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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

adosch The only thing constant is change (171 comments)

I read Matt's blog posting and I do have to say it sounds like his underlying issue is less of a quandary with a code renaissance being over and more of the drowning complexy and exhaustion involved with today's changing technology world from a code slingers perspective. Reading his blurb touching on a few profound things I find myself doing more and more as I get older in the tech industry: enjoying the simplicity of hacking shell or automative code in a text editor without launching an IDE, still having algorithmic thought processes and approaches, documenting less and thinking more. It sounds like his interests have just shifted and probably for the better. There's tons of shit that I look at on my shelves: projects started, topics heavily bookmarked in myriad of O'reilly books, half-finished circuit design on breadboards, code lying around here or there. It's just that: what was important now isn't and you're trying to just simplify the black hole of tech that was once an intriguing and mind-blowing ordeal.

about 3 months ago

New Raspberry Pi Model B+

adosch Hardware Evolution Blues (202 comments)

Although I appreciate the changes in the B+ model and board layout changes, it does kind of suck that the natural improvement evolution of the Raspberry Pi is wiping out the 'coolness' I have with the three (what seems to feel like) aging Raspberry Pi original model B's (256MB version) I own from back in ~2011 into early 2012.

I'm still trying to appreciate them for what they are, so I'll still get the mileage out of them. $35 isn't a high price tag, but to upgrade 'X' of them all to chase small features is going to create very unstable 12oz beer bottle coasters over time with little used market re-coup costs.

about 4 months ago

How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

adosch What about the SysAdmin? (226 comments)

Horrible assumption that you think developers are top-dogs, Jeff. I've seen many cases were DevOps role FAILED for competent developers because, in the cases I've seen, this is true:

* Your smartest developer may be just that when it comes to language, software architecture and platform development, but their operating system, networking, hardware infrastructure knowledge + background is not even hobby-shop at best.

* They've always had an ops or engineering crew to throw their code at, figure out how to integrate it, and NEVER had to support it.

* Ego problems thinking they are 'above' remedial automation --- which most of the time doesn't involve a real development language, just scripting.

Out of those two things alone, I've always heard the: "Well we need a sys-admin/engineer now because we are spending more time trying to manage systems, not really sure how or what to automate, and it's really taking time away from me getting back to the kind of development I, as the developer want to do." Which is the polar opposite of the two points I mentioned above.

about 6 months ago

Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

adosch Re:This just shows that criminals are stupid (547 comments)

The only thing criminal about this is what he's being charged with from a federal law perspective; his actions were just that: stupid. He was going to gain perhaps 24 more hours of study time to get out of a final exam. Using tor was a good idea until you originate it on a campus network --- someone who knew just enough to be microscopically dangerous on the internet. If articles are being written to use tor to make my personal activities on the internet harder for the NSA to correlate, it's gotta be the one-and-only tool right?

Leave your smart phone at the dorm, give your student ID to a conspirator and have them badge you in at the library, use a laptop you temporarily bought at Walmart 2 weeks ago (which has an excellent return policy within 15 days opened or not), then take a taxi (or walk) down to a local area with free wifi (outside a budget hotel, coffee house or there are still dinks who have open APs), use a fake mac address, and do what you need to do. Kid criminals these days.

I'm sure some slashdotter will bullet-hole that remark, but for making a digital bomb thread 'these days' I'd say you have to at least do that if you were on such a mission to do so. What happened to the "my immediate family member is suddenly ill? I must go see them for a day" excuse? I've never used that personally, but surely you start small and don't play the final ace right away.

about 10 months ago

Fedora Core May Be Reborn

adosch Really? Give it a break. (92 comments)

Man, I am so sick of this 're-birth' crap from Fedora. I liked Fedora 'core' back 7+ years ago before we had to be this uber bleeding edge -slash- agile uber aggressive build cycle that fucks everything up and obsoletes distribution usage to about 6 months.

When it was 'just' an upstream snapshot look to what RedHat Enterprise was going to be in the future, I was totally cool with that, and it melded nicely in a lot of environments. But that spin-off has become such a damn mess now with developer heavy ideas that, in some case, go against every foundation of a traditional UNIX-like operating system design, I could really give who shits what the do now.

