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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

jez9999 Re:Yes, Humans can culture too.... (696 comments)

Yes TNG had poker. Riker was into jazz, but who else?

Sisko played baseball (at one point all of the DS9 crew did, worse episode ever in my opinion) and Bashir/O'Brien played racketball and tennis.

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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

jez9999 Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (811 comments)

gets both larger, (higher BMI, greater average height), and older, (aging population). Something's gotta give.

Maybe ?

about a week ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

jez9999 Re:Compatibility (185 comments)

For a simple example that Writer is not fit for businesses: it cannot properly handle even basic tasks such as working with templates.

Don't foget macros. I've been switching over to LibreOffice and this is probably the single biggest issue i have. Word has a nice built-in IDE for creating VBA macros, and LibreOffice has fuck all. Its IDE has no IntellSense equivalent, and figuring out how to code in it is very difficult. As for coding in other languages, they all seem to require a Java Runtime Environment for some strange reason.

about a week ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

jez9999 Re:The problem, as always... (329 comments)

"Boys fall in love with computers as machines; girls see them as tools to do something else," said Barbara Ericson, a senior research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology who tracks the AP exam.

What does this have to do with self-confidence? This is women approaching computers from a different perspective (on average).

"Then girls think, Ãfmaybe I don't belong because I don't love them like the boys do.Ãf(TM)"

And they'd be right. Why do they belong at a company passionate about technology if they aren't passionate about technology? They don't belong there any more than I belong in a doctor's surgery as anything but a patient - I'm not passionate about healthcare and didn't take exams to become a qualified doctor.

about three weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

jez9999 Re:None (260 comments)

Yup, I have no need for home Wifi, but then I don't have a laptop. Just a wired desktop. Quaint in this day and age.

about three weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

jez9999 Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Number of birds OR humans killed by nuclear power? More like "thanks you ignorant greenies", who are ironically the ones probably complaining about this solar plant.

about three weeks ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

jez9999 This is great news (133 comments)

I've been looking for ways to reduce my time actively playing Farmville for a while now.

about a month ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

jez9999 Re:My 0.02 (457 comments)

Unfortunately that doesn't quite work either - look at the Twitter trolls, who spew forth such abuse that several high-profile twitter users cancelled their accounts.

I don't get this - doesn't Twitter allow you to just totally ignore users? Or maybe even only pay attention to users on a whitelist basis? If not, why not use social networking services that do? I don't really see how trolls could defeat that mechanism.

about a month ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

jez9999 Re:And life goes on (235 comments)

I'd quite like to lose the spammers too.

about a month ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

jez9999 What's the point? (93 comments)

I don't get the point in these super-super-fast speeds over copper. In the UK right now we're aiming for FTTC which leads to speeds of 20Mbps - 50Mbps. 50Mbps should be enough for anyone. :-)

about a month ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

jez9999 Re:Chess (274 comments)

Nope, if both sides play pretty much perfectly they'll always draw, I think.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

jez9999 Re:Constantly surprised at the reactions (561 comments)

On the other hand, there is a definite shortage of women CS and engineering grads

There is only a "shortage" if you assume the numbers should be 50/50. Have you considered that there may be real differences between male and female brains that make men and women just want to go down different lines of work, and men are more likely to be interested in those subjects? Factor that in and the numbers may be perfectly alright.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

jez9999 Re:Remediating American's Victimization of Indians (561 comments)

The experience was fantastic. after a single-level phone tree, the phone was answered on the second ring by a very nice man in india who answered all my questions. it turned out i had a technical problem rather than a licensing problem, so he connected me with another very nice indian man who solved my problem within 5 minutes.

Did the "MS technical department" ask you to install Ammyy Admin on your machine? If so, you may have a bigger problem than you thought...

about a month ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

jez9999 Re:not big in UK (120 comments)

I used to be entirely pro-nuclear on a scientific basis. Now I see how humans behave in practice when it comes to the trade-off between safety and profit/reputation. I see how much nuclear power is really reverse Hollywood accounting, where you hide how much of the real cost is borne by government. And I would prefer a transition from fossil directly to renewable

And could you explain how your "renewables" will be significantly cheaper than nuclear? Or not take up shitloads of space for the same amount of power generation? Or generate a significant baseload of electricity as the wind and sunlight fluctuate?

about a month ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

jez9999 Re:What it take? Stick in heart? (336 comments)

Microsoft just needs to make an OS that delivers what end-users actually want, with a solid XP emulator so people can continue to run their mission-critical stuff that still requires it.

