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Comment: Shrinking cars could be better than you'd think (Score 1) 443

by Mouldy (#45190029) Attached to: I wish my car could...
If "Shrink and drive through tiny things" means cars can get smaller than the physical space required by their contents (think TARDIS) then I think we'd all be happier. Much smaller cars + roads kept the size they are now = more space to drive and traffic would have less of an impact on travel times. Think of all the productive things people could do if they didn't spend so much time stuck in traffic.

Comment: Re:maintenance updates during the day ? (Score 1) 98

by Mouldy (#44575261) Attached to: Washington Post Hacked, a Day After New York Times
Thats not a universal philosophy. If something breaks late Friday night - who's going to be around to fix it? We only push stuff live after vigorous QA & review and we're as sure as we can be that it won't break anything. If it does break something, it's going to be something pretty obscure and we sure as hell want as many engineers around as possible to be available to help fix it or to make the call to rollback if a fix isn't forthcoming. The odds of the small team online late on friday knowing enough about the system to successfully diagnose and fix something obscure quickly are slim. That's exactly why we usually do live pushes during business hours - even if traffic would be quieter at 3am Sunday morning. Out of hours support should be for emergencies only - not for run of the mill live pushes.

Comment: Re:Screw them (Score 4, Insightful) 210

by Mouldy (#44336501) Attached to: Alan Turing Likely To Be Given Posthumous Pardon

Honestly, the entire concept of being Pardoned in this case would be yet another insult.

What they should issue is an Apology.

Mod parent up. Pardon implies that the action was wrong, but excusable. An apology would imply that Turing (+others) did nothing wrong and that it was in fact the law that was wrong.

Comment: What's the point in 'migrating'? (Score 1) 413

by Mouldy (#43565083) Attached to: My most frequent OS migration path?
At work my machine runs windows. But I'm ssh'd into at least 6 linux/solaris servers at any given time.

At home my main PC is windows - but I have linux running on a NAS box that I use for backups and web dev environment.

So I haven't migrated per se. I just use a mixture of windows and linux depending on what the best tool for the job is.

Comment: Re:Thats it! I am leaving (Score 1) 622

by Mouldy (#40497337) Attached to: The PHP Singularity
I currently work on the many ecommerce websites for a v. large company. My job was advertised to PHP developers and the company cross-trained me because we use Perl for pretty much all our backend code. There's pretty much no PHP. So after a year of working on the framework and in the environment - I think I can say I'm confident in my Perl abilities but am very aware that I'm losing my skills as a PHP programmer.

So while I'm thankful of the learning opportunity - I realise there's a lot more PHP jobs out there than there are Perl jobs. I'd rather be really good at PHP that really good at Perl. I'm aware that the longer time I spend at my current company, the less transferable my programming skills will be. Which isn't necessarily an issue - I could always go down the management route.

Just for the record; I'm one of those who maintain there's nothing particularly wrong with PHP as a language, the issue is how people use it.

Comment: Re:This company scares me more and more (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by Mouldy (#39194233) Attached to: Schmidt: Google Once Considered Issuing Currency
Then I guess that includes small indie games that have in-game currency or use Facebook credits (which are bought for real world money) should also be shut down. Or casinos that use chips rather than letting you bet at the tables with real money?

Point is, companies have had their own currencies for years. While some people might disagree with those practises - company-specific currency isn't intrinsically bad
Crime

US Appeals Court Upholds Suspect's Right To Refuse Decryption 358

Posted by Soulskill
from the still-vulnerable-to-$5-wrench-decryption dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has found that forcing a suspect to decrypt his hard drive when the government did not already know what it contained would violate his 5th Amendment rights. According to Orin Kerr of the Volohk Conspiracy, 'the court's analysis (PDF) isn't inconsistent with Boucher and Fricosu, the two district court cases on 5th Amendment limits on decryption. In both of those prior cases, the district courts merely held on the facts of the case that the testimony was a foregone conclusion.'"

Comment: Re:it's because IE implementation is buggy (Score 1) 197

by Mouldy (#39113613) Attached to: Microsoft Accuses Google of Violating Internet Explorer's Privacy Settings

Parent has hit the nail right on the head. I used to work on Facebook games for an indie games company and now I'm in charge of 'doing Facebook' for another company and so cross domain Iframe cookie problems are something I come across a lot. Maintaining user sessions inside iframes isn't straightforward.

Relatively recently, Facebook updated their apps platform so that app iframes to 3rd party sites are POSTed to via JavaScript to avoid safari's limitation on accepting 3rd party cookies. Previously the work around was to have some js in your page that would post to itself - both methods trick safari into thinking the user actively navigated to the Iframe and so should accept cookies.

Facebook have yet to implement a trick to make ie accept 3rd party cookies and so the widely used work around is use either a genuine or dud p3p header.

Yes, these hacks and workarounds are nasty and yes they're bad for standards - but if browser vendors insist on such privacy controls they need to make it much more user friendly for users to whitelist sites. Most of users we get through Facebook don't know what cookies are - they just want our apps to work. Blocking cookies without even prompting the user is not the way forward.

Comment: I for one prefer targeted advertising (Score 1) 170

by Mouldy (#38200236) Attached to: EU Targets Facebook's Ad System
I'd rather have adverts that are targeted to my personal interests and 'likes' than be bombarded with irrelevant crap that I'm not at all interested in. Do I want to have farmville adverts showing up on my FB page? No - I'm not a teenage girl. Do I want to be notified when ebuyer or have a sale on? Yes. What's more relevant to me; A band I like is playing a concert in my area, or, A rapper who makes my ears bleed is doing a gig in a different country?

Say what you want about Facebook - but I like how their adverts quite often for something I'm genuinely interested in. IMO, that's what ALL advertising should be like. No matter how many times I see the Always adverts on TV - I'm never going to buy sanitary pads.

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