- Errata Security: Confirmed: LinkedIn 6mil password dump is real – The updates on this are particularly interesting, as he writes about the speed of cracking passwords.
Also, I want one of those video cards.
- An Architect’s Guide to Color – Color is beckoning this season, and one architect is heeding the call with a plethora of new hues to tempt your house's palette.
- Review: Sufan Stevens, Son Lux And Serengeti, ‘Beak And Claw’ : NPR – I picked up this album on iTunes and have to say that it's as quirky and cool as this review makes it out to be.
- Linux computer the size of a thumb drive now available for preorder – "[…] the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumb drive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video."
- Bash One-Liners :: bashoneliners.com – I think this is incredibly cool. A wide variety of geeky tasks here.
- Cruise Ship Didn’t Aid Drifting Boat, Passengers Say : NPR – "One of the other birders on the Star Princess was Judy Meredith from Bend, Ore. She says, "We all watched him for a bit and thought, 'This guy's in distress. He's trying to get our attention. And he doesn't have a motor on his boat.' We could see that."
Old news, but that big ol' cruise ship probably could have saved those folks. Instead they kept on driving. Of course, I'm sure if they had changed course, some passengers would have been pissed at the delay in their journey.
- Coding Horror: Speed Hashing – As usual, a good post from Atwood on security, if a bit sensationalist. Excellent reading on the article he links to, as well.
I'll confess, Atwood (and the StackExchange user experience) has convinced me that (for now) OpenID is the best authentication method for SAAS applications.
This week’s internet cruising:
- Questionable Content – Tool reference!
- What does English sound like to foreign ears? – The Blogs at HowStuffWorks – An absolutely amazing song and video by an Italian comedian faking English, plus some adorable animal sounds.
- Why CRUD might be what they want, but may not be what they need – Reading this sent me back to an old client’s site (from almost two years ago), remembering the CRUD-based admin console I developed that was such an incorrect way to go about giving them the functionality they needed. Oy.
- Renaming Many Files At Once with Pattern Matching in Bash | Andy Regan – This proved very handy in renaming about 40 files quickly at work.
Video interlude! This video convinced me to start playing Mass Effect (the first) tonight.
So far, it’s a blast, and not too chock-full of grumpiness. Just enough to be fun.
…I did punch a rambling scientist, though.
- On the Lieberman/Coburn plan (again) – “What we really should care about in [using life expectancy as a factor in Medicare change] is not life expectancy at birth, but life expectancy at age 65. In other words, if you make it to 65, how long will you be on Medicare? That’s when things get tricky.”
- Leave to live by no man’s leave – Ayende @ Rahien – This is a 2005 post by a developer I frequently read from Israel, writing about his four years in the IDF working in prisons.
“On the one hand you are required to provide the prisoners with proper treatment and on the other hand… you listen to the news and see a bombing in Jerusalem and hear them celebrating. And that is in addition to the usual conflict of being in a position where you need to take care of people who would truly like to kill you.”
- Why Steam Makes You Reinstall DirectX | Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Finally, an explanation! It’s still annoying, but I feel a bit better now.
- O’Reilly OSCON Data 2011, Steve Yegge, “What Would You Do With Your Own Google?” – YouTube – Learn math and solve important problems, apparently. I’m a fan.
- Google, at scale – Ooh, a book review that makes me interested in the inner workings of Google. This one’s going on my wishlist.
For two weeks’ worth of links, there aren’t very many. Then again, I do still have 173 unread items in Google Reader.
- glenscott.net » Restore an Eee PC 701 back to factory Xandros from a USB stick with no ASUS Support DVD – This proved quite handy last night in restoring ol' Tammy to defaults for Greg.
- The legend of the superprogrammer – "Caper Jones, in an unpublished 1977 study for IBM, found that the very best developers are much more productive than the worst programmer — when working on small projects. The best developer will complete a 1k line of code (LOC) effort 6 times faster than the lousiest. The productivity delta falls to 2x on a 64k LOC project. Beyond a few hundred thousand LOC both sorts of people perform equally well. Or equally poorly."
