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Comment: Re:It's no longer your problem (Score 1) 480

The code you developed for your client was most likely never yours to begin with.

Bingo! Go back and read your contract. No contract or there's no language in it about who owns what, then it's theirs (If you're in the US) and they can do any damn thing they want with it. It would be straight up madness if a client hired you to do work and then they couldn't change the code without your permission. (And yeah, changing comments does fall under that.) Even if you put your own copyright notice on there, unless the contract specifically says otherwise, you've handed copyright over to them in doing work for hire. (IANAL, but I've been a contractor for 24 years.)

ALWAYS show sample code from your own depository. NEVER show code that is on a client server. They can can will change things without notice, and, as you found, they can make you look like an ass without trying. Consider a public repository like Github where it easier to audit contributions and dates if someone wants to get into an argument. (But make sure you have permission from the client/contract. Sure it's Javascript and "public" anyway, but some clients are... antique. Or anonymize the client.)

Try contacting the people who hired you and tell them to change the copyright notices to something more correct, but I doubt if you'll get any joy there. They have no reason to.

Lesson learned, move on, and for the future make a contract that reflects your wishes.

Comment: Re:More than 150? Seriously? (Score 1) 217

by Zadaz (#43742585) Attached to: I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

Funny and all, but change of address only works for First Class mail. And you'd be amazed at how little junk mail is 1st class.

Since the US post office is looking for ways to save/make money I offer this:
I would be interested in paying the US Post office to only deliver First Class mail and to automatically destroy all the other stuff.

Or how about this: They could hold auctions. If the junk mailer can outbid me they get to deliver the junk. If I outbid them, I don't see it. Either way the post office wins.

Comment: Ugh, potheads (Score 3, Insightful) 212

by Zadaz (#43733721) Attached to: Possible Graphene Alternative Made From Hemp Waste

For all I know this is valid scientific research. But I can't even be bothered to find out because potheads have stigmatized hemp. "Dude, do you know hemp is 85% more efficient biomass than bacon?" "You know that hemp fibers can be turned into inferior yet expensive paper, right?" "Hemp-o-lene, it's either hemp biofuel or something you jump on." Which all are quite obviously thin excuses to grow more "medicinal"* hemp.

And hemp is a pretty great material, but every time I see an article that talks about a new industrial use I can't help thinking it comes from the same people who giggle when they hear "420" and snerk when they mention how they're into 'hydroponics'.

Seriously folks, if you want me to take you (hemp or pot smokers) seriously you need to clean up your game. Don't smoke a bowl on April 20th, instead bring to my attention how we really don't know the medical properties of cannabis because of government overregulation (or whatever, anything that has real promise to someone who has no interest in smoking pot.)

*Medicine is sold at drug stores, not in shadowy places with a bouncer at the door and punny names like "Grass Roots Clinic" or "Foggy Daze Dispensary".

Comment: Re:Why Does Name Matter? (Score 1) 183

by Zadaz (#43723897) Attached to: To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

There's a solution to this, it's called deprecation. A proper way to do this would be to still support Wacky Version Numbers with System.getProperty("java.version") but note that it is deprecated and list a date after it will no longer be supported.

Then you add something new like System.getProperty("java.realVersion") which is just a number from 1 to infinity. (Or something more common like Major and Minor version.) Doesn't break anything, provides a way forward. Languages that aren't thinking 10 years/revisions ahead are doomed in the present.

Comment: Not great programmers (Score 1) 260

by Zadaz (#43654087) Attached to: Are Contests the Best Way To Find Programmers?
Contests only gather a weird, smallish subset of programmers who are good enough to win a contest, but who have the spare time[1] and will[2] to enter a contest. [1] This means they have little internal motivation because they're not otherwise working on something that inspires them. Good employees have internal motivation, bad ones need Management to whip them, which is what you'll get here. Instead find those who contribue to open source projects or who spend free time giving stellar information to the programming community. (Blog posts, Stack Exchange, etc.) [2] Again, motivation. What are they really trying to get by competing in the contest? Can you, as an employer, provide that same motivation on a regular basis? Probably not. So once again you'll get a pretty great programmer who underperforms.

