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Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

gadzook33 Re:ORACLE = One Raging Asshole Called Larry Elliso (405 comments)

I met one of the guys that worked on the original Python spec and asked why they wrote Python when there were so many other languages already to choose from and he said, oh, I don't know, it's another language. And your sarcasm not withstanding, you can eliminate spaces like that as long as you replace them with another deliminator, which is actually the whole point.

Try C# if you want to be really pleasantly surprised.

about a year ago
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Oracle Discontinues Free Java Time Zone Updates

gadzook33 Re:ORACLE = One Raging Asshole Called Larry Elliso (405 comments)

I can't believe this post isn't modded up more. More and more I feel like the readership of slashdot is a bunch of script-kiddies rather than professional coders. The idea that you would use whitespace to denote something as important as scope is ludicrous. In fact, the idea that you would use whitespace to denote ANYTHING is ludicrous.

about a year ago
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Six Months Developing Software For Wearable Computing

gadzook33 So... (28 comments)

I read that entire article and I honestly have no idea what the point was. I was excited to learn about how a RESTful API was employed in a heads-up application and learned...nothing.

about a year ago
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Does Antimatter Fall Up?

gadzook33 Re:What am I missing? (255 comments)

If every /. comment was this interesting and informative I would read /. a lot more.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Looking To Quench 'Insatiable Demand' For New Smartphones

gadzook33 Re:Um? (173 comments)

No no, it's a mad lib. Like has the company underpants.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a System Integration Room At VAR?

gadzook33 Re: VAR = what? (70 comments)

Yeah, I think you're right though.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a System Integration Room At VAR?

gadzook33 Re:VAR = what? (70 comments)

Right...he didn't spell it out once.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a System Integration Room At VAR?

gadzook33 Re:What's a VAR? (70 comments)

Otherwise your Discrete Interface Control Knob might fall off.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a System Integration Room At VAR?

gadzook33 Re:Simple (70 comments)

Thank you, this confirms that the question is in fact as boring as it appears to be.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a System Integration Room At VAR?

gadzook33 Re:VAR = what? (70 comments)

Seriously, is not writing the acronym out some sort of geek badge to you? Learn how to write like a professional instead of a fucking child.

about a year ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

gadzook33 Re:As much as it pains me to say this... (262 comments)

I didn't say that, I said it wasn't designed by asking users what they want.

about a year and a half ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

gadzook33 Re: As much as it pains me to say this... (262 comments)

And I think understanding how systems will be used is a hallmark of good engineering.

about a year and a half ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

gadzook33 Re:As much as it pains me to say this... (262 comments)

No, lousy engineers are responsible for all that. The products we build are constantly praised by customers for their ease of use and simplicity of design because we spend hours worrying about every little detail. The problem is that you think UI/UX people aren't engineers. And no, the iPhone is clearly a hardware AND software product. Don't draw arbitrary lines around people or technologies, it won't get you anywhere.

about a year and a half ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

gadzook33 Re:As much as it pains me to say this... (262 comments)

The iPhone was not built by asking users what they want. It was built by clever engineers solving a problem. Users don't know what they want or what is possible and there is no way to short-circuit or work around this fact.

about a year and a half ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

gadzook33 Re:FUD summary as usual (263 comments)

I'm definitely not an expert but I wasn't referring to the last nine years, which seems like so small a sample as to be insignificant.

about a year and a half ago
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"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

gadzook33 Re:FUD summary as usual (263 comments)

Also, I was under the impression that there was an unexplained increase in the number of cancer incidents in the last several decades. Clearly it's a long-shot but it does seem like it's worth investigating...

about a year and a half ago
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SpaceX: Lessons Learned Developing Software For Space Vehicles

gadzook33 Seems straightforward (160 comments)

I think this is all interesting and good stuff but hopefully most of it is stuff that software companies are already doing these days. At this point if you're not doing continuous integration or looking at ways to automate anything that possibly can be automated, you should get moving.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

gadzook33 Re:RTFA (505 comments)

Calling the posting FUD is being generous. It's complete crap.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

gadzook33 Re:Perception is reality (505 comments)

There's really no point in expecting even treatment of MS products on /. They could come out with the most revolutionary product in the history of history and someone would submit something lambasting it. The horrible part is that the editors go for it every. single. time.

about a year and a half ago

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Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

gadzook33 gadzook33 writes  |  about a year ago

gadzook33 (740455) writes "I had an interesting experience at work recently wherein a colleague suggested during a meeting that we were building something that would make it far too easy for the customer to perform a certain task; a task that my colleague felt was deleterious. Without going into specifics, I believe an apt analogy would be giving everyone in the country a flying car. While this would no doubt be enjoyable, without proper training and regulation it would also be tremendously dangerous (also assume training and regulating is not practical in this case). I retorted that ours is not to reason why and that we had the responsibility to develop the best possible solution, end of story. However, in the following days I have begun to doubt my position and wonder if we don't have some responsibility to artificially "cripple" the solution and in doing so protect the user from themselves (build a car that stays on the ground). I do not for a second imagine that I am playing the part of Oppenheimer; this is a much more practical issue and less of an ethical one. But is there something to this?"
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gadzook33 gadzook33 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gadzook33 writes "There have been rumors floating around about DIY iris scanning using digital cameras for biometric security. Iris scanning presents a fantastic alternative to password-based authentication but hasn't really come to our desktops yet. I've looked around but can't find any concrete material on the subject. Is anyone doing this? Are there any efforts to develop open software for this sort of thing? Are patents holding things up? Given that passwords are an almost defunct technique for protecting data in certain situations, it would be nice to have an alternative."
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gadzook33 gadzook33 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gadzook33 writes "With everything that's been in the news lately regarding problems in the Diebold voting machines, I am left wondering what the alternative is. Paper ballots seem to be frequently suggested but it is hard to imagine those would be without problems as well. Isn't any company going to suffer from the same problems Diebold has? Isn't any state or local government going to have problems watching that company? Is there an "open" alternative? Is there a system we can use that will be transparent enough to prevent problems like this in the future?"

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