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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

KiltedKnight Re:Nullify! Jury Nullification (897 comments)

Rightly? No, sadly and wrongly. You probably should read up on the history of Jury Nullification (start here: Jury Nullification in the United States) and you will find that it was first used to prevent convictions under the fugitive slave laws. Jury Nullification is a viable answer... but it must be applied on a per case basis. You cannot go in as a juror with the express intent of nullifying a law that you do not like. You must give the prosecution a chance to present its case.

more than 2 years ago

White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

KiltedKnight Re:Money doesn't buy influence? (596 comments)

Because the "people" investing in them wanted them to vote that way.

about 3 years ago

SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed

KiltedKnight It got too hot in the kitchen (267 comments)

So Congress backed out until things cool down and they can try again... whether it's by reintroducing this same stuff or by attaching it, piece by piece, as riders to other bills.

We cannot turn down the heat. If we do, we will find this legislation passed before we can do anything about it.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

KiltedKnight Re:A web developer says thank you! (476 comments)

I know there might be negative ramifications, but I'm glad to see this day arrive. The sooner IE dies, the better.

There. Fixed it for you. :)

more than 3 years ago

Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe

KiltedKnight Re:Is this something the market forces are demandi (148 comments)

Only one of the last 6 companies I worked for DIDN'T have a mainframe.

Not only does my current company still have a mainframe- we're doing a major software upgrade on it next year.

The mainframe never died.

Mainframe computers were designed around the idea of doing a large volume of repetitive transactions... and mainframes do that very well. If that's what you need done, a mainframe is actually quite a good choice if you can deal with the operational and maintenance costs.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

KiltedKnight Re:To all candidates (343 comments)

The government is responsible for providing for the general welfare and all these things it does directly benefit the general welfare, QED.

Wrong. The government is responsible for providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare. The government is not responsible for providing for the general welfare.

Despite what Supreme Court rulings over the years may imply, the words "provide" and "promote" do not mean the same thing.

more than 3 years ago

Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

KiltedKnight Thank you, Dennis Ritchie. (725 comments)

Those of us who know better will mourn. The computer world has lost one of its greatest architects. You laid the foundation for quite possibly EVERYTHING in the modern computer world. I can only hope we will use what you gave us for good things.

more than 3 years ago

Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

KiltedKnight The grass is always greener on the other side (1019 comments)

Having experienced what happens in a socialized, European system through what happened to my grandparents, I can tell you that you really don't want it. When they finally identified the cancer with my grandmother, they only would give her pain medication. They would not treat her with surgery, chemo, radiation, or whatnot. She died in the hospital and there was a state-mandated autopsy. When my grandfather needed anything, they gave him pain meds and sent him home... no matter how my mother or my aunt argued with the doctors. The "death panels" are quite real... though they aren't necessarily called that. They do make decisions in those systems regarding what they will and won't do based on a person's age, condition, etc.

Socialized medicine works fine for an overall healthy population that takes care of itself and doesn't have junk food shoved down its collective throat. Until you can get the corn refiners and big pharma out of their shared bed, the US will continue to be a generally unhealthy population.

more than 3 years ago

The Five Levels of ISP Evil

KiltedKnight Re:How to get around DNS hijacking by ISPs (243 comments)

But the software that hijacks the NXDOMAIN traffic can't do anything about DNSSEC-enabled requests. If they hijack the response, then the receiving program will know whether or not something intercepted it because the NXDOMAIN stuff is actually issued by the root DNS servers and those were signed for many TLDs. Whether or not the actual response is signed is irrelevant. They have to skip requests that have DNSSEC turned on or they won't be invisible to the end user.

more than 3 years ago

IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty

KiltedKnight Blame a lot of downsizing as well. (352 comments)

This is a problem with the downsizing of companies. They try to push as much work as possible onto as few people as possible, often burning out the good people because they never get any time off, are constantly on outage calls, etc., and then nobody listens to them because they've identified a myriad of problems... but fixing them would require not putting out that extra new feature so they use operations to hold things together while disregarding their importance.

more than 3 years ago

Weird Al Says "Twitter Saved My Album"

KiltedKnight Al is just a really cool guy (160 comments)

I've had the opportunity to meet him at a concert when I was one of his extras. He is a good man and has a wonderful family. He treats people with respect it's difficult to not give it back to him... especially when he requests permission to do all of the spoofs even though he doesn't legally need to do so.

