322 posts • joined 27 Oct 2009
Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think
I've seen this before. One or another person on an open source dev team decides that something is just "not a problem" and it doesn't matter how many outside people say "WTF?!" No arguments will help to move the issue. In this article's case only shaming the entire team worked.
In my favorite illustration is the "Firefox won't do SVG fonts" issue. Opened in 2002, after ~150 comments it was closed in 2013 with "Oh, poo, implementation of SVG embedded in OpenType fonts will fix your problem." An experimental proposed feature that is still not standardized or accepted by other browsers over a year later.
It didn't even matter when an outside company offered to fund the development of an implementation with their own devs, FF devs simply said "Oh, but SVG fonts are just so ucky!" "Why, you can't even do font hinting with SVG, can you?" So obviously no implementation was ever so much better than a flawed implementation, right?
And the pleas kept coming in, with increasingly exasperated replies of "but you just don't understand our (FF devs) position of 'No'. How rude of you!"
So over 12 years later FF still doesn't have anything to offer and will not be swayed!. A big enough closed-minded open source team will quite well replicate the worst parts of the commercial experience.
Re: XKCD's take
You do recognize the last speech bubble could be inadvertently self-referential... ? Surly we all do, don't wee?
Re: "There's no evidence that any of these attacks actually occurred."
"The persistent input validation vulnerability allows remote attackers to inject own malicious script codes on the application-side of the vulnerable service."
Um, so we ought to be hearing that they have thoroughly scrubbed all the data that could have had scripts inserted, right? But we didn't?
In fact, when we've heard about attacks allowing persistent storage of evil scripts, when did we ever hear that the 'fix' included checking that nothing evil remains stored?
Re: The "fruity firm"??????
Thank you. I will reference your blurt whenever retro-PC people get inordinately hot under the whites.
Re: Errm, Richard...
"... life's got a lot simpler since ..." ... management?
Succinct, harsh, and true. And now they've 'forgotten' to educate how *many* generations in the ugly details? Such that a warped view of history is uniquely one-sided. It is mind-boggling to think how little of anything self-culpable is mentioned to Japanese students.
I have no stomach for American triumphalism, but nationalist revisionism is a crime. Visiting La Cambe cemetery removed any remaining animosity for me. Would visiting Yasukuni Shrine do that? No. And that stain committed more than a generation later by unrestrained nationalists.
TL;DR: Santayana, education, yadayada.
Umbral numbers unlumbered
Well they would, wouldn't they?
Having repeatedly claimed that their ad campaign, social wave, or latest clumsy grab for attention on behalf on clients was worth the fees charged, but with 'social' measurements showing a mere fraction of the positive effect desired, they've found an 'explanation' that makes everything better (for them).
That campaign wasn't a borborygmal bomb, it actually generated 400% more positive comments that we couldn't measure! And as an industry expert publication, The Register, outlined, further modes of unmeasurable communication most likely enlarged the audience for your message!
Why, we ought to have charged you more for our services. But now that we have the existing working relationship that would be unseemly, yes? Anyway, for your next campaign we were thinking "flying monkeys, but the cute kind".
Re: Do they have only one judge in Southern California?
I count 15 active judges in the district. Don't immediately see how cases are distributed. But unless strict round-robin is enforced, you may be seeing the preference by some judges for *not* taking on the pain, and then the preference for those that *can* take the pain.
Re: Delusions and Dreams. An Economic Know-Nothings in the FT
"hopium" thank you for this.
Now I know how the US economy went up in smoke.
Finish the 100 interviews, then revise the laws?
"Another interviewed board member shrugged off the risk of fines .... opting instead to pay the watchdog's fines that could reach $1.7m, ..."
More such honesty, please!
Remember all the commentardery saying that fines should be replaced with or progress to jailing for C-level and board executives? We really need this progression to personal liability, as the only effective path to personal responsibility.
this lying ...
Oh dear oh dear... And before DDay, who was fighting the Nazis on land? Millions of dead soldiers and civilians would like to talk to you about your one-dimensional 'truths'. In your own words, "Forgetting their sacrifice borders on criminal behavior."
It has bracket matching! Unlike 'brackets', the editor by Adobe.
At least this editor has the minimal functionality you'd expect from *any* that would try to get your attention in this busy world.
When there was a recent _splash_ in the tech world about 'brackets', an open! source! editor! from Adobe, I went and checked it out. Then I ended up asking in their mailing list how I could enable/find the bracket bouncing feature. Without any sort of embarrassment, the brackets people said they don't do brackets 'yet'. Along with apparently a barge-full of other features they don't do 'yet'.
Don't even try to get people interested in software that isn't somehow *better* than average. You're wasting people's time and no one appreciates that when they have no spare time and were hoping from the PR that you would _save_ them time with your whizbango snazzola beaming-proud-papa software.
Calling it 'beta' won't save your reputation. And calling it 'free' when it's costing me time I don't have ... I have something for you to indent about 13 tab stops!
Weary, yes, definitely, but...
"... advising users to be weary of ..."
