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SQL Vs. NoSQL: Which Is Better?

blcss A disappointingly misleading headline. (306 comments)

Relational vs nonrelational? It depends on the application. That's so obvious it needn't be discussed.

But I really, really hate SQL AS SUCH. It's an inefficient and overly complex interface that's full of security holes. Now there's a discussion worth having. But noooo...

more than 2 years ago

New Programming Languages Come From Designers

blcss Oh, thank heaven. (435 comments)

Better late than never.

more than 2 years ago

New Programming Languages Come From Designers

blcss How coercing works (435 comments)

"You code in the language we tell you to, or you're fired."

Screw this, I'm gonna go look for another job.

So you go on

"You code in the language we tell you to, or you don't get hired."

more than 2 years ago

New Programming Languages Come From Designers

blcss I'm sorry but... (435 comments)

there's no way "the best tool for the job" can justify any of:

Java's badly designed core class library, with its lack of logical consistency and its abuse of structured exceptions.
C's preprocessor. There are better ways to implement constants and macros.
Multiple inheritance and operator overloading in C++. *
PHP semantics changing with each configuration.
Perl's horrible syntax. *
SQL's numerous security vulnerabilities.
LISP's non-procedural pretensions, and the contortions that result.

Nearly every language's dependence on its own class libraries, because interoperability is unthinkable. What's the point of living if you can't reinvent the wheel?

* "Well, just don't use those features!" Go tell that to the guys who wrote the code I'm expected to debug. If you can manage to track them down somehow. They're long gone.

more than 2 years ago

New Programming Languages Come From Designers

blcss All I want is one GOOD programming language. (435 comments)

A programming language that doesn't have any irritating flaws or omissions, that's all I want. Am I asking too much?

Okay, maybe two. One optimised for system programming to replace C, and another, higher level, for applications. Give them both very similar syntax and semantics, except where differences are called for by their different purposes.

Instead, we get dozens upon dozens of languages that are distinguished only by their various flaws, limitations and arbitrary differences in syntax and semantics. Why? Is no one even TRYING to get it right?

more than 2 years ago

TMS9918A Retro Video Chip Reimplemented In FPGA, With VGA Out

blcss Um.... (126 comments)

what for?

more than 2 years ago

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

blcss So why TEXT at all? (728 comments)

Source code is chock full of inherent structure. Why confine ourselves to flat text that has to be parsed? If we're going to invent yet another new programming language that forces us to throw out all our old code, then we may as well go for broke. Make it some binary format that encapsulates all the structure, work with using an IDE that understands the format and represents it visually. We don't even to all agree on the visualization.

about 4 years ago

The Science of Truthiness

blcss Re:Not the first post (180 comments)

Can it be said to have the quality of firstiness?

more than 4 years ago

Stewart and Colbert Plan Competing D.C. Rallies

blcss This sort of thing can backfire. (696 comments)

Sometimes satire ends up revealing more about the satirist than the target. And if the public turns out to be on the target's side, then the satirist ends up being perceived as mean-spirited and out of touch. Satire always draws blood, it's just a question of whose.

Never forget that Air America was a dismal failure.

more than 4 years ago

Video Showing Half a Million Asteroid Discoveries

blcss What about the trojans? (154 comments)

I'm wondering why I see no conspicuous clustering at the trojan points of Earth and Venus. Are asteroids there harder to detect?

more than 4 years ago

25% of Worms Spread Via USB

blcss Could a malware have more than vector? (190 comments)

Suppose something was written to spread via both the Internet and USB autorun? The more vectors, the stronger it would be.

more than 4 years ago

Eben Moglen Calls To Free the Cloud

blcss I2P? (173 comments)

Ugh. It's in Java!

I'm sorry. I don't want to seem ungrateful, but I just don't need the headaches that come with a Java runtime. Easy installation and maintenance is a must for a successful end user software. Adding a runtime that isn't really all that open source mucks things up needlessly. Plus it runs more slowly.

I like Tor. I'd like to see a distributed Facebook clone built atop Tor.

more than 4 years ago

Eben Moglen Calls To Free the Cloud

blcss Any tech specs yet? (173 comments)

Hoping not to have to set aside the time to wade through all the annoying happy talk just to find out there's no technical meat. Someone please just tell me: are they nailing down a protocol spec first so that we can all do our own interoperable implementations, or at least all contribute code, and so not have the time wasting nightmare that was the Freenet project?

more than 4 years ago

Could Crowdsourcing Help the SEC Detect Fraud?

blcss Ah, priorities. (148 comments)

The government spends money like drunken sailors, yet somehow law enforcement is underfunded. How does that happen?

more than 4 years ago

The End of Naked PCs in China?

blcss So what's the point then? (221 comments)

Why bother to require a licensed OS except as a deal to benefit Microsoft?

more than 8 years ago


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Is portscanning me?

blcss blcss writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I just looked in my honeypot log and it says that at Fri May 27 host probed me on ports 444, 3127,3128, 6588 and 1026. Can this be right?


What is known about bequik

blcss blcss writes  |  more than 9 years ago As of May 2005 bequik's two domains, and, are hosted at Their phone number is 214.782.7800. The DNS entries contain(ed) blatantly false information with nonexistent addresses and phone numbers.

bequik may once have one of my servers with an IP address of which resolved to

bequik posted copyrighted material on the site which was the property of He did this without the owners' permission.

Neil Morgan of ordered the hosting provider to remove the infringing material and it was removed promptly. Neil Morgan has also contacted Rentacoder, although Rentacoder refuses to ackowledge this fact.

bequik hires hapless coders to develop an autoresponder or affiliate tracker and then always manages not to pay somehow. In at least one case he used his site to ferry's script as a basis to work from. The coder has asserted that bequik misled him regarding bequik's right to share this code.

On Rentacoder bequik claims to be named Tatiana and to be located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with an email address

bequik has two buyer security verifications on Rentacoder.

Rentacoder acknowledges that bequik once had two accounts there, bequik and equik, contrary to policy. The equik account has been removed.

bequik has a lengthy history of arbitrations which can be found here . He has never been ruled against. From personal experience this has nothing to do with a case's merits.


Statement and information about the Rentacoder controversy

blcss blcss writes  |  more than 9 years ago Some evidence relevant to bequik/eqik's Autoresponder project on Rentacoder, and the infringement of's copyright that was involved on bequik's part. I didn't violate the copyright myself, but having that code involved taints my work. There's a lot more I could say, but others hold copyright on the evidence, and I prefer to lead with the evidence when I talk about such matters. So I can't really tell the whole story just yet.

A fragment of a cautionary tale

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