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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

williamyf You may se in UV latter in life (507 comments)

Since the christaline is opaque to UV while some intraocular lenses are not, some people report that after cataract surgery, they can see in augmented colour, probably due to some sensitivity to UV.

slashdot talked about it a while back



So if/when the time comes to replace your christaline, make sure to go for the UV transparent lenses

about a week ago

Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

williamyf With enough eyes... NOT (231 comments)

I have always been critical about that conventional wisdom of "With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow".

I contend that is inacurate. With enough QUALIFIED AND MOTIVATED eyes, all bugs are shallow, and sometimes, some FOSS project lack enough Qualified eyes.

This bug, the KDE one, or even the Metafile bug in windows (and more importantly in WINE) among many others, show that many eyes are not enough.

Again one needs MOTIVATED AND QUALIFIED eyes AAAAAND good QA and test cases.


about a month and a half ago

Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive

williamyf The caps are electrolytic (111 comments)

Not supercaps, no, electrolytics.

What happens if your superduper SSD develops bad cap syndrome?

I am stil finding equipment with those sorts of failures today...

Not recomending, even having two of them in parallel...

Nope, not for me, sorry

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

williamyf YES! Definitely yes! (167 comments)

I remember when I was a young engineer. I got promoted through the ranks quickly, and at some point faced the same quagmire as you. What I ended up doing was to take a program of marketing management. Two months, Friday all day and Sat mornings for a month and a half to get a taste of the discipline (I was exposed to economy and accounting at the University, 12 weeks each, and lots of reading on economy, administration, etc). After that brief and non compromising stint, I realized that there were more nuances to marketing than what could be anticipated, and that the whole "Business" field was VERY interesting to me. Therefore, I went and did a full time MBA.

If you are gonna learn on your own (which I do not recommend), try to read the classics, Kotler on marketing management, rice & trout for positioning, etc. No Wikipedia or "Business for dummies" for you.

If you are going to take (a) short course(s) on the subject, go to reputable schools (I did the Short stint at IESA, not high in the world rankings, but best in my country, and did my MBA at IE in Madrid), while there are no hard and fast guarantees, going to reputable institutions will raise the possibility of being exposed to great teachers. Try to go for classroom courses, is harder, but you will build your "networking thingie" much better.

There is no guarantee that doing an MBA will improve your situation. But it would be hell to sign up for an MBA and discovering that you HATE "Business", and ALSO it would also be a grave mistake to decide "What you want to do" without at least a glance of what this "Business" thing is all about.

about 5 months ago

Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

williamyf Rube goldberg (303 comments)

only fittingly, the first content you should watch on netflix after setting this up is a marathon of rube goldberg cartoons.

about 8 months ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

williamyf Service still available in Venezuela (205 comments)

So it seems I can send a telegram inside venezuela, and to belgium at least, but not to indi come next month. Ok, I'll keep that in mind....

From the post operator in Venezuela:

Telegrama: Es un escrito destinado a ser transmitido por telegrafía para su entrega al destinatario, con cobertura nacional e internacional.

Modalidades del Telegrama:

Telegrama Ordinario: Son los telegramas cuya aceptación es obligatoria y no lleva ninguna indicación de servicio.

Telegrama Urgente: Son telegramas a los cuales se les da prioridad para su transmisión y entrega al destinatario.

PC (Acuse de Recibo): Confirmación de entrega (Opcional según la necesidad del cliente).

Giros Telegráficos: A través de nuestros Centros de Atención al Cliente autorizados, a escala nacional, usted puede ordenar un pago a favor de personas naturales y/o jurídicas, la cual será cancelada en su totalidad en la oficina de destino, poniendo a disposición de nuestros clientes, nuestra extensa red de oficinas a nivel nacional.

Telefonograma: Al comunicarse con nuestra línea gratuita de Atención al Cliente 0800 IPOSTEL o 405-3078, usted puede enviar un mensaje telegráfico o telegrama a través de una llamada telefónica. El cobro de este servicio será cargado a su factura CANTV.

about 10 months ago

'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

williamyf Neal Stephenson bet them to it (245 comments)

In the Diamond Age, the "premier" teaches logic, programming and nanotechnology in a similar fashion.

