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Comment: Re:Not unexpected... (Score 1) 260

by HughsOnFirst (#35859392) Attached to: Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

In NYC it is the other way around. With a large immigrant population , almost 600,000 university students, and 35.6% of over-25 population who have degrees, your average high school graduate from staten island is very much lacking in relevant life experience. At least the PDNY isn't as stupid as the cops in Boston, but still there seems to be an attitude of "anything I don't understand must be illegal".

Comment: Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 260

by HughsOnFirst (#35858814) Attached to: Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

The NY Times and The New Yorker aren't particularly liberal if you live in NYC, it's about the only way to get reasonably complete movie and show listings without all the ads for transvestite hookers.

If you listed the wall street journal, the national review ,physics today, the cato journal, reason, air and space smithsonian, aviation week, the bulletin of symbolic logic, and the new york review of books , you would get booted just as fast. Any evidence of critical thinking or reading seems to disqualify you for jury duty.

I once saw a guy excused for not watching television.

Comment: Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 260

by HughsOnFirst (#35844604) Attached to: Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

If you had a PhD. in comparative literature ( I don't BTW ), it would be the prosecutor who would be kicking you out.
In NYC Voir Dire , they always seem to ask what magazines or newspapers you read. Mention the NY Times , Nature , The New Yorker , IEEE Spectrum , or the Economist and you will never be on a jury.

Comment: Re:Simple answer, wrong question. (Score 1) 736

by HughsOnFirst (#30608648) Attached to: Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees

ok so you are a troll but assuming you know what free speech is , and you speak english

liberal:
–adjective
1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.
11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.
–noun
14. a person of liberal principles or views, esp. in politics or religion.
15. (often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, esp. of the Liberal party in Great Britain.
Origin:
1325–75; ME L lberlis of freedom, befitting the free, equiv. to lber free + -lis -al 1

Related forms:
liberally, adverb
liberalness, noun

Synonyms:
1. progressive. 7. broad-minded, unprejudiced. 9. beneficent, charitable, openhanded, munificent, unstinting, lavish. See generous. 10. See ample.

Antonyms:
1. reactionary. 8. intolerant. 9, 10. niggardly.

broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant ...
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having political or social views favoring reform and progress
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tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
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a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
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big: given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"
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a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
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free: not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
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Liberalism is a broad class of political philosophies that considers individual liberty and equality to be the most important political goals.
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The Liberal magazine is a quarterly literary and political publication "devoted to promoting liberalism around the world". ...
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The Liberal Party was one of the two major British political parties from the mid 19th century until the rise of the Labour Party in the 1920s ...
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One with liberal views, supporting individual liberty (see Wikipedia on Liberalism for a description of the various and diverging trends of ...
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Of or relating to the Liberal party, its membership, or its platform, policy, or viewpoint; Liberal Party; A member or supporter of a Liberal Party; A member or supporter of the Liberal Pary of Canada, or its predecessors, or provincial equivalents, or their predecessors; A Liberal Democrat ...
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liberally - freely in a nonliteral manner; "he embellished his stories liberally"
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liberally - in a generous manner; "he gave liberally to several charities"
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liberalness - liberality: an inclination to favor progress and individual freedom
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GUI

IDEs With VIM Text Editing Capability? 193

Posted by timothy
from the one-keybinding-to-rule-them-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I am currently looking to move from text editing with vim to a full fledged IDE with gdb integration, integrated command line, etc. Extending VIM with these capabilities is a mortal sin, so I am looking for a linux based GUI IDE. I do not want to give up the efficient text editing capabilities of VIM though. How do I have my cake and eat it too?"

Comment: Re:The most secure place (Score 1) 1007

by HughsOnFirst (#30064340) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

The topic is "Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?"

The original poster wants to avoid using a physical object or specific software, and is looking for a mnemonic device to help them store and retrieve (remember) passwords.

The question as it was posted:

"The ideal tool in my mind should be something that is independent of any application, browser, or computer; something that is easily carried, but which if lost poses no risk of compromise. What does the Slashdot crowd like in password tools?"

Seems pretty obvious that the poster wants to remember passwords. Seems pretty obvious that the poster wants to not use software.

So it boils down to:
How can I retrieve my password from somewhere or something that is secure without having to remember the password itself?

If you are going to use a tool, you have to remember what the tool is, even if it is a post-it on the screen. Obviously if the poster can't memorize that there is this thing called a computer that involves a thing called a password, they aren't going to remember what tool they are using or that there is even a tool.

If the poster can't remember that they have a password, a tool for remembering it, and what the tool is, then asking the Slashdot community is pointless.

In my post I proposed a tool in case you have forgotten the original question , "that is independent of any application, browser, or computer; something that is easily carried, but which if lost poses no risk of compromise" that allows the poster to not have to remember the password, but to remember only the tool.

The first line of my post said that the special case of thinking up something that is hard to guess but easy to remember is difficult, as opposed to memory in general like remembering that you have money, remembering it's in a bank, remembering you can get to it online etc.

If your reading comprehension isn't good enough for all that try this

If you can remember that you have a tool for remembering, and you can remember what the tool is and how to use it, than any tool will work.

If you can't remember that you have a tool for remembering, or you can't remember what the tool is and how to use it, than no tool will work, and you probably wouldn't remember the answers here on Slashdot or even remember asking the question if you were the original poster.

There is a case where remembering what the tool is is enough. It's sort of like remembering that you tattooed your password on your arm, but without the tattoo or the arm.

Instead of trying to remember the password itself, remember the description of the password.

