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Twitter Offline Due To DDoS

gamefreak1450 Re:Lets look at this (398 comments)

I think your criteria for deciding it is "inferior" may be a little unclear. When the plane crashed into the Hudson river recently, Twitter and TwitPic had some of the first information about the event. With the recent political unrest in Iran, Twitter is the most common tool to get information out.

Millions of people could be using something else.

Like what? Facebook? The Internet is what gives the average person a voice, and Twitter is what collects those voices together.

I guess you don't use Twitter, but that doesn't mean nothing good can come of it. Sure, there will be people who post drivel (and probably a LOT of these people), but there are legitimate uses, and because of that, I think it deserves its place in world communications.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Debut Barcode Replacement

gamefreak1450 Re:Price? (185 comments)

Hi there. Could you direct me towards where I can buy a barcode scanner for $4.99? Cheers.

Alas, but you have eyes. Barcodes have the numbers written below them, and, if the barcode lines are somehow mutilated, I've seen cashiers type in the numbers. I'd say that's a free barcode scanner. As for QR codes, some cell phones can read them (for free).

The GP has a point, if you can't easily read what's inside the bokode, it isn't going to replace the barcode. The MIT students are smart, though, so I'm sure they'll figure out that problem.

more than 5 years ago

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

gamefreak1450 Re:Standard Practices (225 comments)

Basically, I would NEVER allow remote web management of a device if it's on the internet.

Good idea, but this is a critical exploit because hackers can make an img tag load the malformed URL. If they can trick you into viewing that image, then your router will be compromised from your computer on the network. Disabling the external management will prevent internet users from compromising your router, but it is still vulnerable to local threats, as executed through the CSRF method.

more than 5 years ago

Paper Companies' Windfall of Unintended Consequences

gamefreak1450 Re:lawmakers (284 comments)

the real problems with the economy can be attributed to the creation of the Federal Reserve (putting banks in charge of the economy in the first place), and the dissolution of the gold standard (allowing the Fed to create as much money as it wants, without creating actual wealth to accompany it).

[citation needed]

more than 5 years ago

Are Quirky Developers Brilliant Or Dangerous?

gamefreak1450 Re: brilliant and dangerous? (1134 comments)

Having Asperger's isn't a good excuse to do a poor job or to be anti-social, or unprofessional. [snip] I don't take the idea, that I have a disability so you need to deal with my Crap mentality, it is basically reinforcing that they can behave badly, without having them work on improving themselves.

With all due respect, Asperger's is not a choice for those who have it - it's them. They can't control who they are or what they do any more than the severely autistic can see their own situation or you can drastically change who you are (even though your personality may be a little more socially acceptable). If you were arguing against hiring autistic adults, perhaps there is an objective argument there. But, please, do not expect miracles from people with untreatable medical conditions.

more than 5 years ago

Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY

gamefreak1450 Re:Not good enough (663 comments)

What about bouncing between Dvorak and QWERTY? I assume that you've had to type on a keyboard other than your own on more than one occasion.

I've used the Dvorak layout for about 6 months now (this post is being typed with it) and I can say that this is basically a moot point.

I haven't typed with it for nearly as long as with Qwerty, but I am fast enough at typing to not feel burdened by my slow speed. The worst part is during the initial period when you're learning Dvorak and you can't type fast in either.

Honestly, now, I don't even think about which keymap I'm using... sometimes I'll be typing with Qwerty without noticing. The biggest problem is punctuation and keyboard shortcuts, for me, at least.

about 6 years ago

Obama Wants Broadband, Computers Part of Stimulus

gamefreak1450 Re:No. (901 comments)

I disagree. A complete education, which students need to be globally competitive, includes computer training. You can no more expect students to graduate ready for work without basic math skills than basic computer skills. I suspect if you were going through High School now, as I am, you would have a very different opinion on this topic.

more than 6 years ago


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