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Comment Re:NSA VPN searches on XKeyScore (Score 1) 373

I think it's much more likely the NSA figure out the VPN stuff by simple traffic analysis - they don't need Microsoft to tell them anything (particularly as I'm sure they're well aware that a large percentage of VPN connections don't involve Microsoft platforms). Doesn't mean I'm not interested in the phone home connection though...

Comment Re:Date problems (Score 1) 238

Sure there are complexities when dealing with dates, particularly when you have client/server interactions and even more so when the nodes might move around and switch time zones randomly.

But these problems have been solved, and any sensible language/platform has support for all this stuff. There's no excuse for a professional in 2012 to screw this stuff up.

Comment If you can't trust the encryption you're screwed (Score 4, Insightful) 438

Hiding the SSID and/or MAC whitelisting will make it a bit tougher for a casual attacker. BUT, a casual attacker will be totally defeated by WPA2. If whoever is attacking you is able to break WPA2, then the hidden SSID and MAC whitelist will offer you zero protection against them.

Thus, they're pointless and an inconvenience to legitimate users. My dad is obsessed with MAC whitelists which is a pain as every time I take my laptop over there I have to wait while he reconfigures the fricking router (yes, he deletes the entry when I leave).

Comment Re:ESN (Score 1) 163

An iPhone is off when you turn it off, just like any other phone. If that wasn't the case they wouldn't be allowed on planes. If you see some story about someone getting charges while their phone was "off" it just means they don't actually know how to turn it off (hint: it's not necessarily off when the screen is black) - that or a billing error.

Comment Re:Expect more of this. (Score 2, Insightful) 608

That's because there are alternatives which are equivalent in every meaningful way. That's simply not the case for all types of software. For example there is no Linux equivalent for most Adobe products (I use Lightroom & Photoshop) - yes there is the GIMP and there are photo cataloging applications but they're not equivalent any more than Lynx is equivalent to Chrome. There's cool stuff happening in the Linux music world too, but nothing to seriously compare to the pro stuff like Ableton, Cubase, Logic, Traktor, etc.

I have nothing against Linux, I run it on several servers, but it's useless to me as a desktop environment if the third parties providing the software I use don't support it. And I realize I'm not everyone - but I am someone :)

Comment Re:Expect more of this. (Score 1) 608

It's preventing me upgrading to Win 8 from 7. Eventually staying on 7 won't be an option so I'll need to go elsewhere, basically Linux or Mac. Mac means expensive new hardware, Linux means significant issues running the software I use (Lightroom, Photoshop, Ableton, Traktor, etc etc). Neither is ideal.

Comment Re:F*cking bullshit (Score 1) 356

If anyone tried that where I work they'd be out so fast their head spun. Copying code for your own pet project at home is one thing (I still wouldn't do it, but at least the fall out is limited), but leaving your employer open to lawsuits is generally considered a bad idea.

Comment Re:Can we just have unions already? (Score 1) 288

The leadership of a union represents it's members in about the same way a government represents it's citizens - that's to say on paper, but really they're in it for themselves.

I'm a developer, my wife's a teacher. She was recently laid off, and got nothing whatsoever. How helpful were the union? They did nothing. After years of being forced to pay dues to a union she didn't even want to be a member of they were completely useless the first time she had a problem they're supposed to be there to help with.

On the other hand, I know my employer has laid people off in the last few years and they always get nice severance packages including cash, training and job seeking assistance. I earn FAR more than her, my hours are more flexible, my management is far better, and my working environment is better.

So with the unions preventing employers from firing useless people (and instead making sure it's always the person at the bottom of the totem pole who gets it - way to encourage new talent!) and actively working to prevent keen & passionate employees from going above & beyond (wouldn't want to make anyone else look bad!), and then providing no benefit whatsoever when the shit hits the fan - I'm happy to be as far away as possible.

Good riddance.

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