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Is Bruce Schneier Leaving His Job At BT?

Z-MaxX Ian Betteridge says no (96 comments)

If we can trust Betteridge's law of headlines, the answer is no, he is not leaving, and yes, a headline in the form of a question does not sound like proper news. Even for nerds. And especially for stuff that matters.

about 7 months ago
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Sparkfun's Entire Open Hardware Catalog Made Available On Upverter

Z-MaxX Upverter is a dead end for your project? (38 comments)

It looks to me like the Upverter web site stores your design in the cloud, using their own proprietary web based tool, and you can't save or edit it on your own machine. So it Upverter's site goes down, or if they decide to make you pay for it, or they go out of business, or whatever, your design is lost! I would much prefer to use a truly open solution like gEDA or KiCAD. At least with proprietary and limited Eagle, you can save stuff locally and use it forever.

about 9 months ago
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Without Jobs, Will Open Source Suffer?

Z-MaxX Title case vs. sentence case (275 comments)

After giving it some thought, I have decided that "Sentence case" is superior to "Title Case" from the viewpoint of precision. By capitalizing words in headings and titles of publications (of which there are many different ways to do it!), information is lost as to whether a particular word was a proper noun or not.

Furthermore, there are words (capitonyms) that completely change meaning and possibly pronunciation depending on the capitalization. For instance, "polish your shoes" vs. "eat a Polish sausage", or "measure the mass" vs. "go to Mass".

Using title case is a lossy operation.

more than 5 years ago
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Is the Relational Database Doomed?

Z-MaxX Re:?'s meaning - literal and implied (344 comments)

Dunno. Has he stopped beating his wife?

Just because he hasn't stopped doesn't mean he ever started.

more than 5 years ago
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Linus Switches From KDE To Gnome

Z-MaxX I thought I was the only one (869 comments)

Wow, it's good to hear that someone else has that same problem with '/usrsr/binin/'... while I try not to trash Gnome too much (I think every DE/WM has its problems) this little annoyance makes me wonder... what were they thinking?

I did come up with a bit of a workaround when you want to type a full path, however. Suppose you want to enter '/usr/bin/gvim' in the file chooser--since it's much faster to just type it than click, click, scroll, click all over the filesystem to find the file, but I digress--you can type 'gvim', then put the cursor at the beginning of the input field and type '/usr/bin/'. This prevents Gnome (or GTK+??) from destroying your input.

more than 5 years ago
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Git Adoption Soaring; Are There Good Migration Strategies?

Z-MaxX Moving to a DVCS does not have to be hard (346 comments)

The Perl foundation's move to Git took so long primarily because they had to gather decades of history from scattered sources: "Some of the patch sets were apparently recovered from old hard drives".

For instance, the MySQL project moved to Bazaar last year, apparently very smoothly. Getting started with Bazaar for MySQL.

more than 5 years ago
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The Best Games of 2008

Z-MaxX Parkour (109 comments)

I just have to say thanks for mentioning 'parkour'! I looked it up on Wikipedia and learned about it. I played Mirror's Edge and thought that the whole idea of the runners and their movement techniques was really cool, and now I learn there is an actual word for the movement techniques! That's great.

Now I'm off to learn parkour IRL.

more than 5 years ago
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CCC Create a Rogue CA Certificate

Z-MaxX Re:A nice piece of work (300 comments)

It's not that hard to do this attack, but it does take some resources. They used a farm of 200 Playstation 2 machines to attack MD5. This is well within the capabilities of, say, the Russian Business Network.

Actually, they were PlayStation 3 machines. "Luckily it is also very suited for the special SPU cores of the Cell Processor that the Sony PlayStation 3 uses. We had about 200 PS3s at our disposal, located at the 'PlayStation Lab' of Arjen Lenstra at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland"

more than 5 years ago
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2,100-Year-Old Antikythera Device Recreated In Working Form

Z-MaxX KDE, is that you? (258 comments)

I picked mine up at the Antik Road Show.

All right, enough of these silly antiks.

I take it you hail from the planet KDE?

more than 5 years ago
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Ubisoft Testing PC Prince of Persia Without DRM

Z-MaxX How is 'pirated' (arrrr!!) copy count measured? (254 comments)

I don't understand how they expect to get accurate measurements of the number of illegitimately spread copies of the game in order to compare the numbers with a DRM-infected game.

more than 5 years ago
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FSF Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

Z-MaxX Re:Libraries and other 'infrastructure', maybe? (409 comments)

No, the reason that gcc/binutils are part of the suit is because binary releases are made available on the Linksys web site for download.

From the complaint:

29. On May 12, 2006, Plaintiff notified Defendant of Defendantâ(TM)s unlawful conduct based upon its failure to comply with the Licenses for GCC and Binutils, which it distributed in object code form on its website.

more than 5 years ago
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What The Banned iPhone Ad Should Really Look Like

Z-MaxX Re:No, this is typical for virtually anyone sellin (463 comments)

their ad showed it to be 4x as good as it really is. If i went to wendys and got a 1/16th pounder i'd be pretty pissed

I'm hardly defending Apple here, but I think "4x as good" is rather ridiculous. While you seem to think a 1lb'r would be "4x as good" as a 1/4lb, in the Wendy's example I consider what I got 1/10th as satisfying as what's promised on the board (and it would be even worse if they just stuck more meat on it). Instead of a burger bursting with delicious veg, I got some piece of crap that I considered just tossing.

10x size and 5x speed are objective measures. Your satisfaction is subjective and personally defined.

The ad had someone doing tasks at a rate that no one would ever do them. No, people don't jump around pages like that generally, scrolling a PDF for a second and looking up an address (with zero text entry) in milliseconds, instantly absorbing it.

Sometimes you're in a hurry, and you know what you want. I hate wasting my time waiting for my computer and other devices.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Z-MaxX Z-MaxX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z-MaxX (712880) writes "As a result of the sky-high copper prices, the U.S. one-cent coin can be worth more when melted down and sold as copper metal. New regulations against the melting down and exporting of coins have recently been passed, but Francois Velde, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, thinks these measures will not be enough. He suggests "rebasing" the penny to be worth five cents."

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I got my new Nikon D70 digital SLR camera! happy happy happy

Z-MaxX Z-MaxX writes  |  more than 10 years ago After waiting for my pre-order for over a week, my Nikon D70 finally arrived! It's very close to the perfect camera.

My other camera is a Nikon Coolpix 4300, which I've had for about a little over a year now. The Coolpix is still a great camera, and it goes everywhere with me, while the D70 is too big to fit in my backpack with my textbooks and laptop and calulators and stuff. The Coolpix 4300 also has a fantastic macro down to 1.5" minimum focusing distance.

I got the kit lens (Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5G) which is an awesome lens. I am thinking of getting a Nikon 70-300mm zoom telephoto lens, which works out to about 105-450mm in 35mm equivalent focal length.

The low light performance is stellar, with ISO 1600 looking about as good as the ISO 200 on my Coolpix, and significantly better than ISO 400 on the Coolpix.

I ran across Sunny's photoblog in his slashdot signature recently. It's really cool. He's a guy in Hong Kong and he posts a picture every day to his blog, sometimes with one short sentence describing it. The photography is really fabulous. I think I'll start a photoblog.

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