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I suffer from jet lag ...

jlechem Re:Of course it depends... (163 comments)

I can fly anywhere in the US with no issues, east to west coast. However I've gone to Japan and have been toasted for 4 days. Travelling to Europe I'm good after a day or so.

about 3 months ago
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Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

jlechem Re:Alternatives? (501 comments)

How many homeless file a tax return to begin with? I bet most of them don't have a drivers license or know their SSN number. You have to some kind of mailing address or permanent residence for these things. The people I think it would hit hardest by being online are the elderly and working poor. But they can always call the toll free number and talk to a person.

about a year ago
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WY Teen Cut From Science Fair For Entering Too Many

jlechem Re:And yet... (204 comments)

This right here, TFS is so distorted. He didn't make it past round 1 in his state, so he jumped the border (with his schools's permission) in order to try again. They had rules against this for a very good reason.

about a year ago
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Open Source Projects For Beginners

jlechem Re:It's my party and no one else is invited (212 comments)

I still use it but I've submitted many bugs and feature requests since version 5.X something and they're still not fixed. I offered to fix them since I've been doing win32/MFC for 15 years and nothing. If it weren't so mature already I'd ditch it in a heartbeat.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

jlechem Re:I'm not even a fan, but (1174 comments)

I couldn't disagree more, one of his most popular series outside of Ender is pretty much a straight rip off of the Book Of Mormon. And for those who don't know that is the main religious text of his faith the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is an outspoken douchebag verbally and in writing and I couldn't be more glad to see his work not get published,

about a year and a half ago
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On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:

jlechem Re:Pfui! My country's post system does a better jo (564 comments)

I've had the exact same opposite, it takes 2-3 days for a letter mailed in Utah to get from Davis County to Salt Lake Count (20 mile difference, why it was mailed is a different story). My dad lives in Nebraska and a letter can take anywhere from 4-6 days to get there (1500 miles).

Boxes are impressive, I've never lost anything and they always arrive in great shape and on time. UPS and Fedex don't have great track records with my packages. I've mailed several things home internationally and the USPS is indeed better than most countries post offices IMHO.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

jlechem Re:The standards are published in English (330 comments)

I agree, I'm not surprised but still saddened to see the pricks coming out of the wood work here. I have an app on sourceforge that my next big step is to add localization. It's a hard thing to do, control lengths, poor translations, etc. But you never know who might be using something you release out into the wild.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

jlechem Re:Good ones do (330 comments)

What a bunch of bullshit. I've been working on code written by people who don't speak a lick of English and it's all C or C# and its good code. Just because you don't get the language doesn't mean the code is bad or they suck. God I hope you're not American because you're making us look bad.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

jlechem No (330 comments)

After working for various companies, if they're a US only company sure. But anything with a remote chance of having non US/English speakers is doubtful. I am currently working on code chock full of Japanese comments and variable names. It's a huge freaking PITA. And I'm sure they hate it when I add English comments and variable names to their pristine Japanese code.

about a year and a half ago
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The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

jlechem Re:Word (586 comments)

As a C# programmer I would take 2x4 to someone for doing any kind of non trivial code in a property. It violates all the C# good practices. Just like in C++ you can do some stupid shit. Does that make it a bad language? No it makes you a somewhat douchebag programmer.

about 2 years ago
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Want a Security Pro? Get Politically Incorrect and Learn Geek Culture

jlechem Re:Right (314 comments)

I agree 100%, I used to work for a DoD contractor that required secret security clearance. Somehow I managed to pass but I referred several people who didn't make it past the preliminary background check. All of them were extremely competent and excellent programmers. However I found some were because of bankruptcy and others had actual criminal backgrounds. I agree loosening the rules would increase the pool of applicants but in the eyes of the US government who are you trusting with what can be very sensitive information. They only want squeaky clean individuals to keep their risk down. But then they get guys like Bradley Manning who decide to steal info pretty much from right under his bosses noses so I don't know. It's double sided but I see why they do it.

about 2 years ago
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Statistical Tools For Detecting Electoral Fraud

jlechem Re:Gerrymandering (215 comments)

I have to agree with this, here in Utah they re-drew the entire state's districts for the house and congress to skew even more Republic then we already do and to especially screw Jim Matheson. It made all the local news, papers, and even the local NPR but no one I knew hardly gave a shit.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taming a Wild, One-Man Codebase?

jlechem A few things (151 comments)

1. Buy or get a machine to host SVN for version control. I work on my wife's company website and some basic management tools. SVN has saved my bacon on multiple times where I thought I had lost some code.

