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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

CAIMLAS The answer is: neither (360 comments)

This is what they say, but what they really want is H1B and similar workers.

The value of a degree has never been less in this country.

Yes, they want (and NEED) people with critical thinking skills and a firm grasp on the fundamentals of science as per their field, but what they're saying they need with their money is something not even close to that mark in any regard... at least in IT/systems/storage/development.


The State of ZFS On Linux

CAIMLAS Re: rsync causes lockups? (366 comments)

Rsync causes a lot of metadata lookups, which will fill arc metadata in a hurry. If arc max isnt set, you'll oom the box (or crash zol if it is, i think). I'm not sure how to monitor or control it on zol, because zol's memory management is still kernel independent....

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

CAIMLAS epic (294 comments)

Slashdot has been epically, if possibly inadvertently, trolled.

Google hardware for linux and you will find the Ubuntu hsl in moments. Bam, done.

Or, just pick any random board and install. You've got to be looking for incompatibility, outside a small minority of parts.

about two weeks ago

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

CAIMLAS Re:If yellow stone blows (121 comments)

Won't impact anyone.

10 years? We'll all have long past starved to death. Yellowstone blowing big is a mass extinction event, period, for many species. It's probably safe to say that most large carnivores, globally, wouldn't survive.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

CAIMLAS Re:Automated troubleshooting? (265 comments)

Or, chances are (if you're the ONLY sysadmin on staff), other people could stand not working for a while at 8pm once every other week while you do your maintenance at a saner hour. If you're not big enough to have multiple sysadmins and/or multiple tiers of redundancy, chances are you aren't big enough to justify 365/24 uptime. Someone else can not work so you can get work done, to enable them to keep working.

They probably work too much, anyway. No need for that to make you work too much, too.

about 2 months ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

CAIMLAS Re:Self-balancing -- finally! (218 comments)

This is incredible, really: motorcycles are much easier to balance at higher speeds. They made the most difficult part of riding a bike trivial.

I'm curious how much mass they had to add to the bike to make it self-balance like that, and how well it balance with a 200lb rider (driver? I guess it'd be driver, since it's got a cage). And on corners, as well - presumably the gyros/inclinometer or whatever feeds the steering data.

I want one of these without the cage and a gas motor, personally. 50mpg+ for a road trip would not be bad: 200 miles on a run is not good. 200 miles is almost tethered.

about 3 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

CAIMLAS Re:I can't think of a better argument... (387 comments)

Or for in-house networks.

Pretty trivial to just pull the cable when your kit has been compromised and you're facing extortion.

about 3 months ago

Killing Zombies In VR With the Latest Version of Project Holodeck At E3 2014

CAIMLAS Re:Forget Porn. (23 comments)


How many families do you know that congregate in the living room? Families are the minority now.

about 3 months ago

A Scientist Is Growing Asparagus In Meteorites To Prepare Us For Space Farming

CAIMLAS one small step (59 comments)

If we can grow asparagus and potatoes, that means we can grow food for our food!

That said, we kinda need more variety than that, and I'd guess that the specimens in question are somewhat lacking the full range of nutrients they might here.

about 3 months ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

CAIMLAS Re: I thought weather was not climate... (379 comments)

So you don't think Forest Service land management (or the lack thereof) has anything to do with it? Because the timeframe for increasingly bad fires matches up really nicely with changes in approach to doing so...

about 4 months ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

CAIMLAS riiiight (379 comments)

Riiiight. So this has absolutely nothing at all to do with progressively worse nonmanagement of national forests over the past 30 years, opting instead to wait for a really big fire to clear burn areas?

Nice dogmatic and unfounded supposition, warmers.

about 4 months ago

A Look at Smart Gun Technology

CAIMLAS absurdity (765 comments)

The absurdity of the premise behind "a gun that can't get turned on its owner" is almost beyond the pale.


Because guns don't generally get turned on their owners. It isn't a common occurrence, not here in the US, or anywhere else. If it was, we'd see a lot more "man shot in home by intruder with own gun" than we do.

It's an urban legend, up there with other silliness told by high schoolers to get their dates to snuggle close.

There is one and only one pragmatic use for limiting who can use a firearm: restriction of effective force into the hands of the "right people". The right people will always be those who have power, and want to keep you from it. Consider that for a moment before embracing so-called 'smart guns': the people pushing these want to restrict firearms to only the military and police.

That's worked out so well for people throughout history already, hasn't it?

about 4 months ago

Silicon Valley's Love-Hate Relationship With President Obama

CAIMLAS Re:Isn't it love-hate for most liberals? (131 comments)

What continues to blow my mind is, despite the breaches of civil liberties and outright offenses Obama and his administration have perpetrated against American citizens - and then lied about - we still have people who voted him defending him and saying he's doing a good job.

From a liberal point of view, Obama has been a worse President than Bush, by a long shot: if you look at "what has he accomplished", "what has he lied about" and so on.

And this doesn't even get into the NSA spying and things like that, which he's obviously quite fond of.

Unless, of course, we're trying to imitate a truly socialist state, like Soviet Russia. Then he's been excellent.

about 4 months ago

China May Build an Undersea Train To America

CAIMLAS Re:Why? (348 comments)


The "nothing compares to the bandwidth of a minivan full of tapes" maxim applies here. Specifically, it applies to the length of time it takes for a cargo ship to transgress the Pacific.

Rail can move a large number of people faster than a plane can.
Rail can also move a relatively small volume of cargo faster than ships can.

