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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

lucm Re:17GB of source code? (233 comments)

Why would you put things that you can't merge or diff in a source code repository? It's not a backup system or a file server. For images and videos, you should use a digital asset management system. For dependencies you should use a CMDB.

7 hours ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

lucm Re:17GB of source code? (233 comments)

17GB of source code or history? In a single company? Nope.

The guys talks about SourceSafe, and I'd bet this 17GB repository is filled with tons of duplicated binaries. That's typical in Microsoft shops where people don't configure Visual Studio properly; each reference creates a copy of the relevant DLLs in the project's bin folder, and references to other projects bring a copy of that project's latest build but also all its DLL.

I have a client with that kind of setup. They have a bunch of related projects under source control; for a total of 200 files of source code, the size of the repository is over 700MB.

7 hours ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

lucm Re:I'm sorry what is collecting what? (233 comments)

I stay away from those dangerous drugs. There's nothing that a bottle of vodka and a Steven Seagal movie marathon can't cure.

yesterday
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

lucm 17GB of source code? (233 comments)

17GB? Maybe you should not put binaries in your source code repository.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

lucm Re:ET Phone home (309 comments)

Why would I spend 3h cleaning my place while I can spend those 3h working for my clients? I make more money per hour than the cleaning lady and she is immensely more skilled at housekeeping than I am, so it's a no-brainer.

Also there is a side effect I did not expect with weekly housekeeping: I just love housekeeping day. On that day while I'm at work I know that when I come home in the evening my place will be squeaky clean, my clean clothes will be neatly folded or hanged, and the place will smell very very good. It's like when you start living with your first girlfriend, you are looking forward to see her in the evening - except that with the girlfriend this feeling doesn't last... but housekeeping day has made me happy since 2008.

I LOVE YOU HOUSEKEEPING DAY

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

lucm Leeches (309 comments)

I'm paying $120 for the weekly cleanup (3h @ $40). The deal includes laundry, dishes, taking out the trash, etc. The lady is very good, she even cleans inside the cupboards. It's worth it even if she stays only 2h, except when I come home and I find that bedsheets or towels are still damp because she did not want to wait for the last batch in the dryer.

It's not easy to find a reliable local cleaner. Years ago it was easy to find one on Craigslist, but lately a lot of startups like Cleanify have appeared; they have nice websites and apps but basically it's just a bunch of part-time students booking local cleaners, and they offer less services to be able to crunch more appointments in a single day. So independent, local cleaners are now enslaved like employees of big cleaning companies and they rush from one half-done job to the other. They won't touch dishes, they won't do laundry, even changing bedsheets comes at a premium. They are like hotel maids who have 15 minutes to clean one room.

A good local cleaner is fantastic. A big chain that only does half the job is useless. And startups that just inject themselves as middlemen are the worst.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

lucm Re:ET Phone home (309 comments)

The password is on the sticker of the router provided by my ISP. I don't mind, internet is not expensive. What I don't like is when a maid brings her kids and they mess with my saved games on my Xbox.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

lucm Re:Benefits and safeguards (309 comments)

That's why I carry a Linux TAILS bootable SD card in my wallet. Portable peace of mind.

2 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

lucm Re:ET Phone home (309 comments)

Same here. I've been using that "feature" to check how long the maid stays when she comes by to do weekly housekeeping.

Now I know how she can afford an iPhone, she charges for 3h but stays 2h!

2 days ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

lucm Stop bashing Ubuntu (309 comments)

Ubuntu is the only mainstream Linux distribution that I was able to get up & running quickly on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. I know that with some tinkering anything can work on anything but I don't find that entertaining anymore.

I tried (in that order, based on past experience):
CentOS
Fedora
OpenSUSE
Mandriva
Slackware

Each of those proved difficult to install on that laptop. Some even required specific bios settings just to start the setup wizard (such as UEFI or AHCI options).

I'm not a big fan of Debian (or sudo) so the Ubuntus were at the very end of my list. I tried Linux Mint (Cinnamon). It worked immediately, but got all messed up as soon as the automatic update ran. Also I could not enable themes and many options did not work as documented.

So I ended up installing Ubuntu. It worked immediately with three exceptions (that were also present with all other distros):
-an incredibly lousy framebuffer performance (screen is Lenovo HiDPI, 3800x1200)
-a tweak to unblock the wifi
-a tweak to enable the trackpad, it gets disabled for some reason once in a while

Overall I am impressed. All components work, power management works, etc. The Software Center applet is fantastic; some stuff in the default repos is out of date (like Netbeans 7) but overall this is an incredibly smooth way to install applications. Now that LVM encryption is available in the setup wizard that's definitely my #1 distro for future desktop installations.

2 days ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

lucm People. (578 comments)

A former coworker of mine sells pirated movies at the office ($5 per DVD). She says it's legal because she downloads the movies using her paid Giganews subscription, so the movies are "hers".

True story: her husband (who works in the same office) went to court to challenge a speeding ticket. He got caught driving 94mph in a 60mph zone, which puts him in the reckless driving category (max + 20mph). But he claimed that since other drivers were on average driving 75mph (says he), he would gracefully accept a fine for driving 19mph over the limit, not the higher fine for reckless driving. The "rising tide" defense...

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

lucm Re: Fewer candidates to draw from... (578 comments)

Usenet is becoming very difficult to use because indexing sites like Newzbin keep being shutdown. They are either sued or have a hard time finding a payment provider.

Without a good indexer, downloading from Usenet is beyond retarded. There is a limit on message size so movies or tv episodes are split in multiple messages, and the protocol is unreliable so the messages are often corrupts, which requires posters to submit par files to let downloaders repair the files.

Also most ISPs don't keep binary groups so one has to subscribe to a paid provider like Easynews. And even with the best providers there's a limit to how much retention they can do, so Usenet content is a lot more volatile than P2P. Ex: if you are looking for the 6th episode of the 3rd season of Falcon Crest you are more likely to find it on P2P. Furthermore, Usenet providers comply with takedown notices, making the download of some stuff pretty difficult.

Another annoying thing with Usenet is that for some reason idiots from The Netherlands keep posting US movies and tv series with hard-coded NL subtitles. I don't know why, but it's been like that forever, it's the only country that does that with such magnitude. If you don't have a good indexer or an advanced provider like Easynews (who posts frameshots for movies) it's hugely annoying.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

lucm Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (578 comments)

The only problem is that there is no federal law against downloading. There is about copying and distributing which whoever offers it for download would definitely be doing but no law against you downloading it.

If you use bittorrent, you are distributing while you download.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

lucm Re:Gentoo (302 comments)

1998

about two weeks ago
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Open Invention Network Grows Despite Patent Troll Death Knell

lucm Suicide pact (16 comments)

The key in a suicide pact like that one is to let the other pull the trigger first. Then you take his wallet and run.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

lucm Re:Gentoo (302 comments)

Well personally, being a hacker since the early 80's wouldn't consider setting some compiler-flags being a hacker.

Hacker since the early 80s with a 7-digit user id... Where were you in the late 90s and early 2000s? Parchman? Bedlam? A cabin in Lincoln, Montana?

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

lucm Re:Assange hacked Icelandic Ministry? (78 comments)

The only other explanation being yet another attempt to discredit Assange by linking him to alleged attempts to 'hack' the Icelandic Ministry of Finance.

I would believe that Icelandic matters interest the FSB more than the FBI...

about three weeks ago

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