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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Jody Bruchon Re: America, land of the free... (720 comments)

A system administrator can't administrate the system without "that much access." Who controls the access above that sysadmin? Why, it'd have to be another sysadmin...see the problem?

2 days ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

Jody Bruchon Why couldn't they just pull the plug? (170 comments)

Why couldn't Sony just yank all the Internet connectivity until the machines were fixed?

2 days ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

Jody Bruchon Re:you remove stuff you don't know without Googlin (135 comments)

Oh, I checked. The website made it sound like it was some sort of antivirus program that no one had ever heard of. When asked about it, some customers didn't even know what it was or how it had gotten on their computers. It installed a filter driver for all network adapters and at least two machines weren't getting online at all because of it malfunctioning. All of the customers already had an antivirus solution installed. Rapport started popping up on computers in the era of fake security software.

You should probably get some detail before jumping to conclusions.

about two weeks ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

Jody Bruchon Heh, I wondered what that was (135 comments)

I've been uninstalling the crap out of that program every single time a customer walks in with it installed because I didn't know what it was and I didn't like how invasive it appeared. It's good to know I was doing them a favor.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Jody Bruchon Re:C# (641 comments)

It seems that threading isn't nearly so simple in C++ either; at least, not if you want to get it right. From https://akrzemi1.wordpress.com... and http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/s... it would seem that while initiating a thread as you've discussed within a C++ program is easy, the nuances of C++ threading are uglier than C pthreads threading. Quotes like these make C++11 threading seem a lot less trivial than your initially impressive example suggests:

"If a thread is cancelled no destructors of automatic objects are called; or at least, it is up to the implementation if they are called or not. This would cause too much resource leaks. Therefore, it is not possible to cancel a thread in C++. There is a similar mechanism though: thread interruption. Interruption is coöperative: to-be-cancelled thread must acknowledge the interruption. If interrupted, a special exception is thrown that unwinds child thread’s stack until it reaches the outermost scope. However, interruption mechanism is not available in C++11 either."

"But all those threads computing fib1 are still running! And as they finish, they will write to all those instances of fib1. Which are no longer there, since the stack has been unwound. In its place will be the stack corresponding to the continuing computation that was initiated when the exception was caught. Thus we now have a large number of threads writing to various locations on the user's stack. By the time the user tries to debug the resulting mess, there is a good chance they will all be gone, leaving him/her with nothing but a stack with mysteriously smashed values. Or those might no longer be visible either because a return address may have been overwritten, causing the main program to take a wild branch."

As I am not well-versed in C++, I'm interested in knowing about these things. Perhaps it will give me a reason to seriously look at the language.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

Jody Bruchon Re:C# (641 comments)

It's a kernel, not a userland program. It's never going to be as simple as a userland program, so it's a bad example. Kernels can't have the C standard library or pthreads or the STL. Well, technically they could, but that'd make the kernel code massive for marginal benefit and any kind of library bug would become a kernel crash waiting to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Jody Bruchon Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

Oh, I forgot to mention: take the hard drive it comes with, buy a USB 3.0 external drive enclosure, and you've got yourself a drive to do backups to!

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Jody Bruchon Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

You can get sub-$500 laptops with SSDs but they're all extremely low-capacity (the HP Stream 11 is $200 and has a minuscule 32GB SSD with ~8GB already eaten with a "recovery partition") and often are netbook-esque machines with drives that cost way too much to upgrade because they're not 2.5" SATA form factor. I have made a fair amount of money buying $350 laptops, slapping a $60 120GB or 128GB SSD in place of the 750GB 5400RPM drive, doing a fresh junkless reinstall of Windows, and reselling the units for $500. When you show someone a cheap-ish laptop with an SSD booting up to a fully started desktop in 20 seconds, they literally see the value of SSD technology.

As you've pointed out, no major manufacturer seems to currently offer a low- to mid-range ($300-$500) laptop with a reasonable SSD as standard equipment. If they did, they couldn't milk the margins on SSD upgrades for their overpriced "enthusiast" laptops. Laptop makers tend to have thin margins on the cheap machines at their base model specifications and make most of their (consumer-grade) profits on sales of accessories (AC adapters, extended-life batteries) and heavy markups for each bullet-point in their "customize this computer" system upgrades.

In my experience, most people also fall into two data usage categories: people with 0GB-50GB of data (mostly iTunes libraries, Word docs, and maybe a few photos) and people with well over 100GB of data (media professionals, obsessive family photo shutterbugs, heavy gamers, people who would download a torrent of "the entire bloody internet," etc.) The majority of them fall into the first category and the ones in the second category will usually spend a lot more money on equipment because they're a different class of user and they know more about computers and how to meet their needs.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Jody Bruchon Dear publishers (699 comments)

Dear publishers who totally missed the point,

Fuck you.

Sincerely,
Everyone who proactively chose to install ABP and thus won't buy shit from your ads in the first place, you dolts.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Jody Bruchon Re:The Problem With Certs (317 comments)

That doesn't make much sense from a business perspective. Having certifications doesn't automatically make someone an idiot trying to compromise for their lack of knowledge and experience. Sure, it's of limited value (especially A+ and the like) but having an A+ certification doesn't negate a person's capabilities. Why would you actively avoid someone who listed the certifications they've obtained?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Jody Bruchon Re:practical-based certs hold their value (317 comments)

I've been wondering lately if any of the CompTIA certs really matter to companies anymore. When I took the A+ exam many many moons ago, I found questions with no valid answer given, questions with multiple valid answers, and I completed both of the 90-minute tests in about 80 minutes. I was not impressed, but things may have changed in the decade or so since then. Do CompTIA certs matter to anyone other than Geek Squad and the like?

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

Discrimination against (and abuse/marginalization/humiliation of) men has long been considered socially acceptable, and I'd go so far as to say that it has even been encouraged. Men will destroy other men to obtain the favor of women and many women use this behavioral tendency to control men. It's been going on since before almost everyone reading Slashdot was born. Here's one article on the subject; it's an excellent read which I will only excerpt a tiny part of.

"White Feather" Feminism: The Recalcitrant Progeny of Radical Suffragist and Conservative Pro-War Britain

"It was in this atmosphere that Admiral Charles Penrose Fitzgerald organized a group of thirty women to help “convince” the men of Britain to join in the fight against the German enemy. It was the tactical objective of this group to shame civilian men into joining the armed services. This aim was to be accomplished by public humiliation -- the women handing out white feathers to any man who did not wear a uniform. “The Order of the White Feather” and their recruiting methods quickly spread across Britain. Women of all backgrounds contributed their influence to the war effort (Gullace, "White Feathers" 178). The zeal and the scope of this gendered phenomenon was paralleled only by the contemporaneous movement for suffrage -- a movement which, right before the war, had reached a radical pitch. It is in the radical nature of “The White Feather Brigade” -- the confrontational method which was employed by these women toward men -- that a tactical tie is evidenced between the pro-suffrage and pro-enlistment movements. It is in the motives and movements of Emmeline Pankhurst that an ideological connection is discovered between the feminine pro-war demonstration of the “White Feather Girls” and the Suffragists."

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

> "Call him a bunch of nasty names! Bring up the behavior of shitty truly oppressive countries as if they have any relevance to issues in Western societies! Pull up in a dump truck full of logical fallacies and pull the lever!!! PROBLEM SOLVED."

Whether I am insane or not, you're clearly lacking any remotely logical arguments. Do you wish to continue "debating" by pounding the table and screaming?

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:WTF? (584 comments)

Isn't it interesting that the bullying forces of third-wave "Tumblr feminism" have brought this type of behavior about? The ridiculous push to forcibly stuff more women into "tech" by whatever means necessary is no different than the highly restrictive (and largely eliminated for at least two decades) gender roles these people claim to be attempting to destroy. What they're doing is not liberating women. It's simply redefining what women's forced gender roles "should" be and stripping women of their agency in the process. The Tumblr feminists are the ones that need to "shut up and listen" to the women that are saying "this is what I want to do with my life." Who are they to force a different path upon them?

