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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Bigbutt Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

Maybe not a regular character but at least the Physicist motorcycle rider appeared to be "normal" in a pick up girls, ride a motorcycle (vs Howard's "Hog" :) ), etc. way. Heck, he was even a scumbag as most PUA's are portrayed :)

[John]

about a week ago
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I think next winter will be:

Bigbutt Re:Ready for spring already! (147 comments)

Agree. Up north of Denver I had those Penis mushrooms growing all over the back yard. I had to turn off my sprinklers for a month. I just kicked them back on for a week or two (aerating Wednesday) and then it's time to pack it all away.

[John]

about a week ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Bigbutt Re:cool (291 comments)

Yep. Been playing Starcraft and Brood War again. I'd love to see Command and Conquer get reissued to work on newer platforms (nothing like a tank rush at Plaid Speed :D ).

[John]

about a week ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

Bigbutt Re:Quotas (143 comments)

Not in the .pdf. I am curious as well though.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Bigbutt Re:Not driving while in a closet (364 comments)

Really? A woman (or man) locked in a trunk doesn't come to mind? Sure the kidnapper should be taking the cell phone assuming there's only one but there's a chance it was missed or there's a second one. And yea, road noises would keep the attacker from hearing a conversation.

And corner cases exist for lengthy picky discussions :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Bigbutt Re:It should be (364 comments)

80 mph in eastern Wyoming. :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Bigbutt Re:Texting 911 (364 comments)

A woman hiding under the bed or in a closet with an attacker in the house comes to mind.

I think the main problem is the younger generation has been brought up on smart phones and internet so expect to be able to text to 911. The text 2 911 product is being made available so the folks who do text will actually get an answer.

And the nice thing about texting to 911 is you can send images to 911 as well where calling just gets you a voice.

Plus texting to 911 does get a response from the service. It's not sending it into the ether hoping someone sees it like Facebook. The PSAPs that purchase the product will have someone manning the text 2 911 console.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Bigbutt Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

No no, as in second drink of beer. Not second beer :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

Bigbutt Re:We're Hiring (250 comments)

We deal with highly available systems and we have a very good team dynamic so we are somewhat picky but yea, these are some of the questions we ask and some answers we've been given. Mostly in the followup fact to fact interview. A majority don't even get past the simpler phone interview.

What software uses the following common ports: 20/21, 22, 24, 25, 80, 443 or we'd ask the reverse, what port is dns on, tcp or udp? What port is http (we've received 8080 for this one). Worse the followup question is, okay if you don't know what the port is where would you find it? A recent interview had the guy providing Google first then looking it up in his Network+ book.

The biggest issue we have I think is our offices are in North Denver and the Tech Center is in South Denver. So most tech folks are in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, and around those areas. So commuting would be north through Denver. We do have IBM and Boulder up here so we should get some folks.

I think most admins might either be happy where they are, don't want to deal with the commute, or perhaps are looking at something beyond Unix Administration like VMWare, SAN, and the like.

We've interviewed folks from other states (Washington, Maryland, Ohio, New York) without much luck. We did bring one guy in for a face to face but he failed that (I wasn't in town for that one).

[John]

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Bigbutt Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

Or was one. Lots of drinks are not palatable if you don't get into the peer pressure as a kid/young adult. I was a Mormon as a kid so didn't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol (and didn't smoke of course). I'd even avoided caffeinated beverages like Coke and Mountain Dew. As an adult, I encountered coffee, etc while I was in the military and while I was dropping away from the church, none of it had any attraction to me. I tried coffee once when I was in the military and didn't like it (I only had a few drinks of it). I had my first alcoholic drink when I was 47 (10 years ago) and in Athens Greece (Ouzo) and have tried a few different hard drinks since then. Other than Ouzo, everything tastes like medicine. I have also tried different beers in the past 5 or 6 years (like 1 or 2 different beers a year) and found a couple that are palatable (Corona was one). I had a Christmas beer at a local brewery that wasn't bad. It was identified as less bitter. But I find I can only take a single drink of beer in general and it's good but the second drink is hard to get down and I need to hold my breath to get the rest down or just not drink it.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

Bigbutt We're Hiring (250 comments)

