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Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

tyler_larson burying the lead (457 comments)

So he found a company in China that could do his work for 3 different companies and produce the best code in the building, all for less than 50,000 dollars per year? The real question, then, is what is the name of this company and what's the phone number?

about 2 years ago

Chrome To Get 'Do Not Track'

tyler_larson Problematic (111 comments)

You heard it here first:

Once this standard becomes popular, advertising resellers will stop paying for views/click for hits from browsers with DNT set. Unlike traditional ad blocking, the DNT header signals to the primary site that you are being uncooperative, making it trivial to redirect visitors who set that header to a "fix your browser" page.

Assuming DNT is actually respected by the server, DNT establishes a second pipeline WRT logging, analytics, error-reporting, and other server-side functions. Not only are DNT visitors of little or no value to site owners, but they also create additional cost for the provider to maintain that separate logging pipeline.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP:DNT} 1
RewriteRule .* /disable-dnt.html

For your disable-dnt.html page, nothing fancy, nothing explanatory, just simple instructions:
Your browser cannot display this page.
Please select the menu Tools -- Options and uncheck Do Not Track. Then refresh this page to continue.

Problem solved. And all you have to say is that the cost of compliance with the "do not track" standard make supporting that option unfeasible. Or something like that.

more than 2 years ago

Insights Into Google Compute Engine

tyler_larson Uptime (80 comments)

As long as google doesn't completely fall apart for one week every year, they're pretty much got amazon cornered.

more than 2 years ago

More Uptime Problems For Amazon Cloud

tyler_larson Re:Infrastructure (183 comments)

In my past two jobs and over the past 20 years, we've worked with dozens of independent an unrelated vendors with locations around the country, including Virginia. Of all the locations where these companies have operations, the ones in Virginia have been dramatically, almost comically, more disaster-prone than the rest of the country and even the rest of the world. The running joke in the office is that whenever any vendor or service provider drops offline, we first check the weather in Virginia before checking to see if any of our own systems are offline. Every time, we see a post-mortem a few days later disclosing some failed system or backup or contingency, and every time, they say this problem that will never happen again.

You'd think that all the failing locations would share a operations center or service provider or even a single city, but it turns out that the only thing these disaster-prone operations have in common is that they're in Virginia. I have no idea why this is the case. But our company has a policy singling out Virginia saying that no mission-critical components are allowed to be based there.

more than 2 years ago

NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

tyler_larson Re:Happened in Dallas Too (573 comments)

If only this were an isolated incident.

Turns out that every major foiled terrorist plot on US soil since 9/11 was dreamed up, planned, funded, coordinated, and ultimately foiled by FBI agents. And there have been quite a few of them. This is such a persistent theme that the biggest surprise in this story is that the newspaper actually called them on it instead of using the fear-inducing headline to bolster readership.

more than 2 years ago

The Pirate Bay Plans Servers In the Sky

tyler_larson Bandwidth (329 comments)

Connectivity provided by a 300-mile-long cat5 cable.

more than 2 years ago

Google Deploys IPv6 For Internal Network

tyler_larson Re:IPv6 (260 comments)

Decades ago, the engineers did in fact consider 128 bit addresses, but in the end they went with 32 specifically because v4 was not considered a "production" version. There's a link on the wikipedia page for ipv6 to a video with vint cerf explaining exactly that.

more than 3 years ago

Monthly Ubuntu Releases Proposed

tyler_larson unity (284 comments)

If this means that they're going to fix Unity's usability, then I'm all for it. Otherwise, meh.

more than 3 years ago

UCLA Hospital Hit With HIPAA Fine On Celeb Records

tyler_larson Or as they say in the hospital... (57 comments)

Knock knock!
Who's there?
HIPAA who?
Sorry, I'm not allowed to say.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Trapped In MySQL a 'Fate Worse Than Death'

tyler_larson Successful Troll is Successful (509 comments)

Academic purist discovers that one of the most prolific and successful database users in the world is using a system he doesn't approve of. He decides, with no insider knowledge at all, and despite all evidence to the contrary, that they should throw everything away and start over from scratch using a system that he thinks would allow them to see the performance and scalability that they've already achieved.

Presumably he's tired of Facebook being used as a counter-example to everything he's been preaching.

more than 3 years ago

Microwave Pain Ray Keeps Frost From Killing Crops

tyler_larson Re:why do people work for Raytheon? (278 comments)

Do you really think they make nothing but weapons? I mean, really?

That's essentially the same question as asking how people could have the moral dysfunction necessary to work for boeing (they make the apache helicopter, you know).

Raytheon makes a pretty large percentage of the aircraft used by general aviation and some commuter airlines, for example.

more than 4 years ago

RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

tyler_larson Re:Attendence in college? (554 comments)

Come on now. These are adults.

It's worth pointing out that NAU has more of an "at home" feel to it than most colleges you've heard of. It's less of a university, and more of a local school. Call it 13th grade.

In fact, Northern Arizona University has about half the number of students as Mesa Community College.

more than 4 years ago

Google Eliminates Gizmo5 Client For Linux

tyler_larson Put DOWN the pitchfork (176 comments)

Gizmo uses SIP, and there's no shortage of SIP clients for Linux that are better maintained and more consistently compatible with Linux's ever-changing audio interface. Don't be silenced, but don't riot either.

more than 5 years ago

FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

tyler_larson Re:I'll second the call for examples. (1255 comments)

Are you seriously going to sit there and argue that open source is a sheer meritocracy with a straight face? Okay. Here are 4 examples:

These aren't examples of discrimination, these are examples of people making comments you find offensive. I don't think anyone argues that OSS is a "sheer meritocracy" -- there's far too much politics and ego-stroking for that to be the case. However, one consideration that is never actually considered is gender.

