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Comment Re:Time to let it die (Score 1) 243

So then. Tell me how it feels to steal from Slashdot? After all that is what you are doing with ublock.

Slashdot gives me the option to turn off ads, but I have not done so. I do use adblock, but that is because slashdot is not the only site on the internet and other sites have ruined it for all.
I think it is disingenuous to call it "stealing" from someone just because you won't allow them to use your bandwidth and your time and your computation resources and install malicious code, viruses and spyware on your computer. If I lock my door, am I "stealing" from a robber?
If you consider it stealing to not display an ad, you might as well consider it stealing to not buy every product advertised at you. The site would get a lot more money if you actually bought the products. In many cases, they get NOTHING for displaying an ad, only for clicks. Sometimes, only for clicks that lead to purchases. So if you don't purchase every single thing that is advertised at you, you are stealing.

Comment Re:I caught none of it (Score 1) 16

I have no idea who can win the election. I'm completely out of touch with what's become the average American these days.

All I know is I'm not just anti-dynasty (IOW anti- another Bush for prez), I'm anti-cartel (IOW anti- another member of the political class for prez). I'm completely in touch with the "Sixty-six percent of GOP voters [who] say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who brings new ideas and different approaches to Washington, compared to 29 percent who say experience and a proven record in government are more important to them.".

Comment Re:sounds an awful lot like (Score 1) 5

using entity framework to access a cloud database that I have zero control over.

I've never done EF, but that sounds like paradise. I desperately want to just use the database as a persistence mechanism at some job, where it's just used to store a snapshot of the C# object model's state. IOW, business logic only in C# classes.

code generated views


I may have to abuse some of their tables to do it.

That's breaking even the very first normal form of relational database design, which makes me want to run away screaming.

Comment Re:Against the law (Score 1) 195

Haven't we had this discussion multiple times before?

Yes, but idiots keep pointing out how illegal Uber is without stopping to think about whether those laws are just. Nobody gives a fuck about the argument that what Uber is doing is illegal, unless they are already anti-Uber. Legality does not equal morality, so breaking the law is not in itself a sign of evil.

If the laws are not just, then petition your congressmen to change them. Don't just break the law because you don't like it.
Besides, Uber doesn't WANT the law to change. They WANT The taxis to continue to have to pay all the extra costs of doing business. They WANT any other new entrants besides themselves to have to pay for a license. They want everyone else to obey the law and they want their own unique advantage by not obeying the law.
The defenders of Uber talk about unjust laws, but Uber LOVES those laws.

Comment meme (Score 1) 10

What is the name of your least favorite child? I hate all children, equally.

In what year did you abandon your dreams? 2009, when I realized the recession was going to be a severe one.

What is the maiden name of your father’s mistress? Football.

At what age did your childhood pet run away? My pets have always loved me. Because they know they're not people.

What was the name of your favorite unpaid internship? Yard work for my parents.

In what city did you first experience ennui? Try English next time.

What is your ex-wife’s newest last name? Marriage is for suckers.

What sports team do you fetishize to avoid meaningful discussion with others? Watching sports is (generally) boring.

What is the name of your favorite canceled TV show? Nowhere Man.

What was the middle name of your first rebound? Off the backboard.

On what street did you lose your childlike sense of wonder? It was closed for resurfacing that day.

When did you stop trying? When I realized what Lefties truly are.

Comment sounds an awful lot like (Score 1) 5

What I want is to be able to configure a user's home page on the website with their choice & order of several widgets.

That sounds exactly like what I've (only*) read ASP.NET WebForms' "Web Parts" is for.

