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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

xdor Fixed It For You (89 comments)

2) Bugs

2 days ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

xdor YMMV (241 comments)

Until you hit something that does require higher math.

Find the optimal coverage schedule for employees next week given their varied availability

As simple as this sounds, unless you're willing to wait for the computer to churn thru every possibility: you are going to need some higher math know how to program that answer.

about a week ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

xdor Useability (300 comments)

I don't think Gary is a great example of design defeating purpose.

Gary's design is somewhat grotesque and awkward: but that's exactly the kinds of things he highlights about the human experience. So it fits.

about a week ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

xdor Windows 8 (300 comments)

Blame Julie Larson-Green.

She's responsible for this and the awful Office ribbon: perfect examples of graphic design stomping all over useability

Why she's still around: I think this is a case of people being swayed by her personal "charisma" and not facing the fact that Windows 8 "metro" is a gimmicky circus act that literally gets in the way of using Windows. Just terrible!

about two weeks ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

xdor Re:Anyone who... (117 comments)

50% are of below-average intelligence

Assuming a Gaussian distribution. Given the rise of drug use and non-education in the United States I'm not sure that's true anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

xdor Re:Consciousness (284 comments)

Just because the radio can be switched off does not prove the absence of a radio transmission.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

xdor Agree (112 comments)

Most FPV transmitters are at 5.8Ghz. Used to be important that you were hitting this as close to 5800Mhz as possible so as to stay in the middle of the ISM band. Really hard to believe these 500mw transmitters can cause a signature on Doppler when most times they drop useable signal after 1200 meters.

It does seem that the FCC and the FAA are working together on this. The FAA specifically targeting FPV last week, and now the FCC trying to take back the same radio band this week.

Another happy independence day in the land of the free and the home of the brave...

about three weeks ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor Re:Class G (268 comments)

True the article is talking in reference to regulated flight.

However areas from ground structures to 500 feet are the property of the land owner (with some variation by state, but that's not the FAA's call). If the FAA wishes to traverse the airspace over a land over at less than 500 feet they must obtain navigational right-of-way from the land-owner.

This is not a matter of flight regulation, this is basic property rights.

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor Re:Not anything new (268 comments)

I can't tell if you're just being snarky or you still work for Rahm Emanuel

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor No Such Regulations (268 comments)

What regulations are you talking about?

TFA is referring to the interpretation and enforcement of HR 658 which specifically separates hobby and commercial (with no commercial provisions for the Continental United States!)

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/B...

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor Re:The Goggles! (268 comments)

Let existing state nuance laws handle the peeping-tom problems

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor Class G (268 comments)

So since I'm not a government agency, this still leaves me class G airspace on private property (assuming I have permission from the land owner).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor Re:Line of Sight (268 comments)

If I operate my computer-controlled drone no higher than 500 ft above obstacles on private property the FAA has no jurisdiction.

about a month ago
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That Toy Is Now a Drone

xdor Re:Not anything new (268 comments)

My understanding is operating my drone outside of public airspace (no higher than 500 ft above obstacles) while on private property where the land owner has given me permission: the FAA has no jurisdiction

Whether I have line-of-sight, radio control, or out-of-sight completely computer autonomous: in private airspace the FAA has no say.

about a month ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

xdor No Fair (376 comments)

I want 3 months of lessons to expand my skills and I've been in this industry for 20 years.

about a month ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

xdor See: Morgan Freeman (265 comments)

Stop talking about this crap.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

xdor Blind-eye (682 comments)

It is a conspiracy that's what's being investigated!

This is not just a political animal (i.e. an elected administration), this is the company in charge of tax records who is in non-compliance with the Federal law it enforces.

Or (more likely) the actual conspiracy has more connections, enough that someone is covering them up.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

xdor Exchange (682 comments)

No backup of the email server either? Hmm...

about a month ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

xdor Re:secure by default (248 comments)

Fine. There are other options; but I seriously doubt you have anything but malevolent intentions.

From my experience "doing better than the status quo" in this arena means you will not stop until your advocacy has destroyed whatever shred of protection or usefulness a representative governing body currently affords to individual freedom of choice, and confer it instead on persons and territories outside its jurisdiction.

about a month and a half ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

xdor Re:secure by default (248 comments)

You're advocating either one-world government or anarchy. Neither is a governing body that looks out for the interests of its people.

Anarchy (by definition) has no governance and protects no-one. Universal governance is a monopoly.

Borders represent choices. No borders means no choices.

A government that does not favor its own people over those of another is attempting operational universal governance and is setting itself up for absorption or dissolution.

about a month and a half ago

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