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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

egranlund Re:Wha?!?!!! (172 comments)

OS X is an evolution of NEXTSTEP, which was started in the late 80s. They saw that OS 9 was a dead end and Apple needed something "new" and "modern", so they went with NEXT (and for a good while there was this set of compatibility APIs called carbon, PROBABLY had a lot of mac classic code). You can still see a lot of similarities between Xcode today and what they were using on NEXT in the early 90s.
new code, old code, it makes no difference. It ALL has flaws.

Heck even the images from the "Grab" program in the recent versions of OSX have the original Grab icon from NeXTSTEP

about two weeks ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

egranlund Re:The good news (700 comments)

destructive responses go back to the days when a CP/M spreadsheet program incorporated code to delete everything it could touch if it detected a pirated copy - and they paid dearly for that at the time. At least the victim back then WAS a pirate (mostly, unless the pirate was an unscrupulous vendor, which was often the case back in the 80s).

Do you have any more information on this? Sounds like an interesting read.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

egranlund Re:Not necessary complacent... (275 comments)

I don't consider myself complacent at all, but at the same time I'd much rather work the 9-5 M-F then put in lots of hours.

Yeah, I don't think working 9-5 is a sign of "losing your passion", it's a sign that you get your work done and go home to do other things your passionate about.

If anything, working a ton of hours is just a sign that you're either: going to burn out in a year once it catches up with you, that you're more worried about looking like you're "dedicated", or that you're just screwing around most of the day and need to work long hours to finish the stuff you're getting paid for.

about 3 months ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

egranlund Re:Apple Stores and Stock on Hand (253 comments)

To cover iPhones an Apple store would have to have at most 8 different models.

Also, at least with the iPhone 5S they can do screen replacements in store which is probably one of the most common repair issues other than water.

about 4 months ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

egranlund Re:Spare Phone cost (253 comments)

It's as simple as getting a $20 Jenny basic phone from Amazon, and possibly a $5 SIM adapter so your micro/nano sim can fit. I think it's a great insurance policy, and you can take the basic phone with you overseas to use with random sims (of course, with T-Mobile, you can still use your phone data-free,sms-free, and calls without usurious charges overseas too, but having a backup there is useful too).

You don't even have to buy your spare.

I have a BlackBerry I kept from 4 years ago as my backup sitting in my closet.

Doesn't do any whizz bang stuff the new phones do, but it'll at least give me text/data/phone if my regular phone craps out.

I've only had to use it once, and I loaned it out to a family member when their phone was being replaced a year ago.

about 4 months ago

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

egranlund Re:Duh. (235 comments)

I once spent 6 hours on a conference call with two remote team members working to solve a time-critical software issue for a delivery. Using IM would have been cumber/tiresome and would have probably been much less efficient than voice.

Your right, that would have been cumbersome.

We use IM in my company for quick communication on projects we're working on or to give someone information without having to walk over to their desk and make them stop what they're doing.

Kind of like "where was the code for that thing you did last year", "hey, I'm out of data to review, can you send over some more", or "ok, I finished generating that report, can you take a look".

Doesn't work well for every situation, but most of my work is people working on the same task but very different parts. IM just serves as a way to communicate status in a way that would be really annoying in email.

about 4 months ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

egranlund Re:Automate it (228 comments)

You won't get a raise over it, at worst "let go" from the job. Might as well reap the rewards of reduced workload and stress. Besides, employment is just like any other business agreement; it's mutual. So unless it's part of the job description to emphasize automation, you're doing it for YOU, not them.

Bleh, that sounds boring.

I automate all boring crap, so I can do more interesting things.

about 4 months ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

egranlund Re:and linux aswell (267 comments)

You have to upgrade to on Linux to obtain connections. They've cut off earlier versions.

I'm using on Kubuntu with no issues...

about 4 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

egranlund This just in... (544 comments)

This just in, user who wants a niche feature uses hyperbole to attempt to make it appear that companies with large R&D and market research divisions are missing large parts of the market.

Next up - "Why Apple is 'missing the mark' by not creating a phone with an FM radio because I would find it useful, here is a 'survey' of 50 paid respondents to justify this".

There are many reasons why these phones don't exist, here are two big ones:
1) Bulkiness
2) Added cost (where even people who want these phones don't want to pay extra for it)

about 5 months ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

egranlund What? (354 comments)

Summary doesn't make sense to me.

