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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

Independent_forever Faulty switch at GM (307 comments)

Yes, but the question is WHY did this one person feel it necessary to hide some defect from management? Me thinks there has been a scapegoat here as I believe most, if not all, of these types of cases involve employees at various levels feeling pressured into delivering some end result but not be provided the resources and/or support needed for that to occur. Unless someone is just plain evil or sick at heart and is hiding defects in critical car parts to somehow kill other people it really doesn't make sense and is simply difficult to believe. I don't buy one guy did this of his volition without any reason...something stinks in this story...

about 5 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

Independent_forever Cable channels (340 comments)

A la carte is the only way consumers can reign in costs. I, too, get duplicate and triplicate channels and the only differences are some are HD, others digital and then others some other crappy technology where all things are blurry...not sure what century those stations still live in...I probably watch a dozen channels at most and not often. I almost wish I could opt for per hour charges at least for our household where everyone is more often on the computer, reading kindle, etc...and most of the stuff I watch I can get online now too...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

Independent_forever from IT grunt to Officer material :-) (125 comments)

Seriously, my suggestion is develop policies as well prior to just handing everything over to some new person. Put in change control processes at least for the first year and then as you get to know that person and their skills you can untangle yourself from the IT specific duties. I've never actually moved from IT to what seems to be a completely different function from IT (even if some of the budget revolves around IT purchases) but even if you were becoming CIO, for example, you would be in the same position albeit the "go to" person for a little while to solve the inevitable technical issues. But I truly think you must set up some sort of checks and balances from the start or your @ss is going to catch a lot of h3ll if things go wrong. Best case, your new person could screw things up to the point where you must now juggle both this new management role PLUS the IT tasks too....yikes! This is why I don't mix the two as MANY people assume IT is so simple and just clicking buttons and taking long lunches--until the Sh*t hits the fan and then WHO do they look to...you know what I mean..good luck to you...

about 6 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Independent_forever pizza sized holes???? (405 comments)

now that's funny...and soooooooo ridiculous at the same time. C'mon people....dumbing down the game just so people don't quit....I would say IF someone doesn't have the determination to make their game better through...wait for it.........drum roll here.......PRACTICE!! Then perhaps they should quit and leave the greens open for those who wish to play. I don't play golf not because it's difficult...but because it is boring and I'd rather kayak or hike or bike, etc....but let's not push the game over the cliff...tweaking existing rules CAN work as they do in other sports. Take hockey...I LOVE the no two-line pass anymore as that was a major momentum killer in any game...same for the goalie rules where they can only touch the puck in a specific area...these rules help make the game better but they don't change the nature of the sport...making a golf hole larger....dumb idea....

about 6 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Independent_forever Application control (195 comments)

We use Bit9 Parity...inventories and monitors ALL executable content on a given system and the policies remain in effect even when offline...this app closed many audit findings for us because with tamper protection and blocking of known malicious items it's more proactive. You can even import SHA/MD5 keys manually if something is discovered in the wild and there is no real detection yet....Nothing is 100% BUT much of what infects these user systems are executable content plain and simple. I wish they made this for Home use as it would be worth it. I am just another IT person too by the way and am not endorsing this product in any way..just giving an option to AV and other reactive apps. I love this app for our front-end web servers...you put these in HIGH mode and not a d@mn thing runs except what is supposed to...i.e. if the server is compromised new executable content STILL has to be approved even as local admin. That's the best part....local admin has nothing to do with this proactive approach...check it out....there is no such thing as one protection but with app control implementations like this and security in layers it just make it that much harder for the bad guys...hope this info helps....

about 8 months ago
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Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

Independent_forever Shutdown and the supposed "cost" (767 comments)