Making a 'one-size-fits-all' OS is, pain and simple: a horrible idea. I don't want a damn highly integrated OS that I can use for everything. You'll never get that right, and some 'next-in-line' guy they give 5 minutes of talk time at the next conference will say the same thing.

When you take shit, and try and re-invent it with only shit, I'm sure everyone knows the result you get.

about a year ago
top Online Shop Has Closed

adosch Re:You should have told me it existed! (187 comments)

Boo Anon Cow! You must be 15. It's ok, us dinosaurs understand. JK. (or which is where I initially discovered them back in circa '98) is/was totally awesome. I bought new or refurbished from them and never had a problem at all. It was one of those 'shop-all' places for yester-new hardware, which IMHO, holds ALOT of merit against shops like newegg and a like today that only house 'latest-and-greatest' and have a pretty short shelf life for old tech. If I needed to find a CPU type to max out an old motherboard to give it's last 'spark' of useful life, or some obscure bargain-basement item that was worth the handful of dollars to try out, it was perfect. It was one of those places you could definitely depend on having that 'focused' item you were looking for in the end-consumer PC hardware market.

Thanks again for everything, Sad to see you go.

about a year ago

US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

adosch Re:...wont make me shop at "traditional" (678 comments)

Couldn't agree more. I do prefer online purchasing for those very reasons myself. I think it also comes down to simply getting the 'best' deal, and if that's brick-and-mortar or online with 2-day S&H, that's what it is. I think there's also some convenience in there, too, especially if there's something you want. It's all what you are willing to pay for that item you want, need or can't live without. I know it's not going to break the bank for me to pay the 5-7% sales tax on items online, I just hope that the prices online still stay competitive and don't stick it to the consumer, otherwise it honestly won't make a bit of difference to me anymore.

All in all, I'm indifferent on the sales tax dilemma and I've came to the conclusion that this internet place isn't really a fun place anymore...

about a year and a half ago

There Is No Reason At All To Use MySQL: MariaDB, MySQL Founder Michael Widenius

adosch Uh, what? (241 comments)

Of course, he has an economic interest in getting people to use MariaDB. Hard to argue that Oracle isn't evil though.

Sure, OP. Oracle isn't evil. Right. That's like saying The sky isn't blue or the grass isn't green. I think it's fair to say they have a VERY bottom line approach to business. Their stove-pipe approach to support when it comes to lock-in on hardware and ugly software models and support for Oracle DB, IM, Oracle Solaris (and Linux), and being purely selfish with ZFS is just nauseating anymore.

Absorbing MySQL, and pretty much train wrecked it, then having OSS community and founders of MySQL during it's infancy peak time forked over to create MariaDB just shows you the potential that MySQL had and Oracle failed at.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

adosch BAD approach, grasshopper (159 comments)

It sounds to me like you're trying to sell them on how 'well rounded' and 'IT-intelligent' you are versus actually knowing the business you were for that your IT department supports to make the business successful. If you want to get them comfortable, then perhaps you are the one that needs to be educated in 'suit/business talk'. IMHO, all you're asking for is two things that will totally work against you:

1) Loss of interest after about 10 minutes because you're either in the weeds too much and you eventually work you way back to the IT closet you came from

2) That 'one' management component that slightly cared about your teaching tutorial, has an internal epiphany, and now uses their scratch-on-the-surface knowledge to contract all your future ideas, decisions and pitches.

I think it would be your best interest to figure out the cost savings, increased productivity, product improvement, upgrade/growth/implementation strategy, ect. ect. ect. and maybe go back and find out the mission statement you are working for to begin with as well. You seem to only be concerned with getting that new, fancy IT toy at your place of employment and less about how it helps the company that employs you.

about a year and a half ago

US Officials Rebuke India's Request To Subpoena Facebook, Google

adosch Less sensorship, more human policing, India (96 comments)

I guess if the Indian government wants to talk about censorship and muting of violence, then I vote for them to worry less about about the minors registering on social networks like FB and alike, and more about the ones getting raped on buses in their own country as of late.

