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Taking a Look At High-End Programmer Salaries

Chad Birch Re:Finances gigs high paying, but... (133 comments)

Did I mentioned that the winters in NYC are freaking FREEZING!?

Sorry, but I laughed.

- Canadian

more than 3 years ago
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LastPass Password Service Hacked

Chad Birch Ridiculous (268 comments)

Oh for the love of god, this is way out of hand.

They weren't "hacked", they saw a tiny anomaly in their network traffic (which honestly, most companies wouldn't even have noticed), and decided to notify you about it and handle it in the most paranoid way possible. It's such a small thing that I wouldn't have expected most companies to even tell anyone it happened.

But somehow them behaving in a very commendable way for a security company has blown up into an absolute PR nightmare for them, with sites like BusinessWeek posting articles with the title "LastPass Loses Passwords for 1.25 Million Customers", which aren't even remotely correct. This is why companies don't disclose security breaches, because people are too dumb to understand the details, it gets sensationalized for no reason, and comes back to bite them hard.

Their implementation of this was pretty poor (trying to force almost everyone to change their password, when their server can't handle password changes at that rate), but their overall intentions were extremely good, and only make me even more confident in their service.

more than 3 years ago
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Drizzle Hits General Availability

Chad Birch Re:Drizzle? (146 comments)

Sadly, GonorrheaDB isn't really that much worse of a name than MongoDB.

more than 3 years ago
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Dr. Who's Sonic Screwdriver Exists

Chad Birch Re:/scoff (179 comments)

Which would accomplish absolutely nothing, since "summery" is a word.

about 4 years ago
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What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?

Chad Birch Re:Degrees (380 comments)

It's been my observation that people that get bored of not working or being on vacation just don't really have any interests or hobbies.

I think the same way as you, I'd be perfectly happy without a job. I'd definitely still do some programming, because I enjoy it, but it would only be on my own projects, and I don't really consider that the same as "work".

more than 3 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

Chad Birch Re:So.... (1348 comments)

I know it's used as a meme around here, but I honestly can't even remember the last time I actually read one of the articles themselves. I always just go straight to the comments, I consider the articles to basically be a "topic suggestion".

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source PS3 Jailbreak Released

Chad Birch Re:This exploit is beautiful (226 comments)

I always wonder how someone even ends up attempting an exploit through something like this. How did they figure out in the first place that it might be a possible approach? It just seems so obscure compared to a lot of other exploit methods for other systems/programs (not that I know much about the topic).

more than 4 years ago
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ReCAPTCHA.net Now Vulnerable to Algorithmic Attack

Chad Birch Re:Hmm (251 comments)

You are disturbingly misinformed.

more than 4 years ago
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ReCAPTCHA.net Now Vulnerable to Algorithmic Attack

Chad Birch Re:OCR improvements? (251 comments)

I haven't RTFA, but that's unlikely. With a captcha, you receive a response indicating whether you were correct or not. When using OCR, there isn't really any automated way to be sure if you've gotten it right.

more than 4 years ago
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Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Trading

Chad Birch Re:A Solution to this and the eBay 'sniping' probl (483 comments)

I've never really understood the complaints about eBay sniping. Set your maximum bid at the actual maximum that you want to pay. Whether someone snipes or not, if your bid is the highest you will win. If it's not, you won't.

Even if it is an actual problem for some reason though, I'd think that the simplest solution would just be to extend the auction slightly every time there is a new high bid. Add 5 or 10 minutes every time the bid increases, and sniping would be totally ineffective.

more than 4 years ago
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Official Kanji Count Increasing Due To Electronics

Chad Birch Re:You can use katakana (284 comments)

So you read the title, but didn't make it to the summary?

They're not adding new kanji for electronics, they're saying that some kanji are becoming more commonly used because using them when writing electronically removes the difficulty of actually writing those characters.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

Chad Birch Re:PyGame (704 comments)

Hmmm. I just went there, and it says that PyGame has now been ported to JavaScript. That probably makes sense, given the major efforts to speed up JavaScript in the new-generation web browsers.

Or you were just really late in falling for an April Fools' joke.

more than 4 years ago
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Hacking Vim 7.2

Chad Birch Re:Anything but Vim, please (246 comments)

Well, I'm not sure that I believe that you actually use OpenOffice to edit code, but here's my standard example of something I can do much faster in vim than people can in other editors:

Imagine you have the following line of code:

$welcome_message = "Welcome to my site!"; // message displayed at the top of the main page

How would you go about changing the welcome message?

Most people I know would use a combination of Home, End, Backspace, Shift, and the arrow keys to select or delete the string, and then type in a new welcome message. Some would reach over to grab the mouse and select the string, then type over it. In vim, I just need to get my cursor between the quote marks (and there are many ways to do this, personally I'd probably use a quick find and then a couple pushes of w or e). Once anywhere inside the quotes, I just type ci" (a 3-part command, change inside ") and it erases everything inside the quotes and puts me into insert mode. I can easily do this faster than your hand can even get to your mouse.

Yes, vim is hard to learn, and it's frustrating for quite a while. But once you start actually understanding the "language" of its commands and how they fit together, you'll wonder how you ever used anything else.

more than 4 years ago
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Font Foundries Opening Up To the Web

Chad Birch Re:Important Issues (209 comments)

Judging from The Fonts.com Web Fonts page, they're using some sort of javascript to try to protect their fonts. If I toggle javascript on and off for fonts.com, the look of that page changes as a bunch of fonts turn on/off. Their "three easy steps" on the right also includes "Add a short script to your site".

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Fight Russian Site Cloners?

Chad Birch Re:Always use a perm email (208 comments)

Where exactly do you get one of these "perm emails" that aren't tied to any sort of service that might go down or disappear in the future?

more than 4 years ago

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