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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

QuietLagoon It's all about timeframes... (213 comments)

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Operations people work in a timeframe of minutes to days

Developers work in a timeframe of weeks to months

Researchers work in a timeframe of years to decades

When you take a developer, who thinks in terms of months, and task that person to think in terms of minutes and hours, you are wasting a resource.

When you make someone respond to an overly wide range of timeframe-based events, the short term events always crowd out the longer term events.

Have you ever noticed that companies locate their research divisions away from the day-to-day operations divisions? It is to keep the timeframes separate.

2 days ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

QuietLagoon Wow... in my house I avoid WiFi for critical links (80 comments)

If I want a reliable connection in my house, I hard-wire. It is the only way I can control the physical layer of the network. Once I go wireless, I cede control of the physical layer to forces unknown.

about a week ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

QuietLagoon As a Comcast customer... (195 comments)

... I am not surprised that Comcast has won its second Poo award from The Consumerist.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

QuietLagoon Good-bye Agnitum's Outpost (291 comments)

Early last week I uninstalled Agnitum's Outpost software from my PC's. Not sure I want to rely on Russian software for security applications nowadays.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle Unfixed Linux Accessibility Bugs?

QuietLagoon Re:What the hell is wrong with some people? (266 comments)

Bingo.

So far 13 posts, and most of them are unhelpful drivel. Way to prove Linux is superior.

This thread shows a lot of what is wrong in the Linux community.

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A significant bug appears, and little is posted besides drivel.

Way to go Linux Community.

Just fix the damn bug.

about three weeks ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

QuietLagoon Just one question: (172 comments)

Why are you such a media whore?

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

QuietLagoon Classify 'em as Common Carriers under Title II (466 comments)

Cogent: Reclassify ISPs As Common Carriers Under Title II

In a bit of a clever public relations dance, Cogent has issued a press release stating that while the company refuses to pay companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast new peering tolls, they will pay the costs incurred by those companies to ensure there's adequate capacity at interconnection points. Cogent has been at the heart of more than a few debates over settlement-free peering, usually when the levels of traffic exchanged aren't equal. ...

about three weeks ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

QuietLagoon Re:Lemme posit this... (100 comments)

You raise a valid point.

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Yes, the "saturation" aspect of commercial buys is also an issue.

A local radio station, 107.1 The Peak suffers from this very malady.

For some reason, they think it is good to play the same commercial once an hour, every hour, 24/7, for weeks at a time.

It numbs the mind.

Yes, you raise a valid point. Thanks.

about a month ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

QuietLagoon Lemme posit this... (100 comments)

If the car commercials I have to suffer through on my TV were half as good as this "amateur" commercial, would I fast-forward my TiVo to skip the commercials?

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My answer: no.

This is an enjoyable commercial.

Question: why cannot the "professional" commercial makers do this sort of thing? Why are current car commercials always screaming at me?

about a month ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

QuietLagoon Re:define _GNU_SOURCE (134 comments)

and the problem with that code is...?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

QuietLagoon Re:Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

It can be stored on OneDrive and doing so allows you to access your information from almost anyhwere using almost any device.

That also allows Microsoft to access my data.

Since others have said the free version requires the use of storage on Microsoft's computers, I suspect Microsoft will be scanning the OneNote data for monetizing purposes. Why else would they prevent the free OneNote users from storing data on non-Microsoft servers?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

QuietLagoon Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

Does OneNote store my data in someone's cloud, or can I store my data on my computers?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

QuietLagoon Good choice looking at Linux... (287 comments)

... as Microsoft has made Windows a dead end with the Windows 8 fiasco.

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If all she really needs is email and a browser, look for the simplest, cleanest UI you can find that provides that very basic functionality. Then configure the UI to looks like what she is used to - Windows XP.

Don't over complicate the transition with things you might think are cool, just keep it complicated enough to meet her needs, no more.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
--Albert Einstein

about a month ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast

QuietLagoon Who cares... (182 comments)

... who originated bitcoin? Is this all newsweek can come up with for news nowadays?

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

QuietLagoon How long before... (306 comments)

... Dell refuses warranty service if the computer has software installed that Dell did not install?

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Dell is desperate for revenue at this point, and when companies are desperate for revenue they do customer-antagonistic things.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

QuietLagoon Re: Not MITM (572 comments)

AT&T's computers are owned by AT&T. Tell me why I should trust them with my phone call metadata.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

QuietLagoon Re: Not MITM (572 comments)

Then you shouldn't install its signing certificate on your computer.

In a work environment, I may not have that option.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

QuietLagoon Re: Not MITM (572 comments)

trusted proxy

Trusted by whom? I certainly don't trust a MiTM proxy, even when it has the word "trusted" in its name.

about a month and a half ago

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In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "As a follow-up to the article a couple of days ago, the New York Times has an above-the-fold front-page article today about the horrible working conditions in the Chinese factories that Apple uses.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning (PDF alert).
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Global Internet governance fight looms

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The global fight among governments over control of the Internet is heating up amid a flurry of documents, the opening of the United Nations' General Assembly (GA) and next week's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Will the change in Internet governance result in states like China and Russia exerting more control over what is allowed on the Internet? The United States has so far comprehensively outmaneuvered attempts by other governments to seize control of the Internet, helped by the fact that it holds the keys and represents the status quo. But how long will it continue to be able to do so?"
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Doctors and Dentists censoring patients

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Timothy Lee writes about his experience with a dentist.

