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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

iliketrash Use Ada (664 comments)

"How can users protect themselves from sometimes life endangering software bugs?"

Use Ada.

about 8 months ago
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Google Chrome 32 Is Out: Noisy Tabs Indicators, Supervised Users

iliketrash Why does anyone use this spyware? (141 comments)

Do any Slashdot readers use this spyware, and if so, why?

about 9 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

iliketrash YABL (159 comments)

Yet Another Brace Language

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

iliketrash Flamebait (223 comments)

Why are you such a Linux retard? You're killing yourself creatively by asking for this kind of of software for Linux. If you really want to explore your musical creativity you need to get the hell off such a limited platform. OS X and probably Windows platforms are far, far better as far as choices in this field. Yea, there is Adaucity which you're already found is a piece of crap, or would have discovered had you not limited your world to Linux. And Ardour—nice work, but that's about it. Do yourself a favor and let your creativity flow by looking outside the extremely limited options offered by Linux.

about a year ago
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KDE Releases Calligra 2.7

iliketrash Calligra web site is uninformative (30 comments)

The Calligra web site is incredibly bad—there is almost no information about any of the programs, just a few superficial paragraphs. Just awful, an embarrassment to the development team, I'm sure.

This is an example of the "airport signs" problem: The people who build the airport already know how to get around the airport and so the signs that they put up are not helpful to those who rarely visit the airport.

On another crappy note, the link to the OS X installer just goes 404.

Oh well.

about a year ago
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Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

iliketrash Then three days later, it's back to normal (173 comments)

Right. Then the person gets back from his/her happy little camping trip and back into his/her normal life and three days later he/she is back on the same stupid schedule. I've done this many times and camping is not necessary—any outside influence that causes one to rise earlier will do. I didn't read the article but it sounds really stupid to me, so I won't.

about a year ago
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Fidus Writer: Open Source Collaborative Editor For Non-Geek Academics

iliketrash Re:Google Docs CAN DO LaTEX (160 comments)

Well, this does look interesting. I played with it for 15 minutes and: I can't think of anything worse than writing anything of any significant length inside a browser. This bypasses all of the hard work that my OS provider (Apple) has spent for decades polishing a decent user interface. As far as I can tell, everything has to be done using the mouse/trackpad—no keystroke shortcuts.

Also, compiling even the short sample document is excruciatingly slow. There is an option to use my local TeXLive installation but the radio button to select it was disabled. If one really wants an easier-to-use LaTeX editor, there are free ones that also provide one with menu-selectable math items.

about a year ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

iliketrash My biggest fear: C (641 comments)

"What's your biggest fear?"

C

about a year ago
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Mozilla Launches Initiative To Adapt Scientific Practice To the Open Web

iliketrash Scientists did not create the web (28 comments)

"Scientists created the web"

No—_engineers_ created the web.

about a year ago
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One Week With GNOME 3 Classic

iliketrash Why doesn't Linux use sub-pixel rendering on text? (169 comments)

The screen shots from https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Tour show that this interface is not using sub-pixel font rendering. I have noticed this on most if not all other Linux-type screen shots. Apparently the favored font rendering method on Linux is the old-fashioned "treat every pixel as some shade between the font color and the background color". The characters so rendered are substantially less well-formed and harder to read. And this surely isn't a matter of intellectual property: https://www.grc.com/cleartype.htm.

about a year ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

iliketrash Woohoo! Multiple windows side by side! (800 comments)

"It'll also be possible to have multiple windows from a single app so that, for example, two browser windows can be opened side-by-side."

WFT? Is this for real? Was this not possible before? Surely the implication of this statement that this was not possible before is wrong.

about a year ago
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Dao, a New Programming Language Supporting Advanced Features With Small Runtime

iliketrash YABL (404 comments)

YABL. Come on, people, really?

Unsafe arrays.

Forced-indexing into arrays.

