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Comment: Why not? (Score 1) 197

by chris_7d0h (#46193117) Attached to: QuakeNet: Government-Sponsored Attacks On IRC Networks

I don't see what would prevent you from screen scraping the archive, and bring our history with us to the new site.

url_pattern = "slashdot.org/archive.pl?op=bytime&keyword=&year=&page="
for year in (1998 to 2014):
    thread_page = 1
    while true:
        url = url_pattern.replace(").with(year).replace("").with(thread_page)
        threads = extract_threads( fetch(url) )
        if no threads:
              break
        for thread in threads:
            comment_page = 1
            while true:
                comments = extract_comments(thread + "?page=" + comment_page)
                if no comments:
                    break
                append_to_database(comments)
                comment_page += 1
        thread_page += 1

How long would it take?

The Slashdot archive spans 16 years.
Let's say there is an average of 35 pages worth of threads each year.
Each such page of thread links takes about 7 second to load.
In an hour you should be able to get all thread URLs.

Let's further assume it takes 4 seconds to load a comment thread and that there are 270 threads URLs per page.
That gives us a total of 16 x 35 x 270 ~ 150000 thread pages.
Getting all those threads so you can extract the comment related data and meta data would then take about a week (7 days).

Finally, lets assume each discussion thread has two pages, so we double that time. Still it's only two weeks of linear scraping to get the entire slashdot archive.
Now if you parallelize this, it'd naturally go much quicker. A few hours of scraping is all that's needed, or a bit longer if we don't want to put undue stress on the site (being good netizen).

Go for it I say, before the PHB DICE folk realize that they bought a platform for technical people by technical people and start removing useful features from the site (like the archive).

Comment: Provide an API (Score 1) 2219

by chris_7d0h (#46192563) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Please service enable the back-end.
If you do you'll be free to experiment with *your* user interface as much as you like, and the rest of us can create the UIs we want, including recreating and maintaining Slashdot Classic, even after you no longer feel like doing so.

I share in the common sentiment that the current design is more than good. To me it's close to perfect.
The few features I'm presently lacking I've easily layered on top myself via GreaseMonkey.

Any change you do will never agree with all readers, so IMHO the best thing you can do to cater for those who will hate your changes is to allow them to render the UI themselves. Seeing as large parts of the entire industry is moving to a REST based backend model, for channel independence (mobile & web using the same services) and UI evolution through competition (marketing agencies creating competing with skins / mobile apps using another company's backend services), why not follow suit and offer such services yourself?

If you provide me a REST interface to all the categories, threads and comments, then I can myself create the UI I want, on-the-fly (in my browser / mobile app) or on my laptop's local web server. With that option available I won't cry foul, since at least then I have an avenue of recourse.

Comment: Re:Without R&D investment, innovation WILL fal (Score 1) 321

by chris_7d0h (#37169494) Attached to: IBM Chief: All CEOs Reluctant To Invest In R&D

Where did the PP state that apple gloss over new product models? I saw no such statement nor sentiment.
What I read between the lines was rather a compliment to Apple, namely that the PP speculated the reported R&D sum for Apple in the report might have been too low compared to the other company numbers. If improvement in OSX, IOS etc. are not counted towards the R&D budget for Apple, while the same kind of spending would be at another company (E.g. Windows 8 for Microsoft), then obviously the reported Apple figure would be too low.

However, speculations and specifics aside, the interesting message in the PP's comment, I think, was "Think about what the numbers mean and whether they are comparable or not to the other numbers in the set". Are apples being compares to other apples (no pun intended) or is the report showing a mixed fruit comparison?

Comment: Re:Developers still 2nd class citizens (Score 1) 192

by chris_7d0h (#37159062) Attached to: Why Software Is Eating the World

And yet developers are still treated like second class citizens in far too many organizations

Well IT is regarded as a supporting role, same as the girl servicing the coffee machine or the guy mopping the bathroom floor. They're all needed, just not viewed as part of the core business (which regardless of industry tend to be: selling more than last quarter, reducing expense compared to last year, coming up with new processes at least once a year and measuring KPIs for those processes).

Comment: Re:Rendering (Score 1) 441

by chris_7d0h (#36728018) Attached to: Firefox 8 20% Faster Than Firefox 5

Rendering faster is cool and all, but for me Firefox 3 and now 4 .. I mean 5 is fast enough.
What I really yearn for is tab isolation. Are you guys doing anything to remedy the problems which surface once you open many tabs ?

The only reason I started using Google Chrome is because FF would simply stall once 30-50 pages were opened in tabs. I'd love to continue using FF due to it being far superior to Chrome in all regards but two; scalability and memory management. That chrome allegedly renders pages faster than FF isn't even in my radar of important factors when choosing between the two browsers. Scalability however is.

Comment: Re:Who DDoSes with a browser? (Score 1) 86

by chris_7d0h (#35862356) Attached to: Chrome Feature Helps Shield Websites From DDoS Attacks

And this helps how?
If a site is overloaded, the service is denied to me. If *my* browser starts to "back off" it exacerbates the problem by increasing the outage I experience.
A site is placed in the net to serve users content and if a user can't access it, then that person is per definition subject to Denial Of Service. A browser constructed with the described mechanism has a defect built in by design.

Comment: Funding from likeminded (Score 1) 98

by chris_7d0h (#35385212) Attached to: One Man's Quest To Build True Artificial Life

Kickstarter seems like a very good idea and I'm glad I followed the links related to this particular post.
There are some great minds out there and I hope this sort of venue can help those people pursue what they excel at for the betterment of us all.
Thanks to the ./ post, this "One man's quest" received some additional coin from me as well, since I consider his track-record impressive enough to warrant belief in his next enterprise.

Comment: Re:1996 (Score 1) 176

by chris_7d0h (#35373814) Attached to: Microsoft, Google Sue Troll Who Sued 397 Companies

Are you seriously questioning the ethics of allowing patents describing *new*, ahead-of-their-time (non obvious) kind of stuff ?
That's precisely the kinds of patents I would like to see if we're to have a patent system at all, since ground breaking ideas pull civilization forward.
Not that I'm saying *this* particular pattern is ground breaking, I haven't read it, but your sentiment seems to be that since it was filed looong before most of us had a clue, then its somehow unethical !?.

What we do not want are patents which attempt to monopolize the obvious and the stuff of yesterday since those are the kinds that pull society in the other direction.

Comment: Re:Black hat not White (Score 1) 146

by chris_7d0h (#35262146) Attached to: The Inner World of Gov-Sponsored White-Hat Hacking

A 'White Hat' hacker is someone who aims to improve security

That statement leaves the definition up to a point of view.
From the US PoV this could well be seen as a white hat activity as the aim is to serve USGov interests, while from the targets PoV it would be deemed black hat. A Russian counterpart of this company would by your reasoning be a black-hat company from a US perspective but a white-hat (good) from Medvedev's, since it poses a threat to the USGov agenda and serves the RusGov's.

Comment: Re:Editors, please edit (Score 1) 168

by chris_7d0h (#35192554) Attached to: The Sum Total of the World's Knowledge: 250 Exabytes

Well three actually: Data != Knowledge

Data processed may turn into information.
Information when consumed by an individual may turn into knowledge.

The sum of the world's knowledge is therefore not measurable since it resides in the minds of individuals, not in books or other recorded material.

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