They want to be able to get R&D and "latest greatest" products and similar over here ASAP so that they don't lose out to fledgeling US industry which is popping up to deal with the length of time it takes to get foreign made products.

They may also want to have a more direct venue to get large numbers of Chinese people here to "colonize". They do own a large percentage of the US, at this point.

about 4 months ago

China May Build an Undersea Train To America

CAIMLAS Re:Good on them. (348 comments)

China's economic model can probably be called summarized as calling them pragmatic opportunists (lack of foresight for their empty cities and ecological destruction aside). They leverage the benefits of other peoples' shortsightedness (such as with the exchange rate, and consumerism) to benefit domestically.

about 4 months ago

China May Build an Undersea Train To America

CAIMLAS Re:Rail+ ferry (348 comments)

However, locally sourced labor and goods most certainly can compete with shipping by sea.

That's exactly what's happening: a lot of goods are being returned to US manufacture right now. Companies are starting with their emerging products and building the R&D and facilities to do it here, instead of offshoring the 'expensive' production part to China. For instance, go and try to find a new household appliance - you'll be hard pressed to find a GE or Whirlpool appliance which isn't "Made in the USA" now. We're seeing this happen with small bin electronics and inexpensive tools, too. Why?

Competition. They've been able to slash their product costs markedly by doing so. We're not talking just the cost of shipping, we're also talking about product defects and overall quality, turnaround on even minor R&D revisions, and so on.

If China can turn the current "time to market" of a product revision from about 2-3 months (after all is said and done) down to a month to a month and a half (at least for select customers and/or producers), the cost of rail over sea shipping would be marginal to the big picture of retaining American income.

about 4 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

CAIMLAS Re:Most AV is malware (254 comments)

What do you mean, "were" awesome? NOD32 is still the best game in town. Not sure what you mean by "didn't play those MBA games"...

about 4 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

CAIMLAS Re:Does the nature of the business hold it back (254 comments)

ESET is by far the best I've had the opportunity to use.

Yeah, it's actually worth paying for: it's unobtrusive where it needs to be and I've not seen anything sneak by. The big things that break other AV doesn't hurt ESET. I make it a pre-requirement for anyone who wants my help on their Windows, and so far... no "I've got a virus" type requests. :)

about 4 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

CAIMLAS bullshit (865 comments)

"we know electrical trumps mechanical more often than not"

We do? In what sense? A mechanical switch is simply a mechanically activated contact plate/circuit. That's as simple as it gets, really. Sure, you've got mechanical wear and tear, but mechanical items have progressive wear, often - their failure mode is not immediate unless it is a catastrophic failure.

Mechanical/electrical switches for ignition have one/two failure modes: your car won't start, or your car will stop. The second is drastically less likely than the first, and applies to almost every motorized vehicle, ever. It hasn't exactly been a major concern.

A simple mechanism is inherently less likely to fail than a complex one performing the same task. Good systems people know this: cyclomatic complexity is bad.

From what I'm understanding, 'switchgate' is merely the failure of the electronics associated with the mechanical switch, and circumvented safety measures.

This sounds a lot like the many lines of bullshit we've been fed by various government and corporate bodies, in the past. They're pushing this shit through regardless, using something they fucked up for an excuse to fix it with something nobody wants. (My recollection is that the 'complaints' have largely revolved around the $200+ chipped keys automotive makers have been using, after all... We don't hate the keys, we hate electronic meddling -unubtrusively- with our mechanical devices (ie cars).)

Basically, automakers just want more control of your vehicle, and the revenue stream which results from fixing it.

(Side note: Remember when they said electronics would reduce the cost and maintenance on vehicles, in the late 1980s/early 1990s? That was true, in so far as the cheap stuff that broke was often replaced. But they're replacing everything with electronics now, and so many of the things that should not be 'electronic' (ie just need a simple electrical signal to work), are.

about 4 months ago

Oculus: ZeniMax Claims Over Rift Tech Are "False"

CAIMLAS just silly (72 comments)

The idea that the primary mastermind behind 3D gaming and 3D accelerated instructions, not to mention one of the most recognized names in all of computing, would have stolen ideas from a "who's that?" company is just absurd.

about 4 months ago



How does flash media fail? Graceful, or violent?

CAIMLAS CAIMLAS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bhodge writes "Aside from the obvious "it stops working" answer, how does flash media — such as USB, SD, and CF — fail? Unlike the traditional hard drive, where anyone who's worked with computers for a while should know what a drive failure looks like, I don't know anyone who's experienced such a failure. I've been able to find more than scant evidence of what flash media failures look like, at the OS level. There just don't seem to be many accounts. The one account I have found detailed using a small USB drive /var/log storage: it failed very quickly, and then utterly (0 byte unformated device), after 5 years of service in the role. This seems to run contrary to other anecdotal claims that you should still be able to read the media after you can no longer write to it. So slashdotters: what have you seen, if anything?"

Educational, fun games for young children?

CAIMLAS CAIMLAS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caimlas (41445) writes "My son is a lot like his father, in that he's addicted to technology — in his case, games. He's a moderately advanced 5-year-old, and spends every moment he can playing computer games like Counter-Strike 2D, Mechwarrior 3, (classic) Gameboy games like Zelda and Mario, and the like. He knows his alphabet and numbers, but he can't read yet. Additionally, my daughter is starting to show interest in such things. I am looking for a couple educational games to replace these purely entertaining games which will keep his interest. Something like, maybe, old Hugo Whodunit games. Basic requirements would be simplistic controls/interface, no requirement to be able to read, and an engaging game world. These games would be going on an older computer and would, preferably, be free or inexpensive."


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