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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

dubbreak Re:Two predictions (588 comments)

Humorous but true. Privileged members of society (such as members of Congress) don't need to worry about the legality of things such as recreational drugs. Whatever they were using before this law passed won't change because of it. No one is going to say, "Hey, marijuana is legal now, I'm gonna quit doing cocaine and smoke marijuana instead."

I know plenty of professionals (lawyers, surgeons, anaesthetists etc) that use recreational drugs. The chances of them getting charged with anything if caught in procession are pretty much nil. Drug laws aren't for the protection of society in general, the purpose is to establish control over people that are viewed as "trouble makers". Upper society members that use 'responsibly' need not worry. If they make a public scene, yeah, they'll be some kind of slap on the wrist, but in general if you are rich enough or respected enough certain laws don't apply. They are for the people beneath you.

about a month and a half ago

Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

dubbreak Re:Actually a good thing. (215 comments)

Care to provide a link?

about 3 months ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

dubbreak Yeah right.. (363 comments)

Because no one ever VPN'd in for work purposes.

I mean, I did at every corporate and government job I have had to date, but I'm sure I'm the exception to the rule. I mean, who would actually work from home on a consumer grade connection?

about 3 months ago

Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

dubbreak Re:Really? (293 comments)

Might have been somewhat funny if you spelled Dianetics correctly and skipped the bit about hoarding (can't even spell hoard correctly?!). The first two sentences already hit home you are missing the point of it being people who generally have a lot of books (not creating a false environment) so the last bit is redundant and is just as bad as explaining a joke.

The best delivery would have been: "That's why I keep ten copies of Mien Kampf and Dianetics in each room."

about 6 months ago

US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

dubbreak Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

Or go to a bitcoin ATM, . Of course some jurisdictions require a fingerprint scan etc.

about 6 months ago

Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

dubbreak Re:Units! (176 comments)

The 2.7 x 10^-1 m device weighs just 4.7 x 10^-1 kg and measures a mere 6.6 x 10^-3 m in thickness.

Why doesn't slashdot allow the <sup> tag?!

about 6 months ago

California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

dubbreak Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

They might hit a cabbie or airport shuttle operator's profit margin.

This. Locally (not CA) the Airport has a deal with one cab company. In exchange for a non disclosed amount of capital, one company (largest in town) is the only one allowed to pick up passengers from the airport. Others are allowed to drop off, but they can't pick anyone up on that trip (which discourages them from taking fares there since it's a long one way trip and rates are set by law, so they can't charge extra).

Vegas has a surcharge for cabs that go to the airport (at least so the cabbie claimed last time I was there).

Just two examples where the airport has a tie in to taxi revenue. I'm sure some of the California airports have similar deals going on that would be undermined by UberX or similar.

about 6 months ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dubbreak Re:Read the man page (290 comments)

Which man page(s)? None of the intro pages cover it nor does afterboot.

about 9 months ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dubbreak Re:Was documentation a priority? (290 comments)

Documentation is more important than code. He insists on documentation first.

Cool. Did not know that.

I once watch him rip a developer a new one (and ripped out code) because the developer committed code without documentation.

And that's something most would take as Theo being an asshole. I think it's totally justified if the rule is documentation first. It doesn't take much to end up with shit documentation. In my experience documenting after the fact never works. The justification is usually, "We should document what it ends up like so we don't have to rewrite it." But it just never happens. To me it's akin to a civil engineer just building something saying they'll draw up the "as-builts" at the end of the project and just work off a napkin up until then (then never do the as-builts). Definitely not professional. I know why it happens in software (squeezed budgets, tight timelines), but it's not right. I'd love to work on a project where we have top down support to do things right.

about 9 months ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dubbreak Was documentation a priority? (290 comments)

If so, how did you make it a priority? More specifically, as the leader of OpenBSD what did you do to ensure great documentation?

As a software developer I know that documentation often falls to the wayside (features take priority, schedule already tight etc). As a project manager it's difficult to get good documentation (staff does poor job, stakeholders don't want to pay for it etc). OpenBSD has really good documentation (in my opinion) and it was really useful when initially getting to know OpenBSD, PF etc. Most of the pay for middleware I use has documentation that is absolute shit (incomplete, wrong, not up to date etc). To me the state of documentation in OpenBSD is more impressive than "Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!". Of course, "You'll love our man pages!" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

about 9 months ago

How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

dubbreak Re:dumb selection bias (136 comments)

Overcame what odds? His parents are/were a dentist and a psychiatrist. That makes his parent's household income damn near the 1% (definitely 6 figures probably at least 200K/year which would be top 5%). I.e. his family was well off.

Yes he makes a ton more than his parents, but he's still the same income class. His parents were in the top quintile and so is he. He's just in a richer sub-segment of rich. If he was born middle class or lower it would be overcoming odds (lowest quintile has something like 4% chance of getting into upper or top iirc). Most people end up in the same income class as their parents. There is very little upward mobility and also very little downward for the rich.

about 10 months ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

dubbreak Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

me dreaming of sitting at a desk coding, but the actual visuals are of Vim and nothing else.

Ah, so obviously it was a nightmare ;)

No need to turn this into a Vim vs Emacs debate.

about a year ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

dubbreak Re:Why is it so surprising? Also, $1 million? (408 comments)

Well put. You are quite correct that most users of the free version could get by with those options. As for direct competitors to LogMeIn I don't think there are many (and would love to be correctly). I checked out TeamViewer and GoToMyPc before settling on LogMeIn. The remote help market seems to be over served while remote management has a lot less options (maybe the market is smaller). The smart thing LogMeIn did was make their service useful for more use cases while keeping it simple to use.

