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Comment postal codes (Score 1) 555

Several years ago, it was decided to standardize the abbreviations for the various states in the USofA. I presume that however it was decided, it was partly for readability. Way back when, an envelope might have "California", "Calif." (quite common), or "Cal", or whatever, making it difficult to quickly route mail.

VirginiA is VA, VermonT is VT, for example, but that pattern is not universal, as CAlifornia, ORegon, and WAshington are CA, OR, and WA, respectively.

If only the initial letter of the state is used in an abbreviation, the UV, could be University of Virginia, University of Vermont, or UltraViolet, so sometimes the longer form is used.

Comment 10/100 still? no, thanks! (Score 2) 120

Although my switches can handle the low-speed devices, I just don't see the point. GbE is has been in SoCs for at least a decade, and the only device in my house not GbE is a rarely-used Wii with a 10/100 USB dongle (if I used it often, it would have the same 10/100/1000 dongle as the Wii U that gets most current use).

I live in a higher-density building and don't run any wireless, except odd, and temporary, occasions for the 'phone, and wish that IT could run USB networking as a simple device, rather than only as a bridge for tethered devices, because my Linux box(es) could easily "tether" it to the home network over USB.

Comment even better as login shell (Score 1) 133

Back in the VAX/BSD days, one of my co-workers used emacs as his login shell because he could do everything he wanted AND had a history more easily used than csh. I liked it, but bounced between disparate systems too often to mentally switch back and forth.

With graphics, I may need to give it a try on an X screen, since those are rather ubiquitous now.

Comment systemd killed the linux server; long live *BSD (Score 2) 242

No competent administrator would run something as arcane, unreliable, and fragile as systemd on a server, given any sort of choice.

Goals for 2016?: remove those last few linux boxen and migrate the services to *BSD (Open is my choice, but it does have some lag on drivers; have to brush up on writing those, I guess).

Comment he's missing the point, entirely (Score 4, Interesting) 35

The cost of breaches is never going to be enough to offset the value of having the data, any more than the cost of insurance and lawsuits has offset the value of dangerous (to employees, nearby residences, ...) workplaces and operations caused companies to be extra careful. It's just perceived as a cost of doing business.

Only when executives and board members do long hard prison sentences for data breaches will they ever give up collecting every scrap of data they can acquire.

Comment PARC did it a LOOOONG time ago (Score 2) 106

Although, they called it "ubiquitous computing". There were connected white-boards and sticky notes all over PARC when I visited there back in the 1980s. Anywhere a few people could have a hallway meeting, in the conference areas, and work spaces, scribbled ideas could be worked out saved and distributed, and recalled, as needed. Took a fair amount of back-end horsepower, but that was before a 64-bit computer fit on your wrist.

It had definite value to a creative group, as they had then, but in most workspaces or residences, it would just be distributing drivel and be a security nightmare.

Comment refutes "woodpecker" slander, though (Score 1) 168

I suspect we've all heard/read the slander "If houses were built the way software is written, the first woodpecker that come along would destroy civilization.". This example, and the Tay bridge disaster, are demonstrations of how we learned (usually) NOT to build bridges. Software is often as new to this field as those bridges were to Civil Engineering, so there are lessons to be learned.

The real distinction is that most software projects don't take a decade and cost billions (California's government examples, notwithstanding), so the managers of the projects have no incentive to allow us to use proven best practices; instead, they allow "fad of the week" development practices and push for instant results, regardless of the impending maintenance and security disaster they're requesting.

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