February 3, 2005

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, I must be very boring

February 3, 2005 - Categories: emacs

sassylawyer has been plagiarized. That got me to thinking about plagiarism, and you know? I don't think I've ever been badly plagiarized. Probably not a single line maliciously lifted from my Ph104 or JapanTraining notes. No one reposts me to get +5 Insightful or to increase post count on some bulletin board. I saw a number of Google queries poking around my notebook directory back when I still had files from college, but those were probably people who would've copied netlists or programs from elsewhere on the Net, anyway.

Conclusion: I must be really boring. ;)

I suppose it also helps that the only things I post on my blog are random code snippets, bad short stories, business ideas, and my TODO list, all of which can be freely reposted anywhere you want. (In fact, please steal my TODO list!)

The only people who read my blog are geeks, my family and my friends. They're all smarter than I am and have no problems coming up with insightful posts on their own.

I'm not concerned about plagiarism. I trust that if my thoughts are being posted to a forum by someone who's too lazy to think up cool stuff, the mere fact that the poster would think other people would find such things interesting means that some of the readers might've stumbled across my blog before. Then they laugh at the poster, completely destroying the poster's reputation. Mwahaha.

Even if I never get attributed, it's nice that the ideas are out there. My ideas are more important than my byline. I don't care who eventually makes stuff happen as long as the stuff happens. I learn by writing, and I lose nothing if people copy me. If people go to the trouble of stripping out my identity, then they'll just have to deal with questions and bugs themselves.

I don't care if people stumbling upon my work never bother to find out who I am. If they find something in my braindump useful, well and good. If they copy-and-paste what I've written into something they need to submit for class or work, they've lost the opportunity to exercise their mind.

If someone ever accuses me of plagiarizing my own work, I'll simply laugh and point to the other stuff I've written or to the things I've done. People know I'm real.

So there. I trust you, reader. I'll never use Javascript hacks to make it difficult for you to save data from my website. I'll never make it difficult for you to syndicate my blog (RSS feed) or copy it whole-sale. Heck, if you want an archive of my planner, either wget -r http://sacha.free.net.ph/notebook/plans/ or e-mail me for an archive.

Go ahead and steal my thoughts. Add your insights. Make them better.

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On disabling right-click

February 3, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized

http://www.houseonahill.net/ disables right-click on its pages. I suppose it's to stop people from saving webpages to their hard disk, but it's not a very effective way of stopping people from copying things because people can always highlight text and then copy the text normally.

Disabling right-click punishes power users, though. I can't easily bookmark pages using my del.icio.us. I can't copy a link without visiting it, which means I have to click on the permalink page, move over to the address bar, and copy the address from there if I'm going to cite something in my blog. I can't easily subscribe via http://www.bloglines.com .

I've seen a Mozilla extension for disabling pesky right-click disablers, and I think I'll go install that right now. I could also always browse the website in w3m or some other text browser.

Disabling right-click is a technological attempt at solving a social problem, and although it discourages casual users, I don't think it's worth the cost.

UPDATE: The right-click script sassylawyer uses also results in an error when I middle-click on a link in order to open it in a new tab. The page loads, but I have to click through a "Sorry, right-click is disabled." message. Mrph.

UPDATE: The same site blacklists http://del.icio.us . ARGH.

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Calling all Ateneo programming competition alumni

February 3, 2005 - Categories: Uncategorized
March 18, 2005 is graduation day of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. Many past and present members of the Ateneo ACM programming teams will graduate on this day. We will miss them in ACM-Manila 2005 and in future programming contests, but we shall never forget the beautiful experiences that we shared, during practices and at the actual contests.

We are inviting all past and present members of the Ateneo ACM programming teams, whether graduating, not graduating, or already graduated, from batches 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and all the faculty coaches, secretaries, and the DISCS chair, to join us in a pictorial at 3:15 pm on March 18, 2005, at the graduation assembly area, at the Ateneo High School. Graduating members and faculty will please wear their academic gown. Present team members will please wear their team jackets. Those who have already graduated please come in semi-formal clothes.

I am making this announcement early, so that you can plan to make yourself free at 3:15 pm on graduation day.

Thank you. See you there!

PMana Coach

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