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tsalaroth Re:Ahmadinejad? (338 comments)

HAHAHA /. got trolled harder than I've seen in a while.

Well played, Shalmendo.

more than 2 years ago

My new career path.

tsalaroth Re:campaign helpers (24 comments)

I know at least one of them is somewhat of an activist and/or politically-minded. Who knows?

more than 2 years ago

My new career path.

tsalaroth campaign helpers (24 comments)

I know a few dozen liberally-minded individuals who live in Trois-Rivières.. I might be able to convince some of them to do campaign work for you, if they like your platform. My email is in my profile!

more than 2 years ago

Japanese Observatory: Sun Cooling, Soon to Have Four Poles

tsalaroth Re:Tee hee hee (10 comments)

"So this means Global Warming will be counter-acted by the very Sun! IT'S A SIGN FROM GOD!"

more than 2 years ago

Mitch Altman Parts Ways With Maker Fair Over DARPA Grant

tsalaroth Re:Take their self righteous ass off the internet (169 comments)

The military's job is to uphold and defend the constitution from threats foreign and domestic. I highlight that part, because yes, it's kind of forgotten by the military lately.

Your second fact, I have no issues with. Carry on, AC. Carry on.

more than 2 years ago

Mitch Altman Parts Ways With Maker Fair Over DARPA Grant

tsalaroth Re:People should be free, but only on your terms? (169 comments)

I pretty much came here to say something along these lines. I think it's a GOOD thing to see the government wanting to leverage life hackers and Maker Faire specifically.

Sure, DARPA is mainly about weapons, but this would have been a great opportunity for Mitch to suggest and perhaps even influence the development of non-violent weapons and other defense-related research.

After all, DARPA used to be ARPA, and we wouldn't have the Internet, and by extrapolation, Maker Faire, without it.

more than 2 years ago

Parlez-vous Python?

tsalaroth Re:You could learn to do apps just learning at nig (164 comments)

I've never had any formal education when it comes to computers (excepting classes for specific applications that the company pays us to learn). That said, I've been doing IT for over 18 years. The last 8-9 of it has been in a developer role (admittedly less-so in the past couple of years).

I taught myself (in no particular order) Basic, Lisp, C, C++, HTML(1-5), CSS, ASP (VB and now C#), UML, PERL, Python, Ruby, PHP, Lua, Java, Haskell and am currently learning Go.

Sure, not all of these would be considered programming language, but they're languages nonetheless. I agree with the GP completely, you CAN teach yourself languages. You can even teach yourself design principles and best coding practices.

more than 2 years ago

Parlez-vous Python?

tsalaroth Re:Not Flamebait (164 comments)

fundamentally it is English that is the universal language of the Internet and thus, the world.

Uhm.. Normally, I'd agree with you, but.. how is this NOT flamebait? It may not have been intended as such, but it still IS.

more than 2 years ago

Parlez-vous Python?

tsalaroth Re:Python? (164 comments)

Uh.. I've used both. I've found Python 3 to be far more useful for web development than Ruby (with or without Rails). Ruby is, for the most part, just another PERL-like language. Hell, it even uses "unless". And I've been web developing since before Python 2.0 - your comment about not having been around long enough is pretty arrogant.

The fact is, Ruby IS good for web development, but saying that it's better than Python is ridiculous. That's like saying PHP is a better version of HTML.

I've found many, many tasks that have been well-suited for Python. I've found one or two that Ruby worked better, and they were generating XML for xlst transforms from an Oracle database. I was honestly surprised it was faster than Python.

I suppose it breaks down to, really, using the best tool for the job. Ruby is alright, but there are far more web frameworks to choose from with Python, which should tell you something.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Orders Oracle and Google To Talk, Again

tsalaroth Re:patent insanity (89 comments)

I'm not sure I've seen flirting on /. before.

more than 2 years ago

Judge Orders Oracle and Google To Talk, Again

tsalaroth what? (89 comments)

"an improvement over conventional systems for initializing static arrays by reducing the amount of code executed by the virtual machine to statically initialize an array,"

What the hell? How is this one patent-worthy? so wait, refactoring is patented?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

tsalaroth Re:DeCSS (407 comments)

