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Comment: Re: Instead of carrying on as a one-man band - (Score 1) 376

by extra88 (#48492221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

he probably lacks the intelligence to be in management anyway.

LOL +1 Funny. Unless you mean he lacks the kind of intelligence, i.e. Emotional Intelligence, required in management. Even that I would disagree with, there are many different strengths a manager can have and no one is strong in all areas. A high EI manager may be good at reading how their staff feels about what they're doing but shit at strategic planning.

I don't see anything wrong with remaining a mid-level programmer, better to serve as a good example through your code and behavior than to suffer from the Peter Principle and "rise to the level of their incompetence."

Comment: Re: It doesn't take a genius to come up with an at (Score 1) 155

by extra88 (#47189529) Attached to: Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

The people involved with the production of a tv show wouldn't have access to the data being exploited, the attack would have to be closer to the OTA broadcast or cable operator. Changing the files containing the code would be fairly obvious so you'd still need to use some hardware for a MITM attack inside the broadcast or cable facility.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 108

Google Docs, like LibreOffice, can insert equations written using LaTeX notation.
I don't think you can write while never having your hands leave the keyboard (you must at least tap/click the "New Equation" button) but I don't know how easy it is to operate that way in any desktop program that renders input.

BTW, MS Word's Equation Editor lets you enter LaTeX also, it's not some superpower only open source software has.

I'm not promoting any one of these choices, just pointing that by writing math & notation as TeX is useful feature in a number of document creation programs, online and offline.

Comment: Re:Sandbox (Score 1) 137

by extra88 (#42053915) Attached to: Firefox 17 Launches With Click-to-Play Plugin Blocks

The sandbox adds security restrictions plus "tokens" for explicitly allowing the things that you, the site developer, want. The main purpose of the restrictions is to prevent content within an iframe from accessing content in or related to the parent page. For example, lots of ads are loaded in iframes, the sandbox attribute can prevent JavaScript in the ad from executing. The site Can I Use is a decent place to look for which browsers and browser versions support particular parts of HTML5, CSS3, etc. The iframe sandbox has had support from Google and Apple but Microsoft only added it in IE10 and no version of Opera on any platform has it.

Comment: Re:Clean up? Start fresh (Score 2) 100

by extra88 (#38586560) Attached to: Cleaning Up the Mess After a Major Hack Attack

Your whole stance looks like you have no understanding of the problems that can be faced.

Why assume the worst? More likely he wasn't inclined to go into that level of detail here.

If he's already going so far as to prevent the use of USB flash drives isn't it likely that email attachments are handled in a similarly aggressive manner (e.g. executables automatically removed, remaining attachments quarantined, etc.)? Workstation backups needn't include email; email belongs on email servers local copies are just a cache.

Comment: Re:An Ad? (Score 3, Informative) 348

by extra88 (#33979320) Attached to: Early Review of 11" Macbook Air
It may have a faster clock speed than the 11" MacBook Air but it does *not* have a faster processor. Your Aspire One has an Atom processor while the 11" Air has a Core 2 Duo processor, which does more, clock for clock. Looking at the GeekBench Results Browser, It looks like the 11" Air scores are at least double what your Aspire One's score would be.

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