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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Eristone Re:90 days is really long (262 comments)

90 days is really long when you don't have a massive base to run testing and regression against. Let's just say that the fix is adding a bounds check to the input for a single function. The engineer assigned to the bug adds the bounds check and unit tests to make sure it behaves now. The fix is submitted to the build queue for the (let's say nightly) run to generate the next patch set, and the next production build for Windows. Now QA gets it, and being that this particular item failed for an input, they write a bunch of tests that kick in various input items - numbers, letters, binary data, larger than expected, smaller than expected, etc. This is then run in the "Test this subsystem" run and if it passes, yay, else back to step one. Then they run that test as part of their automated "Test Windows" run (which probably takes hours to do). If everything passes, great. If not, back to step one. Then after it passes QA for "Test Windows", it needs to go through QA for "Test Windows with {list of major software that if we break something it is bad}". If that all passes, then it can go to the patch queue for the next scheduled release. I'd be surprised if an automated "Test Windows" run can be completed in less than a day or two. Probably 3-5 days for the "Test Windows with Other Software Running". So the minimum time to get a tested patch is about a week assuming the problem is super simple. Once it starts involving multiple subsystems, you can start running into weeks to get a good tested patch, assuming that it doesn't take a few weeks for engineering to get a fix ready for testing in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Eristone Re:The truth of the matter (629 comments)

Google made the 90 day deadline up, sure. But they are enforcing it, which I think is pretty cool. MS wanted them to wait two days. TWO DAYS. Which says to me they were testing the waters. No way those two days were actually crucial for MS. If you can finish the job in 92 days, you can finish it in 90 days (especially when you have the resources MS has)....

I see you've never done regression runs with a large software base. 2 days can make a lot of difference in completing the regression run to make sure that the patch won't break anything else (remember - MS just had to pull a patch that broke stuff, which means they released it without doing a full regression run - willing to bet some of the guys who do this were on vacation over the holidays). While there may have been a "testing the waters" bit there, it was also a "hey we, really do need time to make sure everything is hunky dory".

about two weeks ago
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Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

Eristone Re:(S core:9000), troll (254 comments)

Considering the original story was written long before Looper (and Heinlein did a lot of time travel stories) - and the story line itself looks at things in a different way/different point of the timeline.. I'd disagree.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Eristone Re:Don't tell me police doesn't abuse their powers (368 comments)

This is still a good thing - it eliminates the false reports and shows that the officers are doing their job correctly as well as making the criminals (or suspects) less likely to do something that is harmful to the officers because they know there is footage of the event.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Eristone Re:Smart Cards (247 comments)

Chevron's SmartBadge system was kind of nice - it was just a pain when you needed to log into more than one machine at a time...

about 2 months ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

Eristone Re:"One" is the new "i" (171 comments)

OneRing - to rule them all, and set up the next round of fights. (damn I've gone cynical this week)

about 2 months ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Eristone Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (445 comments)

This has been happening in the Middle East for more than 1000 years. If you think ISIS is something new then you really need to get an education.
Murdering each other is a way of life in the Middle east. Their holy books demand you kill non believers

Christian Bible (2 Chronicles 15:12-13) - "They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek
the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman."

Christian Bible (Deuteronomy 13:7-12) - "If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst."

Christian Bible (Deuteronomy 17:2-5) - "Suppose a man or woman among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, has done evil in the sight of the LORD your God and has violated the covenant by serving other gods or by worshiping the sun, the moon, or any of the forces of heaven, which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then that man or woman must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death."

The difference between the Christian sects are trivial.... etc. Although I am in agreement with you about bringing peace to the Middle East being more or less futile, at least until the day some faction detonates a nuclear weapon at Mecca and/or Jerusalem.

about 2 months ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Eristone Re:How did your senator vote? (445 comments)

That actually wouldn't be that bad an app to build - hmmm.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

Eristone Re:Wrong analogy (138 comments)

Yes, but it would cost NASA a fortune to clean up the site before it could be auctioned off. El Toro Marine Base was just taken off the Superfund list after 24 years and $165 million dollars to clean up the land after the base closed. Considering Moffet Field has been an experimental site as well as a military base, you can use the El Toro cleanup as a baseline - so instead of leasing the land to Google, making NASA money on the deal and also getting maintenance paid for, the suggestion is to spend $200 million and leave the land useless for the next 20 years or so while the cleanup takes place.