It's a bit shallow of me to exploit a circumstance such as that (and certainly not a dig at all from the wonderful Indian community at large), but it's sad what 'Big Machine' irregardless of worldly location will waste their time on. Want to do some cleanup with violence? Start within the confines of your own country boundaries first. Definitely in some need of some human filth policing.

about a year and a half ago

Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

adosch Re:Arrogant maintainers... (234 comments)

Couldn't agree more...

From a Anaconda GUI manual install process, it seems silly to ditch very basic password blackout + back-end entry validation to make sure both password and retype fields match. Was that too much to maintain?

From a Kickstart perspective, I'd say it's even 'less' secure because you can hard-code plain-text useradds in %post, grub passwords, AND more importantly, the root password itself. Not to mention, reveal a boat load about your hardware/network infrastructure that can be a lot more detrimental in the wrong hands or eyes.

...but point taken on both, I'd hope: 1) You're doing the install yourself and if it is a semi-sensitive install and NOT done with prying eyes and 2) from a ks perspective, you practice good filesystem ownership and permissions or satellite/spacewalk access controls. u

All in all, it's shit like this that makes me lose even more faith in the current Fedora maintainers and the Linux distro going forward. Within the last year, things like non-POSIX adoption breeding into packages, lack of security (as mention in article), putting 'all' binaries in /usr/bin because 'we're lazy' approach and negating proper UNIX structure. Plain and simple, a lot of change to fix shit that had a standard, WASN'T broken and thought through LONG ago when most of these 'kids' were playing NES in mom and dad's basement.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

adosch To be 'sensitive' or not to be... (507 comments)

We've all been in situations where a new hot dog 'somebody' comes into the workplace, swings the dong around to show their intellect or to make their positional place in their new turf. Put your tenure and title away, along with his/her blunt explanation or criticism of your code for a second and I think what you have to consider is merely a few things:

1) Did he/she make you think about something you didn't consider before or how to handle?

2) Did he/she offer absolutely any real suggestions with proven code that will expand on what you did and make it better?

If it's 'no' to both, then tell that person to piss off. Because it's nothing more than someone wanting to hear themselves speak.

I have this happen to me all the time: People question what you, how do you, why you do, not because there's some sense to 'learn' from your experience, because they are just simpletons who try to be this all-knowing-intellect-goat and 'look good' in front of their peers.

I think if you have a perfect, well-balanced, engineered, methodical and concrete explanation WHY you did something, then I would consider the person's commentary as a fart in the wind and certainly as nothing more than being a typical douche-bag trying to hand out solutions-looking-for-problems.

about 2 years ago

FTC And PC Rental Companies Settle In Spying On Users Case

adosch They probably just had good lawyers (80 comments)

I've never personally used a rent-to-own service, but I can't imagine it's much fun when your marketed crowd is people who can't afford things outright, then specifically deadbeats who have zero intention of ever buying it and will go to great lengths to try and keep your merchandise.

But there's some shady about this whole story that just doesn't make a lot of sense. Why on earth would a rent-to-own company have a whole development team designing all this for them? I think there was a bit of wrongful intent on the company to want to try and steal some PII; maybe not use it themselves, but sell that information, sure.

Now being tied up with a legal battle, it's now easy for their lawyers to pull out the scapegoat that it was all about protecting their investment and assets. As much as I buy that, that's what the repo-man makes a living for. And if you're losing that many computer assets of non-payment or delinquency, then start selling bottom-line PCs and bring some pimple-faced Best Buy let-go in to oversell and dramatize the hell out of them for you. Or better yet, just stop selling them altogether.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

adosch Re:Tell my kids that, Tom! (589 comments)

Aww, sounds like Mom and Daddy didn't give you hugs AND were God haters. Yikes. I bet you have some problems.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Speak Out Against Wasting Helium In Balloons

adosch Tell my kids that, Tom! (589 comments)

Balloons are every kid's enjoyment for birthdays, special event or talking like an oompa-loompa, fun-hater Tom Welton. Good luck explaining that Hellium is essential to MRI equipment because it's low boiling point and keep magnets cool to kids who just want a Mylar balloon that says "Happy Birthday".

