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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

rjstanford Re:MS has been late to every recent tech movement (183 comments)

Someone as simple as YouTube could probably handle that, but for any complex interactions I'll be damned if I'm going to take my time statefully rendering HTML pages on the server (about the most expensive and restrictive operations you can do) just for the truly minute fraction of one percent that won't trust their browsers to execute dynamic code in a nice secure sandbox. Sorry, but I'm with those guys now. You're gonna need a lot of rakes.

3 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

rjstanford Re:MS has been late to every recent tech movement (183 comments)

Almost everything but for an easy kill let's talk about real clustering that f'n works. MySQL, even with the 3rd party solutions out there (and I've tried many of them) doesn't get close to Oracle for a truly vertical and horizontal multi-datacenter cluster.

If you don't need that, MySQL is decent, although at least recently was still lacking in simple things like online index creation (adding an index to a table with hundreds of millions of rows shouldn't lock the table for hours, mmmkay?). Sure, there are very elaborate workarounds involving machine failovers, but there shouldn't have to be.

3 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

rjstanford Re:Why bother? (183 comments)

Its not the language, its the libraries, the conventions, the external resources. I picked up Ruby and Python, Node and even dusted off my PHP chops to write some modules for a client a few months ago. It wasn't hard, but I spent 20% of my time on the language, 50% figuring out what libraries to use, and another 30% making damn sure that my novice attempts were at least idiomatic and didn't come across as novice (including having them vetted by more seasoned users).

Anyone can write a for() loop in anything. Knowing the massive standard libraries for a language well enough to leverage them (for example, in Java I still see people dragging in external Base64 implementations that haven't been needed in a decade but once were) takes far, far longer.

I want people to write clean code that will be well understood and maintainable by others 5 years from now, not someone who just figures out how to get code to compile.

3 hours ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

rjstanford Re:no it is not (280 comments)

Also allow people to test their own meat and meds at purchase because fuck those regulations - the consumer should look out for themselves, amiright?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

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

In the US, the employer probably has liability insurance that will pay most of the money. I would guess the liability insurance company probably requires the employer not to hire felons -- or charges a much higher premium to employers who hire felons.

Liability insurance gets even worse than that. If you believe that your accuser doesn't have a case but the insurance company is willing to settle, then if you go ahead and defend yourself you will have no protection if you lose. If you choose to settle because of this (most do) then your insurer gets to raise your rates because you've had a settlement against you. I know that's the way it is in the medical field and have seen nothing to indicate anything different anywhere else.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

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

I'm actually a permanent resident here in the US. It doesn't bug me that much that I don't get to vote for President and other federal offices, but everywhere from there on down just uses that privilege to define their own. It really makes no sense to me that after living ni a city for over a decade I can't have a voice in who's elected to the truly local position of dogcatcher :)

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

rjstanford Re:OS X supports NTFS (250 comments)

As opposed to Windows' filesystems? Are they somehow a standard everybody must follow?

Well, FAT is basically the defacto standard since almost every random device supports it, so in the most important colloquial sense of the word standard, "Yes."

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

rjstanford Re: Get the facts first (250 comments)

Sorry, of you can't see that when Real advertises that the DRMed music you buy from them will play on an iPod without problem, Apple will have to make sure it does - then you are obviously a fanboy.

So if Apple advertises that apps written for OS X will run on Windows, its suddenly Microsoft's fault if they don't? Or are you saying that once someone's found a bug in your system and written an exploit for it that you should be required to never again patch that bug?

There would be a process in which your scenario would have worked by the way - Real could have chosen to license FairPlay, at which point they would have been able to claim exactly that and be backed up by their contract with Apple. They didn't.

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

rjstanford Re:The real conspiracy... (161 comments)

Of course, to be able to read that "ecological" ebook, you just need to extract and rape the planet of non-renewable rare metals so you can manufacture the various device display and electronics components...

Its a crying shame that most software developers don't use computers. Then we'd be able to solve that problem "for free" as they say. Oh, well...

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

rjstanford Re:... Everything? (528 comments)

People blame silly decisions on "PCI" all the time as well. I'm not a QSA but I do a lot of work in payments and took my last small company through PA-DSS level 1, so I've got some background there.

Having said that, anyone who touches a credit card should generally be in a PCI scope - even if you're a small mom-n-pop bookstore that takes Stripe. The worst abuse that I've seen though is trying to convince people that they should go all the way to "level one" compliance. The levels are based on your processing volume, with 4 being the lowest and 1 the highest. There's a self-abasement questionnaire, level 4 takes about 15 minutes, 2 takes all of 30 minutes (each with a truly trivial systems scan if you're doing work on the internet). Level 1, on the other hand, is designed for people staggering amounts of money and requires expensive on-site audits.

