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RHEL 6 No Longer Supported By Google Chrome

Sectoid_Dev Re:Why would you need a web browser on a server? (231 comments)

I use CentOS for the exact same reasons as the parent above.
I'm a developer on a single user system. Futzing around with the OS is not even in the top five things I want to spend my time doing.

about a year and a half ago

Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

Sectoid_Dev Re:Brogramming??? (432 comments)

Growing up, I used to know a lot of people who were carpenters. A lot of them were respectable hard working people working for a lower middle class living. And then the other half were drunks who could never keep a job, but could always get a job as a carpenter.
Was your house framed on a Monday or Friday?

My uncle was a roofer, but that was out of state - so my sample size is one. Made an excellent living, but then he owned his own company. He has some hilarious stories(plural) about them accidently tearing down the roofs of the wrong house.

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Backup Your Data?

Sectoid_Dev Re:Synology DiskStation (212 comments)

I also use a Synology DiskStation that I leave offsite at my brother's house and backup to it.
Very impressed by it all around.

Sure it costs some bucks and its functionality could be done cheaper in a DIY NAS box or a server with a RAID, but the convenience is worth it for me. I'm a software developer and I prefer to focus on code, not system administration.

That and my wife has a very large clip art collection for her retirement hobby/job that must be backed up and safe at all times!

about a year and a half ago

You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

Sectoid_Dev Re:Not NetBSD (492 comments)

Except that it wont happen for 25 years... FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, CHANGE... RUN!!!!! THE SKY IS FALLING!! (in 25 years)...

With the acceleration of development that has been occurring over even the last 10 years, I hardly doubt there will be much to worry about 25 years from now.

You sound like a manager.
Leave this on the back burner for the next 24.5 years and then drop everything because then the sky is falling.

I'm glad this issue got mentioned because frankly I don't ever think about the unix epoch time overflowing. It's a good thing to give programmers a nudge for their current(and future) development
  "Hey use 64 bit time values"
    "Oh yeah, sure,"
    25 years later, no problem.

about a year ago

Compared to my siblings ...

Sectoid_Dev Re:Lets see... (178 comments)

Cheese mining technology will seriously take off once we establish a moon base.

about 2 years ago

Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your E-mail Without Warrants

Sectoid_Dev Re:Yay! Democrats! (403 comments)

Indeed who are these 'hippies' and other people living work free off the largess of others? I look around and I see a soon to be permanent underclass working 60 hours a week at 2 part time jobs.

about 2 years ago

In UK, Twitter, Facebook Rants Land Some In Jail

Sectoid_Dev Re:Yet another reason NOT to visit the UK (233 comments)

Not to shit in your corn flakes but Brits are about as obese as Americans.

We can't have our British friends closing the obesity gap.
Everyone waddle down to Golden Corral right now!!

about 2 years ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

Sectoid_Dev Re:Yawn (357 comments)

This post was removed due to Dice content standards violations.

What the fuck is this?

about 2 years ago

Reiser4 File System Still In Development

Sectoid_Dev Re:Rename it (317 comments)

No, because I would be careful with placing the duct tape.

about 2 years ago

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Sectoid_Dev Better, but still nervous (524 comments)

2008 - Three years of being dramatically underpaid for doing software engineering for an extremely complex and custom monitoring framework for a fortune 50 company. They never were able to hire any additional engineers because the skill sets were never there to hire and they didn't want to take the time to train anyone up like they did for me. You'd think they realize that even a token raise might be in order, but no.

2009 - working at a new company, making 30% more doing simple web programming and much happier with life until eight months later when the new company downsizes and all but the most senior IT people are cut.

2010 - After seven months unemployment, back at the same fortune 50 company, but a completely different department doing system admin automation for almost what I was making doing web programming. Then a year later an unexpected pay raise kicks me up over past what my last job paid. Reward for my diligent efforts at my new job? No -- the company had been losing talent to another large company that set up new IT operations in the area and they wanted to keep who they still had. A lucky spin on the IT wheel of fortune I guess.

2011 - My wife decides to retire from the University after 34 years. A reorganization of her entire division(Mainframe operations) is kicking her down to a poorly trained help desk monkey. Hand writing is on the wall -- those who can leave. I like having her at home, but now it's a single income household as we are saving the bulk of her retirement savings until we need it and spending the rest on paying off the house and making large improvements. Now I am feeling good about being a loser who didn't trade up in the housing boom. Money is tight and we have to coordinate our spending with each other for the first time.