And I can't listen to several songs without the Weird Al spoof popping into my head either.

Best wishes to you, Weird Al!

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

KiltedKnight Re:The future (605 comments)

Umm, the last update/version of the client that I found was an FC10 RPM with version number back in January, 2010. Is that providing a client? Yes... but they barely pay any attention to it.

Probably time to start looking for an alternative...

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft: No Tablets Until It's Distinctive

KiltedKnight Roughly translated.... (203 comments)

"If we come out with one now, we can't shed our, 'Me too!' image."

And in all honesty, it's not exactly the worst move for them either.

more than 3 years ago

Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'

KiltedKnight Re:When will these nutjobs learn? (480 comments)

Actually, this can frequently be done pro bono as well, in which case the lawyer or law firm is doing it at their own cost.

more than 3 years ago

Posting AC - a Thing of the Past?

KiltedKnight At least it requires a court order (390 comments)

I get tired of people who hide behind AC thinking they can get away with harassment and forum owners who won't take control of the situation. At least this requires a court order, which means the person or group demanding the information be made available must provide a reasonable justification to the court as to why it must be done. It's not a perfect system, but it's better than saying, "You can't allow anonymous posting."

more than 3 years ago

Anti-US Hacker Takes Credit For Worm

KiltedKnight Re:Just another victim (221 comments)

I'm always amazed at how so many people can so easily fall for something that was at best a third grade attempt. Several of my coworkers and I were unhappy, to say the least, because we all took one look at the email and said that a blind man should've been able to pick up on this. And then someone chimed in with probably what was the best comment about why this happened. He suggested that it's been many years since we've seen this kind of attack go this rampant so everyone's guard was let down such that they didn't believe these attacks happened any more.

more than 4 years ago

Skipping Traditional Recruitment, Going Straight To the Source

KiltedKnight Re:Personally I think recruiters are worthless (207 comments)

The distrust of recruiters is well placed. I don't know how many of them I've come across who say something like, "We need someone who knows SQL databases." I've gone so far as to ask them, "Which one? You realize that SQL is a language, not a database." I usually get blank stares as a result.

We recently went through some rounds of interviews. We usually bring the candidate into a conference room with the entire team and sit with him or her for a couple of hours and ask questions and just talk. One of the candidates we brought in had a resume that looked like the interview process should've been a matter of formality and only to determine if we liked the personality or not. Instead we found that the resume was like it was shot full of steroids. The candidate said he had extensive experience with several things we used, yet when asked questions he admitted that he had used the technology once a couple of years ago for a few minutes. He was looking for a senior level position, but we weren't willing to give him anything above a junior level. He took himself out of the process. What surprised me the most was the source of the resume... the contracting firm that presented him to us... because they usually do a reasonably good pre-screening with the candidates they want to forward on.

In our interviews, we ask questions that have "one right answer" and some that have "no one right answer." In some cases, we're looking to see if you really do have the basic knowledge you say you do and in others we're also trying to determine your methodologies... how you attack problems, etc. This way of doing things only failed us once, but we weren't exactly able to predict that the guy was going to step on toes the way he did.

more than 4 years ago

High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

KiltedKnight Re:Somebody call the waaaambulance (1018 comments)

I worked for a Wall Street firm for a couple of years. My experience there is that the IT folks are overlooked as being an integral part of the success and failure of the company. For example, traders would be upset if their bonuses weren't equivalent to at least their annual salaries. Us IT folk, however, were lucky to see a bonus check that was equivalent to about twice our bi-weekly paychecks.

