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GMail Chat/GTalk Sending Chats To Wrong Recipients

luder Re:Google = buggy (109 comments)

rsmith@gmail.com and r.smith@gmail.com are exactly the same email address. Same for r.s.m.i.t.h@gmail.com.

That problem usually happens when you use the email r.smith@gmail.com and the sender is trying to email rsmith2@gmail.com, but forgets the number and instead emails rsmith@gmail.com. I get that kind of emails very often, too, but I can't see what google could do here.

1 year,24 days
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Elon Musk Admits He Is Too Busy To Build Hyperloop

luder Re:Too busy for a pipe dream! (253 comments)

The one in Spain crashed because it was going to fast around the corner because the driver was texting on his phone.

He was not texting, he was talking on the phone, receiving instructions from the train company about the route farther ahead (it was not a warning about the corner). But that is probably irrelevant since he was already too fast when he got the call, one minute before the crash. Even if he noticed the corner, I don't know if one minute would be enough to slow down the train to a safe speed.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

luder Re:27" FTW (375 comments)

One thing that annoys me, though, is that when I start something on a secondary monitor, it opens on the primary one. Anyone knows how to fix that?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

luder Re:Not easy (683 comments)

One way is to ask for his advice on your work. In reviewing it, he may pick up some of your ideas and implement them.

Or maybe he will say something like this:

"Why do you create so many objects and methods! Object instantiation and method calls are costly. It's not easy to allocate memory for new objects and the more you do it the more memory fragmentation becomes an issue. Method calls can disrupt the processor pipeline and prevent the best use of the cache. All this can really slow down our application and increase its memory footprint. Please don't do that, instead put everything in a single static method, which will only be called once and suffer no performance penalties. Hey, since I'm ahead of schedule, I'll be glad to give you a hand on improving your code. All of that overhead will be history in no time :wink:."

about 2 years ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

luder Re:Bitbucket (218 comments)

That's more than I pay for shared web hosting with "unlimited" everything, including shell access and the ability to set up my own private Git / Hg / Svn repositories.

about 2 years ago
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Staples To Offer 3D Printing Services

luder Re:Limitations (85 comments)

They will probably make a mess out of it... Last time I went to Staples, I wanted to print some chapters from an Open Publication License book and a datasheet for a Microchip ethernet controller. They refused to print the book without written permission from the publisher, even though the Open Publication License was clearly stated. As for the datasheet, they wanted to charge me a copyright tax because it has "© 2004 Microchip Technology Inc." on the cover...

I said "no thanks" and ended up printing everything on a small mom and pop shop, no fuss at all. Plus no fee for handling USB pen drive, no waiting for almost an hour while someone prints a few hundred photos or decides on wedding invitations, and cheaper prices...

 

about 2 years ago
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C/C++ Back On Top of the Programming Heap?

luder Re:Buffer overflow (611 comments)

Funny, your comment reminds me of a teacher I had, he used to say the same thing with almost the same words. You're not from Portugal, are you?

more than 2 years ago
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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

luder Re:Good Riddance (518 comments)

Rotate Right? What's the relevance in this story?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer For a Hobbyists?

luder Re:Don't give up on serial (165 comments)

There are a large number of great USB to serial port adapters on the market and they're not too expensive either.

Don't waste your money on cheap USB to serial port adapters from ebay. I bought one really cheap and it gave me nothing but trouble. They even sent a free replacement, but nothing would work with it. I heard good things about FTDI adapters, next time I consider buying one that will be my choice.

more than 2 years ago
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US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

luder Re:Oops (299 comments)

I don't know about that, but I have a feeling the US will activate its emergency broadcast system in the near future...

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Roslyn: Reinventing the Compiler As We Know It

luder Re:security? (195 comments)

Yes, that's true. When I talked about injection attacks I was thinking more about using this to run JSON-like strings of code when you don't trust the source.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Roslyn: Reinventing the Compiler As We Know It

luder Re:security? (195 comments)

It allows for something similar to eval in .NET. From the article:

"Hejlsberg demonstrated a C# program that passed a few code snippets to the C# compiler as strings; the compiler returned the resulting IL assembly code as an object, which was then passed to the Common Language Runtime (CLR) for execution. Voilà! With Roslyn, C# gains a dynamic language's ability to generate and invoke code at runtime.

Put that same code into a loop that accepts input from the user, and you've created a fully interactive read-eval-print loop (REPL) console for C#, allowing you to manipulate and experiment with .Net APIs and objects in real time."

If your program is doing what the demo code does, then sure, you're asking for code injection attacks.

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

luder Re:Honoring the dead is not a zero-sum game (725 comments)

but still I'm saddened by the number of people using the occasion of Richie's death to take another gratuitous slam at Steve Jobs

Except it is relevant. Jobs' death caused mass hysteria that elevated him to god level, while Ritchie will go unnoticed by all except the IT community. What would be of Apple and Jobs without C and Unix?

