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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Bronster Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

See there it is - horse fucking. That's exactly the kind of slippery slope that the anti-gay-marriage people are fighting against.

(/sarcasm)

about 8 months ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

Bronster Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

I was home-schooled untli year 11. I got 96/100 in the school system, which I considered to be a pretty good score (made me about 8th in a school of 500ish). My sister came through 3 years later and got a straight 100/100. She was also home-schooled until year 11.

The plural of annecdote is still at the opinion level here. Just like any schooling - it depends more on the method of teaching and the individual student than where the schooling is.

In my case, my parents mostly just left me to my own devices. They pointed me at the enclopedia and told me that most of what I needed was in there somewhere, and showed me how to use the index. This was mostly pre-internet. They also took us to the library frequently so we could have access to more books than they could afford.

about 8 months ago
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Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

Bronster Re:Buy a Galileo Scope (52 comments)

Yeah, but it's probably about the same quality as what Galileo had, which might be kinda the point...

about 9 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

Bronster Re:why not the new thing? (279 comments)

Fuck yeah. If I make major software changes on a server, I damn well want to reboot it and make sure it can bootstrap from scratch.

Actually, unless it was a really minor fix, I'd probably want to reinstall it from scratch. That takes ~10 minutes (bit longer these days because hardware takes so bloody long to init).

That way I know I haven't built a multi-tentacled monster of a system with cross dependencies which will never start ever again. You already need a failover plan for when (not if) you have a hardware failure, so you may as well be testing it frequently by going through said steps - and a significant upgrade is a good time to do it.

This idea of upgrading everything in random order and restarting just the affected services doesn't scale. Reinstalls all the way, baby.

about 9 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

Bronster Re:Whats wrong with init? (279 comments)

"The issue with systemd: it reeks of a solution looking for a problem."

I dunno - I've rolled a bunch of stuff using daemontools, a bunch of stuff using other daemonisation techniques and a nasty complicated dependency tracking system on top of that - it's complex, but it works.

If there's a standard tool doing a significant part of that heavy lifting across all the linuxes, that's a big win in my book. I buy some of the "it's too complex" argument, but not enough to overthrow the benefits of being a standard part of my installs.

Which leaves security exposure, and that's an interesting question... but assuming it's not really awful, its ubiquity should get more eyes and more fixes than running something rare.

about 9 months ago
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Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

Bronster Re:Can a bitcoin advocate explain.... (149 comments)

Erm, preview drongo:

#include things_which_are_crap_like_beta.h

about 10 months ago
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Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

Bronster Re:Can a bitcoin advocate explain.... (149 comments)

Tell me the last time you heard a cash story that wasn't about money laundering or counterfeit cash.

Person pays person for product and/or service, everybody happy with transaction - not news.

Basically, news stories are an indication of shit that sells news - and unsurpisingly, money laundering is one of those things. So news stories are biased. You mostly hear about the things which are crap, because they're "newsworthy".

#include

about 10 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Bronster Re:We have a term for projects like this (237 comments)

I would say "sunk cost falacy" is a more accurate description. They've invested a lot in it, and to hear that it's not actually what the audience AHEM content creators want is not a message that can get through. Too much invested in the shiny and the "but it's not PRETTY or ELEGANT", OMG how can anyone love something so ugly.

about 10 months ago
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

Bronster Re:Color me shocked (209 comments)

Yeah, I was just picking on the XP box rather than the watching "nature documentaries" bit because, well... It was a joke to pick on the XP box, because the average HR person would be more interested in nature of the documentaries and whether you would be likely to do that on work time (people do, amazingly enough).

I'm happy to agree that you don't really (or don't realise that you do) look down on other services. Certainly posing => posting changes the nature of your post significantly!

Anyway, I think we've done the topic to death now...

about a year ago
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

Bronster Re:Color me shocked (209 comments)

"And if I were a recruiter, I'd probably consider having extensive profiles online a negative quality -- indicative of spending too much time posing and not enough actually working."

