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Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

mtm_king Re:How can anyone trust (138 comments)

I am stealing your sig. It is too good for just one person to have. And when I use it the world will only be 5 seconds old and I will have been the first to use it.

about a year ago

Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

mtm_king Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

Friend, converting from Baptist to Catholic is like switching from Marlboro cigarettes to Camel. Try kicking the habit completely.

about a year and a half ago

Broadcast Industry Wades In On Dish Network's Hopper

mtm_king Re:Don't do that. (194 comments)

Those who cheat the public out of public domain media are also thieves.

When I get mod points I will come back and mod your comment Insightful.

more than 2 years ago

Russia Has Sights Set On Manned Moon Landing By 2030

mtm_king Boring (207 comments)

Sciencewise (yes, that is a word if I say it is) the moon is the most boring thing in our solar system. There is nothing to learn from putting humans on it again. I do not mind spending money (our money or the Russians) on science, but let's set our sights higher (higher than the moon, get it).

more than 2 years ago

Stem Cell Firm May Have Administered Unproven Treatments

mtm_king Re:uhm, they also had an infected blood supply (221 comments)

The infected blood supply also took a toll on people who needed blood for other reasons, including one of my favorite authors, Isaac Asimov.

more than 2 years ago

Super Bowl Bust: Feds Grab 307 NFL Websites; $4.8M

mtm_king Thank god. (198 comments)

I feel so much safer now.

more than 2 years ago

What Makes Spider Webs Tough As Steel

mtm_king Smack yourself with steel and then a spider web (76 comments)

I call bullshit on the heading "Spider Webs Tough As Steel". I have hit my head on spider webs and on steel. I am absolutely sure that spider webs are not anywhere near as tough as steel. Thank you, good night.

more than 2 years ago

Filesonic Removes Ability To Share Files

mtm_king Re:Not only that... (412 comments)

That argument is so 1990s.

And your point is????

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

mtm_king Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (1521 comments)

Fond memories.

April 1 2006 - Slashdot Design Changes for Wider Appeal - I think that was my favorite.

September 11 2001 - Slashdot was like being with friends on that lousy day.

You did waste my time efficiently and enjoyably. Thanks.

Good luck and be cool.

more than 3 years ago

Study Shows Programmers Get Better With Age

mtm_king Re:Known this one for a long time... (352 comments)

That pretty much describes me. Except my resume gets me interviews - with people younger than my daughter and I never hear from them. I hate to say it. Our mistake was not moving to management.

more than 3 years ago

Study Shows Programmers Get Better With Age

mtm_king Re:The 18-year-old Rubyist isn't a good programmer (352 comments)

I totally agree. Web apps have to run in a browser. Native apps get the whole operating system. It is very difficult to get a web app to have the usability of a native app. It takes a lot more resources (cost) to create a good web app. To do a PHP web app you need to use PHP, Java (for Ajax), HTML, Apache configuration, and some database and worry about security. Replace PHP with whatever and Apache with IIS - still it is a mess compared to a native app. Give me client/server any day. If you are not sure how I feel about this, wait - 'Hey, you kids get off my grass.'

more than 3 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

mtm_king Re:and plan better for the next time. (765 comments)

I am using Prey Project. I had a netbook taken from a motel room. Two hours of watching surveillance video it seemed to indicate it had to be the maid. But I could not even prove that the netbook was there. After my limited research/testing I have Prey running on two laptops and my Droid. Yes, it does run on Linux. The price is right, too. Very low overhead and seems well written.

more than 4 years ago

Really Misleading Ads From Broadband Providers

mtm_king Re:QWEST where 3 = 2.66 (256 comments)

Good point, I guess. I did not know TCP headers were now referred to as overhead and should not be counted when measuring bandwidth. I am sure that if you have a download limit that all ISPs exclude TCP headers, too.

Funny, at the moment QWEST is advertising on /. and

I should say QWEST had a couple of good points. A little faster upload speeds than cable and over a 8 years run I would guess the connection was not down 48 hours (I ran a server for a couple of businesses most of the time). And QWEST let me use a ISP of my choosing with a static IP. But when I wanted to cut back cost a little QWEST was a bitch. $60 a month for 2.66 mbps naked DSL is just too much.

more than 4 years ago

Really Misleading Ads From Broadband Providers

mtm_king QWEST where 3 = 2.66 (256 comments)

QWEST sells a 3 mbps (the fastest I can get to my house) naked for $60/month.

Except it is not 3 mbps, it is 2.66. QWEST says "Well, we mean up to 3 mbps." But it is never up to 3 mbps. It is always at 2.66. But that is OK with QWEST because they call it good if it is within 80% of 3 mbps.

Also I learned that the reason I am not seeing 3 mbps is because of "overhead".

I hated to do it but I switched to cable. I am paying for 5 and it is always above 5.

more than 4 years ago

Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?

mtm_king Re:Wow, Great Summary (383 comments)

My two bits on this thread is - there is nothing we can do about it - things change - especially the good things - IMO /. is still cool - but like I said - things change... Love you guys (and that girl that was here once)

more than 5 years ago

Favorite on-screen calculator?

mtm_king SQL (776 comments)

SELECT 1.61803399 * 3.14159265 I always have a query window open so it is handy...

more than 5 years ago



Write a Windows EXE program

mtm_king mtm_king writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mtm_king (99722) writes "Here is the deal – I want to write a little Windows (form) program that will search and display some data from a small (50 MB) database (5 search/filter-able fields, 50 fields total, 5 tables). I need the “solution” to be self-contained. I want to end up with an executable (exe) file that is not dot-net dependent. I want the database driver to either compile into the exe or at least be a DLL file that does not have to be “installed”. I want this to run from a hard disk, CD or flash drive – the data will be read only. The program will not touch the “system registry” and will not know that the internet exists.

I have several programs like this used by dozens of end users. OK – I wrote them 10+ years ago with Delphi 5 (gift from God) using Advantage Database Server (loved it, bought by Sybase).

One of the programs needs a complete rewrite.

I make a few thousand dollars a year updating the data. Supporting dot-net and SQL Server Express and keeping them updated is not what I want or can afford to do for a bunch of end users, most of whom I have never met.

(I am not saying dot-net is evil. For “work” I use Visual Studio every day, not that I enjoy it. And I like Microsoft SQL Server.)

I just need to write a simple program that takes search criteria and does something like a “select”statement on a database. It used to be easy. Now it is hard. I feel old.

(Apologies to parentheses haters.)"

Windows main problem

mtm_king mtm_king writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mtm_king (99722) writes "Just read the last half of Dvorak's (who we all know and love) column. It could be titled:

Why can't Microsoft bring itself to dump the Registry?

IMO — Windows' registry has been a cruel affliction on users, developers, and support folks since it was unleased on the the world. I think that the number of problems that registry has caused is a magnitude greater than the number of problems it has solved. (That statement may not be correct if it did not solve any problems, but you know what I mean.) Anyone out there agree with me and John D? Join us and complain! (I run Linux at home so easy on the submitter should stuff.)"


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