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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Kymermosst Re:Mommy... (1435 comments)

The difference is rather subtle in this case. The effectiveness of the document would be unchanged if it said "right" instead of power.

about a year ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Kymermosst Re:Mommy... (1435 comments)

Article I Section 8:

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"

That seems pretty clear to me... As to whether te expenses to be paid for are justified is a different matter...

about a year ago
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New Documents Detail FBI, Bank Crack Down On Occupy Wall Street

Kymermosst Re:The problem with protests. (584 comments)

I would think that the transition from Articles of Confederation to the U.S. Constitution was a rather major political change that happened through democratic means without widespread protests.

about a year ago
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New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Kymermosst Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

And we do, which is why we quarantine dangerous infectious disease carriers, to limit their rights and freedoms, in order that they don't harm others.

Where, pray tell, are our HIV colonies located? What about the hepatitis colonies? Where is the influenza ward in the hospital? (yes, the flu is deadly dangerous)

Oh, right. What you said is pretty much make-believe except for possibly some rare esoteric infections that few people acquire.

about a year ago
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Perl Turns 25

Kymermosst Re:Web Server development (263 comments)

Bad coders can write bad code in any language.

There is nothing that requires that Perl code be write-only.

about a year ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

Kymermosst Re:Mixed feelings. (383 comments)

I can. Several members of my family are sole proprietors of small businesses. They buy television ads.

Really, local ads are not that expensive.

about a year ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

Kymermosst Re:Mixed feelings. (383 comments)

"It's a limitation on corporate speech."

Yeah! Because, you know, individuals can't buy television ads.

about a year ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

Kymermosst Re:Myth TV plugin? (383 comments)

Why bother with that when MythTV is already quite capable of skipping the commercials entirely?

If you never see the commercials, there's quite literally nothing to see (or hear) here and it's very easy to move along.

about a year ago
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High-Voltage Fences For Zapping Would-Be Copper Thieves

Kymermosst Re:Ben Bernanke is the Copper Thief (363 comments)

"Yes, people huff gasoline, they huff the propellant from Cheeze Whiz."

Cheeze Whiz doesn't use propellant, it comes in a jar.

You might have been thinking about Easy Cheese, which does use a propellant, but it's a bit hard to get to it the way the can is designed, as the propellant is in a separate sealed chamber from the product.

about a year ago
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Revisiting the Macintosh ROM Easter Egg

Kymermosst Re:Apple ][ easter egg (98 comments)

Actually, it was the VERIFY command in the ProDOS BASIC.SYS that output the copyright message when no filename was given. In ProDOS, if a filename was given, it checked that the file existed, but did nothing else.

Apple DOS 3.3 and earlier read every sector in the file and would return an I/O error if it could not be read. Not specifying a file name resulted in an error.

about a year and a half ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Kymermosst Re:A Defense of Abortion (1469 comments)

There's a difference here. In your scenario there was violence and the subject was not given a choice.

In pregnancy, unless there was rape involved, the act of getting pregnant was the result of an action that was fully optional and therefore the consequence of pregnancy was 100% avoidable.

about a year and a half ago
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Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

Kymermosst Re:How dangerous, really? (666 comments)

Obviously, nobody could possibly want one for the purposes of demonstrating their skills at poking holes in sheets of paper from a distance.

about a year and a half ago
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The World's First 3D-Printed Gun

Kymermosst Re:But ... (846 comments)

with the exception of hunting rifles, they exist for one purpose, to facilitate the most abhorrent crime there is.

Yeah, because there is nobody on this entire planet who might want to use one to test their skill at punching little holes in paper sheets from a distance.

Beyond that, ban everything but slow-shooting hunting rifles.

Most certainly you wouldn't want to try that with different kinds of firearms, in different positions, and at any sort of speed.

While we're at it, we should ban all forms of foot races except for marathons, because nobody should have any reason to participate any other kind of race.

about a year and a half ago
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Taxes Lead Angry Birds Maker Rovio To Consider Move To Ireland

Kymermosst Re:Greed (626 comments)

A 10% reduction on taxes on profits

Nice try. There is a difference of 12 percentage points (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percentage_point).

The reduction in taxes is nearly 50%.

about 2 years ago
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MythTV 0.25 Released, New HW Acceleration and Audio Standards Support

Kymermosst Re:huh? (144 comments)

Basically, my scenario as well.

