top What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?
As a Ruby developer who typically works on MacVim, pretty much everything I use (except OS X and it's built-in apps: mail, preview, itunes, etc.) is open source. I have other things like Omnigraffle, The Hit List, and some games, but those are used much less frequently.
95% of my day I'm looking at MacVim, iTerm2, and Chrome, which is essentially open source as well since it's mostly Chromium.
Servers are Ubuntu running Apache, Passenger, MRI Ruby, Memcached, CouchDB, ElasticSearch, Redis, PostgreSQL.
top Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)
This is the first I've heard about the Loon project, and at first I thought it was just a site left over from April 1st. But it's actually a very cool idea for rural connectivity.
about a year and a half ago
top How much I care about GMO food labeling:
Country of origin is a relevant piece of information - it tells how far the food has travelled and thus how much fuel was used in delivering it, as well as how long it was likely sitting in storage or transport. If a fruit is picked before ripening and is
stored in a warehouse for 9 months, it's obviously less nutritious than something that was picked yesterday.
top Github Kills Search After Hundreds of Private Keys Exposed
git rm id_rsa*; git commit -a -m "problem solved\!"
Not quite. They're already out there. The keys are still in the revision history. People have forked and cloned it.
Hopefully the developers who created these keys know that besides removing them from the repo, the keys can no longer be used. They must be removed from every
.ssh/authorized_keys file, every service like Github that uses them for deploying code, etc.
top Drupal 8 Development Begins — 15 Bugs At a Time
They would get a lot more done when they finish their transition over to Git (although they should seriously consider Github instead of whatever custom thing they're building). I've had things to contribute, mostly bugfixes for modules, but the whole community is still stuck on CVS and patch files, so it was too much of a pain to do.
top Anonymous Knocks Out Ministry of Sound Website
There's one here in the US called the Franklin Mint that does the same thing.
top Drupal 6 Content Administration
There is something *seriously* wrong with a Content Management System if it prompts someone to write a book on how to use it for editing content.
Never mind the nightmarish coding practices that developers have to deal with, the always-one-version-behind modules, views in the database, or all the other things that make Drupal a pain to work with. The first thing a CMS should do is make content administration simple.
Hopefully Drupal 7 will solve some of these problems...
top J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System
Being able to amend the Constitution is exactly what is meant by the term "living document".
top Flash Is Not a Right
I'd rather have Adobe create a 64bit browser plugin for non-Linux platforms. The x64 build of Firefox (Minefield) on MacOS 10.6 was nice and fast, but I couldn't use it for a surprisingly high number of sites just because of the lack of Flash support.
And the alpha version for Linux has been "in development" for what, 3 years now?
top Paper Manufacturer Launches "Print More" Campaign
I know this is a bit late for a response, but...
They don't just mow down the field and turn it all into Cheerios, otherwise you'd have lots of leaves and stalks from the wheat plants in your cereal bowl.
Anyway, such monoculture is unsustainable, especially when combined with our current industrial agriculture practices. It ruins and
erodes the soil, is dependent on petroleum and herbicides, and is beginning to require plants with genetic modifications.
top Paper Manufacturer Launches "Print More" Campaign
I was shocked at the absolute lack of biodiversity the last time I walked through a wheat field. Imagine it: A huge field, hundreds of acres, where they've managed to grow almost nothing but wheat! What a waste.
It works much better without the sarcasm tags. Repeat that over and over, and perhaps you'll get it.
is something wrong with such a lack of biodiversity, especially when you consider that approximately 40% of the land in the US is currently cultivated like this.
top Funeral Being Held Today For IE6
Somebody should go there and wave "God hates IE6" signs.
If only I had mod points today...
top Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks May Be Illegal
Would this affect legality of "normal" drinks like coffee porters/stouts? How about Irish coffee?
top Thawte Will End "Web of Trust" On November 16
Maybe now that Thawte is making email certification less useful (and more expensive), clients like Thunderbird and Mail.app will start to prefer GPG/PGP. That's all I can hope for anyway, since GPGMail for Mail.app is now broken under Snow Leopard for the foreseeable future.
top Apple To Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard On August 28
Only if you purchased a new computer from Apple after June 8th.
top Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?
Are we so sure that intelligent life on distant planets will follow the same path as us? Especially after reading Daniel Quinn's books, it seems far more likely that intelligent beings are living in a similar way that ancient humans did. Complex monocultures like ours seem to be the exception, not the rule, and they are relatively very short-lived (ours was started about 10k years ago, according to Quinn, while the modern human species has been around for much longer).
I don't think there's any reason to assume that other beings will wipe themselves out so quickly (why shouldn't they survive and adapt for millions of years?), but since great technological achievements seem to require an unsustainable lifestyle of conquest and over-use of resources, we might not have much luck contacting or being contacted by them.
(As I'm posting this, I realized that
this post is similar to mine, and is probably better written...)
top Are Women Getting More Beautiful?
more than 3 children should be illegal
Why? Because you have to oppress someone else because you do not want to have children of your own to compete?
Competition isn't the reason -- it's that we have far too many people on the planet at the expense of other species and our own well-being. I don't see the reason for specifying more than three, though, when the average is already below that, and it still results in population growth. Two should be the maximum.
However, according to people like Daniel Quinn, laws such as this would not do much good. Instead, the food supply must stabilize and slowly shrink.
top Hacker Destroys Avsim.com, Along With Its Backups
You must have never tried using
/dev/random to wipe a drive. You could easily run it through many passes of /dev/urandom in the same amount of time.
Additionally, I'm not an expert at this, but I think the quality of the random number isn't really important anyway, since you aren't encrypting the existing data. There is no problem in having someone guess the next bit of random data, since that random data is
right there on the disk, no matter how it was generated.
top Favorite text editor?
TextMate -- The Swiss Army knife of text editors with a nice GUI.
Komodo Edit -- Open source, works well with PHP.
gedit -- Haven't used it much, but looks like something I'd use if I went back to developing websites in Linux.
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