We live in a society where moral crusaders demand that women be liberated from their chains by wearing a different set of chains.

The irony. It burns.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:Yeesh (584 comments)

An opinionated article on Slate is not a scientifically valid source. This article is what some refer to as "feelz over reals."

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

I would, if I had such a burden to bear. I'm sufficiently closer to the "sane" point on that spectrum ;-) though my wallet is not so fat for it.

about three weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

I don't think any sane and relatively decent person actually wants to be a CEO of a large corporation, or at least not for very long. The personal sacrifices are high and the way you have to act towards other people can be difficult to live with.

about three weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Jody Bruchon Re:What about men going to college? (584 comments)

When people can discuss "toxic femininity" without fear of vigilantes getting them fired, you can come back and tell us about the wonders of equality. Until then, men are the more oppressed sex, as evidenced by the fact that it's socially acceptable to talk shit about them but it's not okay to behave that way towards women.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

Jody Bruchon Re:For low power? None (78 comments)

The article uses a bone stock FX-9590 against very heavily overclocked (around 150% of factory maximum specs) and water-cooled Intel setups, plus saddles the AMD chip with high RAM latencies even compared to the Intel chips using the same frequency of DDR3 RAM. I'm aware that the 9590 is essentially an FX-8370 that binned very well and got a clock boost from the factory because of it, but AMD has had these chips up to 8.7 GHz and HardOCP tested it at bone stock with poorly configured RAM. They could have at least given the AMD chip some overclocking, fancy cooling, and the same RAM latency figures. That would have been more apples-to-apples.

Here's a review that tested all the chips at stock settings with more typical RAM configurations. It's also the article from which the price-to-performance bar chart was derived (compared against Newegg retail prices) and is representative of what a typical system builder who is not taking the risks involved in overclocking can expect from the hardware. Here are a few more benchmarks of x264 which is what I cared about when buying a desktop CPU.

Until the stock performance numbers divided by the price come out higher on the Intel side, the AMD is the better value if you don't want to heavily overclock your chip and void your warranty. Intel has always had faster CPUs available than AMD, but they have always carried a significantly higher price tag. I'd prefer to have that money to buy something else like an SSD or more RAM. For other people, low power consumption or higher maximum performance may matter far more to them than the price tag, and I don't begrudge their choice to get Intel chips because that's what meets their needs.

about three weeks ago

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Firefox 29 is a Flop; UI Design Trends Only Getting Worse

Jody Bruchon Jody Bruchon writes  |  about 8 months ago

Jody Bruchon (3404363) writes "Firefox 29 marked the release of the UI overhaul codenamed "Australis" and the jury is back with a verdict: the vast majority of feedback on Firefox Input is negative and traffic to the Classic Theme Restorer add-on has aggressively spiked since Firefox 29 came out on April 29. Considering this is a year and a half after the backlash against the new Windows 8 user interface, it seems that even though the "dumbing down" trends in UI design are infuriating users, they continue to happen. Chrome will soon be hiding URLs, OS X has hidden scroll bars by default, iOS 7 flattened everything, and Windows 8 made scroll bars hard to see. If most users hate these changes, why are they so ubiquitous?"
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EPA makes most wood stoves illegal

Jody Bruchon Jody Bruchon writes  |  about a year ago

Jody Bruchon (3404363) writes "The Environment Protection Agency has lowered the amount of fine-particle matter per cubic meter that new wood stoves are allowed to release into the atmosphere by 20%. Most wood stoves in use today are of the type that is now illegal to manufacture or sell, and old stoves traded in for credit towards new ones must be scrapped out. This shouldn't be much of a surprise since more and more local governments are banning wood-burning stoves and fireplaces entirely, citing smog and air pollution concerns."

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