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Comment: Re:OSS to the rescue! (Score 1) 241

by wilson_c (#46360525) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

How long is "the life of the hardware"? I'm sure there's a functional TRS-80 somewhere. Should that still be actively supported?

Every computer that is limited to Snow Leopard is at least 7 years old. Businesses usually fully depreciate computer equipment over 3 years, with actually utilization being only slightly longer.

There is no absolutely no precedent for forcing businesses to support a product beyond what is required by contracts they may have entered into with their clients. There is no reason to believe that such a law could ever come into being. There are good business reasons why such a law will never be. While it might be nice for consumers if things worked that way, it would have little practical impact on them because we're talking about supporting old equipment for people who don't care enough to invest in upgrades. They're not going to be on top of applying open-source patches to their 7 year old security vulnerabilities.

Comment: Re:All right, then (Score 1) 241

by wilson_c (#46360303) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

It was. It had been widely used by those of us testing Mavericks deployment options during the beta and was there on day 1 of the release version. Apple isn't going to publicize things like this, given the opportunity for huge error in the hands of people who shouldn't be using sudo to format volumes.

Comment: Your boss is just being cheap (Score 1) 716

by wilson_c (#46225093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

This is a settled matter as far as the law is concerned. If the work is performed as warrantied work by a wholly independent contractor, then the entity (company or individual) which created the bug is responsible for addressing it without additional compensation. If an individual employed directly by a company makes the mistake then there is no obligation of the employee to fix that error without further payment. Do you have a contract with your employer stipulating delivery goals rather than simply being paid for your time? Are you paid higher than standard individual wages the way that a contracting company is because there's an expectation of ongoing responsibility beyond the time you are working for them? Unless you failed to mention important contractual obligations in your post, you don't owe him squat.

Comment: An inefficient exchange (Score 5, Insightful) 240

by wilson_c (#46215893) Attached to: How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

Though these arbitrage opportunities may exist, the act of exchange would render them worthless. Even with a hypothetically perfect market established, the amount of effort required by two parties to submit ticket info, match needs, and go through an exchange outweighs the efficiencies gained by the transaction.

Comment: Re:Don't they have an fiber to the node cable netw (Score 1) 229

by wilson_c (#45614153) Attached to: Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

U-verse did include FTTP at one point: I had fiber to my router in an apartment I lived in 3 years ago. However, U-verse is now nothing in particular since AT&T have rolled all of their residential data offerings under the U-verse banner, including sub-1Mbps DSL that they will still sell as U-verse service.

Comment: They are not "bearing all responsibility". (Score 1) 225

by wilson_c (#45610639) Attached to: eBay Founder Pleads For Leniency For the PayPal 14

Criminal punishment is not shared. If 10 people are convicted of a crime, they don't each get 1/10th the sentence that a single individual would. Just because some perpetrators go unpunished, doesn't meant that the convicted are doing their time. Likewise, the money is a fine, not recompensation, so the value isn't determined by distributing restitution across all of the convicted.

Comment: Re:Lucky you (Score 1) 250

by wilson_c (#45590231) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

Yeah, that's cool. But some companies, once they are successful, like to create pleasant environments for their employees to work in. It helps to retain top staff. In fact, building a great environment is often more effective per dollar spent than giving out raises when it comes to staff retention. This goes beyond just architecture and decor, but it's part of a holistic approach to making a place that people want to work at.

Pixar, for one example, has always placed a lot of emphasis on environment and lifestyle over salary and have a workforce that has been very loyal because of it. They prioritize benefits, workspace conditions, and try hard to respect personal time, but if you want to earn more money there are many better-paying alternatives.

Comment: This isn't a current car (Score 1) 961

by wilson_c (#45590121) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

This is posed as as if it were questioning the safety of a regularly available car. The Carerra GT is a very limited production run vehicle (limited to 1,000 or so) that hasn't been made in 7 years. It's not even fair to compare it to any other street-legal Porsche every made because it was such a rare, expensive, and powerfully tuned vehicle. It was a 600hp car in its stock version, and a fairly light car at that. I believe that the car Paul Walker was in was more powerful than stock.

Comment: It is a safe job (Score 1) 603

by wilson_c (#45330267) Attached to: TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

In 10+ years, with over 60,000 employees, this has happened only one time. It doesn't seem as if TSA employees have a job that puts them in particular risk. I'm sure that it is much more dangerous to be a mail carrier than a TSA agent. I don't object to unions looking after their employee's welfare and safety. That is the point, after all. But demanding armed guards as a knee jerk reaction to a single incident seems like a laughable response without any real analysis behind it.

Comment: Re:Agree (Score 1) 534

by wilson_c (#44870387) Attached to: Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

Every generation likes to judge the new by the standards of the old (which have already been discarded by anyone who cares). "However, as for tablets and smartphones, I think these devices will definitely make a kid dumber. There's nothing intellectual about them, nothing that expands the mind, and it's depressing to walk around the mall and see 50 percent of people staring at their phones or talking on them."

Horseshit. These devices have replaced newspapers and magazines. They've cut into the amount of TV that kids (and adults) watch. That, in turn has put pressure on networks to make purchasing changes that resulted in this being referred to as "the golden age of television" an awful lot these days. These devices have democratized music, taking the power of success away from radio and payola and putting it in the hands of the listener. There's plenty of arguments that, at worse, they are zero sum.

My daughter, now 8, has spent most of her life using smartphones and tablets. She reads more books and with far greater sophistication than her classmates. As a toddler, she had a digital coloring book accessible whenever she was with us, now she uses our devices as stop motion animation studios. Our fight, as parents, is to get her to stop reading and launching creative projects - yeah, you can have too much of anything.
Do I think the devices had an impact? Maybe. Constant access to ability-appropriate reading material might have accelerated literacy. It's hard to say, given that we're fairly bookish people anyway. But I certainly have never seen any evidence that she'd have benefited from having her access to modern technology restricted.

I don't know, maybe there were people who thought Isaac Newton should've been outside kicking a fucking ball around instead of being a nerdy kid with a book. Whatever. I'm inclined to say if your kid sucks, maybe it's not the phone's fault. It could be you just got a bum kid.

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