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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

ruiner13 Re: As a 40 something programmer recently intervie (379 comments)

I've been living in ginormous game engines for 6 years, and the amount of times I've had to, in the span of a timed half an hour, optimize a routine to make sure it was running in the optimal time has

Do you happen to work for EA? That would explain a lot...

about 6 months ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

ruiner13 Radar (461 comments)

I don't understand the reliance on active communication from the plane. Aren't all flights tracked by ground radar? Surely there were military craft or bases in the area that were tracking it?

about 6 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

ruiner13 Re:From the FAQ (704 comments)

You might as well ask the wino on the corner to hold onto your money, because he's about as accountable if your money goes missing.

I'd argue the wino is an order of magnitude more accountable because he is a real person. These exchanges are nebulous companies which have no actual humans directly responsible.

about 6 months ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

ruiner13 They didn't "forget" how to talk to it! (166 comments)

They lost the ability to talk to it, they didn't forget how to. They lack the equipment to do it, but they know how to build it, they just don't have the funding and/or desire to do so. Small difference, but your version of the headline sure is sensationalist! What happened to this site?

about 6 months ago

Tor Now Comes In a Box

ruiner13 Is Tor being safe? (150 comments)

It isn't nice to refer to her as a "box". I hope he's using a condom.

about 10 months ago

At Long Last: IceCube Spots 28 High-Energy Neutrinos

ruiner13 BBT (109 comments)

I hope Howard, Leonard, and Rajesh didn't just mess up Sheldon's experiment...

about 10 months ago

Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

ruiner13 Re:Not on Steam? (312 comments)

Silly EA. They should have known pulling out isn't a safe form of copy protection. Didn't they take 5th grade health class?

about a year ago

Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

ruiner13 Re:I am one affected (312 comments)

It is the ONLY EA game I've bought in the last decade. My friends begged me to give it a try, and the talk of 64 player games was really interesting to me. I've learned from my mistake, and won't make it again. For the record, I purchased from Amazon, not direct from EA, so EA would not refund me. I'm absolutely positive Amazon would, but frankly I'm not sure EA would get the message.

about a year ago

Battlefield 4 DRM Locking Out Part of North America Until EU Release

ruiner13 I am one affected (312 comments)

This seems to be tied to certain ISPs, especially Uverse. They claim they can't verify it is a US IP address, even though I'm in indiana and the IP clearly comes up under a US company's IP block (AT&T). The first EA person actually had the nerve to tell me my ISP programmed the release date wrong. The second one said it would be fixed in an hour. Finally after getting a manager he said they are aware of the problem and can only wait until 7pm tomorrow. I asked why don't they just completely remove the lock outs to let people play the game they paid for, acknowledging that some regions may get early access. That was "impossible". I bet people pirating the game are playing just fine, I feel like a fool for parting with $100 for the deluxe edition. Not buying another EA game. Some have suggested using a VPN service to somewhere else in North America that the Origin virus can verify you to North America properly. Silly...

about a year ago

Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

ruiner13 Re:You see this in small businesses (616 comments)

I'd like to see your stats on that. The last real figures I've seen show only 30% want it repealed. The Republicans as usual think they speak for everyone when really they only speak for their narrow elitist buddies. It is all really ironic considering the health plan was originally planned by Republicans, until the Obama administration actually got it done... at which point since it wasn't their idea any more it became the WORST THING EVER. Frankly, there are more important things that they could be focusing on, like our crumbling transportation infrastructure or other real problems. If people really wanted them to keep doing this, why does this Congress have the lowest approval rating in the history of political approval tracking?

about a year ago

Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

ruiner13 Re:You see this in small businesses (616 comments)

Sounds a lot like Congress... "Hey, maybe the 42nd attempt to repeal the healthcare laws will work better!"

about a year ago

SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

ruiner13 Next project - backups! (552 comments)

Maybe Linus needs to create a backup program like he did when he wanted a better version control system and created git? Also, why is the only copy of the changes on his local workstation and not a server with redundancy? This seems rather amateurish.

