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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

globaljustin wrong bro (211 comments)

we can get pedantic about the difference between "coding" and "programming" languages...but others have gone down that road & it's never-ending

we need a consistent paradigm

HTML & CSS are coding languages...they are a defined set of symbols that contain commands run on a computer (specifically by a browser)...yes they are not "original gangster" coding languages that you can brag about..but they are a unique set of code that commands a machine...it's "code"

not all people who use HTML/CSS are "coders"

it's like back before facebook.com came online, one of the only options was Myspace...kids would get into the HTML & CSS via an interface and just randomly change color numbers and hack it up

**that's not coding**

whoever made the CSS for a site like...well facebook.com....is surely a coder

keep your bragging rights, bro...you're more of a 'real' coder...but it's reductive and pedantic to say "CSS is not a programming language"

1 hour ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

globaljustin whoosh! (211 comments)

it's a semantic argument, IMHO...but you totally missed the joke

if the defining criteria is your code language can do something another cannot, then have C++ render a hypertext document with linked photos & text into a browser

still it's *semantics*...it's all machines following code pounded by a monkey

1 hour ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

globaljustin Re:network (144 comments)

good advice thanks!

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

globaljustin Re:network (144 comments)

interesting thnx!

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

globaljustin not a violation (144 comments)

I'm seeing some trolling (someone took the time to copy some law they found)...might as well just say parent is right

Furthermore, any individual can record music (from the radio or from a CD from the library or purchased at a yard sale or anywhere) onto any format, then make a compilation of songs onto any format, and give that to any person they want.

The federal government has not defined what a 'friend' is...anyone can give any music to any 'friend' as per the DCMA

You don't have to agree with what I said above to know that parent is right as well...the downloading isn't the problem, it's uploading in how most cases that make it to trial go as I've seen as well.

2 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

globaljustin network (144 comments)

how do you have your content server networked? do you use wifi...cable...both? do you use some kind of software (maybe airport?) that does it all for you?

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Re:protesting downmods (454 comments)

the quotes make it official! take it to the bank!

3 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Re:protesting downmods (454 comments)

look man, I lol'ed when you said this:

You owe me an apology.

so in the spirit of progress, "I apologize"

it's still possible you have other accounts (as i guess the same is possible for me) but fsk it

4 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin protesting downmods (454 comments)

i love that someone just downmodded **only my responses** on this deepthread between me and dblll (whom i still suspect may have multiple accounts, regardless of UID)

i protest these downmods...either downmod us both or not at all...

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

globaljustin so I went & had me a look (66 comments)

I went here: http://www.microsoft.com/inves...

They have a nice little drop-down to select year/quarter and links to financial statements...it's all right there

My problem is I don't know how to read this MBA/budget speak...

I looked at 2009, their xls "financials" info...Q4...

Saw the breakout by sector tab, but the categories were type of services (servers, 'client', etc) but couldn't see where there was a "Public Sector" or anything similar...couldn't find a category for type of client.

Also, I"m a bit miffed that my GP post was labeled "troll"...seriously...not trolling...trying to find out info here that we all, in our industry, should have some idea of...

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

globaljustin Government Contracts & Microsoft (66 comments)

Is there any way to find out how much of M$ revenue/profits are due to government & other public sector contracts?

It's our money, so I'd be nice to know how much we're paying them.

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Re:WTF? (454 comments)

ok, fine, let's agree to mostly agree

And what's with the threat? If you feel you really are being trolled then just do it instead of threatening to do so.

it''s about 'dblll' or is it 'dbIII'....trollers use screen names with lots of capital 'i' and lowercase 'L' so they can post from multiple accounts...*that* would necessitate an email to the moderators (it's happened before, but another /.'er emailed and reported them before I did...also, i've had people insert 'i's for 'L's to mimic my account)

i thought you were doing that...i checked a few variations when you replied and it appears you only use the one screenname (i wasn't going to check this if you didn't respond)

also, IMHO you definitely seemed to be trolling with your comment

but look, you have at least tried to defend yourself, which is a sign you're not, at heart, just trolling

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin clear dblll is a troll (454 comments)

Clear enough yet?

clear you're a troll who likes to start arguments over nothing

respond again and I will actually take the time to email the moderators and report you

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin iron dome tech not hamas rockets (454 comments)

when I said this:

but even so, technology has just gotten so much more precise & fast

i was obviously referring to the "Iron Dome" system, not what is being launched at it

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin "Patriot Missiles" (454 comments)

Remember Patriot Missiles from the 1st Iraq war?

Saddam was lobbing SCUDS at Israel & the US lent IDF a bunch of our trailer mounted ABM interceptors

We've got to assume the Israelis have the state of the art now...is this as good as it gets? Seems like it should be better, given what we had in 1991...I know Hamas isn't launching big fat slow SCUDS, but even so, technology has just gotten so much more precise & fast. I wonder if the intercept rate would be higher if Hamas didn't use DIY rockets among others.

