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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Lonewolf666 Re:Is Mad River Hospital A Death Trap? (574 comments)

The fact that they referred to the position as an 'IT tech' said something about the hospital.

'IT' is short for 'information technology', and 'tech' is slang for 'technician' ... ... so, basically, they were looking for an information technology technician.

So, they don't have much of a clue. If you actually get hired, expect to end up as the IT guy for everything. Because they don't really know what they need or want. Also, expect conflicting requirements...

The job application form is a PDF - but it's not the kind of PDF that can be filled out, like an 1040EZ tax form, and doesn't even need to be printed, it's the old kind, that needs to be printed out, filled in, and then scanned - or mailed.

The application is four pages - scanned in, that's four separate images, one for each page of the job application - and yet the Mad River Hospital submission process only allows one file to be attached ... requiring one to submit one's application four times - once for each page.

Here you failed the test. Fill out all four pages, scan them in, insert them into a word processor document, then export said document into one PDF. Result: one PDF with all four pages, attach that to the application.

I know for a fact that the above is possible with LibreOffice. I suspect that Microsoft Office can do it too, or you could "print" the document via some PDF "printing" software.

about two weeks ago

Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Lonewolf666 Re: Orbital (443 comments)

Depends on who swallows the cost.

From the customer's POV, the logical thing would be to put a liability clause into the contract that says "you have to pay us $ XXX million if you lose the payload, and you have to show insurance for it". Then the launch company can hash it out with the insurance company, and the customer has less worries.

Under this scenario, Orbital would either pay the higher premium from its profits or lose future launch contracts to the competition. Someone like SpaceX for instance.

about three weeks ago

Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Lonewolf666 Re:Maybe we should actually penalize companies (286 comments)

I agree with the overall sentiment, but your numbers are not quite correct.

The article in the San Jose Mercury News says that the company had to pay the difference to the California minimum wage, $40,156 in total, plus a fine of $3,500.

So this time, they had in effect to pay the minimum wage, plus $3,500, plus some bureaucratic hassle to deal with the affair. Lets call it a loss of $4000 compared to doing things the lawful way. Had they not been caught, they would have saved $40,156 compared to doing things the lawful way.

That makes it mighty attractive to do it the illegal way at least until the first fine, even if there is an escalating penalty for repeat offenders. I think the penalties need to be much bigger for first offenders, and escalate from that.

about a month ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Lonewolf666 Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

If the "bricking" driver is delivered via a Windows update, Microsoft will likely get support calls saying "your OS update broke my device". From Microsoft's position certainly not the preferable solution. That's why I wondered about Microsoft's reaction...

about a month ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Lonewolf666 Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

AFAIK Sony has not been doing so well in the last 10 years (too lazy to dig out their financial results now). That may be partly due to the bad reputation from the rootkit affair and other things (OtherOS...).

Also, passing costs on to customers has its limits as long as there is meaningful competition.

about a month ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Lonewolf666 Re:The good news (700 comments)

The fact that this is an automatic Windows Update that can potentially brick a system without warning (thinking of the non-tech-savvy here), this can make for a very bad nightmare on FTDI's end. I wouldn't be surprised to hear something coming out of the FTC about this before long.

Good point, and I wonder about what Microsoft will do when they realize what is going on. Perhaps retract the update in question and blacklist future FTDI updates, so they don't get into Windows Update anymore?

about a month ago

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Lonewolf666 Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

In my experience (living and buying stuff in Germany), it depends on the brand. So far, I've tried
-Osram CFLs, not the cheapest but kept their promises about lifetime. Good buy.
-"Megaman" CFLs, similarly priced but three out of four failed within a few months. That company is now on my shit list.

