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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

snadrus I've became less religous, but more spiritual. (1037 comments)

As I learn all the debunk vs debunk stuff, it's got me accepting:
- There are some important unexplainables
- Ignore:
      -- infighting
      -- religous history
      -- ceremony without benefit

So now I'm more spiritual than religious. I look at cross-religion wisdom and see what applies to my life, is repeatable, regular, or frequent. I find patterns, make hypotheses and apply them just like with any scientific practice. "Centers for Spiritual Living" groups think like this.

about two weeks ago

KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

snadrus Re:How are these things related? (202 comments)

You just cannot fix X the way it should be fixed.

Translation: It's protocol-oriented.

Wayland is the obvious choice

Really? It's protocol-oriented too (and is slow-progressing because of that).

Mir is library-oriented so no-longer will DEs paper-over the ugly parts, but instead they'll just fix the client library.

about a month ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

snadrus Re:Compuing Resources are Finate (745 comments)

what's an agent? Or more specifically, don't optimize for them when the concern is actually consistency. Whenever a serious inconsistency is found, God could reverse to somewhere that the correct facts can be worked-in. Under this idea, early simulations could be fast and we are therefore effectively causing physics, chemistry, etc sciences into being by studying them.
  Though under this theory it could be very hard to test.

about 2 months ago

Background Javascript Compilation Boosts Chrome Performance

snadrus Re:This is worth a Slashdot article? (136 comments)

Advertisers live by document.write.
Window.open is required for bookmarklets and reparenting to avoid windows being monitored by their creator.

Yes eval is trouble, but I'd rather see a badge indicating "easy to hack" when "use strict" is not in use. Many sites still use eval, so it's best to single them out vs breaking them.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

snadrus My bugs (716 comments)

My latest bugs are along the lines of:
Me: Here's the most rough proof-of-concept, prototype implementation.
Mgr: Ship it
Me: It only does some of what's needed, even then most common considerations aren't done.
Mgr: Ship it. Log that other stuff as bugs. We will close most of them until someone complains.

So according to your thoughts, employers only pay for the prototype & I'm responsible for the full implementation? No go!

about 2 months ago

US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

snadrus Fan of mass-exclusivity (578 comments)

The fools are shooting themselves in the foot:
Here's an idea: Lets get the entire next generation disinterested in the Olympics by making it impossible to see it over their preferred method unless they bug their parents for cable bill info! Lets remind those kids who is in-charge.
This will also exclude some Americans and totally exclude all those fit country people so they won't join the games out of spite. Now the US won't participate as well or be interested as much. And we know how well America watches international sports they do poorly in. Soccer anyone?

This media event is unrelated to the ancient games except by name. It's about 20 years before irrelevance.

about 3 months ago

NZ Govt May Gut Privacy Laws For US Citizens and Ex-Pats

snadrus Re:In Roman Times (134 comments)

The battle cry for starting America: "Taxation without Representation".
With a nearly-worthless vote since "representatives" simply won't honor their (non-corporation) constituency, we are right back to the first problem.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

snadrus Re:It's 2014 (387 comments)

You can't make a distributed, decentralized rule enforcer that's open source or unencrypted. Any source leak and it's over.

P2P MMO hits scalability issues with groups of people interacting.

Only 1-on-1 activities make sense, and if you're interested in that then check out webRTC (video chat, screen share, file transfer)

about 3 months ago

Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

snadrus Location (271 comments)

I've owned 2 houses & know it's all "Location, Location, Location".
Tech isn't everywhere, but where it is, it's booming.
My kids will start school soon, so I"m in a rush to a diversified tech area before they won't want to leave.
Because where will the next great tech startup likely succeed? wherever they can get developers!

about 3 months ago

How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

snadrus Re:Sports? (253 comments)

So I voted for CGI. If it's just all one big movie then the cash to keep it going will go to nerds instead of genetically modified junkies.

about 3 months ago

CES 2014: 3-D Scanners are a Logical Next Step After 3-D Printers

snadrus Re:I have 3D printer. (87 comments)

'do you design everything that comes out of your 2D printer from scratch'

sort-of. We have symbolic glyphs that make up most of what my 2D printer produces, and I arrange long combinations of these glyphs. This is done in a typically 1D fashion despite being 2D glyphs.

