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Comment Re:This! (Score 1) 61

In a twisted way it makes sense. File loss is more common a problem than actual compromise. This absolves them of needing to offer a solution.

Personally I ditched even keepass for password store because it solves this by supporting git for sync.

Its cross platform, uses gnupg in the back end, meaning no custom encryption code and a well known, trusted code base. Plus, because it is gpg based, all but a couple of special snowflake implementations natively get the benefit of hardware keys that gpg supports.

Since the gpg keys can be used as ssh keys, the whole process becomes seamless.

Comment Re:What, you want a complex repair? (Score 1) 62

I hear you on the scripting. I keep thinking I may need to teach myself Expect, but on the other hand I've managed to brute-force my way though well enough with Bash that so far it hasn't actually been necessary.

We constantly have to fight with the property control folks that miss our devices and try to claim we must've pulled 'em. It took a couple of hours to write something that could scan the IP ranges for the switches and build lists, then SSH into the devices to get hostname, model, and serial number. It's not completely perfect yet as I have to go through with sed and clean it up, but I managed to get an organization-wide inventory in about eight hours that I couldn't get Solarwinds Orion to generate for me come hell or high water.

This isn't supposed to be that hard, but it seems like everyone wants to make it hard and then claim that's their value-add part.

Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 2) 445

For a farmer a tractor is a very big investment and much of their success as a farmer is riding on it (sorry for the pun).
So I don't think a sane farmer will want to do anything to it that would ruin it.

Sure you allways will find some counter examples, like some people that first by a Mercedes S class and then run into all kind of issues with it because they are too cheap to have it properly maintained.

BTW one could make the same reasoning for normal cars: "Gee I'm fed up with all those cars comming in for repairs under waranty. From now on if you as much as change the oil yourself: that's it. Your on your own".

Farmers are used to being somewhat self-reliant in the physical sense. Farmers are used to doing a fair amount of physical work. The very notion of of being required to play this kind of money for something intangible offends the senses, especially when the machine itself already cost a half a million dollars to purchase.

I agree with the farmers. It is stupid to require software activation to use hardware that one owns, especially when the software activation is required to use features that one has already paid for.

Comment Re:Stupid analogy (Score 3, Interesting) 236

And yet from an end-user point of view, Windows 8 and subsequent basically headed right back to Program Manager.

When I think back to my Windows 3.1 experience, I had a launcher in the form of Program Manager, a file tree browser called File Manager, I had the ability to run several programs at the same time, I had the ability to play video and sound including playing music from file and from CD, I could access network storage and map resources to use as if they were local, and I could even use a web browser to access the fledgling Internet. Hell, the local college was part of the Internet so I had 10BaseT connectivity to what was available at the time.

My point is that while the back-end of 16-bit Windows 3.1 is essentially gone, the way that people use Windows operating systems is substantially similar to the way it was almost 25 years ago. Obviously particulars have changed, but when you fundamentally look at the end-user experience versus the increase in hardware requirements and the sheer size of the install base you must wonder where all that effort really went, because from the end-user point of view it's not really all that obvious.

Comment Stupid analogy (Score 2) 236

It's stupid to call them "the dark matter of programming bugs". We were just accustomed to this being the way Microsoft did things, not a bug, a feature.

That stems from Microsoft, originally writing for IBM, being paid per thousand lines of code. As such it made sense that software was not written efficiently because the programmer was not rewarded for efficiency, it merely had to fit within available memory. Unfortunately it seems that this practice has not stopped given the sheer size of Microsoft operating systems relative to the amount of end-user functionality that has been added since the days of say, Windows 3.1.

Comment Re:How about counterfit sellers? (Score 1) 39

No, but if I'm a depot selling only Sonos speakers, then can I not name the brand that I sell?

It tends to get a bit fuzzy when it comes to things like Right of First Sale. I'm perfectly allowed to sell something that I own and I'm allowed to prominently display the brand of the item and what model it is. I'm not allowed to claim an affiliation with the brand, but that doesn't mean that I am required to specifically disclose anything else either.

Comment Re:Making NASA Great Again (Score 1) 277

We should go for an outpost first. The difference between an outpost and a colony is that the outpost has no expectation of being self-supporting. We should also shoot for the Moon for that, and use the Mars mission to develop what it takes to send humans back and forth to Mars without killing them, maiming them, or driving them insane. Once we've proven the outpost concept on a body that's close enough that rescue is not necessarily impossible, then we proceed to place an outpost on Mars.

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