When you see how these dollars were lost it just proves more and more how much waste and unnecessary costs are involved with this federal govt. I commented on the breakdown portion of the main article statement above. I still think we should run the govt using the 80/20 assumption--20% of the people do 80% of the work just as in the private sector quite often. We could probably shrink this govt down 80% or more and still everything would run, the country would prosper without govt intrusions into everything, and the economy would grow again AND basic services would continue to run in the govt. Sure, maybe some workers might have to put on multiple hats but SO WHAT! We have to do that all the time in the private sector AND we aren't guaranteed job security as these feds seem to be. Not sure what it takes to fire anyone in this govt but you can do just about anything short of murder and get away with it...it's a travesty!! [COMMENTS TO ABOVE ARTICLE STATEMENT] The breakdown includes about $3.1 billion in lost government services [QUESTIONABLE VALUE HERE], $152 million per day in lost travel spending [TRAVEL FOR WHOM? GOVT PERSONNEL--SOUNDS LIKE WE SAVED MONEY], $76 million per day lost because of National Parks being shut down [WOULDN'T HAVE COST ANYTHING IF OBAMA HADN'T FORCED CLOSURES OF STRUCTURES AND LAND THAT HAD NO REASON BEING CLOSED], and $217 million per day in lost federal and contractor wages in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area alone. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers bore the economic brunt of the shutdown [NO THEY DIDN'T SINCE THEY WILL BE PAID BACK-PAY--AT MOST IT WAS AN INCONVENIENCE]but small businesses also suffered from frozen government contracts and stalled business loans. [THIS I AGREE WITH IN THAT CONTRACTORS AND OTHERS WON'T GET BACK PAY AND WORKERS HAD TO USE LEAVE OR GET NO PAYCHECKS BUT THEN IT GOES BACK TO WHETHER THE AGENCIES AND SERVICES WHERE THEY WORK ARE TRULY NECESSARY]

1 year,5 days
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Geeks.com Online Shop Has Closed

Independent_forever Sorry to see you go.... (187 comments)

Another example of a monopoly (although no one seems to admit it) crushing the little guy....trust that when one online door closes a new one opens or does not open for a reason...thanks for the years of service....cheers~

about a year ago
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U.S. Independence Day is a ...

Independent_forever 4th of July vote (330 comments)

Of course, we all need to remember what sacrifices others have made for our freedoms and never forget that...the younger generations have taken this for granted and it is partially on my generation and other older ones for dropping the ball to some extent. We need to ensure young people understand what freedom in this country means and that they must continually fight against forces always trying to smash our freedoms and put us back under tyrannical rule. Remember what Ben Franklin told a woman who came up to him and asked him "well, do we have a Republic sir" and to that he replied "if you can keep it". Never has this been so true today...this younger generation WILL lose this Republic if they do not fight for it....it's that simple.

about a year ago
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Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

Independent_forever head transplant (522 comments)

I remember back when Jurrassic Park was released and the character Malcolm had a line that so works for this ridiculous notion--"your scientists were so busy worrying about if they could, they forgot to ask if they should"

about a year ago
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Cisco Looking To Make Things Right With West Virginia

Independent_forever West Va and Cisco (182 comments)

While govts at any level tend to think first with their wallet and then their minds when dealing with purchases, Cisco sales people should have acted above board on this. By that I mean, THEY, not the customer, are the experts or should have access to the experts and must help guide customers to some degree. It's NOT only about making a sale but keeping customers. How stupid is that? Cisco has excellent products--true--but they are NOT the only game in town anymore so they better watch out. Just look at EMC...people love their products and they are rock solid but support costs and all this ancillary crap is WAYYYYYYY overpriced. Anyone who is a true engineer and has managed such equipment knows exactly what I am talking about....same can be said for vendors like F5, NETAPP, and so one...the equipment is easy to spec out...it's this other "support" bulls**T I can't stand. And often you have no choice but to purchase it. When vendors require the support costs as part of the entire package then they have a duty to act reasonably and help the customer--not screw them over. The obvious outcome for this sales person was to sell as much sh*t to a govt as it could...period. What else is the explanation?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

