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Comment: Save it to write once media too. (Score 1) 161

by beernutz (#44927475) Attached to: Link Rot and the US Supreme Court

I would also add that this should be done with a "write once" kind of storage back. This way we have some small assurance it was not modified.

You could go even further and keep a running log on the same medium that had an md5 of each previous content item which was then md5'd with the current.
This seems (to me at least) like it would provide a verifiable trail that shows the written contents were not tampered with.

Would this kind of scheme me useful? or am I missing something obvious?

Comment: Re:Linus management technique works (Score 1) 1501

by ichimunki (#44298721) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

I have a theory too: that you're a fucking moron. Because there is a mountain of evidence you're plainly too inept/stupid/monkey-fuck-dumb to realize is piled high on top of your thick head. For someone who wants to sound rational about the topic, you really should be ashamed to even think something so obviously wrong, let alone give voice to it.

To wit: Lots of us engage in abusive activity like this and we don't succeed with the type of behavior Linus exhibits here. Instead we're just abusive jerks who are frequently held accountable for our antisocial behavior and then go off to whine about how no one else does anything right and how if they just listened to us and blah blah blah. Then we see the masters of our craft with their own abusive tendencies as justification for what we have been doing. Because, after all, we're just cutting through the crap, avoiding the politics, and (get this) promoting our own cultural identity!

So is this behavior necessary for success? Does Steve Wozniak act like this? Yukihiro Matsumoto? Larry Wall? Tim Berners-Lee? Do Ken Thompson, Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie act like this? Bjarne Stroustrup? Anders Hjelsberg? Maybe I don't know these guys well enough... do they all act like this when we're not looking? Or are they able to do their thing without being abusive or demeaning to those with whom they are working?

Is it possible that we see plenty of success stories acting like this because it's just an all-too-common trait, rather than a defining characteristic of those who are successful?

Comment: Re:network ignorance (Score 1) 331

by ichimunki (#44138003) Attached to: U.S. Army Block Access To The Guardian's Website Over NSA Leaks
By accessing the material they might accidentally leak further information. If I want to know your IP address and I have your email address, all I do is send you an email with an image in it or some other "click here" net thing. I tag the image or link with a unique ID. As soon as you load the image or click the link I now have your IP address in my server's logs. Or maybe I post a links on my Facebook friends' walls -- again with the unique ID. I might learn a bit about their friends who click on the link. Maybe I seed the pages that the links go to with other types of enticing links, pretty soon I can see that all of so-and-so's friends clicked on the "anal sex" link but ignored the "help starving children" appeal. I might even get some of them to leave comments on articles that reveal even more information, like correcting "mistakes" in the linked article or revealing their own email address to "sign in to comment" or whatever. Before long I know enough to mount a successful social engineering attack on a group of interest to me, possibly netting even better access to more directly useful information.

+ - The iPhone As Camera... Where To Now?->

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BWJones writes "Many non-photographers and even photographers, particularly the working professional photographers are accustomed to looking down their nose at cell phones as cameras, but if you look at the market, all of the innovation in photography has been happening with smart phones in the last couple of years. Sure, camera sensors have gotten better and less noisy, but convergent technologies are primarily happening in the smart phone market, not the camera market. On top of that, statistics show that the most common cameras are now cell phone cameras, the iPhone in particular. Flickr reports that as of this posting, the Apple iPhone 4s is the most popular camera in the Flickr Community. If you add in the iPhone 4 and then the large upswing in the newly available iPhone 5 and the now waning iPhone 3GS, you have in the iPhone platform a huge lead in the number of cameras people are using to post to Flickr."
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Comment: Re:It was fun while it lasted! (Score 1) 202

by ichimunki (#42394577) Attached to: Ubuntu Focusing on Tablets and the Cloud in 2013

You can polish that [thing] all you want. It's still an overblown piece of [stuff].

If you think you can just abstract the interface, then you don't understand proper user experience design at all. And this is where I have to give Apple some credit (grudgingly)... they aren't trying to cram phone, tablet, and desktop into a single OS.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 436

by ichimunki (#42394491) Attached to: Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?
The theater where I saw The Hobbit in 48fps 3d must have had their projection completely screwed up because there was a bizarre ghosting effect that pretty much destroyed the movie for me. I'd rather have seen the movie on an old-school CRT via VHS. The 3D effect was almost completely useless when it wasn't distracting. In addition to that, I'm done paying to sit in a lousy theater seat, can't pause the three-hour movie to take a leak, can't bring decent food in with me (seriously, for the price of the cheap microwave pizza and a soda I had during The Hobbit, I could buy 8oz of gourmet cheese, crackers, and a 6 pack of microbrew).

Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 235

by ichimunki (#42394367) Attached to: Google Challenging Microsoft For Business Software
Google Apps collaboration is not just dvcs though. It's real time. And I've seen documents where the number of simultaneous users was in the double digits. That's a bit more interesting than a git plugin. Such a plugin would need to be committing, pushing, and pulling constantly. I guess it could be done and it would be totally awesome if it were... but then you need another plugin for shared document management that is as painless as Google Apps is (which has the added benefit of being able to make a document shared with the entire internet pretty much instantly). At some point, Google Apps will reach a tipping point over MS Office for most mundane tasks, and then there will be no going back. The big thing that's missing from Google Apps at this point is some sort of MS Access-alike. And it looks like they've got a new offering, Fusion, that may be moving in that direction.

+ - 2nd Language for Software Developer?

Submitted by ichimunki
ichimunki (194887) writes "I am a mid-career software developer. I am from the Midwestern US and my native language is English. I've studied a few languages over the years, both human and computer... lately I've begun to wonder what is the best second (human) language for someone in this field to have. Or is there even any practical value in working to become fluent in a non-English language? I am not planning to travel or move/work abroad. But if I knew a second language would I be able to participate in a larger programming community worldwide? Would I be able to work with those folks in some useful capacity? Perhaps building products for foreign markets?"

Comment: Re:Generating more irrelevant data (Score 1) 540

Really? $30 * 180 days (avg # of school days in the USA) = $5400. That's a pretty good bargain in my opinion. When I look around for a price like that I find some Catholic elementary schools with a parishioner requirement and a bulk discount for using Catholic family planning techniques. If you have 25 kids in a class, that's $135,000 a year. From that you need to pay at least one full-time teacher, provide a room, pay other part time staff (auxiliary teachers, administrators), buy supplies and equipment, pay for busing, subsidize some breakfasts and lunches, put books in the library, etc etc.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell