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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Ash Vince Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

Hire a new FTE programmer/H1B programmer for 50% of the fired employee's salary = 50% savings.

In my experience most H1B programmers are not actually that much cheaper to hire that people already here. The real problem is that too many young geeks in the developed world are arrogant, over entitled assholes who are a pain to work with. Whereas generally that guy or girl from India or eastern europe is polite, professional and happy to work hard but without throwing a childish hissy fit when they don't get everything their own way. They just want to go to work and get paid.

Also, the best code is always produced by a team of developers who all practice things like pair programming and peer code review (every single commit should be reviewed by another member of the team). In that environment, not being an arrogant dick matters more than anything.

about two weeks ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Ash Vince Re:Yep it is a scam (666 comments)

And not having access to pesticides like DDT.

Nope. The real problem is that DDT is no longer effective against mosquitos in many parts of the world as they have evolved to be immune to it. The stuff that is still effective against them is so damn toxic that it has to be used carefully in case too much gets into drinking water, makes it into the food chain in other ways or even just poisons the rivers and kills all the fish on its way to the sea.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Ash Vince Re:No. (562 comments)

If the court approves, they can just go and obtain the computers. That is already solved.

They want to listen in, not shut the conversation down so storming in anywhere armed with your court order is not a solution.

So many people here are ranting on about this but what he said is actually 100% reasonable in that he stipulated the government needing a court order. The truth is that if they can stand in front of a judge and convince him you are a legitimate target then you have very little expectation of privacy. Based on that judges say so they can legally sneak in to your home and plant listening equipment if they have information that indicates they have a chance of recording you discussing engaging in illegal activities.

A few years ago things were much simpler for them, they could ask a judge nicely and he could order a tap your phone line. Nowadays though, that does not help them as much as it used to. They can take that warrant to your ISP, get full access to all your email, and still be none the wiser about what you are discussing if you have decent encryption.

If some could come up with a perfect solution to this problem where a judge could order something decrypted and only then could government use their magic key to access it then I personally would have no problem with it, providing a few other safeguards were also in place, such as full disclosure in the case that nothing is found after 6 months or a year or something. Obviously, this magic key would also have to be bulletproof so that there was no possible other way that government or anyone else could decrypt it.

The problem is that this perfect solution is is not what government goes looking for, instead they always seem to look for something that provides us no safeguards whatsoever. So even if it is possible (which I personally doubt anyway), there is sod all chance of them ever coming up with it and if anyone else does I can seem them actually supporting it.

about two weeks ago
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UK Arrest Over Xbox Live and Playstation Network Outages

Ash Vince Re:Shouldn't this be a civil case? (86 comments)

Then a free market capitalist consumer would be behooved to make it increasingly difficult for such unwanted additional DRM systems to exist in their market by any peaceful means neccesary, such as using that system as frequently as possible to make its operating cost higher, right?

Quite right, I would actually consider that a perfectly legitimate form of protest providing the requests were coming from actual consumers who had paid for said product. You have to actually buy something in order to be a legitimate consumer.

I bet this is not what this retard was doing though, he was most likely triggering off thousands of illegitimate calls from PC's emulating the DRM system not from consoles owned by people who had bought a game.

Also, it is worth bearing in mind that some consumers out there who buy games (like me) actually like things like DRM because I do not see why some other free loading little shit should get free access to something that I pay my hard earned wages for. If you can't afford something like a game or DVD, you should go without it as they are luxury items anyway.

about a month ago
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UK Arrest Over Xbox Live and Playstation Network Outages

Ash Vince Re:Shouldn't this be a civil case? (86 comments)

No, missuse of a computer system is a criminal offence

Generally, misusing your own computer system is not a criminal offense unless you really go to extremes. If I set my router to ping flood Sony or Microsoft all day long that generally is not a criminal offense. Previously it was said that this "Lizard Squad" attack was done by a group of people, until we have an idea of how many people were in said "squad" it will be really hard to say whether or not any one person had a meaningful role individually.

