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Comment: Re:Linux? (Score 1) 145

by gmack (#47353131) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Have you actually read the law? This seems like a ton of FUD.

At any rate some Canadian companies have behaved horribly when it comes to email. I have had problems with companies refusing to change a mistyped email address unless I was the confirmed (with security questions) account holder and some not even bother to check if the recipient mail server even accepted the message for over a year.

Comment: Re:Umm, no (Score 3, Informative) 323

by gmack (#47201685) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

RTFA, It only randomizes on scan and goes back to the original MAC address when it connects.. You are correct that it is easy to change the MAC address, but that doesn't change the fact that randomizing the mac address on connect would break things like DHCP reservations or MAC based white lists.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by gmack (#47149565) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Agreed. I have seem some devs treated badly who turned out to be pretty good developers once people stopped treating them like crap. I also had one kid fresh out of university who needed some hand-holding for his first few months while he gained some experience and gained some self esteem who turned out to be a one of the best programmers I've ever worked with.

Comment: Re:Many users won't be back (Score 2) 516

by gmack (#47149133) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

I am thinking that has more to do with the massive advertising/FUD campaign they were running. When I was in Spain, for several months the Metro (subways for you Americans) were covered with ads for the Nokia phones and I had friends tell me that they bought the Nokias because the sales reps at the store told them that Android had a virus problem. Now the campaigns have been cut back so the sales dropped right off.

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 1) 865

by gmack (#46922951) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Same here!

With an ignition key, I know that I'm in control. If I step out of the car, I'd normally remove the keys (unless there were other passengers already) and do whatever I have to do before returning, knowing that my car would still be there. With the remote, even if I stepped out w/ it, leaving the car unlocked, anybody can just get in and drive some distance. Maybe he won't get far, but the damage would have been done.

In Europe, most cars use a key card system, if you remove the card from it's slot, the car won't drive.

Really? Most cars? I don't think so. Maybe most high-end cars but get in to a cheap hatchback be it European or not in Europe and you'll have a key start.

Renault isn't high end and it won't start if it doesn't detect it's card in the passenger compartment.

Comment: Re:Easier or harder to steal a car? (Score 1) 865

by gmack (#46922415) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Mechanical locks may be mature but they are not in any way reliable.

People have known for years how to bypass an ignition switch and any decent car will have some sort of a backup anti theft system. It is also not hard to break a steering lock, in fact the police up here Canada demonstrated that some of the cheaper club clones (specifically the one that clamps to one side of the steering wheel and extends over the dashboard) actually make the car easier to steal because they can be pulled back and used as a lever to snap the steering lock before being removed.

Comment: Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (Score 3, Informative) 865

by gmack (#46922191) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Same here!

With an ignition key, I know that I'm in control. If I step out of the car, I'd normally remove the keys (unless there were other passengers already) and do whatever I have to do before returning, knowing that my car would still be there. With the remote, even if I stepped out w/ it, leaving the car unlocked, anybody can just get in and drive some distance. Maybe he won't get far, but the damage would have been done.

In Europe, most cars use a key card system, if you remove the card from it's slot, the car won't drive.

Comment: Re:Nooooooooo (Score 2) 144

by gmack (#46890517) Attached to: OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

Your suggested fix to disable bounce messages with the side affect that the sender then has no way to know that the mail never arrived? Not going to happen. If I ever did something that stupid, my clients would drop me.

In the meantime I've switched to Postfix which manages to do things correctly by refusing the message in the initial connection if the user doesn't exist so the sending mail server gets to generate the bounce message instead. And yes I know there are now patches and Qmail forks that cause Qmail to do things correctly but there really weren't at the time and my point remains that DJB never cared that his software could be misused this way.

Comment: Re:Nooooooooo (Score 1) 144

by gmack (#46884029) Attached to: OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

It "worked" only as long as you don't care about the problems DJB had no interest in solving. It is true that you can't use Qmail to break into the host system, but unfortunately you can use it as a reflector and annoy the crap out of pretty much everyone else.

I was a Qmail fan and installed it everywhere I worked right up until the day several of my servers got blacklisted.

Comment: Re:Helping the poor (Score 1) 320

You're wrong.

Once they're comfortable in their current state they can work on improving it. You can't focus on learning new skills or searching for a job if you have to find a blanket for tonight or you'll freeze to death. Almost everyone isn't going to hire a homeless bum, so they need enough stuff to make themselves not look homeless. They get those things as handouts on the street, from picking through the trash, or from robbing people.

The problem is that when we give them money for begging, they go use that money for a little bit of food and a whole lot of whatever it is they are self medicating with. Change is uncomfortable and doubly so for someone who is a substance abuser. There are charities who help people who want to get off the street and your money is much better spent there since they can help more effectively by providing food, clean clothing, a place to stay and help for whatever emotional problems or mental illness that made them end up on the streets to begin with.

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