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Comment: Re:Is it on the main download page? (Score 2) 215

by cyberchondriac (#49728141) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
Fair enough. But still, if someone installed a vulnerable version of openSSL I suppose they might start using it for other things than openSSH in their Cygwin environment, where HB might still rear it's head. An iffy, minor point, I concede.
In any case, I never really had an issue with puTTY if I had to SSH on Windows, but then that's not very often. It's not my preference. I usually use my linux box for SSH, it's just more comfortable. All of us in our workgroup have 1 win box and 1 linux box, and it baffles me to see that some of my coworkers seem to prefer puTTY. But then, some people have no problem working in a window the size of a postage stamp when they could easily drag the window larger too, so.. I dunno.

Comment: Re:not the real question (Score 1) 200

Even more than just seems like.. if actually true that these systems are not physically separated, that's careless design. It's naive and well, arrogant, no matter how good the firewall supposedly is, especially in this post 9-11 era. It'd be just another example of how broken and meaningless security theater is.

Comment: Re:Well you want offensive ? (Score 1) 604

by cyberchondriac (#49707415) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science
It's certainly likely some are, but I don't automatically equate the two or think of it as a huge problem. Though this article did qualify with use of the word "some", the tone seems to indicate that the author feels people mostly only get ahead by stepping on others, instead of maybe hard work, investment, and dedication. Sounds like sour grapes. You could run an experiment where complete wealth redistribution was conducted, and everyone in the country (or world) had the exact same amount of money, assets, and access to education. Within less than 10 years, that faux state of "equality" would disintegrate again as a great number of people would squander their assets and opportunities while others invested and worked hard. Anything else is a fairy tale.

Comment: Re:Well you want offensive ? (Score 1) 604

by cyberchondriac (#49698483) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

Those who contribute less or who don't at all contribute to OSS are judged to be without merit, regardless of the fact that they have less access to opportunity, time, and money to allow them to freely contribute.

This guy forgot to add other very real world possibilities: inclination, desire, motivation, ambition, aptitude .. etc. Those who under-perform do not always do so merely because they are victims of circumstance or others, and sometimes that's why they're judged. He thinks of successful people as bullies? lol

Comment: Re: One thing to keep in mind... (Score 1) 244

by cyberchondriac (#49692979) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading
Well actually the first ones were pretty good intros to basic IT. DOS for Dummies was a classic. They certainly lived up to their name later on though. I'd read the original PCs for Dummies, DOS, DOS book2, Windows 3.11, and Windows 3.11 book two when I started out in IT, and I they were pretty good. And I didn't even own a PC for reference yet, and I still managed to follow through (finally got one in '95).
I tried some later books though and they were awful, they just wouldn't get to stick to the point. Or, maybe I just had a better grasp of things by then and the fluff got in the way.

Comment: Re:OSS needs technical writers more than coders (Score 1) 244

by cyberchondriac (#49690623) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading
I suspect a lot of tech writing is done because an author is pushed into it and would rather be writing maybe something else.
It's not hard to be ambiguous in the English language, special care (as well as a desire) needs to be taken to be clear and concise. Not my best example, but off the top of my head, when people say something like "Everyone is not right-handed", with the intent to mean that some people aren't right-handed, they don't realize that their sentence literally means that NO one is right handed. They should say, "Not everyone is right handed".
Other examples are, "I saw the man with the binoculars" or "EMTs help dog bite victim". It's just a caveat of the language.

I think the best thing any tech writer could do though - with something like Bash or Cisco commands- is provide more command examples, because sometimes the exacting demands of the syntax just isn't made clear. A few good examples go a long way to alleviating uncertainty.

Comment: Re:One thing to keep in mind... (Score 3, Informative) 244

by cyberchondriac (#49690439) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading
This is what happened to the "For Dummies" books, IMO. The old classics like "DOS for Dummies" was great for a beginner, but it seemed like a lot of the later books went way too heavy into the realm of comedy or stretched tangential analogies, and it distracted from the key information itself.
Nobody likes dry reading. but they got soppy dripping wet. ;)

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