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Comment Gen1 was unencrypted (Score 1) 62

Gen 1 was always unencrypted. They didn't hack the gen2 or gen3 hardware to unencrypt it.

I can't tell from the slides whether they used a gen1, gen2, or gen3 reader to do their playback attack.

Even before Square, you could buy card readers on eBay. This doesn't really bring anything to the table.

Comment Fuck that: most developers are customer-ignorant (Score 4, Insightful) 133

I work with an application where the VP of engineering burned 6 man-years on dynamically loadable plugins, a feature nobody IRL actually gives a shit about. It made the code unreadable, caused all kinds of work due to the total refactoring of the application, and caused performance to degrade tremendously.

In addition, it is practically impossible to tell what version of a plugin is correct or if it's loaded.

Why? Because he thought it was cool.

So, when developers tee off on upper management decisions that kill companies, I can swing right back on dumb engineering decisions that kill companies.

Comment Parking? Nope (Score 4, Insightful) 654

"But one of the biggest factor is how easy it is to find parking. Cities use a huge amount of their space just to store cars during the day. The more expensive and hard to find parking becomes, the more people will use free public transit."

Well no, that's not really a big factor. If you can't park at your destination of choice and public transit won't get you there, you won't go.

Comment FTA: EUV changes are larger (Score 1) 249

"Of particular importance is the sun's extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation, which peaks during the years around solar maximum. Within the relatively narrow band of EUV wavelengths, the sun’s output varies not by a minuscule 0.1%, but by whopping factors of 10 or more. This can strongly affect the chemistry and thermal structure of the upper atmosphere."

Comment Not nonsense: coolers. (Score 1) 300

I know someone who had an IBM PC Jr, a Coleco Adam, and a bunch of other things that died quickly.

Just like it's hard to consistently pick winners, it's hard to consistently pick losers. It's not about liking one or two bad products, it's about consistently picking products that will fail in the marketplace. And that picking is done via actual purchases, not the "talking out of your ass" picking.

I'm sure at some point he bought an Aztek as well.

Comment Backups for Mac: Time Machine + offsite (Score 4, Informative) 297

For Mac users, time machine is a complete no-brainer. RAID won't protect you against data corruption...but time machine will. Stick it on a NAS and you'll be fine. Then use BackBlaze or CrashPlan to back that NAS up offsite. Heck, there are crashplan clients for synology systems, so there's no excuse. And it's cheap! Would you rather rebuild your whole music library from scratch, or pay $60/year for some insurance? Hello!

Note that you probably don't want to back up your TM folder.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll