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top Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other Features

Bacon Bits Re:The 90's called (26 comments)

"February 2, 2009"? Wow, I didn't imagine it. The 90s did last forever.

about a week ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Bacon Bits Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (724 comments)

perhaps you can enlighten us as to why he's wrong

I never said he was wrong... Only that he's true to form..

So he's right, but for the wrong reasons? How do you know when he's right for the right reasons?

about a week ago
top Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other Features

Bacon Bits Re:The 90's called (26 comments)

Yeah, this is what they looked like in the 90s.

about a week ago

LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

Bacon Bits Re:So start organizing (108 comments)

No the dirty secret is when IT people are young we are all naive, idealistic Libertarians who couldn't fathom the idea that Labor might need protection from Capital when the Free Market can clearly fix all ills if only the government would get out of the way. When we're older one of two things has happened: we're in management and on the other side of the table, or we're still in the trenches and we'd rather dangle in the breeze than swallow the bitter pill of our own reality or try to convince the new, naive. idealistic, Libertarian junior coworker that he's getting the shit end of the stick on purpose.

about three weeks ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

Bacon Bits Re:Gotcha covered... (259 comments)

Don't listen to him! He sold me a dimension and when I got it home it turned out to be merely a complex vector!

about three weeks ago

PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Bacon Bits Re:its why devs cringe. (180 comments)

Putting aside the whole whitespace debate(*), I'm pretty sure that python has its own list of issues. Maybe not to the same extent as PHP, but they exist.

Picking a programming language is like picking an application, though. It's not about picking the syntax. That's not particularly relevant unless you're looking at Brainfuck or INTERCAL or GW-BASIC. You start by deciding what capabilities you need. There are inevitably several choices that meet your technical requirements, so in the end you're picking a language based on whatever set of limitations and issues you're willing to work with.

about a month ago

PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Bacon Bits Re:Formal specifications are pretty useless for th (180 comments)

I should also add that what they are doing is at best a "semi-formal specification". Still pretty clunky.

That seems appropriate considering the topic.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Bacon Bits Re:Its Fine. - not (348 comments)

Application support always says to turn off everything that might possibly interfere with their precious application. They would have you shut down the operating system if they didn't need it. Application support lives in a fairy land where the only thing they have to worry about is their application. They don't have to fix anything if the application isn't broken. They have no interest in anything else. A good vendor will program their application to work with the system standards. Most ISVs are not good vendors.

As a system or network admin, you have to protect the application from the rest of the network and protect the rest of the network from the application and protect everything from the users and the Internet. Part of doing that is firewalling the crap out of your core network, and if you can't do that you should be looking at adding more VLANs and controlling traffic that way.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Bacon Bits Re:Its Fine. (348 comments)

The possibility of a resonance cascade scenario is extremely unlikely!

about a month ago

How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Bacon Bits Re:Completly Blindsided. (285 comments)

The school district wasn't blindsided. The county was.

I work at a school district, so let me tell you how public schools get their Internet. Obviously it's going to vary, but from what I've seen our situation is the most common.

Every building in a district runs fiber between their buildings to a central building where the district's servers are kept. It could be in the basement of the high school or some administrative building, but that's what happens. It's easy enough for the district to do capacity planning. Each school district may then connect to an intermediate school district, but ultimately then connects to the county's municipal network. This network is the ISP that connects every municipal office, such as city, village, police, fire, public works, etc. to the Internet. In my state, Michigan, the county connects to a statewide municipal network originally put in place to connect the public universities to the proto-Internet for research (our ISP, Merit, was founded in 1966).

In this story, the problem is at the county level, the middle man between the school and the state-wide network. This is not particularly surprising, since since in every case I've seen, the county is a) poorly funded, b) poorly staffed, and c) tends to be forgotten about. When a neighboring district went 1-to-1 at the high school level with lots of online classes, they did reasonable capacity planning for the district's small network and quadrupled the bandwidth from the high school to the district servers, and the district to the county (the district consists of 3 buildings on the same plot of land, so it was fairly simple). What they didn't do was consider that the county level needed upgrades as well. My district is about 8500 students across more than a dozen buildings, and this was about 200 students in just one building (grades 9 and 10). They were using about 90% of the bandwidth on our connection. That district got moved to a different connection pretty quickly, but until then nobody in our district could use the Internet during the school day.

about a month ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Bacon Bits Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

And what if you have a house fire, break in, or accident?

about a month and a half ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Bacon Bits Re:Speculation... (455 comments)

If they actually provide a service that people need, then why are they so afraid of direct sales? It seems to me that, like home realtors, car dealerships ought to be perfectly capable of functioning in a mixed market.

about 2 months ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

Bacon Bits Re:That guy is going to need a lawyer real fast (307 comments)

It depends. If he was a licensed PE he had a professional and legal obligation to intervene with the switch, regardless of how he felt about it. If he wasn't a PE, then whomever the PE was that was managing him and approving his designs is to blame.

about 3 months ago

GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

Bacon Bits Re:Who uses GnuTLS? FileZilla (127 comments)

FileZilla uses GnuTLS because the maintainer decided OpenSSL had an API that was too unwieldy.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Bacon Bits Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (516 comments)

It's not for reasons known only to them. It's for a very good reason.

Learning a new interface to do the same tasks you already know how to do is really irritating. Even when the new interface is better, it's irritating as hell, and it takes a long time to get used to. Apple has had a huge amount of success making iPhones, iPads, and iPods all with the exact same interface. The exact same OS. There's even talk that Apple will abandon OS X on the Mac in favor of iOS.

"But," you say, "Apple products for most people are home consumer products. Business and office applications still run on Windows." Ah, true, but the hype is that the cloud is where it's at, and web applications will replace all thick applications just like they've replaced client/server applications. If iOS is the number one platform (it isn't now, but it was looking like it would be when Win8 was being developed) and everybody grows up knowing iOS and there are all these iOS apps and everything else is web-based... what's drawing people to Windows? What happens when iOS Safari has a larger market share than Windows Internet Explorer? And what if Google makes Android work on the PC?! Now you've got two major competitors and you're not even competing with them in the largest portion of the market (i.e., mobile).

"Oh, no!" Microsoft screams. "We need to unify Windows on the PC, smartphones, and tablets! What do you mean we don't have any tablets!? We need a Windows tablet! We need an App Store! We need a touch interface at all costs!"

So, that's what they did. They made a new OS built to run on tablets and smartphones, since those are the fastest growing market segments and those with the most mind share. They cut the Start Menu, which doesn't work that well on a phone or tablet at all, and created the tile menu in Win8. Unfortunately, they missed that you can't increase market share by abandoning your old market in favor of a new market. And just because a common interface is beneficial doesn't mean any common interface is sufficient to the task. You'll notice, for example, that iOS is 7 years old and currently on version 7... and still not on the desktop.

about 3 months ago

Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Bacon Bits Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Some would even say that faith requires belief without evidence.

about 3 months ago


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