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Comment Re:Github, a bastion for libtard SJWs (Score 1) 47

I'm not white so clue me in on what I missed. What privilege did the white people get? As near as I can tell, not a whole fuck of a lot if any. By grace of heritage, I was entitled to funds to help my business and scholarships as well as privileged entrance into educational facilities - simply because I was not white.

And no, for the record, I never disclose my race on any such applications. Why? Those are telling me that I need your help and that I'm unable to do so because of my genetic makeup. What privilege does a white person, in the same situation as a person who isn't, get?

Comment Re:What's a DLL? (Score 1) 130

Or, alternatively, don't let code access your system that you don't want. In other words, keep it locked down. How did the malicious DLL get into that folder, specifically, and was able to be called? And, if they can do that, why not just compromise the system in a hundred other ways instead of some half-assed way that might not work by using a DLL? They've already got access rights to put the DLL there. If they can do that then why do this? Just avoid it, as a programmer, on general principle but it's hardly a bug - it's working as designed.

Heh, it's not a bug! It's a feature. Seriously though, think about it for a minute. To put the DLL there in the first place they had to have access. How'd they get that access? Yeah, if they could do that then why put a DLL there that may very well not actually do anything - ever? There is, literally, no reason to make it more difficult with less chance of success. They've already owned the box just to put the DLL there.

Comment Re:Thanks BREIN (Score 1) 71

Currently, it is Mac only but it looks like there are a few alternatives. There's Popcorn-Time and TorrentStreaming that I've come across for Linux but I've only bothered trying one of them. I have also checked out Tribler (thanks to them letting me know about this type of thing) and that appears to be not much different than a torrent client that does prioritizing so that you can watch it while it downloads.

Comment Re:Why not just call the entire Internet illegal? (Score 1) 71

You jest but I'd not actually put it past them to try to propose/mandate an alternative to the traditional protocols on some form of locked-down, access controlled, proprietary network that disallowed any unapproved content or actions. Sadly, there's a number of people who not only might support that but might not notice the difference. It could easily be couched in the sentiment that it's to save the children or to thwart terrorism.

No, I don't mean a firewall like China has. I mean a complete replacement with protocols that disallow all but approved actions. If you couple it with limited hardware then it's even easier for them to do - never mind what laws they make to prohibit doing it on your own. I seriously wouldn't put it past them making such a proposal with a straight face. I'd be surprised if it didn't happen eventually. I'd not be at all surprised to find that it'd have supporters who were not in the industry but sure would be happy if they could thwart terrorists, save the children, and reduce piracy!

Comment Re:Easy fix (Score 1) 71

Yup, loads of Linux software's distributed as torrents. In fact, almost every one that I see gets downloaded and I try to add all the new versions that are announced early on. I keep 'em seeding for years sometimes. I've got the space and bandwidth, why not help out? (And yes, that is a whole lot of torrents, space, and bandwidth.)

There are plenty of legitimate uses for torrents. 'Snot just for pirating.

Comment Re:Wow that did not last very long! (Score 1) 71

I know this sounds like crazy talk and the delusions of an old and feeble minded but... Err... My ISP still has Usenet. It's even still active. I've never noticed anything disappearing from it. However, I don't use it to download stuff so it's *very* unlikely that I'd have noticed anything going by-by. The surprising thing is that it's still pretty active. I do have some "warez" groups loaded and in sync but I never see anything I'm interested in. There's not a whole lot for me to pirate via Usenet when pretty much everything I do use is either free already or I don't mind supporting the company, sometimes I *want* to support the company.

My how the times change. :/

Comment Re:POWER8? (Score 1) 99

Don't let it get you down. It seems to be improving enough that I actually remarked on it in my journal earlier. I've noticed a bunch of familiar faces coming back and posting again (though some of them seem a bit sheepish at first). I've noticed a LOT more lower ID numbers in the threads. The quality of conversation and comments has gone up, quite a bit actually, in just the past week and a half. I'm not sure what that says about the person asking about a DLL but it does mean that there *might* be good things in the future.

