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Submission + - Holiday mbed Hack (

evil_aaronm writes: Since Times Square is about 400 miles away, I developed this little hack for New Years and while I'm sure it could be better — the drop cable guiding mechanism could definitely be improved — it worked well enough and we had a good time. I also learned quite a bit about XBees, mbed RTOS, motors and Apple Cocoa programming. Yes, the page HTML sucks.

Submission + - Low-Tech Way To Counter Drones

evil_aaronm writes: With the advent of government drones flying 24x7 over this "Land of the Free," what are some relatively low-tech counter-offensive methods for diminishing a drone's spying effectiveness, or taking it out altogether?

Hypothetically, of course: I'd never actually suggest that upstanding, law-abiding citizens impede the government in any manner, shape or form.

Submission + - Consequences of Non-Action 2

evil_aaronm writes: I work for a large international company producing systems for health care, specifically medical diagnostics. This is a product upon which lives depend: our systems can cause great joy when people learn that they do not have "dreaded disease", or death, if our results are incorrect and treatment is delayed. I greatly enjoy working on this product, but I can't stand my manager: our definitions of "quality" are vastly different. The code we produce could supply more than a year's worth of Daily WTF fodder. Every time I try to improve our code, I'm shot down because this manager can't handle abstract concepts, among other things. An example, with no embellishing, and one of many: instead of writing a loop to process, say, 10 files the exact same way, he wants to cut-and-paste 10 blocks with the name of the file changed in each block. My equivalent loop was rejected: too complex. Partly because of this, after two-plus years, I'm changing departments and will no longer have to work with him, for which I'm grateful. My question is: How do I — or do I at all — warn management or, more importantly to me, our customers, that this product is a festering pile of shit that's waiting for the smallest provocation to cause said shit to spew all over? I almost believe upper management doesn't want to know: Head in Sand syndrome. That doesn't mitigate my responsibility to make it known to -someone- that this product is a large defect waiting to happen. Changing groups also doesn't relieve my sense of concern that someone could very well die because I did nothing to fix this.

Submission + - What to do with old tech books? 2

evil_aaronm writes: Over the years, starting in the late 80's, I've collected a lot of technical books. Now, aside from one or two timeless classics, the vast majority of them are gathering dust. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this predicament, but how do I get rid of these gems? Giving them away, selling them, I don't care, really.

Every cloud has a silver lining; you should have sold it, and bought titanium.