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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

peterofoz You are what you think about. (291 comments)

Do anything for 40 days and it forms a habit - i.e. rewires the brain.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

peterofoz How to Break Web Software: Functional and Security (352 comments)

This should be required reading for any programming putting software on the web. It details some 50 basic vulnerabilities that must be avoided. Its also a good starting point for the Q/A team and test planning.

about 4 months ago
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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

peterofoz Screen size vs resolution (347 comments)

Just a WAG here - they'll charge based on pixels (screen size) and you'll get what you pay for. If you want to spoof your 80" HDMI TV to a phone size to save on the download, then your video will look terrible (or very small). So you can buy 800px, 1040px, 2400px or 6000px for your viewing experience - its all up to you. Pixels sent basically relate to bandwidth.

But will the studios cheat and up-scale a 2400px to 6000px so they can charge you more? Time will tell.

about 5 months ago
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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

peterofoz Gen 1 camera (129 comments)

I just got the Gen 1 version of the camera. I like the small package size and the small price. You can use it to just take regular pictures, but you can have a lot of fun composing creative photos that takes advantage of the refocus capability to tell a story in the photo using the foreground and and the background as distinct photo elements. For example, a foreground subject tells one story, but refocus on the background element and the meaning of the story suddenly changes in a surprising way. Fun.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Study Permian Mass Extinction Event As Lesson For 21st Century

peterofoz Global warming? Check back in 1000 years (235 comments)

So the range of mass extinction events ranges between 5,000 and 60,000 years and were caused by natural events like volcano and asteroids. I say keep collecting data on climate change for another several hundred years before making any more dire predictions about rapid change and the end of the world.

about 7 months ago
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Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

peterofoz Mayo is usually made with eggs and vinegar? (269 comments)

Mayo is usually made with eggs and oil (and perhaps a drop or two of vinegar).

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Unless you're out to catch fruit flies, then use apple vinegar.

Remember my grandma's saying: "Miracle Whip ruined the dip"

A shot of (apple cider or balsamic) vinegar in the morning will kill excess yeasts in your digestive (which may be causing your allergies).

Sugary foods will feed the yeast (perhaps making you tired)

White vinegar is also great for cleaning stuff. Like laundry stains, bathrooms, or calcium buildup on the shower head.

Don't Panic. Just carry on.

about 7 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

peterofoz Detroit - the new old-south? (398 comments)

On the surface it sure sounds like it has the structure and makings of the indentured-servant, only a short difference from slavery. There are plenty of unemployed and under-employed in the USA today. I give this idea two thumbs down.

I'd suggest:

Continue to downsize Detroit city limits. Reduce operating costs.

Employ locals for demolition and cleanup work

Clean up the town zone by zone

Clean out government corruption

Reinvent - attract new business with tax incentives. There is no going back to the old model.

about 8 months ago
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What Would French Fries Taste Like If You Made Them On Jupiter?

peterofoz Heat and pressure (165 comments)

It seems the factor was the amount of pressure between the fry and the oil. You could probably accomplish the same thing by submerging the fry in 2 ft of cooking oil rather than floating them on the surface. Not as much fun though.

I concur about not cooking with olive oil - that's for cold dishes since heat destroys it. Cook with natural peanut or coconut oil, or lard for bacon flavor fries. Avoid the chemically refined and stripped vegetable oils.

about 9 months ago
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My favorite season:

peterofoz Monsoon (346 comments)

I've lived in places where there is primarily a wet and dry season. The rains of the monsoon bring welcome relief to the heat.

about a year ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

peterofoz Wireless broadband is a dialup modem (410 comments)

Anyone using a wireless broadband modem is on a dial up. Ok, so the speeds are higher than they used to be in the pre 56KB land line days.

For the record, I first programmed used a 300 baud acoustic coupler from a teletype to a PDP-8 circia 1971 and last used a dial up in about 2003 using NetZero/Juno dial-up from a hotel.

