Posts tagged ‘funny stuff’
It’s been a while but my list of links to put out there is starting to get a bit too long.
Here’s another example of how wrong the patent system is. We really don’t need software patents in Europe! There seems to be some hope for the situation in the States though. We need more stories like that!
Some Linux related things. I suppose “military intelligence” isn’t such an oxymoron after all, at least not in Sweden. If you want to learn Linux, here are some tips. If you are so unfortunate as to be a Linux user forced to work on Windows then here are some tips for you.
There’s always some interesting things going on in the DRM world. How’s this for a story? Large music company sticks dodgy software from small company on CDs so that their customers’ unwittingly installs said software when trying to play the CD on their computer. Then it turns out that the software is dodgy and the large company is taken to court in class action suits all over the world. Now, who’s to blame? The large company that made the amazingly bad decision to treat their customers like criminals? Not if you’re Sony! Here’s a bonus article on DRM, a bit of scare mongering surrounding Microsoft’s use of “trusted computing”. Yes, technology can be used in bad ways, but I doubt even Microsoft would be able to stick to such a bad use of technology for long. Call me an optimist! I’m hopelessly late. Here’s an excellent explanation of why DRM is so hard from a technical POV.
I doubt I’ll ever need this.
Looking to become a maintainer of some free software? Look no further.
If you live in the UK and shop online you should know your rights.
How’s this for ending on a funny/happy note? It seems the RFID tags in passports can be used to crash the RFID readers.
I just listened to episode 10 of the Get Illuminated audio cast where Steven E. Landsburg is interviewed (I found the link on Boing Boing). It sounds like a very interesting book; I really love that sort of provocative writing, the sort that challenges your common sense.
The only argument I can raise against the author’s reasoning, and bear in mind that I haven’t actually read the book yet this is all based on the interview, is that it’s “how not to be part of the problem”, but it’s not “how to solve the problem”. I suppose it really highlights the difference between “do no evil” and “do good”.
I did the Programmer personality test:
Your programmer personality type is:
You’re a Planner.
You may be slow, but you’ll usually find the best solution. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.
You like coding at a High level.
The world is made up of objects and components, you should create your programs in the same way.
You work best in a Team.
A good group is better than the sum of it’s parts. The only thing better than a genius programmer is a cohesive group of genius programmers.
You are a liBeral programmer.
Programming is a complex task and you should use white space and comments as freely as possible to help simplify the task. We’re not writing on paper anymore so we can take up as much room as we need.