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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Slashdot Parent Re:Why South Korea and Japan can do it and USA can (227 comments)

I don't buy it. Fiber's cheap, and our cities are plenty dense enough to support fiber to the home. Indeed, we already have fiber to the home in many cities.

We could probably connect 90% of the country's population with fiber just as easily as South Korea did. But we don't, because lobbyists.

5 minutes ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Slashdot Parent Re:This might have been incompetence, not malice (583 comments)

Bricking something has a pretty specific meaning, it's like being pregnant

I'm afraid that we are operating under differing definitions of both "bricked" and "pregnant".

In my experience, the word "bricked" means "rendered inoperable, beyond ordinary repair". As in, about as functional as a brick. However, bricked devices can sometimes be repaired, but only via specialized knowledge and efforts, hence the term "unbrick". The condition of being "bricked" is not always permanent.

In my experience, being "pregnant" is also not permanent condition. In fact, every pregnancy seems to end, either naturally or via medical intervention.

12 hours ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Slashdot Parent Re:This might have been incompetence, not malice (583 comments)

Except the chip wasn't, as you put it, "killed." The chip is still fully functional with a driver that will support it.

The chip was pretty killed. With a PID of 0, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux wouldn't recognize it. It's theoretically possible to fix the PID, but most end users wouldn't really know how to do that.

Why should FTDI support chips it didn't make?

They shouldn't have to support chips that they didn't make, but at the same time, they shouldn't brick* chips that they didn't manufacture.

What FTDI really should have done is to set a generic PID for the chip type. That way, the chip would no longer use the FTDI driver, and they wouldn't have to support it.

*I use "brick" in the sense that using their Windows driver to set the PID to 0 makes the chip no longer function in other OSs, either. I am aware that an unbricking procedure is available.

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Slashdot Parent This might have been incompetence, not malice (583 comments)

So FTDI is pissed that counterfeiters are using FTDI PIDs in their counterfeit chips so that the counterfeit chips get the benefit of FTDI drivers. I certainly sympathize with their gripe there. So FTDI is saying, "Don't use our PID" and setting the PIDs to 0 in counterfeit chips.

My guess is that FTDI didn't really think through the implications of that, that setting a PDI of 0 would brick the chip. What they should have done is just set the PID to some generic USB CDC serial port so that the counterfeit chips would no longer use the FTDI driver and would no longer show ups as FTDI chips to the OS.

This very could have been more of an "oops, sorry about that dude" than an "I KILL YOUR CHIP NOW! MOOHAHAHHA!"

yesterday
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Slashdot Parent Re:How many really make $140k ? (193 comments)

What the heck are you feeding your dog? Or are the annual dog license and vet visit insanely high where you are? And what are two kids doing that costs $6000/kid/year?

I'll say to you the same thing that I said to the other commenter: the basic premise is that if I make 100k/yr, I shouldn't have to compromise. It shouldn't matter what I feed my dog, and it shouldn't matter what activities my kids do. I shouldn't have to think about money, in the eyes of cryptizard, but clearly, if I made 100k and lived where I live, I would have to think about money. Maybe I wouldn't have a dog. Maybe my kids wouldn't do three activities, each. Maybe we'd economize somewhere else. But none of this matters.

To answer your question, my dog is old, and she has some health problems. She eats probably $20 worth of food per month and another $40 or so in medicines. Her annual vet exam is like $700 now, and when we leave town, we board her. And she's had some big vet bills in her lifetime, which I averaged out and included in my annual figure. It adds up. Dogs aren't cheap unless you put them down if they get a big health problem.

For activities, they each do a sport, an instrument, and a foreign language class. Nothing extravagant, but again, it adds up. Stuff is expensive.

And I'm not complaining. But... well... I also make more than $100k/yr, so I don't have to worry so much about money. But I'm just sayin', if you "only" make 100k/yr, and you live in one of the few really high-cost areas in the country, you're not going to be able to live worry-free, financially. You're going to have to make some compromises.

yesterday
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Slashdot Parent Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (241 comments)

The best solution is Alienbrain, but if you were looking for open source, then you probably don't have budget for Alienbrain.

There are other solutions that can probably work for you, but I'm not sure which ones support easy permanent deletion of assets, as that is not a use case that I've ever encountered, personally. But at the end of the day, if CVS fits well with your workflow, there is no point in you changing to some other solution just because CVS is fundamentally defective as a source code version control system.

You're not using it for source code, so CVS's basic architectural flaws don't necessarily apply to you. If it's the best tool for your job, then use it in good health!

2 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Slashdot Parent Re:How many really make $140k ? (193 comments)

That's so entitled it is ridiculous.

I had a feeling that you might say something like this, but realize that you are directly contradicting yourself.

You first said:

I don't care where you live, $100k is enough money that you don't have to worry about your day to day life.

I'm sorry. You can't just say, "If you make 100k then you can live anywhere in the US and not have to worry about money," but when someone points out that there are certain places where 100k doesn't put you on Easy Street, you can't then scold, "Oh, don't need to live somewhere where 650k buys you a modest rowhouse, then."

No shit I don't need to live somewhere that expensive. That wasn't the point. The point is that 100k isn't enough for certain places. That's all I'm saying. That you're wrong that 100k is enough for every square inch of the country. It's not. It's enough for 95+% of the country, but not absolutely everywhere.

2 days ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Slashdot Parent Re:How many really make $140k ? (193 comments)

I don't care where you live, $100k is enough money that you don't have to worry about your day to day life.

I agree if you're not married with kids, but if you are, then $100k could be a little tight in a few areas of the country (it'd be fine in most of the country, though).

To work through an example in a high-ish cost of living area, let's say you live in a $650k house, have one $35k car per adult, and a few kids. Figure a $3k/mo mortgage, $1000/mo car payment+insurance+maintenance x 2, $2500/yr for a dog, $400/mo utilities, $500 groceries (several mouths to feed), $1000/mo for kids' activities. Say you get to keep $70k of your salary after taxes, and you're already in the hole $10k per year.

But yeah, if you're just trying to support 1 person, then $100k/yr is plenty.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Slashdot Parent Re:About CVS Only! Not SVN! (241 comments)

(1) check out only a subset of files, because those files are binary and very large, and

Git can do this with sparse checkouts, but as you probably know, neither git nor svn are really meant to manage large binary files. You'd do best to use a repository that was designed to fit your needs so you're not constantly butting heads with your version control system.

(2) permanently delete those files that I know I will no longer need.

Most source code version control systems are specifically designed to avoid permanent data loss, so again, you're going to fighting your VCS if you use one that was meant to handle source code. That being said, BFG will permanently delete data from a git repository if that is necessary for whatever reason.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Slashdot Parent Re:I am not going to convert (241 comments)

Despite the fact you can lose your history (irrevocably if you try) and screw things up even if you don't.

The only way to lose history irrevocably in git is if both of the following two conditions are met:

  1. 1. You have no backups ("backups" includes pushing your commits to a remote server, and
  2. 2. You go mucking about in your .git directory and start randomly changing files in there or deleting them without knowing what you're doing

Most people do push to a central repository, so condition #1 is usually not met. And mucking about in your .git directory is not a normal use case, either. You should use the git commands to interact with your .git directory.

When you claimed that you could lose history irrevocably, you were probably referring to hard resets and whatnot. Just so you know, the git reflog will still contain your commits, and you can get them back even after a hard reset. I'm not going to lie and say that this is a simple process, but it's there if you need it.

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Slashdot Parent Re:I am not going to convert (241 comments)

I might do it for some things, but right now the ability to only checkout a subdirectory[source [stackoverflow.com]] is paramount in the way we use svn around here.

You should go with what works for you, but just so you know, git has supported sparse checkouts for a few years now. Here is a blog post from 2011 that shows you how to do it, if you're interested. Admittedly, it has a not-obvious name, and is accomplished via not-obvious methods, but c'est la vie, sometimes.

Nestled with the fact that there are so many git solutions that are third-party hosted only, and so many hostable open source subversion options available, I'll stick with svn.

Again, you should use what works for you, but FYI, you're looking for gitlab, or one of the other options out there (but I like gitlab, so that's what I'm going to link to).

All that being said, I don't think there's any reason for you to convert to git if svn is getting the job done for you. One day in the future you'll work on a project that's hosted in git and you'll learn it then.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Slashdot Parent Only 5GB of LTE (105 comments)

If memory serves, the $30/mo Walmart plan includes only 5GB of LTE data per month, after which you are throttled. Just in case that is important to anyone.

2 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Slashdot Parent Re:Already gone (304 comments)

Imagine the spouse's response when that inheritance comes in and you say "Well we might get divorced someday so to protect me and my selfish interests I'm putting it in a separate account and only spending it on me"

This is why if there is enough money involved that you care about it, you get an experienced attorney to do your estate plan.

I'm not by any means an expert in this area, other than that I had to face this a few years ago when my wife was very ill and her doctors were telling us that she wouldn't make it (she did make it and is 100% cancer-free!). We planned our estate so that if/when she passed, her half of the estate would go into a trust for the benefit of our children. That way, if I remarried, those assets wouldn't go to my new spouse in the case of a divorce or in case of my passing. They would still be held aside for the children.

