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Comment: How About Criminal Charges Against the ID Thief? (Score 1) 390

by EWillieL (#33554564) Attached to: Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

IANAL, but in Arizona, at least, and probably many other states, the act of domain hijacking is a felony (it's considered unauthorized computer access, or some such language). So is ID theft. There may be federal statutes at work here as well. You should see if you can get the proper authorities involved -- they'd at least be able to subpoena the registrar's records to track down the attacker.

Granted, you'll have to get the authorities interested first -- usually they need to see significant monetary damages with criminal intent. But it's another avenue to explore if you're challenged by the legal fees (and who isn't these days?)

Comment: Re:Programming == Cut & Paste (Score 1) 623

by EWillieL (#31387614) Attached to: Whatever Happened To Programming?

I'm not harsh on copying and pasting freely available code from "out there" for your own use -- I'm harsh on copying and pasting code from one part of a system to another, just because somebody didn't have the mental capacity to realize they could tweak the existing code ever so slightly to suit both the old problem and the new problem. I've had to clean up after this more times than I'd care to count.

I once saw somebody who'd scoped each of the fifteen or so individual case clauses of a switch in braces, because they didn't want to rename the local variables they'd cut'n'pasted into each of the cases. Each case was about fifty lines, with a max of about five lines difference between them. I'm surprised I didn't have an anyeurism right then and there.

Comment: Re:Hmm. I think I've... are you kidding me?????? (Score 2, Interesting) 597

by EWillieL (#30538596) Attached to: Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity


I've had to clean up after one of those guys. He'd crank out the first cut of a codebase, and I'd go through and factor out the instant cruft his stream of consciousness had spewed out. We actually made a pretty good team.

He was (still is) brilliant, but his codebase would quickly degenerate into an inmaintainable plate of spaghetti without someone like me, and he knew it. He told me as much.


+ - Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer's disease

Submitted by CnlPepper
CnlPepper writes: I'm sure I'm not alone in being saddened to learn that Terry Pratchett, author of the exceptionally popular Discworld series of books, is reported to have been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimers (BBC News article). Despite his diagnosis he is optimistic and intends to keep on writing. You can read Terry's post here.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky