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RubyGems' Module Count Soon To Surpass CPAN's

ascari Re:Never mind the quality, feel the width (206 comments)

Yes! I was just going to say the same thing. Please mod this man up, I don't have points!

On the other hand, perl is a "mature" language it's likely that many modules already exist and are in widespread use, thus pace of new development is slowing down. Ruby is on the up ramp of its life cycle, and consequently a lot of stuff has to be developed for it. Revisit in five years and I'd guess both repositories will have about the same number of modules.

more than 3 years ago

Periodic Table of Elements To Get an Update

ascari Re:Again? (99 comments)

It happens periodically, as the name implies...

more than 3 years ago

Most Americans Support an Internet Kill Switch

ascari Re:Wait a sec... (398 comments)

The technical term is Scorched Earth Strategy and has been deployed quite successfully on many occasions, for example by the Russians during WWII, the Napoleonic wars, during the Gallic wars in the Roman era, in Scotland by Robert the Bruce, in Saxony against the Vikings and so on and so forth. History has shown it almost always works, so why the hell not?

more than 2 years ago

Rise of the Small Botnet

ascari Re:How does this make sense? (61 comments)

Fear doesn't increase security.

Agreed! And besides, those tiny little botnets are so damn cute they don't scare anybody!

more than 3 years ago

Rise of the Small Botnet

ascari Re:Small botnet? (61 comments)

For a moment ignoring coordinate dependent things, how about "Not above or at the same level as the radar"?

more than 3 years ago

The Android Invasion Cometh; Is Resistance Futile?

ascari Not futile (410 comments)

At least not if you ask Oracle's lawyers.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Awarded Anti-Sexting Patent

ascari Re:Censor Everything (184 comments)

Great idea! Censoring all English words in text messages would inevitably lead to improved Spanish languages skills.

more than 3 years ago

UK Goverment IT Chief Backs Open Source Suppliers

ascari Familiar story (72 comments)

Ho hum. It seems like every three months or so we receive reports that the [insert name of favorite country, state, city, municipality, department or government agency here] pledges to 1) award more contracts to small business and 2) give preference to open source products. The end result is almost invariably the same: Large contracts go to large companies, allegedly because small companies can't prove they can "pull it off", and the usual closed source suspects get all the significant contracts based on some small or insignificant feature of their products that's missing in the competing FOSS product. (Sometimes it's something as blatant as "share point compatibility required", but mostly it's more subtle than that. In a few rare cases the purchaser openly admits that financial incentives beyond the reach of small / open source companies were part of the decision equation.)

Pledges won't change this state of affairs. The only way to break the pattern is to mandate reasonably-sized, neck to neck proof of concept implementations with focus on delivered functionality as part of the bid process. In the few cases I've actually seen that happen small and open comes out on top.

more than 3 years ago

Paleontologists Discover World's Horniest Dinosaur

ascari Re:"Misleading Title... (109 comments)

Not misleading! You'd be horny too if the rest of your species are extinct.

more than 3 years ago

Plants Near Chernobyl Adapt To Contaminated Soil

ascari It's because (293 comments)

...they are nuclear plants? [ducks]

more than 3 years ago

Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes

ascari Re:Of course they are (498 comments)

Wasn't really clear from the article but are these illegal aliens or do they have valid visas? If the former, is it OK to deport them?

more than 3 years ago

Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

ascari Single rule solution (870 comments)

My professor had a simple rule. You could use a calculator or just about any other electronic device - if you already had an A average. People with B or below had to do it the hard way. Win/win: The extra motivation/practice led to quite a few A students. Laziness is such a wonderful motivator for techies.

more than 3 years ago

US Gov't Makes a Mess of Classifying Sensitive Data

ascari Sooo (100 comments)

From the comments so far one would think the article was about SSNs. If you RTFA it's about procedures and bureacracy surrounding classified information including sometimes conflicting classifications used by different fedarl agencies. SSN was just an example for gods sake.

more than 3 years ago

Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

ascari Re:Give it Back (390 comments)

Wouldn't that be conterproductive? "It ain't mine but I'm giving it back to you" For gods sake see a lawyer before you do that!!!!

more than 3 years ago

Defending Self In a Case of On-Line Identity Theft?

ascari Tough one (390 comments)

Wow. Two thoughts immediately come to mind:

1 - Seek some competent legal advice. Don't be a fucking moron: You're about to lose your job and reputation and maybe be sued out of existence and your biggest worry is to "avoid incurring the cost of a lawyer"? So you come to slashdot instead? Mindboggling. Maybe some other competent professional advice as well?

2 - Sounds like too many coincidences to convince a jury. To prove you've been framed you would have to find out who did it and how they benefited doing it or you'll just sound like your garden variety disgruntled employee / asshole too clever for is own good or something like that. If I were you I'd start looking for another job.

more than 3 years ago

Acer Dual-Screen, Multitouch Laptop Leaks Out

ascari Leaks out? (77 comments)

Dual screen leaks out? Acer still uses Liquid Crystal Displays?

more than 3 years ago

Swedish Police Shoe Database May Tread On Copyright

ascari Re:Compilation of facts are protected (156 comments)

I think you missed the point: Think of how cold it is in Sweden. Shoe theft is a very big deal in the winter.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Unleashes JaegerMonkey Enabled Firefox 4

ascari Re:anyone else (279 comments)

As a partial JS developer

Which part? Or should I better not ask?

more than 3 years ago


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