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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

n1ywb Notes on Programming in C by Rob Pike (352 comments)

Word for word this short essay served to improve my coding more than any other document, and not just in C. Most of the essay is applicable to any language. Pike elegently and concisely explains the most important principles of good code style and software architecture. The sections "Programming with data" and "Function pointers" are particularly sailent. The section "Complexity", also known as "Rob's Rules", is outstanding and ought to be burned into the brain of every software developer. It's a free online classic and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet. http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/pi...

about 2 months ago
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

n1ywb Re:How about a string? (93 comments)

A typical oceanographic trawl winch will part 9/16" steel rope like it was nothing, which requires a force of about 27,000 lbs, and the ship doesn't even notice.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

n1ywb foo (384 comments)

foo

about 3 months ago
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A 32-bit Development System For $2

n1ywb Re:PIC (138 comments)

Yeah you could shoot yourself in the foot and use PICs or you could come to the light of AVR with it's higher speed and full support for doing dev with the GNU toolchain on Linux from 8 to 32 bits.

about 3 months ago
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Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

n1ywb Re:well (557 comments)

One last thing that just about no one knows about. All of the major news outlets proclaimed Florida to Gore before voting was finished in Florida. Florida resides in two time zones and the northwest "handle" of Florida is heavily Republican. Many voters left lines while voting was open once Florida was called for Gore. IF that hadn't have happened, the recount wouldn't have been close at all.

If that's really true, well, those folks who walked out have nobody to blame but themselves.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

n1ywb Re:Eh. There are worse things... (865 comments)

I see a business opportunity in installing aftermarket ignition kill switches.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

n1ywb Re:A switch is a switch (865 comments)

The main thing I like about an actual IGNITION SWITCH vs. some sort of software controlled engine start/stop button is the ability to actually turn the engine off without any software in the loop. Guess that's something I'll have to retrofit into my future cars.

about 3 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

n1ywb Re:Their business model sucked (338 comments)

I was BEGGING for this service a few years back when I was spending extended periods at sea. I'm sure anybody who goes on extended overseas trips would love it.

about 3 months ago
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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

n1ywb One question (77 comments)

Does it finally have vsplit?

about 3 months ago
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E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

n1ywb Why, God, why? (179 comments)

Put 'em back in the landfill where they belong. Or better yet in an incincerator.

about 3 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

n1ywb Re:Best/worst part is (180 comments)

You've heard of radio direction finding, right? Just stay out of the ham bands.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

n1ywb Re:Uh... (461 comments)

This. The NPR article seems misleading. They stopped him based on the 911 call. Which seems reasonable to me. If some moron is driving like a fool I'd really like to cops to stop him. The probable cause for the SEARCH was due to the marijuana smell. I don't think this ruling is a broad as it's being made out to be.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

n1ywb Re:IBM 3720 terminal (702 comments)

"If you wanted to get a free IBM 3270 terminal then you should have been there 20 years ago when the hospital threw away a dumpster-full." --Captain Hindsight

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

n1ywb Re:IBM Model M Keyboard (702 comments)

I bought one. A week later my wife spilled soda on it. Turned out it was pretty much impossible to salvage. I was disappointed by it's lack of servicability vs. a real Model M. You spend that kind of money on a keyboard you might expect it to survive a soda or at least be repairable.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

n1ywb IBM 3720 terminal (702 comments)

I can confirm from experience that an IBM 3270 terminal is practically indestructable. Standing on a loading dock I picked one up over my head and threw it as hard as I could down into an empty metal dumpster at ground level. The result? A small crack in the housing.

about 3 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

n1ywb Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (359 comments)

THIS! And poverty is pretty closely linked to being DESCENDED FROM SLAVES. Africa had advanced societies before Europeans went in there and fucked everything up and kidnapped half of everybody (sometimes with the African leadership's consent but two wrongs don't make a right). The you got Jim Crow and various other social atrocities. "Hey I know lets stack the socioeconomic deck against the blacks and then blame them for not pulling themselves up by their bootstraps! Heheheh".

about 3 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (723 comments)

Obamacare subsidies are based on your MAGI, which is your AGI with some other income that only rich people have added back (dividends?), so for most people it's your AGI. AGI is your gross income minus business expenses and some other things (but not taxes, including self employment taxes). It's all on page 1 of form 1040.

about 4 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

n1ywb Re:It's California (723 comments)

No, I think I was just really paying the market rate for a reasonable plan. It WAS good coverage. It wasn't catestrophic, it didn't have a cap.

about 4 months ago

Submissions

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Google 'Pressure Cookers' and 'Backpacks,' Get a Visit from the Cops

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about a year ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling?"
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Chinese hackers steal top US weapons designs

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  about a year ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Chinese hackers have gained access to the designs of many of the nation's most sensitive advanced weapons systems, according to report prepared for the Defense Department and government and defense industry officials,The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The compromised weapons designs include, among others, advanced Patriot missile system, the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile defense systems, the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter."

