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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

williamyf Another reason why NO: Solid State Disks (331 comments)

I guess if you missconfigure, all those remote users hammering on the 'shards' stored on your SSD will do wonders to its rated life...

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

williamyf 5 years of experience in Swift (211 comments)

HR will still demand five years of experience in Swift.

There are, RIGHT NOW people with 5 years experience in Swift. Most of them work at Apple. If HR is willing to pay REALLY high wages, they may be able to lure them to work elsewhere.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla Launches Browser Built For Developers

williamyf please remove al the developer crap from the reg.. (74 comments)

Now the Firefox team can remove all the developer crap from the regular browser.

Is amazing how most of the browsers, in order to pander to developers, became bloated with developer cruft. Do not get me wrong, getting developers to use your browser as primary is important. Nonetheless, this could have been done using the add-on/plug-in interfaces using an official set of add-ons/plug-ins, instead of bloating the browser.

Here I hope that the offering of a specific browser for developers means that the consumer and ESR browser are streamlined as a result.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

williamyf Bilingual speaker here! * (159 comments)

My two cents here:

I read the linked English article, as well as the article in Spanish that they reference ("Ubuntizando.com"), as well as the original article in Spanish. **

The original article (in Ubuntizando) says NOTHING about the name of the legislator that did the counter-proposal, or anything about any alleged tax breaks. Is mostly derivative and incomplete. From this point onwards, I will reference only the article in "biobiochile"

The second article cites two others which I did not read (I have a limited amount of time). BioBioChile interviews only the "Pro-Free-Software***" (Mirosevic) legislator, and not the other (Farcas) who, as the summary clearly states, was the one who voted against Free Software****. Is only logical that the guy launched a counter-proposal. The only surprising thing is the turn-around time (24h).

Even more, the article (in biobiochile), indicates, in the words of Mirosevic himself***** "Half the people [referring to the other legislators, "diputados", or congressmen for those in the US] had no idea what we were talking about. I do not mean of the concept of Free software, but of software itself, but as we calculated, the rest followed those of us who understood". Is only logical, that they voted on the second initiative again whitout a clear understanding, either folowing party guidelines, or swayed by the 10 legislators that submitted the second motion.

From the way of writing (the subtle nuances are often lost in machine translation), starting with the title of the article itself ("Microsoft Raped Us"), I feel the magazine is "Amarillista" (think tabloid/sensationalist). And Slashdot is just being Slashdot, with the added hurdle of the language barrier.

While I am no big fan (nor am I an enemy) of Microsoft, I am less a fan of tabloids and crappy reporting, hence this comment

* For the record, 296/300 in my ToEFL way back when.

** Is in biobiochile.com, never heard of any of them, here is the link, for what is worth:

*** Again to recap, the pro-free-software resolution was voted by 64 yes, 1 no and 12 abstentions.

**** Free as in beer, "Libre in Spanish"

***** “La mitad de la gente no tenía idea de qué estábamos hablando. No digo del concepto software libre, más bien de los softwares, pero como habíamos calculado, el resto siguió a los que sí habían entendido”, relató Mirosevic a la publicación.

about 5 months ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

williamyf Let the inbox fill up (232 comments)

When my vacation time approached, I loaded a bunch of duplicated emails in the trash folder, and started to operate dangerously close to the mail storage quota.

When I left the office, I left the OutOfOffice reply with the alternate contact. a couple of days after I left, mails would start to bounce.

A couple of days before I was due to return to the office, I connected, just to delete the duplicated email, NOT to check anything.

When I returned, I got fresh email, and the status report from my replacement, go get my up to date/speed.

My two cents, YMMV

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

williamyf Re:the answer is (272 comments)

640 employees ought to be enough.

Nope, in any case, 640k Employees ought to be enough

There, fixed that for you

about 6 months ago

Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

williamyf This is absolutely correct (337 comments)

The internet had, since IPv4, provisions for exactly this, and whole careers have been built by this. It goes by different names, Type of Services, QoS, Traffic Engineering. IPv6 has also provisions for this, so did ATM in its time. MPLS has a HUUUUGE component of this...

Having said that:

Video on Demand traffic from, say comcast, should have the same priority as video on Demand traffic from youtube or netflix (or some future cash strapped start-up).
Videoconferencing traffic from skype should have the same priority as videoconferencing trafffic from google+ o Cisco (or some future cash strapped start-up).
Web traffic from yahoo should have the same (slighty lower) priority as the web traffic from "mom & pop web server".

