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Comment Re:Apple Desktop Bus (Score 2) 291

I've always been fond of Apple's ADB. It seemed like the closest thing to USB as far as I know of, at least compared to IBM's PS/2. ADB seemed more versatile than PS/2, which was easy to mistake the PS/2 mouse port with the PS/2 keyboard port. The only other versatile port I can think was SCSI with it's ability to chain devices.

Yeah, this. Surprised more people haven't mentioned this. ADB was pretty far ahead of its time, considering it debuted with .. what, the Mac SE? Apple IIGS? I forget which of those came out first, but certainly way back in the day.

More to the point... All this discussion about USB adoption without really mentioning what made it actually take off. The Original iMac. Only someone like Steve Jobs could get the company to agree to drop essentially ALL legacy support at once and force people into this newfangled thing. Apple missed the boat on CD-RW's for a few years, but the iMac really ignited widespread USB adoption on both sides of the divide.

Comment Re: Like systemd (Score 1) 461

Not one post on any board has cited an actual problem they have encountered and how it damaged their infrastructure or workflow. I am not for or against systemd but, with the general consensus of the posters, there seems to be few real world problems with it and instead, a lot whining about how systemd breaks "their" precious Linux world view.

I just had the latest (of many) systemd issues with a RHEL update to 7.2 hosing boot. Seems simple enough to fix, right? Downgrade to the previous kernel and figure things out. That hung too, though. Couldn't get systemd to boot into rescue more, or even emergency mode. It would simply "hang" for no reason. Booted from ISO and chroot'd in and things seemed fine enough. No logs of course, so nothing useful to diagnose with.

Three hours later, after my umpteenth boot attempt, I find that on some random virtual console I couldn't get to until I manually tweaked the grub line, systemd was deciding that that a selinux policy file was corrupt and halting... but it only displayed that after you WAIT 600 SECONDS for some other startup function to timeout. No log entry, no diagnosis until then.

Thanks, guys. Way to improve upon shell scripts.

Comment SecureCRT (Score 1) 352

I've never understood the appeal of Quake-style drop-downs. The last thing I need is quick command at chat speed, and, as a server sysadmin there's usually nothing interesting on my laptop/desktop to begin with -- I'm administering servers that are out there doing stuff.

For Windows (and OS X, finally), I've gotten accustomed to SecureCRT's interface and tend to find it the most comfortable. SecureFX is a little less reliable on the Mac (I prefer CyberDuck or another more Mac-like client), but its integration with CRT's keystore makes it super convenient.

Comment Re:Nailed it (Score 1) 291

I sometimes wonder what the world would look like if developers were financially liable for software security failures.

It'd look like the cost analysis of the current US healthcare industry. The fear of a malpractice lawsuit is rampant, which leads to ass-covering every which way imaginable, and fees and insurance costs that match.

I'm not saying malpractice lawsuits are bad, but that level of scrutiny is what we're all paying for out of our pockets.

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

I have no debt and a hefty savings account

According to lenders this makes me a credit risk.

Would you trust someone with a double margarita if this was the first time they've ever drinked?

The best predictor for responsible use of credit given today is whether you've responsibly used credit in the past. Not using credit is not "responsible use of credit" any more than being 10 years sober is "responsible use of alcohol".... it's non-use of alcohol, and, in fact, is a pretty clear hint that maybe you *shouldn't* trust that person with alcohol.

Yes, it sucks if you're being super cautious about any possibility of taking on any debt and you're otherwise a reasonable person, but Catch-22's are hardly limited to credit scoring.

Comment Re:Just asking for adult behavior! (Score 1) 358

It is amazing to me that asking people to act like functional adults and not social misfits in a public forum is a possible death knell for ANY community.

Yes, because the people who managed to design, build, operate, maintain, and improve upon computers, the internet, and software in general for the last 60 years couldn't possibly have been adult. Thank goodness we have this guy to lead us from the darkness and save us from ourselves.

The devil is always in the details, so if they apply the ban hammer TOO harshly, it'll run people off, sure, but it's a little early to assume that, don't you think?


Comment That's not a plan, that's a plan to plan (Score 4, Interesting) 188

To be fair, there's not much incredibly unique about solar weather like this that wouldn't apply to a general electrical catastrophe from an intentional EMP. There's a chance of getting some notice notice, but the practical effects of that will be slim other than telling anyone with a Faraday Cage to close and everyone else to attempt to power everything down first.

