Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill
Or you could *not* bulldoze them and bury all the jars whole.
Okay, maybe this is more in the "confuse future archaeologists" category....
Ask Slashdot: Development Requirements Change But Deadlines Do Not?
I work for a large multinational (well, for a subsidiary. Parent company is massive. Global subsidiary is quite large. We're a regional offshoot).
We get a fair amount of our deadlines set by head office, with a "We've put out a press release saying it'll be out on this date". You can't say no, it won't work. This sort of thing isn't restricted to big companies. In smaller companies I've had bosses tell me (and this pre-dates Agile as IT design tool) that I have to have the code finished before the end of the week, as they've got an advert in Saturday's paper.
Like in Mythbusters, failure is always an option.
To Hack Back Or Not To Hack Back?
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth ? We'll all end up blind and toothless
If your attacker was spoofing your IP, you've just attacked an innocent party.
Punishment without trial, and vigilante justice is not the way forward.
A New Benefit For Logged-In Readers: Meet Slashdot's ROT13 Initiative
As April Fool plots go, this is one of the stupidest, asking your users to jump through hoops to read your content (and when you lose that, you lose advert revenue as well).
To add insult to injury, you haven't unscrambled them again, and it's April 2 here (and well inside it, too)
Does anyone want to buy a 4 digit Slashdot user ID? I don't want to be associated with this once great website any more.
In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:
Looking into it, the US varies (as do other places), but many offer at least the illusion of a secret ballot.
So we need an option for the party of Mind your own Business...
I'm just saying
Beer Is Cheaper In the US Than Anywhere Else In the World
According to Google at least, a pint = 568ml.
Perhaps the reason that they're so cheap is that the US is serving short measure?
Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Person-to-person: not so much.
If you're writing for a professional purpose, having good grammar shows attention to detail. If you can't show you have paid attention to detail on this small thing, I'll assume you didn't pay attention on the things that mattered.
If you're writing fiction, if I notice patterns in the writing (like poor grammar), I'll start paying attention to them instead of the narrative flow. This is a bad thing.
If you're writing to a person, consider what impression you want them to have on you. Good grammar / complicated words may not be necessary. Or they might be very necessary. See http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-849/ .
Anonymous, People's Liberation Front Build Anonymous Data-Sharing Site
(disclaimer: I am a former employee of Dot.TK)
The reason most domains get removed from the .tk name space is that they breach the terms and conditions that users supposedly agreed to when signing up.
This includes (but probably isn't limited to): Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual content, piracy, and other illegal activities.
And in an attempt to reply to as many of the points raised in other replies as possible:
- Most of the hijacked domains were (in the time I was there) taken down after requests by their mainstream counterparts. From what I understand, this is essentially required to hold a trademark to defend it, or delayed legal attempts to regain it may treat it as abandoned.
- It's a full Registry/ *and* Registrar. If users only want URL forwarding, they can have it. If they want to add A, CNAME, and MX records (IP6 wasn't supported yet when I left, but that was a while back) that's another option. Your own Name Servers? Not a problem.
Knowing the company, it'll probably remain for a few days, while the traffic builds up. Then it'll be taken down. At which stage, Anonymous will either start a massive hack attack on Dot.tk, or they'll simply create another domain name elsewhere, creating an electronic variant of whack-a-mole (close domain, another opens up)
My most recent tax bill was ...
Tax bill ? I laugh at you, and your antiquated concept of tax bills. Ha.
Ask Slashdot: Good Metrics For a Small IT Team?
Metrics, like statistics, can be manipulated to appear to show many different things.
Surely there's some way you can dream up a metric that says you're all overworked and need to hire more people?
Just a thought
Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?
In comparison to Google +, Twitter is open.
I use Twitter both as what it was designed for, and as a central point for dispatching to other services.
If I post to my blog (mostly, but not entirely photos taken from my phone) it posts into twitter. In turn, posts from my twitter feed are reposted into Facebook. I dislike that conversations growing from postings remain trapped in whichever site they happen to be in, but no one seems to care. I do like that people who have never met (due to being in different parts of the world, and in different social circles inside) can effectively have discussions inside shared facebook comments/links etc.
