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Node.js and MongoDB Turning JavaScript Into a Full-Stack Language

opencity carbon footprint? (354 comments)

It seems to me (normal career newb disclaimer here) that node is going to burn less juice than PHP under Apache. Disregarding for a moment my general dislike of php (except the paychecks) and my general dislike of the Drupal/WP/Joomla ... uh ... paradigm my experiences with node/mongo have been very refreshing. Async is a cool way to work with once you get your head around it (my head maybe 90 degrees so far ...) and Mongo / document storage is way more natural for certain kinds of relatively big data issues than mysql (which I have no hatred for)

But back to the top. Hey server guys and gals: Wouldn't node draw less electric, like way less. So if my webbloging socialnetworking ecommercing socialgaming buzzwordcompliant client blows up they'd need less of a web armada ... right? And they'd be helping the environment by not using Wordpress or Drupal.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

opencity Don't. Do. It. (if you have young kids) (480 comments)

My wife doesn't get it and my kids are in early elementary school psycho stage so I ended up taking a cheap share on a semi office. It was either that, sit around cafes (too old) or only get 4 hours a day.

more than 2 years ago
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Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities

opencity ... sample groups, double-blind tests, (566 comments)

would require identical subjects, no? Google: acupuncture nitric oxide and surf around for a while.
I agree with
> some of which might be correct and some of which might be nonsense
and that certainly applies to some of western medicine including all of SSRIs. There's something happening, over the last thousands of years, that hasn't been quantified by western medicine.
And "good" western DRs alter their thinking every couple of years as they should. We don't understand systems biology and are only starting to investigate. Dismissing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is the mark of ideologues and amateurs.

more than 2 years ago
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A Small Glimmer of Hope For Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

opencity we're so sorry ... Uncle Albert ... (183 comments)

I, for one, was rooting for FTL. And I thought they'd have a more interesting gravity well or frame of reference mistake.
A loose cable? It's like they've got some out of work audio techs doing their setup.

more than 2 years ago
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Ian Bogost Replies: Deep Thoughts On Gaming

opencity love writing, don't play (37 comments)

I love writing games, sometimes for pay usually for fun, but don't play them and have very little interest. This has become a problem as I've had to get a crony who's an (ex)gamer to test the money games as I can't tell what's fun and what isn't.

more than 2 years ago
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Interview With the Creator of Ruby

opencity Re:picket fence mistake? (89 comments)

I get it. Thanks. I learned perl way back when to avoid malloc but should probably go back and get closer to the machine.

more than 3 years ago
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Interview With the Creator of Ruby

opencity picket fence mistake? (89 comments)

I'm a kludgy self taught coder and I just googled for a moment to no avail ... can you help this perma-newb out:
What is a "picket fence mistake"?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Math Curriculum To Understand General Relativity?

opencity Penrose - Road to Reality (358 comments)

Hey great thread! I can confidently state that I'm in lower percentile of the posters here regarding physics and math (I'm just above the random trolls and bellow everyone else). I found Penrose - The Road to Reality a great overview starting with math I already understood, educating me about some concepts I didn't get before and ending up with today's physics of which I understood, charitably ... uh ... 10 percent ... cough ... I already had a tourist knowledge of higher math but my actual arithmetic is a disgrace and I found Penrose kept me on the horse longer than other texts.

And I've been flamed for recommending this book for reasons I didn't understand in the past so YMMV.

more than 3 years ago
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Evolution Machine Accelerates Genetic Engineering

opencity Microcosmic God (161 comments)

Am I the only one who thought of Theodore Sturgeon?
(note I've only skimmed the comments so ...)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

opencity Re:BB Edit (545 comments)

> Thanks for using a great Frank Oppenheimer quote as your sig.

The quote's credited to Feynman. Didn't Frank Oppenheimer do the Exploratorium in SF? I went there as a kid.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

opencity BB Edit (545 comments)

hey I like it more than vi ...

