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Comment Re:The bathroom door(tm) firmware upgrade? (Score 1) 181

"Please Mr Hype and Ms Hyperbole - explain it like I am five - what is the quantifiable risk that somebody will bust through my firewall and attack my IOT device that generally does not communicate out side of my network."

Ah i bet your the sort to not run a virus scanner either because "i dont get viruses".

Scenario #1: Shit happens. Someone on your network gets rooted somehow (trivial in the windows world) and now scripts on that PC run 100 exploits, one of which is to search the local network for bathroom doors that the clueless lusers never update because "my bathroom door isn't on the internet".

Unless you have an active monitoring of your network firewall you would never detect it either. Which is 95% of home users. Even I only run pftop when i perceive there to be a problem. Thankfully i am not rich enough for any IoT devices to be that concerned, but as the last few months show, hacked IoT botnets are a giant problem for everyone, rich and poor. Of course this is all on the manufacturers, so nothing will be done unless the industry is far more tightly regulated.

Comment Clear Language (Score 2) 274

Exactly. Having done this for a few years, CLEAR LANGUAGE is very important. There are english courses dedicated to that concept, but its pretty simple to grasp.

"Yes, that's probably a virus. Delete it."

While not exactly technically accurate, leaves absolutely no ambiguity. You would never tell the user to change their password, because obviously, they are being told that already by a third party so you telling them that would be an explicit validation of the problem and cause them to immediately act on it.

That he says a typo is to blame is icing on the cake really. Like someone who went over reading bad correspondences they made and desperately searching for any reason that it is not their fault.

Language of course, can only help if your direction is sound. And with that many screw ups in a tiny email, it was clearly not. This guy does seem like a bad admin at this point and perhaps, clueless. lor knows there are plenty of them

Comment Re:futurist (Score 1) 522

"It's not any different then the "we're going to run out of oil/gas/etc in 10 years." That has been repeated since the 1970's."

Gas was slowly getting more expensive till the saudi's dumped dumped all the oil on the market a few years ago. This collapsed the alberta economy as well as Venezuelas.

No one knows how much oil they have in saudi arabia.

And fracking will really end a portion of humanity so that doesnt make us survive longer either.

Comment Re:How is this different from a mechanic? (Score 1) 161

"I'ts crazy that computer repair houses are still a thing."

I dont disagree with the gist of your post, but this is silly. Having a slightly older teen, I would say that neither he nor any of his friends disassembles PCs in any way. (They may be able to remove the cover and stare at it if it makes a weird noise, as most adults could too). I have obviously taught my son how to do it, but I think what a lot of people forget, is that we, the people who were there at the dawn of the computer age, had to fix everything ourselves. You pretty much couldn't own a computer without knowing how the damn thing worked and how to fix it when you broke it.

I really think that is missing from my sons life. He has the skills, I taught him. But he has no passion for the art of repair at all. His friends just never learned. So I think really its great that your son likes to do that and maybe i should have tried harder to get my son into it while he was still younger, but not everyone who had a mechanic as a dad grows up to be a mechanic.

Personally I think it skips a generation with some combination of genes and experience. My grandfather could build anything, but my dad takes his car to the dealership every single time.

But yeah, the good techs get picked up by a corporation sooner or later, or are the ones running their own businesses. I think actual computer stores would do better than an office supply store all around though. Repairs definitely lead to purchases in that situation. Its like taking your car to canadian tire as opposed to a real mechanic

Comment um specs? (Score 5, Insightful) 259

I actually went to read the article and expected a proper comparison with actual benchmarks. Instead, find a one liner as quoted in the summary. Come here and everyone says the obvious thing i missed with all the abbreviations: Final Cut Pro is a mac application.

Fuck this apple fanboi and his trolling!

shame on you slashdot for bothering to link it in the first place! *newsflash!* know-nothing nobody SAYS SOMETHING! stop the presses!

Comment SImple reason its not firefox: group policy (Score 3, Insightful) 113

I would love to make firefox the default browser in my company. However mozilla has zero interest in that. While chrome provides MSI's and group policy templates to tie the whole thing together, enforce custom settings, etc.

Firefox how to deploy faq: (note the two most important links are broken and defunct)

google how to deploy faq: (and many other webpages, but you dont even need instructions because its teh same as every other well designed software package from a major corporation)

Its been like this for literally years. Mozilla simply does not care about centralized policy management or deployment.

Firefox is the best web browser by far and much more stable, and less ram hungry than chrome, so its sad for me. Until i can push out adblock and firefox with a customized home page in 30 minutes to 200 workstations its not going to be standard on my network.

Comment Re:In all honesty... (Score 1) 246

Do you remember george w bush?

