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Twitter Turns 8; May Drop Hashtags and @replies

segfault_0 Growth problem is not syntantic (96 comments)

I actually got banned for a day for "over-replying", not to one person mind you, but just in general. Replying to peoples tweets is apparently disruptive, funny as I thought it was the point and that I was participating.

It's a social networking site that doesn't encourage social behavior, unless it pleases, and puffs-up the poster.

The site is ridiculous as anything but a corporate announcement site -- and this is why it's going to ultimately fail. My guess is that it will be dominated by "news" and product marketing more and more each year until it's irrelevant.

about 5 months ago
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Open-Source Python Code Shows Lowest Defect Density

segfault_0 They've lots of time.. (187 comments)

The code is so slow, they have lots of extra time to look for defects.

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

segfault_0 Re:Seems silly.. (482 comments)

Better yet, use an encrypted password safe to store your passwords and trouble yourself to make those two or three extra clicks.

1 year,14 days
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

segfault_0 Re:Seems silly.. (482 comments)

Good point, but seriously -- you are short circuiting security by saving the password. It seems to me this is really a case of the user being their own problem.

1 year,14 days
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

segfault_0 Seems silly.. (482 comments)

Why complain about this. If you're storing your passwords in your browser - im not sure how this qualifies as being significantly worse -- they can already just sit down at your browser and change your passwords - which is worse since it locks you out of your own account.

Just dont save passwords if you cant secure your workstation i think is common sense.

1 year,15 days
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Bradley Manning and the 'Hacker Madness' Scare Tactic

segfault_0 Re:Relevance? (169 comments)

That kind of overselling is very common in all litigation - this is what lawyers do.

I doubt very highly that his sentence would have been lower if it wasnt included. His crime was release of info -- just accessing the documents with wget may not have even landed him in jail if he had kept them to himself -- tho he most likely would have lost his clearances.

Regardless, the kid was an idiot and had this coming. You dont walk up to a grizzly and poke it in the eye with a stick and then stand there smiling at it,

1 year,18 days
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Bradley Manning and the 'Hacker Madness' Scare Tactic

segfault_0 Re:Relevance? (169 comments)

Perhaps calling him a hacker was overkill, but cyber-espionage and cyber-attacks are a real and constant problem for the government, They spend a ton trying to prevent it and are probably still falling behind as the attacks are constant and have no consequence (for people in NKorea and China and the like).

1 year,18 days
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

segfault_0 Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

Of course there's the caveat of revolution -- but such are popular movements -- not the an act of an individual.

1 year,22 days
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

segfault_0 Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

Im sure there are some in government that would give him medals -- just no one in his own government.

1 year,22 days
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

segfault_0 Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

And after the pinky swear there's jail time. At some point you have to either trust some people or use robots. It's like asking someone to watch your kid or your house -- you assume they wont kidnap your kid or steal your stuff - but in the end, you're running on faith once you're on down the road.

You don't fix government or the law by circumventing it, just like you don't fix murder by taking your own personal vengeance on the killer. Do you think Mr. Manning looked at each of those cables and decided which ones were bad and which ones were not bad? Or if they would hurt someone if they were released?

Sometimes the courts don't work -- sometimes your vote doesn't get counted -- sometimes people in the government are dishonest -- and there is no Santa Claus. Doesn't mean you stop going to work, and start learning chinese.

1 year,22 days
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

segfault_0 Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

I meant whistleblowing via channels in the government -- those are the only ones that arent going to land you in jail.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistleblower_Protection_Act

1 year,22 days
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

segfault_0 Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

Usually if someone can download a document like that it's because there are legitimate procedures under which they do so. Those documents arent just being stored but are rather a part of workflows that are defined by the mission of the installation he was at.

This is why they try to check your background and make you take oaths.

Both Snowden and Manning took oaths with a clear understanding that they would be severely penalized if they violated that trust. It's unfortunate they didn't use a more legitimate whistle-blowing channel - they've thrown away their lives.

1 year,23 days
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Massachusetts Enacts 6.25% Sales Tax On "Prewritten" Software Consulting

segfault_0 Re:Wow (364 comments)

More like, "It would be convenient for us for this to apply to you, so now it does".

Man, i thought NY was bad, Mass is train wreck on top of a car crash.

1 year,24 days
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Massachusetts Enacts 6.25% Sales Tax On "Prewritten" Software Consulting

segfault_0 Re:States really need revenue (364 comments)

Nice chart. Are we to assume that "potential GDP" is not some inflated economist machination used to make charts like this slant one way or another?

Why would one not just select the chart that has the actual amount spent each year by those two groups on those services? Perhaps they don't make the same story you're peddling here?

1 year,24 days
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

segfault_0 Re:I think... (304 comments)

I think depending on the application, which garbage collector you're using, which JVM (client vs server), and any number of other facets... that you would have a hard time making the argument that one or the other was "faster". For any given application you will almost certainly have to micro-benchmark to figure out which makes more sense -- and only when you're targeting the windows platform, as mono appears to lose handily (http://benchmarksgame.alioth.debian.org/).

I think the Dalvik bytecodes are nearly identical to normal JVM codes. It even accepts classes generated by the Scala compiler just fine. But you are correct it is a different VM -- just the same language. Then again there are more JVMs for windows/linux/etc than just the Oracle one too, so when does it stop being Java?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

segfault_0 Re:Wheel reinvented once again (304 comments)

If you think it's implemented the same as J2EE and that it offers nothing new -- then its obvious you've never even spent 10 minutes on their site seeing what it does.

Node.js is asynchronous and event driven -- and when compared to the thread-pool J2EE approach it's actually quite innovative and has the potential to produce a lot more client throughput (as it's not sitting around with 10 blocked threads waiting to fetch data from a disk or database).

The only thing worse than churn is people running their mouths when they wont even take 15 minutes out of their precious day to evaluate something honestly.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

segfault_0 Re:My 2 cents on Node.JS (304 comments)

Because V8 Javascript performance destroys Python all day and twice on sunday. Python is one of the slowest languages in regular use today.

http://benchmarksgame.alioth.debian.org/u64/benchmark.php?test=all&lang=v8&lang2=python3&data=u64

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

segfault_0 Re:I think... (304 comments)

It lost ME market share to Android which is... basically Java.

As far as performance -- I've not seen any serious benchmarks that show the CLR outperforming the JVM so handily. Got a link?

about a year ago
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The NSA: Never Not Watching

segfault_0 Only one road to balance.. (568 comments)

Their goals are in direct opposition to the maintenance of rights/privileges held by US citizens.

The only way to balance it out is to have an element in government with as much power as them who's job it is to maintain those rights. Basically you need the ACLU with enough juice to not be afraid of the president.

Or a president with enough nuts to do the job himself. Or a public who would vote him out if he didn't.

It all comes back to us being misinformed douchebags with no concept of what is important in government.

about a year ago
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The NSA: Never Not Watching

segfault_0 Re:Constitution (568 comments)

Assuming that he had a supercomputer to crunch the data, knew the algorithms the NSA/FBI uses, implemented them properly, and then understood the results and what conclusions we would come to -- then yes, your supposition is reasonable.

Otherwise, your nuts.

about a year ago

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