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Reducing Software Patent Life-Spans?

opencity Artist conception of a flying car (274 comments)

I had a meeting once to develop someones patent (they had been granted the patent already). I spent the whole time confused until I realized that they had developed none of the technology they had patented, wanted me to write a demonstration demo - a look and feel front end that didn't actually do anything under the hood but demonstrated the idea. I told them they were hiring me to draw a flying car as they had patented "personal transportation vehicle (car) that operates in three dimensions" but hadn't actually solved any of the technology at all (purely for description, their undeveloped technology was not a flying car). Anyway ... they were friends so I said "sure" thinking their plan was probably to wait until someone actually developed the tech and then sue and suspecting, correctly as it turned out, that there was some basic computing issues involved and they were probably going to be up against prior art / patents held by the big boys. I described visions of platoons of lawyers hitting the beach but we did the little demo anyway.

I lost touch. I wonder if they're suing someone in Texas right now.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Going Beyond Comment Threads?

opencity meta subject moderating, plus by the hour (393 comments)

Break opinion posts down with non judgmental (yeah, right) category moderation. For politics: "conservative", "liberal", "libertarian", "Democrat", "Republican", "SDLP", "Sein Fein" ... etc ... Moderate comments "opinion" - "background" "(attempted) insight" - "interesting but off topic" "funny" "political flame bait" "random flame bait" "incoherent"

Combine this with Facebook login - that alone keeps me off the tech sites that use it - and - here's the important part - PAID MODERATORS who are monitored by karma (or whatever the site is calling it) holding users. Yeah yeah I know web 2.0 is all about crowd sourcing free content but I offer up youtube comment threads as an argument that it's time to move on. Let's get some new buzzwords going and start paying moderators as there are a lot of people out there who could use the telecommuting $10 an hour.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC.gov: A Modern Open Platform

opencity Drupal is like dealing with the DMV (88 comments)

I've done 2 (and a half) magazine sites writing fully custom CMS and am finishing a site with Drupal. Drupal can be pretty annoying but in the end you get caching for free which is a huge plus. Unlike Wordpress it's not for the "I just want to blog" crowd ("Born to Blog" might be a good t-shirt ...) and faced with another site that needs fully customizable pages, I'd only pick Drupal again if the budget was really low or if they were OK with it looking like Drupal's river of news. Next time out, Django.

more than 3 years ago
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The Quake Through Eyes of Slashdot Japan

opencity NYDaily News headline: "Panic!" (265 comments)

Which seemed more like a suggestion. Having been in touch with relatives in Chiba and following Japanese news online, the Japanese aren't panicking. US media would rather we didn't think about [domestic political rant redacted out of deference to the seriousness of the thread]

more than 3 years ago
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Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

opencity Like he said (769 comments)

> but because humanity (and more precisely, human bureaucracy) is often far too gaffe-prone to be trusted. Running a nuclear plant isn't amenable to cost-cutting or tight-fisted cost-benefit assessment.

Exactly. Imagine the fiscal debate around replacing pre-Chernobyl reactors. Current US gov arguing about cutting tsunami warning systems the day of the Japanese tsunami. Now imagine a 9 earthquake in LA with our, shall we say, post-modern approach to regulation. There's a reason Tokyo didn't fall down and it's not the hidden hand of the market. (FWIW I have no specific knowledge of LA building codes. Mentioned purely because /. doesn't have enough hot air)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

opencity Re:I had no problem with Goldblum + Mac (1200 comments)

I meant the first movie when Colossus and the Soviet computer go SkyNet at the end

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

opencity Re:I had no problem with Goldblum + Mac (1200 comments)

Yeah. I liked it as a kid. IIRC Colossus and the Soviet computer go all SkyNet at the end. Plus they shot it at the science center in the East Bay hills.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

opencity I had no problem with Goldblum + Mac (1200 comments)

They had the ship for years looking at the systems - maybe had cracked the OS somewhat, transmission frequencies (which happened to be the same as the Airport card?). The aliens are telepaths/hive mind(?) so no need for security, ever. Compared to the rest of the movie ...

