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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Xeleema Re:Lack of sleep, not shift work (131 comments)

Worked graveyard myself for almost six years & completely agree with day-walker's rude outlook on people who sleep during the day.
Answering the door naked, shotgun over a shoulder helped make sure things got real quiet real fast.

As for automating shift-work - automation breaks.

about 3 months ago

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Xeleema FINALLY!! (669 comments)

Excuse me while I pass the link to this story to every Catholic that has ever told me "You're wrong" when I started explaining the exact same thing over 15 years ago.

about 3 months ago

Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Xeleema Re:What was automated? (236 comments)

Walk in, get what I want, scan and pay, wait 15 minutes for grandma to figure out where the UPC on her hair-dye is,walk out.

Sorry, but you sound like you're computer-literate enough to use a simple touch-screen interface to perform a basic function.
However that puts you above-average in most communities.Thanks for playing the "We'll let the customers do the work for us!" game.
Join us next time for "Pick your own organic produce (Use rear door)"

P.S: I just finished a round of "Add your own HTML tags". Quite refreshing.

about 4 months ago

Indian Hustle: How Fraudsters Prey On Would-be US Tech Workers

Xeleema Re:Request for Feedback from actual Indians (124 comments)

Thank you for the response. It really sheds some light on the situation and I appreciate the first-hand experience you shared. Now I'm really curious about Canada - If it's so easy to get a green card, why aren't IT companies setting up support shops north of the U.S.A instead of directly importing people?

This constant back-and-forth with various agencies trying to hash-out visas here in the U.S. has always struck me as large waste of time and money for everyone involved...

about a year ago

Indian Hustle: How Fraudsters Prey On Would-be US Tech Workers

Xeleema Request for Feedback from actual Indians (124 comments)

I would think a thread like this on an IT-oriented site would drum up quite a bit of feedback from Indians that have migrated to America (under any circumstances). Though I share the same sentiments as many U.S.-based posters have (hate cleaning-up/debugging horrible code, dealing with people who hide their lack of comprehension behind a Yes-Man veil, etc), I'm curious how "the other half lives".

What drives someone in India to come to the US, rather than improving their situation at home?

What challenges did they have getting here?

How have they secured their stay?

I mean, I can surmise with the best of /. about the how's and why's -- But I think this thread is a great opportunity to "hear it from the horses mouth".

about a year ago

Celebrating Dungeons & Dragons' 40th Anniversary

Xeleema Re:When?! (218 comments)

He's implying you're a drip-baby. *whoosh!*

1 year,4 days

CES 2014: Formlabs 3-D Printing Redux, With New Software (Video)

Xeleema Only $2.95?? (14 comments)

Hell, *click* There you go.

1 year,5 days

Network Solutions Opts Customer Into $1,850 Security Service

Xeleema Re:Free market means exactly that ! (405 comments)

We discussed this, Scrub. Grandma is particular about her flower-bed. Last week she took the newspaper kid's bike-tire clean off from 100 yards away...

1 year,5 days

Why the NSA Can't Replace 90% of Its System Administrators

Xeleema Re:replace Windoze with Linux (251 comments)

The idea of having a GUI that eliminates typing errors, simplifies operations, logs the success or failure, and shows at a glance what configurations are set where is just so 21st century.

Yes, because creating a configuration file once and copying it to thousands of systems is just soooo haaarrrd.
Side-note: Linux has had front-ends/wizards/GUIs to create configuration files for a long time.

about a year and a half ago

D.C. Awards Obamacare IT Work To Offshore Outsourcer

Xeleema Re: Why? (402 comments)

I work for Accenture, my counterparts in India cost 1/5 of my wage and in many ways equal my quality. I'm not going to stick my fingers in my ears and him loudly, it is the facts.

Well I've worked alongside Accenture for years, and if what you say is technically factual in the slightest that means that
a) You are as technically competent as your Indian peers
a) That standard of competency is not very high.

tl;dr Best to be thought a fool and say nothing, than to speak and remove all doubt

about a year and a half ago

India To Develop Military Robots For Warfare

Xeleema Re:Inevitable... (169 comments)

American here. They're called 'stereotypes' because the majority fit a given description. Live with it or go home.

about a year and a half ago

India To Develop Military Robots For Warfare

Xeleema Re:seems a bit specialized for the current state (169 comments)

That's a little insensitive, don't you think? This is an article about the *Indian* military, so wouldn't a more accurate abbreviation be OMS (Oh My Shiva) or possibly OMV (Oh My Vishnu)? Just sayin'...

