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Comment: Who in their right mind ... (Score 1) 399

by AftanGustur (#47991381) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash
... is using bash scripts to generate web content in 2014?

Look, there is a bug, obviously, but to say that it is "remotely exploitable" is a half-truth, and that it is "on level with or worse than heartbleed" is nonsense.

There are a lot of things that need to "line up" in order for this to be remotely exploitable.

Comment: Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (Score 1) 157

by AftanGustur (#47783121) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

I've been hearing all this about the much vaunted chops of these Russian coders, but frankly I don't ever see it.

There is also the possibility that the project was sabotaged by an external actor.

Maybe it is a coincidence but the one who profits the most from this failure is the same as has been working hard during the last 10 years to get rid of the Galileo program and is also the same nation as is known for being the most technically capable in electronic warfare/hacking.

Comment: How "open" in OpenStreetmap? (Score 1) 162

by AftanGustur (#45963653) Attached to: Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap
I have seen so many projects that started as "community data gathering" projects and then went commercial and stopped providing free access when some business wanted to buy them.

So just how "Open" is "OpenStreetMap"?

Can I download the data and set up my own server in case OpenStreetmap closes it's free access?

Comment: The PC market has driven development (Score 2) 393

by AftanGustur (#45583803) Attached to: IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected
This is sad news. the PC market has so far been the one who has driven development and innovation.

Want a bigger disk? Buy a bigger disk and put it in your PC!
Want more memory? Buy more memory and put it in your PC!
Want a faster CPU? Buy a faster CPU and put it in your PC!
Want a faster GPU to play games? Buy a faster graphics card and put it in your PC!

The rest of the market, phones, tablets and consoles is all "consumer packaged components" which are not replaceable or upgradeable.

The whole AMD/Intel war would not have happenbed without the PC.

Comment: The evolution of IT (Score 1) 465

by AftanGustur (#45553205) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?
For the last 5-8 years there has been an ever increasing pressure on companies to "do more with less", "document operations" and "create procedures", i.e. to "streamline" all the "cost" centers of the organisation. IT is generally viewed as a "cost center" That is: costs money and does not create any output for the company.

This has led to a mindset where the whole of IT has been defined in terms of "projects" with inputs and outputs and companies want to "buy talent instead of careers" meaning that the company wants your work but not you as a person.

This has then led to companies running most things on "temporary staff" like consultants and contractors.

The effect this has had on IT is that knowledge about the infrastructure, systems, their quirks and how everything works together is not retained in the company and IT operations down to the little details are defined by non-IT people who think in terms of "procedures" "inputs" and "outputs".

So when you see something like "System administrator wanted, has to know XYZ operating system version 10,04 LTR, and the systems HPBS and VLSN" you can be sure that this requirement was written by a non-it person who thinks in terms of "inputs" to a problem.

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