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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dubbreak Re:Read the man page (290 comments)

Which man page(s)? None of the intro pages cover it nor does afterboot.

about a month and a half ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dubbreak Re:Was documentation a priority? (290 comments)

Documentation is more important than code. He insists on documentation first.

Cool. Did not know that.

I once watch him rip a developer a new one (and ripped out code) because the developer committed code without documentation.

And that's something most would take as Theo being an asshole. I think it's totally justified if the rule is documentation first. It doesn't take much to end up with shit documentation. In my experience documenting after the fact never works. The justification is usually, "We should document what it ends up like so we don't have to rewrite it." But it just never happens. To me it's akin to a civil engineer just building something saying they'll draw up the "as-builts" at the end of the project and just work off a napkin up until then (then never do the as-builts). Definitely not professional. I know why it happens in software (squeezed budgets, tight timelines), but it's not right. I'd love to work on a project where we have top down support to do things right.

about a month and a half ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

dubbreak Was documentation a priority? (290 comments)

If so, how did you make it a priority? More specifically, as the leader of OpenBSD what did you do to ensure great documentation?

As a software developer I know that documentation often falls to the wayside (features take priority, schedule already tight etc). As a project manager it's difficult to get good documentation (staff does poor job, stakeholders don't want to pay for it etc). OpenBSD has really good documentation (in my opinion) and it was really useful when initially getting to know OpenBSD, PF etc. Most of the pay for middleware I use has documentation that is absolute shit (incomplete, wrong, not up to date etc). To me the state of documentation in OpenBSD is more impressive than "Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!". Of course, "You'll love our man pages!" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

about a month and a half ago

How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

dubbreak Re:dumb selection bias (136 comments)

Overcame what odds? His parents are/were a dentist and a psychiatrist. That makes his parent's household income damn near the 1% (definitely 6 figures probably at least 200K/year which would be top 5%). I.e. his family was well off.

Yes he makes a ton more than his parents, but he's still the same income class. His parents were in the top quintile and so is he. He's just in a richer sub-segment of rich. If he was born middle class or lower it would be overcoming odds (lowest quintile has something like 4% chance of getting into upper or top iirc). Most people end up in the same income class as their parents. There is very little upward mobility and also very little downward for the rich.

about a month ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

dubbreak Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

me dreaming of sitting at a desk coding, but the actual visuals are of Vim and nothing else.

Ah, so obviously it was a nightmare ;)

No need to turn this into a Vim vs Emacs debate.

about 3 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

dubbreak Re:Why is it so surprising? Also, $1 million? (408 comments)

Well put. You are quite correct that most users of the free version could get by with those options. As for direct competitors to LogMeIn I don't think there are many (and would love to be correctly). I checked out TeamViewer and GoToMyPc before settling on LogMeIn. The remote help market seems to be over served while remote management has a lot less options (maybe the market is smaller). The smart thing LogMeIn did was make their service useful for more use cases while keeping it simple to use.

I can understand there being completely user help focussed products like Copilot. In those situations you want something focussed and simple. In the particular case of Copilot I'm surprised that Fog Creek isn't also offering a remote management suite. They have all the pieces there to create a product that competes in remote management, plus their existing users for their main products (FogBugz and Kiln) are the type of users that may need that kind of service. Can't be bothered to roll my own or host an open source bug tracker, I probably don't have the resources to manage remote management.

about 3 months ago

Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

dubbreak Re:Why is it so surprising? Also, $1 million? (408 comments)

Most (none?) of those are not directly comparable. They are primarily screen sharing designed for meetings and light support (i.e. guiding someone through something), not remotely managing computers behind a firewall.

I've used Goto and it's good for screen sharing, but that's about it. With logmein you can even control things like updates, view logs etc without logging into the machine. When you do log in you can share the screen (default) or you can block it from the local user and you have full admin access (if the user you log in as has it.. unlike screen sharing software that borks once you hit UAC). I primarily use the pro version on headless machines behind firewalls (where I have no control of the firewall and am lucky the end user can figure out plugging in a network cable). I'm looking at moving to neorouter or setting up something myself using vnc and vnc reflector for cost savings. That being said, pro is pretty reasonable in a business situation. I definitely wouldn't be using it for home usage though.

about 3 months ago

Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

dubbreak Re: Now, if... (280 comments)

Quick, easy and painless. First time I installed OpenBSD was after having done a few Redhat and Mandrake installs (Mandrake 6 or 7 era). I remember thinking it couldn't have been finished, "That's it?" Moved on to configuring PF (which was simple thanks to good examples, excellent man pages and an easy sensible syntax). I don't remember how long it took, but I'm pretty sure it was under 30 minutes my first time from bare system to a running system with custom routing and filtering. Any time after that was even quicker since I didn't have to spend the 5 minutes learning PF.

