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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

mrflash818 Huzzah (33 comments)

Emacs is still my favorite programming editor.

Looking forward to using this latest version.

about half an hour ago

Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

mrflash818 gpg (210 comments)

gpg, when you can.

To encrypt, but have the encrypted output be encoded as text (so can be put copy/paste into an email)
gpg --symmetric --cipher-algo AES256 --armor example.txt

(gpg will then ask for a passphrase, make it long, as random as possible, upper and lower case, a punctuation, and a number)

gpg example.txt.gpg

Steve Gibson has a very cool Internet resource for helping people learn about password strength:

Per the haystack page:

Example passphrase = search space size

64characters of hex = 4.13 x 10^99

63characters of hex, plus adding a punctuation symbol = 4.93 x 10^117

62characters of hex, plus adding a punctuation symbol, plus adding an upper case letter = 3.79 x 10^126

about a week ago

What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

mrflash818 Debian Stable (302 comments)

I use it. I recommend it. It gets my vote.

about two weeks ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

mrflash818 sudo aptitude safe-upgrade (399 comments)

sudo aptitude update;
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade;


about three weeks ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

mrflash818 Habits can adjust to when renewables are best (442 comments)

If peak PV power is mid-day, then do energy-intensive tasks mid-day, if there starts to be a significant amount of PV energy available.

Certainly some appliances, like clothes washers, dish washers, and clothes dryers could be programmed and scheduled for mid-day use, while you were at work.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

mrflash818 Learn fundamentals, and a hot button (637 comments)

One of my favorite Computer Science instructors said to us: Learn the fundamentals, and a hot button.

A hot button is the 'new cool thing' that everyone is asking for.

The fundamentals are, well, the fundamentals.

So, when I went to school to work on my Bachelor's, we used ADA, c, c++, x86 assembly. ADA was for the "intro to computer science", clang was for many, I chose to use c++ for compiler class. x86 assembly was for assembly language programming.

Back then Java was the new thing, so I made sure to take Java as an elective.

So for YOU, figure out what is hot, learn it, but also learn your fundamentals. Knowing how to allocate, use, and return system resources is a fundamental. That fundamental is used for working with Files, Memory, Databases. I would dare day that also learning to work with exception handling (c++/java) is a good fundamental. If you think 'old school' programming is an interest, then being comfortable with clang pointers would be good as well.

about 2 months ago

Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

mrflash818 I would rather pay for a set bandwidth cap (316 comments)

I would rather pay for a set bandwidth, unlimited usage at that bandwidth level, than "faster, but you get charged penalties for exceeding your monthly cap."

My DSL used to be unlimited, _real_ unlimited, and I miss that type of service/honesty/product.

about 2 months ago

Getting Back To Coding

mrflash818 xkcd (240 comments)

: )

about 3 months ago

Getting Back To Coding

mrflash818 c/c++, vi/emacs, make, ddd (240 comments)

c/c++, vi/emacs, make, ddd.

Lots of good years of use, likely many more years of usefulness, too.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

mrflash818 My local LUG (Linux Users Group) (85 comments)

/., and my local Linux Users Group (LUG)

about 3 months ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

mrflash818 sudo vi /etc/hosts (75 comments)

sudo vi /etc/hosts <tab>


about 3 months ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

mrflash818 I think programming is fun again (372 comments)

I think programming is fun again, like it was in college, now that I quit doing it as a profession, and now do it as a hobby.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

mrflash818 One Windows (322 comments)

"One Windows to rule them all, One Windows to find them,
One Windows to bring them all and in the darkness bind them" --

about 3 months ago

Math, Programming, and Language Learning

mrflash818 Never had to use any college math on the job (241 comments)

Knowing the concepts may have helped for some work I have done, but, I have never used any advanced math for paid programming.

Five years as a J2EE developer: zero use of any advanced math for work projects.

Numerical methods (using Fortran) was just in school.
Calculus, linear algebra, and such: just in school.

Big-O notation, to pick algorithms and STL objects, sure, but probably doesn't count as 'math' for this article.

