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Comment: Re:April Fools! (Score 1) 162

by Mortimer82 (#46642863) Attached to: Subversion Project Migrates To Git
Our project's team decided to move from SVN to Git a few months back. We develop for .NET and were all used to working with TortoiseSVN with code being managed on a server which could control access to different repositories.

We had one guy who recently joined our team who knew Git and felt it was worth taking the plunge and moving to it, acknowledging that we would initially be frustrated at having to learn a new tool.
We use TortoiseGit along with Gitblit to host the repositories and at this point I have to say I am super happy we made the move. Learning something new is always a little painful, but it was well worth it in this case. If you're used to TortoiseSVN, then TortoiseGit really helps and I personally have not had to use a single Git command.

Git empowers you more as a developer because while SVN essentially forces its changes onto you as you fetch latest, with Git, you get much greater control in how and when you merge your changes with the repository. If you are uneasy about a merge, you can make a branch in just a few seconds and test it there first. The nicest though is how you can commit locally without having to push your changes to other users, this is especially useful if you are doing a refactor and want the ability to create rollback points every hour, but don't want other developers getting your not yet complete work. You create a branch locally, commit every 30 minutes or hour, then when the whole task is completed, you can merge your commits into one (if you want), then push to the central repository for the rest of the team.

If your refactor took a week, you can avoid the merge pain of other developers work by regularly pulling their changes into your perhaps every day or even every hour, and everytime you want to merge, you can roll it back if something turns our badly.

The thing to understand about Git is that there is no "central" repository authority like with SVN, instead everyone has there own repository and Git provides a nice way to selectively pull and push changes between different repositories in a way that you have much greater control over. In our corporate environment, we do use a central repository as that's where the backups happen and it's also much easier than trying to sync with peers. The end result is a process that in practice can work identically to SVN, but also gives developers greater power on their own computers, if they want it.

It really does empower you, but as with anything truly worth doing, there is effort required and you must be prepared to invest. I also recommended that at least one person on your team is already familiar with Git as an in person explanation to any issue you have is much faster than trying to research it online.

Comment: Re:What a Load of Bullcrap! (Score 1) 1199

by Mortimer82 (#41571005) Attached to: Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

Your nickname suits you very well.

Cigarette smokers who do not recognize the imposing obnoxiousness of their entirely optional habit and the burden it places on society, are by definition, selfish.

As they have made themselves practically dependent upon their habit they will of course defend it tooth and nail. The very fact they made the completely irrational decision to smoke knowing all the negative impacts of it and then go on to *defend* their irrational decision, leads me to conclude they are either plain stupid or otherwise generally irrational, and hence, cannot be reasoned with.

Comment: Re:What a Load of Bullcrap! (Score 1) 1199

by Mortimer82 (#41570579) Attached to: Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

Depends on where you are.

Where I am, it is against the law to urinate in public, probably as it is a health hazard and in general the community finds such behaviour unpleasant. Smoking in general public areas is not yet illegal in all places unfortunately.

And even if there are designated smoking areas, why do I have to pay extra taxes so that a council can make a special smoking area in a park, or in the price of my meal, subsidize the cost of the restaurant to build a special smoking area? Urination is an avoidable part of the human condition, smoking is not.

In regards to other unpleasantness, I encounter the way too much perfume problem maybe once every few years or if it's at the work place, that is something that can addressed by company policy. I live in a city and have no livestock farms anywhere near me and if a neighbour decides to use manure in their garden, sure it's unpleasant, but it's once a year and doesn't have the side effect of poisoning their garden.

Cigarette smoking is a selfish habit which is a burden on society and it's negative aspects dwarf any possible aspects, as a member of society it is my opinion we should weigh up whether or not we should really put up with such a burden. The only kind of person who would say otherwise is said selfish cigarette smoker.

Comment: Use original packaging if possible (Score 1) 249

by Mortimer82 (#41570413) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?

I recently moved from Ireland to South Africa and had a NAS, laptop and two LCD screens shipped over.