Did you mean 'wary' or 'leery' ?
You couldn't get a plot like this published!
is beginning to reads like a fusion between HH's plans and a soap opera. Tom Clancy must be rolling in his grave.
Re: Umm, not so sure.
He consulted real doctors, that's how he got his diagnosis. They told him he was full of cancer. He told them they were full of shinola. Guess who was right?
I mistrust people who are always right. They are usually the last to know differently.
"... around 2,000 staff went on a one-day hunger strike two weeks ago to demand greater job security."
Can someone explain this to me? Is this a strike without snacks? Or work without breakfast? It just sounds so much like "You're so mean to us we're not going to use the letter 'K'!" How does that wor'?"
Ahh, I see.... April 1st1st is twice as nutty as April 1st, by the three comments above.
Bloomberg: "... two people familiar with the matter said."
But they didn't mention it before everyone knew about it. When they might have had some credibility, y'no?
Flash! Alert! Lisbon will be destroyed in a 9.0 earthquake!
Well okay, I'm a few hundred years late there. How about:
Major news! Russia invades Ukraine, says they are liberators!
Am I 69 years late or 69 hours too soon?
Have you checked our website?
Trying to understand another weirdness with McA-Mantic virus scanner, I started searching their 'knowledgebase' with keywords specific to my problem. Getting nothing back I began getting more and more general with the searches. Still getting nothing I finally clued in and searched for 'virus'. Nothing. No articles found. 'malware'. Nothing.
Sent them an email saying their search function was dead-on-entry. After two round-trips with the AI answering the emails, and checking again *four* days later, still no articles found searching for 'virus'.
Hmm... A year later, should I check again?
Linus for motivational speaker?
So guy isn't a kernel-type coder, and doesn't interact directly with them - by choice he says. (there's mucho background there fursher)
But coder's widget is fundamental to Linux and affects the kernel people fundamentally.
How do you get dis guy to fix his stuff?
Public shaming, if nothing else works ... ?
My phone says....
Sky: get to the basement.
Water: get to the roof.
Earth: get to the street.
Of course, in some benighted lands it'd be
Rocket: get to the roof to take pictures!
Water: get 'board and hang ten.
How about the judgements in France requiring certain search results be changed? "Google suggest" I think.
BitCoin or passwords?
Which will this monster be better fit to churn/crack?
comments that Google just wants you to "provide a taxpayer identification number and bank account information, ..." to complete their total knowledge campaign... or seed a random number generator or something evil, y'no?
Footnote mentions what the usual cause of pneumonia is. Would also be nice to mention there's a vaccine against 23 different strains of that bacterium. SO had pneumonia 3 times in 10-some years. Got the shot, and not an incidence since (more than 10 years).
Come to think of it, maybe Apple could ask their contracting companies to offer vaccinations as a free benefit of employment? Paternalism and all that. (and self-interest, yes?)
Re: Obama strikes again
You forgot the joke icon. Or did you think it obvious enough?
Hmm, okay, there's an association with Arabic, but who knows what batoota was supposed to mean. Hmm, Batoota films would like batoota.com. Ibn Battuta was "a famous traveler" so I could see a travel-related site for the ME.
But... How did Yahoo end up with it? That might be an interesting story!
Re: not awake yet
"Malicious software is hosted on 4 domain(s), including cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com/, stephaniemari.com/, northgadui.com/."
PHP.net page(s) reference stuff stored at cobbcountybankruptcylawyer.com
Please read above about 1 hop, 2 hops, 3 hops
Not so much writing notes, as practicing writing Chinese characters. This with Google translate on GS4. It is quite reinforcing when you've gotten the strokes of a character close enough that it shows up in the possibilities window. Where else would I get that practice?
Who'd'a thunk it - a tool that can cause native users to forget how to write (b/c constantly using phonetic input method) can also be used to foster learning how to write for students.
"..., especially about derriere-related deletions, ..."
W-wha? I think this went over my head, or under the bow, or something. Are you saying you didn't 'poop' the whole week?
"Sphincters unclench audibly at mission control"
So that's fine, then, ... let's quit farting around and get back to work!
Re: Yeah, wasting money paying you too...
So the article has been vandalized with the same sub-standard humor three times this year. And you knew about it. And did nothing to help.
And you are blaming who in particular?
Re: THEY'RE TRASHING OUR RIGHTS!
Ah, an example of low entropy. Mmmm, say 6 bits of IQ?
That is the consideration that requires the Swiss to first try on their own satellite only. Touching any other country's satellite would ignite politics on high thrust. No one has made any determination/treaty yet on the general legality of any of this.
So the Chinese add 50% more orbiting bits by blowing up their own defunct satellite as an example of deorbiting technology. (What other purpose could they have been demonstrating?) The Russians are not going to be happy at anyone presenting them a bill for services rendered for pre-CIS trash, such as the myriads of sodium globules from exploded reactors. And the US is going to plead money problems and say they'll tackle it sometime after Social Security.
Thanks for the diaeresis
An example of in-band forward error correction, yes?
Re: "So why do you still have it?"