Since only a fraction of Computer Science graduates will work at a science shop (JPL, etc), I think some of the math requirements are a bit unfair. Perhaps I am just a low-range "Forrest Gump" programmer, but my personal experience was the actual math was burdensome to do to work towards a Computer Science degree.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

mrflash818 Emacs, vi, IDE (359 comments)

In that order.

about 4 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

mrflash818 Scholorships (265 comments)

Lets start seeing some sponsored scholarships to organizations like SACNAS ( ) by these companies, if we want to promote more diverse geek workforce, and not just give lip-service about it.

about 4 months ago

The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

mrflash818 Cash is King (205 comments)

Thanks to all of this, and the NSA/GCHQ Orwellian Internet world, I no longer do any commerce online.

Online for me now is chatting, posting, blogging, /., emailing, sharing source code.

I no longer do any purchases, or access any online systems that deal with money (banks, credit unions, etc), via the Internet.
Even in the real world, I try to only get my cash via walk-up to a bank teller. No more ATM use. No more credit card/debit card use, if I can at all help it.

Is trying to do a cash-only lifestyle a total time suck, and inconvenient? Yep.

I am certain I can still be a victim, but I am doing what little I can to not be an easier target.

"Always look on the bright, side of life..." -- Monty Python

about 4 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

mrflash818 I do not do it because I want to (710 comments)

I do not do it because I want to as a direct desire.

I do it because I love my family, and they depend on my income, so I try to make sure, like running away from zombies and not being slowest..., that I am not the least productive worker, m'kay?

about 4 months ago

EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

mrflash818 I am fine with sharing as long as QoS and firewall (184 comments)

I am fine with sharing my network and wi-fi bandwidth, as long as two conditions are met

1. That the open public Wi-Fi is QoS, so it cannot max out my connection, and starve my own private WPA2/AES wi-fi of needed bandwidth (So yes, I will share, but am gonna be a bit frugal on how much I am willing to share. Don't want someone streaming HD movies for free, but email and regular web browsing bandwidth is OK.)

2. That the open Wi-Fi is fully firewalled and separate from my own home network.

about 4 months ago


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timediff c program - gpl

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Wrote a little c program to do command line calculation of the number of days between two dates, and respecting Gregorian calendar leap-year.

Hope others might find it useful as I do.


SGVLUG meeting 2010-03-11

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Interesting presentation on data ownership, and the usual general discussions.

Enjoyed hanging out, and the 'after party' at burger continental.


shell script to distribute files from 1 dir to many dirs

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Just a shell script I wrote to be able to distribute files in one file to many directories.
Created it because my one directory of digital images was getting too big, such that it was slowing down image viewer startup.
#! /bin/bash

# distribte (by using mv)files from a source directory
# to collection of target directories (by using a for loop)
# ...
if [ "$#" -lt "3" ]
    echo " ... "

ARG_ARRAY=( "$@" )

unset ARG_ARRAY[0]
#for i in "${ARG_ARRAY[@]}"
# echo $i


# Get list of files to distribute
for i in $(ls $SOURCE_DIR)
    if [ -d "$SOURCE_DIR/$i" ]
    #distribute to the distination directories
    #echo "mv \"${SOURCE_DIR}/$i\" ${ARG_ARRAY[$AAL]}/."
    mv ${SOURCE_DIR}/$i ${ARG_ARRAY[$AAL]}/.
    AAL=$((AAL + 1))
    if [ $AAL -gt $ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH ]


sgvlug - january 2008 meeting - was great fun

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Went to the SGVLUG general meeting last night.

Had a great presentation on WINE, the windows compatibility softare, running on a recent Ubuntu.

Then went to Burger Continental to pig out. Had a garlic chicken pita, salad bar, and chocolate cake with cherry ice cream and a Dr.Pepper.

3000 calorie nirvana.

Was great fun.


Debian PC back up after hardware failure

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Yay to my fellow members of the sgvlug.

The power supply on my Debian PC failed a few months ago.

A sgvlug member donated a 400w ATX power supply this weekend. Installed it, and now my little workstation is back!

yayness - karma feels good sometimes.


Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner.

My LUG, SGVLUG ( hosted one of the Slashdot anniversary parties. I attended.

Got one of the very nice T-shirts!

Congrats to Slashdot on their anniversary, and look forward to celebrating the 20 and 25 year ones, too!

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