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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Wolfrider Re:The universe does not need us.... (312 comments)

--Good on ya. Try Sheffield's " Between The Strokes of Night " to start with. I do tend to agree with you to a certain extent on the cultural baggage, but hopefully that can be mitigated with determination and education.

4 days ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Wolfrider Re:The universe does not need us.... (312 comments)

> On the flip side, billions of humans on earth need food, shelter, clean water, and education right fucking now. Once we get our house in order I could see wasting a few trillion dollars on a cosmic vanity project, but not until then.

--The thing is though, we have had THOUSANDS OF YEARS to "get our house in order", and things are as bad (or worse) as they have ever been. We deserve a chance to start over in a new territory at this point. Charles Sheffield has some good stories that illustrate why doing this is a Good Idea, if you're interested.

4 days ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Wolfrider Re:There isn't enough rubles in Moscow (312 comments)

--I'm with you 99%. The prospect of a new "space race" to the Moon is exciting for me, for the same reasons that you listed. We need to get Mankind into space in a big way.

--Anyone who hasn't already read "The Moon is a harsh mistress" turn in your geek card - it should be required reading. And if you get a chance, go visit the Saturn V rockets on display in Houston and Cape Canaveral.

--My greatest fear is that the US will treat this as rhetoric, and fail to get the fire lit under the space program again (that badly needs a cash infusion, as well as buy-in from the general public - hearts and minds help train future astronauts.)

--There's too many people as it is on this damn f'd up ball of rock+water, and we have a single point of failure. If we expand into space, eventually that will mean less congestion on the roads and in the cities. I may already be too old to live the dream of going into space in my lifetime and staying at the Space Hilton, but dammit I would support it financially for the future of the species.

4 days ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Wolfrider Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

--Gordon Ramsay has HIGH STANDARDS - that's why he excoriates people who settle for mediocre/unseasoned/not done well. Watch him in some other stuff besides Hell's Kitchen - he's actually a pretty cool guy.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

Wolfrider Re:Digital Assistant software (387 comments)

--I'm with you 99%. A real-life Cortana with Jen as the voice would be a great thing to see... But it prolly still wouldn't inspire me to use it.

about two weeks ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Wolfrider Re:Auto play audio? (142 comments)

--I'm with you 99%. Autoplay audio on /. is hella annoying.

/ ponies!

about two weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Wolfrider Re:At an affordable price (449 comments)

> The *HAM radio enthusiast community* has helped keep communications going for disaster areas ...FTFY. YW. HAND.

about three weeks ago

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

Wolfrider Re:Zombies? (135 comments)

--Yah, srsly - these geniuses never watched "Demolition Man"?

/ ratburger FTW

about three weeks ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

Wolfrider Re:With blackjack and hookers! (162 comments)

--Forced to agree. Longtime yahoo email user (over 10 years) and they have f*cked it up so bad that now I have to switch. Shame, too - I really liked them up until they took Tabs out of their email. Between google and yahoo, I no longer trust yahoo.

about three weeks ago

Facebook To Begin Deploying Btrfs

Wolfrider Re:Not next gen (115 comments)

--You sound like a Luddite. Sure, in a blue-sky world ALL filesystems could have ZFS capabilities. But the ZFS implementors decided to get past all the cruft and implement it from scratch, and for the most part they've done a fantastic job. Quit complaining and being bitter and try FUNDING CODE DEVELOPMENT on the dev mapper subsystem if you want to see it happen in the next 5-10 years, or it likely never will - it's easier right now to keep those features at the FS level. LVM(+RAID) on Linux is a *horrible* hack in comparison to ZFS.

--Btrfs is playing catch-up tho; realistically I prolly wouldn't trust it entirely for the next 1.5 - 2 years, but it does have some things that ZFS lacks (more flexibility, and supposedly stable on 32-bit systems.) Once it matures it will be a fine alternative/complement to ZFS, and *damn* the layering violations - as long as it Just Works.

about three weeks ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Wolfrider Re:The obvious answer (490 comments)

--I wish I had mod points; I'd mod you up in a heartbeat for saying exactly what I wanted to say to the OP idiot ;-)

about three weeks ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Wolfrider Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

--Call me old fashioned, but my 1st job was literally bagging groceries - so I like having someone else bag them when I shop. I *hate* self-checkout stations - I flat-out refuse to use them.

--When I go into a fast-food restaurant, I like being able to tell a person what my order is. It gives them a job to do (and income, even if it's not really enough to live on by itself), and some human interaction for me. I have no desire to punch a possibly complex, 1-off order into a limited touchscreen interface if I'm feeling like getting something different today - that's their job.

