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Comment: They needed a tracker to find an advertised event? (Score 1) 143

So, while the car was out of his sight for the first incident, some evil government agency placed a tracker, and used it to track him to...a "Circumvention Tech Festival"? An advertised event, at a physical venue, with sponsors and a website. They needed a tracker to find people who went to this event. I see.

Comment: Because "re-use" is self-congratulatory nonsense (Score 1) 158

by anyaristow (#49149825) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

"I found code that already does this" sounds like you're a better problem solver. It's self-congratulatory nonsense. If the result is very complex, you congratulate yourself even more, for being able to do complex things, rather than punching yourself in the head like you should, for making things more difficult than they need to be.

If you found code that really does make your life easier, that's great. It hardly ever happens.

Comment: Re:iOS (Score 2) 63

by anyaristow (#48838933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

I have a partially-sighted (legally blind) friend who hates touch displays with a firey passion. What she wants most in life is an MP3 player / book reader with a large capacity and tactile controls, which has a clear voice for reading, and which can be loaded from an interface that is not accessibility-hostile (like iTunes) and which will allow her to use content she already has or can get from the public domain.

Comment: Re:iOS (Score 1) 63

by anyaristow (#48838913) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tablet and Software For a Partially Sighted Person?

The main negative is....ebooks... Publishers want to gouge people for having the text of a book read to them, and would rather screw over blind people than permit Apple to read the text of ebooks for no additional charge. Some publishers have some kind of workaround for blind people, so they don't come across as complete douchebags, but the workarounds also tend to be a hassle.

This. Very much, this.

Comment: the internet happened (Score 1) 224

by anyaristow (#48665441) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

post-1990 - something goes completely wacky in the industry and women are driven out of computing in large numbers; younger women don't even enter the field.

So, since you seem to be a younger dude perhaps you could explain exactly what it is that happened 1990-2000 that made the field so undesirable to women.

The internet happened. Online venues (like slashdot) became places where self-selection happens. Being mostly male to begin with, that's the direction online forums went. More and more pure. This is where people exploring an interest in technology go, and learn it's a field where it's acceptable to say the kind of shit that gets up-moderated here. Fewer women enter the field. Online forums become more pure. Rinse and repeat.

Comment: Re:Android IMSI-Catcher Detector (AIMSICD) (Score 1) 237

by anyaristow (#47815553) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Looks like Apple has built in detection from IOS 5

So, the iPhone he says unhelpfully didn't tell him there was a rogue tower...was actually aware of the rogue tower, and therefore not compromised? That it would have warned him if he tried to communicate through it, and has therefore already, for years, been doing the same thing his secure phone does? You mean someone who is selling a secure phone is making up a use case for it?

You don't say.

Comment: Re:Somewhat on topic. (Score 1) 237

by anyaristow (#47815479) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

So, a magazine website would rather you visit their local version, to serve you better targeted ads, or local interest stories, or load leveling, or prices in local currency, or subscription services on the same continent, or maybe even to serve you better with faster access, and this is some American scheme to abuse you? Did it ever occur to you that an Australian company (or a German one, or...) wanting to create content unique to multiple continents might do the same thing? Or do you actually think URL redirection is a uniquely American thing, indicating a character flaw of an entire nation?

It's not *necessary* to use URL redirection to accomplish any of these things, but the dork who implemented it is no smarter than your average slashdotter, and just like how they create crappy interfaces, incomprehensible documentation (if any at all), code that is way more complex than it needs to be, or just simply can't solve the problem they were given, maybe...just maybe...they didn't anticipate your desire to not be given localized content, or that you'd take offense at their solution.

Comment: That's not how FB works (Score 1) 130

by anyaristow (#47608597) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

You might filter your news (in the conventional, informational sense) feed that way, but you filter your Facebook feed according to people you think are interesting. If you only interact with people who are like minded, and that's not unlikely, *you* are creating a filter bubble, not FB. But it's also not how people tend to use FB. You probably have some "friends" who post idiotic rants or divisive jokes, and if you ignore them you are training FB to not show them, but you might also hit "like" or comment on pictures of their kids or news of their vacation, telling FB that you are, in fact, interested in this person. The real trick for FB is to distinguish between the two.

The FB algorithm is a popularity-seeking thing. It's probably one unspoken reason geeks hate Facebook. Adding a bunch of "mundanes" to your friends list can be really humbling. Spoken from experience.

Comment: Complexity as a virtue (Score 3, Insightful) 372

by anyaristow (#47521027) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

That's because in the 90's programming got more difficult, and programmers *liked* it. No more soccer moms entering the field because they heard it was a way to earn a decent wage.

Complexity makes programmers feel they can do things most people can't. So, they seek complex solutions. If it's not complex, it must not be the intelligent way to do it, since a lesser person could do the simpler thing.

They have it backwards, of course. The ability to reduce the complexity of a task is actually a higher skill.

Comment: too smart to go to college (Score 5, Interesting) 225

by anyaristow (#47520997) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

This cultural indoctrination that you must have a degree must end. I've been programming for 30 years as a profession and I have never had a degree

And I've worked with enough people who were so smart at 18 years old that they decided they didn't need to go to college that I've decided the requirement of a degree has some merit.

Some of these people really are great at syntax and terminology, and a few of them are actually good at coding certain things, but mostly, they do things the hard way, they organize their projects around data when it is process that better defines what they're trying to accomplish, the write overly complex solutions to simple problems, they saddle their employer with unnecessary technology, and there are certain classes of problems that they simply can not solve at all. For one, why do they think it's funny that they don't know math, and that a solution involving guessing, approximation and unreasonable process limitation is an acceptable alternative to algebra?

In short, they suck at problem solving. That's not a surprise since the first adult problem they faced, they took a shortcut.

Comment: Second Life (Score 1) 636

by anyaristow (#47156773) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Please provide a link to any mainstream working application for Mac OS X that uses Qt. I don't know of a single one because Qt's support for XCode is incredibly poor.

Second Life. They still make regular releases for the Mac (and Linux). It's open source, so you can grab a copy and see how they do it. Xcode not required.

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