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Comment: Re:Alternative Title (Score 1) 153

by dotancohen (#47791547) Attached to: Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

And the state of the hardware. Some unknown number of systems on the real curiosity are degraded to the point of malfunctioning; And they have little to no way of exactly measuring what and where.

Opportunity. Curiosity is on the other side of Mars, nuturing holes in its wheels and looking for cats to kill.

Comment: Re:Quite simply... (Score 1) 548

OK, I'll bite. :)

Standardizing on tabs helps mitigate this, as everyone sees what they like to see (I se tabstop=4 in vim on my vertical monitor, my emac-using coworker likes tabs to look like 8 spaces on his widescreen monitor), yet indentation level 3 is represented by 3 of something, not 12 (as I would have it) or 24 (as Stas would have it) of something.

Comment: Re:Switch to linux / OsX. (Score 1) 331

by dotancohen (#47688685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Which will last exactly as long as it isn't profitable to make a virus for it.

If everyone swapped to a certain distro of Linux, I'd be willing to bet you'd have major problems within a week.

Then why isn't there "major problems" with CentOS / RHEL which are on the majority of computers connected to the internet? Because they are running an Apache webserver instead of a Gnome desktop?

The truth is, Linux computers are heavily represented on the internet yet we still don't see anything significant in the way of Linux malware.

Comment: Re:Completely ignores bad specs... (Score 2) 116

by dotancohen (#47642999) Attached to: Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

Someone should first wire up management to zap them every time they get an idea for a "brilliant" addition.

I had this at work today. Somebody arbitrarily decided to store 3 months worth of hourly MySQL backups. Never mind that they were being stored on the MySQL server itself (some backup!) but each backup was over 1 GiB - that is 30 GiB per day. 30 * 90 = 2700 GiB on a server with a 2 TiB hard drive that was already half full.

I enjoyed cleaning up that mess, but I as usual people with no technical knowledge continue to make technical decisions.

+ - Fork of open-source Remastersys closes source, wants payment for source code. 2

Submitted by dotancohen
dotancohen (1015143) writes "After the open source LiveCD creator Remastersys closed shop, Black Lab forked the code and released it as System Imager. Now, the company is restricting access to the source code ($50 will get you the code and a binary). Interestingly, the only two competing products were also shuttered in March and last week."

Comment: Re:its why devs cringe. (Score 1) 180

by dotancohen (#47588523) Attached to: PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Putting aside the whole whitespace debate(*)...

* For which I personally do have trouble with python - I want the computer to bend to my will, not the other way around.

Do you only use languages that let you choose the language keywords? Surely there is leeway in how much bending to your will that you demand of a language.

If you indent your C, PHP, Java, or whatever else sanely, then you will have no issues with Python indentation rules. They are just the sane C rules, but enforced.

Comment: Re:When will we... (Score 4, Insightful) 266

Jail isn't going to do any good unless you put the whole agency in jail.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Comment: Re:S'not Wooden (Score 1) 82

by dotancohen (#47573117) Attached to: A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

Thanks, Jesse. I posted a review of the Leather Ducky on GH, but the images are gone due to their famous crash some time back:
http://geekhack.org/index.php?...

I'll fix those images sometime.

If you ever do want to sell or otherwise be rid of some of the hardware in those pictures, please do get in contact with me! My Gmail username is the same as my Slashdot username. Thanks!

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.

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