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Comment: Re:How do you disable audio ads on /. (Score 1) 390

by tazan (#46419889) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Yes, I got woke up at 6am this morning with a repeating swiffer comercial. I know what the solution is though, and am about to implement it. On a windows machine go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc edit the host file and add this line to the bottom.

This should improve my general productivity as well.

Comment: I think they have to. (Score 1) 304

by tazan (#46149577) Attached to: Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July
The only one I've looked into is the Nook, but it seems to me like it is fundamentally flawed. It has a lot of bits so it can't be brute forced. But, they use a pass phrase to generate the key. The phrase is your name and credit card number, so it's not as many bits. But if I get a hold of your Nook I can get your name from one of your screens. And the last four digits of your credit card. The first 6 digits of your card are not secret either and are determined by your bank and card company. If you don't know it at least many can be eliminated. So the only really secret part is the middle section of 6 numeric digits. I'm not sure how long it would take to brute force but it doesn't seem like it would be too long and it's easily parallelizable. So if you leave your Nook somewhere not only could I copy your books, I can have your credit card and name as well.

Comment: Re:RTFA (Score 4, Insightful) 976

Roads are usually paid for with a gasoline tax. This worked out great when everyone drove cars as the more you drove the more you paid. The problem is as we move to alternative fuels there will be no one left to pay for the roads.

Bike lanes cost money to build, and money to maintain. They may not get worn out by the bicyclists but they still need to have the street sweeper run, the lines painted, signs posted, cracks sealed, etc. Around here the bike lanes are not used nearly as much as the rest of the street, I would say probably the bike lanes cost more per mile used than the rest of the street.

Comment: Re:Furthering class warfare (Score 2) 376

by tazan (#42811339) Attached to: Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished
Robert Kearns

Invented the intermittent windshield wiper. Showed it to the big 3, they said no thanks, but then installed them anyway. Successfully sued Ford, but it took 12 years. Spent the entire amount suing Chrysler who took it all the way to the supreme court. Lawsuits against other manufacturers were dismissed for technicalities (by then he was acting as his own lawyer).

Comment: Re:Knowing more than parents... (Score 1) 307

by tazan (#42487855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?
A generation or two ago they probably said the same thing about cars. Used to be you could overhaul your engine in your garage and people often did. The technology improved and you didn't have to know anything about a car to use it. People moved from tinkerers to consumers, the old timers complained about the kids who couldn't change a tire or set of points, and the kids saw no reason to learn it as there was more interesting things to learn in the world.

The cycle continues. The things we spent a lifetime learning don't seem valuable to our kids. And that's probably the way it should be. By now computers, like cars, should be a solved problem for most people.

Comment: Re:code reviews (Score 2) 683

by tazan (#42468957) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?
If he's the only one complaining then he's probably the only one on the team who knows what code is supposed to look like. Getting standards written and having code reviews could very well make things worse. You'll have to write your code like him.

I missed a meeting one time and the team decided to write some standards. I came back and found some great new standards. e.g. Always declare all variables at the top of the method. Every function must have a try catch. All variables are set to nothing at the end of the method. etc. etc.

Assembly language experience is [important] for the maturity and understanding of how computers work that it provides. -- D. Gries