1 year,6 days

Research Suggests Mars Once Had a Thick Atmosphere

ruiner13 Re:Once again I'll say it (98 comments)

Wow, it used to have a thick atmosphere AND feet? Awesome! What is Mars' shoe size?

about a year ago

D-Wave Large-Scale Quantum Chip Validated, Says USC Team

ruiner13 Quantum... (141 comments)

Sounds like we are on the road to a good Quantum Leap! I can't wait to meet Al!

about a year ago

Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

ruiner13 Does this help determine where our water is from? (207 comments)

So, the predominant theory seems to be that the water on Earth came from comets raining down in mass quantities in the early days of the Earth. The samples of this old water source shows a high amount of hydrogen. Could the water here have come from our planet having a lot of H2 that burned/reacted with the O2 we had, creating all our water, instead of being delivered here from the sky?

about a year ago

Average latency to

ruiner13 Re:= 40ms to 80ms (same continent) (558 comments)

I averaged 9ms from my office. Masked our internal IPs but here's the full path. I sense some instability on the ATT backbone. We're in Indianapolis.

Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 2 ms <1 ms <1 ms *******
2 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms *********
3 2 ms 1 ms 1 ms ********
4 1 ms 1 ms 1 ms 209.*.*.*
5 2 ms 1 ms 2 ms
6 8 ms 8 ms 15 ms []
7 7 ms 8 ms 8 ms
8 14 ms 35 ms 11 ms []
9 12 ms 14 ms 12 ms []
10 9 ms 75 ms 65 ms []
11 9 ms 9 ms 9 ms []
12 10 ms 29 ms 10 ms []
13 10 ms 10 ms 10 ms []
14 10 ms 18 ms 21 ms
15 9 ms 10 ms 11 ms []

Trace complete.

about a year ago

Pepsi To Release New Breakfast Mountain Dew

ruiner13 Brominated Vegetable Oil? (362 comments)

Any word on if this stuff contains BVO like regular Mountain Dew? I would hope the answer is "no", but I've been wrong before.

about a year and a half ago

The Scourge of Error Handling

ruiner13 Re:People just doesn't get it (536 comments)

You could possibly be looping through an array or reading lines in a data file (such as CSV) and have some elements or lines with errors that you just want to handle and keep processing. Exceptions would be a bad choice here. You assume if one entry is bad, they all must be, which is almost never the case. I code for a company that deals with huge (million+ entry) data sets. Using and dealing with exceptions is to be avoided when possible. If you think 4ms is trivial, I would not trust you to write any of our performance code.

about 2 years ago

The Scourge of Error Handling

ruiner13 Re:caught (536 comments)

I'll take good comments explaining difficult to read code over using exceptions to make it "appear" more readable any day. Exceptions should only be used when the code has no way to recover from the error gracefully. They should not be used to improve readability. That's what comments are for. Now, I'm not saying every trivial line should be commented, but blocks of code that are complex should at least have the intent of the code commented, so no one later on changes its behavior unintentionally (yes, there should be unit tests for that...)

about 2 years ago



iPhone/iTouch Controlled Quadrotor shown @ CES

ruiner13 ruiner13 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ruiner13 (527499) writes "At the CES this week, Parrot SA displayed their iPhone/iPod Touch controlled Quadrotor aircraft, the AR.Drone. Cameras in the craft can be used to guide the vehicle, and allow for the use of augmented reality for games and more. The system seems interesting to me as a developer, and seems to have an extensive API readily available on their Developer Zone. With all the hype surrounding 3-D displays and cameras at CES this year, I am glad to find an interesting and seemingly open product shown."
Link to Original Source

ruiner13 ruiner13 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ruiner13 writes "CNN/Money is running an article which quotes Steve Jobs as believing, as many Slashdot users do, that DRM is bad for their business.

Jobs said there appeared to be no benefit to the record companies to continue to sell more than 90 percent of their music without DRM on compact discs while selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system. "If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies."
The article also goes on to mention that Apple will be renegotiating the contracts with the major labels next month. Especially considering the legal action Apple is facing in Europe to make the iTunes music inter operable with other players, does this signal the end of FairPlay and the RIAA forcing DRM down people's throats?

The full text of Jobs' thoughts on the matter are posted on Apple's website."


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