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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

drkstr1 Re:I wonder if... (424 comments)

The 'older' exiled Cubans in America were never going to 'authorize' this. That Obama did, was, aside from the true purpose of stopping the absurdity that has been in place, a play to the youner generation of Cuban exiles that are in Florida and elsewhere that are of voting age. They're the ones this will affect in the coming generation, and not the ones who will die off in the next decade.

Politically, anyone who is damning this decision is an isolationist shill who prefers punishment, rather than progress. THAT, is 20th century thinking, and needs to be squashed hard and fast!

Cheers AC!

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

drkstr1 Re:Objective-C (211 comments)

Interesting read, thanks. Wish I had something more insightful to add, but I haven't had the pleasure of giving Swift a try. From what you describe though, it sounds like it would drive me bonkers!

about three weeks ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

drkstr1 Re:Idea (244 comments)

Perhaps the police would be more accommodating of blacks if they didn't commit nearly 60% of all crime while being only around 12% of the population.

You must be pretty stupid if you think those shit head statistics mean anything, when there is an obvious selection bias at play (EG. Minorities are statisticly targeted for investigation and prosecution). Do you even think for yourself, or do you just regurgitate shit you hear from your drinking buddies? You are either stupid, or have deceitful agenda. Either way, I don't like you.

about three weeks ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

drkstr1 Re:Is this OSX only? Does it run on Linux (57 comments)

It does not (or at least not well and not for long). The DRM on CC is an invasive bitch. I keep a pireted copy of CS5 to run in wine.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

drkstr1 Re:So much for mobile payments in Japan (336 comments)

You can do whatever the hell you want, within the limitations of the hardware. That's the whole point of an open platform. Sheesh.

about 3 months ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

drkstr1 Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

And all three are necessary.

We all love to hate marketing. But the fact is that people make most decisions subconsciously. And not just buying decisions. Some say emotionally, but there's a whole host of other sub-concious factors influencing our decisions, such as habit and hunger. Marketing exists not because of scammers and liars trying to outdo each other, but because informing people about products by way of facts and figures such as feature lists doesn't work - because that's not how people make decisions most of the time.

For sure there are liars out there, such as the purveyors of skin creams. But most marketing is about invoking subconcious feelings about a product, not misleading about what the product is or does.

Thank you for the insightful point of view. Sorry you to see you got modded out for it.

about 3 months ago
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IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

drkstr1 Mostly common sense but still good reminders (51 comments)

Here it is for anyone who didn't bother to RTFA

1. Earn or Give, but Never Assume, Trust
2. Use an Authentication Mechanism that Cannot be Bypassed or Tampered With
3. Authorize after You Authenticate
4. Strictly Separate Data and Control Instructions, and Never Process Control Instructions Received from Untrusted Sources
5. Define an Approach that Ensures all Data are Explicitly Validated
6. Use Cryptography Correctly
7. Identify Sensitive Data and How They Should Be Handled
8. Always Consider the Users
9. Understand How Integrating External Components Changes Your Attack Surface
10. Be Flexible When Considering Future Changes to Objects and Actors

about 4 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

drkstr1 Re:expert skill-based integration (160 comments)

Actually, I think the article is talking about something entirely different than reflexes or muscle memory. I've been experimenting with this "turn off your mind" thing the past few days, and I've been finding I can do some things I normally can't. For example, I can't walk a tight rope to save my life, but I tried clearing my mind of all thought, not even thinking about the task at hand, and just started walking... Made it half way down before I became aware again and fell on my ass. I can actually feel it happen when I do it right... It's like my body is doing the thinking.

Sorry to double post this, you just seem like you might have some experience so I wanted to get your take on it. When should I use my conscious mind vs "going with the flow" (for lack of a better term)?

PS: Aikido seems like an interesting style, I will have to check it out. One of my biggest weaknesses is an aversion to punching someone in the face lol.

about 5 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

drkstr1 Re:expert skill-based integration (160 comments)

Actually, I think the article is talking about something entirely different than reflexes or muscle memory. I've actually been experimenting with this "turn off your mind" thing the past few days, and I've been finding I can do some things I normally can't. For example, I can't walk a tight rope to save my life, but I tried clearing my mind of all thought, not even thinking about the task at hand, and just started walking... Made it half way down before I became aware again and fell on my ass. I can actually feel it happen when I do it right... It's like my body is doing the thinking.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Acquires "Pandora For Books" Booklamp For $15 Million

drkstr1 Re:Danger: toad in hat! (26 comments)

