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Comment: What complete and utter bullshit. (Score 2) 218

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#48927559) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

95% of 250 coders. That means that out of a million programmers they will misidentify 200000.

I suspect that there are few enough variances in style to make any coders style unique. For example whether to uses braces on a one line statement after an in if in C.

With a few programmers it's likely to work, but when the possible source of programmers is the world...

Not to mention emacs, Visual Studio and such enforcing some indentation standards and programming languages enforcing others.

Comment: Re:Search seemingly getting worse over time (Score 1) 80

I was wondering something similar. Often times recent news tends to overshadow search results.

Let me give a practical example. Grand Jury. proceedings have undergone serious reform since the 70s. In some states a target can demand to appear before the Grand Jury. In some states a No Bill precludes the State from representing the case. In others there must be clear new evidence before a case can be represented. I know one state has a three striges rules for GJ proceedings ( sorry don't remember which).

The day before the Michael Brown shooting, a search on Grand Jury Missouri would have found several articles on the specific laws to Grand Jury proceedings in Missouri.

The day the DA announced he would present the case to a Grand Jury, the same search gets hundreds of articles on news story about Michael Brown and Grand Jury proceedings, but it becomes impossible to find those same scholarly articles about the peculiarity of Missouri Grand Jury proceedings. Not even the relevant statutes from the state website.

What can be done to mitigate this effect?

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 252

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#48734969) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

Well, I was using floppies well into the 90's. CD-ROMs were nice for large chunks of data but until I had broadband, sneakernet+floppies was usually a lot more efficient. Really the modern replacement is USB sticks, although they're not quite cheap enough to give away as floppies were.

CD's always seemed impractical. Probably because they are in a way more fragile.

I still use ZIP drives for some backups ( say my password manager ).

USB sticks are OK but I really don't like their form factor.

microSD cards in an SD card adaptor ( if needed ), seem best. and most easily stored. I just wish they had binder inserts similar to the ones they had for floppies.

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst