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CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta

nebulus4 Re:AltSlashdot is coming (23 comments)

I can probably help with the code. Domain name needs to be changes though. Better do it sooner than later, because it will most definitely get killed.

about 7 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

nebulus4 BETA(max) (180 comments)

Does anyone know who designed Beta? Was it done in house or did they use some 3rd party? I really want to know, so I would never ever have to deal with these people.

about 7 months ago
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Once Slashdot Classic is turned off, what tech site should I visit daily?

nebulus4 BETA (8 comments)

What kind of idiot designed Beta? No, seriously!

about 7 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

nebulus4 Re:www.thedailywtf.com (692 comments)

The candidate is seated in aroom with a secretary type person, who after a few minutes, says, hey are you a tech guy - my printer isn't working

And an obvious answer would be: "Yes, I am a tech guy and would really like to help you. Really, but unfortunately I don't work here... yet."

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Non-US Based Email Providers?

nebulus4 Re:Runbox.com (410 comments)

The data pipes through Sweden and they do sniff the traffic. I wouldn't be surprised if they share the data with US and UK.

1 year,23 days
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Open Sauce Foundation Created

nebulus4 Substitution cipher (95 comments)

It's a substitution cipher:

Plain: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
Cipher: nopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklm

The post reads:

First time accepted submitter TekTek writes

"In response to the growing proliferation of the use of "secret sauce" as a vehicle for entrepreneurs', venture capitalists', and investment bankers' thinly veiled proprietary machinations, a global consortium of premium condiment manufacturers has launched the Open Sauce Foundation (OSF). Founding members include McIlhenny Company (producer of Tabasco brand pepper sauce), Huy Fong Foods (producer of "Rooster Brand" Sriracha sauce), and Kikkoman (producer of Kikkoman brand Soy Sauce). The new foundation's stated aim is not only to uphold the virtues of buying worthy sauce manufacturers' products, but to demonstarate to the tech, financial, and media communities the "Open" companies, and condiments, can, and do, assume leadership roles in thir respective markets."

about a year and a half ago
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Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

nebulus4 Re:Seriously? (261 comments)

If you are part of IT world and never heard of Python, then God help your company. No, seriously.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

nebulus4 Re:Just remove Java and get it over with (193 comments)

Well, Firefox now comes with click-to-play feature so you can activate plugins on demand or white-list sites. Opera has it too. But it's not the point, OP was talking about removing the whole thing and it's just not an option.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

nebulus4 Re:Just remove Java and get it over with (193 comments)

Easy for you to say. Here in Norway we are required to have it to do online banking :(

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Makes Red Hat Kernel Changes Available As Broken-Out Patches

nebulus4 Re:Gift horse = Mouth (104 comments)

Then, clearly, he didn't know what he was talking about. Licenses don't apply to the copyright holder; they apply to redistributers. He could certainly have release xMule as binary-only, or as open source with a license that prohibits copying and redistribution (think Microsoft's "Shared Source" licenses). Perhaps he didn't want to do those things, given his goals in creating the project, but to say he had no choice is simply nonsense.

It's not a nonsense. Maybe he used alot of GPL code in his project. He is no longer the only copyright holder in this case. And rewriting major parts of the program might not have been the option for him.

about 2 years ago
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Estonia To Teach Programming In Schools From Age 6

nebulus4 Re:boo (307 comments)

I'm going to disagree. Programming will teach kids the logic and logical thinking. Thus, I'm pretty sure they will excel in other subjects, especially math.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

nebulus4 Re:Flash freezing (393 comments)

Release target seems to be Firefox 16, according to their wiki page. I had a few issues with a couple of sites in Firefox 15, I haven't tried nightly, but mostly it's working fine.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 15 Released: Silent Updates, Compressed Textures, Add-on Memory Leak Fix

nebulus4 Re:Flash freezing (393 comments)

How about just go to about:config and set plugins.click_to_play to true to enable opt-ins plugins. I think Mozilla added it in Firefox 14. You can whitelist sites too (Page Info -> Permissions). And they're working on adding the ability to only enable plugins of a specific runtime (Flash, Java, Silverlight, etc).

about 2 years ago
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Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court

nebulus4 Re:This 21st Century isn't really starting right. (394 comments)

So far, my favorite comment on that topic is that the years 1 through 524 also didn't exist in our Western calendar. The numbering we use, usually called "A.D." (for Anno Domini" was devised in the year 525, and wasn't used before that time. Actually, it was hardly used by anyone except a few monks for several centuries after that.

What difference does it make if it wasn't used back then? It is used now.

If you're 5 months old, it's your first year on Earth. If you're 1 year and 3 months old, it's your second year on Earth. Year 2000 is the 2000th year. In order for us to say that two millennia have passed the year must end, thus the new millennium starts in 2001. There's no year 0, because it would mean the 0th year of Christ on Earth. Which means he did not exist, ergo BC.

My other favorite comment on the topic is that today is also the start of a century - the century that starts today and ends 19 April 2112. Every day is the start of a century. So arguing against a popular "start of century" year is basically silly.

We are talking about Gregorian calendar here. The year doesn't start at April 19. You are free to create whatever system you like, it wouldn't change the Gregorian calendar though. Therefore, it's a silly argument.

more than 2 years ago
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Lax Security At Russian Rocket Plant

nebulus4 Re:Old Plant? (116 comments)

"ÐÐÐs-751" should read "NIK-751" in Russian.

more than 2 years ago
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Lax Security At Russian Rocket Plant

nebulus4 Re:Old Plant? (116 comments)

This is an active R&D test facility. The photo of the document which can be found on the blog says it's a "ÐÐÐs-751" (R&D test facility) and according to Energomash's website they had 21 tests there in 2011 and more tests were planned in 2012.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Best Chess Engine Outlawed and Disqualified

nebulus4 Re:The obvious question (315 comments)

First of all, the guy who wrote the article is just clueless. No offense to him, but he sounded as one who has clearly no competence to speak on the matter.

Secondly, the panel only made a recommendation. The ICGA board plus WCCC tournament director acted like the jury. They agreed with the recommendation.

Thirdly, Ken Thompson was one of the members of the panel and I quote investigation report:

Here are some opinions of panel members recorded on the investigation wiki pages:
Ken Thompson:
After reading all the evidence, voted that he was convinced by the case against Rybka.

If you are going to call him an asshole, I'm definitely going to call you an idiot.

ICGA didn't f*ck up.

more than 3 years ago

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