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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

gaspyy I think passwords were collected from elsewhere (203 comments)

I found one of my Gmail accounts in the list - the one I usually use when asked on forums and such. Using I saw that the password leaked is not the actual gmail password, but the password I use when signing up on non-important sites, including Slashdot.

I'm quite sure the email+password was collected from another site, can't be sure which one.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gaspyy Must-have features (471 comments)

My watch is a Tissot PRC200 Automatic. Not a very expensive watch, but it would take some effort from a company to make me take it off my wrist.

To even consider a smart watch, it would need to have:
- a classy, attractive design (nothing convinced me so far, the LG G Watch R is the closest to something I'd use but still feels cheap; Apple watch looks too much like a gadget)
- a smaller size. I don't have a big wrist, my watch has 42mm diameter, anything larger looks bad on my wrist.
- much longer battery life. Current smart watches get 12-24 hours. I don't want a watch I must charge every night.

Get these right and then we can talk about software.

about a month and a half ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

gaspyy Re:Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

I have worked for a health insurer in UK that treated ACID compliance as a bonus, not a requirement. At the time I left them, they had a whole "data correction team" - 12 people working full-time to do live SQL queries to fix database inconsistencies. I wish I made this up, but it's real. If this is considered acceptable practice, I don't want to work in this industry ever again.

about 1 month ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

gaspyy Re: Are you fucking serious? Tell me you aren't! (198 comments)

Do you even know what ACID means?

Atomicity - either everything is committed or nothing is. I find it crucial to avoid inconsistent states.
Consistency - data is valid in all states.
Isolation - ensure that concurrent transactions work correctly.
Durability - no data is lost due to software crashes or power failures

How could these not be important for banking is beyond me.

about 1 month ago

Adobe Creative Cloud Is Back

gaspyy What's becoming of this site? (74 comments)

While I agree in principle that "cloud"-based services are overrated for reasons we are all aware, the issue with Creative Cloud was a minor one.
I use Adobe software every day and I noticed the error just because I tried make a change in the subscription plan.

The apps run locally and the license is checked every 90 days. Yes, some people could not activate their licenses or they couldn't download an application. This is a DRM issue, like Microsoft's or EA licensing servers being down. This could have happened regardless of Creative Cloud.

The only cloud services are their Typekit and Edgefont font distribution and Behance portfolios.

So let's make this clear: Creative Cloud is a fancy way of saying "rented software". Compared to the traditional model, it may cost more or less, depending on the upgrading habits (personally I used to always upgrade and use the newest version, other users upgrade to every other version)

about 5 months ago

50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

gaspyy Re:In 3, 2, 1... (224 comments)

I haven't coded in Pascal since the good old DOS days, when I was about 17, but at the time was writing TSR apps, picture viewers (GIF, PCX, BMP, TIF), some graphic-mode UI, including mouse support, even some VGA graphic demos. I can't think of anything that I couldn't do in Pascal (and some ASM, I give you that). In fact, it's the reason I never got too heavily into C...

about 6 months ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

gaspyy Re:Seem Negligible (155 comments)

This is not for the benefit of the users but for webmasters.
If you have a site with any decent amount of traffic, you pay for bandwidth and you have a content delivery network. 10% smaller images translates into 10% savings.
Moreover, Google takes site speed into account when ranking sites.

about 8 months ago

The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

gaspyy Re:Adobe Air (209 comments)

SWF was amazing for its time. Streaming vector animation with synced sound over modem speeds. Even today you need a hodge-podge of technologies - SVG, Javascript and a bunch of libraries to achieve what you could do 17 years ago! And I'm not even sure you can stream a svg animation+sound.

SWF has 2 shortcomings:
- it's proprietary
- it doesn't integrate seamlessly with its environment (browser).

For standalone apps, these are not big issues.

about 9 months ago

The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

gaspyy Re:Adobe Air (209 comments)

I fail to see how AIR is a problem worse than Phonegap or what Chrome is offering right now as a wrapper over html5.

Making a cross-platform game is world of pain, especially when you're small.

I was able to make my chess game available on web, as a chrome app, as a native app for PC, Mac and Linux and for mobile on iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, even the now-dying Blackberry Playbook. The game is quite complex but 99% of the code is cross-platform, there are very few platform-specific lines.

I've been considering porting it to HTML5 but the amount of work needed is too much for one man. The AI is straighforward (Javascript and AS3 are closely related), but porting the UI, the multiplayer code and then tweaking it to make sure it works with all major browsers is not something I'm looking forward to. With AIR I can keep my sanity and concentrate on features.

about 9 months ago

4 Tips For Your New Laptop

gaspyy Better sync/backup (310 comments)

First, syncing to cloud is not backup. Second, being at the mercy of a provider doesn't strike me as a good idea in long-term.

