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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

peter303 my access was censored! (158 comments)

I thinkit was abd firefox plugin

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

peter303 fossil fuels for another century (273 comments)

After fracked shale gas runs out in the 2030s, there is a vast amount of methane in mehane-ice in the seafloor. Currently it is too pressurized to easily produce (e.g. Mocondo accident). But when other fossil fuels runlow, industry will try to mine it.

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

peter303 runaway globale warming? (273 comments)

Methane is the thrid most important greenhouse gas after water and carbon dioxide, currently contributing about 10% of the effect. There are tremendous amounts of methane frozen in permafrost and continental shelf hydrates. The fear is ocean warming cold melt more hyrdrates, release more methane and make it still warmer.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

peter303 need system to avoid "just OK" POTUS too (441 comments)

The grueling two year primary & fund raising system for electing top US leaders need improvement. The past several winners have been barely OK.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

peter303 old software is a millstone around your neck (548 comments)

As long as your company sells it, it will come back to haunt you 10, 20 years later. When you are bored as hell with it. Or forgotten everything about it. Hardware changes, OS'es change, and old shit breaks sometimes.

Perhaps the main remedy is to change compnaies somtimes. Then somoen else fixes your old stuff. Or you fix someone elses old stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

peter303 coding is only a fraction of business (548 comments)

Its not like kollege where yu write a program, make it work, and then are finished.
In a business a lot of other thing go on:
planning
specifications
coding
check into codebase
TESTING
WRITING TESTS
fixing bugs
tracking bugs in a databse
selling the idea
selling the software
supporting the customer
managing all the people that do this
learning new technology
teaching the new people
maintaining the computers to some degree

All this stuff occurs whether you are a single consultant, part of a small startup company, or part of a mega-software company.
In a small software company you probably have the mode overall hours devoted to coding.
A single-consultant is probably spending lots of time on non-coding aspects above.
A large company has specialists handling things like selling and testing. The fraction of everybodies hours devoted to coding may be rather small, less than 20%.

about two weeks ago
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The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

peter303 kind of like the late 1800s (97 comments)

Newtonian mechanics and Maxwell's equations explain just about everything we observe, except for a "few loose ends" like radiation and finite black-body radiation, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

peter303 the most common type of identity theft? (171 comments)

The reference claims medical identity theft is the most common type of identity theft. but I dont beleive because there are relatively few cases in news about it compared to fake credit card and account withdrawals. It might be source of the most general identity thefts, due the looseness of medical record keeping.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

peter303 Re:US NFL aggressively enforces copyright (226 comments)

I've heard a number of states have considered or passed these so-called "revenge sex" laws. That allows police/prosecuter to investigate entity that first posted with subpoena power and go after them. A lot of these revenge sex incidents are crimes of passion and the poster isnt covering their tracks as well as a seasoned p0rn ring.

about three weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

peter303 US NFL aggressively enforces copyright (226 comments)

Woe if you post any significant segement of a US football game.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

peter303 compilers touted as early form of A.I. (427 comments)

Compiliers allowed you to move from brutal machine-language numbers to language-like or math-like statements; from number to problem-domain concepts. Compilers were complex pattern recognition, rule-base translators that implemented this. I've seen some early ads touting COBOL as programming in "almost English" (har har). As with most soft-A.I. results, once you did it, it wasnt really considered A.I. anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

peter303 standard to subpoena "computer logs" (160 comments)

The includes browser records, google searches, etc. for major crimes. Its didnt quite work for the Newtown killer who trashed is computer and operated under aliases.

about three weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

peter303 flash/disk/tape ratios still stand (183 comments)

Cheapest retail magnetic disks are about 3 cents a gigabyte and a fraction of cent gigabyte for digital tape.

Unless one is a video hog a terabyte should be enough for anybody. And I'd stream most new content anyways. I only read/watch most stuff once.

about three weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

peter303 Google, Apple attempting similar? (306 comments)

Go, swift were supposed to be more global Internet languages than their predecessors.
Then too, corporate derived projects arent necesarily as good as a celver grad student project.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

peter303 Panama Canal took 33 years, 4 countries (322 comments)

France, US, Columbia, and Panama. Jungle diseases of workers was a huge problem at beginning.

about a month ago
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2D To 3D Object Manipulation Software Lends Depth to Photographs

peter303 popular topic at SIGGRAPH for last decade (76 comments)

The algorithms and software get better and better.
SIGGRAPH next week in Vancouver.

about a month ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

peter303 MIT introductory CS course uses LISP (205 comments)

From 1970 to 2010, required for all CS degrees, and after 1980 all EE degrees. The explanation was to teach algorithms, not latest fad-itern language. Nearly all the powerful faculty pushing LISP have retired. The new introductory language is a variant of Python.

Nearly all the languages used in my MIT courses decades ago are pretty much gone, save LISP. These include APL, PL/I, AS-360. You learn how to learn instead.

about a month ago

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data mining suggested serious flu 18 days early

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "A Washington state biosurveillance firm raised the first warning about a possible outbreak of swine flu in Mexico more than two weeks before the World Health Organization offered its initial alert. I've heard of similar claims to monitor increases in certain search engine requests for looming medical and other disasters."
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Ant-trust action against Google?

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The Wall Street Journal suggests the Justice Department has begun an anti-trust investigation of Google's large lead in online advertising profits as being monopolistic. I wonder who may have complained to the Justice Department :-) Google joins a long list of super-successful IT predecessors- AT&T, IBM, and MicroSoft- who have undergone this scrutiny. Perhaps this story has contributed to large recent drops in the GOOG stock price."
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new book "The Dumbest Generation"

peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "In the latest round of generation bashing, Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30). Mark's thesis is that new digital devices instead of enhancing student intelligence and education, they degrade them. He reviews a large number of studies that young people are anti-intellectual, rarely read, and rarely attend fine arts events. He blames this on young spending an average of six hours a day on "screen devices"- cellphones, video games, internet, television, etc.- in entertainment and gossip and not intellectual pursuit.

I thought it was an interesting thesis, but not a new phase of American culture. Americans have always been accused of anti-intellectualism. GenY's boomer parents were derided for spending too much time in front of television. What this book does is modernize this complaint to the current generation, and cite a mind-numbing number of studies supporting it."
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peter303 peter303 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

peter303 (12292) writes "The recently activated Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a photo of the the Mars Opportunity Rover with enough detail to see its platform and and camera tower. In the previous best picture from the Mars Global Surveyor (from the same manufacturer Malin Space Science) could only resolve the rovers as a four pixel splotch. This give hope of solving the mystery of the failed Beagle landing which has only been guessed at in the Surveyer low resolution photo."

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