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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

MikeBabcock Re:Simplest is best (258 comments)

That worked for me until I started uploading photos to Flickr and realized how powerful tags are for searching and organizing. I'd much rather have something equivalent for my local filesystem.

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

MikeBabcock Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

Actually they are still selling it. You can buy it on brand new business machines today.

4 days ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

MikeBabcock Re:Algorithms (161 comments)

People have also written 3D games in LISP; that doesn't make it optimal.

5 days ago
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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

MikeBabcock Re:Security through Obscurity (129 comments)

Linux certainly isn't obscure, or you're being sarcastic and suck at it ...

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

MikeBabcock Re:No (545 comments)

These overtime rule exemptions exist here in Ontario, Canada too ... and they're quite irritating.

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

MikeBabcock Re:Algorithms (161 comments)

You can write network code in Java, certainly a lot of people do, but its lack of unsigned types makes simple network address/mask calculations much more complicated than necessary.

You can implement a 3D game in Python, but its interpreter and memory management is going to make it much less efficient than the same game in C++.

You certainly could write a gene sequencing package entirely in ARM assembly language, but it would be hell to debug and would take a lot longer than necessary.

Just because every Turing complete language is functional doesn't make them equivalently suitable for specific uses.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

MikeBabcock Re:Cult (488 comments)

So true. Years ago I attempted to be an active participant in the Gnome UI group -- it turns out unless we agreed with the leaders, our opinions were invalid anyway.

The problem with Open Source is frequently also its detriment -- pretty good software written by a handful of brilliant people who have the social aptitude of a small snail. When others then try to join and change the project, they have absolutely no way or willingness to assimilate those comments and suggestions into the actual software.

I say this as a programmer myself who really hates having to deal with users some days, but without their input, most all software would suck.

about two weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

MikeBabcock Re:Shyeah, right. (284 comments)

We also use hard drives for backups. We make sure we do weekly read tests on drives and that the data is actually valid. We also run a SMART check on each backup disk before it is used and replace and destroy the ones that fail. The only bad part about hard drive backups is secure high speed interfaces for off-site devices.

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

MikeBabcock Re:Shyeah, right. (284 comments)

It allows for disaster recovery like hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. where locality is an issue. If your backups are all near each other physically then a large-scale disaster will wipe out all your data.

about three weeks ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

MikeBabcock Re:Evil Harper Government - really? Wow. (70 comments)

The irony to me is that when you start citing things the Harper government has done in the last ten years, its very hard for detractors to be against them. It seems they're all against theoretical things that could happen or might happen but haven't.

about three weeks ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

MikeBabcock Re:It is a lot more than just Canada (115 comments)

More or less what I was going to point out -- November 11th is about remembering those who've served their country in war.

about a month ago
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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

MikeBabcock Re:CP/M needs to buried ... (71 comments)

Never mind; I didn't realize you were a troll.

Feel free to cite anything a GUI file manager can do that a CLI can't do better, besides thumbnailing.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

MikeBabcock Re:Liberals are Egoistical Maniacs (330 comments)

That final paragraph is precisely the debate every rational pro-life person I know wishes would happen, and yet it gets stiffled continually by so-called "women's rights" which are supposedly being trampled.

Once upon a time, women weren't allowed to vote, and letting them vote would've trampled "men's rights" ...
Once upon a time, slaves were forced to labour in fields for no pay, and allowing them fair treatment would have trampled on "owners' rights" ...

Having a tough conversation about where a woman's rights truly end and where the unborn child's begin isn't happening and it should. We may decide as a culture that children have no rights to live until they're 2 years old; we may instead decide that 5 months after conception is a viable human life that deserves recognition. Unfortunately this discussion is simply being stifled.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

MikeBabcock Re:working as designed? (139 comments)

Therefore as I said, it works as advertised. Mailing lists should never have been forging from addresses in the first place and DMARC and SPF help prevent that source of spam for many people.

Sometimes breaking things is the correct behaviour.

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

MikeBabcock Re:Immigration is not the problem. (330 comments)

I could cite thousands of examples of religious people who are not delusional and you'd claim they were just because they're religious. That makes you closed-minded and bigotted. Just because some *people* have issues or are morons doesn't mean what they stand for should be painted in that light. What they stand for should be judged on its own merits, and the person on their own.

