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Comment Re:Different protections for different threats, en (Score 4, Informative) 96

If he did -nothing- about security, that would be true. That's not likely the case. More likely, he's using protective strategies that are appropriate for his environment and the threats most prevalent in that environment. The most common threats for Linux machines aren't viruses. Viruses specifically are more of a Windows thing. Not that there are no threats that affect Linux, they are -different- threats.

Just because Linux doesn't have as many viruses for it, doesn't mean it's immune to viruses. In fact, Linux probably a very popular carrier for viruses - Linux host gets broken in (usually via a PHP exploit) and some files are dropped onto it and files modified so whenever a Windows host accesses it, it obtains the payload and gets infected.

Linux may not be harmed by it, but it certainly is an active participant in the propagation of viruses. Mostly because the malware authors want to target users, and 90% of them run Windows. But they can't target Windows servers, because 75% of the servers out there run Linux. So they will exploit those Linux-running servers to plant some WIndows malware on there so the Linux host distributes the Windows malware to everyone.

Linux is a carrier, and perhaps having an anti-virus may be handy if nothing more than to ensure that you're not being part of the problem and serving up stuff that infects other users. The best part is, these scanners need not be intrusive since the host can be assumed to be free of malware, so you're really just looking for bad files.

Same thing on MacOS - there's no reason to have a antivirus scanner other than to make sure you're not serving up infected files, or to alert you in case you get an email that won't infect you, but may infect someone else if you forward it on or something.

Google, for example, scans emails and documents for viruses and other malware, not because they can infect Google, but to prevent spread.

Comment Re:Who are the main characters based on (Score 3, Informative) 56

I started watching Halt and Catch Fire, but it never really held my interest. I don't think that I made it past the 5th episode. The portends to be based on 1980's experiences, but I can't think of anyone with whom they could base the main characters off of.

They didn't. It's based on real events that did happen, but like Silicon Valley, it features a set of characters who are basically living through the home computing boom of the 80s. There are some real life similarities, but I think they were done to tell more interesting side stories that happened for real that people may not know about,

Season 1 was about developing an IBM PC clone and basically delves into the design and coding of the most important part, the BIOS. They also explore side threads like a friendly computer that greets you and all that, bookending with the discovery of the Macintosh demo and its graphics.

Season 2 was developing an online service, timesharing systems, and worms (a recount of the Morris worm).

Season 3 is just developing, and it's too early to tell what stores it may tell.

It's less about real life 1980s, and more about a bunch of people doing tech stuff during the 1980s, completely independently of what happened. Sometimes they tell an interesting story like Senaris (Morris worm), which given how limited internet connectivity was in the 1980s, most people blew right past, but here it is retold (a programming bug caused it to spread over and over again).

Take it more for the nostalgia of what the 80s were like in the tech industry and less about real history. And enjoy it - Season 1 didn't get great ratings, but AMC felt it had potential and gave it a season 2. Season 2 had terrible ratings and for some reason or other, AMC renewed it. Chances are, though, Season 3 is it. (Let's say Walking Dead is penthouse. Halt and Catch Fire is somewhere in sub-basement level 10, only accessible via ladder from a dark corner of the underground parking lot because that's where someone decided to put a storage rack.

Comment Seriously, we have the government we deserve (Score 1) 163

Russia has INVADED and IS OCCUPYING a neighboring country (one they laughingly signed a note to protect, no less).
China is essentially playing Age of Empires 2 in the South China sea, grabbing territory by building watchtowers and not giving a fuck about what anyone thinks.
The EU is disintegrating as people start to realize manually bolting countries together doesn't actually make them act like a single country.
Our economy is a sham based on completely phony numbers, contrived to enrich a tiny cadre of elites that drift in and out of power (always making more money with each step) like minglers at a garden party.
Our media is essentially a giant cumrag, soaked and dripping with the lowest-common-denominator vulgarity and venality.
We have one candidate for president that is a COMPLETE ASS and a know nothing buffoon who's like a cartoon character of himself, while the other candidate is corrupt to the very soul of her being, if she HAD a soul.

And what we're worrying about is whether films fairly represent women?

Where the fuck are the Visigoths to come climbing over OUR walls? Seriously, it's about time. If Rome was like this near the end, they probably welcomed it.

Businesses

How G.E. Is Transforming Into An IoT Start-Up (nytimes.com) 71

Slashdot reader mspohr shares an article about "General Electric 're-inventing' itself as a software start-up." Jeffrey R. Immelt, the CEO of America's largest manufacturer, describes how he realized that data collected from their machines -- like turbines, engines, and medical-imaging equipment -- could be as valuable as the machines themselves. Now G.E. is hiring software engineers and data scientists from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to try to transform the company into a "124-year-old startup" to take advantage of the Internet of Things and offer futuristic new services like predictive maintenance.

The Times calls it "the next battlefield as companies fight to develop the dominant software layer that connects the machines," adding that by 2020 there will be 100 times as much data flowing from G.E.'s machines. Now G.E. Digital is using the open source PaaS, Cloud Foundry, to develop Predix, a cloud-based operating system for industrial applications like monitoring and adjusting equipment in the field, whether it's an oil-field rig or a wind-farm turbine. To help transform the company into a digital powerhouse, they're building a 1,400-employee complex in San Ramon, California "designed to suit the free-range working ways of software developers: open-plan floors, bench seating, whiteboards, couches for impromptu meetings, balconies overlooking the grounds and kitchen areas with snacks." And they've also launched the Industrial Dojo program "to accelerate the ability for developers to contribute code that enables the Industrial Internet".

Comment Re:RAID is NOT backup! (Score 2) 261

That is not RAID. That is (mis-)using RIAD as a sort-of snapshot backup scheme. This idea can work in principle but has several problems:

1. raid-sync is often painfully slow and can take days for large disks
2. you always need to sync full disks
2. you need to know how to make the extracted disk a 1-disk RAID array for recovery (may be anything from trivial to very difficult)
3. you do not get verify and most data-loss in backups is because people did not verify
4. you need to handle naked disks safely
5. you can only do backup on disks that fit the RAID
6. you cannot do compressed backups
7. if you mess up, there is a real risk of killing all data on the raid
8. you can get an inconsistent filesystems state that way. Not really a problem with a good filesystem.

I am sure I have missed some things here. I tried this for a few weeks and found it to basically be the worst possible option. Still better than no backup.

Comment Re:Another reminder of why wait before buying (Score 1) 345

I did buy Fallout 4 as pre-order, including season-pass. I think I got excellent value for money so far and even if Nuka-World is a lemon, I am very satisfied with what they delivered. That said, I refunded "No Man's Skye" on Steam two days before launch, because it was amply clear at that time that it would not deliver.

The problem on customer-side is wishful thinking and an unwillingness to believe that they may be wrong. The problem on publisher/maker side is that they over-hyped beyond any reason and that is rightfully treated as fraud in the form of false advertising.

Comment Re:Art should never be paid for in advance (Score 1) 345

I very much support this stance and that includes most forms of entertainment. The other option is that you can decide to be a patron of an artist (e.g. by Patreon these days), but that is it. The only worth art has is derived by the quality of the experience it imparts. If it fails at that, it is worthless and should be treated as such.

Comment Fortunately, I am not a "thief"... (Score 1) 345

I canceled my pre-order 2 days before launch, because it was very clear at that time that the game was massively over-hyped and could not really deliver and was over-priced in addition.

That said, if Steam now refunds regardless of playtime, it must be a lot worse than I thought. They would not do that unless they have a lot of really angry customers. I think what was stolen here was primarily player time by promising the universe and delivering very little.

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