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Comment: not everyone can be good at it (Score 1) 767

by mcguyver (#41356349) Attached to: Can Anyone Become a Programmer?
Anyone can become a programmer but not everyone is good at it. This is like all things in life. Take the project manager for /. forums for example...whoever was the project manager for the forums put in features to make the forums difficult to use (as proof I give you /.'s declining traffic stats http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/slashdot.org).

Comment: religion as a police force (Score 1) 471

Indeed some people believe religion was created as a way to police crime.

In part of the study I read on NPR, kids were put in a room and told to take a test. Half of the kids were told there was a ghost in the room. Those that thought they were being watched were less likely to cheat.

Comment: Re:Nothing better to do (Score 1) 208

by mcguyver (#40337247) Attached to: Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida
Most of these online pharm orders are for non-medical reasons. The most popular, phentermine, is used to make speed. Other popular meds, viagra, cailis, didrex, are used recreationally. Knowing this, it's hard to sympathize with the online pharmacy industry.

source: I used to sell $10k in online pharm meds per day

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 2) 377

by mcguyver (#35129052) Attached to: HBGary Federal Hacked By Anonymous
HBGary Federal CEO: How can we catch anonymous?
HBGary Federal 1: How about we ask employees to use the same password everywhere, let them attack us and catch them in the act?
HBGary Federal CEO: Great idea, what should we use as bait?
HBGary Federal 1: How about all our emails including your social security number?
HBGary Federal CEO: Perfect, make it happen.

Surely the meeting went down just like that.

Comment: Misleading title, Rupert is probably not involved. (Score 1) 186

by mcguyver (#33246670) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype'
This seems like sensationalists journalism by /. because at no point does it say Rupert Murdoch is involved in this more so than the janitor of the company. I love /. (thanks for the free $40K from the va linux ipo) but appreciate facts over someones opinion. If anything, BSkyB should be kicking itself for picking such a ridiculous name. Seems like the dispute is over the ticker symbol here by a company that Rupert owns...is that really newsworthy front page material?

Comment: Re:Apple has made Microsoft look "open". (Score 1) 643

by mcguyver (#31763384) Attached to: The Apple Two
He's right and the article explains it better. Apple encourages consumerism more so than Microsoft. 15 years ago that didn't seem possible. You can pick your poison. As a consumer I'm going with Apple, as a moderate hobbyist I'm going with Microsoft and as a real hobbyist I'm going with neither.

What part of the argument you're on depends on your purpose. FWIW, Apple makes me vomit.

Comment: The title should mention this is a rumor (Score 2, Insightful) 327

by mcguyver (#31674002) Attached to: Next iPhone — Front-Facing Camera, A4 Processor
Note to sensationalist Slashdot mods. This is a rumor, that's significant info, note that in the title. Please say that /. hasn't degraded to the point of disguising apple rumors as legit stories on the homepage. Feel free to mod this down but some long time /. readers have got to be thinking the same thing.

Comment: while the article is biased, most of it is true (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by mcguyver (#31363768) Attached to: How MySpace Generates Enough Load To Test Itself
The article was written by an employee of the company that sold their testing software/services to MySpace. Of course they're going to have glowing reviews about their testing tools. With that said the author is right. Capacity testing in production is needed for high availability sites. Verifying your real time monitoring tools is also important.

Comment: needed public service? (Score 1) 577

by mcguyver (#31338844) Attached to: Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers
I like this idea. I have non-techy friends, their laptops are riddles with viruses and anti-virus software. To top it off, anti virus software providers are part of the problem. Their free trial popus are almost worse than a virus. So, the need exists. Any /. isn't going to have this problem but the rest of the world having this problem makes it everyone's problem. Using public funds to keep the net virus free is a good approach. Some services you can't commercialize. If each person had the right to decide to not pay for the DMV, public education or the military then those services wouldn't exist. Keeping the net free does fall into this category. Everyone wants it but no one wants to pay for it...forget where I read this drivel...but its interesting to see why or why not services are privatized.

Comment: Android needs time to mature (Score 1) 636

by mcguyver (#31247370) Attached to: Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices
I have an iPhone so my opinions are speculation. It seems to me that an Android phone is like using desktop linux 10-15 years ago. It was clumsy, with enough effort it could do everything needed and the product wasn't ready for all consumers. I wouldn't recommend linux to my grandmother a decade ago just like I wouldn't recommend and Android phone to her today. Over time the Andriod phones will (hopefully) be more fully featured & easier to use than the iPhone.

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