I wonder how many more slashdot stories will be based upon the same Backblaze story of the "first of its kind" (ignoring Google's older paper) story on hard drive longevity, that doesn't name names?
"Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population", dated 2007.
"Surprisingly, despite hard drives underpinning almost every aspect of modern computing (until smartphones), no one has ever carried out a study on the longevity of hard drives — or at least, no one has ever published results from such a study."
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Maybe they are to small to count, compared to an upstart backup company...
Encrypting hand-written and typed notes.... Isn't that called "shorthand"? Or maybe "bad handwriting"?
Light sensitive flash paper, maybe... Try to copy them, and POOF!
Learning how business works should be a high school basic class. If you are involved with programming beyond the "here's a spec, write code to match it" level, being able to communicate with users in their own terms will make your life SO much easier!
As others have pointed out, it will help you with the "big picture".
If you're writing software to be used by businesses, understanding what is important to them affects what you develop. It is easy for someone to write a detailed specification of what someone THINKS they want. It is easy to write software to match that spec. But, how do you deal with the aftermath of finding out what was really being asked? "Why are we generating a daily report on information that is only available on a weekly basis?" "Why are we generating a weekly report, when the data changes by the hour?" Without a background in business, those questions would not occur to you.
Software people are often isolated from the people who use software by a common language, to borrow an old line. Learning about business, even without going to get a degree, will help you understand when words don't mean what you think they mean.
If irresponsible people can print, buy, or otherwise obtain a gun, does that mean that a responsible person should be denied the right to do the same?
"it uses public infrastructure and it is time we treat it as a public utility."
What part of "the internet" is publicly owned, outside of a few last-mile segments in municipalities that have elected to provide that service?
Last I read, the "backbone" of internet was owned by private companies. The ISPs are private companies. All of the tiers in between them are owned by private companies.
Or, is this to imply that Americans should consider all of that privately-owned property to be "public", because some foreign governments "own" the phone companies in their countries, and we can connect to them through our privately-owned infrastructure?
I have messages coming in weekly for addresses that have not been valid since I had a dial-up bulletin board system, at the dawn of consumer email systems. If the submitter has only received a couple of messages, that's just the start of the next 20 years of spam for that address!
Unfortunately for this "distinction" to have much meaning, you need to have the alleged "average" people and clerics of Islam start denouncing the actions of these "loud attention seekers" more strongly than a token, "it wasn't us."
Do a large number of these "average" people of Islam show up at the places where these "attention seekers" go, to make a shield between them and their targets, like a lot of people (both Christian and non-Christian) do at Westboro "events"?
... to allow this page to compromise your computer....
Ever since Java started down the "this isn't last week's zero-day" road, I pulled Java from my machines. Pisses the corporate types off because they want to have "net meetings" that require Java to be installed, so we can have presentations on "computer security", but I just tell them - "MY computer security policy doesn't allow Java to be installed."
I somewhat the opposite of you - I run a system that takes requests from users, and generates a shipping label for them. It is emailed to them at the address they provide. And, if that mail bounces because they're using a whitelist, or something like your "visit this URL and fill out a form so I can know who you are" system (like Earthlink), sorry. You paid for your label and refused to accept it, it's not something we really care about.
All of our systems use SPF to validate as a legitimate sender. If that isn't good enough, tough. Have a nice life.
It sickens ME that someone would call for suppressing the opinions of others simply because they don't agree with them. Rather than supply a cogent, reasoned response to those opinions, they result to name calling and demands of censorship.
Oh, wait... I forgot how Democrats campaign nowadays, and, since they won, how the rights of others are now to be subservient to the "right" to not be offended by differing opinions...
No information on when they did this, but I got a call from the outfit just two days ago, so they were still operational on Tuesday.
Or, is this like so many other things done at the administrative level nowadays? "We shut them down, by sending a strongly worded letter to the post office box listed somewhere!"
Or you could do something silly, like NOT USING THE SAME USER ID IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.
For me, if it relates to money or control of a system, it has a unique user ID, password, and even email address. Break into Yahoo, and you might get my Yahoo account info, but you can't use it to figure out my eBay account information. Break into eBay, and you still don't have what you need to find my PayPal account.
But people trust internet too much.