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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Rhaban Re:Google Latitude (60 comments)

We’ll never know, none of the 7 google latitude users ever got within 20 miles from each others.


Steam's Most Popular Games

Rhaban Re:Hours Played is a bad metric. (117 comments)

I’ve bought 4 cards to complete a badge (for ~10c each), but made a point to only use steam wallet money earned by selling other cards.

I wouldn’t spend actual money on it.

2 days ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Rhaban Re: diminished placebo effect (408 comments)

I use meta-placebo effect instead of medicines.

I know that the placebo effect exists and is effective, so believing something can heal me will indeed heal me.
Therefore, I juste have to believe that just believing that believing will heal me will heal me, and it heals me.

about two weeks ago

NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Rhaban Re:WTF? (277 comments)

To be useful, the system still needs to be able to tell whether a single user password is correct (and needs to do so reasonably efficiently). So if someone has a 6 character password (which is dumb) you can just try all possible passwords (there isn't that many possible 6 realistic character passwords). Either lots of them work (which would a problem) or you found the password.

No, as I understand it from the article, you can't tell if a single user password is correct, because you don't have a measure for "correct"-- all that you check whether that password points to the same place (in a multidimensional phase space) that other passwords project to. (It does seems to only work is you can assuming that all, or at least "most," of the other passwords people enter are correct).

So... how do you know if a user can log in? You have to wait until a bunch of users want to log in simultaneously?

about two weeks ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Rhaban Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

Seed a torrent of it as an encrypted file named "porn.zip" or similar. You'll have it backed up on the cloud for free in no time and available for all of eternity.

about a month ago

Meet the Developers Who Want To Build the Next Snapchat

Rhaban Re:Why? (61 comments)

If your tech idea is "Be the next [whatever]", it is not a good idea.

about 2 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Rhaban Re:No... (627 comments)

Using an IDE doesn’t make you a bad programmer, but being unable to program without it shows that you’re not a really good one.

If I must make a bad analogy, I’d say it’s like using a cookbook: using one doesn’t make you bad at cooking. But a good cook is able to cook without one.

about 2 months ago

With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

Rhaban Re:Breaks some websites (279 comments)

Sorry can't be a hipster.. too damn old. I've been a Mac guy since errr.. like 20 years ago now.

So, you’ve been a hipster since before it was cool?

about 2 months ago

Facebook Mocks 'Infection' Study, Predicts Princeton's Demise

Rhaban Re:This just in (193 comments)

That's what happens you become a data scientist. They invent numbers out of thin air.

They won’t do that for long when there will be no air left.

about 3 months ago

Pentago Is a First-Player Win

Rhaban Wargames... (136 comments)

If Matthew Broderick had played pentago, the computer would have concluded the first country launching a nuclear missile always wins the war.
Il came close

about 3 months ago

What Sci-Fi Movies Teach Us About Project Management Skills

Rhaban Re:What Sci-fi movies? (186 comments)

T2 is an action movie with a bit of sci-fi. Terminator is a sci-fi movie with action bits.

about 3 months ago

Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Rhaban Re:55% (198 comments)

Having a low chance of contracting Parkinson doesn't mean you don't have a high chance of contracting one of the hundreds of debilitating or lethal diseases out there. You could also die before retirement from thousands of other causes.

Why are you still on /. instead of packing that suitcase now?

about 6 months ago

Scientology's Fraud Conviction Upheld In France

Rhaban Re:Scientology is the truth (321 comments)

The worst thing is that the scientology mytho isn't even his best work.
He wrote some interesting science fiction, but the Xenu story isn't really SF. It's bad fantasy.

about 6 months ago

Crowdfunding Platform For Drupal Development Launches

Rhaban Re:Drupal sucks. (38 comments)

"building a site usually leads to customers screaming and the site failing under high traffic loads"

about 7 months ago

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat Into Drinking Water

Rhaban Re:Waterworld! (105 comments)

Are you fucking kidding me? Somebody develops a stillsuit and you think of Waterworld? This site isn't what it used to be.

Where are my mod points when I need them?

about 9 months ago

Trisquel 6.0 'Toutatis' Is Now Available

Rhaban Re:Sounds like good news for switchers from Ubuntu (109 comments)

Steam doesn't work on mint debian. It requires glibc 2.15, and lmde only has glibc 2.13.

It's always possible to install a more recetn version, but it's easier to just use a more up-to-date distrib.

about a year ago

Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination

Rhaban Re:Navigation (192 comments)

I don't know how Joomla has evolved since I last used it several years ago (just after the introduction of joomla 1.5), but its flaws were blockers for me.

It had almost no extensibility (new features had to be written almost like external applications, integrability with the core of the cms was minimal), no adaptability (you couldn't add a field to a content form without modifying half a dozen files, and there were no way to have different content types. Also you couldn't change the site structure: you had to hav all your content under a 2-levels hierarchy of sections and category), and no inter-operability between extensions (an extension like jacl, which brought almost-decent acl capabilities to joomla, was unable to work with community manager, a widely used extension that implemented the concept of use groups).

And it used an MVC object structure that looked like the software architect had no idea of the goal of an mvc structure, but had read in a blog that mvc is good.

about a year ago


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