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Comment: Re:The good news is... (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by ron_ivi (#49589959) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

It was horrible. I did a really crappy job.

Sadly, you were probably better than the guy before you and the guy after you.

I venture to say that just because you realized you were doing a bad job, you were already doing a better job than the vast majority of managers (especially ones who think of themselves as "good").

Comment: Re:Words without actions are meaningless (Score 3, Insightful) 107

by ron_ivi (#49511019) Attached to: D-Link Apologizes For Router Security

"We're sorry we've solve you shitty products but will replace it at our expense" is actually doing something.

The ideal response in my mind would be: "We're sorry - so here's how to unlock the boot-loader and here are third-party open source firmware providers that we tested for you."

Comment: Browsers getting too complex (Score 3, Insightful) 237

by ron_ivi (#49302243) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

Is it reasonable to expect browser makers to hold their own in an arms race against exploits?

The problem is that browsers are trying to become an OS - with all the complexities associated with one.

If we want back to a world where HTML was mostly about content -- that could be displayed in everything down to things like the Lynx browser -- they coudl be made secure.

People wanted more, though -- so they decided to allow extensions like Java Applets, Flash Plugins, and ActiveX controls. Obviously more complex, those were not surprisingly insecure.

So now people decide to take all the complexity and insecurity and build it directly into the browser itself?!? WTF.

Makes me miss gopher clients. Maybe we should go back.

TL/DR: Javascript+HTML5 is the new Java applet + Flash Player + ActiveX control.

Comment: Re:Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation? (Score 1, Interesting) 136

by ron_ivi (#49142363) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I'm afraid of the ***lack*** of fragmentation in Android.

I believe that Linux's success is directly tied to it's fragmentation.

When a early Linux distro is hard to use (mailing lists), a much easer one comes out (Slackware). When a different Linux vendor goes insane (SCO Linux), other vendors can remane sane. When a different linux goes expensive (RHEL), affordable forks spring up (CentOS).

Fragmentation is what keeps Linux safe both-from-and-for things like systemd. If systemd turns out great - fragmentation is what allowed early adopters to use it so it gained traction. If systemd turns out to be horrible, fragmentation is why other linux distros will survive that experiment.

TL/DR: We need more fragmentation. The mobile world would better if I could choose to run Ubuntu-Android, Fedora-Android, Samsung-Android or Google-Android on my phone.

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 1) 516

by ron_ivi (#49138749) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

attempt to get rid of the penny was a conspiracy to drive up prices.

Well - it kinda is!

Often people rant about wanting a "gold standard" for currency -- though that's a bit foolish because gold is rare enough that it's pretty easy for the richest banks to manipulate prices.

What the penny could give us instead (if they allow people to melt them) is a *zinc standard* for our currency! Where the value of a dollar is tied to an amount of real-work (the amount of work to mine and refine zinc) -- a mineral common enough that it'd be harder to manipulate than gold.

Comment: Math falls apart many ways. (Score 1) 480

by ron_ivi (#49038291) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

The main way the math falls apart is that the value of money isn't linear.

The difference between nothing vs winning (or losing) $1 doesn't change most people's lives at all.

The difference between nothing vs winning $10,000,000 changes most people's lives a lot.

The difference between winning $10,000,000 and winning $100,000,000 doesn't change most people's very much. (In either of those cases, they can do whatever they want, and the rest of the money is just some number in some online video game called Schwab or Fidelity).

With a non-linear value curve like this -- lotteries actually make sense -- they're win/win for both sides.

Comment: Playing devil's advocate.... (Score 2) 103

by ron_ivi (#48998679) Attached to: Bipartisan Bill Would Mandate Warrant To Search Emails
.... I don't want people to get comfortable with people thinking policies/bills/etc are the right way to protect privacy.

Far better, for privacy, if technological solutions (email encryption) protected the privacy of email.

If it's just protected with bills like this, it does nothing to stop programs like the DoD/NSA's "collect everything" projects; and from there it's only a small step for one agency to assist parallel reconstruction to get around the warrant.

Better for everyone's privacy if the bill stated "You have no expectation of privacy for unencrypted email. Any unencrypted email is free for anyone - law enforcements, ad-agencies, spammers - to read. If you want it private, encrypt it.".

The tools exist (GPG, S/MIME). It's just that no-one uses them because they trust policies to protect them instead. If the policies would change, every corporation would insist on encrypted emails by default -- and the email tool vendors would quickly make that the easy/default option.

Disraeli was pretty close: actually, there are Lies, Damn lies, Statistics, Benchmarks, and Delivery dates.

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