Descriptions of passwords include:

what I get when I click on the button in program X
what's tattooed on my arm
what's written on a piece of paper in my wallet
the first letters of the words in the first two lines of the Swedish national anthem

The first two lines of the Swedish national anthem are Du gamla, du fria, du fjällhöga Nord, du tysta, du glädjerika sköna! , so the password would be DgdfdfNdtydgs

I don't have to remember the Swedish national anthem, I can look it up, OR the password, in fact I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to. The memory requirements are no greater than having to remember what scrap of paper you wrote your password on, and you have the advantage being unlikely to accidently divulge the password.

My example of an obscene phrase has an advantage that it is unlikely to be repeated accidentally and it is easy to remember, but remembering that your password is the first letter of the streets that intersect Broadway in Manhattan below Houston street would do just as well.

Like I said, Memorizing isn't hard, thinking up something that is hard to guess but easy to remember is. I personally can not remember any of my passwords but I can remember what tool I use to remember them.

Comment: Re:The most secure place (Score 1) 1007

by HughsOnFirst (#30056952) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

Memorizing isn't hard, thinking up something that is hard to guess but easy to remember is . Think of a really obscene sentence , involving for instance your siblings, parrents, two supreme court justices and a vat of yak butter.
I'll bet whatever you came up with is pretty easy to remember, and not the sort of thing you will want to write down or say out loud. Use the second letter of each word in the sentence as your password.

Comment: Re:My experiance with "no data transfer quotas" (Score 1) 135

by HughsOnFirst (#29317515) Attached to: Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out

That's not a link to my site, it's a link to a digg story that links to another site that in turn links to a site that has a link to my site.

If you are too lazy to find my site I really don't care if you can find it, on the other hand you are actually interested and take the effort find it, fine.

Anyway I think you meant spammer, not troll. Trolls are generally anonymous posters of unfounded or ignorant (did you click the link?) claims and general snarkiness.

I filter both out of my blog, and no I'm not linking to that here either.

Comment: Re:My experiance with "no data transfer quotas" (Score 1) 135

by HughsOnFirst (#29317269) Attached to: Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out

Hi there, OP here

Yes it was a badly written site generated with a shell script intended for about 8 people to see so we could talk about an art exhibition buried in a bunch of test sites for clients, and yes I was so far over the transaction limit that they even turned the logging software off. I learned about it in about an hour when a client called me on the phone wondering what happened to his test page
The hosting company , Host Monster , was very reasonable about the whole thing and I only have good things to say about their customer service, especialy compared to some much more expensive hosting services that some of my clients
To clarify, I still use quite a bit of bandwidth, it was the transactions that killed me.

My point in the original post was that it was not the bandwidth that is the problem but the cpu time so unlimited bandwidth doesn't mean that much
If I had gotten around to making the whole thing a drupal site like I was planing instead of a bunch of flat html pages I'm sure it would have been worse.

Comment: Re:My experiance with "no data transfer quotas" (Score 1) 135

by HughsOnFirst (#29316743) Attached to: Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out

Are you trying to crash your server again out of spite or something? :)

It's not like I put the url into the post, and if you want to go to trouble of finding the site that's fine. According to google there are "about 14,200" mentions of it on various web pages with about five thousand blogs linking to it.

The New York Times, Canadian public broadcasting, The Guardian in the UK, a bunch of other newspapers in Scotland, Italy, a business magazine in Denmark, Time Magazine, Fox News, Wikipedia, and a zillion photography related sites all link to it

At this point I'm not too worried about the Slashdot effect. ...and this is *really* weird, I show up in a standardized reading comprehension test in Spain
http://www.pnte.cfnavarra.es/eoip/castellano/depart/exam_av_in.pdf
WTF??? I just noticed that

I moved the 13 thousand images to a image hosting account that lives on amazon s3 and went from about 6800 html files to 20 files, so the transaction load is a lot smaller even if total size of the html files is about the same.

Actually, I like the version I put on gigapan better than my site, so go slashdot that
http://gigapan.org/viewProfile.php?userid=5135

Comment: My experiance with "no data transfer quotas" (Score 4, Interesting) 135

by HughsOnFirst (#29308437) Attached to: Hosting Data-Transfer Quotas Are Fading Out

Last year I had a website that was number one on digg for months and eventually got over ten thousand diggs

http://digg.com/people/He_Took_a_Polaroid_Every_Day_Until_the_Day_He_Died

My unlimited , "no data transfer quotas" account didn't last a whole hour.

Figure that each visitor accounted for 13,000 hits and 6,000+ largish photos it added up

Comment: Because progressive lenses make me want to vomit (Score 1) 220

by HughsOnFirst (#28942737) Attached to: Adjustable-Focus Glasses Can Replace Bifocals

Well not really want to , but I might just vomit anyway. If you are comfortable with tunnel vision maybe progressive lenses are OK, but if you need to look at anything that is large or up close they are beyond awful. I tried them for a whole month and never got used to them , and even if I had adjusted to the point of no nausea or headaches they still would have been useless for anything other than reading business cards.

I have been wanting a pair of these since I first heard about them.

Comment: Re:You think the code is bad? Take a look at page (Score 1) 405

by HughsOnFirst (#28774529) Attached to: Most Expensive JavaScript Ever?

Just like old cars. ( pre 1955 non GM , pre 1970s English mostly) all had positive ground.
Who came up with the idea of negative ground anyway? It is somewhere between nonsensical and stupid. No not Ben Franklin, I'll bet it was Edison.
All those school children being taught that current goes one way and the electrons go the other way. That's if they are lucky, usually they just get taught it wrong.

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