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Comment: Global Village Construction Set (Score 1) 272 272

A number of years ago, I ran across a similar effort to develop a self sufficient system of tools and technologies to support a "town" called the Global Village Construction Set. It is found at and it may be an interesting read for anyone thinking about these kinds of issues.

Comment: Re:It's not (just) the language - it's the API (Score 1) 530 530

Trying *both* Python and Ruby is a very good plan. They are both are scripting languages with large libraries and solid user communities and similar in a lot of ways. Oddly, every developer I've talked with that has tried both loves one of them to death and hates the other with an ever burning passion. To me, Ruby is completely backwards and nothing works as I would expect it to. Python seems to do everything I want to do in exactly the way I want to do it. Another guy I worked with felt exactly the opposite.

I suspect if you try both, one of them will feel breezy and the other will feel odd and clunky.

Comment: Contact someone for legal advice (Score 1) 517 517

Yep, I found it rather quickly myself. I'm not about to touch it myself with a 70 foot pole, but I wasn't looking to rip off any account info either.

As far as advice goes, you're in pretty deep already. Given the discussion here and the information that is already available, I don't think you're going to be able to back out now. You've already reported it to the company, but now it's publicly available and I worry that they might implicate you in damages. IMHO, get a lawyer. Now. They should be able to tell you what kind of liability you're facing. They should also be able to give you good advice on how to mitigate your own risk.

Frankly, I think it's stupid that someone pointing out a security flaw could be liable in any way, but that's the way our screwed up system works. Best of luck.

Comment: Re:Are you interested in lessening your impact? (Score 1) 412 412

Nah, I have an older computer that I upgraded from 4GB to 12GB. In a few years when that computer no longer performs in the way I need for compiling code and running games, I'll get a new computer. At that point, my current computer turns into the family model for browsing the web and doing homework. Those tasks don't take next year's top end computer to run.

The point here is that some people still use hardware until it dies rather than buying a new computer every three years. For most tasks, older computers are perfectly capable. Some of us are already "lessening our impact" and have been doing so for years.

Comment: Re:Are you interested in lessening your impact? (Score 1) 412 412

Agreed, but phones are a poor example right now.

My phone is getting replaced at the two year mark this time because I caught the front end of the android market with a cheap android phone two years ago and the advance in hardware/software is too great to ignore. Once phones slow back down a little, I'll go back to long spans with a single phone (my last phone was 8 years old when I replaced it, good old Motorola V550). Stuff's just changing too fast right now for that to be realistic on phones.

On the computer front, it's now more realistic to run a computer for 5-10 years without upgrading. Current upgrades are pretty small jumps and even newly released games are running on much older hardware than they have before. I increased RAM on my desktop from 4GB to 12GB a couple days ago and that should extend the life of that machine by another 2-3 years before being handed down to my kids.

Comment: Re:And.... (Score 3, Insightful) 180 180

The actual statement that you make is that "x is UNLIKELY to case y" along with a degree of confidence. artor3's comment is stated as an absolute so don't bother tossing stats into the discussion. Stats deals with estimation, likelyhood, probability, forecasting, etc. See and

artor3's comment is also stated without citation. Not a good start :(

Comment: Re:holy crap, what idiots (Score 2) 182 182

Ah ha, it came from the second link rather than the PDF it appeared to be linked to. Come on guys, at least link silly quotes like that to the right article.

Tricare did not indicate whether SAIC encrypted the information on the stolen tapes, but Raley said, "It's very hard to encrypt a backup tape." Tricare did not respond to a request for comment on the HIPAA issues.

Brilliant :(

Comment: Re:Now if only they could measure user experience. (Score 1) 272 272

"The constant barrage of updates for Firefox"....
"I switched to Chrome and have progressed through 8 whole versions"

Really? Is the release cycle really the problem for you or something vague about extensions? I find the release cycle of Firefox rather awkward but I'd never switch to Chrome if that was really my problem.

Further, it doesn't really need to measure user experience as that is going to vary based on the audience. You can take this benchmark and then compare that with your own user experience to decide if the wins for Firefox are worth the user experience.

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford