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Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 23

by mcgrew (#49784593) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

I agree he doesn't belong on that list. I do think on the list of America's worst presidents, he'd be at the top of the list.

Ignored warnings from the previous administration, top FBI officials ignored field agents who were warning of something bad, and got our country attacked.

Then he started an incredibly stupid war in Iraq, which led to the rise of ISIS.

Presided over the building of mass surveillance of the American people.

Took office during a boom, left office under the worst economy since the great depression. It's my theory that what caused the ruined economy was fuel prices more than quadrupling during his reign. Buy gas to get to work, or pay the mortgage? Tough choice!

Took office with a balanced budget, left it with the largest deficit in American history. Meanwhile, infrastructure was crumbling and he did nothing.

Now, if the list was of people who did the most harm to our country, he should be on that list. Mao and Pol Pot were very evil men who killed millions of people, but they didn't harm America.

Comment: Checklist is the right answer (Score 1) 117

Actually, security by checklist is the way to go for writing an insurance policy. An underwriter should be able to work out actuarial tables for companies that follow which security best practices, and then price policies accordingly. For instance, if you pass a PCI scan and have virus scanners installed and don't give your users admin rights, and have websense installed, and you have data of $X value, you have an Y% chance of getting jacked, so your policy costs $Z.

I'm not saying that the checklist should be the company's only security practice. That would be madness. I'm just saying that the insurance underwriter should be able to use a checklist to quote an insurance policy.

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

If that were the case, you'd be safe. I don't know of a manufacturer that consistently provides bug-free devices and support for them for, say, 2 years back.

I don't know of any manufacturer, Apple included, that consistently provides bug-free devices. But if 2 years of updates is your benchmark, Samsung meets it. They have Android Lollipop (5.0.1) running on their Galaxy S4 (released April 29, 2013, so it's just over 2 years old). Granted, 5.1.1 is the true latest and greatest Android version, but it was only released on April 21, 2015, so it's a unrealistic to expect Samsung to push that out to a 2 year old device so quickly.

Comment: Re:DHI (Score 1) 11

by mcgrew (#49728813) Attached to: Dice Holdings Inc is now "DHI"

Ever since they changed it so I have a goddamned horizontal scroll (are they on crack?) I've only come by occasionally to look at journals.

Look, Dumbass Holdings Idiots, there's no reason whatever short of GROSS incompetence to introduce a horizontal scroll on a widescreen format notebook!! I'm all for hiring the handicapped, but you don't hire Ray Charles to be a bus driver and you don't hire the educationally handicapped to code...

Although I suspect it may be retarded PHBs than retarded coders. Someone is obviously VERY stupid. The idiotic mistakes I see should NOT happen at a so-called "nerd" site.

Comment: Re:Not a great idea ... (Score 1) 4

by mcgrew (#49711045) Attached to: A suggestion to mobile browser makers and the W3C

If you do that you have to double the used web space, and that can be expensive. I'm already almost at the upper limit for my site and will have to go to the next tier of hosting soon. As it is, only three of the well over a hundred pages on my site need a special mobile version, and I would imagine a lot of other folks are the same way.

Having it first look for m.sitename, falling back to mobile.html if it exists and m.sitename doesn't, then index.html if there are neither m.sitename or mobile.html might be a good idea, though.

Comment: Re:One thing to keep in mind... (Score 1) 244

by Slashdot Parent (#49697547) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading

If I'm configuring some sort of local mail store, I don't just need to know how to set up Dovecot. I need to know how to set up Dovecot, Postfix, Roundcube, and so on, and I need to know how to set them up together.

That type of information is typically also in the docs because you're right. It's important, and if everyone has to hammer it out themselves, it's reinventing the wheel.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 507

by Slashdot Parent (#49697485) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

it seems to be an excuse for developers to skip QA/QC procedures "because we're already into the next scrum"

You shouldn't be marking stories as complete if they haven't passed QA.

If you find that you aren't completing the stories that were in your sprint plan during your sprint, you bit off more than you could chew. Adjust for the next sprint.

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Journal: A suggestion to mobile browser makers and the W3C 4

Journal by mcgrew

There are an awful lot of pages on my web site, and I've been busy making them all "mobile-friendly". Most of them are little or no problem making them look good on all platforms, but there are three that are especially problematic.

I jumped this hurdle (well, sort of stumbled past it) by making two of each of the pages with a link to the mobile page from the index.

Comment: Re:Magnetized, eh? (Score 1) 6

by mcgrew (#49691113) Attached to: Magnetic Cell Phone Docks

It should work. I don't see how it would mess up the charging circuit unless that circuit was poorly designed. It's the same as a TV degausser.

My day was a lineman working around AC at 90,000 volts. If he wore an analog (wind up) watch to work the watch would get magnetized by those high strength magnetic fields and stop working. He probably could have fixed the watches the same way.

Comment: Re:Porn Solves a Problem (Score 2) 950

In the first place, how many people would rather watch porn than have sex? I'm not saying there's none, but in most cases it's probably rooted in anxiety as opposed to an actual preference, all else being equal.

I would prefer the porn, personally, and it has nothing to do with anxiety. It's just easier, it's novel, I can get precisely the stimulus that I want for maximum pleasure. It's really just pretty awesome.

Don't get me wrong; I still have sex with my wife and I still enjoy the feelings of connection. I wouldn't want to stop. But at any given time.... I'd probably choose the porn if I could be guaranteed that my wife wouldn't find out that I chose porn over her, because who wants to deal with the fallout of that little gem?

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