Independent_forever cord blood (321 comments)

We did that for the first few years but then had them destroy it as the use is very limited and only good for certain things. Still, small price to pay to have another protection for your child even if the use is limited. Never know what the future brings. It's really just like anything else...insurance that you hope you never need. Cheers.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

Independent_forever Ender's Game comment (1054 comments)

Why is every solution in this country to fire someone or jail someone when a mistake MAY have been made? And I emphasize MAY!!!! This country and its ridiculous leftist ideals is turning this nation into a STATEIST and UTOPIAN state where we ALL LOSE OUR FREEDOMS.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Snags Patent On Half-Day Off of Work Notifications

Independent_forever partial days off item (163 comments)

what are they talking about? Outlook does this now...it's called setting the hours....maybe I am missing the exact feature this article refers to...

more than 2 years ago
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Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

Independent_forever Brain Teasers and Hiring (672 comments)

I've been on many interviews and only had to do something similar once and, frankly, it turned me off the job. I had to sit in front of nearly 30 people (at the same time) during my interview and then to have some techie hand me a visio diagram half way through and ask how I would best design this network and what IP ranges I would use, etc. was overwhelming to say the least. It was also some part of their network still in the planning stages so HOW I could have answered correctly is beyond me when they don't even have a solution. Interviews themselves actually don't bother me when they are run correctly. I didn't appreciate getting blindsided with a test (one of several asked of me that day) especially under those stressful circumstances with everyone waiting on me to complete this document before moving to some other interviewer in the bunch. The job did not pay that much and was NOT a design job so that just added to my annoyance at this request. I get the idea but give the interviewee a break in this circumstance. At least give them forewarning so they can prepare somewhat or get into the frame of mind of answering specific technical questions in test format or as brain teasers and such.

more than 2 years ago
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Justifications For Creating an IT Department?

Independent_forever IT dept (214 comments)

I'm always amazed that an IT department needs to be justified in this day & age but I understand what you mean. IT is misunderstood routinely. I think one major 'big picture' issue that should be discussed with management of any company is what their goals are and what their future plans will be. Until they can answer that, creating an IT department may be putting the cart before the horse. That said, it sounds like your company is moving forward and growing and managing multiple sites will require at least one body per site. If your company doesn't see IT valuable and necessary I'm not sure how they can expect to grow. Just the physical layout of your company with remote sites will produce a need by default. I've worked in a company where one guy was trying to manage exactly the type of configuration you find yourself in--remote sites, growing staff, growing tech demands, etc.--and let me tell you if was a mess when I started there simply because it was unmanageable. IT is very time consuming and NOT always in a 9-5 schedule. You'll be surprised that even 100 users, while seemingly small, will place heavy demands on your time and resources as the business grows. I think you just need to set up a formal meeting and ask---then go from there. Justification of a dedicated IT department doesn't seem that unreasonable especially if your managers expect to grow quickly.

more than 2 years ago
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A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

Independent_forever Lack of Internet in Poorer areas (392 comments)

They are probably better off...the way Comcast and Verizon (the only 2 real choices in our area) charge ridiculous prices and, frankly, price fix everything the cost would be too high for most and I am NOT going to subsidize someone else just because I can afford my connection right now....no way. If Obama had his way he would make those of us who can afford it pay for everyone who cannot...last I checked, having internet access wasn't a God-given right....although Liberals would have you believe that...

more than 2 years ago
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The Mexican Cartel's Hi-Tech Drug Tunnels

Independent_forever Drug running tunnels (448 comments)

Until the drug addicts decide to stop living for the high these things will always be around and this drug war a losing, continuous battle. I'd like to see billions poured into getting people OFF drugs and reduce their customer lists instead of this good money after bad scenario with no real payoff for taxpayers or this nation.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

Independent_forever IT versus NON-IT (960 comments)

