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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

jgarry Re:Don't take the fall (308 comments)

I've seen another variant of this:

They've dumped it on a contractor because they "knew" it was doomed. Contract not renewed. Six months later, original "hero" is gone, and new contract, with more realistic requirements.

Sometimes what they say they know, what they actually know, and what they come to believe are not congruent.

about 2 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

jgarry Re:NEVER (549 comments)

Most modern automatic transmissions don't have the necessary hardware to turn the engine. That's why you can't push start them. Computer controlled transmissions have odd fail modes too (like those Lexus that crash and burn because they can't stop).

I had an engine stall in a '69 Cadillac while starting a turn into a driveway. Wound up in neighbor's ivy.

about 4 months ago
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RF Safe-Stop Shuts Down Car Engines With Radio Pulse

jgarry Re:Old Idea (549 comments)

How funny, yesterday I posted that link on usenet, in response to somebody posting http://on.rt.com/4h0u9g

about 4 months ago
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Cow Burps Tapped For Fuel

jgarry OMG (85 comments)

My roommate "predicted" this as part of a speech class in college, early 1975. He also drew up a Fartmobile, tubes coming out from under the seats. He didn't have a solution for the problem that girls don't fart.

about 6 months ago
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Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

jgarry Re:This is why... (413 comments)

That's not enough: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2011/Jun/01/bicyclist-killed-was-a-poway-father-of-two/
(bicyclists on the train I commute with knew that guy)

My worst bicycling injury came from kids following grampa up a bike path, swinging out to take up the entire path, forcing me over the lip of the newly paved asphalt path, tearing off my sew-up (yeah, they were the racy thing in the olde days), sending me sliding on my side on the new asphalt, busting both rims, I went into immediate shock. Later, after I got out of the hospital, police laughed when I told them what happened. "Haha, be on the lookout for killer gramps and grandkids!"

And yes, I used to ride on the freeway (101 near Ventura, only way through, semi's blowing past you and sucking you into traffic lanes).

about 9 months ago
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World's Biggest 'Agile' Software Project Close To Failure

jgarry Re:Agile is not the problem ... (349 comments)

Yeah, that's how they added those extra four stories to the Rana Plaza. That went well.

about a year ago
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Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Makes a Comeback (Video)

jgarry Re:Not new (166 comments)

Me too. I listen to them every 5 years or so.

1 year,21 days
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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

jgarry Re:Oracle sucks. (409 comments)

VMS isn't a Unix, and I don't believe you can get ahold of VMS any more. The IBM mainframes are too expensive and not open source, so there's no point in comparing them to Solaris.

What's your point exactly? My point is that Solaris is useful, even in its somewhat dodgy state (thanks Oracle for the paid update program you fucks).

You can still get a hobbyist license: http://www.vmshobbyist.org/faq.php?cat_id=3

Back in the '90s, a VMS magazine pointed out that the posix implementation was good enough to say "VMS is better unix than unix."

about a year ago
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After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

jgarry Blame the friends (430 comments)

I think we should blame the enablers who say hactivism is a good thing and convinced Aaron that placing devices in a network closet to steal information was somehow a good thing.

Bad hackers. Bad, bad hackers.

about a year ago
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Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

jgarry Re:August 2012 to January 2013 (243 comments)

A vuln that apparently was first reported in August 2012 is finally fixed (maybe) in January 2013.

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Why can't the larger companies, e.g. Microsoft and Oracle, respond to and fix the sucrity issues more quickly than on a timeline expressed in months?

Because they need this guy in charge.

about a year ago
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Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

jgarry Re:August 2012 to January 2013 (243 comments)

To use a car analogy, what you said is like questioning the worth of seatbelts. Just because they don't save every life in an accident doesn't mean that it not worth wearing them.

Let's carry your analogy to its conclusion...

The auto industry fought seatbelts tooth and nail and it took Congressional regulation for them to even consider them. That's part of how Ralph Nader earned his name recognition. Much like the software industry is fighting tooth and nail any attempt to make their software safe.

My way to fix this is much more simpler. Simply make the "AS-IS" clause of their EULA null and void and allow the users to sue for the damages when their defective products really hurts real people. A few high profile suits will make them put more of a priority on these vulnerabilities.

There's an asymmetry issue here. The largest companies have the most lawyers.

Though I certainly agree a maturing industry needs liability. Corvairs were ten years ahead of Porsches in some technology (like turbocharging), 911's were famous for decades after Nader for going ass first off the road. --sarcasm-- German lack of liability certainly didn't hinder innovation there. If you can't handle trailing throttle oversteer, you aren't manly enough!--/sarcasm--

about a year ago
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Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

jgarry Re:Be careful what you wish for (243 comments)

You nailed it.

You only missed the part about the alternative being worse. "Genuine innovation" means you are going to have mostly crap, with some really nice stuff that gets ignored by the masses. Remember, technical excellence is not what drives success. If you don't agree with that, please explain why bg is a billionaire. Or Zuckerberg, for that matter.

Any mass market industry is going to require standards and regulation as it matures. Some mass market industries require standards in order to mature. It's easy to forget, simply deregulating the Hz coming out of the wall would screw up most of our computer infrastructure.

So in the java and browser situations we have everyone's gramma or whatever dependent on this software. These are not the places for innovation that breaks everything. If you want a wild-west internet, fine, cage your own. The rest of us would much rather spammers die, and banks don't.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

jgarry Meetings, Bloody Meetings (457 comments)

John Cleese made a management film about how to run meetings. Everyone should watch this film before scheduling meetings or commenting about the subject. We'll schedule a meeting for that.

about a year ago
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DOE Wants 5X Improvement In Batteries In 5 Years

jgarry Re:Chu! (305 comments)

Why doesn't anyone ever notice that the greater the energy density, the greater the energy that can be released all at once? You'd think people getting their houses or private parts burned with energy dense devices would be a lesson learnt...

about a year ago

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