They could call it something like "Windows 7 with Windows Virtual PC".

about a month and a half ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jez9999 Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (288 comments)

If it were, why is no-one doing it and making a fortune?

Opposition from the greens, and lazy people who buy into their BS?

about a month and a half ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

jez9999 Re:Hipsterism at its finest (worst?) (288 comments)

And they tend to oppose nucelar power which is our best way of actually getting enough "clean energy" for modern society.

about a month and a half ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

jez9999 Re:As We Speak (296 comments)

Actually, it would be more like "va te faire foutre". :-)

about a month and a half ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

jez9999 Re:Hypothetical (962 comments)

But we aren't talking about those issues right here in this post. We're talking about women right now, so let's stick to the topic.

No, because it's a fucking stupid topic.

Why should we only care about women getting insulted online? That's sexist. If you wanna talk about anyone getting insulted/trolled online, fine, but why should we listen to this sexist BS as if women have it worse "in the gaming world" than men? They don't.

It's a bit like campaigning about female genital mutilation. Why don't people campaign against all infant genital mutilation? Similarly, it's because Western culture seems to value girls and women's bodily integrity more than that of men and boys. I don't think it's unreasonable for us to get over that sexism. And if we can't, we should just go back to traditional gender roles because we can't get the equality thing right.

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

jez9999 Re:Let's draw a distinction here... (962 comments)

In fact, the article seems to be mostly about women (largely in the gaming press) interacting with the still-all-too-ugly disposition of the anonymous hoards of gaming fans that interact with them

Exactly. This entire article is basically along the lines of "I'm a woman, and I have received some very nasty insulting text via means of email, Twitter, or whatever. Some of it used terms that could only be directed at females." Look, these women need to learn how to ignore non-credible rape and assault threats. Does anyone have a single example of one such woman actually being raped or assaulted by an internet troll, you know, in real life?

The only way to deal with this is absolute zero tolerance policies, at least on forums (literal or otherwise) that you have any control over.

No, the way to deal with it is to teach these women how to ignore people on the internet and/or grow a thicker skin. I learnt pretty quickly - the hard way - to ignore people who were acting like dicks on the internet, within a year of starting to use it. I mastered that pretty well. These women don't seem to want to bother with that. By all means, give people the power to easily ignore someone (I'm sure it already exists on most services) but I wouldn't go down the "zero tolerance" route. Who's going to be deciding what's unacceptable speech? Feminists and social justice warriors, and ANY criticism of them they decide they don't like will be collateral damage of this aggressive censorship. People need to learn to get over things.

And for fuck's sake Slashdot, stop equating internet trolling to credible "daily harrassment of woman" - that makes it sound a lot more serious than it really is.

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Is HTTPS snooping becoming more acceptable?

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  about 2 years ago

jez9999 writes "I recently worked for a relatively large company that imposed so-called transparent HTTPS proxying on their network. In practice, what this means is that they allow you to use HTTPS through their network, but it must be proxied through their server and their server must be trusted as a root CA. They were using the Cisco IronPort device to do this. The "transparency" seems to come from the fact that they tend to install their root CA into Internet Explorer's certificate store, so IE won't actually warn you that your HTTPS traffic may be being snooped on (nor will any other browser that uses IE's cert store, like Chrome). Is this a reasonable policy? Is it worth leaving a job over? Should it even be legal? It seems to me rather mad to go to huge effort to create a secure channel of communication for important data like online banking, transactions, and passwords, and then to just effectively hand over the keys to your employer. Or am I overreacting?"
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Ask Slashdot: Transparent HTTPS proxying - acceptable or abominable?

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jez9999 writes "I recently worked for a relatively large company that imposed so-called transparent HTTPS proxying on their network. In practice, what this means is that they allow you to use HTTPS through their network, but it must be proxied through their server and their server must be trusted as a root CA. They were using the Cisco IronPort device to do this. The "transparency" seems to come from the fact that they tend to install their root CA into Internet Explorer's certificate store, so IE won't actually warn you that your HTTPS traffic may be being snooped on (nor will any other browser that uses IE's cert store, like Chrome). Is this a reasonable policy? Is it worth leaving a job over? Should it even be legal? It seems to me rather mad to go to huge effort to create a secure channel of communication for important data like online banking, transactions, and passwords, and then to just effectively hand over the keys to your employer. Or am I overreacting?"
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The ISP that pledges to put your privacy first

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy by launching a non-profit ISP that would do everything it could to protect users' privacy via mobile connections, and landline connections from $20 a month.

