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Comment COBOL programmers aren't all old (Score 1) 200

There's a COBOL shop in my small town that contracts for corporations and the government. I know several COBOL specialists in their 30s. It's actually an extremely lucrative field to get into these days, with good pay and job security.

Rewriting all that COBOL code in some other language would be bound to cause major problems.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 364

Funny, I remember the whole httpd inside a chroot quite straightforward.
And managing containers with LXC, for instance, without systemd, works just fine as well. LXC did make managing multiple systems a whole lot easier. I do not see how this topic even relates to systemd.

For the record, I started using systemd in 2012 ( ), early enough for a project started in 2010, and, at that time, was baffled by bootup time.
I went away in 2015 after trying systemd on many boxes : some stuff just stopped to work, or did not work as I expected it to work and I decided it required way too much extra work for me without any massive benefit, considering that I am not starting up machines that often ( ). So I really do not share your feeling it made things simpler. Maybe it has many benefits, but the one I noticed were less important that the extra trouble.


Security Lapse Exposed New York Airport's Critical Servers For a Year ( 45

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: A security lapse at a New York international airport left its server backups exposed on the open internet for almost a year, ZDNet has found. The internet-connected storage drive contained several backup images of servers used by Stewart International Airport, but neither the backup drive nor the disk images were password protected, allowing anyone to access their contents. Since April last year, the airport had been inadvertently leaking its own highly-sensitive files as a result of the drive's misconfiguration. Vickery, who also posted an analysis of his findings, said the drive "was, in essence, acting as a public web server" because the airport was backing up unprotected copies of its systems to a Buffalo-branded drive, installed by a contract third-party IT specialist. When contacted Thursday, the contractor dismissed the claims and would not comment further. Though the listing still appears on Shodan, the search engine for unprotected devices and databases, the drive has since been secured. The files contained eleven disk images, accounting for hundreds of gigabytes of files and folders, which when mounted included dozens of airport staff email accounts, sensitive human resources files, interoffice memos, payroll data, and what appears to be a large financial tracking database. Many of the files we reviewed include "confidential" internal airport documents, which contain schematics and details of other core infrastructure.

Uber Admits To Self-driving Car 'Problem' in Bike Lanes As Safety Concerns Mount ( 383

Uber has admitted that there is a "problem" with the way autonomous vehicles cross bike lanes, raising serious questions about the safety of cyclists days after the company announced it would openly defy California regulators over self-driving vehicles. From a report on The Guardian: An Uber spokeswoman said on Monday that engineers were working to fix a flaw in the programming that advocates feared could have deadly consequences for cyclists. Uber began piloting its self-driving vehicles in its home town of San Francisco last week, despite state officials' declaration that the ride-share company needed special permits to test its technology. On day one, numerous autonomous vehicles -- which have a driver in the front seat who can take control -- were caught running red lights and committing a range of traffic violations. Despite threats of legal action from the department of motor vehicles (DMV) and California's attorney general, Kamala Harris, Uber refused to back down on Friday, claiming its rejection of government authority was "an important issue of principle."

Computer Virus Attack Forces Hospitals To Cancel Operations, Shut Down Systems ( 127

A hospital system in the United Kingdom has canceled all planned operations and diverted major trauma cases to neighboring facilities citing a computer virus outbreak. From a report on ZDNet: The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust says a "major incident" has been caused by a "computer virus" which infected its electronic systems on Sunday. As a result of the attack, the hospital has taken the decision to shut down the majority of its computer networks in order to combat the virus. "A virus infected our electronic systems [on Sunday] and we have taken the decision, following expert advice, to shut down the majority of our systems so we can isolate and destroy it," said Dr Karen Dunderdale, the trust's deputy chief executive. The use of a shared IT system also means the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust has been taken offline as staff attempt to combat the attack. As a result of the attack, all outpatient appointments and diagnostic procedures that were set to take place at the infected hospitals on Monday and Tuesday have been canceled, while medical emergencies involving major trauma and women in high-risk labor are being diverted to neighboring hospitals.

Comment Re:Clearly Samsung's QA department..... (Score 1) 164

Samsung's QA, in my experience, has been a major problem for many years. I don't think any of the Samsung gadgets I've bought have ever worked reliably.

Samsung Fridge/Freezer: Seemed to work fine for a year or so, then we noticed that after any power outage, it would tend not to cool things when it turned back on. We'd notice that the temperature indicators on the front were happily announcing that the fridge was at 60F and the freezer at 40+. (Unplugging it and plugging it back in again would usually get it working again). Now it's even worse, the temperature indicators show things working just fine, but the actual temperature inside is either way too warm or way too cold and everything in the refrigerator is frozen. Unplugging and plugging back in will usually make the temperature sensors show the actual temperatures, but there seems to be no guarantee that the actual problem will be resolved and it may need to be unplugged and plugged back in a few times before it works correctly for a while. Getting rid of this awful thing very soon.

