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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

geekboybt Re: vi, Emacs or IDE (359 comments)

Is not. But there's only a neutered version of vim too, so either way you're installing something.

about 2 months ago
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

geekboybt Re:Common knowledge (270 comments)

> AvGas is typically only in the 105-120 range, and it's used in turbine engines with compression levels that would reduce a car's ICE to shrapnel.

No. Standard avgas is 100LL (100 Octane, low lead). It's just like gasoline from the auto pumps, but the octane level is higher and there's still some lead in it, where the auto industry is fully unleaded. (There are some aircraft that can handle lower-octane mogas, but they're rare.)

Turbine engines typically use Jet-A, which is a diesel-like, kerosene based fuel.

about 9 months ago
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HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

geekboybt Re:Only if I can use self signed certs (320 comments)

In the similar thread on Reddit, someone mentioned RFC 6698, which uses DNS (with DNSSEC) to validate certificates, rather than CAs. If we could make both of them a requirement, that'd fit the bill and get rid of the extortion.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

geekboybt Re:Gatekeeper (442 comments)

...or install OS updates.

about a year ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

geekboybt Re:If you don't like metro... (800 comments)

The only tell? You mean, besides the ugly-as-sin window controls that look like a wireframe work in progress rather than a finished product?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Wiring Home Furniture?

geekboybt Mockett (235 comments)

At the office, we've retrofitted a few conference tables with simple parts from Mockett . Pretty straightforward stuff - cut the proper holes, drop in the receptacles, and plug them in.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Archive and Access Ancient Emails?

geekboybt ElasticSearch (282 comments)

Store it all as plain text files (mbox format?), and write a quick script to send it all to an ElasticSearch index.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?

geekboybt Re:You're a contractor. Your "secrets" are yours (292 comments)

While I agree mostly with what you've said, keep in mind that, as a contractor, he's been asked to provide a different service, to train the new guy, and is being compensated as both parties deem appropriate. I completely agree that the submitter shouldn't work for free, but if he's amicable to this agreement (as he appears to be) then there's no reason he can't continue. He's made his objections about hiring a newbie to do it, but it's their code to do with as they please.

about a year and a half ago
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HTML5 Storage Bug Can Fill Your Hard Drive

geekboybt Re:So What's The Point (199 comments)

Don't forget zip bombs, like 42.zip. Over 4 PB compressed down to 42k.

about a year and a half ago
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HTML5 Storage Bug Can Fill Your Hard Drive

geekboybt Re:So What's The Point (199 comments)

What if the data I stored was a string of "0" characters and the transfer was gz'd? That would shrink it quite drastically.

about a year and a half ago
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The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

geekboybt Re:wow, that's a ton more expensive than I expecte (392 comments)

For what it's worth, the 13" Retina MBP has roughly the same resolution and only the HD 4000.

You won't be playing any high-end, full 3D games, but it'll be just fine for Chromebook needs.

about a year and a half ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

geekboybt Re:What happens when the machine dies? (464 comments)

The online version includes a license of the offline software.

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

geekboybt Re:Hah (173 comments)

You don't have to trade the whole department. But instead of hiring 5 administrators with various levels of expertise, you can hire 2 or 3 and let the experts deal with their systems.

As for those other people? Of course they're not working for you. But they're working for their bosses who are working for your business. Believe it or not, there are companies out there whose sole purpose in life is not to screw you over. Trust is earned - let them earn yours.

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

geekboybt Re:Hah (173 comments)

He's not saying it will disappear, but that it's changing. IT jobs will continue to exist, but they'll be moving to service providers rather than being kept in-house.

And, frankly, this makes sense - if you pay provider X to host your mail server, you're paying them for both the hardware needs (which they can buy in bulk because they're bigger than you) and their expertise (as they're spending their days exclusively maintaining mail servers, while you may be building a webserver one day and fixing a printer the next, forcing your knowledge to be more general.

about a year and a half ago
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Latest Java Update Broken; Two New Sandbox Bypass Flaws Found

geekboybt Re:Enough Already (223 comments)

Webex's use of Java seems that it's only to launch the native client. I'm not sure why they go this route rather than using a URL handler (e.g. webex://[meetingnum]), but once it fires off the native client, it's no longer in use.

about a year and a half ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

geekboybt Re:Does it matter. (437 comments)

What's great about running Java on the server platform is that while most of these exploits allow properly crafted code to do something nasty, our goal as a service provider is to never let users run their own code on our servers in the first place.

about a year and a half ago
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Lax SSH Key Management A "Big Problem"

geekboybt It's not hard (212 comments)

Managing SSH keys for known service accounts is easy with configuration management tools like Puppet, Chef, or Salt.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

geekboybt Re:So That's Opt In, Right? And That Goes to Chari (325 comments)

Long lost friends wouldn't have to - they'd ask to be your friend first. Once they're your friend, you don't have to pay. This is for when you want to message people you actually aren't friends with.

about a year and a half ago
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LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio

geekboybt Re:Is this a 'real' aspect ratio? (311 comments)

Well, that's easy to calculate given the specifications listed in the article.

21/9 = 2.33
2560/1080 = 2.37

They're not perfectly square pixels, but close to it.

about a year and a half ago

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