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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

lannocc Re:Reputational Damage (346 comments)

It's a problem with your email client. Messaging and browsing clients are still somewhat in the stone-ages, IMHO.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

lannocc Re:Trust (136 comments)

Chill. "M$" is close enough to "MS" that I bet many people don't interpret it in a derogatory fashion. In fact, I think it's a rather cool re-branding. Anyways, I don't whine when people call Linux linux, linus, lennox, GNU/Linux, whatever. Besides, you're the first to be throwing out the term "Microshaft" on this story's forum here; perhaps you're just here to feed the trolls!

about a month ago
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Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

lannocc Hurray for CLI improvements! (176 comments)

I like what Xiki is shooting for and look forward to trying it out. I have a similar interest in finding new ways to interact with a command shell. One such feature would be a shell and simple commands (in the Unix spirit) that natively work with URI resources rather than simply (local) file handles and sockets. My attempts to achieve this over the past 5 years has resulted in what I call IOVAR (hosted on Google Code and iovar.com), a BASH-like shell for the web written in Java and currently running in Tomcat on Linux. It supports a mix of shell scripts and single-purpose servlets, among a mix of any other system commands, to easily chain together processes that work with web resources.

IOVAR works, I've been using it to build a new back-end services and front-end player for our community Internet radio station MT Radio.Net. We'll be launching the new system July 4th!

I'm glad to see there are others that are finding really cool ways to improve our interaction with the PC, and this Xiki looks interesting! Now if I could just complete some more documentation and ease the installation for IOVAR, in combination with the working use cases I've now built, it could turn into something. But I really could use the help! The entire stack is open-source and everything I have written is MIT-licensed.

about a month ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

lannocc Re:It is hip to be square (128 comments)

GIMP's UI is OK, but it really requires a hardware graphics tablet to be used properly.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

lannocc Give IOVAR a try? (466 comments)

I would like to mention my pet project, IOVAR, hosted on Google Code. One of its goals is to aid in rapid development/prototyping as it bring shell scripting concepts to the web. IOVAR is currently in a usable state but lacks a "getting started" guide so I won't yet call it a beta release. I've licensed it with MIT license and would love some feedback or help!

about a month and a half ago
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Throwing in the towel on Facebook.

lannocc Re:New p2p protocol (7 comments)

It seems a lot of people (self included) are exploring new options for decentralization and federation of the services we call social networking (profiles, messaging, commenting, media sharing, etc.). I'm excited to see the many possibilities that come next!

about 2 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

lannocc Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

Web-mail is just implemented poorly, pretty much everywhere. I get a lot of use out of email and sieve filtering with nested folders in a functional hierarchy. IMAP makes for a good (generic) message-handling protocol, but mail clients are lacking features. I'd like a federated contact/messaging/calendar client and server that someone could run as their own service if they wanted. It could expose via IMAP access to stored chat or SMS messages in addition to email, from any number of sources/accounts. As a client, it needs to let me maintain a customizable client view, where for example IMAP folders that can be listed in any particular order, not necessarily alphabetically or based on their archival storage hierarchy.

As to UI design and separating form from function, I have spent the past few years (slowly) developing a server-side shell-like environment on Linux+Java/Tomcat, with a focus on XML and rapid-prototyping, quick database access. Just about to go beta as I add some more documentation: http://iovar.com./

about 3 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

lannocc Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

I find your lack of [consistent site font] disturbing.

But his font was fixed-width. Could it be any more consistent?

about 3 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

lannocc Re:Screw other people (800 comments)

Let's be honest. The job of YOUR car is to keep YOU safe...