2. Get a pre-production server and test your code! Sounds like you're living in the wild west and that shit flies until something goes horribly wrong and you're the guy who gets blamed.

about 2 years ago
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Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On

jlechem Re:Deaf community will hate this (101 comments)

I don't have the deafness, but I suffer from Tinnitus too and would also give anything to repair the damaged cells in my ears. Stuff like this gives me hope I might actually get cured of this some day.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

jlechem Depends (415 comments)

Do you want to read or have a media device?
My wife has a kindle that she just wants to read on. If you want to read, watch movies, listen to mp3s, and browse the web get a tablet. If you just want books for the airplane or car ride get an eReader.

more than 2 years ago
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Precise W Boson Mass Measurement Helps Lead the Way To the Higgs Boson

jlechem Re:Where does the Higgs mass come from? (82 comments)

IANATP but I enjoy reading about this stuff. Wikipedia has a semi decent article about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson Somehow these higgs bosons form a field that as other particles travel through it causes them slow down and have mass. Very layman answer and probably wrong but is how I see it from the wiki article.

more than 2 years ago
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Adblock Plus To Offer 'Acceptable Ads' Option

jlechem Re:And money changes hands... (373 comments)

Totally agree, and I'm sure someone will nerd rage and create the next adblock plus plus that will block all ads again until they decide to take the money and run. Kind of a vicious cycle but as long as someone picks up the torch I am happy. Hell I might even be motivated enough to get off my fat American ass and do it myself.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Standard Software Development Environments?

jlechem Re:No CI? No version control? (362 comments)

No kidding, I run a software site for my wife that I maintain all by myself. I run subversion and it has saved my bacon several times when without thinking I changed something I shouldn't have. It's free and easy to use. I don't even use the backups, etc. It saves developers from themselves. And all this for an asp.net website.

more than 2 years ago
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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

jlechem This can't be!! (463 comments)

Duke Nukem Forever actually gets released and now Hurd? Pinch me I must be dreaming!

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Bad code plagues business applications, especially

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jlechem writes "A new study examining 365 million lines of code in 745 applications identifies bad coding practices that affect security, performance and uptime, with Java Enterprise Edition applications having the greatest number of problems. Cast Software, which makes tools that automate the analysis of business applications, examined programs written in Java-EE, .NET, ABAP, C, C++, Cobol, Oracle Forms, and Visual Basic, used across a wide range of industries from energy and financial services to IT consulting, insurance, government, retail, telecom, and more."
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Microsoft posts anti open office videos

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jlechem (613317) writes "Instead of simply listing what it believes to be the advantages of Microsoft Office over the open source OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Microsoft has compiled comments from 15 customers who switched to Office after evaluating OpenOffice. The result: this video recently posted to the company's officevideos YouTube channel."
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Former Microsoft exec sues everyone

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jlechem (613317) writes "Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen is suing Apple and Google, plus nine other companies, for patent infringement. Allen claims the 11 companies are using technology for which he owns patents, according to court documents filed in a Seattle district court Friday. The papers were filed by Allen's company, Interval Licensing. The 11 accused companies are: AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google-owned YouTube."
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Journals

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Living Constitution

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 7 years ago So I'm listening to NPR (liberal junkie radio I know) and they are talking about gun control. I learned a few things about the history of gun control in country that were quite fascinating. However one of the interesting points he brought up was about historical context. The 2nd amendment was written a long time ago and is it still relevant today the exact way it was written then. He brought up an interesting idea would you want an 18th century dentist working on your teeth today? I sure as hell wouldn't. Now think do you want an 18th century document dominating your life today? While not as clear cut as the dentist issue it brings up an interesting point. I think yes and no. But does that mean the entire document should never change? I think the Constitution is a living document. The founding fathers crafted it to be flexible and pertinent to their times but allowed for changes to be made. As time passes ideas in the 18th century no longer apply to people in the 19th, 20th, and centuries beyond. Ideals espoused need to be re-examined to see how they fit into today's society.

I have been on the fence post on this issue for a while but I have come to the conclusion that the living document idea is the best one. If the Constitution could never change ideas that were accepted in the past get forced on future generations. And who is to say those ideas are the correct fit for that generation?