I told Google+ about my twitter account, and it did nothing about it.
I'm far from convinced Google+ will last, far from making twitter obsolete.
Debunking a Climate-Change Skeptic
I have several problems with Climate Change science as it's seen in the popular press and addressed by politicians.
- Carbon dioxide is *not* Carbon. Carbon includes coal, graphite, diamond. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. There are others, methane for example, that some studies think has more effect than CO2
- Carbon-offsets are bullshit. Worried about CO2? Use less, don't try to buy a penance from someone else (who is no doubt making a profit)
- Cutting down on oil dependency is a good idea, even without climate considerations - there simply isn't an unlimited supply.
- By definition, we're still in an ice age (ie permanent year round ice exists). I'm not trying to claim it isn't shrinking, or that we aren't accelerating that shrinkage, but this is a long term process that we shouldn't take all the credit for.
- Habitats are shrinking. Species are going extinct. But to be honest, we don't even know all we have yet. And having watched the local transport people clear and bulldoze areas beside train tracks, I feel that even micro-habitats might help. Looking untidy doesn't mean it doesn't help.
- Evidence exists that at times in the recent (ie 500-1000 years) past that the climate *was* several degrees hotter.
Be totally honest here - slight (5-10 celcius) changes won't result in the end of humanity - civilisation maybe - but humans are more adaptive than that.
The reason I don't speak out on it more as that the idiots are doing at least partially the right things, albeit for the wrong reasons.
What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?
no employer on earth will offer you more than you asked for.
Actually, the last two jobs I've been offered more than I asked. For the record, I'm a LAMP (Perl) developer - although in this case the M is an O, and sometimes the A has morphed into Cron or Postfix.
First one I had been without a job for 1 1/4 years, and just wanted to work. I gave a low figure, and was offered 25% more than that. Second job was not quite as bad, but I optimistically asked for a 10% rise as a result of moving - and got 10% *on top of what I asked for*
Seriously, if you're being hired via a recruiter, ask their advice, before the interview stages . Because they're getting paid a cut of your salary, they'll generally recommend something that's feasible, while being as large as the feel you can get away with.
A good recruiter is your friend. Bad recruiters a: should be shot, and b: are everywhere.
Under my immediate control are X USB drives; X=
20MB application? Wuss
Microsoft office 4 came on 30 floppies.
For that matter, I've installed Linux (Slackware 3.0 ) from a machine that had a CD onto one that didn't using three floppies (and several hours)
Dammit, leave the lawn alone!
Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...
Library? I remember that, back when I was a kid. Do they still have those?
Seriously, I stopped going to *public* libraries when I started work full time, in favour of Book Stores.
If I hadn't moved countries during the Dot-Com bubble bursting I'd probably have a room in my house housing my own, private library.
All done in in the best possible taste, naturally.
Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?
The company I work for provides services based around the TLD of a small pacific island nation. So naturally we have machines named for the individual atolls of their groups.
This is alternately good and bad - some are short - in one case only one syllable (vao), but some or more (one is called utuaoteolopuka). Thing is there seems to be a nearly endless supply of names, some of which seem very similar to each other.
I know the boss has a reason for doing this, but that won't make me like it any more.
Red Dwarf To Return, Find Earth
That said, I have to agree with GPP - It aged badly. When I go back to watch the episodes over, it's rare that I watch anything beyond the ship being reconstructed. It was still fun, but lacked a lot of the charm that the early episodes had.
Not a matter of aging imho. Something weird happened after season 6. I still deeply love seasons 1-6.
This is something I really don't agree with.
Some things can be said to age or go downhill, others simply change.
Believe it or not (and I hope you would, given the demographic of the SD crowd), people don't like doing the same stuff all the time. They like change. They like to be challenged. They like to learn new things.
Sometimes, new things aren't quite the same as the old. Some better, some worse. You have to allow for possible failure if you want the good stuff.
Early Dwarf was primarily an odd-couple comedy, the inter-relation between diametrically opposed characters in a confined environment. After a while (series 3?) it became an ensemble piece. Then it veered in another difference for a while.
Seriously, if Rob + Doug had wanted to do the same thing, they'd be writing for soaps.
Yech, I sound like some of my old teachers.
