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Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump

i_ate_god Re:Wouldn't be an issue.. (209 comments)

not to mention the fact that a lot of this research was paid for by the tax payer. This is knowledge that Canadian citizens have a right to access

about 3 months ago

Media Player Nightingale Reaches 1.12.1; First Release Since Songbird

i_ate_god Re:update feature, and eye candy (79 comments)

On windows, your default player is Windows Media Player. It is cumbersome to use, doesn't support a wide array of formats, and it's full of content advertisement. So I install Foobar and VLC for a better experience. Or I can use XMplay for music if I want a media player that has style. My current XMplay install looks just like the old classic Winamp which is awesome.

On Gnome, your default player is Rhythmbox. Its shoutcast support, just sucks. It's never clear if its buffering, or timing out, or what. I hate it. I have not found a suitable alternative yet, but haven't tried very hard either.

On KDE, your default player is Amarok. I don't really know it well as I've only recently moved all my linux desktops onto KDE so can't comment.

about 3 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

i_ate_god Automated vehicles already exist (937 comments)

Just from memory:

Montreal Metro is driven by autopiloting with someone in the cab for door management.

Vancouver Skyline doesn't even have a driver anywhere, it's all automated.

Several airports (Orlando was the last one I went to), have automated trains/monorails to shuffle people between terminals.

Most flights you take are done almost entirely on autopilot.

So far, it seems that mass transit is increasingly automated. So why is non-mass transit any different?

about 3 months ago

"Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?

i_ate_god Re:Simple Answer... (232 comments)

What about PHP?

about 3 months ago

Panoramic Picture Taken By China's Moon Lander

i_ate_god Re:It's 2013 (125 comments)

I do, it's "hehe"

because it was kinda funny

about 4 months ago

A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

i_ate_god Re:How about GMT? (545 comments)

What's really awesome though, is being at the pub and having to set the clock back an hour while drinkiing!

about 6 months ago

Apple Announces iPad Air

i_ate_god Re:Why is iPad so much better than iPhone? (471 comments)

In what way is the iPad "middle-of-the-road" hardware?

What tablets on the market now exist that greatly exceed the ipad in the highend spectrum?

about 6 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

i_ate_god So? (655 comments)

I don't have a degree. It may be a little harder to get your foot in the door, but I've been career programmer for over 10 years now, and in those ten years I went from measly IT support droid to leading an R&D team in a major multinational.

At this point in my career, there is no point in putting education or certificates on my resume. The work experience speaks for itself. The only limitation I have now are countries that insist on a degree in order to immigrate there under some kind of "valued worker" type of program. I can't qualify for H1-B for example. But hey, why would I give up Canada to goto the US anyways?

about 6 months ago

Want To Hijack a Domain? Just Get a Fax Machine

i_ate_god Re:"hack" (162 comments)

What is the difference between injecting code into a machine to make it do what you want, and injecting an idea into a human to make the human do what you want.

about 6 months ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

i_ate_god Which Java? (577 comments)

The JVM or the language?

about 6 months ago

How The NSA Targets Tor

i_ate_god Re:Instead of an Arab Spring (234 comments)

so will this result in a theocratic christian government run by the bible belt?

about 6 months ago

Data Mining Reveals the Emotional Differences In Emails From Men and Women

i_ate_god Discuss? (100 comments)

I'm not sure I ever felt discussing, though since I'm discussing it, I guess... I am discussed.

about 6 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

i_ate_god Awful (1191 comments)

Why on earth did we spend all this money on beautiful 1920x1080 screens, AND spend so much time developing so called "responsive design" stylesheets and javascript, that we are still suck with extremely thin websites?

How on earth is this even remotely an improvement?

about 7 months ago

Crowdfunded Bounty For Hacking iPhone 5S Fingerprint Authentication

i_ate_god Re:Why bother. (148 comments)

Walmarts exist in Canada too

But then again you wouldn't expect a Canadian to do such a brazen hack. Rather the Canadian would ask the other Canadian politely if they could use their phone, then quickly hop on their moose and ride off with it.

about 6 months ago

Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

i_ate_god Re:Idea (481 comments)

> Is this like "free" healthcare where people are forced to shell out money whether they want to or not and if you don't have the money to pay, everyone else chips in more money to cover you?

Yes. Why not?

about 8 months ago

Google's Second Generation Nexus 7 Benchmarks

i_ate_god Re:Yawn ... (205 comments)

Better hardware means more interesting software...

about 8 months ago



Should post secondary education be subsidised by the government?

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  about 2 years ago

i_ate_god writes "The province of Quebec, Canada is gripped in a crisis sparked by the government's recent decision to increase tuition by over $1600 over the course of 5 years. Quebec has the lowest tuition in North America, and even after the increase, will still be one of the cheapest places to get a decent education. Is university an absolute right? Is it absolutely necessary? How far should the tax payer go to subsidise post secondary education?"

Configuration through command line or UI?

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 3 years ago

i_ate_god writes "Ask Slashdot: What do people here prefer, or what experiences have they had, when it comes to configuration of an application? Are people more comfortable using a user interface to configure an application or are they more comfortable using a command line to edit configuration files? Are there cases where one solution is better than another or should an application support both?"

Ask Slashdot: Home hard drive storage

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 3 years ago

i_ate_god (899684) writes "I download a lot of 720/1080p videos, and I also produce a lot of raw uncompressed video. I have run out of slots to put in harddrives across two computers. I need (re: want) access to my files at all times (over a network is fine), especially since I maintain a library of what I've got on the TV computer. I don't want to have swappable USB drives, I want all hard drives available all the time on my network. I'm assuming that, since it's on a network, I won't need 16,000 RPM drives and thus I'm hoping a solution exists that can be moderately quiet and/or hidden away somewhere and still keep somewhat cool. So Slashdot, what have you done?"

What are the biggest hurdles for a mars mission?

i_ate_god i_ate_god writes  |  more than 6 years ago

i_ate_god writes "Maybe I'm grossly under estimating the scope of a mission to mars, but in all honesty, what are the real hurdles that makes it so complicated? Technology wise, we've landed on the moon and have had two orbiting permanent space stations. We can take off and land on Earth and on the Moon. So whats so difficult about Mars? Go up, fly to Mars, land, go back up, fly to Earth, land. It's not as if we don't know how to do any of this. The only three hurdles I see is radiation, psychology, and how to land hundreds of tonnes of supplies properly. Are those three things really that awfully hard?"


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