The ISP would try to challenge any orders from the government for data disclosure that were questionable in court; that is, if they even have the capability to release the private information requested. "The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying" with requests from the FBI for stored e-mail and similar demands, Merrill says."

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Home automation comes one step closer

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "When Bill Gates unveiled his $100m networked mansion in the mid-90s, it barely seemed believable that mere plebs of more moderate financial standing might too one day use computers to adjust the ambient temperature of their living rooms and queue Chris Rea on the Jacuzzi stereo when they were driving home from the golf course. We still can't. But we are getting very close, thanks to technology from a company called Intamac, says one Inquirer article."
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Scientists show off 'acoustic cloak' blueprint

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "A Spanish team of scientists have unveiled designs for an 'acoustic cloak'. The technology, outlined in the New Journal of Physics, could be used to build sound-proof homes, advanced concert halls or stealth warships.

The cloak uses so-called "sonic crystals". These artificial composites — also known as "meta-materials" — can be engineered to produce specific acoustical effects.

Noisy neighbours could be a thing of the past, if you have enough money to afford this!"
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Giant trees proposed to clear excess CO2

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "Wallace Broecker, the scientist who coined the term "global warming" in the 1970s, has proposed a radical solution to the problem of climate change. He advocated millions of "carbon scrubbers" — giant artificial trees to pull CO2 from the air. He did, however, admit that such a project faced an uphill struggle, as the political will to implement it would likely be lacking."
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UK considers harsh punishment of music downloads

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "The UK government is considering banning people who they detect illegally downloading copyrighted music and movies from using the internet. They would require ISPs to try and detect, and then report, such activity to them.

The system would operate under a 'three strikes' rule, where users are twice warned, and then banned on the third infringement, from accessing the internet."
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UK Professor argues for teaching of creationism

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "Head of science at London's Institute of Education Professor Michael Reiss argues that there is an educational value in comparing creationist ideas with scientific theories like Darwin's theory of evolution because they demonstrate how science, unlike religious beliefs, can be tested. He said: "The number of Muslim students has grown considerably in the last 10 to 20 years and a higher proportion of Muslim families do not accept evolutionary theory compared with Christian families. "That's one reason why it's more of an issue in [UK] schools." "By not dismissing their beliefs, we can ensure that these students learn what evolutionary theory really says — and give everyone the understanding to respect the views of others," he added."
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UK Lords committee blasts 'e-crime'

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "A House of Lords report says that the government must do more to protect internet users from the threat of 'e-crime'.

The report claims that the internet is now "the playground of criminals", and that UK internet users are now more scared of internet crime than burglary. It suggests a wide range of security measures that the government should take to increase the confidence of internet users, including making 'software firms' (BBC Radio 5 Live used the term 'ISPs') compensate users for 'e-fraud'."

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Bible-based actionfigures set to hit US toy market

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jez9999 (618189) writes "From the middle of August, Wal-Mart, the biggest toy retailer in the US, will for the first time stock a full line of faith-based toys. The dolls will go under the brand name, 'Tales of Glory'. The company behind the dolls, One2believe, hope that such figures as Goliath and Samson will help to make their dolls competetive in the notoriously difficult-to-crack US toy market."
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jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  about 8 years ago

jez9999 writes "BBC News reports that the [UK] government has announced plans to make the possession of downloaded violent porn images punishable by three years in prison. It follows a campaign by Berkshire woman Liz Longhurst whose daughter Jane, a Brighton schoolteacher, was killed by Graham Coutts. It's already an offence in the UK to publish or distribute such material. Although violent porn will not appeal to many, nevertheless it is between consenting adults."

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This is how I've felt about UX 'design' for ages now.

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I just had to highlight this post I came across; it pretty much pretty hit the nail on the head with what pisses me off about the whole UX thing:

If I have to guess what to do, the GUI lost its purpose. May as well just go back to DOS

The purpose of the GUI is to keep UX designers employed. The year 24-bit color becomes standard, XP's Fisher-price look is "needed" to make that boring and stodgy NT/2K look go away. The year 3d graphics appears on commodity hardware, Aero is "needed" to make that "childish" XP look go away. The year touchscreens come out, Metro is "needed" to make that "distracting" 3D glossy look go away.

Same sorta deal with Firefox - a few years ago, a browser with lots of options and user control was a good thing. Now it's "distracting" and even the status bar and the name of the communications protocol in the title bar needs to go away to make it "clean".