I don't have much experience with LEDs yet, as I only started to use them maybe a year ago. So far all of those are still working, but a year does not say much.

about 2 months ago

Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Lonewolf666 Re:Manufacturers win? (156 comments)

In my neck of the woods (Germany) that would have counted as criminal fraud and the German equivalent of the DA might have been interested.
I'm not so sure about US law, but threatening legal action might have been just the right thing :-)

about 2 months ago

California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Lonewolf666 Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

Yet it is frequently attempted, up to and including outright fraud. A common and legal variety is pricing stuff highly and trying to create an impression of highest quality, but only providing average quality. An example that comes to mind is BOSE hi-fi equipment ;-p

On the other hand, decent quality has a minimum price, dictated by material and work costs. In that direction there is a limit.

about 2 months ago

You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Lonewolf666 Re: What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

No. It degrades over time for entirely different reasons. But it *does* degrade over time.

No, it doesn't degrade, it stays the same. If you change the environment or system it runs on that is a different story.

And that is what happens to most environments, even if the user does not desire it.
Sometimes because the vendor of a (software) part of the environment stops supporting it and the need for support dictates going along with the switch.
Sometimes because hardware becomes obsolete and disappears from the market. Then you can't get replacement parts for your existing machines anymore and eventually they will "die out" from defects. Switching to a different system becomes a necessity.

Recent example:
End of life for Windows XP, users move to Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 because using unpatched XP on the internet is considered a bad idea.
Some sloppy programming practices using the installation folder as data storage don't work anymore, because Microsoft has added "virtualization" (hidden redirection to the user profile, Vista and Windows 7) or put a UAC dialog before write access (Windows 8 IIRC). Sloppily programmed software works no longer as it used to. Granted, those programs were bad ones to start with but here is your case of "indirect degradation".

about 3 months ago

Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

Lonewolf666 Re:Doom by boredom (170 comments)

I can see your idea working in some e-sports league where people are there for the PVP challenge.

Not so much in a MMO where friends/clans want to do PVE and play together.

From what I've read about WOW (to use great-great-GP's example) its most difficult content was designed for 40 person raids. I guess it is difficult enough to gather 40 people to show up at raid time. If an unspecified proportion of them get shifted to higher or lower player classes, it might become impossible. And outright banning some people from trying those raids "because they are not good enough" would probably not good marketing.

about 3 months ago

Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

Lonewolf666 Re:Doom by boredom (170 comments)

These days, things are either easy or impossible. That is not fun at all.


Too easy or too hard are both unfun. There is a right degree of difficulty, and it is not the same for everyone.
Publishers who make their games easier to help newbies get into the game will lose veteran players who get bored.

about 3 months ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Lonewolf666 Re:Slow on the take (441 comments)

Going a bit off topic....

"Fascism" was a political system practiced in several Mediterranean European countries in the early part of the 20th century. It usually entailed economic and cultural coordination by the state, a personality cult around a leader, a single-party or sham democratic system, national idealism, and militant, expansionist foreign policy. It's applicability outside of this narrow context is hotly contested, you can start fights among historians by asking "Was Falangist Spain Fascist?" or "Was Nazi Germany Fascist?"

Narrowing it down to "Mediterranean European countries" seems overly pedantic in the context of comparing countries elsewhere to Fascism. Without that limitation, Nazi Germany certainly qualifies:

- economic and cultural coordination by the state: check, at least for the media (see For big corporations, it may not have been quite so one-sided. Both my school knowledge and Wikipedia are a bit vague on that.
- a personality cult around a leader: check, the "Fuehrer" was a very important figure.
- a single-party or sham democratic system: check.
- national idealism: sorta check, it was partially replaced by racist idealism.
- and militant, expansionist foreign policy: Certainly, Germany invaded neighbor countries until the Allies reacted by declaring war.

about 3 months ago

AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

Lonewolf666 Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

With the "current gen console" you probably mean the PS4 or XBOX One, as they are available already?
Then the said mid level gaming PC might be equivalent. Maybe a bit better but not greatly superior. On the other hand, since the PS4 / XBOX One are fairly new, they might be the "standard" for the next five years or so.

But when the PS5 comes out, whenever that happens, all bets are off.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Lonewolf666 The other way round (294 comments)

I like to use ECC even on the desktop, and yes there are ways to do it. At a cost.