I just rebuilt my MythTV box a few weeks ago after it developed a mainboard issue. So, I decided to upgrade it with an SSD for the boot disk, new OS install, and newer mainboard, proc, and memory.

Honestly, it doesn't take that long to set up. It took about a day to get running the way I wanted, including the hardware work and futzing with the EFI BIOS on the new board.

Here are the installation steps I took:

0. Get the hardware work done.

1. Install Scientific Linux 6.2. 2. Install EPEL and ATrpms repositories and yum-priorities. Set up yum priorities to put Base before ATrpms, and ATrpms before EPEL. Make sure the storage is all there (NFS and local RAID1). Install Base package set only.

2. yum -y install xfce4 mythtv

3. Manual work: download the "firmware" for my Hauppauge tuners and stick in /lib/firmware (5 mins). Download, compile, and install latest lcdproc package (10 mins). Copy the MCE remote definition to lirc config. Make sure that udev doesn't steal my remote and make it a linux-input device (Linux has built-in support for MCE-type USB remote receivers, but it's not easily customized as far as I can tell).

4. mythtv-setup - anyone should be able to work through this.

5. Make sure lircd, lcdd, lcdproc, and mythbackend start up on boot.

6. Log into box and run mythfrontend.

7. Set prefs the way I want them, maybe 30 minutes to go through.

8. Watch TV.

9. Since this is a dedicated box, set up gdm for auto-login and mythwelcome to auto-start, and make sure APCI wakeup is working.

about 2 years ago
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Update On Wayland and X11 Support

Kymermosst Re:Wayland vs X (315 comments)

Your idea of pretty is not the same as my idea of pretty.

I might add that I hate all of the stupid animations that GUI creators like to throw in. For instance, when I click a button that is supposed to make the windo go away, I want it to just fscking disappear. I don't want it to shrink down and slide away, I want it to instantly vanish. And so help me if it has a stupid sound effect...

about 2 years ago
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Garden Gnome Tests Earth's Gravity

Kymermosst Re:Wrong units... (144 comments)

Kilopond is incorrect as well, since the unit is defined for fixed gravitational accelleration. Since gravitational acceleration does vary slightly depending on where you are on earth, and the idea was to detect this and other "weight-reducing" effects at various points on the the earth, making it a fixed value makes no sense here. The correct unit to use is just newtons.

about 2 years ago
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With 8 Cards, Wolfenstein Ray Traced 7.7x Faster

Kymermosst Re:intel 3d (97 comments)

Hell, I had a Voodoo Rush and I think it was faster tan a new Intel 3d card.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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RIP, SunSolve

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kymermosst (33885) writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."
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Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, AOL, others

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kymermosst (33885) writes "Various news articles are reporting that Paul Allen's company, Interval Licensing, is suing 11 companies for patent infringement. "This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation," Allen's spokesman said in the press release. "These are patents developed by and for Interval." Get a copy of the complaint courtesy of the WSJ."
Link to Original Source
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Spanair plane crash and deaths caused by malware

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kymermosst (33885) writes "This article on MSNBC states " Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware. An internal report issued by the airline revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais.""
Link to Original Source

Journals

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New job.

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  about 3 years ago

Well, I got a new job, started a few weeks ago.

It's for a local public utility. There are no shareholders and the customer base is captive. No competition from India, China, Argentina, and Malaysia. Power and water are pretty much recession-proof.

They believe in a good work-life balance. (Unlike the last job where the world "life" rarely entered the picture.)

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Guns, Garbage, and Language

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Well, in two posts I managed to start fights over guns, garbage, and language.

Honestly, I didn't think that many people would get that interested in what I have to say. It still amazes me how many people, on a site that is supposed to be mainly occupied by "nerds," fail to present a rational argument. Or any argument, for that matter. Not that I am not guilty of the same, but the one-off anonymous cowards who are either blatantly prejudiced or just flat-out wrong has definitely not gone down. I like to believe that between my nonsense there are at least some reasonable rants.

I've since been modded every possible moderation option, and accused of most of them as well.

I don't think spurred this kind of discussion on Slashdot for years.

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Name changing: a continuation

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Regarding this discussion. The summary is that it's apparently almost impossible to change your name in Quebec, especially for customary reasons. This was supposedly instituted in order to further women's and children's rights.

tomhudson's last reply to me inexplicably brings up religion as if I was making some sort of religion-based argument for name changing. At what point do I present religion as the prime argument for allowing people to change their names?