I still have the "Freedom Flag" on my blog from when all that went down. Never heard a word from anyone.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

tsalaroth Re:I worked at an ISP... (407 comments)

If the ISP is cable or DSL, you can most-assuredly capture who had what IP and then capture when the lease was released / renewed -- IF you have your DHCP services setup correctly and are logging which customer has which leased device (or their own purchased device) activated on the network. You then correlate the MAC / device ID to the DHCP logs and you DO at least know which device (router, whatever) had that IP at that time. Still doesn't identify the specific person, but it's enough to send a letter.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

tsalaroth Re:I was (sorta) (407 comments)

You're dumb enough to want to be in the military. Your opinion is worth nothing. Now, go kill some brown people because the flag told you to do so.

Now that this no longer hurts my head to read, let's address this.

Discounting the Marines, most folks join the military (in the US, anyway) to pay for college / get a nice fat down-payment on a house. They do their 4-6 years, and they're done. Many of those also overlap with those who join out of a sense of duty to protect the Constitution and the *ideal* of their country, not the reality.

Now, whose opinion is worth less? The person who puts their life on the line by joining the military - regardless of their opinion of the current war / "police action", and successfully survives to become a civilian afterwards... OR.. the AC who spouts bullshit - poorly?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

tsalaroth Re:I was sued by the RIAA (407 comments)

Yes, if you were served and didn't appear. That "being served" part is the key. A cease & desist / threatening letter isn't a summons.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

tsalaroth Re:university does not = job skills tech needs app (375 comments)

My roommate has a CS degree. He had to work off his loans doing "landscaping" (mowing lawns, trimming trees) for 6 years, never really saving anything, just basically overpaying on his loans. Now he's back in school, getting a degree in english for teaching. He already has prospects with that career path. He still has none with a CS degree because he couldn't find a job within 1 year of graduating.

I guess what I'm saying is, McDonald's is just an example, there's LOTS of people with technical degrees that are NOT working in their field.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Inform a Non-Techie About Proposed Copyright Laws

tsalaroth Re:Find a Good Car Analogy (254 comments)

The federal government can now come in, shut down your business, seize all of your stock, and seize your building.

I think you mean, the federal government can now shut down your business, as well as all of your suppliers, because one of them must have supplied the knock-off parts.

more than 2 years ago

Kevin Mitnick Answers

tsalaroth Re:Washed up (161 comments)

I think I just realized who you are. Minor Threat just recently (relatively, anyway) got his computer ban lifted.

Suddenly, I feel old.

about 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

tsalaroth Good luck (1521 comments)

Good luck, Rob. I've not ever really addressed you directly, but watched from afar. You made something big, and that's all that matters, right?

I'll try to remember to add you on LinkedIn tonight. I'm pretty sure we'll be hiring all kind of positions in 3 months, and I'm pretty sure your resume would probably knock HR's socks off, here.


about 3 years ago

Notch Asks For Trial By Combat

tsalaroth Re:Mods (205 comments)



sorry. I couldn't resist. please tell me that was on purpose.

more than 3 years ago



CCP teases WoD Online at The Grand Masquerade

tsalaroth tsalaroth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tsalaroth writes "CCP Games hosted the first annual "Grand Masquerade" over the weekend in New Orleans, LA. At the convention, there was an announcement and teaser trailer released for the new World of Darkness Online MMO being developed by CCP Games. As an attendee, it was pretty exciting to get to see an exclusive first look at this game.

Stated at the announcement was the revelation that the "Carbon" engine for character look and design will first be introduced in EVE Online. The engine supposedly will allow unprecedented character look and feel customization in the games."

Link to Original Source

tsalaroth tsalaroth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tsalaroth writes "Yesterday, the IronPython project released an alpha of IronPython 2.0. It supports Python 2.5 with a command-line switch, now uses the DLR (dynamic language runtime), meaning faster development of IronPython, and the ability to code-share with other dynamic languages, including Silverlight. Does this mean we'll be able to write an application in Python that uses Silverlight for a GUI?

