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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

jaymz2k4 I gave up and used a tablet (134 comments)

I tried making use of a kindle for reading papers but in the end found the experience too clunky and cumbersome - especially with dual column PDFs. Instead I've ended up using a 7 inch tablet (nexus 7 in my case) and a good PDF reader (settled on ezPDF reader). My kindle wasn't touch enabled so that may have been part of it, but even then I found it easier and more reliable to load and annotate the PDF in a good reader on a tablet.

about 9 months ago
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KDE 4.10 Released, the Fastest KDE Ever

jaymz2k4 This feels like what 4.0 was meant to be (184 comments)

I was a big time fan of KDE2/3. The 4.0 release was far too rushed and eventually made me switch entirely to Fluxbox, which these days I've replaced with XCFE. I can't imagine switching back now but the change list and features in this 4.10 series make KDE a much more viable alternative to other WMs now. I feel a bit sorry for the KDE developers - I got the impression there was a sea-change in the project with the 4.x branch that they've had to slog uphill to overcome.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?

jaymz2k4 there's a lot of FOSS options (316 comments)

Have a look at this post from Sebastian Delmont on google plus. I found an excellent eye-opener to whats out there related to GIS tech that you can "roll on your own". If you are doing simply radial distance calculations than as mentioned the Haversine forumula is your friend. I added a radial search to a dealer locator for an online store in under a day with some python and a bit of time to geocode and cache all the address data via google.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Pulls Plug On Programming For the Masses

jaymz2k4 Where is the need... (236 comments)

Democratizing app building, empowering kids, women, and underrepresented groups

I said this when it came out and I'll say it again - where is the real demand for this from these people the author is quoting? I've yet to come across someone itching to create apps but with no desire to learn development. Those people who do want/think they want/have a need for an app have just zero interest in spending the (however small) effort doing it themselves and prefer to lean on techy friends.

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs

jaymz2k4 folding@home etc (403 comments)

With all that computation power being used I can't help but think about projects like Folding@Home and think it's a bit wasted on the sort of margins you'd be getting back - even at the optimistic high end (which don't factor in power costs).

more than 3 years ago
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Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change

jaymz2k4 We got in at a good time (527 comments)

I can't help but feel lucky to have met computers back in the 80's and to have spent my time using something "simple" like the C64 with BASIC and then moving up to PC's learning various languages and growing my interest more and more to then eventually be sat a linux workstation coding in Python for a living. Many of the ids I know through family no longer look at computers with the same sparkly or excitement of those early days.

I feel incredibly lucky to have got in at a point where I could experience relatively low spec & power computing and see it progress to the state it is today. I get the feeling that a lot of people getting into computers these days as kids don't get that sort of exposure and so don't get so bonded to learning about them. There was a good chance you could understand the schematic of a C64. Look at a die of a modern i7 and it's more modern art than anything that's going to make sense to a kid.

I definitely feel that in some way we lucked out in getting to experience computing the past 30 years.

more than 3 years ago
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Google's Schmidt Says He 'Screwed Up' On Social Networking

jaymz2k4 Direct link (252 comments)

The posted url now 410's. here's a link to the article on PC mag and the wired source too...

more than 3 years ago
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JavaScript Creator Talks About the Future

jaymz2k4 Most important of all? (305 comments)

possibly the most important of all the languages at this point in time

Not so sure I'd agree with that summary - I don't doubt the importance of JavaScript to the modern internet but I'd be more inclined to consider the C's of this world as the main foundation of the industry.

more than 3 years ago
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Can't Get a Real Girlfriend? Get a "Cloud" Girlfriend

jaymz2k4 419er Opportunity surely (250 comments)

the app has no intention of using fake Facebook profiles. Instead, a real woman will communicate with you through your cloud girlfriend's profile

Even if users know that the cloud profile is a fake I'm willing to bet that if there's real women behind the profiles (and people will know this given that's what the CEO has just said) someone is gonna end up getting taken in and their bank account drained. Which is kinda sad. In fact the very notion of this "service" making anyone happy astounds me.

more than 3 years ago
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Can You Really Be Traced From an IP Address?

jaymz2k4 reverse dns + office workers = trouble (246 comments)