With the NAS ( I put it in the original antistatic bag and then in its box, padded with a bit of bubble wrap and these packaging air bags. I shipped it with all its hard drives inside.

With the screens I had their original packaging, a simple plastic bag, then placed inside polystyrene packaging then in their cardboard box.

With the laptop (oldish now, so wasn't too fussed), I just put it in a regular packing cardboard box with some clothes around it.

All items arrived fine, perhaps I was luckier than some, but it seems the shippers were reasonably careful with my goods based on the state of the boxes.

For my actual computer, I disassembled it, threw away the case and the rest I put in my checked in luggage, that way I didn't have to wait the 3 months for the shipping to happen. Shipping took a long time as I didn't have much to bring back and it took a little while for enough other people to come along so there would be enough to fill up the container.

Comment: Re:What a Load of Bullcrap! (Score 1) 1199

by Mortimer82 (#41567883) Attached to: Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

You've really answered your own questions.

The fact that you needlessly made yourself addicted to cigarettes is entirely your own doing, many people are highly effective at complicated/stressful/tedious jobs without the need to smoke. Smokers almost always take more breaks than employees who don't smoke and if they don't take regular smoke breaks, then their productivity suffers until they get their "fix". Why should an equally qualified and experienced smoker who spends less time being productive due to their habit get paid the same as me?

It really makes perfect sense to discourage smoking as it ultimately reduces economic output.

As for the story summary, times have moved on since the time of those particular people, humanity now knows better. The world would be a better place if smoking became unacceptable and the newer generations didn't get as easily addicted to the expensive and harmful substance.

This is of course all besides the fact that smoking is an expensive, unhealthy and above all, highly disgusting and typically inconsiderate habit. To me, walking past someone who is smoking is about as pleasant as walking past someone urinating against a wall.

Comment: Re:Unsubstantiated Rubbish (Score 4, Interesting) 272

by Mortimer82 (#41301145) Attached to: Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users

Their compromised database is indeed a very serious privacy issue. From a security point of view, fortunately they used a good enough password hashing technique that it is largely impractical to extract passwords from the dump.

From my experience, with almost all people who have their accounts compromised, it was due to phishing or malware. Consequently, account names in screenshots will probably not make any difference to how many people have account security issues.

Comment: Re:Unsubstantiated Rubbish (Score 4, Informative) 272

by Mortimer82 (#41300141) Attached to: Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users

The thread indicates it may have appeared during WotLK alpha builds and only contains:
- Account name that was used pre-BNET or otherwise a post-BNET numeric account name. (email address is NOT included)
- IP address of the realm you are connected to, NOT the client IP. (However, this could be used to identify pirate servers).
- The time the screenshot was taken

I suspect it was most likely used to catch people leaking imagery of alpha builds which were not allowed to be made public. WotLK was the last WoW expansion Blizzard tried to keep secret for the alpha, but everyone was leaking it despite very clear NDAs having to be agreed to by all who participated. With their next expansion, they didn't bother with an NDA outside of a very small group of initial internal testers.

I wouldn't call this any kind of breach of privacy as none of the information is personal. An account name can only be matched to a real name by Blizzard and only if you play on their servers.

Of course privacy zealots will say otherwise, but each to their own.

Comment: Chrome's UI is just more polished in my opinion (Score 3) 665

by Mortimer82 (#40880177) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

It's not just about features, it's just that it feels like Google properly thought about every aspect of functionality of their chrome for the browser. For example, it took ages for Firefox to implement that tabs don't resize themselves after closing until after you move the mouse away. And even now, the drag handle for the Firefox window is only on the window title area and you still can't use the unused tab area as a window drag handle, where on Chrome it works fine. It's these tiny little details that I really appreciate about Chrome.

That being said, I still love Firefox's awesome bar, works better than Chrome's default address bar by a long shot, if I recall there is a Chrome extension which works the same, I may look into that, but it's not a deal breaker for me.

Comment: Re:They're pointless anyway (Score 1) 265

by Mortimer82 (#40373263) Attached to: How Would You Redesign the TLD Hierarchy?

