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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

man_ls Re:So no more .net redistributable? (217 comments)

I wonder how big a statically linked OpenOffice executable would be on Debian.

about three weeks ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

man_ls Awesome? RT? (217 comments)

Is this a prelude to allowing compiled desktop applications on Windows RT? Without the CLR overhead, perhaps the ARM would be competitive with an entry-level Intel laptop?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

man_ls Re:Big Ugly Dishes (219 comments)

I think there's a power density component, too. C-Band signals are broadcast at a lot lower power than the enormously powerful signals put out by the providers which use 18" dishes.

about three weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

man_ls Asks... (367 comments)

"Asks schwit1, "How is this not a violation of the CFAA?" It sounds like the school was violating Facebook's Terms of Service, too."

Because in our society, laws don't apply to law enforcement officers or other officials. It's one of the perks of those jobs.

about a month ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

man_ls Unreliable Respondant? (172 comments)

Given McAfee's penchant for making up wildly outlandish responses to questions he's bored with or finds uninteresting, do we have any reason to believe we'll actually get responses which are anything other than works of fiction?

about a month ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

man_ls Half-right. (323 comments)

He's kind of half-right, and the part he's right about is why I left the IT industry entirely. I just couldn't keep up, the skills churn was just too much and I couldn't devote enough time to learning the constant parade of new buzzwords just to continue to be able to do my job, while also having to do my job.

I knew quite a few people who were in various IT careers a few years ago, but have universally washed out and are now technical managers or in entirely different industries. The few who did stick around managed to do so because IT was both their career and hobby, and so they had home labs that were always running the latest-and-greatest of anything. Windows 8 was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I quit. Now I'm a technical manager too.

The industry moves too quickly, and requires a level of continuous retraining that's unlike anything else in existence. I'm not at all surprised it's better - for many reasons - to hire a new temp or employee than it is to retrain someone.

about a month ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

man_ls Re:Multiple Desktops on a Single screen. (389 comments)

As far back as Vista, I've had success running bizarre GPU/Monitor configurations that you'd think would never work but were always perfect. I'm talking 3 GPUs driving 5 monitors, with a GeForce and a Quadro of the same generation in PCIe slots and a 4-gens-back-not-same-driver GeForce in a PCI slot. Or two GeForces and a Radeon. With monitors of all different resolutions going at once.

It's not perfect, sure, but in my opinion Windows multi-monitor support is the most forgiving and easiest to configure of all operating systems currently on the market.

about 2 months ago
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Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

man_ls Lamarck Vindicated? (160 comments)

Does this mean Lamarckian evolution is partially correct after all?

about 2 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

man_ls Re:I don't get it (203 comments)

The interesting stuff starts to happen when enough people accept credits of computer time that you don't need to worry about converting it to fiat paper anymore.

about 4 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

man_ls Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Eh, I look at it more like tipping for good content. Set your browser to automatically send someone 100 DOGE if you click a theoretical "good content" button.

about 4 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

man_ls It may be an unfixable problem. (445 comments)

I'm a male, but frankly I quit pursuing academic and professional computer science years ago largely on account of the same factors that alienate women. "Computer people" are, by and large, just not people I want to spend time around. Exceptions to the rule at an individual level, of course, but everyone more or less knows what I'm talking about. The dark triad with a sprinkling of misogyny.

It turns out that many people, especially women, probably don't want to "bro down and crush code" - and yet, that's where the culture of the industry lies. Especially at the level a recent graduate is going to get involved in.

about 5 months ago
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Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

man_ls No kidding. (292 comments)

Yahoo's webmail is so bad, I finally got so frustrated with it I quit entirely.

And mind you: I've never used Yahoo webmail to actually receive e-mail. It was entirely unsuitable as nothing but a dummy e-mail account to receive automated task notifications at while testing software. I hate to think how it is if someone tries to use it for their actual e-mail.

Outlook, on the other hand, isn't actually that bad in my opinion. I (gasp) own a legitimate copy of it which I use with a my small business accounts.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's On Your Hardware Lab Bench?

man_ls Lots of stuff. (215 comments)

I don't do high-speed digital logic or anything like that; I primarily work on antique and vintage electronics, stereo hi-fi gear, microcontrollers and ham radio transmitters and receivers.

I have an inexpensive Rigol 100MHz scope, and an HP 16500B mainframe loaded with six more 100MHz scope channels + a pair of 250MHz channels; then I have a synthesized signal generator good up to 20MHz, a Leader FM Stereo Synthesized Signal Generator, an HP precision audio oscillator, an old AM RF generator from the early '50s, a handful of multimeters, and a very nice soldering iron, de-soldering iron, and a fume extraction system.