No, it would be "Robot of Killing. Fund Where; Pls do the needful"

about a year and a half ago

Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

Xeleema Re:Registry Editor (471 comments)

You take that back this instant, Mister! My tablet needs a command-prompt so bad I can TASTE it.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

Xeleema Ubuntu: Where do you want to go today? (646 comments)

Long touted as "the" Linux distribution for the desktop, but I just don't see it.
Just like any new distribution, when Ubuntu hit the streets I checked it out. Just the "mood" of the developers turned me off.
Let me clarify - I'm all for making things more user-friendly, and maybe I'm too old-school UNIX, but there's a difference between making something easier to use, and making it retard-proof.
When their forums became crowded with a hundred posts for the exact. Same. Problem. I warned my friends and family.
When the slew of Ubuntu-specific tools, GUIs, and How-Tos washed over the documentation. I distanced myself.
Now, with their community of perpetual noobs, their isolated walled-garden of features/docs/development, they finally think they've "locked-in" enough users to start this kind of nonesense.
Ad-Supported is just a spin-doctor's way of saying "Fuck You, GNU".

more than 2 years ago

Joyent Drops Lifetime Account Holders

Xeleema Re:Recourse (443 comments)

When one company buys another they take on all liabilities (like long term contracts and loans) as well as all assets (like cash and computers).

I've seen a common "mating dance" between corp before one "absorbs" the other. Goes like this;
1) Owners of Corp A sign documents that merge all their agreed-upon assets into a new holding corp.
2) Another form is signed dissolving Corp A and liquidating all assets to Corp B.
3) Corp B signs the forms that acquire the Holding Corp that is no more than a skin-bag full of Corp A organs.

This is how Corp A gets rid of "if we get bought, we'll give employees X amount for Y years of service" clauses that you previously negotiated.

more than 2 years ago

Linux From Scratch 7.1 Published

Xeleema Re:Then ten billion nurds created ten billion dist (94 comments)

10 million nerds with 1000 fake profiles. multiple personality disorder could make this the year of the linux desktop!

No it won't!..Yes it will!
No it won't!...Yes it will!
No it won't!....*sigh* No it won't! Wait, what?

more than 2 years ago

Oracle Sued For 'Extortion, Lies' By Montclair State University

Xeleema Re:Tuition math lesson (359 comments)

I have no idea who got the bright idea to wrap kids in cotton for the first 18-22 years and then throw them to the wolves.

Although I'd *love* to take credit for that one....remember the WWII generation? They went to war as boys, came back as men, and stood on their own two feet. Everyone's been expected to follow the example they set when they returned to the homefront.

Then the hippies came....

more than 3 years ago

Patent Issue Delays Doom 3 Source Code Release

Xeleema Props to Mr. Carmack (283 comments)

I realize there may be a financial incentive for rewriting what is no doubt a fair chunk of one of the key "selling points" of the DOOM 3 engine, however I'm glad to see that this is being done so the source can be released *publically*. Even if not much comes from it, I personally enjoy going over the code released from id Software...it's like going and in time and watching Da Vinci with a hammer and chisel.

(Yes, yes "Carmack's no Da Vinci", but he is as close to one as most Programmer's can get.)

more than 3 years ago

The Cult of DevOps

Xeleema Re:Cult of DevOps? (114 comments)

"Shotgun Debugging" indeed. However, some multi-platform greybeards call it "Being a Windows Admin".

more than 3 years ago



How Are You Dealing with the Sun/Oracle Changes?

Xeleema Xeleema writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Xeleema (453073) writes "Greetingz! I work in a medium-sized company with a few thousand Solaris 8/9/10 (SPARC-based) servers. No one seems to mind the recent changes regarding patches or firmware, as we have a (expensive) support contract. However, in keeping with the "only the paranoid survive" mantra, I've begun collecting as many ISOs, patches, firmware updates, etc, to build an internal repository just in case the next change is a Big One.
What are the smaller/larger shops doing to prepare themselves for the roadmap ahead?"

Blastwave.org Snuffs Itself Out

Xeleema Xeleema writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xeleema writes "As of August 6th, BlastWave.org has effectively snuffed-out their services for the time being. For several years this donation-supported project has been one of the better sites to obtain pre-built packages of Free- and Open-Source applications for Solaris & OpenSolaris. Touting features such as 'pkg-get' (for all you apt-get junkies) over counterparts such as Steven M. Christensen's SunFreeWare.com. The self-inflicted take-down appears to be just a facet of the legal plan to protect themselves from certain underhanded companies who have been redistributing packages contributed to BlastWave.org. Only one North American mirror remains at the moment, hosting only OpenSolaris packages. Is it just me, or are we starting to see a trend of private companies abusing licenses such as the GNU GPL, MPL, and all the others?"



Slashdot Still Impresses Me

Xeleema Xeleema writes  |  more than 2 years ago

After all the code-upgrades, slow-downs, Rob Malda retiring, and even changing-hands that Slashdot has done over the past...what...ten Years I've been coming here? It's the _community_ that impresses me.
Even from the Anonymous Cowards.


What the Hell

Xeleema Xeleema writes  |  about 9 years ago

Wow, so I figured I'd put something in my SlashDot Journal;
Um, how about a "Journal TimeCapsule"?

It's 27jan06-1356hrs and here are the latest versions of what I think matters;

    Linux Kernel:, 15jan06

    Linux libc: 2.3.6, 03nov05

    KDE: 3.5, 29nov05

    Gnome: 2.12.2, 20dec05

    Slackware: 10.2, 14sep05

    GkrellM: 2.2.7, 24may05

    OpenSSH: 4.2, 01sep05

    OpenSSL: 0.9.7i, 15oct05

    Knoppix: 4.0.2, 23sep05

I guess that's all for now.

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