top Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time
I'm a software developer, and dealing with unpredictable timezone changes is not fun. [...]
That's why you should never deal with dates/timezones yourself; use libraries and avoid lethal headaches. For instance, the good people taking care of tzdata
are already working on it.
top Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone
All fine, but can they (or someone else) release such a device with a keyboard? the point'n'grunt interface just gets so annoying for serious stuff (ssh with a soft keyboard, you're kidding me, where's the other half of my screen?). I mean this phone is not aiming for the 8-year old brat crowd, unlike most of what's on the market today.
top David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM
Yeah, those long forgotten chat-silo days when you needed an ICQ account, an AIM account, a MSN account, a Yahoo account to reach all your friends... fortunately XMPP/Jabber would solve all of this, and even Google would embrace the open standard with their new GTalk.
Oh! wait... it was a
bait and switch.
Don't be evil does not mean be good.
top Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins
Using anything like
puppet or chef under version control to do all server ops will not only leave you with a full timestamped documentation, but will allow you to easily horizontally scale servers, rebuild them should disaster strike and protect you from stupid upstream package updates that b0rk your config files.
Have a staging and production environment? pushing your chef/puppet scripts to production after they're proven to work insures you have the
same changes applied on both sides, and avoid manual operations on production.
top High Fidelity Audio Enters The Digital Age
24/96 and 24/192 are just silly.
Stop the madness!
top Ask Slashdot: How to convince Google Maps to use government data?
Google Maps is Google's, not anybody else. Help improve Openstreetmap, and one day we won't need Google Maps anymore - just like we don't need Encarta anymore because of Wikipedia.
top Hypervisor or Bare Metal
Install proxmox as a hypervisor. Free as in freedom. *You* decide what the box does.
top To Connect People Securely, Tor Project Seeks New Bridges
Cupcake allows you via a browser extension to run a bridge if you won't/can't install the whole Tor suite.
Currently available for
Chrome / Chromium, Firefox is in the works.
Please help Tor!
about a year and a half ago
top Hands On With Ubuntu For SmartPhones
The ideal phone would be one so controllable that some hardcore dude would instantly cobble together a complete command line interface to the phone
GTalkSMS (for Android) can already do most of what you ask for, via XMPP. about a year and a half ago
top The city of Edmonton invite hackers to crack their voting system
they seem to have most all the bases covered
I don't see it like that.
Where's the source code? Even with this current cracking test and source code, how can we be sure the systems we use are the same now and in 2013? What's so hard about counting votes by hand?
top Where to find a customizable sunrise and sunset calendar?
gcal does what you want.
top Meebo closing down
Find a jabber server (or host your own) that runs over SSL and relays to the networks you want (Y!IM, MSN, Gmail, AOL,
top Best Inexpensive VPS Provider?
lowendbox.com has hundred of such cheap VPS with customers comments. Pick your poison.
top Ask Slashdot: spoof an email bounce?
KDE's KMail on your toy operating system.
top Software To Flatten a Photographed Book?
top Intel Drops MeeGo
Netscape failed. Then we got Firefox out of that failing project.
Chrome could get a
noticeable part of the market-share and mind-share when there was too many web browsers already (MSIE, Firefox-and-XUL-brothers, Safari-and-KHTML-brothers, Opera).
impossible that Tizen finds a niche large enough to become the libre software platform we all want; Android future doesn't seem promising, freedom-wise.
top Mozilla Lightning Calendar Nears 1.0
It's not as if there aren't words in the language which are related to calendar, from which to make a descriptive product name. How about "Mozailla Calendar"?
much better in the proprietary world. As if Acrobat, Distiller, Excel, Skype, DreamWeaver, Outlook, Cubase, Visio, Shazam, Symphony were so out-of-this-world that they could not find any english words related to their functionality to name them.
People know that a Honda Civic is a car (and not toothpaste nor cooking oil nor guitar amplifier) even though the name has no relationship whatsoever with transportation.
top Fully metadata-redundant file system?
Instead of storing individual files in PAR2, create a filesystem in a single file and mount it as loopback when you need it, something similar to:
# Create a 100 MB file dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/fakedevice bs=1048576 count=100 # Create a filesystem on it (check for options that float your boat) mkfs.ext3 /tmp/fakedevice # Mount it mkdir -p /mnt/fakedevice mount -o loop /tmp/fakedevice /mnt/fakedevice # Write to it cp -a /my/pr0n/collection /mnt/fakedevice # Umount it umount /tmp/fakedevice # PAR it par2create -n1 -u -r25 /tmp/fakedevice.par2 /tmp/fakedevice # Need the filesystem? mount -o loop /tmp/fakedevice /mnt/fakedevice
top Canonical explains Ubuntu unfree video choice
Yet another proof Canonical doesn't care about the free software ideals. Yeah, you'll get a bigger marketshare,
so bloody what? go work for Apple if you want to build a proprietary world on top of free software.
top 86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory
Not using the available memory for disk cache would be the real crime here. Even swapping unused processes in favor of disk cache is a net benefit.
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