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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

krotscheck Consumer based economy. (212 comments)

You can't exactly nurture a consumer based economy to support your profits, then complain that it's not producing enough builders.

5 days ago

Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

krotscheck How do I (slowly) assemble my own awesome kitchen (137 comments)

What is the most efficient, and ordered, way to assemble a world-class kitchen?

Many of us don't have the budget (especially when coming out of college) to buy all the crazy-awesome tools that make for a world class kitchen in one go, so we have to slowly purchase items as our budget allows and/or old cheaper items get used up. Do you have a recommended order, from a batchelor/ette's first egg pan to elaborate computerized sous-vide, in which someone can build their own world-class kitchen over several years?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

krotscheck Ask on #openstack-infra (freenode) (119 comments)

The OpenStack infrastructure team is running largest cloud-based continuous deployment environment I've ever seen, and they're more than happy to give people introductions to it.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Med-School Note-Taking?

krotscheck Re:MediaWiki? (217 comments)

I have a hosting account at - that way I could share it with my classmates. The downside was that the internet in some of the classrooms was spotty, for which I fell back to paper/pencil.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Med-School Note-Taking?

krotscheck MediaWiki? (217 comments)

Create a MediaWiki for yourself, and crossreference as you go? I did this for my MBA 5 years ago, and it worked wonders.

about a year ago

Online Loneliness At Google+

krotscheck Re:Public vs. Private posts? (456 comments)

Google's silence on the matter is telling, though. If there was a significant success story to be spun from G+, they'd be spinning it furiously.

You're assuming that Google has a marketing team.

more than 2 years ago

The Great JavaScript Debate: Improve It Or Kill It

krotscheck Yay, Flash is Dead! (482 comments)

Now we can all switch to using Javascri... oh. Crap.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

krotscheck No Price Ceiling? (397 comments)

Carve the files onto titanium plates and store them in an underground bunker somewhere with little seismic activity.

more than 3 years ago

Google WebRTC: Can It Replace Skype?

krotscheck It's not the only protocol that does this... (199 comments)

Adobe's RTMFP has had this ability for years now, and they've since developed it further to include peer-to-peer rebroadcasting.

Except... it requires Flash, which is a dirty word around these parts.

more than 3 years ago

Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away

krotscheck Re:Where's the real alternative to Javascript? (483 comments)

Didn't know about ActivePython, thanks for the ref.

I'm not saying Javascript is a bad language, I'm saying that there aren't any alternatives. The Model T is available in any color, as long as it's black, right?

more than 4 years ago

Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away

krotscheck Where's the real alternative to Javascript? (483 comments)

Javascript is the de-facto standard for any DOM-based in-browser application. My question is: Why? Why, if I want to write an in-browser application, are my choices "javascript" or "proprietary plugin"? Why hasn't the open source community come up with something better than type="text/javascript"? Why can't I use type="text/python" or type="text/haskell" or type="text/ruby"?

more than 4 years ago
top's Aggressive SEO Tactic Spams Google

krotscheck Re:How are these getting indexed? (241 comments)

It really doesn't surprise me that Target may have that many bad links. First of all, it could very well be bad searches that are getting indexed. More likely though is that they recently changed their online catalog software to one that uses a different URL schema (Thus, you know, invalidating their entire catalog). While a simple set of rewrite rules would fix that, I can guarantee you that no-one wants to pay someone to go track down all the old marketing redirects and update them. Defaulting to a product search is much easier.

more than 4 years ago

Decoding Adobe's Big Device Push

krotscheck It's not the player, it's the upgrade cycle (181 comments)

HTML5 is kindof awesome, but even the most awesome technology is limited by the number of people who can use it. Unless the W3C or Microsoft or Google or the Mozilla Foundation manage to convince the world to upgrade their browsers with the speed that Adobe can upgrade the install base of the Flash Player, HTML5 is always going to play second fiddle.

Now according to Adobe, Flash Player 10 is at 94% adoption in mature markets, and that's about... what, 10-12 months after release? The HTML 5 spec was formally named in January 2008, and the original started in 2004. Admittedly- corporate IT departments (the big evil) are as unlikely to upgrade the Flash Player as they are the browser, but if it takes that long for anything to make it into HTML, Adobe will have already had several upgrade cycles to react, improve, and move on.

Having said that: we can always return to the days of browser specific web sites, and that'd force people to upgrade: "This website is optimized for [Insert favorite browser here], please change your browser".

about 5 years ago

iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy

krotscheck Easy peasy (789 comments)

'We have to mount a vigorous campaign to change this policy.'

There's an App for that.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes

krotscheck This is not news (841 comments)

We're surprised about Gates releasing thousands of bugs?!

more than 5 years ago


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