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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

MobyDisk Not a useful paper (159 comments)

In the wake of Heartbleed, one might think that this would be talking about array bounds checking or buffer overflow mitigation. No. It is talking about web site frameworks.

examined the vulnerability assessment results of the more than 30,000 websites

First of all: this is not measuring the security of the programming language. This is measuring the security of the OS infrastructure and toolchains. Notice C/C++ is not on the list, since it is hardly ever used for creating web sites.

There was no significant difference between languages in examining the highest averages of vulnerabilities per slot.

What the heck is a slot?

Any summary where Perl scores the best must be deeply questioned. I doubt this is an apples-to-apples comparison. Surely these Perl sites are not doing nearly as much as the sites written in other languages.

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Interviews: Ask Bre Pettis About Making Things

MobyDisk Mainstreaming 3D printing (67 comments)

How close to mainstream will 3D printers become?

I've talked to makers who predict everyone will have a 3D printer in their home. I've heard other opinions that 3D printing will become a common hobby like building model railroads, astronomy, or programming. Yet others believe it is a fad and it will return to being a tool for professional engineers only. What do you think?

5 days ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

MobyDisk Re:It's cost effective (408 comments)

It's fine that they use the "alternative circuit" as you say. Just not the homeopathic one. There are plenty of herbal remedies that aren't thoroughly debunked garbage like homeopathy.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

MobyDisk Re:just keep in mind (408 comments)

That is not correct: you have confused herbal medicines with homeopathic medicines.

Zinc is not homeopathic. Things that contain Zinc are not homeopathic. And Zicam doesn't even contain Zinc anymore.

So not all homeopathy is bullshit or contains mostly water or uses snake poison or any of that nonsense. Sometimes it just means they didn't have the budget to get FDA approval.

All homeopathy is bullshit and contains mostly water. If it does not contain mostly water (or some other inert filler) then it isn't homeopathic. That's the definition of homeopathic. And things that don't get FDA approval are called herbal medicines, not homeopathic medicines.

The reason homeopathic medicines are selling well is because people have been led to believe that non-FDA approved herbal medicine = homeopathic. That's not true. There's plenty of herbal supplements that do not claim to cure any disease, that don't need FDA approval, that are not homeopathic.

about a week ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

MobyDisk I thought I had this problem, but apparently not (224 comments)

I do a lot of reading on the internet, and have back before the WWW was popularized. I thought I had this very problem, since I just couldn't read large sections of text without skipping over much of it. It was genuinely worrying me. But then I realized it wasn't a fair test since I was reading Atlas Shrugged.

about a week ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

MobyDisk How the tides have turned (490 comments)

A few years ago, this would have been a story about how geeks prefer DVDs because they don't want proprietary DRM-encumbered formats that only work in Windows and require installing Silverlight. Now, it is about how studios are behind because they only allow DVDs. It is amazing how quickly convenience trumps freedom.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

MobyDisk Re:STOP FUCKING CHANGING THINGS WHERE IT'S NOT NEE (256 comments)

Seriously, EVERYTHING is going to shit so that "UX designers" ... I'm so fucking tired of this form-over-function bullshit

Blame marketing, not UX designers. Some companies have UI design done by marketing, and others have it done by technical staff. Both are wrong.

A UX designer would not favor form over function. A UX designer is responsible for implementing best practices, assigning a consistent look-and-feel, and gathering data to ensure that the "user experience" is a good one. That means measuring productivity. They should be drawing from knowledge in graphic design, psychology, statistics, and engineering. Contrast that with Marketing people who want it to look cool for their brochures. They are the form-over-function people, not the designers.

My employer hired a user experience expert and it is great. Our new products have the same look-and-feel. The icons are no longer coder art. They are applying best practices like moving tabs to the bottom on touch screens so your arm isn't in the way of the screen and you don't get monkey arm. Stuff like that. Having a real UX expert is a good thing.

Don't blame the profession or the terminology for fools masquerading as experts.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

MobyDisk Re:been using accounts in aurora for a month alrea (256 comments)

Thank you for saying this!! I just posted this in the OneNote discussion and nobody seemed to get it.

If you want to synch data, use an existing protocol like FTP, SFTP, SCP, rsynch, etc. The application should prompt the user for URL + user name + password. Then it can synch to anything. One should not have to run special host software like a Firefox Sync server or Sharepoint in order to synch files.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

MobyDisk Re:Reminder: Software as a service (208 comments)

Stop and really think about how you'd do that and you'll quickly figure out that it's far, far easier when you can use a protocol tuned to your needs.

1) I suppose it depends on what the requirements are. For 90% of users, just synching the file would probably be enough, with minimal conflict resolution across users/devices.
2) Shouldn't the customer needs be more important?

This is one of the reasons I'm excited about Owncloud. Finally, a way to synch files and share stuff without having to rely on someone else's servers. I'd love to be able to sync files amongst my family. But good luck finding an app that works on Windows, Mac, Android, and IOS that doesn't require a monthly fee to use someone else's server when I already have my own.

If I had time I'd find some open-source Android text editor and modify it to automatically rsych the files when you open the app.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

MobyDisk Re:Reminder: Software as a service (208 comments)

WebDav

Thank you, I was looking for that term.

