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Comment: Re: Microsoft Windows only (Score 1) 143

by KJSwartz (#48448057) Attached to: Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Current strain of Microsoft Windows? Which ones? There are presently 7 variants (after losing count) of Windows 8. Are they all equally secure?

Windows 7? Vista? XPSP3 and 2003 Server?

Are the Home versions every bit as secure as the Professional versions?

Notice my glaring omission of NT.

Comment: Re: Hello FVEY (Score 1) 143

by KJSwartz (#48448041) Attached to: Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years

Perpetual decay \snicker \ha \haw

Remember ANYTHING about the 50s, 60s and 70s, son? You have things SO MUCH BETTER NOW than way back in the day. Computerized checkbooks, reliable transportation, telephone,... ..., Electricity, Internet. Need I go on? Polio and Smallpox Vaccines,... ..., imaging technology that puts X-ray Films from Polaroid to shame.

The decay you believe in is a figment of your imagination. Visit a third world county sometime and see what value your "wealth of knowledge" has in the real world. \Pity.

Comment: Re: Earth's Core is a spinning electromagnet (Score 1) 63

by KJSwartz (#48148323) Attached to: MAVEN Spies Mars' Atmosphere Leaching Out Into Space

Charged particles are separated by our magnetic field and enter the athmosphere at the two poles. The charge either dissipate staticly - through surface phenomena - or as electron exchanging current. So, do you propose the static charge at the poles accumulate as to create static clouds and pools that migrate, or that enough charge gets accumulated to break down the dielectric constant of air, water and rock?

There should be readily available information to answer your question.

Comment: Nice Graphics (Score 1) 63

by KJSwartz (#48148239) Attached to: MAVEN Spies Mars' Atmosphere Leaching Out Into Space

Good images, but quite useless to view without a little information. How does the Spectrograph present it's images - or a better question - how long did it take for MAVEN to collect the data for these few preliminary images? The voids in two images make them appear to be incomplete.

I'm wondering what effect our past missions have made to build up the hydrogen cloud around Mars, and how well Mar's two moons sweep up the high atmosphere.

Comment: States Rights issue (Score 1) 410

I like how the majority justices considered this an issue already decided by Michigan's citizens. I don't agree with their voters' choice, but deciding this as a states' rights issue seems appropriate.

Now, what Michigan's Universities should do is refuse a private path for deciding legacy admissions and other priority considerations. After all, what's to prevent those private paths from being discriminatory as well!

Comment: Throttling mechanism is all wrong (Score 1) 273

by KJSwartz (#46662421) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

The best method would be to establish the gate at the exit point, and to have a radio checkpoint further up the road. Do not allow vehicles out until the way is clear enough to meet additional cars' speed-to-AC ratio. If you can't establish at least an aggregate 20 mph (just pulling the figure out of thick smelly air), no additional cars are allowed to exit, excepting buses and emergency vehicles. The backlog of people wanting to enter their cars would be able to view the progress of cars at the exit and then make an informed decision. As long as there's free water and something interesting to watch, I'm certain folks won't be too bent outta shape.

Comment: Re: What a silly analogy! (Score 1) 716

by KJSwartz (#46225141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

I have a modicum of knowledge about bricklayers. The analogy is stupid.
Who helps write the proposal for building the wall?
Who helps write the statement of work?
Who then writes the requirements document, top level design document, interface control documents, and module development plans?
Who breaks down the project into a WBS itemized list, along with timelines and milestones?
Who submits requests for tools, computing resources, vendor supplied OSes and libraries, licenses!
Who develops and executes the test plan that proves the "wall" performs to specifications as laid out in the SoW and Requirements Documents?

We aren't bricklayers mixing cement and placing already preformed rhombuses into a preplanned structure. We build glorious monuments of achievement!

Comment: What a silly analogy! (Score 1) 716

by KJSwartz (#46225001) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

First and foremost, your boss grossly underestimated the scope of software and firmware engineering to an insulting level. Bricklayers. Pssshaw!

A small project requires the efforts of a entire contracting firm, from architects to planners to buyers to assemblers, excavators, bricklayers, carpenters, roofers, etc etc etc. Any small flaw that exists in the initial design has to be resolved in situ: it takes experience and teamwork to successfully bring in projects. So many times we are called upon to perform as many functions with fewer people.

It also takes a crack sales team to sell it off, as well as finance people to watch that the money flows smoothly.

I would look look deep into those soulless eyes and understand how little significance I hold when I'm in its sights.

Comment: Text-based code best represents multi dimensional (Score 1) 876

by KJSwartz (#46195399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

As a software engineer, you've taken the effort to generate requirements document, various module development plans, a high level design document, multiple interface control documents, and finally begin to codify the design. Now, graphically embed the essence of all those documents into intermediate object files, link them together and swear on a rack of Sun Solaris Manuals that you can support the product for the next ten years.

The answer: you can't. Tools evolve and die off, while text-based intermediate files are infinitely easier to support in the long run. Imagine what happens when your current version of LabView falls out of support and you have new requirements or a critical problem to resolve and your only machine with LabView has died a horrible death taking your hard drives with it.

Or better yet, developed test programs using VB 6.0, and woke up in a new millennium where your application no longer works on a Windows 2016 machine. What to do, Bunkie?


Do you REALLY want to have a George Jetson job making sprockets with your one red button? Steve Jobs said YES and created the iPod.

Comment: Re: Reliable ratings for me (Score 1) 381

by KJSwartz (#45210825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Exactly. Do your own research on quality issues through reviewers you can trust, and don't burden Slashdot with such unquantifiable services as "product reviewers". But to pose a question back at you - what OS VERSION and DISTRIBUTION do expect to use in your office computers? Purchase the multifunction printer that either had, has, or will have the best reputation.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.