about 2 months ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Eristone Re:News For Nerds? (401 comments)

Not really - every green card issued during the 2005 fiscal year will be expiring and a replacement card (assuming renewal) issued. In addition, new cards will need to be issued for people who qualify for one through the regular channels (marriage, business sponsorship, lottery) and there will need to be replacement cards for those that are lost, stolen or damaged/destroyed. 4 million/year is what they expect and there is an option to buy an additional 20 million, just in case there is a need for it. (That way, they can have them on hand instead of scrambling.)

about 3 months ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Eristone Re:It's not first and foremost about you (863 comments)

And as a somewhat full-time server admin (who made his money on the Windows side of the house and is only a somewhat okay Linux guy in his less than humble opinion) - your comment makes me cringe and reach for the Tums. The phrase you are looking for is "single point of failure". Faster boot times for servers that you don't have to reboot (we're talking Linux, remember - the Windows systems are the ones you have to reboot with security updates, although they've gotten better) - it is a non issue. When you spend more time waiting for the raid controller to spin up the hard drives and the memory count to finish than the server to get to a point where you can log in, boot speed is not that much of an issue.

about 3 months ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

Eristone Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

Unfortunately, I don't qualify for the Long family - only one side is long lived, and only had one grandparent alive when I was married. If I had married at the age Maureen did, however I would have just made it. :)

about 3 months ago
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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

Eristone Re:zomg singularity! (145 comments)

gweihir - the GP could actually be in their late 20s and worked straight through to their doctorate. 2086 - 2014 = 72 years. Rough estimate using average high school graduation at 18, bachelor's at 23 (5 year plan), doctorate at 29 (6 years). That puts him/her at age 101 in 2086 which would be well within the range of possibilities. Move any of those numbers down (graduated high school early, did bachelors in 4 years, doctorate in 4) and that puts him/her in their late 90s. Life expectancy in their family may be longer (a for instance - my grandmother died when she was 100, her younger sister and brother are in their 90s and oldest daughter is in her 80s - and this is all for people who were born and lived before we had things like x-ray machines and vaccines) so it is plausible.

about 3 months ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Eristone Re:Why is shitload spelled sh*#load? (387 comments)

Vellmont - it isn't that we aren't all adults (or pretend to be adults) - it is the various filtering software of the places we may be reading from might flag the whole site (or at least the content we are trying to look at) as inappropriate for our location if it is riddled with the uncensored versions of what is considered profanity. That is the main reason you see the self-censoring of messages.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Eristone Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Actually for most people in the U.S., the cost of gasoline at $4.50/gallon is the tipping point - this was proven the summer before the market went boom - gasoline consumption dropped. As far as boycotting - it is going to have to be something besides price pressure, unless you are able to start nailing the providers who are doing this sort of thing for monopolistic practices.

about 3 months ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

Eristone Re:Suspension of Disbelief (193 comments)

There's a simple answer to this one from Oglaf:

http://oglaf.com/ornithology/

(note - while this particular entry is safe enough, in general this comic is *highly* NSFW - and may flag depending on which blockers your employers use)

about 4 months ago
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Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

Eristone Re:Google's forgoten its obligation to shareholder (134 comments)

This move means that the Security staff is now Google employees. It would not be in a Google employee's interests to sell company secrets, inside information or other things that might make the company not be able to keep Google employees on the payroll. This increases shareholder value because employees have a vested interest in seeing the company succeed whereas contractors do not have that impetus. In addition, it actually makes it less likely that the Security staff will unionize, which in turn also benefits the company. Finally, the increased community goodwill is an intangible factor but it does make the bottom line in that Google will now be able to say the company demographics more closely match the community (see the stats in the article regarding ethnic makeup of Security staff).

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Eristone Re:we are DOOOMED!!! (644 comments)

Slaves weren't their intended customers. Chains and whips appealed to 90% of slave owners. (Keep this in mind when you consider Facebook and end users aren't the intended customers....) :)

about 4 months ago

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Ender's Game Battleroom as a video game

Eristone Eristone writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Eristone writes "It appears the folks at Chair are starting to work on a game representing the infamous Battle Room at Battle School and it is supposed to be released later this year. Just remember that the enemy's gate is down."
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