I think we need to reevaluate what's wrong and focus research towards re-engineering MRI machines or use different mediums to cool these differently. I've seen this in the news for almost the last decade and if it's such a dilemma. What's that famous Albert Einsetin quote? "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

adosch Re:Honestly not that bad (646 comments)

It really isn't. I mean come on, a distro as large as Ubuntu is gonna need revenue from places other than donations. And, as long as it isn't too obtrusive in the UI, I won't really complain about it. Besides, there's always other flavors of Ubuntu which may have the ad feature removed.

Bah, don't try to console the masses with the it-won't-be-so-bad speech.

If there's a need for revenue then start doing subscriptions and tier off your desktop builds then with "innovative" feature sets that are specific and elegant to a UI experience.

Ad's piss people off and IMHO they will just drive people to build package sets an cust repos that rid the ads or just find Ubuntu alternatives. Shame on you, Ubuntu.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?

adosch I see it both ways (630 comments)

I do have to say I do feel a bit of empathy for OP. I'm sure if I had to 'time' my bathroom breaks after going to a Mongolian grill for lunch, I'd be a bit embarrassed to mark that down as well. All jokes aside, I do go back and forth on this subject of time tracking. I'd say inherently, company time gets more abused than treated as a flexible privilege. At my work in salaried careers, I see people taking 'multiple' breaks during the day that total up to 'hours' (yes not an hour, hours), plus smoke breaks, plus water cooler talk, plus BS about random subjects at their desk, 2+ hour lunch breaks, showing-up-late-leave-early enough, work-from-home-because-I'm-expecting-the-UPS-guy, etc. that I start to question who tracks all this or even matches this all up on their time sheet at the end of the pay period. I don't have enough experience in call centers to really say why they are really driven on 'time' as their measurement medium. Bottom line, I like to keep things simple: Either some suit thought it would be a good idea to do that so they get a bonus for meeting some silly 'goal' they had to dream up or it's been enough of a abuse problem because employees have figured out bathroom breaks aren't measured against you and do not effect your bonus incentives, so to get an extra break, they claim a weak blatter.

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Dump Millions of Records From Banks, Politicians

adosch Pro Under-The-Mattress Hackers? (310 comments)

As much as I'd like to claim same-shit-different-group on this one, what exactly are they protesting? Generally against banks like to keep your money in the place place you stash your Playboy so mom doesn't find it?

more than 2 years ago

Photo Reveals UK Plan: "Assange To Be Arrested Under All Circumstances"

adosch Is Jack Bauer going to get called in? (847 comments)

First of all, kudos to the witty chap who zoomed in on that clip board after taking the photo. But really, who are we kidding? Assange has always been 5 steps ahead of any dignified authority who is after him for all of this. I think it would be a little naive to assume he hasn't seen this coming and doesn't have a plan (and/or successor) to continue on.

Instead of exhausting resources on trying to figure how to get to one man in an embassy, why not shift those efforts to his network and minions doing the heavy lifting for him? This is starting to feel like a '24' episode right now... WWJBD.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best *nix Distro For a Dynamic File Server?

adosch Use Linux and Call it good (234 comments)

Why is documentation for *nix always so bad?""

For starters, I'm really tired of this /. *NIX is-too-hard ranting all the time on 'Ask Slashdot' posts. Don't be a n00b douche; if you don't get it, then spend some time and get it. Don't blame the documentation; dig in and figure out something for yourself for once. Sometimes you Nintendo-and-Mt-Dew generation make me want to throw up.

As for your solution, do-not go with some installable appliance-type distro like FreeNAS; yes it's *BSD under the hood, but you're at the mercy of what that 'focused' distro is goign to provide for you. Case in point: since you're undecided, go with a full-blown distro so you have some flexibility to grow and augment the mission and purpose of this server you're hosting data on.

