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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

theskipper Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Well said. And it's not just for extending thinking to new areas, it's mandatory within the development process itself. Being able to debug quickly, develop test coverage and refactor efficiently requires that deeper level of understanding.

about two weeks ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

theskipper Re:yeah but (208 comments)

But it looks like management really blew it. Will be a cold day before investors warm up to it again.

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

theskipper Re:You need enough rope to hang yourself (217 comments)

"Test" refers to if(foo). "Document" refers to printf(...).

When both are frantically performed hundreds of times at 2am the night before going gold, that's called "coverage".

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

theskipper Re:It's Fun (485 comments)

Don't know, not much of a history buff. So was just curious if you had a citation about the etymology of the term.

Regarding changing the term in common language, as an old fart I tend to not pay attention to political correctness efforts like that. If the change shows up in the USPTO trademark database then I'll consider changing the usage. Until then, it sounds to me like a bunch of old women arguing about Sally's new boyfriend over Sunday tea.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

theskipper Re:It's Fun (485 comments)

I must be missing something. According to Wikipedia, the term "Democratic Party" goes back to 1828. Are you saying it was Andrew Jackson who used it as a political strategy?

And to be honest, I didn't even know there was an effort to change the term to "Democrat Party". Is that a cable news/talk radio thing?

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

theskipper Re:We can do that thing you like (230 comments)

Hang on a second. Microsoft is a proprietary software vendor and will attack anything that jeopardizes their revenue stream. They're putting the "free candy" sign on the outside of their van based on a business decision, not because they want to create some warm and fuzzy community effort (i.e. actually give out free candy!).

It's in their DNA to only promote things that will further generating revenue because their shareholders require it (and rightfully so, they are the owners).

Point being, they must have opened up that other stuff because some competitive threat existed, or there was a sound basis that it would create further lock-in and recurring revenue down the road. It doesn't follow that future software releases like this must be opened just because they opened other pieces of their software portfolio.

about three weeks ago
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Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest To Mend

theskipper Re:When drawn... (38 comments)

Except for the chocolate star topology. It does look identical to...

a chocolate star.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

theskipper Re:On the bright side (644 comments)

The "Post Anonymously" checkbox is right above where you type the comment subject.

about 2 months ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

theskipper Re:whats the big deal? (336 comments)

Yes, her *OO** are larger than most.

about 3 months ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

theskipper Re:Alleged leaker already named (336 comments)

Wow. If it turns out to be true, it's yet another testament to how difficult it is to be truly anonymous online these days. But not because of standard technical things like using proxies, etc, it's simply because there's so much info out there in social media and Google to provide clues. One mistake or oversight and you're pretty much exposed.

about 3 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

theskipper Re:Not so sure it's harmless (251 comments)

Did that too. Protip: The reaction generated from using lemon party is just as good.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

theskipper Re:Batteries+ ? (131 comments)

Wow you're right, hadn't bought any in a while. At least they kept the distinctive white coloring though it's odd seeing the Panasonic name. Goes to show how well the entire branding was done under the Sanyo moniker.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

theskipper Re:Batteries+ ? (131 comments)

Agree that Mahas are workhorses. Worth mentioning the Sanyo Eneloops are really good too for AAA/AA. The rest seem to be hit and miss (including name brand).

about 3 months ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

theskipper Re:Cox (93 comments)

Interesting, do you have a link or search term that goes into detail about the process? Thanks.

about 3 months ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

theskipper Re:The advertising is okay (250 comments)

The government of Chattanooga seems to be doing just fine. Probably more fair to say that it's the people who run government that is the issue, not government in general.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

theskipper Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (354 comments)

You mean because of the torrent option? Can't speak for others but personally I don't fall into the hyperactive content consumer category. With a little priming of the queue, it's easy to plan to ahead and just get the disk instead of messing with a seedbox or other vpn option. And if I mess up and don't get a disk for Friday night, there always seems to be something worth watching via streaming for an hour or two.

So for less than $20 a month including the streaming option it's a pretty good deal for access just about every movie or series out there. Especially for cord cutters (raises hand).

about 4 months ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

theskipper Re:For those that don't know: (113 comments)

I doubt a registrar would sell their internal customer billing database to an entity whose sole purpose is to take their business away. If you want to speculate, try this. When DROA scraped whois for targets, they filtered by Godaddy customers instead of Fabulous or Moniker. The thought being that more average Joes use GD and therefore easier to fool.

On the other hand it doesn't mean they didn't target the lesser known registrars. I've gotten plenty of DROA scam letters targeted toward my domains in the small registrars.

IOW, I don't think you can draw a conclusion that they filtered by registrar. If they did target, it would make sense to blanket those whois records with an organization name (i.e. formal businesses). And the bigger the better so it has a chance of hitting AP in accounting. Getting a $500 renewal on 5 years is much more likely to happen in that scenario.

about 4 months ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

theskipper Re:Really? (125 comments)

Heh, you're more devious than me. No, there's no limit but I suspect there will be some blowback if you start doing that. I just wanted a simple way of breaching their defenses, winning a battle vs. the war so to speak. Like the last act of defiance. Most people see the fake caller id, put a post on 800notes, and figure there's nothing they can do.

And it should be noted that this really only works against business services like merchant processing and SEO, getting past Rachel's defenses is probably different. That scam has a simple goal of getting the credit card number at all costs. Once they've got it they've succeeded; I suspect there's little need to field incoming calls.

But a crowdsourced project towards gathering target numbers/info about Rachel would be interesting. Like what anonymous does, with the sole purpose of exposing her inner sanctum.

about 4 months ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

theskipper Re:I always come here for the gnashing of teeth (152 comments)

Bullshit. I was talking about adopting critical mass by the general population, not wall street.

In 95 when Netscape was climbing there was nothing but negativity. The media was saturated with stuff like what's the internet good for, the stock price is absurd, browsers are clunky and crash all the time, any search engine was limited to a small set of sites (rings), usenet is a haven for porn/bins, I'd never trust putting my credit card in a browser. Probably another 10 things on top of that.

Even Ebay was surrounded with extreme negativity when it IPOed in late '98. Why would anyone want to pay for someone else's junk and pay shipping to boot? Amazon was criticized as never being able to compete against bricks and mortar, why pay for a book to be shipped when I can go to the mall and buy it now?

The negativity among the general population slowly waned during 98-99 when the infrastructure was built out enough for people to realize that really useful stuff could be done on the internet. That was the point of the analogy in my original post.

about 4 months ago

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