top Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer
re: hearing -- to keep this from coming across as an ad or spam I encoded it just a little but I'm sure you'll get it; I just got my first one a couple of months ago for less than $250 from a site with same name as a big famous river in South America. If you go there (the site, not the river) search for Tweak Hearing Focus Model. Small design, smart electronics, works great and real people at the seller actually answer the phone if you have questions or need anything. Like all super heroes these do have one vulnerability -- water -- so if you get them keep them dry.
top Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?
You might be able to surmise from my username that I could be about 3 years from retirement (as if I would -- I love what I'm doing)
I've always stayed current and learn something new every day. I have found it definitely does depend on the culture of the company you are dealing with but also on the nature of the work. For freelance work, just about everyone I deal with seems quite happy to depend on "the old guy" to get it done, especially if they would consider the project a grind. They know they will get a good result and I can tell it just feels like a safe bet to them.
It happens sometimes that after a few freelance projects a company will want to talk about hiring me full time. On the East/West coast is where I have encountered the "I'm young and smart so you must be old and dumb" attitude. I sure don't take it personally. And in the Midwest decades of experience still counts for plenty and they will wine & dine you to get you go full time.
top MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Wasn't bitcoin supposed to be theft-proof by design?
There is some kind of chain of ownership built into each coin, right? So doesn't that mean a "stolen" coins can't really be spent then, because the chain of ownership is part of the coin and the thief will be exposed as soon as they try to use it.
Or something like that. I guess I just don't get it. If anyone can explain I'd appreciate it.
about a month and a half ago
top Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability
Android feels like it is steadily becoming the new Windows.
-- It's showing up everywhere.
-- The version issues hark back to the days of "DLL hell"
-- This drum beat of exploits has a familiar rhythm too.
-- As a multi-platform developer I find I'm always having to reboot my device, and the IDE just to get a clean test run.
Call me a fan boy but iOS is a much better world to work and play in
top FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft
Posting to undo mod mistake
top Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed
I know what you mean in the sense that
/. articles are often "olds" instead of news
However for me there are two other considerations;
It may be news to me -- and possibly others -- as is the case with this article
More importantly I usually get more insights on the topic from the discussion it generates than from the article itself
Anyway, thanks for pointing out this is actually "olds" -- good to know!
top Apple II DOS Source Code Released
Copyright should end after 10yrs max. Whatever paltry profits apple may stand to gain from hording things like this to themselves pale in comparison to the lost history if such things are destroyed before they're ever released to the public.
Whether copyrights should or should not last no more than 10 years is an interesting question but chances are they will always be much longer than that especially as life spans continue to increase. Meanwhile for something more unfailing than Moore's law check out the
"how old is Mickey" copyright curve.
top Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents
I totally agree. What kind of an idiot gives their passowrd to an administrator?
Victims of the
top DoD News Aggregation Service "The Early Bird" Dead After 65 Years
... Is Change and not always for the better
top 10 Wearable Habitats To Shelter You From the Apocalypse
... at the next Occupy Movement sit-in with my new Ecouterre wearable habitat!
top How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?
oh, I thought it was a feature =)
I hit "overrated" by accident on a decent post and thought the author deserved better treatment than that... afaik that's the only way to "undo"
top How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?
posting to revert mod mistake
top Aurora Attackers Were Looking For Google's Surveillance Database
Please mod up! Funny +1
top A Truckload of OAuth Issues That Would Make Any Author Quit
OAuth is ugly to implement, no argument there.
Most of the points made in the article were interesting and seemed valid to me but near the conclusion it felt like the author was reaching bit by ignoring the refresh token concept to make the final point.
The threat of a hacked browser was a bit of an eye opener for me -- never heard that one brought up as a possibility while working on an OAuth implementation for a client.
top New Java 0-Day Vulnerability Being Exploited In the Wild
It is a poor worker who blames his tools. The language is not the problem, it is what you do with it but still...
YOUR PROGRAMMING TASK: To shoot yourself in the foot.
C: You shoot yourself in the foot.
C++: You accidentally create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, "That's me, over there."
Perl: You grep through a list of your body parts, shooting the bits that look like feet. On the first try, you don't shoot anything, and realize that you're matching hashrefs instead of scalars. On the second try, you shoot off your big toe instead of the whole foot (shouldn't have used greedy matching in the regex). Finally, you shoot yourself in the foot, generalize your code to allow it to shoot anyone anywhere, and post it on CPAN as SUICIDE::LITE.
Python: You want to shoot the toes off your foot. You ask your foot to tell you about all of your toes, but to please pause for a while after each one so you can shoot it. After you shoot, your foot begins where it left off.