- Skepticblog » The Reasonableness of Weird Things – "Many people have quite good reasons for believing in the paranormal. […] In my experience, the top reasons people believe weird things are not only understandable, but identical to the reasons most skeptics believe things: they are persuaded by personal experiences (or by the experiences of a loved one); or, they are persuaded by the sources they have consulted."
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I get so sick of elitist, skeptic douchebags with their holier-than-thou lock on critical thinking that I — despite having the same desires to protect people against fraudulent untruths — won't put the label of "skeptic" on myself. It's a movement that has a rude, pushy face in far too many of the cases I've seen. I hope more folks take articles like this to heart.
- Think Progress » Racist New Hampshire State House Candidate Advises Tea Party To Be More Open With Its Racism – "For far too long white Americans have been told that diversity is something beneficial to their existence. Statistics prove that the opposite is true."
- Because Blacks are not American | Prometheus 6 – Too bad I didn't teach a "fuzzy" subject like history. Then I could have had the opportunity to really screw with people's heads.
- Buttersafe » The Essence of Being Human – Mmm, cat videos.
- 10 New High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs | Freebies – I always love things like this, even if — for the web — it means slicing and dicing text as images. To that end, if sites could consistently and easily push fonts out to users, would that be a good thing?
- Is It Time To Quit Your Day Job? – One of those nice "get off your butt and do your passion job" articles. 🙂
- High Test Coverage Ratio is a good thing, Anyway! – Patrick Smacchia [MVP C#] – CodeBetter.Com – Stuff you need to Code Better! – Patrick uses the broken window argument to conclude that 100% test coverage from the start will encourage developers to maintain 100% coverage in code as they refactor. I'm not sure I buy that for cases where rapidly-developed prototypes are refactored and developed into deployed applications.
- 70 Unique Examples Of 404 Error Pages For Your Inspiration – These are gorgeous and helpful. And inspiring.
- How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made – Don't know about you, but I can't get enough of Mustafa.
- Rules For Games: Do & Don’t #1 | Rock, Paper, Shotgun – "Don’t: leave diary entries by one person scattered over miles of corridors, buildings and countries. That’s not how a diary works."
- The Dawn Chapel – Firefox has crashed – I like cookies. And cuteness.
- Siobhan – “they were going to strip search me … this feeling, this experience, is the hardest for me to reconcile and one of the times in my life I have felt the most powerless” | G20Inquiry.org – I've evidently been sleeping on some serious shit going on.
- Arab guilty of rape after consensual sex with Jew | World news | The Guardian – Leaving aside the crazy Israeli politics and the legal side — is deliberately lying about something to get sex with someone rape if you know the thing you're lying about would make the other person say "no"? As of this moment, I think so.
- Román Cortés » Pure CSS Coke Can – Courtesy of a colleague; this is pretty awesome.
- Ubuntu 9.04 on Asus Eee PC 701 – Um, yes please. I'm totally doing this tonight or tomorrow. I'm unimpressed with Xandros on Tammy (my 701).
- Arthur Benjamin does "Mathemagic" | Video on TED.com – I'm going to have to stop posting 90% of the ones I watch, but damn, this guy is good.
- Charles Fleischer insists: All things are Moleeds | Video on TED.com – This guy is hilarious.
- Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole | Video on TED.com – I may just keep posting notable TED.com videos. I hope they aren't all notable…
- Steve Jobs: How to live before you die | Video on TED.com – Excellent talk on how to keep moving forward.
Links for April 18th from 19:48 to 22:10:
- Without a Goal – An interesting look at the variety of goal-related options in games. Must games provide goals? If so, to what extent?
- RPG Thoughts – Campaign Plan – Courtesy of WO, this looks like a great way to plan campaigns. I'm going to try it for our game.
- JKHP:OS-tan/desktops – Very awesome OS-tans of the Linux distros. The Ubuntu lady is my background at work.
- How to cheat good – a thaumaturgical compendium – 'The only people allowed to use the word ?colour? are those with Indian surnames. ?Weight,? you may argue, ?I was bourne and razed in the english countryside.?'
- Top 10 Reasons To Have Sex Tonight, Studies Show Sex Can Help With Your Weight, Your Brain, Your Blood Pressure And More – CBS News – …I like sex.
- 10 Horrible Video Game Cliches – This is marvelously hilarious. I have ideas for games that would poke good fun at many of these.