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Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

mrflash818 Well deserved (135 comments)

Kudos, and well deserved.

C++ is my favorite language to program with, over the past few years.

yesterday
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

mrflash818 Proprietary (629 comments)

No, thanks.

Choosing a proprietary solution is not a good answer.

5 days ago
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

mrflash818 Model rocketry SAMs are next (151 comments)

Model rocketry Surface to Air Missiles are next, it seems.

about a week ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

mrflash818 Excellent! (125 comments)

30 days is plenty of time to research, patch, test, public announce fix, make fix available.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

mrflash818 Snick of a 3.5inch floppy disc case (790 comments)

Playing with the little metal media guard 'door' on the 3.5inch floppy disc, letting it snick closed after opening it with a finger.

Was a unique and distinctive sound.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

mrflash818 It's up to Citizens to be the Watchers (219 comments)

1. Corrupt officers will always find a way to have their recording equipment 'become ineffective' when they are doing illegal things, like provoking suspects....

2. Corrupt justice officals will always find a way to tamper with evidence so it becomes damaged or lost.

3. It is up to Citizens to be the Watchers, and post the raw video of incidents to Social Media, like youtube, and get the word out.

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

mrflash818 Eloi (840 comments)

H.G. Wells has given us a glimpse how things might end up for those that cannot create/fix/use anything: meatl

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

mrflash818 Only thing that matters (303 comments)

However, I also think that if a team or individual programmer can release software that serves a useful purpose, and is maintainable, then those are the only things that matter. Which language, functional or object-oriented 'way' that was used to get there? Seems less important.

(As for all the CompSci101 ad hominem one-upmanship of which definition is best to apply to each programming language, methodology, or style, I say: go do your bran muffin time *rueful laugh*

"A shoe!" -- Monty Python, Life of Brian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?... )

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

mrflash818 Functional as in C (303 comments)

Yeah, probably true.

I _meant_ function-al programming, .like as in using functions in C, as opposed to OO.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

mrflash818 Encapsulation (303 comments)

For me, I prefer OO programming (c++/java) to functional programming (C-lang), just due to encapsulation. I like having an object, with methods for its attributes, public/private methods, and such. Then having the objects interact in my program. It kinda makes sense to how I think.

However, I also think that if a team or individual programmer can release software that serves a useful purpose, and is maintainable, then those are the only things that matter. Which language, functional or object-oriented 'way' that was used to get there? Seems less important.

about three weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

mrflash818 Trust (203 comments)

I think, because only a fraction of 'net users are security conscious.

The rest just use the 'defaults' of their apps and search result links for things like email , online shopping, and online banking, and trust(?) that the people providing the access to their email, online banking, and online shopping, kept them safe.

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

mrflash818 Google takes the long view (386 comments)

Google takes the long view.

They do not seem to worry about neato flashy quick-to-market stuff.

They seem to take the long view. It is a good sign. And likely a good long-term investment, and I do not just mean stock price.

about three weeks ago
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Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

mrflash818 Open source for the win (278 comments)

The article mentions:

Experts agree it is far more difficult for intelligence agencies to manipulate open source software programs than many of the closed systems developed by companies like Apple and Microsoft. Since anyone can view free and open source software, it becomes difficult to insert secret back doors without it being noticed.

about a month ago
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5,200 Days Aboard ISS, and the Surprising Reason the Mission Is Still Worthwhile

mrflash818 Send probes not people (219 comments)

At this point, send probes, not people.

Seems almost all the solar system's objects have been studied most effectively by probes.

Would rather see future space research be to study and send probes to promising 'Earth 2' exoplanets.

If another human-habitable planet is discovered, then might fuel real breakthroughs to get humankind finally spreading across the galaxy to colonize it.

It seems once we see a real Goal (which to me would be finding another human-habitable planet), then we really start working towards it.

about a month ago
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BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

mrflash818 Use HTTPS (294 comments)

Use HTTPS. The article mentions:

ISPs cannot intercept requests for encrypted websites in the same way.

about a month ago
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South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack

mrflash818 airgap (39 comments)

Now would be a good time to institude a national airgap policy for critical infrastructure, if not already in place.

about a month ago
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

mrflash818 insurance companies should require airgap (212 comments)

If compananies want their business insured, perhaps the insurance companies can make having an 'airgap' a requirement of having coverage.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

mrflash818 open source games (121 comments)

Look at the source code of open-source games.