In my exit interview, I told the person straight up... we're the ones providing the traders with timely data and faster calculations so that they don't have to go back to using a stubby pencil. Start recognizing what the IT people do, because if they all decided to stop working, the traders would be stuck going back to doing their calculations with stubby pencils and would fall so far behind they'd be losing more money than they'd be generating.

Seems like my prediction finally came true.

more than 4 years ago



Patrick McGoohan dead at 80

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  about 6 years ago

KiltedKnight (171132) writes "From the article:

Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show "The Prisoner," has died. He was 80.

McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said.


Link to Original Source

Review: Ninja Gaiden on PS3

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KiltedKnight (171132) writes "Washington, DC, Metro-area radio station WTOP is carrying an AP article by Matt Slagle reviewing the exclusive release of "Ninja Gaiden Sigma." The author states that it is a remake of "Ninja Gaiden Black" for the original Xbox, noting the following:

"Sigma" does just about everything better than "Black," however, and that's saying a lot considering how uniformly excellent this action franchise originally was.

An important note: This game is hard _ brutally, unforgivingly hard in a way that only a true game junkie can appreciate.

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Today, I had to do something rather difficult.

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago My friend (mother to my godson) asked me to play at her father's funeral today. I, of course, said that I would. I did warn her, however, that neither she nor her sister would ever be able to listen to "Amazing Grace" on a bagpipe without crying (or at least getting seriously misty) again.

Playing funerals is not an easy job to begin with. Compound that issue with the fact that you knew the person it's for. Yes, I knew her dad too. He'll be sorely missed.

RIP, EBS. I hope I honored you appropriately.


Yep... it had to be something stupidly simple

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago It's not like I wasn't expecting it... but when you move a SCSI AIT-2 tape drive from an older machine to a dual-core Xeon with a RAID, you expect equivalent performance.


Backups that were completing within a day were now taking 4 days.

The solution? the --block-size=n option to cpio, where the block size is n * 512 bytes.

By setting it to be the transfer rate (found via cat /proc/scsi/aic7xx/1 on this machine), it completed in about 2 hours.

You would think someone would've built the smarts into commands like cpio, tar, and dd to do some kind of calculation on best performance instead of using some tiny number that works if you're only looking to back up a single, small file.


The rampant illogic and idiocy of some people

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago Here's a news quote from some suit in some official capacity out in the California area:

"The tack they're taking is a particularly troubling one," [Tom] Wilson [of the Canal Alliance] said. "They're painting illegal day workers as criminals, making generalizations about a group of people."

The sheer idiocy and illogic in the above statement explains a lot about the current condition in this country. Come on, what does he think "illegal" means, "sick bird"?


Sunday I get to do something special...

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago I get to referee a hockey game at The Phone Booth, er, MCI Center. Some of my friends from a local league asked me to be a referee for an "exhibition" game they're doing Sunday evening. This means I get to watch the Craps get beat up on by Tampa Bay.

OK, the guys are with the two worst teams from this past season's beginner league at the rink I normally play at, but it will be fun anyway.

Wonder if I can get my team to do something similar so we can play one of our league games there...


Tournament and trip were fun...

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago ... just wish we did better than 4th place.

Oh well, maybe next year.


Let's Go Devils!

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago WOO!

NJ Devils win the season opener at home. With all the hype about this year's number one draft pick, Sidney Crosby, another rookie ends up doing a whole lot better... Zach Parise.

It's fun... look at the Canadian media, and it's "Crosby nets point in season opener to Devils." I look on an NJ site, and I see "Devils rookie steals spotlight." He scored a goal and got an assist, vs Crosby only getting an assist.

OK, so this isn't techie stuff... but you gotta start with something.


So here I am...

KiltedKnight KiltedKnight writes  |  more than 9 years ago Busy night ahead of me...

Bagpipe lesson at 7... referee a hockey game at 10:40. The weekend tournament in Toronto should be fun, though. :)

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