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+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron writes: Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?

Comment: Re:***FEAR*** as a very powerful tool (Score 1) 926

by Mendy (#45385495) Attached to: Where Does America's Fear Come From?

A true analogy : Fish farmers who ship live fishes in flexitanks used to be troubled by the large number of fish turned belly up during the transit, and finally someone found a simple way to solve the problem --- they put a live crab inside the same flexitank with the fish.

Because of that one live crab, the fishes were pre-occupied with fear throughout the journey, and as a result, up to 95% of the fishes arrived at the destination still alive.

*or* the crab had eaten all the dead ones.

Comment: GForge (Score 1) 69

by Mendy (#43127201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where to Host Many Small, Related Projects?

If you could get somewhere to host it GForge would seem to fit what I think you're asking. It'd be similar to in effect to running your own "sourceforge" and then hosting each application on that.

Sadly the free/open source version seems to be defunct now from what I can see but the company who do the commercial version seem to offer free licences for non-profits so it might still be an option.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 5, Informative) 84

by Mendy (#42224115) Attached to: Some UK Councils Barred From Using Gov't Vehicle Database

Not sure why any local government should have access to the vehicle database anyway. All taxation, etc, is done by national government.

The council I used to work for had access to identify the owners of abandoned cars. We didn't have access to identify fly-tippers or people who might be disposing of trade waste at household sites which I understood would have made that job easier or indeed possible so some of the violations could have been through this kind of temptation or ignorance about the limitations.

Technically it was quite a secure system - access was done from a private, locked room via a dedicated ISDN line whose number was registered with them and then several levels of authentication by users who had had to sign an agreement. They were very strict about the paperwork being up to date so I can believe the comments in the article about some having lost their access temporarily due to not getting the renewal forms back in time.

Comment: External Hosting (Score 1) 383

by Mendy (#41470475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?

It would be worth thinking about how secure you need your code to be before you entrust it to a 3rd party. The services should be secure but it is an additional risk.

What I have in mind here is not so much the actual code but hard coded passwords or even data that might have found its way in amongst the code.

If it hasn't been mentioned elsewhere you can use SVN without a server but with a repository created on a shared file share which might be an option and at least if all the data is staying on the same share you can't be making things less secure than they are now.

Comment: File Groupings (Score 1) 440

by Mendy (#41205307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

The problem with a lot of file duplication tools is that they only consider files individually and not their location or the type of file. Often we have a lot of rules about what we'd like to keep and delete - such as keeping an mp3 in an album folder but deleting the one from the 'random mp3s' folder, or always keeping duplicate DLL files to avoid breaking backups of certain programs.

With a large and varied enough collection of files it would take more time to automate that than you would want to spend. There are a couple of options though:

You could get some software to replace duplicate files with hard links. This will save you space but not make things any neater - DupeMerge looks like it would do it on NTFS but I haven't tried it myself.

Another alternative would be to move your data to a file system that has built in de-duplication such as ZFS and let that handle everything.

Finally when I was looking at this myself what I found was that the problem was not individual duplicate files but that certain trees of files occurred identically in multiple places (adhoc backups of systems were a big culprit here). What you could do with but which I couldn't find and didn't get round to finishing writing was something that would CRC not individual files but entire trees of files/folders and report back the matches. If something does already exist to do that I'd be quite interested myself.

The intelligence of any discussion diminishes with the square of the number of participants. -- Adam Walinsky