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Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

kiehlster Re:Already Exists (328 comments)

Hey, if you're at the store, can you pick up a nut case on the way home this evening?

about 8 months ago

Call Yourself a Hacker, Lose Your 4th Amendment Rights

kiehlster Hacking things down (488 comments)

I feel sorry for those newfangled lumberjacks trying to get a leg up in the digital marketing world. They like to hack things too. On the other hand, it would be a good front.

about 9 months ago

Blizzard Breaks For Independence As Kotick Plans $8.2 Billion Dollar Buyout

kiehlster And [not] free it from the clutches of Vivendi (203 comments)

Apparently we're getting the TL;DR of the TL;DR. The real truth is this:

Following the close of these two transactions, Vivendi will retain about 12% of Activision Blizzard and will no longer be the majority shareholder. []

This is only a partial buy-out. While they would lose the majority reign over A/B, they'd still have a 12% say in everything they do.

about a year ago

Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

kiehlster Massive Black Holes (288 comments)

Unless they discover something larger, a supermassive black hole is quite impressive. And there also seems to be some inseparable relation between SMBHs and galaxies like ours. Also, Supermassive Black Hole A* is a pretty cool webcomic.

about a year ago

Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power

kiehlster The bigger conclusion... (89 comments) that rats play more immersive video games than we do. When do we get to see affordable omnidirectional virtual walking environments?

about a year ago

How often do friends/family call you for tech support?

kiehlster Always around my birthday (255 comments)

I swear, outside of just every few months, at minimum I get calls of frustration every year right around my birthday if not on my birthday. I wonder if they just hold out on dealing with their issues until my birthday approaches, and then they call me to say, "Hey, happy birthday! Now, can you fix my computer?"

about a year ago

Anonymous Raises Over $54,000 For Dedicated Your Anon News Website

kiehlster Who's the underwriter? (72 comments)

So who is the sucker that chose to underwrite this endeavor and expose his/her name to the public by way of collecting the funds? Sorry, I didn't RTFA as it was /.ed. I know anonymous is all about being faceless while still exposing information to the world, but a website with money behind it is kind of putting a face to the entity.

about a year ago

Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

kiehlster Dead, Dying and Living (418 comments)

The problem isn't always the fact that ad-hoc support sites are used in place of documentation, but that ad-hoc support sites change while most documentation never does. There are two factors against documentation: First, these forum websites are updated regularly and so are indexed more readily; Second, software/programming documentation sites are filled with dying documents. Even MSDN is a dying resource. As soon as the next iteration of .NET is released, all documentation for previous iterations of .NET become deceased soon after. In addition to documentation being dead documents, the information in them is rarely improved upon before they do become deceased. Sometimes, the documentation is DOA with a new product because somebody didn't care to update the documentation to support the very similar, new product.

If people cared about their product a little more, maybe they'd make an effort to keep their documentation alive and in shape so sites like stackoverflow would become obsolete, at least to real programmers who don't just use documentation like it were Play-Doh.

about a year ago

Drug Testing In Mice May Be a Waste of Time, Researchers Warn

kiehlster Radiate them first (148 comments)

Everyone knows you need to expose the mice to radioactive waste before their genes come anywhere close to resembling human genetics. After that, then you can think about doing trauma and burn research on them. However, last I heard, that research department was raided by some ninjas. No one knows quite what happened.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

kiehlster CS is long-term, WebDev may be short-term (347 comments)

The value of CS is that it teaches you good theory and technique about how best to solve problems using computers. After getting my CS degree, I continue to surprise myself with how much better I understood and programmed in comparison to people who tool lesser tracks. Learning the languages is really cake once you understand a few of them.

What I did find was that my degree didn't teach me immediately marketable skills. So I crammed my electives full of telecommunication classes on topics like Unix administration, web development, and database management. That would be my advice to you. If you're in a theory-based CS program, and even in certain application-based programs, use your free electives to take some classes that make you immediately sellable.

The CS degree will help keep your education useful far longer than a telecommunications degree and your immediate skills will shoe you in the door right out of college. You'll get your web development job, you'll get sick of web development, and you'll have a CS degree to lean back on when you are fed up with that track.

about a year and a half ago

DNA Confirms Parking Lot Remains Belong To King Richard III

kiehlster Reburial Where? (212 comments)

"Currently, plans are underway for a reburial ceremony for the remains."

