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The Art of Unit Testing

ocularDeathRay Re:xUnit Test Patterns (98 comments)

For anyone familiar with the basics of unit testing but struggling to implement it in real world scenarios,

I think that all slashdot readers fall into this category....

more than 4 years ago
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26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

ocularDeathRay Re:Oh Noes! (921 comments)

I agree, and I promise you can survive and be quite all right without cursive. I am 28 years old, high school education + some college, cannot write one word in cursive. I am a victim of a thing called Duvall handwriting. It was an elementary education fad in the 80s. The idea was that kids should learn a simplified cursive that was based on printing. The printed letters were malformed in ways that left little tails into, and out of them so you could hook them together while writing.

The problem was that the teachers only know traditional cursive. So they couldn't effectively teach this new crap that was forced into the curriculum. First we were taught the crappy malformed printing and then the art of hooking the tails. The method of hooking the tails was dependent on the sequence of letters you were in the middle of. We were required to turn in our homework in this crappy cursive, and were marked down if we missed hooking some of the tails.

It was a complete failure. There were several years worth of students who couldn't write traditional cursive, and couldn't even do traditional printing! Over the years after elementary school the tails were hooked together less, and less often. Finally the tails weren't hooked together at all. After 10 years of being asked "Is that an 'R'?" when it was really a "K", my printing shifted toward a more traditional style. My handwriting is nearly unreadable to this day, and so is most of my graduating class. Out of the ones that can write well, I don't know any of them who know one bit of cursive... unless they moved here after elementary. This went on for a few years and then the school district (northshore school dist. in WA) realized their mistake and switched back to traditional.

The only time my lack of cursive knowledge has ever been an issue, is maybe 10 times when some old geezer relative sent a letter, which I couldn't read at all. I had to have my parents translate those. Other than that, I type about as fast as I can think, and I estimate I hand write only a few pages a year, usually songs I am jotting down while playing the guitar (printed), and usually those are even typed into vi on whatever keyboard I can reach

more than 5 years ago
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What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

ocularDeathRay Re:"Princely salaries?" (548 comments)

Teachers get paid much better than I do, and much better than most of the people I know, in this part of the country (WA). If they get the proper credentials an elementary school teacher can make a great salary while taking huge amounts of time off, and even build a nice retirement fund while doing it.

I am not saying it isn't deserved, just saying its absolute fucking bullshit for a teacher who has a job to talk that shit up here. They still do complain of course... and the union mobsters collect a huge amount of money while preventing crusty, old, awful, fuckwad teachers from being fired, and good young teachers stay jobless.

My sister makes more money than I probably ever will (I am a licensed low voltage electrician: security, A.V., Data, telecom, etc) teaching elementary P.E., again, I am not saying she doesn't deserve it, she works pretty hard at what she does, but then I have never heard her complain about the pay either. She jumped through the hoops, got her extra credentials and got her pay up very quickly. Her schedule has been infinitely flexible as she has had kids and raised them. The benefits are truely outstanding.

more than 5 years ago
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Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

ocularDeathRay Re:oblig capricorn one quotes (151 comments)

damn... didn't notice the commas didn't copy right. You would think that stuff wouldn't be a problem anymore.. I mean we can do so much with technology.... I mean, we can put a man on the moo..... oh... wait...

more than 5 years ago
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Solar-Powered Moon Rover To Explore Apollo Landing

ocularDeathRay oblig capricorn one quotes (151 comments)

Dr. James Kelloway: You think it's all a couple of looney scientists, it's not! It's bigger. There are people out there, *forces* out there, who have a lot to lose. They're grown ups. It's gotten too big, it's in the hands of grown ups!