One major focus during this release will be further improving our conformance with CPython. We've already made several improvements, for example one is that our type system no longer contains a hierarchy of types: now type(type) is type. We have also fixed a number of issues related to various statements such as imports and function definitions inside of exec or eval.
There is also a more detailed press release."

tsalaroth tsalaroth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tsalaroth writes "Adobe has announce today that they will be releasing Flex under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). There is a press release at

Adobe is announcing plans to open source Flex under the Mozilla Public License (MPL). This includes not only the source to the ActionScript components from the Flex SDK, which have been available in source code form with the SDK since Flex 2 was released, but also includes the Java source code for the ActionScript and MXML compilers, the ActionScript debugger and the core ActionScript libraries from the SDK. The Flex SDK includes all of the components needed to create Flex applications that run in any browser — on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux and on now on the desktop using "Apollo".
This means that at least one type of Flash is going to be open source. Does this mean a similar future for Flash?"



HTC EVO Review

tsalaroth tsalaroth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So I've had the phone for about a week now. There are some issues I'm working around with Sprint - a long story, suffice to say that I'm having to deal with two phones for a bit here. That aside, the phone is pretty damned good.

I have a few friends with iPhones - including one with a 3G S - and they all seem to agree that this thing blows their phones out of the water.

The keyboard interface is better than any others I've used before. Until now, the best virtual keyboard I'd used was on the iPhone. This one takes all of the good of the iPhone keyboard, and adds on a "learning" ability. It learns your thumb-typing style as you use it, making automatic fixes to typos you might make while rapidly padding out words.

The video playback is simply amazing. When I'm on a 4G network or on Wi-Fi, the buffering is almost instantaneous, even for HQ/HD videos. When I'm on 3G there's a bit of a wait, but once it's done with the buffering, it streams pretty smoothly with great quality.

The rotation to get from portrait to landscape is a little clunky. Sometimes I find myself having to tilt the top back and forth to get the phone to "recognize" that it's been turned sideways. I think it's application-specific, as some applications just pick it up immediately.

The phone's sound quality is superb in all three modes - speaker, handset, bluetooth. The bluetooth in my car picked it up quick and setup was painless. I tried to pair an iPhone with it once, and had nothing but trouble!

All in all, I'd say this is probably the best phone I've ever owned, hardware and OS included.

Software, on the other hand...

The Sprint crap-ware is there, and it's not going anywhere. You can remove it from your home pages, but you can't actually delete it without rooting the phone first, mounting the flash core OS storage and removing it from there. This is, I'm told, a dangerous proposition.

The Facebook application and synch features seem very last-minute and annoying. It doesn't ask you if you want all of your facebook friends in your phone contact list - it just assumes you do and imports them all. This was VERY annoying, considering there's some people on my FB that I'd never consider calling. I stopped using the HTC app and instead installed the apps from FB directly. At least there I can just see FB contacts. Unfortunately, the damage was done to my Google Contacts account, and I now have the unfortunate task of removing a butt-ton of users from that account. Ugh.

I've had a couple of applications simply not work on the phone, even though they work on a standard 2.1 build in an android VM. Not to mention, though I think this is a problem with the app and not the phone, Fennec has no way to actually type anything. So unless I want to just sit there and stare at the default start page, I'm not going anywhere with it. Fennec, for those who do not know, is the name of "Firefox for Smartphones". I know it's still in beta, but no calls to the built-in keyboard libs on the phone? Really??

All in all, the apps that came with the phone are fine, and I like the fact that the built-in browser supports Flash. Without those few minor unnecessary, impossible-to-remove apps, the phone is nearly perfect.

top hacked?

tsalaroth tsalaroth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Apparently, some time this evening, (Comcast's user portal) got hacked. That, or Network Solutions has been hacked, and Comcast was their first target. I didn't get a screen shot, but this was the text on the page:

sHouTz To VIRUS Warlock elul21 coll1er seven

There was also an unsafe javascript that got blocked by NoScript, but it was down before I could analyze it.


Plagiarism on Slashdot?

tsalaroth tsalaroth writes  |  more than 6 years ago Maybe I missed something, and "martinsslaves" is actually someone who works at Engadget, but if not, wow. Just, wow.

First, read this article

Then, read the summary for this /. article.

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