It's not UX design, it's fashion design. Bunch of artistes wanking away on Photoshop trying to out-trendify each other. It's an utter waste of computing resources, and I'm sick of it.

Exactly. Everyone involved in app development needs to read this and decide whether they want to hire ANYONE who is a self-professed "UX person".

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Why corporations act in evil ways

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I often wonder why companies, even ones that are already rich, continue to do evil things such as help out the Chinese government with their suppression of their own people. The answer is that, no matter how rich a company/corporation currently is, they always want more money. It's like food to them; if they don't keep getting more in, the shareholders will punish the company's board; it feels, to them, like the company is 'starving'. It's no good for them to just make one big ton of money (Microsoft) and be happy with that - they must keep on getting more, always, for eternity. Food to humans is a good analogy. So, just as humans have to eat to survive, they companies/corporations have to eat (money) to survive, and try to survive they will. They'll even keep on eating if they're fat (have loads of money alredy), just like humans... unfortunately, companies don't even have the desire to slim again, like humans often do. To a company, getting as fat as possible is, and always will be, the ultimate goal - the point of its existance. This explains their neverending lust for profit, despite any consequences.

"To a person, animal flesh is food (vegetarians excepted). To a corporation, money is food, and like people, a corporation will do just about anything to ensure a consistent supply of food (money)."

This excellent summing up was written by user 'mcrbids' - thanks!

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My advice to programmers

jez9999 jez9999 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

If there is one thing I would recommend to all newbie or learning programmers, it's this: before you delve into learning the details of a language or API or whatever, read a quick tutorial or overview first. If I had realised this a long time ago, I would've saved myself a lot of time.

There are several reasons for this.
Firstly, you may not like the language that you've decided to learn. Reading a short tutorial about it will let you see quickly whether you want to go further into investigating the language or not.
Secondly, learning a language by reading something like a reference book is a really good way to make you hate the language. Or get bored too quickly to learn it properly, and give up.
Thirdly, it's not really *necessary* to know *everything* about a language before you start to program in it. I'm sure there are people out there who would disagree with me on that, but as long as you know the fundamentals of a language, I think it's better to start going and learn as you create your first few projects, than to read through a detailed book that will probably be a very dry read if you aren't doing much coding using the stuff you're reading about.

My personal experience has taught me this. Maybe it's just my way of learning, I don't know, but I have had a lot more success learning stuff through first reading short and concise tutorials such as 'Learning Perl' (Schwartz & Christiansen) and 'theForger's Win32 API tutorial' (theForger :-) ), and have more quickly picked up and become proficient in the languages (or whatever) I have used this technique with, than the ones where I have started out trying to learn *everything* about the subject before I used it; for example, I am unable to read through from start to finish and appreciate a book such as, say, 'The C Programming Language' (Kernighan & Ritchie) or 'Programming Windows' (Petzold), yet I have both books sitting on my windowsill. Why?

Well, partly because I accidentally bought several such books with the intention of reading through them non-stop, and then realised partway through that I was getting so bored I wasn't really learning anything. And partly because what I now use them for is *reference* books.

It may sound obvious, but it's quite easy to 'bite off more than you can chew' and try to learn too much before you start with a language or API or whatever. Get into the habit of starting with short and concise tutorials, and reading into certain aspects that you need to know in a more detailed way, when you need to know them. Had I had this advice available to me when I first started to learn programming, I would have saved myself a lot of time and boredom. :-)

I wish all new/learning programmers could be given this advice somehow when they start to learn something new. I'd like to stop others making the same mistakes that I did. I don't often say a lot of long-winded preachy stuff, but this is one of the few things that I've really learnt to be useful, and thought that sharing it would be beneficial to all programmers. So please, if you know any struggling new programmers, no matter what language (or whatever) they're learning, try giving them the gist of this advice! It may well help.

Plus, when recommending books, make two distinct categories of books. Tutorials, and reference books. It's pretty much impossible to have something that is both, and I've frequently had inappropriate reference books recommended to me that haven't done much other than waste my time/money, as they were FAR too detailed when I knew too little about the given subject - it's these kind of recommendations that make me think that this advice, though it may seem obvious, needs to be more widely accepted and adopted. Advanced programmers tend to recommend stuff that would now be appropriate for them to read; not necessarily what would be appropriate for someone new to the subject, or indeed them - when they were new to the subject - to read.

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