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Comment Re:Coming soon in Windows 11 (Score 1) 87

You don't (usually) use the urinal for work purposes. You do use your employer's computer for work purposes. Personally, I use my employer's resources for absolutely nothing personal. I use my resources for absolutely nothing work-related. I keep a very strict separation between personal and work resources to minimize my employer's claim to anything I do outside of work. Certainly not an iron-clad guarantee, but it should help.

Comment Before you make vast changes... (Score 1) 189

... consider the effect on your existing client base. Very likely, the people who use your product heavily really know the UI very well and have very well developed muscle memory. If you make significant changes to the UI, their knowledge and muscle memory won't work. They'll be very unhappy and will complain to their management. I'm not saying you shouldn't make changes, just that you really want to be sure that the benefits will outweigh the costs.

At my place of employment, we have several dozen people who spend their entire work day deep in our records management system. They can navigate through the system, accomplishing their tasks like they were jet powered. Significant changes to the UI would be like chopping off their fingers.

Comment Re:Back in the old days (Score 3, Interesting) 393

Also depends on the degree you receive. A degree in philosophy or polysci or whatever is not likely going to make you highly marketable. Normally, I would say that you're pretty safe with an STEM degree. However, I attended a conference this weekend that leaves me wondering. One of the speakers was a comp sci prof from my alma mater. The stuff she said sounded more like something I'd expect from a sociology prof. If that's what's passing for comp sci these days, I'd have to question the value of a comp sci degree.

For the record, I'm not a misanthrope. I just dislike people.

Comment Not always true (Score 1, Insightful) 213

I've had a couple of jobs where we happily used OSS. Now, we used it in the IT department, where we all understood what we were and were not getting. Using OSS outside IT might possibly put it where those who don't understand would see it. Depends on who's using it.

Sorry if I'm a bit grumpy. Had a rough week dealing with end users and I'm feeling a bit BOfH.

Comment Re:pop3 to local machine, then backup (Score 2) 74

Personal email, I don't much care to keep. Business email, OTOH, is very useful. I use it as a paper trail. If I need to recall something, it's probably in my email. When a damager, um, sorry, manager, asks why I didn't do X (or why I did do X or, well, you get the idea) when in fact I did it, I usually just forward him the email I'd sent him N months ago detailing that his request is complete. Don't do that a lot, but every time I get to do it, it makes my week. Since corporate email servers are supposed to be secure, particularly from internal tampering, they are a good storage facility. That said, if the email is something that worries me, I archive it locally.

I used to be the paranoid weirdo until Snowdon. Now I'm smarter than most.

Comment Is a retailer obligated... (Score 1) 233

... to sell any particular product? If someone complains, will Apple be obligated to sell Chromecast devices on their website? When I walk into Safeway, I cannot find any of the Loblaws house brands on sale. Likewise, when I walk into Loblaws, I cannot find any of the Safeway house brands on sale. Yet, in neither case does anyone complain that these companies are being anticompetitive.

No retailer should be obligated to sell any particular product. Apple has both its own website and physical stores. Chromecast is available for sale online and at multiple physical retailers. Amazon prevents me from buying neither by not selling them. By not carrying these products, all that Amazon does it to deprive itself of part of the price I pay.

Comment There are limits (Score 1) 324

to what you can actually do.

You can hide files in a hidden container, you can encrypt files and give the key to someone in a different jurisdiction. But, in the end, if they have you and they have the computer, they will probably get what they want. We used to call it "rubber hose crypto".

If you don't have to bring the data with you, don't. Put the encrypted data somewhere in the cloud and pull it down when you need it. Then purge it from your computer.

SD cards are small and might pass if you are not subject to intense scrutiny. But if they are really looking at you, they will be found. If you don't have a lot of data, consider encrypting it and then use steganography to hide it in some of the files in you iPod.

Assuming you do not keep data on the computer, what you need to do is install apps that will:

  • securely delete files
  • securely clear swap space

Make sure to clear history, etc.

The best way to store data securely is in your own head.

Comment Re:Stupid idea (Score 1) 139

Good ideas. I'd suggest going one step further and travel with a laptop you would not mind losing. For instance, when I upgrade systems, I typically keep the old one for travel, etc. Unless I really need to more powerful new system, the old one will usually do just fine for a few days. Why offer thieves a better payday than absolutely necessary?

Comment This is normal (Score 4, Informative) 284

Over the past 30 years (dang, that's a long time), I've worked at three multinationals. All three had this policy. It's unlikely that I happened upon three outliers, so I expect that this is the normal policy for large campuses. That being the case, if it was unreasonable, there would have been multiple large successful lawsuits and the lawyers for all the other big companies would have changed the policy. Large companies are risk-averse. The fact that this policy is still in place in many companies indicates that it is the right policy.

I get really tired for people dumping on large companies without warrant. When they deserve to be slammed, let's slam them, but dumping on them when it is not warranted is just as evil as anything they do.

Comment Re:"The code comes out cleaner"? (Score 1) 497


I'm in the same boat - taking responsibility (I really don't want to claim ownership) of a ton of code that contains no comments, uses meaningless names, is poorly structured, and does things that some of our suppliers will not support. If your code is well-structured and uses meaningful names, you really don't need a lot of comments. I have encountered code in which the comments are wrong. IMO, incorrect comments are worse than no comments. When I see a comment, my initial reaction is to believe what it says. An incorrect comment sends me down a rabbit hold, wasting my time and leaving me frustrated and angry.

Every little picofarad has a nanohenry all its own. -- Don Vonada