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Comment: Good reasons for Swift and Go (Score 1) 161

by pak9rabid (#48534741) Attached to: Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Won't comment on Facebook Hack, since it's not clear to me why Facebook itself needs to exist. But to each their own...

My understanding is that Facebook needed a more statically-typed language (while still preserving the familiar syntax of PHP) in order to exploit more performance advantages when compiling their code to the HHVM, which started off as a PHP compiler.

Comment: Email is insecure (Score 1) 245

by pak9rabid (#48368889) Attached to: ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption
Email is an insecure medium. Anybody that pretends it isn't is going to have a bad time. Sure we might have some tricks to secure messages along some of the paths it's going to traverse, but if you expect it to be secured end-to-end, you're naive. If you absolutely must send something via email that contains sensitive information, GPG-encrypt the message first and then send it, otherwise seek a more secure medium.

Comment: The Fed could stop it easily if they wanted to (Score 2) 588

by pak9rabid (#48321155) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC
If the federal government really wanted to stop the spread of or even regress the legalization of marijuana at the state level, all they have to do is cut federal funding for various things until the state in question made laws making it illegal again, similar to what they did with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act back in the '80s.

Comment: Re:Open social network standard (Score 1) 167

by pak9rabid (#48213181) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

What you're suggesting means that all of the social networks we're trying to avoid will still get all of our data.

It sounds like you would be a good candidate for the disconnected mode of operation then (IE, don't propagate information on your domain to other domains). The key here is control is being given back to the users, not owned by a single entity with a vested interest in selling your information.

Comment: Open social network standard (Score 1) 167

by pak9rabid (#48213009) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M
What I'd like to see in the near future is the concept of social media turned into an open standard (much like e-mail) and built out as a non-centralized, distributed network, with DNS controlling which server(s) power which domains. Your social network domain could either be a stand-alone domain (think an internal site for businesses, schools, etc), or it could be hooked into the greater social network, where status updates, messages, etc could propagate between domains and, depending on who your friends with, you would get those updates to show up on your own feed. I'd really like to see a standard drawn up, and then have there be many implementations (ideally open source) of the actual software used to power each social network domain (like XMPP implementations).

With social media becoming such a huge part in a lot of peoples' everyday lives, it really is about time to open it up and stop having it controlled by any single entity.

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