Here in the UK it probably doesn't really matter what you were actually doing, if your INTENT was to stop or prevent people engaging in a lawful activity then that is most likely a criminal offence. This is generally how our laws are written then we just let juries sort it out.

In this case we passed a law in 2006 called the Police And Justice Act. Here is an old register article about it: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Our legal system generally has intent woven into its fabric at a far deeper level than in the US so that if the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) feel there is a reasonable likelihood of them being able to convince a jury that an individuals intent was malicious then they can drag you through the courts. In this case whether this retard is charged will probably depend on how clean his PC's were when they raided him.

You might note that I have zero sympathy for him, being susceptible to getting DDOS'd is not really a security issue worth exposing. If you throw enough traffic from a bot-net at an awful lot of sites they will go down. The simple truth is that when companies provision any sort of on-line infrastructure or offering you look and how much load it is expected to be under during normal operation then plan from there by adding a certain safety margin. In this case it sounds like this service was only going to be called each time a game was started so creating far more load then this by lots of bots pretending to start games over and over again thousands of times a minute was miles away from the intended traffic volumes.

I know some people say this vulnerability never should have existed as this phoning home is a form of DRM and this should not happen but the probably is that without it there are an awful lot of people out there who just freeload and play stuff without paying. Of course companies are going to try an make this difficult in order to stay in business, that is what capitalism dictates they must do in order to maximise shareholder returns.

I hope this guy also realises that he has utterly screwed over any chance he had in life of actually becoming a real paid security researcher with this stupid stunt. With a prior arrest on public record like this he is just not worth the risk, especially as he has not really showed any special technical skills. He will be lucky to get any sort of computer work for the next 10 years.

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Ash Vince Re:and that's how we got the world of FIREFLY (265 comments)

seriously though, the Chinese can destroy our country without setting a single boot on the ground simply through economic measures.

The problem is that would also destroy them economically at the same time as they require US consumers to buy all the crap they produce. China keep their own currency artificially low just to keep their exports going.

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Ash Vince Re:About Fucking Time (435 comments)

You will note in the 2012 presidential election, the majority of Cuban Americans in South Florida voted for Obama; and he carried Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties with huge margins:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

The GOP's hold on South Florida is broken; it was primarily among older Cuban who came over during the revolution. This issue has been less polarizing for their children and grandchildren. Indeed, 3rd and 4th generation Cuban-Americans have real no intention of moving back to the island and view their grandparent's property claims as a lost cause.

Add to that they might like to visit the place for a cheap holiday.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Ash Vince Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Long ago for that AC to forget about it.

And in a related note: If we have to discuss if and how to avoid supporting law enforcement, something went really, really wrong.

Exactly.

Who gives a shit about storing your data with google or anyone else, at this point we should be storming the Pentagon / White House / Senate en masse to demand and take real freedom. There is no terrorist threat that actually warrants this level of intrusion, our own police seem to be better at killing defenceless citizens than terrorists anyway over the last year.

about a month and a half ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Ash Vince Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

The United States does not have a labor shortage.

It is not about a labour shortage, it is about the race to the bottom in terms of working conditions and pay.

It sounds like broadly speaking we agree with who benefits the most from immigration though. My take on it though is that no matter what you do people from Mexico are always going to try and flock from there to the US to work, and keeping them all out is an effort doomed to failure. We have a hard anough time in Europe stopping them crossing a fairly wide sea so the poxy river you have is no barrier at all, even with all the fences around it.

The only real option is making sure that when they get here they are not able to undercut our own labour force at the bottom of the market. The best way to do that is to shift the punishment to the people who employ illegal immigrants with no work permit. Also, minimum wage laws might help too providing the punishment for breaking it as an employer suitable outweighs the benefit of cheap labour (ie: prison time). The main thrust should definitely be though that if you employ someone and do not check their legal status sufficiently you get hefty fines for the first offence then prison for any repeats.

I also have no problem with outright denying things like foodstamps to recent arrivals, I just doubt it will do the slightest thing without the measures I mention above apart from make them more desperate and so willing to work for less.

about 2 months ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Ash Vince Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

How would you know that, if the government deliberately does not maintain such statistics and explicitly tells applicants, they don't need to disclose their immigration status [breitbart.com]?

Other countries do, I doubt the US immigrants are too different to those trying to get to europe. Also, can illegals still get food stamps with no proof of residency? Here in Europe they can't but they come anyway.

It doesn't surprise me that most people believe the same way you do, as that is way it is often presented. The truth is though that is because the current situation of there being tons of people here illegally is actually better for those who want to pay as little as possible as illegal immigrants will work for less than legal immigrants as they are more desperate. That is the main reason that the parties like the republicans that represent the richest are also usually anti-imigration, they know that people will come anyway they will just work for less due to their desperation.

about 2 months ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

Ash Vince Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

What worries me are the very bottom — the folks, who come over here knowing, that they may be able to get foodstamps and other hand-outs, that our schools and hospitals will teach and treat them for free.

Of course is though that most recipients of footstamps and benefits are americans. Immigrants generally flock to first world countries like the US in order to work hard and lead a better life. They generally do the work that people born in the US feel is beneath them or agree to work for far less than them. They will live in smaller rooms, pay less in rent, work longer hours and generally put up with a ton of shit just because it is still better than the country they were born in.

The net result is that the people who suffer from immigrants, both illegal and legal are the sort of people who are also competing for the same dead end jobs, exactly the sort of people who feel they are entitled to those jobs just because they were born here.

Those of us who feel we are entitled to jobs because we are the best person to do the job generally have nothing to fear from immigrants, but we do have a net gain as we can get someone to work of our house, iron our shirts or do our cleaning for a fraction of what someone born in the US would charge. We also benefit from being about to go to the all night food mart to get beer or whatever at a time when most people would demand double time to go to work.

Even the H1B system is often a net benefit to us as the sort of people brought over here under those schemes often reach a glass ceiling pretty quickly and we ultimately get made their boss when they are passed over for promotion for the 5th time even though they work harder.

about 2 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Ash Vince Re:Are you sure? (863 comments)

Part of my concern is about SystemD is the scope for bugs. All the daemons that are replaced by SystemD have years of development under teams of developers. Can one expect a re-write of all these daemons by a small team with no history of working on these applications to be anywhere near free of bugs?

In my experience software with years of development has no fewer bugs that a new project if the people working on the project are good and it is not rushed.

Often software needs a rewrite every few years just so the current developers are 100% comfortable with every aspect of the code. If you have a huge legacy application it can often be more prone to bugs as the code becomes so convoluted, and often new developers to the project are scared to refactor crap out as some of the crap is important and it takes a horrible process of trial and error before you know what can be removed.

about 3 months ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Ash Vince Re:Why so high? (223 comments)

In PHP 5.5 they introduced the password_hash [php.net] function to replace this, but it has a mode that generates backward-compatible crypt() style hashes, so if you pass the wrong arguments to it, you will be generating md5 (or worse) hashes.

It might generate crypt style hashes, but it will not ever use MD5. It always uses Bcrypt at present until something better comes along. You should have read the link you posted more closely.

There are probably ways you can screw it over though so it doesn't add any security, but the defaults are pretty secure and the php manual steers you toward not changing them unless you know what you are doing.

I don't mean to sound rude (even though you did say you thought I knew "fuck all") but you really need to understand what you're doing.

Your right, but I have the advantage that all my code is peer reviewed nowadays and we also get free pen tests and advice from a really top notch security team who are world leaders in this stuff. That does mean that if I screw up this sort of stuff it is generally noticed and I then have to fix it, that certainly helps raise your game.

about 3 months ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Ash Vince Re:Why so high? (223 comments)

Of course, you didn't mention salting, so I hope they told you about that too. Unsalted password hashes... about as useless as chocolate teapots.

I explicitly mentioned the password_hash function in recent versions of PHP. This does the heavy lifting for you, including generating a random salt as best it can.

That's why you do not rely on bcrypt as the only answer to the security of your passwords (I hope you use bcrypt, last time I saw PHP it still used MD5.....

What in PHP used MD5? The password_hash stuff has only been in PHP since 5.5 and only ever used bcrypt. Previously some PHP developers might have used MD5, but there was nothing built in to PHP that purported to hash passwords, it was left to developers to role that own and they often did it badly. That is not the same as saying that PHP "used" MD5 for hashing passwords though.

about 3 months ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

Ash Vince Re:Why so high? (223 comments)

If this is the level of comprehension of security in the web dev community, then I'm not only unsurprised at the number of hacks, but will be using a randomly-generated password for every website that asks me for a password.

As a php developer who works for a security company we generally do what the pen testers advise us to in regard to hashing passwords. Currently that is to use the password hash function in the latest versions of PHP.

Maybe the reason us dumb old web developers do not have your amazing knowledge at our disposal is because NOT hashing passwords is not exactly a recommended practice by any real security company.

Where I used to work we had a pretty crappy legacy product which did not hash the passwords in the DB. This was because the customer liked the fact that the system would mail out passwords if the user forgot them instead of making them reset it. When they got pen testing companies to test this product the pen testers always noticed this process and correctly deduced that the passwords were not hashed. This was then always raised as something that should be fixed, of course the customer always ignored this defect, they would make us fix anything else that was raised though.

We went through several pen tests over the years I worked there, by a few different companies, nobody thought have the passwords stored in plain text was a good idea. The fact that you think it a good idea suggests to me that either:

A) You are either some amazing outlier security guy miles ahead of everyone else on the planet.
B) You know fuck all

I reckon B

about 3 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Ash Vince Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

You could also decrease speed limit to something unreasonable. For example, 15mph and issue tickets at 21mph.

You can also hide a max speed sign behind something, like a bush, and install it in otherwise higher speed zone.

You can also install speed trap on the down-slope road, where drivers would naturally speed up without any conscious input.

You can also offer "early payment" discounts on tickets, where if you pay and plead guilty your fine reduced to the point of not worth the time fighting it.

You can establish a ticket challenge procedure that would conflict with working hours, making it logistically difficult for people to challenge.

You can intentionally mail tickets to old addresses, then rake up late fees and interest.

Oh, all of these happened in one or another municipality at some point in time.

The truth is that very few speed limit signs are hidden in the manner you describe. Lets be honest, the vast majority of the time us drivers exceed the speed limit we do so knowing we are doing it, we just do not think we will get caught. We know what the speed limit is on most roads we drive down, we just sometimes push them as we are in a hurry. We are probably driving in a generally safe manner, we are just doing it too quickly.

The thing is though, speed limits do exist for a reason. They are there to force us to account for the unknown: children running into the road, morons pulling out of side streets and not looking, us getting a blowout due to something to small to see in the road. The chances of these things happening are all pretty minuscule but since we all drive everywhere so much these small odds multiple so it always happens to someone in the end and the fallout can be catastrophic and expensive for the city to clean up afterwards.

Speed limits are also actually a way of us being more flexible with other driving rules, like paying attention to where you are going. Sometimes people do some really stupid crap on the roads. Like trying to find a CD to put on and veering on to the wrong side of the road, answering the phone in our pocket that is awkward to get to, looking at maps, turning round and shouting at the kids in the back, this list could go on for ever. As it is we can do this with a certain degree of impunity as the worst that would happen is we wrote off our car and someone else's the vast majority of the time. If everyone could drive everywhere as fast as they liked the police would have to be far more ruthless at enforcing other aspects of the traffic laws, maybe even down to banning persistant offenders until they got the message.

Sometimes I actually think this might be a better idea, then I catch myself doing some of the stupid crap I describe :)

Oh what a surprise, the fucking moron mod crew disagree.

about 3 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Ash Vince Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

There are traffic lights on dual-carriageways in the UK, so a 70mph limit. Rarely on the motorways, although technically there are traffic lights used on some entry slip roads at rush hour, although you'd be lucky to be doing 70 on them then...

