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Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs On California Freeways

RubberDuckie Re:If you can't trust the authenticity of the sign (218 comments)

Troll, really? I took this tongue in cheek and laughed out loud. This is a sad comment on the times, to little humor and to much political correctness.

about a year ago

Russian Rocket Proton-M Crashes At Launch

RubberDuckie Re:probably... (145 comments)

In the words of the immortal Foghorn Leghorn: "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son."

about a year ago

The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

RubberDuckie Re:huh? (528 comments)

Besides, they'll just let someone else pick up the tab for their healthcare.

And therein lies the problem, I get to pay for someone's poor lifestyle. It would be nice to have a healthcare penalty on smoking, drinking, and eating processed foods such as this.

about a year ago

The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban

RubberDuckie Re:I can slack off anywhere (529 comments)

Sadly you posted this AC and I don't have mod points, but this is spot on. While don''t work at Yahoo, I've worked for companies in a similar downward spiral. I suspect that more than a few people have become disenchanted and lost motivation. Sometimes, a bit of a "reset" is needed.

about a year and a half ago

Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

RubberDuckie Re:Just what I wanted to hear (617 comments)

I feel your pain because I'm in the same boat. I'm currently looking for work, and I'm sure I'll be able to find something soon. I do wonder how much longer I'll be able to continue in IT before I'm completely ignored because of age.

about a year and a half ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

RubberDuckie Re:Bye Apple (451 comments)

That makes a lot of sense. Too bad Apple couldn't renew ahead of time, and avoid some of this pain. I'm deliberately not upgrading to iOS6 until they get Apple maps fixed, or Google ports their map app to iOS6. In the mean time, Ill give Waze a try.

about 2 years ago

WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs

RubberDuckie Re:But the cost? (356 comments)

I'm not aware of any crushing weight problems in the steel server racks...

For most server racks. probably not as there is a log of empty space in standard servers. Here at $WORK, we have a MAID array for archival storage. Since the drives in the unit only spin up (and get hot) when needed, the array contains many more drives than a standard disk array. This makes the unit quite heavy, and could overload the floor on some buildings. Luckily, this is on the first floor, so it won't come crashing through the ceiling.

about 2 years ago

Leave Your Cellphone At Home, Says Jacob Appelbaum

RubberDuckie Re:a much better idea (306 comments)

He's right, you can get one here. Of course I've probably placed myself on some government agency watch list by posting this.

about 2 years ago

Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

RubberDuckie Re:So from here on out ... (2416 comments)

At some point in the future, those younger people will get older, likely get sicker, and hopefully get wealthier so this all evens out in the wash. If you're older and 'wealthier', then you'll have to get insurance now, which is a good thing.

more than 2 years ago

AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed

RubberDuckie Re:Crappy AMD drivers?! (261 comments)

That's called the 'Lovelace Factor': All software sucks, it's just a matter of how much it sucks.

more than 2 years ago

Is the Sparc T4 Too Little Too Late?

RubberDuckie Re:SPARC T4 is only the beginning (128 comments)

Except he has a point. Some organizations still have an investment in a Solaris infrastructure. For some small to mid sized companies the M series are a too expensive for what you get, while the T3 is too underpowered for a database. Hopefully the T4 will try to fill that gap, especially in the price category. Will the T5 eat into other platforms? I have my doubts there as I think this is all in the 'too little too late' category.

It's too bad really, as Solaris is a nice OS. Time to work on yet another career course alteration.

more than 2 years ago

Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

RubberDuckie Re:tell the rest of the story (349 comments)

That's the interesting question, isn't it. I dropped the streaming plan, because I rarely used it. Most of the streaming movies are a bit long in the tooth, so it's just not worth the extra money to use streaming once every few months.

about 3 years ago

Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors

RubberDuckie Re:C programmers? Wanted! (582 comments)

That's a very interesting observation, and goes to explain a few situations I've encountered. I'd always assumed that most people tend to associate with others that are like themselves. Given a few similar candidates, they will hire someone that most closely resembles themselves.

about 3 years ago

IPv6 Traffic Volumes Are Low, But Nobody Knows How Low

RubberDuckie Re:ISP:s at fault (231 comments)

Yep. My ISP is Speakeasy in San Jose, CA. You would think they'd support IPv6 in the middle on Silicon Valley, but you'd be wrong. I've got a NetScreen capable of IPv6, but no way to use it without a tunnel. Are you listening Speakeasy?

more than 3 years ago

Kaspersky Calls For 'Internet Interpol'

RubberDuckie Re:Resources (136 comments)

Too bad you posted anonymously (though I understand why you did), as some may miss this post. Until we get everyone on the same page as to who should be prosecuted, it's just going to be too easy to hide.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Running Unpatched Servers With No Firewall

RubberDuckie Re:Welp (306 comments)

The parent sums PCI up very nicely. My company is looking at the feasibility of implementing PCI vs outsourcing credit cards. Since we would be a Tier 4 vendor, we would be able to do a self assessment. Talking with other companies in Tier 4 uncovered a wide range of compliance from almost nothing to almost complete compliance. If the web site you're giving your credit card to is not a Tier 1 vendor, be very very afraid.

more than 3 years ago

Russian Team Prepares To Penetrate Lake Vostok

RubberDuckie Re:Look Up (237 comments)

I'm not a Sarah Palin fan, but I hope this gets modded up as informative. It's amazing how many famous people are misquoted (no, Al Gore never claimed he invented the Internet).

more than 3 years ago

California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates

RubberDuckie Re:Really? (624 comments)

Sorry, until you eliminate the 75% vote necessary to pass a budget, you'll get a mess that pleases no one, and is late to boot. Now if we can get 76% of one party voted in, we might get something to happen. And yes, I'm a native Californian but not terribly proud of it at the moment.

more than 4 years ago

Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer

RubberDuckie Re:Eheh (392 comments)

Yet more anecdotal evidence: we had a proprietary database system running on a old Solaris 2.6 system circa 1998. I was able to move the binaries to a Solaris 10 system and they ran without any modifications at all. Try taking a binary that ran on a Linux system from that era and run it on a modern variant. You'd have to play games with libc to even think about getting it to run.

So we only have a few data points here; perhaps if a few other post their experience you might be open to looking at another point of view?

more than 4 years ago

The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

RubberDuckie Re:IMHO solaris has a really bad userland (378 comments)

True enough, the Solaris userland is not as robust as Linux out of the box. You can upgrade to a more robust userland through sites like Blastwave, that carry pre-compiled GNU-like programs.

OTOH, Solaris is much better at backward compatibility than Linux. I have a very old proprietary database that was once running on Solaris 2.6, running on Solaris 10. I didn't have to wedge in some ancient libc to get this to happen, it just worked. So like many things in life, and especially with computers, you trade have trade offs: stability or newer features. One size does not fit all.

more than 4 years ago


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