--Try and take that away, and workers should rise up en masse and demand protection from the law - because *millions* would be put out of work if we tried to automate all the Mcdonalds. We have so many people out of work as it is, why would you want to make it worse? That's why the tax laws haven't been reformed BTW - you can't put all the H&R Block, etc tax preparers out in the cold with nothing to fall back on.

--Our best bet is expanding into SPACE - we need a new Frontier.

--America was arguably at its best as a country when we were expanding into the West. After WWII (and especially Vietnam), we started the long slide downhill. 'Murika is becoming East Germany with all this spying bullshit anymore - give us a new planet to build on already. The Moon is right there and not being exploited yet - that would be a good start. After that, the asteroids. And after that, we can terraform Mars. Give us a dream!

about three weeks ago

Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes Its First Flight

Wolfrider Re:nitpicking nomenclature (66 comments)

--As long as it has Goodyear on it and resembles the old ship, it will always be the Goodyear Blimp. Just like we always refer to the Sears Tower, Marshall Fields, and Wrigley Field. Nostalgia has intertia.

/ ask a Chicagoan

about three weeks ago

Iran Builds Mock-up of Nimitz-Class Aircraft Carrier

Wolfrider Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (298 comments)

> OTOH, the US is very sensitive to the loss of their manpower. If too many US soldiers die in a war half a globe away, the general sentiment towards the war can very quickly change. This ain't WW2 anymore where something like that could work. Vietnam already showed that it's easy to lose support at home if too many of our boys die in what is then deemed a "pointless war". Drones work beautifully here because nobody gets hurt.

--And at that point, war becomes a video game. $Side1 sends our robots against $Side2, few to no human beings are in danger, and the war never stops.

--I remember that I had to register for the draft when I came of age. Using Human fighters and human-controlled battle engines keeps the proper perspective - war is hell, and there really needs to be a damn good reason for it. There's no good reason to let robot armies demolish each other just to keep being replenished, or have one side's robot army deploy against (fairly) defenseless/underarmed humans.

--Science fiction has gone over this extensively - looks like some people need to read up and learn from it.

/ I ain't no fortunate son, etc

about three weeks ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Wolfrider Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

--Now THAT is an interesting idea. +2, would advocate more research into this.

--Personally, the rare times when I have an awesome dream, I want to go back to sleep and resume right where I left off...

about a month ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

Wolfrider Re:Star Trek DS9 (914 comments)

--Thanks for that. I remembered something along that line when I saw this article but couldn't recall it exactly.


" Never build a prison that you wouldn't like to live in yourself "
/ Havelock (Lord) Vetinari, Ankh-Morpork

about a month ago

Firefox 29 Beta Arrives With UI Overhaul And CSS3 Variables

Wolfrider Re:No respect for the HIG (256 comments)

> When I was jumping between stations every few days, I was irritated that the Ubuntu FIrefox felt Ubuntu-y (Edit > Preferences?) and not like the Firefox I used on Windows (Tools > Options).

--That is a huge pet peeve for me, too. I wish they would make the Linux/etc versions just use Tools\Options, because it makes more sense. Edit menu is for copypasta text, and Find.

about a month ago

OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

Wolfrider Re:tm abbrevs mk it hrd 2 rd. (91 comments)

--A fairly accurate summation. I would only amend it thusly:

EXT4 = most current open journaling filesystem in widespread use on Linux systems; Successor to ext3 and generally faster

btrfs = journaling filesystem with more bells and whistles than ext4; Functionally designed to compete with (and mostly equivalent to) ZFS, and may have more features for home/average non-Enterprise users

frontend to YaST = graphical utility to command line versions of various Linux setup/configuration tools

about a month ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Wolfrider Re:This what Elio is doing (229 comments)

--Say, thanks for that - I hadn't heard of Elio and didn't know they had a dealership in my town. Might be my next trike, and WAY cheaper than what I had been saving up for!

about 1 month ago


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Current mood: Pensive -- 2011

Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 2 years ago

" See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh Take his hand, you'll be surprised " -- Supertramp


Give a little bit
  Give a little bit of your love to me
  Give a little bit
  I'll give a little bit of my love to you
  There's so much that we need to share
  Send a smile and show you care

  I'll give a little bit
  I'll give a little bit of my love to you
  So give a little bit
  Give a little bit of your time to me

  See the man with the lonely eyes
  Take his hand, you'll be surprised

  Give a little bit
  Give a little bit of your love to me
  I'll give a little bit of my love for you
  Now's the time that we need to share
  So find yourself, we're on our way back home

  Going home
  Don't you need to feel at home?
  Oh yeah, we gotta sing


--Pensive, but trying to stay Positive
/ Looking for work


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 3 years ago

So a couple of weeks ago I was truly ready to call it quits, and start learning how to live with being single again for a while.