I'd encourage anyone who hasn't tried OpenBSD to try it. Yes, Theo is a hard to love character, but don't let that get in your way.

about 4 months ago

Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament?

dubbreak tagged as dicey (167 comments)

Slashdot was already going downhill and dice pushed it over the edge. Half (or more) the "articles" are just click bait.

Used to be you could come to slashdot for an intelligent discussion. Yeah, clicks drive revenue, but when all the readers disappear there won't be anyone to click.

about 4 months ago

CyanogenMod Integrates Text Message Encryption

dubbreak Re:No magic, requires efforts (118 comments)

This risk, being a known mole is too high for a "real" spy. If I were a spy agency, I wouldn't risk any assets for such a short term gain. Once exposed, a mole will have no trustworthiness AND all associations would likely become suspect.

And the solution to that problem is easy. Money. Well money and indirection.

Most people can be bought for a price and they don't have to know it's the NSA doing the buying, it could be a terrorist group or something more benign. All that matters is there is not direct link between the code submitter and NSA. Heck, the submitter can claim the NSA made him/her do it as long as they come off as a crazy person (which they will with no direct proof.. "well this person paid me to submit this code, no they didn't say they were from the NSA.. BUT THEY HAD TO BE, I'M CERTAIN!"). Bonus points for finding some tinfoil hat wearing neckbeard that can be bought. If it ever hits the media it'll be short lived and humorous, "Crazy basement dweller claims NSA made him do it! Needed money for rare Star Wars collectibles."

I'm of course playing devil's advocate here. I think it's smarter to find holes in the existing implementation, especially one that has been audited as safe.

about 4 months ago

The Case Against Gmail

dubbreak Re:Ed Bott is a clueless dolt (435 comments)

Just because you aren't using a search bar doesn't mean you aren't searching. Any time you look for an email you are searching, whether that be a quick visual scan of a folder you know it's in (after finding the folder) or what have you. You may consider your method superior, but it takes more effort to organize. If I can find an email as quickly as you using the gmail search, then my overall effort is lower, meaning I'm wasting less time on email and spending more time in the real world.

Maybe you use all automated organizing, but manual organizing seems pointless in 2013. I used to manually organize my MP3s.. in the 90s. I used to manually organize my email in the 00s. Now I don't have to do either and my life is better for it.

about 6 months ago

Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested

dubbreak Re:Fast shiny expensive thin computer is fast (241 comments)

Don't know what Apple store you're on but the US and Canadian store base model MBAs have an i5 processor.

about 6 months ago

USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware

dubbreak Re:Pardon my ignorance but... (273 comments)

Exactly. Also even if you are using a default driver for some type of supported device class (HID being only one example) you might want to be able to uniquely identify your device from an application.

I worked at a company that sent a device to production without our own VID and PID on it (which we had, it just never made it into the image). It caused a few headaches. With a unique VID and PID you can use a generic driver (on windows you have your inf file point to it), but it gives you the ability to replace the generic serial driver or what have you with a custom driver for your device at some point in the future (without screwing up the system so everyone else's generic device has to attempt to use your driver).

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

dubbreak Re:Programmer Troubles (473 comments)

Definitely. No matter where I've worked that has been an issue with someone at some level in the organization. "Oh that should be easy."

That also goes hand in hand with estimation. With proper estimates non-technical people will often think you're sandbagging. "There's no way it can take that long!"

I'm lucky with my current clients. They've been through a successful project and a few failed ones and have a much better grasp on how long it takes to develop reliable software and why it's best to get it as close to right the first time. This also means they are aware of the costs of developing and maintaining software.

Some of my biggest frustrations were working in companies under people that had no clue about software. Not budgeting for maintenance (i.e. assuming once the software is released it is done, and it just makes money with 0 more input of money), dictating deadlines with 0 input from the staff that will actually be writing the software, trying to create a product based on a name and no requirements then pushing the blame on the failed project onto the developers that did anything and everything that was asked of them... heck, one company I used to work at (prior to going on my own) just fired their lead dev. Why? He had the audacity to imply a failed project was the fault of people higher up. Something along the lines of:

"You can't put the blame on us. We wrote exactly what you asked for, changing directions every time you changed your mind on what the product was."
"Well you should have pushed back if you thought this wasn't the right way to go!"
"Here are emails showing I did.."
"Well you didn't push back hard enough!"
"You said the project goes on and I don't want to hear anymore about it. Here's the email!"
"Obviously you don't understand how things work here. We're going to have to let you go."

Classic case of the leader surrounding himself in people that will agree with everything he says. He only ever wants to hear, "Yes, that's an amazing idea boss, you are so smart."

about 6 months ago

Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

dubbreak Re:Toyota moment? (388 comments)

For the Rav4s it appeared to be that once that logs were pulled. Most likely an elderly person that mistook the gas for the brake pedal (elderly people crash through stores yearly in my home town because of this) and a bunch of copy cats trying to get insurance money. In the case of the Lexus SUV apparently there was at least one legitimate case of the floor mat getting stuck under a pedal. They installed floor mat clips in all affected vehicles.

