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The Steady Decline of Unix

telekon Re:Uh huh (570 comments)

"Reports of my decline have been greatly exaggerated."
    -- UNIX

about 8 months ago
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Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

telekon Re:We should build software like we build software (432 comments)

Definitely. But to be fair, we should make floating point operations like we make house-building operations, because the return values both have floors and ceilings.

about a year ago
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Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

telekon Re:Brogramming??? (432 comments)

I remember when we called this sort of thing "cowboy coding."

Now I feel so old, I'm imagining there were actual cowboys.

about a year ago
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FunnyJunk Sues the Oatmeal Over TM and "Incitement To Cyber-Vandalism"

telekon Tomorrow's news (390 comments)

You may recall from last week the news item concerning FunnyJunk's extortion ...

Charles Carreon has filed suit in California court against Slashdot, alleging that an article appearing on the site defamed him by characterizing his lawsuit agains The Oatmeal as "extortion."

When reached for comment, Carreon stated, "They like to hide behind this claim that their content is all user-generated, but that certainly doesn't obviate their responsibility to... oh, fuck."

about 2 years ago
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FunnyJunk Sues the Oatmeal Over TM and "Incitement To Cyber-Vandalism"

telekon Re:Obligatory (390 comments)

While the Dunning-Kruger effect may be thought of as related to the Peter Principle, I think Dunning-Kruger is more apt in describing this case.

While the Peter Principle is the observation that in hierarchical organizations, individuals tend to be promoted to the level of their own incompetence, Dunning-Kruger relates more broadly to the pattern that the less competent one is, the more likely one is to over-assess one's own level of knowledge or skill.

Sounds like Carreon to me.

Not that I would ever nitpick on /.

about 2 years ago
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FunnyJunk Sues the Oatmeal Over TM and "Incitement To Cyber-Vandalism"

telekon Re:Obligatory (390 comments)

Neither can being an "Internet lawyer" with absolutely no understanding of the Streisand Effect.

about 2 years ago
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SSID As the New Community Bulletin Board and Yard Sign

telekon Re:Attitude (165 comments)

I liked the one that was 'HideYourKids,HideYourWifi'.

Ironically, it was broadcasting hits SSID.

about 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

telekon Re:"managed to guess the login details" (210 comments)

It's an extension to Ruby, written in C.

Often it's a "wrapper," in that it wraps a C function call. Either way, much safer (and far less idiotic) than shell invocations.

Nowadays we're using FFI more, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Government Should Ban Skinny Models To Curb Anorexia, Say Researchers

telekon Isn't it clear by now? (676 comments)

Fat models, skinny controllers, dumb views...

Oh, wait, are we not talking about code all of a sudden? Okay, in that case, dumb, skinny models, and no fat chicks.

In fact, forget I was here.

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

telekon Re:"managed to guess the login details" (210 comments)

So what you're saying is that you rely on your own set of utilities developed in C, instead of using the tried-and-true, often secure and in some cases with more than one decade in deployment (as in -stable-) shell commands? And this is your counter-argument to why "rubyists" don't understand security?

No, that would be stupid. And we could do that in pure Ruby. The point of writing C extensions is to link the libraries and gain access to the function calls that the shell commands themselves invoke.

Are you even a programmer?

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

telekon Re:"managed to guess the login details" (210 comments)

This was a system created by Rubyists. They don't understand security because that's a "low-level detail" they can't be arsed to learn.

Rubyists pay attention to low-level details. This is why we write C extensions rather than executing shell commands from web applications, which is asinine.

"Rails developers" are rarely Rubyists, properly speaking. This is one of the issues plaguing the Rails community. It could be worse, though. Rails developers can become Rubyists. In the PHP community, given that the preferred development methodology seems to be having two cats copulate on a keyboard, I don't hold much hope.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Priorities Inflation In IT Projects?

telekon Re:We dont deal with it (304 comments)

We're co-workers? Wow!

