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Comment: Re:Situation is a Shambles (Score 4, Funny) 239

by The Snowman (#46710251) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

I agree 100%, since there have never been bugs in languages like Java.

Also, managed languages like Java and .NET are written in other managed languages running bytecode, making them extra secure. At no time do any of these languages use libraries or environments written in lower level languages such as C++, C, or assembler. So to the GP's credit, programmers who know those languages are okay to die off since we do not need them anyway.

Comment: Re:RMS mentions a comparable situation (Score 1) 266

by The Snowman (#46610419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

You would think accesibility features would be a priority within the community or some segment of it.

I would think whoever checked in the change that broke the software should have known when the automated test cases failed, and that person should be held responsible. At my last job, the person that broke an automated test and could not prove the tests ran successfully locally (i.e. build server might be different than a development machine in some way that breaks a test, should not happen but it does sometimes) was obligated to bring donuts the next day.

Comment: Re:Damnit (Score 1) 302

by The Snowman (#46521683) Attached to: Java 8 Officially Released

I've been coding in Java for over a dozen years now and I can say without equivocation you're either a liar who's never actually worked with it or you're a fucking troll. Write once, run anywhere is is 100% real and is so common that it's a joke.

I agree, with some minor caveats. Using public APIs, avoiding deprecated sections, is generally very safe. Using anything in the sun.* packages as well as undocumented behavior is no-man's land. I worked on a project that actively exploited bugs in Swing in Java 5, and broke on Java 6. Recoding the sections that took advantage of "undocumented features" restored it to correct functionality regardless of the JRE version. Again, using documented, supported parts of the JFC is key. Not actively trying to do things that ought not to be done is important.

For example, building filesystem paths where the path separator is hard-coded.

The I/O library in Java automatically corrects this. You can even mix "/" and "\" in the same path and it will work.

Comment: Re:Finishing the demo (Score 1) 144

by The Snowman (#46372171) Attached to: Study: Half of In-App Purchases Come From Only 0.15% of Players

Dammit. Now I'm going to have to find, dust off, and install my Doom collection CD.

Be sure to install a modern source port such as ZDoom (software rendering) or GZDoom (OpenGL). Doom is still fun and playable in 1080p with all the old bugs fixed. Some of the custom levels are phenomenal too.

Comment: Verified Threat? (Score 2) 120

by Dr Caleb (#46216905) Attached to: 3 Reasons To Hate Mass Surveillance; 3 Ways To Fight It

So, clicking on that 'learn more' link at the top of the page puts Trend Micro into an uproar that "" is:

Details: Verified fraud page or threat source
Suspected fraud page or threat source
Associated with spam or possibly compromised
Rating in progress. Trend Micro Web Reputation is currently set to block pages that have not been checked for safety.

Irony, or on purpose?

+ - The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory 1

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "We all know how important tech standards are. But the making of them is sometimes a particularly ugly process. Years, millions of dollars, and endless arguments are spent arguing about standards. The reason for our fights aren’t any different from those that drove Edison and Westinghouse: It’s all about who benefits – and profits – from a standard.

As just one example, Steven Vaughan-Nichols details the steps it took to approve a networking standard that everyone, everyone knew was needed: "Take, for example, the long hard road for the now-universal IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. There was nothing new about the multiple-in, multiple-out (MIMO) and channel-bonding techniques when companies start moving from 802.11g to 802.11n in 2003. Yet it wasn’t until 2009 that the standard became official.""

