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Comment I am, but maybe not much longer... (Score 1) 263

I currently use SPF, and am thinking about dropping it. It causes me a massive pain in my ass every time some dumbass with a misconfigured forwarder doesn't understand SPF or SRS, and tries to blame me for the fact that they can't receive email from me. There just aren't enough large sites sending SPF-enabled mail for misconfigured receiving sites to realize they're doin' it wrong.

Comment Re:Where have you been? (Score 1) 944

What this guy doesn't get is that most so-called 'libertarians' don't really like freedom -- they just hate anything that looks like cooperation or collectivism. It doesn't matter whether it's voluntary. So while I applaud his principled stance, he's going to have trouble getting anybody to listen.

Comment Re:The test seems to be bogus (Score 1) 108

Unless any of this is documented anywhere that _I_ the consumer can read it, it's all useless bullshit distinctions to me. I just want to know whether my data will work. All your factors are irrelevant to me unless it's documented somewhere what they are, so I can control for them. Otherwise the article's approach of testing randomly is a better and more realistic approximation of the conditions I will actually _get_.

Disclaimer: I have T-Mobile, so all the information in the article is useless to me anyway. :-P

Comment Re:Unison; and maybe git in the future. (Score 1) 421

Hmm, according to the docs that's automatically set on OSX. And anyway, I'm not sure what Unison could usefully do besides fail out -- if I have 'A' and 'a' on the Linux end, and they're different files, what should it deposit on the Mac end? Ignoring case does't help make that decision. If it just picked one at random, that'd be worse.

Comment Unison; and maybe git in the future. (Score 3, Interesting) 421

Currently? Just unison -quiet, running from cron. (I have it wrapped in a script that does locking, since Unison doesn't seem to lock against itself reliably, for reasons I don't understand.) I've had two problems worth watching out for:
1) Try to avoid running it against NFS. It walks the entire synced area every time you sync. Local disk will be two orders of magnitude faster.
2) Be careful syncing between case-sensitive and case-insensitive filesystems. Unison will start failing out if you ever create two files differing only in case.

Beyond that, I'm looking to start using git to version both my code and my textual data. I'm not intending to use git itself to sync the repositories; I'm going to use it for versioning only, and keep syncing using Unison. The reason is because I'm the only user, and for my own convenience I'd like the working copy to be synced. All I really need out of git is versioning anyway; I already have a workable solution for syncing.

Comment Translation... (Score 1) 181

Once a term used to suggest something cheap or inferior, shanzhai now suggests to many a certain Chinese cleverness and ingenuity. Shanzhai culture "is from the grass roots and for the grass roots," says Han Haoyue, a media critic in Beijing, who sees it as a means of self-expression.

Sounds to me like "hack" or "hacker".

Comment Re:Hi again (Score 1) 276

Don't waste a response on this, but maybe you should look into asking Slashdot to give you a no-flood-control bit. If they don't have one they really should. Anybody who's famous enough to be responding to comments on an article can probably be trusted not to spam the site; and it would be nice if those people could do so without having to worry about getting blocked. (I'm thinking also of NewYorkCountryLawyer here, who probably runs into the same problem.)


Submission + - Interactive Fiction Writing Month (

vyrus128 writes: "Everybody, geek or not, has a game they've always wanted to write; starting this Sunday you'll get your chance. Interactive Fiction Writing Month is exactly what it sounds like: a month-long shared journey in learning to write IF, much in the spirit of NaNoWriMo. It will run from February 15 to March 15 this year, and no experience is required: the first week will be spent learning to code in Inform, an interactive-fiction language designed to be easy for programmers and nonprogrammers alike. If you want to stay up to date on the festivities, you can also follow the IF Month blog."

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