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I prefer my turkey ...

cshark Re:What's with turkey anyway (189 comments)

Sort of? Part of it got chopped up into something awful by my editor, not sure if it's still on amazon; but in general, when I look back at it, I figure it was way too ambitious of a project. Not bad though. You live, you learn. Do I have your gmail?

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

cshark Re:What's with turkey anyway (189 comments)

Zontar, long time no talk to, man. How the fuck are ya?
Just moved to the American south again. It's interesting, how many varieties of thanksgiving birds are available here. Everything from cornish game hens, to duck, to goose, I've even seen pheasant.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

cshark Honestly kind of prefer tofurky (189 comments)

It doesn't stick the ribs like turkey does, but the last couple generations of fake meat have tasted pretty good.

about three weeks ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

cshark Re:What?! (72 comments)

Yeah, go figure.

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

cshark Missed one (236 comments)

Some of us get our power from giant french perpetual motion machines that we built from specs on the internet in our back yards. Not like I would expect you to understand. It seems I am clearly without an intellectual equal on this site.

about a month ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

cshark What?! (72 comments)

Dude, if this means no more streams of gold invites when I don't want them I'll just be crushed. What will I di with myself if half my facebook experience doesn't involve disabling requests from apps my friends use?

On a side note: people still use Facebook?

about a month ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

cshark Re:Pleasure (307 comments)

I cannot find "have sex" among the choices.

I know, that's a shame. It would have been the most popular answer.

about a month ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

cshark Re:Pot calling kettle black? (111 comments)

Translation: I'm upset that people are still using Java, when Flash is clearly a superior platform.

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

cshark Re:X, perhaps? (399 comments)

I still say they should bring back Windows CEMENT. Now there was an operating system.

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

cshark Re:OS String Issues (399 comments)

Lol. It's funny because it parses.

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

cshark Well they had to (399 comments)

Every time they tried to call it Windows 9, they kept getting:

Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a0009'
Subscript out of range: 'ubound'

Don't ask me why 10 worked.
This is Microsoft we're talking about.

about 3 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

cshark Here's my 3800 satoshi (546 comments)

As someone who learned how to code without school, and gradually since the early days of the internet, I think I come to the table as someone with a lot of practical experience on this subject. Practical experience is great. But when you are a self taught programmer, you're (at least initially) going to speak a slightly different dialect than your counterparts that spent years in school learning how to do this stuff. And that's okay, because it's something that's workable.

You're also going to end up with a lot of experience that revolves around the way you think, and the way you, personally, happen to solve problems. This is going to be an issue for you until you have about a decade of experience or so in the corporate world. The advantage here, is that there will be certain areas where you run circles around the college guys, which is great for your ego, and strong egos are important in young programmers.

The drawback is that there are going to be other areas where the college guys can expound on a subject at length, and you'll have no idea what they're talking about. If you're smart enough to keep up, you'll get it; just bear in mind that there will be things that you'll have to begin learning that the college guys spent half a decade studying.

The best thing you can do, as someone who teaches yourself code is remember that everything you're doing, and everything you have done is part of the learning process. Unlike a lot of the guys who earn degrees, you're never going to stop learning, and for simple reasons of economy, you're going to have to remain faster, stronger on the practical matters of your trade, and more open minded to changing platforms and workflows than your counterparts. This is what makes you competitive in the marketplace.

In the event that you do end up going back to school, usually because you've convinced yourself that you need an expensive piece of paper, I urge you not to make the mistake that I've seen some of the best self taught programmers make. Don't unlearn what you know. Don't forget what you've done, or the practical experience you have. Just because you happened to hear it in a CS lecture doesn't necessarily mean that this is the most accurate or up to date information on any given subject.

If you decide not to pursue the academic route (like I did), my best advice would be to take your craft seriously. Young programmers are like cats with imposter complexes, and they can make the mistake of seeing other programmers as competition. What I'm telling you is that you need to run directly against that instinct, and go out of your way to find good mentors. Most people that would mentor you work day jobs, and with a little cyber stalking, it's not really especially difficult to get yourself on their teams.

Comb through big open source or high profile proprietary products that you can verify are much stronger programmers than you, who may work in areas you're interested in. Seek these people out, stalk them, try to learn from them. Apply for jobs where they work. Try to get jobs on those teams. Then... learn how to take orders, and let them teach you what they know about programming and life. Of all of the options available to you as a programmer, this is the most challenging. But in my experience, it yields the greatest rewards... even if it is an exercise in humility at times.

There will be days when you feel the job has beaten the shit out of you, but that's how you know you're learning.

Don't give up.
Don't pretend you don't belong there. It's never your place to make that call.
Rinse, repeat.
Do this for a years, and you'll be among the best.

