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Comment: Re:mac only? (Score 4, Funny) 121

by Evardsson (#46940063) Attached to: GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

I don't know about other folks but Mac has never been the assumed default for any program I ever download, especially editors aimed at developers.

(emphasis mine)

I think maybe they only provide the Mac binaries because us Mac users are (in their opinion) too stupid to build from source?


You will see all the requirements in the readme there for building on Linux, Mac and Windows.

Have we, as developers, collectively forgotten how to build from source?

Comment: Re:"web-based" (Score 3, Insightful) 121

by Evardsson (#46939997) Attached to: GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium
Or you could download the source (https://github.com/atom/atom) and build it locally. (I can verify that it builds and runs in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). I think maybe the package managers for various *nix have gotten too simple, too many of us have forgotten how to do the configure, make, make test, make install dance.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 2) 860

by Evardsson (#46410741) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
Oh, you mean download the "Win 7 installer" file from some unknown, random dev in who-knows-where-the-fuck-istan and run it? You mean the one that installs scareware, browser hijacks and other crap that I had to clean off my friend's computer when he tried it? And it still won't run? That one? No thanks.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 3, Interesting) 860

by Evardsson (#46407867) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
Your guarantee is invalid. I still have XP on a VM for running one thing: Rebirth. I have tried running it under 7 in XP mode; it fails to even start. I have tried installing it in Wine (both Linux and OSX), it runs long enough to start displaying the interface then crashes. I have used Rebirth since 97 - first on Win 3.11 (I skipped 95, and went straight to 98 - and very quickly wished I hadn't). It worked great in 3.11, 98, 2K, and XP.

Comment: Re:Does not support PHP (Score 3, Informative) 118

by Evardsson (#42569825) Attached to: Who Controls Vert.x: Red Hat, VMware, Neither?
That would probably be because the PHP-Java bridge is a kludge and horribly inefficient. Having had occasion to use the bridge for a non-trivial project, I am actually ok with this Java-based server not supporting it.

That said, if you really want the headache, I am sure you can figure out a way to use the PHP-Java bridge to tie to your current PHP apps and use them as Java in the Vert.x server. I do have to say, though, I do pity anyone who has to do this.

Comment: Early 80's - Apple ][ and Apple Basic (Score 1) 632

by Evardsson (#41636205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

Our school had 4 Apple ][ computers and one Apple ][c - and our very limited "Computer Math" class required passing a test to get in. I was in the "Computer Math" class in it's first semester at the school. My final project was (of course) an AD&D character generator written in Apple Basic (the only option we had) which allowed a large amount of flexibility in how random the generated character actually was. You could specify a race and a class and it would take the randomly generated amounts for each stat and adjust them as needed to make the character "legal" according to AD&D rules (by moving points from one stat to another as needed). If you wanted a fully random result it would generate everything randomly, including randomly selecting race and class from all that were valid with the given stats.

After generating the character it was printed out in a format that lined up almost exactly with the "official" AD&D character sheets. When we turned in our project we were required to turn in the floppy disk and a prinout of the code. Mine took a stack of around 3" of fan-fold printer paper. Not sure how many pages that was, but it was a lot. About 1/4 of that code was dedicated to pinting with the proper formatting.

So, what did I learn overall? I learned that programming was pretty damn cool, and that things which are really simple to do are often quite difficult to program correctly.

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

by Evardsson (#41609271) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets
Not everywhere fails to apply the traffic law to bicyclists. I was 14 and got a speeding ticket (on a very steep hill) in Central Oregon for doing 52 in a 35 zone. Whether I was actually going that fast or the speed was inflated on the ticket I don't know, but I do know that I was blowing past traffic, including the city cop that pulled me over. I was in the bike lane, which was actually separated from the road by about 2 feet of soft shoulder so I wasn't worried about it while zooming down the hill. Of course, I was 14 and wasn't worried about much of anything as we all know we are invincible at that age. The traffic court judge reduced the fine from whatever it was (somewhere around $100 if I remember correctly - a lot of money for a kid, especially then) to $9 dollars - which was all the money I had on me at the time minus one dollar. He further instructed the court clerk to give me the $1 in coins and I was instructed to use said coins to call for a ride home, as I was banned from riding my bike within the city limits for two months.

Comment: Headline comprehension fail (Score 1) 75

by Evardsson (#41293663) Attached to: Fujitsu Building Robot To Pass Math Exams
From the headline I assumed that Fijitsu were creating a robot in order to pass their math exams. "What the hell," I figured, "as far as extra credit goes it shows a fairly comprehensive understanding of the subject." But then I thought, "how did Fujitsu collectively fail their math exams?" (Or, if you are the other side of the pond, their maths exams).

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 705

Ugh. Sounds like just the kind of doctor you don't want in the first place. My wife has ME/CFS and has tested positive (by antibody) for XMRV. Our doctor admitted up-front that he knows little to nothing about it. (It currently gets a minor mention in med schools, nothing more.) She provided him with studies and email addresses of clinicians and researchers working on it. He was genuinely appreciative and has been doing as much as he can within the limits of what the insurance allows to implement the suggestions made by those researchers and clinicians he has since contacted.

Hopefully you can find a doctor who is more open to actually taking care of patients rather than showing off how much "smarter" he or she is than anyone else.

Comment: Question (Score 5, Insightful) 705

Has this sort of argument been brought up before in other areas? Your complaint to the school board was well-formed, properly formatted and grammatically correct, yet you are not a board-certified English teacher. Perhaps even: You took your car to the mechanic and told him it was a quart low on oil, yet you are not a licensed mechanic.

Come on, is this is the best idea they could come up with to shut down the complaint?

Comment: Not really one third ... (Score 1) 338

by Evardsson (#34717948) Attached to: World's Plant Life Far Less Diverse Than Thought

If you take the time to actually read the article you find that out of ~1,040,000 species previously named, 300,000 are definitely distinct species. ~480,000 are pseudonyms for those, and another ~260,000 are as of yet undetermined as to their status as distinct species. Since those others are undetermined, it cannot be said with any certainty that they are not distinct species. It would be just as (un)truthful and (in)correct to lump those in with the 300,000 known species and call it more than half.

Shoddy work on the part of the reporter.

Comment: There is a way to do it even ignoring First Sale (Score 1) 281

by Evardsson (#34419766) Attached to: Jailtime For Jailbreaking

The best I can tell from the wording of the exemption to the DMCA for unlocking cell phones to use on a different carrier, is that it must be done by the owner of the phone using software they legally obtained. So, ignoring First Sale, if he had sold these phones along with a legal copy of the unlocking software and a step-by-step instruction manual, that would have been fine (assuming he could legally re-sell the software).

The question comes, in my mind, where the principal of First Sale applies in this case. Since he (presumably) legally obtained the unlocking software, he was legally unlocking the phones. I would think that First Sale would come into play at the point where he purchased the phones and any resale after the fact would be unencumbered. Of course, IANAL and I don't speak legalese.

Any chance an IP lawyer with DMCA knowledge/experience could enlighten us?

Comment: It's unclear ... (Score 5, Informative) 325

by Evardsson (#34318204) Attached to: Underwear Invention Protects Privacy At Airport

From the article: It's unclear whether it would lead to an automatic, more intrusive pat down by federal Transportation Security Administration officials.

No, if the image is unclear, the TSA's reaction is not. If you are not sure, check out what Dave Barry went through when the image of his groin was "blurry" http://www.npr.org/2010/11/15/131338172/humorist-dave-barry-and-the-tsa

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