Charles Brubaker: [dividing up the first aid kit] John, you take the flint. Peter and I will split up the matches. Anybody want the gun?
Lt. Col Peter Willis: I'd shoot my foot.
Cmdr. John Walker: I'd shoot his foot.

then there is of course, my favorite: so thereâ(TM)s this guy, see, who takes a trip to see the sights, you know, he has a real good time, anyway, he decides to call his brother, see, and, well, he asks his brother, howâ(TM)s everything at home, and his brother says, the cat died, and the guy says, you shouldnâ(TM)t tell me bad news like that, you know, not like that, you should tell me something like, well, something like the cat crawled out on the roof chasing some mice, and we had to call the fire department, and when the firemen went up to get the cat, well, the cat slipped and fell to the ground, see, and we had to take the cat to the vet, and they were going to operate on the cat, you know, but it was too late, they couldnâ(TM)t save the cat, thatâ(TM)s how you should break bad news, like that, see, so the guy says to his brother, howâ(TM)s mom, and the brother says sheâ(TM)s on the roof

what a great movie...

more than 5 years ago
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First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

ocularDeathRay Re:Just Takes One (575 comments)

I am not sure that it was an intentional exaggeration, somewhat misinformed, but being wrong doesn't make you flamebait does it?

more than 5 years ago
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First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

ocularDeathRay Re:Just Takes One (575 comments)

look, a lot of things in the post were not true, but its not because he made it up. this is really the stuff that people think. There are many people out there that haven't done as much research on nuke tech as I have... that doesn't make them flamebait.

more than 5 years ago
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First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

ocularDeathRay Re:Just Takes One (575 comments)

nuh UHH! Check my UID loser... I am in the sixdigit club!

more than 5 years ago
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First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

ocularDeathRay Re:Just Takes One (575 comments)

You must be new here!

more than 5 years ago
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First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

ocularDeathRay Re:Just Takes One (575 comments)

how dare you have a different opinion? look, I totally agree we need to be careful. I totally disagree about the level of danger involved in a properly designed and maintained nuke plant. Even though I disagree, I fail to see what makes this flamebait. fucking /.ers once again afraid of a different opinion.

I will save you all the trouble of replying to this, and do it myself.

more than 5 years ago
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Under my immediate control are X USB drives; X=

ocularDeathRay Re:Full (412 comments)

lol... you make a very good point. There are probably many 6 digit /.ers that started reading before they had sex, and then had sex.... but what girl would sleep with a young 7 digit /.er?

more than 5 years ago
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Under my immediate control are X USB drives; X=

ocularDeathRay Re:Full (412 comments)

its not D&D, its battletech. you roll 2D6 for critical hit location.

more than 5 years ago
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Under my immediate control are X USB drives; X=

ocularDeathRay Re:Full (412 comments)

I just realized after 10 years or so of reading /. and similar sights.... and reading that joke over and over again, and always nodding agreeably, I finally have a girlfriend who puts out. So what I want to know is does this mean I have to immediately stop reading /.?

more than 5 years ago
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OC ReMix Releases Final Fantasy 4 Tribute Album

ocularDeathRay Re:I probably shouldn't feed you, but... (52 comments)

I just hope this OC remix involves full on lesbian porn between Mischa Barton and Olivia Wilde

more than 5 years ago
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Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

ocularDeathRay Re:paint a STOLEN FROM ... message on the front (459 comments)

umm... then keep your netbook hidden at all times, so that an overzealous airport security guy, who doesn't speak your language, won't decide to search your rectum for other stolen items.

more than 5 years ago
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WoW Gamer Earns Federal Investigation Achievement

ocularDeathRay Re:zoltan's 10,000+ point armory listing (167 comments)

I'm somewhat more impressed with the fact that he has 32 Feats of Strength.

