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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

toonces33 Re:So you could use this tool to make your code an (218 comments)

I can just imagine how unreadable such code would end up being, as any comments would look like they were written by some sort of AI tool.

2 days ago
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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

toonces33 Hah. I write everything in Fortran.. (218 comments)

and then use F2C to convert it to C code before I check in.. Try analyzing that!

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

toonces33 It is still there.. (367 comments)

They have prettied it up quite a bit, but the underlying protocol is still there. I can run X applications on my Ubuntu 14.04 box, and they display just like they used to 20 years ago. The colors are a bit different, but the basic protocol is still there.

2 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

toonces33 Only printing the bodies, of course. (128 comments)

In reality all this lets you do is reskin a standard car with any sort of body that you want, but under the hood it is still the same as every other car. Which is probably still a good thing - otherwise maintenance becomes a nightmare.

about a week ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

toonces33 Re:lol, Java (79 comments)

Java isn't at all immune to the 3rd party library issue and in fact the Java world seems to have it far worse when you start developing complex applications.

What I find even more appalling is that fact projects that use maven seem to want to hoover down half of the internet, and you have to trust that the bundles/jars that it is pulling down are all of decent quality, and that the repository has not in fact been compromised.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

toonces33 Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

Maybe they were using it as fuel.

Something isn't adding up here, but it wouldn't have surprised me of the obfuscation filter otherwise known as the media has garbled the message.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

toonces33 Turboencabulator. (93 comments)

Or the Turboencabulator. It sounds neat - whatever it does.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

toonces33 Re:For that matter... phones. (790 comments)

When I was a kid, I made a phone out of an old radio, a tape recorder microphone and a telegraph key. It didn't work well, but it was kind of fun.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

toonces33 Re:Can I ger a package (196 comments)

Every time I look at things like Hulu I find virtually none of the programs that I typically like to watch. News? Nada. Have to stream it elsewhere if I can find it. Various Discovery/Science/History channels? Nothing that I want to watch. Documentaries? Minimal, and nothing of interest. Shows like Stewart/Colbert? Nope - have to go directly to comedycentral to get that.

Here is what I don't watch. Movies, sitcoms, reality TV, cop/csi or any other drama. Don't watch sports, don't watch home shopping, don't want/watch things like HBO.

about three weeks ago
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Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

toonces33 And how much WITHOUT ESPN? (196 comments)

I for one resent paying for very expensive programming that I never watch.

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

toonces33 In a vacation home I could see it.. (163 comments)

I suppose you could tweak the HVAC when you are on your way there so that it is comfy when you get there.

But other than that it seems kind of pointless. Yet something else to twiddle with just to say you can do it, and then curse the thing when something goes wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

toonces33 Re:Coming Soon! (163 comments)

Open the fridge door, HAL.

I am sorry, Dave, but I am afraid that I cannot do that.

about three weeks ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

toonces33 Re:Rootkit (190 comments)

I could see someone making a movie about this. But it probably wouldn't be Sony.

about a month and a half ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

toonces33 Re:Someone has (270 comments)

Well if you don't mind paying 50-100$/pound of coffee, I guess the Keurig thing works out for you. And I suppose if you only drank one cup per day, it might still work to your advantage.

about a month and a half ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

toonces33 Re:Time to stop adding features, and audit instead (172 comments)

That's not a problem that is unique to Linux however. Many commercial products have the same issues - the marketing and planning people want new features as that helps them sell upgrades and maintenance, and in the past those sorts of things were prioritized higher than things like a security audit which management concluded weren't something that one could sell.

It is only when customers demand security audits of the products that they buy that this will change.

about 1 month ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

toonces33 How about an internet connected toilet.. (165 comments)

that you can flush from your smartphone.

All fun and games until a hacker gets in and causes it to overflow.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

toonces33 Put legs on it.. (120 comments)

and you would have a fine table.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

toonces33 A lot of different things. (516 comments)

Yes, underground lines are less likely to be knocked out, but going underground is quite expensive, and someone has to pay for it. And the cost to the end user for things like spoiled food and so forth aren't borne by the power companies - their only cost is the cost of the electricity that they don't sell and the cost of the repairs. That being said, in our area, they are in the process of burying a subset of the lines that are considered to be the most problematic (the ones that are knocked out most frequently and affect a lot of customers).

That being said, for overhead wires you *must* keep the tree branches away from the wires, and the way to do this is with tree trimming. It used to be that power companies had an annual budget for tree trimming to minimize problems, but my understanding is that to maximize profits they have cut way back on this and just deal with the outages as they occur.

about 2 months ago
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Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

toonces33 Re:May be irrelevant (107 comments)

It is funny - I have been getting more and more frustrated with Firefox. They add all sorts of crap, but do nothing to resolve longstanding problems.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

toonces33 Re: First and foremost (176 comments)

The Payroll/HR stuff can be contracted out - especially if you don't need a full time person to do the job. Our neighbor works as a consultant providing exactly these types of services. If you become successful, and you grow then you can hire a fulltime HR/Payroll person..

That makes it easier to focus on your core functions.

about 2 months ago

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