Assembly of pre-existing libraries in logical ways (like connect surface A.side to B.bottom at right angle rotation on clicked spot) sounds more likely to have mass appeal than complete freedom (MSPaint for 2D) .

about 3 months ago

CES 2014: 3-D Scanners are a Logical Next Step After 3-D Printers

snadrus Re:Clearly they're not thinking evil enough (87 comments)

Anything in that timeframe that's media-like (ebook, etc) has DRM trapping it, or else there are already more ways to make duplications of the original (Amazon MP3 vs torrented Amazon MP3).

But new art is made all the time that has identifiers showing that it was assembled and not printed.

about 3 months ago

IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

snadrus Re:Cost (182 comments)

Plenty, oh, and Plenty.

First it's a way to push more AIX mainframes (you need like 6 minimum to run it full out).
Think a couple TB of ram.

about 3 months ago

IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

snadrus I asked it (182 comments)

I asked Watson "what is the meaning of life?" and the answer:
        It's referent.

It makes sense for a referencing machine, but this was not a sarcastic pre-programmed answer. It provided the references it assembled for its decision. If it's right, it could do quite a lot.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

snadrus Command-lines beyond the shell (383 comments)

Command-line interpreters help save time and have became my favorite way to jump into using those languages, but there's more than the shell.
Python is a great one.
Javascript in Chrome has a command-line where you can try out things.
Unsurprisingly, despite both of these languages having issues, they are highly popular.

I hear that there's a chrome with a Dash interpreter built-in. If it includes inline editing, then I'd bet it will do well.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

snadrus Text files (133 comments)

I recommend any of the impressive tools that round-trips text nicely (Sublime, Notepad2, gedit). Just plain text with minor format annotations.
It's easy to lay out simple graphs which I use for financial summaries that I will be able to access for years.
Text is a massively-entrenched standard format with universal comprehension rules (unlike other standards like HTML). Just be sure your editor makes sense of either line ending. You can use many tools including those that can write directly to a RAID0 device, an FTP server, etc for safety.

Integration has some positive factors to consider:
  - Copy-paste of text into a calendar works great.
  - Filesystem tree layout is handy for archival purposes (and is also deeply entrenched).
  - Naming in year-month-day-subject.txt consistently will allow filesystem search to find the note you want, and dates are retained despite the copy tool used.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

snadrus Re:Market Saturation (506 comments)

I can vouch for that. I got some algorithm questions in Seattle & developed a new best solution (It wasn't a known solution before). Did I get the job? Nope.

about 5 months ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

snadrus Re:PR Stunt at best (174 comments)

There's something like that for drive encryption (in-case someone gets your hard drive), but programs that are running are intentionally past that restriction.

Programs communicate with one another, with servers on the Internet. If it sends-out more data then it should, you can't do anything about it if it's from a closed-source client. If that server shares more than you'd like, you can't do anything about it either. The closed-source client (& client OS) prevents the verify stage of "trust, but verify".

No scientist trusts an experiment it can't verify (or isn't even given steps), so you can't trust the experiment of secure data if you're not given what steps are occurring.

about 5 months ago

The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

snadrus Re:Developing software (453 comments)

Try propping it up, adding a bluetooth keyboard, and visiting something like Project Orion or Cloud9. It's close enough for web work.

about 5 months ago

The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

snadrus The most successful place this exists today (286 comments)

On the web we have tens of languages on the server side communicating to browsers & crawlers. Crawlers are written in nearly every language.

How did we do it? A standard protocol.

So, stand up 2 programs, have a standard for message passing, and continue working. Forget library-like integration: you don't want some giant code in your process space anyway.

- Testing is simpler.
- Fractional deployment is equal to having DLLs, but simpler resource file management.
- Crashes are easier to debug, and far less insulation is necessary for a good overall experience.
- Scalability becomes simpler.
- The initiator of an internal issue can be hard to determine, but many solutions exist & it's often unnecessary to know.

Summary: Do one thing, do it well

about 5 months ago


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snadrus snadrus writes  |  more than 8 years ago I saw your issue about making a copy of an old hard drive for safe keeping. I'm in a similar situation, so I built a home-grown ISO where I downloaded FreeDOS and dropped in PQMAGIC's multiple floppy-based files into a folder. That CD boots quickly and I use it along with a large drive that I carry around to backup partitions of important PCs (old machines no one knows how to fix). The floppies work too, but they're slower. The ISO's like 30mb.

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