My point being, if the dollars are significant enough to you that you would want to protect them, then you have to do the proper planning. If your parents are wealthy, for instance, you'll want to make sure that they use the proper trust structures to hold your inheritance so that these assets aren't directed into the wrong hands.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Slashdot Parent Re:Meh (201 comments)

(up front cost $50 or so instead of $650)

Who gives a shit if the up-front cost is only $50? You still have to pay the entire cost of the phone. You just have 2 years in which to do it.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Slashdot Parent Re:Already gone (304 comments)

Actually, I doubt that installing a GPS tracker on your own car and not telling your car's driver about it could be considered stalking. For an action to rise to the level of "stalking", there would need to be harassment involved. And the harassment would need to rise to the level that a reasonable person would fear for his or her safety.

The the case that we're discussing, the dude was definitely harassing his ex, making her very reasonably fear for her safety, so the stalking conviction makes total sense here. It was those actions, however, that led to the conviction as decided upon appeal. Had he just collected the GPS data for use in the divorce proceeding and not followed her around and threatened her and attacked a family member, the GPS tracker would have been fine.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Slashdot Parent Re:Already gone (304 comments)

However, during the divorce settlement it turns out that inheritance money wasn't considered community property and he became somehow liable on coming up with a big chunk of it when they split the assets.

Did your neighbor have a lawyer? Because my understanding is that inheritance is not considered part of the marital estate, but only if the inheritance money has been kept separate from the marital estate. As soon as wifey spent it on her new kitchen, it should have become joint property unless something really weird happened in this case.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Slashdot Parent Re:Already gone (304 comments)

The law doesn't distinguish between the two "owners" of shared marital assets. How, therefore, can it count as "stalking" to install a GPS tracker - Which have a plethora of entirely legitimate uses - in my own cars?

Exactly. In fact, I lost the link, but the guy who was mentioned in the OP who installed a GPS tracker on his and his wife's jointly-owned car had his conviction reversed on appeal because he was allowed to put a tracker on his own car.

He was, however, still convicted of stalking, but that wasn't because of the GPS tracker. It was because he attacked a family member and physically intimidated them or something like that. The tracker was fine.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Slashdot Parent Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

I guess I'm not sure I understand what you're complaining about. We already spend tons of money on flu mass-vaccinations, anti-smoking campaigns, cancer research, etc. Nobody's saying that we should stop these in favor of ebola hysteria.

And how do researchers really know that it's unlikely that ebola might transfer genes with another pathogen to either make ebola more communicable or to make some other common pathogen more virulent? How is that likelihood measured?

Ebola is highly controllable, for now. Seems to me that we should get on top of this potential threat before it becomes serious.

about a week ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Slashdot Parent Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Contrast this with the 5% - 20% of people in the US who get the flu every year and the 200,000 who are hospitalized with flu-related complications.

I don't understand this "Oh, if you are scared of ebola, why aren't you scared of [insert other ailment that kills $bignum people each year]?" logic. Everyone knows that heart disease and cancer and falling off a ladder kill more Americans than ebola right now. So what?

Right now, ebola is not a serious threat to western countries because: 1. It is not airborne (if someone sneezes across the room, you're not gonna get ebola from it), 2. it is not communicable except when the infected is suffering from symptoms, and the symptoms are so severe that the infected person will land in a hospital very quickly, away from the general populace, and 3. we (supposedly) have protocols in place to prevent an infected person from infecting others once he his hospitalized. Obviously, #3 needs some refinement, but I think we'll see that soon.

The reason that ebola is so scary is that if it mutates to become airborne, it is going to become really, really hard to control. As in, you could get ebola just as easily as you could get the flu. And it's currently spreading like wildfire in West Africa, and in that environment, the virus could make that mutation! That is why we need to get really serious about ebola, really quickly. Not because of what ebola is right now, but because of how deadly it might become.

about a week ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Slashdot Parent Re:AWS losing $2 billion a year? (150 comments)

rtfa

Well, that's pretty shitty advice, now isn't it. TFA says that one analyst estimates a $2B loss over the previous 4 quarters and then just waves its hands and says, "So let’s assume that these estimates are true, and let’s also assume that since Google and Microsoft do not break down cloud services that it is also true for them."

So apparently since one analyst estimates that AWS might have lost $2B over the prior 4 quarters, we can just assume that AWS loses $2B per year, and that Google and Microsoft clouds also suffer similar heavy losses.

That is the sloppiest logic that I've seen all week.

about a week ago

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