Knowing the preceding statement is flame bait I vote for Jurassic Park - the quote is the current department. Best computer scene ever: The end of Colossus(?).

more than 3 years ago

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Regulators discover suspect gene in GMO crops

opencity opencity writes  |  about 2 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "Regulators in the EU have discovered a potentially troubling gene in 54 of the 86 transgenic events (unique insertions of foreign DNA) commercialized to-date in the United States. How troubling is this from a technical standpoint? Should the plantings be revoked or studied more? As GMO inflames passions on both sides in the wider world here's a submission to slashdot where cooler heads discuss such things rationally."
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Fukushima vs bomb tests

opencity opencity writes  |  more than 3 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "With TEPCO dumping water with low levels of radioactivity and a leak directly into the ocean I was wondering if the more knowledgeable could compare the current situation with the oceanic bomb tests over the years in terms of amount of radioactive material into the ocean. With the naive hope that the discussion won't devolve into nuclear pro/con flame wars."
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Senators against Net Neutrality

opencity opencity writes  |  more than 5 years ago

opencity writes "Led by Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison a group of Senators have introduced a bill to prevent the FCC from getting funding for any initiative to uphold Net neutrality. This is after FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated the Obama administrations plan to enforce Net neutrality."
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Worms in space

opencity opencity writes  |  more than 6 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS).Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima. According to Symantec W32.Gammima.AG is a worm that spread by copying itself to removable media. It also steals passwords to various online games. In space everyone can watch you surf."
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Robot Rebellion

opencity opencity writes  |  more than 6 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "The Register reports that the (perhaps inevitable) robot rebellion has been avoided ... for now. "Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades." Gizmodo has a good photo."
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Sun not heating up

opencity opencity writes  |  more than 7 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "BBC reporting a new study shows that previous speculation attributing the global tempature increase to solar activity is unfounded. The study, produced partially as a response to the TV documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, mentions an elegant cosmic rays enable cloud formation hypothesis, but says the documentary stopped at 1980 because the data diverged. "You can't just ignore bits of data that you don't like.""
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opencity opencity writes  |  about 8 years ago

opencity writes "US space agency Nasa has said it plans to start work on a permanently-occupied base on the Moon after astronauts begin flying back there in 2020.

The base is likely to be built on one of the Moon's poles and will serve as a science centre and possible stepping stone for manned missions to Mars.Wired calls it old news."
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opencity opencity writes  |  more than 8 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "Some voting machines chop off candidates names on the summary page, the Wash Post reports. Seems they enlarged the fonts and, because of security concerns, it can't be fixed by election day. The affected Democrat is not happy.

From The Article: Thus, Democratic candidate Webb will appear with his first name and nickname only — or "James H. 'Jim' " — on summary pages in Alexandria, Falls Church and Charlottesville, the only jurisdictions in Virginia that use balloting machines manufactured by Hart InterCivic of Austin."
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opencity opencity writes  |  more than 8 years ago

opencity writes "The Washington Post reports two Diebold source disks appeared anonymously at the office of Cheryl C. Kagan, a former Maryland delegate who has questioned the security of electronic voting systems.

A choice quote from the Diebold spokesman Mark Radke ... the company was not averse to disclosing its code if the law were changed to require it. But he said disclosure would dampen innovation in the field."
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opencity opencity writes  |  more than 8 years ago

opencity (582224) writes "You guys are probably sick of this but it's that time of year again. As a thinking New Yorker I'm bombarded with the 9/11 conspiracy theories. I personally am tired of the 'controlled demolition' school: That the WTC could not have collapsed as determined by NIST but was instead the product of charges planted by a team of Tom Clancy extras. That the hole in the Pentagon couldn't have been caused by an aircraft. The 'physics' of this on the internet and in the handouts makes no sense to me, the official story makes more sense, but ... I Am Not A Scientist. Ignoring the rest of the alleged plots (and keeping the sectarian flaming to a minimum), would the qualified Slashdot readers like to expound on pyrocastic flow, Steven Jones and the rest of the hard science? The rest can also have a say."

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