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

globaljustin Yes, but... (454 comments)

TFA is very interesting & I'm smarter for having read it...

I'm glad people are looking at this kind of thing...it is *one* way to get some unbiased information

So, "5% effective"...

As TFA description reads, the number of Israeli casualties is mostly due to a combination of factors, including bomb shelters and early warnings...

I think the "Iron Dome" people would respond to TFA thusly:

"Yes, but **the program** is effective. "Iron Dome" is our missile defense system, which is one part of our civil defense, which is an entire program of things to keep people safe...if you look at the program in its entirity it's a success"

about a week ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin Wal-Mart = evil business practices (192 comments)

you're reductive notion, that anything that sells is therefore 'awesome' and worthy of praise

People largely CHOOSE to shop there.

HORSESHIT

you're blatantly wrong about this, and it's common knowledge

Wal-Mart is easily an evil, despotic purveyor broken dreams

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

globaljustin protesting downmods (192 comments)

some crooked fsker went and downmodded all my responses

***i protest these downmods b/c they are not deserved***

my posts have always been on topic, IMHO interesting, and at least involves direct clash of ideas

I WAS DOWNMODDED FOR PERSONAL/POLITICAL REASONS NOT BECAUSE OF MY IDEAS BEING WRONG

cowards show yourselves, and explain as an AC or GTFO

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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"Canvas Fingerprinting" Online Tracking Difficult To Block

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about a week ago

globaljustin (574257) writes "First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.

[The] fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.

The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code, primarily written by a company called AddThis, on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites."

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Rappers & actors invest in Coinbase, Bitcoin

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 7 months ago

globaljustin (574257) writes ""According to Pando , Nas and partners have invested in Coinbase, a company that lets you buy and store Bitcoin.

CBS Local reports that Childish Gambino (otherwise known as Donald Glover from Community) are believers. Glover seems to think we're still on the gold standard and that it should be replaced with Bitcoins..."

So...is this good for Bitcoin?"

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Obama Directs FCC to Mandate All Cell Phones Be Unlocked

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 10 months ago

globaljustin (574257) writes ""Several months after calling for legislation to unlock cellphones, the White House filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asking that all wireless carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices so that users can easily switch between carriers."

This move should be met with universal acclaim from cell phone users, right?"

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Bill Proposes Database of Offenders to Aid Dating

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

globaljustin (574257) writes "A California state bill would create an online database open to the public of men and women convicted of domestic violence in California.

"If you're online, Googling and looking for information on someone you met in a bar or on MySpace, this would provide a tool for people to go and look to see if someone who is suspicious and a little creepy has a history of violence," said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, who introduced the bill.

Also reported by the New York Times and GCN"

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Journals

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cybernetics in the 3rd order

globaljustin globaljustin writes  |  about 9 months ago

This is my first journal entry.

I will chronicle my scientific and business related endeavors.

My business approach uses Cybernetics.

What do I mean by Cybernetic Approach:

A 'cybernetic' approach to problem solving and decision making is a way of contextualizing and processing decisions.

Cybernetics is, roughly, the study of how humans interact with systems. What makes the approach useful is the trans-disciplinary connotations of the word 'systems'

Everything is a system! Nature is a system, your face is a system, a soufflé is a system, a beer in your glass is a system, a crowd of people is a system, this website you're reading is a system...

Everything!

It might seem reductive...'of course it's a 'system'...that tells me nothing' you might say...however this contextualization puts everything we observe into a systemic context, which guides how we progress.

So that is a bit of theory about cybernetic systems. Now, the **application** of that systemic approach is where cybernetics really shines, and IMHO shows that it is the most fit method of inquiry.

Cybernetics is **applied** trans-diciplinarily as well. No application of a action to control a system is out of bounds. ALL methods and means are used to capacity as needed.

ex: writing a 'novel'...

there are many approaches to writing a novel, some authors I've read will sit and type out a book they like as a way to get the feeling of doing the work...others like seclusion...it's up to the writer...the writer **chooses** at several decision nodes exactly how the novel will be

choices, multifactor analysis, nonquantifiable data, decision nodes...this is something a cybernetic approach can assist

if an author was truly taking a 'cybernetic' approach to the decision making process of writing a novel, she would use **every** style and genre as it fit the needs of communication

nothing is out of bounds, and indeed, by design, all possible methods are not only 'in bounds' but the method requires using all of them (or at least the possibility that any might be used)

ex: choice of narration style. will this novel have a narrator? will the narrator be a 3rd person omniscient? will they be a character in the story who is 'telling' the story to the reader? will they be a reliable narrator?

"yes" is the cybernetic answer...

communicating the message to the reader is the single most important factor...full expression...

cybernetics gives us the freedom to choose any tool we like to accomplish our goal, as long as...it accomplishes the goal

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