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Feb
29
comment Implementing RSA into an Android Messaging App
@ammoQ Of course compromising the key on one's device wouldn't really be that big of a deal if the key was unique to the device/account, sort of like a password. I guess it also depends on what else the key would be good for. I brought up the reverse-engineering bit because I've come across other people who wish to ship common private keys with their apps, which of course is asking for trouble.
Jan
27
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Thank you, @Jae. Best of luck!
Jan
27
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@Jae No no, let me clarify. I meant differently in the context of launching the blog and increasing meta participation, this isn't a loaded question :) Re-read my question in that context and give it a shot. To further clarify, consider differently to be what will you do that hasn't been tried. Does this make sense?
Jan
26
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@Jae To be fair, A Theory of Moderation essentially discusses how moderation works on SE. It's not really a charter per se. There's nothing really to believe in.. a moderator has no choice but to accept the moderator agreement :) But I'm just splitting hairs at this point, you can ignore me :)
Jan
26
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@Jae I understand that you will try to grow our Meta participation, but my question was how will you go about doing this, keeping in mind what's already been discussed. To get to the point, what will you do different? Same question for the blog.
Jan
26
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@YannisRizos Well it's easy to point fingers at a concert and say well we're civilized when you only have 10 people at your recital :) Anyway I do see your point though and best of luck!
Jan
26
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@YannisRizos To be fair, P.SE won't encounter situations like the one you linked to for a long time. The plain and simple reason is that there just aren't enough (active) users on it to get to that point. Now if/when your (active) users to moderators ratio comes close to SO, then you can bet your a** you'll see behaviour like that. Regarding the gimme teh codez point, surely you must see that P.SE is not immune to that, right?
Jan
26
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@YannisRizos I don't necessarily agree that P.SE is safeguarded against gimme teh codez types of questions, but thanks for clarifying anyway :)
Jan
26
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@ThomasOwens Fair enough. Clearly wording the FAQ to be closer to the (current) scope of P.SE is the right way to go - thanks!
Jan
25
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@ThomasOwens You mention that some of the on-topic questions listed in the FAQ are rather vague and broad, yet we have other candidates here who feel quite the opposite (@YannisRizos: I personally feel that the scope of the site is extremely well defined). Where do you think this disconnect arises from and what (if anything) will you do to narrow the scope of P.SE?
Jan
25
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@YannisRizos Following the usual path from Stack Overflow to Programmers, I was (and still am) enthusiastic over how much more civilized we are as a community - care to elaborate on that?
Jan
25
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What exactly do you believe in A Theory of Moderation? I've seen that thrown around a lot and I'd like to hear your understanding of it.
Jan
25
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You mention that one of your goals as a moderator will be to grow our Meta. How do you plan on achieving this? Same question for the blog - what are you going to do that hasn't already been tried, that will (hopefully) result in a successful launch?
Jan
25
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@jcolebrand: You know, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get some of your people from dba.se to create accounts here just so they can vote for you! Technically that counts as promoting P.SE, right? :)
Jan
25
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I support jcolebrand. He's really dedicated to this site, provides high quality answers and is a man of reason and does not react emotionally like others do. A vote for jcolebrand is a downvote for SOPA!
Jan
25
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@SnOrfus: Here's one exception I was trying to link to - ran out of characters :) BTW, you have my vote 100% - if I could vote for you with all my three votes, I would. Going through some of your history here, I think you'd bring a refreshing change to the moderators here on P.SE.
Jan
25
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@SnOrfus: Also, wrt your algorithms point, what good would bringing them over to P.SE do? You have people here who feel that P.SE questions should be lightly sprinkled with source code (I'm paraphrasing), whereas the majority of those questions are source code heavy. How would someone effectively demonstrate an answer without getting into source code (and possibly even language specific source code)? Granted I understand there are exceptions, but I bring this up because you feel that nearly all of them belonged here.
Jan
25
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@SnOrfus: You brought up ..SO moderators aren't doing their part .. entire classes of questions .. get posted to SO which .. aren't within SO's scope and should be here. Why do you feel it's their duty (SO moderators that is) to help or promote P.SE (in this context), do you not consider this to be a job of a P.SE moderator? And do you not feel that this is currently happening? (in some form or the other)
Jan
20
comment Designing web-based plugin systems correctly so they don't waste as many resources?
+1 Good question! I would perhaps focus the scope a bit just so it seems less open-ended - anyway just a thought.
Jan
20
comment Image color/grayscale classification
@Framester I disagree. The OP isn't asking for code to get this done, he's asking for strategies to classify these images and if I'm not mistaken, this is well within the scope of Programmers.SE.