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Physicists Smash Record For Wave-Particle Duality

tp_xyzzy Re:Can you do this in reverse? (95 comments)

I was thinking more like getting teleportation working. if we know the interference pattern, can we use that info to construct the molecule?

about a year ago
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Physicists Smash Record For Wave-Particle Duality

tp_xyzzy Can you do this in reverse? (95 comments)

I mean, their current setup is displaying an interference pattern.

But how about doing it in reverse. Start from existing interference pattern, and go through all possible molecules until you find the one which matches the same interference pattern?

about a year ago
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Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

tp_xyzzy Re:Yes... (292 comments)

> -Bad: Picking MS, the last place platform

Current marketshare isn't really relevant, since they haven't yet started their work. It takes lots of effort to get the marketshare up, but that's why they have large organisation. All those people need to have something to do, and improving windows phone market share is good task for them. We'll see how the market share improves as soon as they can create enough phones to match the number of phones they were creating with symbian.

about a year ago
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Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

tp_xyzzy Re:Let's not mince words (292 comments)

> Elop should have chosen to go with Android for the killer platform of the their OS with Nokia's hardware.

That's only end-user perspective. There is other considerations, like how operators improve their networks, and what kind of improvements the company's engineers want to do to the os. Also hardware support is important consideration - it wouldnt be good if they had to use same type of parts for the phones as android vendors are using, since world supply of those components is soon consumed already. Important decision point seem to be ecosystem.

about a year ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

tp_xyzzy Re:Things that make you go Hmmmm.... (535 comments)

> Nokia workers being laid off by the tens of thousands must
> be thrilled. Wonder what they think of the news...

Guess it's some big evil masterplan. The question to ask -- what is the evil plan that takes billions and billions of money, enough for a big company like nokia to run out of money enough that they must sell some assets. The decrease in sold mobile phones is not explaining it, since if they're not using their time to create phones, _what_ exactly are they creating? I think we're going to see some big surprices in the future. Noone just knows yet what they are. Maybe they're expanding their market area reach to cover US market and building ecosystem. But what it will contain is anyone's guess. Nokia and Microsoft today are just placing their first moves in a bigger game; and something big is coming. We just don't yet know what it is.

about a year ago
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Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve To Make Windows Phone a Success

tp_xyzzy Re:Android on Nokia Phones? (230 comments)

> I still don't get what Nokia gains from the exclusive deal with Microsoft.

Think of what they're doing. They create hardware. Why is deal with microsoft important for their hardware? If they create N million units of phones, they need large amount of hardware components. How is the deal with microsoft useful in this situation? It could be simply that microsoft already ported their OS to the hardware components. Or somethiing else like that. We will never find out, if we just think about how end users are using the phones.

My bet is that developing several operating systems costs too much money. Taking both winphone and android costs so much money that they can't afford it. They already have several platforms. Too many of them is not good plan.

> They're just sealing themselves off from a very large part of the market.

If you know the history, they have not been very successful in US market. Maybe microsoft gave them access to new big market like the USA.

about a year ago
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Nokia: Microsoft Must Evolve To Make Windows Phone a Success

tp_xyzzy Re:Let's see... (230 comments)

> Microsoft OS: 90 bucks or whatever they're charging
> Smaller ecosystem for apps
Works with the hardware.

>Compared to:
>Larger ecosystem by orders of magnitude
>An OS that doesn't cost a dime (unmodded)
Doesn't work with the hardware - would take 3 years to port.

I'm pretty sure the hardware is the key. MS ported their OS to correct hardware platform.

Oh wait, Nokia doesn't like to use the same hardware as google is using?

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

tp_xyzzy Rude is ok... (1501 comments)

Reason: Trolls. I'm pretty sure kernel would be written in perl if trolls had their way. It's just amazing how much pressure there is in the highvolume opensource projects. It takes 2 loud persons to cause pressure to a project in the mailing list. Popular projects have lots more trolls than real people. Rude is necessary in this environment. Just reading the mailing list is a pain.

Then trying to control the trolls to build big software that always need to work. It becomes impossible over the email after project size is more than 10 people. I don't understand how linus can handle kernel. It must be real pain in the ass.

about a year ago
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Security Researchers Submit Brief For Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer

tp_xyzzy It could be unauthorized access, here's the logic (161 comments)

If we consider the url trick to be operation that normal people would not do. Further, after url trick, he got access to someone elses account details. It's pretty similar to normal hacking operations -- find gaps in the protection of the data, and once found, utilize the gaps to cause damage. He bypasses security measures by skipping the authentication mechanisms and accessing someone elses account. In this case, every AT&T customer's account details. Once he saw the unauthorized account details, he didn't stop there, but created software to fetch all the data he can find. By this operation, he upgraded himself from normal web user to a software expert, and software experts are supposed to know that unauthorized access to someone elses data is not allowed. Convicting this guy no way changes the status of normal web users as amici thinks, but changes the status of software experts. Experts now need to be more careful about how they publish data. Software experts anyway need to be very careful what data to publish. Giving account details of someone else fetched from AT&T's servers to the press is just very stupid operation for a software expert. I say this is unauthorised access of AT&T's servers, recardless of what response the server is giving. The server configuration just doesn't matter. He bypassed the authentication mechanisms to access accounts of AT&T's customers. Jump from software expert to security researcher is tricky one. As software expert he's clearly breaking publishing rules. If he cannot make the jump from software expert to security researcher, then the conviction is just ok. Not all software experts need to be security researchers.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Programmers Who Have Not Stayed Current?

