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Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 1) 135

by creimer (#47938765) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

That was about half my cost of a single semester in grad school. Not that I had to pay it, since I taught undergrad classes for a 100% tuition waiver + a $1400 a month stipend.

I see what your problem is now. You went to grad school, graduated with a very small dick, and must beat up on someone else to compensate for your lack of rigor.

Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 1) 135

by creimer (#47936465) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

An AA in "programming" does not make you a programmer. That is a small step above reading a programming for dummies book. A very small step.

Good thing Uncle Sam paid for my AS (associate of science) degree with a $3,000 USD tax credit. I would never paid $3,000 for Dummies books. Oh, BTW, this is my second associate degree. I got my first associate degee in General Education after I graduated from the eighth grade and skipped high school.

Comment: Crawl, *then* walk (Score 4, Insightful) 115

by Space cowboy (#47934209) Attached to: Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

Yeah, I could do with one of those office-space meme's right now.

If all the nay-sayers faux-gasping at the extreme length of 2.5m could shut up, that'd be great.

I'm not sure what people expect these days - this is a major achievement - whether it *can* be extended, or whether it *will* be extended would be different achievements. You could almost apply Jackson's rules of optimisation to this (refresher below) - in that first you *do* it, and only then (if you're an expert) do you try to do it *well*.


Jackson's rules of optimisation: "The First Rule of Program Optimization: Don't do it. The Second Rule of Program Optimization (for experts only!): Don't do it yet."

Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 1) 135

by creimer (#47931559) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

If you are not a programmer you have no business commenting and you obviously fail to understand how software and hardware interact.

I guess an associate degree in computer programming, six years as a software tester and ten years as an IT technician doesn't count for anything.

Comment: Try Fear Driven Testing... (Score 1) 223

by creimer (#47928309) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I worked for a video game company where the new manager ran the QA department like a personal dictatorship. You were either with him or against him. He came down hard on me because I documented EVERYTHING as a lead tester. The previous manager nearly got fired because I documented his decisions that caused two of my projects to implode, and got "promoted" to associate producer to the corporate office in NYC. The new manager didn't want me to document any of his actions (most of which would cause heartburn for HR) and thought I was out to get him like the last manager. The truth of the matter is that I didn't care about these paranoid basketcases.

Wasn't long before I got a written warning for "insubordination" by not following his directions that would have a negative impact on my project. He followed it up with his infamous "my way or the highway" speech. So I took the highway and left the company after six years in 2004. I was the third out of a dozen senior testers who left the department that year. A decade later, the QA department is no more as the company stopped selling PC and console games, started making FaceBook games with limited appeal, and rehashing past products for online distributions. I became an IT support technician who no longer had to deal with fear driven management.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 87

by hairyfeet (#47921225) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

THIS, this right here, is what royally pisses me off with the "Linux is ready for the desktop" crowd, because its fucking trivial to show that even the most basic consumer hardware just DOES NOT WORK while basic common sense features, like having a way to roll back drivers when an update hoses them or roll back the system when something goes wrong, that Windows has had for a decade and a fricking half just do not exist. I mean how bad would the FOSSies be laughing if you had to wipe and reinstall Windows every year to year and a half just to get the latest security updates? Well I get that trotted out as a viable "solution" to the fact that no Linux distro can pass the Hairyfeet challenge, which boils down to "get 5 years worth of updates without shitting yourself". Last time I saw that level of shitty in Windows was WinME!

And its sad but I realized years ago that most security problems, both on and offline, could be solved by merely applying the "douchebag rule". Act like the world is filled with vicious trolling POSes that will do something nasty even when they don't gain from it? Watch your issues disappear. Its sad that we have come to that point but we have so many worthless excuses for human beings with nothing better to do than cause grief and misery because they can that this is the world we live in. Hell did you see that article in yahoo about SWAT kicking down the door of a COD player and coming within a hair of killing the kid? Turned out somebody he beat online got butthurt and deciding to call SWAT on him just to be a giant fucking prick, THAT is the world we live in now.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 317

by hairyfeet (#47921027) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Bono is a douchebag hypocrite who says that somebody who downloads a song on P2P should be given jail time while he has no problem with his band ripping off other artists wholesale. See "U2 rips off song" in any search engine to find more examples than I can count.

I have found being a fucking hypocrite can generate more hatred than pretty much anything else and seeing how fucking reviled Bono is I'd say his hypocrisy must rub a lot of folks the wrong way. If U2 disappeared from the face of the earth tomorrow? I'd have no problem with that and the music scene would probably be a better place.

Comment: Re:the tip is enough (Score 4, Insightful) 288

by hairyfeet (#47915481) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming about constantly shifting in game ads to pummel you where you can't escape or use adblock? How about selling your playing habits to advertisers because "hey hardcore players do the dew!" or how about disappearing expansions so if you want to play with everybody else better whip out that CC, because "its only good for x number of days!"

All one has to do is look at EA and Activision to see if there is a douchey way to turn players into walking ATMs some game company WILL do it.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 2) 87

by hairyfeet (#47915465) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

THANK YOU, as it doesn't matter if you can squeeze a driver set down to 1Kb if the damned things don't work or work half assed which is what I found trying random printers on Linux at the shop last year. Some would print but NOT scan, some would scan but came out lousy, and frankly NONE of them worked OOTB without seriously fiddling. Compare this to a Windows printer install...1.- Put CD in driver, 2.- Follow instructions....there is no step three! And the driver is 30 Mb, oh noes...who fricking cares? What kind of garbage are you dumpster diving where 30Mb or even 300Mb makes a damned bit of difference? Hell the cheapest shittiest used towers I keep around just to have something under $99 have 160Gb drives so who cares about drivers in the Mb range?

As for anybody REALLY surprised, I mean really? These corps never think about security until it bites them square on the ass so while I'm glad its a white hat and not a black pulling this I really wouldn't be surprised if all consumer printers with net features is equally shitty, its just not something they even bothered considering. It reminds me how there was zero security on faxes until assholes started spamming black faxes, most of these companies just don't think "What would a giant douchebag do?" which sadly today is EXACTLY what you have to consider right off the bat.

Comment: Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (Score 1) 135

by creimer (#47914607) Attached to: Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

You obviously didn't learn enough to realize that C and C++ are completely different languages and should be approached as such.

You obviously don't recognize a shorthand expression for C AND C++. Different languages, sure. Separate languages, not entirely. Doesn't matter since I'm not a programmer by trade. I took programming to understand how software works on the hardware.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure