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Comment: Re:Why do companies insist on producing shit ? (Score 1) 96

by swillden (#48195903) Attached to: Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

The industry also has fairly long product lifecycles (since, once you've put in a zillion card readers and integrated it with all your other building security stuff you don't want to rip it out and upgrade in 2 years).

This is the core issue. When evaluating what should be done you have to consider available technology... and in this case your baseline is 10-20 years ago because old systems don't get replaced very often and for new systems backward compatibility is important, as is minimizing the number of distinct products you have to manage.

Comment: Re:I've said that, but Master lock and demolition (Score 1) 96

by swillden (#48195881) Attached to: Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

perhaps the primary goal is to not be low-hanging fruit

Exactly. The goal is to avoid being the easiest target around.

If bad guys wanted to work hard they'd just get a job. There are contexts in which the value of a target justifies expending a lot of effort, but they're the exception. In every case real security is all about correctly understanding the threat model and then applying adequate mitigation.

Comment: Re:DeCSS (Score 1) 96

by swillden (#48195793) Attached to: Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Can't say I've ever heard of [...] security by litigation.

Then you weren't around for the DeCSS cases.

I was... and security was not successfully achieved by litigation, nor even by ITAR restrictions. I think I still have my DeCSS t-shirt somewhere, with the code printed on the back. At the time that t-shirt was arguably an illegal munition, which of course is why it existed and why I bought it.

Comment: Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (Score 1) 199

by swillden (#48194161) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Never leave a job you're happy with unless you have a HELL of a good reason. Money rarely is a good reason unless its an absurd amount.

That's your opinion, but it's not widely-held. I certainly don't agree with it, and I sincerely doubt that all of your downright genius acquaintances at Google stay out of mere inertia. It's much more plausible that they stay because they find it a better place to work than the available alternatives, for whatever combination of reasons. I do, and I've seen a lot of alternatives.

Comment: Re: Why? (Score 1) 95

by metlin (#48193003) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Spying on their citizens - Check

The difference here is that we the people still have the right to question the government, and organizations like the EFF continue to fight for it.

Economic stagnation - Check

You must be joking. American economy is anything but stagnant. Between 2009-2013, the U.S. GDP growth 1.9%, which is pretty good compared to most other OECD countries.

It may be "stagnant" when you compare it to a country like China at 7.7%, but that is simply not sustainable, not without artificial currency manipulation.

Riots - Check

A few days of media blitz over a police shootout is not the same as protesters fighting for democracy.

High unemployment - Check

What on earth are you talking about? The U.S. unemployment is at 5.9% as of September 2014 and China's is estimated at ~4.5%.

Comment: Re:Boston (Score 2) 142

I live in an apartment complex outside of Boston. FIOS is already wired down the street I live on. When I asked Verizon about FIOS, they told me that in order to offer it in my building, the building owners would have to pay to wire it and they'd have to get half the units in the building to sign up ahead of time.

Needless to say, I'm still on Comcast.

Comment: Re:Where is the list? (Score 3, Informative) 142

Right here, the list is located on the side of that page. I have JavaScript disabled as well, but I still found it in the menu at the top of each page.

Anyway, the full list:

Ammon, ID
Auburn, IN
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Centennial, CO
Champaign, IL
Chattanooga, TN
Clarksville, TN
Jackson, TN
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO
Lafayette, LA
Leverett, MA
Louisville, KY
Montrose, CO
Morristown, TN
Mount Vernon, WA
Palo Alto, CA
Ponca City, OK
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Rockport, ME
San Antonio, TX
Sandy, OR
Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Monica, CA
South Portland, ME
Urbana, IL
Westminster, MD
Wilson, NC
Winthrop, MN

Comment: Re:Who cares about performance? (Score 2) 92

by swillden (#48192137) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Besides gamers, who cares if it takes a few more milliseconds to launch a web browser or process an image?

I do... because that's a few less milliseconds my CPU isn't idle, which reduces battery life.

Seriously, does anyone understand this benchmark? I see pairs of performance and battery life numbers which seem to have no real-world meaning, so it's not at all clear to me why it makes sense to compare them. In addition, it's common that for a given set of tasks, a device with better performance will use less power because it spends more time in an idle state. The notion that devices trade off performance against battery life makes little sense in the ARM world.

Maybe this actually does say something useful, but if so I'm too dense to see it.

Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 175

by ediron2 (#48191989) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Well put. As long as we insist that the most viable metrics are economic, things won't improve. Quality can be shaved, paychecks can be squeezed, headcounts can be reduced, pollution can be diluted, teachers can be dissed... all introduce hidden costs.

The only great teachers I had that stuck with their crappy paychecks were second incomes into households (a working spouse), retired military (so they also had a pension), and a couple of magnificent lunatics that knew they were getting screwed but cared too much about teaching to step away. Kudos to every one of them, but like that bad 'Karma' remark by Microsoft CEO Nadella, they deserve better.

Comment: Re:Bruce, I know why u r disappointed. Let me expl (Score 1) 179

So, I see this as rationalization.

The fact is, you took a leadership position, and later turned your coat for reasons that perhaps made sense to you. But they don't really make sense to anyone else. So, yes, everyone who supported you then is going to feel burned.

You also made yourself a paid voice that was often hostile to Free Software, all the way back to the SCO issue. Anyone could have told you that was bound to be a losing side and you would be forever tarred with their brush.

So nobody is going to believe you had any reason but cash, whatever rationalization you cook up after the fact. So, the bottom line is that you joined a list of people who we're never going to be able to trust or put the slightest amount of credibility in.

And ultimately it was for nothing. I've consistently tried to take the high road and it's led to a pretty good income, I would hazard a guess better than yours, not just being able to feel good about myself.

Comment: Re:Android (Score 1) 77

by swillden (#48189855) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

The structure varies from device to device, yes. On the Nexus devices I'm most familiar with, which don't have SD card slots, there is no real sdcard partition. There is an /scdard, but it's a symlink. The advantage to not having a separate partition is not having to create a hard decision about how much to allocate to /data and how much to /scdard. This is one of the benefits of MTP over UMS that I mentioned, and it means that in terms of storage allocation you need only talk about /data, since it's the only r/w partitiion (except for actual SD cards, of course).

Comment: Re:This could be really good for Debian (Score 5, Insightful) 457

by Bruce Perens (#48188887) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I am beginning to be wary of systemd, but no. I am talking about anal-retentive policy wonks who believe they only make the distribution for themselves and have (perhaps without intending to) systematically marginalized Debiian and made the project a whore to Ubuntu.

Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided at all costs. -- N. Alexander.