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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

larry bagina Re:rumor is dems voted for him (932 comments)

Back in 2007, the NY Times endorsed Hillary Clinton and John McCain in the primaries. So I'm sure they endorsed McCain for the general election, right?

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

larry bagina Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

Virginia has an open primary. It wouldn't be the first time crossover voters affected the outcome.

about 6 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Andrew "bunnie" Huang About Hardware and Hacking

larry bagina I've never heard of you (58 comments)

No disrespect intended, but let's say we stop some random people on the street and ask them to name a famous hardware hacker. I bet that question isn't showing up on Family Feud anytime soon!

What can we do to increase the public awareness (and create more hardware hackers)? I was thinking perhaps high schools could have shop classes for nerds -- instead of working on engines, wood working, etc, it would be hardware and software.

about 6 months ago
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Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

larry bagina Re:It's about time (155 comments)

Congress/Parliment/etc write tax laws. If companies (or other people) follow the rules to minimize their tax burden, is that bad? Exemptions and credits exist to encourage that! Don't blame the player, blame the game.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

larry bagina cool story bro (474 comments)

my cable modem doesn't do wifi and isn't the cable co's property. Next time don't rent a POS modem from the cable co? The NSA and cable cos would prefer otherwise, of course.

about 6 months ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

larry bagina Re:Awesome (245 comments)

Stick to leather -- it doesn't absorb farts. My buddy has a cloth chair that is oversaturated with farts. Aside from the permanent stench -- which would be bad enough -- it releases a gas bomb if you ever sit in it.

about 6 months ago
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Grand Theft Auto V For Modern Platforms Confirmed

larry bagina Re:PC version moderately exciting (133 comments)

All the ghetto thugs and gang bangers are too busy playing Office Space V, the game where you pretend to be a white collar IT worker cranking out TPS Reports, avoiding Lumberg, and browsing slashdot at work.

about 6 months ago
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Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport

larry bagina News for nerds? (135 comments)

You know what's better than free wifi at Atlanta's airport? Avoiding Atlanta's airport.

about 7 months ago
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GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

larry bagina announcing goatsecret (127 comments)

There have been too many problems with existing crypto code so I've developed something better: goatsecret. Instead of relying on math, it relies on a frenchman's gaping asshole. Basically, the software breaks your message/file/whatever into small chunks and superimposes the data in the goatsecret image. Sure, it's not encrypted, but who is going to stare into the void just to get your data? No hacker/cracker/big business/three-letter-agency is that desperate.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

larry bagina Re:Yet another C (636 comments)

Are you high? Not even php is retarded enough to do that. It's a compiled language. String interpolation happens at compile time.

about 7 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

larry bagina Re:Off-topic Maybe (411 comments)

Cross platform is wearing three condoms and then butt fucking, to abstract away the differences between men and women. It's usually a shitty experience for the user (though some people seem to prefer it).

about 7 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

larry bagina Re:I think it would be funny as heck if.... (126 comments)

ehh, I tried using perl for a small "modern" (REST) backend, gave up and used ruby/sinatra/mod_passenger because it worked. Perl? Dancer looked nice but there are too many dependencies. CGI is hopelessly obselete (does /. still run on it?). I implemented my own microwebframework on top of CGI (a hundred lines or so to do routing) before I discovered passenger and switched to that.

I'd take perl over node anytime but I'm not impressed by CPAN (it's better than npm, if you want some faint praise) and a lot of the code and culture is stuck in the 80s/90s.

about 7 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

larry bagina Re:Maybe one day (126 comments)

Huh? Still no UTF-8 support? Damn. A couple years ago they hired a hotshot perl programmer with 30 years of UTF-8 experience to implement it. Hired him off Dice.com, in fact. Oh, hmmm. Well, ASCII is good enough.

about 7 months ago
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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

larry bagina Re:Trust! (207 comments)

Heh, reminds me of the Thomas Jefferson quote (paraphrased) "When people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have tyranny."

about 7 months ago
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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

larry bagina Re:wow (207 comments)

Too many secrets.

I watched sneakers a couple days ago (it's on netflix) and nearly shit my pants at the end when Robert Redford reveals the magic decryptor box isn't for spying on the russians, it's "for spying on us". (Of course, they meant the NSA was spying on the FBI/CIA but still... future predicted).

about 7 months ago
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OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

larry bagina Re:"Audit"? Try massive rewrite. (132 comments)

OpenSSL is the shiniest meat bicycle. Are you the conductor of the poop train? It's time to strip the flesh and salt the wounds.

about 7 months ago
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Next IE Version Will Feature Web Audio, Media Capture, ES6 Promises, and HTTP/2

larry bagina not this shit again! (173 comments)

Do you know why IE used a different DOM event model than everyone else? (attachEvent vs addEventListener, etc.) It's because they implemented an early draft and then never went back and updated it. Why should they? Their customers are locked in!

