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How Increasing Cloud Reliance Affects IT Jobs

skyphyr Effects, not affects. (194 comments)

IT jobs don't have feelings.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

skyphyr Pardus 2011 live-dvd (622 comments)

Give the Pardus 2011 live-dvd a spin. It should have video drivers, wifi, video codecs etc all work out of the box. At least I've had it work for every machine bar one so far without any config, and that one just needed a wifi driver blacklisted (yes, beyond a newbie, but I've tried Pardus, plus a whole lot more distros, on a bunch of machines - and Pardus had the highest success rate). Good luck.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Exposed

skyphyr Re:Still won't stop people (251 comments)

Hi Shaka, That's kind of my point. They're pissed right now, but a high enough percentage don't have the sticking power to boycott Sony products for enough time to have a financial impact significant enough to change Sony's attitude towards customers. Three months after things are operational, bar a few straggling lawsuits, Sony will be acting as arrogant and entitled as ever.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony: 10 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Exposed

skyphyr Still won't stop people (251 comments)

It took years after the rootkit fiasco before I decided to extend some trust to Sony and spend money on their products. Then came the removal of otheros, and I ceased spending any money with them. Then their bully tactics when the console got hacked, and I was glad I'd not spent any further money with them. Now, I find even after not doing any business with them for such a period I'm still not free of their incompetence and poor management. What will happen to Sony as a result of this? Nothing. All the muppets out there will continue to do business with this incompetent, morally bankrupt, behemoth. Will I be dumb enough to become one of those muppets again? I hope not.

more than 3 years ago
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Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

skyphyr Port Knocking (497 comments)

You could consider implementing port knocking. It will be somewhat of an inconvenience for your clients, but it will almost eliminate your ssh authentication failures.

more than 4 years ago
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What Desktop Search Engine For a Shared Volume?

skyphyr RSP's Earth (232 comments)

Depending on your needs you may find RSP's Earth to be a viable solution. http://open.rsp.com.au/projects/earth/ It's cross-platform and has a web interface (though you could build a desktop one easily enough if you wanted to). Cheers, Alan.

more than 4 years ago
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Browser Vendors Force W3C To Scrap HTML 5 Codecs

skyphyr Re:What the point of a standards body (640 comments)

That's a good point, but it didn't bother the ISO when approving OOXML. Though the W3C haven't scrapped the video tag and Microsoft has made no commitment there. Apple are a smaller player than Mozilla in the browser market. So either way we're looking at inconsistent behaviour. On the other hand if people feel the standard provides benefits then they'll use the products which support it. So this puts the balance back towards providing a solid spec in the interests of end users. If there aren't benefits the standard will fail if there are benefits then the products which refuse to support it will fail.

more than 5 years ago
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Browser Vendors Force W3C To Scrap HTML 5 Codecs

skyphyr What the point of a standards body (640 comments)

That refuses to set a standard because people who should be implement it say they won't? Simply choose the most appropriate technology, detail the requirements fully in your standard. It's then a matter for the vendors to decide if they wish to make a standards compliant product or not. The point of a standards body is to put the interests of the general public first. Failure to do this is failure to fulfil their purpose. Doing so because of what are effectively bullying tactics is even worse as you've just decided to put corporate interests ahead of people's. First ISO corrupts itself into virtual irrelevance now we're seeing W3C fail. Are there any standards bodies left with the tenacity to get their job done?

more than 5 years ago
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Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

skyphyr Android password dialogs (849 comments)

Android had a nice half-way option for this. When you type a password in the last character you typed appears and the rest are bullets. It can be turned off so it's all bullets. This way you have feedback on what you typed without completely losing security. Some of the dialogs also have a show password option. So if you really want to you can let other steal your password more easily...

more than 5 years ago
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Out of Business, Clear May Sell Customer Data

skyphyr Read the contracts? (77 comments)

I'd be curious to know what exactly the contracts they had with them stipulate. My guess is it's something along the longs of we own your information once you pass it to us. Ooopppss - guess you really should read those things before signing. Anyone actually seen it?

more than 5 years ago
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Curved Laser Beams Could Help Tame Lightning

skyphyr Someone head back to 1955 (184 comments)

and tell Doc Brown they don't need to wait for the clock tower.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Argue That Open Source Software Is Secure?

skyphyr A hack off? (674 comments)

Organize to have you and these vendors each bring along a system and a hacker. Their hacker tries to compromise your Free Software system, your hacker tries to compromise their windows system. That should settle it rather efficiently. Just to put a little doubt into anything the "I"SVs may say make sure your client reads this first http://www.linux.com/feature/131059

more than 5 years ago
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The Case For Supporting and Using Mono

skyphyr Less likely vs utterly impossible (570 comments)

What the author misses entirely is while he feels it is less likely to happen less likely is still more likely than utterly impossible. There are other technologies available, such as Qt, where microsoft has no potential for a valid claim over the language. Why, as a developer, would I choose to put my code in a position where this concerns exist instead of taking a path that avoids it entirely?

more than 5 years ago
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Corporate Espionage Involving a Patent At Microsoft

skyphyr Re:Insufficient information (241 comments)

I can understand how the role lead him to discover it, but he can't have known before getting that role that they were going to put functionality in that infringed on his patent. There's also been no evidence on either side (his part of theirs) to prove whether he did/didn't tell them in advance. It's completely plausible that after interviewing him and seeing his patent they became interested in adding that. I personally think software shouldn't be patentable at all http://www.binaryiris.com/node/26 so didn't even bother checking whether the patent is BS as the check is redundant ;) My interest was more that everybody is judging both him and microsoft when their is insufficient evidence in the article to do so. It's entirely he said she said without the gender variety.