But anyway, I haven't seen many people here are taking a gratuitous slam at Steve Jobs... Aren't you overreacting?

about 3 years ago
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Mozilla Foundation Releases Firefox 7

luder Re:Fail (452 comments)

Same here. What's not to like about the awesome bar?

about 3 years ago
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Toshiba Adds Two-Way Wi-Fi To SD Card

luder Re:Cell phone camera's (77 comments)

even the best cellphone camera is a toy compared to what a pro or semi pro would be using

I agree, but we should be careful not to underestimate cellphone cameras, they can be surprisingly good:

iPhone @ New York streets
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonatasluzia/6103884318/
http://365iphone.blogspot.com/2011/08/1382010.html
http://365iphone.blogspot.com/2011/08/2882011.html
http://365iphone.blogspot.com/2011/08/2382011_24.html
http://365iphone.blogspot.com/2011/08/2082011.html
http://365iphone.blogspot.com/2011/08/1782011_17.html
http://365iphone.blogspot.com/2011/07/1872011_18.html

more than 3 years ago
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SignalGuru Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights

luder Re:You can do that right now (436 comments)

Gee, where did I said I brake hard when people are right behind me? That's obviously stupid. Eventually, people catch up to you and think "there aren't any cars between the 50 meters separating this guy and the red light, why the hell is he going at 20 kph?!". Way to take a general observation and extrapolate the worst possible case...

more than 3 years ago
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SignalGuru Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights

luder Re:You can do that right now (436 comments)

I do this too, but it sucks when people behind you don't get it and go mad on you... And that's almost always the case.

more than 3 years ago

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UVB-76 undergoes maintenance

luder luder writes  |  more than 4 years ago

luder (923306) writes "After several voice messages were heard back in August, the Russian shortwave radio station UVB-76 went silent on September 1, when it appears to have gone down for maintenance. Later that day, it started to play a pattern consisting of a piece from the "Swan's Lake" and 10 buzzer sounds [mp3 file]. From September 2 to 5, a large amount of CW and voice messages were observed, while at the same time the first confirmed pirate transmissions were observed by European amateurs, including fake voice messages, shortwave graffiti and morse code with personal messages. The UVB-76 got finally back on air on September 8, with stronger signal than many have ever seen. However, several voice broadcasts on September 8 have been starting with the callsign MDZhB, which rises the question of the callsign change for the station, although this remains an open question at the moment. Uvb-76.net is providing live streams as received 900km NW from the station, for those of us who don't own a SW receiver or are too far to get a reception."
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UVB-76 in a frenzy

luder luder writes  |  more than 4 years ago

luder (923306) writes "Russian shortwave radio station UVB-76 has been in a heap of activity, lately. After several voice messages were heard in August, the buzzer went silent on September 1st, when it appears to have entered maintenance mode. Unusual activity followed on September 2nd, alternating transmissions of morse code, buzzing and a short clip of Dance of the Little Swans, from Swan Lake ballet [mp3 file]. More voice transmissions were received, mostly people counting, and someone saying "[I am] on site, working, but she is weak". The interest in the station seems to have skyrocketed, particularly thanks to a 4chan message, posted in the end of May, where someone claimed UVB-76 would initiate the detonation of a nuclear device in South Korea, in early September. Some people with access to shortwave radio transmitters have been starting pirate transmissions at the UVB-76 frequency, broadcasting music, morse code with personal messages and voice messages trying to pass as genuine transmissions. uvb-76.net is providing live streams as received 900km NW from the station, in case you wish to join the bandwagon."
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Judge rules TorrentSpy destroyed evidence

luder luder writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Come play kdice writes "A federal judge has handed the MPAA a resounding victory in its copyright infringement lawsuit against TorrentSpy. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper entered a default judgment against Justin Bunnell and the rest of named defendants in Columbia Pictures et al. v. Justin Bunnell et al. after finding that TorrentSpy "engaged in widespread and systematic efforts to destroy evidence" and lying under oath about said destruction. After being sued, TorrentSpy mounted a vigorous defense, including a countersuit it filed against the MPAA in May 2006, but, behind the scenes, the court documents paint a picture of a company desperately trying to bury any and all incriminating evidence. TorrentSpy has announced its intention to appeal, but its conduct makes a reversal unlikely."
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luder luder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

luder writes "A 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class and questioned by two Secret Service agents, who were investigating her role in setting up a MySpace Web page featuring an image that the agents felt was extremely threatening to the life of the President of the United States. Beneath the words "Kill Bush" the girl posted a cartoonish photo-collage of a knife stabbing the hand of the president, one of a few images she used to decorate an anti-Bush Web page she moderated on MySpace. Ultimately, the agents concluded there was no real danger and said they would delete her investigation file but, with the recent suspension of Habeas Corpus, what would stop the President from issuing an arrest order if he found this offensive enough?"

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