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Comment: Re:It Depends (Score 2) 134

Depends on the quality of the web apps running under LAMP

If they get hacked, it may be possible for the attacker to spawn a new process running on some other port (ie, a shell), or sending stuff out to other machines, so having a firewall that only allows the services you have listening may be good, as well as possibly having it restrict new outgoing connections.

And no, you don't need to write complicated iptables scripts/rules to do this. The ufw utility (available in Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc) has truly simple syntax

ufw allow ssh
ufw allow http
ufw allow https
ufw enable

Comment: Re:Repeat after me... (Score 1) 285

by i.r.id10t (#47564837) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Indeed. While I may know the technical details of how style sheets work, etc. I'd rather write the back end code and spit out HTML/CSS that a web designer has generated for me to format the text I'm generating. Works great - he doesn't need/want to learn PHP, I don't need/want to learn about design, and our web apps look good.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 878

Noting on the case is allowed to indicate it contains a firearm.... just gotta get an airline approved case for it, put said case in larger "regular" luggage, and off you go.

Perfectly legal, but to smooth your way you may want to print the FAA policy as well as the airline you are flying's policy.

Comment: Re:Alternative explanation (Score 1) 393

If residential use was closer to symmetric, just what would the outgoing content be, and how many people would want to be consuming it?

Not only that, but just how many of the residential type customers *want* to be hosting services and offering content? How many kernel source mirrors, debian/ubuntu/mint/whatever binaries mirrors, etc. do we need?

Residential, and probably quite a few business accounts, are always going to be consuming more than producing.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 878

Take a gun with you. Doesn't even have to be a complete gun, just enough for the ATFE to consider it a gun. Less than $100, often closer to $50 for a old single shot shotgun. Ditch barrel, stock, etc. and just keep receiver.

Then you can put it in a true locking case, declare it, and by law you do not have to give a key to anyone, and you can't use the "TSA keys" which they all have master copies of.

Get your luggage lost? Simply look at the airline rep and say "Well, you gonna call the BATFE or am I?"

Pro photographers, etc. use this trick....

Comment: Re:this is why... (Score 1) 290

by i.r.id10t (#47502027) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

But that doesn't get me back the few megs of storage it was using. Which means a few less pics of my kids, or a few less mp3s to listen to.

On my iPhone I just move off to a virtual desktop (or whatever they are called) and create a folder or two and move all the "can't remove" apps I don't use/like/care for into the folders. Again, out of sight out of mind...

Comment: this is why... (Score 2) 290

by i.r.id10t (#47500857) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

This is why I hated the first generation of "almost smart phones".

Instead of being just a phone, they added half-assed features that got in the way of the phone being a phone.

Strangely, this is why I first went to an iPhone - it was the best at letting me get all the other crap out of the way (out of sight, out of mind, just wish I could delete more crap) and being just a phone.

Comment: Re:Bah humbug. (Score 1) 415

by i.r.id10t (#47414783) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

My big joy when I went from BASIC on a TRS-80 to turbo pascal on a 286 was that I no longer had line numbers. Which means that if I found an issue, I could fix it right there no matter how many lines of code it took, whereas in BASIC w/ the line numbers, if you spaced 'em by 5 or 10, well, any fix had to fit in there. Need a second fix? Delete the code, use a GOSUB to go waaaay down the line numbers, have your longer-than-spaced-for fix, then return back to whence you came.

Comment: Normal humans exlcuded from practicing law/medicin (Score 5, Insightful) 608

by i.r.id10t (#47414627) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

"The bigger injustice," Edwards writes, "is that being a doctor or lawyer has become an elite: a vocation requiring rare talents, grueling training, and total dedication. The way things are today if you want to be a lawyer or doctor you had best be someone like me on the autism spectrum who has spent their entire life mastering vast realms of arcane knowledge â" and enjoys it. Normal humans are effectively excluded from performing surgery or arguing cases before a judge. The real injustice of legal or medical inequality is that it doesn't have to be this way." Edwards concludes with a call to action, "The web triumphalists love to talk about changing the world. Well if you really want to change the world, empower regular people to perform open heart surgery and argue cases before the supreme court. Disrupt specialist knowledge and training! Who's with me?"

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