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Comment: As long as you don't use page breaks (Score 2, Interesting) 91

by watermark (#47368545) Attached to: WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

It's stable and ready for every day use, as long as you don't need page breaks. I have a 3 page odt containing page breaks and WebODF just throws all of the text and images at the bottom of the first page.

How is this ready for every day use without supporting something as basic as page breaks? Page breaks go back to Word 1.beforeiwasborn

Comment: Sanitize crazyness (Score 1) 215

by watermark (#47332795) Attached to: Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

I understand why this works and I understand the need to sanitize user input, but this is dumb. Even if there are workarounds. It's obvious what the intent of "tar cf archive.tar *" is suppose to be, it shouldn't be treating file names as additional arguments. Anyone actively using this "feature" for anything legitimate is dumb too.

This seems very similar to the whole "we need some other language than C" argument. Sure, you *can* make secure code with zero overflow vulnerabilities, but damn near all software has them. You can only blame the user/coder for so long for doing something "wrong", but when 90%+ people are doing it "wrong" then you probably need to change how the thing works.

Comment: Re:CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (Score 1) 155

by watermark (#47299755) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

Universities feel the need to teach you much more than is required for your field (to be well rounded). I suppose I was saying many more classes depended on calc than stat, so calc in highschool would have helped more.

Several discrete math classes came in college and I do find parts of those useful, but I'm not sure they have a place at the high school level. Perhaps a class where you had to build/design turing machines would be interesting enough to be useful.

Comment: CS grad, took both, and working as a programmer (Score 2) 155

by watermark (#47292653) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

I'm a CS grad and I took AP Stat and AP CS in high school, and I'm currently working as a programmer. In relation to programming, stat is very nearly worthless. There are certainly things I learned in stat that I use every so often, but nothing in relation to a programming task. In my high school, I had to choose between AP stat and calc and calc would have helped a lot more in college. Granted, for my line of programming, calc doesn't help either, but it would have helped more in obtaining the degree.

Comment: Download and never watch (Score 1) 200

by watermark (#46826159) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Wouldn't it cost Hulu/Netflix more bandwidth to allow this (and therefore more money in infrastructure)? Many users are going to download movies and never watch them, causing them lost bandwidth and possibly lost ad revenue. With a streaming model if you decide you don't like the movie, you just stop streaming. If you had downloaded the movie, the bandwidth required to give you that part of the movie you didn't watch is "wasted".

Comment: Re:Psh, jQuery. (Score 1) 573

by watermark (#46169729) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
Ya, just write these 20 lines of code to do what one line does with jQuery. I think the point of the site is that you can easily write your own wrappers for IE9+. Then again, since jQuery 2.x doesn't support IE below version 9, presumably 2.x is such a wrapper (2.x has a notably smaller file size than 1.x). It just wraps everything you could possibly need. If you only need fade in/out, perhaps you should just write your own wrapper.

Comment: gmail plus sign postfix (Score 5, Informative) 388

by watermark (#45927803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Well, I have a solution to your "email has already been registered" issue. Gmail will treat as the same address as, both will go into the account. Give the site an email address with a plus sign postfix like that and it should detect it as a new unique address. Some sites don't allow the plus symbol in email addresses (even though it's a valid character), so mileage may vary.

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