Like premium gas, there's no reason to level up beyond where you need to be except for silly marketing purposes - yet more and more people who trust their consultant advisors are doing so, because its a relatively easy way for consultants to make bank.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

rjstanford Re:Make the business case (247 comments)

Make the case that your solution is cheaper than the existing solution if it is in fact cheaper.

It may not be. Don't assume that everyone who came before you is an idiot - they may well have ended up where they are now due to a series of compromises to work around issues that you know nothing about. Why not ask someone who's been involved in the security decisions for a few years why things are the way that they are first?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

rjstanford Re:Not surprising at all. (250 comments)

THAT is why many people avoid Apple like the plague. They've lost their lead, had their fun and are now fighting fowl.

Yup. Random mostly-unsubstantiated rumors that totally happened to a friend of your cousin's roommate are indeed why many people avoid Apple products. Others know that things like this - including such goodies as the "if you hold it the wrong way it dies," issue - are totally overblown if not completely fictional.

An awful lot of people put an awful lot of music on their iPods that wasn't bought from Apple. It all basically worked. The plural of anecdote may not really be data, but in a lot of ways its far more trustworthy than random anti-Apple stories coming out of the woodwork.

about two weeks ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rjstanford Re:So... wait until you get home...? (307 comments)

If they didn't keep your transaction open, they wouldn't be able to charge you for damage or incidentals. It's why hotels require credit cards for bookings in the first place. Usually they haven't seen your room when you check out.

Unless they saved the credit card number, either directly or through vaulting at their provider. Both of those are easy and common, and the second one is even safe (since it only allows that particular merchant to charge the card at will, it doesn't appeal to thieves like an actual credit card number would).

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rjstanford Re:The answer is...virtual credit cards (307 comments)

Except... Once the guests are at the hotel and checking in, the hotel will ask for their credit card and pre-auth the amount. Why would you pre-auth a card marked not to be used except if the guests do not show up? This card you should reserve the cost of a single night at the time of booking, and clear once the guests arrive.

Because that's the only way to tell that its a real credit card instead of a bunch of made up numbers that happen to look like a credit card number. The whole reason that pre-authorizations exist is to allow people to show that they're "good for the debt" without actually paying for it (yet).

about a month ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

rjstanford Re:To be expected (473 comments)

Yes, but how much more would it make if all those private servers were monetized?

People fail to do the math properly. Dropping free usage by 99% and increasing paid usage by 10% still increases paid usage by 10% - and at the end of the day, that's what's important to the owners of most commercial ventures.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Careful what you wish for (327 comments)

There you go, bringing facts to a bitchfest :) Especially when you weigh the barely noticeable performance improvements (IRL rather than on a benchmark) vs. the complete and catastrophic consequences of failure.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:You get what you deserve (327 comments)

Nobody is forced to buy their stuff. People who choose to buy deserve being treated like this.
It is pretty clear what apple thinks of their users, and they are right.

Yup. Apple thinks that their users are the kind of people who value a machine that doesn't randomly lose all of its data after an SSD upgrade and don't want to spend the time to do the brand research themselves, rather than the kind of people who desperately value a .03% gain in SSD performance after said upgrade.

Apple happens to be pretty much right about that. Even as a developer, one of the reasons that I prefer Apple kit to code on is that I don't have to worry about working on it as well as what I'm supposed to be working on.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:If only history (327 comments)

Broken hardware is dealt with by caveat emptor

And ignoring this silly edict is part of what has made Apple one of the most successful solutions providers of all time.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Signed by whom? (327 comments)

By whom? Can the owner of a Mac choose which code signing certificate authorities to trust? If not, how does that inability benefit the computer's users?

Yup. Of course, doing that is a little technically challenging - probably intentionally, since people blindly doing so would defeat the entire purpose. Many posts in this thread have information about signing your own certs, for that matter.

about a month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (327 comments)

Yes, all you need to do is become an Apple developer and pay the $100 for a dev cert if you want to take the easy way, or spend an extra 5 minutes and generate your own cert for code signing and add it to the system keychain. Neither are particularly difficult for a developer type of person to do, probably a little beyond the scope of your average desktop user though

Making arcane things that could potentially screw up your system beyond the scope of an average desktop user is generally seen as a Good Thing, too :)

about a month ago

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