Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

zakkudo They Want you in Collections (570 comments)

The simple fact of the matter is, if you are in collections, most companies get the ability to rape you. They will be as harsh as possible when talking to you so that you don't want to negotiate. This equals more money in interest.

Student loans threatened me into work I couldn't physically do, and was relying on medicaid to keep my fake leg working. The threats forced my work over what I could do and pushed me into homelessness for a time.

I tried calling the collectors with the last of my money and all they could do is tell me to pay $14,000 in student loans in 3 monthes. Despite their threats causing me $100k in medical bills, multiple suicide attempts, and lost work time.

Since I have stabalized financially and I have been talking to them more, you soon realize the system was made to rape you from the beginning. It's a lot easier to face when you realize you aren't necessarily the evil one.

You can ask specific questions, but the department of education will refuse to give any specifics. The best I had gotten was a letter that read, "We have investigated your claims [what was investigated specifically was not stated], and we have found no issues. We have no departments that can handle this matter and if you would like to pursuie this it will have to be through litigation."

This is the US of A. I'll hang myself at a college before
I'm threatened into [work I can't do] -> [homelessness]. I'll do my best, but when the interest is $700 a month, you know the company you were working with had no serious intension of helping to pay back any dept, but only to cause you new ones.

about a month ago

Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

zakkudo Quietly Sweeping Windows Under a Rug (132 comments)

Well.... if the apps on your system actively hide the flaws of your OS that may be true. The reason why IDEs and all-encompasing single window programs are so popular in general is because they hide how bad the Windows shell is. Windows is playing no part in "just getting out of the way." It is being quietly swept under a rug. No one wants to interact with Windows on windows. Best to just maximize everything and use the taskbar.

about 3 months ago

You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

zakkudo Processed food is not only about taste. (499 comments)

Processed food also takes almost all of the work out of eating food. It's made where you bite it and you swallow. That way you eat more.

Because people are brought up only eating this stuff, the only way they can get their greens is by juicing them. The only hamburger they can eat is from a fast food chain.

If food makes you think twice about eating it because of the chewing or the work, IT MEANS YOU ARE NOT HUNGRY.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

zakkudo Mixed feelings as a seattlelite (219 comments)

I don't honestly think this camera will help with the drivers who love to jam their gas to move. I have been hit and almost hit just as many time by the front of ot he car as well as the back.

Example 1:
It's 1pm in downtown. I'm walking to work on crutches. I notice a guy in a sports car passes the crosswalk to stop at a red light. The top is down. He guns it in reverse right when I am behind him to bump me hard. It's bright out. He had great visiblility. He was downtown in the city. But he could not be bothered to look backwards when going in reverse.

Example 2:
On the other side of the coin. People coming out of the parking garages will jet out, cutting you off on the sidewalk, and drive off without even looking at you. It's in those instances I take my fist and ram it into their car. People drive too fast without looking.

Until drivers stop goading each other to drive faster, I don't think the roads will ever be reasonably safe. These are the people who complain about slow drivers on a rainy day, and on the same day complain about a traffic accident backing up the roads without making a mental connection that they are forcing other drivers to drive faster than what is safe for them and it is only penalizinig themselves.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

zakkudo Re:Practical application is the only way (306 comments)

This. Force yourself to to turn your program into a lib and a front end or two. I have a console frontend and a gtk frontend for my app. Even if you force yourself to give your program a frontend in multiple toolkits like qt/gtk/cocoa, you will learn a *lot* about writing modular code. Just make sure you are keeping an eye out for creating an API.

about 5 months ago

U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

zakkudo Re:What a joke (538 comments)

What amazed me the most by them was how they went out of their way to make sure they had no documentation that I was handicapped. Despite all of my letters and my phone calls. All so they wouldn't have any liability. It amazed me how the department of education automatically blocks all calls if you are delinquent. I amazes me how they can say they don't owe any of my 100k medical bills because of their threats into work I couldn't do, that eventually forced me homeless.

about 6 months ago

U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

zakkudo What a joke (538 comments)

I delt with the delinquencies department when I was stuck living in the middle of the countryside with my mother, a fake leg and depression and no self confidence. They threatened me at home until I moved into a gay friend (uncomfortable sometimes) in another city where I started work I couldn't physically in retail. When my fake leg broke, they more or less said it was my fault for taking the only work that was around and for being handicapped. I should have died from cancer when I was 12 at that rate. I was close to hanging myself in Seattle in front of a bunch of children to protect them from a similar fate because of them.

The department of education cares for no-one. They are only full of threats. The kind where if you tell a person in a wheelchair every day, they will eventually kill themselves.

about 6 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

zakkudo Re:Please Stop. (627 comments)

I was out of Windows-land by the time XP landed. Apparently Notepad had only gotten the save (ctrl-s) keyboard shortcut in 1999 with Windows 2000. That was one of my largest issues with the program. It was just waiting to lose your work for you.

After Windows, I was using Macs for about 5 years, and nowadays I mostly use Linux boxes. What I have found over time is that Notepad is the only basic text editor included with a modern OS that refuses to support other types of line endings.

What's worse is that everyone on Windows seems to start learning programming on Notepad, and the confusion it causes because of the line-ending issue is a waste of my professional time. It strongly reminds me of having to support IE6 back in the day.

On a less cynical note, Notepad looks like it was designed primarily as a mechanism to read windows README.TXT files. Secondarily, it was designed for basic editing of batch files and config files where not having a ctrl-s shortcut is not an issues. Third, if you are using notepad outside of that scope, you are likely abusing the tool for purposes it wasn't originally designed for.

