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Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 555

by eclectro (#48208989) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

You get what you pay for. Unless good counterfeits are a high percentage of the market you will know the price. You KNOW the real price. Those discounts are "too good to be true".

Except that the end consumer has zero knowledge about these counterfeit chips inside whatever they bought. And my guess is a most slashdotters do not either, until it stops working because of FTDI.

Comment: Re:More specific (Score 4, Informative) 139

by eclectro (#48202357) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Could you be a little more specific about the kind of software this is about?
That might reveal why people shy away from the project.

Tangentially, you manage to bring up a very good point. One huge problem is the software projects might be using. A number of companies open sourced their software before the notion of a 'standardized' license method became prevalent. If a project is not Mozilla, GPL, or BSD compatible then it will have a very hard time attracting new developers. I know would not want to work on something that did not have a useful open source license. I would encourage the submitter to make sure whatever he is working on have a standard, permissive as possible license (if possible) before he closes shop.

I know one interesting project (from a historical perspective) that suffers from this is the Open Watcom compiler with its non-compatible Sybase Public License. This project fits the submitter's description to a tee. I bet there are others like this. At least POV-Ray got around to fixing their license finally.

Comment: A discussion for the ages - literally (Score 5, Insightful) 139

by eclectro (#48202281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

This was asked back on Slashdot 14 years ago in 2000. As you can see, most of the websites mentioned that archived "ummaintained" software have since evaporated and are unmaintained themselves!

Then it was talked about briefly on stackoverflow in 2009.

Submitter, what I suggest you do is include a text file that describes the history of the project (If it was me - I think it would be nice to thank those by name who made significant contributions), known issues, ideas for direction of the project (if any), and then post it to Github and Sourceforge as an 'ummaintained' software. With as permissive as a license as you can give it, which will encourage it's use down the road. Also, I would post links, notices, and intentions to any associated forums. And give the community as much time to as possible before closing the website down. Maybe someone or some company will have the where with all to continue the project. If it is reasonable to do so and they seem to be reputable and serious, you might let them. Otherwise, when finished, make sure that has browsed the website for their archives. Also, post a copy the final software there. If it has a domain name, if you can, I'd give it a ten year renewal date and give it a notice of closure and a link to the project on Github.

But the larger issue for me, is that you, your colleagues, and friends spent time and effort on this project. That should be recognized. At least by acknowledging that support is ceasing for this project, it can hopefully move on to other hands in the future. It does happen.

I wish more more programmers were as thoughtful as you. And I wish there were better ways (i.e. more permanent and standardized) of dealing with orphanware.


Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data 60

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
An anonymous reader sends news that the U.S. Department of Defense is pondering methods to store its most sensitive data in the cloud. The DoD issued an information request (PDF) to see whether the commercial marketplace can provide remote computing services for Level 5 and Level 6 workloads, which include restricted military data. "The DoD anticipates that the infrastructure will range from configurations featuring between 10,000 and 200,000 virtual machines. Any vendors selected to the scheme would be subject to an accreditation process and to security screening, and the DoD is employing the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to establish screening procedures for authorized cloud vendors, and to generate procedures for continuous monitoring and auditing."

Comment: Re:Dissolution of the middle class! (Score 4, Informative) 261

by eclectro (#47962755) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Truth of the matter is, in the SF Bay Area, it is hard to be unemployed if you're a properly skilled tech worker, citizen, green-card holder or otherwise.

This is real humorous. One company offered a degreed Electrical Engineer $15 an hour in the SF Bay Area. I kid you not. (read the thread) This is not an isolated case, and I know of other examples. Why do people bother to get college degrees again??

This is what the H1B program has bought us folks. People with degrees working for slave wages that won't even enable them to pay back their student loans. In my book, that's going backwards. It's time to stop being fooled by the H1B folly.

Comment: Re:Mark Zuckerberg is a liar. (Score 1) 261

by eclectro (#47962639) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

If we had a properly functioning H-1B program

I really question if we ever needed an H1B program. Because what it's doing is shifting the costs of training (if there is any) onto someone else. Not to mention the thousands of people who Microsoft and Cisco have laid off. Or the countless older workers who are being discriminated against (it seems like everyone's career ends at 40 - as they're laid off in favor of a younger H1B). If companies did not have H1Bs, perhaps all these 'undesirable' workers would have a lot more value in the job market. Or better yet, the layoffs would not happen in the first place.

This really is a case of the emperor having no clothes.

Comment: Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (Score 2, Informative) 191

by eclectro (#47951831) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

they will continue to discard previous commitments to peace and will literally force their will upon the world.

I think people who are investing in Chinese companies are forgetting one thing. China could easily become an aggressor much the same way Russia is with the Ukraine. If China were to get in a war with Japan over Japan's northern islands, the share value of these companies could evaporate overnight.

As much as investing in BRICs is tempting, it can not be forgotten that most of these places are not democracies.

Comment: Official Home Depot statement (Score 4, Interesting) 80

by eclectro (#47944629) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

From their website. This is the official Home Depot statement.

Really, this symbolizes the lackadaisical attitude people have when it comes to security - that a breach is not going to happen to them. You'd think after Target major companies like Home Depot would have audited their own security processes.

Comment: Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (Score 1) 494

by eclectro (#47930201) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

they're going to find it hard to secure the financing and trade deals they're going to need to make this work.

I submit that current trade agreements such as TIPP only work to lower wages and shift jobs overseas. In which case a vote for independence would be very beneficial to the Scottish people.

Comment: Re:didn't have to be worse.. (Score 1) 207

by eclectro (#47909995) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

I think this really is the answer. The ROI on sales with what is already a razor thin margin for them just wouldn't be there. Especially that unusually large sapphire crystals would need to be grown on a very large scale. Which would have required a whole new plant and processes for them.

My gut tells me they could have made it work if they wanted to badly enough - considering how hard sapphire really is. But they looked at the numbers and it wasn't workable for them.

So what really 'cracked' here was the accounting numbers.

Comment: Re:Pay money up front - even for free ones (Score 1) 182

by eclectro (#47901075) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

I'd be interested in seeing completion rates if people had to pay (put some skin in the game).

I'd like to see the completion rate for people who get actual college credit for the courses - and still have the courses free.

The reason that moocs are not disruptive is because have not been given the power to be disruptive. They still allow the old institutions to get away with their many current shortcomings without facing true competition.

Colleges and universities dangle the carrot in front of everyone's face (like MIT) while not really following through to the conclusion - i.e. granting credit for the work and effort someone invests in learning the material.

In MIT's case, they could offer to have an exam proctored at a local university where someone would walk in the door and be tested. But then nobody would bother to pay exorbitant amounts to show up to the brick and mortar school.

But I submit that the emperor has no clothes. The value of having a college degree (i.e. help in gaining employment) has decreased markedly, as the workplace values cheap workers over qualified ones in the first place. Employers first priority is to make sure that their board of directors and CEOs are well taken care of before anyone else.

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