Better invest in a NAS. A 2-bay Synology would suffice. 2 4TB drives in Mirrored Raid work great. WD has the "red" line of drives specifically made and tested for NAS storage. They are not as fast but run cool, silent, no vibrations.

Most NAS units run on linux so you can easily add syncing, versioning, "personal cloud", maybe use to play movies on smart TVs via DLNA and so on.

Finally, from time to time do proper backups. For home use, proper backup means burning data on DVD/BD - on 2 separate discs.

about 10 months ago

Scientists Predict Earthquake's Location and Strength

gaspyy Useless (44 comments)

This is beyond useless.

I live in a country with significant seismic activity.
We know for hundreds of years that every 30 to 50 years a big (7.6 - 7.8) earthquake will happen. We even know where the epicenter will be. We know how it will propagate.

It's been 36 years since the last one so many people who live in problem areas are beginning to get nervous. But we don't know when it will happen. Could be tomorrow or ten years from now.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

gaspyy Re:MS Security Essentials (408 comments)

For a while, MSSE was good, then it took a steep dive to the point it's not even tested by the labs anymore. Quite sad really.

Personally I went back to Bitdefender.

about 10 months ago

Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

gaspyy Re:DigitalOcean (191 comments)

DigitalOcean is seriously oversold. If all you do is host a website you may not notice it though.

For small stuff I recommend RamNode. For bigger things, RackSpace.

I tried AWS and a bunch of others.

about a year ago

The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

gaspyy Re:Oh noooos! (509 comments)

Anecdotically, I have two kids, a 9 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. Since the boy is older, I was expecting the girl to copy everything he does. She does, to a point - plays with his Legos and so on. But she also loves to play with anything remotely resembling a doll. She cooks for the doll, feeds it, argues with it. It's definitely not something learned or encouraged. Also, she wants to look pretty, has her own choice of clothing, again something her older brother simply doesn't care about. She's also not copying my wife, she's completely independent and different in these areas.

about a year ago

Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

gaspyy Re:Telco oligopoly (569 comments)

Exactly. Don't know about other countries, but Romania has a population density of about 90 people / sq. km. If we take only the major cities, we won't exceed 500 people / sq. km. Total land area is 240,000 sq. km.

We have 100 Mbps internet via fiber optics pretty much everywhere except remote areas. For remote areas, 3G is everywhere (over 99% coverage) and H+ and 4G is available in many rural areas.

I pay $10/month for 100 Mbps (tested). Fiber end to end. No caps, no traffic shaping.

1 year,1 day

US Forces Undertake Two African Raids, Capture Embassy Bombing Figure

gaspyy Re:And we're reading about it here why? (229 comments)

The second raid failed, it's pretty clear by now. What do you want, confirmation from the US government that the SEAL forces had to withdraw? You'll never hear it. They'll redefine 'success' and say the mission was successful.

1 year,23 days

For Overstated Claims, Gore, Tesla Upbraided By NWS, NHTSA Respectively

gaspyy Re:Rating system broken (195 comments)

Not sure about UK, but elsewhere in Europe home appliances were also rated from G to A initially. Then they had to add A+ and even A++

about a year ago

Obama's Privacy Reform Panel Will Report To ... the NSA

gaspyy Re:Getting screwed (569 comments)

And this surprises you?

Last time I was surprised was in 2003, after it became evident there were no WMDs in Iraq. I expected public outcry, heads to roll. Nothing happened.

about a year ago

Malaria Vaccine Nearing Reality

gaspyy Re:Do Away With This Disease? (209 comments)

Well, Bill Gates was showing a special container that doesn't require electricity and can keep medicine refrigerated for up to 50 days at high outside temperatures.
The whole point of a malaria vaccine is to make it affordable for poor nations. The demand for a malaria vaccine in rich countries is pretty low.

about a year ago

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

gaspyy Re:German code comments (238 comments)

Romanian here. Everyone worth their salt here writes code, comments and docs in English. I have my own pet project where I'm basically the only one who ever needs to see the code, yet everything is in English. Considering that the programming language has English keywords (if, while, class, etc) and the text strings are in English too, it's simpler for me to keep everything consistent rather than to make any mental switch.

about a year ago



New Flash Player available for Linux too - Now

gaspyy gaspyy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gaspyy writes "Contrary to all the jokes here on Slashdot about poor support from Adobe, the new beta of the Flash Player is available for Linux too. It looks like Adobe is serious with supporting Open Source. With Silverlight threatening their leadership, they'd better be."


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