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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The Last Gunslinger Re:Must be an alternate earth. (410 comments)

That wasn't the point being expressed in the quote.

yesterday
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The Last Gunslinger Re:Must be an alternate earth. (410 comments)

Sure thing, AC...we'll get right on doing that needful for you.

yesterday
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The Last Gunslinger Re:Must be an alternate earth. (410 comments)

HAH!

LMAO @ "Do The Needful"

The first time I saw that in an email, I was just like, "WTF am I reading?!?"

yesterday
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The Last Gunslinger Re:Must be an alternate earth. (410 comments)

It's not karma to burn. You're just talking about a completely different aspect (and I agree there are plenty of good foreign engineering resources to be found).

I was taking issue with the surreal falsity of the quote...the guy specifically asserted that the "vast, vast majority of tech *engineers* supported..." blahblahblah.

To me, that's a bald-faced lie. The decision to hire offshore "talent" is driven by MBAs, not MSes or PhDs. Now if he'd said "tech execs" or "CTOs," I would have believed him implicitly.

Anyhow, I just wanted to be clear that my issue with the statement isn't a reflection of any belief that good talent doesn't exist offshore. It was with the preposterous characterization of his "belief" in the apparent superiority of foreign talent being shared by nearly all domestic tech engineers.

yesterday
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

The Last Gunslinger Must be an alternate earth. (410 comments)

"The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best."

I've worked in tech (SE) for 15+ years now, and I don't know of a single colleague that would agree with the sentiment expressed in that quote.

yesterday
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

The Last Gunslinger Well, this will be an easy week for Limbaugh & (987 comments)

Not to mention all his wanna-be ripoffs on various talk radio outlets. I can practically hear the frothy apoplexy dripping from my speakers.

about 5 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

The Last Gunslinger Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

You illustrate my point. The suits at Disney responsible for lobbying and litigating IP rules are not the people creating characters and animating stories. And the fact that the company takes creative content (e.g. new stories) and uses their copyrighted character to act them out does not make them creators of content. It makes them thieves.

Show me the independent artist who is being serviced by today's 120-year copyright protections, and I'll show you a BitTorrent user who isn't pirating stuff.

about 5 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

The Last Gunslinger Re:Sour grapes (381 comments)

Actually it works against content *publishers* (not creators) who have traditionally been the purveyors of grossly unfair contracts and all manner of unsavory business practices (e.g. we own perpetual license to any works you create, etc.) that leveraged their knowledge and access to distribution channels in order to live off the creative efforts of actual content producers. See also: Payola.

For this no-value-added middleman clown to accuse any other operation of being parasitic is the apotheosis of laughable hypocrisy.

about 5 months ago
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Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

The Last Gunslinger Re:At rest, arguably...in flight, yeah right. (155 comments)

Um, no. A MITM is not necessary for corporations to keep their employees from visiting undesirable content on the internet. Content filtering does not require payload inspection to achieve. I know this because I've worked with clients who use ProxySG devices to help them construct and implement their access control policies.

Your assertion about TP being a "scare about nothing" is incredibly naive...it's only valid if the end user provides informed consent. In practice, there are organizations that silently push their MITM CA certificate into your device/browser's truststore without giving you any opportunity to opt out...and I'm not talking about corporate owned/issued devices, I'm talking about BYOD operations.

about 5 months ago
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Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen Say Google Data Now Protected From Gov't Spying

The Last Gunslinger At rest, arguably...in flight, yeah right. (155 comments)

Assuming you believe this line, they're only providing countermeasures against data at rest or moving within their networks.

Does anyone remember that whole "trusted proxy" thing that's creeping into the HTTP 2.0 draft spec?

Is anyone else familiar with the MITM capabilities of a Blue Coat ProxySG device, and how widely deployed they are amongst ISPs?

about 5 months ago
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EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

The Last Gunslinger Re:Not just the USA anymore (246 comments)

I was referring to the institutionalization of the insanity, not the insanity itself. High courts doing crazy things like declaring corporations to be "persons" under the law, public servants trussing themselves up in military tactical gear and smashing their way into suburban homes to shoot pets and terrorize occupants over their possession of some plants they grew. Fun stuff like that.

about 10 months ago
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For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets

The Last Gunslinger Seriously? This is your argument? (292 comments)

You do understand that the peripheral bus is not the same thing as the core logic platform, right?

It's not about the ability of the platform to play PS1/2/3 games, but the ability of the device itself to utilize existing accessory input devices built on STANDARD communication link mechanisms.

You are aware that Sony has a long and storied history of forcing (expensive) unnecessarily proprietary peripheral devices onto their customers, right?

There's really no excuse for this, other than to say this is just Sony still showing complete contempt for their customers.

about 10 months ago
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For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets

The Last Gunslinger Thanks for reinforcing my decision, Sony (292 comments)

Around the time of the CD-R rootkit fiasco, I wrote off Sony as a vendor entirely. I simply refuse to do business with a company that shows such complete disregard for its customers. Does this mean I don't own ANY Sony tech? Of course not...but it does mean that I have not given Sony a red cent. My PS3 is a 2nd- (maybe 3rd) hand unit I pick up from Craigslist.

I just don't understand why any thinking person would support a company that still runs its business on the razor/blade model of entrenchment and vendor lock-in, especially for tech. To deliberately cripple functions or expend engineering resources to create obstacles to easy operation is just insane. The entire point of having standards is to make components interoperable. It's this modularity that vaulted the PC clone to the top of the microcomputing world. It's why I will likely never buy anything from Apple.

