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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

curmudgeon99 Re:COSTCO DOES THIS! (201 comments)

I did two regular VHS tapes for about $30. Good quality. They were tapes I made in Russia when I lived there, hence: priceless.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

curmudgeon99 COSTCO DOES THIS! (201 comments)

Get a COSTCO membership and they digitize videos. I had it done with some precious ones and they did a great job.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

curmudgeon99 Fisher Price (682 comments)

Fisher Price is the only maker of a phone you should give to a 4-year old.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

You know something, Coward, you're so right! What was I thinking? Desktop Metro apps are sweeping the marketplace. Across the globe, enterprises are chucking their vast investments in Web Apps and building desktop Metro Apps using .NET. Thank you for bringing me to my senses, Coward. Yes, I think you're right. I need to rush right out and buy up a bunch of books on .NET and get started right away, learning the language of the future, .NET and the CLR. Thank you! You're my salvation. You've saved me from a career steeped in the massive Java stack and the occasional RubyOnRails. All of those are going in the trash--Coward. You're so right, Coward! I've been such a fool to see the market dominance of Java as being meaningful. The future is Metro, Metro, Metro and .NET is along for the ride. Yay! Thank you for helping me to see the light!

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Funny how your remarks are self contradictory. If you're writing in HTML and JavaScript, where do they run? Generally, that means an application server. But if you're writing standalone programs well yes they don't need an app server. But very few of us actually write stand alone apps that don't need some app server to run in.
Secondly, the point of bringing up Metro is the effect it will have on .NET, which means making it obsolete. In case you haven't noticed, nobody but MS is pushing .NET. So, if your primary champion gets on another horse, the future of .NET is not bright. Yes, everybody says they use the "best tool for the job" and that's why there are so many Scala jobs out there. That's why so many companies are clamoring to write SmallTalk apps. I worked for a big company in NYC that used Flex until we discovered it sucked and wasn't up to the task and then we switched our front end to Ruby on Rails which was awesome. So, I in no way am implying that Java is the only game in town. Instead, my point is that .NET is not a language with a bright future ahead--and that's why I would not recommend the used book store guy at the head of this article keep around a lot of old .NET books. Point made. Time for more Anonymous Cowards without the courage to write under their real handles to swarm.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Funny, if Java is such a terrible mess then why oh why is it kicking .NET's ass in the marketplace? Why are companies--including even Microsoft--dumping the entire CLR like last week's cottage cheese? Java is not perfect but it gets the job done and all across the country it is the language of choice. It's fast enough and secure enough unless you code like an idiot and are still 4 versions behind.

Finally, yet another meaningless AC, what application server do you stand up in a meeting and propose you use in a MS Shoppe, if not ISS? I've seen it happen before. A project takes on one tiny slice of the Borg from Redmond and before you know it, they have been forced to deploy the whole Redmond stack. It's comical. And I notice that you have not addressed the elephant in the room--Metro. Your own company--MS--has pitched you .NETers over the side. That had to smart.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Every single item you listed is crippleware.
On the Java side, for example, you get production class versions of everything.
Express = Crippled and you know it.

Ultimately, if a developer uses your crippleware to build an app, her company is just going to have to shell out big bucks to MS to buy expensive tool sets. I notice you did not list IIS on your list of CrippleWare. But I'm sure there's a crippled version of ISS floating around somewhere too.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Okay, here's why. As soon as you're using .NET and ASP.NET, you're informed that you have to use IIS. Oh, and IIS really only works well with SQL Server. And then and then...

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Dude, nobody gets hired anymore for knowing "basic programming". Also, in most enterprises that I have worked in, mobile apps are novelties. Nobody really bets the farm on a mobile app unless that's their entire business. Enterprises have bigger fish to fry than making another Angry Birds.
In NYC, having .NET on your resume was considered a black mark--because it meant you were a button pusher who didn't understand what was actually happening. It meant you were akin to a script kiddy: Why we don't hire .NET coders

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Dude, If you read my first post, I prefaced it with "My opinion".
Second, I've never had a job that expected anyone to know both Java and .NET. Java and .NET are such massive languages--with all the ancillary technologies you must know to be competent--that I wouldn't expect anyone to know both. But knock yourself out.
Third, I have never been asked to spend a dime on anything I was learning. Learning "stuff" does not seem that fruitful to me.

Lastly, where do you get off saying I'm fricking dictating to you--AC? Learn whatever the hell you learn. But I really can't understand why you would want to start learning .NET now since Metro is shit-canning it for HTML5 and Javascript. But it's your life. Enjoy your obsolescence.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Well, sounds like crippleware to me. On the Java side free gets you the best stuff--not crippleware.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 Re:What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

Yeah, but the entire Microsoft stack is expensive. It's not the basis for learning. If you need to learn stuff, you should go Java where every damn last thing is free. Eclipse, app servers, everything.

And frankly--I just cannot take seriously anything said by someone who comments as AC.... Ballmer, you're retiring.Give it up. Move along. These are not the droids you're looking for.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

curmudgeon99 What To Keep, What To Pitch (219 comments)

This is my opinion.
Java--anything that doesn't say Java2 keep.
Spring -- anything
Application servers--keep anything.
Anything Windows--pitch. Anybody buying used books won't be able to afford Visual Studio.
Anything A+ -- pitch. Don't encourage that dead end.
Anything Networking--pitch, another dead end.
Anything design related--keep.

about 10 months ago
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Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

curmudgeon99 Re:Memory Leaks Solved? (152 comments)

How amusing to have an Anonymous Coward telling me, a person who has used his real name for every single post, that I'm hiding behind Slashdot. Furthermore, on request I immediately posted the actual bug report I filed with Mozilla, thereby giving a second confirmation of my identity.

