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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

thegarbz Re:Code Academies (107 comments)

I wonder what the opposite would look like.

Just imagine a world where you had no libraries and had to manually code everything. What would that world look like? No developers? No consistency for end users? Do you think security would be better when developers are forced to write more code?

Somehow I don't think the libraries are necessarily the problem.

7 hours ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

thegarbz Re:All software is full of bugs (107 comments)

So what do we do? We improve security until it becomes "just secure enough" that we can live with the risks, and move on.

Who's perspective are you talking about?
The risk of the user being compromised? Or the risk of the programmer being held accountable?

For the most part we're not talking about fixing all bugs. For the most part the argument isn't even about being "secure enough".

No. For the most part some of the bugs are outright inexcusable.

7 hours ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

thegarbz Re:Slippery Slope (165 comments)

But no information is being removed, just the search results to that information are removed.

In an information database as vast as the internet, what is the difference? There's enough people who will happily believe that if it doesn't exist on Google then it doesn't exist.

yesterday
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

thegarbz Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (120 comments)

I didn't say your experience was invalid. I just said that the word is wrong. I myself have seen it in a schematic produced only a few years ago by Aker Solutions issued to us for checking. We requested them to amend the spelling.

yesterday
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

thegarbz Re:17 years ago is a long time for such a system (120 comments)

No. Bus ducts are installed because of their high current and extremely low maintenance requirements.

Most bus duct systems I've worked on are on 10-20 year inspection regimes, and I have yet to encounter one, even some which are 50+ years old that actually needed maintenance. They are, or at least should be, sealed systems without so much as a spec of dust to cause problems.

2 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

thegarbz Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (120 comments)

The term is still right, the spelling is wrong. Just because your lecturer said it incorrectly doesn't make it true either.

You want to know what a "buss" is?

buss: /bs/
noun, verb
1. an archaic or dialect word for kiss

Maybe your EE lecturer had a crush on you?

2 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

thegarbz Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (120 comments)

Ya. Y would neone get upset over this.

2 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

thegarbz Re:Earthshaking (120 comments)

Bus ducts are not off the shelf devices, they are normally custom made for the installation. Installation is also quite complex and slow but all these negatives come with really great benefit of the things being essentially maintenance free.

Which makes me wonder how they had a fault to begin with.

2 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

thegarbz Re:What? (120 comments)

For those who are wondering what a "Buss Duct" is should be wondering why it is:
a) Misspelt, since when does bus have 2 s' in it.
b) Surrounded by quotation marks.
Why is it that people "quote" anything "they" do not "understand"? Or maybe its a new trend of placing "quotation marks" around all nouns?

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

thegarbz Re:Known this forever (211 comments)

And yet nothing changes, there is no hardening of infrastructure, no preparation or planning.

Do you plan for every known eventuality? More importantly do you harden your infrastructure to take care of it?

Gold plating an electrical grid cost money. LOADS of money. Who will pay for it?

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

thegarbz Tip of the iceberg. (211 comments)

Fans? AC? No there's a far more fundamental problem.

I read an opinion piece once that postulated that if electricity suddenly stopped for extended periods we wouldn't me uncomfortable, we'd likely be dead. Before electricity the human race was somewhat disperse. Towns were littered everywhere and major towns had limited populations. As we the human species have congregated in major cities, and those cities have grown, our dependence on electricity is now total.

Water pumps? that kind of thing is supplied by backups. I would not worry about our water system in an extended nation wide blackout.

What I would worry is the ability to move. A city can grind to a halt when an intersection is out, imagine if they are all out.
What I would worry about is the ability to eat. Refrigeration is a cornerstone of our supply chain. Supermarkets couldn't function without electricity to run refrigeration, and without this food storage systems we wouldn't be able to feed the large population that has congregated away from the primary industry which feeds it. Hell I think back to the flood which occurred in my city in 2011. The local supermarkets actually ran out of bread, milk and water. The flood lasted 2 days and didn't actually cut off all of our highways. We couldn't make it 2 bloody days without panic buying, and stocking out food supplies in the city.
On that note, what I would worry about is other people. Looting, rioting and basic survival instincts. People have the intellectual capability of a turnip during a crisis situation. In the same 2011 flood I saw some lady lose it in a supermaket after buying the last 15 loaves of bread. She was told she could only have 2 loaves so she decided to throw the lot on the ground and trample it screaming "If I can't have it then nobody can!" To reiterate this was a 2 day flood. Where she intended to store 15 loaves of bread in a city with 30 degree average temperature and an 85% average humidity without it going mouldy I have no idea. Likewise the fact we stocked out of bottled water was alarming given there was nothing wrong with our taps or water supply.