Painting all religious people with the "delusional" brush as you did is far too broad a statement to be properly rational.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

MikeBabcock Re:Only if you're a spammer (139 comments)

I don't know what your point is at all.

A) I send my own mail, I sign it all using DKIM and advertise a DMARC record that says so.
B) I have a third party I trust sending mail as me, I send them a key to sign mail with and add them to the SPF senders list and advertise a DMARC record saying so.
C) I have a third party relay messages through my own server; A) applies and works fine.
D) I use a third party relay myself, I sign the messages before going out and publish an SPF record saying they are trusted and a DMARC record saying these are true.
E) I don't sign all my mail, I may or may not send from trusted hosts; I publish a DMARC record saying not to block unknown sender IPs and unsigned messages.

In all cases, DMARC helps tell the recipient what to expect. The fact that your outbound server is blocked by a stupid IP-level blacklist based on your ISP has *nothing* to do with SPF, DMARC or DKIM.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

MikeBabcock Re:Only if you're a spammer (139 comments)

I don't recommend hiring the OP here; not only do they not realize its DMARC, but they don't seem to realize what DMARC and DKIM actually accomplish.

Luckily there are easy-to-read summaries like this one: https://support.google.com/a/a...

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

MikeBabcock Re:Sending e-mail reliably (139 comments)

That blocking of ISP ranges is a real problem -- many ISPs offer business dedicated IP ranges suitable for running services like E-mail off of but are incorrectly marked as home network addresses by various idiots.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

MikeBabcock Re:Yahoo is a part of the problem (139 comments)

DKIM does NOT mean that a message isn't spam, it means that Yahoo really sent it.

DKIM is fixing a completely different problem; random spammers sending out E-mail from their own servers claiming to be from Yahoo (or another domain).

I've had this happen to domains I administer and its incredibly annoying, especially when clients get E-mail claiming to be from me. DKIM fixes this problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

MikeBabcock Re:working as designed? (139 comments)

You obviously haven't experienced spam being sent out to people claiming to be from your domain yet -- you'll implement DKIM and SPF that week ...

about a month and a half ago

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Console vs. PC Gaming

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Reading the recent piece by Alex St. John about PC gaming vs. consoles I just had way more to say than I could fit in replies to the subject so I blogged about it instead.

Yeah, I understand some people like gaming with headphones, a mouse and keyboard in their basement, but I prefer the couch, a big set of home theatre speakers, a wide screen HD TV and a controller in my hand with a headset on and a bluetooth keyboard next to me when necessary. I've been building PCs since I was 15 and I wouldn't have imagined it then, but console gaming is now at the point where its really not worth the bother to me to constantly keep up with my PCs capacity to play the newest titles.

Anyway, read more about my thoughts on my blog entry if you like.

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Hypocricy and religion

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Due to recent events (pastors being outed / accused of things they ought not to do), I've been confronted by persons discussing the hypocrisy of Christianity.

I'll be brief -- such people are often completely ignorant of both Christianity and ethical/moral issues in general. It is frequently impossible or impractical for any person, regardless of their beliefs, to be 100% perfect in their own minds (and if they were, I believe there's a psychological condition they'd be diagnosed with).

The fact that a person believes they should not break the law and yet speeds to get to work faster or another believes pollution is evil and yet still heats their home with dirty power for example is enough to refer to such persons as hypocrites. But is there anything wrong with the goals they have, despite failing to achieve them?

The bible states that those who follow Christianity will be known for love, kindness, self-control and gentleness among other qualities and that against these things there is no law.

I'd like to say I do not defend anyone's wrongdoings, but there are a few misconceptions that need outing:

1) What the bible says about Christianity is what I believe, not what some evangelist on TV said. This makes me a fundamentalist by definition. Would you prefer I follow said evangelists' views instead of formulating my own?

