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Comment: Pay off debt, start living on 50% of your income (Score 1) 490

If I could give some advice to my past self, it would be to immediately start living on half of my income. That way, I could have paid off debt immediately and started saving.

I wasn't interested in finances back then, but great blogs have cropped up since, like Mr. Money Mustache.

It's about early retirement and I'm not so much interested in that. But after ten years of working for the Man, I wanted to start freelancing. Turns out that if you have a family, you want to have quite a bit of money stashed away when starting.

So I kept working in a job I lost interest in, just to save half a year of income. Only then could I make the step towards starting a business for myself.

Comment: Still needs another vulnerability (Score 5, Insightful) 78

by cerberusss (#49813311) Attached to: Macs Vulnerable To Userland Injected EFI Rootkits


The researcher who discovered the flaw, Pedro Vilaça, said the vulnerability can be used to (some examples) that is invisible to the operating system in the writeable flash memory

So to summarize: as a user, you can sometimes write to EFI memory.

That's currently all there is to it. There's no rootkit, there's no malware, etc. Just this space where you can hide and survive an OS wipe and reinstall.

I'm sure some will come up with a payload that uses this space to hide itself, no doubt about it. But currently, this is all there is to it.

Comment: Just a question on Jira stability (Score 1) 69

by cerberusss (#49810281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Test Case Manager Plugin For JIRA?

After a long break in research I've been doing client work again. This client is pretty big, a small European airline company. For some reason they have a lot of trouble getting the Jira suite of products to run stable. Stash is offline complete afternoons. I find this quite bizarre. But is this really the Jira software, or does it have to do with the client's sysadmin team?

Comment: Even so: Par2 (Score 1) 106

by cerberusss (#49770077) Attached to: No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

Even though this sounds reassuring, I started creating par2 checksums for my family pictures (and then back up the whole bunch, of course).

If you run OS X on the desktop, it installs nicely via Homebrew:

  $ brew install par2

Then use as follows:

  $ cd familypics
  $ par2create par2file *

And to verify:

  $ cd familypics
  $ par2verify par2file.par2

It takes about 5% of extra storage. If you run Linux, you can get that back by using btrfs and mounting it compressed.

Comment: Backup won't help you (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by cerberusss (#49657265) Attached to: Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week


If you have switched to SSD for either personal or business use, do you follow the recommendation here that spinning-disk media be used as backup as well?

So how do backups help you? Except for ZFS and btrfs (?), no file systems check for data integrity. You're not going to detect the bitrot taking place, and you'll happily send that rotten data to your backup until the corruption is noticed in some other way.

Comment: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic (Score 1) 452

by cerberusss (#49273951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I really like the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic. Marco Arment has a nice review from 2013. He recently compared it to a Matias Ergo Pro.

Note that I'm a Mac user (yeah LOL Apple, I know right?) but with the right freeware, you're able to map, for example, the Caps Lock key to Escape. I used to work on an awesome Sun keyboard that had the escape key right there, for vi and all that good stuff.

Comment: Wow! Many stupid! Wow! (Score 3, Informative) 223

by cerberusss (#48982499) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?

The amount of misinformation in this topic is staggering.

There's enough cool stuff in the App Store that take a lot of the hurt away. I'm using iCab Mobile, an alternative to Safari that has many options, ad blocking one amongst them.

As for the comments that all browsers are just reskinned versions of an older Safari version, as far as I know the new WKWebView component makes it possible for alternative browsers to have equal speed compared to Safari.

Comment: Re:No (Score 2) 545

by cerberusss (#48541627) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I own a 10-person tech company in Canada and I have never made my employees work overtime. Ever.

That is commendable. But hasn't it ever occurred that you promise a client to deliver a certain date, and you made a mistake in planning? I could imagine that rather than disappointing the client, you try and work overtime to make good on your promises. Obviously you didn't do that, so how do you solve those problems?

All constants are variables.