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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Keep It Ready (206 comments)

Keep everything ready, so you can switch back when the cloud services fail and/or your management team changes.

Indeed. The cloud fad is already starting to pop as executives find out "Holy fuck, you mean when something goes wrong there's no amount of screaming I can do to make them prioritize our service?" and other things that weren't in the brochure. "You mean we're on a shared infrastructure so when one of the other tenants gets DDOSed we're down too? "

Or (my favorite) "You mean to actually have high availability we have to spend almost double the quoted price to run identical machines in another geographic-zone"?

yesterday
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Translation (Rough) (230 comments)

Apparently you never went to college.

Most four-year college kids aren't in technical program. They're in liberal arts programs. Typically they have lots of trouble getting up early enough to get to a 10 AM class, and bitch and moan that an 8-hour day is required to earn an A.

I don't know where you went to college, but if this was the norm you picked a party school. Real university is real work.

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Karl Cocknozzle Translation (Rough) (230 comments)

"We want to be as wealthy and well-positioned as people who worked their asses off in their 20's even though we couldn't be bothered to educate ourselves after high school and spent our 20's living with our parents, partying, and having a sweet car that we could only afford because we lived with our parents."

Here's a thought: Teach your kids the concept of long-term goals... It worked wonders for me.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Karl Cocknozzle Re:And if it doesn't work? (265 comments)

Support for off-hour work is part of the job. Don't like it? Find another job where you don't have to do that. Can't find another job? Improve yourself so you can.

He might just need a better boss--it sounds like this one expects the guy to stay up all night for maintenance, then come in at 9am sharp, as if he didn't just do a full day's work in the middle of the night.

Rather than automating, he should be lobbying for the right to sleep on maintenance days by shifting his work schedule so that his "maintenance time" IS his workday. "Off-hour work" doesn't mean "Work all day Monday, all night Monday night Tuesday morning, and all day Tuesday." Or, at least, it shouldn't.

about two weeks ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Question: (232 comments)

Would a wheat based currency system be as you say "fake and worthless"?

Maybe not, but the fact that wheat is useful as a foodstuff makes it extremely unlikely to be chosen as currency, or to "back currency."

about a month and a half ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

Karl Cocknozzle Re:I hope they get whatever they can for them (232 comments)

Let me blow your mind right now: all currency is fake. That's what makes it currency instead of bartered goods.

This. Times a million

Every currency (Yes, Virginia, even gold-standard currencies) are completely fake and arbitrary. The difference between fake and arbitrary fiat currency and fake and arbitrary gold-standard currency is exactly one layer of abstraction, because the "value" of gold is in itself pretty arbitrary. It is somewhat rare, but it's "value" is completely generated by the human mind. Which is actually for the best--can you imagine how high the price of gold would be if it was actually useful for something besides making jewelry and helping Fox News scam old people out of their savings with terrible gold investment opportunities?

Humans assigned "value" to gold because it was rare-enough to avoid hyper-inflation, but common enough that you didn't have to worry about deflation. And that worked just fine for a few tens of thousands of years... until there were too many humans for the world supply of gold to adequately represent new wealth and value as they're created.

If a more numerous race of aliens had evolved on this planet they might have assigned value to blades of grass, pebbles, or certain kinds of trees in a similar matter based on their own needs.

Which is why the entire "gold standard" argument (that "our money is fake and worthless") is so stupid: Yes, it is fake and worthless. So is all other money, everywhere--the value comes from the perception. So it doesn't matter if its "backed by gold" or "backed by Jell-O Pudding pops" the fact is, the value is based totally on the perception of value of something. With fiat currency, it's the perception of the value of what you can buy, with "gold-standard" currency it's the perception of the value of the gold. But neither has any "real" value without that perception.

about a month and a half ago
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Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Karl Cocknozzle Good idea (230 comments)

While you're working on it, how about a new name? "Supercharger" is already a "thing" in automobile-lingo. And yes, I know most Slashdotters may not be gear-heads, using a name of a thing that already exists is glaring to those of us who are.

about a month and a half ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Culpability at the Top (307 comments)

Why did GM write into their bail-out a few years ago the clause that they cannot be held responsible for malfeasance which occurred prior to that bail out?

Makes me sick thinking about it.

GM's "bailout" was actually a managed bankruptcy with the terms pre-arranged, and bankruptcy in most US states incldues the discharge of liability, not just debts. It is done that way so creditors can't short-circuit the bankruptcy system and just "Wait to sue" until after you're out of bankruptcy protection.

