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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

elashish14 Re:Why not just use the poll... (2219 comments)

You're kidding, right? The entire purpose of the beta is to appeal to people who respond d).

about 9 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

elashish14 Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

UX research of whom may I ask? Have you considered that this UX research may well not apply at all to your average slashdot user (or even the great majority thereof)? This just highlights once again that the beta redesign is out of touch with the /. community - what we like, and how the design completely clashes with that.

The beta is a generic design and will attract a generic audience, along with the thousands of other generic websites. And the community of /. is unique. We don't care how it looks as long as its functional. Generic designs and functionality don't appeal to us. Look at Gnome 3 if you want an example - and I think you know pretty well /. users think of Gnome 3.

Just stop trying to be like everyone else and be happy for who you are. Life isn't always about being like everyone else - and this is a situation where it's important to not be like everyone else.

about 9 months ago
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Should Everybody Learn To Code?

elashish14 Re: Should Everybody Learn Calculus? (387 comments)

I'm curious as to whether you were studying CS in a large, public engineering university, or a small liberal arts-type school (or somewhere in between). No doubt, there are lots of programs which cater solely to the theoretical side of work. I attended an engineering school where the math was certainly theoretical, but you could still see the potential for applications of the calculus program in fields like fluid dynamics, or thermodynamics, and the like.

But CS 101 was the reason I strayed far clear of computer science. I would have never appreciated what it means to be a good computer engineer with the way sorting algorithms and data structures were introduced. Concepts were never really taught from a 'how is this useful to me?' perspective. I can't really describe it better than that. I became a programmer/computer engineer later when my interest in the field developed as a result of real world applications and uses (like understanding how Python or the internet works). I figured that this might happen, hence why I felt comfortable forgoing the study in school ;-)

That said, there are still great computer engineering programs at large universities where the focus is on engineering and software development as opposed to the pure, theoretical science of software engineering (think Master's of Engineering programs, as opposed to Master's of Science). They dip into some concepts as well such as agile development and systems engineering (which are silly in my opinion) but nevertheless good to know, and helpful in the world of industrial software engineering.

about 9 months ago
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Should Everybody Learn To Code?

elashish14 Re:Should Everybody Learn Calculus? (387 comments)

Being able to do calculus helps you think critically and serves as a basis for study in many other important fields. There's a pattern of reasoning skills that you develop when you read a book, learn a method, apply it to solve a problem, verify your answer, and return to the problem to identify and correct errors.

Being able to solve the problem without having to look it up gives you an intuition for solving complex problems without having to resort to such means. If I tell you the derivative of a value is x^{-1}, you shouldn't need to look up that it varies logarithmically. And being able to solve the problem yourself is what gives you the faith in the solution being correct. You could always look up the wrong value from the table, or provide the wrong input to a compute engine (side rant: Mathematica syntax drives me bonkers). You should always have multiple ways of understanding and verifying your solutions because relying solely on existing tools to perform the work for you without understanding where they come from turns this process into a black box which you have to rely on purely out of faith; I would argue that this can be dangerous, especially for mission critical applications. For basic calculus, linear algebra and differential equations, which every college engineer is expected to understand, I don't think this is an unreasonable requirement.

Even while you yourself may have not been in a situation where you needed to understand these concepts, there are many fields in which being able to manipulate these equations is important: particle advection, comupter graphics and animation engines (manipulating ODEs and PDEs, linear algebra), or scientific and numerical computing and modeling (pretty much anything field of math). So I would say, if I were developing a comprehensive computer science program, I absolutely would have to include this in my curriculum, otherwise I would be shutting our students out of these fields. And if you're a mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc. engineer (or you're any other kind of engineer having to work with them), you need to understand these concepts to have faith in your results.

The purpose of your college program was not to cater its curriculum directly to you, but to give all the students enrolled a broad set of skills that they could apply in situations that might arise. And understand that your program can only expose you to the skills that you should learn, but it's up to you to find a practical use for them.

about 9 months ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

elashish14 While we're at it, (179 comments)

we need to triple funding for creating GUI interfaces in Visual Basic! Hurry!!!

about 9 months ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

elashish14 Re:"Brilliant"? Not from the samples I have seen.. (449 comments)

The first two-thirds of the summary lauds Bill Gates like a propaganda piece about the dictator of North Korea. This whole place has become sickeningly MS-friendly ever since Dice took over.