Well yeah, but where? Back under the parking lot where he's been resting comfortably for centuries? Another outlying low-key area where he'll be lost again until the 28th century?

about a year and a half ago

When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

kiehlster They're going to arrest me (381 comments)

Every time I see cameras I typically think, "Oh great, here I am, a socially awkward computer geek. My strange walking pattern is totally going to make me look like a shop lifter or some other type of criminal."

about a year and a half ago

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

kiehlster Re:Not yet... (943 comments)

Thought you'd like to know the half dollar has been in existence for hundreds of years, Half dollar coin. What doesn't make sense is that they're the largest coin of the bunch, and I mean HUGE. Also, the new dollar coins I have look pretty good, and they're a different size than the quarter, Presidential dollar coins.

I would be worried what would happen if we made a move like this. There would be a lot of churn during a transition like this from old bills to new bills.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

kiehlster Now that's what I call... (346 comments)

*puts on sunglasses* ... a cold dish.

about a year and a half ago

I double check my spam filters ...

kiehlster Double Check? or Add To? (144 comments)

I never double-check my filters, but I do add to them on a weekly basis. I figure the rules I created are doing their work quite well considering I never get false positives. But sometimes they don't work well enough, so I add more filters every week to cut out the growing amount of junk in cyberspace that accidentally lands in my inbox.

about a year and a half ago

Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

kiehlster Re:Litigate Kickstarter out of existence (211 comments)

Funny thing is, Kickstarter does have a 'report this project' button. Who knows why that didn't affect the result in this case.

about a year and a half ago

Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

kiehlster Re:Thanks for the Info (211 comments)

That will probably happen, but I have an idea, a painful one, but it could work. We could abandon the industry that is held captive by the patent(s). If everyone abandons the industry and boycotts the industry, perhaps the PTO will wake up and listen to the people on patent reform. Mr. President wants the country to have jobs, and the 3D printing industry is a good job stream, but if we let the industry fall on its face because of patent issues, it'll look bad for the administration. Perhaps then the president will push for patent reforms.

about a year and a half ago

Form1 3D Printer and Kickstarter Get Sued For Patent Infringment

kiehlster Re:Litigate Kickstarter out of existence (211 comments)

Yeah, I don't see the point of going after Kickstarter itself either. Kickstarter is just a middleman for acquiring funds. How would Kickstarter know that Form1 was avoiding patent licensing? 3D Systems is in the wrong for suing Kickstarter, but they have a case as far as Form1's project goes.

about a year and a half ago

GIF Becomes Word of the Year 2012

kiehlster What an eyesore (315 comments)

First of all, you're not suppose to use the word you're describing in the definition, and here they defined it by using its noun form. Secondly, I believe it's a much larger offense to use the technology you're describing to make your announcement about the word, which they've clearly done by 'GIFing' the WOTY announcement. On top of that, I think I've seen far more clever words coined on the Unwords and Urban dictionaries this year.

about a year and a half ago

With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

kiehlster Re:Set goals based on an individual's IQ (622 comments)

Certainly less racist than doing an ethnicity-based testing, but wouldn't we start discriminating by hair color in this case?

about a year and a half ago



Should I take Toyota's software update?

kiehlster kiehlster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kiehlster (844523) writes "I'm a software developer, and I know most software has bugs, but how much trust can we put in the many lines of code found in our automobiles? I have a 2009 Camry that is involved in both of the recent Camry recalls. As part of the floor mat issue, they're offering to install a software update that would cause "the brake pedal to take precedence over the gas pedal if both were pressed" or, as their latest notice states, "would cut power to the engine if both pedals were pressed." In the computer world, we're all taught to only install firmware updates if there is a real problem because a large percentage of firmware updates actually brick the hardware or cause other unforeseen bugs. With 100 million lines of code can I really trust a software update to work safely when it is delivered in a three month development cycle? My driving habits don't cause the floor mat to slide much, so I see the update as overkill. What do you think? If it doesn't void the warranty, should I tell them to skip the software update?"
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