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Comment: System updates over dialup are painful/impossible (Score 2) 97

by swillden (#47933023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Though even an out-of-date Linux distro is going to be safer against malware than Windows, keep in mind that it's almost impossible to keep one of the major distros updated with security patches via dialup. I tried that with my father in law's computer for a couple of years, setting up a cron job to dial up automatically late at night, every night, and chip away at the downloads. It fell further and further behind.

Other than the fact that I don't know if any of them even support dialup, a Chromebook seems ideal for this application. Updates are smaller and less frequent, and ChromeOS is strongly hardened as compared to a standard distro, so it's less worrisome if they miss some. Chrome Remote Desktop would enable you to take control of the machine when needed (that actually works on any platform) and while it's painful at dialup speeds I have used it successfully.

Comment: Re:define (Score 1) 290

by swillden (#47931151) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

What a content-free quote. You can easily find a dozen quotes from Google -- including in their privacy policy, which is legally binding -- which show they don't share any individual user data at all. If you can find a way to prove they're lying, you can get both the SEC and the FTC to take legal action against them.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 2) 280

by swillden (#47931049) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Also, Brakes and Tires are functionally identical between a BMW and a Tesla, and, on the Model S

Sort of. The tires, yes. The brakes are functionally identical, but should wear much more slowly on the Model S thanks to regenerative braking. How much less depends on driving style, obviously.

Comment: Re:Fear of changing code.... (Score 1) 205

by swillden (#47930845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I have also seen/heard of circumstances where "doing the minimum to keep the thing working" is allowed but actually improving the code is not because improving the code counts as "new work" and comes from a different budget than maintenance. Seems stupid but that's how some shops operate.

"The minimum to keep the thing working" nearly always implies improving the code. All developers need to realize this and stop this silly false dichotomy between "maintenance" and "refactoring".

IMO, developers know there isn't a difference but management does not.

Does management review the diffs?

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 2) 729

by swillden (#47929687) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

There are obvious differences between Christianity and Islam that make Christianity able to coexist with a modern secular state while Islam is showing all over the world that it can't.

This is only because Christianity has changed. Christianity as it was during the era of the crusades, and for hundreds of years after them, not only could not coexist with a secular government, it couldn't even coexist with an ostensibly Christian government which espoused a slightly different form of Christianity.

Note that I'm not bashing Christianity here... I am a Christian. But let's not whitewash the history of Christianity.

can you imagine the Pope leading a frenzied crowd in the St. Peters square in chants of "death to infidels"

Well, historically, the Pope doesn't lead chants. Instead he just issues orders to root out and forcibly "convert" infidels via torture, to save their souls. Of course, popes haven't done that for centuries because it has become unacceptable to Christians.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 729

by swillden (#47929619) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

Not from any evidence I've ever seen. No larger power had given them any attention for the past year, and their numbers, financial resources, and power swelled unchecked; they only become a greater threat with time.

That's only because they're riding the wave created by previous overreactions and conficts, and the (reasonable from their perspective -- and probably correct) that if they keep at it they'll get the reaction that will justify their existence.

Comment: Evergreen Supertanker 747 (Score 1) 100

by weiserfireman (#47929309) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

This is an amazing water bomber. It drops from so high, the water just mists down like light rain.

Because it is a pressurized system, they can control how much they dump where.

For example, maybe they do 4 drops from 1 tank load, 25% on each drop in 4 different locations

Yes, I am a wildland firefighter, I have been on fires where these planes were working
(Engineboss, Strike Team Leader in Training)

Comment: Re:Translation...and I'm a Guest, not a Coward.... (Score 1) 194

by Teancum (#47928001) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

In the press conference that was held after the announcement, the NASA PR rep actually mentioned "other competitive crewed spaceflight operators" could be considered in the future. In other words, SNC is not completely out of the picture. Indeed they will still be funded for CCiCAP as they complete the final milestones under the current agreements... SNC just missed the big funding and actual spaceflight missions which SpaceX and Boeing are now being funded for with CCtCAP.

Comment: And this is news? (Score 2) 729

by LWATCDR (#47927589) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

First of all is anyone shocked by this? Really people you think this is news? I mean next you tell me that Sun is hot.
Second this needs to be put under the politics category.

I hide Politics on Slashdot so I do not have too see this kind of story.
It is not that I am not interested in political news, the reason is that the quality of comments and editing on anything political on Slashdot is so bad.

If you disagree on the quality that is fine but Slashdot let's the users hide categories for a reason. Helpful hint editors while it does not apply to this story if the word Republican or Democrat are in the title it is politics.

Comment: Re:Nothing Useful (Score 1) 497

by Whorhay (#47927311) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

It sounds like most of your complaints are cosmetics. I have different tastes and one of the first things I did when forced to use Win7 at work was disable Aero. I spent a lot of time beating the UI into submission to look as much like XP as possible. I'm still stuck with a start menu with a stupid scroll bar though because our UAC policies won't let me install something to actually fix that.

Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.