FORTRAN: You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, until you run out of toes, then you read in the next foot and repeat. If you run out of bullets, you continue with the attempts to shoot anyways because you have no exception-handling capability.
Pascal: The compiler won't let you shoot yourself in the foot.
Ada: After correctly packing your foot, you attempt to concurrently load the gun, pull the trigger, scream, and shoot yourself in the foot. When you try, however, you discover you can't because your foot is of the wrong type.
COBOL: Using a COLT 45 HANDGUN, AIM gun at LEG.FOOT, THEN place ARM.HAND.FINGER on HANDGUN.TRIGGER and SQUEEZE. THEN return HANDGUN to HOLSTER. CHECK whether shoelace needs to be re-tied.
LISP: You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds...
FORTH: Foot in yourself shoot.
BASIC: Shoot yourself in the foot with a water pistol. On large systems, continue until entire lower body is waterlogged.
Java: You find that Microsoft and Oracle have released incompatible class libraries both implementing Gun objects. You then find that although there are plenty of feet objects implemented in the past, you cannot get access to one. But seeing as Java is so cool, you don't care and go around shooting anything else you can find.
top Telepresence Robot Rundown
I have disagree re: 3D printing to die out in a few more years-- we were doing it in the 90's with 10' tall machines making design prototypes. It was prohibitively expensive for anything else. Now it's much cheaper and much more widespread. It reminds me of the computer's transition from mainframe to PC's. I really think it's the future of manufacturing.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?
It sounds like you've done the right things so far and lawsuits and name & shame are like firing off nukes, you don't want to have to resort to those as long as there are alternatives.
You know the client, your relationship with them and the future of your business better than any of us so you are ultimately always going to be in the best position to know what to do.
My nature is to be gentle but direct when confronted with excuses and would ask "Do you really intend to pay us? When?" Get it in writing or email, then when that date comes round, repeat. That has worked for me several times.
I've also paid a lawyer to just write a letter asking on my behalf about their intentions and what reasons they may have for not paying. Sometimes that's enough,.
They are behaving like weasels though. If you can avoid it, I hope you won't do any more work for them, or at least not without payment up front.
top Current Radio Rules Mean Sinclair ZX Spectrum Wouldn't Fly Today
I wrote my first real program on a Sinclair. It was for TV troubleshooting and it took you down to the section. Storage was a cassette tape and the output was composite video for black & white TV.
Then I bought the memory expansion, took it to work and made a program for it to do cost estimate calculations. It was the 2nd computer anywhere in the company. I got promoted from cost estimating to Systems Administrator all in one go. I stayed with that company almost 30 years, then I left to start my own software company.
A few years ago I was telling that story to a client. He pulled a mint condition Sinclair -- still in the original box -- out of his desk and gave it to me. He said it bought it to learn computers and never used it. It was like giving me the keys to my first car.
top Grim Picture of Polar Ice-Sheet Loss
If the sea level would just rise about 30 more meters or so my house would be on the beach, plus -- and this is a big plus -- no one would ever have to smell New Jersey again.
top Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes
What has ever caused more human suffering than religion?
about a year and a half ago
top DARPA dreams about mind control
The agency's budget for the next fiscal year includes $4 million to start up a program called Silent Talk. The goal is to "allow user-to-user communication on the battlefield without the use of vocalized speech through analysis of neural signals." That's on top of the $4 million the Army handed out last year to the University of California to investigate the potential for computer-mediated telepathy.
I am all out of tin foil, will a spaghetti strainer work?
top Automotive Industry Bailout
top Google Stops Book Scans
top Hacking the Roomba
"the authors believe, neither side is likely to be forced from the battlefield--Microsoft has too much market share and OSS offers too many benefits for users
some insight about the article as well.
top Google Spoofed
top Treasury of Computer Humor
Failing that, just where is the treasury of computer quotes?
SCO may not be all that great at deploying
operating systems or litigation but it certainly is the best at shooting itself in the foot.
top Rover Solar Panels Cleaned
The rovers landed on Mars in January with solar cells capable of providing more than 900 watt-hours of electricity per day. Spirit's output has dropped to about 400 watt-hours, partly because Martian dust has caked its solar panels. Opportunity's output also declined at first - to around 500 watt-hours - but over the past six months it has regained power (New Scientist, 30 October, p 6). Lately, its solar cells have been delivering just over 900 watt-hours.
Rover team leader Jim Erickson at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told New Scientist that a process still not understood.
top 'Good Morning Silicon Valley' Ate My Newsfeed!
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