Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

pestilence669 Re: It's true! (282 comments)

I think it's awfully pretentious that some "developers" feel ENTITLED to the time of open source volunteers, when they don't make every effort possible to answer their own question. This is time people spend away from family. I think what you're seeing is the eventual result of being bombarded by people that refuse to search Google first. People that won't crack a book that think all information should be spoon fed by anyone by request. I myself have stopped releasing any more projects due to the arrogant and unappreciative behavior of my users. I don't need to spend the last hour of my day holding a lazy developer's hand.

about 8 months ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

pestilence669 Re: Hard to believe (804 comments)

It's like comparing Kraft Mac & Chesse to your own homemade. Sure, making your own is less expensive and has more options for upgrades (bacon)... but Kraft is much more convenient if you don't want to sweat the details, has a nice box & packaged look, and a taste you cannot fully replicate on your own.

about 9 months ago

Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

pestilence669 Re: A cynic's view (637 comments)

Yes!!! I've worked on these beasts. Changes do not come easy.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

pestilence669 Re:what keeps us from switching ? (372 comments)

The lack of cross-document ACID in MongoDB is both overblown and overlooked. Mongo will work in specific domains, as long as you put a lot of forethought into your schema. For a lot of cases, however, you just can't get around multi-stage commits, background batch processing, etc. ... essentially, hacking minimal "transaction" support offered by an RDBMS.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

pestilence669 In my experience, it's ease of use (372 comments)

I've used just about every major RDBMS in production. Oracle, in my experience, is the most forgiving and has a query optimizer that nearly eliminates the need to think. PostgreSQL works wonderfully in the hands of a competent engineer. Oracle works well for people that barely know SQL. Much of Oracle's complexity comes with the training wheels it provides... at the expense of cost, configuration, tuning, administration, customer service, etc.

about a year ago

Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

pestilence669 Seriously (232 comments)

This happened to me at Zynga unintentionally. We started talking scale, I made suggestions and then the notepads came out. Through "sources," I learned they implemented my ideas. Not as bad as it could have been, I ultimately turned them down.

about a year and a half ago

MOOC Mania

pestilence669 University education is outmoded (102 comments)

Putting university courses online with the same "read this," "listen to this," "answer these questions" is NOT taking advantage of modern technology... even if they add forums & chat. This isn't a revolution, it's an aging institution's last attempt to find relevance as they continue to raise tuition fees. The only reason universities were relevant up until now, was due to the immense information hoarding. The Internet has changed everything, decentralizing the knowledge that once gave them power. If everyone had access to every text book, college is little more than an overpriced tutoring & certification service.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

pestilence669 Minecraft (338 comments)

If he's bright and you're willing to play together until it "clicks," I'd highly recommend Minecraft (Linux supported). Kids generally excel at open world games and Minecraft is as creative as games get these days. As far as your ban on FPS's, I didn't censor anything for my kid. He grew up playing GTA. He could explore, blow things up and not be tied down by a quest system. He's well adjusted and non-violent. In fact, he'd rather play Pokémon over hardcore titles... or watch kids movies over adult titles. Even in GTA, he was more concerned with making friends than causing mayhem. The more open his options, the more vanilla his choices became. Of course, all kids are different.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

pestilence669 Do a culture evaluation (1127 comments)

I guess my advice is to avoid litigious people at all costs. You can sue for anything these days. You can't tell a joke, give a high five or even kiss your wife on the cheek (someone i worked with actually invoked sexual harassment for this) without pissing someone off. I say: let these people work elsewhere. I like dropping the f-bomb and being sexist & crude, as do my peers. We band together in a mutual agreement not to spoil the freedom for everyone.

more than 2 years ago

Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

pestilence669 Re:Well they are both rectangular (696 comments)

Apple invests a metric assload of cash toward R&D. They cut in a partner, like Samsung, to develop components. Samsung has grown mightily, in fact, by Apple's own products. They share the wealth, so to speak. Then, Samsung comes along and just copies an entire fucking product in a shitty way and cries foul when the law stops them. I support capitalism, but not communism. WTF is wrong with everybody?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

pestilence669 Start with the original series all the way (634 comments)

I'd recommend making a weekend BBQ event / movie day out of watching the original series. Food & drink. You host. If they're resistant, make a drinking game. Kirk bangs a green bitch: shot. McCoy says he's just a doctor: shot (and/or bong rip, depending on the crowd). Etc. Pick episodes that maximize. Encourage dialog: Think Mystery Science Theater 3000 with booze. Work in Kahn or Voyage Home (if they dig the cheesy) after a couple episodes. If everyone is still down, TNG borg. Smack 'em hard. Break out the brownies, turn off the lights & hook up the surround sound. End the night with something fun and unrelated, to make sure everyone wants to do it again even if they weren't down for the show. Star Trek isn't something everyone falls in love with instantly. It can take a few exposures to click. The key is to provide a low barrier to entry.