Well, HTTP 2.0 is DOM Events 2.0! IE and IIS will support HTTP 2.0 while the rest of the world scraps it (it's a turd in need of flushing) to work on HTTP 3.0.

about 7 months ago
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Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks

larry bagina Re:anything that's not nailed down securly enough (108 comments)

lol, yeah, I remember him. I also remember doing jaeger shots at the geek compound with Eric "Surprised by Wealth" Raymond. IIRC, that night he was surprised by tacosnotting. I haven't vomitted that hard, before or since.

about 7 months ago
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German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

larry bagina Re:Lotteries (107 comments)

Prosecutors don't like that so they overcharge defendants. Most people (the numbers are pretty shocking) take a plea bargain. No jury, no trial.

about 7 months ago
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PHP Next Generation

larry bagina Re:I got tired of waiting (213 comments)

At the end of the day, I'd rather be writing web applications in Python than PHP.

"At the end of the day, I'd rather be a prison bitch for the aryan brotherhood than for the colombians." Me, I'd rather not be in prison.

about 7 months ago

Submissions

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Google insider exposes 'immoral' (UK) tax scam

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  about a year and a half ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "The Sunday Times is reporting (teaser only unless you're a subscriber) that a former Google exec will be going public with 100,000 emails detailing their efforts to avoid paying UK taxes. There doesn't seem to be any indication that it was actually illegal, yet."
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Amazon auto-rip

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  about 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Amazon let one rip. But you'll probably enjoy the smell! (unless you're still observing that amazon boycott...). Anyhow, you wouldn't know it from slashdot, but the biggest news of the day (perhaps even the week given what a waste CES is): Amazon Cloud player now includes MP3s of CDs you bought going back to 1998. Wow. (Not all CDs and tracks are available, yet). And since many CDs are cheaper than digital downloads, you can buy the CD+MP3s for less than just the MP3s. Wrap your head around that one."
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Amazon profit drops

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "The Kindle Fire was supposed to be an iPad killer. Turns out, all it killed was Amazon's bottom line. Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter, Amazon sold ... well, they won't say how many they sold, but it's up 177% over some other number that they won't disclose. Estimates are 6 million Kindle Fires at a $10-$20 loss per tablet, though those numbers alone wouldn't account for the $239 million drop in profit from last year — and that's ignoring the 35% in sales."
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Motorola announces 4th quarter earnings

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Look out, Apple! Motorola sold^Hshipped 5.3 million Android phones and 200,000 Xooms last quarter. Numbers like that are probably why Google is paying $12 billion to buy them up. It's also why Apple should probably throw in the towel in iOS and focus on Macs."
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Microsoft to pay $10-$15 bribe per Windows phone s

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Unofficial Microsoft PR mouthpiece Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft/Nokia are planning to spend $200 million (or more) to push Windows Mobile. "Included in the plan are sales incentives for retail workers, aimed at getting them to finally start recommending Windows Phone as an alternative to Android and iPhone. The amount of payments are $10 to $15 per handset sold, depending on the number sold, for some handset models."

The mac blogger cabal shit a brick over his revelation that he saw internal Microsoft documents and didn't immediately report on them."

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Google now paying Mozilla $300 million/year

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "No need to wait for the annual reports to find out how much the new Google/Mozilla deal was worth — sources reveal it was in the neighborhood of $1 billion for three years. You'll probably remember from previous slashdot speculation that Microsoft might make a bid (they did, as did yahoo ) or that Google would get a better price (ha!) as Chrome became more popular than FireFox."
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FileZilla becomes Sourceforge Top Download

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 3 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Filezilla has become the 4th most popular source forge top download, edging out 5th place PortableApps.com: Portable Software/USB. This, of course, raises (not begs, thank you) the question: Why the fuck is there a "sourceforge top downloads" box on the front page and why can't it be disabled?"
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Adobe ends development of Flash on mobile browsers

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 3 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Jason Perlow of ZDNet is reporting that Adobe will stop developing Flash for mobile browsers and focus on AIR and HTML5 tools. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if 750 voices screamed out in terror and were laid off. But that noise was overshadowed by everybody else celebrating."
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Sad News - Andy Rooney Dead ay 92

