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Testers Say IE 11 Can Impersonate Firefox Via User Agent String

rainmayun 100% in favor of breaking old business apps (252 comments)

Any app that still depends on an ancient, deprecated version of MSIE should be sunsetted. Developing new, modern replacements for those apps is exactly the kind of capital investment that companies have been putting off since 2002. It is long overdue, and it is the kind of investment that will actually get the economy growing at a much better pace. Good riddance to old cruft.

about a year and a half ago

Lego Accused of Racism With Star Wars Set

rainmayun Re:here we go (514 comments)

I guess the British Raj in India doesn't count. I wonder what Gandhi would think of that.

about a year and a half ago

DHS Steps In As Regulator for Medical Device Security

rainmayun Re:DHS covering an awful lot these days ... (123 comments)

if I had mod points, I'd mod this up to 10. and I'm saying this as a former contract employee who did work for a DHS agency.

about a year ago

Hiding Secret Messages In Skype Silences

rainmayun I'm sure (79 comments)

the Chinese and Iranian governments are all over this already.

about a year and a half ago

'Hobbit' Creates Big Data Challenge

rainmayun Longer is not better (245 comments)

Directors have never understood this, which is why most of the time they aren't responsible for the final edits. Length is one of the primary filtering factors for me to decide what movie to see. Anything substantially over 2 hours had better be a damned good movie.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

rainmayun Re:Do Something You're Not Good At (823 comments)

My favorite suggestion for something you can do to teach you humility: try to grow food. If possible, outside in natural conditions. Unless you grew up on a farm, it's a lot harder than you think, yet it's a basic skill for human survival. Even in the city, you can grow something in a small pot somewhere. If you're stuck in a dormitory, find a community vegetable garden and go volunteer there for a season. It can be both incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding to harvest and eat something you grew and nurtured from a seedling.

about 2 years ago

One Company's Week-Long Interview Process

rainmayun Filter for top talent? (362 comments)

My current employer already has a problem getting otherwise bright & capable candidates to submit code samples against a simple problem that take experienced devs all of a couple of hours to do. They decide the hurdles to hire elsewhere are lower, and don't bother to finish our problem. Yeah, you might say maybe we don't want them, but the truth is that sometimes we do, and it takes a very long time to fill some of our positions since top talent has their pick of jobs. The core issue is that they don't generally know us as a company before the hire process begins, and therefore have no personal incentive to prefer us ahead of time. We aren't Google, we don't have Google's reputation, and we aren't going to become Google anytime soon.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

rainmayun Wouldn't work for me now (347 comments)

My core muscles are too weak from 20 years of sitting and coding in supportive chairs. I couldn't stand up comfortably all day and use a computer at this point. I suppose my core would be stronger if I had been doing it, but I haven't and I don't plan to start now.

about 2 years ago

Google 'Wasting' $16 Billion On Projects Headed Nowhere

rainmayun Re:killed? (408 comments)

Probably worth pointing out that for a long time, Bell Labs did basic research from the comfortable position of having a parent company with a huge market monopoly. Google might be big but doesn't have the luxury of being uncompetitive.

more than 2 years ago

Will Apple Let Siri and Apps Connect?

rainmayun Re:Eventually, sure (185 comments)

I hope so. I was already working on a much cruder version of this for a specific application. If I can tap into the Apple API and spend my time refining the more interesting and particular parts of the app, I'd be much happier.

more than 2 years ago

Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

rainmayun Re:All of the above? (322 comments)

I just bought one of these for exactly that reason... looking forward to it's arrival. it'll be my first experience with open router software.

about 3 years ago

Serious Crypto Bug Found In PHP 5.3.7

rainmayun Re:PHP can't get better. It drives away anyone goo (165 comments)

A bug in a library function shows how a language is poorly designed? Methinks you need a little more logical organization to your thoughts. and I can't help but laugh at "no good developer would want to publicly admit that they've contributed to PHP". Perhaps no good developer would want to admit to posting your comment, hence Anonymous Coward status.

about 3 years ago

Serious Crypto Bug Found In PHP 5.3.7

rainmayun Re:Regression tests are for wimps! (165 comments)

True, PHP has a history of "winging it", but by now they should be doing a pretty damn extensive suite of regression tests against each release candidate, if not each build. At this point in its life and supposed maturity, the PHP Group should really be doing better.

about 3 years ago

35% Consumers Want iPhone 5... Sight Unseen

rainmayun Re:This also means... (566 comments)

You could make a case that the 4 was a worse device than the 3GS in some ways, certainly when it debuted. That said, I am one of the supposed 35% who "want" an iPhone 5 (to replace my old 3G). That doesn't mean I can't change my mind if I don't like what I see when the details are released.

more than 3 years ago

Sydney Has 10,000 Unsecured Wi-Fi Points

rainmayun Re:Free Public WiFi (176 comments)

I should add that I ask this tongue-in-cheek

more than 3 years ago

Evolution Machine Accelerates Genetic Engineering

rainmayun Re:"genetically immune to all viruses" (161 comments)

that doesn't mean that they might not end up creating a virus that's immune to lots of other things by accident.

more than 3 years ago

RIM Responds To an Employee's Open Letter

rainmayun Challenge or opportunity? (197 comments)

Sounds like a good time for a few of their lead engineers and technologies to depart and form a new company.

more than 3 years ago


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