Hell, I don't even limit it to the case of marriage in the discussion, that's just how it began. I think people should be able to change their name at any time for any reason whatsoever to any thing they want. Even to something patently offensive. They should be able to make that name legal.

There are many cases where one would want to change their names besides personal reasons or some custom. I can only imagine what the likes of Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan might have said or would say about not being able to escape from their "slave names." Or if little Adolph Hitler would like to get a new name, but the state says no you have to live with it.

Your name is part of your identity. It is wrong for anyone to tell you what it is or should be, and it is wrong to be forced to live with what your parents decided for you well before you were able to express your own identity.

It is just incomprehensible that the state will tell you "your name is what your parents said it is, and you have no recourse."

It is the worst assault a government can make against an individual -- an assault on your right to choose the immediate reference to who you are to the rest of the world: your name.

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Moving data the easy way...

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Well, today it was time to move data from one (EMC) storage array to another vendor (HDS). I have to say that Symantec/Veritas Volume Manager does in fact make it easy.

In short, to perform the move, initialize the LUNs from the new storage array into the existing disk group. Then execute the vxassist evacuate command to evacuate the data from the old disks. Once done, remove the old disks from the disk group.

I haven't kept up too much on developments Linux LVM or other volume management software since we use the Veritas products, so I don't know if any of the others approach this ease of migration. But VxVM has been able to do it for ages.

Every time I do it I think it's cool, and I haven't written a journal entry for a while, so why not write a JE about it while I wait for the 100 or so GB to move to the new array.

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A good laugh

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Front page Slashdot ad... for lingerie from Soma Intimates.

If they are targeting that ad at me... well, I got tired of messing up such purchases for my wife, so I gave up.

If they are targeting that ad at slashdot, then perhaps the algorithm is flawed...

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Military Meets Recruiting Goals

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The Washington Post writes that the military has met its recruiting goals for this year for the first time since the all-voluntary force. The military is citing economic factors as a reason that recruiting is up.

Some idiot will claim that George W. Bush engineered the recession in order to increase military recruiting for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 3... 2... 1...

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New freshmeat.net layout

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  about 5 years ago

The new freshmeat.net layout completely sucks. The grays are harder to read on a large screen compared to the old format, and impossible to read on a small screen. The color scheme of the previous iteration also made it easy to scan today's updates quickly. When scrolling, the grays just blend together and slow me down.

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On the Proposed Oregon Mileage Tax

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Well, it made it as a front-page story so I don't have to provide much of a summary of Gov. Ted "Big Brother" Kulongoski's proposed mileage tax on cars.

Briefly, he proposes replacing the gas tax with GPS tracking devices in new cars that will report the miles driven.

The ONLY reason I can think of to use GPS is to also enable tracking of the position and speed of the vehicle. If they just want to know how far it's been driven since the last fuel-up, there is this neat thing built in to the car already called an odometer. Sure, tire size and some other factors can make it slightly off, but it would probably work fine. If you really needed a double-check, there are these neat devices called accelerometers that can be used to determine the speed at which the vehicle is moving at any given time, and therefore be able to calculate mileage. Without tracking the position of your car.

If this becomes law, I predict the following immediate "neat ideas" and abuses will be proposed, with at least some of them becoming reality:

  • Law enforcement will be allowed to get information from the device. Since it will likely be activated by radio and transmit by radio, I am sure they will find a way to do so without a warrant.
  • Insurance companies will be allowed to get the information in order to surcharge you for driving in certain "risky" areas.
  • You will be charged more tax for driving on certain portions of the roadway.
  • You will be automatically cited for exceeding posted speed limits on any roadway. Think speed camera on steroids.
  • Someone will find a way to hack the tracking device in order to find out where you live, where you work, where you frequent, what your schedule is, etc. and use that information with criminal purposes.

Sure they say that it is only intended to track mileage, but how many other government projects have been abused?

