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Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

kmoser Automation is a double-edged sword (298 comments)

I love it when people like you use those fancy code-generating tools. It keeps me in business when they call asking for help dealing with the bloated pile of garbage you created and abandoned because it was incapable of being easily customized to the client's needs, and/or you got bored and weren't able to support it. I chucked the whole thing and give them an appropriately simple hand-coded site, with an occasional simple hand-built CMS. Before you laugh and point your finger at my CMS, keep in mind that it's thoroughly documented both in the code and in external docs that describes how to use it both as a developer and as an end-user. Just about everything is stored in the database so it's easy to manipulate with external tools if you wish.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

kmoser Trust? (567 comments)

If they want to "instill a sense of trust", how about writing reliable software? For God's sake, they've had 30 years of practice.

4 days ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

kmoser Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

I never quite got why plea bargains are permissible in the first place. Either someone is guilty or he is not. It's one of the few things that are quite black and white, either someone committed a crime or he did not. Where does a plea bargain come in? Let's haggle over whether I did it partly or whether you want to punish me a little bit?

What's that, a court of law or the Turkish bazaar?

Even worse, isn't an offer of a plea bargain akin to extortion or coercion?

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

kmoser Lock your front door? (174 comments)

Do you lock your front door? You might be a terrorist.

about a week ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

kmoser Experts (258 comments)

Maybe the "experts" they asked are AIs who are trying to convince us that we humans have everything under control.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Patches Eight New Vulnerabilities

kmoser Re:What? (79 comments)

It's one thing to find a bug. It's another thing to fix the bug, let alone know that you've definitively fixed it and not introduced other bugs.

about two weeks ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

kmoser Guaranteed? (91 comments)

Germany's Federal Police said they introduced new measures immediately after learning of the security deficits to ensure that passenger safety was guaranteed.

Guaranteed, huh?

about a month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

kmoser Re:I have a fun time with these calls (246 comments)

I've looked all over my keyboard and still can't find the "Start" button.

about a month ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

kmoser Re:fire them (110 comments)

If these messages appeared to come from real people within the company but really originated outside, they should have had spam filters in place to detect that. In either case, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess they're all running Windows.

about a month ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

kmoser Wrong direction! (222 comments)

He should have started with today's games and made the kid play in reverse chronological order until he mastered text-based adventure games.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

kmoser Re:Linux on the desktop (106 comments)

So you're saying 2015 will surely be the year of the Linux BSOD?

about a month and a half ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

kmoser Re:Why... (129 comments)

Legitimate AV software that will scan for free will also fix for free. You never see it scan but refuse to fix until you pay up unless it is a scam, AFAIK.

My Windows XP has known bugs which Microsoft refuses to fix. Instead, they are asking me to upgrade to Windows 8. Scam!

about 2 months ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

kmoser I call BS on this study (176 comments)

One walk through Williamsburgh and you will immediately see all the hipsters sporting beards (everything from stubble to full-on woodsman), retro 1960s style thick-framed glasses, and skinny jeans. Only an idiot would not notice they have been looking like everybody else for years. Hipster just want to look like the rest of their fringe group, while at the same time hoping nobody else catches on to their trend. It has nothing to do with this stupid cognitive delay mentioned by the article. People will begin to shift away from the hipster look when they're tired of it, not when they realize everybody else looks that way.

about 2 months ago
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Google "Evicted" the Berlin Wall From Property It Bought

kmoser Google to Golzen (59 comments)

Google: "Mr. Golzen, tear down this wall!"

about 3 months ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

kmoser Re:Jesus never says no to non-believers (451 comments)

There can be many "literal" interpretations of the same thing. For example, you can never put too much water on a nuclear reactor.

about 3 months ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

kmoser Re:Contradiction (163 comments)

If the company was smart they'd detect the same IP and put two and two together.

about 3 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

kmoser Re:This is silly (720 comments)

"Automation Backlash" will be the name of my next band. But seriously, while it sucks to lose your job to automation, McDonald's doesn't owe anybody a job.

about 3 months ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

kmoser Re:When you are inside the box ... (289 comments)

I am from China. Assange is from Australia. Those of us who are not from the United States of America tend to have an advantage over those who were born and raised inside America because we were not indoctrinated with the Pledge of Allegiance throughout our childhood (into the teen years) but the Americans do

You may not have been indoctrinated with the Pledge of Allegiance, but you certainly have been indoctrinated with the false idea that we Americans have been. I was born and raised in America and was never once in a room where the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

about 3 months ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kmoser Millions of spam accounts (269 comments)

The problem with the distributed social network is that anybody can create millions of fake users at will, clone existing accounts, etc. With no central authority (like FB) to delete it, the wheat will soon get buried under a deluge of chaff.

about 3 months ago

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Superman's Home Star System Discovered

kmoser kmoser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kmoser (1469707) writes "Everybody's favorite astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson makes an appearance in upcoming Superman #14, in which Superman visits the Hayden Planetarium to view his original planet. Meanwhile, back in reality, DC Comics explains that NdGT has used his "astronomical" powers to select the red dwarf LHS 2520 as the most likely real-life red star to fit with Superman's back story."
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Hacker Holds Romney Tax Returns Ransom for $1M in Bitcoins

kmoser kmoser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kmoser (1469707) writes "After supposedly downloading copies of Mitt and Ann Romney's tax returns from PricewaterhouseCoopers servers, a hacker sent a USB drive and a letter to Republican and Democratic party offices in Williamson County, TN as proof. The letter lists two Bitcoin addresses: one for donations to guarantee the documents will remain locked, another for donations to expose them; the fate of the documents will be determined by which account first reaches USD $1,000,000.

This could be anything from a practical joke to a scheme to get free Bitcoins to a completely "legit" shakedown. Me, I'm grabbing a bucket of popcorn and waiting to see what happens next."

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Best Option for Heavy-Duty, Full-Home Surge Protection?

kmoser kmoser writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kmoser (1469707) writes "Like most people, I have a couple of surge protectors for sensitive/important electronics, and even a UPS for a couple of items like computers. But I don't have surge protector on all outlets, and these consumer-grade devices don't cover things like 220 volt appliances. Add to that the fact that I live in a lightning-prone area and it's only a matter of time before one of my expensive devices has a major meltdown. I've looked into full-home surge protectors that install next to the fuse box but the prices vary widely and I have no idea how reliable they are or what brands are good. An electrician friend tells me they can still blow out, and when they do they're difficult to replace if they were installed behind a wall.

Can anybody shed some light on the best options for protecting all the electronics in my house with a single surge protector?"
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SunPass Transponder "Upgrade" Really a Dow

kmoser kmoser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kmoser writes "Customers who own an original SunPass Type III transponder (for paying Florida highway tolls) found that a recent "upgrade" caused their device to no longer display the amount of the toll paid or their remaining account balance. The official explanation implies that this is a permanent change because account balances are no longer being stored in the transponder and are now stored on a central server. One has to wonder whether this is really an upgrade, or just a way to force obsolescence and encourage consumers to buy a new model? The lesson to learn here is that when the vendor retains remote control over the operation of your device, they will use it to their advantage."
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