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Comment: Re:People should be free, but only on your terms? (Score 1) 169

by tsalaroth (#39563335) Attached to: Mitch Altman Parts Ways With Maker Fair Over DARPA Grant

I pretty much came here to say something along these lines. I think it's a GOOD thing to see the government wanting to leverage life hackers and Maker Faire specifically.

Sure, DARPA is mainly about weapons, but this would have been a great opportunity for Mitch to suggest and perhaps even influence the development of non-violent weapons and other defense-related research.

After all, DARPA used to be ARPA, and we wouldn't have the Internet, and by extrapolation, Maker Faire, without it.

Comment: Re:You could learn to do apps just learning at nig (Score 1) 164

by tsalaroth (#39508595) Attached to: Parlez-vous Python?

I've never had any formal education when it comes to computers (excepting classes for specific applications that the company pays us to learn). That said, I've been doing IT for over 18 years. The last 8-9 of it has been in a developer role (admittedly less-so in the past couple of years).

I taught myself (in no particular order) Basic, Lisp, C, C++, HTML(1-5), CSS, ASP (VB and now C#), UML, PERL, Python, Ruby, PHP, Lua, Java, Haskell and am currently learning Go.

Sure, not all of these would be considered programming language, but they're languages nonetheless. I agree with the GP completely, you CAN teach yourself languages. You can even teach yourself design principles and best coding practices.

Comment: Re:Python? (Score 1) 164

by tsalaroth (#39508481) Attached to: Parlez-vous Python?

Uh.. I've used both. I've found Python 3 to be far more useful for web development than Ruby (with or without Rails). Ruby is, for the most part, just another PERL-like language. Hell, it even uses "unless". And I've been web developing since before Python 2.0 - your comment about not having been around long enough is pretty arrogant.

The fact is, Ruby IS good for web development, but saying that it's better than Python is ridiculous. That's like saying PHP is a better version of HTML.

I've found many, many tasks that have been well-suited for Python. I've found one or two that Ruby worked better, and they were generating XML for xlst transforms from an Oracle database. I was honestly surprised it was faster than Python.

I suppose it breaks down to, really, using the best tool for the job. Ruby is alright, but there are far more web frameworks to choose from with Python, which should tell you something.

Comment: Re:I worked at an ISP... (Score 1) 407

by tsalaroth (#39293965) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

If the ISP is cable or DSL, you can most-assuredly capture who had what IP and then capture when the lease was released / renewed -- IF you have your DHCP services setup correctly and are logging which customer has which leased device (or their own purchased device) activated on the network. You then correlate the MAC / device ID to the DHCP logs and you DO at least know which device (router, whatever) had that IP at that time. Still doesn't identify the specific person, but it's enough to send a letter.

Comment: Re:I was (sorta) (Score 1) 407

by tsalaroth (#39292711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

You're dumb enough to want to be in the military. Your opinion is worth nothing. Now, go kill some brown people because the flag told you to do so.

Now that this no longer hurts my head to read, let's address this.

Discounting the Marines, most folks join the military (in the US, anyway) to pay for college / get a nice fat down-payment on a house. They do their 4-6 years, and they're done. Many of those also overlap with those who join out of a sense of duty to protect the Constitution and the *ideal* of their country, not the reality.

Now, whose opinion is worth less? The person who puts their life on the line by joining the military - regardless of their opinion of the current war / "police action", and successfully survives to become a civilian afterwards... OR.. the AC who spouts bullshit - poorly?

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.