Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Com port, 2-3,3-2,5-5 and use Zmodem (Score 1) 446

by Zero__Kelvin (#49143635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
Or sneakernet, which would be far faster in this scenario. It amazes me that people would be so unable to quite literally think outside the box that it wouldn't occur to some people that just pulling the drive (outside of the box, get it) and attaching it as a second drive to the new PC and copying it in system is the only way to do this that makes any sense.

Comment: Re:Simple methodology (Score 3, Insightful) 342

by Zero__Kelvin (#49142741) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

"One would hope that a good manager would have enough practical and direct experience in writing software to at least come up with a half-decent estimate, no?"

No. That is the whole point, which you have seemed to miss. I'm the software engineer and even I can't come up with a reasonable estimate; why the hell would some manager several layers of indirection distant from the design be better at it?

Comment: Re:All those plans in two words (Score -1, Troll) 165

by Zero__Kelvin (#49142697) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine
You are basically correct, excepting that they absolutely knew what they were doing. They knew playing well with others and building a quality product was an option. Gates simply knew that he never has succeeded, and never will succeed in accomplishing anything without exhibiting immoral and criminal/borderline criminal behaviour.

Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score -1, Troll) 165

by Zero__Kelvin (#49142667) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

"MS mono-culture was caused by the incompetence and greed of those who were in a position to offer up alternatives."

Holy ... frigging ... shit. That has to be the stupidest thing I've read all year. You would literally have to ignore every bit of evidence throughout history to be able to type that in any other capacity than that of Microsux shill.

Comment: Re:Some things do not belong on the Internet (Score 1) 103

by Zero__Kelvin (#49104737) Attached to: Also Hackable: Drive-Through Car Washes
I don't think anyone is arguing that the best approach is to first set it up like an idiot and then turn around and do it the right way. This is a discussion about what the right way to do it is, not what turkey's who did it wrong should do now that security has flown the coop so to speak. In truth though, from reading the article all I see is - if an attacker had a password or could somehow get access to the web interface. That isn't much different than claiming banks are insecure because if someone got into my account they could steal my money!.

Comment: No trick exists (Was:The best trick) (Score 4, Insightful) 257

by Zero__Kelvin (#49104723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?
Agreed. And no matter what he does his children will still have that access. He does't own every computer system in the world. His children will simply use other systems rather than their own, when they want to go outside the limitation system he implements.

This isn't anything new just because you throw the intertubes into the mix. It is the same problem parents have always had. How can I control my children at all times, given that there is no frigging way in hell I can ever have that kind of control?

Byte your tongue.