*I wouldn't know in practice; the place I work at never really learned ASP.NET, so they re-invented things like Web Parts and ASP.NET Membership.

after doing MVC the last 4 projects I'm thinking Yuck too with these code-behinds

Couldn't parse that of course, but it jogged my memory of something from an earlier discussion, where you said MVC was overkill for what you were doing, and after Slashdumb closed the discussion I was thinking the following. We've used ASP.NET MVC for our last three projects. Yet we haven't structured our code in the MVC pattern. The MVC pattern is just used by ASP.NET MVC framework, that we hook into. But really that's the same as WebForms. We don't architect our code to some kind of code-behind model, or say copy the Viewstate concept for anything else in our code. We just hook into the framework we're using, however it's been architected. Either way our application architectures are always (very poorly done) 3-tier ones.

p.s. We've stopped doing WebForms projects, so I've no idea if/how well that supports HTML5. Why I prefer ASP.NET MVC is the control over the HTML generated (which is especially important for jQuery-heavy UI's, like my immediate boss has grown accustomed to), and I started out web programming in now-classic ASP, so I had to learn how it really worked, sans WebForms' hiding of statelessness et al. (To me what WebForms hides from me, not to mention imposes on me (if you haven't been tripped up by the page life cycle, you haven't done anything really complex), is more trouble than it's worth. WebForms was intended to allow desktop application developers to make web apps without having to learn too much (the programming model is, intentionally, *very* similar to WinForms). So it doesn't at all apply to me (as a benefit).)

Comment I can't legally give you my password (Score 1) 150

Most of us have signed legal documents or agreed to electronic renditions of legal documents agreeing to not give our passwords to anyone else. If we were to give our passwords to someone else, not only would we be breaking the terms of those legal documents, but in many cases, so would the authority demanding those passwords, and by using those passwords to gain access to our documents or accounts, they would be in even deeper hot water legally. They should never be asking for passwords, because there is nothing they can legally do with them.

Comment Not expensive enough (Score 1) 529

Soda is not expensive enough for the hipster crowd. Why drink 12 ounce cans of Coca-Cola that can be bought in bulk for $0.35 a can when you can instead buy 1.93 ounce 5 hour energy in bulk for only $1.98. That is almost 50 times as much per ounce, so it appeals to the hipster. Or, if they want to appear to be drinking LARGE expensive drinks, then they drink 16 ounce Monster energy drinks available for $1.42 per can, which is still acceptable for hipsters because it is 3 times as expensive as soda. For the pretentious health nut hipster, nothing will do but bottled water, which is unfortunately only 25% more expensive than soda, but the fact that it it healthy makes up for it to the hipster. The fact that the plastic ends up in a landfill is not the hipsters problem.

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 362

What is the point of looking for evidence on a crime which has already been tried? They can't put him on trial again. That would be illegal. So the search for evidence was "because we can".

Geez, I know its completely unreasonable to expect Slashdotters to RTFA, and its probably wishful thinking to expect them to RTFS, but, c'mon, is it too much to ask that you RTFC you replied to?

However, no charges were brought due to the prosecutor's decision that there wasn't hard evidence of the allege crimes

See, he never was put on trial because he was never arrested because the prosecutor didn't think he had enough evidence to get a conviction. So that leaves the police to gather more evidence in the meantime. Now I don't know what the statute of limitations are in California for sexual battery and such, but as long as it hasn't been exceeded, the police are free to continue investigating the allegations.

So because he would have been found not guilty, they decided not to try him, which leaves him in a state of assumed guilt where they constantly seek evidence against him. That doesn't sound like the proper way to run a legal system. Either somebody was accused and goes to trial or they decide that it is not even worth going to trial due to lack of evidence and they assume you are innocent and leave you alone. An accusation cannot leave you with a lifetime of having to prove you are innocent.

Comment Is he fired now? (Score 1) 362

By giving up his password, he is in violation of his city's computer security protocols. The same is true for probably just about everybody on slashdot. We have no right or authority to give over our passwords to anyone. We also have no right to allow anyone to view any information on our company's computer equipment. In some cases, anyone viewing that information may be in violation of state or federal laws. At my previous position, anyone viewing that information would first have to take an approved HIPAA training class and then sign a release and notify all of the affected parties.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!