Discuss the US Presidential Election
Dammit, I can't type.
Message should read:
I don't live in the US you insensitive clod.
It was much funnier in my mind, honest.
Discuss the US Presidential Election
I don't like in the US you insensitive clod.
Monty Worm hasn't submitted any stories.
I'm not. For a long time I was the only person called Dominic I'd ever met. Don't get me wrong, I'd heard of others in books, seen them on TV - I wasn't in ignorance of their (hypothetical) existence. My surname (Thoreau) is even worse. In my home town, *everyone* with my surname is a relative  - pick a name, phone it, and ask for who you want. You'll get through to the person you require - 2 or 3 calls total.
Then today I followed a link on Dave Winer's Scripting News  site - something about google  as an internet mapping tool. I followed the link to the site. After some playing around, I jumped off to google to search on my own name . For once a new link arrived - a review of a book from Amazon, by a Dominic Thoreau in Zagreb, Croatia.
Still not sure about this - I feel it's all very dubious.....
 In practice this only ended this year
 To the best of my knowledge, there are't any Thoreau's elsewhere in NZ.
 www.scripting.com - lots of stuff that is far too interesting and I don't have time to deal with properly - see my abortive blogs scattered around the internet
 You *know* this : Google, www.google.com , the best and most relevant search engine on the web
 Egotistical I know - but google ranks by some nice criteria, and what you end up with is interesting - more of what other's think is important, than any random order... 
 And if you actually ran this, yes, those systematic entomology papers are me....
Cheap hardware rant
- Why doesn't Linux support the embedded NIC on my motherboard?
- Why does the PC reboot spontaneously occasionally, mostly after running a perl script that opened a lot of socket connections (say 300 or so) to the internet for downloading stuff?
- Why does my (GBP£2.00) mouse malfunction to the point of non-usability if it's in direct sunlight?
- Exactly how does SUSE Linux Pro need 7 CDs anyway?
- Why won't CmdrTaco let me see the exact number of my Karma anymore?
- Why do people moderate my posts down as over-rated just for someone else to moderate them back up again?
Up and running
... And now we have actually running hardware of our very own! Cool eh?
The results from Mensa came and went. Qualified, joined, went to (2 so far) meetings. I cannot possibly reccommend it enough. If you think you can, shoot for it. Don't even bother thinking about it.
Interestingly enough there were two celebrity premiers in town last night - Star Wars (all the big stars except Euan and Natalie) and We will Rock You - the Ben Elton musical using Queen music. Naturally I was skulking around the edges of the Queen thing - although this was because I was going to play games with Mensa.
Tests, life, the whole enchilada
I'm supposed to be going on Adrian's stag night tomorrow - not sure if I can be bothered yet...
The Test date, HSX
And while I'm thinking about it, go and play with the Hollywood Stock Exchange at www.hsx.com. I've got a Music Portfolio of HSX$50Mill, HSX$9Mill in movies - not bad for a HSX$2 initial stake.....
I've been permanently employed by Elonex.
Given, a salary of 11,500GBP (basic) isn't that hot, but it's an improvement on where I had been...
Maybe, just maybe.
Details for this are really sketchy - looks slightly more interesting than the last one though. I'm fairly sure the real problem at the moment is that no one there actually understands my core job....
The whole place is farce really - today we sent Leonard, one of the floor supervisors, on a 30 minute quest for paint brushes (which we'd then use to paint security paint that one of our clients need). Much better than the edge of a cable-tie we use currently, but watching the beauraucracy try to cope with a new idea was just fascinating....
Argh not again.
I've just talked my self out of yet another job. I'm not convinced I really wanted it though, although I suppose I shouldn't be so picky.
I mean, how bad can being a telephone support person be? (feel free not to answer that....)
Statement of purpose.
Brief summary: I was once a perl developer in Auckland, New Zealand. Now I work as a computer assembler in London, England. Despite this, I'd like to code again. Job offers or more infomation needed? email me: email@example.com.
For the record, the coding work before was in Oracle SQL and Oracle's embedded perl variant. CGIs, crons and stuff. Unix (SunOS). Linux workstations. Text file processing. All the standard I'm a corporate programmer stuff.