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Java 7 Ships With Severe Bug

thehossman Re:God,talk about Sensitizing (180 comments)

a) some of these bugs where filed months ago, and yet those hotspot "optimizations" are still on by default

b) it's true that some problems can be avoided by deliberately disabling these optimizations, but w/o raising big warning alarms to users, people aren't going to know they need to go out of their way to do that. For crash bugs, it may not be so bad -- they see the crash and google to find out why it crashed. For miss-evaluation of loops that can lead to silent data corruption it's a different story -- how would users ever know that they need to disable those options if developers don't yell and holler from the roof tops?

more than 3 years ago
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NY Times Asks Twitter To Shut Down Retweeting Feed

thehossman Factually Incorrect Title: There Is No Retweeting (137 comments)

The twitter account in question isn't retweeting the URLs.

There is no automated bot in play here.

All this guy did was create a "Twitter List" of the ~40 official Twitter Accounts used by the NYTimes (they seem to have one per section of their site) ...

https://twitter.com/#!/FreeNYT/firehose/members

...if you follow that "list" you get access to all of those URLs.

You would get access to the same URLs if you followed each of those ~40 individual twitter accounts directly.

Essentially the NYT is complaining that someone is promoting the existence of their twitter accounts.

more than 3 years ago
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A Klingon Christmas Carol

thehossman Poorly Worded Summary (170 comments)

I don't like star trek, i haven't seen most of hte movies, and even i kow that the proper way to have started that summary should have been:

"Have you always wished that you could hear your favorite Christmas classics in the original Klingon?"

more than 3 years ago
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Day traders convicted for tricking trading machine

thehossman Article Requires Registration (2 comments)

"FT.com articles are only available to registered users and subscribers."

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Donates Code To Apache's "Stonehenge" Project

thehossman Re:Numerous factual errors in article and summary (184 comments)

I concede that the bylaws of the ASF state "To be eligible for membership, a person or entity must be nominated by a current member..." however as a matter of practice the current membership of the ASF consists solely of people, and to the best of my knowledge no company/organization has ever been a member (or even been nominated to be a member)

It doesn't change anything about my underlying point: Microsoft did not join the ASF, and it is not Microsofts first code contribution to an ASF project.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Donates Code To Apache's "Stonehenge" Project

thehossman Numerous factual errors in article and summary (184 comments)

"Several months after joining the Apache Foundation, Microsoft has made its first code contribution to an Apache project."

Corporations can not join the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Microsoft became a "sponsor" of the ASF last summer, but only individual people can join the ASF.

This is also not the first time Microsoft has contributed code to an Apache project, pulling one quick example out of google...

http://port25.technet.com/archive/2008/10/14/microsoft-s-powerset-team-resumes-hbase-contributions.aspx

more than 4 years ago
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Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books?

thehossman related perlmonks thread (517 comments)

once upon a time there was a vigorous discussion on perlmonks about non-perl books that have made people better programmers...

http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=508862

my reply...

http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=509146

        * CLR
        * The Dragon Book
        * The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
        * AI: A Modern Approach
        * Catcher in the Rye
            -- I've been asked about this one. This book is all about perceptions: our perceptions of others, and our concerns about the perception other people have of ourself. Realizing your own hangups, and when you/others are being "phoney" can vastly reduce the amount of bullshit you waste time on in your life/work.

more than 5 years ago

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WalMart Stores Skimming On Gift Returns

thehossman thehossman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

thehossman writes "After receiving a report of Sacramento Area WalMart store only refunding a fraction of the original purchase price for an item returned using gift receipts (in which the person returning the item doesn't know the price paid) CBS13 In Sacramento, in conjunction with a sister station in Philadelphia, conducted a sting at multiple WalMart locations to see how common this practice was: 'Add up everything we bought, we spent a total of $51.82 with tax, but only received $26.99 back when we returned the items with gift receipts'"
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thehossman thehossman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thehossman writes "From the newly created by laws: While healthy and diverse open development communities provide a very efficient solution for self-sustaining, long-lasting and well-adapting software development practices, the creation and bootstrap of such community is normally a long and emotionally expensive process. ... Apache Labs are the place where ASF committers can work on innovative, blue-sky and off-the-wall ideas, without having to worry about fitting in an existing project bylaw or building a community around it, but unlike other external venues that can offer similar hosting services, as a place where fellow committers can offer suggestions and help."

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