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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

tobiasly Re:I know this! (541 comments)

Your comment is more apropos than you probably realize, since the book cover shows Barbie's desk with a stuffed Linux penguin sitting on it. Maybe they thought including an easter egg for the real geek parents would help it sell?

3 days ago

Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

tobiasly Re:Don’t really get it (473 comments)

One of the highest correlated factors to success as an adult is delayed gratification as a kid.

[Citation Needed]

about two weeks ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

tobiasly Re:Very sad (277 comments)

Wait, I thought hipsters were the guys who liked the new things? Like if you had an iPad and an iPhone you were a hipster, but if you had an old Android and a Lenovo laptop you were a legitimate human being.

It depends on whether a critical mass of the general population also likes said new thing. When they were the ones waiting in line all night at the Apple store, it was all good. Now that the same lines are filled with people sleeping in trash bags to immediately flip them to China's gray market, not so much.

about 2 months ago

Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

tobiasly Don't be silly (161 comments)

RISC architecture is going to change everything.

about 3 months ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

tobiasly Re:No exhaustive.. (285 comments)

"No exhaustive"? I think you meant: !exhaustive

about 4 months ago

Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

tobiasly Re:"Forcible rape" Re:designed by violence (190 comments)

Is "forcible rape" another category of rape like "legitimate rape"?

Statutory rape, taking advantage of someone who is passed out, and non-consensual marriages are a few examples of rape that aren't necessarily forcible.

about 5 months ago

Virtual DVDs, Revisited

tobiasly Sounds a lot like Aereo (147 comments)

This sounds like Aereo, which also provides a business model in which physical resources dictate the scarcity. Since they are currently preparing for a trial at the Supreme Court it's probably wise to hold off a bit.

the studios are leaving cash on the table

You must be new here; the studios have always been in the business of fighting progress as long as possible in order to protect existing revenue streams.

about 6 months ago

Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

tobiasly Early Death (72 comments)

Sometimes results in "early death"? As opposed to those diseases that kill you when you would have died anyway?

about 6 months ago

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tobiasly Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

You're misinterpreting my response. I very specifically said I agree that there's no evidence that he's a math genius, at least not yet. GP seemed to imply that he was making *everything* up though. Or maybe I misunderstood him too. All I'm saying is that his claimed ability to see things differently than everyone else seems to have credence.

about 7 months ago

Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

tobiasly Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

The neuroscientists who have been studying his brain seem fairly convinced he's not making it up. Though calling him a "math genius" doesn't necessarily seem warranted (at least not yet... maybe it's a case where formal study will allow him to apply his abilities more specifically?), I don't think they would diagnose him with what they're calling acquired savant syndrome without some evidence.

Maybe read the book? Even the top negative review seems to give weight to his claim:

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

tobiasly Re:I'd seriously think about a dedicated router (104 comments)


I must have been using the wrong search terms.. I scoured NewEgg up and down for something exactly like that Edgerouter Lite but kept coming up empty. I knew there had to be something between some crappy consumer router that I prayed I could get a halfway-decent firmware running on, an uber-expensive business-class rackmount unit, and building my own micro PC. Many thanks, I'm ordering one now...

about 7 months ago

IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

tobiasly Re:No doubt IE is losing share but.. (390 comments) really? That's best data set OP could come up with??

As I was scrolling through this month-by-month tally of 10 years' worth of usage stats, trying to pick out trends, I just kept thinking to myself: if only there were some way to visually represent a large dataset of numbers and their relation to each other over time... maybe some color-coded lines or something... I dunno, just spitballing here

about 10 months ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

tobiasly Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (293 comments)

Uninstalled the app, started using FB via browser. For my low intensity usage it's still perfect. Also links to click and youtube embeds work seamlessly now.
Got no messenger installed too.

A thousand times this. The line for me was when my recent camera pics popped up in the app with a caption "do you want to post these to Facebook"? Uhh, fuck no Facebook and stop rifling your grubby mitts through my pics without asking me TYVM (Dropbox, Twitter, Google+ all have similar functionality but have an explicit settings for this).

This is also a weakness in Android permissions IMO: many apps ask for USB access to store their own data but that means they can read everything under /sdcard including photos.

Now I use the mobile site, plus Slice if needed. The only drawback is that apps which require Facebook to login now require an OAuth web dialog where I have to log in again, whereas before the Facebook app showed the confirmation with no re-auth required.

about 10 months ago

Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

tobiasly Re:MEGA Windows sync client (69 comments)

or Dotcom if they were on fire.

That would take a LOT of piss...

about 10 months ago

New Home Automation?

tobiasly Re:conduit in anticipation (336 comments)

If he's running conduit there's no reason whatsoever to run all those unnecessary cables through it. The whole point of conduit is it makes it possible to pull whatever you need if and when you need it. I have conduit to at least three walls of each room in my house but I've only pulled cat 6 and tv cable to the specific walls I need at the moment. Why waste the money installing useless cable?

Because maybe then some broadband company later on will come buy up all your dark fiber. Profit!

about 10 months ago

Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run

tobiasly Re:Liberal tears make the best lube (165 comments)

Is this the same Steve Stockman who has this gem?

I didn't follow your link but if he accepts Bitcoin and he's a Ruby coder then maybe we finally have a chance at a tech-savvy congressman!

about a year ago

eBay Founder Pleads For Leniency For the PayPal 14

tobiasly Re:Will the Government Listen? (225 comments)

If an angry mob smashes up some shops fronts, but police only catch 14 people you wouldn't charge them with the total damage of the entire mob, as well as the cost of upgrading security to protect against an angry mob in the future. You would charge each individual according to the damage they actually did.

