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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

tomxor Re:10Mbit ? i wish (289 comments)

no difference same exchange, different price, the issue is everyone shares one exchange it's really far away and sucks essentially it's all BTs anyway.

yesterday
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

tomxor 10Mbit ? i wish (289 comments)

I don't live on top of a mountain 200 miles from civilisation, i live in a city in england... at home the fastest option for internet is a 3Mbit ADSL line. At work i have fibre, the difference is ridiculous, browsing at home is painful because many web developers seem to assume that everyone on earth has access to a 100Mbit connection... on top of that ISPs here seem to like throttling ssh traffic which makes it even more painful to do work at home, also occasionally the exchange fucks up and has given me ping times of well over 2000ms consistently for days which some protocols just can't deal with...

my ISP is talk talk they are the only LLC everything else here sucks also, the infrastructure and the capacity. I can easily see it making a divide if an assumption like "10Mbit" is made by content creators. It's easy to assume some minimum if you've never experienced less.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

tomxor Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (470 comments)

The laws against child pornography should be aimed at protecting children from exploitation, not in making morality statements. Cartoon drawings of children engaging in sex acts certainly indicate people with pretty sick imaginations, but no children are hurt in their creation or consumption. I have seen worse on walls in public washrooms.

The laws against child pornography should be aimed at protecting children from exploitation, not in making morality statements. Cartoon drawings of children engaging in sex acts certainly indicate people with pretty sick imaginations, but no children are hurt in their creation or consumption. I have seen worse on walls in public washrooms.

Further more... "sick" is subjective.

One persons fantasy is sure to be sick to another person somewhere.

Rather than futilely attempting to determine what sexual fantasies are morally acceptable by majority vote on such a diverse range of sexual tastes... perhaps society should stick to the clear line that was simply: involvement of minors in sexual acts and pornography... and by minors i mean real people.

It's not that dissimilar to the violent video game argument, the people who can't separate reality from fiction are the issue not fiction itself.

3 days ago
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First Teleportation of Multiple Quantum Properties of a Single Photon

tomxor Heady Stuff Indeed! (107 comments)

If you can teleport something as large as a virus then you can probably also fiddle with the data in between and are probably a substantial way toward arbitrarily assembling various forms of matter (i.e. molecular assembly), at which point you basically have a 3D printer from start treck.

about two weeks ago
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Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

tomxor Normalise Normalise Normalise! (227 comments)

...Out of college if they're decent they're ONLY in the top 6%* of income in the country...

Even though your statistic is not supposed to be real, it's conceptually incorrect and should be lower when you normalise it with initial investment.

Then you should also give it some context by considering initial investment in terms of time and effort - i don't think many would disagree that if you put in the effort then you are at least deserved of an equivalently better income and not just lucky or greedy.

Now take your normalised statistic with context and apply it to "that software developer in the US" who is being manipulated into lower pay... "Poor" would be an exaggeration, but "Cheated"... perhaps.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

tomxor More like 2 characters long (93 comments)

Given that in most systems allowed characters are number and letters with case sensitivity you only get this far:

alphanumeric:
36^2 = 1296
36^3 = 46656
so you only get 2

case sensitive alphanumeric:
62^2 = 3844
62^2 = 238328 also only 2

Not that it matters because like others say you would use this to do a brute force with a dictionary attack, this is still generally termed as brute force though.

about a month ago
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Feynman Lectures Released Free Online

tomxor This is great (70 comments)

Fantastic that they made these available for free and in such an accessible format.

Had a quick look through and one of the major differences between the HTML5 version and the book is the layout, everything is completely linearly presented... i suppose that makes it easier to support mobile devices and various sized screens etc, but not quite as nice as the book.

Depending on the re-use rights perhaps it could be given some love with @media queries and some more caring typography.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

tomxor Why What! (548 comments)

You wish you had always known "how to design a solution on my own time before I code a solution on company time"? Why?

The more general principle is that you should design before you code... or rather: experiment, research, understand, test, analyse THEN design THEN code, then RE-write that code. It's the oppose to the write-once philosophy, if the task deserves it, then you should try to fully understand the problem before designing and coding for it.

But often with less engineering orientated programming you don't get time explicitly allocated for doing those things... so when you want to do a good job and are asked to write a moderately complex piece of software, you know that to save time overall and create a body of code that isn't going to cause you a headache to maintain later; you will have to invest some of your own time to think about it.