You get the drift, not because some big company is willing to pay more, or the ISP wants to double dip you can play with the priorities.

And THAT is net neutrality for y'all!

about 8 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

williamyf Windows server 2003R2 32Bit Hack (322 comments)

As things stand, the POS editions have a lot of components that will not be fixed (because they are not there) that the main version has/needs.

Wake me up if/when a hack is released to make an XP install pose a a server 2003R2. That will buy me/us a full year of patches., nost likey illegal.

about 8 months ago

How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

williamyf You may se in UV latter in life (510 comments)

Since the christaline is opaque to UV while some intraocular lenses are not, some people report that after cataract surgery, they can see in augmented colour, probably due to some sensitivity to UV.

slashdot talked about it a while back



So if/when the time comes to replace your christaline, make sure to go for the UV transparent lenses

about 10 months ago

Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

williamyf With enough eyes... NOT (231 comments)

I have always been critical about that conventional wisdom of "With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow".

I contend that is inacurate. With enough QUALIFIED AND MOTIVATED eyes, all bugs are shallow, and sometimes, some FOSS project lack enough Qualified eyes.

This bug, the KDE one, or even the Metafile bug in windows (and more importantly in WINE) among many others, show that many eyes are not enough.

Again one needs MOTIVATED AND QUALIFIED eyes AAAAAND good QA and test cases.


about a year ago

Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive

williamyf The caps are electrolytic (111 comments)

Not supercaps, no, electrolytics.

What happens if your superduper SSD develops bad cap syndrome?

I am stil finding equipment with those sorts of failures today...

Not recomending, even having two of them in parallel...

Nope, not for me, sorry

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

williamyf YES! Definitely yes! (167 comments)

I remember when I was a young engineer. I got promoted through the ranks quickly, and at some point faced the same quagmire as you. What I ended up doing was to take a program of marketing management. Two months, Friday all day and Sat mornings for a month and a half to get a taste of the discipline (I was exposed to economy and accounting at the University, 12 weeks each, and lots of reading on economy, administration, etc). After that brief and non compromising stint, I realized that there were more nuances to marketing than what could be anticipated, and that the whole "Business" field was VERY interesting to me. Therefore, I went and did a full time MBA.

If you are gonna learn on your own (which I do not recommend), try to read the classics, Kotler on marketing management, rice & trout for positioning, etc. No Wikipedia or "Business for dummies" for you.

If you are going to take (a) short course(s) on the subject, go to reputable schools (I did the Short stint at IESA, not high in the world rankings, but best in my country, and did my MBA at IE in Madrid), while there are no hard and fast guarantees, going to reputable institutions will raise the possibility of being exposed to great teachers. Try to go for classroom courses, is harder, but you will build your "networking thingie" much better.

There is no guarantee that doing an MBA will improve your situation. But it would be hell to sign up for an MBA and discovering that you HATE "Business", and ALSO it would also be a grave mistake to decide "What you want to do" without at least a glance of what this "Business" thing is all about.

about a year ago

Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

williamyf Rube goldberg (303 comments)

only fittingly, the first content you should watch on netflix after setting this up is a marathon of rube goldberg cartoons.

about a year and a half ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

williamyf Service still available in Venezuela (205 comments)

So it seems I can send a telegram inside venezuela, and to belgium at least, but not to indi come next month. Ok, I'll keep that in mind....

From the post operator in Venezuela:

Telegrama: Es un escrito destinado a ser transmitido por telegrafía para su entrega al destinatario, con cobertura nacional e internacional.

Modalidades del Telegrama:

Telegrama Ordinario: Son los telegramas cuya aceptación es obligatoria y no lleva ninguna indicación de servicio.

Telegrama Urgente: Son telegramas a los cuales se les da prioridad para su transmisión y entrega al destinatario.

PC (Acuse de Recibo): Confirmación de entrega (Opcional según la necesidad del cliente).

Giros Telegráficos: A través de nuestros Centros de Atención al Cliente autorizados, a escala nacional, usted puede ordenar un pago a favor de personas naturales y/o jurídicas, la cual será cancelada en su totalidad en la oficina de destino, poniendo a disposición de nuestros clientes, nuestra extensa red de oficinas a nivel nacional.

Telefonograma: Al comunicarse con nuestra línea gratuita de Atención al Cliente 0800 IPOSTEL o 405-3078, usted puede enviar un mensaje telegráfico o telegrama a través de una llamada telefónica. El cobro de este servicio será cargado a su factura CANTV.

about a year and a half ago

'CodeSpells' Video Game Teaches Children Java Programming

williamyf Neal Stephenson bet them to it (245 comments)

In the Diamond Age, the "premier" teaches logic, programming and nanotechnology in a similar fashion.