No, it's not just about making the target of the attack whole, there is also a punitive aspect in order to discourage others in the future. The actual amounts in this case do seem excessive, but it has to hurt enough that future "anonymous cowards" seriously think twice before jumping in. Part of the mob mentality is thinking "there are so many of us, there's no way they'll catch me" and this shows that's just not true.

Look, I dislike PayPal as much as anyone but vigilante mob justice isn't the answer and there has to be more than a slap on the wrist.

about a year ago

Review: Puppet Vs. Chef Vs. Ansible Vs. Salt

tobiasly Re:I want everything for nothing (141 comments)

And it works, because many geeks are antisocial sorts who rather than organising their labour will happily walk over each other just to get that little bit of green. Then, when the race to the bottom has been reached, they'll bitch about everyone else being better treated, rather than stopping to ask why it happened and striving to improve their collective lot.

Organized labor? Uh no, we're too smart for that. I can't speak for everywhere else but where I live there are plenty of well-paying development jobs and I've never seen the type of behavior you describe among my peers.

Every sufficiently old once secure job is now tenuous or non-existent. What is secure today will be tenuous in a decade's time.

Yes, it is a field where you must keep your skills up to date and be willing to switch jobs if market or other conditions dictate. If you stay in one position too long and let your skills stagnate you do run the risk of becoming obsolete.

1 year,1 day

Microsoft Warns Customers Away From RC4 and SHA-1

tobiasly Re:What about Git? (92 comments)

Git is a great system, but it relies on SHA1. If SHA1 has feasible attacks, is git going to stay on SHA1 or will it move to something more secure? Can it even do so without breaking compatibility?

SHA1 as used in Git proves that a particular commit has the contents and the ancestors that the person with the repo says it does. It prevents two different people from saying, "this is what the source looked like at this point in time". So in practice, coming up with a collision attack in that scenario wouldn't be much use because whatever you come up with to generate the collision obviously isn't source code :)

That said, replacing it with something else would essentially involve rebasing the entire repo, which would certainly be inconvenient but not insurmountable. They could probably even have a backwards-compatibility mode where it recognizes both SHA1 and some other algorithm and clients could gradually switch to the next one.

1 year,10 days

Linux Kernel Running In JavaScript Emulator With Graphics and Network Support

tobiasly Re:All joking aside... (177 comments)

Let me see if I understand you correctly. You have no problems handing over your SSL credentials to a web site so you can do remote admin? Does your employer know you do this?

I'm not sure which "employer" you're referring to; these are my own websites and yes I understand the security implications and take appropriate precautions.

1 year,11 days



Ask Slashdot: Hosting services that doesn't over-react to DMCA requests?

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  about 5 months ago

tobiasly (524456) writes "I run a few websites which are occasionally the target of bogus DMCA takedown requests. Even a cursory look at these requests would reveal that the content these requests try to have removed are not even eligible for copyright (for example, someone named "John Smith" decides he wants to have every instance of his name removed from the internet, so he claims he has a copyright on "John Smith", and the comment section of my website has that name somewhere.)

I'm guessing most webmasters of sites with significant traffic face this problem, but I'm having difficulty finding information on domain registrars' and hosting providers' DMCA response policies. Most seem to over-react and require an official counter-response. I'm worried I'll miss one of these someday and find that my entire domain was suspended as a result.

Both my domain registrar and hosting provider have forwarded these notices in the past. I'm also worried that they're forwarding my response (including personal details) to the original complainant. Which domain registrars and hosting providers have you found who handle these complaints in a reasonable manner, and filter out the ones that are obviously bogus? Which ones have a clearly stated policy regarding these requests, and respect the site owner's privacy? Some of these domains are .us TLD, which unfortunately will limit my choice to US-based companies."

Remote Linux Package Administration

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tobiasly writes "I administer several Ubuntu desktops and numerous CentOS servers and one of the biggest headaches is keeping them up-to-date with each distro's latest bugfix and security patches. I currently have to log in to each system, run the appropriate apt-get or yum command to list available updates, determine which ones I need, then run the appropriate install commands. I'd love to have a distro-independent equivalent of the Red Hat Network where I could do all of this remotely using a web-based interface. PackageKit seems to have solved some of the issues regarding cross-distro package maintenance, but their FAQ explicitly states that remote administration is not a goal of their project. Has anyone put together such a system?"

Open Source U.S. GPS Data?

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tobiasly writes "I read an article today about a map error on the popular Garmin GPS devices which often leads to truckers in a particular town becoming trapped. From my own experience, every electronic map I've ever seen (Google, Mapquest, my Mio GPS) has the layout of my neighborhood completely and frustratingly wrong.

A quick search turned up only one open-source mapping project, but it's for New Zealand only. Why are there no comparable projects in the U.S. or elsewhere? Obviously such a project would need a good peer-review/moderation/trust system but I'd gladly put in the time necessary to drive around town with my GPS in "tracking" mode, then upload, tag, and verify my local data.

Has anyone with more technical knowledge in maps and auto-routing looked more into this? Are there technical limitations to such a project? Should the government subsidize a project to create open, free, up-to-date electronic maps? Surely there is a public benefit available from such a project."

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Microsoft considers new "super standards"

tobiasly tobiasly writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tobiasly writes "IE Platform Architect Chris Wilson blogs about a new <meta> tag being considered for introduction in IE8. Apparently they have found that the DOCTYPE declaration, which all modern browsers currently use to determine (X)HTML version and to switch between "Standards" and "Quirks" mode, is being used by developers and code generators that still code to IE6 hacks instead of standards. So they're seriously considering a suggestion by A List Apart to introduce a brand new meta tag that will say which browsers and which versions a page really supports. In other words, they want to go right back to browser sniffing all over again."
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