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Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

ericspinder Re:Not a Former NFL Linebacker! (453 comments)

As best as I can tell it was 'Porky's' reference originally, and yes you are missing the joke. The replies are very 'tongue in cheek'.

about 2 years ago

"Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

ericspinder Re:Another Malthusian Failure (140 comments)

As I only countered his alleged simile ( like coding a new software with [one language] while...) with my experience showing that it isn't so impossible, I would conclude that you need to read a little more carefully. To be more explicit, he never said anything about anecdotal evidence at all, that was just you being fully snarky, but likely you knew that already.

more than 2 years ago

"Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

ericspinder Re:Another Malthusian Failure (140 comments)

Sadely making a new drug (that isn't just a generic copy of another) is like coding a new software with java while you only know C#.

As principally a Java programmer, I've only done one C# project, It ran quietly for more than five years, even was moved to a new machine without issue by someone who contacted me once with some basic questions because he saw my name associated with it. I'm sorry, your point was what exactly?

more than 2 years ago

Child Porn As a Weapon

ericspinder Re:very (774 comments)

While I'd agree with you in general on your attitude about 'innocent until proven guilty' and I personally have never ran across this situation once IRL. However, I'd consider some life changes if I kept running across personal stories of such type, like you seem to have had.

more than 4 years ago

If You Don't Want Your Car Stolen, Make It Pink

ericspinder Re:Hm... (390 comments)

Using a tech analogy to explain a car issue just doesn't have the same feeling as it does the other way around. Good try though.

more than 4 years ago

A Windows Phone 7 For Every Microsoftie

ericspinder Re:They should expand the program (298 comments)

Wow, this is the entire content of a +5 Insightful post.
Could you at least give us a single piece of technical evidence to back that up? However anecdotal?

The question is "Do you feel vindicated or victimized by the +5Insightful rating for your post?". As you must realize that your completely common place observation has been 'agreed to' as being 'Insightful'. Congratulations man, you're part of the 'problem' :)

more than 4 years ago

A Windows Phone 7 For Every Microsoftie

ericspinder Re:They should expand the program (298 comments)

Well, it's only 'insightful' in the meaning of 'I was thinking the same thing', which kinda works, but only in the absence of a proper choice.

more than 4 years ago

Onion Story Gets Blown Out of Proportion

ericspinder Re:Suckaz (641 comments)

The only reason why people are even distributing such foolery is that right wing commentators have been filling the gullible with tales of Death Panels, Socialistic take over, etc. in a seemingly desperate effort to confuse people enough to vote for them again.

Reactionaries always whine about 'those dirty damn liberals' as an effort to distract from real policy discussions. Troll like, they are often spit out comments about how 'their liberal friends' are 'so stupid'.

more than 4 years ago

Will Your Next Touchscreen Be Touchless?

ericspinder Re:I prefer my mouse. (121 comments)

I wish websites would understand this.

Some already do. Almost any ecommerce site, and many 'support/help' sections will redirect based on specific searches. What you want to know is what they are, and for them to more often to support account function queries.

more than 4 years ago

SpaceX Conducts First On-Pad Test-Fire of Falcon 9

ericspinder Re:15-stories? (109 comments)

The only kind of place I've seen such tall ceilings have been in tropical climates, and never more than a couple of stories high.

more than 4 years ago

In Israel, Potential Organ Donors Could Jump the Queue

ericspinder Re:Hey guise (582 comments)

Organ donation can be a form of self sacrifice, not unlike falling on a grenade, or rushing into a suicide bomber. Surely, observant Jews don't condemn those people, why should organ donation be any different?

more than 4 years ago

NASA Estimates 600 Million Metric Tons of Water Ice At Moon's North Pole

ericspinder Re:Earth (271 comments)

"Where did you get that ring???" sob - slap slap

To that you're supposed to answer "I went to Jared", or at least that's what the TV says will make her and her closest friends happy.

more than 4 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

ericspinder Re:...and pick a better title... (791 comments)

Chances are that the cell phone equipment was the reason he could afford it.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

ericspinder Re:This is what I usually do. (483 comments)

I like to say that one needs to be 20% done before knowing how long it will take.

more than 4 years ago

NASA’s Contest To Design the Last Shuttle Patch

ericspinder Re:Poor wording (164 comments)

STS-133 is the mission designation, so while the obiter has a couple missions under it's belt, that mission will functionally end with the landing of the obiter.

more than 4 years ago

Engineered Bacteria Glows To Reveal Land Mines

ericspinder Re:too erasy in the daytimes.. (248 comments)

Now, technology marches on, and all you need is a big pack of green chemlights from walmart... crack them, drip the liquid in a field, and instant, cheap, area denial..

