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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

bsdasym Re:Errata: slashdot mangled my reply... (487 comments)

Can you "back any of this up?"

Every viral disease considered to be airborne spreads through droplets. They don't fly around the air like birds. Chickenpox, smallpox, and the flu are all considered airborne diseases

Coughing up blood on someone isn't airborne. Sneezing or coughing on them is. If you can catch Ebola this way, then it is airborne. They are probably saying it's not just to keep the panic level down.

about three weeks ago

Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

bsdasym A system that works (93 comments)

What we really need is something like Pandoras system. Something where my own ratings, as a user, are factored in. If 10,000 random users rank a game as 9/10 but I thought it was a 3/10, we obviously disagree on some things. Match me against people who review similarly to me if you want to help me find games to buy. Use the statistical algorithm as a fallback.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

bsdasym Re:Why not write them down? (191 comments)

Would +1 this if I hadn't burned them all yesterday.

The admonishment about not writing down passwords is really about not putting them on your monitor/screen with a post-it note, or leaving them somewhere they can easily be read/seen/stolen. Keeping them on a scrap of paper in your wallet/purse is fine.

The parent should keep a copy at home as well, for the inevitable instance when jr's paper gets lost or goes through the wash.

about a month ago

Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

bsdasym Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

firefox. userContent.css.

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about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

bsdasym Re:geek or not (238 comments)

Another +1. I use it at home between my cablemodem and the rest of my network. I use it at work to protect the corporate network. Can get access to the work VPN remotely via both pfsense/pfsense VPN that's always on, and VPN client into pfsense from elsewhere. Runs like a champ in VMWare too, with a small footprint.

about a month and a half ago

Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

bsdasym It's absolutely NOT worth it (126 comments)

Spoken like.. someone who isn't a rider.

Helmets are 'disposable' gear. If you damage it in a crash, you toss it. If you drop it down the stairs, you toss it. If there is *any* doubt in your mind that it's 100% intact, you toss it.

I'd rather not toss the GPS, computer, and the rest of the techno gear out with it. Drop the price and release it as a 'retrofit kit' and I'm in. Until then, I'll keep buying 'normal' helmets (which these days offer integrated speakers and mounting for bluetooth dongles for GPS/phone/etc).

about 3 months ago

How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

bsdasym But.... (143 comments)

who's gonna build the new bidding website for the new program?!

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bsdasym Re:Accept, don't fight, systemd (533 comments)

A few years ago I would've called this ludicrous. I've been using FreeBSD for almost 20 years now and the idea of something like systemd (and the horrorshow it's become) making it's way into the base system was laughable. These days, I'm not so sure. Every release seems to take the system one step closer to exactly what you describe, with occasional steps the other direction (such as llvm/clang replacing gcc). I doubt FreeBSD will use systemd any time *soon* but one day, it might. By then bsdinstall will probably have been replaced with something even worse as well, and I will have moved on to some other flavor.

about 6 months ago

Programming Language Diversity On the Rise

bsdasym Selection bias much? (177 comments)

Github as a yardstick for language usage tells you nothing beyond what the most popularly used languages for github hosted projects are. Publicly accessible github projects at that.

about 6 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

bsdasym Re: Actually it's both. (360 comments)

Oh thanks a lot. After reading this I tried pouring coffee into a donut hole to make a sort of coffee+donut breadbowl and it just made a mess instead. Topology fail is right!

about 6 months ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

bsdasym Not enough time to waste? (200 comments)

Oh Mozilla.. though you're already wasting enough time implementing crap nobody wants in Firefox, how can you ever HAVE time if you don't TAKE time?


about 8 months ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

bsdasym The Seconc Coming (250 comments)

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

about 8 months ago

HTTP 2.0 May Be SSL-Only

bsdasym Re:Only if I can use self signed certs (320 comments)

I'd sign up for your newsletter if the connection was identified differently. Allow self-signed certs by default, but change the browser security 'color' thing from blue/green to yellow -- or even red if there is no non-encrypted traffic allowed.

CA certificate signing does serve a valuable function, one that is entirely defeated if there is no indication that a cert is self signed.

about a year ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

bsdasym Re:Java won't die. (577 comments)

Nowhere? Pascal, Turbo Pascal, Delphi (Object Pascal)? Nowhere? I did professional Delphi development for roughly 10 years for companies of every size. Their IDEs were, and still are, a step beyond anything else, and when you had to get applications out the door quickly, it was Delphi or VB. The most visible brand, Borland, screwed up a lot of things. Embarcadero has been doing an admirable job bringing the product up to date and, slowly, back into the public eye. It's still very much alive. The current version can do cross-platform development for just about any mobile device (Win, iOS, Android), producing native code. Delphi (and Java, for that matter) are about as dead as the BSDs, which is to say, not. It's used in basically the same sort of way; quietly, behind the scenes, making things work that you don't think about day to day.

1 year,20 days

India To Overtake US On Number of Developers By 2017

bsdasym If their headhunters are any measure (157 comments)

then we have nothing to fear from the developers. I am bombarded with "job offers", usually 3-5 a week, always from Indian people/firms who are completely illiterate. Over the past 5 or so years I've gone from politely declining, to ignoring, to insulting, to now intentionally misleading them and stringing them along just like 419 scammers.

about a year ago

Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

bsdasym Not a bad idea, but (282 comments)

It's nothing new either, and for that reason I doubt it's patentable. There is definite prior art, and as stated, the obviousness test fails instantly. To clear up a little misinformation here, what they are talking about is a port (i.e. a mechanical interface) that can house 2+ other disparate interfaces, so those other interfaces can be used *without* requiring a dongle -- though from the looks of it, you're going to need a dongle if you want to use more than one of them at a time. It doesn't look like their example port is designed to allow both an SD card and USB cable to be used at once -- unless you use a dongle! So on the face of it what they're trying to patent is any case where two physically different connectors can be plugged into the same socket, and the electrical connection that is made is matched correctly to the connector type. It does bear a strong resemblence to the eSATAp port which is simply a USB port embedded in an eSATA port, allowing you to plug in either (but not both) types of devices. IANAL but it seems like this patent will (or more properly, should) fail on two counts: 1. Obvious. The given example of SD+USB is good enough. Remove one side of the USB socket and an equal sized hole in one side of an SD socket, and glue them together. Done. 2. Prior art. eSATAp is one example. So are combo RJ11/RJ45 jacks, and pretty much every 'N-in-1 USB card reader' that has combined e.g. SD+xD into a single slot. The little USB stick multi-readers combine them all into a single 'socket'.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

bsdasym Maybe it's not them.. (472 comments)

..maybe it's you. Speaking as someone with ~20 years real experience and no formal education at all (HS dropout, even), I haven't had any trouble finding a good paying gig (W2 or 1099) since putting the first behind me, let alone getting an interview. So, I say, seek within for the answers. The "young guy" is bringing something to the table you're not, right out of the gate, and it's got nothing to do with his degree or your lack thereof.

about a year ago



Testing high traffic volume before deployment

bsdasym bsdasym writes  |  1 year,6 days

bsdasym (829112) writes "In congressional testimony today, Cheryl Campbell, Senior Vice President of CGI Federal said "No amount of testing within reasonable time limits can adequately replicate a live environment of this nature" when questioned about the many problems with the Affordable Care Act website,

Digital Trends reported the site, developed over the course of the past three years, cost roughly $500 Million, much of that going to CGI Federal, the primary contractor for the system as a whole

Is she right? Given a hundred million dollar budget and three years, how many slashdotters could build this system, and how would you test it? Should she be fired for being incompetent or lying to Congress, or both?"


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