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Submission + - Are the two parties tricking you into believing they are the only choice? (

dprimary writes: "I ran across last night while looking at the election coverage. I decided to try it out, and it picked my choices from my early ballot correctly. Looking through the results on the state by state level, I noticed that Johnson would have good chance at winning, if people voted following their beliefs and not feel like they are wasting their vote. So are the main parties tricking the public into wasting their votes?"

Comment Stroustrup (Score 1) 1

Stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language might seem like more of a reference but it contains a lot of design methodologies from the guy who created the language, so I used it as my starting point. I graduated in 2011 with similar experience to you, Java and some C but no C++, and I currently do embedded software engineering professionally.

What really helped me learn the language and good design skills was working with someone that had a lot of experience and who also liked sharing that experience with a newbie.


Submission + - Best book to learn C++? 1

froggymana writes: I'm currently a freshman studying Computer Engineering and am a little disappointed in my school for starting us out with 3 terms of Java. We don't get to take any C++ classes until our junior year or so, but yet most employers in the embedded field couldn't care less about Java and would rather see C/C++ experience. Every internship I've looked wants to see 2+ years of C/C++ experience. Learning C++ when the school wants me to just doesn't seem like a good option. There a ton of options available for learning programming, such as MIT"s OCW and dozens of books. Slashdot, what would you recommend to someone with a fair amount of programming experience to learn C++?

Submission + - Facebook Data Retention? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: I know that Facebook has been pretty shady with keeping people's data, and is generally all about maximizing what they can retain, but I thought that deleting my account would eliminate everything from them. Now, a year after I deleted my account (full delete, not deactivate), I found reason to rejoin. Surprisingly, when I came back on, Facebook suggested all of my old friends to me again. What gives?

Submission + - iTunes 10.5 may not be compatible with older AMD c (

An anonymous reader writes: Reports are starting to appear in Apple's Support forums that iTunes 10.5 won't play MP3 files on some computers — early indications are pointing to older AMD CPUs. It is reported that songs sound like fingernails on a chalkboard. Audio files purchased through the iTunes Store are not effected, probably because they are encoded in a different format.

Comment Cat and Mouse (Score 2) 176

What is going to be different about this software layer?

Is it going to be written in some new magical language that prevents programmers from fucking up and having buffer overflow/underflow or other common problems that you see in C and C++, the most likely languages that this kind of software would be written in?

Just today there was an article on ./ about BIOS infections. Isn't the BIOS a layer between the OS and "silicon". Sure, the BIOS wasn't written to be a security layer but just because a software layer is below the OS doesn't mean that is is immune to being exploited.

From TFA:

Provides real time CPU event monitoring with minimal performance impact.

(bold tags added by me)
Bullshit. Just like normal AV has minimal performance impact now.

Besides all of the obvious reasons that this is just another gimmick by McAfee to get more $$ from corporate IT departments with MBA directors that don't even know what the "silicon" in the marketing press release, sorry "article" means, when this gets exploited and there are viri for this layer I bet McAfee will have a AV for this layer to sell.

Comment Yes i guess (Score 1) 2

The term came about because a bug was stuck in one of the early computers and someone had to 'debug' the computer to get it to work. I believe it was a British woman who coined the term. I dont remember her name right now, but she was a pioneer of computer engineering if I recall correctly.

Submission + - Collection of Google's April Fool Hoaxes (

fortystones writes: "Every year Google likes to have a little laugh at the cost of its users. It announces something so special and out of the world, which seems so weird yet since Google does it ever so often that you believe it for some time. Then we you have the, “Wait a minute” moment and you realize Google has made a fool out of you. There has been a long history of Google playing pranks on its user on the 1st of April, the April Fool’s Day."

Comment Re:Sure, why not? (Score 1) 95

HTML5 is attempting to fix that issue with the canvas element and web workers (i know its a stupid name) . You still need JavaScript but not Flash, and Google has been optimizing Chrome for JavaScript because they already knew the browser as a platform is the future.

A lot of the content and interactiveness coded in Flash can now be done in HTML5 which should be more efficient. Look at the Chrome store, there are very infantile implementations of HTML5 apps available now, and HTML5 isn't going to be ratified until 2014 or something like that. I hate Flash and JavaScript as much as the next guy but I don't think Flash and JavaScript sucking are reasons not to take the browser seriously as a platform.

Comment Re:yeah (Score 1) 376

please dont talk on matters on which you do not have sufficient information, like this assumption of yours regarding 'legal' nonviolent methods of mlk.

Thats your assumption not his. The person you are quoting and then trying desperately to prove incorrect explicitly said:

Like the non-violent methods of MLK, who broke the law in a way that brought attention and public opinion over to their side.

You claim to know a lot about history (or at least that GP doesn't know a lot about history). Perhaps you should read about Thoreau. He advocates the style of disobedience that the GP is advocating. Gandhi and MLK subscribe to this way of thought as well.

Comment Re:No, WE do not have a responsibility (Score 2, Insightful) 278

It's about limiting it to as small an amount as possible, to ensure that as many kids grow up to be productive members of society as possible.

I'm glad you brought this up. My original post was going to mention that at 15 I had access to almost anything I wanted to get my hands on. However, I (in my own opinion of course) am a productive member of society.

How did this happen? My parents thought me that drinking too much is bad, smoking too much is going to get me cancer, driving drunk is going to get me killed ect... So, when presented with drugs and alcohol I knew moderation and control. When all my friends were puking their guts out because they had no experience drinking, I was enjoying myself responsibly.

You know that saying: Catch a man a fish, feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
Well, I think that if you watch your kid and stop him/her from doing something stupid, their safe for that day. But when you teach your kid not to be a pisshead, you are protecting them for life.

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