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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

spongman khan academy (165 comments)

my 3rd-grader is doing the khan academy CS course. he's learning processing.js, and he loves it.

yesterday
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

spongman Re: Perfect? Really? (340 comments)

Angle shot.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

spongman Re:I guess that means ... (340 comments)

if you think that poker is about the cards, then you're playing it wrong.

about three weeks ago
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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

spongman Re: But *are* there enough eyes? (255 comments)

Yeah, compare that with the "go fix it yourself" response, or the seven year, 200-'me too' obstinate won't-fix-because-that-would-require-admitting-that-my-design-was-broken nightmare.

about a month ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

spongman Fantastic (285 comments)

hopefully this takes on and forces advertisers and publishers to switch to cpa instead of the meaningless cpm/cpc models of the past. Then hopefully we'll all see fewer, more relevant, more expensive ads for stuff we actually want to buy.

about 2 months ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

spongman meh (699 comments)

i use adblock (not plus) on chrome, but i also use dnsmasq/dhcp and some scheduled scripts on my home router running tomato usb to block almost all ads on all devices.

i don't get ads, so i don't get ads.

about 2 months ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

spongman Re:Linux on the desktop (106 comments)

wait, Windows locks up randomly now?

about 2 months ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

spongman Re:Lizard Squad? (170 comments)

wait, you weren't living at home with your parents when you were 16?

about 2 months ago
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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

spongman Re: 5th Admendment? (446 comments)

If that egg were male it would have still eventually been able to mate with its mother. Thus, mother and child were not different species. Evolution is not a single-generation event. It's a gradual change over many generations. Speciation almost never occurs in individuals.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

consumer devices that do not have the USB logo can use whatever VID/PIDs they like. there's no law governing this except the trademark of USB's logo.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

the routine inside thier drivers as assertained from the symbol tables in the driver code was called "BrickClonedDevices"

do you have a link for that? curious.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Why suspect malice? (572 comments)

or a leak?

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Why suspect malice? (572 comments)

would you risk a subpoena?

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

because the operating system automatically detects the VID, downloads and installs the driver, which bricks the hardware.

I'm pretty sure that's why Microsoft put a stop to it, since they realized they would probably also be named in any class action.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:USB VID is meant for a specific organization (572 comments)

palm was slapped down by the USB IF. the USB IF can't stop anyone from making USB-compatible products, or using specific VIDs. all they can do is refuse to give them the right to use their logos if they break their rules. the ftdi-cloners don't care about the UBS IF since they're not looking for their approval, so they're free to use whatever VIDs they want.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

spongman Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

it's not that they're not supporting the work-alike chips, they're actively damaging them. they specifically detect non-ftdi chips and overwrite the IDs.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

spongman Re: Did they make money on Surface? (117 comments)

of course, anyone who ever said anything nice about a Microsoft product is a shill...

about 3 months ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

spongman Oh dear (240 comments)

scroll, scroll, "lisp", back.

about 4 months ago

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MIcrosoft buys Teamprise, will ship Linux tools

spongman spongman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spongman (182339) writes "Microsoft's Senior Vice President, Developer Division, S. Somasegar has announced that Microsoft has acquired Teamprise from Sourcegear, LLC, and will be shipping it as part of the upcoming Visual Studio 2010 release. Teamprise is an Eclipse plugin (and related tools) for connecting to Team Foundation Server, Microsoft's source-control/project-management system. What's most interesting about this is not only that Microsoft has realized that heterogeneous development platforms are important to their developer customers, but the fact that Microsoft themselves will now be developing and shipping products based on those heterogeneous platforms, including 5 versions of Unix."
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