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Comment Don't evolve too much for all us old hats! (Score 1) 83

Hard for me to see Mario on anything other than a 2-D scroller. I grew up with an Atario 2600 then got an NES about ~2 years after it's initial debut. I think I've honestly bought every NES console platform and half the hand-helds for my kids (and as an old crusty adult now) JUST to play that updated Mario gaming look-and-feel. It's too embedded into my childhood and adult (and now my kids passed down) life, that it's hard for me to never try a invention or re-invention of Mario.

I agree with most, if this is a flappy bird clone, I hope it's wicked polished and keeps my attention. I just hate to see a legacy evolve into the fickle mobile gaming market. I realize that's where it's at now --- but to see an absolute epic gen-X gaming icon like Mario be tried out for 30 seconds and deleted like the rest of the gaming apps for all the AD(H)D nuts who have an entertainment and attention span of 2.5 seconds, it would be a shame for both Nintendo and anyone who has appreciated Mario for that long to do that IMHO.

But, once I pay my $10 like everyone else soon, if it sucks and looks like that one mobile game-of-the-week I played yesterday, then that is something none of us can control.

Comment Hard coded creds AND telnet as a service? Plz (Score 3, Interesting) 55

So hard-coded credentials AND MF telnet? Seriously ladies and gentlemen, WTF is slapping the OS stack on these IoT devices? Was someone just that lazy with their firmware we couldn't take that out of busybox/toybox or heaven forbid strip that out of the development pipeline when you're cutting out the production firmware for mass use? I realize it's handy when you're developing it, but this is just lunacy anymore. I thought we all went over this as hardened, grey sys-admins now that telnet had died a long time ago in the 90's...

I don't even think I want to get started about hard-coded credentials, and I'm not going to. All I can say now is: Thanks for making it unbelievably EASY for anyone putting yet another bot network to compromise more low hanging fruit. Even if it's not used in that, I'm sure all the Shodan fans will love it.

I'm just whine-ranting now, but is anyone has F blown away as me that shit like this STILL continues to happen?

Comment How can you even argue with Netflix? (Score 3, Insightful) 161

I've had Netflix for what seems forever, at least for 10 years or better. Bragging about that buys me zero credibility and a negative balance of /. stock, but here's why I think they are right: people seriously don't give a shit after a while and will side with convenience, comfort, and instant availability to satisfy all of our Alice in Chains 'feed-my-eyes' quest for immediate entertainment anymore, even if it's at the cost of some pixel depth and resolution crispness.

Not a single person can't tell me after spending almost the comparable amount of swiping time 'looking' for a show that it takes to actually watch one, you just finally pick something and watch it.

Heck, I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to watch a show I was jonsing to put on, that I own in that cute BluRay-DVD bundle pack, but was too lazy to go and physically put it in, so I sufficed the average HD/SD quality Netflix had to offer _for_the_same_show_.

Netflix has got it right and doesn't need to back up their claim with all the data you give them away to pillage, do big data on, run through Hadoop or whatever machine learning foo they have: We are going to watch it all in the end, regardless of what is/isnt there and what it's quality is, as long as it doesn't look too much like a 1980's Twisted Sister bootleg off a first gen tape PVR. That's how we are wired to act about this shit anymore. Anyone having a high-res flame war here is just wrong IMHO.

Comment Amateur Sys-admin deserves the time (Score 5, Insightful) 133

As making a living out of being all things 'admin' (sys/network/engineering, ect.), he totally deserves this. This guy is total amateur-hour and quite simply deserves what he got. If it was really about your scripts, then they were probably garbage anyway. Any admin with have a brain keeps copies of their stuff; I actually use version control systems right long with software developers and engineers, so an even bigger reason to manage your domain better.

I'm sure he had a fair bit of perceived egotism and elitism in his attitude and work ethic, which made the situation what it was and resulted into today for him.

Even that, if he was able to log on to absolutely anything after his contract was terminated, then shame on the ISP, too. That's probably why they don't exist anymore. In any fairy constructed IT shop of sys-admins, regardless of how the rest of his co-workers felt about the situation of all of it, his access to everything would have been gone the second he was being walked out the door by security, HR, ect.

