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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

coolmadsi Re:Yes, if you rely on boilerplate code it generat (627 comments)

The most common type of code I get an IDE to generate (for Java) is hashcode and equals. I could write it myself, but it is very important that they are done correctly, and an IDE will do it quicker than I could anyway.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

coolmadsi Re:Does your carrier charge you for txt? Lolz (199 comments)

In a reasonable world everyone's incoming texts would be free, but we do not live in such a world.

I have never paid for incoming texts (in the UK) - I think the rest of the world outside the USA is reasonable as I've only heard of that practice happening in the USA. I used to be pay as you go for years although in January I started a one-month repeating package of unlimited texts and unlimited internet for £12 (which Google tells me is about $20).

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?

coolmadsi Re:Dr Who is paid with taxes (116 comments)

Heck, for the most part they didn't even have editing - the scenes were shot "as live" and scenes with only minor errors went out the way they were shot.

Back in the early days of Doctor who, that was how most TV shows were filmed.

about 8 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

coolmadsi Re:Damn, this could have been an interesting topic (249 comments)

Normally a topic on Apple and Android would be filled with snide remarks and anti-Apple/Android comments, but most people are complaining about the slashdot beta instead, which kinda shows how much people hate it.

about 9 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

coolmadsi Re:Comment filter (2219 comments)

I tried the beta this morning. There was no obvious way to show only the comments rated 4* and above. There are ways of seeing funny or insightful posts, but you don't get to control how many.

I think I did this on the beta site by clicking on the gear icon to the left of the "funny" "insightful" etc. filters, which allowed me to select a filter level.

So there is a way to do it (or was, I don't know if it is still the case today). Not an obvious way, but a way.

about 9 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

coolmadsi Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

If you were browsing through modern news sites and you stumbled across this, would it not give you pause?

The BBC site from that link looks designed to be viewed on a small monitor so has a fixed width. Current slashdot doesn't have that so it isn't an issue.

The BBC site from that link also looks cluttered and is more like the slashdot beta site (which is cluttered) compared to the current slashdot site. If you are using the BBC site from 2001 as an example of how not to design a news site, why is the new slashdot beta moving more towards it?

about 9 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

coolmadsi Re: Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

Whoa, I don't think ever seen that low a UID here before.. or I just never noticed.

...or you've been using the beta where you can't see anyone's UID next to their name in a comment

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft's IE Is the Most Targeted Application By Security Researchers

coolmadsi Re:And this line shows the real problem (96 comments)

The way I interpreted it was that an assumed profile of someone using IE is that of a less-knowledgeable user (so one that would be more susceptible to not noticing something "bad" happening to their computer).

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

coolmadsi Re:for open source, add, don't create. Mac != iOS (299 comments)

Don't let any negative experiences with iOS portable devices put you off of Mac computers. It's as if OSX and iOS are made by two different companies.

I think the person asking the question wasn't looking at Macs due to a cost issue, not necessarily because of iOS

about 9 months ago
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Code Is Not Literature

coolmadsi Re:Music... (240 comments)

If musicians read sheet music like programmers read code, then why do a lot of programmers insist that everyone else comments their code?

If you're reading sheet music just to play it, then you wouldn't need comments (like a computer doesn't need comments to execute code). I would be surprised if music composition is done exclusively in notation without some text alongside it, particularly if there are a number of composers collaborating (disclaimer: I'm not a composer).

If people could write perfect software first time (and software requirements never changed), code probably wouldn't need comments.

about 9 months ago
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Google Confirms Shut Down of Schemer

coolmadsi Re:Google. An Advertising Company. (170 comments)

I have to agree. This is the first time I've ever heard of it! I have no idea what it's for, what it's limitations are, or where it might have gone had it survived. It is, literally, zero loss: it never existed as far as I'm concerned.

I think I have heard of this once before, but it was saying how it sounds nice, but most of the stuff on it was just spam.

about 9 months ago
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1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

coolmadsi Re:All or nothing approach is silly (131 comments)

There is App Ops in android >=4.3. Install App Ops Starter and disable the permissions you don't want to grant to an app.

I have that installed (first Nexus 7, Android 4.3) - it looks like there are some permissions that can't be disabled (internet access for example). Otherwise it is quite nice (it also says the last time the app used the permission, and if it has used it)

about a year ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

coolmadsi Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

I don't know where people get this idea that you have to have a chip-and-pin CC to get by in Europe. It's just not true.

I live in the UK, so examples of things you wouldn't be able to buy with a card include:
- train tickets (you'll need cash, or else a long queue if there's a human option)
- car parking (sometimes cash won't be an option, though that's rare)
- occasional smaller businesses (shops, restaurants) who will want cash instead due to the fraud risk
- any other ticket machine (e.g. cinema)

OK, it's more of an inconvenience than a necessity. It's ridiculous that the US has barely started to use the system though -- it's almost 10 years old.

(I don't think Brno is much to brag about...)