more than 2 years ago

'I Just Need a Programmer'

pestilence669 Re:As a programmer (735 comments)

Everybody has ideas. They're a dime a dozen. Even original ones are near worthless when standing on their own. Most ideas are bad. Many are mediocre. The rest are expensive and time intensive to build.

more than 3 years ago

What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

pestilence669 Embeded dev (417 comments)

G5's are great when you're working on PPC embedded hardware. I've had luck using VMs where full emulation was too slow. I think MS even used G5s for original XBox work, but that's just a rumor.

more than 4 years ago

Wine 1.2 Released

pestilence669 Re:Hmmmm. (427 comments)

Windows 7 is really expensive for the service pack that it is.

more than 4 years ago

Apple, RIM, Google All Bid On Palm

pestilence669 BeOS (117 comments)

They wanted the rights to BeOS. :)

more than 4 years ago

Tracking Down Wi-Fi Interference?

pestilence669 WiSpy (499 comments)

WiSpy + walking around = finding your noise

more than 4 years ago

How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

pestilence669 XNS (704 comments)

Xbox 360 has dev kits. There are also game dev camps, out of work coders who pimp themselves out as tutors, easy iPhone rags-to-riches dreams (unlikely, but a motivator), etc. Motivation depends on the kid. Personally, I loved disassembling the games I loved and hacking in new functionality. Circumventing copy protection, finding easter eggs, upping stats, etc. The "hacker" angle might cause someone to gravitate toward game dev naturally.

more than 4 years ago

Scientific R&D At Home?

pestilence669 I play with EEG equipment (398 comments)

I've made a lot of discoveries in neurofeedback, operating on myself as a guinea pig. I wouldn't entirely recommend it, BTW. The problem is, even if I find a practical cure for Alzheimer's, the medical & scientific communities will shun me. My protocol, research & trials could be flawless, but I'm an outsider. Rarely does research from the "outside" of academia get ANY acknowledgement. Often, the "real" scientists take your work, rearrange your data and then publish their own papers that essentially elaborate the exact same findings. After they steal credit for your work, they arrogantly condescend you and label you as simply "lucky" if called on it. They do this to each other too. Not all, but most... like lawyers. :p I'd recommend acquiring patents instead. Don't let the universities & journals fool you into thinking that the universe of science revolves around them. There's plenty of proper science going on behind closed doors. There was plenty going on before "them." Benjamin Franklin didn't finish high school, yet he gave birth to modern meteorology. There hasn't been a major breakthrough in the field since. If he were alive today, he'd probably be cast aside in favor of sacrificial offerings to rain gods.

more than 4 years ago

Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

pestilence669 Re:Distraction is healthy (520 comments)

I'm totally in agreement with telecommuting, in so long as it demands IRC / chat room presence and total availability.

more than 4 years ago

Best Seating Arrangement For a Team of Developers?

pestilence669 Distraction is healthy (520 comments)

Unless everyone on your team is battling ADHD, I'd recommend as close quarters as possible. The absolute best ideas, in my experience, have come from overhearing interesting discussions. Open work areas are also great for mentoring junior coders without inviting them to every single meeting. They get to overhear juniors & seniors alike conversing about things that may not even apply to their own jobs. The social aspect can also serve as motivation for peers to bone up on tech for the sole purpose of taking part in discussion. It builds report unlike formal meetings with agendas. This eventually leads to an incredibly strong & balanced team.

more than 4 years ago



Marvel Heroes Founders Program is Live

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pestilence669 (823950) writes "Marvel Heroes was built from the ground up to be a free-to-play game. Players will be able to get nearly ALL Heroes and Costumes in the game for free, just by playing. The Founders Program gives you the opportunity to play as your favorite Heroes from the day we launch! For an incredible value, you'll get your choice of starting heroes, alternate costumes spanning Marvel's expansive history, special game boosts, and more! Have any questions? Visit our FAQ."
Link to Original Source

Sony to disable Linux on all PS3s via firmware

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pestilence669 (823950) writes "On April 1, Sony will release the next firmware update for the PS3, bringing it to v3.21. It seems the sole purpose of this update is to remove the "install other OS" feature from pre-Slim models of the console. SCEA's Senior Director Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold, says the move is "due to security concerns"."
Link to Original Source

Fail... sales fraud

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  about 6 years ago

pestilence669 (823950) writes "I've recently had run ins with Taco Bell, 7-11 and especially Fry's Electronics. Where do you go to to get vengeance / refunds on bunk product? ... Everything from overcharging, to fraudulently packaged products (Fry's), and even FDA violations on consumables (7-11).