It's a small internet after all.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

telekon Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

Unless SOPA/PIPA ever become law, in which case, goodbye Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

telekon Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

I'm so glad my router's SSID is 'serious business'. Because apparently that's what the internet is.

more than 2 years ago
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Nginx Overtakes Microsoft As No. 2 Web Server

telekon Re:Nginx is primarily a cache engine (340 comments)

Not always... for our Rails (and Sinatra) projects, we use nginx as the frontend/static asset server to a (pool of) Ruby-based application servers (mostly Unicorn). There's no Apache anywhere in the mix, and that has greatly reduced my migraines. Perhaps in some situation it makes sense to have nginx as a cache engine or load balancer for Apache, but in my world, nginx usually replaces Apache, rather than supplementing it.

more than 2 years ago
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Nginx Overtakes Microsoft As No. 2 Web Server

telekon Re:Quality (340 comments)

1) Hell yes, it's easier to configure than Apache. Has most of the plugins you could want from Apache, whilst being much more lightweight.

2) I'll echo the other comment here, YOU HAVE THE SOURCE CODE. Worry about backdoors in IIS from the U.S. Gov't., nginx has way more eyes on it.

3) You eventually figured out the pronunciation. Most of the people I know that use GNU/Linux and LaTeX ca't pronounce GNU or LaTeX, but they work great so they get used. What's the problem?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Deal With a GPLv2 License Infringement?

telekon Re:You need to contact... (240 comments)

And you should absolutely do something about this. Unless GPL infringement is met with at least the threat of legal action, it will continue unchecked.

more than 2 years ago

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MegaUpload: A Lot Less Guilty Than You Think

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

telekon writes "Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society recently published this article questioning the legality of the MegaUpload raid, indictments, and extradition. A key issue is the conspiracy charges, as MegaUpload was not "directly infringing" copyright, but enabling/inducing others to infringe: "Is it a federal crime to conspire to induce others to violate a U.S. civil law? The answer to that is an obvious “no”. The conspiracy statute itself makes clear that the object of the conspiracy must be an offense or fraud against the United States, in other words, a federal crime.""
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Ask Slashdot: Security Through Insanity?

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

telekon (185072) writes "I work for an educational institution which is heavily invested in Microsoft technologies, and which uses a certain popular vendor for its campus card system. I work in the department responsible for that system, and we're moving into a new era of R&D for interfacing to that system. But we're a UNIX shop in an MS world. Recently, I proposed creating a darknet within the general infrastructure for a secure network of student card kiosks since financial transactions will be occurring on this subnet, but there's an obstacle: "network security" will object to traffic they can't observe. My response was, "Well, we do everything over SSH or TLS as it is, what's the difference?" MY boss replied, you're not thinking like a Windows admin. I said, "God for bid I ever do..."
My question is, has anyone come up against this, and how do you respond?"
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Too dumb to vote?

telekon telekon writes  |  about 3 years ago

telekon writes "In this op-ed piece, CNN commentator LZ Granderson makes the (radical?) suggestion that in order to vote, people should have a basic grasp of civics.

"We wouldn't issue a driver's license to someone unable to pass the written test, knowing the potential damage that person could do behind the wheel. Why do we look at voting differently?""

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Kodak Relationshifft removes unwanted exes

telekon telekon writes  |  about 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">telekon writes "Tired of spending hours on Facebook untagging and deleting photos after every breakup? Pruning your Flickr stream too much of a hassle? Kodak has a solution. "We protect precious memories of the places you have been and the people you shared them with, minus the person with whom you just changed your relationship status — we call it Relationshiffft""
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Factory to make biodiesel from chicken fat.

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

telekon writes "Tyson foods has finally found a use for chicken fat and leftover food grease that isn't McNuggets — they've partnered with Syntroleum to produce biodiesel from the stuff. Their first plant in Louisiana will be able to churn out 75 million gallons a year. The question is, will the exhaust smell like fried chicken? The Wall Street Journal has an article here, and NPR has a story here."
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My Life on /.