2) Having the goal of achieving something and failing does not make the goal system irrelevant or in any way wrong -- we're all imperfect human beings striving toward whatever we set our minds to, sometimes we're just stuck or we screw up. (PS, that's Christianity too -- that people are fallen and fallible, not in any way perfect, with the goal of becoming better). ... and more, but I'm done ranting for now. Please, if you think Christianity is stupid, do your research and don't just play follow the leader from what someone else has told you. If you're against Christianity because Christians are jerks, well, they're probably not really Christians (falls under 'do your research'). Try not to be as overbearing with them as they are with you.

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Ignorant people

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  about 10 years ago

I just added someone to my foes list simply for being an ignorant jerk. They posted this comment in another user's journal about boxing in fast cars just to piss them off.

I happen to get paid to do support, often driving to a dozen locations in a day and those people lose me money. I've called the cops on them for holding up traffic and thoroughly enjoyed watching them get pulled over and having the rules of safe driving explained to them (speed isn't as important as safe flow).

I sure hope somebody gets this guy pulled over a few times as a result of his ignorance. That kind of "I'm so smart" attitude will get you hurt. And you'll have it coming; my family has an expression ... "you can be dead right".

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Dealing with losing a son ...

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  about 10 years ago

Its almost been a year since my wife and I went into the hospital to give birth to our wonderful baby boy who died just three days later.

I had every intention of setting up a small section of my website with some pictures of him and commentary but haven't brought myself to do that yet.

I have however posted a summary of the events on my Wikipedia page.

Please note; donations are still suggested to Mount Sinai Hospital although if you wish to add it to those in his (Colin Isaac Babcock's) memory, you can't make a donation online (yet).

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Friends of friends, etc.

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This is a short sequel to my previous journal entry. I quite enjoyed this message by Khasim (1285) recently but chuckled a little at the icons he has for me:

  • Friend
  • Friend of a Friend
  • Foe of a Friend

It seems at least one of my 'friends' doesn't like this user, one does and I do. The irony is that the one person who doesn't is someone I only added to my list so as to see their sometimes intelligent views on things, although I usually disagree with their vantage point.

The message is #10486464 if you care.

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Adding 'Friends'

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Since I noticed the ability for Slashdot to change ratings on messages based on my friends list, I've started adding more and more of the "enlightened" people I notice to my friends list.

I've given a +2 bonus modifier to my friends so I can see what those people whose opinions I've previously valued have to say (and also notice if they never again have anything useful to say).

What I'm finding interesting now that I've reached a couple dozen people on my friends list is how many people I click the neutral circle on and discover that they are a friend of at least one of my friends. It seems that birds of a feather really do ... oh never mind.

At any rate, it was interesting to me.

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Helping out

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've been asked if there's any way to help with the condition my wife has (see previous journal entries for background).

The short answer is of course yes, please donate to a group doing advanced (and open) genetics research. This will benefit us all. My wife has been part of a test group for some research in Philidelphia who have done much advanced work in the use of modified viruses to affect genetic mutations and the like.

Consider donating to the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation (United States) or the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation (Canada). Donations have been made already to each in the memory of my late son, Colin Isaac Babcock. If you wish to add to those, feel free to mention his name when you give.

Mount Sinai has been phenomenal in their care; our doctors have been very hands-on, very involved and concerned and have even called us at home on multiple occasions since the passing of my son to keep in touch and make sure we're okay. The nursing staff is incredible and delivering upwards of 40 to 50 babies a day, mostly high-risk would make any person dizzy -- these people work hard to keep things calm but personal and give great, fast and consistent care.

I'll probably post more about this when I have the energy on my personal website ...

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One shouldn't have to bury one's son

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

My wife went into labour on Thursday and delivered a beautiful baby boy at 10:30 AM. We had a couple great days with him but he died of ammonia poisoning from his genetic condition (OTC deficiency) today at 2:10 PM. We're glad we had two good days and he didn't suffer much and lived a life full of love, albeit short.

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Bad news sucks

MikeBabcock MikeBabcock writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My wife and I just found out that our second baby, due in December is a carrier of OTC (which my wife has) and is a boy, which means that he will die within days of birth.

There are no treatments for infants, especially of the genetic form and it is very rare.

http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic2744.htm for more info.

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