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Democrats on the prowl

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago This may offend some of the 2 or 3 people who read these pointless ramblings of mine. ;) I've been a registered Democrat for a few years now. Mostly due to the ineptitude and retardation of the current Republican president. I'm a conservative in monetary matters to a degree but I'm blue through and through for the most part. Oddly enough I live in the reddest state in the nation Utah. I was listening to NPR, bastion of the elite liberals according Rush Windbag, where the guests were talking about how Democrats are leading in a lot of senate/house races this year. And in states that were very red in the 04 election. I think a lot of this has to do with dissatisfaction with the current Administration. However if Democrats would capitalize this and make a real go of things and consolidate the party and focus on a few key issues( energy, minimum wage, & possibly immigration ) a real change could happen not just anger towards the current president. The ball is in our court we need to run with if as far as possible.

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Millenium and B movies

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So yesterday I was watching a movie called Millennium starring Kris Kristofferson the old man from blade. This movie was made in 1989 if I recall correctly. The movie started well with an airplane crash. During the investigation odd things are noticed. On the black box recorder on of the co-pilots says all passengers are already dead before the crash. During the investigation the lead investigator notices a strange blonde woman dressed as an airline attendant hanging around. She's pretty odd but cute and they end up having a hook up. He eventually finds an odd object in the wreckage and comes to find out the woman is a time traveler. She comes from the future where for some reason people are all sterile. They take people from airplane crashes in the past and move them to the future so they can somehow help with the sterility problem. The problem is somehow a time paradox is created and she has to stop it. Long story short she can't and the future she lives in ends up not happening. The first half of the movie is seen from the man's POV the second half from the woman's POC. Halfway through it got incredibly boring and lost its focus completely. The ending was ok they escape together into the future.

The movie was based on a short story. Maybe as a story it would have been better. My grips about the pacing and plot of the movie aside the idea of a time paradox happening is quite interesting. From the movie if I went back in time and killed my father before I was born what would happen. I would never have been born and thus not been able to build a time machine to go back into the past. If this kind of thing could happen should we ever travel in time assuming we could ever do so? Imagine a world where people could go back and change anything they wanted. Anyone with enough money or power could re-write history to their liking. This brings up another interesting question is time travel even possible? I haven't done any research into this but I find it extremely interesting to think about.

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WGA makes the rounds, again

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well WGA has been in the news a lot lately. And this time it hit home for me. I have an older copy of windows xp I got from an old employer. Probably not legal, I am not 100% certain. However it always worked and I never got any of the so called WGA notices about being not legal. Well that changed with the latest version of WGA. Suddenly I was gettting the nagware/balloons/notices before login about being not correct. I was annoying as hell to say the least. It only took me a few minutes to figure out how to disable it but now I can't run auto updates and none of them will install without this WGA shit. So I'm stuck with no more updates to my box. And we all know how MS is with their patches. This could leave so many people screwed it's not even funny. I can't believe they're even doing this. It seems like so a bad PR move it's unbelievable. I'm so pissed I'm thinking about installing a more user friendly Linux distro over the weekend. As long as I can play my Diablo II and KOTOR II I will be happy. Looks like i might be learning the intracies of gcc afterall.

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Futurama is Back!!!

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago Oh happy joyous days! The best TV show to grace the airwaves has returned! If you haven't heard the good news Futurama is being brought back from the grave for at least one more season! Read it fresh here. I have all the previous episodes downloaded and have been watching them on my PC. My only fear is that Comedy Central in my area will show them at 1am instead of at a decent time. But some sacrifices must be made in life. Time to fire up those home brew DVR plans again.

Bite my shiny metal ass indeed

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Most modded comment ever

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago I just had to rant/rave/bitch/wonder/whatever for a minute. I don't post a lot to slashdot. I mostly write in my journal and when I see I can make a good comment I add it to the discussion. But I got out of that with a recent post here. I think it's been modded up and down more then any other post I've ever made. Right now its at +1 insightful after a roller coaster ride. Granted it's a bit snidy but mayhaps I was in a snippish mode that day. The wonders of slashdot.

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Security Clearance

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago So I'm starting the new job. They want me to get a security clearance. Damn 10 years of my life with people who knew me. I'm only 28 that goes almost back to high school. I don't talk to anyone from back then. Not to mention the bad jobs, unemployment, etc etc. They tell me not to worry, no felonies, or major crimes and you'll be fine. Still has me nervous but all I can do is put the good, the bad, and the ugly in there and hope for the best. Working for a DoD contractor has me thinking twice about this kind of work for the rest of my days. Something can be said for working for MS, Adobe, etc a company with a product. But the money draws does it not. I don't know living in UT I can make the dollars I do in a different style of company. And the benefits are pretty good for a contractor based company.

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Why do I keep watching?

