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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

ehack Real Programmers don't use GC (637 comments)

"Real Programmers don't use GC" is a mantra that is responsible for 90% at least of production bugs, together with "=" being typed instead of "==".

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule

ehack How many flights to test? (140 comments)

Or do all programs run bugfree the day you write them?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

ehack Microsoft OneNote (134 comments)

I cannot read a maths book or paper without writing on it.

Microsoft OneNote is cloud-based with syncing, has drawing tools, OCR for image content, handwritten comments, and even a Maths editor, and can organize your stuff. There might even be a symbolic calculator buried somewhere in it. I use it on a Surface Pro; to make the handwritten annotation part work well you really need the Wacom Stylus.

There are a bunch of PDF readers on the PC and Mac which can annotate. I think they all export the annotated PDF, and a couple of smart folders or Google Drive might be enough to maintain a synced system.

Unfortunately, this whole area is one where proprietary is ahead of open source - OneNote and InkSeine are masterworks.

Edmund

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: DIY Computational Neuroscience?

ehack Re:CMU computational neuroscience course (90 comments)

Dave's course is certain to be interesting.

A good way to get up to speed in research IMHO is to look at the problems in publications, and try to reproduce the indicated work. You can do this with fairly old (5-6 years) publications too, usually at that point data sets etc are available.

Edmund

1 year,20 days
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Online Journalism Is Becoming a Billionaires' Plaything (Again)

ehack As every paid journo knows (143 comments)

The freedom of the press belongs to the owner of the press.

about a year ago
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Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App

ehack Apple obeys Chinese and US law :) (196 comments)

Apple obeys Chinese law by not allowing their citizens to bypass censorship , and it obeys US law by providing private information on the Chinese users to the US authorities :)

about a year ago
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Water Discovery Is Good News For Mars Colonists

ehack Re:burns the eyes! (247 comments)

Yes, my foot probably contains about two pints of water.

about a year ago
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NSA Director Wants Threat Data Sharing With Private Sector

ehack Re:Like the threat that Airbus posed to Boeing? (126 comments)

The NSA gets the info, then the CIA takes out selected individuals by lobbying, blackmail or if all fails ... - after all cmpetitors are an imminent threat to the american way of life ...

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

ehack Why should americans be privileged? (455 comments)

The US has argued that the private records of the rest of the world can be searched and divulged at will - why should americans suddenly expect to be treated differently?

about a year ago
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Secret Court Upholds Phone Data Collection

ehack Americans prefer safety to freedom (174 comments)

If none of the tech-savvy phone corps objected to turning over bulk data, when the process gave them that opportunity, one can conclude that Americans are mostly happy to the surveillance, probably because it gives them an illusion of safety.

I have a tip for our sheepish friends: Appoint a dictator, totalitarian regimes are much better at policing than democracies.

about a year ago
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How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

ehack Either comply, change the law, or emigrate. (259 comments)

If you like the law, or do not disagree with it, comply.
If you don't like the law, use the democratic process and try and get it changed.
If you don't trust your government, elect another.
And if all else fails, emigrate to China or Russia :)

about a year ago
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Thought Experiment: The Ultimate Creative Content OS

ehack Beos was a media OS, went out with a sputter. (226 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS
"BeOS was optimized for digital media work and was written to take advantage of modern hardware facilities such as symmetric multiprocessing by utilizing modular I/O bandwidth, pervasive multithreading, preemptive multitasking and a 64-bit journaling file system known as BFS. The BeOS GUI was developed on the principles of clarity and a clean, uncluttered design.

The API was written in C++ for ease of programming. It has partial POSIX compatibility and access to a command-line interface through Bash, although internally it is not a Unix-derived operating system."

There's a reimplementation, Haiku
https://www.haiku-os.org/

about a year ago
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NSA Can Spy On Data From Smart Phones, Including Blackberry

ehack And now Act II and Act III (298 comments)

And now comes Act II where intercepted data can be shown in secret to a judge to obtain convictions without the defense being able to review same.
Then in Act III trials will be held in secret chambers with no defense.

about a year ago
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Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

ehack Re:Freenet, I2P, Tor - darknets (397 comments)

Yes, one could have a stateful encryption with a very long state built into a threaded mail reader.

The idea obviously is not to make decryption impossible, it's to slow down mass decryption, thereby making mass mail searches harder and restoring a measure of civil liberties.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

ehack Re:is the NSA taking candy away from kids too? (251 comments)

They have to track every byte of every peer to peer transaction, in case someone is using modified clients to communicate. $
Also, they are ordered to retain every single phone sex conversation between non US persons, in case blackmail material is required some decades later for commercial or diplomatic purposes.

about a year ago
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The 'Linux Inside' Stigma

ehack A "Brand" mortgages its name with every product. (366 comments)

A "Brand" puts its corporate name behind every product - that's why branding works: The company's managers know that a mediocre product will impact brand perception and thus lessen their future sales of other products.

Look at it this way: Do you want a Mercedes Benz or a Mystery Car? The Mystery Car may be very nice but you need to test it. The Mercedes will probably perform. Now, do you prefer a Chromebook where Google says "This is our Flagship corporate laptop for Google Apps our execs use it, and we lose revenue if it doesn't perform", or a SlackwareBook which says "Entirely GPL, some hackers run this".

about a year and a half ago
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China's Radical New Space Drive

ehack Re:It *is* possible to build a reactionless drive. (419 comments)

yes, there was the famous "bolo propulsion" example, of a satellite made of 2 masses joined by a cable progressively making its orbit more eccentric. This is well known, and as stated only works in curved spacetime.

about 2 years ago

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Flame hacking tool espied in French Presidential office

ehack ehack writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ehack (115197) writes "French cyber-sleuths claim an attack on the president's computers originated in the US, as they found Flame components. Now wouldn't it just be easier for foreign governments to keep their data over at Gmail?"
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First mindblowing Kinect research hacks appear

ehack ehack writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ehack (115197) writes "Microsoft is selling machine vision researchers a flexible and powerful cheap tool, and the Open Source community is providing the low-level support and APIs. So we're seeing the first 3D real-time real world modeling apps, more is certainly on the way. Makes one wonder what will happen when Microsoft sells cheap robot hardware."
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Slashdot wierdness

ehack ehack writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Discovered the journal. is /. the biggest blog site ?

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