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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

mal0rd Re:I'm so pissed at electronic devices!!! (134 comments)

I agree with you and I think a few people do recognize the problem. What we need is a system that allows the app companies like Dropbox and kindles to innovate and make money but without the lock-in.

For example Dropbox. Much of there success is just because of the lock-in. They are expensive and lack features like real encryption but because they built the most user friendly interface and spent lots of money for integration with other parties, the only people that can compete are Microsoft and Google.

It's a hard problem to solve because the market seems to go in the opposite direction - openness just isn't attractive.

I would guess the best way to break out of this situation is to develop a ecosystem where the advantages of openness are accessible by the general public. But that means user friendly, not here are 100 apps that support rsync, another 100 service providers and go figure out which combination is best for you then install, sign-up, configure and pay.

about 5 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

mal0rd Extradition from Sweden is easier (377 comments)

I'm really surprised how many highly rated comments claim extradition from the UK would be easier. Extradition from Sweden to the US would almost certainly happen. Take for example this fact:

Sweden has a bilateral agreement with the United States which would allow it to surrender Julian Assange without going through the traditional tests and standards of regular, lengthy extradition procedures.

How could anyone reasonably expect him to willfully submit to that? It seems highly likely he would end up rotting in a US jail for life, unheard and unseen.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

mal0rd Re:it's been twenty years, or forty (120 comments)

Nice comment. Of course, it's not just calendars but basically everything; finding something as simple as a reliable and scalable email client is a challenge.

If you (or other posters) have some thoughts about how we might be able to fix this I'd love to hear it. Next month I'm going to start working full-time on trying to solve this problem because I hope the lack of success is just due too few attempts. Judging by your other replies, the issue is barely even recognized.

about 6 months ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

mal0rd www.healthcare.gov just redirects to 127.0.0.1 (644 comments)

No wonder it's so fast.

09:16:31> dig www.healthcare.gov @4.4.4.4
^C 09:18:15> dig www.healthcare.gov @8.8.8.8

; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> www.healthcare.gov @8.8.8.8
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 8850
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;www.healthcare.gov. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.healthcare.gov. 28 IN CNAME www.geodirector.hc.gov.akadns.net.
www.geodirector.hc.gov.akadns.net. 28 IN CNAME bh.georedirector.akadns.net.
bh.georedirector.akadns.net. 11649 IN A 127.0.0.1

;; Query time: 47 msec
;; SERVER: 8.8.8.8#53(8.8.8.8)
;; WHEN: Sun Dec 1 09:18:17 2013
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 130

about 8 months ago
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Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

mal0rd Re:What a stupid time to post this drivel (654 comments)

There's a lot of value in having an experienced person doing basic tasks, but we've forgotten that. Go to Europe, or Japan, and see what level of service you get there.

I agree with the rest of your comment, but I don't get this part. Service in Europe is horrible; it's one of the few things I miss about the states.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+: Tools, Names, and Facebook

mal0rd Re:Google Apps (194 comments)

I think you get that message because your apps admin didn't enable profiles.

Anyway, I have an apps domain and got invited to google+ with my apps email and everything worked fine. I'm using it now.

about 3 years ago
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800,000 US Households Ditched Cable/Sat TV in 2009

mal0rd Out of how many (3 comments)

Without knowing the # of households with cable, how can we see the significance of this drop?

more than 4 years ago
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Helping Perl Packagers Package Perl

mal0rd Homebrew (130 comments)

It sounds like homebrew provides a good solution. Perl (and Ruby and Python) already have mature packaging systems and they really don't need to interact with each other. So homebrew is a smart packaging system that plays nice with others.

more than 4 years ago
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Synchronize Data Between Linux, OS X, and Windows?

mal0rd Super Flexible File Syncronizer or Unison (305 comments)

Use unison (free) or Super Flexible File Synchronizer (better). Keeping several hosts synchronized is tough because of conflicting changes, temporary files, large stuff you don't want to transfer and moving files. You need a good UI and smart change tracking, which is what these programs provide.

more than 4 years ago
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Go, Google's New Open Source Programming Language

mal0rd Re:more languages than programmers (831 comments)

As a developer, and I realize this is a very silly and irrational, I tend to avoid using programs written in languages I don't understand. True, I almost never look at the source for the program. But take Gentoo emerge for example. The fact that it is written in Python instead of C, awk, shell script, Tcl, Lua, or Java is mainly why I don't run Gentoo.

I agree with most of your post, but Python, C, Lua, and Java are so similar, you shouldn't have any trouble reading through python code if you know one of the others. Especially with a searchable manual by your side.

