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Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

imnes Re:Why always a back door (228 comments)

I believe when a judgement is rendered "without prejudice" the door is open for appeal. If a judgement is rendered "with prejudice" then it cannot be appealed.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu, Kubuntu 13.10 Unleashed

imnes ZDNet Article (143 comments)

Just me or is this a circular link?

about a year ago
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Pinch-To-Zoom Apple Patent Rejected By USPTO

imnes Re:who remembers pinch to zoom before Apple? (110 comments)

"In the example of FIG. 1B, a user 16 has gestured by placing his fingertips on the display surface and moving them in an outwardly separating manner. As discussed in greater detail below, this particular gesture 17 is associated with a zoom-in command. When the computer 126 performs a zoom-in command, it directs the projector to provide 128 a closer, more detailed view of the displayed imagery. "


From the linked patent application http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,724,242.PN.&OS=PN/7,724,242&RS=PN/7,724,242

about a year ago
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Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

imnes Vetted Examples (418 comments)

With documentation you usually just get an API reference, and maybe a simple example. With community sites like Stack Overflow you get vetted examples and best practices from real world users. It's almost always more helpful than just a static reference.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making Side-Money As a Programmer?

imnes Get a Raise (257 comments)

Ask for a raise at work, and continue your open source contributions on the weekend?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

imnes CS Degree does not equal marketable job skills (347 comments)

the thought of wasting two more years, getting left in the dust, and becoming irrelevant has me horrified.

Get a junior / intern position doing the work you want while you finish school. That way you get some money (hopefully), keep your skills fresh and gain work experience. Then when you graduate in a few years you have a degree and some experience, you can go for more mid-level positions.

about a year and a half ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

imnes IE7 (2254 comments)

Unfortunately we're forced to use IE7 at work. The only way to make the new site readable is to add the site to 'Restricted Sites', so that the JS etc does not work. Then it's even uglier, but readable :) Otherwise, the content is squished to about the right 10% of the screen, and overlayed with some side bar... I hate IE7, so feel free to not fix this, I'll just continue to use it this way until we get upgraded at work.

more than 3 years ago
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Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

imnes Ubuntu and Dell (600 comments)

What I've found the least hassle is to buy Dell hardware (I usually go for in-warranty used equipment from reputable eBays resellers), and run the latest LTS version of Ubuntu (currently 10.04). For instances when they need to run something that is windows only I first try the 'wine' emulator, and if that fails I resort to a licensed windows install on virtualbox running on an ubuntu server (this is usually to support some windows only hardware, like shared printers, etc.). Been working great so far with several small businesses now running on this setup.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave

imnes Re:Reminds me of XFree86 vs XOrg (589 comments)

Doesn't IBM already maintain their own fork? Maybe we'll start seeing some of the business oriented distro's such as RedHat and Novell bundling Lotus Symphony.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave

imnes Re:Would it kill the submitters (589 comments)

That's true. A lot of corporate IT projects spend a ton of money using Oracle to power applications for a few hundred or thousand users. MySQL costs nothing and is more appropriate for larger projects Facebook hosting hundreds of millions of users.

more than 3 years ago
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Data Locking In a Web Application?

imnes Verify Original Values Didn't Change (283 comments)

You can use a WHERE condition along with your UPDATE and DELETE statements to verify that the data hasn't been changed by another user before writing your changes, and if it does show some error message or otherwise handle it in some way that makes sense for your app. An interaction may look like this:

1. User selects a row to edit. Application pulls all the columns for that row and stores them into the users session.
2. User makes modifications to some fields and submits back to the server.
3. Server issues an UPDATE statement and includes all the original column values in the WHERE clause to only update the record if nobody else has modified it since we started.

SELECT id, color, name, description FROM vehicle WHERE id = '100'

id = 100
color = 'red'
name = 'kia'
description = 'cheap'

User changes the color to 'blue' and saves changes, the app might do something like:

UPDATE vehicle SET color='blue' WHERE id=100 AND color='red' AND name='kia' AND description='cheap'

If anyone else modified a field in the row the update would fail and you can handle it however you like.

about 5 years ago
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Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

imnes Re:Its not rocket surgery... (865 comments)

I would also add - get your workout in during your lunch break. If you get an hour for lunch, spend 30-45 minutes working out, should leave time to eat lunch before returning to your desk. If you don't have a gym close to your work, bring a change of clothes and take a jog / walk every day. Nobody has extra time to workout you just have to fit it in where you can.

more than 5 years ago
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Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

imnes Re:Its not rocket surgery... (865 comments)

This little gadget has helped me: http://www.bodybugg.com/ Keeps accurate track of calories burned throughout the day, all day every day. Keep track of food you eat, you know exactly how many calories you took in. This device will show you what you burn just sitting around at work all day. You can adjust your calories-in, and exercise, to get to the deficit you need to lose weight. After a few months I can even see trends in how many calories I burn eating 6-7 small meals vs 2-3 large meals a day, the smaller meals really do seem to boost your metabolism. Good luck.

more than 5 years ago
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What Free IDE Do You Use?

imnes NetBeans (1055 comments)

NetBeans. It's had good support for C/C++ development for a long time. We use Eclipse and NetBeans at work and NetBeans is actually the more well behaved / light weight of the two. I have had netbeans running for about 3 days without closing it, working on a J2EE project and the IDE is consuming all of about 87mb of ram.

more than 5 years ago
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YouTube Must Give All User Histories To Viacom

imnes Re:No matter who wins, it's us that are screwed? (778 comments)

This is how google runs all of its services. Seems they want to become the warehouse for all the information on the net. By storing all data infinitely they can come up with new ways to mine / use that data in the future, not rely just on what stats they can derive today. And the more data they have the more valuable they are (ex to advertisers).

GMail was setup specificially this way - they give you all the storage you could need and build the service around the idea that you will never delete anything. As you filter out spam they get a better idea of the email you are actually interested in and can further target ads to you.

more than 6 years ago

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The Malware That Duped Target Has Been Found

imnes imnes writes  |  about 8 months ago

imnes (605429) writes ""The malicious program used to compromise Target and other companies was part of a widespread operation using a Trojan tool known as Trojan.POSRAM, according to a new report released Thursday about an operation that investigators have dubbed Kaptoxa.""
Link to Original Source
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Google Network Trouble

imnes imnes writes  |  more than 5 years ago

imnes (605429) writes "Reports starting to come in about widespread network trouble today, mostly visible on sites owned by Google.

According to cnet news

Many people found Google's search site was extremely slow or inaccessible... Two network routes involving NTT, a Japanese telecommunications giant, are showing significant packet loss on connections to Qwest and Verizon.

General network issues or is something sinister taking away the Google?"

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