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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

extra88 Re: Instead of carrying on as a one-man band - (376 comments)

he probably lacks the intelligence to be in management anyway.

LOL +1 Funny. Unless you mean he lacks the kind of intelligence, i.e. Emotional Intelligence, required in management. Even that I would disagree with, there are many different strengths a manager can have and no one is strong in all areas. A high EI manager may be good at reading how their staff feels about what they're doing but shit at strategic planning.

I don't see anything wrong with remaining a mid-level programmer, better to serve as a good example through your code and behavior than to suffer from the Peter Principle and "rise to the level of their incompetence."

about three weeks ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

extra88 Re: Tiny Tiny RSS (132 comments)

G2ttrss-mobile maybe? That's the TTR theme I use on mobile.

about 5 months ago
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

extra88 Re: It doesn't take a genius to come up with an at (155 comments)

The people involved with the production of a tv show wouldn't have access to the data being exploited, the attack would have to be closer to the OTA broadcast or cable operator. Changing the files containing the code would be fairly obvious so you'd still need to use some hardware for a MITM attack inside the broadcast or cable facility.

about 6 months ago
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Why PBS Won't Do Android

extra88 Re:The perfect is the enemy of the good. (331 comments)

In that case their mobile web presence has the Android devices covered. It's not perfect but it is useful so why make a native app?

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

extra88 Re:Oh, gag me. (564 comments)

A girl is a woman in pupae form. Typically they're too young to be attending university. Technical schools have fewer women but they're there. At non-technical schools, even research schools, women are in the (slight) majority.

about a year and a half ago
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MS Office Tablet Delay Gives Google a Real Chance, and Not Just Google Apps

extra88 Re:Really? (108 comments)

Google Docs, like LibreOffice, can insert equations written using LaTeX notation.
http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=160749
I don't think you can write while never having your hands leave the keyboard (you must at least tap/click the "New Equation" button) but I don't know how easy it is to operate that way in any desktop program that renders input.

BTW, MS Word's Equation Editor lets you enter LaTeX also, it's not some superpower only open source software has.

I'm not promoting any one of these choices, just pointing that by writing math & notation as TeX is useful feature in a number of document creation programs, online and offline.

about a year and a half ago
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Firefox 17 Launches With Click-to-Play Plugin Blocks

extra88 Re:Sandbox (137 comments)

The sandbox adds security restrictions plus "tokens" for explicitly allowing the things that you, the site developer, want. The main purpose of the restrictions is to prevent content within an iframe from accessing content in or related to the parent page. For example, lots of ads are loaded in iframes, the sandbox attribute can prevent JavaScript in the ad from executing. The site Can I Use is a decent place to look for which browsers and browser versions support particular parts of HTML5, CSS3, etc. The iframe sandbox has had support from Google and Apple but Microsoft only added it in IE10 and no version of Opera on any platform has it.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

extra88 Re:Game Sales/Rentals? (547 comments)

Redbox does games as well as movies now. As with movies, it's only the newest and most popular ones.

more than 2 years ago
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Cleaning Up the Mess After a Major Hack Attack

extra88 Re:Clean up? Start fresh (100 comments)

Your whole stance looks like you have no understanding of the problems that can be faced.

Why assume the worst? More likely he wasn't inclined to go into that level of detail here.

If he's already going so far as to prevent the use of USB flash drives isn't it likely that email attachments are handled in a similarly aggressive manner (e.g. executables automatically removed, remaining attachments quarantined, etc.)? Workstation backups needn't include email; email belongs on email servers local copies are just a cache.

more than 2 years ago
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Early Review of 11" Macbook Air

extra88 Re:An Ad? (348 comments)

It may have a faster clock speed than the 11" MacBook Air but it does *not* have a faster processor. Your Aspire One has an Atom processor while the 11" Air has a Core 2 Duo processor, which does more, clock for clock. Looking at the GeekBench Results Browser, It looks like the 11" Air scores are at least double what your Aspire One's score would be.

more than 4 years ago
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University Offers Class In Zombie Studies

extra88 Re:UNI offers Anthropology of Zombies (118 comments)

There is a course at the University of Northern Iowa called "The Anthropology of Zombies" this semester

That sounds better than a course offered by an English department but until there's one cross-listed between Criminal Justice and Medicine, it's all just talk!

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

extra88 Re:8-bits for education (383 comments)

LOGO was good but a better My First Language choice for today is Scratch from MIT.

more than 4 years ago
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ReCAPTCHA.net Now Vulnerable to Algorithmic Attack

extra88 Re:Speaking about re-captcha (251 comments)

I think you're underestimating the public good from what Google provides but even so, the universities get their own copy of the data for their books so they can do even more with it, as copyright allows.

more than 4 years ago
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VLC 1.0.0 Released

extra88 Re:So it plays back media (419 comments)

To borrow a phrase from Michael Jackson.. What have you done for me lately?

That's Janet! Miss Jackson if you're nasty.

more than 5 years ago
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Building a Searchable Literature Archive With Keywords?

extra88 Better OCR for math (211 comments)

InftyReader is a program that specializes in doing OCR on scientific documents and mathematical formulas. It saves documents in a variety of formats including LaTeX and MathML.

Two unfortunate things about it: 1) it's a Windows binary 2) it costs $900USD for 2 concurrent use licenses. It was free until they licensed a conventional OCR engine to better handle the text (its non-math recognition was pretty bad before).

more than 5 years ago
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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

extra88 Re:Audio books are worth more than e-books (539 comments)

The tricky part of the argument is this. It's not the publishers who are fighting this. They love expanding the e-book market. Indeed the publisher selling the e-book rights might never have bought the audio rights from the author.

According to a panelist recorded for The Command Line Podcast, publishers typically do buy the audio rights and a whole bunch of other rights from the author but usually don't to use them unless a work proves to be popular enough to justify the added expense to produce an audiobook edition.

However, I think the panelist is most familiar with a niche genre so what's typical in her experience may not be typical in others'.

more than 5 years ago
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Lack of Sunlight Could Lead To Early Death

extra88 Re:Worse in northern hemisphere (304 comments)

I heard a long Quirks & Quarks story about Vitamin D a few weeks ago. The US and Canadian RDAs for Vitamin D, 400 IU, are based on amounts meant to aid bone health, not for these other benefits. The amount in the typical multivitamin will be 400 IU, not the 800 IU recommended here. Unless you wash down your multivitamin with fortified milk every day, you're probably not going to ingest the amount Vitamin D they think you should. Balance that with your sunlight exposure in your region. I'm in New England so as long as I don't keep myself cooped up, I'll get enough Vitamin D from sunlight alone maybe half the year.

more than 6 years ago

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Sun releases ODF plugin for MS Office

extra88 extra88 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

extra88 (1003) writes "Heise online reported that Sun has released their OpenDocument Format (ODF) plug-in for Microsoft Office 2000, XP and 2003. The plug-in allows Microsoft Office (for Windows) users to open ODF files and save their work in ODF formats used by OpenOffice, StarOffice, and other programs. According to the ReadMe, the plug-in adds "ODF Text Document (*.odt)" as a format to Word's Open and Save dialogs and adds Import and Export options to Excel and PowerPoint. Support for Excel and PowerPoint in the Microsoft-sponsored OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office is yet completed and that Add-in supports only Office 2003 and 2007."
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