OneNote saves to a file and expects that file to simply just get synced up on modification. Rsync will work just fine. As will any kind of folder synchronization option.

Yes, you could do that. But that isn't how OneNote is intended to work. You could manually setup a synchronization option for any application. You could do it for Notepad, or Microsoft Word, or Pages, or even iPhoto. But it defeats the purpose of something like OneNote or EverNote.

OneNote and EverNote have *built-in* synchronization. It is easier to setup than creating a scheduled task on every machine. It is convenient, and cross-platform. Ex: Setting up my phone, my wife's mac, and my home PC to synch those files is a pain. OneNote also provides version control and history tracking capabilities. This is really nice. But what would be great is if OneNote or EverNote or Google Docs, could synch to any file server. EverNote and Google Docs synch to their own servers. OneNote can synch to any Sharepoint server or Microsoft's Cloud. They all use their own protocols. That's limiting.

about a month ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

MobyDisk Re:Fuck that (516 comments)

Care to back up your claim that labor is a significant portion of food prices?

Fair enough.

Here's a few hits from Google. This is interesting because they both agree on the data, but draw different conclusions. The first one says eliminating immigrant workers would result in a 5% cost increase in the stores, which is devastating.
http://www.fb.org/index.php?ac...

The other says the same thing, around 3.6%, but thinks it is a good idea anyway:
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfor...

I find lots of articles claiming that organic is more expensive because it is more labor intensive, but few numbers to say how much. So the impact may be much greater there.

Overall, I've never met a rich farmer before. That's not to say there aren't large multinational corporations who buy and sell food profitably. But that is a long way from farmers. Farmers often only survive because of government subsidies. Today, family farms are vanishing because a strip mall is more profitable per acre. Some family farms vanish because the estate can't pay the inheritance taxes. It's a tough industry.

about a month ago
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Sony Announces Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

MobyDisk Re: 90 degrees horizontal? (112 comments)

I think by 90 degrees horizontal they mean to the right/left of your eye.

Ahh, that makes more sense.

about a month ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

MobyDisk Re:Fuck that (516 comments)

You showed a stock chart. It did not show any people, and it did not show how much money they had. Now you are just trolling, so I am done.

about a month ago
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Sony Announces Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

MobyDisk 90 degrees horizontal? (112 comments)

Why are VR headsets 90 degrees horizontal? humans can see close to 180 degrees horizontal. I thought FOV was one of the big benefits of VR headsets.

about a month ago
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Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

MobyDisk Training the data (149 comments)

I logged into Facebook for the first time in about 6 months, and it required me to authenticate myself by answering a series of questions about who was in each picture. It would display 3 pictures, each showing a square around a particular person, and it would ask who the person is. It was multiple choice.

I wonder if this is how they confirm that the data is correct, to eliminate intentional errors. You can ask a person who doesn't own the picture and didn't tag it to confirm the person in there. By masking it as an authorization request you convince people who otherwise would not be involved in tagging to participate.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

MobyDisk Re:Reminder: Software as a service (208 comments)

That still doesn't address the issue I am bringing up. Suppose you have a web site: www.mycompany.com, which supports various standard internet protocols for storing files: FTP, SFTP, SCP, HTTP, rsync, ... Yet OneNote can't sync its files onto there. IMHO, that's dumb. The same goes for many many competing products.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

MobyDisk Re:Reminder: Software as a service (208 comments)

If you want to sync elsewhere you'll have to use mode modern protocols than sftp.

That's my point. Why can't they just sync files using existing standard protocols? I'm tired of buying XYZNote and it only syncs with XYZNote's servers. Businesses want to be able to use their servers. And people are more and more paranoid of government spying. They should offer to sync with anything that lets them upload/download.

This same problem happens with image sharing tools. You import your picture to iPhoto: Great! It syncs with Facebook, Flickr, and some others. But maybe not your favorite service. Instead, they should offer a sync over FTP/SFTP/whatever. Then it can work with anything. It's silly that application developers have to tune their app to every flavor-of-the-month service.

about a month ago
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Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

MobyDisk Re:454 / 16 (116 comments)

Yet they feed themselves.

Apparently not:

A quick web search claims that Bangladesh has "one of the highest undernutrition rates in the world." Wikipedia agrees with "Though they may own a small plot of land and some livestock and generally have enough to eat, their diets lack nutritional value", and also claims that "Foreign assistance and commercial imports fill the gap".

One acre per person may be typical for America, but that is based on plenty of corn fed beef.

The one acre-per-person figures I saw were specifically excluding meat.

about a month ago

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MobyDisk MobyDisk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MobyDisk writes "Network Performance Daily retracted last week's interview with Professor Christopher Yoo from Vanderbilt University Law School on his opposition to Net-Neutrality policies. The new article is clearer, more subdued interview. The editor, Brian Boyko, says he never received Mr. Yoo's corrections to the article. From the apology: "The article had done him a disservice and resolved to repair any inaccuracy or anything that would be unfair to his words or image." Lost corrections, or a revision in response to criticism?

Last week's article now points to an series by Art Brodsky, Communications Director of Public Knowledge that is in support of Network Neutrality."

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