that you can check the box that says "limit other applications if I'm watching breaking bad but not when the kids are watching Dora the explorer" or something similar.

4 days ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

bugs2squash Re:Encryption (104 comments)

Presumably the reason to allow this is not to permit hams more freedom, but rather to persuade hams to purchase encryption units so that when the authorities ask them to provide communications they can do so in an encrypted way. Or, for the lobbyists, to make the ham radio service appear to have more utility in handling emergencies.

I can't think of any reason why encrypting ham communications would do anything to improve the hobby, but I can see why authorities might like to have access to another somewhat secure communications alternative. How secure could it be anyway, you still have to distribute the keys ?
The best this would do would be to make it slightly harder to listen to.

about a week ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

bugs2squash Re:Scrap all the rules (104 comments)

I'm a new ham, looking into installing an antenna in my back yard. I have kids.

The impedance at the center of a half wave dipole is low, say 70 ohms or so if it's the right length for the transmission, but at the ends it is really high. 100W (small beer for a ham operator) into 70 ohms is 80 volts or so in the middle of the antenna. At the end of the antenna the impedance is very high, say 4000 ohms, the same 100W is then 630 volts or so.

The impedance can be much more, the power can be much, much more, these are moderate numbers for RF that can be generated from a small radio. That's one of the reasons the antennas are hoisted into the trees, it's not just for propagation.

about a week ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

bugs2squash Re:Scrap all the rules (104 comments)

I think a ham operator can encrypt the control link to a spacecraft legally.

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

bugs2squash But... (421 comments)

I only wanted windows, can I get a refund for the hardware ?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

bugs2squash Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

I too want a pager. Something where I can be on call but still go to the gym / swim and know I won't miss a call. I have a device that makes sure I don't wander far from my cell phone, but it doesn't work well. It needs to be cheap, waterproof, robust, flexible, reliable reception even when intermittently immersed, great battery life and very small. Bonus points if I can tell the time by it.

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

bugs2squash Re:COBOL & Scala & HTML5 (385 comments)

I have to say that I enjoy learning to write at least a basic application in lanuages that I will probably never use for production code; like erlang, forth etc. I find they help me think about things differently, in ways that I can sometimes apply to applications written in my go-to languages.

about two weeks ago
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$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

bugs2squash what ? (74 comments)

So a, presumably, leading scientist balked at doing some research work for, presumably, sound technical and professional reasons, but all it took was the prospect of winning $100 to persuade her otherwise.

This field needs to pay more!

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

bugs2squash spectrum is expensive (237 comments)

so you mean to tell me that the telcos that spend millions, billions on spectrum licensing don't spot rogue basestations mooching on their frequency allocations ? Or were all of these in unlicensed spectrum ?

about two weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

bugs2squash Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

For various values of success, sure anyone can succeed. Teachers all seem to have graduate degrees out the wazoo, quite why they can't implement a solution to teach each kid whatever will get the best out of each them, at least at the elementary school or middle school level, is beyond me. Maximizing the progress each kid makes is their individual success.

about a month ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

bugs2squash Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

I think they meant that there was no divinely appointed royalty. After all, half the guys writing and approving the thing kept slaves. Back in the day this was a rejection of what the established line on god's word was on the subject. A break away from the god botherers.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

bugs2squash Re:What a bunch of pansies (409 comments)

More of the usual right wing BS...

from: http://www.cbpp.org/files/esta...

Today, 99.86 percent of estates owe no estate tax at all, according to the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC).4 Among the 3,780 estates that owe any tax, the “effective” tax rate — that is, the percentage of the estate’s value that is paid in taxes — is 16.6 percent, on average

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Only the wealthiest estates in the country pay the tax because it is levied only on the portion of an estate’s value that exceeds a specified exemption level, currently $5.25 million per person (effectively $10.5 million per married couple).

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

bugs2squash Re:dealing with the unknown (102 comments)

it's an ingredient in diet coke

about 2 months ago
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Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

bugs2squash Re:Under two minutes of bullshit (69 comments)

What's this search nonsense ? It has pre-computed solutions for a number of scenarios, why not just look up the scenario based on the detected failure directly.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

bugs2squash Re:That's great (78 comments)

Given that tape data storage refuses to die, I too have to wonder why there is not optical tape. Anyway, with this paper available, my 16kbyte ZX81 RAM pack is beginning to look dated, they could print it on a large postage stamp.

about 2 months ago

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robot projects for K-5

bugs2squash bugs2squash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugs2squash (1132591) writes "Some of the parents of kids at my son's elementary school would like to set up a robotics club for the children. I see that Lego has a new line of robotics bricks called wedo and that seems to be the path of least resistance to doing something. But I wanted to ask...

What experience do all y'all have of running a robotics club for this age group (5 thru 10 years-old) and what factors made it a success (or failure) ?

Did you use a commercial kit of parts or brew something from scratch ?

What kind of projects work well with kids this age ? — I was thinking maybe making robot flowers (yes, I know they'd all rather build robotic sharks with lasers)"

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