more than 5 years ago
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Corporate Espionage Involving a Patent At Microsoft

skyphyr Insufficient information (241 comments)

There's no evidence to demonstrate he did these things. So in order for us to assume he's guilty we have to also assume he's precognitive. It also describes it such that Microsoft "found" the evidence. That's got to be inadmissible, right? No chain of custody there it could just as easily be planted by them. Hope the trial has some evidence behind it as there's insufficient to point fingers either way, but more than enough doubt to clear him.

more than 5 years ago
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Rescued Banks Sought Foreign Help During Meltdown

skyphyr How ironic (749 comments)

given how well it's all gone you'd be forgiven for thinking they couldn't find people capable of handling sales, lending, and bank administration, regardless of nationality.

more than 5 years ago
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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?

skyphyr Re:useless in 10 years (409 comments)

When we looked into it we found out that the cord itself degrades over time even in their storage and won't be usable in 18 years time. Verify that with the companies you're talking to as it was just over 5 years ago we looked at it. It's a lot of money for something that is only maybe useful and expires relatively soon. Though of course if you find out later that they've developed a treatment for something your child happens to get and you didn't do it the price will have seemed like a bargain. Also remember that our wisdom teeth are a source of stem cells - so he/she will be growing some spares (though in small quantities I guess) soon.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Awarded Patent For iPhone Interface

skyphyr Re:Prior art? (449 comments)

Not to mention the idea of stretching something has been around forever. Plus there's a small piece of prior art (albeit theoretical) that some people may be familiar with http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181689/

more than 5 years ago

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The ethical decay of Turbosquid

skyphyr skyphyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skyphyr writes "Turbosquid mailed its top sellers asking if they'd be interested in entering an exclusivity agreement. Competitors warned their vendors about the risks of going exclusive with Turbosquid. Potential loss of income in the short term, and reduced royalty rates in the long term. Rather than shelve the clumsy attempt at a stealthy cutoff of the competition's air supply Turbosquid instead effectively held their vendors' future income hostage. Royalty rates for vendors who do not go exclusive will be dropping from 55% to 40% on September 1st 2009.

How will this impact vendors, clients and Turbosquid?"

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JRoller altering poster comments without consent

skyphyr skyphyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skyphyr writes "A couple of weeks ago I read a review on jroller.com which I felt was inaccurate and glossed over important pieces of information which a developer considering the purchase of a book would want to know. So I added a comment on the site citing these issues to help make the review more useful to others who may be considering purchasing the book. I dropped by today and saw they've changed my comment attempting to make it another gushing complimentary coverage of the book. This is not an accurate reflection of my opinion of the book so I'm counting on Slashdot to set the record straight.

You can find the review and comments here http://www.jroller.com/bookreview/entry/professional_android_application_development

Seeing I'm here my original comments were almost exactly as follows.

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I feel your compliments for this book are a bit excessive here. While it is useful their coding is a little sloppy with inconsistent naming conventions used, creating variables for return values from functions used only once which not only makes the code less readable, but also adds extra memory allocation overhead on a device where this is damaging to performance and battery life. It also includes at least one piece of incorrect information (regarding SQLite databases).

Having said that the book is certainly good enough to get you up and running providing a more application centric overview of android development than the android sdk documentation (which is more API centric) does.

So perfectly written, no, but worth reading if you're a competent coder and just wish to get familiar with the details of android development.
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To add some additional information about the book for those interested. It contains significant portions which detail APIs that have been removed since the API was finalized for version 1, and in all likelihood will either never return, or been in a significantly modified form in order to ensure sufficient abstraction for the underlying implementation to provide a good base for application development without pushing internal android classes into the SDK.

So to reiterate the book certainly has some value, but I'd be most interested in having a good look at Ed Burnette's Hello, Android and Mark Murphy's Busy Coder's Guide(s) to Android Development. I would recommend that interested developers look at all three before deciding which to purchase."

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Adobe engages VFX pros in PR disaster

skyphyr skyphyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skyphyr writes "A storm is brewing on the Adobe forums where members of the VFX industry is requesting that Adobe restore the CS2 handling of OpenEXR files. The OpenEXR format was designed by ILM and has received wide ranging support within the VFX industry. Adobe has taken a disputed interpretation of the EXR specifications which causes data to be destroyed with the files are opened within photoshop.

Adobe's response to user concerns so far has been to tell the professionals for whom the format was designed that they are wrong. As if it wasn't enough to take advantage of their monopoly to turn a blind eye to the industry's concerns, they decided to engage using derisive language their opening response saying "you're still asking for your imagined solution to a problem as you understand it (back the the screwdriver for nails thing). If you want a useful solution, we're going to have to talk about the larger problem, larger workflows, and consider alternative solutions (you know, reach for a hammer)." Soon followed by "Please read some file format documentation." and sinking back to ridiculing metaphors "And even more so when you are clearly ignoring standards or misusing the tools ("But I want my screwdriver to drive nails better").""

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HeliOS project surges ahead spreading linux

skyphyr skyphyr writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skyphyr writes "The HeliOS project is surging ahead with having just made another two announcements. They've landed sponsorship from a well-known linux company. Those of you who don't follow the HeliOS project may not be aware that Ken tirelessly works to be the change he wants to see and the linux community is better for it. If you've got any spare hardware or a few bucks they are, as always, after hardware to help the community."
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