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Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 5, Interesting) 580

by Racemaniac (#48625543) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

I just have to wonder if it's not just a PR stunt.
These kind of threats from hackers does indeed sound unbelievable. Hacking a pc and setting up a terrorist strike are quite different skill sets.
Am i the only one wondering if this is just a hoax from Sony/the authorities to make people change their stance on the hacks? In the beginning everybody was like "serves them right". Now everybody is like "Omg, poor Sony, i would watch the movie if i could".

These threats seem like the best thing that could happen to them after the hack. I'm kind of wondering if it isn't a bit too convenient.

Comment: Re:All for poisioning the well (Score 3, Insightful) 285

by Racemaniac (#48554835) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

And if you don't want people to be able to use your site in different ways than you intended, don't put it on the internet. it's that simple :p.

It's always easy to say don't use something if you don't agree with it, but a lot of things are just too big to ignore and if you can just work around the issues and enjoy it how you want it, why the hell not?

Comment: Re: RIP Java! (Score 2) 525

by Racemaniac (#48369629) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Can you explain? what part of the .net collections would be lacking?
If you see comparisons between .net and java, it's usually that the past 10 years .net has evolved and java sometimes catches up a tiny bit.
I always thought that java collections were weaker since in .net even an array is also still a collection, they have collections for just about anything you need, and with LINQ you've got an incredibly powerful way of manipulating/creating/accessing collections.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 320

by Racemaniac (#48368525) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Okay, and suppose you took this course and created your own roman numeral reader. How sure are you that they won't find something on the internet that is "too similar"?
I agree it's important they learn to do their own work, but i would be wondering how high the odds are for false positives...

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 320

by Racemaniac (#48368043) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

It's probably that students are unsure where the line is drawn.
As mentioned in the article if you're working on a programming problem, it's natural these days that you look online when you're stuck on a problem, is this cheating?
Also, there are only so many ways you can solve a problem (certainly small programming problems in courses). How sure are you that your solution isn't too similar to something someone put online somewhere, or another student who thought the same way you did?
Even if you didn't actively cheat, depending on how this would be tested, a student should almost consider "confessing" just to be sure not to get expelled if similar code is found somewhere (and the internet is big...)

Comment: Re:Article meets Advert in Slashdot Mash-up Junk (Score 2) 50

by Racemaniac (#48248929) Attached to: Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

yup, and makes it seems as if they have something new.
there are war plugins for minecraft, so it's not as if the real minecraft doesn't support this yet
and if you want somewhat modern graphics instead of the wolfenstein 3D level of graphics, play shootmania or so. It also allows you to create your own FPS maps, and has normal graphics.

Comment: Re:I have very little sympathy (Score 1) 487

by Racemaniac (#48100629) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies

One situation that opened my eyes is what i heard from friends studying to be a doctor. When dealing with cancer patients, they get training in handling them. And it means looking at their record how the patient wants to be handled. And one of the options is the patient being in denial. They'll come to their appointments and have done what needs to be done, but the word cancer won't be mentioned, and they'll be there as if it's about the flu.

And personally, i've become self confident enough to not fall into this kind of denial, but if people are very insecure, they just shut themselves in on such moments, i would expect a lot of people on slashdot being like that. I know i used to, an threatening me would just shut me in more, and making it criminal even more. You're just getting such people stuck in a downward spiral out of which they don't see any escape.

If you think they don't give a fuck, i'm sure there are also people like that. But i find it a very easy stab at sometimes very insecure people. And making them feel bad just makes the situation worse (that's probably how it started in the first place).

Comment: Re:I have very little sympathy (Score 2) 487

by Racemaniac (#48096267) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies

i find it strange that people seem to think that even if he knew, he must be doing it on purpose.
some people just go into denial if something like that (that is likely to kill you) happens
others just completely get blocked mentally and don't dare to tell the truth because they know what will then happen.

We're not talking about robots that just without emotions can say yes or no you know.
people don't always lie because they're evil masterminds bent on infecting the world.

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