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Comment Re:basic features (Score 1) 62

I'm going to call BS here. Folders DO exist as object in Drive, they're technically just specialized files with a mime type of application/vnd.google-apps.folder. Every file in Drive has parent(s) - which are either a folder or the drive root. It is very easy to walk the folder object hierarchy listing what files were in each folder and report on the sizes. Just using the public REST API I could write a script to do this in a few minutes, it's not going to be the fastest thing in the word, but it's not hard to implement. There's no way Google couldn't easily do this.

There's a weak argument to be made that since files can technically belong to several folders that telling you how much data is in one folder and you added all your folder sizes together that they wouldn't match your total drive usage (your total usage may be smaller).

Comment Re:Funny ... (Score 1) 63

It's special largely because of all the possibilities for integration into it with their SDK's and the automation you can very easily add into it that will allow you to build and execute all sorts of custom commands from the interface.

The custom commands are pretty much just HTTPS requests (POST or GET) to any http endpoint, so the possibilities are pretty much endless what you can do with that.

So it's not just a chat platform (though plenty of people use it solely for that), the real value is in it's dead simple integrations you can build with it.

I'm sure there's like 5 other platforms that do something similar but Slack got the investment dollars so that's why it's popular.

Comment Re:White Hat (Score 4, Insightful) 307

In this case, the saying definitely applies...there are a LOT of people who have no business creating code for important production systems doing so.

As scary as it is, there's a non-insignificant portion of workers actively creating software, often connected directly to the web, who have no idea what a SQL Injection is, nor why you need to worry about one.

Asking about what a SQL Injection is is one of my standard interview questions, you'd be shocked at the number of people who don't have a clue, even those who are interviewing for a senior position. Not really related, but I'm also shocked by the number of people who don't understand what an Outer Join is.

Comment Seen something like this before (Score 1) 104

I've worked in the Supply Chain / Shipping world for over 10 years now and have seen incidents like this multiple times.

One of the more memorable ones was where someone in the container yard in China was breaking into the containers and skimming product from the cartons inside the containers. In order to try and go undetected they were peeling off the carton labels that were printed out from our tracking system and reprinting the labels from a local device to reflect the new unit counts after they stole several items from each carton.

We ended up finding out about this because when the goods were received at the customer's distribution center they were complaining that they were scanning the same carton into their receiving system over and over again. Turned out that the guys printing the labels got the quantities right and the carton numbers correct and aped the design fairly closely, but couldn't figure out how to adjust the barcode on the label so they were reprinting the same carton barcode number over and over.

Even after showing the customer the print logs of the actual labels that were printed from our system (and how the barcodes were not repeating there), and showing them the minor positioning difference in the labels and showing them the actual shipment amounts that should have been in the cartons they STILL claimed our system was printing labels wrong for months. They literally told us that thieves weren't sophisticated enough to do what we were telling them was happening. They finally believed us when they got a batch of cartons where the skimmers got lazy and just pasted their reprinted labels over top of ours.

Comment Re:Looks pointless to me (Score 3, Interesting) 62

It's a little more than that, but not much more. They're pushing this tool hard for some reason, there was even a mention in Wired about it.

Basically, it runs two codes paths A) Legacy Code Path B) Code path replacing A. and allows for some way of recording timings on the code paths and recording the return value (or catching errors). It's a nice tool to put in place when you want to try and replace some crufty code and try and make sure you're not going to end up hosing your system with the new code.

One HUGE gotcha with this tool is that the code paths under test must remain side-effect free. Which means it's useless for testing any code that modifies your databases or modifies anything at all in your system.

Comment Re:NOBODY WILL EVEN READ THIS (Score 1) 99

As a paying user of github, they have a valid point about the "me too"/"+1" type comments users are forced associated with issues they wish to see resolved (the other two points are kinda dumb).

There really should be a star'ing or upvoting system associated with them as a way of noting interest in an issue's resolution rather than forcing people to, essentially, spam the issue comments making them harder to track the procession of actual comments regarding the issue's resolution.

Add to this that most of the time comments on an issue are also being emailed to the assignee or the whole team it can be quite annoying.

That said, in the grand scheme of things, this is a minor annoyance and Github remains the best hosting service I've utilized.

Comment Data Usage (Score 2) 264

As a forced Comcast user, out of curiosity, I checked my usage. It's day 5 of the month and I've used 70GB so far...previous months I've downloaded anywhere between 260 - 290 GB of data.

I work from home and access all my work data over my internet connection (I move very few files around - it's mostly rdp/ssh sessions, git interactions), use voip phones (both work and home), my kids almost exclusively watch "tv" via Netflix and YouTube and I would say my wife and I maybe watch 4-5 hours of streaming tv a week. Apart from that our internet usage isn't anything out of the ordinary and we're still exceeding the cap.

Comcast is insane if they think classifying anyone over 250GB of consumption a bandwidth hog especially as streaming services continue to grow in popularity - and eat into cable revenues.

If I had any real choice of provider, I'd be switching away from Comcast in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:Gonna be like the ipod (Score 1) 87

You know that the vast majority of people have no idea how to locate their music on their computer, much less where their mp3 player's mount point is when they plug it in or even WHERE on that mount point to put the music files. To say you thought doing this was simple means you're much more computer savy than probably 95% of the population.

To me, that's where the brilliance of the iPod/iTunes came it. You put a CD in your computer, waited 10 minutes for it to rip, plugged in your iPod and your music was on your player. At the time, there was NO other music player that came with software that made the experience of actually getting music onto your device so dropdead simple. You had to know how to do 2 things, and that's it...put a CD in your computer, plug your iPod in. That's it.

You and I might prefer to tweak all our encoding settings, curate our music directory structures, decide for ourselves exactly what should be on our devices...but the common, non-technical person doesn't care.

Comment Re:Kinesis (Score 2) 452

Yeah. I'm going to second the split and elevated keyboard design.

I had an MS Natural Ergo keyboard but had been considering a truly split keyboard due to hand cramping and general tiredness feeling in my wrists and fingers at the end of the day. After a recent scare w/ finger numbness which I thought might be the onset of carpal tunnel (turns out it was some inflamation in my back pressing on a nerve), I got the Kinesis Advantage. About 2 weeks after switching I noticed all of the soreness, strain and cramping had gone away.

Comment Re:Ruby?? (Score 1) 80

At this time it installs at least one gem, and it looks like it's for sending mail (notifications). And that gem might have dependencies of its own.

Given time, and enough feature creep, this project very wall may require more gems down the line.

D'oh...You're right..I scanned the gemspec and missed the runtime one below the dev ones.

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