Is the submitter saying that even though they stopped processing disks on Saturday they are still within their defined window of 1-3 days processing?

If so, then what are you complaining about? They promised something and they are still delivering. Maybe they started with Saturday processing just to keep the service level and now the number of disks is not so overwhelming anymore that they are able to cut that day while still meeting their promise.

about 4 months ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

egranlund Re:Good for them (138 comments)

From http://variety.com/2014/digita...:

Starting Saturday, July 12, the entire “South Park” library — 244 episodes in all — will be available for free on Hulu, and will continue to be free on SouthPark.cc.com (the address that is replacing SouthParkStudios.com) until Sept. 24. At that point, both Hulu and SouthPark.cc.com will have day-after-air access to new episodes from season 18. In addition, each of the sites will offer a revolving selection of 30 free episodes at any given time.

It sounds like they will not require Hulu plus until Sept 24, after that you will only get a "revolving selection of 30 free episodes" if you are not a member of Hulu Plus.


It's a shame really. I refuse to pay for Hulu Plus because of the obnoxious ads. I don't have cable for a reason, and that reason is I have a problem paying monthly for something and still being bombarded by advertisements.

For me I'll probably just stop watching South Park. Not that I would really watch it with any regularity, but it was nice to every once and a while pop over to their site and watch it free (but ad supported).

about 5 months ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

egranlund Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)


Because if it happens enough people will lose faith in all Kickstarter projects and then Kickstarter will go out of business.

about 6 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

egranlund Re:Everyone loves car dealers! (455 comments)

What would I do with all the extra time if I didn't have to spend hours at a dealership while the salesperson artificially inflates the amount of time it takes to pay so they hope I won't notice the $5k extra they tacked on!?

Not to mention what this will do to the vehicle undercarriage coating industry!

about 6 months ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

egranlund Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

Kind of funny that the journal paper on rent seeking is protected by a $44 paywall...

about 6 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

egranlund Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

There is probably more to the whole POS installation than just the registry key.

I think someone just noticed that if you happen to only flip one of the many bits for the POS system that it would cause Windows Update to behave differently.

about 7 months ago

You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

egranlund Re:Ass time (499 comments)

There are thousands upon thousands of people too poor for all three. They don't live anywhere with access to fresh food ("food deserts"), can't afford to travel to where they could buy fresh food, couldn't afford the food itself even if they could get there, can't afford to take the time out of their multiple jobs to go even if they could afford it, and can't afford to to take the time off to cook or eat it.

If this was true then only poor people would be obese. I'm not saying that the problems you mention aren't a factor of obesity in poor people, but I do think that being too poor to get at food is the main reason people are obese.

about 8 months ago

Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

egranlund Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (83 comments)

From the store's point of view though they won't sell it at the same price you get online because they need to pay for location, staff, deal with shoplifters and books that go stale and unsold that need to be taken off the shelves again.

I have had the same experience with Barnes and Noble where the same book is listed as cheaper on their website than it is in person.

I find it just a little dishonest because in general you assume that if you visit the website of a store that the price listed on the website will match what you will pay in the store. I don't think they would "open pandora's box" if they changed this policy, though I suspect that they maintain it to have it both ways: beating Amazon on price online and charging whatever they want in the store. When those two collide I'd bet the majority of people just suck it up and buy it at the retail price because they already drove out to Barnes and Noble.

about 8 months ago

44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

egranlund Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

But, curiously enough, they're indistinguishable from the bots.

Not really, as a bot by definition isn't a person.

People who sign up for Twitter and use it a as a news source or whatever are still getting something out of it.

about 8 months ago

44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

egranlund Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

hell even a plain old SMS would work better.

If you set it up properly, you can have twitter send you an SMS whenever a specific users tweets.

about 8 months ago

Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

egranlund Re:Phil has no idea what he's talking about. (101 comments)

A decent chrome book that 'isn't slow' will costs you $250 AT LEAST ... and right next to it on the shelf is the Windows $250 laptop that ... works exactly the same if you run everything in a browser like Chrome.

Google was running a deal last year where a school could get a chromebook for $100 a piece if you were at a school. My boyfriend was able to get an entire classroom set of chromebooks for $2000 raised through donors choose.

Spec and hardware wise they aren't the greatest things, but they're great for having everyone in the classroom do a quick online-based activity or other work without having to fight for the computer lab.

about 8 months ago


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