Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 281

by Fnord666 (#49786733) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Funny to watch the Slashdot ignorant get offended at my comment.. or defensive of their language for that matter. The history of C vs. C++ threads on this site can only be rivaled by MS vs. UNIX, and KDE vs. Gnome threads. It has been a while since I have seen this one...

Let's not forget the vi vs. emacs ones...

Comment: Re:Why Do We Carry On Pretending? (Score 1) 118

by Fnord666 (#49710025) Attached to: GCHQ Officials Given Immunity From Hacking Charges

And of course the third is that Western Civilization is not currently fascist. We wouldn't be talking about this openly on a public forum if it was. Increased surveillance by various intelligence agencies is worrisome and could potentially lead us to an unpleasant place once again, but we're nowhere near it yet. Not every political decision you don't like is a sign of fascism any more than every shoulder ache is a sign of a heart attack.

Exactly. It's not like they will . . . hang on, their's someone at the door. brb.

Comment: Re:Bigger Fish (Score 2) 142

So Chinese college students are reading Obama's unclassified emails and these guys are busted for hacking ebay photos. :-D

No, they were busted for selling software that let others hack eBay photos. I'm not sure how this is any different than the guy who created the website that helps you break into Master padlocks. Both have legitimate uses as well as nefarious ones.

Comment: Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 78

by Fnord666 (#49606275) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

This. Pretty much every prescription the doctor writes effectively goes straight to the drug reps. If you stop prescribing, they'll know, and come in and bribe^H^H^H^Hinquire as to why you stopped prescribing their drug.

Exactly this. I've been present while a drug rep was discussing with the pharmacist how much of each of his company's drugs local doctors have been prescribing.

Comment: Re:So was it illegal? (Score 2) 310

by Fnord666 (#49525329) Attached to: Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'

A HFT trader uses his knowledge of market conditions (ie: Royal Bank of Canada just placed a major buy order for GM that will jack up the price) to profit. He doesn't try to change the price of anything, he just uses his superior knowledge of what the price is going to do to make a buck.

So how is that not considered insider trading? Or is the GM buy order public knowledge but most people don't have the ability to take advantage of it during the millisecond window?

Invest in physics -- own a piece of Dirac!