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GitHub Launches Bug Bounty Program, Offers Between $100 and $5,000

Ibiwan Re:GitHub is non-free (14 comments)

Go home, RMS; you're drunk!

about 8 months ago

Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

Ibiwan Re:Translation ... (893 comments)

He also seems to think there is a dichotomy between "Intelligent" and "poor"...

about a year and a half ago

How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code

Ibiwan Re:Alternate blog post (238 comments)

How weird. You'd think they'd use the same code for each category, in order to make a valid comparison...
...or if they did that, they'd post youtube videos properly reflecting that!

about a year and a half ago

How Experienced And Novice Programmers See Code

Ibiwan Re:Contacting Server... (238 comments)

Experienced programmers know the ENEMY'S network is down.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Ibiwan Uni*Ball Vision Elite Micro Black (712 comments)

I've been using these for years -- they meet all your criteria, the ink lasts a long time, dries quickly, doesn't readily smear... Two drawbacks: people love them and keep stealing mine, and the clip is weak so I keep breaking them off. Nothing a little tape can't fix! Uni*Ball Vision Elite Micro Black

about 2 years ago

OpenOffice Is Now, Officially, Apache OpenOffice

Ibiwan Re:The problem with FOSS office suites (266 comments)

You keep referring to The Proprietary Suite as if you're used to writing documents comparing it to open alternatives. "TPS Reports", if you will.

about 2 years ago

Dawn Spacecraft Finds Signs of Water On Vesta

Ibiwan Re:Of course there's water (33 comments)

Gentlemen, I give you the century's supply of good old H2O we USED to have!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

Ibiwan MULTIPLE Sign-On (446 comments)

I dislike single sign-on because there are services for which I want multiple accounts. If those services don't let me make a l/p with them, I have to log in and out of multiple facebook or gmail accounts to make it happen, which disrupts all my other browsing activities.

If there's a site where I want a business persona and a party persona, I should be able to just make two accounts and call it a day.

more than 2 years ago

MD5crypt Password Scrambler Is No Longer Considered Safe

Ibiwan Re:I have a question: (212 comments)

Dude. NOT cool; way too soon.

more than 2 years ago

Go Version 1 Released

Ibiwan Re:Wake me (186 comments)

So do good ones.

more than 2 years ago

Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Ibiwan Re:Obligatory xkcd (372 comments)

Wait, so are you agreeing or disagreeing with him? You say he's right twice, then you say he's wrong, all the while exemplifying that you're not the typical English speaker he's referring to, presumably with the intent of disproving him. Make up your mind!

Oh, never mind. I just saw the threat of violence at the end; I see logic was not your goal, nor indeed within your approach :)

more than 2 years ago

Startram — Maglev Train To Low Earth Orbit

Ibiwan Re:How is this possible? (356 comments)

Yes, magnets. They did the math already.

How are you defining "practical"? Remember we're already talking about a $60,000,000,000 project

more than 2 years ago

4.74 Degrees of Separation on Facebook

Ibiwan Bad Claim (216 comments)

1) As others have pointed out, not all humans are on Facebook. I'm sure the FB researchers would be hard-pressed to believe that, though.

More importantly,
2) The "six degrees" is supposed to be the MAXIMUM linkage between any two people -- not the average. Good job disproving something nobody ever claimed, guys!

more than 2 years ago

Intel and DreamWorks Working On Rendering Animation In Real-Time

Ibiwan Which is it? (114 comments)

One link says 50-70 times faster, and the other says 50-70 percent faster.

Does anyone actually feel like watching the video to see what the claim is?

more than 2 years ago

Siri Protocol Cracked

Ibiwan Re:You still need iPhone 4S (403 comments)

I've only ever done the slots thing once... I was in line for a Vegas buffet with my girlfriend and her family, and her little sister (not quite 21) handed me a quarter to play for her. I picked a machine, dropped the coin, and brought her back a handful of quarters. She picked one out of the pile and handed it to me, and I went and repeated the feat. We did this 5 or 6 times, before the line was up and we went in to eat. Not sure I should ever touch a slot machine again, after that run!

more than 2 years ago

Faster Algorithm for Sphere Packing Discovered

Ibiwan Re:Had to be asked. (134 comments)

Yes. To simplify the math, assume the pancake is a sphere...

more than 2 years ago

Air Force Comments On Drone Malware

Ibiwan Re:Whitewash (74 comments)

They're still using awkward wording. Neither the computer on the plane nor the computer the pilot is sitting in front of runs Windows. In the same trailer, there are also several machines used for data analysis that DO run Windows, and are the only place this malware (virus? worm? trojan? I never could keep them straight) could possible have taken hold. Also, the "credentials" in question are video game registration keys. Good luck finding many of those on these workstations!

more than 2 years ago

Predator Drone 'Virus' Could Be Military's Own Monitoring

Ibiwan Re:Wow... why are they using ...oh yeah, cost... (99 comments)

Nope. The planes and the ground stations that control them both use environments other than OS X or Windows. There are, however, also some data analysis workstations that sit in the same trailers as the Pilot bay, that happen to run Windows.

more than 2 years ago

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Sell Out

Ibiwan Re:Perhaps to one's surprise? (327 comments)

Incidentally, you have the salt thing backwards. The meatier the opinion, the more salt it takes to season or preserve it. Which is, of course, kind of the whole point of taking something with "a grain" of salt -- "sure, I'll take your opinion, but it isn't even worth wasting a dash on". So taking the pundits' articles with a full shaker of salt implies you're planning on living off their opinions for a good while to come!

more than 2 years ago


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Ibiwan Ibiwan writes  |  more than 9 years ago What the heck is this, a /. blog? Why did I never notice this before?

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