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At my place of employ, we track business data ...

digitalunity Re:wtf (185 comments)

I'll come out of hiding for this one.

First, polls aren't scientific. It's in the FAQ. Anyone doing market research with Slashdot polls is higher than a kite.

Second, many businesses depend heavily on off the shelf solutions to strategic business problems. Until I created forecasting software for my company, we depended on Excel reports heavily with mixed results. So maybe it doesn't seem "high tech" to you, but this poll is far more relevant to most readers than asking who is on TDMA, CDMA or WCDMA networks or whatever bullshit you'd find more interesting.

about 2 years ago
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How Chrysler's Battery-Less Hybrid Minivan Works

digitalunity Re:Sounds inefficent (347 comments)

No it isn't. Class D power supplies are like 70-95% efficient.

I guess if you want a wave form other than square or sine wave it gets expensive - but what else would you really need in a car?

more than 3 years ago
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Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

digitalunity Re:Uh, no (815 comments)

I'm immediately skeptical because he says no hydrogen is consumed in the process. Is the hydrogen a catalyst only? And if he found a way to produce fusion with no secondary radiation production, this would be all over the news all over the world.

The equation must balance and this just doesn't seem plausible.

more than 3 years ago
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Stargate Universe Cancelled

digitalunity Re:good (762 comments)

I liked the concept of SGU but they fucked it all up on execution. Good actors acting out bad scripts with a plot going nowhere.

Now that I think about it... it is a lot like Battlestar Galactica but without the awesomeness.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

digitalunity Re:.NET Windows Forms (331 comments)

It sounds like you don't know any better lol.

Winforms has a nice API, but there are a lot of drawbacks to it. Essentially it is a wrapper for WIN32 GDI and that brings in a lot of limitations. Microsoft made a poor decision in choosing to not reimplement controls in Winforms because they would have very quickly been able to add a lot of flexibility and features that are missing from other frameworks like Qt.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

digitalunity Re:Seconded. (331 comments)

You'll quickly run into huge problems depending on which controls you try to subclass.

Try subclassing a rich text control to add syntax highlighting without using WPF. It can be done, but it is a HUGE pain in the ass. You'll need anger management therapy when you're done.

Winforms, for all its API sanity and OO goodness, is still just a fancy wrapper for WIN32 GDI - including all the gotchas. If they want me to take it seriously, they need to reimplement these "problem controls" either in the standard GDI library or reimplement them in Winforms.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

digitalunity Re:HTML and Javascript? (331 comments)

That's a good point here in that Qt isn't just a GUI. It's a complete application framework, including threading, super easy mutexes, thread pool automation, multimedia, scripting, etc.

The GUI is only a small part of the Qt library.

more than 3 years ago
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What 2D GUI Foundation Do You Use?

digitalunity Re:HTML and Javascript? (331 comments)

I've been using Qt for a few years. The API is really nice, with just a couple of bad exceptions.

It's buggy though and bugs don't always get fixed quickly.

I have had problems with Mono. It's not production ready yet IMO.

more than 3 years ago
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US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

digitalunity Re:Go for it (1065 comments)

I called 911 on a drunk driver a couple months ago. He was drifting over the centerline a few feet and would always over-correct.

Certainly it could have been a distracted driver, drunk, tired, high, heart attack, whatever. Doesn't really matter why because he shouldn't have been on the road, no matter what the cause was. I saw in the newspaper later that he did in fact get charged with DWI instead of DUI but no BAC was listed, so it likely was just medication or something. Regardless, head on collisions at 55+ MPH are no joke. There's a reason crash test ratings are done at 40 MPH. Faster and it's anybodies guess what happens.

more than 3 years ago
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FTC Taps Ed Felten As First Chief Technologist

digitalunity Re:o.O (76 comments)

He's also a doctor(but not an MD).

Linguistics funnies aside, he is absolutely the best guy for the job. Which is why I'm so shocked he got the job.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

digitalunity Re:To all those who saw no harm in the Sun purchas (675 comments)

Investors wanted their money back. If Sun dumped all their copyrighted works onto torrent networks with a GPL license and folded up shop, their stock price would have instantly tanked and investors lost every penny.

