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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

CarsonChittom why? (402 comments)

OpenBSD includes mg, an Emacs work-alike in the base system, since Emacs has too many dependencies to not be a port. As the mg man page says:

mg is intended to be a small, fast, and portable editor for people who can't (or don't want to) run emacs for one reason or another, or are not familiar with the vi(1) editor. It is compatible with emacs because there shouldn't be any reason to learn more editor types than emacs or vi(1) [emphasis added].

This is a thoroughly-invented wheel. Do we need square ones at this point?

about 4 months ago

Google Reader: One Year Later

CarsonChittom newsticker.el (132 comments)

As long as newsticker.el is part of Emacs, who needs a web reader? Just ssh into your favorite machine, run Emacs, and M-x newsticker-show-news

about 4 months ago

Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

CarsonChittom Re:Back to the future (142 comments)

Is that what that's for? Oops. Egg on my face, definitely! In my defense, while Slashdot definitely has its trolls, the signal-to-noise ration is much better here than on nearly every other site, so I've never been sufficiently irritated enough to want to plonk someone.

about 5 months ago

Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

CarsonChittom Back to the future (142 comments)

All I want out of a commenting system is what Usenet has had for forever: a killfile. If I know that "John Doe <>" is generally a troll, I want to just not see posts by him.

As far as I'm aware, there are no web forums or commenting systems which incorporate this functionality. I haven't done an in-depth study, though, so I'd welcome correction.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

CarsonChittom Ecclesiastes (352 comments)

Every programmer should read Ecclesiastes. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities: all is vanity....

about 6 months ago

Researchers Find Easy To Exploit Bugs In Traffic Control Systems

CarsonChittom low impact (50 comments)

I'm just not convinced that an attack on traffic lights, even if successful, would have that much impact. Would there be more accidents, and potentially injuries? Absolutely. But on the scale of the country? Most folks pay attention to more than just what the light says—if another car is speeding crossways, they're going to stop, even if they themselves have a green light.

I'm willing to be convinced, but I just don't see it.

about 7 months ago

Proposed Indicator of Life On Alien Worlds May Be Bogus

CarsonChittom Re:We don't need a response! (112 comments)

We just give them a high intensity focused radio broadcast of "Big Bang Theory" or "The Office" and wait for them to become hooked.

Like Futurama aliens getting hooked on "Single Female Lawyer".

Great plan, except that it ends with us getting stuck with Richard Nixon's head in a robot body as president.

about 7 months ago

Apache Struts Zero Day Not Fixed By Patch

CarsonChittom ...which is? (15 comments)

Would it have killed the editor to say, "Apache Struts is an open source framework for Java web applications"? I had to look it up.

about 7 months ago

Lucasfilm Announces Break With Star Wars Expanded Universe

CarsonChittom Re:Why? (157 comments)

The other category - typified by the Kevin J Anderson stuff - is what could, most kindly, be described at "bad fanfiction". This is the stuff that's badly written, tone-deaf and schlocky. This stuff is filled with stilted dialogue, paper thin characterisation and plot holes you could fly a Star Destroyer through. Admittedly, everything I've just said could be applied equally to Lucas's prequel movies - but you really do hope they're aiming higher than that with the new stuff.

You're right, but the biggest problem I had reading the Anderson stuff and its ilk was how blatant its marketing was. It wasn't enough to have Jedi and Sith and the whole Star Wars universe. Every time a character who also appeared in the movies has a thought it's "Oh, this is just like [thing that happened in the movies]." I finally couldn't read anymore it irritated me so much.

about 7 months ago

In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

CarsonChittom Not legally binding (33 comments)

It's worth noting that this is an opinion by the Mississippi Ethics Commission, and as such, while suggestive, is "advisory" and not legally binding.

The main point of soliciting an opinion from the Ethics Commission is that a "public official" who acts upon such an advisory opinion is not subject to civil or criminal liability as long as the official "follows the direction of such opinion and acts in accordance therewith unless a court of competent jurisdiction, after a full hearing, shall judicially declare that such opinion is manifestly wrong and without any substantial support." (Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, section 25-4-17(i)(i))

about 7 months ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

CarsonChittom Buy Vimeo (162 comments)

Why build something from scratch? Why not just buy Vimeo, like Google bought YouTube?

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

CarsonChittom Re:Firefox (531 comments)

Genuine question: people still use SCCS?

about 9 months ago

FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

CarsonChittom Re:No throttling - impossible dream (235 comments)

WaffleMonster, I believe you hit the nail on the head - the key is differentiate between bandwidth management and discrimination or preferential treatment. The problem will be how to clearly draw the line between them.

This doesn't seem like much of a problem to me. If your pipes are at a capacity that you need to prioritize certain traffic, you do it based on the service—video, VoIP, P2P, et cetera—regardless of source, and that's bandwidth management. If your pipes are at any capacity and you throttle a specific source of traffic, that's discrimination. Do you see any problems with that as a bright line?

about 9 months ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

CarsonChittom Downton Abbey (314 comments)

Is it just me or do the people who want you to work in open offices sound like the nobility in Downton Abbey?"

It's just you, since I don't watch Downton Abbey. Make a reference to Doctor Who and I might get it, though.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?

CarsonChittom Re:Change logs matter (162 comments)

That is probably because everywhere I've worked, one of the first things I make sure works is a way for the source management, bug tracking, and release management systems to reference each other.

You might be interested in Fossil then.

about a year ago

I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

CarsonChittom Re:I guess I'm not indestructible after all (415 comments)

Pithy and funny.

But, as I said to those making the joke when it went around last year, apparently untrue. It seems from (admittedly, purely casual) searching that cancer outcomes are actually somewhat better in the US than in Europe, at least for some kinds of cancer. The National Center for Policy Analysis, a "non-partisan think tank," has a page from 2007 on this with cites to appropriate studies; and a 2011 British Department of Health policy document entitled "Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer" admits (p. 7) that England's cancer outcomes are below the European average.

about a year ago

Xerox "Routine Backup Test" Leave 17 States Without Food Stamps

CarsonChittom Re:Fail-safe (305 comments)

Only a very small number of transactions would have been failed anyway for insufficient funds, etc., and these are reconciled when that part of the system is restored to service... meaning there's very little loss to the provider for this.

Right. And if EBT payments did likewise, it'd be a headline in some newspaper that Sen. Local voted for allowing welfare recipients to receive benefits to which they weren't otherwise entitled.

Not a commentary or criticism; simply a statement of fact.

about a year ago

What I Did During My Summer Vacation: Burning Man Edition

CarsonChittom I miss JonKatz (228 comments)

Bennett Haselton makes me miss Jon Katz.

I know.

about a year ago

How To Turn Your Pile of Code Into an Open Source Project

CarsonChittom Re:No .tar.gz, Get a package manager (176 comments)

I woudn't mind compiling from the source if there was an easy way to uninstall an application afterwards.

I believe what you're looking for is GNU stow.

about a year ago


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