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Comment: You want a ChromeBook (Score 4, Informative) 257

by BitZtream (#47933145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Thats about the easiest solution to your problems. Pretty much every other solution you see in this thread is going to require more maintenance than a windows machine. You can't expect a bunch of armchair admins to provide you sensible answers, 90% of the response you get here are going to be custom solutions that aren't completely thought out and require 100 times more effort than the person giving them to you realizes. You're just getting spew from a bunch of guys who think they are super clever.

The solution is to make it so you don't need to support them, and if all they do is browse the web, a Chrome Book is the answer. The down side is that they become Google's bitch, but its probably worth it for your needs.

Comment: Common Sense (Score 1) 214

by BitZtream (#47925551) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Lets make some notes about your experience:

I worked for a large-scale web development project in southeast Asia

And you don't understand that ridiculous hours and fear driven work style is the norm in this region for many people? Yes, in this region, its not likely to go away anytime soon.

As far as Scott Hanselman's comments, he's mixing 3 different things into the same umbrella, the first 2 of which are actual things that SLOW development down, not drive it. Only the 3rd is what you're referring to. And really, picking a random dude who blogs a lot and has worked for MS for a few years probably isn't the best place to quote. He's got nothing really that impressive to make him an expert on properly managing development practices that most people don't have as well.

My project ran four times its initial estimation, and included horrendous 18-hour/day, 6 day/week crunches with pizza dinners. Is FDD here to stay?

Yes, your single experience is an indicator of how the whole world is going to operate for the rest of eternity.

Or not. Your experience is indicative of local culture, be happy they let you off one day a week and gave you pizza, most won't get that.

In the rest of the world, no FDD is a rare thing that usually is one of the last things a company does before it collapses into a heap of rubbish and ceases to exist because the only people working at it are unqualified people who can't get a job ANYWHERE else, so they HAVE to stay there.

FDD is the result of managers not having any clue about how to manage people, nothing else. The solution is to go somewhere else. In the case of southeast Asia, you probably will have to physically move somewhere else to get away from it, but thats better than jumping off the roof in a year or two.

The fact that you're posting on slashdot means you don't live in a country that will prevent you from changing your situation, only that you have not bothered to change your situation and seem to think your one experience is how they all are.

That or you're just Scott Hanselman trying to drive traffic to your blog in a slashvertisement ... which seems more likely, because otherwise your post is kind of dumb ... just like Hanselman's blog entry on the subject.

Comment: Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (Score 3, Informative) 515

by BitZtream (#47924091) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

More and more iphone like

Either you don't use an iPhone, you don't use OSX, or you're intentionally lying. Other than the general change in icons/theme, what makes it more like iOS in this version? Are you one of those people that still manually starts Launchpad and then bitches about it looking like iOS because you started an app designed to add some very specific iOS functionality to OSX ... an App that is in no way the default and takes manual lunching every time you want to use it ...

lack of innovation

... One feature: Continuity. Done. I just beat innovation in every other OS for the last couple of years as far as desktop users are concerned. What have other OSes been doing thats so innovative? Linux certainly doesn't have ANYTHING impressive to show off for the last several years unless you want to be really geeky, which 99.9% of the Linux desktop users don't care about, let alone the rest of the world. Most would argue Windows is going downhill in the UI aspect, with the pending save from Windows 9. So what is this innovative OS that you seem to be comparing to? OpenBSD? What?

bugs not getting fixed.

Now you've just proved you're being intentionally obtuse. I know I know, Windows doesn't get any bug fixes either. And yet somehow we see stories on slashdot about bug fixes causing some people problems. Just because your obscure bug doesn't get fixed doesn't make such a generalized statement fair.

You're one of those people who just bitches to bitch, not because you have something useful to contribute.

I have some complaints about 10.10 myself, but most of them revolve around aesthetic preferences, not actual usability. This whole 'everything should be flat squares with single colors and MAYBE some basic gradients at a 45 degree angle' crap that everyone jumped on the bandwagon of its just retarded.

Comment: Natural immunity (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by BitZtream (#47924035) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Good, this indicates that doctors and people who think they should take antibiotics like vitamins haven't completely screwed up our natural immunities and that most of the world still fights off this infections even though drugs no longer work on them.

Can we please get back to the point where we take antibiotics when we're in need of them, not just because we might have an infection or have a mild infection?

I'm all for taking them in the cases where it will be life threatening not to, but FFS not just because we're sick. We're making all of these things capable of fighting off the drugs and getting ourselves to the point where first world countries with antibiotics are going to be less safe than 3rd world shit holes where the people at least have functional immune systems that can fight off what they see in their environment.

We have survived for hundreds of thousands of years without taking daily antibiotic doses, why do some people and worse still some doctors think we should take them like candy now when someone gets the sniffles.

Comment: A.Nobody tells A.Somebody they're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 179

by BitZtream (#47923877) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

So lets summarize the authors babbling: Apple has no actual incentive to OSS Swift other than appeasing people like the author who think Apple should do what they want even though they don't care for Apple.

Basically, he's a freeloader and thinks Apple should support him.

He seems to think his opinion of whats good for Apple matters, and that Apple doesn't know what they are doing. Ironically, Apple is sitting on ridiculous amounts of cash, and the author is a writer for Infoworld.

