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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

mwvdlee Re:Thoughtcrime (361 comments)

It's not a "thought" crime if what you're watching (and thereby encouraging the production of) is illegal to view.

I guess pirating the video should be encouraged then.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

mwvdlee Love it or leave it (526 comments)

Either love programming for it's own sake or find a different job.
Nobody sees a software engineer as a true engineer, so you'll spend a lot of time dealing with stupid people who insist they know how to do your job better than you. These include (but are not limited to); bosses, managers, HR people, sales & marketing people, customers, clients, business partners (atleast their non-IT staff).
Unless you thoroughly enjoy programming, you'll quickly burn out.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

mwvdlee Re:C++ is not the language you start with (526 comments)

Exactly.
First learn assembly.
Only then, when you understand what a computer actually does, move onto to gradually higher level languages.
Until you finally end up with a popular language like Java or C# and can still understand what's going on instead of simply rote learning APIs.

yesterday
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

mwvdlee Re: Unconstitutinal (376 comments)

Atleast speed cameras are regulated and operated by a government agency.
This is just a corporation randomly pointing it's finger at somebody and saying "This week, YOU must give us $20. Why? Well, because you want your internet back, don't you?".

3 days ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

mwvdlee Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (340 comments)

Right... you're trying to be "hip" and "different" and absolutely don't care about being gip and different.
You got me good, you did!

about a week ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

mwvdlee Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (340 comments)

A hipster is somebody who would suddenly get a different taste if (and because) you'd like their taste.
They are people who so desperately want to be seen as different that they end up all being the same.

It's like how children want to be adults, but adults don't care about being adult.
Hipsters want to be interresting, but interresting people don't care about being interresting.

about a week ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

mwvdlee Re:Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

I don't mind "internet of things" so much; it's devices using the internet without human interaction. I think the hype maxed out on that back when we were all expecting internet-connected fridges. Nowadays we actually have a few of those and are a bit more sane about what they can and cannot do.

As for "cloud"; it's just an empty marketing phrase. It cannot have a regular hypecycle, because at the end of every hypecycle is a phase of normal, sane use of the technology. There simply isn't any technology to use (other than plain internet).

I'd combine them and call it the "cloud of things" for ultimate buzzwordiness; it can mean anything.

about a week ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

mwvdlee Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

A startup is a hectic place to be and can be very demanding, but one of the things I enjoy most about startups is that you can get from idea to implementation to testing to production within an hour.

about two weeks ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

mwvdlee Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

CPU's with TSX were first releasing in June 2013. Not really "early adopter" terrain any more.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

mwvdlee Record every call (364 comments)

I've been using a call recorder app for about half a year now; great not only for rare cases like these, but also for replaying a conversation to get a name or phonenumber or some other detail you've forgotten.

about two weeks ago
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The Fiercest Rivalry In Tech: Uber vs. Lyft

mwvdlee Re:In London, Lyft/Uber are intelligence tests. (125 comments)

No. How about the man who opened a strategically selected subset of Tesla's patents in order to improve the network of charging points Tesla's cars depend on?

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

mwvdlee Re:Its nonsense (391 comments)

His website proves itself false. He claims it was founded in 1988; however Whois records for the domain only go back to 2000, and the web address doesnt appear in the Wayback Machine until 2003.

Neither of these mean anything. You can buy a domain name years after founding a business, you can even change names or get a different domain name at a later time. Wayback machine doesn't archive every single website, nor does it archive them from the very start. I remember back then Wayback machine didn't archive anything unless somebody explicitly searched for the domain in Wayback machine.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

mwvdlee Re:Hackers (120 comments)

You prefer the media continue to bastardize the word "hacker" into some sort of evil-doer?

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

mwvdlee Re:stupid argument (306 comments)

And I guess plain text is also a code language for machine behaviour at the presentation level?
Or does an ASCII linebreak code not control machine behaviour?

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

mwvdlee Re: Wyvern = Wyrm (306 comments)

Except that it's not valid XML but something even worse.
That language just looks horrible.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

mwvdlee Re:Missing info (177 comments)

I know they're not the same; that's why they are different words.
TFA however, does not seem to recognize anything besides "affirmed" and "reversed", so "vacated" must be categorized as either of these.
Since the PDF I linked to grouped "vacated" with "reversed" in some of it's tables, I assumed that must have been what TFA has done, hence my use of the words "assuming vacated counts as a reveral".

Short; it doesn't matter what either of us thinks, it matter how the author of TFA defined these terms.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

mwvdlee Re:Objection! (102 comments)

What guarentee does anybody have these credentials are real and actually belong to ANY site?

They could just as well fabricate some large list of random credentials if their "disclosure" method doesn't actually require disclosing whose the data was.

All you would be paying for is a $120 "Thanks for the money, the credentials aren't from your site" notice.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

mwvdlee Re:Missing info (177 comments)

It would be useful to know how many of the court's decisions are affirm vs reverse.

http://www.americanbar.org/con...

I did some tallying on table 3 and found the following numbers on total decissions;
Reversed: 58.48%
Vacated: 12.58%
Affirmed: 28.94%

The article doesn't mention whether "vacated" is counted separately or as a reversal.
The graph shows only reversed and affirmed, so I'm assuming vacated counts as a reversal.
If this is the case, reversed and vacated together is 71.06%.
So if you'd guess "Reversed" all the time, you'd be slighly more accurate than the algorithm.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

mwvdlee Simplified algorithm (177 comments)

if defendant.bank_balance > plaintiff.bank_balance
      winner = defendant
else
      winner = plaintiff

I'd guess about 90% accurate.

about two weeks ago

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mwvdlee mwvdlee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mwvdlee writes "I have a small site selling selfmade software. Obviously this software has been cracked and is now distributed on warez sites. These warez site often refer to the original site and my statistics show a significant amount of traffic from them. I've set up a number of rules using mod_rewrite which currently redirect such warez sites to their local Business Software Alliance sites, which is kinda funny. But I'd like to do something more "creative" with redirecting such users. Can anybody think of fun things to do with redirecting warez visitors?"

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