(and don't worry - I didn't go into the bit with your really disgusting habits like running unpatched Windows XP)

Maybe a recruiter wouldn't check Slashdot - maybe they would. But you sure look like you spend a bunch of time on here from the frequency of comments - and yet you were dissing other people who spend "too much time posing on the internet". That's what the "for shame" was about, the elitism of dismissing people who "pose" by using a social network which you obviously look down upon.

about a year ago
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

Bronster Re:Color me shocked (209 comments)

So says the athiest who had a hangover on New Year's Day and doesn't speak English as a first language and likes Torchwood and uses the word Fuck and develops Android Apps but is looking for something else.

And I've only read the first two pages of the comments you've posted to Slashdot while logged in.

Pot/kettle. Looks like you have a plenty extensive online profile on a site which is pretty much one of the oldest social networks of your "tribe" (nerds) and you look down on non-nerds who do the same thing but on other sites. For shame.

about a year ago
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Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

Bronster Re: Enough (224 comments)

Yeah, and those soldiers who go to war so the people back home can live in peace. What's with that?

about a year ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

Bronster Re:Framing the debate (280 comments)

Seems to me it means Linus understands tradeoffs in security and isn't willing to throw extra CPU time at a very narrow theoretical hole (sha1 gets broken without sha2 being broken as well)

about a year ago
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Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

Bronster Re:so letting the nsa hire someone (280 comments)

If I didn't need more throughput than a single CPU can provide, I'd still be on OpenVPN for everything. It's easier to configure, significantly easier to manage, and rock fricking solid in the face of network unreliability - none of which I can say for IPSEC.

about a year ago
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You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles

Bronster Re:A truely sad day (195 comments)

What the serious fuck?

You've described non-technical management there... presuming that you're allowing said non-technical management to tell you what you should be putting the effort into, and micromangaing your design.

If you don't have the soft skills to understand where and why the things you code fits in to the greater scheme of things, you're building grand castles in the air. Whoopdy-yay.

Maybe we're talking at cross purposes. I don't necessarily mean "become a great sales droid" or "learn to seduce investors". I mean learn how to talk to the people who do and understand where they're coming from, so you can see how your work fits in, and know what to do and how to do it.

Otherwise you'll never be valuable for anything other than small, well scoped tasks that someone else can spec out for you.

1 year,24 days
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You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles

Bronster Re:A truely sad day (195 comments)

(maybe substitute "the RIGHT things" => "worthwhile things")

1 year,24 days
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You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles

Bronster Re:A truely sad day (195 comments)

Yeah, because no tech job is every about working with other people.

Smart
Gets things done

That's a nice couple of points, but it's missing the most important. Gets the RIGHT things done. You find out what the right things are through soft skills. Technically right is worthless if you don't have a sales channel for it, or the whole problem you're trying to solve could be avoided by doing something else somewhere else.

1 year,24 days
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

Bronster Re:I guess I have to ask (158 comments)

I did, and I've passed the user's contact details on to the engineers at Apple so they can talk to them directly. I've also re-enabled the account, and I'm just keeping an eye on the server that the user is on and moving some other users off so we can afford the disk space for a bit.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

Bronster Re:You want all your eggs in one basket? (178 comments)

Distributed fuckup very possible. Any one hosting provider can roll out a breaking change to their entire system, or have a handy single point of failure, or be 0wned on a central command host with acces to everything...

about a year ago
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

Bronster Re:All hail Apple's new storage technology! (158 comments)

Sorry, I'm not quite sure where you're getting your information about what Mail.App does. I'm getting mine from the server telemetry logs where the client first identifies itself as:

"name" "Mac OS X Mail" "version" "7.0 (1816)"

And then proceeds to issue a COPY command:

UID COPY 3360991:3361069 "INBOX.Junk Mail"

See the "COPY" in there. I am the author of the blog post, and I think my credentials in this particular case trump yours, even if you're the author of Mail.App.

about a year ago

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ntpd timebomb on modern linuxes

Bronster Bronster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bronster writes "On recent linux kernels, ntpd prepares the kernel for the upcoming insertion of a leapsecond — which under some circumstances can trigger a livelock. At least Redhat and Debian users are confirmed to be at risk on busy servers."
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