Even with Fry's generous refund policy, it's difficult to get your money's worth when you receive a US Robotics modem instead of an 8800 GT. They always assume you're lying, even though they probably repackaged it. The shrink wrap is in the back and in plain view. Walk into the warehouse to see it for yourself. I've never been stopped. :)

Do you rely on your credit card companies or the atrocious customer support that every organization goes out of their way to discourage you from using?

20% of what I buy must be returned due to fraud explicitly, I believe, caused by the seller. Only 50% of that is accepted and made good. What about you?"

Hacking kiosks and ATMs with Windows sticky keys

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pestilence669 writes "An alarming number of kiosks and ATMs (like the V-Com units in 7-11) run Windows XP. I've recently made it a hobby to play minesweeper and surf the web on these units. Most, if not all, are connected to the Internet. BitTorrent from an ATM? It's easier than you think! Gaining control is as simple as five keystrokes.

The companies that build ATMs and kiosks seem to know nothing about keyboard shortcuts. If there's a keyboard attached, you can bet that they removed the TAB key to prevent ALT+TAB abuses. Little do they know, ALT+TAB is not the only way to lose focus for an application.

If you're a fast typer like me, you've probably been greeted with the Microsoft sticky keys dialog. It asks you if you want to enable "sticky keys." It's a usability feature that helps disabled individuals type with one hand. Sadly, it's pseudo-enabled by default since this dialog box appears. Most people don't know it, so it's ready to be abused on just about every production XP-based kiosk or ATM (with keyboard).

All that needs to be done: hit the SHIFT key five times. SHIFT is guaranteed to be included in even the most restrictive keyboard layouts. In almost every instance, the sticky keys dialogs appears. As the kiosk or ATM application looses focus, you'll be presented with the XP start menu in the background. Many of these machines use a complete install with Minesweeper, Hearts, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Fun!!!

I've made it a regular habit to browse Slashdot, send email, and surf blogs from just about any kiosk that I find. Whenever my wife uses the bathroom at Dave & Busters, I'm reading blogs in the lobby. Whenever I'm at 7-11, I'm surfing with the ATM.

What's really scary about all of this is how easy it is to install executable code onto these devices. They're on the Internet and they have local storage. As far as I can tell, in my own experience, there are no restrictions in place. What's to stop someone from installing their own COM/ActiveX "helper" object and intercepting all HTTP/bank traffic?"

Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pestilence669 writes "The 10.4.10 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger. This update includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

- RAW camera support
- Mounting and unmounting external USB devices
- Support for 3rd party software applications
- Security updates

Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update (Intel) SHA-1 Digest:

Link to Original Source

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pestilence669 writes "Windows Vienna, Vista Successor, is due to be out in two years. So what will be the coolest new feature in Vienna?

According to Fathi, that's still being worked out. "We're going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don't know what it is," he said. "Maybe it's a new user interface paradigm for consumers."

— I don't know about you, but I'd prefer less crashing, more drivers, and better resource management."

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pestilence669 writes "United Nuclear was named in the news as a seller of POLONIUM-210, the poison used against that Russian ex-spy dude Alexander Litvinenko. There's a posting on their website that's an obvious response to the news references. From the article:

"The amount of Plonium-210, and all the isotopes we sell is an 'exempt quantity' amount. These quantities of radioactive material are not hazardous — this is why they are permitted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to be sold to the general public without any sort of license."


"You would need about 15,000 of our Polonium-210 needle sources at a total cost of about $1 million — to have a toxic amount."

I think that settles it. Polonium-210 is still hard to get in quantity."

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pestilence669 (823950) writes "SEATTLE (Reuters) — Software maker Novell Corp. said on Tuesday Microsoft Corp. will make two separate up-front payments totaling $348 million to the company under an agreement to allow Novell's open-source Linux software to work with Windows.

Microsoft will pay Novell $240 million up front in subscription fees to allow the world's largest software maker to use its Linux software. Microsoft will pay an additional $108 million upfront for use of patents, Novell said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Is this the beginning of interoperability or the beginning of something much worse?"

pestilence669 pestilence669 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pestilence669 (823950) writes "PHP 5.2.0 Released

[02-Nov-2006] The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.2.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements. Further details about this release can be found in the release announcement 5.2.0, the full list of changes is available in the ChangeLog PHP 5."


pestilence669 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>