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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

hooiberg In the name of the dog. (191 comments)

It is better to have a good password written down somewhere, than using the name of your dog and knowing it by hard.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

hooiberg How serious? (234 comments)

There are two possible levels: One is to look up at the night sky, and identify what you see, and be able to tell fascinating facts about it to your children and and wife. Another level is to sit down at a desk and to do the computations.

For the first, you need a telescope and the internet.

For the second, you will first need to keep you math up to scratch, and then look what area you want to look into. Stellar evolution (small things) or Cosmology (big things). For Stellar evolution, you will need quantum mechanics (although not too much), for cosmology, you will need general relativity (quite a lot of it). Knowledge about this can be obtained through text books.

Either way, good luck!

about a week ago
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

hooiberg A Big Compliment! (82 comments)

When countries like China (and North Korea, Middle Eastern countries, etc) start blocking something, it is a clear indication the authors have been doing a very good job. Better than a hundred reviews. I will switch to duckduckgo today.

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

hooiberg Re:They can do what they want... (474 comments)

You had a golden opportunity to use the classic quote: "They can take away our lives, but they can never take away our whisky!"

about two weeks ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

hooiberg News for nerds (165 comments)

While the IS stuff is rather a hot news item, I do not agree that slashdot is really the place for it. One of the reasons I look at Slashdot is to get a nice newsfeed without 5 items per day about wild muslims.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

hooiberg Re:The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

According to sales, you do not want to flaunt knowledge that is not fashionable, almost as if it is something you have to be ashamed of. I have a rather heavy simulation program that worked fairly well, and we prepare to get it to run in parallel on a cluster. Marketing asked whether we could also makes a version that runs on apple deviced... Really... That was the moment when I decided I had to go.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

hooiberg Re:The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

The sales droid suffered from a severe case of buzzworditis. The company contracted me as a scientific programmer, which I am, but tried to get me to learn Java, and similar, and building GUIs. There was a misunderstanding between 'technical' and 'scientific' and sales people did not understand the difference. The term 'simulation' refered to simulation of machines, with SCADA interfaces etc, and not the simulation of physical processes, such as CFD. Not only did I not like that, I was also bad at it. My current employer suits me perfectly, though. :-)

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

hooiberg The same as with Fortran (270 comments)

I have been making a living by coding in Fortran for the past 5 years. An interesting conversation between the detachment company I worked for and one of its potential clients:

client: Do you have anybody who writes Fortran?
employer: Sorry, that is too old, we do not do anything with that.
client: But one of your employees (me) has on his linked in profile that he is a Fortran programmer
employer: he must have forgotten to update it, but we will have a look
client: please do.

And a month later I was working at the client. had a really cool time for ten months. All you have to do is present clearly that you are skilled at it, because otherwise everybody will think you have made a mistake.

about two weeks ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

hooiberg Vote (292 comments)

With your wallet. Buying multiplayer games is not mandatory in these enlightened days. Feel free to, as lucm's sailor said it, give it a wide berth.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

hooiberg Re:It should be (364 comments)

I guess a passenger using a phone is never a problem. I suppose this is only for the driver.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

hooiberg Re:It should be (364 comments)

Why not both?

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hooiberg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Killing people because they have a different religion can freely be considered extremism.

about three weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

hooiberg Re:news for nerds? (215 comments)

Then who was it waving black flags with white arabic on it, throwing eggs at the police?

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hooiberg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

It is an educated guess, based on solid data. How this data extrapolated to other muslims is unclear, hence the 'guess'-part

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hooiberg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Here the muslims protest waving ISIS banners and shouting the Dutch equivalent of 'all cancer jews must die'. So much for peace rallies... This is considered within OK by the government, because 'Freedom of Speech'... I guess having the military police shoot them apart will only heat matters further. It is much easier to say 'Islam is peaceful', and 'these individuals are just misguided'... We will see where it leads.

about three weeks ago
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Mushroom-Like Deep Sea Organism May Be New Branch of Life

hooiberg to quote Conway Morris (64 comments)

"Oh fuck, not another phylum!"

about three weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

hooiberg Re:The biggest risk to the pyramids is Islam (246 comments)

Even though the vast majority of muslims do not rape and plunder and murder, a recent poll suggested that three quarters of muslims approve of what muslims extremists are doing. Muslims who go on jihad-holiday are considered heroes by many muslims. It is a bit like in the second world war. Somebody else makes his hands dirty 'und wir haben es nicht gewuest'.

about three weeks ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

hooiberg Re:No, no, no (108 comments)

Oh, come'on. Nothing about this thread is serious. ;-) (Although admittedly it would be cool to have dodos again.)

about a month ago

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Suggestion for a poll; depth of inheritance trees

hooiberg hooiberg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hooiberg (1789158) writes "What is your preferred maximum inheritance depth in object oriented programs?

One
Two
Three
Four
Five
As deep as the amount of bullets in Cowboy Neal's six shooter.
Seven
As deep as possibly. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to read!"

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