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Comment Study brought to you by.. (Score 2) 456

I wonder who funded this particular study. ;-)

I switched from Facebook to Google+, and I use it almost exclusively now. The population is smaller, but the discussions are better. On Facebook, I'm linked to personal friends, on Google+, I'm linked to people all over based on common interests. I like G+ better.

Comment BCrypt is great, but so is Drepper's SHA2 Crypt (Score 1) 333

These days, you do have a quite reasonable alternative to BCrypt available as well, which is Ulrich Drepper's SHA2 based Crypt scheme. It's functionally the same as BCrypt but with the use of a different basic cryptographic operation. Like BCrypt, Drepper's sha-crypt is designed to be as slow as molasses, with the ability to make the operation even slower if you like by explicitly specifying the number of SHA256 or SHA512 passes to perform.

Drepper's SHA256 and SHA512 based Crypt routines are now standard in glibc on Linux, as well as on Solaris and HP-UX, and are likely to natively be supported by PHP and the like on those platforms. If you're looking for an implementation in Java, we have one at ftp://ftp.arlut.utexas.edu/java_hashes/.

Comment Check out their price list PDF (Score 1) 369

The first page of AudioQuest's North America November 2011 pricelist has a beautiful painting of a bunch of wolves staring right at you. A bit on the nose metaphor for AudioQuest's intent to wear you down and consume every last dollar on your carcass.

This company has to be a put-on, right? "Air-Tube Dielectric"?

Comment Re:I completely agree (Score 1) 835

You do get used to it, though. I've been using Unix since before there was a Linux and I'm not at the point where the 'slap the left command button' instinct is so ingrained in my fingers I find myself doing it on my Mac systems at home.

Hah. I *am* at the point where the instinct is heavily ingrained, I mean to say.

Comment Re:I completely agree (Score 2) 835

You do get used to it, though. I've been using Unix since before there was a Linux and I'm not at the point where the 'slap the left command button' instinct is so ingrained in my fingers I find myself doing it on my Mac systems at home.

I don't care for the Adwaita theme much, but the hardware accelerated window manager features are very nice indeed, and I'm now pretty happy with Gnome 3.

Still, it would be nice to have some of the customization features back. Gnome Shell is a .0 release. It will get better.

Comment Monotone (Score 2) 177

Linus imitated Monotone more than he imitated BitKeeper. BitKeeper is a DVCS, alright, but it is based on an SCCS (!) underpinning. Git is based on a content-addressable hash model, which Monotone introduced into the version control space way back when.

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