Because every government entity that could coopt the press forbid the spotted G from touching anything until the greatest amount of PR about 'investigations' and 'scrutiny' and 'protection' and 'concern' could be extracted from a non-governmental goof.
A year it took. Was the emphasis ever on the data, or on the PR that could be gained?
I'd ask this of the continuously fulminating commentards: which really looks worse in this debacle, the public G or the private G?
Re: Bug report
Then shouldn't your user name be just "3.0" ?
Attacks always go well
"If counterattacks against hackers were legal, there are many techniques that companies could employ that would cause severe damage to the capability of those conducting IP theft."
If the efforts of private actors go as well ((badly)) as those of government actors, this would degenerate into a free-fire zone where no one can tell who or what actually got attacked by the "return fire".
Would you really trust a BAE or GE to know a joe job misdirection from a real attacking source? Do you really want to give a government entity (say China) proof that they were attacked by a (bamboozled) <insert Western pigfarm here>, thereby giving them the further justification to continue their own righting of centuries of injustice.
Show me the instances where enough evidence of attack origination was isolated to take to an international court and win a ruling. Until you've got evidence the level of "here are the pictures of the missiles in Cuba" you aren't going to win, and you'll attack the wrong enemies. (Sorry about the slipup Telenor, no hard feelings, right?)
What's the Streisand effect variant called ...
where you are screaming "stop looking at me, start aiming at me."
"... simply by searching Terracom's site on Google for a particular file type."
Which means that any charges must include Google, which means any defense must include Google. (When *all* the lawyers are grinning you should worry)
Or, you know, if a public utility like Google search can see your data freely, and has for months, then it ain't protected at all, my exhibitionistic sleep-walking friend!
Why's your bugzapper sitting on the ground?
You don't use bugzappers for ants!
Wow, look at that thing sparkle....
Re: Weak in history?
Umm, you should register as "amnesiac coward".
The whole point of knowing history is to not repeat other people's mistakes. Otherwise, at least video it so we can laugh at you.
"... Branson plans to be aboard ... along with his two children, "if my wife allows.""
No sane person would put all his little ducklings and himself on the same experimental aircraft on its first full-scale flight. Even if it doesn't end up wiping out his posterity, the mere fact of doing this will be an indelible comment that he thinks he's a Hollywood movie rather than being in the real world. The biographies would always end with "... and a fool."
Re: Separation of church and state
Using demagoguery to damn demagogues? Isn't that like a philosophical suicide vest?
Re: unfair burdens?
You no read article? "... to over 9,600 state, regional, city and town tax authorities ..."
That means someone has to keep track of what the particular sales tax is on particular classes of items on particular days depending on which state, city, local district someone is ordering from. They have "tax holidays" for back-to-school for 2 separate weeks of the year round these parts. That's for the state tax, or is it the state and city but not the local, or is it...
So someone has to offer the 'service' (thus at a price) of letting you fire off a query based on delivery address, for them to then respond with how much and how to split it up. Everytime someone hits your front door waving money, you have to run out the back door and ask someone how much to charge them. Retrofit this!
How long ago?
"... Verizon Wireless told The Register that it "thoroughly" tested every update before delivering it to customers. "We ... provide mandatory updates to devices as quickly as possible, ...," a spokesman said."
So, when did you last issue updates through your network. What month? Which year??
Ask that of all the operators. No bullshit answers, just what was the last time?
Someone please do a poster of Obi-Wan saying
I felt a great perturbance in the heuristics, as if millions of lines suddenly ...
Oranges and pips
"... shows ebook sales accounting for 22.55 per cent of all revenue ..."
"Still, the fact that nearly one of four books sold last year was an ebook is ..."
The linked article talks about %age of revenue. You then extrapolate to proportion of copies sold. Wrong. Or at least, precise only to the degree that publishers are screwing their customers. With the too-often seen current situation, where a $20 book is a $17.95 ebook, then they unfortunately approach equivalence.
But oh we wish that publishers would get a clue. If my friend Foo says "The life of Bar" is a great read, I might splash $5 on such a recommendation. But $15 or $20 or more is a no-go. I'll buy so many more copies at fractional prices than the greedy full prices. The volume will go higher if you lower the barrier. Give me a bargain and you'll make a mint.
Sky's the limit
I'm afraid this hits my limit on public disclosure and it is plain irresponsible to do this. Always assume there are people out there much cleverer than you are. This jerk's work of 3 years might just be reproducible in 3 weeks by someone else. Once realizing that small fact he'll be rather sleepless too. Nothing like having your name publicly associated with "how could that disaster happen?" Ahh, fame at last.
"The hacked aircraft could even be controlled using a smartphone's accelerometer to vary its course and speed by moving the handset about."
Assuming the handset would need to be in proximity to said aircraft, as in inside, this would be the classic mad scientist's belated education in unintended consequences, as having moved the handset and induced a reaction, the reaction would induce a further reaction in the now flailing handset, culminating in the now doomed passengers telling said sad sack "we could have told you that would happen - don't you ever watch movies?"
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