Comment: Re:Speculation (Score 1) 293

by Zadaz (#43495805) Attached to: Drug Site Silk Road Says It Will Survive Bitcoin's Volatility

It won't. Bitcoin is a commodity, not a currency. Commodities are inherently unstable because their method of creation is fixed. This leads to hoarding and dumping, and market speculation much beyond currency trading.

Modern currency is managed ("backed") by whoever issues it can can take steps to stabilize the currency when problems arise. This is simply not possible with Bitcoin.

Comment: Among the most confusing polls (Score 1) 461

by Zadaz (#43435237) Attached to: How much I care about GMO food labeling:

Is there any way to get any useful data from this poll? (I mean, as much as can be gained fron any internet poll.) Is it really just asking how strongly I feel about a subject? Because that's about as dull as you can get. Here's the discussion it will create:
A: "I feel strongly!"
B: "I feel less strongly!"
A: "Oh."

GMO and food labeling are interesting subjects, but this poll doesn't let us discuss them at all. (Which is kind of the point of these things.)

So, in lieu of a poll that actually asks for an opinion: I'm against labeling GMO foods. It's essentially meaningless, and impossible to (dis)prove, due to expensive testing and the way most foods are processed. (Also, we've been modifying the genetics of food since we first built the first farm.)

It will also likely raise prices on GMO-free foods as companies try to capitalize on the fad, much like the similarly meaningless "Organic" labels do. Anything that raises the prices of the food supply without increasing quality or availability is bad policy.

Comment: Re:Nerdcoin Apologists (Score 2) 132

by Zadaz (#43379695) Attached to: New Skype Malware Uses Victims' Machines To Mine Bitcoins

If you have a botnet and can't think of anything better to do with it, you can lease it out or sell it.

Except dealing with any third-parties increases your risk. Which one of them has loose lips, poor security, is a snitch or an undercover officer? Even criminals don't want to hang out with other criminals more than they have to.

Keep in mind that as a zombie computer becomes more "obvious"- computer is slower, fan runs at 100% all the time, etc, the more likely that the malware will be noticed and removed.

I don't think you're around the typical computer user much, or their computers. You describe at least 60% of the non-technical people's computers that I know. They shrug it off. Computers suck and they'll never understand why. Eventually it will straight up die and they'll have another frustrating and expensive experience with Geek Squad. Rinse, repeat.

Comment: Can't answer without knowing what you're after (Score 1) 282

by Zadaz (#43197773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Web Content?

Are you a parent trying to keep your kids from porn? Are you a business trying to keep your workers on task? Are you a government trying to control the eyeballs of your citizens? Are you just trying to keep ads away from your personal eyeballs, malware from your personal devices?

If it's for your own personal use there are two approaches:
1) Do it on the device. This has the advantage of being easy to pause if it causes a web site or service to stop working. It has the down side of not being centrally managed. You'll have to set it up on all of your devices/browsers. It may not be available for certain mobile platforms.

2) Do it centralized through a proxy. You only have one place to set it up and you run all of your devices through the proxy. More of a pain to self tune, and you have the added overhead of running a proxy.

If you're one of the other use cases and you want to use keep your users from accessing certain kinds of content, there's really only one answer: Do it as far upstream from your users as you can get. Because the users are not going to be happy with it and some will do everything they can to circumvent it. Ideally you're on a network where you can filter all of their (non-wireless) traffic through a single controlled point where you need physical access (lock and key) and a passcode to make changes. If you can remote admin it, or if people can access the 'net at large without going through that point, you've lost the battle.

Comment: Re:this isn't really testing the hard part (Score 2) 248

by Zadaz (#43155809) Attached to: Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

You might take a look at GitTip. It's also a microtransaction platform, but different from Flattr. Patrons pledge from $0.25 to $25 a week to another person.

I like the weekly pledge and the tiny amounts. The weekly pledge encourages people to keep up the good work while the small amounts... I can pledge $0.25 weekly to a lot of people before I miss that money from my bank account.

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