Great one guys.

about 9 months ago
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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

elashish14 Re:I'm about to give up on Gmail... (339 comments)

I don't browse around with an active email login session anyways due to that LinkedIn fiasco from a little while ago and just use thunderbird now, but while I still used Gmail's web interface, the first thing I had to do on my browser was block cookies from youtube. As a result, I no longer saw my gmail login when I was browsing youtube. You might want to try that....

about 9 months ago
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Code.org Stats: 507MM LOC, 6.8MM Kids, 2K YouTube Views

elashish14 Re:well... (123 comments)

Of course not - a well-engineered product could never be profitable. They were being taught how to code, not how to be a lawyer, MBA, marketer...

about 10 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

elashish14 Re:Firefox for Less Evil (381 comments)

Agree with this. I use Firefox simply because I don't trust for-profit groups and avoid them as much as I can. It's a shame, because Chrome is a pretty slick browser and would be fun to try, but even when I do, I'd have this horrible nagging feeling that Google is spying on me in whatever way it has been engineered to do (even if I'm using Chromium instead).

Though I still think Firefox is better from a technical standpoint anyways. The speed and memory footprint have improved drastically for quite a while, and I can't live without the extensions. It's what makes my browser MINE, and not Google's, Apple's, Opera's... and I don't think I'm missing any other important ones ;-)

about 10 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

elashish14 Re:Chrome but... (381 comments)

There's an Omnibar extension for Firefox which you could install if you would like that.

I seem to remember reading a post by Mozilla (though I can't find it now) that stated privacy reasons for not doing the same thing in Firefox. In Chrome, everything you type (including pages from history or URLs) are sent to Google's servers, even if you didn't intend for that. I far prefer Firefox's awareness of user security, and I rather like that it allows you to scroll up and down to choose different search engines. I figure there are probably ways that Chrome implements this as well, but I like how Firefox does it.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

elashish14 Re:For bling people (370 comments)

It's sad because if you're a user with those needs, then that's your only choice in town. Imagine how you would feel if you had special needs which meant you could only use a single platform. Given the fact that Apple often positions themselves as if their customers have hordes of cash and nothing better to do with them than burn the entirety on Apple's vertically integrated platform, you can see how that would be upsetting to those who don't appreciate that.

about 10 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

elashish14 These idiots haven't learned yet... (841 comments)

'The agency, from top to bottom, leadership to rank and file, feels that it is had no support from the White House even though it's been carrying out publicly approved intelligence missions,' says Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006.

Maybe you haven't been listening to the reaction Joel, but NOBODY APPROVES of your stupid fucking agency and the stupid fucking things they do. Except perhaps your authoritarian, imperialist, warmonger friends in Congress (Feinstein and the like).

You probably won't realize why this is happening until you figure out how to admit how utterly fucking wrong you are. It's YOUR FAULT that your agency (and all other intelligence agencies) are hated because you decided to run out of control without a single shred of oversight. Don't blame this embarrassing atrocity on any one else.

about 10 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

elashish14 Privately??? (841 comments)

but agency employees are privately voicing frustration at what they perceive...

Jeez, of all people, you'd think the ones working at the NSA realize that this can't be!

about 10 months ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Includes Unwanted Elements of SOPA

elashish14 Re:the worst of this is it had to be leaked (129 comments)

The problem is very simply that Americans aren't as involved in the democratic process as they should be (or they are and that they're simply too ignorant to understand how it's supposed to work). This is certainly not true of all Americans, but it is true of the vast majority, and what more is Democracy? Nothing more than the only thing the /. moderation system can beat....

about a year ago
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Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

elashish14 Dinosaurs against progress (198 comments)

Anyone looking at this case can see that each side can be classified into one of two groups.

On Google's side, we have companies that are providing new products and innovating in the realm of engineering. Google alone has produced (sometimes through acquisition, but has continued to nurture and develop) Android, Docs, Search (PageRank), Hangouts, Adwords, News, and tons more. People get angry at Google for killing products that they actually use (nobody complained when the Kin or WinRT went away). Likewise, on their side they have companies like Rackspace, Red Hat, Stack Exchange, and a host of others who are still real engineering companies, who develop and promote the adoption of real engineering products which people actually use.

