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Fighting Rogue Access Points At linux.conf.au

flosofl Re:Cisco (80 comments)

That's not really a differentiating feature, there are a quite a few companies that have the similar capabilities and are more accurate that Cisco. I find Cisco's wireless security offerings to be pretty damn weak. They target a very small slice of WLAN issues and exploits (granted, they are typically the most severe), than other vendors who focus solely on security.

For WLAN Cisco is adequate (I have issues with some of their config and engineering choices), but for WIPS/WIDS I can think of perhaps two (maybe three) companies I would recommend over Cisco. Cisco would be a "heavily invested in Cisco gear and can't get a real budget for wireless security" choice.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

flosofl Re:the answer is yes (948 comments)

Well, sort of. For entry level and mid level positions what you say is true. However, in the tech industry if you're looking to fill positions higher up the expertise and skill ladder, it can be a real bitch to find qualified workers regardless of the economy. My group has been growing as our business is expanding, and we actually spent almost 5 months recently looking inside and outside the company looking for a candidate with the right skills, knowledge and experience.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

flosofl Re:the answer is yes (948 comments)

One was Dutch, and one is in the US (my current). While the Dutch one was good, my current company is way more on the ball when it comes to role management and actual honest-to-god defined processes. However, at both I was (and still am) actively encouraged to use my PTO.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

flosofl Re:the answer is yes (948 comments)

Exactly. Any company or department or group that actually needs any one person to actually get stuff done is one that will eventually crater and crater hard. It shows they lack focus and have no defined processes or perhaps even lack documentation and definitions of roles and responsibilities. Good companies have some level of redundancy built in so the absence of any one person does not bring things to a screeching halt.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

flosofl Re:the answer is yes (948 comments)

Wow. I must be lucky in my last two jobs. At both places (both multinationals), we were encouraged to not only take our allotted time, but we were told you're on vacation you will not be called or expected to work. Most of us bring at least our phones "just in case", but I can honestly say I've never been called when taking scheduled time off.

Of course it helps if your group or department has a well defined processes and documentation. We have redundancy and some overlap in responsibility built in so that the absence of one person will not bring the show to a screeching halt. This is even at the management level. Team leads will usually act as proxy for the vacationing manager and are empowered to make decisions in his or her absence (or course they have to justify those decisions when the manager returns...)

So I guess at a poorly run company or department, yes you can get punished. But a well run company that has a clear strategy and well defined processes and workflows, not so much.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Engineers Natural Libertarians Or Technocrats?

flosofl Re:We'll be whatever you want... (727 comments)

In other words, write overcomplicated code that ships late?

What takes longer? Actually spending to time to write code blocks in a an easy to understand format using descriptive variable names, or trying to unravel what for all that is unholy was this coder actually trying to do?

more than 2 years ago
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Boxee 1.5 Will Be the Last Supported Desktop Version

flosofl Re:And the name says it all (113 comments)

No, you just need the cable card from the cable company. Like the one that gets put into current gen TiVOs. Like the one you get in lieu of a set-top box if you request. If you actaully look at the InfiniTV 4 PCIe card, there's a HUGE slot in the back to put the card. So it can decrypt the signals.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint Developer Forks Gnome 3

flosofl Re:You're... (314 comments)

Suitable renumeration should be sent in Mint's general direction.(emph. mine)

Must... resist... must... resist.... AAGGHH!!

REMUNERATION

more than 2 years ago
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Google Working On Siri Competitor Majel

flosofl Re:Google versus Apple (360 comments)

Wait... isn't Google Voice what replaced Grand Central? At least that's what the "Google Voice" app on my iPhone is. A centralized location for SMS and ties in my various phones and filters incoming calls, etc...

