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19 comments | 19th September 2016, 03:11 AM

My fifteen-months old cousin can't yet talk, however he already owns an Android tablet.

Discuss.

6 comments | 20th August 2016, 05:01 AM

Does anyone have experience or direct references of GlassMasterDisc?

I learned about it not long ago while reading on some studies on data longevity and it turns out it's pretty resilient and it's expected to last LONG. I thought it would be a good idea to offer these to my clients. Wedding photos that last forever! Or at least long enough that they won't need to care while they live. I think that's pretty premium.

I imagine it's quite expensive. I emailed them and requested a prices list a few minutes ago, so I don't yet know. Thought I'd ask around meanwhile.

2 comments | 30th July 2016, 02:27 AM

Meet the newest member of my family:

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And the whole family:
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Cell phone shot because all my lenses are in the picture.

16 comments | 3rd July 2016, 06:23 AM

Fuck me, not this agai-- waiiiit a minute...
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Is that...?

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YES! YES! I WIN! FUCK YOU!

32 comments | 14th May 2016, 18:27 PM

NO. FUCK YOU.

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12 comments | 7th May 2016, 04:49 AM

The creativity of the human mind is amazing. This... is how not to use it. I used to think this type of stories were only internet fiction. Not anymore.

A few months ago I had to form a work group with a few classmates. In these cases, if you intend to work with digital files, one would think it would make sense to use a service like Dropbox, Drive or other comparable product. This way, everyone could have immediate access to the latest versions of all the files. Right?

No. This girl REALLY didn't like Dropbox or Drive. What kind of mess is that? The best way to maintain a tidy, up-to-date collection of files, of course, is Facebook. Because, amongst a thousand other reasons she gave me, you can tag people. How silly I am, of course, because how could I expect people in a group of 5 to know that they're supposed to be doing something! Besides, what if you're at someone else's computer? In the end, I couldn't convince her to adopt my whimsical processes and she went as far as decided to go do look more like creating an email account, and creating a Facebook account with that so that I could abandon my backwards ways and accept the goodness of Facebook. And tag people.

So far, I though this was a pretty incredible abuse of technology for file management. But as hard as I thought it was, last night someone managed to top that.

How do you send a file to a large number of people? If you have their email address, you could send it to them as an attachment. Or maybe if it is too large, upload it somewhere and email them a link to that. Or you could do what last night's lecturer did to send the students the slideshow of the day:

- Create an email account
- Email the file to that account
- Give the students the password to that account so that they could log in to it and download the attachment

At the end I couldn't hold myself and went up to her and asked why not just sending it to the students directly, they already have everyone's email anyway. The answer? "Because maybe not everyone wants it". The look of confusion on my face must have been quite notorious, because an assistant (that looked under 30) insisted with the same answer. At this point people was giving me that look of "how do you not understand how this BRILLIANT idea works" so I ended up thanking them and leaving. I can't fight that.

It clearly wasn't the case of the lecturer being old and not understanding technology, because there seemed to be CONSENSUS that it was a brilliant idea.

I am unable to comprehend what kind of thought process can lead to an idea like this. My brain is full of fuck.

17 comments | 10th March 2016, 05:07 AM

I use XT9. It may or may not be the best option out there, but it works for me. I like it because words require less key presses than the length of the word being entered, and also because since there are less keys (or touch-screen equivalent) they are bigger than on a Qwerty keypad, giving me more area per key and making it less likely to press the wrong key.

Now, I'm not an expert in phone software, but if I had to do an XT9 parser, these are the rules I come up with without much thought:

- Look for words matching the current input;
- Of the above, prefer complete words that match the length of the current input;
- Of the above, or if there are no direct length matches, pick the most used;
- Give the other words in a list sorted by frequency of use.

* If you don't want to keep track of the user's frequency of words, there are statistics on word usage for pretty much any language to help with that.

It's not particularly hard, right? I haven't put a lot of thought into it and I'm pretty sure the above rules would do a pretty decent job. The Samsung phone I had generally got it right. But the current Android keyboard and any alternate keyboards I try prefer to do it this way:

- Look for words matching the current input
- Ignore one-letter words (trying to write "I" results in "g" unless I tap the letter I from the list)
- Of the word matches found, disregard frequency of use and instead:
- - Pick any words with special characters (such as αδιλνοσφϊόρ)
- - If none have special characters, prefer the longest word available even if there are other words matching the length of the input
- - Pick the least likely word possible. The statistics will help achieve this.
- If a valid word is entered and it isn't one of the above, autocorrect-substitute it with one of the above.
- Finally, provide a list of alternative words following the above rules. If you run out of screen space, leave out the common words. You'll auto-correct them out anyway.
- For inputs over a certain length, don't bother matching or suggesting, just spew out the gibberish the user obviously wanted to type.

Which do you prefer?

11 comments | 25th February 2016, 19:20 PM

this++
Because I'm lazy.

8 comments | 17th February 2016, 18:02 PM

I noticed I had a bunch of Steam trading cards, which by themselves are completely useless. Some time ago I put a few on the market and made a whopping $0.22, so I thought, why not selling ALL of them? Maybe it'll add up enough to get me a new game. After all they're completely useless otherwise.

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Wait, what? Maybe do it from the market page.

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Fuck you too, Steam.

6 comments | 18th January 2016, 20:20 PM

I have a handful of throwaway email accounts on my web host. As such, some passwords are pretty half-assed and they may even be things like AAA123456. Today I got an alert from the support team at my web host:

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Our servers have detected the passwords of several of your email accounts are insecure. Because they include the u sername (sic) or domain in them. [Note: not the case]
Please change your passwords from your control panel and re-enable the accounts. Follow these steps to build a strong and secure password:
(typical secure password advice removed)

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My reply:

How do can you even tell that? Do you happen to be storing passwords in plain text instead of running them through a one-way algorithm as would be appropriate for a hosting industry of your caliber?

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I can't wait to see what they reply, but it looks like I'll be changing providers soon...

===== UPDATE 1 =====

Dear User:
The server detects it automatically and modifies them, at no point we can see them because they are encrypted.

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Yeah totally encrypted. With ROT13. TWICE!