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KDE Publishes Manifesto

Maniacal Inaccurate story title (58 comments)

They would have never produced a manifesto. They produced a kmanifesto.

about 2 years ago

Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending)

Maniacal Re:Age of Slashdot Accounts (146 comments)

There's a guy lower in this tread who just trumped with an 11 so this seems stupid, but I'm here to trump you anyway.

about 2 years ago

Lenovo CEO Gives His $3M Bonus To 10k Workers

Maniacal Re:Bloody communists! (267 comments)

Actually that doesn't make an sense. They already have the stock. They could ALSO pay themselves a handsome salary and even after paying taxes everything they took home would be gravy. I think it shows a CEO who's willing to bet his compensation on company performance. Not someone dodging taxes. Also, paying capital gains tax is not dodging taxes. It's paying taxes.

more than 2 years ago

1 World Trade Center Becomes the Tallest Building In NYC

Maniacal Re:What's up with the trolls? (407 comments)

Well, according to wikipedia Saddam killed about a million of Iraqi's civilians during his reign. So it's hard to estimate but if I had to guess I'd say the civilian casualty rate if we hadn't invaded Iraq would be about the same. The nice thing is if they end up with the right leadership there doesn't have to be anymore. Yay us.

more than 2 years ago

I believe humanity will first achieve ...

Maniacal Re:Uploading, sure... (637 comments)

No way. In that one you get the babe at the beginning and another babe at the end. Of course the first babe kicks your ass and the second is a hooker but if you don't want kind of excitement you can go with the cooking show host option. Which has NO babes.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

Maniacal Re:Close the door. (480 comments)

Big +1 on this one. It's essential that your family/friends/etc recognize that when you're in there you're "at work" and need to be treated as such. That being said, be flexible if your company is. Sometimes when working from home I'll run and pickup my kid from school even though my wife usually does that. Just because he'll think it's cool that dad picked him up and it's a nice break in the day. My work is based on accomplishments, not hours so I have that flexibility and I use it.

Couple of other things:

1) Get ready for work! Don't just slump out of bed and jump in the chair. Eat breakfast, take a shower, get dressed. You'll be more productive, I guarantee it.
2) Don't get caught in the trap of working too much. When your work is at home it can be hard to walk away from it. If you're done for the day, stay done.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

Maniacal Re:Not smart Enough? (1276 comments)

I think this is why you vote on people who have the same values as you. We can't all vote on a course of action. But we can vote on the person we feel will take the course of action we would, or will at least make the same decision we would given the same facts. Kind of like how politicians are always asked how they feel about abortion even though I can't think of the last time a president needed to make a decision that has a direct impact on it. Sure, they appoint supreme court justices who may end up making a decision about abortion (and maybe that's why some people want to know) but I think the reason they're asked is because people vote for politicians share their values. I don't think it's a problem that Obama decided to go with G-dub's policies on Gitmo (or anything else) and neither should anyone else. I think the problem is that he promised to go against those policies before he had all the information. That should stop but won't. I would have more respect for a candidate who, when ask about Gitmo for example, would have said "I don't like what I'm seeing with Gitmo either and, if elected, I will close it if I determine that's possible and in our best interest". Once elected and having made the decision to keep it open then came back and said "I've analyzed all the data and decided to keep it open". Whether or not they gave the details. If I vote for a person who is honest in their values and routinely reassure me of those values I can trust they'll make the decision I would or at least would look at the data with the same colored glasses.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing Anonymous Proxies?

Maniacal Re:The best anonymouse proxy is an open wifi (211 comments)

Wouldn't the ability to use spoofed MAC addresses negate the possibility of law enforcement identifying someone using MAC address. I mean it seems like any 2 buck lawyer would be able to argue that someone could have just spoofed your MAC address.

more than 2 years ago

Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

Maniacal Re:It would be good to have optional GUI (780 comments)

Actually, though snark-ily put, that's exactly what needs to happen. Except it's MS that's pushing it. That's why they are recommending you run GUI-less. If half the admins out there take MS's recommendation and run their servers without a GUI then the app developers will be forced to code their apps with CLI support or risk losing half their market. Also, if you absolutely need a GUI to run an app you make it web-enabled which is what many Linux apps do. They either come bundled with a simple web server or you are required to install/enable one to use their app properly. Works like a charm, even over slow connections.

more than 2 years ago

Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

Maniacal Re:Not where I'm from (948 comments)

