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Comment: Entrapment is so much fun is it? (Score 1) 18

by dbIII (#47587829) Attached to: Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network
Instead of putting out bait to encourage people to have a go at fragile systems what about hardening the stuff you've got or put it in segments behind stuff you can harden? Putting out fragile honeypots can lead to wasting time on the merely curious who are no real threat to systems that are not fragile.

Comment: Re:Less coding, more assembling pieces (Score 1) 181

by dbIII (#47586991) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding
I'm in the same environment but with clusters. Glueing lots of things together in an interpreted environment is very useful but isn't everything because it usually comes with a speed cost, which while irrelevant in some situations it can consume hours per run in others. Some libraries/tools can take away a lot of the pain (eg. NumPy) but the more your interpreted stuff does the more it becomes clear that seemingly arbitrary blocking conditions are stopping it from doing anything useful for annoyingly long periods of time.
I hit that problem frequently with a dotnet developer who is always complaining about "the network" when his tiny and trivial application runs dog slow instead of having the instant response you'd expect with 1.2MB of data in a CSV. He stopped letting me look at his code after I ran it with the data on the same machine and it was still dog slow (user staring at a blank screen for ten seconds or so, just like with the "network" problem). In that case things have been glued together very badly.

Comment: The big problem of "word processors" (Score 1) 181

by dbIII (#47586899) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding
Offtopic a bit maybe, but the big problem of the larger "word processors" is that they try to supply half of a full desktop publishing system as well and it's not the useful half. You can spam pictures all over a page but can't place them precisely - you have to fuck about with other settings and hope they wobble into place.
IMHO it's the feature creep where the word processors approach DTP without getting there that gives that 90% that is marginally useful.
Similarly with IDE's that try to approach LabView but never get there - mainly because somebody points out that a LabView GUI is almost limited to a write-only approach for small and well organised bits of code and an unreadable spaghetti explosion beyond a certain size and complexity.

Comment: Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (Score 1) 181

by dbIII (#47586841) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

GP needs to stop playing daddy and let the newbs grow by fixing the problems themselves.

That's when you find users that don't exist in the group files (due to typos) and then when that didn't work a "fix" of setting the permissions of entire systems wide open. Next step some script kiddie has owned the system.
Newbs are often such newbs that they do not know that they should be making their stupid early mistakes on development systems (like we all did) instead of fucking up production systems for everyone - that's one reason to give them a hand even if you are entirely selfish.

Comment: Re:On more thing - cases are so much better (Score 1) 265

by dbIII (#47586807) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?
Steel cases are still steel cases and can still have sharp edges if poorly designed.

Give me a 10 year old Lian-Li case

That's one of the early examples of the well designed stuff I'm describing. It seemed that around 2000 every new machine demanded a blood sacrifice before it would work :)

Comment: Re:Bad summary (Score 2) 157

by Immerman (#47586279) Attached to: NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

Yes. That is what an order of magnitude means. But that is not what magnitude means - it has its own definition separate from that one particular usage: size. Try reading that in the context of what I wrote:

>Meanwhile, NASA tests a related apparatus and does in fact detect thrust, but of a -magnitude- size inconsistent with the theory upon which it is constructed.

I say nothing about orders of magnitude. I only refer to the size of the effect, and note that the size is inconsistent with the theory. The fact that the magnitude of the thrust is inconsistent with the predicted magnitude by three orders of magnitude is especially damning, but even if the actual magnitude was only 30% lower than predicted it would still indicate a likely problem with the theory. Legends are made by fixing smaller discrepancies than that with a completely new theory.

Just to reiterate

magnitude /magntood/ noun
the great size or extent of something.
"they may feel discouraged at the magnitude of the task before them"
synonyms: immensity, vastness, hugeness, enormity; size, extent, expanse, greatness, largeness, bigness
"the magnitude of the task"
antonyms: smallness, triviality

"electorates of less than average magnitude"

        a numerical quantity or value.
        plural noun: magnitudes
        "the magnitudes of all the economic variables could be determined"

the degree of brightness of a star. The magnitude of an astronomical object is now reckoned as the negative logarithm of the brightness; a decrease of one magnitude represents an increase in brightness of 2.512 times.

Not that not one of those made any reference to a power of ten - the closest is the usage in astronomy where it represents a power of 2.512

Comment: Re:the other way around (Score 1) 151

I came to say this as well - it is when the number of votes per office is small that your voice as a citizen can be heard loudest. And if the next level up in the hierarchy pays any attention to the municipal offices then, through those officials, an active citizen's voice can potentially be heard more easily on that stage as well.

Comment: Re:same as vote by mail (Score 0) 151

I'm sure he has no concrete evidence, Diebold made sure that was impossible. But the UN typically starts making noise about voting fraud when other nations show discrepancies between exit polls and vote tallies as large as have been starting to show up in US elections. And I'm sure the US gov moved to block UN observers in the last election because us poor sensitive citizens would have felt intimidated by them, right?

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley