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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

FictionPimp Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

My source is that for me, it's faster, easier to write/understand/support and a lot cleaner.

This is a subjective opinion.

Can you prove that tables are easier for me to understand?

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

FictionPimp Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Let's face it, grid based layouts are tables and if all websites were static html, then html tables would suit us just fine. If we didn't want to cater to people with disabilities or screne readers then again, tables were fine.

It's a lot easier to replace, remove, or add a class on a article or div with javascript then to try to reflow a html table based layout (like when you go mobile and turn that 3 column layout into a single column. . It's a lot easier to parse the html to do something with it (like screen read) if you don't have a bunch of junk spacer images, tr's and tds, cluttering up the mix.

I wouldn't be opposed to something better than css, but I still think css layout is better than html table layout.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

FictionPimp Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

You've just demonstrated your own stupidity for all to see. Skeleton does not use javascript.

In fact,

From the website you will see this nice changelog

V1.2 (6/20/2012): Pruning Skeleton down to some more bare bones :)
Remove tabs and all JS

Boostrap does use javascript, but not for the grid layout portion of boostrap. It uses it for all the other shit boostrap does. I picked these two examples because I feel the represent the two most popular, but there are dozens if not hundreds of projects out there that solve this problem. Many do not use javascript.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

FictionPimp Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Right,

But it still a fluid grid based layout that is all CSS and works in all modern browsers. It's easy to use, flexible, and looks great on a mobile device or a 27 inch display (if you have good artistic sense).

While it would be nice to more support for css grid, this does the job today and works wonderfully with dozens of prebuilt css files out there to start from (some even using tools like less to make modification that much easier).

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

FictionPimp Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

Using a fluid grid based css layout is faster, easier to write/understand/support, and a hell of a lot cleaner than tables. Having done web development for the last decade I have to say that tables for layout was a pain in the ass and a bad hack at best.

With html5/css3 almost all of your concerns are gone. In fact you can download a nice fluid grid based template in a second that can cut your table based layout development time into a 5th.

Check out http://www.getskeleton.com/ or even the often overused http://getbootstrap.com/

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

FictionPimp Re:Just do it (279 comments)

http://www.ubnt.com/edgemax/ed...

I dont' have gb internet, but it's the best router I know of for 100 bucks. Pair it up with a good wireless AP solution (I use ubiquiti for that as well) and your golden.

about two weeks ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

FictionPimp HL7? (240 comments)

I thought this was the point of HL7?

When I worked for a major medical practice software company we spent a lot of time insuring HL7 support for hospitals...

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Plan To Storm the Cable Industry's Castle

FictionPimp Re:Subscribers? (85 comments)

Yep, I am not going to pay for the right to watch ads.

Either it's 'free' and I watch ads, or I pay for it and get no ads.

Also, I get to pick the device.

about a month and a half ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

FictionPimp Re:Meaning... (233 comments)

Why not, they make California legal and California illegal versions of firearms. Most of the firearms I've bought in the last decade are illegal to buy in cali.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

FictionPimp Re: +1 for this Post (427 comments)

Don't waste the money on 5ghz. Unless you live in an apartment with a crowded 2.4ghz spectrum. Just buy the 2.4 wireless N model.

http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti...

I have 2 of those (1 per floor of my house) and the ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite (in my basement). Everything connected to a cheap switch. Every inch of my house has perfect signal and the product is rock solid. I also have a PicoStation ( http://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti... ) on my deck to provide great coverage in my back yard.

about 2 months ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

FictionPimp Re:This explains why republicans push coal (502 comments)

Tesla once tried to give free power to the masses. ... He quickly found himself destitute and without many friends.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

FictionPimp Re:Congratulations! (131 comments)

Educause is pretty good.

about 2 months ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

FictionPimp Re:Bullshit (200 comments)

I'd love comcast to have the level of service the Indiana DMV provides.

I can do 95% of what I need without going into the office. If I do go in I can schedule a slot and simply walk in, do my business and walk out. I recently bought a new vehicle and was shocked at how fast and pleasant the experience was.

Comcast on the other hand quotes you a 8 hour time frame the installer will arrive, sends a contractor who may or may not be competent enough to even pull cable, and then blames you if anything goes wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

FictionPimp Re:Vote (200 comments)

Then you run for office.

about 3 months ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

FictionPimp Re:Pedos, drug lords, and terrorists take notice!! (98 comments)

Recently, in a nearby city an office was injured arresting a criminal. The police response was that the people in that bad area didn't help the officer as he was being beaten, so they started patrolling that area more. The result was jaywalking tickets to people crossing the street from their house to their mailbox, and kids getting tickets for riding their bikes without a headlamp (in the daytime). Basically any tiny infraction to punish the populace.

about 3 months ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

FictionPimp Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

That was my basic opinion of it as well. I'm not paying money to watch commercials, especially when I can watch amazon or netflix without commercials.

about 3 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

FictionPimp Re:This means nothing without context (265 comments)

Having interviewed for both Google and Facebook I think this really does come down to skills (knowledge and ability). Being a white male didn't do shit for the fact that I simply just didn't understand linux file systems, networking and software development as well as I thought I did. In fact I didn't get a single question as to my age, race, or sexual preference during those first phone calls where I was ripped to shreds with technical questions. It was quite apparent after 5 minutes of the 2nd interview that I wasn't going to get the job, and I had a LOT to work on in my chosen field.

These are not racially bias questions where you need to be white, unless netmask questions and being asked to write a program are racially bias.

Then again, it is google, they probably know more about me then I know about myself. The interview was probably just to gather metadata to advertise to me better.

about 4 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

FictionPimp This means nothing without context (265 comments)

What is the percentage of black, women, etc people with the skills and training that google, facebook, etc is looking for?

Are there out of work fully qualified programmers that can't work at facebook because they are black? Maybe the ratio is the way it is simply because there are not enough minorities looking for high end development work (Unlike baseball). That doesn't make it Facebook's fault if it is truly hiring the most qualified workers.

about 4 months ago

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Apple AES-256 Encrypted Sparse Images for backups

FictionPimp FictionPimp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FictionPimp writes "I can't find this answer anywhere, so I thought I'd ask it here.

Recently I have moved my wife from windows to OSX. She received my 'old' macbook pro and I received a new macbook pro. Because of this my wife and I have decided we wanted to improve our important documents backup process. Originally this process was that all important documents (tax and bank information, scanned documents such as titles, deeds, receipts, and insurance pictures) was copied on to a USB stick and placed in our fireproof safe, a second TrueCrypt encrypted disk was kept in my wife's purse. A 3rd copy was placed on my storage server. Mind you this is just for our most critical data. Other unimportant data such as movie backups, or music is simply stored on my file server using raid 5 and backed up to USB disk. We backup our family pictures the same way and also keep them on picasa.

Now that she is no longer using windows, we changed the method to as follows, a copy is placed on a USB stick in our fireproof safe. A copy is backed up by time machine. Another copy is automatically sent via ssh to my notebook and placed on my time machine (separate usb drives).

What we wanted to improve was the usb key in my wife's purse. This is to help us if say the fireproof safe was not fireproof and the house burned down. The idea was hopefully she will have her purse with her (and not be home). This is the weak link.

Because these files are way way less then 2 gig, my solution was to use DropBox. I know that DropBox uses 256 bit encryption, but I have no reason to trust they would never look at my data or have some exploit that lets people steal my data. The obvious solution is to make a sparse image (DMG file) that is encrypted. So I created a sparse image and set it's max size to 1.9g (to insure we never break the 2 gig free limit) and for security purposes I use AES-256 encryption on the image.

All has been well with this process, until my wife asked me what would happen if we did not have a mac and needed to get to the files. Say our house burned down with both macs inside and no one we know has a mac (which is true). How do we get the data from the dmg file.

A quick google shows there is a program called DMGExtractor that can read AES-128 encrypted dmg files, but it does not say it supports AES-256. So my question is does anyone know a program that can read AES-256 encrypted DMG sparse images on Linux or even Windows?

If such a program does not exist, do you think it would be wise to instead use a TrueCrypt container for this purpose? Do you have any better suggestions for this backup scheme? We are trying to keep the cost as close to free as possible."
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uTorrent beta for mac released.

FictionPimp FictionPimp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FictionPimp (712802) writes "One of the best bittorrent clients on the market released their mac beta today. uTorrent is a the standard that all other bittorrent apps are held to on the windows platform. They are a welcome competitor in the mac world. This release is not 100% feature complete with their windows version, but it is a great start."
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