While it is good to see the concept taken to practice.....

Nothing new to see here, move along. ;-)

1 year,5 days

The Science of Hugo Chavez's Long Term Embalming

williamyf Re:Call me skeptical (215 comments)

They can not do the plastination.... A while ago chavez expeled the "Bodies revealed" expo from venezuela, and denounced it as inmoral.

Embalming him using that procedure would be an about face that his supporters could not aford...

about a year ago

Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

williamyf Nothing new, see SEMCO of Brazil (522 comments)

They have been doing it for ages.

I has exposed to their style as a case stud durng my MBA. I do not have the files handy, but you can research them on the ionternet.

I leave you this link to get you all started:


about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

williamyf Pivot Type (375 comments)

Anything that is 16:10 aspect ratio, but most important: PIVOT TYPE. that way, If you want to see large swats of code, you put it in portrait mode. If you want to see code side by side, landscape.

Since the monitor is pivoting, you will need IPS, TN will not do.

Resolution and diagonal up to your taste and budget.

From anecdotal experience, Korean screens are OK. Nonetheless, a recomendation (for koreans or brand names alike) is to buy second hand from your favourite (ebay, craiglist), that way, someone else did the quality control for you (dead pixels, infant mortality, etc), just be clear on the conditions before the transaction is done. Of course, caveat emptor.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

williamyf Re:It's not just programming. (330 comments)

Would have killed you to provide a link to the Wikipedia article where you Copy&Pasted that pearl of wisdom?

Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language#Significance

Or, if you wanted to pass that pearl of wisdom as your own creation, was it so difficult to remove the reference numbers in brackets? [22].

My god, talk about self absorption.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

williamyf Re:Speaking for German language, yes (330 comments)

Nope, the Spanish say Octeto. We, the Latin Americans say Byte.

Since I did not live in any Western European countries other than Spain, Switzerland and France, I'll not go out on a limb about anything except this:

I am guessing that the quality of the education system in Germany (where you probably had GOOD classes of English as a foreign Language while in High School), couple with the proximity of the two languages (one of my dearest English teachers said that English is a highly simplified/primitive German), makes you guys comfortable with the language.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

williamyf From Spanish speaking Venezuela Here (330 comments)

First my advice:
1.) Leave everything in the code ready for localization.
2.) If you have competent people to do the localization do as many as you can. DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT use Google translate or similar tools to do your localization.
3.) If you can not do a good localization, deffer the work to volunteers.

Now, the reality. I am a Spanish speaker, fluent in English as a second language (For What Is Worth, long time ago, my ToEFL score was 293/300, but I am quite rusty now). I was a manager in telecoms for a long time, now a Teacher (Comp Networks II, mainly Layer 3 Stuff) for Comp Scy and Telecom Engineers in a Jesuit University here.

But my level of English is an exception around here, not the rule. Our university demands an English sufficiency test in order to graduate. And yet, most of the students are incapable of reading in English. Something as simple as reading a paper (for example: "OSI Systems and Network Management" Lakshmi Raman, ADC Telecommunications IEEE Communications Magazine, March 1998) my students will not do in English. They will rather OCR it, then use Google Translate, and will not even refer to the original article when the machine translation gets "wonky".

The fact that the documentation is written in English is of little concern, anything that is remotely interesting will have translations, or books written by native speakers within weeks/months.

*** As some other poster wrote: Non native English speaking programmers will treat the foreign syntax like a black box (in some cases, having to program in English as opposed to Spanish actually helps, in Spanish "Yes" and "If" both map to "Si", and you have to infer which is which from context :-S ). So, an effort to localize is well worth it.

