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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

harvestsun Re:It produces performance like C++ (217 comments)

Oh I dunno, there's the whole ".NET features like garbage collection, generics, and reflection" part. You might have missed it.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

harvestsun Thanks I guess (2219 comments)

We have work to do on four big areas: feature parity (especially for commenting); the overall UI, especially in terms of information density and headline scanning; plain old bugs; and, lastly, the need for a better framework for communicating about the How and the Why of this process

Those are exactly the problems I care about. Mainly information density; I want to see the same amount of information on the screen as I did before. Or at least 75%. It's more like 25% right now. Anyway, I'm glad someone is paying attention.

It would have been nice to hear this earlier though. Maybe you do have people *listening* to the complaints, but it would be nice if someone *responded* to them, and in a human manner.

about 2 months ago

Weird Asteroid Itokawa Has a Dual Personality

harvestsun Re:NO! (61 comments)

It was designed by someone with a massive whitespace fetish who has clearly never actually used the site.

I will leave the site in a heartbeat if this is forced on people, it's just plain unusable.

about 2 months ago

Asteroids Scarred By Solar System's Violent Youth

harvestsun What the hell Slashdot (31 comments)

The summary leaves out the whole point of the article.

"The observations neatly match theories about the formation of the solar system, which posits that bodies formed in warm environments would be found closer to the sun and those formed in cold environments are farther away... But a new analysis, this time based on 100,000 asteroids of varying sizes, tells a far different story."

about 3 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

harvestsun Re:Don't generalize; not all open offices are bad (314 comments)

No, not company-wide; it was just an experimental thing in a few places. They also experimented with the concept of "mobile workstations", where you don't HAVE an office, you just find a different desk to use every day. Which is nice for people who travel a lot and don't have stuff they actually need to STORE in an office. And strongly disliked by most everyone else.

about 3 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

harvestsun Don't generalize; not all open offices are bad (314 comments)

Example of a bad open office: "Let's make the cubicles smaller and shorten the walls!" (seen at Intel)
Example of a good open office: "Let's put everyone on this small team in the same walled-off space" (seen at a lot of local startups)

about 3 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

harvestsun It is impossible to debate a creationist (611 comments)

Debates are built on logic and facts.

Creationists choose faith over logic and facts. This isn't me being judgmental; they openly admit this, and take pride in it.

about 3 months ago

JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

harvestsun Re:NOTHING like Bitcoin (292 comments)

HA, let's not be hasty. I'm actually pretty far right-wing, and I'm not saying Fox News is the only source of idiots; just that IN THIS CASE, the two idiots involved were from Fox News and Slashdot.

The quality of most online news is pretty shitty, because authors are paid for the number of views they generate. So there is a lot of incentive to write a lot of articles with interesting headlines, and little to no incentive to actually learn what the hell you're talking about.

about 4 months ago

JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

harvestsun NOTHING like Bitcoin (292 comments)

The point of Bitcoin is that it's decentralized. There's no single entity that keeps track of what money is where. Every person who uses Bitcoin has a record of every transaction (in the form of the blockchain), and is involved in the process of verifying transactions (in the form of bitcoin mining). Although the security is still being debated, in theory, you would need to control half the computing power of the Bitcoin network in order to break the security.

In contrast, this patent seems to be talking about a system that uses your same old credit card account. Which is not surprising; how would a BANK use a DECENTRALIZED currency system with its customers?

So basically, this is a meaningless article written by some idiot at Fox News who wanted to make a headline that would stand out. Which I suppose worked, since it made it past the impeccable Slashdot editing process.

about 4 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

harvestsun Re:eh, Google no eat own dogfood? (308 comments)

Uh, because a Chromebook isn't (and isn't intended to be) a general purpose computer? You might as well be asking "why do Apple employees not do their work on iPod Touches?"

about 4 months ago

eBay CEO: Amazon Drones Are Fantasy

harvestsun Re:irony (189 comments)

No, it is not ironic. Coincidental and mildly humorous, yes, but not ironic.

about 4 months ago

NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

harvestsun Kind of like the thing from "The Dark Knight" (256 comments)

I guess they forgot the part where Batman has it destroyed it because it poses a danger to society and goes against everything he believes in.