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George "geohot" Hotz arrested for Posession of Marijuana

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n1ywb (555767) writes "Goerge "geohot" Hotz, famous for being the first to jailbrake and iPhone and for his spat with Sony over PS3 jailbraking, was busted for posession of a small amount of marijuana at a US Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas on his way to SXSW. The shakedown goes like this; drug dogs are run around vehicles; when they sign, DHS searches the car and finds the contraband; DHS then turns evidence and suspects over to the local sherrif. Willie Nelson, actor Armie Hammer (who played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network), and Snoop Dogg have all gotten in trouble at the same checkpoint under similar circumstances."
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What happens when Google+ cuts you off?

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

n1ywb writes "On Friday, Google tangled with the wrong Google+ user with an unusual name: Violet Blue.

Blue is a high-profile writer--at least in sex and technology blogging circles--who's even given two talks at Google. And she detailed her weekend-long Google+ ordeal at our sister ZDNet site today. She kept her account once she proved she really is Violet Blue, but Google lost an ally for some of its services when she found she was "guilty until proven innocent.""

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KDE-4 to be in Ubuntu/Kubuntu 8.10 Hardy After All

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

n1ywb writes "Previously it was reported on /. that there would be no KDE-4 support in Ubuntu/Kubunty 8.10 (Hardy Heron). It seems that these rumors were greatly exaggerated and that KDE-4 will be available in Hardy after all. The blueprint is on launchpad, and the Alpha 6 CDs are available for download. Quote from the blueprint:

Rationale: KDE 4 rocks, we should support it.
No word on how official the support is exactly, but it's there."

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My Resume as of April 28, 2004

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Jeff Laughlin

222 McJay Dr, Williston VT 05495

W:(802)767-9321 H:(802)767-3607 n1ywb@hotmail.com

Education

        * BS CET, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT, 1998 - 2003

Graduated with honors in May 2003 with Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology. President of Solar Car Club, Amateur Radio Club & Video Production Club. Member of student government. Student liaison to administrative committees. Recipient of 2001 VTC Computer Engineering Technology Award for Academic Development. Recipient of 2001 VTC Computer Engineering Technician of the Year nomination.

        * Essex Technical Center, Essex Junction VT, 1995 - 1997

Completed Telecommunications (1996), and Printing & Computer Graphics (1997) programs. Telecommunications class president. Recipient of 1996 ETC Telecommunications Outstanding Student award.

Work Experience

        * LEDdynamics DBA LED Supply, Rochester VT, January 2003 - Present

Managing www.ledsupply.com. Duties include but not limited to site design, RTML programming, business analysis, 2nd tier customer service & technical support, and most other functions involved in operating a web based retail business.

        * XTRIA Health Care Systems, Williston VT, Summer 2002

Stress testing Java EE web application server. Modified Apache JMeter for better thread support & wrote custom data analysis tools in Perl.

        * LEDdynamics, Rochester VT, Summer 2001

Lab technician, PIC microcontroller programmer, and network administrator.

        * Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT, 1998 - 2001

Information Technology Dept. service technician & system administrator.

        * Together Networks Internet Services Inc., Burlington VT, 1996 - 1997

Technical support representative.

        * Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington VT, summer 1995

Intern field service technician in information services.

Skill Set

        * Computer engineering

I know Java, C, C++, Perl, SQL, HTML, and XML. I know several assembly dialects, including Microchip PIC, Intel x86, and Motorola 68HC12. I also have experience with Python, TCL/tk, ML, Forth, VB & VB Script, Linux kernel driver development, embedded system development, Bourne/BASH shell scripting, and HTTP CGI & TCP/IP client/server programming. I am familiar with all popular modern operating systems, including the complete Microsoft Windows family from 3.0 to NT, 2000 and XP, Linux, NetBSD, and other UNIX variants, and MacOS (9/X). I have a great deal of experience with TCP/IP and Novell Netware network administration.

        * Electronics engineering

I am skilled at digital, DC and AC circuit analysis and design. I have some experience with VHDL. I am an expert at using lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers, multimeters, etc. I am familiar with modern circuit construction techniques, and I am an expert at soldering. I have a good deal of practical radio frequency experience, and I hold an extra class license in the Amateur Radio Service.

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My Senior Project

n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My senior project is a distributed radio direction finding system, known as the Distributed Amateur Radio Tracking System, or DARTS.

In traditional RDF systems, a single station takes direction readings at various geographical points and plots the intersections of the readings to determine approximately where the transmitter is located. Multiple stations may communicate to find the transmitter faster and with a greater degree of accuracy. This is a slow a tedious process.

My approach is to automate the process by interfacing a RDF unit to a computer, using a GPS to determine position and direction, and interpret the readings automatically to make the whole system useful to untrained individuals.

Multiple DARTS units may communicate via any network layer (EG 802.11, AX.25, EtherNet, RS-232, etc) to work cooperatively. DARTS units may be mobile or stationary. Obviously a single stationary DARTS unit would not be usefull, but three or more stationary DARTS units would allow for accurate radio loction within, and somewhat beyond their boundries.

I'm using a PowerMac 7500 running Yellow Dog Linux 2.3 for my development box. I'm devloping a USB interface for the RDF box. My mobile test unit is a generic K6-2 300, running Gentoo Linux 1.4.

My text editor is VIM, and my window manager is blackbox.

For my GUI interface I am writing a patch for XASTIR.

73

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n1ywb n1ywb writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sometimes when I'm very bored I will spend several minutes quickly and randomly selecting random portions of text from random web pages.

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