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Comment Re:We found the CenturyLink fanboi! (Score 1) 118

OK, where is the fanboy in question? All I saw in the post to which you're responding is damnation with faint praise ("is still working on phasing in ADSL", "They've almost got service to my entire block", It only took them fifteen years since they started", etc.).

Comment Re:What the hell is cybercapability (or cyberweapo (Score 1) 210

If you're connected to the Internet, your company SHOULD have an expert. Just like when your company has a car, it should have someone that regularly inspects and repairs them. If you have a small fleet, you hire someone on an as-needed basis, but when your fleet grows you may see that it's cheaper to have someone in-house.

People just think because computers are easy to use (and they are to an extent) that everything about it is easy.

Comment Re:No, not the battery (Score 1) 89

Look up Perl Taint Mode. It basically throws up an error if you have not properly cleaned your variables that are sourced from outside (eg. user input) and in turn affect outside sources (eg. SQL query).

If we had something similar for JavaScript where an outside variable or personal data objects were 'tainted' and required user permissions and developer cleanup before they went back out. That way the system can't leak data. Something similar to the pop-up box on iOS (or it's lesser/broken version on Android) where it says: this app wants to use your: "location , address book , battery status , cookies "

Comment What the hell is cybercapability (or cyberweapon)? (Score 4, Insightful) 210

There is no such thing as a cyberweapon. There is hacking/cracking and that is generally done through technical weaknesses and/or social engineering. There is no such thing as a cybertank or a cybergun, something that can actively break through something that it was not intended to go through. There is no software that can simply break through a web server by sheer force.

Using any kind of military jargon with what amounts to a technical capability of a piece of software is (car analogy) like telling us that foreign car mechanics and imported engines are capable of destroying our infrastructure and instead of fixing the engines or building our own to counteract it we have to deploy our own car mechanics and engines to foreign countries.

Using these analogies of cyberweapons with technical experts just sounds like a bunch of military people heard of the printing press and now they want to destroy people with paper cuts.

Comment Re:False History (Score 1) 75

Correct, I remember it was also a great proxy country if you wanted to sell cars, computers etc into the actual Soviet bloc. One of my first jobs actually involved transporting cars from France and Belgium to "dealers" in Zagreb during the Yugoslav War. It involved bribes at the Austrian border to get past miles of border traffic and past checkpoints.

Comment Re:We're actually better off (Score 1) 89

Maybe the OS didn't have a UUID but pretty much all of the hardware did. Your BIOS and CPU's have been able to return serial numbers for a very long time. The generic CPUID came into existence around the 80486 but before that there were almost always methods to return said information. I remember even on my 80286, there were tools that could read unique BIOS information.

Comment Re:No, not the battery (Score 1) 89

It is useful for HTML5 local applications. The problem with JavaScript is that variables can be transmitted without a whole lot of warning to the user(s). If we had something akin to Perl's Taint Mode - something that prevents you from using or affecting 'outside' data sources without your explicit cleaning/permission in JavaScript, we'd be a whole lot further.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 478

There is no car, there are Escorts and Fusions and Cavaliers and all sorts of versions of cars; way too confusing for your average customer.

And yet we buy them, because they all basically do the same thing.

Its really quite astounding to me that people think the unified iPhone / Windows approach to computing is better than the everyone-pick-what-suits-you method like vehicles, houses, etc.

Comment Re:Difficulty (Score 1) 270

I was ~8 when I used Windows 3.1 for the first time and had no problem figuring it out. It looked a lot like MacOS and XWindows, so I was pretty familiar with it. There were a number of other systems that looked similar that were GUI's for DOS before Windows 3.

I quit using Windows a little after Windows 95 in place of Red Hat 5 (the original, not RHEL) because Windows was crashing all the time when using the network even with bog-standard hardware (an original NE2000).

Comment Re:HAHAHAHA! (Score 1) 231

Most parts of driving is very easy (stay between the lines and a proper distance from the car in front of you). A fully-autonomous grid is also very easy (all participants being autonomous and communicating).

What's not easy is integrating humans driving and autonomous cars driving together (the intermediate hybrid system so-to-say which, unless government mandates otherwise, will be required) because the system has to react to unexpected and irrational behavior from humans driving (cutting in front of you, jaywalking from invisible locations, ignoring road signs and signals).

Comment Re:electric power tools (Score 1) 352

Technically, I could. Thanks to the widespread availability of (free) CAD software and associated calculators and the availability of the information about bridge making, I could make a bridge or a sky scraper. It would be horribly over-engineered but it would meet current code and probably be both the most expensive, least maintainable although most reliable bridge in the world. It would also take me a few years.

I actually just engineered a fire sprinkler system in my home, totally up to code as verified by our city's architects and fire engineers. It's also horribly over-engineered (too many sprinkler heads, bigger pipes, unnecessary valves and gauges, plenty of leftover capacity) and it took me several weeks just to get the drawings and calculations out but it saved me personally $7000 (a professional install was quoted at ~$8k, I did it for less than $1k).

If you want horribly slow software that is very expensive to maintain but also very robust, you can give the tools to a newbie with the willpower to do it and you would get something, eventually.

Where are the calculations that go with a calculated risk?