Now, I'm not even bothering to address the technical reasons the author is a moron, just the plain old common sense things. This guy's just grumpy he can't install some sort of Swift capable IDE/Environment on his windows machine for free, thats the only reason the article exists.

From a technical perspective he doesn't seem to understand that Swift, as done by Apple, without Cocoa ... is fucking pointless. The whole point of swift is a language that works perfectly for a nextstep/cocoa style universe. Trying to shoehorn the rest of the computing world into swift is just pointless.

Comment: Not a Problem, submitter doesn't understand (Score 5, Insightful) 84

by BitZtream (#47923843) Attached to: Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

Its not actually a problem, thats why. The submitter doesn't actually understand what he's suggesting and why the current method of dealing with this issue works fine.

You know who is doing the damage and 'attacking' you, they are easy to identify, and you just stop talking to them. They're only going to connect to a relatively small number of people so disconnecting bad players is trivial, then you never talk to them again. They bare the cost of having all the money invested in setting up the original connections they used to 'attack' with being lost. And lets be clear, BGP attacks aren't done via virtual connections, they're done across physical connections so you know EXACTLY who is doing them and which cable to unplug to solve the problem.

Do you upgrade every router running BGP, or just turn off the 2 connections to the bad guy? Its just not worth the effort to 'fix the problem' with a technical solution when good old fashion common sense tactics work just as well and for far less cost (read: effort for everyone involved) Even if it were a major backbone provider, the number of connections to cut is still trivial compared to even upgrading all the routers that the single largest backbone providers connect to.

This is a stupid question to ask and just illustrates not understanding the actual problem. The costs of 'fixing' the problem technical FAR outweighs the benefits of doing so (not having to manually disconnect troublesome players).

Australia

NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the oh-watching-the-places-you'll-go dept.
Bismillah writes Wikileaks' latest release of documents shows that the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed. NSW Police spokesperson John Thompson said it would not be appropriate to comment "given this technology relates to operational capability".

Comment: Re:maintenance costs (Score 1) 245

by BitZtream (#47895053) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

think about the savings from tech support & maintenance...

... because they won't need to support Linux or perform maintenance on it? Or do fairys do that for you with Linux?

The retraining alone will cost far more than licensing costs over the last 10 years, let alone interoperability issues.

Licensing costs are a drop in the bucket compared to an employees salary and time, the fact that you don't realize or consider this just shows how utterly disconnected you are from the realities of running a business.

Comment: Re:... and back again. (Score 0) 245

by BitZtream (#47894907) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Are you seriously trying to claim Office 2013 in Windows 8 is radically different? And that its not that much different than Linux and something like LibreOffice on KDE/Gnome?

They'll lose more than 300 in dealing with interoperability with the rest of the world alone trying to exchange documents, let alone the training.

Metro is a branch of applications, not the entire OS.

You are so ridiculously uninformed about Windows you can not possibly comment on what migration would be like based on the silliness of your post.

Pretending they'll save money on the migration is just ignorant. If you want to argue that in 15 years, they'll save money, you MIGHT have an argument, IF you ignore the cost of shitty interoperability, but only if you ignore that. You have to have a pretty narrow view of the world to think they'll actually save money.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 129

by BitZtream (#47888283) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

... Right because Redmond doesn't know anything about forcing a tablet style UI on desktop/laptop users and having it fail utterly.

While theres nothing wrong with a Chromebook, pretending its going to take over the world is kind of silly.

Native Client ... REALLY? Let me put a VM in your VM so you can run VMs ...

This may sound like a great idea, but I suspect you'll find after using it a minor amount that its not all that great in reality.

Comment: Re:above, below, and at the same level. ZFS is eve (Score 1) 366

by BitZtream (#47884407) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

You're not really understanding how ZFS does and can work. It already has hooks to provide 'features' such as you talk about. It does require crossing several traditional Unix boundaries, thats true, but its an accepted trade off to get the benefits that go with ZFS, but the hooks to include such features at the typical boundary points still exist in the ZFS code. Pretending that ZFS has to be totally and completely aware of what you hook in isn't really fair. What you hook in has to integrate with the API, which is well defined, and that really isn't any different than with the approach you seem to prefer.

And for reference: dm-cache and cache are not needed with ZFS, l2arc already covers them, and it does it better because it knows whats going on across all 3 layers. I seem to have no problem doing iscsi sharing of ZFS storage space nor do I seem to have any problem using iscsi targets as part of zdevs. Hell, technically you can still use dm-cache and bcache with ZFS, if you're ignorant enough to do so. You can even run whatever file system you want on top of zvols. You'd be stupid to do it in most cases, but the ability is there if need be.

Since you want to use the word Unix, lets get a few things clear. Linux is not and likely never will have a Unix certification. Sun on the other hand had two operating systems that were certified Unix and they were doing it before Linus had a computer to start Linux on. Drop the 'my OS does it right' bullshit because your OS isn't what you're claiming it to be, and the system you arguing against was written by people who did make something you're claiming it isn't.

I don't disagree with the Unix tradition in the least, compartmentalized code with strong boundaries and good interoperablility where ever possible ... and occasionally you tear down the walls for specific reasons. Graphical performance is an example where your philosophy sucks, which is why Windows kicks the ever living shit out of Linux performance. Note: Linux, NOT Unix. SGI had a terrific graphics stack as an example, and Sun's wasn't too horrible.

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