I've been in IT for a long time and one thing that I have found which ALWAYS ingratiates you to end-users...COMMUNICATION. You would be surprised how far a simple email or phone call (when possible) goes with non-IT folks. They just want to know what's going on and stay "in the loop" as it were. If you, as the IT expert, can develop people skills and make users feel like they matter--TRUST ME-- when the s--t hits the fan and systems really go down end-users (generally) are willing to give you a break and cut some slack. If you treat end-users and management with disdain then you get what you deserve as the "hated IT person". I've worked with many IT folks and, yes, there are jerks out there who think they are God's gift to computers and turn everyone off. You've got to be better in other areas--not just the technical ones and if you cannot manage an understanding of people or businesses then you might as well look for other work because you are worthless if all you know is one facet of IT....peace all! Oh yeah, just to piss off some out there Merry Christmas!! It's OK to say Christmas....

more than 2 years ago
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Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree

Independent_forever Debt committee (954 comments)

The fact that this group was needed simply tells the American people that we not only have a dysfunctional government right now but these so-called elected "leaders" can't get the job done and it is one they are paid to do....Congress failed the minute they appointed this smaller group. In essence, they punted on the hard decision so they could wash their hands of it--plain & simple. This government is a disaster right now and while the previous administration may have caused some things leading up to Obama's term, the fact is this administration does not take ownership of anything, blames other people/events for their problems and is dividing this country by the hour and setting us back decades both on the federal level as well as personal levels. I've never seen or heard of a President causing so much hatred and divisiveness among groups within the country. I hope all the black voters out there don't simply vote this guy back in simply because he is black--he has to be the most racist and divisive President this country has had in a long time. The only difference between him and people who are outwardly racist is the fact that he practices it through policies, speaking out of both sides of his mouth and puts things in motion behind closed doors out of public eye. To me, that's more dangerous than hate groups in the streets...at least you can deal with those idiots in public and in the open. How can you fight racism and hypocrisy on this level when you don't know until it is too late? Very disappointed in our government and we may need another Declaration Of Independence to free ourselves of this current government. It is in the Constitution and DOI--when the government ceases to be in place for the people and begins to usurp too much power it is time to disband it and create a new government---that's really what we need now as this cancer has been growing for decades long before Bush was in office. We've got a do-nothing Congress, divisive President and a court system that is out of control with a "Statist" agenda. We need to turn this country around and right this ship once and for all....America was NOT built to have government interfere in our lives and tax us ad infinitum--that's why we broke with England in case anyone forgot. The government believe it can dole our rights to citizens...they forget...WE, the people, give the government its power and WE the people can take it away. Otherwise, we might as well be Socialist or worse, Communist at our core and we know how well those systems works don't we. I find it hypocritical that WE, as a nation, are supporting revolutions around the world so people can opt in to Democracy YET our government is killing our democratic way of life and taking away the very freedoms other countries are dying for....

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

Independent_forever Ron Paul's budget ax is excellent! (2247 comments)

It's about time someone gets back to the Constitution that our country was founded on. For those of you who think we need government intruding into our lives...go pick another country to live in if you love socialism and communism so much. For that matter, many in this country need to go back and read the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. In case you forgot, America was found because of the British tyranny over the colonists. All these Statists (i.e. govt is everything) need to be squashed once and for all and put back in their place. They are ruining this country now and for generations to come and we can thank good old Roosevelt for his shady govt programs and deceit of the citizens at that time...he took advantage of people when they were most desperate and pushed many government entitlement programs and set them up so people would become addicted to entitlements. it was brilliant in an of itself but now look at us...half the country truly believes the government has their best interest at heart...what planet do you live on? I bet you think the government actually has a Social security trust fund too...wake up people!! You may not agree with Ron Paul or even like the guy but his solutions make sense for this country--LESS GOVT, LESS TAXES, LESS REGULATION!! That is the ONLY way this country moves forward...not going to happen with this administration.

about 3 years ago

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