Samsung "point-and-shoot" camera, seemed to work great when I picked it up and took it on vacation, but when I got back and downloaded the photos to look at them on a real screen, a circular area in the center of every picture was out of focus: Lens defect. Got it RMA'd right at the end of the warranty period, the third-party losers they outsource it to kept the camera for two weeks, then sent it right back with a note to "make sure the battery is charged when you use it.". WTF?

Samsung "Mesmerize" phone (Galaxy S variant), cell/wifi/bluetooth would all just die and stop working until completely powered off (not just rebooted). To be fair, the one that I got as a replacement worked reasonably well.

Samsung Galaxy S4: I actually mostly like it (still using it), but sometime in the six months after I got it, the USB data port stopped working. I'm not sure when it happened because I can still CHARGE over USB, and I usually do file transfers by SFTP rather than a cable so it was some time before I even noticed. Haven't bothered trying to get it replaced because it otherwise is working okay on "Optimized Cyanogenmod".

Before anyone asks "If they suck so bad, why do you have so many Samsung devices", it was a few years between the fridge, camera, and Mesmerize phone before the pattern became obvious. I actually was reluctant to get the S4 but it was the only model my cell carrier had that was moddable.

tl;dr:Samsung's hardware quality control sucks, and they plainly don't really care.

Comment I think they *want* to reduce participation (Score 3) 91

The latest release apparently also shuts out anyone with a non-stock ROM or root access to their own devices.

They had made hints of threatening to do that to Ingress some time back but never got that heavy-handed. I suspect Pokemon has a much higher profit margin and they figure they can shut out a whole bunch of players and still rake in tons of money, at least for a while.

I hope they reconsider - there is plenty of room to complain about problems with the gameplay and its limitations, but I'm not going to lie, it's still kind of fun. I'll keep playing it as long as they allow me to - I'll probably even break my usual rule of not wasting real-world money on "virtual" crap once in a while (already done it once). If they shut me out, though, I guess I'm done playing.

(I literally can't go back to the old unmaintained S4 firmware any more for any reason, let alone just to play a game - Samsung's notoriously bad hardware QC bit me again, my USB port no longer works for data, though it still charges for some reason. Not sure how long it was broken before I noticed since I do file transfers over the network via sftp instead of using a data cable, but it means I can't use heimdall/odin to even put back the original firmware and recovery partition any more even if I wanted to.)

Open Source

Is Apache OpenOffice Finally On the Way Out? ( 137

Reader JImbob0i0 writes: After almost another year without a release and another major CVE leaving users vulnerable for that year the Chairman of the Project Management Committee has started public discussions on what it will entail to retire the project, following the Apache Board showing concern at the poor showing.
It's been a long battle which would have been avoided if Oracle had not been so petty. Did this behaviour actually help get momentum in the community underway though? What ifs are always hard to properly answer. Hopefully this long drawn out death rattle will finally come to a close and the wounds with LibreOffice can heal with the last few contributors to AOO joining the rest of the community.


Facebook Is Testing Autoplaying Video With Sound ( 152

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is testing a "feature" that autoplays video clips on your feed with sound. It's not a very big test, but there's a possibility the company could roll it out to a larger group of users. The Next Web reports: "The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to be checking Facebook quickly during a meeting or class, and suddenly have your phone blaring out an advert because you happened to stop on a video. Thankfully, you can disable the 'feature' from your settings, but the point is there's nothing wrong with the current opt-in approach, especially considering how many companies are embracing video captioning, and that Facebook even has its own auto-caption tool for advertisers." "We're running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Australia. "For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself. This is one of several tests we're running as we work to improve the video experience for people on Facebook."

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 1) 400

It would be kind of nice to be able to go back to a nice, reliable Linux system but still be able to do WMI queries against all those poor Windows boxes on our network.

The one *really* slow thing that I've had to fight with in Powershell isn't really Powershell's fault so much as Windows and/or .NET - there's no way to configure the TCP connection timeout, so anything involving an attempted connection takes forever to timeout and fail if there's nothing at the other end.

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 1) 400

I've been messing with it for a while now and I'm moderately productive with it, but I agree. It's like the powershell team has some people that really like BASH, some that really like Python, and some that really like c#, maybe one or two that like Visual Basic...and each group was assigned to work on different parts of Powershell.

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