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Comment Re:The latest fad (Score 1) 119

Uh..fanboy much? Did we forget silverlight? (Yes, I know they've committed to security bug fixes until 2021, but still...)

This is why commercial software is just plain bad -- we buy because we hope to get something near perfect and avoid this type of stuff. But alas, free or commercial, developers have always had the same struggles with an ever-shifting landscape. At very least with FOSS you can take up maintenance of a library yourself if you have to. And a relatively small effort to fix a critical bug or missing feature can pay off big when it brings new users and developers.

Commercial licenses should have a provision that if the vendor ever decides to discontinue future development, they are required to open-source the whole thing for free.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 271

Making PCBs isn't all that hard, nor is soldering SMD. I've soldered 0.4mm pitch LQFP chips to a home made PCB. These days I don't bother making the PCBs since there's lots of places doing low quantity PCBs where I can just send the gerbers off to (and get 4 or 6 layer boards, which you need to be obsessed to make at home). I don't even use specialist tools for SMD soldering - normal soldering iron chisel tip, flux, 0.23mm dia solder, solder wick.

Comment Re:Just like Samsung, AT&T, Apple, Verizon, LG (Score 1) 97

Because the licensing agreement that you didn't bother to read said they can remotely update the software on your device at any time and without notice to you.

If it bothers you invest in a Nexus or another device with an unlockable bootloader and install the open source ROM of your choice. If you wish, you can even fly without the Google Play framework, using F-Droid and/or sideloading your own APKs. It's entirely possible to have a completely open source Android device if you so desire.

Comment Re:Arrest warrent is being drawn up now (Score 1) 337

The law disagrees. It is called THEFT of services.

Yes, and he's clearly in the wrong because he clearly knew he was using something he didn't pay for. But the world really does need to come up with some logical legal argument that places blame on a party who's negligence in terms of IT security harms some 3rd party. In this case, T-Mobile is the party harmed in terms of lost revenue, so that doesn't apply. But ethical hacking and wistleblower protections laws are clearly non-existant or not enforced, and never will be until the law places blame on the party who could and should have afforded the effort for better safeguards.

Comment I hope it's us...I think (Score 1) 237

I hope it's US DoD trying to catch up on cyber security. Or maybe not. I'm not sure who's scarier, foreign governments or our own. Not that I like terrorists, but I'm pretty sure we all need to be more worried about all the the "official" guys we willingly bought nukes and stuff for than we do about the "alquiedas" who might like to steal one.

Comment Re:IT training? (Score 1) 103

Wow. That's a bleak and insulting picture of both the future and of slashdot. And you're clearly suffering from Dunning-Kruger -- or more accurately, the rest of us find you insufferable due to Dunning-Kruger.

I admit, I awk and perl pushed everything about linear algebra and a whole boatload of other things I learned in school out of my brain. But that doesn't make me stupid -- I simply know practical things for my particular and current situation. I have no doubt I could pick up linear algebra quickly should I ever find a use for it. But advanced mathematics is a very specific skill that's valuable only in a very specific few situations -- just like awk and perl. And just as equation solvers like matlab devalue some of the skills of people who can do certain algebraic manipulations in their head quickly, new languages, software and IT design patterns will (hopefully) supersede today's internet duct tape. But just as you learn to use matlab to work more efficiently, I learn how to use Docker Swarm and Consul and RUM and CNDs to work more efficiently. Sure, some of today's current IT people will be freed up for more productive work because I can do more with less. But those of us left will be paid more, not less. And the results of our less but smarter work will make the world exponentially better (though we'll almost certainly not be paid exponentially more).

Comment Re:The use cases are narrow but legitimate (Score 1) 212

The bad part about lack of anonymity in our transactions is that Big Data actually gets us some reasonable legal use cases for privacy like why should my credit card company and everyone they share data with know what kind of porn I buy or what books I read or whether I go out to lunch often and who knows what kind of automated algorithms farther down the chain might do with that info like deny me employment surreptitiously.

We all need to admit that the privacy war was lost long ago. But we have plenty of use cases for all the Big Data too. So instead of ranting about privacy, we need to change laws to make everyone who tracks us give us copies of all that Big Data in real time and in a useful (i.e. machine readable) format.

Comment Re: Here's an idea... (Score 2) 260

It varies massively by airport. Going through Houston on a B777 or B787 from London, I get through passport control before my luggage reaches the carousel every time, and that's been consistent for years. Each non-US citizen passenger gets through in generally less than 2 minutes, and there's always many gates open, so even if you're at the back the wait isn't typically all that long.

Dallas Fort Worth on the other hand... I will never use DFW again.

Comment Re:Spaceflight is risky (Score 1) 239

Because it's a test of the whole stack from what I understand. There may (for example) be a destructive resonance that could destroy the rocket in flight which could be detected during an engine test, which only occurs when the payload is installed. You obviously want to find this out now when you can abort a test and find out what's causing the resonance, rather than when the rocket blows up ten seconds after launch.

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