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Comment Re:Uncle Larry's yachts have all been patched (Score 1) 11

"I can only assume Oracle shops will install this latest batch of updates and get back to business as usual without batting an eye or even contemplating pushing back at all against this batshit insanity"

What would you propose Oracle shops do instead? It's not like anyone, anywhere, has the slightest idea how to code defect free software or fix 70 million lines or so of existing defective code.

Comment Re:Save often, make backups (Score 1) 465

I don't remember the details completely, but shortly after Google bought, they disabled ftp upload to blogger. That seemed to me at the time to be a clear attempt to encourage you to store your website on their servers ... and only on their servers ... without backup on your machine(s).

IIRC, if your website has only a few files and if you don't use Google's website creation tools, you can upload all your files one at a time via some clunky manual interface and keep a local backup. But for most people, with a website of any size, you pretty much have to just trust Google. I didn't trust Google to always act in my best interests then (and don't trust them now). I moved my website to someplace where I could simply upload from my master copy using a simple script. But I'm a techie. This unfortunate gentleman is an artist. How is he supposed to figure out he's dealing with typical system administration (i.e. whackjobs)?

I suppose you could probably update your site the Google way and periodically download copies with wget/curl to keep a backup. But I wouldn't be at all surprised that in the clusterf**k that is today's internet, that is difficult, impossible, or doesn't get all your files.

Comment Re:Well, now we know... (Score 2) 138

"what hope is there to be fully secure?"

None whatsoever.

However, unplugging your internet connection would provide a lot of relative security compared to your neighbors. You surely know that. ... and yet you're here using an internet message board that you know damn well is designed and implemented by folks whose mental state and technical competence seems at the very least a bit iffy. ... As am I

Comment Re:Who sells their old drives? (Score 1) 207

"I have a hard time seeing how it is worth the effort to sell an old drive. "

Mostly, you're right. But if you work in an IT department and have 700 of the blasted things stacked in the corner after an upgrade, it may be worth the effort to gather em up and sell them -- especially if you can use volunteer labor to clear them. Also, if you want to donate your old PC to a charity or sell it at a garage sale, you might want to clear the drive and install a fresh copy of the OS.

Comment Re:Congratulations (Score 2) 106

"Actually I have been wondering for a long time why trains don't do exactly what these trucks are doing. Many (most?) trains now (at least around here in the US) are deisel-electric with a deisel engine running an on-board generator to make electricity for the wheels."

I could be wrong, but I believe that Amtrak, LIRR, MetroRail do that for traffic in and out of NYC using diesel where electricity isn't available and switching to electric under Manhattan. see

Comment Re:Specific reason (Score 2) 262

"having to give a reason is so backwards! they should have a good reason TO put it online."

Reasonably secure offfsite storage that is (presumably) easy to integrate with the school's existing IT. It'll be embarassing if an electrical fire in the school office incinerates all the school records and it turns out there is no paper or digital backup.

The problem of course is that many (most?) IT professionals have substantial doubts that the "secure" part of "secure offsite storage" is doable with 2016 cloud technology.

Comment Re:Indict? (Score 4, Insightful) 742

Just to complicate things, not only is it up to the person writing a document to ensure the information is properly marked -- a process that is bound to be error prone, I believe that the Sec of State is one of the very numerous people who can legally change the classification of a piece of information. Not only is "I didn't think THAT was classified" often a legitimate defense, "I didn't think that SHOULD be classified" may well be a legitimate defense for the SecofState.

Comment Re:Sneaky Devils (Score 2) 421

What is this obsession with spying on users? Seems to me that the potential benefits to MS, Google, et. al. are pretty limited and the risks of eventually getting hit with one or more serious class action suit(s) are substantial -- especially when (not if, when) their data bases are breached and vast amounts of personal information on users are exposed to the world. Am I missing something, or are the folks guiding these companies steering them toward potential big trouble?

Comment Re:Lemons (Score 5, Interesting) 271

Yeah, I'm mildly surprised. Tesla doesn't MAKE ball joints. It BUYS them from someone and they probably are not custom engineered for the unique needs of Tesla's vehicle. Tesla does design the suspension, but this sounds like a defective part rather than an overstressed part. Overall, Ball joint failure in modern cars is uncommon. Which is a very good thing as it often causes complete steering failure and can kill you if the ball joint fails at speed or at the wrong time and place.

BTW, I'm not a big fan of Tesla or Elon Musk. I think electric cars (as opposed to hybrids) are a poor choice for cold climates or long distance driving, and I think Musk is a con artist who will tell us anything he thinks we're dumb enough to believe if it is to his advantage. But his companies do seem to do decent engineering.

As for the agreement. The no admission of fault part seems reasonable. The confidentiality clause seems to me to be unconscionable and if this crap is enforcable, laws need to be changed to make it unenforcable.

Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 1) 501

"... that policy changed to install-nothing by default, and we just have someone review the security updates each patch day and make a list of any that it seems (a) we might actually need and (b) don't come bundled with anything else we don't want."

1. Isn't that kind of expensive?
2. if you can't trust your supplier not to try to trick you why are you using that supplier?

Am I the only one that finds this situation to be surreal?

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