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Submitted by slashdoodle on June 2, 2006 - 9:14am.

From: 20 Things You Won't Like About Vista

Slashdot through the looking glass?
by Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) (#15447024)

He says that MS has favored security over end-user productivity, making the user feel like a rat caught in a maze with all the protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature."

Interesting - I'm reading an article on slashdot that's criticising MS for favouring security over..... well anything!

by smitty_one_each (243267) (#15447142)

transparency, e.g. the auditability of FOSS.

FOSS is chess. Proprietary is poker, and you're the pokee.

by SuperRob (31516) (#15447550)

Oh... wow, thanks for mentioning that. See, when you guys kept saying that you wanted more transparency from Microsoft, we thought you meant it literally, so that's why we made Aero Glass!

Well, it's too late to change it now, but we'll see if we can add more of that transparency stuff to the next version of Windows.

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Submitted by xIcemanx on June 1, 2006 - 8:18pm.

WikiJudge?
by ajs (35943) on Thursday June 01, @06:13PM (#15449176)

I can just see it... "today, a man was sentenced to death after a jury of his p33rz found that he was 'fscked up.'"

Re:WikiJudge?
by Kesch (943326) on Thursday June 01, @06:59PM (#15449470)

1st they came for the n00bs
and I did not spe4k out
because I am ub3r.

Then they came for the f4gs
and I did not spe4k out
I'm no f4g.

Then they came for the h4xx0rs
and I did not spe4k out
because I dont need h4xx0rs, I have 1337 skillz.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
excpet for us h4rdc0res who went and raided Molten Core all day happily ever after.

Submitted by ajdlinux on June 1, 2006 - 6:26pm.

Full Story

What relief!
(Score:4, Funny)
by AltGrendel (175092) (#15448013)

BTW, the 30-digit password locking the files is mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw."

I was just looking for that. Thanks!

Re:What relief!
(Score:5, Funny)
by Tackhead (54550) (#15448139)

> > BTW, the 30-digit password locking the files is mf2lro8sw03ufvnsq034jfowr18f3cszc20vmw."
>
> I was just looking for that. Thanks!

What?! That's exactly the kind of combination a Slashdotter would use on his luggage!

Re:What relief!
Score:5, Funny)
by wasimmer (515964) (#15448610)

That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!

Re:What relief!
(Score:3, Funny)
by Captain Splendid (673276) (#15448796)

Geez, what a couple of noobs you guys are!

Note to self: change luggage comnbination.

Submitted by veridicus on June 1, 2006 - 5:00pm.

by SensitiveMale (155605) (#15448035)

You've probably had a relative, friend, girlfriend or a kid like this: whatever you do for them, it's never f*cking enough.

Microsoft: So what do you want in a girlfriend?
General Consumer Market: Tall, exotic, and thin.
Developers: And a fashion model!

Microsoft: Ok, here's RuPaul.

Microsoft: Oh, and we included a penis. Enjoy.

Submitted by veridicus on June 1, 2006 - 1:41pm.

by 9mm Censor (705379) (#15447037)

01) the price 10) the bugs

Submitted by Warp9 on May 31, 2006 - 11:19pm.

From: Making an Argument Against Using Visual-Basic?

by pilot1 (610480) (#15441604)

VisualBasic, like just about every other language, has its place.

And it's called hell.

Submitted by veridicus on May 30, 2006 - 8:45pm.

On the topic of Techie Fight Clubs Springing Up:

I'm sorry, but...
by Kagura (843695) (#15431853)

Doesn't this article violate the first and second rules of fight club?

by Tackhead (54550) (#15431909)

It's geek fight club. There is no second rule; only a zeroth, first, and tenth rule.

Rule #0: You start counting from zero.
Rule #1: Do not talk about geek fight club.
Rule #10: Do not talk about geek fight club.
Rule #11: Only two bits to the rules.

by Pollardito (781263) (#15432070)

i suppose you've already answered my follow-up question:

"what kind of two-bit fight club is this?"

Submitted by xandro on May 30, 2006 - 8:39pm.

From Techie Fight Clubs Springing Up

I'm sorry, but...
by Kagura (843695) Alter Relationship on Wed May 31, 07:19 AM (#15431853)
Doesn't this article violate the first and second rules of fight club?

Re:I'm sorry, but...
by Tackhead (54550) Alter Relationship on Wed May 31, 07:28 AM (#15431909)

It's geek fight club. There is no second rule; only a zeroth, first, and tenth rule.

Rule #0: You start counting from zero.
Rule #1: Do not talk about geek fight club.
Rule #10: Do not talk about geek fight club.
Rule #11: Only two bits to the rules.

Re:I'm sorry, but...
by Pollardito (781263) Alter Relationship on Wed May 31, 07:58 AM (#15432070)

i suppose you've already answered my follow-up question :

"what kind of two-bit fight club is this?"