Comment what does 'online' really mean, anyways? (Score 1) 19

Does online mean they have to have a device and some sort of access to the internet as 'they' know it? If that's the case, it's probably just the classic case of watering down statistics to manipulate this into this some sort of seemingly still existent 'technical divide' problem in this world.

In regards to the African statistic that was tossed out, 1 in 10 people is on the internet. Throwing out the fact that if 'online' means having/owning your own device and access service, I'd like to think that chances are, they are on occasionally already or are already exposes by the 9 others around them.

Comment Smartwatches have a finite cost justification (Score 1) 330

Honestly, I'm ok adopting the smartwatch fad but not particularly sad it could just go away --- because I'd be ok with that, too. I jumped in on the Pebble bandwagon for it's price and pure simplicity of display and notifications.

The only reasons I really did it was to wear a watch again (duh), have some detachment from my phone without having dig that damn thing out of my coat/pants/jacket pocket every 5 seconds to 'see' what notification/calendar event got pushed to me, being able to get updates in a no-phone meeting at work, and it was a nice addition (IMHO) to commutes with not being a dipshit 'phone glancer' while on the road since my hands were already on the steering wheel. Are those great arguments? To me they are. To most, probably mediocre at best.

I guess for the $200 I put into both of the Pebble watches in the last 3 years I'm more than ok with. That's certainly being able to stay "I did it", enjoy it for what it is (and soon-to-be was) and not break the bank or cave getting yet another $500+ device.

Comment Why would anyone be surprised? (Score 1) 541

...I'm surprised this hasn't surfaced on Slashdot already...

I wish it did, but you just had to go and submit an article about it. I thought there was great hope in /.'ers to stop responding to systemd news and we finally stopped feeding the bear and it, indeed, went away...... from our rss feeds.

Unfortunately, the bear lives on.

Comment Typical Government Escalation Kickbackers (Score 1) 156

This is business-as-usual government foo-bah of putting people they can influence on fictitious, red-tape-induced board to make themselves more paper-tiger worthy down the road.

Every time I see a bunch of former C[TEIF]O titles on a board, it'll just be a bunch of 'big idea' movement with zero skills and lots of tax payer money going to government contractors who'll milk every penny out of it for medeocre-at-best results. I agree whole-heartedly that there needs to be some real, proven technical people who make up that board --- not the suits. They are good at pushing agendas and this will be nothing more than polticial-career on-the-job training for most of them.

Comment This is ridiculous. Stop it, Bob Saget. (Score 1) 75

I don't need to re-clarify the many points already made here about thumb make-out sessions ruin teeth or chewing on nails makes you look like you have mutant finger nails, ect. I agree with all of it.

The point I will make is this just a new, generational way to shovel new, cute 'alternative-parenting' parents bullshit into stop their kids from having bad habits? Just plain ridiculous.

If chewing on my toe jammed crusted nails, wiping my own shit under my nose like smelling salts, washing my face with soap and my own urine, drinking my own respiratory infection phlegm like Rocky Balboa raw egg shakes, eating my own mucus boogers would stop me from having real deal shit like cancer or some other terminal disease, then sign me up. Otherwise, show me out to get researching funding for outrageous hypothesis ideas. Sounds like a hoot!

Comment I guess it just depends on the type of person? (Score 3, Insightful) 765

I will caveat this with that I actively have just over 14 years of workplace experience in my "field of employment", which since I am a /.'er, I guess that lumps me into IT in some what shape or form.

With that, I live in a right-to-work state and spent almost 9 of those years as a government contractor. I endured the typical BS: pay cuts, freezes, lousy raises, a government furlough, health care hikes to make you make less for that year with your raise, benefit slashes with contract renewals going to the next company, shitty co-workers, shitty projects, shitty managers, worker shortage, attrition, ect. I could go on and on. The point I am making is: I was afforded every opportunity, reason to quit and walk the fuck out and there will always will be reason after reason to make you want to quit your job without reason and throw up the double fingers. The grass is never greener anywhere, it's always the same, drab shade it will always ever be, it's just what you make of it.

