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Comment The flip side -- why they're asked (Score 1) 1001

Having been on both sides, I can tell you why companies ask these questions -- they're looking for basic technical knowledge and competence. All too many times we've seen candidates who can talk a good fight and who can (given lots of time and access to Stack Overflow) write a program that succeeds using copy-paste. However, these are not the people we want to hire. Once we're past the basic knowledge and competence we can look at fit, people skills, etc., but I for one have been burned by new hires who bamboozled a non-technical manager.

Comment Re:Same mistake as Korea (Score 1) 81

The extent of the dangers ... of ActiveX were not known at the time of this implementation

ActiveX in the browser has always been an absolutely horrendous idea from a security perspective. Everyone I know of who works in the computer security field thought that ActiveX in the browser was a security hole waiting to be exploited from the start. Choosing ActiveX as a basis for electronic payments was a Really Bad Idea. This was obvious even in 1996.

Comment Same mistake as Korea (Score 5, Insightful) 81

South Korea mandated the use of an ActiveX control for online payments in the 1990s, which has locked companies and banks there into a deprecated and dangerous technology. Only in the last couple of years has the government there started the process of getting rid of the damn POS system.

Someone please tell the Japanese government that what they are doing is a REALLY bad idea.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 1) 154

Okay, I'll bite:

> RPM [...] Example: still uses mainly file-based dependencies

That's not true. It _can_ but primarily does not use file-based dependencies. I think, realistically, from a packaging perspective, you'll find places where both RPM and deb suck, and where they both have strengths — it's kind of half-a-dozen-of-one, six-of-the-other. From a user perspective, it barely ever matters even a little bit.

> Another example: executable scripts to initialize network interfaces.

I assume you mean the legacy ifup/ifdown scripts? The primary and default path is NetworkManager, instead. Or did you _want_ this done with shell scripts? Unclear from your post.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? Not well... (Score 1) 154

Not many people want to reload their OS every 6 months.

Supporting a release for an extended period of time is very expensive, both in terms of actual money but also in demands on volunteer time — and despite Red Hat sponsorship, Fedora is largely a volunteer project. We could choose to focus on a longer lifetime, but that would come at the expense of other areas (like bringing new tech to users quickly while still doing a decent amount of QA). So, instead, we've worked on making upgrades as painless as possible. You definitely don't need to reload your OS every six months — you can do an update, which in this release took me about 25 minutes, the first five-ten of which were downloading the needed packages while I kept working, and the rest could have happened while I went for coffee. Additionally, we test upgrades from not just the previous release, but one back, so if you want, you can take this half an hour once a year rather than every six months.

Comment Bad data, poor credibility (Score 3, Informative) 330

Folks, all of this is from numbers pulled out of some IDC analyst's rear end. Their estimates are no better than SWAG's. I should know, I've had to use their reports in a past life. Sometimes they're accurate, as companies will report otherwise confidential numbers so long as they can't be backed out of the reports. However, Apple doesn't play those games and in this case it's explicitly some analyst's best guess. Most analysts badly misunderstand Apple, and when you misunderstand the biggest player in the market your analysis is almost certain to be wrong.

Also, Garmin's growth was from a very low base. It's easy to grow by 300+% if you start from almost zero.

Comment Re:Sounds like author hasn't been sick enough (Score 2) 294

"It seems when you are sick and laying in a hospital bed and have trouble sleeping, the single LED shining in your eyes is an issue,"

A LED shining in your eyes is the LEAST of your worries when trying to get to sleep in a hospital.

Actually, it IS a big deal. Sleep is important to a patient's recovery, and a lack of good sleep can slow healing.

Patients in a hospital are constantly being disturbed at night due to vital signs checks, administration of medication, pain medication wearing off, etc. Sometimes the disturbance is not even for the patient but for the other patient in the same semi-private room. Falling asleep is difficult enough; getting back to sleep can be worse. Lots of strongly glowing and flashing LEDs and other indicators can make it darn near impossible, especially if the patient is already in pain and having to lie in an uncomfortable position.

Imagine you were trying to sleep in the middle of Times Square at night, with all of the lights and noise. That's what it's like. As IT professionals we can at least cut down on the lights and beeps, even if we can't do anything about the other disturbances.

Comment Completely unreliable poll format (Score 4, Insightful) 629

"...responding to an informal internet survey"

That pretty much says it right there. The numbers in this survey can be given about zero credence. There is no sign of vetting of the responders (are they even really MD's?), no pretense at a representative sample, and no sign that there was any attempt at all to prevent ballot stuffing.

There were also no questions concerning Donald Trump's health, which makes me think that this group is partisan and has an axe to grind.

Editors, can we please not publish click-bait non-news like this? I'd like to downvote the whole damn story.

Comment Hostname leaks and internal CA (Score 5, Insightful) 62

1) Hostnames leak all the time. A client will make a DNS request and the name becomes known even if it is not resolvable on the public Internet.

2) If you really care that much, run an internal CA. Lots of ways to do it, most server OS's have built-in or easily available internal CA software.

Keeping a hostname out of the certificate log is pretty much pointless security by obscurity.

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