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Comment: Re: Hurrah? (Score 1) 143

by scrod (#44857439) Attached to: Feature-Rich FreeBSD 10 Alpha Released

can you go to sourceforge, find some random application's binaries for bsd and install/run them without issue on mac osx?

Actually, yes. This has been the case for just about every version of OS X ever released, since before 2001. That's because it uses a BSD tool chain and APIs. Apple goes to great lengths to maintain such compatibility, and should be pretty common knowledge if you've been paying attention on Slashdot.

Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the brand-new dept.
sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"

Comment: Re:Reality vs idealism (Score 1) 290

by scrod (#42872953) Attached to: W3C Declares DRM In-Scope For HTML

having a hobbled web platform

That phrase is redundant. Native apps (especially those that the user can compile and run him/herself on his/her own machine), will always provide more freedom and control than anything running on someone else's web server, or inside some sandboxed browser environment. Your view of pushing for the web application is entirely in conflict with giving users more control —and I suppose it should come as no surprise that you're willing to advocate for DRM, too. Get your priorities straight.

Comment: Re:End-to-end encryption (Score 1) 326

by scrod (#33842786) Attached to: China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches

Are there any Off-the-record supporting Apps for Android ? (And perhaps for iPhone, although I doubt that Apple will green-light one)

Absolutely. Moxie Marlinspike of has made precisely that, in the form of TextSecure (crypto info here). He's also got a VOIP app that uses Phil Zimmerman's ZRTP protocol.


+ - Corporate 'Coddling' of Younger Workers

Submitted by WorthlessProgrammer
WorthlessProgrammer (895488) writes "

During this morning's commute, NPR reported that younger workers require much 'coddling', at least according to the opinion of workers and managers that are 40+. (pod cast at

I wondered why I was not able to make a comparative to my workplace, because there no known "high-maintenance" employees. And I am aware of ALL employees, as the U.S. incorporation of my employer is very small (less than 100 employees). Further recollection 'revealed' that there has been no new hire, discernibly less than 35, within the previous four years.

I should mention the major contributing factor to my employer's upper age 'bias', probably typical to small technical organizations, is that my boss requires all people to have significant experience. If you understand analog signal conditioning, digital 'glue' logic, embedded microcontrollers and DSP, electromagnetic compatibility and product safety issues, and switchmode power conversion, we may have a job for you. And yes, even the network support tech (he works for the Director of Engineering) knows electronics and can troubleshoot complex power supplies.

I will continue to use the network support tech as an anecdotal example; he is approx 40 years of age, is not arrogant, and does whatever is required to get the job done. The IT techs at my previous employer considered the engineering department arch enemies, never completed the most simple project on time, insisted that they were the only employees of any value, and were all under the age of 36.

So I emailed my wife (manager at an ag business). She concurred with the NPR report, and said that she seldom sees competent and reliable workers that are under 40.

Let the generational wars begin...

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?