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Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 4, Insightful) 349

This, and also the fact that they reinforced and lock the cockpit doors from now on.
The TSA has not stopped ANY attempts at bombing or hijacking airliners since 9/11. Various other methods have, but the TSA has been singularly useless.

Reinforced cockpit doors do sod all. Even without a reinforced cockpit door the crew could have kept them out of the cockpit if they wanted to using a co-pilots foot .

What has made us tons safer after 9-11 is that now there would be reasonable quantity of the passengers who would challenge the hijackers, as recently shown on a French train. Previously most air hijackings were about taking hostages and using them to plead for some worthless chum of yours to be released, as soon as it became clear that the hijackers were never interested in your survival or their own it made trying to subdue them the safest option, no matter how dangerous that seemed.

If you wanted to fly a plane into a building now you would have to steal an empty one first.

Comment Re:In all seriousness, (Score 2) 258

On the other hand, as long as the password exists only in your head, you cannot be forced by the state (at least legally) to divulge said passwords by invoking your right against self-incrimination (in the U.S.).

Here in the UK I can bet sent to prison for 5 years or something for not revealing a password or encryption key if a warrant orders it, which is why I answered "... if you send me a nice warrant first". I am not willing to risk 5 years in prison since I have a family to support.

This makes no difference to me though since I lead a pretty boring existence and nothing I use passwords for would be of any interests to the authorities anyway.

Comment Re:Online retailers (Score 1, Informative) 317

How does this work for online retailers? How do I get my own time pin out of the card? Does this mean you can't save a credit card anymore?

As someone in the UK where we have had chip and pin for years it does not change online purchases one little bit.

All chip and pin does is replace the bullshit signature with entering a pin. This is important because it prevents two types of attacks that used to be commonplace:

1) Have a friendly guy in the shop who didn't look too closely at your signature in return for a couple of quid.

2) Have a moron in the shop who didn't look too closely at your signature.

Both of these are pretty common place when you realise that working in a shop is basically a McJob with no real future. done by kids mostly paid barely minimum wage. Even if you get fired for repeatedly not noticing you took a stolen card you will get another job in some other shop in no time.

The reality is that you guys in the states have to start using chip and pin, or you can forget ever travelling to Europe where most of our terminals and moving to PIN only. Within a few years most retailers over here will have blanket bans on signature transactions, quite a few do already.

Oh, and I know it is not actually that much more secure, if it is at all as now the pin is stored on the card in encrypted format and not sent to the bank but that does not change anything. The attacks you can mount it are fairly high tech ones, which will always be an issue and not the banks priority. Chip and Pin is designed to beat the low tech, commonplace attacks I describe above that are done en-masse by thousands of chancers that cost banks a fortune (here in the UK banks are liable for this sort of stuff, unless that can prove you were negligent).

Comment Re:tl;dr (Score 1) 51

They pretty much had to. From the comments section of their blog, it was pretty much 80/20 that people were going to dump their products if they switched to a subscription-only license. The only people who seemed to be for it were those who found it a lot cheaper [their 'toolbox' subscription, where you can use all their ide's is a lot cheaper than licensing all their apps separately].

I was going to dump it, but given the changes to their licensing scheme announced today, I'll probably stick with using the RubyMine ide.

I am not sure what RubyMine is like, but certainly for me I would have had to stick with PHPStorm regardless as there is just nothing that compares to it that I have found that runs under Linux.

Comment Re:Are we supposed to believe *everything* they sa (Score 5, Interesting) 317

It is The Guardian, beloved of the Left. You don't need to question them, it is unseemly and icky. Everything they print is true, because it agrees with the Left's pre-existing ideas. Anything contradictory is simply not printed in the first place. This is one of the big reasons the Left has gone off the rails into obsessed hate in the past 20 years, they live in an echo chamber and think that dissident opinions have no place in political speech.

I certainly do not agree with everything the Gaurdian prints, but it is worth remembering that as it is a UK publication they have printed this knowing that if they can't prove every word they would be sued into oblivion for liable under the strong laws we have in the UK. We also have a slightly more regulated press than the you in the US in terms of a body that overseas them and force retractions if they print anything that is utterly made up.

So with that in mind you can be fairly sure that there is a fair amount of substance to this story unlike half the crap that the right wing press in the US run with where your free speech laws allow them to just make stuff up. All you have to prove in the US is that although you printed a pack of lies you did not do it "maliciously". Since that maliciousness is almost impossible to prove in court the you can get away with far more.

Comment Re:Just a question on Jira stability (Score 1) 70

I've found Atlassian's products to be great, but the latency when used from Europe (at least Norway) is so bad that there is just no way for us to use it :-( It's not always slow, but at least for some hours of the day we're talking 4-20 seconds before a page refreshes. We have a confluence site up that nobody uses just because of this issue. I know we could host it ourselves, but I have neither the resources nor the patience (Jira seems to need a lot of tlc to keep running).

Here in the UK we don't have that same problem using their hosted JIRA, so probably this is local issue to you guys in Norway.

Comment Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629

Not in most states. People can reasonably expect to be able to walk up to your front door unless you have posted signs saying "no trespassing" or "no soliciting" or told the specific person that they are not allowed.

Pushing a photo through an open door isn't really trespassing either if you stay outside.

A piss poor password is not the same as an open door, it is actually more like a door with a shitty lock. And bypassing a lock without permission, no matter how shitty it is, is breaking and entering pure and simple even if you do not do any damage.

