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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

lsllll Maybe Apples and Oranges? (527 comments)

I haven't read the detail of the 18,000 M$ is laying off, and I doubt they have the detail anyways. But it could completely be that they're laying off all janitors and hiring an outside firm, or they're laying off a whole bunch of non-skilled or low-skilled workers. They may still need high-skilled workers with H-1B visas.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lsllll Re:Perl says your garbage is just that (536 comments)

syntax error at -e line 1, near "^ &&"

Hell, at least it made it 2/3 of the way through.

about three weeks ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

lsllll Why (203 comments)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

lsllll Re: Nexus 4? (259 comments)

Sadly, we are pushed for 3G.

It must be because the high speed winds are too much to handle for the 4G waveband.

about a month and a half ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

lsllll Re:Speculation (475 comments)

Amen brother! I switched to Bitlocker a while ago and never even looked back at LUKS or TrueCrypt. The problem I had, though, was that I run only Linux on my machine. No worries. I installed VirtualBox, created a VM and installed Windows on it. That way I could make /home/lsllll as a private share available in the VM and have Bitlocker go at it. That is the ONLY reason why I run Windows. God praise the Bitlocker developers. They saved me from the NSA.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

lsllll Re:Convenient (566 comments)

Actually you do not have to do a whole partition. You can do a file (created with dd on Linux) and use losetup to set up a loop device, which can then be opened in Linux. Under Windows it can be opened via FreeOTFE.

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

lsllll Re:no (437 comments)

because you didn't pay them hundreds of dollars for the annual "check-up", you are now liable.

I specifically states that:

B) he had all the required maintenance performed on the vehicle

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

lsllll Re:no (437 comments)

I don't think you understood what GP was saying. He just wanted to make sure that he wouldn't be held liable under any circumstances if A) he was not controlling the vehicle and B) he had all the required maintenance performed on the vehicle.

I can see his point. I wouldn't want to be sued for a "computer glitch" that may end up killing someone. I'm not even sure I want that on my conscience.

about 2 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

lsllll Re:no (437 comments)

So are humans. Every single workplace safety program starts and ends with "stop and think what you're about to do before doing it". Our higher functions operate at the timespan of minutes, not fractions of a second. This is also the reason we have traffick laws: they turn driving from an activity requiring judgement into a mechanical exercise. When that fails, accidents follow.

Not necessarily. There was a discussion of this on Slashdot back in 2006. Here's an article that explains the rationale behind removing street signs and lights: Traffic Management. What is boils down to is more driver awareness, not less (mechanical exercise)

Humans have next to no intellectual contextual awareness in realtime situations. Various levels of automation drive your body, most social situations, and even activities usually considered intellectual, like math or programming. "Intellectual contextual awareness" is what you use to pick a career, and often not even then.

I've gotta also disagree here. The day may come in our lifetime when computers can write better novels than Stephen King, but until then our intellectual capacity is king. Computers beating us at chess and in Jeopardy are one thing. A computer writing Romeo and Juliet, or composing Beethoven's Ninth is not around the corner. Hell. A computer which can do the menial programming tasks on do on a computer is not even around.

At the end of the day, I don't want a computer driving my car, because I enjoy driving my car. I like to keep it in third gear and hear the engine roar for a bit when I'm driving on the highway before I put in fourth. I just don't think I would get the same pleasure if a computer was driving my car.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

lsllll Re:I wonder... (250 comments)

Just curious, how did you find his/her posting history? The posting is from AC.

about 2 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

lsllll Re:Get computers out of primary school (310 comments)

Technology as classroom aids in elementary grades needs to be limited to special-purpose machines, like things that help present curriculum, or help in classroom discussion to let the teacher or the students aid their point, or if they're used for things like testing to make grading easier, they need to be locked down so that they only do the function that they're called upon to do at that time.

Once the kids get to secondary school, then start introducing the general-purpose machine. Let them learn how to use a productivity suite, or how to do research electronically, or how to use programs to aid in science education. At least at that point it's possible for the skill to actually still apply to the person's life once they reach adulthood where it might have to be applied.

I agree with this wholeheartedly. Except that kids have access to the nuances of the Internet at home and on their cellphones. As others have said above, education must start at home and be extended at school. It cannot just be pushed unto kids at school. Schooling and parenting go hand in hand.

about 2 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

lsllll Re:BASICally (310 comments)

If computers actually impeded the ability to learn, I'd still be coding in BASIC.

I hear you, but sitting behind the computer and doing Facebook and Trackmania is not the same as peeking and poking your Apple II in BASIC.

about 2 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

lsllll Re:Really? (310 comments)

Ummm, let me guess. Yes? Sitting in boring classrooms got us to the moon and got us the computers we're sitting in front of, so I think we must have been doing something right.

I am not saying that we got it all right before computers. Sitting in boring classrooms may not be the optimal use of time, but it sure beats wasting the same amount of hours sitting behind the computer. I am a computer programmer and I spend much of my time behind the computer, but had I been in school I would have thought it would be better to attend classes, whether they were boring or not. What TFA is saying is that children have lost the ability to concentrate and that multitasking and online social media has robbed the kids of their ability to relate to their peers in the real world. I have raised two kids and always attempted to curb their use of computers, not harshly, but sensibly. In addition, they were not allowed to have televisions, game consoles and computers in their bedrooms. This was all an attempt to get them to spend time on the first floor with their parents or with their friends around the neighborhood. I am fairly certain that now that they're in college and looking at their peers, they appreciate the way they were raised.

