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Obama on Surveillance: "We Can and Must Be More Transparent"

Darth_brooks that's funny (537 comments)

They said it was raining today, but only my leg is wet....

about a year ago

Today Is International Day Against DRM

Darth_brooks Alternatively... (256 comments)

You could go to O'Reilly and celebrate by buying any of their 50% ebooks. It jumps to 60% if you're like me and load up your shopping cart like a madman whenever their stuff goes on sale...

about a year ago

Futurama Cancelled (Again)

Darth_brooks Re:another futurama? (390 comments)

Cute Kid: Hubert (who was added explicitly as the annoying 'cute' kid.)

Wedding: That's the last episode, according to the rag sheets

Inexplicable actor replacement: WELSHIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ok, granted, it was a guest star, and was done only because James Doohan politely declined to do the Star Trek episode)

So other than that you've got Jumping the Shark, which most folks would call the movies. I'd fine with the show either way. It had a nice run, even if the comedy central episodes didn't quite have that mind blowing awesomeness (which, who knows, maybe after a few years in reruns they'll develop.)

about a year and a half ago

The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban

Darth_brooks Re:I can slack off anywhere (529 comments)

Depends on your metric. If your metrics are based on your web proxy logs, code commits, ticket closures, or any other number of metrics, you're not even close to being a star.

The fact that the articles says she "checked the VPN logs" leaves us very short on detail. If the VPN isn't doing split tunnel, and all of the outbound web traffic is showing the users are spending their days shopping on amazon and updating facebook, then I'd say she made a decent choice. We're not really sure. The data *we* have to analyze her decision is sparse at best.

Overall, Yahoo needs to change. There is literally nothing that I'd call them "great" at. They are the Chrysler of the web. An amalgamation of cobbled together parts that has only the vaguest sense of direction. Mayer needs to reinvent a LOT of this company. Their management sounds stagnant and bloated and the workforce seems apathetic. Are they going to lose talent? Absolutely. But getting butts in the seats, more than filling up the parking lot, brings in at least a small shred of accountability. If the boss walks in and sees you doing jack shit, she's going to want to know why.

Far from being the death of telecommuting, this was just phase one; getting rid of the people who simply can't be bothered with showing up to work. It'll come back, but the message from the top is a little clearer. 1999 was 14 years ago. Sitting around in your aeron chair waiting for your stock option to kicking while "working" from home is a thing of the past. Phase two at Yahoo will probably be layoffs. Maybe phase three will be a step towards profitability.

about a year and a half ago

Buffalo Bills Going the Moneyball Route With Analytics

Darth_brooks Honestly (94 comments)

They could go the "Voodoo Witch doctor throwing darts at names in a phone book whilst simultaneously factoring in the price of tea in China" route and have equal success. That franchise is all but cursed.

I'm not sure that the analytics will work as well. football players have exceptionally short careers.

about a year and a half ago

Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

Darth_brooks Re:timeframes reveal anything? (123 comments)

The next generation X-37, the X-37C, is expected to be scaled up by 165%-180%, with the expectation of having a crew habitation unit (likely a modular unit that can be swapped in and out as needed.)

about 2 years ago

My relationship to military service:

Darth_brooks Re:A small percentage are veterans (525 comments)

The 10,000ft view of that particular POV is this;

-Military service gives you a bullshit tolerance that's considerably higher than that of the average person.

-You gain a much better understanding of how to be a cog in a machine. Right now, we have a legislative body full of "mavericks" and "rebels" who couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the directions were on the bottom, mostly because working *with* someone else is perceived as a sign of weakness. You understand that whether you're a big cog or a little cog, none of you get anything done alone.

-The "we oughta bomb them fuckers" mentality gets tempered somewhat by service. To a legislator that didn't serve, actions like Grenda are considered 'saber rattling' and 'showing force.' To someone who served, Grenda is "that place where that guy from basic was killed. Man, what was his name? His sister was super hot and I think his Dad was the guy I talked to at graduation who served with my Uncle..." Different perspectives.

It's a blanket statement to say that they're somehow "better" qualified. Veterans can be total fuckheads as well (Hi there, Randy! ), and they can be ideologically polluted tools who spout nothing but party lines, but the general rule is that at least there *some* baseline for those folks.

about 2 years ago

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

Darth_brooks Re:Vote (707 comments)

You mean the airline industry that has been in a state of near constant bankruptcy across the board as major carriers fight fare wars in the name of short term profit by shirking contractual obligations through chapter 11 filings & mergers?

Yeah, deregulation has been fantastic in the airline industry. I especially like the "Sorry, we drove ourselves broke. The executive board is taking action. The board is giving themselves a huge bonus (to retain such high quality executives) and golden parachutes, and we're dumping the retirement of the people who work for a living on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ( )" game. That's f*cking awesome.

about 2 years ago

Con Ed Says NYC Datacenters Should Get Power Saturday

Darth_brooks Re:Fuel logistics (107 comments)

My understanding is the Diesel stores far better than gasoline due to the lack of ethanol (which plays absolute hell on rubber fuel lines in home generators) and other additives. It still doesn't last forever, but it does better than gasoline.

