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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

Bigbutt Re:Rails is decaying, but Chef is keeping Ruby ali (274 comments)

Not zealotry. I'm not a fan of having to install extra software such as Ruby or other agents on every server. If I can't manage every server with the tool, then I continue using what I do now or look for a tool that doesn't need an agent. Heck, security requirements make installing extra software a bear due to dependencies. I have to manually install and chase down the additional packages. We have quite a few older systems which don't support these agents, even cfengine. So having an agentless tool to do configuration management is the goal. I am considering Ansible but if it doesn't work, I'll continue to use my ssh based scripts.

[John]

yesterday
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Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

Bigbutt Re:There's a solution (40 comments)

Why not? I'm using it for a couple of my sites. Comments must be approved by me and I've locked down access to the admin directory to only accept logins from my home machine.

Instead of saying "Why?", provide suggestions as to a good replacement.

"WordPress has so many security holes mostly due to unsecure themes and plugins. Why not use Drupal or at least make sure you follow these steps to secure your site."

It's just annoying to hear "what a piece of shit, what idiot uses [whatever you don't particularly like]?" Folks like me will simply disregard your comment as unhelpful and continue using whatever software (or Wine or Whiskey or Car or Programming Language or Beer or Blog Software or Linux distro (or BSD distro)) you don't particularly like.

[John]

5 days ago
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Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

Bigbutt Re:Regular expressions (40 comments)

Yep. I have to approve all comments.

[John]

5 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Bigbutt Re:UPS (233 comments)

Agree. It saves hardware and the hassle of troubleshooting problems caused by poor power conditioning. I have UPSs on my computer and gateway/cable box. During a power outage (seldom, I admit), I can still access the internet :)

[John]

about a week ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Bigbutt Re:I use yahoo mail (397 comments)

The one that sneaks in ad emails at the top of your inbox so you click on it by accident? I've done that a few times when the connection is slow. Rat bastards.

[John]

about a week ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Bigbutt Re:Nope (91 comments)

It was a combination of similar events. He'd been caught taking video inside the company, walking around with his iPad up and recording. Evernote was the well known trigger. And he was a manager (still is just somewhere else). We are pretty picky about electronics. The sign at the front entrance says we're not allowed to bring in USB keys and other personal electronics (like laptops or wireless only tablets). But again, that is more to the "don't let personal devices access the corporate wired/wireless network" and "don't plug personal USB keys into your laptop or the servers". The company supplies hardened USB keys if necessary. Heck, we're not permitted to take pictures of servers in the data center. I have access to the data center archives so can use company approved server images (helps when we have remote hands out and we don't want the wrong server powered off).

I will say that the company deals with human lives in the US and Canada on a daily basis. We were even the subject of a recent Slashdot article :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Bigbutt Nope (91 comments)

Not just no, but fuck no.

Having internal company correspondence, communication between groups and corporate offices will have valuable company information in Facebook's hands. We've had people walked out, fired, for using Evernote in meetings.

Remember what Zuckerman said.

"They trust me — dumb fucks," says Zuckerberg in one of the instant messages, first published by former Valleywag Nicholas Carlson at Silicon Alley Insider, and now confirmed by Zuckerberg himself in Jose Antonio Vargas's New Yorker piece. Zuckerberg now tells Vargas, "I think I've grown and learned a lot" since those instant messages.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Bigbutt Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

I got so overwhelmed with Taiwan web server attack attempts that I finally blocked Taiwan on my old server. On the new server I use fail2ban with the additional configuration of permanently blocking IPs that repeatedly attempt to break in (that would be any ssh attempt).

[John]

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Bigbutt Like Starship Troopers (242 comments)

"Based on the back cover."

[John]

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Bigbutt Re:Bah (459 comments)

Not sure why college is relevant. Quite a few of my peers here haven't gone to college and are in IT. Maybe a specialized branch requires college? On my team, half have college, half don't.

[John]

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Bigbutt Re:3 to 5 Years (187 comments)

Heart attacks. Since they were of the "meat and potatoes" generations, plus a smoker and drinker (Dad did quit before I was aware that he smoked and Mom quit several years later), it's probably more of a bad diet sort of thing. While I'm not perfect, my diet is a bit better. We'll see eventually :)

[John]

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Bigbutt Re:3 to 5 Years (187 comments)

Read my journal entry.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Bigbutt Re:3 to 5 Years (187 comments)

Don't drink (didn't voluntarily take a drink until 10 years ago at 47 and only have tried different drinks a couple of times a year since then), never smoked or done drugs, I do eat more junk food than I should, exercise regularly (3 times a week on the weights, bicycling most of the year). Divorced twice.

Both sides of my family smoked (Dad, Mom, Dad's Dad, Mom's Dad) although both Dad and Mom quit when I was young. Both sides drank and as I understand Dad's Dad was quite the drinker and a bit abusive.

On the other side, our family history shows a tendency of smaller in diameter veins so more susceptible to blood issues like blockages/heart attacks.

So yea, like I said. Advances plus I do better than my parents and grandparents so longer can happen. I'll post up in 10 years and see where I am then :)

[John]

about three weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Bigbutt 3 to 5 Years (187 comments)

Dad died when he was in his mid 50's. Grandad died when he was in his mid 50's. I'm in my mid 50's. Considering the advances and that I do exercise more and eat a bit better, I might last a bit longer than either of them. But not much longer.

So live life to its fullest and enjoy it while you can.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Bigbutt Re:Missing Option (551 comments)

It's all linked to your account. Even Anonymous posts are linked to your account, post anonymously and you'll see if you have moderator points. You can mod other posts in the thread but not the one you posted "anonymously".

[John]

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Bigbutt Re:The thesis has been debunked already (441 comments)

Now I'm curious. How do you make a job more attractive to women? I can think of a few things of course like sexist comments (I haven't heard a blonde joke in 10 years but there are a few opposite of sausage fest type comments; old girl's network for instance). But what job conditions make a job attractive to a woman?

[John]

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Bigbutt Re:Assumptions? (441 comments)

*raises hand*

Sorry. Don't drink coffee either. I was raised a bit as a Mormon (family converted about the time I expect you'd start drinking tea, coffee, alcohol; around 14) and never got the taste as a "growing up" experience. The few times I've tried alcohol over the past 10 years, I find it still tastes like medicine and don't get the appeal. "Can you taste the woodiness?" No, really it just burns and tastes like I'm trying to cure a cold.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques

Bigbutt Re:Dice could fix it (253 comments)

I have to agree. I deleted my linkedin account a year ago (a few months after folks started recommending me when they had no idea what my skill set was) due to the amount of spam, both email and by phone. Spam has gradually dropped to about one a week on average and no more phone calls.

[John]

about three weeks ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Bigbutt Re:How about we hackers? (863 comments)

You're assuming the custom application startup script on a linux system does the same thing on an HP-UX system which is where I have the issue. If exit code 5 on an HP-UX system means reboot the system and the system reboots over and over again, I would (and do) expect there to be some way of stopping it other than going into the management console, halting the reboot loop, and loading up the kernel in single user mode. That seems pretty broken. If the running of the application/service is so critical, it should simply not run or if it's critical to a followup application, there should be a message or signal to that script that tells it to not start up or just look for the service to be actually running before starting.

[John]

about a month ago

Submissions

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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 3 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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