+ - Dice Holdings has written off Slashdot Media at the close of 2013-> 3

Submitted by moogla
moogla (118134) writes "Apparently could not make Slashdot work they way they wanted to; with a murky plan to tap into the Slashdot-reader community to somehow drive attention or insight into other Dice Holdings properities, they've burned through

$7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media

and have only started to realize some improvement on related sites. With ad revenue declining and not expected to pick up (read: everyone who uses Slashdot uses adblocking softwarwe), it appears that the Slashdot stewardship experiment by Dice Holdings has been a financial failure. Since the site has been redesigned in a user-hostile fashion with a very generic styling, this reader surmises Dice Holdings is looking to transform or transfer the brand into a generic Web 3.0 technology property. The name may be more valuable than the user community (since we drive no revenue nor particularly use's services)."
Link to Original Source

+ - /. Goes down in flame war 5

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Slashdot users flame all site stories with comments about the sites forced switching over to Beta version. The comments are relentless, calling for a ban of the site from Feb 10 to Feb 17. The following post is being made in every story comment:
On February 5, 2014, Slashdot announced through a javascript popup that they are starting to "move in to" the new Slashdot Beta design.
Slashdot Beta is a trend-following attempt to give Slashdot a fresh look, an approach that has led to less space for text and an abandonment of the traditional Slashdot look. Much worse than that, Slashdot Beta fundamentally breaks the classic Slashdot discussion and moderation system.
If you haven't seen Slashdot Beta already, open this [] in a new tab. After seeing that, click here [] to return to classic Slashdot.
We should boycott stories and only discuss the abomination that is Slashdot Beta until Dice abandons the project.
We should boycott slashdot entirely during the week of Feb 10 to Feb 17 as part of the wider slashcott []
Moderators — only spend mod points on comments that discuss Beta
Commentors — only discuss Beta [] — Vote up the Fuck Beta stories
Keep this up for a few days and we may finally get the PHBs attention.
Captcha: fuckbeta"

Comment: Re:BMI (Score 1) 225

The BMI ranges are more-or-less supposed to be the same for men and women

Breasts are mostly fat tissue, the rest is not muscle. Women have fat tissue in the hips that is healthy weight compared to men. Other than that, we are equal. BMI is NOT supposed to be the same between genders. We may be equal in many areas including software engineering and whatever else the government calls "illegal discrimination," but "child gestation," "child birth," and "breastfeeding" area areas in which we are most definitely NOT equal and in which extra fat gives females a distinct advantage comparing female to male BMI. Remember, we have different roles in reproduction and evolution.

When I was active duty U.S. Air Force, they gave females an extra 4% body fat in any given age group to account for that. Seemed to be fair and accurate given the women in my age group at the time.

Comment: Re:lol Bush.Lincoln, Roosevelt. Obama unilaterally (Score 1) 383

by The Snowman (#46096261) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

Congress authorized military action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Maybe you weren't paying attention.

Article 1, section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states:

The Congress shall have Power... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

Congress did not declare war. They authorized military action, but lacked the balls to declare war. This is a very important distinction per the GP post:

Bush started at least two major wars with no declaration of war.

Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 1) 289

by The Snowman (#46064699) Attached to: Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

Obviously a lot of people want to learn how to breakdance. That's what Surface tablets are for, right? I watch a lot of tv commercials

I remember those stupid break dancing Surface commercials. My wife asked me "what the fuck is Microsoft selling?" She is smart and understands technology, even if she is not a nerd like me. Anyway, I had to say that I am not entirely sure. It is something that combines the worst features of a tablet and a laptop, and is marketed in a way that Freddie Mercury would call "too gay."

I have to admit that the Android commercials are dumb too, but not that dumb. At least they are halfway interesting. But what Microsoft (and Google to a lesser extent) did not understand is that say what you will about Apple, they understand marketing. Make the product simple, and advertise how easy it is to do stuff that people want to do. Microsoft should have been showing their Surface with the disembodied hand using Word, Excel, etc. and getting shit done that office folk care about. C-levels everywhere would have had instant boners, and millions of dollars in revenue would have ensued.

Instead, we are left wondering "what does break dancing have to do with computing?" and "what does 'scroogled' mean?" Microsoft just do not get marketing. They are too used to cramming shitty products down our throats because they can, that once we do not need them anymore, they are lost and cannot compete on merit alone.

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.