My country doesn't have that law but I work for a big corporation (which isn't evil though I'll probably get modded down for saying that on the new ultra-libral /.) and they encourage us to take vacations because if you don't it screws with the books. Paid time off pay comes from a different bucket and they budget accordingly. If people don't use all their vacation there will be money left in that bucket at the end of the year and the std. pay bucket will be overdrawn.

more than 2 years ago

Spiderman's Politically Correct Replacement

Maniacal Re:The Mask (608 comments)

The bulge in his tights?

more than 3 years ago

Why People Who Make Things Should Learn Chinese

Maniacal Re:Largest economy? (588 comments)

Exactly. Everything I'm reading says they are dangerously close to bursting. I'm not an economics guy so I have to rely on the "experts" but it doesn't sound good. Plus, their GDP is artificially inflated with these building projects they're doing. Google "Chinese ghost cities" and take a look. Strange stuff going on over there.

more than 3 years ago

Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

Maniacal Re:Technically... (1277 comments)

I'm frustrated as well but I doubt it's a "complete inability". I can't remember a summary that was incorrectly right leaning. Seems intentional. I've been coming to this site since the beginning and, I know it's Taco's blog, but it seems to be transitioning from a geek site to a liberal politics blog. Since there are over 1000 posts here (which is usual for the politics postings) and much less on the tech postings my guess is the politics are here to stay.

more than 3 years ago

1948 Mayor To MIT: Use Flamethrowers To Melt Snow?

Maniacal Re:Call the deathray kid (203 comments)

Dude. You just argued AGAINST a giant deathray.

more than 3 years ago

1948 Mayor To MIT: Use Flamethrowers To Melt Snow?

Maniacal Call the deathray kid (203 comments)

Tell him we need a giant version, STAT.

more than 3 years ago

Dell Releases Ubuntu-Powered Cloud Servers

Maniacal Re:Local cloud servers? Really?! (94 comments)

Working within and using the cloud is a whole new way of looking at servers and, at least for my company, works well internally as well. For us, the cloud has great potential and use for DEV and QA environments, serving static content, and for quickly and easily provisioning additional capacity. We keep our data in house. No proprietary data is in the cloud, just the front end for delivering it.

When it comes to cloud we think of servers as applicances. We hardly ever fix them. If they break we throw them away and turn up another. As I said above, no data is stored on them. We also built "factory reset" into our automation that allows us to return servers to how they were configured when we first built them as a means to control drift (which is minimal since noone ever logs into the servers).

This automation and tool set are now transitioning to our internal data center. We are building out a "cloud" infrastructure that will allow us to treat internal servers as appliances as well. That way, we have a choice between public and private cloud when provisioning servers (lower cost/security vs. higher cost/security).

I know cloud is a buzz word for the consultants and marketers but Sys Admins (and developers as well) need to look beyond that and see the potential.

more than 3 years ago

The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

Maniacal Re:Yay! (845 comments)

Ha. That's actually a truly diabolical idea. I'm really surprised Jobs didn't come up with it. They could have just gone after the tool makers with trademark infringement.

more than 3 years ago

Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

Maniacal Re:Keep up or shut up (785 comments)

*...and it'll never be outsourced."

Yeah, but it might be Obama'd :)

Anyway, I'm a systems administrator so thankfully I don't have to deal with this crap. The only thing young sys admins contribute is downtime and they are compensated appropriately.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Declares Federal Healthcare Plan (Partly) Unconstitutional

Maniacal Re:Filed by Ken Cuccinelli (1505 comments)

I'm not a tea partier so I can't speak for the whole lot but the ones I do know are against unbalanced spending, big gov't, redistribution of wealth, the massive debt, etc. Everyone should be against the mandate because it IS unconstitutional. Personally, I feel health insurance/care needs to be fixed. No doubt about it. I just don't like the progressive way of doing it (and either does a majority of the country if polls are right).

more than 3 years ago

Judge Declares Federal Healthcare Plan (Partly) Unconstitutional

Maniacal Re:Filed by Ken Cuccinelli (1505 comments)

Who is the liberal equivalent to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck for instance?

Ed Shultz
Tons of celebrities

I think Obermann is off the air though (don't feel like googling it). You may not know about them because no one is watching them but they exist. Rachel Maddow was pretty bad last time I checked but haven't heard much about here lately.

As for celebs, friggin tons:

Michael Moore
Bill Mahar
The View
Oliver Stone

And of course there's Jeanine Garafalo (sp?). She out crazies all the crazies put together.

more than 3 years ago


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