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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

tomp Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

I've been here a long time and didn't switch the last two times. I'll switch this time and will support in whatever way I can.

Thank you!

about 10 months ago
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Shutdown Illustrates How Fast US Gov't Can Update Its Websites

tomp Re:It's easier . . . (77 comments)

The quick response isn't a reflection of how easy it is to change a page. It's a reflection of the millions of dollars government agencies have spent preparing for every potential shutdown over the past few years.

Long before the shutdown happened, government agencies stopped doing the people's work and instead started to prepare for a lapse in funding. Government inefficiency caused by the same people who are tasked with oversight to prevent wasteful spending.

The web sites were able to be turned on quickly, in part, because it started happening *before* the president signed HR 2775. OPM ordered government employees back to work the day before it was signed.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

tomp Re:Ah the memories (176 comments)

Yea, but it doesn't work. Google simply isn't able to do text searches anymore. They can return as many fast half-assed results as I can stand, but not one single accurate result.

Wanna get a list of pages that don't contain the test altavist? Simple just search for -altavista. Yea, doesn't work.

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

tomp Re:Ah the memories (176 comments)

It's still the best you could hope for. Sure wish Google still had that technology.

If my search criteria isn't on the page, I don't want to see it. Can't google get some of that cutting edge 90's tech back? They have smart people, right?

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe and Apple Didn't Unit Test For "Forward Date" Bugs. Do You?

tomp Re:leap year (169 comments)

The same reason everybody else has a rough time with it. It's hard. You wouldn't roll your own cryptography, don't roll your own date calculations.

about 2 years ago
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Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System

tomp Good god man (210 comments)

"Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System" didn't happen. A vulnerability was found. That's a big deal, no reason to obscure it.

about 2 years ago
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Google Unveils New Search Features, Including iOS Voice Search

tomp What about a text search feature? (96 comments)

Can Google invent a text search feature? You know, where you type words into a text box and Google returns a list of pages that contain those words? That would be cool. Can Google work on that next?

more than 2 years ago
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Domain Theft-for-Ransom Hits css-tricks.com and Others

tomp Re:So out of curiosity, (147 comments)

Gandi rocks, no doubt about it. However, they cannot protect a domain owner from the US government.

I have my domain there because they respect the rights of a domain owner far more than other registrars, but there's nothing they can do if the US government wants a domain in a US-hosted top level domain. When it comes .com, .net, or .org, NSI is all that matters. And unfortunately, they don't care about domain owners.

about 3 years ago
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Newspaper Plagiarizes Blog, Taunts Real Author

tomp Re:Only one question (301 comments)

Sure, but it's not really a newspaper, it's a glorified blog. This was a big win for everybody involved.
If the snarkiness was in the print version of NYT, it would be noteworthy. As is, not much more than a cat fight.

more than 3 years ago
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Newspaper Plagiarizes Blog, Taunts Real Author

tomp Re:Only one question (301 comments)

The author thinks he owns facts. It doesn't work like that. What a baby.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Released!

tomp Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (554 comments)

I'm not sure which 'forever' you're thinking of. If the location bar was for searching, there wouldn't be a need for that little search box to the right of it.

Before the awesome bar, the closest thing to search in the location bar was automatically adding 'www.' and '.com' to bare names. Even that went away for many years due to the whitehouse.com brouhaha.

I'll let the 'typing in URLs is bad' pass. We all know that's silly.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Released!

tomp Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (554 comments)

What's so awful about the Awesome Bar is that it has partially repurposed the location bar, causing the UI to be inconsistent.

In all cases before the awesome bar, the location bar was used for URL's. After the awesome bar, the location bar is almost always used for URL's, but during text entry it is used to search both URL's and web page titles.

An inconsistent UI us a bad UI. The awesome bar introduces inconsistency into the firefox UI. It's bad.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Released!

tomp Re:Does it still have the AwfulBar? (554 comments)

Disabling the awesome bar solves part of the problem. However, it doesn't restore the functionality the location bar had before it was replaced by the awesome bar.

It's not just the the awesome sucks. It's that mozilla removed something that worked and replaced it with something that doesn't. Turning off the part that doesn't work is insufficient to solve the problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Released!

tomp Re:Awsome! (554 comments)

Have they dumped the awesome bar yet? It makes my browsing more difficult nearly every day.

What are they going to do next? Replace the menubar with a start button? Oh, wait...

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wins Injunction Against Agency Using Microsoft Cloud

tomp Re:No attempts at finding other sources? (187 comments)

Perhaps. However in this case, I believe they felt burned by Lotus and decided to just buy whatever Microsoft was selling because surely it's what theprivate sector uses. And that must be what's best.

more than 3 years ago
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'Reading Level' Filter Added To Google Search

tomp What about keyword searches? (266 comments)

That's great and all, but what would be *really* cool, is if Google provided some way to search for pages that contain a specific word or phrase. Yeah, that would be cool. Some kind of search engine where I type in words and the search engine returns only pages that contain those words. Can Google work on that next?

about 4 years ago
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Secret Service Runs At "Six Sixes" Availability

tomp reliability != availability (248 comments)

Availability often comes at the cost of reliability.

If you put 2 drives in a RAID-1 mirror, the odds of a drive failure goes up. After all, you now have twice as many drives that might fail. However, a single drive failure no longer makes the data unavailable.

RAID-1 lowers reliability with the goal of raising availability. Paying sysadmins to swap drives is way cheaper than paying people to sit around waiting for their critical data to be restored from tape.

Low reliability is probably just a sign that their systems are highly redundant. Not really surprising.

more than 4 years ago
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SpamAssassin 2010 Bug

tomp One hack replaced by another (115 comments)

From the "fix"

> FH_DATE_PAST_20XX
> change '/20[1-9][0-9]/' to '/20[2-9][0-9]/'

That's no fix, it just puts the problem off for another 10 years. Why call the rule FH_DATE_PAST_20XX, shouldn't it be FH_DATE_PAST_201X? At least then the hack would be documented.

more than 4 years ago

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