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Comment: Re:Before someone starts pulling out hair (Score 0) 387 387

by sgnn7 (#42794117) Attached to: Gnome Goes JavaScript
I've met and talked to Jon McCann about GNOME3 and he's got a pretty good head on his shoulders about usability and if the rest of their crew is similar, the project is for sure moving forward. Sure, the icons won't be in the same place nor will your resource meter stay docked in a taskbar but you trade that change off with a cleaner design, more screen real-estate, and pretty snazzy but subtle effects. Once you have the presentation layer in JS with the help of debugging tools like lg (similar to Firebug) you can rapidly modify/develop/iterate over new UI designs without much time spent handling memory allocations, de-referencing null pointers, nor adding metric tons of boilerplate code. Not to disagree with other knee-jerk reaction commenters, JS can be used for evil but when used carefully it can be a very powerful RAD tool.

Comment: Faster? (Score 0) 134 134

by sgnn7 (#42389221) Attached to: BLAKE2 Claims Faster Hashing Than SHA-3, SHA-2 and MD5
Increased speed of hashing is usually a bad thing since passwords stored many times use a one-way hash function. With a faster hashing speed those passwords will be faster to crack. Personally, I'd opt for the highest-enthropy, slowest-speed, and lowest collision ration hashing function.

Comment: Try this: (Score 1) 301 301

by sgnn7 (#41105435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Use For an Old Smartphone?
For Android, install Debian Linux in parallel using LinuxInstaller (not on the market but I'm sure you can track it down using google) and run whatever the heck you want on it.

PS: I'm working on reimplementing the functionality of that app at https://github.com/sgnn7/Android2Linux which can help you figure out how to do it manually if you can't find it.

Comment: Not quite right (Score 1) 209 209

by sgnn7 (#36063226) Attached to: Groupon Deal Costs Photographer a Year's Free Work
While it may seem that he will run on red for a year, you have to realize that:
  • Large number of people will not redeem the coupon (forgetting, unavailability, etc)
  • Repeat business will increase
  • Influx of money now is better than later for a business (to buy better mass-production equipement, etc)

I would venture to guess that he will do fine

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