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Comment: it's a security nightmare, distributed (Score 1) 378

by swschrad (#49737581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

not a central one at this point. I will bet you a gallon of Ethyl that the pumps have hardcoded authentication, and the software probably has enough holes you could drive the Indy 500 through.

you don't want that on a network. not even for a little bit. you want that locked behind a panel. if there is no security, all you have is obscurity.

Comment: I would only buy a Keurig for Cats (Score 1) 270

by swschrad (#49699081) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

the other stuff does not appeal to me. bleah. however, set the Keuritty on the floor, let the cats pick what they want to eat by pushing the lever... that's no problem. I could do that machine. as long as it doesn't use those damn DRM containers.

running power to it would be another issue, but hey, I have a coil of 12/2-WG still begging to be opened...

Comment: "Noo Yawk City?" (Score 1) 186

by swschrad (#49630853) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

"git a rope." (c) others.

the larger and older the agglomeration of civilization and stuff, the creaker and more wasteful things get. for instance, the 1930s control system for the subways, much of which has yet to be modernized. with oceans rising and hurricanes becoming more destructive in coming years, nature will clear the decks.

Comment: the Carleton Fiorina story (Score 1) 553

by swschrad (#49617645) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

it begins with her nearly crashing Lucent during the dotcom boom and Y2K boom. since they were selling the once-Cascade, once-Ascend 8000/9000 frame relay switches that were the backbone of the Internet, that's hard to do in my book.

she almost took down HP also, back when the whole board was playing Spy vs Spy.

lost big in California politics.

thinks mass firings were a good thing.

not what any country needs.

Comment: everybody who is forced to, that's who (Score 2) 240

by swschrad (#49606949) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Mordac and his associates as Preventers of IT at my company insists and demands that only an older IE exists on our machines. so half the websites I visit lock the machine up. this is, of course, the usual silliness about keeping creaky old code, as well as the insistance that IE is the only safe choice with all the mayhem out there.

at home, I have given up on resize-happy Firefox and use Chrome exclusively. if Mozilla would fix that freakin' bug, I might reinstall it.

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