"When I walked into the offices of Dr. Ken Cirka, I was looking for cleaner teeth, not material for an Ars Technica story. I needed a new dentist, and Yelp says Dr. Cirka is one of the best in the Philadelphia area. The receptionist handed me a clipboard with forms to fill out. After the usual patient information form, there was a "mutual privacy agreement" that asked me to transfer ownership of any public commentary I might write in the future to Dr. Cirka. Surprised and a little outraged by this, I got into a lengthy discussion with Dr. Cirka's office manager that ended in me refusing to sign and her showing me the door...."

Can a patient be required to sign such an agreement before medical care is tendered? What if the medical care is more urgent or an emergency? Can the patient be in the correct frame of mind to sign a legal agreement?"

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Should Microsoft be split up?

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Goldman Sachs had downgraded Microsoft from "buy" to "neutral," criticizes the company's efforts in mobile computing, and most radically, suggests that the company carve out its consumer business from its enterprise one. This is just one more sign that Microsoft could use a vision overhaul. ...

The report also warned that Microsoft isn't likely to make any headway in mobile this year because "Apple's iPad and iPhone plus Google's Android operating system are well established."

That's putting it mildly. Windows Phone 7 will have to be a spectacular success if it's to make any headway not just this year, but in the next several years as well. And Microsoft may try to sue Android out of business, but technology, not lawsuits, are going to have the lead the way.


What do you think? Does Microsoft have a chance of catching in the mobile devices marketplace? Is the enterprise where Microsoft's future lives?"
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New AVG fetaure DDoS's the Internet

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The Register is running a story about a new feature in the AVG virus scanner.

Six months ago, AVG acquired Exploit Prevention Labs and its Linkscanner, a tool that automatically scans search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, and ten results turn up, it visits all ten links to ensure they're malware free. Then, in late April, AVG rolled Linkscanner into its anti-virus engine, which has about 70 million active users worldwide. The company estimates that 20 million machines have upgraded to the tool's new incarnation, AVG version 8, and this has already cooked up enough ghost clicks to skew traffic not only on The Reg but any number of other sites as well.
What will the effect be when AVG rolls this new fewture out to all of its 70 million users?"
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Here come the thought police

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "In a Baltimore Sun op-ed piece, Ralph E. Shaffer and R. William Robinson write, 'With overwhelming bipartisan support, Rep. Jane Harman's "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" passed the House 404-6 late last month and now rests in Sen. Joe Lieberman's Homeland Security Committee. Swift Senate passage appears certain.

'Not since the "Patriot Act" of 2001 has any bill so threatened our constitutionally guaranteed rights.

'The historian Henry Steele Commager, denouncing President John Adams' suppression of free speech in the 1790s, argued that the Bill of Rights was not written to protect government from dissenters but to provide a legal means for citizens to oppose a government they didn't trust. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the right to dissent but declared it a people's duty, under certain conditions, to alter or abolish their government....

'Ms. Harman's proposal includes an absurd attack on the Internet, criticizing it for providing Americans with "access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda," and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations. The misnamed "Center of Excellence," which would function after the commission is disbanded in 18 months, gives the semblance of intellectual research to what is otherwise the suppression of dissent.'"
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Comcast blocks some Internet traffic

QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "MSNBC is reporting the results of an Associated Press test that show Comcast blocks some Internet traffic. "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.

"The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users.

"If widely applied by other ISPs, the technology Comcast is using would be a crippling blow to the BitTorrent, eDonkey and Gnutella file-sharing networks. While these are mainly known as sources of copyright music, software and movies, BitTorrent in particular is emerging as a legitimate tool for quickly disseminating legal content.

"The principle of equal treatment of traffic, called "Net Neutrality" by proponents, is not enshrined in law but supported by some regulations. Most of the debate around the issue has centered on tentative plans, now postponed, by large Internet carriers to offer preferential treatment of traffic from certain content providers for a fee....
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The email transcripts of Microsoft anti-trust trials always make for interesting reading, and the Iowa trial is continuing the tradition. An email from Jim Allchin asks the question of whether Microsoft has lost sight of what matters to its customers:

Exhibit 7264. Almost three years ago, on January 7, 2004, Jim Allchin, the senior executive at Microsoft, sent an E-mail to Microsoft's top two executives, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, and the subject was losing our way. Mr. Allchin says, I'm not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers, both business and home, the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products. He goes on to say, I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft."
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QuietLagoon QuietLagoon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QuietLagoon (813062) writes "The next version of Windows Media player that will be appearing in Windows Vista has upped the ante for DRM, removing a significant portion of the rights you have to the media content you own. So much so, that a Microsoft VP appears to be advocating the flaunting of DMCA in order to get the content into Zune, "Lots of DVD ripping software out there..."

What do you think about the loss of the rights to use the media you own?"

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