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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

Clyde Machine The better question is: "Should you...?" (192 comments)

Why is it that they need to be told a compelling story? Appreciation is nice, yes, but is it necessary for them to be wow-ed in every future report? Like OP said, they expect functioning systems and get functioning systems, and people get mad when things don't work right.

about 4 months ago

I expect to retire ...

Clyde Machine Re:IT'S A TRAP!!! (341 comments)

They secretly just want us all to respond "Never!"

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Clyde Machine Re:First step: Audit (452 comments)

This is probably the most fair response to the question. The ultimate question being asked is, "Which workstation setup will allow the end users to be productive?" If FOSS is part of your criteria, ensure that there are open source solutions for all your office's needs, from document writing to file sharing to video viewing. Invest in what will make your office work better overall, even if it isn't $0.00.

about 5 months ago

Interviews: Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

Clyde Machine Spreadsheets. (36 comments)

That bit about the spreadsheets right at the end is so incredibly true with creative work.

You come in contact with a lot of people and for very different reasons - you've gotta organize that data somehow, otherwise you'll spend all your time memorizing people rather than making creative things.

about 5 months ago

3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Clyde Machine Re:The story bellow it (132 comments)

Because Russia didn't 3-D print Ukraine's Dolphin Squad, I guess.

about 6 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

Clyde Machine To make it easier: (285 comments)

Jalapeño afficionados can place themselves in either the fairly or very spicy categories. From the Scoville scale Wikipedia page, these peppers are in the 3,500-8000 SHU range.

Anything above that, and you're just trying to impress us.

about 6 months ago

What day of the week is your most productive?

Clyde Machine Re:Saturday (91 comments)

Do work that you enjoy. I work in IT on weekdays, and am a music producer by night/weekends. Both are demanding and are definitely no cakewalk, and I rightly describe both as "work." But, I enjoy being a music producer, and typically don't feel like it's the same kind of work that requires me to force my brain to do it. I'm not resting when I'm making music, and certainly not while performing it, but I enjoy it, so I don't feel like it's forced. At times, it does feel like "work," but most of the time it's just living. So, maybe forcing the brain to keep working is the wrong mindset? It depends on the project(s) you're looking to do. What is it you want to accomplish?

about 6 months ago

MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet

Clyde Machine How much... (227 comments)

How much of that bundle is theirs and how much of that bundle is the users'? Can't just go around spending anybody's money.

about 6 months ago

Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

Clyde Machine Re:AC question (192 comments)

I will speak to the last two rows, and not of their typing errors.

"The source of its value is its limited amount: Normal currency - partly; Cryptocurrency; yes; A stick with my name on it; yes."

This line is problematic. A cryptocurrency's value is partly determined by its finite amount, not entirely. There are currently (and never will be) enough whole Bitcoins to go around for 1:1 ratio of a Bitcoin-to-humans distribution. So why aren't they currently worth a lot more than they are currently worth? Market forces, among many other factors. Their worth would certainly be damaged by having an unlimited supply (practically speaking), for obvious supply/demand reasons, but by that token, the US dollar or any other currency that is printed could be made to have a (practically) unlimited supply. (I say practically because whether cash or code, there will always be a finite limit to how many can be produced.)

Also, a stick with your name on it can be finite in amount, but supply and demand still determine its value, as well as other market forces and other factors beyond that.

"Anyone can make his own, undermining the whole damn system: Normal currency - no; Cryptocurrency - yes; A stick with my name on it - yes."

This is very much problematic. Although the chart doesn't define "normal currency," we can generally assume it is the kind you find listed on a country's Wikipedia page - paper dollars, coins, etc. Anyone can make coins out of metals, rocks, glass (which I want to see), etc. Anyone can print their own bills/notes and call them a tradeable, valuable good. Any non-cryptocurrency still has to be made, and someone still has to be the maker. Does that undermine the whole damn system? Look around the world and tell me your answer, chart-writer (I'm assuming the OP is not the chart-writer).