This liability discharge is one of the main features of bankruptcy. It is why the company that polluted the Elk River in West Virginia (leaving the 2/3 of the state without safe drinking water--some of them to this day) declared bankruptcy in short order after the incident--they knew they had no possible defense against the legal onslaught that was coming, and their executives (who were owed sizable bonuses--coal executives really rake it in) wanted to make sure they filed for bankruptcy BEFORE anybody filed suit, because if a suit was pending when they filed bankruptcy that party could go to court to stop bonuses and incentive pay owed to executives from being payed out. Because if the company was facing a bankruptcy judge and had an already-filed suit for billions in damages he would never (EVER) approve bonus payments to executives and would probably listen pretty favorably to a creditor who insisted the executives not be able to loot the place ahead of their judgement.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

Well, the vandalism aspect can be "solved" by the simple means of on board video cameras. And since entry to the taxicab would most like require some form of ID prior to the doors unlocking, you could be pretty darn sure as to the identity of the passenger. And the "official" rational for the camera? Why, it's to gauge the customer's reactions to the advertisements. After all, that lets the system present advertisements that the customer finds more receptive.

George Orwell didn't go far enough. Google is correcting that mistake.

...Because on-board video cameras can't be vandalized, of course! And it may be the case that you have to identify yourself before the door opens on the car, true, but that doesn't stop a vandal from hopping in one of the other doors and damaging the car after you've identified yourself... Or they could just steal your mobile phone and summon a robot car with the robot car app...

Trust me: If it exists, there's a way to break it without getting caught. My first instinct is to use the technique used on british speed cameras: Kitchen plastic wrap strapped tight across the camera lens. If done correctly, the camera doesn't look "broken" to a casual observer, but this effectively renders images from the camera a useless, blurry, translucent mess.

about 2 months ago
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US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Karl Cocknozzle Re:News at 11 (97 comments)

Random groupings of people say bad things about major international deal without any supporting evidence.

Seriously, the best they can do is "The language used is vague"? How about doing their own analysis instead of just pointing out that the documents aren't perfect?

I think the point is that the language is intentionally vague to conceal the meaning from an uncritical public. If critics of the agreements say they contain language that "could allow" certain bad things to happen, proponents can smear-them as "conspiracy theorists" to discount their point of view, and a pliant, lapdog corporate media will lap it up, eagerly.

about 2 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Karl Cocknozzle We treat ours grand! (255 comments)

...We promoted him to Director and now he sits in his office being distracted by shiny things, allowing the rest of us to accomplish the actual business of operating our department.

Try it sometime! The only way it can backfire is if the person has actual-authority over something important--then the company might go out of business. But other than that I'm drawing a blank on negatives.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

That's because we old farts have learned to tune out the ads and use the time to think about something else.

I'm about halfway between the two extremes: I find ads jarring and disruptive to the narrative of programs. It is especially unpleasant to watch a movie on TV. A movie "enjoyed" in this fashion is essentially a butchery of the original picture, with TV commercials awkwardly inserted every 20 minutes or so. TV shows are slightly-less-bad in that the writers of the show at least know where the commercials will go, but that's annoying and makes shows predictable since you we've all, by this point, become adept at recognizing the rhythm of TV shows... how many times have you looked at your watch or phone and "known" it was going to end with a " To Be Continued..."?

It's because you know how shows work--their narratives all flow int he same basic patterns because of TV commercial breaks.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Karl Cocknozzle Re:ads in car (355 comments)

Are you sure they have overlooked this? I think the words "google" and "car" and "driver" have been used in a lot of sentences over the last few years, especially with the word "driver" modified.

They have a vision, all right: About annoying human beings with advertisements at every waking moment. The part I suggested they were overlooking was the part where it is, at present, illegal to do what they're talking about doing. Yes, of course, they're google and they have scads of money to buy whatever laws they want, but I mean today.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

And it is still working. As for the car, what about the car navigation voice telling you that you are nearing a burger drive-thru because it knows its time for you to be hungry again (it also know that you likely are hungover from activities day before and your Google searches...) and that you love your burgers..

For now, because there are so many of us old-fogeys from a time before advertisement skipping was possible/easily accessible to the masses.

Once we die off the advertisers are in for a world of shock: Young people do not tolerate advertisements. Without exception, NONE of the people I know under the age of 25 listen to the radio (and thus radio commercials) in their car, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of older people still do. Among that group, also, most won't watch TV without having the show recorded on DVR either entirely, or at least enough of it recorded to time-shift the start long-enough so they can zap the commercials.

They've been raised to be advertising-averse by the sheer volume of crap that's been shoved in their faces their entire lives. It's funny, but kids are actually smarter than us in a lot of ways.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

As far as the automotive portion of this, they've overlooked a pretty critical detail: With the exception of navigation and car-control, the driver cannot be in a position to view moving video or flashy graphics--it's explicitly illegal to design a car in such a way that such garish distraction could catch the driver's eye at a critical moment.

And now the reason for the autonomous car research by Google is revealed. Somehow, I suspect that the laws prohibiting moving video and flashy graphics will go away, or stop being enforced once autonomous vehicles are common place.

