Ain’t no party like a halting problem party because we have no idea if the party will stop
heartbleed bug, a bug that was discovered by “the good guys” and made public for good reasons
heartbleed allows an attacker to gain access to any information on about 60% of the worlds servers/computers. tumblr is probably not vulnerable but they’re just telling you just in case
ALSO CHANGE YOUR OTHER PASSWORDS ON OTHER SITES!
i can’t caution you enough. do it.
Before everyone freaks out and goes crazy changing all their passwords: you should probably make sure that a site has actually patched its OpenSSL before you send any secure information to it. There’s no point in changing your password if the new password is going to be exposed in the same way the old one was.
“[The goal of the Ada project] was to divert Soviet attention from truly productive computer languages like Lisp [and Forth, SmallTalk, APL, Prolog, etc] and convince them that only a bloated, grossly inefficient, high order compiled language along the lines of PL/I could be reasonably utilized in the deployment of military embedded systems. The use of a standardized, inefficient language would provide a one-two punch: it would render super-programmers useless, and it would increase the demands on hardware by more than two orders of magnitude.”
— That. Is the best conspiracy theory I have ever heard.
Ada seems like a really interesting language and I’d love to learn it, but I worry that there would be a shortage of feasible things to do with it. I mean, it sounds like it has a great track record in the rocketry and avionics industries, but that’s doesn’t help me because I don’t have a Boeing 777 lying around to play with.
Prolate spheroids set unrealistic standards for quadric surfaces. Real beauty is oblate.
If I need to find a specific part of the conversation, I’ll use the search feature because I’m probably not going to remember the page number / post ID / what-have-you. In my mind, the only exception would be trying to find a post that was made, say, 5 “pages” ago, which I’d argue you could navigate to just as quickly by holding page up* for a couple seconds.
* Whoops, did I say page up / page down jumps to the top / bottom of the thread? I meant home / end.
That’s interesting, actually. I’m definitely more likely to jump through pages than I am to use a search feature. If I’ve been following a discussion for a long time, I usually have a better sense of the general context something was said in than I do of the specific words that were used to say it. I usually pick a page, get my bearings, figure out if what I’m looking for came before or after, and then repeat - sort of like binary search. I think this might have something to do with wanting to avoid the poorly-implemented search forms that so many forums seem to have. I guess I assumed that other people looked for posts the same way, but maybe I’m just weird.
NEXT-GEN *picks the literal worst webfont possible*
I don’t know if I’d call it “awful” on the basis of a single design decision.
I just spent 30 seconds looking through a Discourse thread with ~1000 replies and figured out in that timespan that the URL automatically updates with the post index you’re on, which solves both the issue of linking to a specific piece of the conversation (copy URL, done) and jumping to an arbitrary point in the discussion (change the last number in the URL, done). The latter is admittedly less intuitive than having a dedicated control for jumping into the middle of a thread, but how common is that use case, really?
Oh, and you CAN hit
ctrl-endpage up / page down to jump to the top / bottom of the thread. There’s a slight delay for loading but I can deal with that.
I stand corrected. Although, I do think jumping to arbitrary points is a common enough use case to warrant a proper UI control. What if you’re looking for a specific part of the discussion so you can quote it? It’s important to be able to skip around for stuff like that. Discourse already shows a progress bar for the thread, and, as you pointed out, it’s easy to jump to the end. It’s strange that they wouldn’t make it easy to jump to arbitrary points, too.
You know what is sickening? When someone posts their opinion on their personal blog, and people feel like it is necessary to attack them because they disagree. And they do it en masse because they are totally justified.
Even worse when they attack the person in the name of social “justice”. It doesn’t matter how noble your cause may be, people are entitled to their opinions just as you are. On top of that, death threats and constant harassment are not the means to change someone’s mind. They are more likely to shut you out and ignore you than listen to a word you have to say.
Death threats and harassment are always inexcusable, but people are still allowed to express their dislike of each other - even if that dislike is aggressive, and even if it stems from a trivial difference in opinion.
If someone really despises me for something I said, and that person decides to attack me for it, that’s okay. I’d say it’s probably an overreaction, but it’s an overreaction that the person is allowed to have.
There is an obligation for people to stop short of outright harassment, abuse and threat, but there isn’t an obligation for them to quietly stand by if they really hate my guts.