Maybe the kids dad insisted on celebrating Festivus every year. That would explain it. The kid probably just wanted it to be over quickly, so he practiced a lot.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA Releases Restored Apollo 11 Video, But Originals Lost

ocularDeathRay Re:I thought they were found... (173 comments)

man, I was going to respond, to give you some more crap, but then I saw your ID. Instead I suppose I must simply, bow to the ancients!

more than 5 years ago

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Verizon oversold UFC100 PPV, failed to deliver

ocularDeathRay ocularDeathRay writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Just thought I would tell the story of what happened to us tonight. I am not sure how widespread the problem was, but I suspect there were many people with the same experience... although I know that no news story has hit the wire... yet

I live a little north of Seattle WA. My martial arts teacher has been very excited over the last few months about UFC 100, which happened tonight. He had Fios installed in the martial arts club, replacing his old internet and phone service, because he wanted to be able to watch the fights. He talked about this for more than a month and invited a few good friends to come to the club tonight and watch. He called yesterday and talked to verizon service to make sure there would be no problem and that the fight was ordered. They assured him that everything would be great. He moved an old (non HD) big screen into the club and hooked everything up. This was not a business thing, just a few friends in a closed martial arts club, after hours, eating chips, drinking pop, and very excited about the historic night, you can picture the scene...

I arrived a few minutes after the fights were to start, right before the club owner, who cut short a weekend at his cabin (a 3+ hour drive away) to come back for the fights. Everybody was already pissed. Our friend was on the phone... on hold and the screen said press OK to order this PPV event. Pressing OK bounced back to the same screen. We started to get updates online about the fights we were missing and he continued to hold. Club owner arrived and eventually they got a person on the phone who answered "lemme guess, UFC right?". They explained the situation and the guy demands we power down the box and the TV and back on again, confirms the account shows it should be working and the charge went through. I already knew this guy didn't know what he was talking about because the TV did not need to be power cycled, it was connected to the box with regular analog composite video, and showing the menu fine... the box couldn't know if the TV was on or off.

After a few minutes on the phone the guy explains that everything was fine now and he was "pushing it through" and it would take about 3 or 4 minutes to go from "server to server". He then hung up! We waited, thinking we had only missed a couple fights and the night wasn't a bust yet. Nothing happened. About 15 minutes later our friend gets back on the phone and waits for another 40 minutes to talk to somebody. She promised not to disconnect until the fights were actually on. He talked to her, power cycled the box... and the TV (sigh) again. nothing. My teacher was looking online and saw that some people have had trouble with the credit limits and ordering PPV events on Verizon. She said she had just checked that, and it wasn't the problem, but she upped the credit limit anyway. Said the charge had already posted to the account and it should be working. Said she was "pushing it through" and we should see the fights soon. Several minutes later she said there must be a technical problem and she would transfer us directly to a tech support person for some help.

20 minutes of holding later a tech support genius came on and had us power cycle the box... and TV (sigh again) one more time. He "checked a few more things" said that everything was fine and should be working, the charge was posted to the account fine... the TV had to be hooked up right to get to that screen... the box seemed fine... still no fights. By the way, if I wasn't clear the lady who promised to stay on the line was long gone. The guy finally said that "too many people had ordered the fight" and there was nothing he could do. He said the system was completely overloaded.

Tech support genius then said he could get us the replay of the fight on MONDAY... for full price. He said there was no way we would get anything at this point (now almost 2 hours into the event). We told him since our party was tonight it made no sense to get a PPV replay for two days from now, and that we would have the fights online by then. He sort of apologized. So we asked that we get a refund posted to the account since no service was going to be delivered. He said he couldn't do that, would have to transfer us back to the other department, but they were very busy and we would probably have to hold for a very long time (don't we know it!). He suggested we call back next week sometime so we wouldn't have to hold quite as long, and ask for the refund. We looked at the timer on the phone and this second call had taken well over an hour!

The weirdest part of the night was after our buddy had been on hold for the second call, for about 20 minutes, the club owner called the same number on his cell phone and got through to a rep 5 minutes faster than the other guy! The phone system wasn't even assigning the calls in the order received!

The lesson learned is that I wouldn't touch anything verizon with a 10 foot pole, and I will tell everyone who listens to stay away also. What should have been a fun Saturday with friends turned into a complete waste of time... and somebody still has to call and beg for a refund.

a complete failure in EVERY way

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