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Comment Re:hey, you got your computer in my PLC (Score 1) 59

I'm talking unnecessary use of tech that gets us nothing in return.

The major source for this exploit is going to be remote update of PLC firmware/logic. By remote, I don't mean "internet" but simply physically remote. This does give you something from a plant operation point of view as it is simply one more task that's automated, and potentially a very expensive task due to the dollars per hour for the task in question. So the tech does get you something, at the increased cost of additional "risk". These risks should be mitigable (security into the network, security of the network, security of the device), but it is certainly true that PLC level security is not what it should be. I expect we'll see things rapidly improve on this front as the IOT mass proliferation leads to many more problems, and hence more focus on the inherent weaknesses in this area, and hence forcing the big players to invest the necessary dollars in making their devices securable. SCADA and industrial automation has simply benefited from obscurity for a very long time and thus not had the selection pressure forcing the required evolution.

Comment Re: Are linux adverts still bad adverts? (Score 1) 535

LENOVO?!?!! I have a brand new work version of one of these junky bits of rubbish that I would throw down the stairs if it weren't for the hassle of having to configure the new one they would give me. Sure it's quiet, but it's only quiet because the fan is underpowered so that the damn thing can't do any serious work without having to de-clock to stupid slow to reduce heat. Everything on this thing is crap, cheap, rubbishy. The battery lasts an hour if I'm lucky when doing anything slightly taxing. The touchpad is a sad joke of misery. The screen is a pathetic thing, miserable to behold. I have a 4 year old retina mac at home, and it does literally everything better. It's not just mine either, there has been no end of moaning since we all switched from HP to the latest and greatest "Lenovo" thinkpads (what a sad mockery of this once great trademark, come back IBM! All is forgiven!)

Comment Re:And he is correct (Score 1) 294

Let's say Theranos created a really slick USB device that lets a user do a blood test from their computer (stop laughing, it could happen).

Who's laughing? This already exists: I would hazard a guess that there are all kinds of patents around this tech. Seeing as the real innovation looks to be in the cool analog silicon interpreting DNA thing, I'd agree that the "driver" part is pretty much irrelevant.

Comment Re: Now that this has attracted media coverage... (Score 4, Insightful) 337

Many years ago, back in the days of very small quota's but the exciting new prospect of mp3's, your author did something very similar via his University and its habit of allowing all requests that contained the university URL as part of the address. This was very nearly the end for our young adventurer, as the university in question had plans for expulsion, civil, and possibly even criminal charges! (There may have been one or two other indiscretions of a network related nature). Fortunately in this story, the Dean of Engineering saved the day with a general "boy's will be boy's" attitude and a stern warning, so the hero was not thrown to the legal wolves. The point of this is to say that you should never ever assume that your "one cool trick" won't land you in serious hot water.

Comment Re:Bluetooth headsets (Score 1) 761

I don't disagree with your general point, but my hope is that there will now be some effort in a better Bluetooth. Something like this maybe Wires suck. I like canal phones because you can get excellent sound quality and brilliant noise isolation. Nothing better for a long business flight and drowning out the sounds of the plane and kids. But the cable and the jack on these things is the weak point and the more you use them the sooner they break. They get tangled up, they get caught on things. I would love to be able to ditch the wire! Apple is a big enough chunk of the market that alternatives to the ubiquitous wire might have a chance to get returns for some R&D.

Comment Re:I still believe IEEE more (Score 1) 241

Thanks for that link; it's pretty clear that the ieee study is far more encompassing, perhaps close to the truth! I don't really like programming in C (although it's been many years since I've done embedded) or JavaScript (mostly because I hate UI work, oh and JS), but my languages of choice are still high enough in that list. I just wish every recruiter wasn't looking for "full stack" developers. Swift is fun to work with, maybe I should reinvent myself as an apple specialist.

Comment Re:And what, pray tell... (Score 4, Interesting) 519 my motivation to work in such a system?

If I do nothing, but am guaranteed a minimum basic income that lets me live, why should I work?

The motivation to work is much more than for simple survival alone. Now granted, when survival is at stake, motivation is going to be very high, and you can get all kinds of people to do unpleasant things in exchange for continuing to exist. But this is not the reality that we (the general /. reader) is facing in general. I work because my work is satisfying and gives a measure of meaning to my life. Granted, I need to do something to live, but in some kind of utopian existence where I didn't "have" to work, the only thing I'd like to see change is a move from an authoritarian work model to a strict consensus one. Automation continues to remove these unpleasant jobs that no one would do without the carrot and stick, so the future is not hugely endangered by the idea of a percentage of the population who doesn't want to work, not working.

Comment Re:The work Millennials do is just plain bad. (Score 1) 144

Er, are you talking about Java? C++ has garbage collection now? Or are you telling me you want garbage collection on embedded? Most of the grads I'm seeing don't know jack about C++ (and that doesn't matter, honestly), but they all learn Java. The thing that seems to be missing is learning about how a computer actually works. No one seems to understand what a byte is anymore! I get that we want to be abstracted away from this 90% of the time, but bloody hell, I can't even begin to comprehend what the universities are thinking these days.

Comment Re:Not JVM (Score 1) 172

Yes, there are trade-offs in both directions. Apple made the choice for ref-counting so that you have a consistent UI experience and generally lower memory overhead. For phone based apps I think this is the right choice. By the way, I don't think you can say that a GC is faster, just that it can be faster, in the real-world it can also be slower depending on how it's being used.

Personally I find GC to be a pain the rear due to the fact that it's generally a lot harder to resolve GC performance issues that are affecting you than RC problems. I think that for strongly typed languages a GC is the wrong choice, but it's certainly not a black and white issue, and most of the time it really doesn't matter.

Comment Re:Going voyeur... (Score 0) 339

How about "citations" proving all the bold counter claims? (scarlet alliance? give me a fucking break). I'm not saying that the idea was a bad one, I'm saying that it didn't bloody work. a reference Show me evidence to the contrary and I'll reevaluate.

Attitudes like yours really piss me off. Who is trying to push an agenda here? Your calling me a "wowser" whatever the *fuck* that is, because I "dared" to call out the bullshit that is your happy world view that if we just got the "man" out of everything then it would all be better. Well, news flash dickhead, the world and the universe does not give a fuck about what you think. Societies are too fucking complicated to model, so simplistic solutions such as "oh, if it were legal then everything would be better", don't always work out as planned. Smart people then look for something else.


Comment Re:Going voyeur... (Score 2) 339

See, I used to think the same as you and was supportive of legalised prostitution in my country (Australia). Which they have done. The problem is that it doesn't work. There is still sexual slavery, and indeed it's much worse than before and operates within legal brothels (not because of legalisation you understand, but simply to demonstrate that legalisation seems unrelated). There are just as many unfortunate, desperate men and women in prostitution to support a drug addiction (amongst other reasons). Often these people can't work in a legal brothel due to the regulations, and are hence just as vulnerable and exploited as they ever were. Meanwhile the price has gone down (which is bad for the desperate) the profile has gone up, and brothels continue to be centres of organised crime. Nothing good has come of it unfortunately. I now think the Nordic model is probably best (it has the best objective outcomes).

Comment Re: Meanwhile... (Score 1) 551

Sure, you will never have any trouble with some little test app. Load up a solution with several 100 000 lines of code, resharper and all the rest, and watch as the system starts to struggle. To be fair, I want all the features that are pushing the system to it's limits, but ever since studio became a .net monstrosity I don't feel like I'm getting much bang for my cycles.

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