I have never seen a set of traffic lights on a 70mph dual carriage way. Usually they have a reduced speed limit to 40 or 50 in the run up to the lights. Actually a hell of a lot of dual carriageways have a limit much lower than 70 even though that is the standard national speed limit for them.

And very few motorways have traffic light on the main bit of road where you can do 70mph. On the exit slip road you should actually be stationary or nearly stationary when you get to where the lights are so you can give way to traffic already on the roundabout.

The reason you are not supposed to run red lights, ever, is because if you could not stop in the UK then you must have been exceeding the speed limit in the approach. The duration of the amber light is tuned with this in mind.

about 3 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Ash Vince Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

You could also decrease speed limit to something unreasonable. For example, 15mph and issue tickets at 21mph.

You can also hide a max speed sign behind something, like a bush, and install it in otherwise higher speed zone.

You can also install speed trap on the down-slope road, where drivers would naturally speed up without any conscious input.

You can also offer "early payment" discounts on tickets, where if you pay and plead guilty your fine reduced to the point of not worth the time fighting it.

You can establish a ticket challenge procedure that would conflict with working hours, making it logistically difficult for people to challenge.

You can intentionally mail tickets to old addresses, then rake up late fees and interest.

Oh, all of these happened in one or another municipality at some point in time.

The truth is that very few speed limit signs are hidden in the manner you describe. Lets be honest, the vast majority of the time us drivers exceed the speed limit we do so knowing we are doing it, we just do not think we will get caught. We know what the speed limit is on most roads we drive down, we just sometimes push them as we are in a hurry. We are probably driving in a generally safe manner, we are just doing it too quickly.

The thing is though, speed limits do exist for a reason. They are there to force us to account for the unknown: children running into the road, morons pulling out of side streets and not looking, us getting a blowout due to something to small to see in the road. The chances of these things happening are all pretty minuscule but since we all drive everywhere so much these small odds multiple so it always happens to someone in the end and the fallout can be catastrophic and expensive for the city to clean up afterwards.

Speed limits are also actually a way of us being more flexible with other driving rules, like paying attention to where you are going. Sometimes people do some really stupid crap on the roads. Like trying to find a CD to put on and veering on to the wrong side of the road, answering the phone in our pocket that is awkward to get to, looking at maps, turning round and shouting at the kids in the back, this list could go on for ever. As it is we can do this with a certain degree of impunity as the worst that would happen is we wrote off our car and someone else's the vast majority of the time. If everyone could drive everywhere as fast as they liked the police would have to be far more ruthless at enforcing other aspects of the traffic laws, maybe even down to banning persistant offenders until they got the message.

Sometimes I actually think this might be a better idea, then I catch myself doing some of the stupid crap I describe :)

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Ash Vince Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Instead of paying interest, money should have an expiration date. Use it or lose it.

So people never get to retire?

It depends. If you made the expiration date something like 50 years then people could certainly retire.

It is worth remembering that the vast majority of the top 1% were born into tons of money, they have just got richer during their lifetime.

I was watching the UK version of the apprentice the other day and it occurred to me that at least Alan Sugar made all his own money. Donald Trump from the US show was born rich, then just leveraged his daddys cash to make more cash in the same line of work. He did not even need to set up a business as he was just given one to play around with.

Ok, you can say that these people did well not to lose all their cash but that is not really much of an achievement if you are born with more money than you will ever need in your own lifetime anyway. You can afford to take risks that most people cannot over and over again until one of them pays off.

It is this inherited money that skews the system so massively.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Ash Vince Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (839 comments)

Progressive taxes are ones where they affect the more the richer you are. Regressive taxes are ones that affect you more the poorer you are.

There is a ton of debate about how you figure out which is which though :)

about 3 months ago

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Bleszinski: "I'll never make another disc-based game"

Ash Vince Ash Vince writes  |  about a year ago

Ash Vince (602485) writes "Ex-Epic design chief Cliff Bleszinski has had it with disc-based games.