The problem is not that we can't live without electricity, but rather we'll likely kill each other without electricity.

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

thegarbz Re:FUD filled.... (211 comments)

"We've never attempted" does not equate to "impossible" or even "difficult".

Generators are brought online before they are phase matched to the grid. All that is needed is all downstream switchboards opened. This would be done by the distributor cutting off all supply to local cities. Generators can then be brought up, the first one attached to a grid without any load other than reactive losses. The rest of the generators can be phase matched to that.

Finally when enough capacity is available downstream loads can be brought online starting with the most critical. This may sound like a monumental task (and it may well be in the USA I'm not sure how the industry works there) but in other countries where there is an entity that controls the national distribution system they likely have an untested procedure for doing just this already.

2 days ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

thegarbz Re:And what's even funnier (368 comments)

than slowly poisoning yourself

"Everything is poison, there is poison in everything. Only the dose makes a thing not a poison." -Paracelsus

The addition of fluoride to drinking water in the USA is well below the rates required for fluorosis. Oh and the fluoridation of drinking water has been recognised as one of the 10 major advances in public health of this century along the likes of vaccinations, linking of smoking and cancer, and vehicle safety.

A more interesting study of the human psyche is that the population at large couldn't be arsed doing something as simple as rinsing after eating making the fluoridation of drinking water such a success.

2 days ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

thegarbz Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

I'm not sure what the parents problem is, but as someone who works with a myriad of different systems my problem is information duplication.

Your company has a policy against sexual harassment? Awesome. My country already has a law covering the behavior. Unless the company policy extends on that law what's the point of having it? Or are we saying that your company takes a stronger view on bullying as opposed to murdering someone, because murder is not explicitly against policy?

There's a hierarchy or legal requirements, and positions lower in the hierarchy should not duplicate wording from higher up.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

thegarbz Re:Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

I did a quick search before posting. There are twice as many lawsuits per capita in the USA than in France. There are about 5 times as many people in the legal profession per capita too. The next closest down is Australia and the USA is still 30% higher in the litigation category.

Sorry but your country IS sue happy.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

thegarbz Re:Corruption (112 comments)

You may not understand the system properly. Everything is still hand-counted and fed into the computer. Unfortunately the preferential voting system is complicated enough that for the senate vote you actually need a computer to figure out who won. The software is not software that is open up to mass public access like for instance a voting machine. It's in house software, developed in house and used in house by the AEC.

If you can't trust a member of the AEC not to tamper with the software then you can't trust any of the remainder of the voting system. In this case security by obscurity is more akin to security but putting the software on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.

Security by obscurity is one part of the security chain. It shouldn't be the only part that you rely on, but claiming someone is a damned fool for hiding a piece of code that runs on a machine that no one in the public has access to anyway is a big stretch.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

thegarbz Re:Mod Me Up! (424 comments)

I know you were going for funny but you really are being informative.

You can sue for anything.

You may not win, but you sure can sue for anything including your mod result.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

thegarbz Re:Too true... (424 comments)

Properly represented? You shouldn't even be in court in the first place to need representation just because you made a comment about a restaurant.

So there's a list of things that can and can't be sued about now? Oh do share.

You can be in court for ANYTHING. I could sue you right now over your post. It would be frivolous but we'd end up in court anyway. Properly represented is precisely the problem here.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

thegarbz Re:Livin' in the USA (424 comments)

Wait because one blogger got in trouble with a litigious restaurant you're happy to be living in a country with more than double the litigation rate? Maybe you should re-read the summary. The "victim" of the lawsuit here went to court, lost, and escaped by paying 2500 euros including legal fees. Tell me where in your glorious sue happy country can you even get into a courtroom for that money, let alone come out of one after a loss with your wallet still intact?

For bonus points, tell me what protects you in America from being sued for the same reason? If you say the 1st Amendment I think I would be doubly sad as it would appear the education system fails U.S. Citizens too.

about two weeks ago

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