I'm often having to remind users in the office that a simple reverse lookup on our IP and there's the company name sat right there, a few clicks and you've got the building address. Go onto linked in and you've probably got half the employees full names. A lot of people forget just how much information you can get from work IP's. It's not CSI style VB GUI interface level but if you're about to go make some stupid edits on wikipedia don't do it from your office connection.

more than 3 years ago
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Does Android Have a Linux Copyright Problem?

jaymz2k4 Copyright is complex (292 comments)

And this just goes to show just how hard it is for even the best minds in the industry to grasp.

more than 3 years ago
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Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

jaymz2k4 misleading headline (464 comments)

The guy sounds a complete douche but I'm not so sure posting a status update could be considered the same thing as "tried to hire a hitman". It sounds more like the usual passive aggressive comments shared between friends without realising that the police will take it completely seriously and charge you with it. The lesson is, as is ever more clear each day, expect your social network trawled for evidence if you're ever in trouble and take heed of privacy settings. I wonder what would have been made of it had his status update been completely locked to friends only?

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

jaymz2k4 Re:Surprised they weren't doing *any* filtering (573 comments)

Isn't losing an entire willing bomber + explosives with no target fatalities a much bigger cost loss then? You'd think they would've forseen this sort of thing. Someone needs to draw some use-case diagrams I think.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

jaymz2k4 Surprised they weren't doing *any* filtering (573 comments)

It seems rather dangerous to have it set off with any incoming SMS. You'd think they could've invested in the time to hook it to at least only respond to a particular number.

more than 3 years ago
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Third of Content On Popular BT Portals Are Fake

jaymz2k4 Not just bittorrent - alt.binaries too (255 comments)

I've become so used to the alt.binaries being polluted with either passworded inner-rars or corrupt/scrambled files that I'm now used to just grabbing the first couple of rar's and extracting them just to make sure. I'm not too surprised to hear this. What does surprise me a little is the amount of people that continue seeding this crap on BT. Do they not open the damn files as they come down? If only for a cursory glance to confirm.

more than 3 years ago
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W3C Says Don't Use HTML5 Yet

jaymz2k4 More evidence of the W3C's increasing irrelevance (205 comments)

When the draft spec for a technology that moves so fast and has so much widespread adoption is still deemed several years off I don't know how anyone can take their recommendations seriously. We're already at a level of fairly good interoperability amongst the core browser engines for the base features we need. If developers and designers took any notice of this then we'd probably all be still building sites with tables.

more than 4 years ago
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Should Developers Have Access To Production?

jaymz2k4 Depends on the size of your organization (402 comments)

If you are a small software shop then I can see reasons for allowing your small technical staff to have access to production. It's all well and good saying that only the admin of that server should have access and there's a full rollout procedure in place to be followed only on certain days, certain times; but even when I've seen that sort of structure in place there are times when it's useful for the developers to have access to production. Nothing is perfect and we'd all love to have multitude's of staging servers, replicating the typical load and uses of production but for a hell of a lot of (non critical I'd add) systems that just doesn't happen.

There simply is no one rule fits all. Sometimes I wish we had extremely rigorous rules & regulations in place - I'd probably get to go home a hell of a lot earlier. I'm not suggesting you start chucking exceptions all over your checkout code on live but I think you should asses your own situation (and staff for that matter).

more than 4 years ago
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Oracle's Java Company Change Breaks Eclipse

jaymz2k4 Reminds me of some windows progs back in the day (397 comments)

I can remember trying to install programs to D:\ rather than C:\ - That caused no end of problems due to developers hard coding in and just assuming that windows and themselves would be installed on the conventional C: That anyone would ever use any other drive letter didn't seem to occur to them. If I remember correctly this happened to me with a version of matlab (or something in that family).

more than 4 years ago
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LHC To Idle All Accelerators In 2012

jaymz2k4 Not sure what to make of the LHC so far (117 comments)

It might be essential but it saddens me a bit how much of a let down the LHC has been. Fermliab however has been a real story of inspiration. I hope we see results from Geneva in the future but so far it's not exactly been inspiring stuff and this decision to shut down everything sounds a bit OTT.

more than 4 years ago

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