Sometimes, God steps in where you weren't expecting, and really does something to save your ass.

Things are better now. She's doing better than I am, these days. We're even looking at going to a different church.

Such fierce loyalty, such commitment... The full-on realizations, soul-searching, and changes on her side lately have been incredible. It wasn't what I was really expecting, that night -- but having gone through something similar myself a while ago, it's definitely something I value - and respect.

All I can do is remember to be humble, and thankful, and try to be a better (and Godly) man, for both our sakes... she deserves nothing less.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 3 years ago

My house is cold, even though I have had the heat on for about a week and a half... This is the coldest d--n Spring in memory.


I has a sad - 2010

Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  about 4 years ago

--Last night, I said something that hurt somebody I really care about.

--Needless to say I did not get any sleep, and had a horrible day wracked with guilt and shame - wishing I could take it back and make things OK again... We were actually having a pretty good time until I caught Teh Stupid.

--Looking back on it, I am appalled not just at my own words, but also the way I said them. I thought I was "being honest", but I was really being insensitive (and blinded to it by my own callousness.)

--I kept checking my phone for texts that never came, and feeling low. Spent most of the day thinking about it with a big pain in my heart, and keeping the tears back.

- I couldn't get this song out of my head all day:

--She is one of the best things in my life, and I acted the fool.

--Honey, Six -- if you're reading this, please forgive me - I really am sorry.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Oh, to -not- be feeling sick on Cmas...

I've got the typical upper-respiratory garbage; excessive mucus, sore throat, mild headache. All stuff I could do without, especially since I have a largely phone-based job.

So far, 2008 hasn't been the greatest - except for Holly. It all would have been about 3x as hard to deal with if it wasn't for her.

I miss the Old Farmers Almanac and the Honey Nut Cheerios.
But, I got some really cool stuff this year - Holly went all-out and got me -all- the Halo sci-fi books, plus a GPS navigation system. So I got that going for me. ;-)

Wishing you all a great Christmas... :D


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Things are quieting down a bit at work, which is nice. Holly and I are still doing well together :)

More updates as time allows...


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Well it's pretty much been a horrible week so far. Been stuck in a stuffy room for Citrix training the last 4 days, (with NO BREAKS scheduled besides LUNCH, mind you) -- and been SO TIRED, that I can barely function well enough to drive all the way home from work without crashing into the guy in front of me. Not to mention that homeward traffic has been sucky all week too.

The instructor zoomed thru the whole course like a bat out of hell, which pretty much left me in the lurch as to: HOW DOES THIS TRAINING APPLY TO MY DAILY JOB?? ~:(

Then Wed, my hard drive CRASHED at work and I lost pretty much everything stored there, including the Virtual Machine I've been developing to make the server farm searchable. Last backed-up copy on my USB stick is from like the 18th.

On top of that, I haven't been able to see Holly all week (except for Tue night Bible study) -- then I get the guilt trip for BEING TIRED and having to cancel plans.

Need prayer -- overwhelmed, annoyed, and feeling like some major change needs to happen.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Haven't said anything about it till now cuz I didn't want to Jinx it. I'm working for a large agricultural company, doing monitoring and troubleshooting of their (extensive) Web server cluster. It may involve Vmware ESX admin skills in the future - and it's 1st shift :-)

So far it's 1/2 year contract-to-hire possibility -- please PRAY for my long-term job needs, as right now it looks like a very good place to build a career!

Going good so far -- will try to post more often, but it depends on how busy I get.

Please write me an email if you have time!



Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Been busy with work and stuff.

Right now I'm working a 1-week contract installing some network equipment; need prayer for reliable work SOON... Will share more as time permits. TIA.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Had to call in to work today -- ice storm hit and the GF lost power for a few hours. I've been OK tho; just the roads were bad and I didn't want to chance it. A coworker got in a major 5-car accident on Sat (he's pretty much OK - but he was in the hosp wearing a neck brace for a while, and his car got Totalled.)

Working 6 days a week now - Sats are a pain. Keep me in prayer -- Thanks!


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've been working since Nov 5; things are going OK right now but Cmas will definitely be "light" this year. Lots of bills and outstanding stuff to catch up on. And the "official" contract ends in April, so I'll prolly be looking for work again sometime in Spring.

