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Comment Re:Necessary, but a waste of time. (Score 1) 37

Unless they are in disposable positions, their manager rightly points out that they're valuable members of the HR/Finance/Sales team, and that if their CEO writes them an email ordering them to give something up, they're going to follow orders.

I mostly agree with you, but I think you might have missed my intent...

Why does a random HR employee have the ability to send an export of all employee data to an external address? Why would the CEO legitimately need to ask anyone to send them data (as in, the data itself, not a link to an internal webpage or file)?

Yes, people will always make mistakes, and non-techies will never keep up with the latest social attacks - Thus my point; not saying someone should lose their job for an offense they don't even understand, but rather, that they shouldn't have the physical capability of accidentally causing such a breach.

Though rare, this counts as one area where we could take a tip from high-security government agencies - No removable media, no direct internet access, no email attachments can leave (or enter) the local network without some form of sign-off by InfoSec, etc. And yes, of course people will always find ways around such technical barriers, but at that point it becomes a lot harder to claim ignorance instead of malice.

Comment Necessary, but a waste of time. (Score 1) 37

I can easily see the theoretical value in this. In practice, this will just scare and confuse 99% of non-IT people.

Corporate cybersecurity must operate in such a way that it doesn't require the end users' cooperation, or it will fail. Sure, you can teach people best practices, how to spot phishing attacks, not to use the same password on every system they use; but as soon as you move beyond that, you've set yourself up for complete failure.

Comment If true at all, this is the user type and casing. (Score 1) 174

The results of this may be true, but if so, the results are quite sure to be solely based on average type of user and perhaps casing material.

Also iPhones are more likely to be used by people who couldn't be bothered to make a big decision out of their smartphone purchase, they just get what everybody else has and what they constantly hear about in the news and leave it at that. Hence many iPhones in the hands of people who aren't really thinking twice or being aware of the basics of treating hardware in a way that is less risky for it to break.
That many Androids have plastic as an enclosure helps mitigate the effects of a lot of drops, due to the flexibility. That alone could account for the difference, as all iPhones are built out of aluminum.

Points in case:
I've moved to Android with my last Smartphone and have the habit of getting my protection case and my protective glass *before* I purchase a new model.
In fact, the availability of a good/usable protective case and proctective glass is one of the criteria for me choosing a phone, a criteria and a purchasing order I recommend to anybody who asks me for advice when getting a new smartphone. ... But, as you may guess, I'm a computer expert to the utmost extent. Hence I use a neat Moto G2 that costs about a fifth the price of an iPhone, yet I can do way more with it than some regular person with his iPhone. And also it will last longer, as I am aware how to treat hardware, from back in the day when hardware like this was expensive and a device such as todays smartphones would've been handled and treated like the holy grail.

My girlfriend had a little red symbian Nokia touchscreen smartphone that looked like it had been run over by a tank. Twice. Cracked screen, parts of it not reacting, needing to remove sim and reboot at times - the works. I bought her a cheap current-day android 5 smartphone - red casing, ... important detail(!) :-) - and got protective casings and protective glass, SD card and stuff and gave it to her as a present all in a bundle. She would've never purchased her phone that way.
Her demografic for large parts is an intersection with todays classic iPhone user - not really interested in the details.

I'm sure this plays into the breakage quota aswell. You can say what you want about Apple, but saying that they build bad hardware is just being silly.

My 2 cents.

Comment Next up... (Score 1) 152

Coming next: Facebook tests out modal popup windows as a means of delivering the content - aka ads - people really want to see, rather than wasting their time taking them directly to things like profiles, pictures, or their wall.

And as a bonus, pop-under porn ads, so you can enjoy one last bit of joy from Facebook while desperately trying to close out of your browser as the boss approaches.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 1) 192

That's exactly what would NOT work here as you're supposed to play in a setting that's recognizably your own town/city/island.

Taking things a biiit too literal here, friend. Who says "your own town/country/planet" doesn't belong to "Dainisekai zone"? Or if it offends you that much, call them "leagues" - Up to CP500, you will only see and battle "shojo" league players.