Going off that last point, does having options of currencies "undermine" the "system?" And how so? Cryptocurrencies seem to thrive on the principle that there should be more than one choice when choosing how you will conduct your business, transaction by transaction. I don't have to pay in USD, I can pay in Bitcoin. I don't have to pay in Bitcoin, I can pay in 42coin. I don't have to pay in 42coin, I can pay in credit. I don't have to pay in credit, I can pay in man-hours, fixing your printer or trimming your rhododendron. Does any of the above undermine the system?

And making your own stick with your name on it doesn't undermine any system that I'm aware of, it helps you walk when a leg gives out, and helps clear out cobwebs when your girlfriend is coming over with a last-minute warning text.

about 6 months ago

Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...

Clyde Machine Upon recommendation from... (192 comments)

Upon recommendation from the reddit Bitcoin community, I also put a liquid nitrogen cooling system in the box spring of my bed to keep my cold storage from getting too warm. I keep hearing about "hot wallets" being dangerous, so I figured, why take the risk?

about 6 months ago

TrustyCon was the 'Rebel Conference' Across the Street From RSA 2014 (Video)

Clyde Machine TIL (20 comments)

"catch as catch can.": using any available means or method : hit-or-miss

about 6 months ago

Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused

Clyde Machine Learning != linear? (114 comments)

Sounds like learning is not necessarily a linear process. Makes me feel better about my learning experience!

about 6 months ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Clyde Machine Last week. (280 comments)

I only heard of it because of its acquisition last week, and haven't used it.

about 7 months ago

Google's Project Tango Seeks To Map a 3D World

Clyde Machine Google Glass. (49 comments)

Integrate this project with Google Glass. Or have they already?

about 7 months ago

Watching a FIRST Competition Robot Being Built (Video)

Clyde Machine Home office? (29 comments)

Slashdot's home office is in the Murder Mitten?

about 7 months ago

Yahoo Mail Resets Account Passwords After Attack

Clyde Machine Tumblr? (96 comments)

"Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page"

Really? This is how businesses are delivering their security announcements?

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Reports Record Revenue

Clyde Machine Re:Surface in the Enterprise (289 comments)

I would have thought that more standardized devices would be more beneficial given the better/more familiar IT support, the familiarity of updates, better planning for scaling and expansion, etc.? What in your view are the benefits in a working environment of having multiple different devices/platforms?

about 8 months ago

US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

Clyde Machine Why wasn't this already required...? (143 comments)

Why wasn't this already required...? (Innocent until PROVEN guilty?)

about 8 months ago

Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

Clyde Machine Re:Registered? (169 comments)

The software is built off the blockchain model of the Bitcoin protocol. A key pair is recognized in the blockchain as being associated with a specific username, and it's there for all nodes to agree upon.

about 8 months ago

Maker of Physical Bitcoin Tokens Suspends Operation After Hearing from Federal G

Clyde Machine So... (2 comments)

...What makes this different from selling someone your Bitcoins for US dollars (i.e. in the first place? Should I be given a love letter from FINCEN for selling Bitcoins to someone directly? Is it just because he identified his activities as part of a business? In that case, how many transactions would it take for me to be considered a business, to FINCEN? Also, a more neutral stance on summaries would be nice in the future.

about 9 months ago



Ask Slashdot: How do I choose an IT college in California?

Clyde Machine Clyde Machine writes  |  about a year ago

Clyde Machine (1851570) writes "I've studied network technology enough to earn an associate's degree, and am looking to take my tech-related interests above and beyond — and out of the state. This is mostly to fulfill my interest of living in a new environment (I've been in Michigan for a long time), as well as filling my need to be learning something relevant to me. I'm looking specifically to California, but have no idea how to gauge a "good" college from a "bad" one. I'm primarily interested in Information Security as a field for further education.

How do I find good tech colleges to apply to for Information Security? Do you know of any off-hand? And of course, any and all scholarship information would be nice, because loans are the worst."


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