Besides, it's not as if you were doing anything better or more constructive. ;-)

Comment Re: Duh (Score 1) 99

I dunno about all the rest but I just recently had a new laptop built and shipped to me. Well, it's not a laptop per se - it's a mobile workstation. At any rate, I've yet to figure out what to do with more than 16 GB of RAM. I don't notice much of a speed increase when I go from there to 32 GB of RAM. My laptop has 64 GB of RAM and, try as I might, I've not yet found one useful way to use that RAM and I've not noted one bit of speed increase from 32 GB - at all.

Oh, it's fast. It's blazingly fast. It has a couple of SSDs in there so I can keep the OS and /home on one drive and I've not actually got it configured with a /swap at all. I have the OS set to push about as much as it possibly can to RAM and have a dozen applications open, across three virtual desktops, and a few browsers on top of that and I'm at 7.5 GB of reported RAM usage.

WTF are they doing on a workstation that needs that much RAM? (Not wants, needs.) That's well into fairly healthy server territory.

Comment Re:What's a DLL? (Score 1) 130

No, I don't use Windows on my computer... No, I am not a shill.


At some point, it's time for the programmers to do things the right way and not expect the OS to prevent them from making mistakes. I know it's fun to blame Microsoft when you don't know better or understand the problem but, really, this should not be a problem because the people writing the program are responsible for their DLLs and their usage. I know, I know... That does actually mean that they're accountable and accountability is a scary thing.

That said, there's likely a legitimate way to use implement it this way. It's probably for legacy support. You know, that thing everyone complains about if they don't do it for their 30 year old application (and sometimes that complaint is justified but Microsoft is not unique in that area)? I'd guess, I've not researched it, that this was for legacy reasons and I'm sure MS would love to force strict adherence to the use of ASLR, for example. Hell, it'd probably make their lives easier. Not to mention, you'd just be bitching if they had - "Why are they taking choice away?!?"

So, no... No, no, no... Anyone who has seen my posts knows that I hold programmers, of a certain capacity, on a pedestal and that I hold them in high esteem for good reason. However, at some point the responsibilities are with the coder.

Comment Re:Capitalism! (Score 1) 145

You again!

> Actual Libertarianism is not compatible with the Republican party.

I knew there was a reason I like you. It's funny. You can fit almost any political ideology into Libertarianism *except* for the Randian and the modern US Republican. But, somehow, they managed to do it. Neither one of those two groups is the least bit interested in liberty, not even close. (Though they'll scream and yell about being supporters of freedom, while not actually understanding what the word means.)

The other day, I wrote a piece (a long novella - surprise!) to David T. on this site. I can dig it out if you're interested in figuring out ways to polish it up. I'm one of those strange people who's actually willing to evaluate their position and change it as new information is gathered. So, insight is always a good thing. (But, a lot of work.) It was long because it was trying to articulate what it was that makes a Libertarian. That's not exactly easy as there are some pretty basic things to cover that lots of people don't seem to have spent much time thinking about.

However, that's the most intelligent thing that I've read on Slashdot all day. Oddly, in a politics article...

But you're not only correct, you're completely correct. I'm really not sure who had the bright idea of trying to shoehorn the most inappropriate political ideologies into Libertarianism. Somehow, they've not only managed to do so but they've managed to make it stick. At one time, I was pretty well considered to be on the "loony left" (even by the Democrats) by virtue of my party affiliation. That really wasn't all that many years ago. Today, someone finds out that I'm a Libertarian and they automatically assume that I'm some sort of ultraconservative fan of corporatism who wants to make people adhere to a bunch of religious beliefs. Err... That's so far wrong that it's about as far from correct as possible.

I've been trying to clear up the misconception for years. Ah well...

Many of the people who self-identify as Libertarians are actually just Republicans with a little bit of shame and don't actually know where they belong. I'd suggest they try to make the Tea Party sane. But, it's not like we can stop them from claiming to hold the affiliation and thus representing the party and ideology. We're a bit pragmatic and not really about to institute a "purity test" or take away the microphone.

Comment Re:Time for unions! (Score 2, Interesting) 145

The time for unions is long-since past. Even if there were unions, most people are missing the key point. The reasons for unions was "solidarity."

The time for a formal union has passed. The time for solidarity is now. The problem is, few are willing to risk what they have for the sake of what another is losing. (Oddly, they still wonder why nobody comes to their aid when it is their turn to be the loser and some are inclined to think they'll never be the loser.)

