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Comment: is it really force? (Score 1) 674

by OrangeTide (#46791241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

"Software is simply bloated up until you're forced to buy a new one."

I do this weird trick, I don't upgrade the software. If I was happy with the software on my phone in 2011, why wouldn't I still be happy with it in 2014 ?

it helps that I don't go online much or install a lot of third party software, I understand sometimes security fixes are necessary. (otoh, I was saved from the heartbleed bug on my laptop because it was such an old copy of debian)

Comment: rope making (Score 1) 733

by OrangeTide (#46738633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

I know how to make a rope making machine with sticks and a nail. While I'm a software engineer right now, I think I could make a pretty good living as a rope maker, this assumes if rope suddenly becomes a lot more valuable than it is now.

It's good to have a fallback career because it would probably be quite a while before anyone makes computers for me to program.

Comment: Re:Situation is a Shambles (Score 1) 239

by Pieroxy (#46711769) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

I don't get why we have to say "the developer"?

It was Robin Seggelmann that submitted this bit of buggy openssl code. He either works for the NSA or is grossly incompetent...

If competence were a requirement for being a XXX, how many XXX do you think would be out of work?

Please replace XXX by any kind of job title. Cook. Car repair. Teacher. CEO. Anything fits, really.

Comment: Re:Mountain out of a molehill (Score 1) 239

by Pieroxy (#46711651) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

If you learned anything from Stuxnet, you would no that no data is secure whenever it's online. No data at all. Stuxnet had zero-days for all OSes that noone knew about before it was discovered, and not just one of them. Chances are your system is already compromised and nobody even knows about it. And if it is not, it could be at any time. We closed a door with Heartbleed, but there are countless doors still open, just waiting to be discovered.

Comment: Re:Mountain out of a molehill (Score 1) 239

by Pieroxy (#46711641) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

I honestly don't know what you're talking about. There's been a vulnerability disclosed. Fixing it is trivial. Regenerating your keys is (or should be) trivial. End of story.

Yes, this vulnerability is scary, and even more scary thing is that there are probably other vulns that bad in the wild, and most likely plenty of them. But this is over.

When I first saw Stuxnet and the extent of this shit, I lost all confidence in online data, for good. Heck, Stuxnet even infiltrated an offline network. Heartbleed is shit compared to this. The point is that everything that is online can be breached. End of story. We closed one door yesterday, I'm sure there are still 100 others open. So you see? No big deal really.

Comment: Re:Yes, for any mission (Score 1) 307

by Pieroxy (#46653619) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

I'm not saying it's a bad reason, I'm saying the odds of that succeeding in a reasonable timeframe - say in the next 50 years - are just nonexistent. What I'm saying is that there is no way anyone would convince enough people to make this project even examined, hence the project is doomed. The adventures of the last millenium are vastly different - I think you'll give me that, after all they had air to breathe and water to drink - and so the comparison is at best irrelevant. Also, I didn't imply we would need to carry everything there. What I said is that the project would need support from earth for dozens of years (and a lot of them) before the colony could survive on its own. During this timeframe the whole thing could fail at any point and the goal of self-preservation would not be met until then. Those are the reason you will have trouble convincing anyone of doing it.

At last, my example of humans being unable to preserve their own climate is just here to illustrate that if noone (or let's say not enough people) cares about our planet, how are you going to convince them to care about another?

Comment: Re:Yes, for any mission (Score 2) 307

by Pieroxy (#46652701) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Huh? Are you on crack? Who in their right mind is going to invest in those things?

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to spend a week on the moon or mars if I could afford it, but I just don't see this happening.

As for a reason, you gave none, not answering the GP at all. And no, self-preservation really is a pitiful reason as no such colony could exist without earth's support. For such a colony to be independent would take decades if not centuries of constantly pumping big money without any kind of return.

We can't even fix our climate, so imagine terraforming Mars !!!

Comment: Re:HDD != Cloud (Score 1) 127

by Pieroxy (#46630845) Attached to: Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Of course, they did hire new people. But tell me, how many hardware companies do you know that produces high quality software and/or services?

Well, there is one: Apple. And this is IMO the key to their success. They do both well (whether or not you agree with their policies/strategy is another matter, both their software and their hardware are top-class in their respective fields, and nobody even questions that.)

The rest of them? All hardware manufacturers I can think of makes software that sucks big time (graphics, printers, scanners, all those devices - and their drivers - come to mind)

So is it possible for WD to do a good service online? Of course it is. But in my view, it's extremely unlikely.

Comment: HDD != Cloud (Score 1, Insightful) 127

by Pieroxy (#46628429) Attached to: Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Choose your vendor carefully. HDD manufacturers are probably not good at cloud services, just because it's not their core business, nor is it close to their core business. I could've told you that. You want cloud storage? Go DropBox, Amazon, Google. These guys know what they're doing.

Now, don't treat this storage as safe or secure. It's cloud storage. Safe is copied over to at least two different remote locations plus at least two local storage devices. Secure is encrypted and offline. Cloud is neither, but it is convenient.

The key here is to know what you are doing, which isn't always obvious.

Comment: Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (Score 1) 667

by Pieroxy (#46558071) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

But I don't think anyone would disagree that our modern secular humanistic moralities have been at least shaped in part by the bible and other religious texts.

No, no, not by the bible, only by the "good parts" of the bible, or in other words, by other people that chose those good parts. The Bible has nothing to do with it.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.