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Comment: Off site backups are essential (Score 1) 445

Many years ago I went to a presentation on Disaster Recovery. One of the classic stories told was of an accounting firm that kept their backups on-site in a fire proof safe (the best they could afford). One day there was a fire. The safe was perfectly intact, and showed no signs of any damage that would have resulted in the contents being damaged.

Unfortunately the Fire Department Standard Operating Procedure was that every fire was suspicious until proven otherwise, and the site was declared a crime scene. Consequently the Business was denied access to the site for several weeks until the situation was resolved and the remaining building could be made safe.

By that stage enough of their customers had moved to another accountancy firm and they were unable to survive with the remaining customers despite being able to completely rebuild their IT infrastructure.

I'd suggest in your example you may want to consider some form of removable media (5 GB will easily fit on a dual-layer DVD) and keep the backups in a secure safe at another family members house in case of disaster. With backups that size you could make several copies and keep them at multiple locations. Alternatively, encrypt the backups and keep a copy at work.

Comment: C++ - but look at C# as well (Score 1, Informative) 407

I'll admit I haven't seen much of Objective C (apart from on OSX) - while C++ is pretty much available on anything and anywhere. However I'd also recommend having a look at C#.

If you are not allergic to Microsoft products it's got a lot to recommend it:

Good frameworks

Available on Windows, OSX & Linux

Cross-platform tools like Xamarin (which as an interesting ecosystem for cross-platform mobile apps)

Comment: Go easy on the OpenSSL guys ! (Score 4, Interesting) 79

by slincolne (#48779819) Attached to: OpenSSL Patches Eight New Vulnerabilities
The beauty of Open Source is that when issues like this are discovered, they are dealt with.

With a closed source product you basically have to trust the vendor to get it right, and to patch defects in a timely manner.

OpenSSL is a classic demonstration of one of the truths of computer programming - namely that good cryptography is HARD.

I just wish that the big players who use this in their products would support the developers - and make it a better outcome for all of us who rely on this product.

Comment: And BD-Java is good how exactly? (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by slincolne (#47512745) Attached to: Open-Source Blu-Ray Library Now Supports BD-J Java
Does anyone have any scenarios where BD-Java enables a useful feature?

I have to admit for all the blue ray disks I have, the included menus and bumf just makes it a less pleasant experience.

I don't know who builds in the code for these 'features' - but it makes it very difficult to justify buying legitimate media when the studios seem to put all their crapware in the way.

+ - Australian Electoral Commission refuses to release vote counting source code->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir writes: The Australian Electoral Commission has been fighting a freedom of information request to reveal the source code of the software it uses to calculate votes in elections for Australia's upper house of parliament. Not only has the AEC refused an FOI request for the source code, but it has also refused an order from the Senate directing that the source code be produced. Apparently releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation".
Link to Original Source

Comment: Will you be selling media rights for this ? (Score 2) 53

It sounds very interesting - the kind of stuff that National Geographic would cover off.

Have you contacted any media organisations about selling the rights to film and publish this?

It might be a good way to get further funding for this work.

Comment: Wait until things are over before you cry wolf (Score 4, Insightful) 582

by slincolne (#46761157) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
It's probably better to let the situation run on a bit longer before people start criticising Open Source.

Nobody is going to discard OpenSSL due to this - the majority of people are patching systems and reminding people that security is important (a side benefit of this incident)

The next step will be when someone puts up the money for a proper code review of the OpenSSL codebase and fixes up any other issues that may exist.

It's reasonable to say that there are more people and organisations able to resolve this issue than if it were a closed source proprietary solution.

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