1 year,3 days
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Volvo's Electric Roads Concept Points To Battery-Free EV Future

peterofoz Re:Who Pays? (216 comments)

It will likely start with the city bus system funded by taxpayers. Just move the overhead power lines underground on selected routes to test the concept. The encrypted signal is so other users can't steal the power without a subscription. Quick, someone patent storing energy in a capacitor so you can get the car/truck/bus the next 100 yards down the road.

about a year ago
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Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

peterofoz Re:Is This for Real? (232 comments)

If the problem to solve is trivial, then perhaps offer a solution. If its hard enough that you'd worry about doing free consulting, then switch tactics and ask questions, deep probing questions to make sure you understand the whole picture. The interviewer should be able to determine from the questions you ask that you know what your are doing, or at least you know what you don't know which is also valuable to solving a problem. If they keep pressing for a solution, then they're either unethical or incompetent so you should either walk away or raise your rates. We run into this periodically where during a bid tender and proposal process the customer is asking for the solution pre-sales. Then it becomes a game of chess - to demonstrate that you know what you are doing without giving away the cash-cow vs. winning the business/job.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

peterofoz Look to the Boy Scouts (701 comments)

The BSA has a lot of of great learning materials for all ages. For 9 year olds, check the Wolf and Bear book electives - all sorts of stuff in there. Also the Sports and Academics programs - belt loops and pins. For older kids, the Merit Badge pamphlets are terrific resources. Boy Scout Chemistry MB
Cub Scout Science Some great chemistry experiments for young ones are:

  • Electricity from salt water
  • Non-Newtonian liquids (corn starch)
  • Slime (polymers)
  • Menthos + coke bottle rockets
  • Vinegar and baking soda bottle rockets
  • Strawberry DNA extraction
  • litmus tests using dyes from garden veggies
  • sugar crystal growing
  • magic rocks
  • surface tension (soap, oil, water, etc)
  • states of matter (ice, butter, dry ice)

Keep it simple and stuff they can relate to. Be sure to talk about safety on dangerous reactions, acid and alkaloid burns, etc. Check out also the Khan Academy online - lots of good stuff in there. www.khanacademy.org/

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and Google Spar Over Whether Programming Languages Can Be Copyrighted

peterofoz Sun Java IP protections (316 comments)

I recall some discussion that Sun put IP protections on Java to prevent companies (hello Microsoft) from creating a non-compliant product and calling it Java, rather than using that IP to profit. It looks like Oracle is twisting the original intent. Besides, Java is hardly original, having drawn heavily on prior art from C++ and Ada. If Oracle succeeds in this, it would seem to open the door to claim copyright on entire natural languages like English and Chinese.

more than 2 years ago
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What is Your position on Climate Change?

peterofoz The only constant is change..... (695 comments)

In the 70's they cried Ice Age, in the 90's and early 2000's it was Global Warming, now its Climate change (can't they make up their minds?) Someone could probably trace this political climate crisis cycle back even further. Sure, the climate and atmosphere is changing, always has and always will. Humans contribute to some of the variables, but I think our importance is over emphasized.

Yet, we are the stewards of this planet and taking reasonable steps toward producing cleaner energy and reducing waste and pollution are good things. But we need to be especially vigilant and resist those who would hijack a good idea to create chaos and crisis so they can demand greater control over our shrinking freedoms.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Drops California Associates to Avoid Sales Tax

peterofoz Termination letter text (623 comments)

Hello, Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule. You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you are a resident of California. If you are not currently a resident of California, or if you are relocating to another state in the near future, you can manage the details of your Associates account here. And if you relocate to another state in the near future please contact us for reinstatement into the Amazon Associates Program. To avoid confusion, we would like to clarify that this development will only impact our ability to offer the Associates Program to California residents and will not affect your ability to purchase from Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. We have enjoyed working with you and other California-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program and, if this situation is rectified, would very much welcome the opportunity to re-open our Associates Program to California residents. As mentioned before, we are continuing to work on alternative ways to help California residents monetize their websites and we will be sure to contact you when these become available. Regards, The Amazon Associates Team

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

peterofoz Maybe get a job... (545 comments)

Perhaps, get a job building web site editing software. It seems to be a never ending source of new challenges.