Not interested.

about a year ago
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Qt 5.1 Adds Android and iOS Support

iliketrash Re:Lots of great new stuff! (81 comments)

This is the best comment on this entire page. LOL.

about a year and a half ago
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Schneier: The Internet Is a Surveillance State

iliketrash Delete your cookies (333 comments)

It's my understanding that tracking is done by cookies. I delete all cookies 2-3 times a day, and always after logging out of Google (which I rarely log in to) and Facebook. The only downside is that I have to log in to again to certain sites but that is easy because of OS X's built-in password manager.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Code.org Too Soulless To Make an Impact?

iliketrash But Al Gore invented coding (384 comments)

Al Gore may be a politician, but after all, he did invent coding.

about a year and a half ago
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New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Attorneys

iliketrash US tramples property rights again (196 comments)

The United States government tramples property rights yet again. Slashdotters love it.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Could Earn Billions From Office For iOS

iliketrash Microsoft Office as "productivity software" LOL (188 comments)

Calling Microsoft Office "productivity software" is hilarious. I know we've all spent hours trying to do the simplest things with Office. I recently spent nine hours including querying a forum and Googling trying to figure out how to get Word to number equations. Nine hours, and all I got was a clumsy work-around. And I know this is the "right answer" and that I didn't miss something.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

iliketrash Strong typing (457 comments)

Strong typing. LOL

about 2 years ago
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Why Google Hired Ray Kurzweil

iliketrash Awesome post (117 comments)

OK--this is probably the stupidest and worst-informed /. post I have ever seen.

about 2 years ago

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"Uncalibrated touch-screen" votes Chicago-style

iliketrash iliketrash writes  |  2 days ago

iliketrash (624051) writes "A touch-screen voting machine in Chicago suburb Schaumburg has been found to repeatedly convert votes for several Republican candidates into votes for their Democrat counterparts. The problem has been blamed on a "calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine.” Of course, Chicago has long been notorious for voting hijinks, mostly of the Democrat flavor.

Do touch-screens need such a gross calibration, or for that matter, any calibration at all? If so, what are the chances that an uncalibrated screen would reliably convert all or several votes for one party into votes for the other party?"

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Global Warming or Recedin Crust? Tiny Island Gone.

iliketrash iliketrash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

iliketrash (624051) writes "These articles announce the disappearance of tiny New Moore Island (aka South Talpatti) under the waters of the Bay of Bengal. An expert blames it on rising sea level due to global warming. Could be. But consider that the island is said to have once reached 2 meters above sea level. Sea levels are said (by the same expert) to have risen 5 mm/year since 2000 and 3 mm/year before that. That means that the island's elevation was mapped 650 years ago, in 1360, a tenuous claim at best. Also consider that volcanic activity and plate tectonics are constantly make new and higher mountains. Unless matter is being created out of nothing, the material making up new mountains has to come from somewhere, which means that the earth's crust has to be falling someplace, possibly many places.

This story appears to be appearing in various media as solid evidence of global warming. But isn't is possible that the Bay of Bengal is sinking? Or that the sea level is rising at the same time? It seems to me that uncritical analysis of data which "obviously" supports a foregone conclusion is the hallmark of groupthink.

[Editor: I can't figure out how to set links to the two articles referenced by "These articles." The links are: ]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8584665.stm
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/new-moore-island-disappea_n_511162.html"
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PLplot notes its 10,000th commit

iliketrash iliketrash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iliketrash (624051) writes "From the PLplot development team is the announcement of their 10,000th commit: PLplot is a cross-platform software package for creating scientific plots that has been in continuous development since its inception 17 years ago. On May 23, 2009 the PLplot developers quietly celebrated our ten thousandth commit since our initial software repository was populated back in May 1992. This longevity puts PLplot in some select company amongst open-source software projects. We may even be unique within this group because all PLplot development has been done by volunteers in their spare time. The enthusiasm for PLplot development continues; we have averaged more than 100 commits per month over the last year which is double our 17-year average, and we are looking forward to the celebration of our next ten thousand commits!"
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Remote home monitoring

iliketrash iliketrash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iliketrash writes "I plan to be away from my home for a few weeks in the near future (address not included) and would like to provide a bit of in-home monitoring while I'm away. Presumably I will continue to continue to use it after I return. I would like to be able to perform monitoring from a remote web browser with no special features (Internet cafe or a laptop). I can dedicate an old laptop (OS X, FWIW) to the in-home task. Note that the laptop can run Apache (since Apple provides it with every computer). I would like one or two low-frame-rate cameras or, better, motion-activated cameras. Also, I have an aging air conditioning (cooling) system and given that the daily high temperatures in my area of the U.S. can easily reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit, I would like to be able to monitor indoor temperature. There is a secondary situation where I would like to be able to monitor a particular aspect of part of the AC unit which could be accomplished by a video camera if it responded to heat i.e. infrared. (I understand that IR response is common in some video cameras). I have a home WiFi net that could be useful for connecting to the local computer. Of course, I would like it to be cheap. Are there any inexpensive sensors of these types, preferably WiFi enabled, that can be read by a remote web browser?"

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