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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

pchasco Re:What's so American (483 comments)

And if the providers insist on a market where they have local monopolies, then let's regulate them as utilities. Otherwise what will happen? First, they will ensure that the barriers to enter the local markets will be so difficult to overcome they will ensure their monopolies. Second, once their positions are secure, the total cost of the service will rise while quality of service will decrease.

yesterday
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

pchasco Re:A stupid consideration (497 comments)

Oops -- "0" (TRUE) is what I meant to write. "0" evaluates to true in boolean expressions in JavaScript.

2 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

pchasco Re:A stupid consideration (497 comments)

I also have to disagree with programmers who think learning a new language is just syntax, but for a different reason: Semantics. Sure, any programmer who knows a language could probably pick up the syntax of another language with relative ease. But knowing the semantics of a language is what separates the wheat from the chaff. Programmers who don't understand the semantics of the language are the ones who create the subtle, hard to find bugs. This is especially true with JavaScript: 2 == "2" (true), 2 === "2" (false), 2 + 2 == 4, 2 + "2" == "22", 1 (true), 0 (false), "1" (true), 0 == "0" (true), "0" (FALSE), "true" (true"), "false" (TRUE), [1, 2, 3] (true), [] (TRUE), I could go on. With the explosion of new web sites thousands of programmers began churning out crappy JavaScript because they thought," hey, I know (VB/C/Pascal/PowerBuilder/DreamWeaver/etc). Coding a website should be no problem!" Boom. Now this guy just wrote some crappy code which goes further to sully the name of JavaScript, which is not without its own warts but overall is a capable scripting language.

2 days ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

pchasco Re: Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

No, it's perfectly fine. Look, Google is not the government and is under no constitutional obligation to respect your privacy. If you want to keep your photos and documents private, don't store them with a third-party service that freely admits to analysing your documents. Do not transmit them over the internet. Do store them on a non-networked device. Google did the right thing. This guy is a pervert and an idiot.

about three weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

pchasco Re: No (180 comments)

Mainly because nothing would be gained. Python and PHP are similar to JavaScript in that they are dynamic languages. The idea of dart and others is to bring static compilation and strict typing to the browser, enabling improved JIT code generation and to make code more maintainable. If you've ever worked on a large application in a dynamic language, you've experienced the pain of trying to change an API without the help of the compiler telling you what it breaks and which sources and lines have errors.

about a month and a half ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

pchasco Re: No (180 comments)

While I haven't seen any compelling reason to use a source to source compiled language (still cant change js symantics and js is expressive enough) after experimenting with TypeScript, coffeescript and dart, I can tell you haven't experimented with any of them. These compilers generate map files, which are akin to Microsoft PDB files. The JavaScript debugger (in Chrome at lease, probably FireFox too) will use this file to enable debugging in the original source that was compiled to js. If you had actual experience with these compilers instead of making uninformed assumptions, you would know this.

about a month and a half ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

pchasco Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

No. I'm actually not concerned about the ATM company. I'm concerned about well-meaning hackers getting thrown in jail because they got caught hacking before they could prove they were just trying to help. If hackers are always punished for hacking regardless of the motivation, then there is no risk reward to hacking into a system with good intentions. You just wouldn't do it. However if there is a chance that the risk pays off, no one goes to jail and you get your warm and fuzzy, then people will take that risk. And some will inevitably get busted. I don't want good people to get thrown into jail or otherwise hassled by the authorities. Let's remove the incentive for engaging in risky behaviour.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

pchasco Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Depends. Did he get into my car, or just notice it through the window from a public space which is perfectly legal to do?

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

pchasco Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Sometimes comparing computers to physical things is apropos, sometimes not. Just because some people make these comparisons when they are not truly demonstrative of a situation does not mean that every such comparison is fallacious. I have a lock on my front door. You finding a copy of the key under a rock is not implicit permission to enter my house, no matter how stupid I may have been to leave a spare key out for anyone to find.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

pchasco Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

Let's use a different example. What if you came home one day from work to find a brochure on your kitchen table advertising security and lock systems along with a business card and a note informing you that your house is insecure because you left your back bedroom window unlocked. Should yoga call the cops on the guy? He didn't steal or harm the residence in any way. He is just trying to help.

about 3 months ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

pchasco Re: In the US they'd have been charged (378 comments)

And they should be charged. What if they were caught in the act or otherwise before they had an opportunity to report the vulnerability? "No, officer. We weren't going to do anything malicious! We were just trying to help! I swear!" is not going to get them out of trouble. So if that excuse wouldn't fly, then any white hat hacker who isn't hacking with authorization runs the risk of getting caught and getting in deep shit. There's just no way to know who's got malicious intent and letting anyone off the hook who pinky swears they were just trying to help is just daft.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

pchasco Don't worry (274 comments)

If you've got the coding and personal skills, don't worry about it. They will respect you for what you can do and no one will care that you have Real Life after hours. Hell, they might even respect you more for it. This isn't a team of dufus jocks; these are intelligent analytical people. They understand that in ten years they'll be you. And its OK.

about 4 months ago
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AMD Beema and Mullins Low Power 2014 APUs Tested, Faster Than Bay Trail

pchasco Re: Bluestacks? (66 comments)

Android builds for x86 also. Technically there is no need to emulate ARM or have embedded ARM hardware to run android. The android toolchain will compile native code to both x86 and ARM in the same APK. Android will decide which version of the native code to link at load time.

about 4 months ago
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Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

pchasco Re:Not convinced (185 comments)

Sorry. I was being facetious. One of the arguments anti-vaxxers put up is that the dramatic decline of polio, measles, etc. infections had nothing to do with the vaccines we began administering en mass, but rather because we all started washing our hands. Which is, of course, absolute hogwash.

about a year ago
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Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

pchasco Not convinced (185 comments)

How can they be sure that these monkeys haven't been cured simply by practicing better hygiene?

about a year ago
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Uptick In Whooping Cough Linked To Subpar Vaccines

pchasco Re: I was wondering how they were going to do it.. (273 comments)

But why vaccinations? Maybe it's tap water. Maybe it's video games. Maybe it's birth control pills. Maybe it's Flying Spaghetti Monster causing autism. All these anti vaxers are looking for a way to blame vaccines for autism. Maybe instead of looking for a link to autism which, so far, has not been established, leave it up to scientists to find a link to anything? One million concerned mommies on the internet willing it so are not going to somehow create the link to vaccines that you all have collectively decided must be the cause. Leave science to the scientists.

about a year ago
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Uptick In Whooping Cough Linked To Subpar Vaccines

pchasco Re: Or (273 comments)

Well it's a thought not supported by the empirical evidence witnessed over the decades of vaccine use that had seen the decline and near eradication of many human and other animal diseases that once plagued entire populations. Or maybe all these virii and bacteria got bored and decided to stop procreating spontaneously? Wake up, anti-vax anti-science conspiracy theorists. Maybe all you lay moms and dads out there DON'T know better than your doctor what's best for your baby. We've taken this "mom knows best" mentality off the deep end.

about a year ago
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Condensation On Your Beer != Good

pchasco Re: wait, will wiping off help? (275 comments)

For the most part, but I expect the droplets of water increase the surface area of your cold beer container, thereby accelerating the warming process.

about a year ago

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