I may seem bitter, but notepad irritates me in about exactly the same spot as IE6.

about 6 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

zakkudo Please Stop. (627 comments)

99% of the time if you hear someone questioning the utility of using an IDE, notepad was never in the running as a serious option to begin with. Just stop it. Don't say it's name. Notepad is a 24 year old joke stuck in the 90s feature-wise. The runners are programs like Sublime Text, BBedit, Text Wrangler, gedit, Jedit, notepad++, or even vim.

Just because someone tells you that you should drive your car less doesn't mean they are forcing you to walk everywhere you go on your feet. You can bike. You can ride your motorcycle. You can ride the bus. You can ride an electric bycycle. You can rollerblade. You can ride in someone else's car. You can ride the train. You can fly in a plane.

Anyone mentioning Notepad seriously in their comments on this article has no knowledge of what a proper text editor is and have an apathy to find out so they can actually contibute meaningfully to the conversation.

about 6 months ago

Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

zakkudo It is more compatible than you think (255 comments)

FFM is not actually fundimentally incompatible with focus-follows-mouse. Gnome 3 works around it by providing an option called 'focus-change-on-pointer-rest'. It works extremely well on a trackpad because you general lift your finger once the pointer is over a window. With a mouse, it gives a slight lag because your hand isn't as steady.

Why does this work well with global menus? Because when you use global menus, you throw the pointer to the top of the screen, using fits law.

The reason I use FFM to begin with is because I hate having to aim and make sure I hit a tiny widget or make sure I don't accidentally click a link on a webpage when trying to give focus to the window. Having menubars in windows is an extension of that problem. I would probably care less if mouse motion was actually one-to-one, but it isn't.

about 6 months ago

Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

zakkudo Re:Because.... (118 comments)

Ixokai, what are you hiding from? Are you afraid to hide behind your word?

about 6 months ago

Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

zakkudo Re:Because.... (118 comments)

Hey, Ixokai. So you are saying life in prison is not the equivalent of death? Are you honestly saying that is different than a death sentence?

about 6 months ago

Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

zakkudo Re:Because.... (118 comments)

Shouldn't that be 'We thanked you, Edward Snowden!! Right up until you went beyond revealing the NSA spying on our citizens and revealed that they were doing their job and spying on other countries?' He crossed the line from patriot to traitor at that point.

Was this line that he crossed before or after the United States stated that they would end his life with no prejudice for trying to correct our wrongs?

about 6 months ago

Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

zakkudo Re:The web needs a good layout engine (249 comments)

Honestly, I think CSS has become too much of a monster. I miss simpler pages that aren't overdesigned. It just creates a compatibility nightmare and is a time-sink to create. I don't want pages worrying about looking modern or professional (which has grown to mean looking like a magazine.)

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

zakkudo Re:Rumers..demise..exaggerated. (289 comments)

Wonderful. Can you tell my why SQL Server 2008 won't install if Windows 8 is using Japanese as the language of the OS? Once you've done this, SQL Server bugs out and refuses to install no matter what hte lanugage is. I would have thought by 2008 MS would have figured out internationalization. I have never seen such a fundimental an issue like this before. I ended up having my whole machine re-imaged on me.

I'm not impressed with how much of my personal time this wasted.

about 7 months ago

Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

zakkudo That's Depressing (282 comments)

I feel like all the time I donated helping with gtk questions on the gtk irc channels was useless now. )-:

about 7 months ago

4K Is For Programmers

zakkudo Re:Why not just multiple monitors. (520 comments)

That's probably true for most users. But when you disable raise-on-click and and choose to raise windows with either another mouse button or alt-click, maximize starts to seem really *really* silly. I personally work with windows on top of other windows, making better use of my screen real estate than most people.

Now mentally, I could see how many small monitors helps you to organize windows like workspaces. That would be a plus.

about 8 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

zakkudo Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

It may be a subset API, but apparently it was still too difficult to maintain for Microsoft. It has been removed from Windows since Windows 8.1 and deprecated since 8.

about 8 months ago



The Social Engineering of Blu-Ray

zakkudo zakkudo writes  |  about a year ago

zakkudo (2638939) writes "No one likes DRM. I have recently found that I enjoy playing DVDs more over my Wii (no homo) with WiiMC than with my brand new Sony bluray player. I've bought thousands of dollars in equipment so that I could autoswitch devices when they are turned on through my soundbar to my television. But because of HDCP I have no audio and the signal is downgraded to SD from the Sony Bluray player.

On my Wii, it just works. I don't have to wait to get to the menu screen. I have a remote without a rediculous amount of buttons and a recharable battery. I don't have to worry about a lack of a 'play' button on the player that actually plays the content. My next step is XMBC I think to make a Linux media playing appliance.

I've decided... from now on no matter how much I like a movie I've bought from Amazon, if it includes the Bluray version I give it a 1 star rating. How are you showing your contempt for the current situation? The only thing I have seen HDCP do is hurt the people who are actually trying to buy content. In my reviews, I explicitely explain how HDCP is exactly the equivalent the blinking NES light as most people can identify with it, but didn't know what it was."

Kickstarter, the renaissance of linux?

zakkudo zakkudo writes  |  about a year ago

zakkudo (2638939) writes "Kickstarter may be the the greatest boon to linux as a real computintg platform. I have recently sponsored the Mighty No. 9 on kickstarter, and one of their stretch goals is Linux/Mac support (grouped). Because the creator of Megaman is heading the project, it has already met half of its goals in 1 one day out of 30.

Just maybe, I think kickstarter is the way to bring gaming to linux to the masses.

(For those who don't know, Inafune, the creator of megaman left he company 3 years ago. He is now creating his own game.)"

Link to Original Source


zakkudo has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>