--- If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software To Organise a Heterogeneous Mix of Files?

peterofoz Shoebox 2.0 (254 comments)

For class notes, the shoebox is the perfect bucket sort container for paper you'll probably never reference again. Works especially well for utility bills, bank statements. Mark it by year and possibly by broad topic so you know if you have to shred the contents or just toss it.

Save yourself - go on a date.

more than 3 years ago

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UC Berkeley Asking Incoming Students For DNA

peterofoz peterofoz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

peterofoz (1038508) writes "What could possibly go wrong?

The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students own records.

Next: Police subpoena DNA records to identify possible terror suspects. News at 11:00"
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Climate change causes 315,000 deaths a year-report

peterofoz peterofoz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peterofoz writes "Here's some more gloom and doom from the global warming group. The claim is that climate change (is it getting warmer or colder?) is directly causing 315,000 deaths a year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters. What is the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF) selling? It was founded in 2007 by General Kofi Annan.

I wasn't sure this was science so I filed it as politics. You can disagree in the comments.

Slashdotter challenge: Whether or not you agree or disagree, how do these people make money at this?"

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Are you a Pig or a Chicken?

peterofoz peterofoz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

peterofoz writes "The software company Serena new owner for Projity Open Project uses a story/joke on their web site to try and explain the benefits of agility as it relates to their services. Here is the story/joke



A pig and a chicken are walking down a road. The chicken looks at the pig and says, "Hey, why don't we open a restaurant?" The pig looks back at the chicken and says, "Good idea, what do you want to call it?" The chicken thinks about it and says, "Why don't we call it 'Ham and Eggs'?" "I don't think so," says the pig, "I'd be committed but you'd only be involved.

Here is their interpretation:

The point — Pigs are the ones involved who write and deliver software, while the Chickens in the project are interested in the outcome but aren't directly writing software. The needs, desires, ideas and influences of the Chickens are important and taken into account, but not in a way that would prevent the completion of the project by the Pigs.

I think they got it wrong; they only talk about being involved and interested but no one is committed. Does this reflect reality? Perhaps the SlashDot community can help them improve their interpretation."
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Dragon vs. Hydra - a case for extreme development

peterofoz peterofoz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

peterofoz writes "Dedicated SlashDot readers will recall Dec 22, 2007 and the posting for Mystery Company Recruiting Talent With a Puzzle. This turned out to be n-Brain releasing a new product that allows multiple editors in the same code in real time to support the collaborative programming paradigm. Now they're back with another challenge: "Are two heads really better than one? N-BRAIN, Inc. intends to definitively answer this question by sponsoring the Hydra Versus Dragon Coding Competition, a Reality TV-style battle between the world's finest software developers." Mark June 23rd on your calendars."
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Designing a Business App UI as good as a game

peterofoz peterofoz writes  |  more than 5 years ago I'm frustrated. Why can't business apps be designed to have GUI's that are as slick and clean as a game? One issue to overcome is the screen real estate taken up by graphics and chrome. Also, business apps design should include a configuration management tool; hand editing web.config files should be in the past.

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Verifiable eVoting

peterofoz peterofoz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

It's surprising that the quality and security of the eVoting machines is still so poor that after 4 or even 8 years it still makes headline news.

  • Verifiable voting record (paper trail)
  • Voter Receipt (with serial number?)
  • Physical security no worse than old paper ink or punch ballots

A lot of the problems seem to be around setup and configurations. Is someone keeping a list of voting machine problems (as a base for a comprehensive requirements list). Then there is the topic of verifiable voting over the internet. How do you authenticate a voter? Credit card? Passport number? Pre-authorized internet voting id/pin from the registrar? Maybe treat this like a credit card - a voter id card - and send plastic.

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