I just loaded yahoo mail on a clean browser and it took just under 2 seconds. Not ideal, but perfectly usable (and about the same as gmail).
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That's just the default license. You are free to negotiate something different if you prefer.
Kickstarter should only ever be used for new projects. Established businesses, artists, engineers, etc should not be allowed to sully the waters for people or projects that could legitimately use it
So what you're saying is one of the world's most successful smart watch manufacturers, with a healthy cash flow and established production and retail channels shouldn't be using kickstarter to launch their third generation device?
Of course you don't need tomcat to write a web service in Java. I don't even remember the last time I used tomcat - typically I spin up a simple JVM process with an in-process http server (I like simplehttp, there are plenty of others) and take it from there. The nice thing about that approach is your process isn't tied to http as a protocol - want something else? Just add another in-process server for JMS or whatever. Where I work we front plain jvm processes with haproxy (apache is a dog, and even nginx is overkill for simple proxying) and can get hit rates up to 100k/s per node depending on the workload.
The whole container model (e.g. tomcat, weblogic, etc) is heavy and while it does confer some benefits, if performance is a concern you shouldn't even consider it. In my previous enterprise life a hit rate of 5/s was considered high so honestly I could have used anything
The nice thing about using the jvm for this kind of thing is it's stable, tested and well understood. Not something I can say about the latest branch of a fork of something originally built for a browser.
I frequently hear this comment about how desolate the US is compared to Europe (whether it's discussing broadband, cell service, electric vehicles, etc). I've lived in both significantly - and the difference really isn't that great. Yes there are great areas with few people in the middle of the US - but get anywhere near a coast or major city and it's plenty populated. And guess what? That's where most people live and therefore where most people drive. No one is proposing electric vehicles as the only choice (yet), but for a majority of the population they are or soon will be a viable choice - vehicle cost aside.
Meh. I wouldn't hire you because you come across as an arrogant prick who thinks he knows better than everyone else. That's a team dynamic issue, which is every bit as important as what you can or can't do technically.
That aside, your general point is sound - what matters is the person not what certifications they have. However, as others have mentioned there is a value to a (good) formal CS education, at least for the work I do. Self taught people tend to learn the minimum needed to solve the problem they face. There's a whole bucket of academic stuff (logic, complexity, stats) that don't often fall into that category but which are really useful as background knowledge. Someone teaching themselves python or ruby is unlikely to spend much time learning about CPU cache design, but that can be surprisingly useful when it comes to optimizing stuff. Just examples, there are always exceptions
Since most reviews are prohibited from coming out before the game
Review embargoes are, in general, a good thing. I know you don't believe me
That said, a game which puts it's embargo actually past the release date (as opposed to the day before or something) is likely doing so because they know the reviews are not going to be great and they don't want to scare away preorders. But that in itself is useful information for the savvy consumer
and one assume most of these websites are getting paid for favorable reviews
You might assume that, I think you're crazy. If it were true we'd see a lot less major sites closing down - Joystiq could have saved their jobs by just adjusting some review scores. Stop listening to the GG morons and take off the tin foil hat.
What you describe has always been the case, I'd guess even more so in the film days when the rate of change of bodies in particular was much slower. I think the theory is that as established photographers slow down their purchasing, new ones come up and are buying kit. I know I bought less last year than previously, but I still probably spent $1000 or so. The concern is whether people are being put off making the switch to SLR from phones or whatever.
I honestly don't see that - I see so many people spending money on a Canon or Nikon low end DSLR and running around using the kit lens thinking it'll magically improve their shots. They're not spending thousands but $700 or whatever isn't nothing.
My guess (and I haven't seen the numbers) is that we're in a situation similar to gaming. The bar has been raised so high that R&D is WAY more expensive than it used to be, and the market is struggling to support it. So it's not that sales are down or the audience is diminishing, it's that the cost of doing business is so much higher sales have to be that much higher again.
Or they store a salted hash attached to the user record and put an unsalted hash in a global "used passwords" set - which isn't tied to any account and so wouldn't be very useful to an attacker. Not saying that's what they do, but it could be.
You know it's interesting. I used to work in finance. We, like you it seems, had a very locked down production environment with huge amounts of testing - pushing builds through multiple stages, reviews and signoffs. Once every month or so we'd shut everything down for a few hours in the middle of the night and roll the world forward. Stability was everything. Downtime was OK if scheduled, a disaster if not.
