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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sirsky April Fools! (723 comments)

Just look at when they announced these numbers!

"Ahhhh, hahaha, GOTCHA!" -Obama

about 5 months ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

sirsky Re:Java won't die. (577 comments)

If you just look at languages that either have enthusiastic big money backers or importance due to legacy, you are generally limited to C/C++, C#, and Java. Companies like IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Google, Oracle, Facebook, or even Amazon don't put an effort behind a language like ruby, which is at least one reason it's more niche. And if you look at what's out there, most of those companies are wedded for one reason or another to one of the languages already in broad use.

Now, if Google ever made a serious effort to push go, perhaps it would gain traction in a serious enterprise kind of way. Likewise, if Facebook were to ever decide to push a language, they might have the clout.

You may be surprised if you actually looked it up at how much Google and YouTube use Python. Here, let me do that for you: Facebook is built on PHP, a language designed to solve the same types as Ruby. Other than Oracle and IBM, none of those companies make much if any use of Java as a core language for any of their products.

about a year ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

sirsky Java won't die. (577 comments)

The reason Java is still alive and well is not because it's a good language. It's not because Oracle does a good job patching security faults with it. It's not because it may be able to run most of it's code on any given OS that can run its VM.

The reason Java is still alive and well is because it is the OO language most schools, universities and colleges teach in their CS classes.

about a year ago

Mozilla Labs Experiment Distills Your History Into Interests

sirsky Re:I don't want to live in a bubble (158 comments)

It's obvious who came up with this idea too. It certainly wasn't one of the developers thinking it would be "a good feature to add". It was some suit in an office that had this 'great idea', ran out and said "CODE THIS"!

about a year ago

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

sirsky Re:Innocent until Proven Guilty (768 comments)


I was about to post the same thing. The 5th Amendment is there as a protection to help enforce the burden of proof. By forcing someone to answer the question "Did you commit the crime?" removes the prosecutor's burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the defendant is guilty, and places it on the defendant to prove their innocence. The difference between the police finding a bloody knife in the house using a search warrant, and directly answering the question "Did you do it?" is that the defendant didn't escort the police and show them where the bloody knife was -- the police do not require any involvement from the defendant to get a search warrant and execute it to find a bloody knife in the suspect's home.

The fact that this didn't even enter the OP's mind is not only worrisome, but then to devise a 'contest' so he can then say "No one was able to show me in my terms how my logic is flawed!" is even worse. Unfortunately, that also shows that he has precisely the required mindset to be a very successful politician in today's day and age.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

sirsky Re:Shove the laptop to one side (312 comments)

First of all, to avoid neck pain, strained eyes and a generally bad posture, keep the top of all your monitors level with your eyes - or lower.

This is the guy you see walking down the street, holding his iPhone at eye-level while texting...because it avoids neck pain.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

sirsky Re:Shove the laptop to one side (312 comments)

It's OK. It's obvious he's not doing serious programming. He can't figure out where to put his laptop in relation to his monitor; how's he gonna figure out how to put a char inside of an int?!

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Transplant Functional Eyes On the Tails of Tadpoles

sirsky Learning?! (85 comments)

Doesn't take a blind frog, or a frog with eyes on it's ass for that matter, to learn they don't like getting the shock treatment...

about a year and a half ago

World IPv6 Day On June 8

sirsky IP Your Lightbulbs! (133 comments)

I got my 1.206 Septillion IPv6 addresses, who's with me?

more than 3 years ago

Confessions of a SysAdmin

sirsky Yes. (385 comments)

I do concur.

more than 4 years ago

What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?

sirsky Re:TestDisk (399 comments)

I must type slowly, cause it wasn't there when I started my reply...but Slashdot comments work on Lightning Speed.

more than 5 years ago

Music Streaming to Overtake Downloads

sirsky Millions new listeners in about a year? (254 comments)

It might be just me, but it sounds like about a year ago, especially in the US, was when the price hikes for online 'radio' streaming stations was such BIG news that they were all about to be shut down.

#1. The RIAA didn't like it cause they didn't get their $$$.
#2. They lobbied to have the prices increased cause they were plain greedy, and apparently don't like people to listen to music.
#3. What's the difference to radio in your car?
#4. For me - I've had a 3G or EVDO phone capable of streaming Net Radio for years. 1xRTT or Edge coverage? Pick a lower-bitrate station. Same music.
#5. Why pay $15/mo. for Satellite Radio ala XM or Sirius when you can stream from your phone and plug into your car stereo? Sure it might cut in and out now and again, but you're not forced to pay $$$ for your music, and no radio upgrades to "HD Radio".

Especially with the advent of the iPhone, and the iPod Touch, music players with built-in WiFi, a lot of this issue goes away. I can tell you there's RARELY a time I'm either 1.) Away from my computer. 2.) Somewhere without my iPod Touch or iPhone. 3.) Somewhere I'm lacking 3G/Edge coverage on my iPhone. And if I am in a place like that, I turn on the ACTUAL CAR RADIO, or listen to some of the albums I've BOUGHT. Wow. Listen to the music you own, or to what other people are listening to. What a concept.

I think the RIAA shot themselves in the foot here, by trying to get their $$$ and forcing such a HUGE increase in royalties paid that they ended up bringing so much attention to the issue that everyone jumped on board. Whoops. How much did streaming radio stations save in advertising revenue to get listeners, when the RIAA yelling and screaming 'NO! MY MONEY!'??? Bring that kind of national attention to yourself, and folks will flock from everywhere to see what it's all about.

Downloading and owning your music is good and all - and a lot of folks have posted as such - that they want to own it. Then BUY THE CD or buy the album from iTunes. If you just want to listen to random music ala radio - stream it, what's your problem?

Plus, you can't discover new music and new artists by listening to the same shit that you OWN over and over and over. That's at least ONE thing the streaming stations provide.

That, and YOU try and find me ONE real 'radio' station that everyone can tune in to that plays the same stuff as GROOVE SALAD from on the regular airwaves. Then tell me it's not worth it.

more than 5 years ago

What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?

sirsky TestDisk (399 comments)

No one has mentioned TestDisk yet??

I've used this plenty of times, restoring 'blank' hard drives (especially USB drives who's partition tables were corrupted) and file recovery works great with NTFS, as well as most other filesystem types...

more than 5 years ago

Security Companies Tussle With MS Security Center

sirsky Anti-trust? For real? (225 comments)

I'm not exactly sure how this can be considered an anti-trust issue. These 'security' companies have created products and business models around Microsoft's flawed and insecure product. If Microsoft chooses to fix what they can, and beef up the security of their own product, whether it puts other companies out of business or not, do they not have the right to do this? How is it Microsoft's fault if by fixing their product, it renders another company's business model obsolete?

I mean, why don't these 'security' companies just ask Microsoft to conitnue to ship a flawed and insecure product, just so they can have a market to develop software to fix it? It sounds pretty absurd when worded like that, but that's essentially what's going on here...

"In other news, Ford Motor Company has made a deal with Napa Auto Parts to begin shipping all new model vehicles from the factory with head gaskets designed to last only 6 weeks or 1,500 miles. Napa will however provide an upgrade gasket that can be installed at the dealership that will last for 1 year regardless of miles. At which point, you can renew your gasket subscription online, in which case it will be good for 1 more year."

more than 7 years ago


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