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Comment Re:About time... HFS+ is crap (Score 1) 175

Yes, I had a hardware problem on my Mac and it was hanging on boot, so I would occasionally have to power it off/on. Rarely, the system would spontaneously reboot. This was more than HFS+ could deal with and it started corrupting the filesystems. I don't think it was able to do a good job of fsck-ing on boot which led to the corruption. In any case the hardware problem has been fixed (it was slot-creep) due to heat but I still on occasion lose the exFat partition even though there are no more hardware problems. A simple fsck_exfat and remounting gets me going again, but it is aggravating.

Comment Re:MacBook Pros... (Score 1) 339

The right-click with two fingers makes all the difference. I will have to check it out. What about the display? The retina display is king and when viewing text colors in my source editor I can easily view them all. At work we have some of the crappiest external monitors and seeing a dark blue on black is nearly impossible.

Comment Re:MacBook Pros... (Score 1) 339

I agree, I have been doing python, flask, jinja, and heroku lately. The Mac is a breeze to setup and use. I still don't have my dual boot Windows 10 working quite right yet. However, if you are using Visual Studio, native Windows is probably the best way to go. :)

The other thing I like about the Mac is the touchpad. I can actually use it for development sitting in a comfortable chair unlike the best Windows 10 touchpad. The right/left click dividing line and lack of useful gestures is painful.

Comment Re:Catch? (Score 4, Interesting) 175

Apple File System is designed to avoid metadata corruption caused by system crashes. Instead of overwriting existing metadata records in place, it writes entirely new records, points to the new ones and then releases the old ones. This avoids a crash during an update resulting in a corrupted record containing partial old and partial new data. It also avoids having to write the change twice as happens with an existing HFS+ Journaled file system where changes are written first to the journal and then to the Catalog file.[3]

Still no checksum for user data like ext4. But it might help iPhones will sudden battery failure.

Comment About time... HFS+ is crap (Score 5, Interesting) 175

In an interview at Melbourne's linux.conf.au conference, Linus Torvalds called the standard file system of Mac OS X "complete and utter crap." Mac fans are only slightly outraged, pointing out that HFS+ isn't really "complete and utter crap," rather, it's just slightly crap-ish.

On a personal level, I have had multiple corrupt HFS+ filesystems, one of which was unrecoverable. I tried switching to exFAT which also proved to be corruptible but repairable. Now I just store any data I care about on a NAS running a linux ext4 filesystem.

Hopefully, AFS will fix these corruption problems. I have been sending Apple upgrade suggestions for years. Looks like they finally got around to it. One filesystem to rule them all, but will it support upper/lower case?

Comment Re:Well blame Hollywood for creating their own ene (Score 1) 299

You nailed it! Netflix was forced into this position by the old-school content creators and their (sic) valuable content libraries. It's not hard to make a TV show and there are plenty of great writers, actors, and directors just waiting to make some great stuff.

This is a lesson is greed. Netflix wanted to charge customers a flat-rate and the studios wanted to eat Netflix's profit. There was a time where it looked like Netflix would collapse because the price of content was going up, but they raised prices just a bit, re-invested in original programming, and are now on track to becoming a legitimate move studio.

Thus when you apply enough pressure, *poof* you get a diamond :)


Comment Serious Replay to your Question (Score 1) 197

I understand you are small and need to get a little more growth out of your workers so you can invest in your core. This is double edged, but I will no try to disuade you.

There is an excellent online learning site called Lynda.com $300/year per employee and you can create custom learning playlists for them to build their skills from nearly all of the Microsoft Certification Exams/Linux/Opensource. In fact, if you want to give them a bonus for getting A+ certified, they have a learning path for that as well. It covers nearly every topic from systems administration to advanced excel to could computing.

I used it all the time to train myself and train up developments teams. I mean, do you know how to write python app so that you move it to a Heroku container in Amazon Web Services and horizontally scale it as big as you need to? Well Lynda has a class for that. :)

Here is the trick. PICK A CORE PLATFORM AND TOOL SET, or you will have eventually have a mess beyond belief as people cycle-in and out. If you don't limit the tools and just tell people to learn stuff, they will, and eventually you will have experts in an unsupportable disaster. You don't want this. Chose your platforms and tools, then give people a learning path and incentivize them. Use Lynda.com.

THat is all.

Comment Re:fast solution (Score 1) 66

Companies spend some dollars on security to comply with audits and 1) know they are going to get owned (due to having their data managed on servers all over planet earth) 2) know they have a risk rider on their insurance. If the government wants to get in their face, they can just point to the CIA Vault#7 leak and if they haven't heard about that, they can point to the DNC email server.