In any case, the proposal is stupid for the following reasons:

  • It discourages the purchase and use of higher efficiency vehicles. So much for peak oil and energy independence that Democrats like Kulongoski like to preach. He's a hypocrite.
  • Along with that, people driving 6500-pound SUVs will pay the same tax per mile as someone driving a 3000-pound economy car. Road wear contributed by a vehicle is directly affected by weight and surface contact. Thus, the person driving the big SUV or pickup truck and towing a trailer will underpay for their contribution to wear on the road. At least with the gas tax, the bigger vehicle uses more fuel and will pay proportionally more tax.
  • Another "neat idea" - remedy the above by charging more per mile to people with the above vehicles.
  • The tax applies if you drive on private, unmaintained, forest service, etc. roads that the Oregon tax will not ever contribute to.
  • What happens if I fill up in Oregon, drive 1500 miles in other states, and return to Oregon? Does the next Oregon pump fill charge me for the 1300 miles I drove outside of Oregon?
  • Someone will find a way to cheat this. All I have to do is jam the signal from common points on my trips, and I will save money. For instance, there is about 1/2 mile of common roadway I take every time I leave my house, and every time I come back. If I can jam the signal for that part of the trip every time I go, the GPS will think I live at the intersection 1/2 mile from my house. I drive it at least twice a day, totaling at least 1 mile untracked per day. While it won't add up to much for me, it will certainly add up for people in rural areas.
  • The regular gas tax will still have to be in place perpetually, unless we plan on letting people from out-of-state or country use Oregon roads for free. So what is the benefit here?

Politicians like Kulongoski piss me off. They are proposing this because revenue from the gas tax has gone down due to higher efficiency vehicles and less people driving due to recent high gas prices. You'd think a Democrat like Kulongoski would be talking about how wonderful it is that we are becoming more environmentally friendly and less dependent on foreign oil. Instead he bitches about the revenue stream going away and dreams up a new lopsided tax that clearly will allow subsequent "neat ideas" and abuses. It's the same with the tobacco tax. One of the reasons always cited to raise it is it will cause people to quit. It does have this effect, and then they complain about the revenue being gone. Now, a simple solution to the gas tax revenue loss is to raise the tax. They have done this for cigarettes, but not for gas (the state gas tax has not been raised for decades). The reason? Raising taxes on the general populace (instead of smokers) is unpopular and the legislature is afraid to lose their seats for an unpopular move, no matter how necessary it may be.

I say this: If they truly believe that raising the tax is necessary for the common good, then they should just do it, their seats in the legislature be damned. This is proof that their priority is power and influence, and not the public good. Instead, they are a bunch of cowards. A legislator who truly wanted to serve the public good would do what he/she thought was right even if it meant the populace would be pissed off at first and it cost him/her their seat in the legislature.

If this proposal passes into law, I will move away from Oregon, taking my high wage (and therefore high income tax) with me.

Thoughts from anyone else?

[Edit: Fixed some spelling mistakes now that I have slept. I was evidently tired enough when writing this to ignore the red underline indicating my misspellings.]

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Bah! Humbug!

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Somebody had to say it. Might as well be me. :-)

The weather put a wrench in our normal plans to involving an annual trip to see family, so my wife, daughter, and I will be celebrating Christmas by ourselves. Having counted on being able to travel and do presents elsewhere, the house is almost undecorated and opening presents will take about 30 seconds. It's not exactly the kind of Christmas I want to give to my family. Normally we count on the fun Christmas atmosphere with relatives. Instead, I was scrambling yesterday to buy a tree and other such things that I hadn't planned on doing, as I at least wanted my wife and daughter to have something.

Then again, I am still employed, the house is warm, and we have plenty to eat, so perhaps not much "Bah! Humbug" in it after all.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Halloween Treat: Solaris 10 10/08 (update 6) Released!

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

One of the joys of being a UNIX sysadmin has been working on Sun systems. While I run Linux on the desktop and have built a multitude of Linux systems that are in production today, I much prefer to stand up big Sun boxes with lots of SPARC CPUs running Solaris.

Today's release of Solaris 10 10/08 brings us ZFS boot and root, enhancements to zones/containers, and some other things. I am looking forward to blasting away the existing installation on my Sun workstation and installing this release.

It's a nice treat for Halloween.

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Outsourcing: Rebadging and last day at the old employer

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Today was my last day at my (now former) employer. Tomorrow is my first day as an employee of the outsourcing company. There's still no press release from either. In the earnings call this week the CFO said that my (now former) employer was outsourcing "some" IT services. In reality, they are only retaining some.

So my badge went from blue to yellow. I can't use the gym anymore (unless I pay). I can't get employee discounts. My unused PTO was paid out to me. The new employer does not accrue PTO, and has graciously granted me 2.5 days of PTO for the remainder of the year. Gee. Thanks.

