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Comment: Almost everything (Score 1) 222

by NightHwk1 (#44749801) Attached to: What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

As a Ruby developer who typically works on MacVim, pretty much everything I use (except OS X and it's built-in apps: mail, preview, itunes, etc.) is open source. I have other things like Omnigraffle, The Hit List, and some games, but those are used much less frequently.

95% of my day I'm looking at MacVim, iTerm2, and Chrome, which is essentially open source as well since it's mostly Chromium.
Servers are Ubuntu running Apache, Passenger, MRI Ruby, Memcached, CouchDB, ElasticSearch, Redis, PostgreSQL.

Comment: Re:I don't care, but think they should be labeled (Score 3, Interesting) 461

by NightHwk1 (#43445761) Attached to: How much I care about GMO food labeling:

Country of origin is a relevant piece of information - it tells how far the food has travelled and thus how much fuel was used in delivering it, as well as how long it was likely sitting in storage or transport. If a fruit is picked before ripening and is stored in a warehouse for 9 months, it's obviously less nutritious than something that was picked yesterday.

Comment: A big mess to clean up (Score 4, Informative) 176

by NightHwk1 (#42690699) Attached to: Github Kills Search After Hundreds of Private Keys Exposed

git rm id_rsa*; git commit -a -m "problem solved\!"

Not quite. They're already out there. The keys are still in the revision history. People have forked and cloned it.

Hopefully the developers who created these keys know that besides removing them from the repo, the keys can no longer be used. They must be removed from every .ssh/authorized_keys file, every service like Github that uses them for deploying code, etc.

Comment: Re:So far (Score 4, Insightful) 182

by NightHwk1 (#42102551) Attached to: Firefox 18 Beta Out With IonMonkey JavaScript Engine

What sites are so damned slow? It's not the Javascript in most cases, it's the asset loading. The tubes are still the bottleneck on the web.

If anything, Javascript is speeding things up. AJAX content updates without a full page refresh are commonplace now, and there are more and more sites that are mostly client-side, using frameworks like Backbone.

Comment: Re:go faster by going slower? (Score 1) 88

by NightHwk1 (#35453892) Attached to: Drupal 8 Development Begins — 15 Bugs At a Time

They would get a lot more done when they finish their transition over to Git (although they should seriously consider Github instead of whatever custom thing they're building). I've had things to contribute, mostly bugfixes for modules, but the whole community is still stuck on CVS and patch files, so it was too much of a pain to do.


Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover 264

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-me-off-that-thing dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Astronaut Bruce McCandless is suing Dido for her album cover that uses a famous NASA photograph of a tiny, tiny, tiny McCandless floating in space. McCandless doesn't own the copyright on the photo, so he's claiming it's a violation of his publicity rights ... except that he's so tiny in the photo, it's not like anyone's going to recognize him."

Comment: A book for content administration? (Score 2, Insightful) 50

by NightHwk1 (#33221086) Attached to: Drupal 6 Content Administration

There is something *seriously* wrong with a Content Management System if it prompts someone to write a book on how to use it for editing content.

Never mind the nightmarish coding practices that developers have to deal with, the always-one-version-behind modules, views in the database, or all the other things that make Drupal a pain to work with. The first thing a CMS should do is make content administration simple.

Hopefully Drupal 7 will solve some of these problems...

Comment: I don't care about Flash on the iPhone... (Score 1) 850

by NightHwk1 (#32120510) Attached to: Flash Is Not a Right

I'd rather have Adobe create a 64bit browser plugin for non-Linux platforms. The x64 build of Firefox (Minefield) on MacOS 10.6 was nice and fast, but I couldn't use it for a surprisingly high number of sites just because of the lack of Flash support.

And the alpha version for Linux has been "in development" for what, 3 years now?

Comment: Re:Dead Forests... (Score 1) 446

by NightHwk1 (#32068588) Attached to: Paper Manufacturer Launches "Print More" Campaign

I know this is a bit late for a response, but...

They don't just mow down the field and turn it all into Cheerios, otherwise you'd have lots of leaves and stalks from the wheat plants in your cereal bowl.

Anyway, such monoculture is unsustainable, especially when combined with our current industrial agriculture practices. It ruins and erodes the soil, is dependent on petroleum and herbicides, and is beginning to require plants with genetic modifications.

Comment: Re:Dead Forests... (Score 2, Insightful) 446

by NightHwk1 (#31995562) Attached to: Paper Manufacturer Launches "Print More" Campaign

I was shocked at the absolute lack of biodiversity the last time I walked through a wheat field. Imagine it: A huge field, hundreds of acres, where they've managed to grow almost nothing but wheat! What a waste.

It works much better without the sarcasm tags. Repeat that over and over, and perhaps you'll get it.

There is something wrong with such a lack of biodiversity, especially when you consider that approximately 40% of the land in the US is currently cultivated like this.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?