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Comment Depends (Score 1) 387

Wow, the number of utterly heartless, black and white thinking people on this thread is amazing.

It totally depends on a variety of factors, although I agree that 'insufficient compensation' isn't one of them.

First and foremost, is it impacting the job that you're being paid to do? If not, then who cares? Hell, if it's something interesting it may even open up an opportunity for the company to branch out into that other thing if the employe was interested in sharing that other expertise.

If it does impact the job, then the usual things come into play like past performance, corporate policies, etc. Maybe they have an important underlying reason for doing it (eg: Designing a custom 3d-printable artificial limb for a family member who lost one in an accident). Maybe they're just an asshole who thinks the rules don't apply to them and don't want to do their job. It should be a judgement call based on as many relevant factors as possible including attitude, past job performance, exceptional circumstances, etc.

Comment Embarrasing for Sierra Tel (Score 1) 93

So this ISP was handing out shoddy insecure modems by the truckload, leaving all their customers susceptible to attack.

It's bad enough that this kinds of crappy device exist on the market in the first place, but for an ISP to peddle the things... that's inexcusable. IMO the ISP needed this firm punch in the nose.

Comment Re:Good feedback! (Score 1) 88

Which may effectively doom IoT for consumers.

You say that as if it's a bad idea.

It's one thing to empower the average person with technology. It's another thing if you simply vomit fancy gizmos on a public that isn't skilled or responsible enough to use them properly.

I mean, we have people who still refuse to accept evolution exists. Or think that vaccines cause autism because some celebrity told them so. Or hell, actually think the world is flat. These people by definition do not have the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to use advanced technology. So maybe they shouldn't get to use it at all.

Comment Re:If he gets busted... (Score 1) 88

That may well be true, except there's one critical problem

Individuals who do not do their due diligence, who do not take the necessary steps to secure their property so that it doesn't cause harm to others, are *not* in any way liable for the damage they cause. Because they arn't liable, they don't give a shit, and won't make attempts to rectify the situation. The manufacturers are not liable for putting out insecure crap. Because they arn't liable, they don't give a shit, and won't make attempts to rectify the situation.

And so vigilantism like this becomes inevitable, because the law isn't doing fuck all about the actual problem.

There are going to be bad actors. There are *always* going to be bad actors. Whether it's individual, terrorist organization, or even governments, there will always be someone pumping out this kind of malware. This is not an argument of blaming the victim vs blaming the offender. This isn't analogous to some petty crime. This is close to war than anything else. And as anyone (should) knows, there are no rules in war. There are only the survivors and the dead.

You either defend against it, or you get steamrolled by the inevitable. You may still get steamrolled even if you defend against it, but the point is that you have to at least try because if you don't you *will* be compromised, and your devices *will* be used to harm others.

If you do not at least try to secure your devices, then IMO you are as liable for the damage they cause as if you performed the act yourself, in the same way that you are still responsible if you leave a loaded gun on the sidewalk in a crime-ridden neighbourhood.

Comment Re: If he gets busted... (Score 1) 88

Some might. Some will simply shift the blame because they refuse to accept that they are in any way responsible for the situation. I had such a thing happen with a neighbour whose internet had been cut off because his machine had been infected and was spewing spam.

He was irate that the ISP didn't protect him from this and felt he was being unfairly penalized, and wouldn't budge no matter how much I tried to explain to him that the computer was his property and he was responsible for maintenance and security. Eventually I told him that the only option was to backup any critical data and completely reformat his hard drive, and that there was nothing else I could do for him.

Every word that came out of his mouth made me less and less sympathetic to him, to the point where I hoped he was never able to access the internet again. People like that are beyond help. The only thing you can do is isolate them so they don't hurt others.

Comment Re:This is very important news. (Score 1) 50

Actually, us Windows 7'ers and hanging on to the previous OS for as long as humanly possible in the hope that Microsoft will pull their head out of their ass before Win7 support ends completely.

The fact is is that Windows 10 is a a godawful pile of horse shit. They took a technically beautiful OS that rightfully should have taken the world by storm, and did everything they could possible do to sour people on it, and the list of complains just gets longer as times passes. Between privacy issues, forced updates routinely hose your machine, and forced advertisements, there is absolutely no way I would use Windows 10 unless I had no other choice.

The choices are simple:
-Give back control of *my* computer
-Tell me who I can start sending invoices to every time I need to clean up their fuckups.

Until either of those things happen, I won't be installing Windows 10 on any machine I am responsible for.

Comment Re:Microsoft...why couldn't they do this? (Score 1) 218

You like Windows 10? Fine. You don't mind not having control of your machine? That's your choice. I despise it. But our personal OS preferences are irrelevant to the discussion.

You're assuming that the number of non-OEM installs are an insignificant number. They are not. Between retail copies, Volume License copies, and people who have simply exercised their right upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10, this is still a very sizeable number. This is also irrelevant to the discussion.

What IS relevant is that they are breaking their contractual agreement to provide support for Windows based on a very narrow and completely arbitrary criteria, for no other purpose than pushing people to Windows 10.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 only ended last week. Windows 8.1 mainstream support doesn't end until *next year*. Kaby Lake and Rizen processors have been around since last year, and Windows 10 was working *just fine* with those new processors. You could buy computers and they would run Windows 7 and 8.1. And now suddenly, they've decided they're going to arbitrarily hold back security updates if the machine has one of these newer processors? Again, these are *security updates* only. If they said that they were going to withhold new features on newer processors, that would be one thing, but not providing security updates is entirely different.

And THAT is the issue here. Microsoft has pulled a Darth Vader and altered the agreement, and you have to pray that they don't alter it further.

Comment Re:So what makes Ubuntu different from Fedora? (Score 1) 227

Not Fedora. RHEL specifically. (ie: RedHat *Enterprise* Linux, hint hint) Fedora is, more or less, just the consumer testing ground for software before it ends up going into RHEL.

If you examine major commercial linux software (not sure what you mean by "both"), they are infinitely more likely to support RHEL than Ubuntu. Things are have been changing in the past few years... Ubuntu Server *has* increased in popularity and support, and Amazon Linux is turning into a major contender simply because it's the default when setting up in Teh Cloud(tm). But with few notable exceptions, you are almost guaranteed to have RHEL support for any given major software package. Oracle. DB2. Zimbra. Etc.

Comment Sounds about right (Score 1) 450

So far the company work for have had multiple interactions with outsourced 'developers'. I can't even use the word "incompetent" because that implies that they have at least some skill at their job, and that's patently untrue.

Every. Single. Project. that they were involved in became a nightmare. The time and effort required for babysitting them, and correcting their (sometimes incredible) mistakes was greater than our own work.

While I'm sure there are exceptions, in general I would say that this article is completely correct. I wouldn't trust these people to flip my hamburger correctly let alone operate something that uses electricity.

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