Keep me in prayer - I need to read my Bible *every day* - and I'll be missing Holly for 2 days this weekend because she can't come to Decatur with me for the fam reunion.

Looking fwd to seeing my brother and family again tho.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sorry for not writing much lately -- been busy.

I'm working 7am-4 now, with some Saturdays coming up (supposedly) -- but I'm planning on going to the family reunion in Decatur on the 1st. As long as we have someone to take care of the cats-n-birds, Six should be coming along as well. :-)

Gimme a call if you'd like to catch up; I should have a fairly slow week til Thu or so.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Started a new job Monday working for the local tax people (Major worldwide company. ;-) ) I'll be working 1st shift for like the 1st time Evar.

Haven't been on the phones yet, but the training has been going well. I'm a little nervous about manning the phones (I'm 2nd-tier tech support) but I've done it before. Just have to get used to their way of doing things, and knowing WHERE TO FIND ANSWERS...

Keep me in prayer, it might turn out to be something of a high-stress job ;-)


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sunday: Six and I got back from church and I found a note in my door from the (apparently) crystal-meth-crack-ho bezotch next door (we share two halves of the same condo.)

Long story short: With NO prior warning OR provocation (I've been Mr Nice Guy the whole 2 months), she gets ALL up in my face, and THEN CALLS THE COPS ON ME -- after threatening to sic me with her "fiancee coming home from Iraq next Friday."

Little Miss Attitude proceeds to inform me (while the cops are on the way) that not only am I not fit for this "family-oriented neighborhood" -- she also warns me to stay the h--l away from her kids - like I'm some kind of threat!! PLUS, she apparently was sufficiently PARANOID that she accused Holly TO HER FACE of "harboring" me as a WANTED FUGITIVE!!!
??? What.The.F!!!

So the cops arrive. I was of course pretty steamed, but tried to be cooperative and polite to them --- but they Obviously were on the side of this idiot "neighbor" - until they ran my license, and turned up ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (As expected.)

Needless to say, I've been Insulted, PO'd, Offended, and Falsely Accused - all in the same afternoon!

This uptight little moron has Directly Threatened my right to live in peace in my own house -- believe me, I'm not taking this lying down.

I'm gonna keep my own counsel and not do anything to aggravate the situation - but if she tries ONE MORE THING, I'm calling a lawyer - AND the Homeowner's Assoc.

The way she was acting, it's like she wants to start a war -- and believe me, I did not do ANYTHING to deserve this kind of response. I *will* however *protect* myself AND my landlady - in self defense.


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Worked a short-term jobby (we upgraded ~64 PCs/laptops to Win XP) and Sat was a 12-hour shift. (They fed us some good stuff tho.)

Supposed to start "real" work on Nov 5 -- PLEASE keep this in prayer, as the last 2 jobs before this screwed with my start-date so many times that I dropped 'em as unreliable!

In Christ,



Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, sorry for not writing in such a long time. Was SUPPOSED to start work on Monday, but things have been getting pushed back and pushed back. Now I'm looking at working (for a completely different company) this weekend Fri-Sun (12 hours on Sat!!) and STILL have to make the rent +utils *somehow.* :(

Keep in touch and prayer!!!


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Been having a couple of really weird weeks, and I don't like to write about bad stuff too much.

Holly and I aren't really "dating" exclusively anymore, just more-than-friends, with $interest. Still no job yet.

Joined the foot-wiping church tho (which happens to be Holly's church), and have had really great discussions with the pastor.

Volunteered for the homeless ministry. :)

Need to pick up my Bible and start reading it every day again...



Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Got the computer system setup, router/firewall in place, furniture, and we even unloaded the car-top carrier last night.

Feels good. :)

Working 100% on FINDING A JOB now -- gotta go


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

" Pie are not square. Pie are round. Cornbread are square. " == Slashdot Fortune ;-)


Utilities are ATKO (All Taken Kare Of) except for cable Internet (Thu) and a minor gas leak that needs to be fixed b4 I can take up residence... :)

Six and I are doing better than ever; just need to pick up my Bible and remember to PUT GOD 1ST Every Day(TM).


Wolfrider Wolfrider writes  |  more than 6 years ago

--God must want something to happen here, cuz all the Utils were incredibly easy -- everthing was setup in 1 day. Gas + electric + water == tomorrow (Tues); Cable Inet == Thu.

Everything looks GO right now - just need steady Work. Praise God!! :) 67 :)

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