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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

ToasterTester Mac is for work only (313 comments)

That why I just use my Mac for work, and everything elses on my Linux box.

about 2 months ago

Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

ToasterTester Thomas Jefferson said.... (261 comments)

"Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"

about 8 months ago

In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

ToasterTester Rich only have one job with benefits (311 comments)

The non-rich the artcle refer to typically can't get full time so companies don't have to pay for health benefits. Most the poor have more than one job, so add up the hours. This article is the fantasy the rich tell themselves.

about 7 months ago

Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

ToasterTester Like MS and Borland (137 comments)

I remember when I worked for Borland we used to joke that we were Microsoft's training site they poached so many people. From what I understand in one of the MS/Borland lawsuits Borland got no-poaching added as part of the settlement.

about 9 months ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

ToasterTester DON'T DO IT! (248 comments)

vi and vim have been around for decades becasue they fullfil a need of a text editor that can be found on every Unix box you might have to work on. They have a command set most know enough to use even if they prefer other editors. It has enough features to use as an development editor and most important there are tons of other editors to choose from.

Don't screw with vim you want to make you idea of a better vim fine just leave the original alone!!!!

about 8 months ago

Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

ToasterTester Fox News Moscow (878 comments)

From the people who mentor Karl Rove, Fox News, and Clear Channel. History our way.

about 9 months ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

ToasterTester Can we say privatization (676 comments)

The GOP's favorite word privatization in other word how to take our taxes and give them to their big corporate buddies. Look at how much of the miliatary is privatized now. Not only can the private milatary avoid the law they charge big $$$. Cut school budgets and give vouchers to give our taxes to big business. And on and on.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

ToasterTester Re:Chromebook (287 comments)

I agree Chromebook is excellent choice for anyone who just wants email and web browser and on rare occasion a bit more. I know even younger users (in 50's and 60's) tired of tweaking computers or expensive Apple devices have happily moved to Chromebooks.

about 9 months ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

ToasterTester Google indirects to Linux (295 comments)

What's the saying any problem can be solved by adding another layer of indirection. Guess they can't figure out how to monitize contributing coding resources to address the issue.

about 10 months ago

We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

ToasterTester Re:umm no (267 comments)


There is nothing they can't monitor and collect these days, the only thing in our favor is ability to analyze the mountain of raw data they have already.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

ToasterTester Re:what if... (716 comments)

Apples and oranges comparison brick building is manual labor task. My grandfather was a brick mason and he learned the skill, and worked his way thru the ranks apprentice and journeyman, etc. If a wall started falling apart it was probably bad bricks, or the mortar wasn't mixed right. Two thing out of his control on a construction job with a team of brick masons. Last if the person hired didn't have the skills.

Software development a person can be unqualified for the job, so you don't want them fixing things. Then most real world app's are large team projects and side effects for other people's code is part of the process so who fixed what? Then bugs or code not functioning as expected just part of developing code for a project and that has to be factored in to the time and cost of development. I a company told me to fix bugs on my time (which they usually have a chunk of anyway) I'd be looking for another gig. Only time I would fix bugs on my own if I was sick or distracted and knew I wasn't working up to par. Unless its one of those bosses who says "sick or not get in here" then its their fault I raised the red flag and they ignored it.

Start getting your resume out.

about 10 months ago

Mysterious Underwater Circles Off the Coast of Denmark Explained

ToasterTester bummer (37 comments)

That's sucks I was hoping to go skin diving and see Scully and Mulder.

about a year ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

ToasterTester Re:Oh (474 comments)

Actually Dell started about the same time as the Mac, the orignal name of the company was PC Limited and they later changed their name to Michael Dell's name.

about a year ago

Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

ToasterTester Hate Open Office (314 comments)

The last place I worked had open office plan and I hated it. Noisy, no sense of my area to feel comforatable in. Just rows of tables not eveb desks. The owner and managers were a big part of making it feel so uptight, they discouraaged conversation, that SCRUM or meetings were time to exchange ideas. Development and SysAdmin involves sharing of problems, solutions, and communication is the key.

I like having cubes and co-workers would come by to disuss work, or there would be group talks outside of the cubes. What would appear to some as people just hanging out was a very creative enviromnet.

What I could see working is a mixed open area and then cubes for people that want to get away to think. Options are good.

about a year ago

95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

ToasterTester Well son I remember when they were all OS/2 (346 comments)

Blame IBM for killing off OS/2. I worked for one of the major banks and years after OS/2 died they were still running it because the main teller software ran on OS/2 and the company that created it rufused to port it to anything else.

The govenment monitors the banking banks and if someone came up with Linix ATM software that could pass govenment regulations and a ease migration path you'd probably see a mass move from XP to Linux. Because the banks what one does most the other do.

about a year ago

UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

ToasterTester Happen to me (617 comments)

It happened to me I ordered a accessory from an online music store, then they sent me a dozen of what I ordered. I emailed their Customer Service by (no phone # on thier site) of what happened and I'd be glad to return if they make shipping arrangements. A week goes by and no response so I send a second email and again no reply. After that I kept copies of the emails I send and kept the merchadise. I had no use for the extrass so couple years later I donated them to a local music program for kids.

1 year,10 days

In Three Years, Nearly 45% of All the Servers Will Ship To Cloud Providers

ToasterTester Re:What could possibly go wrong? (152 comments)

Seem like idea of build Private Cloud should start increasing.

What was always taught about security if they have physical access they have you. So with commerical clouds you're giving physical acess to ???????

1 year,13 days

The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

ToasterTester Altered States (332 comments)

Thru a buddy I got a mini tour of JBL's research lab and they had an anechoic chamber to test speaker designs. I got to spend a few minutes in the anechoic chamber and it was strange but cool sensation. First the floor was a suspended wire mesh so almost like floating, then when door was closed I starting to hear my own body and nothing else, excellent. I'd love to have an anechoic chamber or a float tank to zone out in.

1 year,19 days

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

ToasterTester Re:Lenovo. (477 comments)

I had been using MBP's but like article wanted something upgradeable. I had ThinkPads in past so got a T530 and so far Linux is fine on it. Just wish I could find a video driver that I could lower the resolution most don't fill the screen when resolution is dropped. I looked at the System76 and interesting, but expensive compared to others. Hope the Levnovo holds up like my IBM ThinkPad did it was a tank.

1 year,25 days

23% of IT Workers Spend Thanksgiving With Coworkers

ToasterTester Fairest for me (111 comments)

One place I was at we were doing 24/7 support so someone had to always be onsite. For holidays our boss just split the day into 3 hour shifts starting at 6am. For only having to work 3 hours wasn't too painful still got most of the day with family/friends. Boss also said it will be dead bring DVDs to watch, just answer phone if it rings. So pretty painless Holiday work.

1 year,25 days


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