I am still very surprised this kid has been charged though. When I was at school most criminal offences on school grounds were brushed under the carpet in order not to embarrass the school. You could get even away with giving teachers decent wallop providing you didn't go to far and break their nose or anything. Likewise for hitting other students or stealing stuff.

Comment Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220

The only way to get past novice or intermediate at programming is to get at least 10 years experience under your belt, at least 5 of which should be paid professional work on large complex systems or something equivalent in academia like a doctorate (anything else is just too easy).

Ah, this myth again. No, time does not equate to expertise. According to hundreds of scientific studies, time spent engaged in the exercise of a skill is the least correlated factor with expertise: people who play piano a lot, who program a lot, who have spent tens of thousands of hours drawing, are not automatically fantastically skilled, and in fact time spent exercising a skill is horribly unrelated to development of the skill.

So how does it work then? some people are no doubt just brilliant at stuff due to pure natural ability even though they never practice? What utter bullcrap.

I am not saying that practice automatically makes people better programmers (you can practice for years in a lazy way and not get any better), but I do think that to be a better programmer a huge part of it is breadth of experience at solving different problems, facing different challenges and working around different constraints.

Being naturally gifted or having a way of learning that suits the topic may give some people a slight head start or advantage in terms of needing less practice, but ultimately everyone needs to practice a skill in order to hone their abilities.

Just look at the employment market for the most compelling evidence: Senior developers with at least 5 years professional experience command more money than people fresh out of college.

Comment Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220

I used to think I was a good programmer. Then I started to learn about how much I didn't know, new techniques and frameworks and languages, and then I saw that I had a lot to learn.

Ten years later, I've learned a lot - but I've also discovered even more that I don't know and that I can improve upon.

So, I consider myself "average". In my domain I'm pretty good, I can crank stuff out that works well, is easy to understand and set up, has tests and documentation, etc., but there's a really, really big world out there.

I think a better test of being in the advanced is how easily you can follow other peoples code, no matter how poorly written it is or different in style to your own.

Comment Re:The average person thinks they've above average (Score 1) 220

According to the poll. the average person thinks they are average.

The vast majority of people on slashdot though are towards the younger end of the spectrum (ie, recent graduates and students). As people get older they tend to get caught up in family and such and drift away from the site, or like me only come back once or twice a month. This means the highest peaks should be towards the rookie end of the spectrum.

The only way to get past novice or intermediate at programming is to get at least 10 years experience under your belt, at least 5 of which should be paid professional work on large complex systems or something equivalent in academia like a doctorate (anything else is just too easy).

I would also say that the only way to get to expert is to do this in at least 2 or 3 different languages that are fairly different from one another. Basically, nobody under 40 can really be an expert as they simply haven't had long enough yet.

(Personally, I selected Intermediate, but I reckon I am nearly into Advanced)

Comment Re:NYPD (Score 1) 135

If any of the edits were deliberately false,

...that would be very troubling, but what if they were corrections to edits by people with even more bias?

Who cares? Bias people are allowed to sit around and post any crap they like on their own time and equipment. Even employees of private companies should be able to do crap like this if there employer wants them to.

With public servants this is different though as they all technically work for us, the public. Sitting around, making edits to wikipedia entries detailing their own actions (real or alleged) is not something that most of the public would like to see officers doing. Maybe if they did less of this and more actual policing our streets would be a little safer.

Comment Re:The majority? (Score 1) 277

Yeah, most people don't care. Or think they don't. They still have to waste time adjusting to it, though.

Only morning people actually like it, because they get to be extra smug for the following week while their co-workers, friends, and neighbors adjust.

As someone who has spent my whole life living under a system of DST I actually quite like it. Here in the UK it means that for the winter months i do not have to wake up while it is still pitch black outside in order to get to work for 8:30. It does mean it is dark when I am driving home but who cares then? it probably would be anyway actually as with the clock change it gets dark at about 4ish.

As to getting used to it? Wow, it is only one Saturday night that is either longer or shorter, half the time I don't even notice now as all my clocks just switch over automatically and I often get varying amount of sleep each night due to things like staying watching crap on TV or playing video games. My days of having a regimented bedtime that I had to stick to every night went away about 30 years ago. I find it difficult to believe that too many people really have trouble adjusting to this.

Comment Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

Are you new to this industry, or just pushing an agenda?

No, not new to the industry being now in my late thirties and having worked for the last decade as and server admin and developer. Don't really have an agenda as I have moved into pure development now and have no interest in moving back to being a sysadmin as I have a family now and the out of hours on call bit of being a sysadmin sucks.

Deployment numbers certainly do NOT indicate stability - 20 years of Windows' dominance is your counter-evidence there - at best, it's implied.

You say that but in my last sysadmin role I was responsible for supporting a pair of IIS servers we needed to serve certain crap developed for windows (needed to be case insensitive, and had occasional chunks of ASP). Windows 2003 Server was rock solid in this regard and managed similar uptimes to apache which we used for most stuff.

MS desktop offerings might be utter shit without a reboot but I was pleasantly surprised by IIS. I would still never choose to use again out of principle though as do I think open source is a good thing.

We've already started the process of migrating our infrastructure from Ubuntu Server LTSes back to FreeBSD.

Jesus, why would you even think about using Ubuntu in a server anyway? Everywhere I ever worked or heard of used RHEL, Centos or occasionally Debian. Since I discovered Mint I would not even waste my time using Ubuntu on a desktop.

"You need tender loving care once a week - so that I can slap you into shape." - Ellyn Mustard