I heard one story of an upset Rav4 owner that wanted to return his vehicle and they wouldn't accept it. So his vehicle just happened to "unintentionally" accelerate through the front of the dealership.

about 7 months ago

Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

dubbreak Re:communications system? (149 comments)

"Can't win in a court of law" doesn't fix the injuries the driver of the car that is rear ended suffered.

This. This. A million times this.

People who have never been in at least a relatively serious accident don't understand this. Even a "minor" accident (which on the radio they would announce as no serious injuries) can end up being years worth of suffering for the victim. Being in the clear legally just means you will eventually get money to cover your expenses and a little extra for "pain and suffering" (non-pecuniary).

I was in an accident, not my fault. Did everything possible to avoid it (but when you are between a concrete barrier and an elderly driver that doesn't notice your horn there aren't many options.. it's just how fast you are going to hit them or the concrete). If it was possible to pay whatever I get out of the accident to not have had it in the first place I do that in a second.

In driving class I was taught to hit the small animal if it wasn't possible to safely avoid it (don't swerve if there's oncoming traffic or a bike, don't slam the brakes if someone is tailing you etc). It didn't really truly hit me until I was in an accident. You do not want to be in a collision if you can avoid it. A small cute and furry is worth that cost (and if it's someone's pet they shouldn't have been in the road in the first place.. if that helps you rationalize it). Even a relatively minor accident can put your life on hold for months. I only had a broken arm (bit of a major problem as someone that codes for a living). It took me a few months to get back up to working full time and more than a year later I'm still having issues (possible ligament issue) and no where near settling the case. My wife was out of work more than a month as well. Luckily we are scraping by month to month.

I've been rear ended a few times and generally it's not too bad (month of pain or so), but they can be bad too and much harder to argue if you only have soft tissue damage. It's just easier to not get hit.

about 7 months ago

Nokia Insider On Why It Failed and Why Apple Could Be Next

dubbreak Re:Fail (420 comments)

Why is it that you retards cannot understand that "selling to a small, but highly profitable segment of the market" is a perfectly viable business model?

Targeting a luxury (or mid luxury / high end?) segment is a perfectly legitimate model. It works for BMW, Rolex, Gucci, Bowers & Wilkins etc. The problem for Apple is that as a luxury or high end producer of tech goods is being aesthetically pleasing and having brand recognition isn't enough. They have to innovate to stay in their position. Other luxury companies have to compete on performance (I'm sure the BMW R&D budget is huge) and often they do cutting edge, but it isn't really the same as the tech arena where things move very quickly and even small companies can compete. If Apple can't continue to innovate they are going to find themselves in the awkward position they were in during the 90s (prior to Steve's return). They were hemorrhaging money on failed projects (how much did they spend on Pink?), their processors were falling behind the competition, their OS was getting long in the tooth and they were still attempting to charge a premium for their products.

That being said, Apple has a LOT of money and a huge cult following. At worst there is going to be some attrition in their market share, but even that's doubtful as they can sell their existing products into new markets to keep revenues up. Apple dying would be a very slow death (unless they make really huge mistakes consecutively and continuously).

about 7 months ago

Scientists Create 'Fastest Man-Made Spinning Object'

dubbreak Re:Dental drill, 600k RPM? (159 comments)

And I'm sure it develops harmonics well below that. It's not like the spinning generates a pure sine at 10khz.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Diagnose Traffic Throttling and Work Around It?

dubbreak Re:NSA (251 comments)

You can type in full words with very little overhead.

about 8 months ago



Single handed keyboard options for coding?

dubbreak dubbreak writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dubbreak (623656) writes "I was recently injured in a car accident which will limit the use of hand for 6 weeks or so. I'll be taking a little time off but deadlines march on and I'll need to be (semi) productive after my initial recuperation. What is you experience with single handed keyboards or other input option that require one hand at most?

The current project is mainly C#, so I've need to be able to type brackets, semicolons and parentheses quick and painlessly."

Canadian cellular provider to charge for spim

dubbreak dubbreak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dubbreak (623656) writes "Canadian cellular provider Bell Mobility recently announced they will be charging for all incoming text messages starting August 8th. Clients without text messaging plans will be charged $0.15 per incoming text message. The fine print states incoming messages include:

..local, international, roaming text messages and service related messages from Bell..

Incoming charges can be avoided with the addition of a text plan, the minimum being $3/month.

Why do I suspect I will be getting a lot more unsolicited text messages and service messages from Bell?"

Link to Original Source

dubbreak dubbreak writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dubbreak writes "A Canadian scientist (Dr. Andrew Okulitch) has been fired for refusing to refer to the recently elected government as, "Canada's New Government".

I had recently heard of the requested change in name, and had seen emails but had not regarded it as serious. With the harsh punishments for not following Canada's new (embarrassing) name policy we can be sure it is serious. Can we expect more of this behaviour from "Canada's New Government"?"


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