not news (Score: 2)

by in GPC-Slots2 Resubmitted to Debian for Packaging. (Previously rejected due to dislike of author) on 2014-11-28 18:26 (#2VAN)

this isn't news unless something actually happens with the ticket (and even then, personally, i don't care - you alienate yourself from a community by being outwardly pushy, rude and a dick, don't be surprised when they want nothing to do with you - start your own community). if it gets rejected for someactualbulshit reason (troll is troll), feel free to write a real piece instead of just a copy&paste from a mailing list. anyway, they just might not want a slots game in the packages, strictly on gambling objections.

format (Score: 1)

by in Debian fork begins: Devuan on 2014-11-28 18:17 (#2VAM)

down-voted for presentation format - wall o text just too much to take in; copy-n-pasted the entire webpage...try writing a brief introduction, to get the point across quickly without all the guff

Re: 46" tv (Score: 1)

by in My desktop monitor resolution: on 2014-11-26 02:27 (#2V9F)

well, i am using hdmi, not dvi at the moment. couldn't be sure whether your tv handle that input differently or not. my smartv still seems to do a bit of processing while in gamemode...its not crazy, but i'm sure there are players out there who would take issue.

46" tv (Score: 1)

by in My desktop monitor resolution: on 2014-11-25 01:19 (#2V8A)

....ooooh yeaa. gaming and video - only downside is input lag (game-mode only helps so much...)

Re: i don't understand (Score: 1)

by in Atom now available on Windows on 2014-07-11 01:21 (#2EV)

not so worried, although i've never appreciated any noticeable delay in launching an editor for quick edits (laptop). im just intrigued of the laxing of what one subjectively argue should be good programming practices, just due to vast availability of hardware. I guess this has always happened to some extent, but even today people write small code that follows the unix's 'do one thing and do it well', in console and gui space. I am just getting old haha

Oh, I had almost forgot, i've been dabbling with Textadept - which is similar in concept (weighing in at 27M on windows) multiplatform gtk2 & ncurses enabled, and uses lua... but certainly an upgrade from notepad++, and i was never a fan of sublime. I'll have to give Atom a fair shot, although i have the sneaking suspicion it was developed for a different audience than I.

Re: i don't understand (Score: 1)

by in Atom now available on Windows on 2014-07-11 00:38 (#2ES)

as a note, no harsh tone was intended, although as i read now, i may have come across as such...mostly inquisitive

i don't understand (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Atom now available on Windows on 2014-07-11 00:35 (#2ER)

I don't understand how these projects balloon to such sizes - 169M extracted...its just a fancy text editor. and while only a poor comparison, (due to no windowed gui) VIM is 2.1M, and asfaik does way more, learning-curves aside. Or how just opening it with no files, it spawns 6 processes consuming ~35-40M each. I know its alpha, but i doubt you'll see it shrink considerable in size, if not grow larger. I've been seeing more and more of this lately, ginormous programs that offer little in proportion.

its just a text editor. that kind of size says to me that something went wrong in the design process. Have I just missed out too much on modern development realities? or is this just another convoluted/lazy coding project? (no offense to any developers, its not personal - groupthink has its ways....)

gandi (Score: 1)

by in comes back as a .org on 2014-07-09 15:56 (#2D0)

I've had good luck with, based in france. they have a 'no bullshit' motto, and good customer service from my personal experiences.

Re: Where you start depends on where you want to end (Score: 1)

by in Programming languages: where to begin? on 2014-06-30 23:57 (#2A4)

I'd read many complaints about ADA, but I started taking a tutorial recently and found much of it made more sense to me, in-terms of structure and how everything must be clearly and extensively defined. I also found open source compilers easy to find for my Windows and OpenBSD (gcc) platforms.