So, Anonymous Coward, I'm not sure what part of your hypocrisy I should focus on: that you are too scared to give your real name, that you challenged someone who was obviously speaking of a real issue that I have proven was a real issue, or that you can't deliver an intellectual argument without resorting to whimpering. I will leave it as an exercise for you to decide which of those factors are the best description of your opinions and unwillingness to come out of the shadows. But I do know that I will never cut any slack to you, an Anonymous Coward. Thank you for a laugh.

about 10 months ago
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Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

curmudgeon99 Re:Memory Leaks Solved? (152 comments)

I am not the only person suffering with this bug.

And it only makes sense for the owners of programs to fix them.

Finally, son, this is slashdot. If you can't handle the heat, run off to Reddit.

about 10 months ago
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Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

curmudgeon99 Re:Memory Leaks Solved? (152 comments)

Not in the slightest. The blame is given to the application that is consuming the memory. That would be the browser in this case or the application running on an OS in your second example.
This bug has manifested itself in both Windows and OS X, in my case. (And the code base is shared mostly for both so that rules out it being an OS problem.
To answer your essential question--yes--without question an application should be written to be bulletproof. There should be no use case possible that causes your application to eat up unlimited memory. That is a defect, pure and simple.

I defy you to make your argument in any boardroom across the United States. I can see you making a presentation to a board of executives, explaining how your application did this or that horrid thing because--it was the web page's fault. Do you know what they call engineers who make that argument? Unemployed.

As you can see from the bug report that I personally participated in creating, including providing before and after memory dumps, it's clear I am invested in getting this Firefox memory leak fixed. It is plaguing users across the globe. Read the complaints on Mozilla's forum.

As for your comment that I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill--Firefox has been documented to consume 3GB of RAM in about 10 minutes. Other users who had left it open and idle over night have seen the same result.

Finally, I am expressing my point of view forcefully because you are trying to poo-poo my concern. This is a serious show-stopping defect in the application Firefox and it needs to get fixed unless Firefox wants to die a slow painful death.

about 10 months ago
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Firefox 24 Arrives: WebRTC Support and NFC Sharing On Android

curmudgeon99 Re:Memory Leaks Solved? (152 comments)

How is it that any site is able to make an application manifest a memory leak?

If you have any experience as a software developer, you know applications should be bullet proof. They should not have a vulnerability sitting around, waiting for some site to hit the correct use case to manifest it. A bug is a bug and the particular site that causes that pre-existing bug to manifest itself is not relevant. There should be no use case that causes Firefox--a browser used by billions of people world wide--to throw a memory leak this bad.

Furthermore, if you went to Mozilla's site, you will see that I have only the best documented example of this bug. There are many other co-reporters of the same problem.

But in my long experience as a developer, whenever the author of some code starts to blame the victim, I know they have a bug that they do not want to acknowledge or fix. This is a memory leak and nothing at all can change that other than finding and fixing the bug. Do you think they would have accepted this as a bug--and taken the memory-usage maps of before and after memory consumption--unless it was a legitimate bug? No. This is real and the memory maps prove it.

about 10 months ago

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It's Official: Silverlight is Dead

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Windows 8 makes Silverlight Microsoft's uneaten dog food: moldy crap that will be kept around only until somebody in Redmond gets around to throwing it out. Silverlight is dead and gone. Microsoft won't support it anymore"
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MacBookAir{ :brick = '2 drops water'}

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

curmudgeon99 (1040054) writes "MacBook Air, 11", 3 weeks old. Two drops coffee on the keyboard => catastrophic system failure and total loss including entire "hard" drive, which consists of flash chips naked on the motherboard, which is located at the bottom of an aluminum bathtub where liquid will naturally collect.

2 drops => MacBook Air brick.

The motherboard with the entire hard drive sits naked at the bottom of the aluminum bathtub that is the case. They cannot put a proper shield between the keyboard and the innards because they need it open for cooling, another consequence of the design choice of an aluminum bucket. The MacBook Air is a beautifully designed curiosity that is not fit for real-world use, in my opinion."
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Radio Frequency Allows Salt Water To Burn!

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "A researcher has found a way to use a radio-frequency generator to allow salt water to burn. Apparently, the radio waves weaken the bond that hold the hydrogen atom in the water molecule. As long as the radio waves are maintained, the effect persists. [Recall that this bond is normally broken using Electrolysis, which takes a lot of energy to achieve]."
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H1-B Visa Day Of Reckoning Nigh

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Tech bigwigs fail to convince Congress to open the floodgates on H1-B visas.

Although people like Balmer, Gates and the Googleboys tried to convince Congress to allow a lot more H1-B visas, the Democratically-controlled Congress had none of it. It appears that they are going clamp down on the abuse of the H1-B system.

Hearing the bigwigs whine about how this is worse than the status quo is a sign that the American high-tech worker just won one."

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curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "I taught Java around the country for several years while working as a developer. I had so many people bug me about getting copies of my lectures that I put them all up on a free googlepages website: http://curmudgeon99.googlepages.com/ If you want to learn Java or know someone who does, these are two semesters of University-Level detailed Lectures that will teach you Java from the basics up through Struts. All 100% free and to use at your hearts content. Check it out: http://curmudgeon99.googlepages.com/ I'm working on some new ones including Hibernate. If you have any question, there's a link for my email or just write to: curmudgeon99@gmail.com Thank you kindly, Tom"

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