I’ve been receiving asks from people (and seeing posts under the XKit tag) saying that after installing XKit, they started seeing ads on Tumblr. I would like to make one thing clear: there is absolutely not a single line of code in XKit that would cause ads to appear.
I loathe ads as much as…
I don’t think it’s anything rogue, though. I think it’s the Yahoo-ization of tumblr. They’re trying to make it pay for itself and the way they’re doing it is through increasing the number of ads. In general, we’ve been seeing about one ad per tumblr dashboard page.
Too much, Yahoo. Too much. You’re going to just drive everyone away.
The concept of NULL is used in many programming languages. No matter where you look, an empty string is never NULL…except in the Oracle database. It is, in fact, impossible to store an empty string in a VARCHAR2 field. If you try, the Oracle database just stores NULL.
This peculiarity is not only strange; it is also dangerous. Additionally the Oracle database’s NULL oddity does not stop here—it continues with indexing.
It was a confluence of magnificent proportions that led six agents from the joint terrorism task force to knock on my door Wednesday morning. Little did we know our seemingly innocent, if curious to a fault, Googling of certain things was creating a perfect storm of terrorism profiling. Because somewhere out there, someone was watching. Someone whose job it is to piece together the things people do on the internet raised the red flag when they saw our search history.
By like, I mean HOLY WTF?!!!