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 3 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "I just heard some sad news on cbsnews.com — cranky old guy Andy Rooney was found dead in his New York City hospital bed last night. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him — even if you didn't ignore his work, there is no denying he was on a tv show you didn't watch. Truly an American icon."
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Death and Rich Internet Applications

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 3 years ago Remember Rich Internet Applications (RIA -- not to be confused with RIAA)? Three years ago, they were the new hotness, with frameworks like Cappuccino, SproutCore, and (less buzz, but just as interesting) GWT getting their fair share of virtual ink. They promised desktop-quality applications in the browser with better development methodologies. GWT let you develop and debug your web app in java and then compile to javascript. Cappuccino (from a group of former Apple employees) re-implemented the Cocoa/OpenStep libraries and even the objective C language in javascript. And SproutCore copied Cocoa ideas, but with javascript/ruby sensibilities. Apple liked SproutCore enough to hire the developers and used it instead of Web Objects for iWork, iCloud, et cetera.

But then what?

GWT is still around and developed, but they've moved on to the next big thing, i.e., dart.

280 North, the Cappuccino developers, was bought up by Motorola a year ago for $20 million.

Strobe, the primary developers of SproutCore, were bought up by Facebook a couple weeks ago.

Since these projects are all under Free (MIT, Apache, and LGPL) licenses, they won't disappear (in fact, they're still receiving minor updates). But when their primary (or only) developers get bored or cash out, it's safe to say they'll soon stagnate, which is a shame, really.

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Eric Raymond: GPL no longer needed

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Eric Raymond, gasbag and/or Open Source leader, recently claimed the GPL is no longer needed. "if the market punished people for taking open source closed, then why do our licenses need to punish people for taking open source closed? That is why I don't think you really need GPL or a reciprocal licenses anymore. It is attempting to prevent the behavior that the market punishes anyway.".

He has a point. If Open Source is truly a better development model, then it will beat closed source on its own merits and doesn't need viral clauses.

Flame on!

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Software I purchased in 2008

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Here's the (Macintosh) software I purchased in 2008:

1) Adobe CS3 Master Collection. (I bought this with the educational discount). I was originally going to buy just the web developer pack, but decided I might as well spend a little more and get everything. Big waste of money. Soundbooth (soemthing I was interested in) has almost no features. Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Photoshop are the only apps I've used (primarily Fireworks). The UI is slow, painful, and non-standard -- not entirely their fault -- these are basically applications designed before OS X. On second thought, if you're charging $2500 or more, it is your fault. Adobe: you suck. Shit or get off the can.

2) Coda. Coda looks and feels like Apple's take on Dreamweaver. It lacks some of the features, but not enough for me to stop using Dreamweaver completely. If they did a Fireworks-type app I'd never use Adobe again.

3) SubEthaEdit. A nice little text editor (used by Coda). It's designed for real-time collaborative editing over the internet, though I haven't tried that. For some reason, it feels a little bit nicer than TextWrangler, though I don't know why.

4) Versions. A subversion browser. It's a little pricey (IMO), and yes, I know all the cool kids have switched to git. However, I still use svn for my repositories. Using a gui is easier (and more accurate) than typing out full pathnames, for tagging, etc.

5) Tax Cut 2007. Almost forgot about that, since I use it for a week and hopefully never again.

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Should Google Reiser YouTube?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago Don Reisinger opines on his cnet blog that Google should consider killing youtube.. Why? They overpaid, it costs a lot to run, produces virtually no revenue, attracts lawsuits, and the eyeballs/content can't be converted to cash. Google hasn't put a whole lot of effort to improving youtube, either.

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Hans Resiser admits?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago Wired is reporting that Linux programmer/convicted murderer Hans Reiser may now admit to murdering (and revealing her location) his wife in exchange for a second degree murder charge, which would make him eligible for parole in 2023 or so. I wonder if they'd overlook his perjury.

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Your favorite keyboard?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Keyboards seem to be the sort of thing many slashdotters are over emotional about (and why not? You do spend a significant amount of time using one). I'm in the market for a new keyboard (for a Mac, but I can scrape off the window key). On the mac side, the best keyboard seems to be either a Apple Extended Keyboard (or II) plus an ADB/USB adapter or a Matias tactile pro.

On the other side, Unicomp makes buckling spring (IBM Model M) USB keyboards, and Das Keyboard is supposed to be fairly high quality (I like markings for rarely used keys, however). There seem to be a lot of people still using old IBM Model Ms with a PS/2-USB adapter.

