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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

the_povinator Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Pics or it didn't happen.

about a month ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

the_povinator Re:Sounds nice (156 comments)

Oh. I use text mode emacs normally and tty settings disallow it.

about a month ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

the_povinator Re:Sounds nice (156 comments)

The only important feature emacs lacks in my opinion, is the ability to run emacs within a sub-window of emacs.

about a month ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

the_povinator Re:Here is why you never chase what's "hot" in IT (205 comments)

1) By the time you learn it, it won't be hot anymore.

2) It's all about experience. Don't take my word for it, look at the job ads. Learn something all you want, if you don't have five years experience in it, your knowledge is useless.

3) These articles about what's "hot" are just standard corporate propaganda. IT employers always want people chasing their tails, studying everything, just so they have a larger labor pool.

4) Don't get constantly distracted trying to learn what is supposedly "hot" at the moment, just learn anything useful, and be very good at it. Being very good at anything useful is far more valuable than a superficial knowledge of the latest fad.

5) These articles don't tell you anything more than they tell everybody else in the world. Learning whatever is not going to give you any competitive advantage.

All JMHO, of course.

Disclosure: I worked in IT for over 30 years. I have held several jobs, at several companies. I have been through the hiring process a lot.

Your statement is not relevant here because Matlab is not hot. scipy/numpy are hot, Matlab is old. I work as a research scientist in a top university doing heavy data-processing (however I personally maintain my own C++ wrapper of BLAS so I don't rely on other people's wrapper code).

about a month ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

the_povinator Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

I tried using Ubuntu briefly (cloud-computing stuff) but I found upstart very very difficult to work with, and, if I recall correctly, buggy.

I've never attempted to use Ubuntu since.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

the_povinator Re:Fine! (365 comments)

I hate Microsoft as much as the next guy, but he has a point here.

Microsoft is a multinational corporation - albeit one that started in the US - and they have the perfect right to locate their operations wherever suits them. Immigration policies are a valid reason to make these decisions. I don't understand why American think it's their automatic right for all activities of companies like this to be located on their soil.

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

the_povinator Re:Not a problem... (326 comments)

I referred to the drawing down of aquifers.

It's true, my comments envisaged conventional farming, not the methods the Israelis use with poly-tunnels. So in the long run, your point is true.

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

the_povinator Re:Not a problem... (326 comments)

Yes but that food is already being grown (and the water being overexploited), so settling people there would not add any new food.

Would be nice for deserts to be un-desertified, but I'm not sure that can be done cost effectively just yet.

Dan

about 2 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

the_povinator Re:Not a problem... (326 comments)

But those places are mostly not suitable for growing crops. What would people living there eat?

It's not physical space that limits populations, but the availability of resources such as food and water.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

the_povinator Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

Mod me flamebait, but I am with Microsoft on this one. As mentioned in their press release at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us..., Samsung agreed that "Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform".

I don't know how Samsung thinks it can use Microsoft products without paying for them. I paid for my copy of Windows, and I expect Samsung to do the same.

about 4 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

the_povinator Re: Coanda effect? (204 comments)

I don't believe he has published, but you might be able to get something from his patent:

http://patentscope.wipo.int/se...

the patent seems to talk in terms of surfaces for heat transfer, and does not mention anything about turbulence. When he first mentioned to me that he was working on it, I conjectured that it was vanes or ribs of some kind, and he told me that it was more complicated than that and had to do with the interaction with turbulence (I forget whether to increase it or decrease it). However, nothing like that seems to be reflected in the patent. I'll ask him to respond here on Slashdot if he can.

about 4 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

the_povinator Re:Coanda effect? (204 comments)

Re-posting this not as AC...

Dr. Povey mentioned to me that turbulence had something to do with how it works. [He's my brother.]

about 4 months ago
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Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle of Negative Feedback

the_povinator Re:BS (293 comments)

I read TFA, and unfortunately the research is very weak. They did not do a proper randomized study, they merely trained a classifier to figure out how good they thought a post was, and then divided up posts into pairs where their classifier thought they were the same but the feedback was different. They assume that their classifier is accurate, i.e. really reflects the goodness of a post. The rest of their research follows from this assumption.

If it had been a proper randomized study (i.e. roll a dice and up/down vote posts) I could have believed it.

about 6 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

the_povinator Re:Long story short (178 comments)

What I wonder is-- how did the Syrians get hold of a zero-day vulnerability in Flash? I doubt they found it themselves. Did they buy it, or did the Russians give it to them?

about 7 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

the_povinator Re:Thanks! (304 comments)

I'm wishing there was a "+1 troll" option for moderation.

about 7 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

the_povinator Re:Data caps (466 comments)

This is not an argument about pricing mechanisms for Internet providers; I think we all agree that charging people more for more data is reasonable. The issue is extorting people like Netflix just because they can.

about 7 months ago
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Replicant Hackers Find and Close Samsung Galaxy Back-door

the_povinator Re:Dupe (81 comments)

I didn't realize replicants existed at all, much less replicant hackers.

Does anyone know if they are working on ... a pleasure model?

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

the_povinator Re:OOXML not included in old Office either (89 comments)

Their statement seems to imply that Google Docs supports OOXML but not ODF, but the reverse is true: it supports ODF but not OOXML. I just tried the file->download as link on a document there, and one of the options is "Open Document Format (.odt)" but there is no OOXML option.

about 9 months ago
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Daily Pot Use Tied To Age of First Psychotic Episode

the_povinator Re:Cause and effect may be backwards (382 comments)

A lot of people in this discussion are suggesting that pot users may be "self-medicating" and this may explain the correlation with schizophrenia. I don't follow the science closely enough to be able to cite specific studies that contradict this, but it's unlikely for the following reason. Marijuana and the drugs that are used to treat schizophrenia have *opposite* effects on the brain. THC increases dopamine; anti-psychotic drugs decrease dopamine.

about 10 months ago

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Pentagon Shooter has Jihad code on Sourceforge

the_povinator the_povinator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_povinator (936048) writes "CNN reports that the pentagon shooter had a video on Youtube about "information currency" under the userid jpbedell. This seems to no longer be on YouTube but has been reposted on a white-power site (search Google for jpbedell youtube video). Following the links in the video we find the user jpbedell at sourceforge.net; he has another project, "openinsurgent". The text is quite innocuous, saying its aim is "to create an MMORPG simulation of low-cost defenses against futuristic, modern, and historical military opponents", but it ends with the Arabic text "inshah-allah" (God willing), and the tags applied to the project include (in Arabic text) "al-jihad" (jihad) and "Edl" (justice, I think). Looks like he was interested in Islamist violence."
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Pentagon shooter had Jihad code on sourceforge

the_povinator the_povinator writes  |  more than 4 years ago

the_povinator (936048) writes "The Pentagon shooter, J P Bedell, seems to have code on Sourceforge related to Jihad-- in Arabic text, this is one of the tags of the project. This project pre-dates 2007, judging from the text on the page. The text of the project also ends with (in Arabic text) "Inshah-allah", or God willing."
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