All the comments here seem to be related to programming but IT is more than just that. We manage over 1,000 servers and can't seem to find a Unix admin in the area that is interested enough in Unix to dig into how things actually work. I mean, if your response to "how do you make a network interface persistent" is "first I click on the menu", we'll likely knock a point or two off. We've had prospective Unix admins admit they're afraid of soft links. We do a lot of scripting so telling me you don't know how to script is likely to knock a point or two off. And it'd be nice if you knew how to disable programs from starting up by understanding how the files are set up in /etc/rc* vs using chkconfig. Sure it works, but we're more than a Linux shop.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Bigbutt Re:Powershell (729 comments)

I used a program called Megabasic back in the mid 80's that used paren'd colons to slice up a string.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Bigbutt Infrastructure Support (232 comments)

There are a couple of problems from our (Operations) perspective.

1. The infrastructure needs to be supported as well. If the various necessary agents (backups, monitoring, application distribution) only work on Red Hat (or CentOS) then Red Hat is what's acceptable in the production environment.

2. The staff needs to be in place to support it. We have three major Operating Systems we support (team of 5 admins). Solaris, HP-UX, and Red Hat/CentOS. With almost 1,100 systems, environments outside our expertise are difficult to manage. Of those 1,100 systems a very very small percentage are Ubuntu (and Suse, Fedora, Mint) and they aren't supported to the level of the primary systems.

[John]

about a month ago
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Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

Bigbutt Re:Agreed (115 comments)

But what about Q?

[John]

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Bigbutt Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

Sir, I think you need to step back and take a breath.

Since we haven't exchanged a single word until now, I don't see how I'm being argumentative. I'm asking a simple question.

I would hope any man or anyone would stop it should it be happening in front of them. If I happened to be in a bar (I don't drink so it's unlikely) and saw someone pour a strange chemical into a drink, I hope I would say something.

Depending on the circumstances, I would most likely help a person. But I am also quite wary of scams, having been the victim of a couple (which I escaped with only a loss of money) perpetrated by women.

Certainly I personally am not going to drug a woman's drink.

But I'm already doing this. And I'm reasonably sure a majority of guys are doing this. It sounds like you want us to do something about the guys who are doing this. I'm with you, brother because just you and me and the rest of the guys who aren't doing it, doesn't appear to be fixing the problem since we're still discussing this and there are still rapes.

Is there something more we should or even could be doing? It's an honest question. Should we all wear buttons that say "Don't Rape Other People"?

[John]

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Bigbutt Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

As someone who doesn't drink, I've always thought of bars as places to pick up single women or be picked up if you are a woman. A woman is there, dressed up, and presenting herself as available for dating. And guys are there to look for dates. Women bring other women for support or protection. Guys come with other guys to give him the courage to approach a woman. I've never considered it a social gathering place.

That's what I get for not drinking and getting all my information from movies and TV I guess.

Carl

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Bigbutt Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

And again I'd like to know how you want to proceed with this. Tell every person we meet "don't rape"? Just tell our friends "don't rape"? How do you propose to enforce zero-tolerance proactively?

[John]

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Bigbutt Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

But the police don't prevent rape. They apprehend rapists after the offense. Rape can be pretty traumatic and in some cases is life changing. This needs to be addressed before the Rape happens.

The proposal doesn't seem to be about arresting the perpetrators but in making sure guys don't act when situations arise (so to speak).

And of course, arrests after the fact should already be happening.

[John]

about a month ago

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You Wouldn't Download A Car?

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bigbutt writes "It appears that the background theme that plays on DVDs during the anti-piracy advertisement was for a specific audience. When the author heard it on a DVD he rented, he realized it was being used well beyond the original contract. He's now suing for a million euros."
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Reasons for the username

Bigbutt Bigbutt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across The 8th Dimension

I'm a fan of Christopher Lloyd, have been since Taxi I guess. His character in Buckaroo Bonzi was John Big Booty "Big Boo TAE". They were all "John" something; John Big YaYa for example. So when I created my account, I created "BigButt" as a fan tribute sort of account.

That's not to say I don't have a big butt, certainly it's smaller now.

It's also why I sign off as:

[John]

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