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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Krishnoid Well duh (238 comments)

You would have problems managing a distributed, literally mission-critical computing infrastructure too, if it was constantly getting hit by phaser, photon torpedo, and 'weapon of the week' fire, not to mention entities that don't respect fire/air/vacuum-walls. Seriously, do they even have an IT group?

about a week ago

Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Krishnoid Well then, let her be a princess (584 comments)

  • Etiquette
  • Basic dressage
  • Basics of weapon proficiency
  • Court intrigue
  • Political boundaries
  • Handling petitions from the gentry
  • Holding dinners

If that wouldn't get boring fast, maybe she *is* ready to be a princess. Along these lines, I found the audiobook of The Curse of Chalion to be quite enjoyable and well done (though probably not for kids), and its sequel, Paladin of Souls, won the 2004 Hugo and Nebula awards.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Krishnoid Conference support is also an option (488 comments)

Another possibility is event support for smaller conferences that aren't run by corporate sponsors. Much of it is just generic event assistance, and people can always use extra help and a car to pick up equipment or people, or get food and the like for people who can't leave their station at the venue.

It puts you in touch with many people and can be a time-limited task -- for some support roles, once your shift/one day/the conference is over, your involvement is complete for that event.

about two weeks ago

18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Krishnoid That's easy to solve (446 comments)

authorizing courts to issue any order necessary to obtain information within their jurisdiction.

What will happen when this collides with Apple and Google deliberately creating encryption that they themselves cannot break?

They can just write an order demanding the NSA help them break the encryption or provide them a dump of the in-transit data they've collected. In the words of Bart Simpson, 'The system works.'

about two weeks ago

Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Krishnoid Re:Need automatic "loser pays" in jurisprudence (219 comments)

They wouldn't be doing it, if they — the prosecuting agency(ies) — faced non-trivial monetary loss for every charge, that did not hold up in court...

How would that make a difference? They're the government. They *are* all the money, right?

And if they don't have the money now, can't they can just raise taxes during the next budget cycle to cover those costs?

about three weeks ago

The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Krishnoid Re:FTA (452 comments)

What *is* 100,000 in cubits, anyway?

about three weeks ago

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Krishnoid Re:Holy Crap DO NOT WANT (125 comments)

I wonder if this is similar to how normal word problems are for people who find them difficult -- tricky to weed out the irrelevant information and convert to formulas.

about three weeks ago

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Krishnoid Elsa, Elsa! (125 comments)

<knock, knock>

Would you like to work at Disney?
Oh so many pro-per-ties
Their imagineering can't be beat
And Marvel's neat
Don't forget their great ben-nies

Spielberg sure can tell a story, no arg-u-ment,
But you could work on Pix-ar's team.

Do you want a job at Disney?
Or maybe a sub-si-diary

Dreamworks HR: Go away, Anna.
Ok, bye ...

about three weeks ago

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

Krishnoid Elsa, Elsa! (125 comments)

students will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa draw snowflakes and snowmen, and perform magical 'ice craft.'

Do you want to draw a snowman?
No-not with paper and pen,
Take this keyboard and type in these words,
like all these nerds,
and you will see that then ...


Or how about some 'ice craft'.
We can make things appear on this screen...

Hmm, I guess that's cool.

Elsa: I have colored pencils, paper, and some stencils.
Anna: That sounds like a much better way to draw a snowman, let's do that instead. And, I have some cloth, sticks, and lights to make us actual, physical wands to play with!
Elsa: That's awesome!

Anna: I'm so glad I have you as a sister.
Elsa: You're the best.

The End.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Krishnoid Re:So yu want to be a software shop... (176 comments)

but he still does it because he loves what he does.

A very, very relevant piece of wisdom contained in your advice.

about three weeks ago

Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

Krishnoid Re:Hard Headline to Parse (33 comments)

Definitely, for great justice.

about a month ago

Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Krishnoid Why not both? (157 comments)

Is it true that representative government is a lost cause and that lawmakers would never knowingly yield authority? There are people who think that advising citizens to devolve into consumers is a dubious proposition.

Maybe working through both venues would improve the chances of effecting change?

about a month ago

Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Krishnoid Re:House reps are always campaigning, have small d (157 comments)

Just saying "abolish the NSA" leaves one wide open to the rebuttal "who then will keep on eye on China, Russia, and actual terrorists like ISIS? "

When ex-NSA employees are suggesting that the NSA is too entrenched to be reformed and has to be rebuilt from the ground up (sorry, I can't find a reference at the moment), maybe it's not such a bad idea.

But if we don't go that far, an NSA watchdog group might be the next best thing. It could be comprised of EFF, the ACLU, and oh I don't know, Slashdot, Reddit, and 4chan. Sadly, that's probably not the stupidest suggestion so far. But seriously, how were foreign threats monitored prior to the NSA's existence?

about a month ago

Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Krishnoid Well, it's a tool. (197 comments)

If you have a moral compass, it can help you determine the right thing to do and the right path to follow. And (cynically) based on your company's risk tolerance for the type and amount of bad PR, it can help you determine how far to deviate from that path.

about a month ago

Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

Krishnoid Re:Pinky swear? (98 comments)

Sure, most of this may be PR driven, but the fact is that ALL of the major automakers signed off on this document

If they can all agree on this, why can't/don't they lobby for it as a formal law or regulation?

about a month ago

New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Krishnoid Re:time to forum a union (212 comments)

Or have robots form a union, then have management outsource the work to humans as a cheaper labor solution.

about a month ago


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Krishnoid Krishnoid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Slifox, I have a question about one of your postings -- would you email me at 'krishnoid+slifox+pig' at gmail so I can ask you a question?

Much appreciated.

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