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Comment Oooh, wait, do-over! (Score 1) 314

Well if they're monitoring all that shit, maybe you should just complain to THEM when Paypal freezes your account! "Hey guys, you have my entire payment history! Tell those guys to cough up my cash!"

Yup, pretty sure I'm going to end up in a dark room somewhere with *cough* Freedom cables hooked up to my testicles.

Comment I don't have a problem with this (Score 4, Insightful) 617

I'd rather drop $10 in an online tip jar of a band in Japan or Kenya than give it to some parasitical US music studio that will take the lion's share of the money for itself and use it to pursue a piracy jihad against its users if its profits don't make their numbers for the quarter. Sure a lot of those garage bands are complete crap, but at least they're doing it for the love of music. And even if their delivery is imperfect, sometimes their artistic vision more than makes up for their musical talents. So go ahead and kill the "professional music business." I'm sure we'll all have fun dancing on its grave, to music it would never have been able to imagine.

Comment That'd be a Bitch... (Score 2) 226

A while back I jokingly told a fellow skydiver I refused to fall slower than the top speed in my car. Average terminal velocity is 120 mph. Falling at 200mph would be kind of a bitch. I might be able to fall faster than the Ferrari if you pushed it out the back of the plane, though (Actually, that'd make an awesome Red Bull commercial...)

Comment Oh Yeah! (Score 1) 189

Everyone's jumping on the lambda train! Choo Choo! You know what that means! Two years from now all code will be written with nothing but lambdas. All those programmers out there with a new hammer, looking for a nail and all. Don't get me wrong, I just posted up a bit of nitfy sorcery with the new C++11 ones that would have been a lot harder without them. I'm just not looking forward to maintaining any code written in the next couple years. If we actually did design reviews here, I'd have to demand that any usage of them be justified (Kind of like singletons a couple of years ago blah.)

Comment Re:Compiled Windows Binaries (Score 1) 176

Hah! My process thingy uses fork and network socket I/O, monitors the state of its child process and tells you how it died! It does everything you ever wanted a process thingy to do on windows! Good luck getting it to compile there! Heh heh heh.

Oh, hmm. I don't think I've actually written the process thingy up as a library yet. I probably should. It's a bit nicer than system(). Then all those bad programmers out there could do process_thingy("rm /tmp/some_file").wait() instead of system("rm /tmp/some_file"). That's a HUGE improvement. I'll add that to my to-do list for the weekend. Funnily enough I wanted exactly such a library a couple of jobs ago, but they were using Java for their application, and it's impossible to do this in Java without JNI. And my position is if you're using JNI in your java program, you've already defeated the reason you used java in the first place (Write once, run anywhere.) So you may as well use C for the entire project.

I DID write my socket thingy as a library though, and posted it as a repo on github. You just implement a class that takes its owner, a file descriptor and a sockaddr_in pointer as constructor parameters and overload operator() to do work against the the file descriptor. Mostly it's an academic exercise, but I'll be leveraging it to do some neat things in the coming weeks. It uses pthreads and network socket I/O. Good luck getting that to compile on windows (Maybe you can with cygwin *shrug*.) I don't actually compile any code up there though. It's mostly just up there to illustrate how to do something. Maybe one of these days when I've done enough libraries like that, I'll write a book.

Oh, yeah, and I don't do windows. I think that's what I was going to say right out the gate. Sorry about that. My bad.

Comment Nope! (Score 1) 418

I got it before the turn of the millenium, big ol' bulky SONY CRT. Doesn't even have digital connectors, that's how old it is. I just have a couple of sets of composite plugs.

That could very easily be the last TV that I ever buy. It's been more and more irrelevant as time goes on -- neither next generation of console interests me, cable's a vast wasteland of uninteresting programming and anything that IS interesting can be found on the Internet with more convenience and less expense. If I need something to look at when I'm in the living room, maybe I could take its guts out and turn it into a fish tank.

Comment Re:Google, Money, Mouth (Score 1) 248

That's not really the point. Gmail is one of the larger mail services and if they were encrypt-by-default, a lot more mail would be encrypted. A large campaign to subvert that would be more likely to be spotted. I'm not saying that would be the be-all and end-all to security. There IS NO be-all and end-all to security. I'm just saying I would find that to be an impressive move on their part and it would go a long way toward restoring the confidence I've lost in the company.

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