Face it, america the world is watching you. Don't fuck it up. Clinton isn't that great, but trump is both stupider and more violent than george w bush ever was. It was extremely hard to get rid of that asshole. Trump may just end it all.

So your damn right people should ignore some stupid BS about some stupid clasified documents and someone stupid fucking insecure MAILSERVER! Do you know how many hosts on the internet are insecure? like fuck who cares!

TRUMP is going to nuke the fucking world man. You americans are like the densest fucks ever. This is exactly the bullshit that got george bush elected. People were apathetic about gore, i remember it, and then bush snuck right in. No one thought he actually had a shot either.


"So you only like the truth leaked when it's about people you don't like? If there's damning evidence that's being hidden about people you agree with, you would want it hidden?"

If it involves prevention of the literal end times, then yes. At least until the damn american election is over! I'd rather she was impeached after getting into office than trump gets anywhere near that kind of power!

Comment Re:Apple makes stupid hardware decisions (Score 1) 239

" Someone will invent gigabit wireless."

Dell has been shipping "wigig" docks since at least 2013

I used one last week with a new dell laptop. They have a range of only a few feet, but they do work and can share screens and network and all that over it. In fact the one i was using is second generation. Its an intel technology.

Comment Re:Not enough affordable housing? (Score 1) 271

"The better solution is don't "take" the money, just let developers choose how many units they want to invest in and they will remedy the problem, profitably, without stealing anyone's money."

Oh i guess you haven't been to vancouver and surrounding suburbs where the developers are in the pockets of the government and love to choose towers full of one bedroom and bachelor condos.

Letting the developers choose what to build has ruined this city for families. 2 bedroom condos are 400k in the suburbs (more like 1mil in the city) and there simply are no 3 bedroom condos in most developments.

The developers know that selling a 2 bedroom condo for 1 million is not as valuable as selling 3 bachelors for 550k each, but both take up the same amount of space.

Developers maximize profit - that's it. The city makes a deal with the devil for the tax revenue and land sales. Up until recently they did not care at all about what was built. Now you get 5 token 3 bedroom units in a tower of hundreds. its a joke.

But dont believe me, see for yourself:

thats what they build if you give the developer carte blanche. Luxury condos.

Comment Re:Whoopty Doo (Score 1) 843

Really? Were you here in 2000? and then the next 8 fucking years when bushes policies were defended up until and after the very end of his presidency?

Slashdot isn't as homogeneous as you make it out to be and i'm glad of that. Let americans elect someone stupider than bush and reagan. Serves them right for what they get - again and again. The dollar is too strong against my currency anyway and I would like to buy cheap goods from the US again (and elsewhere since every country prices in USD on the internet..) Have you priced out servers or software contracts in a non american currency lately? USD is way too strong!

Vote trump! Make the american dollar weak again!

Comment The engineers lament (Score 1) 184

Ford chose death and destruction over the lives of customers.

To this day I won't own Ford.

Get ready to change your mind! Hear from the engineer who caused the pinto not to be recalled:

But does a rear-positioned gas tank qualify as traceable cause? Traceable cause suggests a deviation from the norm. It turns out, however, that most compacts of that era had fuel tanks behind the rear axle. A former head of the N.H.T.S.A. testified on Ford's behalf, stating that in his opinion the Pinto's design was no more or less safe than that of any other car in its class, like the Chevrolet Vega or the A.M.C. Gremlin. Under cross-examination, one of the chief witnesses for the prosecutionâ"an automobile-safety consultant named Byron Blochâ"conceded the point.


"Yet, from an engineer's standpoint, the same information is much more ambiguous. Every car on the road is differentâ"safer in some ways and less safe in others. So does the one area where the Pinto is worseâ"by two miles per hour in an infrequent subset of a rare kind of fatal crashâ"mean that the car is defective? A radically redesigned Pinto would not have saved the Ulrich girls. In the trial, the defense successfully argued that Duggar was driving at close to fifty miles per hour, and nothing short of a Sherman tank could have survived the impact of a four-thousand-pound van at full speed."

That is, these were people who cared about the problems they thought were problems. The entire time that Gioia was working on the Pinto case, he drove a Pinto. "Look, the facts of the matter are that in normal use this car is perfectly fine," he said, shrugging. Later, he sold his Pinto to his sister, for six hundred dollars. At the time, the Pinto was being tried in court for the murder of three teen-age girls. But it should be remembered that, in the end, Ford won the Ulrich case. The engineers got the chance to present their evidence, and their testimony carried the day.

I cant possibly quote the whole article but its really quite good: You can believe your simplistic version of events, or you can read the truth as illustrated in a way only malcom gladwell could do.

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