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Comment: Re:What prospects of Emacs left to be damaged? (Score 1) 252

by WWWWolf (#45855263) Attached to: Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

Is there still any prospect at all? I left 5 years ago because they stopped improving anything for a decade.

Emacs still has plenty of awesome projects going on, just that they're bloody haphazardly organised. You need to really go look for them and sometimes some minor assembly is required.

For example, the single most awesome Emacs package right now is Org-Mode, which especially speaks to me as a writer (a lot of writers swear by Scrivener, but screw it, we have a better open source alternative in Org). You'll note that it's developed outside of Emacs proper with its own release schedule. You'll note that if you want the newer versions (which aren't always required, the ones shipped with Emacs itself are usually pretty decent) you need to get the git version or use the one from Emacs ELPA package manager, which in itself is still kind of in early stages and not many projects make themselves available through it (translation: I use a whole bunch of emacs extensions, but none of them are available through ELPA). If you want nifty extensions for Org, you really need to hunt random files all around the interwebs and pray they actually work in current version of Org.

This sort of disorganisation is actually just what Emacs has been all about for decades. The core Emacs devs don't innovate that much (well, at least they do add cool new features in major releases, which is a good thing), and just package the outside contributions whenever they can. There's all sorts of cool shit going on, but you just wouldn't always know where to find them.

(That said, if you want to develop Java or C++, NetBeans just blows Emacs off the water.)

Comment: Re:follow the money (Score 2, Insightful) 334

Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.

To me, this sounds like a pretty open and shut case of "Hey, I've heard that these 'NoSQL' database thingies are trendy these days. Let's use one of those!"

There's a difference between using fun, exciting new technologies and learning something new while doing that... and doing a project which stays in schedule and budget, is based on technology you already know thoroughly, and on which people's lives can depend (well, indirectly).

Comment: Re:bizaro universe (Score 1) 325

This. I had something similar happen to me while I was in 9th grade.

And it all stopped when I said "fuck it!" and got into a fight with the most obnoxious of the bullies.

We fought very publically to a draw.

And from that day on, it was over.

Violence ends bullying. Nothing else, in my experience anyway, ever does.

Comment: Nmap didn't fail, Hakin9 did (Score 5, Informative) 41

Hakin9 is a magazine that's not exactly too reputable.

It looks like someone took a paper "written" using SciGen and submitted it to them. Because they didn't read the paper at all, they didn't notice it was absolute bullshit courtesy of finest context-free grammars people could code.

Brilliant work - not only is SciGen great for busting less than reputable scientific publications that don't exactly value this "peer review" thing, but now it has busted security magazines too.

Comment: Re:What Weev did (Score 2) 161

by reimero (#44216125) Attached to: Security Researchers Submit Brief For Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer

The appeal brief (linked above) is worth a read. There's a lot of legal-ese in there (obviously), but it raises some very serious questions (not the least of which is double jeopardy.) There's also the legitimate question of what constitutes "unauthorized" access. From what I can tell, AT&T used those individualized headers as an authentication/authorization scheme, and relied on security through obscurity. Auernheimer changed the headers and gained access to accounts that were not his. There was no other authentication "challenge", no effort made on AT&T's part to verify the authenticity of the header, and no encryption.

Auernheimer is certainly a shmuck, but in this specific instance, I don't think he broke the law, and if he did, it was at worst a misdemeanor. I really think this is AT&T pushing for aggressive prosecution to cover their own tails: that security scheme was so weak that they'd likely have been subject to a lawsuit of their own had they not gone after Auernheimer aggressively.

Comment: Re:Did they fix upgrade-in-place? (Score 1) 185

by mr_shifty (#43855441) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

4. Be smart and keep a separate /home partition. Mine has been through about 5 iterations over two different distros now, and still going strong. I keep two different OS install partitions, and when it's time to install a new OS, I blow away the older one and replace it with the new install. That way I can still fall back on my current setup if need be. And yes, I have done that. Disk is cheap. Use it to your advantage.

This, for the love of Torvalds, THIS.

I can't count how many times having a separate /home partition has saved my ass.

And now, rather than deal with the constant re-installing, I switched over to Linux Mint Debian Edition. Rolling releases are where it's at.

If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?