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Comment: Re:Not the only problem (Score 1) 72

On top of that after looking through the firmware they've found that it's not custom software, but a badly configured OpenWRT build with a standard root password (set to "developer!"), an unsecured wifi ssid and sshd installed and running by default!

Interesting. Maybe "open-source", in the context that they meant it, means that all the users' private data should be open-source, rather than anything about the hardware or software.

Comment: Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (Score 1, Troll) 110

by idontgno (#48158903) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Lack of access to the First Lady's workout schedule is not what the people complaining about lack of transparency are upset about.

Explicit counter-example was right in parent post. David Nakamura clearly was upset about the lack of transparency in the First Lady's workout schedule.

I believe the next step is that you claim the cited example doesn't count, for reasons approximating "No True Scotsman".

Comment: I've heard this argument before (Score 1) 264

by idontgno (#48144059) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Specifically, anti-vaxxers.

"If so many people refuse to get vaccinated, herd immunity can't work. So why bother?"

"Because if all you voluntary natural selection candidates want to kill yourselves, my own vaccination will at least partially protect me."

Open Source at least offers the opportunity to protect yourself, to the extent of your own skill and effort. Which is the most anyone can realistically expect in this world. I have no intentions of allowing my fate to rest entirely at the tender mercy of people who think they know better than me.

Comment: clickbait (Score 1) 547

by idontgno (#48104483) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Complete with unsupported (unsupportable?) assertions ("perl is dead! DEAD!") on completely wrong-headed propositions ("A programming language can die," which apparently means that "the cool kids don't want to get their precious genius minds dirty with it because it's too mainstream.")

And yet here I am, participating in the conspiracy by commenting. I hate what Slashdot has made me become. I should have walked away months, maybe years, ago.


Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World 547

Posted by timothy
from the glib-claims-are-easy-to-make dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes As developers embrace new programming languages, older languages can go one of two ways: stay in use, despite fading popularity, or die out completely. So which programming languages are slated for history's dustbin of dead tech? Perl is an excellent candidate, especially considering how work on Perl6, framed as a complete revamp of the language, began work in 2000 and is still inching along in development. Ruby, Visual Basic.NET, and Object Pascal also top this list, despite their onetime popularity. Whether the result of development snafus or the industry simply veering in a direction that makes a particular language increasingly obsolete, time comes for all platforms at one point or another. Which programming languages do you think will do the way of the dinosaurs in coming years? With COBOL still around, it's hard to take too seriously the claim that Perl or Ruby is about to die. A prediction market for this kind of thing might yield a far different list.

Comment: Re:Military personnel have a different attitude... (Score 1) 299

by idontgno (#48076205) Attached to: Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

And that isn't specifically just the military background, although the military culture has a way of incubating a "just follow orders" mindset. There are others who are clever and intelligent and actually mission-oriented enough to make the conversation go like this:

"But that request is insane."
"Not my call."
"It'll do the opposite of what's intended"
"That decision is above my paygrade. So let's come up with Plan B and save management from themselves."

Sad fact of life: management is sometimes too stupid to make the right decision, and the right decision will not be made against their explicit direction. Period. Unless you're the kind of guy who's willing to go to jail to prevent those unworthy bean-counters from sullying your network.

So the best service you can render, if you care about getting the mission done rather than buffing your ego or getting the hell out of Dodge, is prepare damage control.

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