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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

garlicbready Hi welcome to Jonny Cab (239 comments)

Hope you enjoyed the ride ha ha

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

garlicbready Re:.Net / Typescript (536 comments)

The way I see it historically there were large differences between what you could do with VB.Net and C#
but with each newer framework those differences have become less and less to the point where it's now just a question of syntax
since both compile down to IL anyways

Personally I can write in C / C++ and understand C# if I want to
I just find the syntax easier / quicker to write, my brain is just more in tune with VB .Net rather than C#
although I recognise it can work the other way as well

With C# for example every line needs a terminating semicolon which is something inherited from the old C days (I find that irritating)
with VB .Net it assumes every line is independent, if you want to put mutiple lines of code on one line you can use a colon :, or an underscore to continue a line which in practice just feels to work out better
also if blocks / while blocks / other blocks are a bit more clearly defined with If / End If, While End While rather than curly braces { } for every block type

I see it as just personal preference in terms of syntax at this stage since essentially both are the same framework / to the point you can easily convert one to the other

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

garlicbready .Net / Typescript (536 comments)

I work in a medium sized software development company, and we work exclusively with .Net usually Visual Basic
C# is also an option in .Net land, typically with the newer frameworks the differences functionality wise are fairly minor
we started with .Net 2,0 web forms and are now on .Net 4.0, everything is backwards compatible as far as I can tell between frameworks
Another direction would be php, or something more specialised such as Ruby for example

If you want rapid development cycles then having intelisense / auto completion / linq / entity framework is definitely something to look into
these languages are server side, you also may want to consider how much of your website wants to be written in client side languages such as javascript. Personally I'm planning on learning Typescript which is a subscript of javascript, basically easier to write and more class based with intelisense

It all comes down to what kind of functionality you want to put into your web apps, and what your developers feel comfortable with

about 7 months ago

WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

garlicbready Re:No shit, this is the JOB of the NSA (241 comments)

Isn't this supposed to be the job of the CIA?
I thought the NSA were only supposed to operate locally

about 8 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

garlicbready Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

In the UK we've had this for ages, I can't comment on how secure it is but it's very easy to use
you just insert the card into a small reader, and use the same pin number as you use for the cash machine

There is a form of wireless chip and pin called contact less
It's actually NFC which is sort of the next generation of RFID (not sure how secure it is), and is limited to about £20 or so for purchases
you just swipe your wallet over the same chip and pin reader to pay for something under £20 (although you do have to watch out when you have multiple cards)

In the near future you'll be able to load an app onto your phone from the bank to allow contactless from the phone (we don't have that just yet)
I was surprised at the US at the lack of it, but I suspect a lot of things is cash in hand over there (no sales tax)

about a year ago

NASA Looking For Ideas To Explore Mars

garlicbready Re:Send criminals (176 comments)

Or how about Mars big brother
it should be fun to watch the 'astronauts' or contestants slowly lose they're sanity while trapped in a metal can on the way to mars
being watched on camera everywhere they go
of course you'd have to dedicate a large chunk of the craft to the cameras and the big chair
and to keep those supplies coming, we need ratings
send a couple of bots called Huey Dewey And Louie (see Silent running), or for a bit more deranged fun how about that bot from Saturn 3

more than 2 years ago

Why the Raspberry Pi Won't Ship In Kit Form

garlicbready No Documentation (240 comments)

One of the main problems at the moment I can see is the lack of docs
and I'm not talking about the GPU, but the GPIO pins for SPI / A/D etc
it's pretty clear looking at the forums that they're not targeting it at the hobbyist for interfacing, but instead at just being used as a basic terminal in 3rd world countries

Reading through the forums the SoC has no datasheets available for it for interfacing
the SoC can't be purchased separately outside of the site (less of an issue given the soldering problems)
They've suggested that there will be docs later on for the GPIO's but that it's going to come much later on
So if your planning to use it as something other than a cut down PC your out of luck