And the more cynical people here will say, "hey you don't get paid for that, programmers work too long hours blah blah blah" but you know what... it's worth it, because you become a better programmer, you learn more interesting things, you become better at thinking about problems and engineering solutions... if you aren't interested in those things then why are you coding at all, there are easier ways to make a living.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

tomxor Re:It's still terrible (426 comments)

No they work fine... surprisingly a lot of the new css prefixed stuff has equivilent "-ms" prefixes. And i wouldn't have issue with those not working, using prefixed css properties comes with the knowledge that you cannot rely on them cross browser or even in the future.

What i have found is more of the same: browser quirks, things that are standards compliant and they claim to support fully but do not.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

tomxor It's still terrible (426 comments)

After spending a week of cross browser fixing almost entirely focused on IE11 deficiencies i can tell you first hand that it still sucks in more ways to list here and changing it's name will only create a new image to hate.

There is only one thing MS could do to make me happy with it's browser: and that is to discontinue it, because they have proven time and time again that they cannot improve it sufficiently.

about 2 months ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

tomxor You're confusing vim (161 comments)

for emacs

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

tomxor Separate Physical Concerns.... Physically (120 comments)

Things like ABS EBS and the many engine control computers that i have probably never heard of do not need to be connected to the car stereo or the internet, they should be physically separate from any other non crucial set of components that they have no need to communicate with...

As Andrew Tenenbaum would put it:

When you flush the toilets on an airplane; an error in the toilet flushing mechanism should not be able to possibly cause missile launch systems to go off or engines to shut down.

The same applies for security of a system as important as breaking on a car: Any convenience given by connecting an ABS to a networked computer will never outweigh the safety benefit of the physically isolated security of not having it connected. It's too important and you don't need to have access to it on the same network as your frickin iTunes device. The same goes for all the other critical systems in a car. At most it's central hub should be separated from a networked hub that is capable of connecting to the internet.

about 2 months ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

tomxor Nice one NSA: The Exact Opposite of HTML5 (306 comments)

CSS + HTML + Javascript is how your HTML file used to look... (A big fucking mess).

Massive monolithic source files are not helpful. What is the purpose of this?

about 2 months ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

tomxor Why would there be fish in helicopters? (141 comments)

Also it doesn't seem like a long term solution. These helicopters would need to be carefully and sustainably fished.

about 3 months ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

tomxor Yes (141 comments)

If your food ends up with components of the paint in it that turn out to be mildly carcinogenic... there's this thing called the food chain.

There is also a problem with plastics entering the food chain in a similar way.

about 3 months ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

tomxor Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

In contrast, web development doesn't really require any of these. However, they all involve "programming", and the people writing the software can all be called "programmers", even if one's writing a website (no math) and another is doing a fluid dynamics simulation (lots of math).

I don't entirely disagree... but :P i am a web developer, who also happens to like lots of vector math, writing physics engines and in particular: writing SPH fluid dynamics simulations and other n-body simulations.

I would agree that some of my understanding of slightly above basic math is not necessary in most of the more common web development work in my job, but i do find it helps me be a better programmer in general... so perhaps the point is that math can make you a better programmer. Id also argue that it makes you better at engineering software rather than just "programming" it, but perhaps that has more to do with the experience of programming complex tasks that also require complex math.

about 3 months ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

tomxor Pissing in the wind (710 comments)

That's why people with any sense know that "cutting down" is futile.

If you don't want lung cancer the answer is to not smoke... not just drop from 100 a day to 99 a day... if everyone saves 1% of their energy usage, it will add up globally to whopping... 1% reduction, in combination with the global population growth rate that is utterly pointless.

Change in energy production is the answer, and for that it's not quite as easy for everyone to "do their bit". Trying to justify quantity is impossible, because there is no line to draw, and ultimately not existing is the answer to solving the problem using quantity as the only variable.

about 3 months ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

tomxor Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

10 years older but also in the physical state equivalent to being in a coma for 10 years... I'd rather stay awake.

about 3 months ago
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Polymer-Based Graphene Substitute Is Easy To Mass-Produce

tomxor Re:substitute? (37 comments)

beat me to it :P

about 4 months ago
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Programming On a Piano Keyboard

tomxor I Play Piano on a Computer Keyboard (57 comments)

:P It lacks certain subtleties of a proper midi keyboard such as velocity, but with 2-3 stacked octaves it's possible to play quite a lot. Learning a different arrangement isn't all that hard, it's just like playing a slightly different instrument. I actually find certain types of playing like monotone arpeggios easier with the supper light action laptop style keyboards, i guess it's also not that dissimilar to using a programmable midi pad.

My most fun tune to play this way yet has to be "The Halls of Science" by Mike Morasky (from portal), as a pure sine wave of course :D and what more appropriate way than performing on a computer keyboard.

about 4 months ago

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