I live in the UK and almost always get train tickets using a card, both at the counter and using the machines. This is from train stations an hour or so away from London, so maybe they don't have them further away.

I have seen some smaller businesses in the village near me only accept cash, however that was mainly because there was an ATM across the road and it would cost them to process cards themselves.

about a year ago
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Glenn Greenwald Leaves the Guardian To Start His Own Site

coolmadsi Re:Greg Palast (94 comments)

P.S. Why is it that the best American investigative journalists work for British publications? Do British investigative journalists work for American publications?

The Private Eye (UK publication) seems to do a lot of the investigations into British affairs that a lot of the rest of the British media avoid.

1 year,8 days
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Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

coolmadsi Re:Reference Newspapers (239 comments)

Dear slashdotters, The Guardian is quickly becoming one of my preferred references. Can you help me broaden my horizons by naming other good newspapers? (English/French/Spanish language only sorry)

Not sure if it counts as a newspaper (it comes out fortnightly), but in the UK there is the Private Eye. A lot of the content is satire, but they also report on topics not covered by other papers.

As an example, when the Leveson report was being released, they covered the bits that the other papers were not reporting on (namely the bits that made them look bad), and also recently have reported on some of the big the tax evasion techniques being used by big companies (again, some of the other newspapers either use these techniques or are owned by someone who do, so miss out on this reporting)

1 year,14 days
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

coolmadsi Re:JIT Education (745 comments)

"Any idiot can solve 100-(20/(37-5)*100) especially if they have a calculator."

What are these slash and star things? How do I do parentheses on my calculator?

I selected the equation text, right clicked and went "Search Google for..." and it told me the answer - no typing or calculator needed.

1 year,16 days
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Apple and Nokia Outraged That Samsung Lawyers Leaked Patent License Terms

coolmadsi Re:PR Spin (201 comments)

"- using what practically amounts to slave labor at Foxconn"

The same company that a dozen other companies use

Just because "someone else does it!" doesn't make it ethical. Everyone else who does it is also behaving unethically.

1 year,21 days
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First Few Doctor Who Episodes May Fall To Public Domain Next Year

coolmadsi Re:BBC's most effective copyright strategy in effe (216 comments)

Episodes from Tom Baker's era onwards exist in their entirety. The catalogue of stories from before this is rather patchy, and I've put a list of what exists and what doesn't on my website (though you'll need to make sure Javascript is running to see the what the key of icons represents.)

There is the Tom Baker episode Shada which wasn't completed as opposed to being wiped.

1 year,21 days
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Researchers Show How Easy It Is To Manipulate Online Opinions

coolmadsi Re:Why I moderate the way I do (115 comments)

Moderators shouldn't have complete freedom in choosing which comments to moderate. In each discussion, they should be given a random sampling of comments from which to choose, and not just those high enough to pass the browsing threshold. Then every comment would have an equal chance.

That might be interesting. I always browse at a fairly high level even when moderating because I don't have enough time to read everything (this usually means I don't use up all my mod points because a lot of things are already scored correctly). Actually having two settings of comment thresholds ("General" and "Moderating") would be useful to make it easier to change quickly.

1 year,22 days
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California Becomes First State In Nation To Regulate Ride-Sharing

coolmadsi Re:the taxi services have a right to be pissed (184 comments)

they will tend to refuse short trips, trying to hold out for the more profitable longer ones, so taxi availability gets worse.

They already do that. Routinely. Regularly. You simply CAN NOT get a taxi in many parts of San Francisco. They will refuse to come.

So if the monopoly solution is a failure, and you're saying the free market solution is also a failure, guess we need a third solution.

I would like to think that a self driving car would be a good third solution.

about a year ago

Submissions

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EU Parliament Massively Commits to Net Neutrality

coolmadsi coolmadsi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coolmadsi (823103) writes "From the page: "Paris, November 17th, 2011 – The European Parliament today massively adopted its resolution on Net neutrality, calling on the EU Commission to protect the open Internet, which is put at risk by an increasing number of restrictions imposed by telecoms operators.""
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Journals

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FireFox

coolmadsi coolmadsi writes  |  more than 9 years ago Downloaded FireFox a week or so ago, its pretty good actually but there are at least 2 things that annoy me abou it, 1) I coudnt get all my favourites from IE which I suppose is good because that is really cluttered. 2) Google News doesnt work. AT ALL. FireFox always freezes whenever I try and view it.

But apart from that, its all good.

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Yay for PHP

coolmadsi coolmadsi writes  |  more than 9 years ago I finaly found a (copy and paste but oh well) PHP script to use in my website. Its pretty good actually, well I lke it anyway. And I understand some PHP which is good, granted that it isn't that much, oh well.

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I hate JavaScript

coolmadsi coolmadsi writes  |  more than 9 years ago JavaScript bugs me, I understand half of the basic stuff but some bits confuse me. I spend about half an hour coding a web[age with a certain sript which i compiled to change an image size when its clicked, I did this to every image but used the same JS for all of them, thus it was only the first image that changed, no matter what image I clicked. bugger.

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