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Comment: Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (Score 5, Insightful) 368

by aix tom (#47518183) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

I agree, and that is actually a pretty good example on how it could/should work in IT also.

You have an architect or an engineer to make the general plans, then split that into chunks the individual construction workers can handle, and then let them do their job. On top of that you have some sort of infrastructure specialist, who might not know much about bridges, but has determined that there is a traffic bottleneck at point X that needs a bridge.

I would be perfectly happy to be either the architect or the construction worker in a project, but (for projects larger than a sawhorse) those two people SHOULDN'T be the same person. I that sense I sometime would also like to scream "Just let me Code!" instead of dragging me into all sorts of management meetings where people just sit around going "Say, wouldn't a bridge be nice?" First decide THAT you want a bridge, then decide WHERE you want a bridge, only then come to me to be the architect and get someone else to code, or get an architect that then gets me to code.

But in IT a lot of unnecessary overhead is caused because people call big meetings of construction workers before having even decided if they want a bridge or not.

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 2) 168

by aix tom (#47485335) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

Well, I cut down from ~50 SSH login attempts per minute some days to basically ... looks up the logs ... four such attempts last month.

What I found: No matter how secure your lock is, when you have one, big, red, secure, lock on your stuff, which people know is active, people will try to pick it. On the other hand, when there is not one, big red, secure lock, but thousands of identical looking little, grey, secure locks, and the attacker would first have to try every one of them to see which is even active, then 99.999% of the script kiddies don't bother long enough to even find the lock.

So I moved my SSH stuff to another port. Doesn't help against any "real" attacker, and doesn't really add any security, but it DOES cut down on the noise in the logs.

Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 1) 236

by aix tom (#47480587) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

It is pretty hilarious however about all these kids complaining about MS Office. With the setup above MS Office is only available for Mac, for Windows 2 or 3 you would need WordPerfect instead since Microsoft had no office suite to run on their own OS.

As single applications MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint were available for Windows at that time, and even some time before that. The same way that MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint were available for Mac before. Only the "marketing gimmick" of selling all three programs in a bundle called "MS Office" was started a little over a year earlier for the Mac versions (in August 1989) as a "Limited Time Promotion" originally, before they decided to turn it into a regular product, and then also made available a Windows version of the bundle. (November 1990)

Comment: Re: Failsafe? (Score 1) 468

He. Instrument flight has improves so much that I could imagine the biggest problem might be TAXIING without windows. At least unless all airports have some sort of auto-taxi systems.

And it seems some sort of auto-taxi system was a "research project" in 2006, but I'm not aware of any planes that currently have an auto-taxi system.

Comment: Re:Safe Buffer? (Score 1) 65

And to further the argument: Is a glass manufacturer lazy/stupid/careless when he sells non-bullet proof glass for $X, and not makes it a point to only sell bullet-proof glass at $X * 100?

The same way I just have to accept that the door to my balcony is not going to stop a man with a ladder and a sledgehammer and ~15 minutes time, I have to accept that "normal" computer security won't keep me 100% save, unless I invest some time and effort myself, or pay someone to do the effort, way above "the norm" to make me "saver than the norm"

Comment: Re:Geniuses??? (Score 1) 561

by aix tom (#47325985) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

"If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?"

Because I'm a lazy-ass bastard, and not driven enough to sell something to someone (including myself) ;-)

The way I see it, there are Intelligent people that just like to hang out with other intelligent people now and then and have an interesting conversation. The same way that athletic people like to hang out with other athletic people now and then and do some sports together.

In both groups there are assholes that get a kick out of putting not as smart or not as athletic people down so they can feel superior. But thankfully, they are not the norm.

Comment: Re:Helicopters (Score 3, Informative) 133

by aix tom (#47294303) Attached to: The Revolutionary American Weapons of War That Never Happened

Well, having been in an (German) Army Helicopter unit the "tight interaction" between ground troops and flying units requires stuff that fixed-wing aircrafts are not really good at. They can't stand still in the air, the cant land vertically in tight spaces (without burning people with jet exhaust like a VTOL jet would) , etc...

Basically anything fast/long-range/big is usually handled by the air force planes (or helicopters), while slow/agile/close coordination with ground troops is handled by the army air corps. Usually with helicopters, although some planes are used by armies, like the Britten-Norman Defender by the British army.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 293

by aix tom (#47247153) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

The thing is, good education focused on the right people, with the right mind for it, into people with "outstanding academic ability". On the other hand, bad education applied for a long enough time can make *everybody* turn out "dumb as a box of rocks".

"Academic Study" can improve some minds. Classical "academic study" never worked for me, for example. Short classroom-type settings never seemed to get anything stuck into my brain, so I left school and started working construction. But the "computer-tinkering" that I did in my own time and my own pace let me get enough knowledge that now 20 years later I work in IT and sometimes even TEACH CS part-time, even though I technically have no "Paperwork" that would officially state that I'm able to.

The educational system these days is no longer focused on "making people good", it's just focused on "making people look good on paper". The same way that the general economy is more about "making a company look good for the stock-market" than actually "making a company perform well in reality".

Comment: Re:Not sure what they mean... (Score 5, Insightful) 250

That is one of Googles great stupidities.

Just because I log in I via a French public hotspot, or a Dutch customers WLAN, doesn't mean I now magically speak French or Dutch, so why does Google switch everything to French and Dutch, despite all my OS and Browser settings still indicating German as primary language, with English as fallback?

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