While it is good to see the concept taken to practice.....

Nothing new to see here, move along. ;-)

about 2 years ago

The Science of Hugo Chavez's Long Term Embalming

williamyf Re:Call me skeptical (215 comments)

They can not do the plastination.... A while ago chavez expeled the "Bodies revealed" expo from venezuela, and denounced it as inmoral.

Embalming him using that procedure would be an about face that his supporters could not aford...

about 2 years ago

Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

williamyf Nothing new, see SEMCO of Brazil (522 comments)

They have been doing it for ages.

I has exposed to their style as a case stud durng my MBA. I do not have the files handy, but you can research them on the ionternet.

I leave you this link to get you all started:


about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

williamyf Pivot Type (375 comments)

Anything that is 16:10 aspect ratio, but most important: PIVOT TYPE. that way, If you want to see large swats of code, you put it in portrait mode. If you want to see code side by side, landscape.

Since the monitor is pivoting, you will need IPS, TN will not do.

Resolution and diagonal up to your taste and budget.

From anecdotal experience, Korean screens are OK. Nonetheless, a recomendation (for koreans or brand names alike) is to buy second hand from your favourite (ebay, craiglist), that way, someone else did the quality control for you (dead pixels, infant mortality, etc), just be clear on the conditions before the transaction is done. Of course, caveat emptor.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

williamyf Re:It's not just programming. (330 comments)

Would have killed you to provide a link to the Wikipedia article where you Copy&Pasted that pearl of wisdom?

Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language#Significance

Or, if you wanted to pass that pearl of wisdom as your own creation, was it so difficult to remove the reference numbers in brackets? [22].

My god, talk about self absorption.

about 2 years ago



"Patent Owner/Troll" Intelectual Ventures defeated in Court by Capital One

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about 9 months ago

williamyf (227051) writes "According to Reuters, Intellectual Ventures, a Patent Owning company (some may say, a patent troll), was defeated in court when two of their patents were found invalid by the judge, as being too abstract to be patentable.

I.V. had "[...]filed separate patent lawsuits against several financial institutions last year, including Capital One, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America Corp. However, the Capital One case had been further along procedurally."

To stroke the flames of Slashdot, I.V. is largely owned by Space tourist and former Microsoft bigwig Nathan Myhrvold"

Link to Original Source

Bug in the GnuTLS Library leaves many OSs and Apps at risk

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about a year ago

williamyf (227051) writes "According to our friends at ArsTechnica:

"The bug in the GnuTLS library makes it trivial for attackers to bypass secure sockets layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protections available on websites that depend on the open source package. Initial estimates included in Internet discussions such as this one indicate that more than 200 different operating systems or applications rely on GnuTLS to implement crucial SSL and TLS operations, but it wouldn't be surprising if the actual number is much higher. Web applications, e-mail programs, and other code that use the library are vulnerable to exploits that allow attackers monitoring connections to silently decode encrypted traffic passing between end users and servers."

What's even more, the coding error *may* have been present since 2005, so one has to wander, again, where were those "many eyes that render all bugs shallow" one keeps hearing about..."

Link to Original Source

Apple Releases Security Update 2013-001 and ML 10.8.3

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about 2 years ago

williamyf (227051) writes "Apple has released Mountain Lion 10.8.3, as well as a bunch of security Updates for Lion and Even Snow Leopard.

Some of the most Important Changes include handling of TIFF Images, issues with QuickTime and Software Update (a man in the middle attack), affecting all supported versions of the OS.

More Info at apple."

Link to Original Source

Dell (Michael) finally takes Dell (Inc.) Private

williamyf williamyf writes  |  about 2 years ago

williamyf writes "The web is buzzing with the news. As expected Dell (Inc.) is finally going private. Today Dell (Michael) unveiled the proposal. $13,65 in cash per share. Mr. Dell is putting his shares towards the new entity, and part of his wealth as well. Finally, as expected, there is the $2*109 from Microsoft.
Here is from Cellular news:

For added spice and a acerbic taste, check out "The Register":

Link to Original Source

williamyf williamyf writes  |  more than 8 years ago

williamyf (227051) writes "Microsoft just released a while ago, and outside the monthly patch cycle, the patch for the (in)famous VML flaw.
Here is the link to the (brief) anouncement, with further links.
Now, Quick! Go fetch!"


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