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Comment: Re:Fascinating (Score 1) 28

by gstoddart (#49623257) Attached to: Extreme Exoplanet Volcanism Possibly Detected On 55 Cancri E

Maybe. Maybe not. I'll be a wet blanket here and say that until we have the opportunity to test some of the conclusions that are coming out of the theories and scant data behind these announcements, we won't really know if we are getting it right. I think its cool that we are generating testable hypotheses, but we don't yet have a way to test them, do we?

Honestly, I'll take that you could have an actual question if we're interpreting the imaging of the exoplanet correctly as proof of my point.

At this point, I don't care if it's volcanoes, or if the planet is hatching to become a space alligator.

We're comparing data from observations spanning several years of an exoplanet which is 40 light years away ... you can wet blanket all you like, it's still freakin' cool.

I'm not qualified to defend the science. I'm here to defend the awesome. :-P

Comment: Re:The challenge of common sense... (Score 1) 123

Simple, the idiots who produce IoT products will simply suggest you have an open wifi so they don't have to solve the problem.

Mark my words.

Exactly like how web sites give you instructions to enable javascript, cookies, and turn off your Windows firewall.

They don't give a crap about security, so they'll just write it such that you can't have any if you want your IoT buttplug to be able to send tweets.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 4, Interesting) 123

Voice recognition is what comes to mind but some will say it's not private enough and they are right.

Dude, I'll tell you straight up .. if people start having voice controlled wearable devices, someone's gonna get hurt, and have their device stuffed into an orifice which wasn't intended to receive it.

Because it you thought people talking loudly into Bluetooth ear pieces was annoying, wait until some ass in the checkout line is trying to compose an email or bring up his calendar.

Now picture an office full of people trying to use this kind of thing.

No. Just no.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 123

More broadly, I have no interest in some dorky gimmick which will have incompetent security, and which mistakenly thinks that my life will be some how improved by an internet enabled soap dish. It's technology for the sake of technology.

Honestly, it's a solution in search of a problem, and something for the marketing wankers to latch onto an say "now with more internet security holes".

Until corporations carry a penalty for being lazy/incompetent with security, you should assume these products are terribly written.

Because they probably are.

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 3, Informative) 123

Yeah, no kidding. You'd be using a tiny little stylus to hit a square less than about 0.5mm or so (yes, that number came out of thin air).

If you're trying to cram a keyboard on a display that small .. you're probably doing it wrong.

Of course, if you're involved in the "IoT" you probably need to be smacked about the head with a tuna, as you're an annoying prat dedicated to making pointlessly connected devices with no security.

So, in that regards, I won't ever need to care about your keyboard. Because I think the IoT is a purely marketing term for crappy products.

Comment: Re:Hmmm Tasty Whale Tongue (Score 1) 46

Yeah, sorry about that, it was an attempt to use google translate for:

"LOL, no, it wasn't obvious that 'here' meant Iceland and that you were Icelandic.

But thanks to Google Translate, I can look like an idiot in two languages. Assuming of course Slash dot doesn't wreck the unicode. ;-)"

How the hell do you get the accents to work? As your signature points out, Slashdot's support for unicode is pathetic.


Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language? 204

Posted by timothy
from the worth-it-to-whom? dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes: Ask a group of developers to rattle off the world's most popular programming languages, and they'll likely name the usual suspects: JavaScript, Java, Python, Ruby, C++, PHP, and so on. Ask which programming languages pay the best, and they'll probably list the same ones, which makes sense. But what about the little-known languages and skill sets (Dice link) that don't leap immediately to mind but nonetheless support some vital IT infrastructure (and sometimes, as a result, pay absurdly well)? is it worth learning a relatively obscure language or skill set, on the hope that you can score one of a handful of well-paying jobs that require it? The answer is a qualified yes—so long as the language or skill set in question is clearly on the rise. Go, Swift, Rust, Julia and CoffeeScript have all enjoyed rising popularity, for example, which increases the odds that they'll remain relevant for at least the next few years. But a language without momentum behind it probably isn't worth your time, unless you want to learn it simply for the pleasure of learning something new.

Comment: Re:Hmmm Tasty Whale Tongue (Score 1) 46

LOL, nei, þaà var ekki augljÃst aà "hér" þýddi Ãsland og aà þà værir Ãslensk.

En þÃkk sé Google Translate, get ég lÃta Ãt eins og hÃlfviti à tveimur tungumÃlum. Ef gert er rÃà auÃvitaà Slash dot er ekki flak Unicode. ;-)

In which case I'll look even more the moron. :-P

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 132

by gstoddart (#49621335) Attached to: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

Why? Over most of history spying has saved lives more than taken them.
I find it so odd that people on Slashdot sing the praises of the "Codebreakers" of WWII but are shocked and freaked out that they are still around today.

In WWI the amount of communications done by ordinary citizens was much smaller.

Now it's a completely indiscriminate thing which says "we're going to spy on everybody just in case".

This is outrageous, and essentially amounts to general warrants and saying "you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide".

Sorry, but no, fascist assholes who want to right to spy on everybody without warrant, probable cause, or oversight ... these people should be hanged.

Fuck them all if that's what they want to do.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 2) 52

You know, if Prenda is going to present complete fiction for their justification for their illegal bullshit ... I think it's highly appropriate the court does something similar.

From everything I have seen in the coverage, Prenda is a shady bunch of douchebag lawyers who are sending out false notices for copyrights they don't own or represent, and demanding money.

They can claim all they want to be a legitimate business, but that appears to be a complete lie.

Honestly, unless the judge is somehow failing in his legal duties, his choice of metaphor is largely irrelevant.

Basically Prenda is exactly what the judge says they are ... a law firm practicing extortion through misrepresentation and intimidation. I don't care if he makes Sponge Bob references and long as these clowns get shut down.

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