Whether it's a rogue state exploding a few nukes in space over the US (no targetting needed, just fire it up from a shipping container at set it to explode about 100mi high), or the Sun taking it out, the end is the same... pretty complete collapse of infrastructure everywhere at once. Think Katrina, but simultaneously across the county. What infrastructure remains working probably won't stay functioning for long with all of the other issues going on...

The logistics of rebuilding will be immense and measured in years, and that's assuming we have enough working equipment after that to "reboot civilization", as it were, and some other -- better equipped -- country with a few working jets doesn't decide to take advantage of things. The military will have properly shielded equipment in many cases, but it's an open question how long and in what way a chain of command can survive when disconnection is universal and recovery is years away.

The rural areas will be survivable; the coastal cities and anywhere where survival depends on electricity and food transportation logistics will not be.

The book One Second After is a decent look at what it might be like, although I have faith that there will be more HAMs than he seems to think who might be able to help with long distance communication in the aftermath. Or you could just watch reruns of Revolution and ignore the mystical nanite techno-babble and focus on the sociology of the collapse.

Comment Big news, but not unprecedented (Score 2, Insightful) 235

Anyone who thinks this is beyond the pale has obviously never piloted a plain before. I don't care if built the aviation device yourself by hand with spare Christmas decoration parts, if you're in the air you need to do your registration, paperwork, and file a flight plan. "Model airplanes" hadn't necessarily required licensing (so long as you stay below a certain height), but other aspects of it (like radio-telemetry) do.

So long as we're getting to a point where someone's "drone" is enough of a hazard to the conduct of real air operations, it makes perfect sense to nip this problem in the bud.

If there's an unmarked drone flying around, filming people, and doing God-knows-what-else, I want do be able to file a complaint with the FAA about it.

Comment Re: Okay, So Why Should I Be Paranoid? (Score 1, Informative) 373

We shouldn't have to pay anything for privacy. You're not thinking clearly because of how far our society has gone down the road of routine invasion. Privacy used to be normal, and people had to pay to be known, typically for business but also socially - remember classifieds?

If privacy was normal, it was due to lack of mass broadcasting and data processing, and the existence of a strong social fabric among those who DID have access to you if they wanted to. (Apartment neighbors, etc.)

Technology ruined the first part. And now everyone's your neighbor on the internet, rendering the second part irrelevant.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 2, Insightful) 311

Using GPLv3 will all but ensure no corporate/enterprise support, thus leaving the older, less useful formats in place.

Sometimes zealots get in their own way...

Yeah, I was just about to say this. Why in God's name would one put a library like this in v3? I suppose I should be happy they made a library at all instead of just "creating an app", but this will be nothing more than a science project.

Comment Re:Blindfold Anyone? (Score 4, Interesting) 155

Why not use a blindfold for 5 days?

Are these people stupid or just trying to make everything more difficult than it seems?

A) Some light is likely to get in, and they would need to be in a mostly-dark room regardless to account for slip-ups. Even then, they wanted to get 100% darkness, not 99.5% darkness (by timeslice)
B) Ever worn a sleep mask or eye pillow? Your eye does different things when it's covered or has pressure on it (and a lot of pressure would need to be applied here, most likely). Having your eye "free" to look around (but having no source of light in the room) is likely to be physiologically different than wearing a dark blindfold.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 2) 755

In addition to what I said above, there's another growing demographic that's sort of the elephant in the room here: The basement dweller who spends his days playing World of Warcraft while his parents work. I've seen a lot of these, and IMO they're the biggest cause of the obesity epidemic. If you give these people free money, believe me, they don't move on unless they are literally evicted. I'm sure you guys have heard the horror stories about video game addiction where such and such person loses their job, their wife, and their house, while they were playing video games.

A term used in parts of Europe, heavily in Japan (especially within the last 10 years or so), but that's virtually non-existent in the US is "NEET" -- "Not in Education, Employment, or Training (school)". There's a little bit of overlap with the Hikikomori.

The take-away is that we really do have to consider there there's a higher case of actual psychological dysfunction associated with these groups (including "Failure-to-launch" Millennials in the US, etc...) . Whether it's caused by, exacerbated by, or simply correlates with the unemployment is almost beside the point -- once afflicted, any social policy for "fixing" the problem needs to take this into account.

The first version always gets thrown away.