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Comment: Re:Rails is decaying, but Chef is keeping Ruby ali (Score 1) 274

by Bigbutt (#48468635) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Not zealotry. I'm not a fan of having to install extra software such as Ruby or other agents on every server. If I can't manage every server with the tool, then I continue using what I do now or look for a tool that doesn't need an agent. Heck, security requirements make installing extra software a bear due to dependencies. I have to manually install and chase down the additional packages. We have quite a few older systems which don't support these agents, even cfengine. So having an agentless tool to do configuration management is the goal. I am considering Ansible but if it doesn't work, I'll continue to use my ssh based scripts.


Comment: Re:There's a solution (Score 1) 40

by Bigbutt (#48442045) Attached to: Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

Why not? I'm using it for a couple of my sites. Comments must be approved by me and I've locked down access to the admin directory to only accept logins from my home machine.

Instead of saying "Why?", provide suggestions as to a good replacement.

"WordPress has so many security holes mostly due to unsecure themes and plugins. Why not use Drupal or at least make sure you follow these steps to secure your site."

It's just annoying to hear "what a piece of shit, what idiot uses [whatever you don't particularly like]?" Folks like me will simply disregard your comment as unhelpful and continue using whatever software (or Wine or Whiskey or Car or Programming Language or Beer or Blog Software or Linux distro (or BSD distro)) you don't particularly like.


Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 91

by Bigbutt (#48402209) Attached to: Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

It was a combination of similar events. He'd been caught taking video inside the company, walking around with his iPad up and recording. Evernote was the well known trigger. And he was a manager (still is just somewhere else). We are pretty picky about electronics. The sign at the front entrance says we're not allowed to bring in USB keys and other personal electronics (like laptops or wireless only tablets). But again, that is more to the "don't let personal devices access the corporate wired/wireless network" and "don't plug personal USB keys into your laptop or the servers". The company supplies hardened USB keys if necessary. Heck, we're not permitted to take pictures of servers in the data center. I have access to the data center archives so can use company approved server images (helps when we have remote hands out and we don't want the wrong server powered off).

I will say that the company deals with human lives in the US and Canada on a daily basis. We were even the subject of a recent Slashdot article :)


Comment: Nope (Score 5, Insightful) 91

by Bigbutt (#48401455) Attached to: Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Not just no, but fuck no.

Having internal company correspondence, communication between groups and corporate offices will have valuable company information in Facebook's hands. We've had people walked out, fired, for using Evernote in meetings.

Remember what Zuckerman said.

"They trust me — dumb fucks," says Zuckerberg in one of the instant messages, first published by former Valleywag Nicholas Carlson at Silicon Alley Insider, and now confirmed by Zuckerberg himself in Jose Antonio Vargas's New Yorker piece. Zuckerberg now tells Vargas, "I think I've grown and learned a lot" since those instant messages.


Comment: Re:3 to 5 Years (Score 1) 187

by Bigbutt (#48345551) Attached to: I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Don't drink (didn't voluntarily take a drink until 10 years ago at 47 and only have tried different drinks a couple of times a year since then), never smoked or done drugs, I do eat more junk food than I should, exercise regularly (3 times a week on the weights, bicycling most of the year). Divorced twice.

Both sides of my family smoked (Dad, Mom, Dad's Dad, Mom's Dad) although both Dad and Mom quit when I was young. Both sides drank and as I understand Dad's Dad was quite the drinker and a bit abusive.

On the other side, our family history shows a tendency of smaller in diameter veins so more susceptible to blood issues like blockages/heart attacks.

So yea, like I said. Advances plus I do better than my parents and grandparents so longer can happen. I'll post up in 10 years and see where I am then :)


Comment: 3 to 5 Years (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by Bigbutt (#48330899) Attached to: I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Dad died when he was in his mid 50's. Grandad died when he was in his mid 50's. I'm in my mid 50's. Considering the advances and that I do exercise more and eat a bit better, I might last a bit longer than either of them. But not much longer.

So live life to its fullest and enjoy it while you can.


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