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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

ebbe11 Re:Code Complete (247 comments)

Seconded! Actually, I will heartily recommend anything that Steve McConnell has written.

about 8 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

ebbe11 Re:Tell them a story (747 comments)

If I had mod points, this post would get them!

about 9 months ago

Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

ebbe11 Re:dogs deficate not staring into the sun (222 comments)

I'd also speculate that since streets and walls tend to be aligned with the cardinal directions

FYI: This is rarely the case in Germany and the Czech Republic where the study was performed.

about a year ago

Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

ebbe11 So, in a few years time... (379 comments)

...Perl will just as dead as Fortran and COBOL.

about 2 years ago

Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

ebbe11 Re:Never underestimate familiarity (1387 comments)

The standard length for plywood, sheetrock and "stick" lumber is 8 feet. Who's going to buy something that's 2.4384m long? Sure they could make them 2.4m long, but it's 1.5 inches short. That's just not workable.

I am Danish and my dad was a carpenter. Back when I was a kid (i.e. about 40 years ago), a sheet of plywood (and all the rest that you mention) was 244 cm long. Now they are 240 cm long and no-one has any problems with that.

Familiarity can - and will - change. It did so for us, it can and will for you too.

about 2 years ago

Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?

ebbe11 Re:Just ship with a low-draw driver (303 comments)

Or just let the consumer buy online from a non-EU retailer.

When buying from sources outside the EU and when the price is above a certain limit (which the price for any high-end graphics card exceeds), one usually has to pay customs and for the handling by the customs authorities. In the cases that I have encountered, this added about $50 to the original price.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

ebbe11 How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (700 comments)

By Dale Carnegie. I read it when I was 20 (which is over 35 years ago) and if should mention a single book that has helped me through my life, this is the one.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

ebbe11 Re:Depends what you're working on... (208 comments)

To this have added:

  • AC Outlets with real earth ground
  • A grounded ESD conductive mat

more than 2 years ago

Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool

ebbe11 Re:Oh boy (97 comments)

And unlike mind mapping, you don't need some fancy software to do it with, I doodle my ideas on paper napkins, pizza boxes, and unopened envelopes all the time.


Mind mapping is perfectly possible using pen and paper. Actually, IMNSHO it is much better than using a program as there are no constraints on how you make the mind map. You might call it structured doodling :-)

more than 2 years ago

To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

ebbe11 I wear a helmet because... (1651 comments)

Last summer two of my friends had an accident while riding a bicycle. According to his GPS, one of them was going 35 km/h (about 20 mph) just before the accident. His bike and his helmet was a wreck and he suffered various injuries.

The other did not wear a helmet. He died.

I wear a helmet when I'm riding!

more than 2 years ago

Facebook On Collision Course With New EU Privacy Laws

ebbe11 Re:What power have laws, in this digital age? (195 comments)

The problem here boils down to "we make more money with this scheme than your piddly little fines can ever hope to 'punish' us",

Piddly as in what Microsoft faced in 2006? Admittedly, that situation was different but that kind of fines are not what I think of as "piddly".

and "we're not even based in your country, so your laws mean precisely as much as we allow them to"

How come Google are bending over backwards to follow chinese censoring laws? Google is based in US too and by your argument the should not have to care about those laws at all - yet they do.

... besides, it's not like these sites are providing a public service, or coercing people's "private" information. If you want to play the game, you gotta give your name. Wanna play some more? Give us your cell phone number. Don't like giving away your "private" info to just any website that asks? Be more selective about the stuff you do online, and only transact with sites you trust and/or don't actually care about the information they want. Or do what many are already doing, and simply lie.

Agreed - and that is indeed why I do not have a Facebook login.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Project Scope For MLB Robot Umpires?

ebbe11 Wouldn't be good for any game (141 comments)

There goes your excuse for calling the umpire an idiot.

more than 3 years ago

Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

ebbe11 Tell him to read ALL of what Joel Spolsky says (997 comments)

What should I say to him when we talk about this again?


That should at least give you:

  • Private offices
  • A good catering arrangement
  • Decent computer stuff to work with

more than 3 years ago

Coder Accuses IBM of Patenting His Work

ebbe11 Re:ludicrous (249 comments)

Can I drop a hint about the patent office having no credibility any more?

Actually , the Patent Office does have crecibility in a few places. Unfortunately, courts of law are among them...

about 4 years ago

The Software That Failed To Compete With Windows

ebbe11 Re:OS/2 (347 comments)

I used OS/2 for a while. When I set up shop as an independent contractor in early 1995, I needed an OS that was:

  • Multitasking
  • Capable of running Windows and DOS programs
  • Capable of running on hardware I could afford
  • Available

At that time there was exactly one candidate.

about 4 years ago

Thought-Provoking Gifts For Young Kids?

ebbe11 Re:Lego's a GOOD one, but,CHESS is a GREAT one... (458 comments)

I got a chess set when I was about ten. I learned the moves and when a chess-club was created at school, I joined immediately. Here I got an opponent that was a couple of years older and who beat ten times out of ten. This is not very enjoyable when you are ten years old so I dropped out and have not played chess since.

Lego on the other hand... I got my first Lego bricks when I was about three years old and I played with Lego at times almost daily until I was about sixteen. I built anything from Lego: planes, spacecraft, cars, you name it. I still have all my Lego from back then and I'm at it again at the ripe age of 54 - I've got two Lego Mindstorms sets.

This is not to belittle chess, which is indeed a very challenging game. But you run the risk of putting the kid in a situation where he loses all the time which is not very good for that kid's self confidence.

about 4 years ago

Apple the No. 1 Danger To Net Freedom

ebbe11 Re:Oh my god is there anything we can do?!?! (354 comments)

Your hypothesis IS interesting, but doesn't seem supported by the facts. Apple does wield a lot of control over apps on iPhones, but they do it as a differentiator to make customers happy and sell more hardware. Apple doesn't limit apps because app sales are so profitable. They do it because people who aren't geeks don't want to have to go multiple places to get apps, don't want to deal with malware apps, don't want to worry about security, don't want their kids having access to porn apps, etc.

But in doing that, they impose American morals and standards on the rest of the world. There is a Danish tabloid newspaper (Ekstrabladet) that has had to censor their iPhone app in order to get it approved. This paper has for last thirty years or so published a picture of a very lightly dressed girl on page nine in every issue (known as "the page nine girl") and no one in Denmark takes offense of that. But you won't find a "page nine girl" in their iPhone app - because Cupertino doesn't like that.

The real question is: what will Apple block next? Unfavorable descriptions of Apple products? Articles that are critical of US politics?

I'd say that you Americans should be worried about how Apple may limit your free speech - because in my opinion, they are well on their way.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

ebbe11 Re:Don't tell what went wrong (951 comments)

Amen! Someone, mod this up (preferably as "Insightful") because this exactly what is needed.

more than 4 years ago


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