On the Intel side, the CPU is not really the problem. "Small" Xeons like the E3-1225V3 are attractive for their price/performance even if you run them on desktop boards and don't use ECC support. In that setup they are like i7 parts with slightly lower clock speeds.
  For the board though, the choices are limited and you have to shell out an additional 100 Euros or more for a "small server" board, because the typical desktop chipsets don't support ECC.
Add the extra price for the ECC RAM, maybe 50 Euros difference depending on how much RAM you want, and you end up paying something like 150 Euros extra.

AMD used to be really nice, with most processors (pre-Llano all desktop parts but Sempron) supporting ECC RAM and some mainboards also supporting it. The mainboard choices for ECC support were a bit limited, cheapskates like Asrock usually did not bother to support ECC RAM. So you might have had to pay 10 Euros more for the board, plus the above 50 Euros extra for the RAM. Made maybe 60 Euros difference to have ECC RAM in your rig.
Sadly, their APUs don't support ECC. AFAIK the FX line still does, but it is not really attractive compared to recent Intel models.

about 3 months ago

Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

Lonewolf666 Re: LibreOffice (190 comments)

There are sometimes small changes in table layout too.

One case where I can confirm a small incompatibility with certainty are the backgrounds in table calls. Word offers some patterns there that are missing when loading the document in LibreOffice, for instance dotted backgrounds. This is not a conversion issue, it is simply a feature that LibreOffice does not have.

Things like that are the reason why using Word and LibreOffice in parallel tends to have some friction. So when switching to Linux, best switch everything if you can and mandate ODF as new document format.

about 3 months ago

Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

Lonewolf666 Re:NT is best (190 comments)

Err! Win NT6.0 was Microsoft Windows Vista and we know how everyone loved that. Even with NT6.1 (Microsoft Windows 7) you still could get constant reboots and BSODs (first hand experience). Still NT6.2 (MS Win 8) and NT3 (MS Win 8.1) may me stable to you but that GUI IMHO looks like something designed by a 5 year old.

Agreed about the GUI in Windows 8 (and it is desktop-user unfriendly too) but Windows 2000 and above were stable enough for me, good hardware and drivers given. I have, however, seen a few cases where hardware problems or flaky drivers caused BSODs.

You write that you switched to Linux over seven years ago. That would be in the XP timeframe. Did you use the same hardware as for XP, or something different?

about 3 months ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Lonewolf666 Re:Thoughtcrime (391 comments)

Well, they don't have concentration camps. Yet.

about 3 months ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Lonewolf666 Re:Thoughtcrime (391 comments)

Obligatory Nazi comparison:
This is essentially the same as the Nazi ban on listening to foreign radio stations. See
Congratulations, UK, you are becoming what you once fought against.

about 3 months ago

AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

Lonewolf666 Re:This is going to backfire horribly (64 comments)

1. Agreed, that sounds stupid.

2. AMD has a somewhat tarnished reputation for the performance of their FX CPU line. So far, NOT over lack of reliability. I hope they won't acquire that now...

[digression]From Nvidia, the only really bad thing I remember is that their mobile Geforce 8xxx had a reputation for dieing early. The 8600 GT in particular.
They are known for not caring about Open Source, and that is why I would currently prefer an AMD GPU (even if the GeForce 750 Ti looks really nice in terms of performance/watt).
But I'm probably in the minority there, and Nvidia's binary drivers have a good reputation and fairly long support time frames, longer than binary AMD drivers anyway.

For a real mess, consider this: (status of Intel Poulsbo on Linux ;-)

about 3 months ago



Sony ordered to pay refunds over "other OS" affair

Lonewolf666 Lonewolf666 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lonewolf666 (259450) writes "The law firm Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. claims a legal success against Sony in a class action lawsuit concerning the "Other OS" feature.
According to the news on their homepage, Sony failed to defend it's intentions in court and now has to pay a refund to every PS3 owner, who bought his PS3 before March 27, 2010. The sum is 50% of the price when purchased.

Thanks to Evulsdrakab from the forum for bringing this to my attention"

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