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George "geohot" Hotz Arrested In Texas For Posession of Marijuana

kc8jhs Re:Newsflash: they have drug dogs at Mexico-US bor (578 comments)

The real news about this and the summary fails to explain is that they can't search your car, vehicle or tour bus without a warrant. What they are doing in these cases is bringing a judge or official with the sheriffs department that can issue warrants on site, and they grant every warrant that the inspectors request. See this previous article about no-refusal DUI checkpoints for an example of how they are skirting due process:

more than 2 years ago

Server Names For a New Generation

kc8jhs Why not Zoidberg? (429 comments)

Why not Zoidberg?

No really, I used to use King of the Hill characters, but when it came to a server at a new host, I couldn't answer the above question, and now I have a server named zoidberg.

more than 2 years ago

Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?

kc8jhs It'll require alot of work to be fair (594 comments)

In theory it sounds great. In reality it will be overrun by the people who don't have anything else to fill their time. For example those who are unemployed and not seeking a job may have more time to debate the merits of increasing unemployment benefits and raising taxes to cover those benefits vs. individuals who are working full time. I'm not saying this specific example is right or wrong, but it's clear to see that equal representation is not trivial.

more than 2 years ago

Google Cuts Chrome Page Load Times In Half w/ SPDY

kc8jhs Mod Parent down (310 comments)

It is incompatible with all other websites and all other browsers - it only works with the combination of Chrome+Google's own websites.

This is flat out wrong. Just this morning I used Chrome to connect to a test server that was running a node.js implementation of SPDY. I verified the connection using chrome://net-internals. It worked well.

There is nothing in chrome that prevents this from working on other domains/websites.

There is nothing stopping anyone from implementing their own server.

End of FUD.

more than 3 years ago

Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

kc8jhs Re:Persistent myth? (705 comments)

OS X is mostly Openstep which is mostly Nextstep which is mostly BSD 4.3 and Mach 2.5.

I don't know what you consider 'Unix' but I would say the best description of OS X is that is closer to BSD than anything else.

Just for fun sometime turn off graphical boot on an OS X machine, and watch the Regents of the University of California message scroll by ;)

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Pro Drupal 7 Development, Third Edition

kc8jhs Re:Drupal != Pro (74 comments)

Reading and writing to a database does not make an ORM.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Pro Drupal 7 Development, Third Edition

kc8jhs Re:Worst "Professional" Book I've Ever Read (74 comments)

Except for that fact that this book went to press well before Drupal 7 was close to finalized. (as did almost everyone's Drupal 7 books, except for O'Reilly)

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Pro Drupal 7 Development, Third Edition

kc8jhs Re:Drupal != Pro (74 comments)

I have to assume that you are trolling, or that you haven't really used Drupal.

I've never seen anyone claim that the node system is an ORM, because it isn't. It's just a table(s) in a database, and a module that provides code to manipulate that data, but is not object oriented, nor is it mapped in anyway that resembles an ORM. The mapping to properties->columns is not even, and there is no ability to relate other nodes or objects based on the presence of another table, all of those operations are left as an exercise for the developer needing to implement it. This is why the other statement about 8 tables just to express the relationship between two objects makes no sense.

more than 3 years ago

Book Review: Pro Drupal 7 Development, Third Edition

kc8jhs Re:Drupal != Pro (74 comments)

Considering that Drupal doesn't have an ORM, doesn't claim to, and probably won't ever have an ORM in the sense you run into with most MVC frameworks, I have no idea what you are talking about.

more than 3 years ago

Why Special Effects No Longer Impress

kc8jhs Tv too, only the effects suck (532 comments)

I'm quite partial to original series that you find on USA: Burn Notice, White Collar, Psych, Covert Affairs, etc. It not the best writing and production, but I'd rather watch any of those over pointless sitcoms any day (I also prefer the longer format). Several of these shows have been using CGI or cheesy digital effects in places that really surprised me. In Covert Affairs all the external aerial shots of the CIA headquarters are rather cheesy 3D, and don't add much to the show and ultimately take me out of the story and annoy me each time they are shown.

Also in one of the seasons of White Collar for 4 or 5 episodes every time Peter meets his wife, they are obviously in a studio with a green screen and the New York background is being inserted digitally. I later found out this was because the actress playing his wife was pregnant and couldn't travel to New York where they shoot on location most of the time. I still don't understand why they had to be outdoor settings in every scene though, and the overall effect was so bad that I wanted to puke and ended up fast-forwarding through those scenes rather than be distracted by how bad the effects are.

I suspect that overall the technology has gotten alot cheaper and more than ever the 'fix it in post' attitude is taking over when studios and networks are trying to tighten up on costs, and increase profit margins. This is in turn leading to cheaper and cheaper digital effects that end up really distracting from the end product rather than making it better.

more than 3 years ago

SSL Certificates For Intranet Sites?

kc8jhs MOD PARENT UP (286 comments)

This is the most sane way to handle this, if its truly an admin only control interface. It's also a great way to allow access to appliances from outside of the private network as well.

more than 3 years ago

Drupal 7

kc8jhs Don't bother (85 comments)

I think it's getting kinda ridiculous how authors and many books about Drupal 7were pressured into publishing early. There have been books published about software that didn't even exist at time of publication, such as Panels for Drupal 7 (they used the version from 6). Several others are publishing when there are APIs being changed to fix critical issues, and tons of new API additions still occurring. I am not even sure if Drupal 7 is in string freeze yet, and I know that visual considerations to the new themes are still on the table as well, causing all screenshots and reference to onscreen options to be at risk of being outdated. I wouldn't buy or recommend any Drupal 7 book that comes out before the release.

I was in talks over a year ago with an acquisitions editor at a another major publisher that had only done 2 Drupal books at the time, and they wanted to get started on Drupal 7 books early since they say that Drupal books were really picking up (or that their competitors were putting lots of energy into Drupal books). The problem was, that the folks of course know nothing of the open source software ecosystem and require deadlines and schedules which are simply impossible to predict with volunteer software development. My editor wanted to have my chapters by March of 2010, so they could hit the shelves and announce at DrupalCon San Francisco in April. They were convinced that a release of D7 would happen in Fall of '09. I told them, that the release would never happen in 09 and probably not in Q1 of '10 and that getting a comprehensive API reference (I was estimating around 800-900 pages) by that time would be a stretch. They ended up passing on the offer, since they felt the timeline was wrong, and that Joomla and Wordpress downloads were better.

I am also sick of all these books that cover Drupal 7 or other similar software are a very cursory level. I'd much rather wait for Pro Drupal Development 3rd edition to come out, when it's a book whose authors have spent thousands of hours maintaing community contributions, and they have hundreds of patches to Drupal itself.

more than 3 years ago

Are Desktop Firewalls Overkill?

kc8jhs Outgoing firewall: Yes. Incoming firewall: why? (440 comments)

The whole point of a firewall is blocking connections. I don't know about anyone else, but I make a point to not run services that I don't want people to connect to on my machine. How hard is that?

An outgoing firewall though is immensely valuable. I love seeing everything that every little shareware app or office suite tries to phone home with. When doing local web development, I've even been surprised to find a number of open source CMS/frameworks phoning home with more info than I care to share.

more than 3 years ago

Security a Concern As HTML5 Advances

kc8jhs Re:A huge risk in HTML5 (234 comments)

It looks like that option was included with the intention the browsers implementing the feature would have a method to disable it's usage. I'm guessing if it gets crazy then major players will ship with it disabled, or maybe include some sort of same domain policy for pings (ping domain has to match referrer or href). I'm not too scared, and this would work much better than JS versions of the same thing.

about 4 years ago


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