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Comment: Re:Even a bestselling novel can have a typo (Score 1) 580

by chipschap (#46761803) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
Not saying that heartbleed wasn't / isn't a huge problem, but I think most analysts would agree that by far the biggest security problem is (collectively) bad corporate or bad individual security practices. I realize that heartbleed is not the same in that it is not within the control of the end user, but still, things like poor passwords, clicking on every email attachment, etc., are much bigger aggregate problems.

Comment: Re:Themes... (Score 1) 451

by chipschap (#46718253) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

" Everyone has to be hardcore willing to tinker, which means a lot of lost productivity."

That depends. If you do everything in your browser, and you were using Firefox before, you have little or no problem. I switched my wife from XP to Linux Mint with about five minutes of retraining under such circumstances. All she uses is the browser and her experience is better in that she likes to click on, well, everything, and the malware risk is much reduced.

Of course, I do the maintenance, but I did that before.

Now, if you're used to MS Office, photoshop, Exchange, etc. etc., I agree, it can be a much different story, at least for a while. But it all depends on willingness to learn something new and accept change.

Is the Linux learning curve more difficult than the Windows learning curve? If you start from scratch, will one be much harder than the other? There was a time when I would have said Linux was much harder but is that still true?

Comment: Re:Origins of climate change? (Score 1) 335

by chipschap (#46540685) Attached to: Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy
This whole thing reminds me of riding on a bus way back in the days when the US actually was sending people to the moon. There was this lady, who was saying, "It just ain't right, sending all these people to the moon. It's messing everything up. Look how much it's been raining lately!" Can we PLEASE just do good science and let the science speak for itself?

Comment: Re:You lost me at vim (Score 1) 531

by chipschap (#46383595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Emacs and Vim are both terribly unproductive text editors. I've walked the walk and actually learned the cryptic keystrokes, but I still ended up with software that was just incredibly clunky to use. In the end I found myself very carefully thinking what control keys I must press next or I would otherwise mess up my text or end up in some wacky state in the editor.

After some experience (something more than three months and less than 20 years) the keystrokes come naturally, without much need to think about them.

Comment: Re:But??? (Score 1) 378

by chipschap (#46280875) Attached to: Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

I'll put forth what I always do:

1. It would be nice if global climate change were to be debated not on the basis of politics (etc.) but on a rational, unbiased, scientific basis. If we would stick 100% to the science I think we would come to a sound conclusion in fairly short order. But factor in all the special interests (on all sides) and you get the current mess.

2. Having said that, I also think it is prudent to act as if climate change were real. This is in the Willilam James sense: if it's real, we dare not fail to act. If it isn't real, we still have acted in a manner that supports long-term sustainability (distant paraphrase of James' views about religion).

I am neither a "supporter" or "denier" by the way. Those labels represent the idea that there is room for widely-varying opinion on something that ought to be a matter of science.

Comment: Re:Network segmentation (Score 5, Interesting) 232

by chipschap (#46179419) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

My guess is because IT is not given control over security, not listened to and told to "just do it" when they try to point out the security problems during planning.

I was once the security advisor at a Large Place. A senior manager came to me and said, I want to forward all my email to Gmail so I can read it at home. (Much of it was sensitive stuff.) He said, "what do you advise?" I said, obviously, not to do it as it presented unacceptable risk, forwarding internal sensitive email to an external source beyond our control. He replied, "OK, I asked you the question, document that, will you? I can't help it if you gave the wrong answer" and he went ahead and set up forwarding. Actually, had someone set it up because he was clueless about how to do it.

Comment: Re:Too late, switched to Chrome (Score 5, Informative) 167

by chipschap (#46153037) Attached to: Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements
I used Chrome for quite a while but just switched back to Firefox. Chrome restricts things like downloading media (especially from YouTube) and doesn't work correctly on some ecommerce sites that I use. Firefox isn't (subjectively) that much slower than Chrome any longer and clearly has the widest choice of add-ons.

Comment: Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (Score 2) 264

by chipschap (#46116235) Attached to: Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

I always pay in full every month, and it caused me to be refused a higher line of credit. Bank of America told me that I didn't have a record of monthly payments (which I did, as I paid in full every month on every credit card, but I guess that doesn't count as they weren't installment payments or loan payments) and therefore didn't qualify for more credit. Then they said that they ran a credit check, and my credit score was 820 (850 is the max you can have), and appended tips for improving my credit rating!

Of course Bank of America is one of the more evil players (they too highlight the minimum balance and have no "auto-pay full balance" option), but then again most of the players are evil to some degree.

Comment: Re:Much as I detest almost everything from MS... (Score 1) 273

by chipschap (#46106051) Attached to: UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

Maybe people should start learning how to communicate again, rather than getting wizards to create bullshit for them.


These people, whose jobs are to propagate information, would probably produce a better result if they used vi.

That was one of the main points in my posting earlier in this discussion. Slicker is not better unless it communicates more effectively, and often it does the exact opposite. Back in the day, some people used WordStar and were happy enough with it. Slick? Hardly. Could you communicate with it? Yup. (Not that I recommend it today, but that isn't my point.)

Another poster made the point that LibreOffice and predecessors don't break the paradigm, and instead try to more or less mimic MS Office (sans ribbon). That is an interesting observation and could generate a long discussion of its own. Even AbiWord, which prides itself on being small and lightweight, has an MS Office feel. That leads me to ask, where could office software go that is new and different, and most importantly, allows for easier and better communication, if the paradigm were to change?

There was an important paradigm shift between the older systems, such as the aforementioned WordStar, and the fully-GUI systems of today, although there are those who argue that this did not enhance communication. But clearly usability for the average user is higher.

What might the next paradigm shift be?

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -- Thomas Alva Edison