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How Do You Handle Your Keys?

lewp Uh, prioritize? (763 comments)

So carry the keys on your keyring you need all the time. Your place, your girlfriend's place, your office, whatever. Your grandparents' garage key can stay at home, or in your car, or somewhere off your person until you need it.

Also, I used to carry a knife on my keyring as well, and a mechanic told me that it was bad for the ignition mechanism to have a bunch of heavy stuff hanging off the keyring. He might have been BSing me, but he said he was serious, so I followed the advice and took my knife off.

more than 4 years ago

Evidence Weakens That China Did the Recent Cyberattacks

lewp Re:Don't Be Foolish (197 comments)

Politics does have a tendency to produce gang-bangs.

Go to school for Computer Science, they said... Get a good job, they said...

more than 3 years ago

Open-Source JavaScript Flash Player (HTML5/SVG)

lewp Haha (300 comments)

How long before HTML5/SVG next-generation browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Epiphany, and other Web-Kit based browsers completely supplant Flash and Silverlight/Moonlight?

Gee, I dunno. How long will we have to support IE6?

more than 4 years ago

Using Outlook From Orbit

lewp Re:Yikes! (268 comments)

Really? I would think that's the safest place for it.

more than 4 years ago

One Variety of Sea Slugs Cuts Out the Energy Middleman

lewp Re:I want the reverse. (232 comments)

Personally, when I feel so stuffed I can't eat any more, I just use the restroom. Then I can eat more.

more than 4 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

lewp What a stupid plan... (773 comments)

Okay, so first, in order to make this work you'd have to outspend Google. I mean, for Microsoft and pals (you know, anybody who can afford to spend a billion+ dollars to topple Google), search is a nice business that they want; but for Google it's their core business (well, it's what powers their core business). You'd need someone else willing to bet their company (or someone who dwarfs Google, maybe GE or BP wants a search engine really bad?), because the stakes will be that high for Google. At the first sign of a strategy like this working, Google simply shows up with a bigger check. You think it would be easy for people to lure Google away with a million dollar check? How easy would it be to convince them to stay with a two million dollar check?

Second, Google has lobbying muscle now. Assuming this is legal, it might not be soon. They'll probably outlaw it in an amendment to the next Puppies for Orphanages Act that comes through. "It's not Evil, it's Democracy!"

This strategy would have worked great before the IPO.

about 5 years ago

When Do You Fire a Headhunter?

lewp Re:Personally I'd rather you were honest with me (344 comments)

We see dishonesty from head hunters all the time. Personally I'd much rather if there was a mistake on your resume as we have it in front of us, that you point it out.

Absolutely. It's well known that most of these guys are human garbage, including the ones we work with. I would never fault you for correcting something a headhunter said about you, and if it was unflattering I would respect you more for being honest. I'm not going to lie, the best case scenario is that we never find out at all, but it will be much worse for you if it comes to light and you weren't honest about it, no matter what your recruiter did.

Best to just fess up, but some managers are idiots so play it by ear.

more than 5 years ago

California Student Arrested For Console Hacking

lewp Heh, the EFF (1016 comments)

Guess it's time to kick a few dollars over to the EFF

Clearly that's doing a lot of good.

more than 5 years ago

A Hypothesis On Segway Hate

lewp Aaaaaaand... (487 comments)

"This is the same reason why people don't like Lisp hackers." Thus, it becomes a real Paul Graham article.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Cuts Off North Carolina Affiliates

lewp Re:Actually, I think it's a great tactic (411 comments)

I agree. Amazon is losing sales on this too, so it's not like they're just screwing the little guy. They're putting their money where their mouth is.

more than 4 years ago

Google Tricycles To Map Footpaths For Street View

lewp Re:Next up: (274 comments)

With Google Sherpa they could map the moon!

more than 5 years ago

Twitter On Scala

lewp Re:Should have used PHP. (324 comments)

Twitter was going to have problems scaling no matter what they chose. Because of the highly personalized nature of the site, the low ratio of reads to writes, and the way the app encourages you to make small updates constantly, most of the strategies you'd use to increase throughput just don't work and you wind up at "how do we make the app just run faster?" Moving to a faster language is a great way to do that, and something they were probably going to do eventually on the back-end no matter what they started with.

Most sites don't have Twitter's problems. We serve millions of Ruby/Rails-backed pages every day, and we're overall relatively happy with our platform of choice. We even use it in a couple Twitter-esque apps that work just fine, but we don't see near the traffic they do. Rails has its problems, and there are a lot of things it could do better, but it's a good choice for a generic "getting things done quickly on the web" language+framework, and I'm certainly in no hurry to go back to Perl or PHP.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

lewp Re:Linux loves critics (1127 comments)

You can pay a number of companies to politely listen to your problems, suggests ways to work around them, and maybe even fix them eventually if you give them enough money. Microsoft and Apple follow roughly the same model.

Because Linux exists for free in the wild, people seem to think that the customer service hug box does too. By and large, if you're not willing to make yourself useful, you still have to pay for that. This is not a significantly worse situation than non-"hobbyist" OSs.

more than 5 years ago

Wolverine Film Leaked a Month Before Release

lewp Re:Article Quotes (464 comments)

Nothing gets on my nerves more than unskippable DVD chapters. It's bad enough that the stupid MPAA/FBI warning is pretty much always unable to be skipped, but lots of DVDs actually stick commercials and previews at the beginning that you can't skip over either.

On the other hand, if I pirate the film, I can have it in less than a half hour (less than the time it takes to run to the video store), the movie is never out of stock, I can watch it as many times as I want (making it superior to "on demand"), and all of that annoying crap is removed.

I only buy a movie on DVD if I really, really like it.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

lewp Linux loves critics (1127 comments)

Linux just doesn't love critics who won't roll up their sleeves and fix things.

Ideas are cheap.

more than 5 years ago

How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

lewp That's nothing new (417 comments)

I worked at Best Buy back in college and we used to tell people the cheap boxes we advertised in the paper were out of stock if they weren't gonna buy the service plan all the time. We'd do it even if there was a whole row of boxes sitting right in front of them. The first time I saw it, I was amazed, and I'm sure Best Buy would never admit it, but we used to be instructed to do it by management on a regular basis.

more than 5 years ago

Ink Breakthrough Heralds Bendy PC Screens

lewp Without reading the article... (140 comments)

3-5 years away? Am I right?

If only I lived 3-5 years from now...

more than 5 years ago

Keanu Reeves To Star In Cowboy Bebop

lewp No! (439 comments)

No! No! No!


(Both to the movie itself, and the star.)

more than 5 years ago


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Go go Windows!

lewp lewp writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I did a motherboard do si do and swapped some other hardware around and found out that XP wouldn't boot on my game box. I reinstalled Windows, and decided I should install SP2 this time.

As I was downloading drivers and WoW patches and such the automatic update icon showed up in the system tray and told me to download all the latest security patches. I got everything, except the Malicious Software Removal Tool, simply because I don't feel like messing with it yet; plus, I'm used to free third party programs that do the same thing, and I've got no incentive to switch. I unchecked the box for the update, and checked the "don't ask me about this again" box.

A few minutes later, it popped up the same thing, only this time it was for the January 2006 update instead of February. I skipped it again, checked the "don't ask me" box, and was offered the December 2005 version. It has continued in this fashion to count backwards, offering me increasingly outdated monthly updates for software I didn't want in the first place.

I just cancelled June 2005. I wonder how far back it goes.

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