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 10 years ago So... my last post was about the first time I got mod points. Since then, I got mod points on 3/1 and again on 3/4. I'm rather flattered, even if it is software granting me this privilege.

Today I metamoderated and thus found a thread on which I used up most of my mod points. I don't know if this is good or bad. I feel like I used my points responsibly, but I also modded down two posts by the same user who I then added as a 'foe' based on really asinine opinions about Free Software. So I feel like my moderation got personal, which I try to avoid. But I guess it's okay, since I did the 'relation' thing based on honest moderation, rather than moderating based on relation. That would be bad moderation.

Maybe I think too much about this... But I really care about Slashdot and I want it to be a good community, so I take my responsibilities seriously. Arggggh.

So anyhow... about this slashdot "Friends" nonsense... anybody on my /. friends who are near Baltimore should email me... we're starting this new linux group... and if you're reading this, and you're not my /. friend, still feel free to email me about the linux group... anyhow... too much journaling with nothin' to really say...

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Ohhh, the geekiness

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 10 years ago Yesterday I checked slashdot as usual, and found that I had moderator points.

I'm worried about how happy it made me. The joy I felt was indescribable. For years I have read /. more or less frequently, and I've had good karma for a long time. But now my karma is excellent, and I was able to moderate.

I also felt a sense of duty that was kind of weird. I had to moderate responsibly. MetaModeration never gave me this kind of satisfaction, but I always did it because I felt like it was my job as a /. user. But with my Mod points... I read at -1, and tried to read unbiasedly... I hope I made the /. world a slightly better place.

My girlfriend thinks I'm a weirdo. How do you explain something like this to non-geeks? I just don't know.

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I want my GiS!!!!

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 10 years ago I was organizing my mp3s today when I came across the directory with all the old episodes of Geeks in Space. I listened to a couple of them.... damn, I miss that. I used to look forward to every new episode, and then... I guess it was back in early 2001 it all stopped. CmdrTaco promised occasional episodes until they could work something out since he, Hemos and CowboyNeal were all over the place... IT's BEEN THREE YEARS. C'mon, guys! VoIP has come a long way. Let's have some new Geeks in Space. I need my fix.

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/. Politics

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 10 years ago It's funny, conversations about geeks' and hackers' political sympathies (as some kind of weird demographic grouping) pop up every now and then... And the usual consensus is that most geeks tend to be some sort of libertarian, whether in the market-capitalist sense of the US Libertarian Party (they stole our word!), or some left-libertarian persuasion... and that seems to hold true.

But then there's the rabid right-wingers... and they're even here on Slashdot. (Take a look at my Foes). Yes, that's right, I'm not above making someone my Foe when they whine in a /. journal about how tough Rupert Murdoch has it.

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journaling

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, I haven't written a damn thing in here in a very long time. Perhaps I should start doing that. we'll see. My keyboard is doing really really weird things now. Stupid IR. Oh, well. More later.

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School sucks

telekon telekon writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well... Yesterday I got into a car accident and missed my first class, but I got my paper turned in. Today I overslept and missed my first class... and missed an exam. Now I'll either have to beg the professor for a makeup or drop the course.

I will never, never, never take 18 credits in a semester again.

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telekon telekon writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, after the hell of my Blogger weblog, perhaps just the occasional journal entry in this little /. user journal... I didn't even know that this existed until I was bored and clicking around.

Hopefully this pointless rambling won't cost me any of my karma... do user journals get moderated? Oh, well... Every time I wonder whether I'm as much a geek as I suspect I am, I find a new toy, or stay up all night doing something neat with procmail... Like it or not, slashdot is where I belong. So I care about my karma. Stupid, I guess. But it's 3 am and I can hear the ice weasels coming.

And so I'll in theory journal things in this journal. Just not tonight, with the weasels so close...

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