It would have been more accurate to say it's like the "Music Genome Project" (Pandora is the the commercial application of these efforts), but for books. The idea is to essentially categorize everything by weighted tags.

about 5 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

drkstr1 Re:expert skill-based integration (160 comments)

An intriguing idea if I can pull it off. I will have to give it a try! Thank you for the tip sir.

about 5 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

drkstr1 Re:expert skill-based integration (160 comments)

I appreciate your experience and insight, but for me at least, this is not the case. I'm a TKD/BJJ guy myself, so I need to be ready for the fight to go anywhere and be ready defend against anything. The ability to "turn your mind off" and just go with the flow is exactly what keeps me from getting my head knocked off. I would have described myself as someone who is bad at sports prior to getting into MMA. In hindsight, maybe I was just bad at sports because I thinking to hard...

about 5 months ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

drkstr1 Re:expert skill-based integration (160 comments)

It's just muscle memory. They drill this into us all the time in martial arts. When fighting, you don't have time to sit and think about your next move, it just has to come naturally, like some kind of instinct. I'm not surprised by these findings at all. Sparring is one of the very few activities that allow me to quite my mind.

about 5 months ago
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Visualizing Algorithms

drkstr1 Re:Visualize (50 comments)

Holy crap, you just described in perfect detail the way my brain works. I've never really been able to describe it, but you just did it perfectly... even right down to your past experiences in school. I particularly likes how you describe it as a living, yet static picture. The best I've always been able to describe it is; "I have a lot of RAM, but a slow CPU." Someone should make a myers-briggs-like classification specifically for engineers (predominately INTP/INTJ types?) . There are clearly some common thinking patterns at work here, and it would be interesting to see how they affect the way people tackle engineering problems, and what type of problems their brains are best suited for.

about 6 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

drkstr1 Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

Due to the amount of product placement I've seen, I've grown to distrust anyone who cites bing as a source. I'm not saying it's a bad search engine, just that a citation of it in a clearly pro winphone post makes anything you say highly suspect. I would go as far as saying that the shilling is so obvious, I may have been duped into feeding the trolls... again.

about 6 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

drkstr1 RealityMod on stock BF2 is king (208 comments)

RealityMod on stock BF2 is the only FPS We will ever need. It still to this day gets updates (v1.2 just got released May-2014), the community based effort has fostered a higher production value than any of the commercial crap getting pumped out (they produce all their own high quality textures, record all their own sounds for every weapon, and had access to military equipment for recording the "big booms"), the gameplay is incredibly immersive, and team based tactics/strategy is the only way to win.

http://www.realitymod.com ...and never look back. See you on the battlefield!

about 6 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

drkstr1 Re:No, we don't (309 comments)

FYI, Flash is pretty much indispensable to the "eLearning" industry. Native applications are pretty much out of the question if you want to market to large entities that have a protected IT environment, and HTML5 is simply not fit for purpose with this kind of usage. We took a huge hit in functionality when we converted to HTML based activities (simple games, media, etc). I'll probably catch a few troll mods for praising Flash, but it truly was the superior technology for any kind of interactive content. Its problems were political, not technical.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

drkstr1 Re:Somebody post a SWIFT example PLEASE! (636 comments)

You don't write them every time, you type a letter or two, smash enter to pick the autocomplete suggestion (the method you want is almost always the first or second option) and then use tab to jump to the next parameter value to enter.

In this case, increased verbosity means less rote memorisation and more grokking of the general gist of API patterns so you really can focus more on solving the problem at hand rather than bashing out code.

Using my own argument against me... touché AC.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

drkstr1 Re:Somebody post a SWIFT example PLEASE! (636 comments)

I usually just hover my mouse over a function name when I want to see the parameters, and just click into the tooltip to see any additional docs. Writing all those parameter names every time I call a function would drive me bonkers! I get paid to solve problems, not write code.

about 7 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

drkstr1 Re:Can I have a pinch of salt with that (288 comments)

Don't let them get to you. The only people I see complaining about H1Bs "taking all the jobs," are a bunch of out of touch old fogies who refuse to keep their skills up to date and relevant. (Note: there are still a lot of good peeps in that age group, and this comment was not directed at them). You are better than them, so just forget all that noise and come join us, in a new age, a new reality of instantaneous sharing of knowledge and ideas from across the globe, my brother in code. Come rejoice with us, and share your gift, whatever that gift may be. Share it far and share it wide and share it for the betterment of all mankind.

about 7 months ago

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