I found out some news about where I fit in. I am something called a UNIX Integration Engineer or similar. My manager also went to the outsourcer, and I continue to report to him.

On Monday I am supposed to report to the same place, same time, and do the same thing I did today.

However, it will certainly be different.

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Outsourcing: Hiring week

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So, I received an offer from the outsourcer, as I expected. Same salary, no job description in the offer. One of my colleagues is getting laid off. My manager is going to the outsourcer as well.

This week was hiring week, where a manager from the outsourcer inspected my hiring paperwork (which took, literally, 3 hours to fill out and double-check on my part). Then, I was walked over to some HR rep from the outsourcer who also inspected my paperwork. Finally, I was walked over to have a lock of my hair snipped for a drug test.

The whole process was rather impersonal, and still leaves us all wondering what our future is.

Anyway, next step in the process appears to be the transition between October 31 - Nov 1 where I will be terminated from my current employer, starting work at the outsourcer. Presumably, I will be doing the same thing I was always doing and reporting to the same manager. Some people have a more interesting situation where their manager was laid off (lots of managers were let go) and they have no idea who they report to.

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Outsourcing: The Saga Continues...

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So, this is the big week for my colleagues and I in regards to my employer's IT outsourcing activities. Several people were called into meetings where they were being informed that they were selected for "transition out of the company" - in other words, getting laid off.

Meanwhile someone found out that the offer letters for people "transitioning to the sourcing provider" are being sent via a shipping company rather than USPS. Another adventurous soul called the shipping company and was able to confirm that such a package was being sent to their home address, and even got the tracking number. That sparked a flurry of people doing the same, and thus most people found out what their fates are going to be, with both my employer and the outsourcer trying to do damage control (people were not supposed to find out this way). Evidently someone with some pull called the shipping company, because by the afternoon they had started refusing to answer questions.

I will be receiving a package from the sourcing provider, to be delivered to my home on Monday. Not that it means anything, because it will likely be a term of employment, not a permanent position. If I meet certain "transition milestones" I will qualify to receive my severance package at the end of the term.

However, I can think of several ways I can get screwed here. Given how this whole process has carried out thus far, I can't image *not* getting screwed. Anyway, here's the potential ways:

* My "transition milestones" might be made so difficult to accomplish so as to deny me my severance package.

* I may be offered a permanent position contingent upon moving. My inability to move (for several factors) might be taken as a voluntary termination and void my right to unemployment benefits.

Along the way, I lose all of my unvested options and RSU grants that I had planned on using to pay off my student loans. I doubt the new employer will offer me anything comparable, as they know we are a captive group of new employees without much choice.

At least I know something at this point.

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Ants, etc.

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ants

Like Nizo in the past, our home has been invaded by sugar ants. We always had a low-level amount of ants that we controlled with baits, but they've recently come in force and are ignoring the baits. This new insurgence probably has to do with our 1-year-old daughter starting to eat things like cookies and crackers and such, bits of which have certainly made their way to places missed by the vacuum.

Since the little one crawls around, I am wary of placing baits in the open areas so I'm going to give some of the natural methods in the above-linked journal entry a shot. If anyone has anything additional to add, please comment away. I'm in the Pacific Northwest, in case there's tricks that work with ants in a particular region.

Outsourcing

As far as my employer's IT outsourcing process goes that I mentioned in my last entry, next week is the week where we are informed of our fates. The potential outcomes for any individual are: (1) Transitioned to the outsourcer - likely guaranteed for a limited term, (2) retained by the current employer, or (3) "transitioned out of the company".

Of course, my function is one that is slated to be outsourced, but I think there are reasons my current employer would want to retain me. However, I'm also at an office that is no longer a "strategic IT delivery location," so really I could be in any of the three categories.

I've polished up the resumé in any case. Have a few potential opportunities but nothing solid.

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The Outsourcing Has Come

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So, today I (among many) was informed that my job function will be outsourced to a well-known IT outsourcing firm. Along with that they also said the location where I am employed is not in the list of delivery locations for IT services in the future (the site has 1200 people, about 300 are IT). So, that's a great way to start a vacation. So it seems a slim chance that I have long-term employment at this time.