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago So I'm streaming some family guy via winamp. Why do I keep doing this to myself? I have the futurama ripped to my hard drive. It's like crack, except 10x as worse. It's not even that funny, downright retarded at times. I'm just too damn lazy to find the playlists for other things or perhaps even worse, I would prefer family guy to the sound of silence. God help me if this is the case.

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Writing Glut & Marriage

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago Damn, go a while without writing in your journal and then BAM you have a dozen things to write about. I'm not much of a writer so I find this somewhat suprising. But what I really wanted to shout out about is this Federal Marriage Amendment bullshit. I'm as straight as you can get. I'm married and love to look at beautiful women. However I have no problem with gay people getting married. Why should one class of people be excluded from something that others get? The government should quit spending time pushing this and focus on more important matters. Don't even get me started on the whole writing discrimination into the constitution thing either. I thought we were moving forward as a society towards more egalitatian ideals and freedom for everyone. I guess we've still got a long way to go.

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Strange Times Ahead

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It seems like always has its twists and turns. This past month has been one of those. A alot of it is of course of my own making. I'm taking a new job with InnovaSystems located in Utah. New jobs are always a hard transition. New people, new places, all that jazz. Also I have finally been able to petition the Grand Lodge of Freemasons as well. If all goes well I will be able to join their society. Next step world domination ;)

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New Slash Layout

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well today I loged onto slashdot to see the new layout and I can't say I'm impressed. I'm using the new IE 7 and its slow. Slow and ugly. Not a good move for slashdot IMO. They're using CSS which is a good thing but for some reason its fubaring the look and feel of the site. It's almost unusable it's so slow. It never used to be like this. I think they need to do some revamping of the UI and quick. As expexted when I run the site in Firefox it looks great and responds ok. I don't know if the new IE just needs some tweaking or if the site's CSS needs tweaking. Regardless I needed a reason to redownload firefox.

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Graduation

jlechem jlechem writes  |  about 10 years ago Well I finally did it. August 5th 2004 around 9pm I turned in my last code assignment and was finished with my bachelors degree from weber state univeristy. It was a bit of an odd feeling and looking back I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot and met a helluva lot of nice people I loved working with and downing beers with in the offtime. The degree is in the mail as they say and I can't wait to post that fucker on my wall. Now do I want to move onto a masters degree? That I think is still in the works. I'm ready to be done with school for a while and just focus on my job for now.

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Graduating this summer

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well this semester is in full swing and all I can think about is graduating this summer. Two more classes and I'm done. A BS CS will be my biggest accomplishment in life. Not saving the world or curing cancer. But I'll take what I can get. Life sucks and then you die. Now I just need to get a job and start writing code for a living.

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Projects

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well as it turns out I never got around to making those XML progs that I wanted too. I got involved with school and shit just never panned out. Right now I'm about to get into my summer semester and things are turning out to be very interesting. I have an HTML and MFC/C# class this semester that is going to be alot of fun. One of them is an online class which is always interesting. I ended up making a small tic-tac-toe game using Visual C++ that was alot of fun. Now I am working on a net tools prog that lets users use the trace and ping commands with a GUI interface. We'll see how things work out.

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next project

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 11 years ago well now that I'm done with the board project I'm moving onto something else. I've had lots of exp. with XML and C++ and really like Microsofts XML parser. What I want to do is make a Java program that scrolls the current slashdot headlines for me. I know I can get the headlines from slashdot in XML but I want to learn how to implement them in a Java program. As I know very little about GUI java things this will be a bit of an undertaking for me. Once this is done I will be re-writing a program I use at work, this will be done in C++.

-jlechem out-

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board is up and runnig

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well the board is up and running! I am usign phpBB and mySQL. If anyone gives a shit you can read it here. Nothing too fancy, runs on my PIII 700 box at home. It wouldn't take much to slashdot it. If you fancy go ahead and register and post a hello message on there.

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mySQL

jlechem jlechem writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well here it is Saturday night and I'm at eBay slaving away at the emails in my inbox. I would rather be at home working on the mySQL project I've been doing. Yes folks that's right mySQL, I read slashdot daily and haven't worked on mySQL yet. So rather than wait for work to make me learn it I am getting a head start on my own. I would be earlier along but a computer hard drive crash caused me all sorts of grief. My goal with this project is to create a mySQL database and have some kind of web forum access it. I am a star wars nerd and would love to use it for a kick ass star wars messaging board. So I will work on it whenever I get some spare time inbetween work, school, and family.

-jlechem out-

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