Security is officially and illusion. Even the high-end "super secure" stuff is owned by the CIA, so what are you going to do? Another sad day in IT.

Comment Re:Mistake (Score 4, Insightful) 159

Yes, UEFI is a poorly implemented, bad idea, and full of never ending critical vendor security flaws. When you can extract the code, change it, compile it, and put it back, that is scaarrry! I have personally extracted the code from APCI table in the UEFI, tweaked it, compiled it, and put it back. UEFI is a security hole like no other. It can access all the hardware, including memory and the network without the host O/S having any idea.

To quote Linux: EFI is this other Intel brain-damage (the first one being ACPI).

Now root kits can hide after reboot and re-install. UEFI was supposed to make us secure, but all it accomplished was trying to lockout Linux from PC hardware.

Comment Re:Haters gonna hate. (Score 1) 398

All I can say in reply is ask a small to medium business owner how they felt under ACA (Obamacare regs) and Obama vs. how they feel now. When people feel squeezed and backed into a corner by the "boogie man" they will resist. You can see a similar effect with the left right now as they protest their "boogie man". To be fair, under Obama the taxes, regulations, and sternly worded letters were real. I am pretty sure he was shooting for a statue on the Washington mall next to Lincoln when he wrote his pièce de résistance, the letter to high school principals on tying transgendered bathroom access to federal school grants.

Comment Re:Haters gonna hate. (Score 3, Insightful) 398

Business was punishing Obama for Obama-care by not hiring. Whether there was an upside or downside to the bottom line, there was an attitude of Obama isn't going to tell us what to do. Business and companies have been short-staffed as we have seen in the productivity statistics, but now the percieved pressure is off and businesses are hiring again.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1, Insightful) 398

This has more to do with Republican-ism that Trump-ism. The people who own businesses are primarily Republican. Many of them had very bad attitudes when Obama-care was launched and they refused to hire full-time because they thought Obama was picking their pocket. Now that Obama is gone the mood of business has changed drastically. They feel like their is relief, whether real or imagined. In any case, business owners are in a better mood with Trump as president and are hiring again. I don't think this has anything directly to do with policy.

Comment Disconnect the antenna, disable the interface (Score 3, Informative) 140

Just Google the model of the laptop in question and teardown, example, "thinkpad yoga teardown"

Many laptops still use WIFI+Bluetooth cards which can be physically removed. The antenna wire runs directly to the module and can be removed disabling the antenna if you don't want to pull the module.

Even the newer Yoga's have WIFI modules which can be physically removed.

So if you want to make outside WIFI access difficult or impossible, remove the module and it will be impossible. Plug the laptop into physical wiring only and secure your network.

As for running Windows 10, that OS has a mind of it's own and the only way you can stop the madness is at the network level.

Comment Re:Sue them Immediately (Score 5, Informative) 206

Here is a case where that statue was applied, http://caught.net/prose/STATE%...




14. Defendants actions created a type of malicious prosecution based on "guilt by association," which violated Mr. Seymour's Due Process rights under the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution [under 42 U.S.C. 1983] and Article I, sections 2, 6, 10 and 14 of the Rhode Island Constitution, on or about 6/28/02 and 11/28/02 to the present. See United States v. Robel, 389 U.S. 258, 266 (1967). Mr. Seymour was denied notice of accusation, the right to confront his [would be] accusers, and of his presumption of innocence. See Vachon v. New Hampshire, 414 U.S. 478, 480 (1974)[citing Thompson v. Louisville, 362 U.S. 199 (1960)][notice of accusation]; Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 447-8 (1966)[illegal police procedures]; Pointer v. Texas, 380 U.S. 400, 404 (1965) and State v. Brown, 706 A.2d 465, 473 (R.I. 1998)[citing Davis v. Alaska, 415 U.S. 308, 316 (1974)][right to confront accusers/witnesses]. The Plaintiff is being deprived of significant liberty and property interests under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (i.e., the ability to decide who may visit or enter his home). See L.A. Ray Realty v. Town of Cumberland, 698 A.2d 202, 210-11 (R.I. 1997)[citing Zinermon v. Burch, 494 U.S. 113, 125 (1990)][Substantive Due Process]; Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. at 481-6 [cited in Lawrence v. Texas, Case No. 02-102 (USSC, 6/26/2003)], and Aurelio v. R.I. Div. of Motor Vehicles, 985 F.Supp. 48, 56-57 (D.R.I. 1997)[Procedural Due Process].

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