Maybe for an hour or two, those glow sticks don't last that long. Mines have a much longer 'death span'.

more than 3 years ago

If the Comments Are Ugly, the Code Is Ugly

ericspinder Re:Well, duh. (660 comments)

In the business world you have hopefully more experienced programmers than the average undergrad.

You weren't talking about the 'average undergrad' reading the code, but the Professor, and his TAs. Somehow you seem to think that academics are the only people who need to understand code quickly.

Comments are integral to demonstrating that, knowledge, but there is no need for doing that in actual application development.

I read that as: "I don't comment code, it's only good for showing that you've learned your lesson". Sounds to me that you were taught properly in college, but just don't 'like' to do it in real life.

Truly good code is both 'easy to follow' (for a coder of appropriate skill) and well documented. Bad code is neither. Good code and bad documentation (inline and external) is generally acceptable, but harder to learn/fix/change (well, without errors).

I don't have the time/energy to produce documentation appropriate for everything that I do, but at least I don't lie and say that it is never needed.

more than 4 years ago

If the Comments Are Ugly, the Code Is Ugly

ericspinder Re:Well, duh. (660 comments)

. But that's because the professor (or rather, the TA:s) need to quickly read through 50 or so computer lab reports every couple of weeks, and doing so without comments takes ages

However in the business world we have all the time in the world?

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Patents Sudo's Behavior

ericspinder Re:Penalties (657 comments)

It's almost like the people writing about the patent didn't bother to read it...

Well then, they have something in common with the overworked patent clerks. Really something needs to be done about the system, while this patent might seem 'ok', many more over generalized business method patents are becoming land mines for real business innovation. We need to overhaul the system. At least we need to fund better examinations, and review processes. However I'd suggest eliminating the category altogether.

more than 4 years ago


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ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 8 years ago One of the more 'interesting' problems with getting a relevant 1st post, is the number of people who, 'poke' their comments, as replies your comment. As you can tell from my most recent FP, there some basic types:

  • Those who just go right out and use your comment. Without any pretense they just launch their comment without regard to a parent post.
  • Those that just jump in negatively, insulting people (often wrongly), to to have the pretense of presenting their POV.

What really 'kills' me is that moderators generally ignore such efforts, and instead willingly allow discussion to get 'top heavy'. I'm not the only one who has seen 2nd and 3rd posts get marked "redundant" because someone 'rides a FP' to make the same comment.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago Mod me down or mod me up, at least I got you thinking, even if your thinking, "man, that guy is an ASS!".

Well I usually make a real effort not to be a jerk, but it must be my nature.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago From a comment that I made on search engines (correcting a small, but important error)...

I've even seen pages that return one set of content if your user-agent is "Googlebot", and another, totally different content (dialer, etc) if your user-agent is anything else.

This is probally Google's biggest problem. What they need to do is make a second pass at specific pages in a site which has recently been crawled with a more typical USER-AGENT to see if there is significant differences. It whouldn't have to hit every page. The second crawler could also check to see what is "visiable" to the user. When sites fail the second crawler, lower (or eliminate) their ranking. If the Secondary crawler has enough problems with a domain they can lower all of the rankings on it. If they have enough problems with an IP address (say over 35% of know domains)they can do the same for that address, ditto for subnets. Basicly use automated "scammer checks" to see if a particular area of the web is less "reputable" and then rank that area (directory, domain, IP address, subnet, netblock) lower. These scammer checks may change based on the flavor of the month.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago I woke up this morning to find out that sholden doesn't believe that he ever insulted me (WTF). Also he admits to "following me" after posting to another thread of mine. The other post, which he claims was "non-trolling" and based on his experience with his muslium in-laws, had to been either an AC or FuzzyBad-Mofo, but I am certain that it isn't that guy, so it must be the AC. A choice line from the AC post (which is claimed to be "non-trolling"):

Anyway, if any religions need some first borns for sacrificing they'll be sure to come see you.

Certainly, that is a trollish statement.
Even funnier is his response to continuing on his Journal:

And I don't do journals... I whine on my own web space - less people see it that way :)

Of course nobody reads Slashdot articles.

