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

lsllll Re:Yes (302 comments)

Yeah, except you don't know if they put yoga mats in it or not. Translate that to using libraries for coding and you're really putting your existence in hands of a few (or many, depending on which library you use). I'm not saying we shouldn't be using libraries. Of course I'm not going to program routines in assembler and write everything from scratch, but when it comes to website design, checking for invalid input falls squarely on the hand of the developer, not libraries.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

lsllll Re: Disposable Androids (184 comments)

... reload it regularly like a Windows gaming box.

Wow! The Windows install/update/drivers process is so painful that I am extremely careful in selecting what I install on my gaming machine. I can upgrade to a new version of Fedora in 15 minutes, give or take a minute or two, though. When it comes to my Windows installation, the ONLY thing I install is games I intend to play. Now if I need to experiment in a Windows environment I don't care about, I use VirtualBox and turn on snapshots.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

lsllll Re:Dear Prime Minister Cameron, (329 comments)

Or he's stating that they are all awful. In recent history in any case.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

lsllll Re:Confused subject here, please help? (329 comments)

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Go fuck yourself with a 10ft pole, my dear Mr. Cameron.

Just saving a lookup for some people.

about two weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

lsllll Accuracy of Tools and Software (289 comments)

I'm pretty sure NASA would have to account for all of these additions, but do we live in the same precision world as does NASA? Do command lines like "date +%s" historically count these seconds?

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

lsllll Re:well its a good thing that... (303 comments)

I'm not sure if you're specifically referring to the US Constitution or the whole shebang, including all the amendments (and the bill of rights). We constantly see courts skirmishing around the first and fourth amendments. They go back and forth, so I wouldn't so hastily toss out the Constitution.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

lsllll Re: (303 comments)

Just like the true Stingray can only live under water, these Stingray devices, I've heard, stop at the lawn. The CANNOT, by definition, trespass the space line between the sidewalk and the lawn, so you'd be safe if you were standing on the lawn. They can crawl over concrete, though. So they can go up your driveway and onto your porch, but the threshold into your house/apartment stops them dead in their tracks.

about three weeks ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

lsllll Re:(In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (184 comments)

Well, you've just described the definition of terrorism. It is there so it can terrorize people and make life more difficult. Al Qaeda won. Not because they killed 3000 people, but because they successfully rearranged the lives of Americans and most of the rest of the World, all for the worst. Many people (Muslim and not) suffered because of their act, many people will continue to suffer. We lost and we continue to lose, every day, via these bullshit tactics by TSA, the CIA, the FBI, and the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court. All of our rights are being stripped away one bit at a time. I am an immigrant and this is not what I signed up for.

about a month and a half ago
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Fedora 21 Released

lsllll But will it be stable? (106 comments)

I have been using Fedora since FC3. Used to use Mandrake before that. I'll have to check 21 out tonight, but my gut feeling is that it's not going to go so well. I believe the last version of Fedora that was rock-solid stable and had support for pretty much anything I threw at it was FC18. For the sake of diversity, I run Ubuntu (XFCE) on my desktop at home, FC20 (XFCE) at work, and CentOS5 and CentOS6 on all the servers I'm involved in.

One of the botches I believe FC team did was when they changed the interface for the hard drives during the installation. Yeah, I know, I switch to console and fdisk and parted everything the way I want it, but the GUI used to be really simple before they changed it.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

lsllll Re:Consumers are cheap (415 comments)

I seriously doubt it'll be $10/month. Assuming a new O/S off-the-shelf costs about $80, and that a user is going to use it for 4 years, the cost is just under $2/month. MS practically gives those licenses away to OEMs, so the gross sales for MS would be about $1/month/PC. If they charge you $10/quarter they'll have tripled their revenue.

The question is, what will subscription get you. Does it get you the opportunity to upgrade to the latest OS from MS? Or does it merely get you hotfixes? If it's just hotfixes, then they're really shooting themselves in the foot, since many PCs will go unpatched and even more stolen identities, etc. will be attributed to Windows machines. I suspect they'll go to something like $x/year will get you free upgrades.

about 1 month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

lsllll Re:Meet Streisand (307 comments)

I agree. The other thing, though, is that IT'S A CONTRACT. Read, read read! I don't know why people who don't read the contract try to get out of it later. I know it's not kosher to put things like this in the contact, but contracts are like that. They're usually one sided in favor of one party or another. The question is, whether this was illegal (extorting money for negative reviews). If it wasn't, then I don't see how one should be able to get out of it.

about 2 months ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

lsllll Missed by most (350 comments)

My wife just looked at these pictures and mentioned how the white woman is looking at her infant, while the black woman is looking like she's having a good time. I don't think anyone else mentioned this, and I certainly didn't notice it, but that could very well have a subliminal influence on my decision on which one is right and which one's wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

lsllll All together (74 comments)

Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again ...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There an Ethical Way Facebook Can Experiment With Their Users?

lsllll Anonymized From The Start (141 comments)

Sure, a set of anonymized, randomized set of users at the beginning and ensure they remain anonymous throughout the study, then do the study. The question is whether FB can truly anonymize the data they are studying. I would place a wager that they cannot. There is so much information creep in FB that anonymizing the data may not be possible.

Second solution, give the research projects to people who truly have no interest in the data or the results.

about 4 months ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

lsllll Face Palm (131 comments)

Looking at their example conversation, I had no choice but to face palm. Having never looked at Ruby code before, I was able to deduce perfectly well what the first iteration was doing. Do we really need to expand a function that can accomplish its task in one line into a function that may be a little more readable?

I wonder how today's programmers would make do with resources that were available in the early days of computing, or even when the IBM PC came out. Having to deal with small amounts of RAM caused programmers to be extremely creative in their programming. Granted that we do not have to go to such extremes today to write programs, reading about such practices is still very inspiring.

about 4 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

lsllll Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

Boo hoo for you. This is what is happening throughout the world. There are bad apples everywhere and some happened to be in your school. I'm not saying what they did was okay. They should have been dealt with accordingly. But to say that the whole school system promotes bullying, or that misogyny of this magnitude is prevalent in the gamer culture is wrong. Those are bullshit blank statements.

about 5 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

lsllll Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

I don't think it's necessarily geared towards the old geezer crowd, although I would be one of those. There are instances when tape is still the way to go. For long retention periods (less than the life of the tape), nothing beats tape. Once it's done and shipped to offsite storage, it doesn't generate heat, doesn't burn electricity, doesn't take any room in the data center, and is offsite.

about 5 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

lsllll Re:Performance improvements have helped it survive (511 comments)

Woosh! That was the sound of his comment over your >30y assembler skills. What he said was correct. Instructions in Java are encoded into bytecodes, which must still be interpreted and by the JVM and executed as machine code on a processor. All this translation takes time. You cannot tell me that adding two integers in Java is "directly" translated (without overhead) into the same machine code the a C compiler would generate.

about 5 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

lsllll One word (299 comments)

EBay. What if the seller I bought the phone from didn't like the negative feedback I left him for the phone not being described correctly and decided to be a dick and brick my phone? Giving owners that capability effectively kills much of the second and third hand market.

about 5 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

lsllll Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

It's hard to come by any hard stats for this, but here's an article that may shed some light on the issue.

According to the article, out of 800 positions created under DOJ's COPS program, 629 MUST go to veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11. Although this does not provide statistics for the existing law enforcement population, it does provide some insight. There are also numerous articles on the web that talk about transitioning veterans to local police forces.

about 5 months ago

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What should I talk to high school computer science

lsllll lsllll writes  |  more than 3 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 5 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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