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Comment: Re:Leave (Score 4, Insightful) 200

by Anrego (#47949525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

Totally agree.

If you've got 10 years experience, that puts you in your prime. You've got the experience to be valuable, but are still affordable. I assume you're also at a point in your life where you can afford a little financial risk. It's time to use this to get into a job that you will enjoy and has the kind of work culture you want.

A lot of people out of school take the first gig that's willing to hire them. Some by random chance end up loving the job, others learn to accept it but gradually burn out. You sound like the second type. Time for a change.

Comment: Re:Poor security per news stories (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47947047) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

And the reason is obvious, people don't care.

How much money is Home Depot really gonna lose in this case? Maybe some liability? Probably cheaper to accept the risk than spend money on preventative measures which still might not be enough.

But surely people will be angry and vow to never shop there again? Nope. While it's in the news, sure, but people forget quickly. Remember how big the Sony/PSN thing was. I know people who swore they'd never do business with Sony ever again who currently own a PS4. As a whole, the thing has largely blown over and been forgotten about, as I'm sure this too will be.

Until there are real penalties to these kinda breaches, we'll keep seeing them.

Comment: Re:Paranoia? (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47946979) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

I think it's more that Visa and MasterCard have partially fixed the problem from the other end, by making it harder to actually turn stolen numbers into cash in pocket.

The whole system is still a farce, but I feel slightly better when I buy something online that is outside my usual spending habits and my card is immediately locked followed by a phone call from VISA.

Comment: Re:What is really surprising (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47945073) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Obviously varies a lot by location, but I've found the Home Depot here to be one of the best as far as having people in departments that know their stuff. Spend a few minutes looking perplexed while staring at an isle and someone will ask if they can help. Last time I was there the guy in the plumbing department was ridiculously helpful.

And we have Chip & Pin here (Canada).

Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1) 77

by Anrego (#47944937) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Sure, if we straight up execute people for stealing credit cards then credit card theft would probably go away.

But then the same can be said about every crime, and personally even as a generally law abiding person, I don't think I want to live in a world where any crime means death by catapult or exile to the acid mines.

Comment: Re:Minecraft itself is a phenomenon, but (Score 1) 327

by Anrego (#47909193) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I think the mod community is a big part of what is keeping the game popular right now. Most people burn out on vanilla minecraft after a few years, but there is a huge pile of mods that keep the game playable.

Once Microsoft kills off that community (I don't know how, but I'm sure they will), I suspect minecraft will indeed atrophy and die.

Comment: Re:Why VPN? (Score 1) 238

by Anrego (#47891365) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

Have you ever met anyone considering a VPN who does neither?

Honestly, some people will hear these kind of terms referenced a lot in relation to security and decide they should have them without any understanding of what they actually provide (beyond security of course, which is what they want!).

Comment: Re:Unfamiliar (Score 1) 366

by Anrego (#47881239) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

Way back when I looked into it (which again, was a while ago and quite brief, so I may/probably am totally wrong) the big problem seemed to be adding small amounts of storage to a large array.

In my particular use case, I have a 20TB file server (raid6, 12x 2TB drives). Lets say I fill that up and want to add 4 more TB. With my current RAID6/dm-crypt/lvm/xfs setup, this is fairly easy. Add 2 drives and expand everything. With ZFS it seemed hard to add arbitrary amounts of storage like this in most configurations.

I'd add that even if this and the other stuff I listed was legitimate, I'll probably end up using it at some point once it's more mainstream. I really like the data integrity stuff, and all the clone/snapshot stuff sounds excessively useful.

Comment: Re:License mismatch (Score 1, Insightful) 366

by Anrego (#47880835) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

They are strongly against one set of freedoms in support of the subset of freedoms they deem more important.

Which is fine, but I've always found their choice in terminology and strong focus around the word "free" to be annoying. Consequently I try to avoid using the term "free software" and instead usually opt for "open source", which while it doesn't convey the idea that it's restrictively licensed to ensure it and any derivatives remain open source, it also doesn't falsely convey that it is entirely free (as in do whatever you want with it free of restrictions).

Comment: Re:Unfamiliar (Score 5, Interesting) 366

by Anrego (#47880643) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

I too have kinda been watching passively with a kinda "I'll look into this once it's ready" attitude.

The gist as far as I understand it is (again, take with huge helping of salt (it's not that bad for your health any more!), I'm posting these partly to be told I'm wrong):

- data integrity (checksums and more rigorous checks that something is actually written to the disk)

- cpu and ram overhead (even by current standards, uses a tonne of resources)
- doesn't like hardware raid (apparently a lot of the pros rely on talkign to an actual disk)
- expandability sucks (can be done, but weird rules based on pool sizes and such) compared to most raid levels where you can easily toss a new disk in there and expand.

Comment: Re:Delphi still nets me an extra 50k or so a year. (Score 1) 385

by Anrego (#47866111) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Repeat after me: 'Languages are easy. Libraries are hard.'

So much this!

And not just the libraries, but the entire tool stack. Sure a c++ guy can pick up java the language fairly quickly, but there are a shit tonne of widely used libraries and tools that require anywhere from weeks to months of solid experience to really become proficient in, and some that are complex enough that you can build a whole career on them.

Sure the principles carry over mostly, but there's still plenty of stuff in the details bin that doesn't.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.