Fun way to learn.

nethack
quake
doom

etc

about a month ago

Submissions

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Ghost in the Shell adaptation gets Scarlett Johansson

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about three weeks ago

mrflash818 (226638) writes "Scarlett Johansson 'will star in a film adaptation of the popular anime Ghost In The Shell'

On Monday The Hollywood Reporter claimed the 30-year-old actress has landed the starring role in the live-action film adaptation of the hit Japanese anime series Ghost In The Shell.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvs..."
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NASA - Eleven trillion gallons needed to end California drought

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about a month ago

mrflash818 (226638) writes "It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

http://science.nasa.gov/scienc..."

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Annual changing of the passwords

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about three weeks ago

As is my own personal Security Policy, did my annual Changing Of The Passwords (changed all my passwords in my online accounts, and home WiFi (WPA2 PSK key)).

Tried to create and use strong passwords, unique to each online account.

https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

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timediff c program - gpl

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wrote a little c program to do command line calculation of the number of days between two dates, and respecting Gregorian calendar leap-year.

Hope others might find it useful as I do.

http://mrflash818.geophile.net/php/clang/index.php

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SGVLUG meeting 2010-03-11

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Interesting presentation on data ownership, and the usual general discussions.

Enjoyed hanging out, and the 'after party' at burger continental.

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shell script to distribute files from 1 dir to many dirs

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about 5 years ago

Just a shell script I wrote to be able to distribute files in one file to many directories.
Created it because my one directory of digital images was getting too big, such that it was slowing down image viewer startup.

distributeFiles.sh
***
#! /bin/bash

#
# distribte (by using mv)files from a source directory
# to collection of target directories (by using a for loop)
#
# distributeFiles.sh ...
#
if [ "$#" -lt "3" ]
then
    echo "distributeFiles.sh ... "
    exit
fi

ARG_ARRAY=( "$@" )
SOURCE_DIR=${ARG_ARRAY[0]}
#echo "SOURCE_DIR[$SOURCE_DIR]"

unset ARG_ARRAY[0]
#for i in "${ARG_ARRAY[@]}"
#do
# echo $i
#done

ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH=${#ARG_ARRAY[@]}
#echo "ARG_ARRAY LENGTH is $ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH"

AAL=1
#
# Get list of files to distribute
#
for i in $(ls $SOURCE_DIR)
do
    if [ -d "$SOURCE_DIR/$i" ]
    then
        continue
    fi
    #distribute to the distination directories
    #echo "mv \"${SOURCE_DIR}/$i\" ${ARG_ARRAY[$AAL]}/."
    mv ${SOURCE_DIR}/$i ${ARG_ARRAY[$AAL]}/.
    AAL=$((AAL + 1))
    if [ $AAL -gt $ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH ]
    then
        AAL=1
    fi
done
***

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sgvlug - january 2008 meeting - was great fun

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about 7 years ago

Went to the SGVLUG general meeting last night.

Had a great presentation on WINE, the windows compatibility softare, running on a recent Ubuntu.

Then went to Burger Continental to pig out. Had a garlic chicken pita, salad bar, and chocolate cake with cherry ice cream and a Dr.Pepper.

3000 calorie nirvana.

Was great fun.

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Debian PC back up after hardware failure

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Yay to my fellow members of the sgvlug.

The power supply on my Debian PC failed a few months ago.

A sgvlug member donated a 400w ATX power supply this weekend. Installed it, and now my little workstation is back!

yayness - karma feels good sometimes.

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Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner.

My LUG, SGVLUG (sgvlug.org) hosted one of the Slashdot anniversary parties. I attended.

Got one of the very nice T-shirts!

Congrats to Slashdot on their anniversary, and look forward to celebrating the 20 and 25 year ones, too!

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