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Comment: Re:I was affected (Score 1) 109

by antdude (#47769013) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

Same here with my friend and me in Southern CA, USA: ...
[03:58am] * Ant is away: (Auto-Away after 120 mins) [BX-MsgLog On]
ï½ï½ï½ Connection closed from irc...: Remote end closed connection
ï½ï½ï½ BitchX: Servers exhausted. Restarting. ...
03:58AM ï½ï½ï½ Ant [] has joined #linux
ï½ï½ï½ Topic (#linux):
ï½ï½ï½ Topic (#linux): set by Ant! at Wed
                    Aug 27 00:27:20 2014 ...
03:58AM ï½ï½ï½ KaT [] has joined #linux ...

We were glad to be asleep to miss the outage. I hate it when my Internet service goes out like that. :(

Comment: Read the blog. He still has something to give. (Score 1) 113

by unimacs (#47764737) Attached to: The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)
I was kind of confused about the message and intent of the videos. If the goal is to give advice to those who want to continue programming as a career beyond their 40's and into their 60's, it might make more sense to interview somebody who has managed to do that. I guess the idea was to avoid doing what he did.

The advice seemed to come down to this: Take care of yourself and work for the government or just skip a career in programming altogether. The rest was made up of miscellaneous recollections.

I was curious enough to look at his blog. Though he's only posted sporadically, he does come across as a very intelligent guy with a graduate degree that still has something to give the industry, though I'm not sure in what capacity. He was a teacher for awhile and that seems to have been a good fit but it sounds like health issues ended that part of his career.

Outside of management, keeping ones career going all the way through to retirement can be a challenge in technical fields. Part of that is pure discrimination but I would also guess that in many cases companies get are getting more per dollar spent out of younger employees. How does one combat that as they age? Some do it successfully. Is becoming a consultant or moving into management the only way to go?

Comment: Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (Score 1) 232

by StikyPad (#47764713) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Social engineering - not the same thing as hacking the bricking/remote wipe protocol.

Your original post didn't restrict itself to protocol attacks, even tangentially. There are no "extra points" for using one method over another.

At any rate, the law permits the user to opt-out of the technological solution, so that's the protection, not the fact that the protocol is secure (which is unknowable/unprovable). If someone is uncomfortable with it, they can disable it. Although disabling a disabling feature might be a double negative.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 779

by Vellmont (#47759787) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

This is exactly what I'm talking about. Yes, it has worked for years, and that's why you like it. You (we?) are now that "old generation" that I was referring to, and I'm not about to become a grumpy old admin.

Some things are basic to design. The design philosophy of Unix/Linux has nothing to do with technology, and everything to do with human beings. Technology changes, human being stay the same. I'm a developer now, and that same design philosophy is how people create good programs. It's the same human element at work.

Simple designs are really quite lauded across all of design. It's not just software. Complexity is what you get when you don't have any other choice. It's not really an old fashioned value at all. Einstein said "Everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler".

Worked just fine. I also worked for vendor J, who used one big binary: rpd handles just about every routing protocol you can imagine. Is J bad and is R good? According to the market, J is doing very well, while R has been acquired and assimilated by a another company.

Well, that might be OK. From an admin perspective, what's the difference since routing is really routing. One binary is easy to deal with. If they architected the software in a sane way and devided the big binary into sane objects, it might even be easy to code as well. It makes sense because networking is networking. I just don't see the same thing being true for system services. Starting up services is ENTIRELY different from mounting a share. Why would you group those two functions together?

But really though you're judging the goodness/badness from the wrong angle. Which company is successful has zero to do with which is a better design. Success has as much to do with marketing, price, luck, branding, and golf outings as it does with the design. Deisgn is just a small part of success.

The question should be, which did YOU find easier to deal with, and which one do the software developers find easier to code and add new features to.

Comment: Re:Stop being such a drama queen. (Score 3, Insightful) 153

by Vellmont (#47758127) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

a) the ubiquitous availability of information is a relatively new thing. Public libraries didn't even really exist until the latter 19th/E20th centuries. The internet is less than a generation old.
b) governments and power structures have controlled such information throughout the span of human history.

I'm not even 100% convinced that the ideal of universal access to information is an unalloyed good.

Nothing is pure good. Fortunately that's not the standard for good. Unfettered access to the Internet merely has to be better than government censorship of the internet. That's the real choice, not internet vs no internet. Unfettered access to information is one the founding principles of Democracy. Western nations have embraced this idea for around 200 years. Developing nations that aren't particularly democratic or are newly democratic are having to come to grips with this fact.

A country where the Government gets to censor what we see and hear can't function as a democracy. Democracy relies on the citizens being able to freely communicate. That can't happen under censorship. In the US the founding fathers reconized this because they were subject to a government that tried to control them. That's why the created the first amendment, and why other countries equally recongized this basic fact of a functioning democracy.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!