So, has anyone else who might be reading this gone through outsourcing? I'm especially interested in hearing from people who were not in a location preferred by their employer or the outsourcer, and what the outcome was. Anyone have luck finding employers who would allow them to work remotely? There are not many employers of UNIX systems administrators in the local area, my current employer being the largest. I mean, we are talking about potentially 50 qualified sysadmins exploring the local job market for about 2 open sysamdin jobs (based on searching Monster). I'll find out how I am affected as an individual sometime near the end of September.

The chief difficulty with this situation is that I can't just pick up and move. I bought a house a year ago right before the market "slump," which in my neighborhood is more aptly described as a crash. This guy down the street with a house of similar age, style, and only 150 square feet smaller just listed his place at $135,000. That's a hell of a lot less than I am paying for my place, so selling my house really just won't work right now. My wife also has a small business here in town with many years left on the lease.

So, basically I am seeking advice from anyone who has some to give. Mostly centered around a few questions and comments:

Has anyone else been through a similar situation? How did it turn out for you?

Should I seek an internal transfer in the company to another position, possibly outside of any technical role?

Both my employer and the outsourcer expect cooperation through the "transition" process, even if I know my job is short term (I don't know that, yet). Do they enforce this by blackmail with severance packages (if we don't feel you are cooperating, we'll take away your package)? Would you cooperate?

Any thoughts on some of the options I have thought about, assuming the worst case?

1. Go back to college for a Master's (my alma mater is local and I am pretty much guaranteed to get in and very likely to get a fellowship).

2. Try to find another job in my field locally.

3. Find another job in another industry (but what pays as well that I'd be qualified for?)

4. Sell my house at a loss, refinance the debt so the monthly payment is low, and just move.

5. Start a technology consulting company with some of the other ex-employees.

6. Start a different business entirely with some of the other ex-employees.

7. Look at the job market in the closest major city and put up with the 2+ hour commute every day.

8. Suggestions?

Finally: I am a UNIX Systems Administrator with expertise mainly in Solaris and Red Hat Linux. I am a Red Hat Certified Engineer. I can code in PHP, Perl, and (rusty) C, and probably anything else if I have enough time to learn. My best skill areas are server provisioning automation (custom Jumpstart/Kickstart), OS image management, scripting/common task automation, troubleshooting, and general Sr.-level administration, among others. I am also good with hardware. I am familiar with lights-out data center management. In fact, in 3 years at my current employer, I have never seen our primary data center that I do 90% of my work in. I have a B.S. in Computer Science and have taken a number of professional classes from Sun, Red Hat,
IBM, Veritas (Symantec), and others.

So, if you know someone looking for someone along those lines and there is a possibility of remote/telecommute employment (I don't mind travel to the office every now and then), please let me know.

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"Pregnant Man"

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

If you still have a uterus and a vagina, you are not a "pregnant man" no matter how many times you appear on Oprah.

Now, let's be real here: If I got breast implants and went running around in a dress saying I was the first woman with potent semen, I'd be called a fool and likely I'd have countless women's organizations crying foul. I doubt I'd be all over the the news as the first woman to get another woman pregnant using only what god gave her.

But, it doesn't matter. Every news outlet is saying "pregnant man"... thankfully my daughter is not old enough to need this one explained to her.

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Keep that shovel moving...

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Maybe it's the superior child of an evolutionary psychiatrist who posted the first (of many) response in this thread.

I must be an unsophisticated low-brow child from a working-class family - I'm not superior enough to find the joke "not funny." At least, at the end of the day, nobody is calling me a douchebag.

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U.S. Olympic Trials

Kymermosst Kymermosst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So, the U.S. Olympic Trials are coming to Eugene, Oregon. It's creating quite a stir, and all kinds of fun is happening, including this . The volunteer "sensitivity training" part is true, and I don't know how much Fox News is exaggerating but...

Barbers? Soul food? "Black" churches? Speaking hip-hop?

Can we pull out any more racial stereotypes? How about we indicate where to find watermelons and crack, too?

This report is shameful and embarrassing. Thank God I moved out of Eugene.

Sad thing is, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Fox didn't exaggerate a single bit. Eugene has reached the point where "sensitivity" has gone so extreme that it is now the manifestation of the prejudiced thought that it sought to do away. I hope Fox is exaggerating, though, because the city-sponsored promotion of the trials starts off with a crowd chanting that "the whole world is watching." Indeed.

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