Ugh. Just UGH. Not knowing the first thing about the PS4, I hope it goes down in flames.

about 10 months ago
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EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

The Last Gunslinger Not just the USA anymore (246 comments)

Apparently it isn't just our appellate courts here in the States that have gone batshit crazy. The insanity seems to be spreading.

about 10 months ago
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Auto Makers To Standardize On Open Source

The Last Gunslinger RC vs. Stable? (160 comments)

I've never had that problem using CM7 or CM10,x on my HTC Inspire and Samsung GS3...but I've always used the latest stable builds, even when the RCs got pretty long in the tooth.

That's just my phone. Can you imagine how careful people would be with their cars?

about 10 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

The Last Gunslinger Re:My thought exactly (871 comments)

It's a matter of prioritization that you're missing. The founders desired a free state, and understood that the existence of such is wholly contingent upon certain rights of the individual being sacrosanct. It's pretty clear from a reading of the Bill of Rights which those were: speech, press, religion, personal ownership of arms, security of house, home and private effects, right to a trial by jury with representation of legal counsel, etc., etc.

They understood that without these liberties **of individuals** being protected as inviolate (or as nearly so as practicable), a free state could not exist. To attempt to examine the relative worth of the 5th Amendment by evaluating its possible effects on crime in society misses the point...the free society desired by the architects of the republic simply does not exist without it (again, see Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay). Ergo, any utilitarian analysis of this sort is pointless on its face.

about 10 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

The Last Gunslinger My thought exactly (871 comments)

Then I read his article and had my answer: a pedantic nitwit who lacks the historical understanding of corrupt power.

The 5th Amendment, as with the others in the "Bill of Rights," was designed with the intent to guarantee an individual's liberty against encroachment by the State. The genesis arose from the Crown's ignoble history of coercing confessions under torture and duress, then using said confession as the centerpiece in some mummer's farce of a trial to imprison or execute the persons.

To examine such a precept through the lens of its utilitarian value to broader society is to fail completely to understand at all its reason for being. If we are to do so, then the author must accept that the consequences of abolishing the 5th will likely include a further degradation of our society into an authoritarian police state that will compel and coerce confessions from citizens. We need look no further than Abu Ghraib to see the truth in this. In this light, it's very simple to make the argument that the 5th Amendment is one of the essential protections that maintains ours as a "free" society.

Furthermore, it's been well-established that eyewitness and other human testimonials are consistently the least reliable evidence allowed at trials. Frankly, that we still allow for them to be used as the sole basis for indictment and conviction in this modern era of the NSA and forensic science baffles the rational mind.

about a year ago
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OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers

The Last Gunslinger Re:I'm addicted (297 comments)

I'm sure most readers here "got" it. It just wasn't funny.

about a year ago
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Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

The Last Gunslinger Re:no (588 comments)

Agreed.

Even if the kid hadn't been a dope-smoking, fight-starting, gangsta-wannabe thug who lacked the foresight to consider the lack of wisdom in physically attacking a random stranger in a southern state with both concealed-carry and stand-your-ground laws in effect, what scientific potential did he embody (forget actually accomplish) to warrant his name being carried into astronomic posterity?

about a year ago
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Hacker Modifies Facebook Home To Work On All Android Devices

The Last Gunslinger Re:Great! (124 comments)

Exactly my thinking. After reading the device permission requirements demanded by the most recent update for the Android app version of FB, I uninstalled it entirely. There's no good reason I can think of for Facebook to have visibility and control of the apps running on my device.

about a year ago

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Design directives for big home RAID?

The Last Gunslinger The Last Gunslinger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Last Gunslinger (827632) writes "I'll preface my question by saying that I have a lot of data that I'd like to keep online...in the storage sense of the word, not the interweb sense. By a lot, I mean terabytes.

My current RAID setup is hardware based, and is on its second iteration. The controller is an old MegaRAID PCI32 4xATA/100 device from LSI. The first build used 4x250GB ATA drives, configured as a single logical RAID5 volume. The current build uses 4x500GB ATA drives, setup as two logical volumes: one 16GB RAID0 for the OS (Ubuntu Intrepid), and one 1.5TB RAID5.

I'm down to the last 50GB of that volume, and that's even after I've been shuffling data to various offline drives lying around my office...probably close to another TB or so.

As I prepare to rebuild my storage array, I'm looking to change several aspects. First off, the write performance on the RAID5 volume is bollocks...fast writes for the first 64MB, but sustained writes show the rate drops to ~4MB/sec. Most files I handle are CD ISO sized or larger, so this is a big issue. As I'm intending to use SATA-II drives this next go-round, I'm ditching the LSI controller and going to software RAID.

My questions to the community are around building and partitioning an array of this size. Assuming I use 5 or 6 drives of 1TB capacity...
  • Should I look for a mobo that supports RAID in the BIOS, or stick with the more portable OS-based approach?
  • How should I slice up the total array into logical volumes?
  • Is there any logical volume size limit I need to observe?
  • I currently use EXT3...should I be looking at another FS?

Thanks!"

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THG pubishes detailed lab review of AMD Spider

The Last Gunslinger The Last Gunslinger writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Last Gunslinger (827632) writes "Tom's Hardware Guide has published detailed results of their laboratory analyses of AMD's recently released Spider platform, including the Phenom 9500 and 9600 running on 790FX chipsets. Amongst other interesting details, the 2.4GHz Phenom 9700 has been pushed back to Q1 2008. The 2.3GHz Phenom 9600 benchmarks on average 13.5% lower than Intel's Q6600 quad-core CPU...and the MSRP for the Phenom is about 13.6% less as well. Much is made of the AMD OverDrive utility, by which the THG labs were able to OC the Spider platform by 25% (3.0GHz) using air cooling alone."
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