tp_xyzzy Re:Wait a minute... (509 comments)

Current skill set obviously means that all my CATEGORY THEORY skills are useless, but JAVA is hot...

about a year and a half ago
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Ricin Tainted Letter Sent to Senator and Possibly the President

tp_xyzzy Re:Here we go again (461 comments)

> I'm truly curious what background check will keep someone from stealing another person's legally obtained weapon?

Laws and regulations against guns works better than you expect. Crazy person who only thinks of "where can I get a gun" will have problems finding one if the regulation is enforced. They will find pieces of glass or knifes instead, and the damage will be much smaller. This is the purpose of gun laws, the damage needs to be minimized.

It's completely stupid idea to let someone sell semiautomatic weapons to whoever has money.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

tp_xyzzy What I would add to current laptops... (591 comments)

1) ability to keep it running without overheating
2) ability to keep it running without rebooting
3) ability to run linux without deleting existing partitions since partition table is full by default
4) ability to use proper 3d cards instead of the crappy integrated stuff
5) faster hard disk replacement

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

tp_xyzzy Great use of the new tech (582 comments)

So, they invent new tech, and the only thing to print with the 3d printers is guns? Can't they think of anything more useful to do with the tech?

about a year and a half ago
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Game Closure "DevKit" For Mobile HTML5 Games Is Open Source

tp_xyzzy Quite many frameworks already exists (37 comments)

There seems to be plenty of gaming libs and frameworks already available. Not sure why this announcement would be special? In recent open source gaming competition there were 48 games, and pretty much every one of them was made with different frameworks, so it means there must be at least 48 different gaming frameworks available. Announcing new gaming framework is not a big event it seems.

about a year and a half ago
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Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

tp_xyzzy Re:Scam...? (457 comments)

There is at least 2 big problems:
  1) He went outside the scope of his employment contract for outsourcing when he was hired as programmer
  2) He gave keys to company network to some other unauthorized persons

about 2 years ago
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What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

tp_xyzzy Re:The rules (384 comments)

> Of course it causes all these things. If you're refusing to modify existing code, then you can't refactor it to handle extra cases

This is already covered by the rules. What you're describing is part of the "intersection" of old code and new code. Avoiding those changes as far as possible is the correct route (but the new code still needs to be integrated to the system so that it's executed as part of the program's execution). But writing independent module first, and then integrating it carefully to the system is the correct route. Just need to be more careful with the intersection, since all those modifications are dangerous.

about 2 years ago
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What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

tp_xyzzy Re:The rules (384 comments)

1. naah, it causes no such things.
2. It's not about bug fixes. That is handled by not writing broken code in the first place. If you need to write same thing twice, you're wasting time the first time you wrote it. You should review your code policies if you have large number of bugs to fix.
3. information lost = noone bothers to rewind the version control history to find the exact version of the software that actually works. It needs to work every day and every week for years. It's not enough that half the versions are working and the rest need to be reconstructed from version control histories. Everything in version control must work. Deleting code is dangerous because you cannot track all dependencies from the deleted code to the whole system.

about 2 years ago
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What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

tp_xyzzy Re:The rules (384 comments)

It's more like breaking already tested code is wasting too much time...

about 2 years ago
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What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

tp_xyzzy The rules (384 comments)

1) Adding new code is always ok. Just need to keep it independent of the old code. Avoid modifying intersection of old code and new code.
2) Modifying code is dangerous. It can break features anywhere in the system.
3) Deleting code is extreamly dangerous. It can both break code, and lose information what was original code version.

No amount of version control hacks is changing these rules.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

tp_xyzzy This whole topic so badly wrong. (683 comments)

Here's reasons why I don't like this topic:
  1) There is no bad code. Every programmer has written the best code they can write. If you have trouble reading it, buy some better glasses.
  2) Complex code is not bad code. The programmer you're trying complain about is smarter than you think. He saw some complex problem in your software architecture and his complex code fixed it. You still can't even see the problem, much less the solution. It works, and any complaining about the details is useless.
  3) Reading someone elses code is always difficult. about 90% of programmers think they write better code than others simply because reading ideas from other programmers is difficult. This accounts large portion of "bad code" out there. You need to find better criteria for labeling someone elses code bad. How about check test cases that fail... Oh wait, where's our test cases?

about 2 years ago

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