When I finally decided it was time to go, and move onto another position I was approached with in the private sector, I had plenty of vacation banked to take off a month paid, then put in a hastily typed immediate resignation letter and walked right out the day after coming back in. Did I? I would have loved to like anyone else dreams of doing but I didn't. I worked out my two weeks faithfully, documented things, properly transitioned work off as best as anyone can and took the high road. Why? What reason did I have to burn bridges? None. What if I want to go back? Would it be worth the happy hour story of being the Robin Hood of Everyone-Wants-To-Be to tell that one story where you told your employer to fuck off? Probably not.

People have very little reason to in general to spite their employer back and not put in a courtesy two weeks --- usually the things that burn us and drive us to that point all are business or environmental culture things that are most of the time out of our control and end up in the constant cross fire in. Did your job, as long as you did it, always yield a paycheck and some sort of benefits? Isn't that why you were there to begin with?

I'm not advocating you stay in toxic, cancerous or career suicide workplaces, what I am saying is there is this definite trend in people today, especially the millennial YOLO brats that have an over-inflated ego of worth and dedication. I was raised to do a job, do it well, never half ass and build a brand and name for yourself. Others don't operate that way.

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 189

The manufacturers are not implying your warranty evaporates if you break the seal. It's more that you will never succeed in convincing them that you did not cause the problem at that point. In a more extreme example, would you want to be a manufacturer and honor a warranty on a (spinning) hard drive with a broken seal?

Right. It's not that you can't open it or incapable of fixing whatever-it-is yourself, but I see as more of a support guarantee that if Johnny Amateur who thinks he knows what he is doing tried to take a shot at fixing whatever-it-is, that it's a good litmus test to toss in the 'dont-waste-your-time-with-this' pile vs. we, as a company, can almost 100% guarantee what is under that hood is still how it was when we put it in that box, thus carry on with the fixing on their end.

But I'd never exercise the concept of this. For starters, it would be mega douche-baggery at it's end-user finest, not to mention, if I was on the other end of that phone listening to it, you'd get what anyone would expect in terms of end-user satisfaction: "Good Flippin' day, sir." Willy Wonka style.

BTW, Was TFA suppose to be an 'empowering' tech article post? It wasn't for me. Too bad I couldn't overall mod the article as 'Score: 10,000,000,000 Funny'.

Comment If this replaces repos... ugh (Score 2) 274

Seems like all my /. posts have been crabby, complacent, old-hat UNIX/Linux sys-admin ranting as of late. F me I need to lighten up...

With that out of the way, I do have to say: Who said that installing packages was hard on a *NIX platform that we needed snapd to solve this? I'm sorry, I really think package repositories like apt/yum are gosh-darn God-sends when set up, populated, built and maintained correctly. I use them in-house and it really makes deployment, configuration management, deployment and all that stuff most people care about, well, easy. Why would I need 'another' package manager to sit 'alongside' my existing one to do updates? In regards to RPM based distros, isn't that what drpms and alike were suppose to solve? And not to mention you can checksum, roll-back, push/pull version specific, ect.

This just sounds like yet another shitty reinvention of wheel idea with YOLO douchey distro dev backers that I'm going to see take over yet another great part of Linux distro's as we know it --- I thought enough was enough with systemd.

Comment Ingenuity over Security == usually wins (Score 3, Funny) 68

The whole IoT movement is ridiculously scary IMHO. It certainly champions innovation, creativity and sense of coolness to your technical engineering feat, but having new ideas, making cool devices you can interact with over a network/lan/internet unfortunately will always be the lower hanging fruit to becoming even an amateur fly-by-night web/os/network security expert, even with the gobs of free security tools out there to scan your device and mitigate the easiest of attack vectors.

It's honestly almost too easy anymore for anyone at any level to grab an Arduino, RPi, some turn-key sensor solutions and with a handful of pre-written code off Github or a blog post, be excited about 'look what I did' while Johnny Hacker owns it and makes it a part of his Botnet network.

Bring back the physical serial port to manage it all, man! Like "more cowbell", we need "more RS-232" ....totally kidding.

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