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Comment: more bit.ly jokes (Score 1) 36

by alain94040 (#35385844) Attached to: Internet Traffic In Libya Goes Dark Amid Upheaval

bit.ly is still up... It puts in perspective the most recent annoucement on Libya's (.ly) registrar: " FREE DNS Management Only with Libyan Spider". (http://libyanspider.com/ - which still works fine too, go register .ly domain names now before it's too late!)

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Comment: scary for net neutrality (Score 4, Insightful) 400

by alain94040 (#34600054) Attached to: Look Forward To Per-Service, Per-Page Fees

One wireless carrier alone like Verizon couldn't implement such a net-killing feature: their customers would abandon them cold. And if all the US carriers adopted that together, that would be the best case to start an antitrust investigation and shake the wireless landscape once and for all.

That being said, you got to look a slide #6: it's one of the best expression of greed I have ever seen.

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Comment: Bad GUI and no CLI: way too common (Score 5, Informative) 617

by alain94040 (#33789324) Attached to: Take This GUI and Shove It

Here is a Link to the print version of the article (that convenientily fits on 1 page instead of 3).

Providing a great GUI for complex routers or Linux admin is hard. Of course there has to be a CLI, that's how pros get the job done. But a great GUI is one that teaches a new user to eventually graduate to using CLI.

A bad GUI with no CLI is the worst of both worlds, the author of the article got that right. The 80/20 rule applies: 80% of the work is common to everyone, and should be offered with a GUI. And the 20% that is custom to each sysadmin, well use the CLI.
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Comment: How do you get offenders to stop? (Score 4, Interesting) 321

by alain94040 (#33678818) Attached to: Is the Web Heading Toward Redirect Hell?

Funny just this morning I noticed that it took at least 5 redirects or more for Google to let me login to Analytics. It felt like my browser had a life of its own!

The real problem though are the link shorteners. I'd like to vote with my feet and never click on them, but for many, they are like drugs, because they let you track your influence (how many people clicked) in real-time. It's especially bad on slower connections such as smartphones. Not everyone has 1MB/s.

Any ideas on how to convince people to stop?

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Comment: Real Ratina Display (Score 4, Insightful) 476

by alain94040 (#32516992) Attached to: iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

According to Wikipedia:

For a human eye with excellent acuity, the maximum theoretical resolution is 50 CPD (Cycles Per Degree). A rat can resolve only about 1 to 2 CPD.

I guess "rat-ina display" didn't sound as good to Apple marketing :-)

But really, so it may be 18 inches for "true" retina display versus 12 inches. Ok... Big deal.

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Comment: worth a read (Score 4, Interesting) 237

I found this on the topic: the actual settlement form. Read it all at http://www.copyrightsettlement.info/wfesettlement.pdf

Payment. You shall pay to the Company the total, lump sum of Two Thousand Five Dollars (US $2,500) by cashier’s check or credit card with no charge back or check cancellation.

Confidentiality. You agree that the terms of this Agreement shall remain STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL and MAY NOT be disclosed to any other party including but not limited to internet or on-line forums.

So don't go post this on slashdot or you'll owe this lawfirm $15,000!

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Comment: Sustainable open source? (Score 3, Insightful) 50

by alain94040 (#32089222) Attached to: Metasploit As Case Study In Selling a FOSS Project

The challenge for open source is that, while it's a fun hobby, how can we make it sustainable?"

sustainable is the key word for me here. If selling to a private corporation is the only sustainable way, that's too bad. That's why I like hybrid software licenses that combine open collaboration with some guarantee of revenue-sharing. Can we find a way to work together on a piece of code but still sell it for a reasonable price to end-users and sustain the developers? I sure hope so.

Because in the case of Metasploit, what do you think happens when all the developers now have a paying job? Even though the code is open, if it doesn't get maintained, it will die. So in practice, the project is basically at the mercy of the acquirer.

Comment: Looks bad... for 4 people (Score 5, Informative) 95

by alain94040 (#31959318) Attached to: Blippy Exposes Credit Card Numbers Through Simple Google Search

As of this submission, the issue still hasn't been resolved

Not true. If I read the explanation carefully, what really happened is that some credit card companies sometimes add the CC number to the description of the purchased item. Bad! Which also means that on your printed statement for instance, your full CC number will appear. During beta testing of Blippy, they were not aware of that "feature", so they let through the full CC number of 4 beta testers. Once they figured it out, they easily added a filter.

If you were a beta tester for a service like Blippy, you can't be too shocked that this might happen. A better discussion would be what is Blippy really good for? I can see why I might like to browse other people's purchases once in a while, but why would I want to broadcast mine?

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Comment: You control your own destiny (Score 4, Insightful) 332

by alain94040 (#31737274) Attached to: 2010 Salary Survey Highlights IT Woes

career experts say you have to take a strategic approach to your job search and application process. The best candidates are always taking steps to manage their careers...

I fully agree. If you sit passively and wait for your next raise, you may be waiting for a while... But if you are proactive, good things eventually happen to you. Contribute to an open-source project. Become the co-founder of a cool iPad app or whatever cool idea people are trading nowdays...

It doesn't pay off instantly, but a year or two later, your resume stands out from the crowd, and more importantly, you may not even need a resume anymore to get a great job!

Comment: To hack a patent... (Score 4, Interesting) 163

by alain94040 (#31598364) Attached to: Scary Smartphone Motion Control Patent Granted

Here's how you hack a patent. From claim 1:

wherein the initial motion meets or exceeds an initial motion threshold; sensing a complementary motion of said computer device in a reverse direction to the initial direction

As long as the iPhone or Android do not use one threshold and are more generic than detecting reverse direction, they do not infringe on that patent. Whoever wrote that claim made it way too specific, and easy to work around it.

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Comment: The real story (Score 5, Interesting) 153

by alain94040 (#31124874) Attached to: Google Tweaks Buzz To Tackle Privacy Concerns

This blog shows what really happened:

I use my private Gmail account to email my boyfriend and my mother.
There’s a BIG drop-off between them and my other “most frequent” contacts.
You know who my third most frequent contact is?
My abusive ex-husband.
Which is why it’s SO EXCITING, Google, that you AUTOMATICALLY allowed all my most frequent contacts access to my Reader, including all the comments I’ve made on Reader items, usually shared with my boyfriend, who I had NO REASON to hide my current location or workplace from, and never did.

It shows more eloquently than any privacy advocate ever could why privacy is so important when "you don't have anything to hide."

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