A shame really as I wanted something like this for the .Net Micro Framework as a sort of more advanced version of the netduino (64K Ram vs 256Mb Arm11)

more than 2 years ago

Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone

garlicbready Re:Well, it's possible... (663 comments)

More than likely when they turn it over
they'll notice a "Toysrus Made in China" Sticker on the bottom

more than 3 years ago

Are Data Centers Finally Ready For DC Power?

garlicbready Re:Edison reaching out from beyond the grave (462 comments)

When it comes to high voltages one of the other advantages AC has is safety
with High Voltage DC the muscles in your hand would tend to grip / contract or hold onto a conductor
AC on the other-hand just tends to throw you off as it's alternating back and forth at 50 or 60 times a second
The longer your in contact the more chance you have of suffering burns, or your heart stopping

I'd guess 12V / 24V is probably the best, as it's low enough not to be a safety risk (think car battery)
and at the same time most PC Hardware tends to run on a combination of 12V / 5V anyway (converting from 12 to 5 is trivial)
Having an AC to DC conversion on the side of the wall then running a cable to each rack perhaps in a ring configuration might be the way to go
probably depends on the amount / size / thickness of cabling you can fit in to each rack / under the flooring

When they talk about losses, usually it's over long distance over a few miles or between substations
although I have heard that you can get losses of a few volts of AC between opposite sides of a hanger for example
but that's likely to be less controlled / more dirty than regulated DC within a Datacenter
Also with 12V there may be a lot less cost in terms of replacing the server PSU's as it's already closer to what you already need

Of course the most important thing is that we'd need some form of new standard plug
perhaps a different colour and some extra pins for future expansion
perhaps google should ask apple, I hear they're good with plug design :)

more than 3 years ago

Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV

garlicbready Re:Attach to a Cat (761 comments)

1) Find a nearby cat
2) Attach said device to cat (duct tape, collar or other means)
3) Watch Federal Officers attempt to retrieve they're hardware
after they realize your car can now climb walls, cross gardens and go through back doors with ease
4) Hilarity ensues
5) ... Profit

more than 3 years ago

How To Stop the Next WikiLeaks

garlicbready stop right there criminal scum (191 comments)

A new counter-counter-counter intelligence method is devised
set your wallpaper to goatse people

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Standard Software Development Environments?

garlicbready Team Foundation Server (362 comments)

I know this probably isn't a popular open source option, but the latest TFS 2010 is quite good at version control.
We've been using Sourcesafe / VB6 / .Net 2.0 platform for a while now
But sourcesafe is all shared drive based which makes it particularly slow over the internet
we're currently in the process of moving to TFS 2010 / .Net 4.0

TFS stores all it's data under MSSQL 2008.
presents a soap interface for checkins / check outs (so will actually work with VB6 or other development enviroments quite easily)
If you have a MSDN subscription the licence for TFS / Database is already covered
the only licences needed are for Visual Studio / the CAL's (Client Access Licences)
you can view source over a web interface and can be set to operate similar to Sourcesafe (only one checkout allowed at a time)
plus it has Windows Explorer integration via the Power Tools

more than 3 years ago

Was .NET All a Mistake?

garlicbready Re:balderdash and piffle (688 comments)

From a business point of view the director of the company
(who's also the same guy that started the company)
is a techie and wrote most of the initial apps the business use (SMS Processing for example) in VB6
so we're very VB orientated (we've only just started moving from .Net2.0 to 4.0, and that's because I've pushed for it by setting up a TFS Server to replace sourcesafe)

From a personal point of view most of the first languages I used were basic on a Z80, anyone remember STOS or AMOS or GFI?
I have written some C and C++ now and again (a linux DVBS USB satalite tuner card driver, and a plugin for evms before it was depreciated), plus bits of a million other languages such as PHP and Java
But I always found VB6 better to understand during the early days when I was trying to understand object orientation (the auto complete made it a lot easier to just bash something together)

