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Comment: Freebasic maybe? (Score 1) 648

by Z80a (#48863541) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

First, Freebasic is truly free and runs on several platforms unlike VB that is strictly tied to windows unless you use Wine etc..
Secondly, if you're trying to teach the basics of the basics (variables, if statements etc), an clean environment like the freebasic is much preferable to the visual basic one, as there's no functions, classes and things that are only useful on the vb environment itself like the window editor itself to worry the student and take his time.
Of course, if i was going to use it to teach, would be just the basics, getting the student used into how to formulate his own code and having fun doing so and then quickly boot him into something actually decent like python or C.

Comment: Re:PC MUSTARD RICE (Score 2) 78

by Z80a (#48837455) Attached to: Engineer Combines Xbox One, PS4 Into Epic 'PlayBox' Laptop

PC is not the "master race" because it is not a single race, but a variety of different kinds of machines with different kinds of purposes.
If you want a PC that can outlast a 3DS or PSVita by a factor of 3 in battery time you can.
If you want a really powerful PC that runs all games in 4k, you can.
If you want the cheapest box on the block that can run older (and arguably better) games, you can.
If you want a serious machine for actually doing serious work, PC is there for that too.
And you can run any software you want for it, can write new software for it, can actually write software for several consoles with it..
Its about freedom, not power.

Comment: Trolls and stalkers. (Score 1) 189

by Z80a (#48778675) Attached to: EFF Takes On Online Harassment

I think they should be clearly distinguished instead of throwing everyone on the same basket.
There are those people, like pretty much everyone on the internet that sometimes will get too bored, and will throw some hooks to cause some flame wars etc.. and well, this happens and sometimes its even fun, as it ends killing boredom.

But then there are the stalkers.
People that get fixated in making someone's life hell, someone that keeps "chasing the prey", that seeks every place the victim goes and slanders and don't let it go etc..
Those are indeed truly evil and should be clipped somehow.

Comment: Fix the goddamn NTP/DNS servers (Score 1) 312

by Z80a (#48710751) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

Most of those actually successful DDos attacks being carried lately are most likely using the so called NTP/DNS amplification attack, where the botnets use the power of the NTP/DNS servers to carry the actual attack by flooding those servers with small requests that return an immense amount of data while faking the ip address of the victim.
If you put a limit of how many of those specific requests can be done by an specific IP per second, you stop the whole thing on its tracks, and those people will have to go back into creating absolutely monstrously huge botnets to put any dent on a modern server.

+ - Debian excludes game due to author's views on women.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A DFSG complaint opensource casino video game was
recently posted to the debian bug tracker as a request
for packaging, as is the standard method for pursuing
such things in debian.

The bug was quickly closed, tagged as "won't fix"
The reason given by one of the debian developers
alluded to the author's opinion on women:

The piece of software in question is licensed
under the GPL and is one of the only of it's
kind for linux (ascii-art console slot machine software)

Debian packages many ascii-art / text console
video games of similar quality.

Is professing inclusive social views now a hard requirement
for being allowed to contribute to free software projects?

#gamergate #geekfeminism"

Comment: Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by Z80a (#48314441) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

The eletronic machines would not have it if they used actual physical buttons.
They would not have this issue if the program was on a ROM chip.
Not a problem if the voting machines had a internal encrypted flash memory.
No glitch if used the two first on this list
And that could be solved by software as well.

But for some reason diebold think that they should do all this stupid flashy show instead of actually designing something actually reliable and safe.

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges.