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Modern Day Equivalent of Byte/Compute! Magazine?

Tomy Re:Make (327 comments)

This is really disappointing to me as well. I've been a subscriber since its inception, but I'm about to let it drop. I know which end of a soldering gun to hold. I don't have a desire to add a toggle switch to a toy to impress hipsters.

Where are the articles like:

- Build a high quality mass spectrometer (http://old.4hv.org/index.php?board=4;action=display;threadid=1268)

- Convert a cheap Chinese milling machine to CNC (http://www.hossmachine.info/)

- Build a Tesla Turbine and reap geothermal energy.

It went from being "Make useful stuff" to "Make crap to impress dumb people"

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Talks Back To Google's Security Claims

Tomy Re:Google is the competition.. (528 comments)

As a corporation, Microsoft needs to increase revenue, yet they are saturated in the OS and Office markets. They look to Google profits and want to be Google's competitor.

So Microsoft probably views themselves as Google's biggest competitor, whereas Google perceives them as a has-been.

Microsoft needs desperately to be relevant in the Internet age. Yet their fanatical adherence to maintaining their monopolies restrict them from entering other markets.

Textbook case of 'The Innovator's Dilemma':

http://www.amazon.com/Innovators-Dilemma-Revolutionary-Business-Essentials/dp/0060521996

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

Tomy Re:Please let me use the same password (497 comments)

Pretend that if an attempt to log into his account fails three times, his account is locked and requires a new password.

Or pretend that your security system notes what IP address such failures comes from, and disables all access from that IP. Or it scores various IP connections, giving more trust to IP addresses that are successful.

Whenever I see the onus forced on users, I see people who haven't learned the wisdom of the following quote:

"I object to doing things that computers can do." - Olin Shivers

more than 4 years ago
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US Justice Dept. Investigates IT Hiring Practices

Tomy Re:Verifying hiring practices... (223 comments)

Trust me, having Google or Amazon on the resume means a lot more the having Microsoft on the resume.

The former two guarantee you know something about scaling (insane scaling), the later only guarantees you know how to develop for Windows.

The former two haven't drowned themselves in bureaucracy. The later has.

The former two still have managers with technical chops. The later has MBA's for managers.

more than 4 years ago
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Researcher's Death Hampers TCP Flaw Fix

Tomy Re:But... (147 comments)

But they don't call it the Civil War, rather "The War of Northern Aggression," which apparently was fought for "States Rights."

more than 5 years ago
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The Web Development Skills Crisis

Tomy What? No more CobolOnCogs? (471 comments)

But I just learned it:

http://www.coboloncogs.org/COGS.HTM

more than 6 years ago

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