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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Kevin by the Beach The Night Bus (701 comments)

"Take it away Ern" , "Yea, It's going to be a bumpy ride"

about a week ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

Kevin by the Beach Not everybody carries a weapon in the military. (192 comments)

Years ago, I was an Air Force enlisted programmer AFSC 511/491. Sure, I was in the military but I didn't have a combat rating. I haven't looked at the citation that accompanied my medals, but I wouldn't be surprised to see obscure programming references like Ada, PL/1, and CP/M. The one sad change is that it was an awesome career path for people to go high school to military and get their computer training on the job. I've never completed my college education, but hold a job as an Enterprise Data Architect. Unfortunately the beltway bandits now do the same job I was payed less than $1500 a month to perform. And they only gouge the tax payers low-mid six figures to perform the same task (SAIC,GE,SAP,Oracle,etc..). The day's of the low paid high performing enlisted programmer are part of history. Congress and the DOD will never willing cut off a funding source and perpetual wealth through the revolving contractor door.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Kevin by the Beach Re:They shouldn't have immunity then (534 comments)

I have to agree. They are going to need to be prepared for civil/criminal prosecutions of the SWAT team members if they are claiming to be a corporation and not a law enforcement entity. Do they have all the requisite permits, local tax, zoning, etc... did they get a variance for explosive storage ... I believe not only in equal protection under the law, but equal prosecution under the law.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Kevin by the Beach Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (205 comments)

Today during an architectural review.... (Architect) Where is the performance data? (Developer) I planned on doing that during a later sprint. (Architect) Can you guarantee that it will get done? (Developer) We can just roll this to production, it's not used anywhere. (Architect) facepalm, facepalm, facepalm....

about a month ago
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Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

Kevin by the Beach Re:Typical AAAS tripe (123 comments)

We can lump this in with climate science and prove that mankind has no impact on the environment. /* snark snark */

about 2 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

Kevin by the Beach Haven't they heard of "parallel construction" (240 comments)

Maybe they haven't quite perfected the "parallel construction" that our intelligence agencies coach US law enforcement on. You need a good cover story that establishes probable cause so that you don't need to rely on illegally gathered intelligence as evidence. Ship them to GITMO I hear there are a couple empty bunks. That will allow you to avoid those pesky civil courts all together.

about 2 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Kevin by the Beach Re:the Putin stage (294 comments)

Amen (translation.... I Believe)

about 2 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Kevin by the Beach Re: the Putin stage (294 comments)

thank you, well said. I see other "good" that can be accomplished with this data. For example it places a copy of payroll information outside the "black box" of the IRS. so, a reasonable query would be "show me a list of people (including gender) who work for 'SOME BIG COMPANY' that have the same job title ordered by salary." I wonder how many class action lawsuits would come out of that :-)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Kevin by the Beach Caveat emptor (185 comments)

I agree that 35K users are not a statistically significant sample on a national scale. It may be possible that with adequate market segment size of renters in smaller geographic regions the numbers would be telling. (and compelling to a business associate) If you were upfront and explained that the free (included internet) had monitoring, redirection, and limitations included you shouldn't get in trouble. I don't know if you could achieve any economy of scale to compete with Comcast/AT&T, and they may even be one of your installed carriers... These monopolies have invested heavily in "Big Data" collection of their customer base and have their infrastructure installed in millions of homes today. So you could possibly partner with the big fish and provide some supplemental meta data upstream and lower your connection costs. In return if it's structured as a reciprocal agreement these partners may be willing to share their gathered intelligence with your organization.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Jennifer Granick What You Will

Kevin by the Beach M&A of TV/Internet providers (58 comments)

Do you see our government acting in the interest of the ( individual / corporation ) with regards to mergers of TV & Internet providers?

about 2 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

Kevin by the Beach A simple survey to get the conversation started. (224 comments)

I've noticed that the more thoughtful posts have involved the realization that once the conversation has been started the survey itself is meaningless. I agree that the visionary or golden questions like "what would you do if bandwidth wasn't an issue?" don't come about until somebody has already stated the obvious.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

Kevin by the Beach Re:Worth of a cable subscriber (154 comments)

Don't forget it's not the immediate revenue recognition that drives the bottom line. The real money is the residual value of the demographic and social data being collected on all of their customers.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal

Kevin by the Beach The one question I've never seen anybody ask. (154 comments)

The one question I've never seen anybody ask. (so, I'll ask it) Do you trust one company to know all of the following: (and who will they share that with? and how much money is that pile of data worth?) 1. What time(s) your TV set(s) are turned on/off 2. What channels you watch (and with multiple sets, your families viewing habits too (each cable box is uniquely identified) 3. How do your viewing habits compare to your neighbors? 4. How do your viewing habits compare to your extended family? 5. How many children are in your home, and what time of day are they there? 6. Based on your street address are you likely to watch (FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Al Jazeera, RFD-TV, BBC)? 7. What is the correlation between your web surfing habits and your TV viewing habits? 8. You have been observed at https://whitehouse.gov/some_sp... on your Safari browser while 1 TV in your home was tuned to the annual State of the Union address. 9. You just watched an advertisement for Viagra on NBC , national news, commercial break 3. You open your web browser on your iPad and start surfing midget porn. The next week you begin receiving spam related to "news junkies who have ED issues resorting to midget porn and there's an app for that". 10. With silly season 2014 almost underway and sillier season 2016 just around the corner, do you really want any political party, special interest group, PAC, or mega company knowing when you wipe and what brand of TP you prefer?

about 3 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Kevin by the Beach Re:Well (312 comments)

I agree 100%... I will either wear socks, or my running shoes while standing at my workstation. I also remind newbies to occasionally remember to shift their weight onto the balls of their feet. (standing flat footed with your knees locked isn't good)

about 3 months ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Kevin by the Beach 2yrs in, and still standing. (312 comments)

I've been working from a standing position for 2 years and I have no intention of ever going back. It's never to late to start, (I'm soon to be 52) I first found an existing spot that I could place my computer and try it out... I was fortunate to both work from home and have a 42" countertop off the kitchen that was the perfect height. After working for several weeks at my kitchen counter, I went out and purchased some simple track shelving from the home depot. It cost maybe $150 to set up shelves for my keyboard/mouse, laptop, 24" monitor, and IP Phone. I've never felt better, and don't miss sitting on my ass all day long.

about 3 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Kevin by the Beach It's all about RISK (987 comments)

I have a new tool when talking to deniers. I just use one word. RISK! Risk as a concept is well educated in American society.. EX-Smokers reduce their RISK of lung cancer for every year they are an EX-Smoker... So, if we talk about climate change and RISK it becomes very easy to bridge the topics... such as the RISK of invasive species spreading into new areas. http://www.fs.fed.us/ccrc/topi...

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Kevin by the Beach Opionistas == News Junkies (1482 comments)

This thread is going the same direction as our society at large. You can't become emotionally intelligent in a vacuum, but our technological capabilities are increasing the air gap between opposing views. i sit back and smile as News Junkies (substitute Opinionistas ) work to influence their audiences. They appear oblivious to the corner that their groups have congregated into. Shouting louder and feeding uniquely palatable crap to their followers is standard practice. The saddest thing is to see these Opinistas wonder aloud why the world can't see things in the same way. LMAO because it beats crying.

about 4 months ago

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