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Google Reader: One Year Later

Rhaban I use my own reader (132 comments)

Following the end of Google reader, I built a custom web based replacement.
It uses drupal, with the feeds module to import the content, flags to tag it, ans custom views for display.
Dit works well for me, but as I stopped working on it it lacks essential features so I never opened it to anyone else (for exemple, there is no link to view all articles from a feed. When I need to, I change a 'new' to 'All' un thé URL.)

about three weeks ago

IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

Rhaban Re:simple fix (221 comments)

Then why is Chess considered a sport. Sports do not require physical activity, they require competition.

Because people are afraid of the word "game".

Chess is a game. Not a sport. Football is a sport and a game. Running is a sport and not a game.

about three weeks ago

Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

Rhaban Lemmings. (212 comments)

Lemmings makes players act like psychopaths.

about 2 months ago

Cambridge Company Unveils 3D Printed "Fruit"

Rhaban Re:ewww (59 comments)

it looks nothing like a raspberry, and a raspberry should be the easiest fruit to reconstitute from little spheres. I’d like to see a 3d-printed apple or banana using this process.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

Rhaban Re:You know... (403 comments)

Also, anyone who compares Ewoks and Jar-Jar is a moron. The Ewoks actually fought, using old but useful weapons to help defeat the imperial forces. Jar-Jar was running away like a coward and accidentally destroyed an invading force in the process. Both character types aimed at kids? Sure. But they were nothing alike.

And the Ewoks ate the stormtroopers they killed. They're like gremlinses in mogwai costumes.

about 2 months ago

New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Rhaban Re:Google Latitude (61 comments)

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

about 3 months ago

Steam's Most Popular Games

Rhaban Re:Hours Played is a bad metric. (118 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.

about 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Rhaban Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

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

about 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 9 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 9 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 10 months ago


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