In all honesty, this is way overkill for what I work on...but part of the fun of having a good day job and a profitable hobby is being able to buy expensive toys that make everything just that much easier and more fun to work on.

about 5 months ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

man_ls Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

He was banned from their network, repeatedly, after abusing the system and causing load issues on JSTOR. After being kicked off the wireless enough times he couldn't get back on, he physically broke into a restricted equipment room on campus and attached a laptop to continue attacking the network and scraping the articles and took steps to conceal his presence and identity from security cameras which were erected specifically to look for him.

Surely you can acknowledge there's at least one criminal offense happening in that string of events.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

man_ls Do it. (417 comments)

I've derided tablets as being restrictive and generally poor imitations of actual computing devices and bemoaned their lack of input options. However, this previous Christmas season, I think I've come around on the process. My aging grandparents, now in their 80s, struggle regularly with a laptop or desktop computer but immediately figured out how to use Skype, e-mail, web browsing and a handful of other day-to-day activities far easier than they were ever able to on a full computer.

A friend's mother reports a similar experience: from being unable to manipulate a computer into doing pretty much anything other than going to Google, she set up and checked her own e-mail account she hadn't accessed in years, made Skype calls to other relatives, downloaded and then effectively used several Bible-related applications, and watched a movie.

Tablets are a great choice for someone who only wants to consume content, with little interaction with it. While I don't understand how these otherwise very intelligent, although non-technical people can have so much trouble in the first place clearly there's an unmet need for consumer-functional computing out there.

about a year ago
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Bungled Mobile Bet Will Be Ballmer's Swan Song

man_ls Re:I like my netbook. (300 comments)

I suspect he has poor riding technique, or is riding a fixie where form wins over function and a frequent failure mode is getting your clothing sucked into the chain line with no possible way of stopping the bike quickly, resulting in fairly horrifying and dramatic crashes with high potential for injury as a lot of rotational force with nowhere to go suddenly is transferred into your body.

I ride and race mountain bikes, and while crashing in those settings certainly has a high potential for injury, I've never had any issues from drivetrain failures; nor has anyone I've ridden with. This includes things like the chain falling behind the cassette and seizing the real wheel needing complete dis-assembly, chains snapping under power or falling off front cogs, and even binding on a derailleur cog resulting in snapping the chain, the metal derailleur cage, and the derailleur hanger clean off the bike.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Could Burn Consumers

man_ls Re:A terrible mistake. (297 comments)

I'll have to ask about that next time we're arguing about ARM vs X86. Although I know these guys well enough to extract tiny bits of proprietary information on occasion (such as the conversations I cited originally), I suspect the details of the thread scheduler may be more severely verboten to outsiders such as myself.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Could Burn Consumers

man_ls Re:A terrible mistake. (297 comments)

Not being an SDE myself, I wasn't aware of that fact - I assumed the point of the CLR and the entire managed code paradigm of .NET precluded such native dependencies.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows RT vs. Windows 8 Could Burn Consumers

man_ls A terrible mistake. (297 comments)

Microsoft is making a terrible mistake by not trying their absolute hardest to optimize the heck out of the Common Language Runtime for ARM. I don't think anyone would expect a tablet to be an acceptable desktop replacement machine - nobody thinks that of an iPad - but the fact they're not leveraging an existing architecture to bring application compatibility to the RT is going to cause major consumer headaches. No "native" apps would be a fine limitation, but they really should have the .NET CLR available for developers.

I occasionally chat with a few Microsoft SDEs who are directly involved in the development of native RT apps, and it usually goes something like this: "ARM is fucking terrible, it's weak and powerless!" "How come other platforms, including Linux, can run on ARM successfully?" "ARM isn't powerful enough to run Windows applications, that's what we mean. That's why we have to rewrite everything to be more highly optimized for these few Windows RT apps." "So, the reason Windows RT can't run Windows apps is because most Windows software is so bad, it wouldn't perform acceptably on something being run at its limits?" "Pretty much."

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Communications Set-Up For Small Office?

man_ls XMPP + Asterisk (224 comments)

I'd recommend running an XMPP server to provide instant messaging and more on the local network. I recommend Openfire for the server, it's fairly easy to get up and running and is Apache licensed; the server runs on Linux or Windows. It supports LDAP for authentication against an Active Directory network for user accounts so it will integrate well with your existing Windows domain. Functionality depends a lot on the client you select, but I'd recommend Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) which is very similar in many respects with Microsoft Lync; it is LGPL and supports enterprise features like voice/video calling, SIP integration, automatic provisioning via URL, encrypted connections, and a lot of other interesting features. It runs on pretty much anything, If you add Asterisk to the mix, you can tie Jitsi into that as well and get phone system integration and dialing from your desktop.

This does not solve the problem of Sharepoint, however.

about a year and a half ago

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