However they frame it, Niantic has a really, really simple way to segregate players by skill, thereby keeping it fun for noobs and old-timers, fun for casuals and hardcore grinders. Hell, under that model, they could even allow "cheaters" (or even rurals) to play in their own league, rather than outright banning them.

Comment Shitty autocorrect in shitty programm ... (Score 1) 347

.. fucks up data handled in program. Film at eleven.

Honestly, this isn't really news. I consider quite a few pieces of contemporary software on the brink of unusable.
That also includes modern Word processors, Excel and the Facebook UI. (I use facebook sporadically with a spoof account)

A software that tries to think for me without communicating this, that tries to babysit me (remember Clippy?) is bound to be somewhere between extremely annoying and dangerous, depending on the situation you want to use it in.

The first thing you do in Excel is turn off autocorrect entirely. I don't know if that works, but it should, otherwise Excel is more than worthless.
And, of course, in a spreadsheet autocorrect should be disabled by default. In fact, autocorrect should only run when users specifically tell it to, wether in a word processor, spreadsheet or whatnot - that's my opinion anyway.

This is not the first time that a modern Spreadsheet - or shall we just call it by it's name? - Excel has screwed up scientific data or other more-or-less critical data big time.

Excel is a powerful tool often used incorrectly or in situations where it simply doesn't fit. It's a highly complex tool and if it's got rounding errors or similar problems and doesn't tell you how to handle them when they arise with big numbers then somebody has built a shit product. Which with MS would not really a surprise to be honest.
I'd say a modern spreadsheet should warn you if you're using numbers that are to large for the programms math engine to handle without rounding errors or such. And you probably agree.

Conclusion:
I do see fault in the scientists. After all, they should know the tools that they are using and not mess around like some n00b. Although it was probably some unpaid and overworked doctorate who entered the data and there's little to blaim those. ... But I do also see the fault with MS and their mediocre software that has only been banking on it's quasi-monopoly for the last 18 years.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 4, Interesting) 192

A really, really straightforward way around that problem already exists - Segregating players by whatever key stats make them casual-vs-god-like.

In the case of PoGo, that would just mean your highest CP critter, in tiers of around 500-ish. Once you get something over CP1500, you could effectively enter an entirely new world (doesn't need to be explicit, although in keeping with the Pokemon theme, they could call it a new town/island/whatever), with gyms controlled by people in the same ballpark as you.

Comment Re:By some definitions, (Score 1) 348

"Well, I don't use Facebook or Twitter, or even LinkedIn for that matter... But I can give you my handle for Slashdot, Fark, Reddit, Kuro5hin (oh wait, that went down), Metafilter, Digg, Voat, 4chan, Rotten, DeviantArt, Flixter, Diaspora, Stack Exchange, MySpace (never actually used it, but made an account)... Can I have another page to list these? Oh, and should I include game acounts too? This could take a while..."

Comment They shouldn't change much, just iterate. (Score 4, Interesting) 226

Disclaimer: I've got a design diploma (with accolades).

The letter-logo is just fine. They should just iterate their branding a little.

Here are my quick points for the website (German layout version) alone (a new style-tile incorporating these would also be a neat base for a brand overhaul) ... The current englisch version looks boooooring btw. - it's an example of a bad iteration. Just current trendy stuff quickly ripped and remixed without a clear concept, once again half finished. ... Why don't these people just iterate an ok design to make it perfect? Why always a complete overhaul? This is non-sense.

