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Comment Why any coding metric is futile (Score 1) 203

I got first job doing COBOL back in 1995. Second code change I did I got called into managers office.

He asked how I felt about change. I stated it was easy being only 2 line change to 1 module.

That change saves us 2 million ukp a year he says.

Ever since tried to write as little as possible . Amazing what you can do when you understand the problem , understand the code and find the one change that does it.

Not sure my method of wandering through code, chatting to everyone and then submitting a 4 line commit would fit with IBM

Comment BBC takes great care of user data (Score 1) 64

As an ex-employee with no direct experience of this project but experience of this culture they will take great care of this data.

But mistakes are possible so any security flaws etc make sure they know quickly to correct.

If they haven't already they are probably more than happy to provide info on exactly what data points they are recording

Comment Https? (Score 2) 214

Internet last time I checked was just a commonly recogised way of routing ip packets.

I think they security is whatever protocol you choose to use on top of that.

I hear that ssl Is a popular choice these days. Does suffer from being 'open source' rather than a nice secure private protocol you can buy but seems to be quite popular.

Comment This could work in one of 3 ways none very good (Score 1) 182

1) a true swf to html5/JavaScript engine on the fly - believe that when I see it running

2) slurps out any rtmp url's it finds doing dynamic conversion to h.264 - won't work with sites using dynamic logic inside swf to assemble resource URL

3) virtual machine on server running flash which then streams result to iPhone - huge expense for app owner

Plus not sure sites using rtmpe like hulu would work

Comment Done this before (Score 1) 121

1) Install Wikipedia software locally and use this for any locally created articles

2) The web server running this simply proxies out to en.wikipedia.org for that request if not available in the local version. The easiest way to do this is with Apache + rewrite rules

This means that users can get to articles locally and on wikipedia from the same command

You then need to consider the following

1) The search request needs to go to the local version of wikipedia then the external one and concatinate the results together - a small proxy script should be more than capable of doing this

2) You may want to create a reference table which maps external wiki articles to related internal ones. Again a small script could insert these into the external wikipedia articles during rendering


New Zealand Introduces Internet Filtering 215

Thomas Beagle writes "The New Zealand government has been stealthily introducing a centralised internet child-pornography specific filtering system. Voluntary for ISPs but not for their users, ISPs representing over 94% of the market are already intending to join. Read the general FAQ and technical FAQ about the proposed Netclean Whitebox implementation."

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