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Comment Re:Database of the year? (Score 0) 122

Back in the early day of the Microsoft/Novell/Unix wars Microsoft liked to tout that there were used for mission critical purposes in most (all? can't remember for sure) Fortune 500 companies. When asked what that meant: At least one group was using them for file serving, which MS viewed as mission critical.

Comment Re:IBM CLM publicizes their bug backlog on jazz.ne (Score 1) 159

Everyone who has used a computer in the last 30 years knows software has bugs.

I was creating prototype software for a company. Near the end of that phase, one of the higher ups was surprised when I said there were probably still bugs in that code. Reality distortion fields abound.

Comment Are you exposing customers? (Score 4, Insightful) 159

Since these are reported, but not necessarily fixed bugs, if someone is interesting in attacking one of your customers, you are giving them a gold mine of potential attack information. I believe in responsible disclosure, but it is one thing to tell your customers. Something else to tell the world, especially before it is fixed.

Comment Re:Trust (Score 1) 532

While it may have value in wires, I doubt that it would be the same as copper, gold being approximately twice as dense as copper, means that best case it would have half the value of copper. Also, the greater density, and lower strength makes it less suited in many cases. Admittedly there are many cases where gold is better, but there are reasons other than cost for selecting a material, and gold doesn't always stack up well there.

Comment Re:Virtual Workstations (Score 1) 196

There is malware that actually doesn't run if it is on a VM. This is in an effort to make reverse engineering/monitoring of the malware more difficult. I always thought that it also severely limited it's target, but if you are going after end-users, the limitation is probably irrelevant.

Comment Ending maintenance also ends control (Score 5, Insightful) 225

One of the points I found the most insightful is that the geeks don't like to take the time to make things work anymore. I remember a colleague saying that there was no better way to kill a hobby than to get it as a job.

The days of tweaking the OS and hardware as a common practice among the majority of geeks is gone. The field is too broad now. You have to pick which stack, and where on it, you want to hack.

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Submission + - Vulcan to Join Our Solar System (Maybe) (news.com.au) 1

jollyrgr3 writes: If William Shatner gets his wish one of Pluto's two new moons will be named Vulcan. News.com.au reports that James T. Kirk (aka) William Shatner picked the names Vulcan and Cerberus. The names still have to be approved by the International Astronomical Union as they have the final say. Full link here:
http://www.news.com.au/world/capt-kirk-aka-william-shatner-names-plutos-two-new-moons/story-fndir2ev-1226585541984

Comment Re:It's just training for future geekery (Score 1) 425

I remember building a crane "by the numbers" using a lego building set. In 1980 or so (I know for a fact is was before 1984, since I moved out of the house that I did it in then. For some reason I still have the box, but the instructions/legos have all gone.

Yes, some sets are more specialized. Minecraft gives you a huge range of blocks that isn't possible in the physical world, but dealing with the way that they fit together in "meat space" has its own value.

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