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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

ghn Re:7 weeks? (277 comments)

Managing hundreds of domains here, from various registrars. Expiration date is expiration date with all of them, it just stops working at midnight. Period.

The only intriguing thing about this article to me is how they got that special treatment of 7 weeks leeway..

about 6 months ago

Programming On a Piano Keyboard

ghn Wow, programming with a keyboard (57 comments)

A keyboard is a keyboard. Might not be qwerty but it is still a effing keyboard.

about 7 months ago

Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

ghn Only one picture - nfm (123 comments)

Only one picture - nfm

about 8 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

ghn Re:Understanding each other's work is key (226 comments)

And regarding the "Totem Pole" argument in TFA: That is utter BS. I've seen many so-called "developers" unable to perform basic DBA or QA jobs. That is why most large company employ specialist in these positions, to cover the fuck-ups of the developers.

I've seen developers who's first reaction when a complex SQL query is taking ages to run is "I will call my old pal in XYZ dept who is a DBA" before even running an "explain" query to debug their index-less octo-way join with 12 sub-queries.

about 9 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

ghn Understanding each other's work is key (226 comments)

I am primarily a developer but I also like to understand the big picture, including software design and UX but also system administration, infrastructure, hardware architectures, and everything else that *directly affects the software I develop*.

Deep understanding of the big picture is key to developing quality software, IMO. You need to understand what comes ahead of you (requirements, business needs, etc) and where your work is headed afterwards... The best way to understand it is to wear these hats from time to time or have previous work experience in those fields. When recommending candidate for developer positions, someone who has system administration experience is a bonus.

Yes, many days I need to take on multiple hats and switch gears as shit comes up in prod and I need to fix a config on production servers or assist whoever has the hands but lack the knowledge. That's the start-up culture I guess, even though I work for an established 100+ year old company.

about 9 months ago

Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

ghn Re:Basic Math (357 comments)

This is an Exchange. They are matching buyers and sellers together. The point where they meet determines the exchange value of the two involved currencies at that point in time.

The exchange provides services to facilitate the transaction and charges a transaction fee. If the exchange is properly managed, they rake a profit on every transactions and can't loose, no matter how the market sways.

about 10 months ago

Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

ghn Did anybody read TFA? (156 comments)

The point is not that you can attack lousy website using GET requests. The idea is that HTTP firewalls shoud not blatlantly white-list google bots and other website crawlers in the sake of SEO optimization, because google bot will follow malicious links from other website..

So lets say you have a filter with rules that prevent common SQL injections in GET requests parameters, this is a weak security practice but can be useful to mitigate some 0-day attacks on vulnerable scripts. This protection can be by-passed IF you white-listed google bot.

about a year ago

Researcher Wows Black Hat With NFC-based Smartphone Hacking Demo

ghn Re:Out-of-band comm + PKE = enough security (95 comments)

Nice write-up. Extremely complex and awkward in every way if you think of it in real life and according to the current state of technoloy.

Here's my version of a secure transaction at Burger bar

Ask for combo #1

Hand of five dollar bill

Get combo #1 and some change

No trace left and no security risk.

Sure, I need to acquire and carry said 5$ bill in a safe and secure manner, but they way I do it RIGHT NOW satisfies my need for privacy and security.

more than 2 years ago

Google Outs 3D Maps For iOS Ahead of Apple

ghn Re:Google trying to save face, except it won't wor (197 comments)

You do realize I hope that it is an unfair game? Apple can kick google and its apps out of its fenced garden any time it wants.

Like the spoiled kid who does not like to loose.

more than 2 years ago

Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

ghn Re:none (423 comments)

oh come on, mod this one up

more than 2 years ago

How Red Hat Decides Which Open Source Companies To Buy

ghn Re:People Red Hat employes is the reason we pick t (20 comments)

I think you would have more return on your money by sponsoring so called Tom yourself and using CentOS or Ubuntu or whatever other free distro.

My reasoning is, why pay for support if you don't need it? If you want to support postgres developers, support them directly.

more than 2 years ago

Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?

ghn No (278 comments)

Look at apple's profits.

And please stop the sensationalist question mark titles.

more than 2 years ago

Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby's Auction

ghn Re:What happens... (118 comments)

good point, mod parent up

more than 2 years ago

Intel To Launch TV Service With Facial Recognition By End of the Year

ghn Re:The cable box market sucks (175 comments)

+1.... it is like being forced to use the only computer model supplied by your ISP

more than 2 years ago

Trained Rats Map Minefields With GPS

ghn Re:GPS? (103 comments)

Any of you who replied that 'military gps' is super accurate.. any reference to your claims? Not denying, just genuinely interested in knowing more about this.

more than 2 years ago

World's Largest Biometric Database

ghn Re:Really? (117 comments)

And I suppose your dBase application can do an index on a HUMAN_IRIS(2) field type?

more than 2 years ago

Artist's Catcopter Causes a Stir

ghn Re:Leather belt/jacket/shoes (360 comments)

I "free" my cat every eff'ing morning and guess what, that stupid slave just comes back all the time. What a stupid slave, doesn't even understand he can just run away and go free. I understand your PETA point in the scope of farm animals.. but cats? really? I am the cat's stupid slave, trust me..

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

ghn Re:More hyperbolic trash (464 comments)

May be but from a technical standpoint that does not make windows any better.

more than 2 years ago

Why You Can't Dump Java (Even Though You Want To)

ghn Re:Wrong! (402 comments)

Try killall on solaris just for fun.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack

ghn DVD / BR patent holders are the big loosers (734 comments)

Their days of getting royalties on every single copy of windows sold are counted.. Remember that HD-DVD vs Blue Ray war? MS was behind HD-DVD, and sony won with its blue ray.. I wonder if MS would have done the same thing if HD-DVD was not abandoned? I think they are simply pointing the middle finger to sony in that move..

more than 2 years ago


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