I can understand there being completely user help focussed products like Copilot. In those situations you want something focussed and simple. In the particular case of Copilot I'm surprised that Fog Creek isn't also offering a remote management suite. They have all the pieces there to create a product that competes in remote management, plus their existing users for their main products (FogBugz and Kiln) are the type of users that may need that kind of service. Can't be bothered to roll my own or host an open source bug tracker, I probably don't have the resources to manage remote management.

about 10 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

dubbreak Re:Why is it so surprising? Also, $1 million? (408 comments)

Most (none?) of those are not directly comparable. They are primarily screen sharing designed for meetings and light support (i.e. guiding someone through something), not remotely managing computers behind a firewall.

I've used Goto and it's good for screen sharing, but that's about it. With logmein you can even control things like updates, view logs etc without logging into the machine. When you do log in you can share the screen (default) or you can block it from the local user and you have full admin access (if the user you log in as has it.. unlike screen sharing software that borks once you hit UAC). I primarily use the pro version on headless machines behind firewalls (where I have no control of the firewall and am lucky the end user can figure out plugging in a network cable). I'm looking at moving to neorouter or setting up something myself using vnc and vnc reflector for cost savings. That being said, pro is pretty reasonable in a business situation. I definitely wouldn't be using it for home usage though.

about 10 months ago

Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

dubbreak Re: Now, if... (280 comments)

Quick, easy and painless. First time I installed OpenBSD was after having done a few Redhat and Mandrake installs (Mandrake 6 or 7 era). I remember thinking it couldn't have been finished, "That's it?" Moved on to configuring PF (which was simple thanks to good examples, excellent man pages and an easy sensible syntax). I don't remember how long it took, but I'm pretty sure it was under 30 minutes my first time from bare system to a running system with custom routing and filtering. Any time after that was even quicker since I didn't have to spend the 5 minutes learning PF.

I'd encourage anyone who hasn't tried OpenBSD to try it. Yes, Theo is a hard to love character, but don't let that get in your way.

1 year,4 days

Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

dubbreak tagged as dicey (167 comments)

Slashdot was already going downhill and dice pushed it over the edge. Half (or more) the "articles" are just click bait.

Used to be you could come to slashdot for an intelligent discussion. Yeah, clicks drive revenue, but when all the readers disappear there won't be anyone to click.

1 year,7 days

CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption

dubbreak Re:No magic, requires efforts (118 comments)

This risk, being a known mole is too high for a "real" spy. If I were a spy agency, I wouldn't risk any assets for such a short term gain. Once exposed, a mole will have no trustworthiness AND all associations would likely become suspect.

And the solution to that problem is easy. Money. Well money and indirection.

Most people can be bought for a price and they don't have to know it's the NSA doing the buying, it could be a terrorist group or something more benign. All that matters is there is not direct link between the code submitter and NSA. Heck, the submitter can claim the NSA made him/her do it as long as they come off as a crazy person (which they will with no direct proof.. "well this person paid me to submit this code, no they didn't say they were from the NSA.. BUT THEY HAD TO BE, I'M CERTAIN!"). Bonus points for finding some tinfoil hat wearing neckbeard that can be bought. If it ever hits the media it'll be short lived and humorous, "Crazy basement dweller claims NSA made him do it! Needed money for rare Star Wars collectibles."

I'm of course playing devil's advocate here. I think it's smarter to find holes in the existing implementation, especially one that has been audited as safe.

1 year,10 days

The Case Against Gmail

dubbreak Re:Ed Bott is a clueless dolt (435 comments)

Just because you aren't using a search bar doesn't mean you aren't searching. Any time you look for an email you are searching, whether that be a quick visual scan of a folder you know it's in (after finding the folder) or what have you. You may consider your method superior, but it takes more effort to organize. If I can find an email as quickly as you using the gmail search, then my overall effort is lower, meaning I'm wasting less time on email and spending more time in the real world.

Maybe you use all automated organizing, but manual organizing seems pointless in 2013. I used to manually organize my MP3s.. in the 90s. I used to manually organize my email in the 00s. Now I don't have to do either and my life is better for it.

about a year ago



Single handed keyboard options for coding?

dubbreak dubbreak writes  |  about 2 years ago

dubbreak (623656) writes "I was recently injured in a car accident which will limit the use of hand for 6 weeks or so. I'll be taking a little time off but deadlines march on and I'll need to be (semi) productive after my initial recuperation. What is you experience with single handed keyboards or other input option that require one hand at most?

The current project is mainly C#, so I've need to be able to type brackets, semicolons and parentheses quick and painlessly."

Canadian cellular provider to charge for spim

dubbreak dubbreak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dubbreak (623656) writes "Canadian cellular provider Bell Mobility recently announced they will be charging for all incoming text messages starting August 8th. Clients without text messaging plans will be charged $0.15 per incoming text message. The fine print states incoming messages include:

..local, international, roaming text messages and service related messages from Bell..

Incoming charges can be avoided with the addition of a text plan, the minimum being $3/month.

Why do I suspect I will be getting a lot more unsolicited text messages and service messages from Bell?"

Link to Original Source

dubbreak dubbreak writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dubbreak writes "A Canadian scientist (Dr. Andrew Okulitch) has been fired for refusing to refer to the recently elected government as, "Canada's New Government".

I had recently heard of the requested change in name, and had seen emails but had not regarded it as serious. With the harsh punishments for not following Canada's new (embarrassing) name policy we can be sure it is serious. Can we expect more of this behaviour from "Canada's New Government"?"


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