Hope that helps.

about 4 months ago
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Japanese Firm Showcases "Touchable" 3-D Technology

cshark Neato (41 comments)

This is cool, but the Israelis are ten generations beyond this.

about 4 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

cshark Re:video out of contex (455 comments)

We're already there my friend. That's the problem they're trying to solve. When a beat cop has the power to be judge jury and executioner, there's something seriously wrong with the system.

about 4 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

cshark Re:Public Transparency (455 comments)

Exactly. That would be the ideal setup, but I don't think that's going to happen.

about 4 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

cshark Re:Cameras reduce problems for everyone (455 comments)

Of course, it helps if it is working. That way, if there's ever a disagreement about the events, you can refer back to the footage and make a sound decision about it.

about 4 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

cshark Re:Cameras reduce problems for everyone (455 comments)

Or maybe the LAPD stopped beating people for the crime of being poor because they knew they were on camera? That is the more likely explanation since it is the simplist, and since it has been proven that over 80% of the LAPD are Republicans so they hate minorities and want them dead. That is the way of their kind.

Have you been watching the news the last decade or so? Missouri cops are far more dangerous than the LAPD on their best day. Three summary executions this month. As a point of fact, most people in California are Liberals, so it stands to reason that the police force is demographically liberal as well... unless you've got some kind of evidence to the contrary. Would love to know what "proven" means here. And even if you were right, you're still talking about California Republicans, which would be considered "far left" in a place like Austin, or anywhere outside of California, if you want to be intellectually honest about it.

Of course they're going to beat fewer people when on camera. They're too cowardly to stand-up for what they believe, which is that minorities need to be beaten.

And in what way do you perceive that as being a good thing? But do you seriously believe this nonsense?

Of course if they had enough morals to stand-up for what they believe, then wouldn't be idiot Republicans in the first place.

No, you're absolutely right. They would be self entitled, racist liberals, that spew offensive dribble like this on Slashdot.

about 4 months ago

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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "Yep, the Actionscript virtual machine is going to be open sourced. Code named Tamarin according to the adobe press release, they're promising to implement the ECMAscript 4 standard. Very interesting."
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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "A friend of mine was teaching me about the principle of abandoned property. In his example, he stated that (in most states) garbage when thrown away falls under this principle. In theory, he stated, anyone could legally go into your garbage can and take whatever they like with no fear of legal reprisal.

I'm not really sure if that's an urban myth, as my brother was arrested in Colorado for dumpster diving. It seems to me that regular property (assuming the above paragraph is true) can be regulated by the state, as New York (for example, I don't actually know this) may have no rule against it, while it is a priority in Colorado.

So that got me thinking...
If it is possible to consider regular property abandoned and free to the public, can the same principle be applied to digital property? Theoretical example: a software company puts out a small program or utility, it doesn't sell, and they stop selling it. Could one legally distribute the software? It's been abandoned, discarded the same way regular property would be.

Or, say someone reserves a domain name, puts up a web site, does not register a copyright formally, but notes the copyright for the content of the domain as property of the domain name itself. If they allow the domain to expire (without trademarking it), and I reserve that domain name... do I then have the right to use the original content of that domain name?

Is there any precedent for this that I can read up on?
Just curious.

Thanks."
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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "Back to square one.
Need to research linux distros later, or else I'll be downloading crap for weeks.

Figured out how to solve the networking problem.
Free BSD will compile and run (sort of). It will run well enough to get to the point where I can download new sources.

Now, let's see how long it takes to get it right!
heh heh.

More to come."
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cshark cshark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "I toasted my Windows instalation recently. Don't really know how it happened this time. Network analysis indicates a script kitty, but no way to be sure.

So I figured this would be a great opportunity to give PC-BSD another shot. Heard the new version has better hardware support, and I'm running a much less esoteric setup this time. Just one thought. Why the hell aren't the kernel sources included in the base install?!

Here's my thinking.
I live in an older house with two phone jacks and cable wiring on the first floor only. So my options for connectivity are limited. Luckily, there's a DSL boosting station two blocks from the house, so DSL gets decent speed around here. I run my connection through a Linksys router, which would work under PC-BSD with Project Evil (which happens to be built in) and porting the driver. Sounds good, works extremely well. Driver make file gets set up, but in order to install it, I need to re-compile ther Kernel.

There doesn't seem to be link to the kernel sources anywhere. When I tried the PC-BSD message boards, the best anyone could tell me was "Click the refresh sources" button under settings, and download them from the web. Argh!

If I could download them from the Web in the first place, I wouldn't need to download the sources to begin with.

The Free BSD and Net BSD sources are available for download, but they're just different enough to break PC-BSD if I tried to use them to re-compile the Kernel.

So now I'm going through the liteny of live CD's, looking for something compatible.
First Ubuntu (dapper version), serious driver problems, Gnome only, I seem to need KDE for Wireless support.

Knoppix still won't boot.

Morphix and Phase both cause my Trinitron screen to do very bad things.
Freespire hangs and won't do much of anything.
Debian mirrors won't seem to complete a download.

On to Slax live CD.
The kill bill edition looks promosing.

I'll keep you posted."

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