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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

utoddl won't somebody think of the revolutionaries (575 comments)

What about the privacy of the people planning to overthrow the government when it is no longer following the constitution?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

utoddl Re:Don't try (143 comments)

This. Or, more to the point, start your own business doing the same job the right way, as you see it. If you succeed, you were right (and lucky).

about 5 months ago
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Choosing a new web language that's not too buzzy

utoddl Looking for a solution in search of a problem? (1 comments)

You know perl, you're supporting perl now, and you have no compelling reason to do something else in particular. So, two things:

  • Your company should keep using perl.
  • You should get a job you like.

about 6 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

utoddl What, is Ctrl-R so hard? (521 comments)

I've been using computers for over 30 years and have never once used this keystroke.

Is it telling that I ran across this article twice and both times thought "What's the problem? just hit Ctrl-R and get on with it!" Now what's this "application" you speak of?

about 7 months ago
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Star Cluster Ejected From Galaxy At 2,000,000 MPH

utoddl They know something (133 comments)

Sounds like M87's Puppeteers know something and are heading for higher ground.

about 8 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

utoddl Re:OpenOffice? (285 comments)

If that were true then there would not have been 100 million downloads of Apache OpenOffice, would there? Therefore...

Sorry, that was me. I left curl running in a loop on a 56kb dialup and went on vacation. My bad.

about 8 months ago
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Have we found our last fundamental particle?

utoddl There's at least one left (1 comments)

We've still to find any warp particles.

about 9 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

utoddl Re:Hack it to add American names like "John Smith" (286 comments)

I have a friend who's son is on the no-fly list since he's 3 years old! He's twin brother is not.

Oh yeah, will I'm DEAD and on the no-fly list, and they can't fly my body back to my hometown for burrial. So there!

about 9 months ago
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New York City To Get Manhole Covers That Wirelessly Charge Electric Vehicles

utoddl Lay what? (112 comments)

The charging stations could be embedded in asphalt or pads that lay on garage floors.

They lay... power-up eggs that the pac-man vans pick up? This makes no sense.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

utoddl Re:favorites... (204 comments)

Okay, I'll run with that. So documentation is really just code that we run on users. Suddenly writing documentation has much more entertainment potential.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Use Markdown and Pandoc?

utoddl Re:favorites... (204 comments)

Also, programmers write software, not documentation.

I've been contributing to a project over the last 20 years (which happens to be a text editor) which has 80+ pages of documentation in texinfo. I'm not specifically recommending texinfo; it's what the project started with and it works. The point is, the build process renders a plain text version of the texinfo documentation, then a script reads the formatted docs to build several of the program source files, including hash tables of the commands, static text for the internal "help" commands, enums (it's C code), etc. You literally cannot add a new command to the program without adding it first to the documentation. It's a slick way to keep the documentation in sync with the code. The same idea could surely be implemented with many other document source formats. It's a step towards Knuth's Literate Programming without going overboard.

Programmers certainly can and should write documentation.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

utoddl Re:Deep down.. (610 comments)

The lower classes (the 98%) don't care about default because they see it as comeuppance for the robber barons who have all the money to lose anyway. It's only a catastrophe for those with something to lose. For the rest, it's an inconvenient equalizer. (Actually probably much more inconvenient than equalizing; hope we don't find out.)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

utoddl PAE drove me off, thank goodness (631 comments)

I didn't realize how luck I was that Ubuntu quit supporting non-PAE (i.e. all of my) machines. I was forced back to Fedora/MATE (GNOME was jumping the same shark) and it's nice to just use the machine again. They drove me off before I had a chance to hate Unity. So, thanks for that!

about a year ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

utoddl Is this related to their screwed up paging? (729 comments)

I wonder if this is the same thinking that went into screwing up paging in Evince (a GNOME project). I find lately that middle-click in the Evince scroll bar does nothing, and left clicking causes a jump to that location (like middle-click is supposed to do, and does in other apps) rather than a page forward. And then there's replacing the menus with buttons on the right like chrome. Ugh.

Fortunately, I've moved to MATE (and mate-doument-viewer a.k.a atril).

I wish GNOME would switch to EBCDIC. Then we could finally sweep its dust from the floor and get back to having fun. Bye, GNOME.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is Patent License Trading Not Trolling?

utoddl licensing vs transfer (191 comments)

I have no problem with licensing of patents. What I find absurd is the notion of transfer of patents. If someone invents something they ought to be able to profit from it even if they don't produce. But what sense is there in allowing trolls to buy innovation rights from others?

"Patents: license them or lose them. No sales or transferes allowed." Soon as they make me king.

about a year ago
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N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

utoddl Re:Sign We the People Petition (555 comments)

It's a state politician screwing up a state law. Do you want federal politicians to be able to overturn state laws on a whim?

Since you mention it, the same Republican legislature (North Carolina) is pushing a proposal to repeal any local ordinances that go beyond federal regulations. This is their broad stroke approach to "doing away with anti-business regulation". This same bunch that's been screaming "states rights" for years is now doing just the opposite now that they've finally gained power.

about a year and a half ago
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Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

utoddl Re:No (629 comments)

Humor detectors exists though. Most people have 'em. Obviously not everybody though.

about a year and a half ago
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Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

utoddl Re:No (629 comments)

"Accelerating one ton to one-tenth of the speed of light requires at least 450 PJ or 4.5 ×10^17 J or 125 billion kWh, without factoring in efficiency of the propulsion mechanism. This energy has to be either generated on-board from stored fuel, harvested from the interstellar medium, or projected over immense distances."

Or you can borrow it from the future, where it will be generated conveniently enough in exactly the right quantity by slowing that one ton down. We just haven't figured out how to shift the energy equations in the temporal dimension yet.

about a year and a half ago
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Crowdsourcing Failed In Boston Bombing Aftermath

utoddl Re:Some other relevant stories (270 comments)

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner.

about a year and a half ago

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