Now I work at a web company. We push to prod multiple times per day. There's a process, there are reviews and approvals, but it all happens much more quickly and at a more granular level. Change is constant but small, as opposed to infrequent but total. What's more we're a 24/7 operation so no downtime (as visible to the user) is acceptable. We simply can't schedule a few hours to do our rollout - everything has to happen live.
You know what I've noticed? We're no less reliable, overall, than the bank was. Yes we have issues, but they tend to be noticed, and fixed, much much faster. When you change everything all at once you run the risk of not being able to figure out what broke when inevitably something does. Rollback is painful because you have so many interdependent changes - in the end you have to pull the whole release to avoid one small issue in a single module. When you roll frequently the scale of change is small so isolating the bug is trivial, and rolling it back the same. Now of course there are huge differences in risk when you're handling people's money vs their cat photos, but I think the view that people working on an agile schedule don't care about stability, and that the only way to achieve stability is through reducing the frequency of change, is demonstrably wrong.
And you're clearly going to be shocked if you ever learn how a library actually works.
Hint: the books (and CDs, and DVDs, and games) on the shelves are legally purchased copies, and are lent to a single patron at a time. They are not printouts of torrented epubs.
I love the Internet Archive but I seriously have no idea what they think they're doing here.
You should look at DLNA more closely (note it's a certification of UPnP so you'll see things listed under that category too). It's very common, there are plenty of FOSS clients and servers (here's a small list), and it's been around for years. It does not require any new hardware - most devices & software clients capable of streaming media already support it (check the page I linked - something like 18000 models). It seems like you're raging against something which does exactly what you want - allows you to easily stream your local content to local or remote devices over an open & cross platform protocol.
The reason devices are less likely to support SMB is that DLNA exists, is easier to implement, and provides a better user experience. There's literally no reason (that I can think of) to use SMB.
Well I've no idea what this has to do with smartphone apps, but I'll bite.
1) Most public key products do use symmetric encryption for actual data transfer. The public key bit handles mutual authentication and the generation and exchange of the symmetric key. Your approach does this ahead of time, by throwing a crap ton of them in a file and copying it to the remote host (via what, sftp?).
2) The advantage of public key crypto is that there is (or should be) precisely one copy of my secret (the private key), so I have some hope of being able to control it. In your approach there is one copy per host. In a non trivial deployment managing that file to keep it (a) private and (b) current is going to be extremely difficult. All I need is one copy of that file (or a portion of it) and I can snoop any channel and modify any message in transit. The use of UDP is puzzling as I'm pretty sure that makes message tampering even easier (although I'm not enough of an expert to say that for certain).
3) I don't see the point of the passwords/hashes on top of the keys. If I have the key I can communicate with you, if I don't I can't. Adding another secret which is in the same file as the key doesn't seem to add anything (for one thing, if I have the key and can listen in on messages I can easily extract the passwords as they fly by).
4) All the stuff about file "copy numbers" is meaningless as you are trusting the peer to tell you honestly which copy it has. Rule number 1 in network security is you never, ever, trust the other side. Listener copy numbers are "256 and up" so I can just make up a random number in the 100000 range and I'm very unlikely to collide with yours, so the check passes trivially.
5) There's no host level identity. How do I know I'm talking to the host I think I'm talking to? All someone with a copy of the key file has to do is change the copy number and they can masquerade as any host on the network (with an appropriate DNS/IP spoof or whatever). SSH prevents that because knowing one host's signature doesn't help you guess another.
6) There's no user level identity. Who is logging in to this box? Are they actually allowed to do so?
7) Changing the keys all the time is pointless. Assuming I'm using a good cipher, extracting the key from the encoded stream should be essentially impossible, so changing it likely won't improve security. Moreover, if I have one of your keys I probably have all of them, so changing it won't stop me. Further, having to allow for clock skew introduces complexity which is potentially exploitable. If you were generating random session keys dynamically and exchanging them out of band somehow then periodic rolling wouldn't be a bad idea (because I'd have had to crack the crypto to figure out the first key. and now I have to start all over again).
There's more I'm sure, but it's late
SMB streaming is a pain because you have to deal with whatever formats you might encounter, plus you have to maintain a local index of content etc if you want to provide any decent kind of UI. Every SMB based streaming device I've used (including very expensive ones) has sucked. DLNA is a much better bet as the server can abstract away all the complexity, and there are a bunch of dlna client apps for ios.
Google Maps does most of that, it will give me options for driving, public transport (bus, subway, train), bike, walking and Uber. It also factors in traffic, but adding weather for on-foot options is a nice idea.