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Comment I laughed my way through this article (Score 2) 372

I laughed my way through this article. The best part was when he said he wasn't the only one, and linked to someone with legitimate concerns.

Don't want to use a bug tracker? That's fine. Use a TODO file in your directory if you need to put something aside.

Don't want to use VCS? That's REALLY stupid. Hook a clapper to a backup trigger. "I'm about to do something dangerous! (clap clap!)"

Why really stupid? Because you can argue git is too complicated, that it lets you do too many things, etc, etc. Great! You might be right. But if you're a beginner, you can get away with:

The long, laborious setup:
git init

Saving changes:
git add --all .
git commit -m "This is what I did."

Undoing changes before saving them:
git reset --hard
git clean -fd

Hell, use a GUI. There's decent ones out there. But use something simple. Start HERE. This gives you an annotated history of what you changed and why. Do NOT argue that's some ridiculous process, because it will probably save you a significant amount of time within your first day.

Yes, you can set up a remote repository. Yes you can push, branch, merge, whatever the hell you want. But if it's just you, you're damn right that's too much process. So don't do it!

Comment Re:How about 5BN... (Score 1) 54

Attendance and evaluation are done directly into the SIS in most cases now. The biggest systems are web only, in fact. Many schools are tracking attendance by the minute to maximize their funding. Data is available to principals via their browser (or pushed in some cases) so they're aware of what's going on in their schools. Tracking of performance can be done across skills now, giving a much better picture of what the student needs help in rather than just "C-."

I'll admit I don't work on the lesson plans much, though I'm certainly aware a lot is going on.

This isn't 1952. Technology can help.

Comment Re:One non-disturbing theory (Score 1) 304

If water is that good at dissolving plastic we're all in a lot of trouble. As for a new, plastic-eating bacteria? That's nothing to be concerned about at all!

Seriously, fish eating it terrible. But it is probably the least bad alternative, unless we're going to include "space aliens carefully harvesting it, while leaving sea life alone" on the list of theories.

Hippie doesn't usually extend to "caring at all."

Comment Re:Not responsible disclosed (Score 1) 143

I've reported three security issues. Two of them were fixed in the next release — the third was fixed in the next release after that (but I reported it two days before the next release).

So I have to call bullshit. Report security issues through channels, they'll get fixed. Post them to your blog or on a forum, Apple will never see them.

Comment Re:Not responsible disclosed (Score 2) 143

Thanks for your reply. I've softened on this since making that comment. I think there's a huge grey area for responsible disclosure. A week ahead of time? A day ahead of time? I'd consider these fairly grey, but whatever. But I still think not disclosing it to Apple at all and relying on them picking it up through the grapevine is pretty irresponsible.

I've reported three security issues to Apple. While the issues I reported were relatively minor (one was a design flaw in Time Machine, the other a buffer overrun in one of the image decoders; I don't even remember which, and the final one in the DMG handling), I wasn't at all happy with how Apple handled them. I received no email until a couple weeks later when they asked me how I'd like credit. They got patched in the next version of the OS, but in both cases I was left with several weeks of wondering if they'd even read my bug report. The design flaw was easy for the user to workaround (you just had to make sure to remove insecure apps from your Time Machine backup), so I mentioned the workaround a few days after reporting it.

But I can't imagine not at least telling Apple. In fact, one of the bugs I reported was a longstanding bug I found documented in public. I was just the first one to report it to Apple. It got fixed two weeks after I reported it. I just think it's absurd that we accept the bystander effect when it comes to computer security.

(I originally wrote this reply having forgotten of one of the issues I reported, so if there's anything left that implies only two that's why.)

Comment Re:Pretty easy. (Score 1) 374

First, you can set the password to much longer than 4 characters.

Secondly, any parent can tell you that even without "wipe after 10 failed attempts" turned on, the iPhone will not allow you to enter PINs continuously. You'll start getting increasing delays fairly quickly, including delays that are quite long.

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