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Comment: Yubikeys (Score 1) 113

by jmintha (#47558865) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

A secnod for Yubikeys. We love them. You can load your own key onto them so there is no worries when a third party (like RSA) gets hacked. There are open souce tools to configure them and run authentication servers. Integrated with PAM, and can be used with radius servers. And they are about $25 each, with no expiry date.

Comment: I find the opposite... (Score 1) 372

by jmintha (#47518259) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I guess it depends on what you want to achieve, but I find web based development has made it easier to do that fun kind of programming. I grab a framework (python/django currently) and I can have a fully working interactive application in 10 minutes or so. Spend a couple hours more, and I've got it polished with fancy javascript. No need to write entire client interfaces, client server protocols, etc.

Comment: Re:tech is a fairly broad category (Score 1) 660

by jmintha (#42197609) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

So using rough numbers based on my taxes (in Canada, so yours should be lower), if you are earning $125K, you are taking home something like $7000 a month. Deducting your rent, you are left with $5500. Obviously I don't know how many loans you have, or how many parking tickets, but that's a fair bit of cash SF might have a high cost of living, but you really don't have much left at the end of the month?

Comment: Re:Alleged issue did not appear... (Score 1) 284

by jmintha (#40509015) Attached to: The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

I run quite a number of Debian systems, mostly squeeze, but a couple of older releases. None of the machines had any direct problems, however one machine that runs some java processes had the java processes using up 100% of the cpu. Another iscsi server process was filling up the logs with "failed to read from timerfd, Resource temporarily unavailable". And my desktop Debian machine had Google chrome using all the cpu.

The above fix: /etc/init.d/ntpd stop; date; date `date +"%m%d%H%M%C%y.%S"`; date; fixed the problem in all cases.

Portables (Apple)

+ - Mac Sales Up 100% in January

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Phooey42 writes "Apple Insider is reporting that Apple's Mac line of computers saw a year-over-year growth rate over 100 percent during the month of January. The article refers to "market research data which implies that year-over-year growth in Mac unit sales accelerated in January to 101 percent, up from 55 percent in December." As if that weren't good enough news for Apple, it article also notes that, "January was the third-largest revenue month for Mac notebooks ever.""
Education

+ - Gates-Backed High Tech High Flunks Out

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theodp writes "On Sunday, Bill Gates' Washington Post Op-Ed on How to Keep America Competitive said the U.S. must build on the success of schools like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed High Tech High to remain competitive in the global economy and reduce the need for H-1B visas. Try telling that to High Tech High Bayshore parents and students, whose tears and desperate pleas fell on deaf ears Friday as the board of directors of the High Tech High Foundation voted unanimously to close their school. Perhaps someone at the Post — say Director Melinda French Gates — should see that a little fact-checking is done when they give Bill a bully pulpit."

Comment: Take a break (Score 1) 403

by jmintha (#889822) Attached to: Overcomming the Programmer's Block?
And I don't mean just go out walking for 1/2 hour at lunch. I mean take the afternoon off and go hiking with a friend, or take a few hours to prepare a wonderful evening out/in with your partner. Buy a roll of film and go out in the city and take pictures. Creativity is not a nine to five thing, and sometimes you need to do something completely different. You will usually find that things are clearer when you come back to it.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"

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