What had spurred me (besides my fathers taunt that ADA would make me pull my hair out) was first, an article i read* from an informal study of programming students progression as observed by the teachers - they found that students who learned ADA first rather than later, had a higher likelihood of succeeding in subsequent classes, and better practices and understanding of what they are writing. Second, the realization that ADA is still widely used in critical applications; isn't going anywhere; and its always good to know the odd language or skill, that nobody else is 'interested' in (ie: not cool)

Out of practicality, I am back to learning C for the time being, but next on my list-to-learn GNAT GPL, and GNAT GPS (multiplatform IDE)
*i'll try to find the article, i hope i didn't butcher the jist too much

Re: BSD community getting organized? (Score: 1)

by in BSDNow episode 41 on 2014-06-22 02:47 (#27R)

i agree. its nice to see the effort; i've always felt the bsd's took a"you'll find us when you're ready" approach, which is double-edged in that many stay with linux or other 'introductory' systems (no baiting intented) due to the knowledge gap

I run OpenBSD; it always just made more sense to me overall than the others. and has great documentation, and clean code styling - its easy to dig into the source to see whats going on with minimal programming experience

so (Score: 1)

by in BSDNow Episode 42: Devious Methods on 2014-06-22 02:31 (#27Q)

i'm not entirely sure the best method for posting these - since their format already covers content from other sites, should i continue to link the individual content referenced (& cite?), or just provide an overview and links to the current BSDNow episode page (thus consolidation of links, if any of them were to change post episode release)

furthermore, what kind of bsd fanbase does pipedot have atm? zafiro seems interested, anybody else? perhaps if more interest is shown and more articles, we could get a new topic that covers BSD or unix variants

ill post these as i have time/remember to : )

Re: But Why Not Just Windows? (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Synology NAS Remotely Hacked To Mine $620K In DogeCoin on 2014-06-21 14:19 (#27M)

my guess is that its a better target than windows due to lack of scrutiny - windows gets much attention on the virus/malware front, and thus the likelyhood of it being found sooner (plus heuristics - it only has to look like its mining or being sketchy to get flagged, even if it hasnt been seen or previously identified in the wild.) Perfect example being that nobody noticed anything except slow device speed - this could have gone undetected for years if the hacker were more careful. security through obscurity, right?

theres also a chance they bet that the synology team were not capable of noticing, diagnosing or fixing the malware. many devices these days get rare-to-nil firmware updates, even fewer people ensure they are actually applied, and its a beautiful hole to your internal network for other uses.

makes ya think.... (Score: 1)

by in Synology NAS Remotely Hacked To Mine $620K In DogeCoin on 2014-06-20 22:43 (#27C)

[...] tells me I'm living in strange new times indeed. A home network-storage appliance used over the Internet to create wealth out of nothing but electricity running some decryption code. These are concepts that just didn't even exist a short time ago.
this comment makes me think of the discussion earlier on AI, foreboding that AI will be able to create weapons we've never thought of or understand - although this was an individual hacker, its not a far reach that someday, AI could figure out that it could make money via these methods; or worse crowd-source it's own intellegence behind developers/scientists backs (exponential growth)...

going to be an interesting future when you need to code defensively against humans and machines (who, btw speak the native language....oh shit...)

what a shame (Score: 3, Informative)

by in R.I.P Freshmeat on 2014-06-19 23:50 (#26S)

well, heres to hoping this closure cost Dice dearly

-i also noticed that the article links to, which seems to 404, whereas still shows the frozen site

probable censorship (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Mozilla to develop New York Times' new comment/contribution system on 2014-06-19 23:41 (#26Q)

sounds like an abuse of the grant money, at minimum waste - that could have been used to contribute and support journalism in so many other ways....the only result i see that could come of of this will essentially be fast, computer-assisted censorship:
  • they still aren't going to be able to moderate every single comment (uphill battle)
  • and the number of comments by volume will only grow with time, including proportionally trolls and spammers;
i really think its likely that a machine will end up deciding if you're comment is worth of anyone elses viewing or not. this progress journalism how?

am I just not understanding this?

better link (Score: 1)

by in Robot Velociraptor Now Fastest Thing on Two Legs on 2014-05-31 01:10 (#1ZG)

Discovery had a better, more indepth article i only saw after-the-fact:

Re: What about emergency steering? (Score: 1)

by in Google's Self Driving Electric Car Prototype on 2014-05-30 12:59 (#1Z5)

exactly. or plowing through the boardwalk. will the inevitable electrical or camera fault fail-safe by jamming on the brakes on the highway?

...and all i can think about is that scene from austin powers, the 60-point imagine sitting through that with no steering wheel. no thanks :)