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Comment: Three Headers, Not Two (Score 1) 257

by dwye (#30324272) Attached to: One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

> The solution proposed by the author: two headers and error correction code (ECC) in every file."

When there are two possibilities, which one do you chose? Three allows the software to have a vote among the headers, and ignore or correct the loser (assuming that there IS one, of course).

Also, keeping the headers in text, rather than using complicated encoding schemes to save space where it doesn't much matter, is probably a good idea, as well. Semantic sugar is your friend here.

Comment: Where's ISO (Score 1) 257

by GerryHattrick (#30324176) Attached to: One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption
Come on, ISO, where are you? We all need the best (or alternatively, least-worst) glidepath now. When I retired, the argument was all about proprietary formats for formatted text, and this and that. USians seemed to want to take the lead on everything and thereby 'offer' formal Secretariat (and steering). Now there's something worth doing - fixit, folks - and non-proprietary, pretty-please.

Comment: Re:SVN etc. (Score 1) 244

by Erskin (#29851047) Attached to: How Do You Manage Dev/Test/Production Environments?

All very valid caveats. My core point (which you also addresses) was that using a working copy instead of an export of the files puts tons of extra copies of your files and subversion management data under you don't need for web pages.

I do love the atomicity of your method however, and the trick of exporting from a working copy made my day. Thanks!

Comment: Re:You don't ... (Score 1) 902

by Erskin (#28280549) Attached to: How Do IT Guys Get Respect and Not Become BOFHs?

I need a "DNS entry" or "config file" or something similarly trivial replaced. It's none of your fucking business why I want it. Just fucking do it.

And changing such "trivial" things as a DNS entry or a config file will never cause any serious problems that the aforementioned IT janitor would have to clean up after, right?


+ - Smile! Urine candid camera!

Submitted by Anon E. Muss
Anon E. Muss (808473) writes "Just because you can put a camera somewhere, doesn't mean you should. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security Theater doesn't grasp this concept. They've installed video cameras in urinals at Houston's Hobby Airport. At least they weren't sneaky about it — they posted a notice saying "Automatic infrared flush sensors also provide video monitoring for security purposes." (Insert bad joke about bashful bladder syndrome here)"

Comment: Re:English please? (Score 1) 281

by Erskin (#27430575) Attached to: Hulu Munging HTML With JS To Protect Content

General theory for you:

The web browser displays HTML, which is easily displayable and copyable.

It can also run javascript, a programming language that runs inside the web browser and can easily access the web page you are viewing.

In order to "hide" the HTML they are sending your web browser, they instead encode it and send you a page which only has the encoded version and some javascript.

When the browser runs the javascript, that script decodes the HTML and sticks it in the page.

Net results: using View Source in the web browser only shows the encoded HTML.

Reason why it's stupid: Anyone can run the javascript and decode it. The only people who couldn't get around this with the most trivial of effort wouldn't be using the HTML in ways Hulu disapproved of in the first place. It's kinda like using a European keyboard on a US computer in an attempt to stop people from using it. Anybody who can type can still see the letters on the keys. The people who only used the mouse to control the music player aren't going to be able to do weird stuff with your computer anyway.


+ - No more PHP exploits because of Anti-Hacking laws->

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juct writes "The German security expert Stefan Esser, who declared March to be the Month of PHP Bugs resigns to the new Anti-Hacking laws in Germany and removes all demo exploits from the MoPB pages. In his PHP security blog he explains: "This new law renders the creation and distribution of software illegal that could be used by someone to break into a computer system"."
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+ - Fox News smears rivals on Wikipedia->

Submitted by writes "Changes made to Wikipedia from an IP Address that resolves to Fox News, show a pattern of smearing Fox's rivals, including Al Franken, Keith Olbermann, and CNN, while removing damaging or embarrassing information to it's own reporters. pores through the changes to produce a comprehensive list of what Fox News allegedly changed.

An example of the changes:

From: "Many groups and commentators, including [[Media Matters for America]], and liberal broadcasters [[Al Franken]], and [[Keith Olbermann]], have claimed that Hume distorted Roosevelt's views."

To: "Many groups and commentators, including [[Media Matters for America]], and liberal broadcasters [[Al Franken]], and [[Keith Olbermann]], have claimed that Hume distorted Roosevelt's views in an attempt to ride Mr. Hume's coat tails in the ratings race as Mr. Hume hosts the highest rated political program on cable television.""

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Introducing the Slashdot Firehose 320

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the who-wants-to-drink-from-the-firehose dept.
Logged in users have noticed for some time the request to drink from the Slashdot Firehose. Well now we're ready to start having everybody test it out. It's partially a collaborative news system, partially a redesigned & dynamic next-generation Slashdot index. It's got a lot of really cool features, and a lot of equally annoying new problems for us to find and fix for the next few weeks. I've attached a rough draft of the FAQ to the end of this article. A quick read of it will probably answer most questions from how it works, what all the color codes mean, to what we intend to do with it.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.