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Comment: Re:My policy (Score 1) 116

by gnu-sucks (#47618207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Explain please how a drill press is not secure.

Let's see...

1) flashy: not really
2) secure: definitely, no hard disk has ever been physically reconstructed that had holes in the platters. Short of a scanning electron microscope, you're not reconstructing that data
3) available: go to home depot
4) price: yes, more expensive than running dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/olddisk, but cheaper than an industrial-grade shredder and of course cheaper than any commercial "enterprise" data removing software. I think drill presses can be had for around $200.

Comment: Re:ASM (Score 1) 637

by gnu-sucks (#47616619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

I've never had to learn or use assembly (though I wouldn't mind trying).

What I want to say is that you may gain a similar knowledge by working with microcontrollers and low-resource embedded platforms. When every byte of memory and every instruction cycle counts, you will start to think about algorithm efficiency and other tradeoffs that simply don't matter on an enormous 16-core Xenon workstation with 32 GB of ram. And then, of course, this does lead to better code on those big desktop machines. Those optimizations do add up in larger programs.

As for the overall OP's topic, yes, it is a problem that CS grads are "only" working in Java. So they're learning about program flow control and algorithms. But a mathematician can do that. The CS grads that learn programming at a lower level really do have an edge over those that are just point-n-click-n-type java programmers.

To me, and I'm an EE, knowledge of the above resource-limited systems, linux, and C has taken me a long way. It has enabled me to work on just about anything.

Comment: Really depends on the details (Score 2) 348

Your post is not clear on what you mean by "without a firewall". There are so many places in a typical setup where a firewall could be placed, and yes, it is safe to leave them out in some situations.

For example, your store has a firewall at the internet connection and everything inside is a private ip address. The cash registers run on their own network, firewall'd away from the other computers in the store, with rules to allow for outgoing credit card authorizations and that sort of thing. Does each cash register need a firewall? Probably not, and it might even be a significant expense to maintain updated rules every time the network needs to be reconfigured.

So yeah, it depends on the entire configuration. The tone of your post suggests that the situation is not good though, and of course, it's a lot easier to argue for a firewall these days than against one.

Comment: Re:File with the FCC (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504481) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

And then hire some cisco-approved "experts" to recommend you the latest configuratable ipv6 fancy-pants 100Gig routers for each classroom. They will give fancy "the future is here" 3D presentations to the principal and board, and make sure you loose every last dime that could have purchased time with real educators and industry experts to actually help educate.

Comment: Re:I still can't for the life of me (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504463) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Well, just sayin', maybe kids would be naturally curious about other things too?

Like, I dunno, science and math? Reading interesting books? Dropping eggs off the side of a building in various contraptions? Shooting rubber bands in a contest? Observing the weather each day? Planting stuff? Estimating quantities of items? Playing musical instruments? Drawing? Making things out of scraps of material? Exploring mathematics without a calculator and a test?

Oh, right, this stuff isn't digital, doesn't cost enough money, and requires additional effort form the teacher other than watching kids play on ipads while they play on facebook themselves.

Comment: Re:I still can't for the life of me (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504439) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Why does it have to be a tablet? How about hiring a scientist or an engineer to come to each class room for a few hours a week. Guarantee you'd get your mileage there.

Given how these will be used, I doubt there will be much difference except for the cost. Either way it is a complete waste.

Comment: Re:Expensive? (Score 1) 285

by gnu-sucks (#47504425) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

You've got this exactly correct. Educate. Don't waste our money, time, and most importantly, our students' childhood on a "device."

I guarantee you that if I were educating students with a chalkboard I could do better than a moron with the latest iPad. Or google tablet or whatever.

Let's get better teachers and better materials, not more technology.

"Oh, but our kids won't learn how to use Office XYZ and Windows F" Big deal. They can pick that up pretty quick any time. Let's get them THINKING and LEARNING first.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.