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How To Hire a Hacker

orkybash Re:u mean cracker. (370 comments)

Not in this decade it doesn't. But I get the hint, and will depart from your lawn forthwith.

more than 4 years ago

Sending Astronauts On a One-Way Trip To Mars

orkybash Re:Added Bonus with old astronauts (917 comments)

I think the last thing they'd want to do is play a game set in space...

more than 4 years ago

Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear

orkybash Re:1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes (711 comments)

Do you have an argument for the validity of the old standard other than an appeal to tradition? Anyone who cares and who needs to read those books or papers can certainly learn that before a certain date, an older definition was used.

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Developing Location-Based API

orkybash Re:Is this twit shit ever (90 comments)

Just because you don't use it doesn't mean it isn't useful or desired. I know a lot of people who have as much scorn for Slashdot as you seem to for Twitter.

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Developing Location-Based API

orkybash Re:What's all the hub-bub? (90 comments)

Did you try using it to read posts from people you know? Or just random people on the Internet?

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Developing Location-Based API

orkybash Re:Pseudocode (90 comments)

Wrong. The whole point of Twitter is that you can text in your tweets wherever. Most people I know aren't in front of their computer when they update.

more than 4 years ago

A Video Ad, In a Paper Magazine

orkybash Is there a point to this? (295 comments)

Given how often I see articles claiming that "print media is in trouble, everything's online now", is investing R&D into video advertisements, not to mention increasing printing costs with this gimmick, REALLY the way to go? Are you trying to tell me that the only thing killing print media this whole time has been it's lack of flash ads!?

more than 4 years ago

First American Internet Addiction Treatment Center

orkybash Re:Website? (278 comments)

Funny to think about at first, but not actually that weird. This is probably the best way to reach out to everyone who they think needs help...

more than 4 years ago

First American Internet Addiction Treatment Center

orkybash Logic 101 Time (278 comments)

A substantial minority of thing A is actually thing B. From a logical standpoint, there exists an A that is also a B.

Therefore, all addictions to A are addictions to B. Put another way, if someone is addicted to A, then they are addicted to B.

Spot the fallacy, kids!

more than 4 years ago

NASA Probe Blasts 461 Gigabytes of Moon Data Daily

orkybash The moon vs. your house (203 comments)

I'm sure you could get that kind of bandwidth at your house, too, if you paid enough for it.

more than 4 years ago

New HIV Strain Discovered

orkybash HIV Virus? (263 comments)

The V already stands for virus, ranking 'HIV Virus' up there with 'PIN Number' and 'ATM Machine'. I would hope that a tech site like Slashdot, used to dealing with acronyms, would do better.

more than 4 years ago

School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones

orkybash Let them have cell phones and learn etiquette (785 comments)

At my high school, you were allowed to have cell phones if you turned them off in class. If your cell went off in class, though, you could be sure of getting detention. Since turning off cell phones during meetings and the like is good etiquette outside of high school too, I say let the students have their phones if only for a valuable learning experience.

more than 4 years ago

David Pogue Wants to Take Back the Beep

orkybash "If you don't know what to do here..." (383 comments)

Reminds me of one of my brother's best answering machine messages on his landline:

Hi, you're reached Bob. If you don't know what to do here, there's really no helping you. (BEEP!)

This, of course, would be ruined with a cell phone voicemail system...

more than 4 years ago

Null Character Hack Allows SSL Spoofing

orkybash Re:If we were using pascal strings... (280 comments)

Right - if the browsers used ANS.1 instead of looking for null, we wouldn't have this problem. If the certs used null instead of reading the string length, we wouldn't have this problem.

The real problem is that, regardless of what's specified, someone is doing something different. This could happen just as easily if it were the other way around.

more than 4 years ago

RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever"

orkybash Re:Forever? (749 comments)

It's not illegal to do this as far as I know. If you don't like it, your recourse is not to do business with them, and convince as many as you can to not do business with them. I've been doing this (buying DRM-free) for as long as Amazon was offering MP3s.

more than 4 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

orkybash Re:Linus (909 comments)

A programmer with a big ego is more likely to write code that only they can maintain. So, I would have to disagree with your statement.

about 5 years ago


orkybash Re:science? (216 comments)

I consider it to be closest to philosophy, though I don't see why it can't be it's own field. Science and mathematics have completely different epistemological outlooks.

In science, if you say that anything has been "proven", you get laughed out of all respectable circles. Instead, you demonstrate a hypothesis by providing experimental evidence.

In mathematics, if you say that something has been demonstrated by empirical evidence, you get laughed out of all respectable circles. Instead, you need to prove everything rigorously.

Hopefully you can see a fundamental difference.

about 5 years ago

Copyright Status of Thermodynamic Properties?

orkybash Re:It will be a very difficult project (154 comments)

Fortran 90 and Fortran 95 both, however, comply with the OO paradigm.

If only you were right, my life for the past two years would have been much easier. Give me inheritence, dynamic binding, and private members of derived types ("structs" or "classes" for everyone who doesn't speek fortran). THEN maybe I'll agree that these standards comply with the OO paradigm. 2003 certainly does, but point me to a single complier that fully implements it...

about 5 years ago



City of Bozeman demands Internet passwords

orkybash orkybash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

orkybash writes "The city of Bozeman, Montana is asking job seekers for the user names — and passwords — to Internet social networking or Web groups they belong to. The decision is sparking an outcry from those who say the policy goes way too far. An excerpt from city application form states: "Please list any and all current personal or business Web sites, Web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc." The city argues that it only uses the information to verify application information — and says it won't hold it against anyone who refuses. City officials say such checks can be useful, especially when hiring police officers and others in a position of public trust."


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