Submitted by Ace_NoOne on May 29, 2006 - 3:09pm.

From: High performance FFT on GPUs

Re:This is news? (#15425034)
by Fex303 (557896) on Monday May 29, @01:02PM

I have an uncle who's a professor who's been using GPUs for scientific computation for years.

I'm sorry, but playing Quake at really high framerates does not count as research. He's not fooling anyone.

The business cards which list him as 'Profess0r of Pwnage' probably aren't helping either.

It's also bad when he refers to the undergrads as 'n00bs' during his lectures to them.

via AlterSlash

Submitted by BruceCage on May 28, 2006 - 4:17pm.

From: Starting an Education in IT?

learn by solving *your* problems
by Speare (84249) (#15418665)

Sure, there are seriously important things to learn in data structures, algorithms, and methodologies, but the fastest way to learn programming (the fastest way to learn ANYTHING) is to try to solve your own problems, not the stock rote example problems you'll find in books.

If you want to learn how to skate, take a tennis ball and chase it around a parking lot while having skates strapped to your feet. Don't spend more than a few minutes trying to consciously learn how to stand, roll forward, brake, or fall. Chase the ball. Do something OTHER than learn how to skate, but do something that requires skating. Your medulla oblongata will do the job far faster if it's allowed to do it without micromanagement from your conscious mind.

Same goes for programming. You won't learn how recursion works by typing in a fibonacci example. You'll learn how recursion works when you want to make a gallery thingy and find yourself needing to catalogue all *.jpg files below a certain directory. You won't learn how object oriented programming works by re-reading the wikipedia article on polymorphism, you'll learn more valuable lessons when you decide it's insane to be writing almost identical code in so many places and realize that's what a parent class is for.

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Submitted by linvir on May 27, 2006 - 6:18pm.

From: BSA Claims 35% of Software is Pirated

by s7uar7 (746699) (#15417826)

I pirate my software and spend the money I save on CDs. I'll let the RIAA and BSA fight it out between themselves.

Submitted by solaraddict on May 27, 2006 - 5:00am.

From: Space Elevator An Impossible Dream?

Re: Never?
by soupdevil (587476) (#15413603)
An infinite universe is no guarantee that everything will happen. There are many infinities. For example, there are an infinite number of numbers between three and four, but none of them are five.

by dfn5 (524972) (#15413740)
Crap. You just made my cat disappear. Thanks alot.

Submitted by slashdoodle on May 26, 2006 - 8:24am.

From: Display System That Knows Who You Are

Bad idea...
by creimer (824291) (#15405455)

I don't think I want a screen that can scream to the rest of the office, "Oh, it's another dirty pervert looking at me again."

by Tackhead (54550) (#15405580)

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were telecommuting or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of bedroom eyes, a habit of muttering to yourself, anything that carried with it the suggestion of looking at b00bies, or having something to hide from HR. In any case, to sport wood at the office, was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Cubespeak: pantcrime."

- Little Sister, 1985

Submitted by slashdoodle on May 26, 2006 - 7:56am.

From: Windows Vista - Not So Bad?

Re:Microsoft eating their own dogfood?
by mgv(198488) (#15405747)

Microsoft eating their own dogfood?

Just two things to say about dogfood:

1) Food is what goes into a dog, not what comes out of a dog. (Corollary: That which comes out of a dog isn't food.)
2) It's coming out of the end of the dog into which food doesn't go. (Corollary: Unless you're into that sort of thing, in which case, we don't wanna know.)

If you remain uncertain about point 2, a simple test will suffice.

Put your finger into the dog's mouth. If you cannot feel any teeth, then that isn't the mouth. What you are feeling with your finger probably isn't food, either.

Michael

Submitted by slashdoodle on May 26, 2006 - 7:43am.

From: The Cost of a Tiered Internet

by spun (1352) (#15405348)

Can't we just gut all the AOL users instead? What was that quote, oh yes, here we go (emphasis mine):

There it is again. Some clueless fool talking about the "Information Superhighway". They don't know didley about the Net. It's nothing like a superhighway. That's a rotten metaphor.

Suppose the metaphor ran in the other direction. Suppose the highways were like the net...

A highway hundreds of lanes wide. Most with pitfalls for potholes. Privately operated bridges and overpasses. No highway patrol. A couple of rent-a-cops on bicycles with broken whistles. 500 member vigilante posses with nuclear weapons. A minimum of 237 on ramps at every intersection.

No signs. Wanna get to Ensenada? Holler out the window at a passing truck to ask directions.

Ad hoc traffic laws. Some lanes would vote to make use by a single-occupant-vehicle a capital offense on Monday through Friday between 7:00 and 9:00. Other lanes would just shoot you without a trial for talking on a car phone.

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