2012 - More of the same. Some money saved and invested - waiting for the RIF hammer to drop. Doubtful it will occur this year or next, but can never feel safe from it. Part of this anxiety comes from other downsizings I went through previous to 2008, but then we always had her job to fall back on. I'm working on some outside programming projects that could be monetized, but finding the time is difficult. I think I have to go this route because when they decide to get rid of the old men, I'm not going to have the same retirement balance my wife had.
      I'm 43 and the youngest of my coworkers. Again, they don't want to hire anyone who isn't going to be immediately productive. I shudder to think where they think they are going to find my replacement if they aren't ever going to train anyone up. But I'm sure on paper it looks like no problem at all.

about 2 years ago

Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful

Sectoid_Dev Re:Glenn Beck is a fucking moron. (413 comments)

Examples? Citations? Please share.

I remember watching him using scare tactics to convince his audience that food shortages were immenient and everyone should rush out and buy 20 pound bags of rice. A shortage of rice(really a price increase) in the international market was in the news that week because the typical exporters of rice were keeping more of their output for domestic consumption that year. That was in 2008. I hope grandpa and uncle fred like 4 year old rancid rice.

about 2 years ago

WTFM: Write the Freaking Manual

Sectoid_Dev Re:Documentation? (299 comments)

My first consideration in either using FOSS or buying closed software is to take a look at the documentation.
I have enough dirt for my hands working on my own project, I don't have enough time to sift through manure.

about 2 years ago

Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

Sectoid_Dev Re:Not at all (348 comments)

For one thing, if you can cook, you can impress women that does help and impresses.

Second on that from experience.

more than 2 years ago

Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Sectoid_Dev Re:Probably (761 comments)

In places like Detroit or Washington DC or Baltimore City where legal gun ownership is basically non-existent, the huge amount of gun proliferation results in an armed criminal element and a disarmed citizenry.

I can't speak for the other cities, but there is nothing overly restrictive about the gun owenerships laws in Detroit or the state of Michigan. Open carry is allowed assuming the gun is registered and CCW is legal after taking the course and the background check. The people of Detroit do often keep guns in their house because they know the police are not going to show up in any reasonable amount of time, if at all.

Just because the city is a shit hole, don't assume the reason for that is one that fits your ideological bias.

more than 2 years ago

MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

Sectoid_Dev Re:It's about time (454 comments)

What do you think this zombie shit is about? It went from 'crazy Haitian shit' to 'horror story' to 'social commentary on the human condition' and now, currently, 'acceptable social replacement for the mental imagery of shooting people you don't like.'

I think the current zombie trend is about venting all the accumulated fear of biological warfare that accumulated immediately after 9/11. Also some of the climate change or genetic engineering fear - notice the cause of the zombies is no longer Black Magic, Satanic or End of Days, but now biological. At least for the well adjusted folk.
And for the not so well adjusted, I have to agree there is the thrill of unfettered killing of 'the others'.

more than 2 years ago

MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

Sectoid_Dev Re:It's about time (454 comments)

[...] porno movie showing people having sex with watermelons but saying that the watermelons were stand-ins for children?

This is my fetish.

Rule 34 strikes again!!

more than 2 years ago

MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

Sectoid_Dev Re:Fool of an MP (454 comments)

That was my first thought as well. I'm married to an incest and childhood rape survivor (and yes 'survivor' is the appropriate word here) and a lot of her therapy included extremely graphic written descriptions and drawings of the things that she went through. It brings it out into the open as something that really happened, rather than 'bad things happened, but we don't talk about'.
Who is to decided what the intent of any writing is? I'm sure some pedos would get off on her therapy art. Do we really want to jail people for getting better, rather than keeping it all in and self destructing? Just to keep a pedo from getting a boner and MAYBE doing something?

more than 2 years ago

Elon Musk, an Industrialist For the 21st Century

Sectoid_Dev Re:Grammar (89 comments)

There's plenty of insanity being produced by other countries, available for import to the United States. But will the American consumer develop a taste for exotic insanity or prefer the home grown domestic stuff?

more than 2 years ago


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