In a new interview with Gamasutra, the former Gears of War designer said he wanted to make a PC game in the modern online environment that allows creators to have closer relationships with their players."

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Save MySQL petition

Ash Vince Ash Vince writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ash Vince (602485) writes "A petition has been started which aims to try and ensure an open source future for MySQL after the acquisition of SUN by Oracle.

In April 2009, Oracle announced that it had agreed to acquire Sun. Since Sun had acquired MySQL the previous year, this would mean that Oracle, the market leader for closed source databases, would get to own MySQL, the most popular open source database.

If Oracle acquired MySQL on that basis, it would have as much control over MySQL as money can possibly buy over an open source project. In fact, for most open source projects (such as Linux or Apache) there isn't any comparable way for a competitor to buy even one tenth as much influence. But MySQL's success has always depended on the company behind it that develops, sells and promotes it. That company (initially MySQL AB, then Sun) has always owned the important intellectual property rights (IPRs), most notably the trademark, copyright and (so far only for defensive purposes) patents. It has used the IPRs to produce income and has reinvested a large part of those revenues in development, getting not only bigger but also better with time."

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Subversion for Database Changes

Ash Vince Ash Vince writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ash Vince (602485) writes "Where I work we have recently moved to subversion to manage our codebase. We have been running it for several months and have now had a number of successful releases of our software using it. As far as source code management it seems to do everything we need but since the application we provide is heavily database reliant we need something to track changes to both table structure and content of certain tables.

Since we cannot be the only people in this situation what solutions have other people come up with to fill this gap. At present we have been using a text file containing the SQL which we then keep in our subversion repository. This just about does what we need but seems a bit messy. Is there a better solution out there?

(In case its relevant we use MySQL as a database server)"

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Google Blocks Pings

Ash Vince Ash Vince writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Google are now not responding to pings from the outside world so all of us who ping their servers to check if the internet is up now have to find any something else to ping instead.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent site you can ping to see if your local internet connection has crashed?

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Slashdot - Are you getting paid to read it?

Ash Vince Ash Vince writes  |  more than 7 years ago

After reading the Media Defender email leak recently it got me wondering as to how many other companies actually pay their employees to read slashdot. In the case of media defender it seems as though they pay staff to read it but probably don't mind them posting the occasional comment as at one point they talk about a comment being friendly and ask if it was one them posting it.

This led me to wonder how many people actually read and post on slashdot through choice nowadays. Now don't get me wrong, this is not one of those moaning posts where people just carp on about dupes and the like, but I am curious as to how many other companies might have people in their public relations departments reading slashdot, digg and other tech sites to keep them appraised of how well received a particular campaign or product is.

We know there was the whole Intel section recently but alot of companies that are currently less well liked here amongst the regular users (I can think of one in Redmond in particular) would not want to draw any attention to their staff involvement, even if it was only supposed to be in an observational capacity. This also assumes that if you paid staff to read slashdot all day they would be able to resist the urge to post the occasional comment.

Then there are all the strangely modded comments. Even if you were only supposed to READ slashdot, if you happened to log in one day and noticed you had some points, would you not be tempted to use them? The more paranoid amongst us might even realise it would be possible to write a script which looked at a number of different slashdot accounts and inspected the HTML after they were logged in and flagged any that did have mod points. And this is assuming the captcha prevents automated account creation and has not been defeated as well.

If I was getting paid to read slashdot, I would not mind spending a few minutes each day signing up a new account. Then at the end of the day the account gets entered into a database and as soon as the random mod points come round, bingo. I would be very surprised if I am the first person to realise how easily this could be achieved.

Some of you regular readers will also remember that someone recently wrote an algorithm to rate how reliable an article on wikipedia is (http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/31/0259224&from=rss). So does anyone out there have any ideas how we would do this for slashdot to flag up corporate trolls in a similar way? Then they might me able to read, but any regular posting be counter productive if the site could flag your posts with who was paying you.

On another similar note, could any of the paid readers here tell me how they got into the gig, as I would really like to get paid to sit about and read slashdot too.

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