A part of life is actually learning to deal with the boring parts, since there are many instances in our lives that are spent doing things we really don't want to do. Calming down, taking a sip of coffee while looking outside the window and admiring the bird, passers by, and the clouds, is something today's kids do NOT understand.

about 2 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

lsllll Re:In my youth (688 comments)

They're only up because kids have been taught to game the test and solve for multiple choice problems. In real life, Math is not multiple choice. Salman Rushdie argued this on Bill Maher the other night. To really test a student's ability in problems, you need to eliminate multiple choice.

about 2 months ago
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Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement

lsllll Re:Time for a union that is only way to get the po (215 comments)

My wife works for a school district and their union sucks big Willy Wonka dick. Truly the union is looking only for its own best self interest. On another note, I worked at a corporation in California for a couple of years. When their NetWare server had issues, I suggested that they swap the NIC with another one that was sitting on the shelf above the server. They had to wait for a union guy to come in and swap the card. Seriously? Any half-brained twat could have replaced the card. I had done it only a thousand times before I was in the position to suggest so. But everyone was scared of the union and they wouldn't swap the card.

The issue with unions in this country is that they get in the way of doing things. But the downside without the unions is that corporations will fuck you with a steel rod if you're not part of a union.

Let me fix that for myself. Corporations will fuck you with a still rod whether you're in a union or not. Given the choice between union and non-union, I choose union, because at least some poor soul is getting some dough instead of the corporation.

about 2 months ago
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Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement

lsllll Re:if you want your day in court (215 comments)

We apologise again for the fault in the subtitles. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

lsllll Re:Windows Linux for small business (589 comments)

Seriously? I admit there are some thing that are just easier done in Windows than Linux, like my Galaxy S3's photo's being transferred to my PC. I don't evern recall not being able to open a MS Word document in Libre Office, no matter what the version of MS Word the document was saved in was. I also do not agree that the UI on Linux is behind Win XP, let alone 2K. I use XFCE on all my Linux boxes and have never had a problem doing anything graphically, although I'm more of a command guy to begin with. Both my daughters have been using Linux on notebooks (yes, notebooks, no issues with wireless or anything) for a very long time (4-5 years). The only time they had issues was when they used to save presentations when they were in high school (a few years ago) and had to make things work in Powerpoint.

At the end, it's not the few hundred bucks you're saving. It's rising against tyranny when it comes to the PC O/S. I hated buying Dell notebooks and having to pay for Windows. Even though those copies of Windows were already paid for, I elected for my daughters to use Linux on the same notebooks. I always thought of it as using a different language at home. They'd know Linux, but they'd learn Windows through their friends anyway and at the end would know both, which they do.

The ONLY thing Linux couldn't do well was gaming. One of my daughters wasn't into gaming at all. For the other one, she had a desktop that ran Windows so that she could play games, knowing that I would never help her with a Windows problem if she strayed and started to use the Windows machine as her main machine. She never did. She confined it to gaming, and I was happy, because I knew if she used it as her main machine she'd end up with tons of malware. She got the best of both worlds.

about 3 months ago
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Personal Privacy Choices and Internet Usage for the Somewhat Cautious Geek

lsllll Slashdot Glitch? (1 comments)

This is the second article I've seen from a few days ago which has NO comments. Tell me it isn't so?

about 5 months ago
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Why Snapchat and Its Ilk Face a Revenue Conundrum

lsllll Re:Yes. (104 comments)

Which is why I don't understand them not taking the 3 billion. It's just an app. It's not like it's a comprehensive social web site. I can't imaging FB having offered 3B for a simple app. You can't build a social experience around one app, so sell the app and use the money to come up with something entirely different, without the need for VC.

about 7 months ago

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What should I talk to high school computer science

lsllll lsllll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsllll (830002) writes "I got drawn (without my intention) into three 20 minute sessions, talking to high school students about computer science and programming, and am wondering what are some of the things I should talk to them about. I have previously done the same thing for a forty minute period, and all the students wanted to talk about game programming. My only game programming experience dates back to the late 80's and programming a few games (some which ran on top of Novell's network) in Turbo Pascal. Since then I have done lots of database design, web interface programming, and systems configuration and integration. I am pretty fluent with Windoze and Linux, but my contemporary programming skills are somewhat limited to Coldfusion, PHP, Javascript, SQL and bash scripts. Should I talk to them about different aspects of computer science, what it's like to work full-time in the computer industry, or do I make the sessions just question and answer, since 20 minutes might not allow me to talk and do question and answer?"
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eBay Search Engine Completely Down

lsllll lsllll writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lsllll (830002) writes "eBay search system appears to be completely down, or only partially functioning for many users according to The Inquisitr. Users have reported problems with search results returning completely empty sets. Having tested this with the search term "rfid", I can verify that on most refreshes there were no results, and on some there were only about 500 or so results. The specific auction pages are fine, since Google searches jump to the auctions with no problem.

On their announcement page eBay says "Please note that we are working as quickly as possible to get this resolved. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to resolve this." But sellers are already wondering about their lost sales on eBay forums, given that this is probably the biggest Saturday shopping day of the year. The first post on the forums is marked at 1:05 PST, so the search appears to have been down for at least the past 3.5 hours. Interestingly, eBay's announcement gives some workarounds, but I doubt anybody would be checking the announcements for tips and tricks to get around the problem."

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