You may be right, since by definition that person isn't "driving" anymore in his robot-car.

But since the other side of the robot-car equation is that most people won't own their own cars anymore because it would be essentially unnecessary, cars would become a much more communal resource--more like a taxicab that everybody owns. But unlike a taxicab, passengers are likely to be alone in the cars frequently, so it wouldn't surprise me if advertisement surfaces were regularly vandalized.

And if that means nobody can ride in the car until the advertising screen is repaired (because it's also the "enter your destination" screen) then I guess that's too bad, and maybe Google shouldn't be trying to skeeve more ad impressions out of us.

about 2 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

Karl Cocknozzle Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

As far as the automotive portion of this, they've overlooked a pretty critical detail: With the exception of navigation and car-control, the driver cannot be in a position to view moving video or flashy graphics--it's explicitly illegal to design a car in such a way that such garish distraction could catch the driver's eye at a critical moment.

As for the rest: I know of few people that would do anything other than smash the screen out of a refrigerator that was blaring ads at them every time they walked past (since what's the point of showing ads when the door is opened and, presumably, the "screen" is facing away from the person you're trying to show an ad to?) so I imagine that's going to cut-down on their response-rate on those ads.

In short, I'm fucking laughing thinking about how disappointed they're likely to be. Humans are already on advertising overload--it was 5,000 impressions per day per person TWENTY YEARS AGO, before the Internet even existed. I can't even guesstimate how much ad-crap we see now... Probably a fair-bit more than 5,000 impressions per day, though.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Clearly they've broken him and... (449 comments)

And that is directly attributable to the police-state infrastructure created and perpetuated by the Federal government, just like Weev has stated.

True enough, but not exactly the poster-child we'd like espousing the point of view that the government is fucked and needs desperately to be reformed.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

Karl Cocknozzle Re:A fifth horseman (449 comments)

The government has created a martyr.

No, they have created a kook. Anyone that considers mass murders to be "patriots", and thinks that the likes of McVeigh, Stack and Heemeyer are admirable, has lost all credibility. Rather than making the government more accountable, people like this give everyone that opposes authoritarianism a bad name.

Actually, he was a kook before this happened--his idea of fun was rape-trolling. Hardly an upstanding citizen to start with. It's part of the reason the feds felt so free to mistreat him--they knew his political views would make him toxic-waste for any activists trying to stick up for him. I'm also not discounting the possibility that they knew who this guy was and jumped at the chance to try and make anything stick just to see a world-class asshole get his comeuppance.

Here's what's likely to happen: He'll get a lawyer who will tell him 1) You have a good lawsuit here, perhaps several, but 2) they'll never pay you in bitcoin, ever, and 3) Shut your goddamn mouth so you don't poison every potential juror on earth, because these swine will ALL roll the dice on trials with "official capacity lawsuit" lawyers defending them, so your best hope is to have jurors not know you're "pro-toddler murder" until AFTER the civil trial is over.

Then he'll either shut up and collect his money and fade into obscurity or go for his 15-minutes-as-Cliven-Bundy and then fade into obscurity, but not before developing a lucrative right-wing/nutter following that he'll exploit through book sales and speaking fees.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

Karl Cocknozzle i was with him right up until... (449 comments)

I was with him right up until he revealed his love of deranged, hillbilly trash like McVeigh. Weev did get a raw deal, but it is worth mentioning that the people in the justice system (that run it) are in fact people, and people (flawed as they are) love seeing assholes (like Weev) get their comeuppance. And given what an asshole he is, I'd say that comeuppance was a long time coming.

But hey, good news for him: He now has a legitimate cause to fight for the rest of his life. If this keeps him from discrediting other causes through his support (this manifesto essentially makes Weev completely toxic to any political activism on any topic, forever, period) then we should consider it a net win.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

Karl Cocknozzle Re:Timothy McVeigh (449 comments)

Marvin Heemeyer is the man though..

Really? The label I'd apply would be "deranged hillbilly trash," but I guess to each their own, eh?

about 2 months ago

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FCC Planning Rule Changes to Restore U.S. Net Nuetrality

Karl Cocknozzle Karl Cocknozzle writes  |  about 5 months ago

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) writes "In a statement issued today, FCC commissioner Tom Wheeler announced that the commission will begin a rule-making process to re-impose Net Neutrality, which was recently struck down in Federal court. Among the standards Wheeler intends to pursue are vigorous enforcement of a requirement for transparency in how ISPs manage traffic, and a prohibition on blocking (the "no blocking" provision.)

Which seems like exactly what neutrality activists have been demanding: Total prohibition of throttling, and vigorous enforcement of that rule, and of a transparency requirements so ISPs can't try to mealy-mouth their way around accusations that they're already throttling Netflix. Even before the court decision overturning net neutrality, Comcast and Verizon users have been noting Netflix slowdowns for months."

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