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Comment: Re:You're a contractor. Your "secrets" are yours (Score 1) 292

by Sangbin (#43220407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?

When it comes down to it, if your area of expertise requires keeping your knowledge secret then you're fucked. In the end, someone younger and hungrier will always be able to meet or surpass the knowledge level you have unless you keep moving forward and your old 'secrets' will be common industry knowledge.

Just wanted to let you know that I have this paragraph printed and posted on my cube. Too few people realize that monopoly on knowledge, if such thing is even possible, is very short-lived. It's a great motivation to know that there are others who are marching forward equally as diligently as I. Cheers to that!

Comment: Need to be able to export the blocks to XML (Score 1) 78

by Sangbin (#36003986) Attached to: Developing Android Apps Visually, In 3 parts
Hiding the Java code from you is not a problem if you consider App Inventor blocks as a new programming language; it's not a translator therefore it doesn't need to show you an equivalent "generated code" that people claim it's missing.

However, as a new language, it's missing a big feature: googleability. In order to debug and ask questions, you need to be able to easily show a piece of code and let people search it through Google. This means that you need the code to be in text, not diagrams.

Adding a feature like, right click on a block -> export to XML, would be tremendously helpful to make this prime time.
PC Games (Games)

Civ 5 Will Let You Import and Convert Civ 4 Maps 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the backward-compatibility dept.
bbretterson writes "From an interview Bitmob conducted with Civilization 5 Lead Designer Jon Shafer: 'You can import Civ 4 maps into the world builder and convert them into Civ 5 maps, including all the units and cities and stuff on it — the conversion process will just do that for you automatically. We're hoping that the first week Civ 5 is out, people will use that function and port all of the Civ 4 stuff over to Civ 5, so everything will be out there already.'"
Security

$9 Million ATM Hacking Ring Indicted 86

Posted by kdawson
from the good-luck-with-those-arrests dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "US and international prosecutors have indicted a criminal ring that they allege was responsible for an ATM scam last November that stole about $9 million from RBS WorldPay. The criminals cracked payroll debit cards and withdrew money from ATMs in hundreds of cities around the world. A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted eight men in connection with the scheme, including five Estonians, one Russian, one Moldovan, and one unidentified man. Prosecutors allege that the men 'used sophisticated hacking techniques' to defeat the company's encryption system. The scam involved an elaborate plan in which the attackers first bypassed the encryption on the debit cards, which RBS WorldPay issues to customers for employee payroll purposes. They then raised the limits on the accounts attached to the cards, then provided a network of 'cashers' with 44 counterfeit payroll debit cards, which were used to withdraw more than $9 million from more than 2,100 ATMs in at least 280 cities worldwide, including cities in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Italy, Japan and Canada. The $9 million loss occurred within a span of less than 12 hours; 130 different ATMs in 49 cities were hit within one 30-minute period."
Input Devices

+ - Foot pedals for computer?

Submitted by Sangbin
Sangbin (743373) writes "I'm looking for a foot pedal board with three or more customizable switches. Musicians around the world must all be looking for this(and maybe gamers too), but all I find is homemade pedals. Can you recommend a good foot pedal?"
Google

Dvorak Says gPhone is Doomed 454

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-doom-ed dept.
drewmoney writes "Speaking with his usual frustrated crankiness John Dvorak rants his way through an article explaining why the gPhone will never work. 'First of all, it wants to put Google search on a phone. It wants to do this because it is obvious to the folks at Google that people need to do Web searches from their phone, so they can, uh, get directions to the restaurant? Of course, they can simply use the phone itself to call the restaurant and ask! I've actually used various phones with Web capability. They never work right. They take forever to navigate. It's hard to read the screens ... I also hope that people note the fact that the public has not been flocking to smartphones of any sort.' "
Science

Causes of Death Linked To Weight 385

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pick-your-poison dept.
An anonymous reader writes to mention that while a couple of years ago researchers found that overweight people have a lower death rate than people with a normal weight, it may be more complicated than that. "Now, investigating further, they found out which diseases are more likely to lead to death in each weight group. Linking, for the first time, causes of death to specific weights, they report that overweight people have a lower death rate because they are much less likely to die from a grab bag of diseases that includes Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, infections and lung disease. And that lower risk is not counteracted by increased risks of dying from any other disease, including cancer, diabetes or heart disease."

Student Faces Expulsion for Blog Post 1045

Posted by samzenpus
from the complaining-only-makes-things-worse dept.
ThPhox writes "A student in the Plainfield School District in New Jersey is facing expulsion from the school district for a post made on his personal blog during non school hours. From the article: "A 17-year-old student who posted on his blog site that he was being bullied and threatened by the Plainfield School District will face an expulsion hearing this week, a local attorney said.""

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