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

harvestsun Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

>being facetious
Even if the number of windows was 100, he should not pay restitution for windows he didn't break. Note that the above poster has since clarified that he more referring to fines than restitution, so the point is now moot.

>they don't agree with you
Do you have an example of a person who caused damage to company "A", and was forced to pay restitution to "A" for damage the person also MIGHT have caused to "B", "C", "D", etc.? If so I would be interested to hear it. (Note that this is completely different than the topic of the submission, but we keep going down this road I'll play along)

>Would you be surprised if he were ordered to pay the cost of replacing the window which had an original cost of $200.00 with an impact resistant window that costs $1,000.00
Maybe mildly surprised.

>and the cost of installing the new windows
No, not surprised.

>You are again engaging in a straw man
I am directly criticizing the decision of the judge. You could call "straw man" if I decided to, for example, introduce an unfitting analogy of breaking windows. But I didn't do that, the above poster did.

>your opinion
Of course it's a matter of opinion when you boil it down. Laws are not black and white, this is why we have judges. The judge decided that the security consultant was a "reasonably needed service" in response to the crime. I argue that this goes against the spirit of the law, since the security consultant leaves the company in a BETTER position than it was in before the crime was committed. I think you'd find this hard to dispute. Although to argue whether or not the decision goes against the letter of the law, I would need to sort through poorly organized documents from the supreme court of Kansas, which I'm not going to bother doing. That's what lawyers are for.

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

harvestsun Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

I said the person needs to be fined enough that breaking 1000 windows isn't worth it

Ok, thanks for clarifying. In that case I think we're on the same page, although I would be more general and say "the person needs to be penalized enough that breaking 1000 windows isn't worth it."
However, if this is what you meant, then your analogy is not completely fitting. Your analogy is talking about a fine, whereas the submission is talking about restitution paid directly to Koch.
And even if the $183,000 WAS in the form of a fine, I feel it's a bit overboard, although that's a matter of opinion.

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

harvestsun Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

>why would I go to jail
Because that's how our legal system works?

>You have made the parameter such that if I pay for replacing the window, all is right
Citation please.

>you are also suggesting that the subject of the submission should not have gotten probation but should be in prison
I was responding to your example of throwing a brick through your window every day. Participating in a DDOS and breaking a person's window every day are likely to be viewed differently by a judge.

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

harvestsun Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

>straw man argument
Breaking out the adult terms, eh? And you are mistaken. The above poster seemed to imply that, because I could break 1000 windows, I should pay the cost of 1000 windows. In the post that you originally replied to, that was the only thing I was arguing against. Our courts seem to agree with me, do they not?

Oh, so we're back to talking about Rosol now? Ok.

>is being fined
No, he is paying restitution. Admittedly I used the wrong term in my initial post, but since the discussion has progressed this far I feel it's necessary to clarify. Restitution is money paid to the party that was wronged. A fine is money paid to a central authority.

>for 1000 windows
Can we stop trying to compare a DDOS attack to breaking windows? It's a bit like apples and oranges.

>don't like the amount of the fine
No, I don't. Do you? If so, why?

>If he had broken a $300.00 window in California, he could be fined $10,000.00
Yes. But I would be surprised if he was sentenced to pay restitution for the cost of hiring a consultant to help defend the window in the future.

Oh? I thought I had presented myself rather calmly.

>are arguing he is being fined for more than his single act
I'm arguing that he is being ordered to pay for something that is beyond the scope of restitution (hiring a security consultant). Do you disagree? If so, why?

about 4 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

harvestsun Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

So nothing for cleaning up the mess? the temporary plywood covering? the lost sales? the additional (and unnecessary stress)?

Yes, you should pay for those things as well. I was using the term "cost" loosely.

And it will be hard to break your window constantly every day while I'm in jail.

about 4 months ago


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