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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Culture20 Smoking mothers (129 comments)

Children who smoke their mothers have bigger issues than DNA alterations.


Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Culture20 Re:TCO (150 comments)

But to further clarify, our context was mass administration, which actually requires substantial Powershell knowledge to do...pretty much at all.

Bzzzt. A Windows admin at a medium sized org can get by doing mass administration with just Active Directory/GPO clickity clicks. It's not as efficient, but it works.

you're living in another world if you think *nix admins are some sort of gods when compared to their Windows counterparts

Apparently you didn't read my first post in this thread. A competent 'doze admin is on par with a competent *nix admin. But the *nix admin *has* to do things the command line way for mass-admining, because the GUI just isn't there.

And just so we're clear, I've managed (as an admin not a user) numerous versions of Windows (starting with 98se through 2012), Unices (including HP-UX, Solaris, and IRIX), Linux (RedHat, RHEL, Fedora, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, Suse, SLE[S/D], Mandrake...), and Macintosh (not counting OSX which is rolled into the Unix bunch). I will admit that there were a lot of GUIfied admin tools for Solaris and IRIX, but nothing like AD's "click a check box and every machine tied to a computer object in tbe OU now has the following mandatory setting that a local admin can't modify".


Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Culture20 Re:TCO (150 comments)

this "low cost, low skill" Windows admin myth drives me insane

To be fair, it's not a myth (in the colloquial or academic sense). Windows is "easy", allowing for low cost, low skill "admins" who do everything via GUI and one machine at a time (or maybe many if you include AD and GPOs). Same with OSX (with ARD and OpenDirectory for the "mass-admining"). I've known guys that get paid more than myself who didn't want to understand any command line stuff.

But in the *nix world, if you don't know a shell, you're not even a user, let alone a sysadmin.


Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Culture20 Re:Great... (542 comments)

That's an unfair characterization. They might be tipsy or hung over.

2 days ago

Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Culture20 Re:TCO (150 comments)

This is a mistaken belief. Windows is actually pretty easy to mass-admin remotely, even with built-in windows services (not relying on SSH). But... Windows admins who know how to mass-admin boxes remotely usually get paid as much as Linux admins. Usually because once they've gotten to this point, they've gotten *nix under their belt.

2 days ago

AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

Culture20 Re:Why not? (119 comments)

The last nail in the coffin was when I trained a "more qualified" H1-b about "what those asterisks mean in C programming".

He was just asking for a few pointers.

2 days ago

Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

Culture20 Robots aren't friends (61 comments)

The sci fi promise of robots were things that would automate our work so we could spend time with friends. This thing sounds like something I have to spend more time working on/with to get a "friend".

2 days ago

Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

Culture20 Re:Guess it's not the greatest day. (31 comments)

Maybe they should have projected some extra traffic on sysadmin day. I hope their sysadmin didn't take the day off.

4 days ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Culture20 Re:LOL, (875 comments)

I (an American) just went on a vacation where I entered Russia, then France, then Russia, then the US on my way home. It went like this:

Russia: "What plane did you get off of?" "OK, [stamp]" France: "Welcome! [stamp]" Russia: "Welcome back, Tovarish! [stamp]" US: "Spread 'em, Cocksucker. What's this in your bag? Get in this line - no, the other line! Papers, please! Is this your family? Who packed your suitcase? Look into the camera. Make your wife look into the camera. Submit to bacterial scanning. Put your bags in the X-Ray machine and leave them there until they start to smoke. OK, Meatwad, we'll let you in, but consider this a warning!"

This place has gotten so xenophobic it's silly.

It's not xenophobia. It's eleutherophobia. I'd almost say fear of fellow citizens, but that's just paranoia, and not entirely accurate.

4 days ago
top Announces Linux Support

Culture20 Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

so that users do not have to Google, tweak and retweak things to get a game to run

Minus Google, that was three quarters of the game back in the 90's!

4 days ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Culture20 Biden briefs governors. (223 comments)

I thought the verb was "pantsing". As in VP Biden pantsed the governors while yelling "it's going to happen! Just give in a enjoy it!"

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Culture20 Re:Why users hate IT (98 comments)

I'm amazed at how much effort is placed on limiting researchers' misuse of computers at the expense of other researchers


about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Culture20 Re:Trust your users (98 comments)

This was modded funny, but it *is* a classroom computer lab, not a government installation. At some point, you have to let them learn by stepping on each others' toes. Protect the students' files from the other students. Protect the systems' secrets from the students. Beyond that, just institute a written policy of "don't be a jerk: nice your background processes". If a student uses up too many resources, use it as a teachable moment. Chances are, the students aren't trying to be jerks. They'll lp binary files by accident or forkbomb their machine. But if they really wanted to cause problems, nothing short of locking the door to the lab and only allowing remote access to one machine per student will do.

about a week ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Culture20 Re:But was it really unethical ? (612 comments)

Being a role-player, "lying about a die roll" has no strict ethical value to me: if I'm a player, it's unethical, but if I'm the DM, it's just part of the job ! ;) I never lied about die roll as a player, and would never do it, so you can consider me to be "very ethical"... but on the other hand, in a setup like that experiment (when the harm of lying is not clear at all) or as a DM, I don't have any issue with lying.

The harm is, you will have people less willing to play with you once they find out that you will lie about die rolls.

If you're a player. As GP states, I want a GM who will fudge the dice rolls (or not even roll them) occasionally to make the story better. Sometimes the dice are wrong. Yes, it's a game. But it's not fun when your characters face too little or overwhelming danger.

about a week ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Culture20 Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Wonderman, prince of Paradise Island, an island populated exclusively by men, with the first rule being "No Girls Allowed. And, How!" Sexist pigs.

about two weeks ago



Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and today. is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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