Such a leadership decision would have been so negligent with regards to fiduciary responsibility that the board likely would have faced personal criminal liability. Not to mention, anyone working at Sun who actually wanted to stay at the company would have lost their jobs.

It's easy to see the repercussions of the Sun sale affecting us all for years to come, but I don't think there was any other choice. Oracle was the last company I wanted to see get Sun's assets; but it is what is is.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

digitalunity Re:Here we go again (SCO) (675 comments)

Oracle isn't going anywhere. This lawsuit isn't going to be anything at all like SCO/IBM or SCO/Novell because Oracle is many times larger than SCO is and is at least 2 orders of magnitude more relevant.

Java is everywhere. Schools teach it. Companies use it.

If Google really copied things from the Java source like actual source code or documentation, they might be screwed. It sounds like from the summary that the bulk of this 'copying' was the API, which I don't think is even eligible for copyright(not artistic).

more than 3 years ago
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Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

digitalunity Re:I know why.. lack of standardization (535 comments)

I bought a new monitor for better contrast and energy savings. I think the viewsonic used like 300 watts or something and weighed 70 pounds. It got so warm my cat would sleep on it in the winter.

I miss the high resolution, but the LCD has excellent contrast and is very compact in comparison.

more than 3 years ago
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Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

digitalunity Re:I know why.. lack of standardization (535 comments)

You've got it all wrong.

HD isn't "High Definition", it's "Higher Definition". That is to say that it is higher definition than the really abysmal NTSC specification called out.

On another note, I just got rid of my old 21" Viewsonic CRT. I think it was close to 18 years old and still had higher resolution than my new widescreen LCD monitor.

more than 3 years ago
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Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

digitalunity Re:Pascal's Wager for the Paranoid (761 comments)

Hah! Worlds largest etch a sketch. Draw on the FBI's maps today!

more than 3 years ago
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Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

digitalunity Re:got spyware? (761 comments)

Hell yes. I wouldn't give it back either.

I would disassemble it and post it on youtube. Or try to hack it and see if I can come up with a neat use for it.

Why give it back? If they put it on your car, do they still own it? I'd like to think not.

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Electrician Supplied Power To 1,500 Homes

digitalunity Re:Oh my-- (373 comments)

I once stole cable from a neighbor.

1500 homes? That's pretty ambitious. This guy must have nuts of steel, or a rock for a brain.

more than 3 years ago
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How Should Poll Numerical Increments Be Set?

digitalunity Re: that's the joke (311 comments)

I'm new here.

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

digitalunity Re:Already an open source alternative to windows (466 comments)

The kernel and libc are the hardest parts. They could write a purpose-built set of userland tools and applications on top of the existing kernel and use glibc.

I'd say by and large, security vulnerabilities in "linux" really occur in userland server processes. Linux has had its share of local privilege escalations but remote non-DOS type exploits haven't been nearly as common.

With the weight of a billion strong country, I'm sure they could work something out.

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

digitalunity Re:Already an open source alternative to windows (466 comments)

They can have it. They could use BSD as a base.

Or they could just start with Linux and the GNU tools and make their own variant. The code is all theirs. The GPL only requires source code be provided when the software is transferred. Merely providing the software for use doesn't entitle each person sitting behind the keyboard to a copy of the source. If it's all under control of the DRDO at all times, they are not required to provide the source code to anyone.

Also, the GPL is only effective due to strong copyright laws. If they wanted to add a copyright waiver to their laws for national security reasons(which may or may not already be there), that would work too.

All I'm saying is if they wanted to use Linux, they could. And they don't need to share the source with anyone.

more than 3 years ago

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Slashcode host to malware forum

digitalunity digitalunity writes  |  more than 4 years ago

digitalunity writes "For some time now, black hat hackers have offered their skills on Slashcode.com's journal section, providing such services from dubious personal information retrieval to outright felonious email password cracking. Whois information seems to indicate Slashcode remains under the ownership of SourceForge Inc(Slashdot's parent company). Does Sourceforge have a legal or ethical obligation to censor the forums of this type of activity?

What if those same services were on Slashdot itself?"
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For April Fools, I...

digitalunity digitalunity writes  |  about 5 years ago

digitalunity writes "Lavished every second.
Was amused, but now glad it's gone.
Hid in the basement and waited for it to end.
Was arrested for a prank."

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