Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Assets (Score 1) 92 92

When buying a company, part of what you're buying are their assets, both tangible and intangible. This is NOT exclusive to just modern internet companies. Go anywhere as far back in history as you'd like. When one company buys another, why would they NOT transfer over customer account records?

Just imagine the inverse for a second... The company you're doing business with gets bought out, but are not allowed to transfer over their records. You walk into that business the next day, and before you can even do anything, you are greeted with "SORRY, new ownership, you have to start over your account with us from scratch"

Now take that example, and apply it to:
ISP merger. "SORRY you have to re-sign up for your internet access"
Bank: "SORRY, you need to sign up for a new checking/savings/credit account"
Clubs: "SORRY, you're not a member anymore!"
Mortgage: "SORRY, you don't own your house anymore"

Comment: A/B Testing (Score 5, Interesting) 142 142

Looks like Chromecast has gone the way of Google Chrome: Arbitrary and random A/B testing that you're never notified of, and no way to opt out of.

This seriously pisses me the fuck off with Chome. The browser works great on like 20 machines, and then fucks up on one. You think it is the machine's fault, until you dig and dig and dig into vague forum posts on Google's boards. Then it turns out to be a hidden A/B test, where you have to go into the hidden Chrome settings to force enable/disable some very specific feature to get out of the that one and only that one particular test.

This is EXACTLY what happened to my primary development machine. Chrome had a hidden A/B test for ASync DNS requests. This feature is bugged to shit and back during the test. It would lock the entire browser session (all tabs) for 30-60 seconds at a time while making only certain DNS requests.

Another example is with the internal cache system. There was a bug for a while which would also lock up Chrome for 30-60 seconds at a time just waiting to see if a URL resource is locally cached. There was no fix for this that I could find. My resolution was eventually to have the installers handy for both Release and Beta Chrome laying around. Sometimes Release was the broken build, sometimes Beta was the broken build. So when shit got fucked up, I'd just toggle between the builds.

Comment: False Positives? (Score 3, Funny) 171 171

Yeah, the science hasn't even been tested yet... So, what is this, just hopeful, wishful thinking? What is the false positive rate? More importantly, what other chemicals trigger a false positive?

Remember that "date rape testing fingernail polish" that went super viral? Awesome in theory, horrible in practice. Milk causes a false positive with it. How many drinks nowadays contain some form of milk? Rumchata and White Russians both come to mind instantly. [in before "in soviet russia" joke]

Comment: Re:These changes are really annoying (Score 1) 179 179

This isn't possible on all systems. Thanks to bullshit in the tech industry, a bunch of us are stuck on laptops with a "720p" display, because for years the industry thought it would be awesome to lock everyone down to this size, despite having 1600x1200 become semi common places years prior.

TLDR: It shouldn't be up to the use to fix bad design by designers. And these titles getting cut off is getting seriously fucking annoying.

Comment: Re:The problem is broken updates (Score 1) 289 289

Samsung is not the one at fault with the drivers here. The example stated as USB 3.0 ports. How many computer OEMs make their own USB chipsets? My guess would be none. The source the chips from other vendors, and then those chips simply register as another PCI device attached to the system bus. This is also extremely true for NICs, how many onboard NICs are Realtek, not Dell/Asus/Acer/Samsung/whatever? WU treats these devices as individual devices, not part of a total package computer from an OEM.

And why does this "work" for other OEMs? Read other user comments here. Plenty people complaining about fixing WU driver update issues. It IS a problem.

For example: AMD pushed an update out that broke the SATA drivers for their motherboard. This was exceptionally annoying in that I use a dedicated storage controller which also acts as my boot device, so I wasn't even using my SATA ports. The bug was so bad it still prevented Windows from booting at all. (this was maybe a year or two ago now)

Comment: Quality of Backups (Score 1) 297 297

Having a quality backup solution isn't all that hard these days.

On-site file server with a ZFS RAID-Z (2/3) storage pool. Frequent snapshots of data (hourly?). Occasional ZFS Sends to offsite location over VPN (nightly?)

Occasional ZFS scrubbing, which validates block level data against hashes rather than just a basic checksum/parity bit/SMART check. (weekly/monthly?)
Single drive failure? Just replace it, nothing is down.
Multi-drive failure? Depends on your RAID-Z level, but possibly still nothing down, and just replace the failed drives.
Accidentally modify/delete something? Just mount a snapshot and recover.
Entire storage server goes offline? Set a new one up with fresh storage, and just ZFS Send to it from the off-site server.

All of this is possibly from something as simplified as FreeNAS, or can be baked into a more robust solution as well.

Comment: Spec (Score 1) 81 81

It doesn't matter WHAT the spec is. Companies will just release whatever the hell they want, with whatever branding they want, and the spec will just be changed to match what the companies are selling. Just go and check the early history of 4G "spec", what the carriers listed as "4G" (because it had to be a number higher than 3G, regardless of what the spec said), and then the spec organization backpedaled to match what the carriers where using in their BS marking.

Comment: We have not learned that yet (Score 1) 255 255

"You cannot use that technique, we have no learned that in class yet!" THIS is the reason why there is a lack of critical thinking, not the tool chains themselves. Far too often students are punished for self-learning and creativity. While no, this isn't a problem in all classrooms, it is far too common to NOT be an issue.

Comment: Libraries of Congress (Score 5, Interesting) 47 47

So, how many Libraries of Congress is that anyways? ... oh wait ... the Google blog post (ya'know, the actual artist, not the article talking about the article which was linked from the summary) actually states!

"Our current generation — Jupiter fabrics — can deliver more than 1 Petabit/sec of total bisection bandwidth. To put this in perspective, such capacity would be enough for 100,000 servers to exchange information at 10Gb/s each, enough to read the entire scanned contents of the Library of Congress in less than 1/10th of a second." = Source: http://googlecloudplatform.blo...

Comment: Re:I'm working on apps without passwords (Score 1) 124 124

"In security engineering, security through obscurity is the use of secrecy of the design or implementation to provide security. A system relying on security through obscurity may have theoretical or actual security vulnerabilities, but its owners or designers believe that if the flaws are not known, then attackers will be unlikely to find them." - Sauce: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

TLDR: Your system is already a failure. Leave security up to the security experts.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way

Working...