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Comment: Re:I predict... (Score 1) 514

by ixs (#48881923) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

I predict that the tech industry will not contribute to someone who opposes their agenda.

If I owned any business that hired tech people, I would contribute a token amount to this dude, and more to his opponent. Unless his opponent were more against this whole thing.

But it's way easier to buy someone off now and have him enact the policies you'd want than to wait until the next election and hope for his opponent to make it.

Most companies have understood how to invest and just spend similar amounts of money on both parties. There are minor differences of course in preferences for industries etc. but at the end of the day they do not matter anymore.

Which is of course another reason why voters in the US have the choice between pest or cholera when it's election time and nothing ever really changes anymore.

Comment: I predict... (Score 5, Insightful) 514

by ixs (#48880401) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
I predict that this senator will be swimming in campaign contributions from the tech industry in the future. And of course he'll see the light afterwards and understand how misguided he was as he was lacking crucial information about the desolate state of the US STEM sector and increased allotment of H1B visas is the only short-term solution to the industry's plight... But of course, long term solutions will be found. Certain industries have already shown that with depressed wages it is indeed cheaper to manufacture certain items in the US again. I am sure a similar solution can be found for the IT industry...

Comment: Re:Solution lies with users, not Apple (Score 5, Interesting) 311

by ixs (#47817135) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

And I am sure you realize that the 2factor Authorization as currently designed and utilized by Apple only protects against your account data being used to purchase things from the AppStore and interact with your account.

Details are at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5570 and quoting from there:
It requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can take any of these actions:

  • Sign in to My Apple ID to manage your account
  • Make an iTunes, App Store, or iBooks Store purchase from a new device
  • Get Apple ID related support from Apple

All iCloud communication is still unprotected. Bzzzzt. Neeext!

+ - Linksys Resurrects WRT54G in a New Router

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A year after purchasing the Linksys home networking division from Cisco, Belkin today brought back the design of what it called 'the best-selling router of all time' but with the latest wireless technology. We are talking about the classic WRT54G, the router in blue/black livery, first released in December 2002. Back in July 2003, a Slashdot post noted that Linksys had 'caved to community pressure' after speculation that it was violating the GPL free software license, and it released open source code for the WRT54G. The router received a cult following and today the model number of the refreshed model will be WRT1900AC. The radio is updated to support 802.11ac (with four antennas), the CPU is a more powerful 1.2GHz dual core, and there are ports for eSATA and USB mass storage devices. Linksys is also providing early hardware along with SDKs and APIs to the developers of OpenWRT, with plans to have support available when the router becomes commercially available. The WRT1900AC is also the first Linksys router to include a Network Map feature designed to provide a simpler way of managing settings of each device connected to the network. Announced at Consumer Electronics Show, the device is planned to be available this spring for an MSRP of $299.99."

Comment: Re:The post-it note (Score 1) 394

by ixs (#45285247) Attached to: NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters

I believe you are misunderstanding the slide in question.

The slide indicates the Google Frontend Servers and has a note saying "SSL Added and removed here! :-)" https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BX1tUzrIIAEsQW3.jpg:large

You believe this means "Google is adding SSL and we're removing it", which is (thank $deity) wrong. We're in big trouble if the NSA could actually decrypt SSL.

What they are saying instead is that encryption is offloaded to the frontend servers and that the backend communication is not encrypted. This makes them smile because that way they can tap the fiber links running between the datacenters and carrying the unencrypted data. That data can then be stored and analyzed.

Comment: Re:who cares? (Score 2) 191

by ixs (#44807277) Attached to: A Tale of Two MySQL Bugs

MySQL only for small places?

That makes no sense. Software licensing costs are always prohibitive at scale.
For a single machine it doesn't matter if you're adding 1k for the software or not. If you're doing that for 25 machines, it suddenly becomes a lot more important.

There's a bunch of larger websites around which have somewhere between tens and thousands of database servers around. Usually in a replicated setting which is very heavy on reads and has basically no writes which means they shard their databases in such a way that they fit into available memory and reads never go to disk.

In such a setting, your software being free is a very important point. Per server or per core licensing kills you there.

The usual option then is to go with MySQL or PostgreSQL. The latter has only relatively recently gotten acceptable replication so if you've been around a while you nearly always default to MySQL.

If you're at such a size, you either negotiate a very decent support contract or you forgo that anyway and hire the knowledge in house. I do have worked for a company which did both, I do know that at least Facebook has gone for the latter by hiring Domas. No clue what support contracts they do have. Same for Google.
If you're at that size, Monty will gladly listen to your needs and Percona will make you a very good deal for support.

Suddenly MySQL or MariaDB looks like a pretty great database with much better support options and costs than Pg or Oracle. Forget about MSSQL, you're not running anything on Windows at scale.

Comment: Re:Leapfrog implies better (Score 1) 183

by ixs (#44756377) Attached to: How Africa Will 'Leapfrog' Wired Networks

Good idea, unfortunately useless in practice.

While your experienced copper thief knows about the dangers of stealing power transmission equipment and knows that fiber is useless to a scrapyard there are enough people who do not know.

I do have a bunch of friends living around Johannesburg on a farm who only have wireless internet access as there's always someone who steals the copper cables for the phones.

And they have regular power outages because an idiot just fried himself stealing live wires from a transformator. Sure, one down but how does the saying go? A new idiot is born every day.

And if you have two idiots born on the same day, one will steal live transmission wires and fry himself and another one will steal the fiberglass and be disappointed at the scrapyard. Your internet is down either way at that point...

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.

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