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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

crywalt Re:Wow. Glimpses of greatness... (119 comments)

Congratulations on being the first commenter to spell his darn name right.

about 2 months ago

id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

crywalt Re:hehehe (100 comments)

If I had mod points I'd upmod the original comment for being hilarious.

about 2 months ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

crywalt Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

You're right. One example of police state thuggery from the most recent election hardly counts.

about 3 months ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

crywalt Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

Except when a third party, say the Green Party, does put forth a candidate, say Jill Stein, who qualifies to be in the Presidential debates, *she is actually detained by the police and held for eight hours*.

about 3 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

crywalt Proof Things Have Gone Downhill (627 comments)

If /. were still true to itself there'd be an argument between vi zealots, emacs fanatics, and ed enthusiasts, with one lone guy crying out about EDT.

about 5 months ago

Fighting Paralysis With Electricity

crywalt Re:Proud to see stuff like this... (56 comments)

That guy who is trying to convince you that banks really help people? To heck with him. I worked for a major bank for about a year in IT. You know what I did? Built mini-websites to facilitate wealthy people's getting free stuff. Seriously. In order to keep these multi-million-dollar clients, the bank would have to give them freebies -- tickets to sporting events and such -- the new stadiums for the Giants, the Yankees, and the Mets were all built, not because the old facilities were too small or worn out or anything, but simply because the team owners wanted more luxury boxes and suites they could sell tickets for -- and my entire job consisted of supporting the reps and their distribution of the goodies. Looking back, that may have been the most blatant of my worthless IT jobs, but most of them have been pretty much like that. (And don't even get me started on the couple of months I worked for a guy who turned out to be a spammer. Obviously I quit as soon as I figured it out.) So I'm thrilled to hear that someone out there in IT is doing something worthwhile. Huzzah!

about 9 months ago

How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

crywalt Geek? (688 comments)

If this Brian Boyko were a real geek, he wouldn't misuse the phrase "begs the question".

about a year ago

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

crywalt Re:In Depth Fisking for the time crunched: (1255 comments)

I can't even read this entire attempt at fisking because, good lord, the chucklehead uses the word "statist" in his second paragraph. Talk about telegraphing your idiot biases right up front. And then his very first well-reasoned argument is to laugh at the use of the word "manifesto". Because, obviously, only statist commie collectivist numbnuts use the word manifesto! Does Correia just start typing in swaths of _The Fountainhead_ partway down? Because I'm not reading any further to find out.

about a year ago

On handedness: I am ...

crywalt Nondextrous (260 comments)

There definitely should've been an choice of nondextrous: Someone who uses their hands, both equally poorly.

about a year ago

What Is Your Favorite Polearm?

crywalt SPETUM (469 comments)

Come on, with a spetum you can disarm an opponent with a successful hit against AC 8! Name one other polearm that does that!

about a year ago

Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

crywalt Re:Ever heard of "build it, and they will come"? (573 comments)

Google is subsidising the 1Gb/sec service at levels no company hoping to turn a profit on the venture would ever do... There's a reason they picked a small town to host this "showcase" ISP service.

Interesting book: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy by William Janeway. Short version of the thesis: Nothing truly technologically innovative was ever rolled out with a rational profit motive in mind, because anything truly innovative cannot rationally be predicted from what came before. Railroads, electricity, telephony, wireless telephony, the American interstate highway system, and the Internet were all built by irrational investments (driven by government) and economic bubbles amid great waste and inefficiency.

about a year and a half ago

Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

crywalt Consumers (573 comments)

We've also heard that consumers in 1910 don't really want electricity. Also, in 1890 they don't want flush toilets, and in 1860 the railroads don't interest them. We checked in 1215 while we were at it, and consumers said they don't need black pepper or the Magna Carta.

about a year and a half ago

Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

crywalt Re:Link o iFixit (418 comments)

I was wondering this myself. Why link to a summary of the article on Wired when you could just link to the original? Is someone at Wired getting paid for the extra eyeballs?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Timed Coding Tests Valuable?

crywalt Re:Useful for weeding out non-programmers (776 comments)

I have three mod points and went looking for a mod option on this for "holy crap this is math". I put a good five minutes into trying to wrap my head around this idea and realized, no, it's been too long since I studied this stuff. That part of my brain is dead.

about a year and a half ago

Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

crywalt Re:An e-book is not a book. (465 comments)

Oh, but the actual book, on your shelf, is part of what makes reading so wonderful. I love libraries and book stores. Shelf upon shelf of books and albums? That's great! John Waters was right.

about a year and a half ago

Gate One 1.1 Released: Run Vim In Your Browser

crywalt Re:Yo dawg... (150 comments)

I have no points to mod this up, but I would if I could. +1 for browser recursion!

about a year and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Are You Preparing For Hurricane Sandy?

crywalt Re:A couple of points : (232 comments)

That would be the "astronomical high tides". I don't think that was supposed to be hyperbole; it's a technical term for when the tides are higher due to the orbit of the Moon.

about 2 years ago

The Greatest Battle of the Personal Computing Revolution Lies Ahead

crywalt iOS Development (291 comments)

What programming environment for iOS is comparable to AIDE for Android?

