Jacob Barkdull email@example.com
Apple Valley, United States
I'm a musician with an interest in Free Software. I write tech, science, and political articles for multiple publishers, online and in print
Just came across an old GIF of mine.When I first started learning C, my first real program was a brute-force password cracker. It wasn't the fastest and didn't have a practical purpose, because it didn't crack a password of any specific program, just a known string.
Yeah. I thought that was awesome when I wrote it. The program has two displays, one where it shows every guess, and another where it shows how many guesses it has made so far. Having just ran it with the display disabled, the execution time is...
Matched "jacob" with 4589756 tries, in 1288/ms
That's a big difference, so that fancy display actually does more harm than its worth :]
2017-01-24T12:29:01Z via Identi.ca Web CC: Public
Finally. It's so beautiful.This change technically happened back in September with the release of GNOME 3.18. You could make the claim that it took far longer than 3 years, you could say it took 16 years to get this functionality, and I personally have been waiting for this since I first started using GNOME back in 2006 with Fedora Core 6. Also, the "Rename" and "Move to Trash" options aren't available in the "Open File" dialog, but in retrospect that's not really necessary.
- New blog post: HashOver Gets a Logo!
Over the past few days I've been in talks with a nice fellow named Kamil Jablonski, a concept artist, graphic designer, and web developer who recently contributed a Polish locale for HashOver. He shared with me a logo design for HashOver, that after some back and forth became, in my opinion, a very cool design.
- I just pushed my latest code for HashOver to Github, this includes changes to 55 files, with 5918 additions and 2264 deletions. That sounds like a lot, but it's mainly under-the-hood stuff.
Some things users might find useful is the addition of the "Latest Comments" widget, that can display the latest X number of comments (default is 10) from either a specific page or from every page.
You can also dislike comments now, if you enable it.
You can set a "Break Point" where only a specific number of comments (default is 3) will be shown and then a link that will display the rest when clicked. This allows Reddit-style voting.
Threaded versions of each comment sorting method. Meaning, you can sort by date, for example, and still read the replies in regular order.
However, there are honestly too many changes to list here. So for those of you who are interested, be sure to check out the change log: http://tildehash.com/hashover/changelog.txt
Oh yeah- and a resign of the default theme!
TrackerThis is what the tracker-* processes do to my CPU for a full minute right after every boot. Sometimes, it peaks a single core and causes enough drive activity that everything else on the system hangs, not just at boot. This is, of course, in Debian Jessie.
I'm considering disabling it altogether :-|
- Around three months ago I wrote a blog post agreeing that the popularity of has been declining, and suggested that Mozilla should focus on advertising Firefox's newest web technology, such as Emscripten (asm.js), if they want to regain users.
The popularity of Firefox is definitely waning!: http://tildehash.com/?blog=the-popularity-of-firefox-is-definitely-waning
And sure enough, Mozilla is now doing just that, with the Humble Mozilla Bundle: https://www.humblebundle.com/?asmjs_bundle&utm_source=Firefox&utm_medium=Snippet&utm_campaign=Humble...
- Once again we are seeing GNU erasure with this "Shellshock" bug, people are treating it as a Linux security issue when it's really a GNU security issue. One that quite possibly predates Linux itself. Shellshock isn't a Linux security issue, as it affects systems that don't use Linux, like Mac OS X, BSD and Windows systems running Cygwin.
Systems that run Linux but not GNU, like Android, aren't affected. Embedded devices like routers often don't use GNU Bash either, and aren't affected. There are also a number of other shells available for systems running Linux that aren't affected.
I hope someone steps up and helps fund the development of the necessary patches to Bash, and more than that I hope if someone does fund Bash they fund the GNU Project specifically, not some specific distribution or fork of Bash.
Regarding Identi.ca and Its Share Button
2014-09-23T15:52:21Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:[Re-posting this publicly, my bad...]
Although my Identi.ca share button has been dysfunctional since Identi.ca's move to Pump.io, it has now been officially deprecated. Anyone still using the button on their website will now see this popup upon clicking the share button.