My AC message indicating that I am pulling the was meet with yet another post...

So why am I labelled the troll?

He can call me a troll if he likes, I don't care.

I was a little rude, I admit. But I didn't insult you. You didn't insult me from what I read either.

Nice, until you read the next paragraph:

Are you from a parallel universe or something? Or does your browser rewrite stuff? Or are you taking drugs?

Ok, that's not insulting because, I am from a parallel universe, (I think) my browser is controlling me, and I am currently "high" on meth., much like saying that my writing is "drivel" because I used the hated BOLD tag.

He also again mention my last 24, which he brought up first, to show that he is more "intellegent" than me (from this post):

Based upon our "Latest 24" comments sections my comments seem to have been judged far more "useful" (which I'll define as rated insightful, informative, or interesting).

I never used it in that context, and I only used it in the AC post as a BURN for the importance he "obviously" places in it.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago Over the past couple of days I have been draw into a circular argument with (to coin a phrase) a Format Troll. He jumped into the middle of a thread about political spying, and kindly explained to "all of Slashdot" that (something like) "I am trying to fool everyone" or "my writing is crap" mostly because the last couple of posted used the hated BOLD tag. I checked his last couple of posts and found that he wasn't in it just to be contrainian (like the professional trolls), and responded to his complaint. It was rude insulting to me and clearly off-topic. I, in return, flamed him for his over use of white-space, a minor compliant, but I built it up a little. We knocked back a couple of post, now we have desolved into "word analysis" and who insulted who first.

His last post says that he never directly insulted me, but that I had (pervious to comment asking him if he's 12 yo) insulted him. I think in the pissing contest about who insulted who first he is clearly the winner, just look at his first post (and every other post). Granted he did say the general term "the Author", and then only associated me directly to the most insulting of the two insults, but I think that his intentions were clear. In his last post he states his case for "you [me] giving the first insult":

You said "So rather than burst out with something truly useful (which apparently you can't)". The word "can't" means lack of ability. I can't see any way to interpete that statement other than that you said you think I "never have anything to say". Please explain the meaning you intended.

That I want to respond to directly, the opening sentance said: (quoting myself)"I, on the other hand, suspect that Grammar Trolls, Spelling Trolls, and Format Trolls, often disagree with the posts they FLAME, but have nothing intelligent to say (at least on a particular subject)..." (BOLD for the important part) and then the offending line begins. I thought that it was a pretty good line, I have been hit with spelling and grammer trolls, and now it looks like I have a "format" troll (maybe "style troll"). The funny thing is I don't use bold that much. I only used it in this post to clearly indicate what I think are key points, very similar to what I just did (beside indicating the BOLD word). After the guy complained about the use in a otherwise insulting post, I had to use it more, just to get his goat at the very least. Then I ran into the "style troll" (I think I like that term better, less insulting because it has Style).

I was going to open this up to discussion here, but frankly I am bored with it.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago I suspect that Grammar Trolls, Spelling Trolls, and Format Trolls, often disagree with the posts they FLAME, but have nothing intelligent to say (at least on a particular subject). So rather than burst out with something truly useful they try to disparage the author of the original post for his "great crimes against proper etiquette".


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago

  • Great security is keeping 2 steps ahead of the crooks
  • Good security is keeping 1 step ahead, and
  • Average security sometimes a little ahead and sometimes a little behind.

Most systems/processes only have the budget for average security.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago I think that Slashdot should have a +1 Politics, and a -1 Flame-politics moderation choices. That way those that are truely interested in political discussions of every technological idea can moderate them as such, and those that don't can set their preferences accordingly. It might be interesting to see really where the "group think" really is, at least for those interested in politics. As far as just keeping politics off of Slashdot, you whould have an easier time getting rid of the Trolls.


ericspinder ericspinder writes  |  more than 10 years ago Just got my 2nd Foe, and my first Troll marking today. I am I doomed for hatred.

Sure I was over the top by posting amazon links for books for some author, but I think that his creditials are weak, his research suspect and his conclusions paid in full. At least for his work on that article. The man had the nerve to call SpamAssassin a "outmoded" product, damnit, it's the only thing that keeps the spam out of my inbox. I will not pay the $50/year for each account, but that author believe we all should. Hell that would be $100 a year just for my wife and I.

Oh well, I guess that I will just go eat worms!

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