My list:
- Letter Logo off to the side a bit, more breathing room (hero image/video backdrop maybe?)
- Letter Logo bolder (is there an extrabold version of the font? They should move to that.)
- less clutter on the screen
- limit the palette and have it follow color theory (looks like an unfinished MS Metro rippoff - not nice)
- one radius for rounded corners and not 5 or so that I'm seeing.
- Justify left, better images, perhaps some hippster hero images (yes I know, we have enough of those already, but well done they *do* work ... get an expert on this)
- 2 to 3 font sizes, not the 6 or 7 I'm seeing (bad layout design!! Together with the various radi on rounded corners the layout is a mess - a little tweaking alone would be a huge improvement)
- Flowtext font thinner.
- Flowtext fontsize smaller
- Double your whitespace. No, really, double your whitespace.
- layout backdrop coloring is so 2010 - should get a redo, limit colorset or remove it all-together and stick to base-color-palette
- We'res the Firefox Ad or the Moz equivalent? ... Mozilla needs a presentation video of its own. Hero size, professionally done. People want Moooovieezzz! nowadays.
- Nice to have: They should check with some world class webdesigners and see if they can remove or limit the "bootstrappiness" of the entire layout. People are bored of that. Perhaps limiting the use of Icons would already help a bit. Fontawesome and Co. make sense, but they're often overused and out of place. Like postmodern architecture with no sense or meaning... Maybe more to the polymer icons - those are hip, classic and work well with fresh minimalistic designs.

My 2 designer cents.

Comment Simple question to those knowlegable of SystemD (Score 2) 538

Simple honest question to those knowlegable of SystemD

Ok, to I want to do this (I'll try using generic laymans terms so I dear not insult anybody using the *wrong* technical term):

I'm using Linux (Ubuntu 16 LTS to be precise) and this computer of mine boots up as wanted. So far so good.
Now, when the computer has finished booting, I want to launch a script or a set of scripts that in turn launch some programms I want to launch upon boot. I'm talking non-pointy-click-user autolaunch here, like maintainance stuff, developer servers & databases, special tools running in the background etc.

And here's the question:
How do I do this on/with SystemD? What do I need for it and what should I know / what concept do I have do grasp to achieve this?

To give an impression of what I'm used to:
There used to be this thing called "init process" on Linux that had another thing called "runlevels". A runlevel basically was a set of incrementally named scripts in a directory with basically the runlevels number as a name. You would edit the scripts in that directory to do what you wanted (or add your own script with an incremental number) and then launch said runlevel typing "init [RunlevelNumber]" in the cli.

I wonder how this goes in SystemD and how complicated it may be. Is there a GUI Tool for this? I heard that these scripts are basically binaries in SystemD and I have to compile them? Is that true?

Please help me add my on "launch-stuff" to SystemD, and please give me the easyest way that is still in the area of the "SystemD" philosophy.

Thanks for your help.

Comment FOSS needs discipline. And consistent branding, (Score 1) 512

And some sort of marketing strategy. Especially finished FOSS.
KDE was matured, by just about all metrics. Konqueror was one of the most brilliant pieces of software, unmatched in utility and power, both as a filemanager and as a browser. They had to fiddle with it and take 5 steps back with dolphin.

Same goes for quite a few other components. Instead of constantly rehawling everything, they should iterate and replace dated but working components only when the new thing is truly finished and a worthy replacement. Branding and marketing is also all over the place. There's this new shiny flat design with plasma and Kubuntu and simular project, but the logos, icons and websites of some appstacks and toolkits go back to the year 2000.

Just compare these four websites to see what I mean. In my opinion that says everthing about the state of KDE and quite a few other software projects. Look at the Gnome disaster a few years back. A little marketing and brand management and all would have loved the new strategy. Gnome did a half-assed thing - at least that was the perception and perception is everything - and all hell broke lose and the Gnome project fragmented beyond repair. Mate, Cinamon, Evolution, Whatnot. ... That's a shame.

People are fed up of fussing about with new totally redone software packages that break existing workflows and intoduce new ones that are only half finished. Especially the FOSS experts.

KDE isn't dead, but if they are interested in gaining traction, they need to offer a compelling system and present it consistently. That doesn't even mean they need to develop much - a brand strategy and a working consistent and complete distro and the will to keep it easy to install and up and running would be enough. KDE is good enough to take it from there.

Bottom line: It's like I've said before - "It's called marketing." FOSS projects need to learn the neccessity of that, or else they will die of lack of attention, users and finally maintainers.

My 2 cents.

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