This is a very good point. I wanted to play around with app programming for the iPhone. I'm a fairly knowledgeable programmer with 20 years of experience. I started programming for the Web just about when the Web was invented. I know Perl, VB, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery; have worked in Java, C, Python, and so on. I've had a Linux system of one kind or another since 1996.

I give all that as background to show that I'm not totally incompetent when it comes to computers and making them work. In order to program for iOS you need OS X. The only Mac I had access to was from work where I didn't have root. You can't install the iOS development environment, Xcode, without root. I read about some people who got Xcode up and running under an OS X VM under Windows or Linux. So I got Snow Leopard working in a VM, only to find that the latest Xcode requires Lion. When I was trying this, Lion wasn't runnable in a VM because the modified kernels didn't exist yet.

It took me two or three days, by the way, to reach the point where it was clear I couldn't get Xcode running in any way, shape, or form on any device I own. All that time wasted to learn, no, you can't develop for iOS.

That, to me, is a clear problem with iOS. Never mind the walled garden, you can't even write your own code without jumping through crazy hoops.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dedicating Code?

crywalt Dedication? Or Web Page? (186 comments)

I think this is very sweet. It's not anything I would do but nothing I've ever worked on has ever been very artistic. If you feel your code is your art, I think it's very nice and appropriate. Maybe something in the About... dropdown. You say you're a Web developer. Here's the thing about the Web: Some stuff has a surprising lifespan, but a lot of stuff evaporates really quickly. Nothing I've ever done professionally on the Web still exists. That would be a short-lived dedication. However, as a Web developer, you can do something other people might have trouble with: You can put up a site about your grandmother. Even a single page. And make sure it stays up for a long time (I have personal pages that have been basically unchanged since 1994). It may not be a huge memorial, but when someone who knew your grandmother runs a Google search, they'll find something other than a blip of an obituary in some online copy of the local paper -- which may have succumbed to link rot years before. You can put photos, and if you're feeling ambitious -- and your grandmother was very popular -- a section for comments. Maybe family members would like to share memories. (That might be pushing it unless your family is a fixture in your local social scene.)

about 2 years ago

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Others Join Hands To Form

crywalt Re:Here's a free best practice for them (138 comments)

Removing link underlining was something a lot of Web designers couldn't wait for, and every one I know (designers and programmers) was thrilled when it was finally implemented. Turning off underlining is one of the first things I did with any Web browser the first time I ran it. (I'm not sure if I've had to do it recently.) It's one of the first things I do when designing any site and I check it in IE and see IE still underlines links by default. (Also removing the blue border from around linked images.) Underlines are terrible. Underlined links always remind me of 1996.

about 2 years ago



Apple Offers No Solution for iPhone 4S Wifi Breakdowns

crywalt crywalt writes  |  about 6 months ago

crywalt (2426042) writes "It seems that thousands of iPhone 4S owners around the world have encountered a problem where their phone can no longer connect to any wifi. They find their wifi options grayed out in the phone's settings. This has been going on since at least last September as owners upgraded to iOS 7; the current hypotheses are that iOS 7 either overheats the Broadcom wifi chip or uncovers some hitherto unknown bug in the chip. Apple's response to the many comments in their support community and elsewhere is to list some possible software fixes which don't help many people and basically amount to "Have you tried turning it off and on again?" Most owners report this is occurring with phones slightly older than the one year warranty — a perfect storm considering the age of the 4S and the iOS 7 update which is breaking them. Most users report both Apple and their carriers are essentially telling them to buy a new phone. Taking matters into their own hands some DIY owners are going to extremes to fix their phones, including heating them with hair dryers and then sticking them in the freezer. There's a petition with a paltry number of signatures on it; one wonders how long it will take before Apple addresses this problem."

Ask Slashdot: Web Development in 2012?

crywalt crywalt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crywalt (2426042) writes "I was introduced to the World Wide Web in October of 1993 and put up my first Webserver — on VMS — not long after that. I've been working on the Web, for fun and profit, ever since. When the CENTER tag was implemented, I used it. When JavaScript was first invented, I picked it up. When PHP was first invented, I picked it up. When CSS arrived, I learned it. I have always hand-coded everything and despise tools like Dreamweaver.

I'm currently unemployed and my most recent full-time position involved developing for IE6, unfortunately. Shopping myself around I find people looking for HTML5 and CSS3. The new versions don't seem too hard to me. But the more I look into current Web development, the more complex it gets. Yeah, I use jQuery — and love it. But there's also LESS, and Google Web Fonts, and then I see things like BrowserQuest. And all of this is so far beyond me I'm not sure where to start.

Right now I'm looking at developing three new — small — websites. What I'm wondering is, what are people using for Web development in 2012? The obvious answer is "it depends" but I'm looking for a broad cross section, possibly some starting points."


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