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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

ilsaloving Re:python?! (188 comments)

At least you weren't ranting about global cooling before it was warm!

4 days ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

ilsaloving Ok... What does it DO? (53 comments)

I skimmed through all these pages and there isn't a single sentence describing what it does in order to accomplish it's goals.

Ok, great, it wants to have distributed social networking, email, yadda yadda.

Is it using Diaspora for the social networking aspects? Maybe it's using leftover magic beans?

I'm not even going to waste my time downloading this thing if they can't even say how they're planning on achieving those goals.

4 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

ilsaloving Moar DevOps! (225 comments)

We need *more* of these kind of positions, not less. Pure developers generally don't understand, and often don't even care, what happens to their code after it's gone through their build cycle.

There are way too many products out there, especially those in the 'enterprise' category, that are absolutely ridiculous to install, maintain, or both. They let security concerns fly out the window because having some random port open is more convenient to them, and hell with the risks. Developers should be *required* to spend time learning about and maintaining infrastructure on a regular basis so that they understand how their code impacts said infrastructure.

4 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

ilsaloving Re:No kidding (121 comments)

Oh bloody hell... Durr... I good math! I got an F for Fantastic! :P

5 days ago
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44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

ilsaloving No kidding (121 comments)

And when I see (usually in the news) posts from other twitters, it makes me wish the other 46% would do the same.

There is very little you can constructively say in just 140 characters. Twitter is great for only very specific scenarios such as status reports, quick facts, quick questions or witty one-liners.

Everything else is just inanity from people who think the more exclamation marks you use at the end of a sentence, the more seriously you should take their statement.

The sole reason I set up an account was so I could follow a couple of local restaurants because they post useful things like their daily specials. And that ST:TNG S8 guy. Too bad he stopped writing new plot synopses.

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

ilsaloving Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

You mean, like they've already been doing for as long as the concept of employer and employee has existed?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

ilsaloving Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

You keep using the word 'Right'. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Eich did not "have a right" to be CEO of mozilla. He had as much a "right" to be CEO of mozilla as you or I.

The difference between working a very specific job, and trying to deny an entire class of people marriage benefits is so huge I don't even know where to begin.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

ilsaloving Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

And you should also lose your right to claim pro free speech when with the other hand you make a concerted effort to deny basic human rights to an entire class of citizens.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

ilsaloving Re:Desperation? (387 comments)

Why was this marked troll?

How is it not desperation when Microsoft has to start giving away their flagship mobile OS because no one wants it?

Or that they're FINALLY bringing back something resembling a proper desktop UI instead of their ridiculous fisher-price ATM interface that they had forced on people, and in the process added insult to injury on an already flagging computer market.

The only truly interesting/innovative idea in that whole announcement is Cordana, which actually sounds pretty cool, assuming that it lives up to Microsoft's hype. And we all know how completely untrustworthy Microsoft's hype-machine is.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

ilsaloving Desperation? (387 comments)

Wow, this just smacks of all kinds of desperation. It's amazing how badly Microsoft fails when they're not allowed to stack the deck in their favour.

Although I'm curious about Cortana. If they make her/him/it sound like GladOS, I would have to seriously reconsider my position. :3

about three weeks ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

ilsaloving It's only fast for now... (142 comments)

As soon as all your neighbours start using it too, it'll slow down.

*ducks and runs*

about three weeks ago
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Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

ilsaloving Re:Before I buy that Virgin Galactic ticket, tell (113 comments)

...do any other, ahem, organs become more spherical? Because that could be a deal breaker.

Considering that you'd be booking on a trip with a company named Virgin, I don't see how that would be a problem. ;)

about three weeks ago
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MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

ilsaloving Re: How can you search data (90 comments)

True, if that was part of the use case. Recurring payments weren't mentioned by the parent.

But yeah, if you *need* access to the data (any data) then it can't be encrypted only on the user side. At that point there's nothing you can do besides being dilligent in your security.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

ilsaloving Re: How can you search data (90 comments)

If you're using the card info purely as a primary key, then it should work just as well in an encrypted form as it would in it's original.

about three weeks ago
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Enlightenment E19 To Have Full Wayland Support

ilsaloving Re:Heading off all the E haters (140 comments)

If Enlightenment has a problem, it is that to use it to it's full potential - which is vast - one must endure one of the, if not the, steepest learning curves of any DE out there.

In other words then, it will never get used. At least, not in it's current state. A new WM either needs:
-to be similar enough to a well established one that people can at least get going with it immediately
-be intuitive enough so that, even if unfamiliar, people can very quickly get up and running

From your description, not only do you have to be a power user to make it work, you have to spend a lot of precious time just trying to get familiar with it and configuring it. Which all but a very very slim minority of people will be willing to do.

Personally, I remember trying E17 (or was it E16? I forget now...) and thought even then that it was slick as greased lightning, but that was a long time ago when I had way more free time on my hands. Now? Forget it.

I look forward to when they've reached the point where they provide a good OOBE.

about a month ago
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More Troubles For Authors of Controversial Acid-Bath Stem Cell Articles

ilsaloving Very strange indeed! (99 comments)

The summary answered it's own question for once!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

ilsaloving Re:Next they'll give internet explorer free (208 comments)

You're ignoring one critical detail. In the mobile world, you have a choice. Don't like what Apple does? Buy a Samsung. Or a Blackberry. Or one of those Ubuntu phones. Apple doesn't have a stranglehold on the market. Android is now what, 3-1 for every Apple device?

Microsoft on the other hand, utterly dominates the PC landscape, and continues to this day. That means if you don't like what Microsoft is doing, tough noogies because it's very unlikely that you can switch to something else. So they've been pulling all sorts of bullshit on people for no other reason than they know they can do whatever they want and you can't do anything about it.

Apple has a history of being control-freaks to the point of absurdity. This isn't new, and they've never tried to hide that fact. This has been their MO since forever, and they even almost went bankrupt as a result.

Microsoft on the other hand, has done so many heinous things that I can't even remember them all anymore. A couple off the top of my head:
-Subverting an entire standards body just so they could get OOXML to be an 'accepted standard'
-Forcing computer stores to sell *only* Microsoft gear, by refusing to give them product if said store tried to sell competing products

The slightest bit of effort will land you a breathtaking amount of underhandedness they performed in order to get a complete and unshakable stranglehold on the PC market.

about a month ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

ilsaloving Do nothing? (747 comments)

Can't we just let the diseases spread as widely as possible? That way the problem will sort itself out....

Too bad it is unethical to deny medical treatment to people who refused to get vaccinated.

about a month ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

ilsaloving Re:Professional Email Address (149 comments)

The effort required to set up an appropriate hosting account is still orders of magnitude more work than filling out a 5 line form.

The point is that it demonstrates a bare minimum of technical competency, whether that is innate technical knowledge, or just being able to research a problem and following instructions. It's an unspoken interview question before anyone has even looked at your resume.

Again, if your primary job is a window cleaner, or a plumber, or anything else non-technical, then it doesn't matter so much as long as your email address isn't "yourpornstagename@gmail.com" as someone else pointed out.

But if you are in some kind of techncal role, and the best you can do is gmail address, it demonstrates that you are either not as skilled as you claim to be, or you simply don't care enough to eat your own dog food. Either way, I *will* hold that as a point against you, because the last thing I will do is choose to willingly work with anyone that has either of those qualities.

about 2 months ago

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