Country code TLDs are a symptom, not a feature. They come about because local governments want to exert their own control over some aspect of the internet, but really the whole point of the internet is to transcend borders and unite people in a single global network, even if that is a threat to entrenched interests.

I always thought of it as a delegation thing which is really convenient for the users of that country. I can pay in my local currency for a local domain name and deal with a local company, rather than having to deal with dollar exchange rates and US based companies which may have vastly different business hours. It also means that things like trademark disputes can be handled locally, rather than one having to deal with US laws. It's also in the interest of said governments to keep money local (for local only businesses) rather than a constant stream of money trickling from their country to some U.S company for no particularly good reason except that the U.S. kind of got the monopoly.

In fact, if anything I think it's the generic top level domains which messed things up. With the U.S. controlling the internet first, no one really bothered with the .us ccTLD and instead used the "default" top level space, while ccTLDs are effectively 2nd class.

I think a lot of the problems with GLOBAL contention of .com namespace would be much less of a deal if it never existed and like pretty much the rest of the world, US entities used something like /

Of course ccTLDs create their own set of challenges for international businesses, who may feel forced to maintain their domain names in all the countries in which they operate, but it also means that a silly local only mom and pop business in the US wouldn't get the the "default" .com address which is greatly coveted by a multinational, but European only company.

I'm not saying I feel this way myself, but if anyone ever wondered why Americans are often stereotyped as self-centred and oblivious to the fact they are only a part of an international community, it's stuff like this which doesn't help them. However, I acknowledge that DNS and the Internet was originally just an American thing and wasn't initially conceived to service the entire planet, but still, we are living in the world we live in, regardless of the intent or lack there of.

Comment: Re:That's *it* for me and Blizzard, man!! (Score 1) 540

by Mortimer82 (#40314151) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Banhammer Dropped Just Before RMAH Goes Live

Cool story Mr Anonymous Coward. Believe whatever conspiracy theories that make you feel better about yourself, but fooling yourself into believing this is on Blizzard's side will not stop you getting hacked in the same way the next time you play any online game in which gold sellers can make a profit off hacking accounts.

Comment: Re:Me too, Brutus (Score 1) 540

by Mortimer82 (#40307449) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Banhammer Dropped Just Before RMAH Goes Live

If your account was used for farming, then it makes sense they waited until you cancelled your sub, that way you wouldn't interrupt their activities.

There are various different gold selling companies with different MOs, some steal gold, others hijack accounts and farm.

Haven't taken much action to remedy it, because, well, frankly I don't mind as I don't have time to play games anymore.

If you're actually never going to play WoW, then fair enough, if there is a chance you will do so at some point in the future, I advise you report it now while they still have logs and can make a record of any damage. If it's reported too late, the logs are gone and there is no chance of item/gold recovery. Reporting compromised accounts is really streamlined and painless, would take you less than 5 minutes to report it through the website.

Comment: Re:That's *it* for me and Blizzard, man!! (Score 1) 540

by Mortimer82 (#40307027) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Banhammer Dropped Just Before RMAH Goes Live

Mr Anonymous Coward,

I am just someone who happens to be in the know on this subject, trying to inform fellow Slashdotters in general to not fool themselves into thinking they aren't insecure by shifting the blame to where it shouldn't be.

You are welcome to go ahead and convince yourself it *must* be Blizzard at fault here, but that won't magically stop you getting hacked the same way in the future for the next game or service you use unless you fix the real problem.

I was a Blizzard fan for years before working there, a Blizzard fan while working there and still one today, but I am also a hobbyist website developer, before there I worked there I worked as an IT technician, I am a long time Slashdot user and a fellow gamer.

But sure Mr Anonymous Coward, if you and your friends who got hacked sleep better at night being ignorant on their account security practices by believing this, go right ahead, it's not me potentially making myself a future hacking target.

Almost anything derogatory you could say about today's software design would be accurate. -- K.E. Iverson