Now's the time for solidarity and that's just not going to happen. Are you going to walk off your job to support these guys? Not a chance. Even if you would, someone will happily take the job you vacated and probably do it for less than you. Solidarity is a big, and difficult, thing. You do not see it often. Sadly, even with ubiquitous communication, instances of solidarity seem to be decreasing as opposed to increasing. A union can't fix that.

Comment Re:can't the state do something about this? (Score 1) 145

Hmm... Yeah, sounds mostly spot-on. Additionally, some information is considered classified, even without having been marked as such specifically, because of where it came from. I've no idea if any of the content was on that level but an example is that unedited photos from certain satellites is classified by default. She had an obligation (a lawful mandate, as I recall) to stop and classify that material herself, if authorized to do so, or to hand it back if not - then filling out the spillage forms just in case.

However, I'd like to remind folks that she did so because the internal email system was difficult to work with. She was not the only person to do this. Others did the same, or similar, things as it was a bitch to deal with the email system that they had.

Why point that out? Well, she was wearing the boss' hat. As such, she had the obligation to have that system repaired. She had the duty to delegate authority to have it fixed and the obligation to work within the system and follow-up to ensure those tasked with the repairs did their job properly. That's what bosses do. Presidents don't fix email systems themselves. They tell someone else to fix it and make sure it gets fixed. Or, more accurately, someone else does that at their behest but the boss is still accountable as they're the one that picked the person to do that job.

That, even as much as the content itself, is significant. Instead of fixing a known broken system, she worked outside of the system (and was not alone in doing so), and allowed the poor system to remain in place which led to this even being a conversation in the first place. Rather than argue about the classification level of the data, how about we acknowledge that the lady has clearly demonstrated that she is incapable of being a leader? That's not even something that any reasonable person would try to debate.

Ah well... I'm still pissed about the OPM attack. Why the hell they had my data on a live, networked, system some 15+ years after its use is beyond me. However, in all fairness, that's not her fault and only tangentially related. I do not recall all of the training on handling classified data, it has been a long time, but I'm pretty sure that I'd be in a heap of trouble for having just risked data spillage. More importantly, I'd have been in all sorts of trouble (multiple times in multiple ways) for failing to be a responsible leader. There are repercussions for doing poorly while you're supposed to be delegating authority and making decisions. At least there have always been repercussions in my life.

However, I don't think I'll post this as an AC. Fuck it... I said it. I own it. I might even make a mistake sometimes. I own those too and I'm not the boss of anything important. It's accountability, though trivial, and a good thing. She's demonstrated she doesn't want to be accountable and is not an acceptable leader. Leaders make choices and delegate authority, not work outside the system while the system languishes. Leaders make choices and then accept responsibility for them. Leaders don't have to know everything, they have to know that they're not smart enough to know everything and to be willing to ask for, and accept, advice. Hillary is not an acceptable leader and her race, gender, or even her political philosophy have not one damned thing to do with that.

Comment Re:File a grievance with who? (Score 2, Interesting) 145

As an outsider looking in, retired but was very much involved for my entire career, I hate to say this but it's starting to look a bit like some of you are just plain fucked. No, I don't just rely on just Slashdot postings to make that observation. However, between things like the trend to train your replacements, H1-B visas being abused, and a belief that everyone should be trained to code by means of mandatory public education, it really doesn't look like the industry has a very healthy future.

I urged my kids to actually do something other than tech-specific but to find something they can be passionate about and hope like hell it wasn't directly tech-related. Thankfully, they listened. This isn't entirely new, it's been going on for a while now. The writing is on the wall and has been for a while. There are still some niche areas but programmers, developers, and IT staff are pretty much commodities now.

At a rough guess of about ten years ago, I had, and shared, some ideas that might have helped prevent some of this but it's far too late for change now. The sad truth is that there's not now a whole lot that most folks can do or will do to try to make this better. The time for action was quite a while ago, it's too late now.

And no, complaining isn't "raising awareness" or helping (not directly related to your comment but salient, nonetheless). I don't expect to be listened to now but, if I can offer just one piece of advice to you and the rest, look for ways to strike it out on your own and start your own business. Admittedly, working for the landed gentry has some potential benefits but I think you'll find there's greater liberty (and responsibility) in ownership.

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