Hacking on emerge would be harder, but all these langs are basically interchangable. If only they shared a reasonable ABI and VM so they could be mixed freely. But we are stuck with bloated crap like Java and Mono.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

mal0rd Re:Hashing Works (1007 comments)

I see a dozen comments applauding your idea, but I think we need some counter arguments. Unless your hashing function is time consuming or you're a robot, it must be simple enough that a few examples and brute forcing would allowing guessing other passwords.

Just use the same set of passwords for all sites - it's simpler and as secure, more or less.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Tries To Gag Owner of Exploding iPod

mal0rd Re:It turned me into a newt! (475 comments)

I also had a good experience like this in college. My iBook screen broke. I mailed it in and they fixed it. After a few weeks it stopped powering on. So they fixed it again.

Then I was sitting cross-legged with my notebook and the angle put too much strain on the ethernet, snapping it off the motherboard.

I tried to fix it myself with a soldering iron and after I put it back together it didn't work at all.

So I called and said it was broke - no questions asked, they sent me the latest model. They even let me downgrade from the 14 inch (which was just too big) to the 12 inch and they let me use the difference to get RAM and hard-disk upgrades.

more than 4 years ago
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New Linux Kernel Flaw Allows Null Pointer Exploits

mal0rd Re:Wait, what? (391 comments)

Right, because:

if (!flag) // looks like I'm testing a pointer??
if (!count) // looks like I'm testing a flag??
if (!ptr) // looks like I'm testing a counter??

Not only should the name give a clue, but the type of the variable should be available within the past 50 lines or so. I have a bigger problem with the readability of complex conditionals and the !ptr syntax helps. Actually I'm interested if you can give an example of good code where ptr == NULL is more clear than !ptr.

about 5 years ago
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US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

mal0rd Re:why not just tax gas? (1186 comments)

Hi. Thanks for your comment - the replies make this one of the most insightful threads I've read on /.. People get so angry at just the mention of raising gas taxes without even considering the evidence for it.

I support raising gas prices because I don't trust anyone, especially government, to micromanage production without the help of a free market. Small government means simple rules.

You might want to look up a book called 'Natural Capitalism'. It reasons that government is responsible for (1) protecting the environment and (2) raising capitol. Both these goals can be achieved by taxing natural resources, like oil or clean air.

Now when government taxes resources they can reduce income tax. Corporations that now choose to high one guy to run a oil-burning machine will be able to hire two workers instead, since lower income tax means workers can make the same, but cost the company less. This kind of affect cannot be found by mandating car efficiency, but it's exactly the thing we need.

more than 5 years ago
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Toshiba To OEM Laptops With OpenSolaris

mal0rd Re:I really like Solaris but... (226 comments)

And RedHat just represents *ONE* Linux company. There are many out there. IBM and Oracle both support Linux. Linux has a much larger commercial support base than does Solaris or OpenSolaris.

You seem to have ignored your own reasoning that we shouldn't think of "Linux" as a whole, but just one distro at a time. Oracle doesn't support "Linux", they support one distribution: "Oracle Unbreakable Linux". Now the market penetration and package availability of their distro is not comparable to RedHat. Hence, Solaris has a much larger "commercial support base" for people who care about Oracle.

more than 5 years ago
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To Stet Or Not To Stet, That Is the Question

mal0rd Re:Even worse... (264 comments)

Is this a joke? I've just finished reading the DOI FAQ and from what I can tell it doesn't provide any benefit over URLs.

Take your example: keeping track of articles. Couldn't the person assigning those DOI's just as easily assign a URL,
and at that url place a metadata and a link to the article's content?

In either case it still depends on the link to the content being kept up to date.

about 6 years ago

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British authorities shutdown the charity CAGE for it's anti War-on-Terror stance

mal0rd mal0rd writes  |  about two weeks ago

mal0rd (323126) writes "Today I was informed by This Day in Wikileaks that CAGE, a UK charity which campaigns against the War on Terror, has had its bank account closed and its two main backers are under investigation. People have drawn similarities between this and the banking blockade against WikiLeaks which began in 2010 after political pressure.

Cage is a tiny organisation based in London, operating off a budget of less than £300,000 a year. Some staff are Guantánamo survivors and campaign for the fair treatment and due process of terror suspects held in the military prison in Cuba. Their bank accounts have been closed since March, blocking donations and preventing payments to staff, due a complaint they are 'jihadi front that promotes bigotry and hatred’ but investigators said in April there is ‘no information to substantiate the complaint’, the charity claims."

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Astronomer Clowes discovers a group of quasars 4 billion light years across

mal0rd mal0rd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mal0rd writes "The NewScientist reports "A collection of galaxies that is a whopping four billion light years long is the biggest cosmic structure ever seen. The group is roughly one-twentieth the diameter of the observable universe – big enough to challenge a principle dating back to Einstein, that, on large scales, the universe looks the same in every direction."

For reference, Andromeda is only 2 million light years away."

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