And I foresee much competition on this level and a premium cost for the vehicle most likely to save its owner in a multi-party accident scenario.

about 3 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

lannocc Re:so does this mean.... (433 comments)

Thank you for this explanation! I am by no means a physicist but I continue to follow what I can. As a programmer, one concept I like to explore is that any perceived loss of entropy in our universe could simply be a tighter compaction of information with redundancy removed and described by a smaller process outside of our boundaries, much like a document is compressed by a compression algorithm. When you look at the resulting (compressed) output you see less information (bits) and what appears to be a random distribution or noise. Studies like this and your explanation help me to align my layman conjectures with the more rigorous theories and focused terminology used by those in the field. One of these days I really do hope I get to dig into the math on problems like these!

about 8 months ago
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Maryland Indictment Says Silk Road Founder Tried To Arrange Murder of Employee

lannocc Re:Toooootally Didn't See That Coming (294 comments)

If I create a fake ID saying I am old enough to drink alcohol and use it that way, that's a victimless crime.

I guess you've never owned or managed a bar in the U.S. then. The onus is on the establishment to prevent underage drinking, and often heavy fines can be assessed even if the customer had what looked like a legitimate ID.

about 10 months ago
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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

lannocc Highway Patrol (736 comments)

I believe the article overlooked one significant class of jobs that is extremely difficult to remove: those employed by the government (local, state, federal). An example for this story would be the Highway Patrol. It seems like their necessity will severely decrease, if not evaporate, if we're all in autonomous vehicles.

I for one want to see more forward-thinking politicians who are looking at the coming changes in technology and are interested in developing a road map towards peaceably reducing our government workforce, and that means figuring out an amicable solution for the newly laid-off workers!

about a year ago
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Using Java In Low Latency Environments

lannocc Re:Huh? (371 comments)

and it gets the job done as fast as a shell script.

In other words, shell scripting needs to move to the web. I am working on making that happen: http://iovar.com/

about a year ago
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Collaborative LaTeX Editor With Preview In Your Web Browser

lannocc Re:Try LyX! (99 comments)

I want something which is parametric and shows both drawn vector and under-lying code and which allows one to edit either representation.

Agreed! all sophisticated GUI applications should operate in a sort of "CAD" mode, where GUI actions are displayed as commands and vice-versa.

about a year and a half ago
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How To Sneak Into the Super Bowl With Social Engineering

lannocc Re:The best I've seen yet... (164 comments)

In this case, dishonest labor.

about a year and a half ago
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J.J. Abrams To Direct Star Wars VII

lannocc Re:Vote4Joss (735 comments)

I think Joss Whedon would do great in the Star Wars universe. But I am very attached to my nuts.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Achieve Storage Density of 2.2 Petabytes Per Gram of DNA

lannocc Re:Latency and bandwidth? (136 comments)

It may very well not be cost-effective, but that's outside the scope of what I was addressing. "Too slow for any use" was just such an absolutist statement that I had to provide a counter-example.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Achieve Storage Density of 2.2 Petabytes Per Gram of DNA

lannocc Re:Latency and bandwidth? (136 comments)

If it takes 1 day per byte, then sorry, it's too slow for any use.

Not quite. You could, for example, store a daily temperature reading in one byte per day.

about a year and a half ago

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Linux promoted on the local news by Montana TV reporter

lannocc lannocc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lannocc writes "Tonight during the regular monthly Billings LUG meeting we were visited by the local TV news crew to shine some light on what Linux is all about and how it is a real alternative to Windows and Mac. It was great to see the local media take a real interest in Linux and offer to share what it's all about with the community. With companies like Valve pushing to provide a Linux client to their Steam platform, and the pervasiveness of Linux usage across devices from servers to smartphones and tablets, could 2013, finally, be the year of Linux on the Desktop? In Billings, Montana, all signs point to YES! Video with interviews with the local LUG attendees is linked in the article."
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Bank failure and the F.D.I.C. Taxpayer woes?

lannocc lannocc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lannocc writes "CNNMoney talks about nine more (minor) banks failing. The article mentioned the Feral Deposit Insurance Corporation, which by its name told me that this is no simple government program like I thought "FDIC protected" deposits were protected by, so I looked them up. According to the Wikipedia "information", the FDIC in 2007 had in holdings 1.22% of insured assets. Since I tend to see a lot of overlap with the technology and finance sectors (a computer guy myself), I ask slashdot: I don't know what the 2009 figures are like but imagine if even 10% of our banks fail, who pays for that? The answer seems obvious but I am tired of bailouts."
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