Last week (yeah I know, this post is a little late) was pretty stressed out with a looming deadline but not-at-all-that-late on Friday afternoon, everything came together and all my assigned test cases had been executed, yay!
The depressing stuff (a.k.a “:(“)
A study has concluded that the “Non-Practicing Entities” formerly known as patent trolls costs money, a whole lot of money… who’d have guessed? …
And facebook did yet again what any popular service for which the “users” doesn’t pay a dime; changed their service without any warning, bu giving every “user” a facebook.com email address and making it the default contact email.
It sure smells a lot like the “Man-in-the-Middle” attack the previously linked to, outraged, post makes it out to be.
Then again, I can’t really understand how people can still get outraged by any of the shit facebook does. And its not like there aren’t other reasons for wanting out. Coincidentally, masses of people abandoning fb might be the only way to get them to stop frakking around with the “users” so much.
(And yes, I have consistently marked users up using quotes, because as Andrew Lewis so eloquently put it:
If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer, you’re the product being sold.)
Former United States President Jimmy Carter thinks that the US is “abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights”. Not sure if that is really news to anyone, but I guess it gets a little more weight when it comes from a former President who also so happens to have won the Nobel Peace Price (then again, so did Obama, for “not being Bush” so maybe that isn’t all that impressive…)
And more corruption and subverting of the public good going on while the USTR and MPAA plans what I suppose to become the next ACTA (i.e. developed in secret without any chance for criticism), the TPP.
And while on the subject of ACTA, the EU commissioner wants the European Parliament to fall in line (I guess it is bad PR to always have the EU look divided… too frakking bad…)
If you are an Apple user, and you are using Orbitz to book hotels, please be aware that if you just boot into Windows for a quickie to do the bookings, you may save a buck or two…
The more I think about it, the more I feel that no matter what the IETF decides, web servers (coughApache*cough*nginx*cough*LightHTTPd*cough*) should just go right ahead and implement HTTP Error Code 451 anyway. Pretty sure I will make a point to be able to serve such a response if I ever dabble with web-apps again anyhow. Because people getting angry with ISPs, which are just following the law, is fruitless. If people instead direct their anger towards the people guilty of the poor laws (i.e. politicians deep in the pockets of certain four-letter-acronym organizations, most of which having headquarters in the US) I imagine things could begin to change.
(Yes, that would mean having to vote for someone else and potentially get screwed over (depending on your political views and what you believe to be the “right” way to conduct a society) in other pieces of policy)
I get her point. Seems kindof hopeless, damned if you do, damned if you don’t
The funnier stuff (a.k.a “:D”)
A cool (perhaps not very useful, but very visually pleasing) tool is gource. It parses version control commits, and presents them visually (see PHP, Python, OpenOffice.org, or why not MySQL for visuals)
Want to make Python and Erlang talk to eachother, try Erlport.
Finally, while I was working at Gnutiken, I had the good fortune of sitting next to Andreas Nilsson, and I know I say this about a lot of my friends, but he’s one of the nicest guy I know (I guess I have truly lucked out with my friends), but there’s one thing where he and I don’t see eye to eye.
As a designer, user interface/experience wizard etc. his stance is that the concept of files in a computer must be eradicated from the user experience.
I disagree, and this post goes a way better job at explaining my thoughts than I would ever had been able to.