Since you're clearly a n00b since it's coming to picking out a *NIX solution, go with anything Linux at this point, and set up the NAS services yourself (e.g. Samba/SMB, NFS, etc.) In turn, you'll be able to go to get better community support helping you out, you'll have more flexible OS configuration and growth, and you'll probably learn something to boot.

Also, you don't need to do union filesystem. Simple udev rules and auto mounting them under your top-level structure you're sharing out with your NAS services will do you just fine.

more than 2 years ago



Landsat 8 Satellite Successfully Launches into Orbit

adosch adosch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

adosch (1397357) writes "The Landsat Data Continuity Mission is now in orbit, after launching Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. After about three months of testing, the U.S. Geological Survey will take control and the mission, renamed Landsat 8, will extend more than 40 years of global land observations critical to energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture."
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The Technology Behind Footballs' Magical Line

adosch adosch writes  |  about 3 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes "The latest lockout antics are ancient history, preseason brawls are over and America's number one sport is back in action. Football uses a lot of interesting technology that we take for granted, and in this article I'll answer the question, how the heck do they get that yellow first-down line on the field?"
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Will App Development Weaken From 'BubbleBall'?

adosch adosch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes "Having such wide-spread publicity from an iTunes application release such as 'BubbleBall' is definitely nothing new, but what about the learning about the facts behind the development? Although the fascination of an 8th grader developing an app was mighty intriguing, but knowing he authored it using pre-canned mobile application development frameworks, like Corona begs the question, "Has application and software development started to lose it's magnitude in today's technology world?" I do applaud the youngster's efforts and determination, but what does this mean for the future of software development and fundamentals?"
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What is on that Perf board in US explosive package

adosch adosch writes  |  about 4 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes "CNN reports that, "Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for the United States "apparently contain explosive material," President Barack Obama said Friday, calling the discovery "a credible threat against our country." In the apparent article, there are very close-up photography taken of the supposed circuit board and explosive material that accompanied the package, with what appears to be a possible cellular and GPS microcontroller driven devices. What are your speculations?"

How to find your lost cellphone?

adosch adosch writes  |  about 4 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes "By pure human stupidity, I accidentally left my phone on a table in a well-known restaurant in a bigger airport. Within 10 minutes of it being out of my possession, and minutes before my flight was going to take off without me, I was granted permission by the plane personnel to go back to look for my phone quickly since the restaurant was right by our gate. My table was quickly occupied by another person, so I asked them along with the the waitress, bus boy and manager if anyone had picked up the phone or saw one. All the answers were no.

Now that I have landed at home, I have called my phone several times and it will ring fully until it hits my voice mail. What is surprising, is my phone dialed back the phone I was calling from but no one would saying anything. My question to the community is, since I'm operating in such a short window of opportunity, what is the best way to try and get my phone back or track it down? It's an LG Env Touch. I'm a technical savvy guy, but never power-used my phone other than calling or text messaging."
top has reached it's end

adosch adosch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes ", a very popular British Usenet indexing website notable for its introduction of the XML-based .nzb file and search techniques that aid users by facilitating access to content on Usenet, has officially taken it's site and services down for good. A close insider source reports on this blog. With the legal system taking down, will this be the end of .nzb technology as we know it?"
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Google: War-driving since 2007

adosch adosch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes ""Google Inc. said an internal investigation has discovered that the roving vans the company uses to create its online mapping services were mistakenly collecting data about websites people were visiting over wireless networks." In Google's own defense, they replied, "It's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) Wi-Fi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products." Google said it has been "mistakenly" collecting and keeping the data since around 2007. Was this the method behind the madness of 'Streetview' all along?"
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U.S. Navy Photoshop Propagandy Conspiracy Attempt?

adosch adosch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

adosch (1397357) writes "Official photos released today to the media show the USS Farragut destruction and mayhem imposed on a pirate ship that attacked a Sierra Leone-flagged tanker this week in the Somali Basin. However, I can't help myself to notice how unrealistic the photo looks at first glance, not to mention, there's good chance someone from the tanker took it, but the way the image layers look, it looks almost superimposed in places. Another striking question: where are the 'other' photos that claimed to have been taken? Could this be a digital pro-military propaganda attempt by the U.S. military?"
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