Have you ever been denied SVN commit access because you're a girl? Has your memory management patch been rejected because you weren't a man? Has anyone refused to explain to you the difference between covariance and contravariance because it's a "boys only" secret?

Be prepared to be offended. OSS has a "hobby" feel to it for most people, and as such there's an informality that makes people feel that they can let go of the business-like social inhibitions that are so often in place to prevent offending the sensibilities of the separate cultures that make up an audience. You get it unfiltered, and you might not like what makes it through.

Yours isn't the only culture that gets lampooned; it's just the only one you care about. If you were a deeply religious person, for example, you may be severely offended by the irreverent treatment of what you hold so dear by the proselyting atheists who make up a disproportionate amount of the community. And there are many other examples.

But if you have real examples of actual discrimination, of opportunities denied because of your gender, then there is a real problem that needs examination. However, if you're just offended, well then hello and welcome to the Internet.

more than 5 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

tyler_larson Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

So your world is divided into "people who agree with me" and "mindless zombies".

I think that's a bit of a stretch, don't you?

Miguel's argument: RMS attacked me, but he's also famously attacked many of the most important players in bringing parts of his ultimate dream to reality. Conclusion: RMS's has an unproductive penchant for attacking people in his speaking and writing, including his own allies, if they don't subscribe to all of his philosophies.

Your interpretation: People who don't agree with me are mindless zombies.

A bit of a stretch, you must admit.

more than 5 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

tyler_larson Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

> I think .Net is a platform with technical merit
I have yet to see it. Really.

Might I suggest that you have yet to look?

C# and the CIL bring to the table:

  • Language independance: Build a class in Python, call it from Ruby. This is available today, not in the theoretical future.
  • Functional programming: lambda expressions, etc., conspicuously missing from java
  • Declarative programming: Linq -- seems like a silly idea until you've used it a few times, and you see how it can drastically improve performance on the back end, and code quality on the front end.
  • Your choice of strongly typed and dynamically typed mechanisms: Build a class using strongly typed semantics in the interest of verifiability, but make use of it in a dynamically typed application in the interest of development speed.
  • Speed: C# apps run nearly as fast as complied C; indistinguishable in many important cases.

If mono hadn't been an implementation of a standard proposed by Microsoft, it would have been hailed as god's gift to programmers.

more than 5 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

tyler_larson Re:don't listen to Stallman (747 comments)

He has no idea what the relationship between C#, CLR, .NET, and Mono is.

So you disagree with RMS: fine. But you're doing yourself a grave disservice by dismissing him as someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. Love him or hate him, he's a sharp guy who knows his stuff.

Stallman is a sharp guy who knows lots of stuff. But that doesn't mean he knows this stuff. RMS has a proud history of running on about things he disagrees with on principle without taking the time to fully understand them.

No one can be expected to understand everything about everything, and restricting someone with views as strong as RMS to only talking about things he fully understands would be an unacceptable handicap.

more than 5 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

tyler_larson Re:A matter of credibility (747 comments)

There most definitely is a logical argument. In a word: patents.

Not really. You're just as likely to run afoul of a MS patent (even one relating to the .NET project) while working with Java or C. While patents are indeed a serious problem, the risk is not any greater using Mono.

MS already tried one legal tack to go after OSS, namely the SCO lawsuit. There's no reason to think they wouldn't try another.

The SCO lawsuit was perpetrated by SCO, not Microsoft. While MS was happy to see it happen, they weren't behind it, and contrary to some /. conjecture, weren't funding it.

Perhaps you're thinking of something else?

more than 5 years ago

Con Kolivas Returns, With a Desktop-Oriented Linux Scheduler

tyler_larson Re:Glory! (333 comments)

May I be the first to say "amen"? I've been very dissatisfied with the 2.6 kernel and its schedulers on the desktop, CFS in particular. CFS seems entirely braindead for desktop use compared to the older schedulers in 2.4 and yes, even 2.2.

Oh yeah, and which other scheduler's, if any, did this guy write?

Actually, he wrote CFS. Or rather, he wrote the original implementation of CFS. Ingo Molnar re-wrote his implementation and announced it as if he had come up with the idea. At least, from Con's perspective that's what happened. That's why he left Linux development, and why he has no intention of trying to get his scheduler into mainline.

more than 5 years ago

C# and Java Weekday Languages, Python and Ruby For Weekends?

tyler_larson Re:WWTBD? (389 comments)

This post is the utmost of absurdity. You create a strawman that is an awful piece of code, and then talk about why it sucks -- well, yeah it sucks, you deliberately crafted it to be so.

I realize that no one is going to read this now, but FWIW, here's an actual example from one of the most well-respected python projects in circulation:

def render_to_response(*args, **kwargs):
Returns a HttpResponse whose content is filled with the result of calling
django.template.loader.render_to_string() with the passed arguments.
httpresponse_kwargs = {'mimetype': kwargs.pop('mimetype', None)}
return HttpResponse(loader.render_to_string(*args, **kwargs), **httpresponse_kwargs)

You recognize it? Yep, that's one of the most commonly used functions in the Django project.

more than 5 years ago


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