OT: PLOS ONE Has an RSS Feed

If you like to follow academic progress in CS, PLOS ONE has an RSS feed. (I don't know my feed types upon inspection -- it might be Atom rather than RSS. Still nice to have the feed, though.)

How to Coexist With the Bad People

Is There An Alternative To Long-Term Secrets? presents the mechanism used by LOCKSS (Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) to ensure that the data you are preserving stays preserved in the face of attacks. (Think peer-to-peer voting to start with.)

Might be something that Bitcoin and the other digital currencies would want to think about...

11,000 Global Variables

11,000 Global Variables -- 'nuff said.

When you want to preserve your digital data: how few copies

Dr. Rosenthal's classic "How Few Copies" examines in detail just how few of copies you might need to preserve your digital data. (The context is Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe, which you need to know about if you care about digital preservation.)

If preservation (and backup is part of preservation) is one of your interests, Dr. Rosenthal's blog is just a generally good blog to read.

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names (with 544+ comments) is a thorough dissection of the various falsehoods programmers believe about names.

Two takeaways for me:

  • Depending on the application, a person may have no name at all -- think about hospitals and automobile accidents, for example.
  • Thinking carefully about what name or names you need. Is this name for display to the user? Does it have to be used for email or postal mail? Should the name be sortable? There …