Is there another Google Voice, or are you thinking of another product, because I don't recall using any voice recognition with the Google Voice I'm aware of (it may be there, but I've never stumbled across that function)

more than 2 years ago
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Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

flosofl Re:Hey hold on there... (614 comments)

And you seem to have forgotten that the suits are still ongoing. Only the injunctions to halt sales during the trial were denied or lifted.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased Apps

flosofl Re:"And" ? what "and" ? This is the egg jobs laid (389 comments)

That may be the case, but I've never had Apple yank an app from my iPhone. Even an app that I purchased that Apple subsequently removed from the store for "violations". Still have it and I used it many many times since it was no longer "legit".

I have had Amazon delete a book I was in the middle of right off my Kindle (not in mid-read, when the kindle went to sleep). They did refund me, but that's not quite the point is it Amazon?

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tells India It Won't Help Censor the Web

flosofl Re:Simple (168 comments)

They only really care about /one/ of the exit pipes...

Yeah, the one they screw us in.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

flosofl Re:Free market for the win (644 comments)

Wait. So we're being irrational when we prefer to use Chrome over Firefox? Your post seems to imply that we need to have recorded a valid bug report before deciding to use Chrome instead.

more than 2 years ago
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Quantum Entanglement of Macroscopic Diamonds

flosofl Re:Someone correct me if I'm wrong but... (160 comments)

Not a PhD, but I think the point is they actually aren't in particular state before they are measured (observed). They're smeared across all possible states at the same time. So the coins are equally heads AND tails. It's not until observation happens that it collapses into a this coin is heads or this coin is tails. Look up the double slit photon experiment. I seem to remember reading it and ALMOST having an epiphany. You may fare better.

And no, I cannot explain it or even understand WHY that is. All I know is it makes my brain hurt.

more than 2 years ago
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Jetman Yves Rossy Flies In Formation With Jets

flosofl Re:Do you know what Breitling is? (93 comments)

So... you're saying this shouldn't be done? Or it should, but only after the sponsors are vetted by you.

Be sure to forward your email to him. I'm sure he'll sign right up to your newsletter.

I'll bet you're a real hoot at parties.

more than 2 years ago
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Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

flosofl Re:Government failure? (451 comments)

Air Raid Sirens? Not in the midwest. They've always been for storm and tornado alerts. In Illinois municipalities test them at 10am every first Tues of the month.

more than 2 years ago
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Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

flosofl Re:Decades? (451 comments)

Please listen to those of us who know how engineering works and stop trying to decrease our intelligence by listening to your uninformed whining.

Well, that wouldn't be you.

No matter *which* stage a test is performed, if it doesn't perform as expected, THEN THAT IS A FAILURE. Period. Full Stop. I don't care if it's in Development, UA, QA, or Pre Prod. If you don't pass that's called a FAIL. You then regroup, analyze the data you collected and determine why the failure occurred. Which is what happened here. The EAS did NOT perform as expected and as such was a FAILURE.

more than 2 years ago
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Cringely's Lost Jobs Interview: Coming To a Theater Near You

flosofl Re:Innovation in perspective (206 comments)

So... you compare one company against the collective sales of *all* PC companies? How about at least making it a fair fight. I think you'd be surprised.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Security Chief Steps Down After iPhone Gaffe

flosofl Re:Maybe they need to rethink their policy... (93 comments)

Facts are pesky things if they interfere in your world view. Just look at creationists or 9/11 "truthers" for an example.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Security Chief Steps Down After iPhone Gaffe

flosofl Re:Good Grief. (93 comments)

He did in fact "lawyer up". His lawyer is currently in talks with Apple, and from a legal standpoint pushing the head of security out the door is going to look pretty bad for Apple.

more than 2 years ago

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How To Fix The Poor Usability of Free Software

flosofl flosofl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

flosofl writes "Matthew Paul Thomas has an entry on his blog called, Why Free Software Has Poor Usability, And How To Improve It While this advice is helpful and may indeed lead to improvements in many open source programs, the guidelines may be much more difficult for smaller projects. From the entry, "Free Software has a long and healthy tradition of 'show me the code'. But when someone points out a usability issue, this tradition turns into 'patches welcome', which is unhelpful since most designers aren't programmers. And it's not obvious how else usability specialists should help out.""

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