On the other hand, you have dinosaurs like Oracle, Microsoft, EMC, and so on who have more interest in killing competing products via acquisition, lititgation, EEE, and so on. Oracle alone has probably killed more products than it has successfully brought to the market (think OpenOffice and OpenSolaris, there are probably many more). And when they do try to innovate (think of all of Microsoft's failures for example), they fall flat on their face because they don't understand progress or real, sound engineering. But they're the first ones to jump into patent and copyright suits. Microsoft makes more money off Android than they do off their failed mobile efforts. They're not in the business to profit off progress - they're in it to profit off killing others. Google is by no means a saint in this respect, but they're certainly not pathological killers. Companies in this group are just parasites, sucking money out of the industry through shitty developers (shitty because they build upon these companies' shitty products), or through legal or business means including litigation, extortion, bribery, and conflict of interest.

Nothing will stop the companies on Google's side from continuing to innovate and do good in the world with the services they provide. But the courts will decide here whether they're strong enough to support them, or if they want to chum up with the dinosaurs and fight the good fight against continued progress and innovation.

about a year ago
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How Microwave Transmission Is Linking Financial Centers At Near-Light Speed

elashish14 Re:Hot Pocket in the Middle Attack (236 comments)

Use an aluminum foil antenna to direct microwaves to any given pole and that should cause sufficient interference to break this little scheme.

I wonder how long before those animals resort to oding something like this... in the name of profit...

about a year ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

elashish14 Re:News for Nerds... (710 comments)

Yet another consequence of a media industry that cares more about its profits, ratings and mindshare, than reporting hard facts as they really are.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear EPIC Challenge To NSA Surveillance

elashish14 Re:No surprise (227 comments)

Perhaps that's the usual course of action, but this is an extraordinary case, so tradition be damned. Any sane court would have immediately taken up the case and dropped the hammer immediately. That's not how the law works? The law isn't important in this case. Anyone who can take the action now and chooses not to will be remembered by history in shame.

And so, here we have yet another shameful display by the American government. What an embarrassing joke of a country.

about a year ago
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Google's Wind, Solar Power Investments Top $1B

elashish14 Re:Watt not unit of energy (74 comments)

The answer to your question would be: 6.31 zettawatt hours. Over the lifespan of our solar system.[1]

[1] Post assumes reader is a member of Earth's solar system. Apologies to any alien forms or supernatural deities.

about a year ago

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

elashish14 elashish14 writes  |  1 year,11 days

elashish14 (1302231) writes "The Nobel Prize Committee has chosen to award the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW) with this year's Peace Prize. The OPCW conducts inspections and oversees the destruction of chemical weapon arsenals. They were established in 1997 and 190 nations have agreed to the treaty. The Nobel Committee's decision was a surprise to many however, who expected Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai to receive the award."
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Study suggests P2P users buy more music

elashish14 elashish14 writes  |  about 2 years ago

elashish14 writes "A new study commissioned by Google suggests that music listeners who utilize P2P filesharing services buy 30% more music than non-sharers. The study also probed users' opinions on enforcement practices. Users were strongly against either throttling or disconnecting users' internet services, but the majority suggested also that search engines should block access. 52% of Americans also said that downloading infringing content should be a punishable offense."
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USPTO Head: Current patent litigation is 'reasonable'

elashish14 elashish14 writes  |  about 2 years ago

elashish14 writes "David Kappos, head of the USPTO, today provided a strong defense of the patent system, particularly in the mobile industry. In his address, he implored critics, 'Give the [America Invents Act] a chance to work.' He then went on to proclaim the 'absolutely breakneck pace' of innovation in the smartphone industry and that the US patent system is 'the envy of the world,' though he was likely only referring to the envy of the world's lawyers. Perhaps the most laughable quote from his address: 'The explosion of litigation we are seeing is a reflection of how the patent system wires us for innovation.'"
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AMD introduces low power Opterons

elashish14 elashish14 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

elashish14 writes "AMD has introduced 3 new Opteron models based on the Bulldozer architecture with lower (45W and 65W) TDPs. These chips support desktop AM3+ sockets and AMD claims they can compete with a similarly equipped low power Xeon server at a much lower price."
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Push email suspended on iPhones in Germany

elashish14 elashish14 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

elashish14 writes "

Apple has been forced to disable push e-mail delivery for iCloud and MobileMe users in Germany this week. The move is thanks to a recent injunction awarded to Motorola as part of the ongoing patent dispute between the two smartphone makers.... The patent at issue relates to older pager designs, but Motorola was able to convince a German court that it applied to Apple's implementation of push e-mail that syncs across devices via iCloud. The injunction went into effect on Thursday of this week, requiring Apple to disable push e-mail syncing in Germany.

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