*** And as some other posters wrote: Localize ALSO to show respect to the culture of the other person(s). And remember that part of that respect is to localize correctly, not taking shortcuts like using Google Translate to translate your strings.

about a year ago

India Bars ZTE, Huawei, Others From Sensitive Government Projects

williamyf Re:So which are the Indian Networking companies? (160 comments)

So who are the Indian equivalents of Cisco, Avaya, Juniper, Brocade, et al? Yeah, they do have domestic Telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance Communications, but others?

Of the back of my head, I can recall Tejas Semiconductor. There are others, google should serve you well.

about a year ago

You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

williamyf Call me out of retirement (492 comments)

The summary says:

It's too early for panic, but those of us in the early parts of their careers will be the ones who have to deal with the problem.

I dealt with the Y2K issue in a Telco environment. When the problem is looming closer, take me out of retirement and offer to pay me a small fortune, and I may consider showing you young lings how it's done. ;-)

about a year ago

Decade Old KDE Bug Fixed

williamyf What abot the many eyeballs? (129 comments)

After RTFA (I know, broke the rules), it appears it wasn't a documented or tracked bug. It was noticed and fixed more than a decade after it was created. Pretty much non-news. If no one ever noticed or cared that their cookies were getting lost on a kde restart then how can you expect it to get fixed? If no one calls it a bug, is it actually a bug?

"With enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow" Right?
Well, the theory of the many eyes say that someone somewhere should have noticed/reported/tracked this bug sooner rather than later.
this comes to prove that many eyes are NOT enough. First you need more than merely many eyes, you need many QUALIFIED eyes.
Second, you need to complement your (many) eyes with systematic test cases to so some QA, trying ad a modicum of rigor, instead of, you know, letting the QA become an ad-hoc subjective process...

about a year ago

Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers

williamyf If you want to learn basic programming... (313 comments)

You could start as follows:

10 Print "Hello World"
20 goto 10
30 ???
40 rem profit

[said with nick burns tone] you're welcome!!

about a year ago

Firefox 17 Launches With Click-to-Play Plugin Blocks

williamyf ESR 17 is also available for download (137 comments)

ESR 17.0 is also available for download (as is ESR 10.0.11), but the autmatic update mechanism is not offering it as an option (at least not yet), only 10.0.11.

I guess they will let the Quality testing phase to be completed before offering it as an automatic update

about a year ago



Bug in the GnuTLS Library leaves many OSs and Apps at risk

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about a month and a half ago

williamyf (227051) writes "According to our friends at ArsTechnica:

"The bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package. Initial estimates included in Internet discussions such as this one indicate that more than 200 different operating systems or applications rely on GnuTLS to implement crucial SSL and TLS operations, but it wouldn't be surprising if the actual number is much higher. Web applications, e-mail programs, and other code that use the library are vulnerable to exploits that allow attackers monitoring connections to silently decode encrypted traffic passing between end users and servers."

What's even more, the coding error *may* have been present since 2005, so one has to wander, again, where were those "many eyes that render all bugs shallow" one keeps hearing about..."

Link to Original Source

Apple Releases Security Update 2013-001 and ML 10.8.3

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about a year ago

williamyf (227051) writes "Apple has released Mountain Lion 10.8.3, as well as a bunch of security Updates for Lion and Even Snow Leopard.

Some of the most Important Changes include handling of TIFF Images, issues with QuickTime and Software Update (a man in the middle attack), affecting all supported versions of the OS.

More Info at apple."

Link to Original Source

Dell (Michael) finally takes Dell (Inc.) Private

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about a year ago

williamyf writes "The web is buzzing with the news. As expected Dell (Inc.) is finally going private. Today Dell (Michael) unveiled the proposal. $13,65 in cash per share. Mr. Dell is putting his shares towards the new entity, and part of his wealth as well. Finally, as expected, there is the $2*109 from Microsoft.
Here is from Cellular news:

For added spice and a acerbic taste, check out "The Register":

Link to Original Source

williamyf williamyf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

williamyf (227051) writes "Microsoft just released a while ago, and outside the monthly patch cycle, the patch for the (in)famous VML flaw.
Here is the link to the (brief) anouncement, with further links.
Now, Quick! Go fetch!"


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