But I've always felt VB was better at the business logic / those users that had written a lot of VB6 in the past
while C# felt like it was more for those coming across from writing a lot of C++ (I only ever wrote small bits of it)
I could move to C# but it would just feel like I'm writing backwards (because of the variable decelerations)
so it's just more of a personal preference thing in the style of it, I can just glance through VB code and understand most of it in a few seconds, with C# it just takes me a bit longer to get my head around the differences because I'm not used to it

with the newer frameworks (4.0) I don't think there's a lot of differences left between the two anyway

more than 3 years ago

Was .NET All a Mistake?

garlicbready balderdash and piffle (688 comments)

Well I write .Net code for a living, VB Mostly instead of C#
I've also been into Linux for a long while (originally Mandrake, now Gentoo)

if nothing else it can be used as a fast prototyping language and it's miles better than the old VB6
our entire business is based on it websites / processing applications
it works well and you can write code for it very quickly and easily
and it's not a language but a platform (language + standard libs for common operations)

In the old days it was all about squeezing as much as you could from the processor
(I know this more than most, assembler on the Z80 / Spectrum, Atari 68000 etc)
each language has it's place depending on the trade off between simplicity and performance
I've always seen C as driver low level, C++ as mid OS GUI / 3D abstraction level
and the likes of Java / PHP / .Net as upper layer for business logic

But where it comes to actual applications or websites that sit on top of the OS not a part of the OS
where business logic not performance counts
where it's key to be able to change something quickly at the cost of a small performance hit
(becuase you have a server with umpteen CPU's and massive memory in a rack, so performance comes secondary)
you need a higher level language than C++ to do these things quickly / simply
and I'm ashamed to say as a Linux geek I've not found anything that I could write cleaner or quicker code in than .Net
I really have tried with java and netbeans, but I hate it's Enums and namespacing, I've even considered scalar
netbeans also has this habbit of completley changing they're platform / libs layout (which sits on top of the java platform)

if I want to write a simple line of text to a text file, I can do it in a single line
System.IO.file.appendalltext(filepath, content)
with C++ unless you count the STL there's no fixed standard list of libs to use for common tasks
it can vary between platforms (less so with open source)
so typically I end up opening a file handle creating an int to store it in, making sure my string is null terminated
etc etc for somethinhg that should be a simple job
having the language managed, and catching exceptions which mean something is an added bonus

I know there are a lot of wrapper libs for this sort of thing like QT
kdevelop has auto-completion but it's still not a patch on the ease of use of Studio / .Net's
simply because of the differences in language design

In an ideal world I'd like to write .Net VB apps that use QT as a GUI backend
and that can run under windows or Linux via Qyoto and mono
given that KDE's smoke has recently been split into seperate parts under Gentoo and that Qyoto has been updated to 4.7
I'm hoping this might finally be possible
Linux is missing a lot of GUI based apps for configuration front ends vs windows
and with .Net you could create these very easily

But at the end of the day it's all about personal preference
some people can probably write code in C++ more quickly than .Net depending on what they're more familar with
also we don't have the same patent issues over here in the UK as the USA (for now at least)

more than 3 years ago

UK Taxpayers' Money Getting Wasted On IT Spending

garlicbready toilet seat (174 comments)

It's just the hidden extra terrestrial tax

You don't actually think they spend $20,000.00 on a hammer, $30,000.00 on a toilet seat do you?

more than 3 years ago

Ex-NSA Chief Supports Separate Secure Internet

garlicbready a VPN? (214 comments)

the concept of a '.secure' network for critical services such as financial institutions, sensitive infrastructure, government contractors, and the government itself that would be walled off from the public web

ohh you mean a VPN right? yeah we've had them for a while now

more than 3 years ago

Brainstorming Clever Ways To Detect Alien Civilizations

garlicbready Interferometer telescope (343 comments)

1. Build a Big Ass Interferometer Optical telescope
preferably in space to avoid any problems with the atmosphere
basically a load of smaller telescopes all joined together / looking at the same target to gain higher resolution

2. Point it at the dark side of a planet

3. Look for any Street Lighting

more than 3 years ago


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