Overall, natural gas is the preferred solution out here in the midwest. You don't have to store it on site if you're in a reasonably urban area (But you can, just install a pig out back), gasoline powered generators run on it with minimal modifications, and the earth tends not to quaketh so much round here so ruptured lines aren't an issue.

about 2 years ago

NYC Data Centers Struggle To Recover After Sandy

Darth_brooks Re:Why are generators in the basement? (231 comments)

Depending on the generator size, there's the weight issue. There's also fire regulations. 500 gallons of Diesel on the roof + fire == cascading burning diesel fuel.

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

Darth_brooks Fugly. (438 comments)

Looks like someone chopped off the back 3rd of the USS Maine.

about 2 years ago

Apple, ARM, and Intel

Darth_brooks Tis a fool.... (246 comments)

Tis a fool who looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart. Or from Cupertino. And that's not a dig, Apple fans, that's just the truth. Apple will dump Intel when they feel like it, for reasons that they alone decide.

Apple is a bit like the interrogator in 1984. They believe that can levitate off the ground and float around the room should they choose to, and what the outside world thinks makes no difference at all.

about 2 years ago

Mars Rover Solves Metallic Object Mystery, Unearths Another

Darth_brooks Re:Crossing my fingers (179 comments)

Just like any gold rush; the companies that supply the provisions stand the biggest chance to get rich.

about 2 years ago

CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn't Just For James Bond, It Actually Rescued Agents

Darth_brooks Re:It's in the Archive so now they use... (123 comments)

especially one inside the confines of an aircraft. I can only imagine how the ground crew and engineers were treated upon landing.

(Bay door opens)

Engineer: So how'd it.....(several angry loadmasters exit with torn flight suits and reeking of pig shit).....nevermind. So, uhhhh, pork chops for dinner tonight?

Loadmaster: Pork chops for dinner tonight.

about 2 years ago

CIA: Flying Skyhook Wasn't Just For James Bond, It Actually Rescued Agents

Darth_brooks Re:It's in the Archive so now they use... (123 comments)

and have a radar signature that's bit more... subtle.

[[citation needed]]

Those big whirly things on top, and especially that big old flat one on the back, aren't the most stealthy things on earth. A helicopter's advantage comes from being able to hug the nap of the earth and hide from radar, rather than deflect it away.

True, we used "stealth" helicopters in the bin laden raid, but my guess would be that the concern there was the super secrete stuff was 75% noise reduction 25% radar signature.

about 2 years ago

Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

Darth_brooks Re:Hydrogen? (271 comments)

Except that medical grade helium and the crap they fill party balloons with are two different things.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

Darth_brooks Hardcore Zen (700 comments)

Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner struck a huge chord with me. There's a certain amount of cruft and drama that seems to have come along with the sequels (especially the wandering through Sex.) But it distills down *very* nicely and has opened me up to some interesting changes in my thinking.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

Darth_brooks Re:Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (700 comments)

That, along with The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye, are on my list of books that I absolutely hated. I didn't find any of them to be the least bit fulfilling.

Might have something to do with having at least a bit of expectation for each. But I found them all to be in the category of "great because everyone says they're great."

about 2 years ago

Regarding Identity Theft:

Darth_brooks In the US (244 comments)

You are entitled by law to one free credit report from each of the three major agencies per year. That's an actual free report, not a "free *with $160 per year enrollment in out 'service' report. So, realistically you can do this every four months, just change reporting agency.

You are also a fool if you *aren't* doing this. The first time I did this I found two credit cards that hadn't been canceled by the issuer.

about 2 years ago

Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

Darth_brooks Re:So you're a twat. (1080 comments)

Low hanging fruit. Changing the source, thanks to the will of the people, is even harder.

I'd love to see coal fired plants go the way of the incandescent light bulb. But planning infrastructure takes decades, building infrastructure takes years, and it takes about five minutes to form a "citizens united against changing the status quo" NIMBY group to raise a stink in the first place (and said group usually gets a nice chunk of change from the "I make a ton of money off of the status quo in the first place" political action committees).

about 2 years ago



Japan restarts two of their 50 nuclear reactors

Darth_brooks Darth_brooks writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Darth_brooks writes "Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the restart of two idle nuclear reactors Saturday, amid split public response. The Japanese government is trying to fill a summer power shortfall. According to the article, the two reactors supply power to the Kansai region near Osaka, where local officials were predicting a 15% shortfall in power capacity during July and August."
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Health hazards for IT workers

Darth_brooks Darth_brooks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Darth_brooks writes "Computerworld is running an interesting, if not exactly earth-shattering, article on the health hazards that face IT workers. After ten years, this isn't so much an article for some of us as it is a checklist of symptoms. Here is a link to the printable version, to avoid all that carpal tunnel inducing clicking."
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