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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

comrade1 Re:The obvious answer (310 comments)

damn it! Someone beat me to it...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

comrade1 The obvious answer (310 comments)

That would be in the butt, Bob.

about 3 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

comrade1 Re: Regular Wallet (272 comments)

Wait, I thought it was the Dutch that were cheap-ass stingy mofos. Now you're telling me it's the Danish too? (Tired of seeing those orange license plates driving the backroads of Switzerland so that they don't have to buy a highway vignette)

about 4 months ago
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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

comrade1 douche (845 comments)

The words I've heard associated with google glass among my friends are 'douche', 'ass', 'moron', etc. These are friends that work as programmers and managers for google, facebook, apple, and adobe. I'd bet the sentiment outside of those companies by tech leaders is similar. I think it's interesting that the blowback for google glass that was in the general population is now in the tech population. But ultimately the negative attitude to google glass won't matter. Three to five years from now the google glass equivalent will be nothing more than a small unnoticeable pin or grain of dust. Today we'll notice in a meeting when someone is wearing glass, but a few years from now we won't. (although people can record and replay meetings with their cellphone easily, but it's an active process)

about 9 months ago
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Swiss Government Backs Privacy Oriented ISP

comrade1 This is going to be huge (109 comments)

I live in Switzerland. I was never quite happy with the european cloud computing providers I found because they were based in places like the uk, france, etc. Eventually I did find a swiss company but they were small and not feature-rich (compared to aws). I've worked with swisscom in the past on tech projects and they are extremely competent. I look forward to see what they come up with. And related to this, I've been looking into investments that will take advantage of europeans moving their data back to europe and requirements/laws for purchasing non-u.s. networking equipment. I found some good investments for companies on the hardware side, and I think this might be a good investment on the computing side.

about 10 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

comrade1 Re:How hard can that possibly be? (663 comments)

People, people, you need to step back and reexamine your basic assumptions about the question. They are not 'pennies', but rather 'oreos'. -folds arms in triumph

about 10 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

comrade1 Re:is the answer D? (663 comments)

oh, wait! Those aren't pennies! They're oreos! Now it makes complete sense!

about 10 months ago
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A Math Test That's Rotten To the Common Core

comrade1 is the answer D? (663 comments)

Because the pennies add up to 5, and to be whole it should be 6? Or is whole milk 6% fat and 6/100 = .06 * 5 pennies = .30, or in other words 30%, which is why the genius kid picked B? Or is it message about the deflation of the value of the dollar in international markets and the price of milk?

about 10 months ago
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Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

comrade1 Time to leave (622 comments)

If you have desirable skills, it's time to leave the u.s. If you can't leave then move your data and services outside the u.s. I don't mean to godwin, but I spent most of my life wondering when I would have left Germany if I lived there during the rise of the Nazis, and how I can apply this to my own life. Two of my great-grandparents fled and lost some modest lands, and one of my grandfather's land was invaded by the Germans. He went back to fight the Germans while in the u.s. army. I often wondered at what point my great-grandparents decided it was time to give up and leave Germany. They left a comfortable aristocratic life and became immigrants in the u.s., owning a neighborhood grocery store. They made a new and somewhat comfortable life for themselves in the u.s. but gave up more to leave. About 6 years ago I decided to leave the u.s. and move to Switzerland, one of the last bastions of freedom in the West. I was lucky - it's difficult to get a work permit here, and will be even more difficult after the elections coming up. So, if you can, just leave. Don't be a cog in the evil that the u.s. has become. If you can't leave, then do what you can to not support it.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?

comrade1 General rules (227 comments)

God-tier: Open-source with corporate backing (many apache.org projects, maybe some google frameworks but they're usually not as well designed) Good-tier: Open-source without corporate backing but with an active developer community Ok-tier: Open-source with small community Shit-tier: Closed-source, especially if it's coming from a company.

about 10 months ago
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Google's Encryption Plan To Stifle NSA's Dragnet Will Raise the Stakes

comrade1 Meaningless (216 comments)

As long as the data is in the u.s. and subject to government subpoena this is meaningless. Depending on how google is structured they could move their data centers outside the u.s. and not have it subject to secret orders. Switzerland would be a great place as they have strict data protection laws.

about a year ago
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White House Pulls Down TSA Petition

comrade1 Re:Two can play at this game (638 comments)

I meant in the sense that they believe and live by some ideals that are also considered American (but Switzerland was a democracy before the u.s. so I'm not sure if that's the correct way to look at it). Ideals like personal responsibility, gun ownership, democracy. it's nothing like its neighboring countries. It's almost libertarian, but real libertarian not slashdot libertarian. By 'real' I mean that there are some laws and also many social controls for behaviors that affect others, but not for things that only affect yourself.

about 2 years ago
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Rethinking the Social Media-Centric Classroom

comrade1 Wow a TED presenter (81 comments)

Please tell me, who hasn't given a TED talk? And how did he condense such a complicated topic into 7 slides?

more than 2 years ago
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Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers

comrade1 Re:This isn't new (469 comments)

Oh, wait. I just read that it will steer you back into the lane. Holy crap does that seem like a bad idea.

more than 2 years ago
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Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers

comrade1 This isn't new (469 comments)

This was an offer in an Audi Q5 we had built-to-order here in Switzerland. We put the order through three or four months ago for delivery in March. I put every safety feature possible in the car but the dealer told me not to keep this one because everyone ends up eventually turning it off.

more than 2 years ago
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Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

comrade1 Good. Social media users are twits (434 comments)

Good. If you're pathetic enough to have a Facebook account I wouldn't want you working in my prisons. I look forward to your third-grade reading level responses.

more than 3 years ago
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Symantec To Acquire PGP and GuardianEdge

comrade1 Bad deal for PGP (160 comments)

PGP was doing over 100 million a year in business (dropped down to 75 last year with the recession). They could have IPOd at a billion. However, because most of the upper management was originally from Symantec they took this bad deal.

more than 4 years ago
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Securing Your Notebook Against US Customs

comrade1 Here's what I do on OS X, MacBook Pro (1021 comments)

I'm on OS X on a MacBook Pro. I use FileVault to encrypt my home directory and I use PGP Disk to encrypt two virtual drives (personal drive and my work drive).

This leaves my Shared user unencrypted, as well as all of my Application directories, System, etc. My Shared user is where I keep my music files and my iPhote directories, etc, btw.

I then set up two users and set my preferences so that it doesn't show the list of users at login, but instead makes you type in the login info. I have me, my regular user, but I also have a user with the name 'dev' that I can log into without a password.

With this setup there's a fair bit of my drive that isn't encrypted, and if someone does a file search for pictures or movies or music they will see some results. Hopefully they won't notice the encrypted virtual disks (which don't mount for the dev user) or notice that there's another user on the machine that they can't get into...

Honestly though, I'd probably just ship my laptop to wherever I'm going. If Customs intercepts it they can copy the harddrive for all I care - they won't have access to my work files, etc without some major key cracking powers.

more than 6 years ago

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