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Comment Why? (Score 1) 388

I have product "X". It works; most of the time. Mega Corporation has done everything they can to make it so I can't report problems, and all I can do is bitch about the problems on public forums and have people agree - the software has it's problems.

Now ... without fixing any of the KNOWN issues, you want me to use and adapt Mega Corporation's next release "Y". I take a looks at it; and they have 'made it easier' ...( they have not); they have added features that I will NEVER use; frequently remove features that I do use, and to make it worse they have not fixed the bugs that I've seen, and later I read about new bugs in Mega Corporation's products (not to mention security issues).

And when this is scaled down from Mega Corporation to Mini Corporation; they are doing everything they can to just get by. New major features ... without fixes to old problems.

It would be amusing is Mega Corporation actually released a "next version" that was nothing but bug fixes.

This is why I stick with old software, and "Do Not" upgrade {improve} my "old" Software.

Comment Re:How Long Until M$ deliberately breaks this... (Score 0) 218

I'll stick with "alter":
alter
ôltr/
verb
change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.
"Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage"
synonyms: change, make changes to, make different, make alterations to, adjust, make adjustments to, adapt, amend, modify, revise, revamp, rework, redo, refine, vary, transform

"Users were persuaded to alter their operating system/CPU"

Comment How Long Until M$ deliberately breaks this... (Score 3, Insightful) 218

Taking bets; M$ will release a 'patch' that has one intent: to deliberately break this 'fix'; so M$ can say "told you it wouldn't work". The bigger problem is: We won't know which "patch" M$ will 'break' to induce this problem.

BTW: It is no big effort for M$ to continue to test this as almost all testing by M$ is automated. There is an alter-motive behind this. Which I knew what it was.

Comment As a STE/QA/SDET (Score 1) 313

I've tried. And been fired for it. From the unemployment office, it is amusing to watch as WS ATG investigates a company due to bad testing practices. It is disturbing to watch as 'computer glitches' cause hundreds if not thousands of travelers to be impacted. It is disturbing to send an email that - due to bad management practices (just what this article describes) mean that I cannot guarantee or relate the quality of a product; then be escorted out the door the next day.
I have and always will stand up for quality, which in this 'we will not fix it next release' era is a difficult thing to do.
Best thing to do: Put in 'requirements' that there be a code review before a 'check-in' is accepted. Best of luck if no one want to accept your recommendation(s).

Comment Re:Nobody else can get it right... (Score 1) 64

The more 'automation' the put up front, the more people will eventually learn how to game the system. As you point out: ' discarding too many good applicants and letting too many awful ones through.'
I've also seen many systems that "don't work" for my employment, fields that are required that I don't know (or have or are not applicable).

Comment Mark Zuckerberg is ether a fool or an idiot (Score 1) 232

Mark Zuckerberg is ether a fool or an idiot (or both). He seems to be out of touch with that is going on. I might suggest that his denial is so he won’t be forced (legally or morally) to enforce some kind of censorship (Slippery slope here what is satire vs what is false?)

One thing that I did find out: when you discover the “hate/false” posters (usually through other friends posts) and try post a correction about the inaccuracy: They will block you; and you will not be able to see the on-going problem. Also: The false information can be tracked to the same source(s).

Comment Who was behind this? (Score 5, Insightful) 159

This is so one sided, I'm surprise.. (well,maybe not) that it wasn't stopped earlier.
From the article:

"For one, when reservoirs are first flooded there’s organic matter in the soil and vegetation that can be converted by microbes into methane and carbon dioxide. Also, reservoirs because they are in line in rivers, they receive a lot of organic matter and organic sediment from upstream that can fuel the production of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide."

Okay... these are not going to be an issue in a un-dammed river (or natural lake)?

Harrison says that reservoirs also tend to occur in areas where fertilizers are used on the surrounding land. Runoff from those fertilizers into bodies of water can cause algal blooms that can also produce more methane and carbon dioxide.

A level of being redundant... Okay... these are not going to be an issue in a un-dammed river? And ... they are going to blame reservoirs for non-associated (man caused) pollution?

Someone is very anti-reservoirs (read pro coal/gas)

Comment My recommend: Two drives and software purchase. (Score 1) 366

I'm sure that everyone has an opinion on this.... so here is my recommendation: Get two more drives (I would say 6 TB each). Rotate between them at a rate that you fell comfortable 'loosing your changed data'. That might mean every night, every week or every month. This way your primary data will be available all the time in case of drive failure. You will ave two backup's at any point in time; one of which is "current".

In addition: I recommend that you download install and run "Hard Drive Sentinel"; I've been using it for years, and it is able to aid in the prediction of failure of multiple dives that I've had; resulting since I've used it with no data loss. This software can see into the drives of the RAID array; and to help you to know if you might expect a failure of one of the drives in your RAID array-- or if one of your back-up drives starts to experience problems.

Comment Re:Can someone provide IP addresses? (Score 1) 120

"Yes"

Just as a virus must be out before AV can detect it, someone has to get the problem before it can be guarded. The new version of AV (or stopping a fake bank); a list of IP address (host) / scripts (route) that will block bad addresses/domains.

Spybot does this exact (well, all but "route") all the time.

Comment Re:Can someone provide IP addresses? (Score 1) 120

simply connect to a hardcoded IP

didn't you read my follow up ... use host in conjunction with route command:
route add 192.168.1.5 127.0.0.1

So, who is wearing the udder now?

So... if a list of IP address is/are known, it is possible to block them, even using your mule, er multi-point system - that is if they can't get the first point, they can't get an update. If they hard-code an IP address, route-block it. If they hard code a DNS, host block it.

Comment Re:Can someone provide IP addresses? (Score 1) 120

It doesn't do that. You will need an egress firewall to do what you think you're doing. And it's going to have to somehow be stateful and understand the difference between a legitimate outgoing connection, and one which isn't. Good luck!

You understand it does do that...

With an entry such as:
127.0.0.1 ads.yahoo.com

all traffic that would be routed to ads.yahoo.com is blocked. replace ads.yahoo.com with an ip address, and that ip address is blocked.

I'm surprised that the people here at /. are that naive about such a simple method of blocking hacking/attempts to hack.

Comment Can someone provide IP addresses? (Score 1) 120

By updating the Host file (yes, it will be a back and forth thing) the ability to block the web sites and keep this crap from coming in - or going out. Great, they can capture all the key strokes they want. HOWEVER: if the data can't make it out, it is useless to them.

Also - for those of us who use a different computer for bank activities: how can we block entire countries?

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