Are there any other keyboards that aren't lowest common denominator material?

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It's official: Dumbledore is gay

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

What do Albus Dumbledore and slashdotters have in common?

Homosexuality, so says J.K. Rowling. There were no details on whether he tops or bottoms, but I hope we can all provide support and encouragement during this difficult time.

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Intel in the embedded market

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

With plans for low power x86 cpus to be used in mobile internet devices (their vision of awkwardly large internet capable cell phones), Intel may be trying to dethrone ARM. As someone who appreciates the elegance of the ARM instruction set, (and someone afraid of an intel heater anywhere near my nads), I was a little troubled by this announcement, but let the best processor win.

Intel has in interesting history with ARM: they received DEC's StrongARM as part of a lawsuit settlement, which was later replaced with the XScale. XScale was sold to Marvell last year, but intel still manufacturers their chips.

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Introducing Logic Studio

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago Earlier today, Apple announced an upgrade (and price cut) for Logic Studio nee Logic Pro. Logic Express has also been updated. Although it doesn't get nearly the attention of the iPod, the new release of Logic should be welcome news for professional and semi-pro musicians.

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Apple's side of the NBC pissing match

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Apple, Inc. issued a press release with their side of the iTunes/NBC disagreement.

In short: iTunes will not sell any episodes for this season (they could sell new episodes through the end of the year). Additionally, NBC wanted $4.99 per episode, rather than the current $1.99. That's more than twice as expensive as buying a season on DVD.

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Open Source Tattoos?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I've decided to get a tattoo. I'd like for it to be open source, or as close to that as possible. I'm using a modified version of Tux (He'll be grabbing his crotch with one hand and flipping the bird with the other) and the banner "Don't fuck wid da penguin!" above him. Are there any open source directions for giving yourself a tattoo?

Also, I work in a windows shop (gotta pay the bills). Will this adversely affect my career potential?

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GCC 4.2.1 Released

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago GCC 4.2.1 was released 4 days ago. Although this minor update would otherwise be insignificant, it will be the final GPL v2 release; all future releases will be GPL v3. Some key contributors are grumbling over this change and have privately discussed a fork to stay as GPL v2. The last time GCC forked (EGCS), the FSF conceded defeat. How will the FSF/GNU handle the GPL 3 revolt?

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a new GNU kernel

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Like many GNU/Linux users, I value my freedom. That's why it is important than GNU/Linux users only use GPL v3 licensed code to prevent companies from denying us our fundamental rights. Unfortunately, Linux Torvadles does not believe in this fundamental right. He has refusedt o relicense the Linux kernel with the GPL v3. Our only recourse is to create a new GPL v3 licensed kernel.

Current contenders are HURD and OpenSolaris. Both have drawbacks; HURD is, for all intents and purposes, vaporware. OpenSolaris is licensed under the CDDL, a non-GNU license. Sun has suggested they might relicense it as GPL v3, though this is not a given.

I have a better suggestion: Fork a copy of the FreeBSD kernel. This would give access to cool features like jail and ZFS which are not supported in linux.

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The Death of the iTunes Music Store?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago The Drudge Report is reporting that Universal Music Group (the largest record company) will not be renewing their contract with iTMS. Universal, you may remember, is being paid a license fee for every Zune sold and was widely rumored to be demanding the same concession from Apple.

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Non x86 computers?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago Assume you'd like a reasonably modern, reasonably fast, reasonably priced non x86 computer (for use with *BSD, linux, etc). Maybe you're a contrarian. Maybe you're sick of the errata. Maybe your job at intel got outsourced and your just a little resentful. What are the options? There are inexpensive used Sun Sparc machines. PPC macintoshes are still available, and the XBox 360/PS3 are a possibility. Are there any general purpose ARM computers which don't include the word "dev board" in their title? Any others?

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Is the internet killing pornography?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago Just like FOSS (Free Open Source Software) is killing proprietary software, the internet and amateur porn is affecting commercial pornography sales. From 2005 to 2006, DVD/video sales/rentals dropped from $4.3 billion to $3.6 billion. Amazingly, the article doesn't even mention loss of sales from p2p file sharing.

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Global Warming Makes Jennifer Garner Cry

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Post Chronicle is reporting that Jennifer Garner cried when she thinks about global warming. I cry when I think about Ben Affleck leaving a cream pie in her stinky pink.

Correction: it's actually more like vomit.

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