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Comment Re: No one is forced my ass (Score 1) 342

Really, in a lot of cases what happens to those who have "served their time" seems to be a fairly gross violation. For repeat offenders, dangerous offenders, or high-risk re-offenders there should be a framework to assess and keep them behind bars if needed (would need a lot of work to ensure it doesn't become a "gulag" treatment though), but once once has served time then the sh*t-stain of a long-term record really just makes re-offence more likely. It's not really useful to be out of jail if you have no connections, no income, no current skills, and a record preventing you from getting a reputable job.

Comment This did bite me when I was younger (Score 1) 548

I had a few small building projects and assumed - based on the name - that a 2x4 was indeed 2"x4". My little project came up a bit short when the supporting boards weren't as expected, and that's when I learned the difference between rough and finished wood. That said, I know the difference *NOW*, but it is still somewhat along the lines of mebibytes VS megabytes etc (or X-inch "class" TV's) where it could be confusing to a non-professional or first-timer.

So there is the question of whether the difference is still necessary, but to be honest I *also* wouldn't be surprised to see that some stores might cut lumber down a few fractions of an inch more these days in order to get more boards out of a log. I haven't seen anything that says an exact number that it a board should be under 2x4" so what's to keep them from having shaved a bit more here and there to cut costs?

Comment Re:Fuck Windows 10 (Score 1) 79

"Windows 7 is still supported and still receiving patches"

I do question the latter on a lot of win7 systems, as there seems to be a bug with the updater where at some point it just chokes and refuses to install further updates without manual installation of certain intermediate patches. I've seen this on longer-running win7 systems as well as a fresh-from-disc install, where the updater can sit overnight and still not manage to install a single patch.

Now this might not be the case with corporate hosts using WSUS or something similar, but I've seen at least a half-dozen or more home desktops with these symptoms in the last year.

Comment Changing dates (Score 1) 219

I wonder if this could be done for more products. I've seen a lot of cases where various stores have been caught changing dates on food to something that expires further in the future. If it's laser-etched etc that would be a lot harder to do.

Not sure if one could laser-etch a steak though, but if they did a permanent mark on the package it could help prevent re-labelling.

Comment Re:What *can* FCC do? (Score 1) 173

Phones themselves are an inter-state (and really, international) system. I *highly* doubt that the communications are not crossing state lines to a CO somewhere even when they're to/from a in-state source.

Unless the company has a CO in each state it operates, then it's likely still inter-state communications and/or commerce.

Comment Re:Don't UPSes also act as surge protectors? (Score 3, Insightful) 189

"We were lucky we had people on the site who knew what trouble sounds like and were willing to isolate the room"

You weren't lucky, it's called having good, well-trained/practised staff on-site. And based on what everyone has been saying this is something that was severely lacking at BA

Comment Re:"It wasn't me, it was the one armed man!" (Score 2) 189

Strange, in the last place I worked with a big DC, they regularly tested the generator (I think monthly, and even from floors away you could *hear* it), and UPS systems. In my five years there, I'd not heard of an outage due to any of the many power failures in our area.

Comment Re:This isn't about a trademark (Score 1) 136

But if you read the actual complaint, there are plenty of examples of people getting confused between the logos on mobile devices.

It's not such a big deal for the logo on their site or a piece of paper, but as the identifier for an app it probably makes sense for Pandora to change it.

That said, perhaps companies should invest in a better logo than a solid coloured alphabet letter (or two).

Comment Vulnerabilities, auditability, and upgradability (Score 1) 411

It's not just about the vulnerabilities themselves.
Let's take the current scenario: you've got a large health entity using scores of machines with an extremely old, outdated, and out-of-support OS. Part of the reason is
a) The software doesn't work on the newer OS
b) Cost of upgrade

B may or may not apply depending on the hardware involved, and is probably roughly equivalent exempting the cost of the OS itself. So let's look at something on a Linux system. Yes, I have software that no longer works on newer Linux versions. SystemD was actually a fairly big nail in this coffin as it changed parts of the underlying system. BUT, all those parts are visible to the user, and there exists at least the possibility to tweak stuff in the OS to get it to work. Make the actual software also OSS and your ability to get updated is that much better.

Now down to the OS itself. Many users were dependent on Microsoft to release a patch for their old OS. For XP, 2003, etc users MS actually came through pretty nicely on this and provided a patch. Win2k users were still out of luck. In Linux-land, the code of the underlying OS and most of the software is available. If it's a matter of fixing a bad call, it's again possible to self-service or at least hire somebody to rebuild it.

Now to the source of the attacks. A known vector used by the FBI. Along with that playbook comes a slew of vulnerabilities that make it hard to believe aren't deliberate. Again, in a closed OS you don't know one way or another, nor do you have the ability to audit. In FOSS there may be vulnerabilities, but there's also much greater audit-ability.

Does Linux have vulnerabilities. Of course. There's heartbleed and numerous cases of broken or buggy crypto. The thing is, these also get fixed in a fairly timely manner, and with a good patch/vulnerability management you're not so much at the mercy of a vendor to do so.

The funny part though is that even for windows, it looks like disabling File and Print Sharing components kills off the components the vulnerability needs (remove F&PS, port 445 goes bye-bye), and there was probably NO NEED to have those enabled, or even installed on most of the machines in question. It was there by default but had the machines been setup properly it would have been disabled, at least removing the one vector for infection.

Comment Re: Maybe (Score 1) 450

IT may be financially viable compared to many other fields, but around here those working in the oil fields or other related jobs can make significantly more than any of my IT colleagues (assuming you don't blow it on substances etc during leave)
I don't see a push for them to take on those types of jobs...

The funny part is that it's unattractive to many because it's considered "dirty" labour, but realistically a few good years in the patch - while sometimes physically demanding depending on the actual position - will be better on your health than many IT positions. If I were to have a redo on life I'd probably have gone to the rigs first, put some time in, and come out with a paid-for house and education before moving industries to something a bit easier on my back. I know people who've done this very successfully, and the biggest qualification is that they stayed away from "temptations" that cost lots of money (drugs, alcohol, partying, and the opposite sex) on their off-time.

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