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RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

ZG-Rules Re: RAND totally misses it (97 comments)

Add to that the constant media drumbeat designed to reinforce your perceptions because government properly run is the ONLY effective countermeasure to corporate excess and you have, well, you.

I wish I could hug you right now AC.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

ZG-Rules Re:AR15 != battle rifle (117 comments)

At the time 5.56x45mm NATO was adopted, there was research conducted that showed that most engagements took place at shorter ranges. It was also decided that incapacitating an enemy with a smaller cartridge was better than killing them with a larger one, as it produced a burden for the opposing side. Given that, it was decided to adopt the 5.56x45 because you could carry more of it. For the same weight, you could incapacitate more people with 5.56 than you could with 7.62x51mm (or .308 WIN if you haven't adopted metric yet). The ability to spray rounds indiscriminately is also quite handy, because it makes the other side duck rather than advance, provided that spray is somewhat effective (e.g. at 300m or so)

However that situation has changed in the recent past - combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has typically taken place in open country where the 7.62x39mm round fired by an AK actually does have advantages, but not so much as a 7.62x51 NATO would - hence many units have adopted new rifles for that role - c.f. US Mk17 Mod 0 (SCAR) and UK L129A1 (which is actually an AR-15 variant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...)

I should point out that comparing an AK (7.62x39) to a SCAR (7.62x51) isn't comparing apples to apples - the rounds are quite different.

So the correct answer to this question was the one ESR asked - for who and for what? Short range battles, you'd want an M-16 (assuming the questioner meant the most common 5.56mm variant). Longer range, you might want an AK, but the longer it went, the more you'd really want something designed for 7.62 NATO and that might bring you back to an AR-15 variant ;)

about 6 months ago
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Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug

ZG-Rules Re:Arsehole (1051 comments)

So basically what you said is you suck at managing and in fact have someone else do it for you in the form of HR.

Errr... HR always do the dismissal in large companies. They manage the process (collecting keys, revoking access, escorting from the building) and they make sure it's done within the relevant statutes. It's their job to manage the exit of former employees. In contrast, the boss's job is to manage people who work for him. This one wouldn't, any more.

You make the same threats statements, you just try to sugar coat them.

People who are made to feel stupid when they are wrong will tend to cover up their failures and they won't be happy in the workplace anyway. Managing people is about sugar-coating things sometimes, so grow up.

You just don't have the courage to say what you mean.

The attitude displayed in the grandparent post is a good one, the fact you don't appreciate that, may indicate that you are wrong rather than he. The attitudes expressed here make me not want to ever work for you (do you manage people?) - because you sound like an asshole if you manage with that kind of "courage"...

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi Team Launches Pi Store

ZG-Rules Re:All this and no Pi Shoppe jokes? (91 comments)

It should be Mrs. Miggins' Pi Shoppe! I hear that they have a "Cunning Plan" to get people to get their software from here...

Oh I so wish I had mod points so we could smash the US-centricity of this site....

But you should have included a reference. Wikipedia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Miggins

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best File System For Web Hosting?

ZG-Rules Re:AWS all the way (210 comments)

I have a few websites solely in S3 and CloudFront. It works. Similarly RDS - it's a pretty uncomplicated MySQL service. Not sure about hosting mail on AWS - You can certainly send mail (SES) but I don't know about receiving it. But in general your presumed point is valid - if you can get away with cloudsourcing some of your infrastructure needs, it can be cost-effective and useful.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best File System For Web Hosting?

ZG-Rules XFS for huge mailqueues, otherwise EXT3 or EXT4 (210 comments)

From memory (I've been out of that business for 6 months) CPanel stores mail as maildirs. If you have gazillions of small files (that's a lot of email) then XFS handles it a lot better than ext3 - I've never benchmarked XFS against ext4. Back in the day, it also dealt with quotas more efficiently than ext2/3, but I really doubt that is a problem nowadays.

If you aren't handling gazillions of files, I'd be tempted to stick to ext3 or ext4 - just because it's more common and well known, not because it is necessarily the most efficient. When your server goes down, you'll quickly find advice on how to restore ext3 filesystems because gazillions of people have done it before. You will find less info about xfs (although it may be higher quality), just because it isn't as common.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

ZG-Rules Re:Thought so. (701 comments)

It is entirely possible that if the child is also from Wales, that they are living in a remote location where it's not feasible to send the child to school every day due to distance - if the commute would be more than an hour it's not worth it. Sometimes there is no feasible public transport method (we don't have big yellow buses in the UK) and there could be a variety of other reasons. I do wish that the Submitter had preempted the obvious flaming by briefly explaining the reason for the homeschooling (which is extremely rare in the UK and unlikely to be for religious reasons).

But to answer the submitter - get a tutor. I don't know if that will help as there are certain aspects of Chemistry that require a lab to demonstrate and can't be done at home, but at least if you start with someone who _can_ teach Chemistry you have a better chance of getting an acceptable result.

more than 2 years ago
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My primary work is ...

ZG-Rules Re:WTF? (223 comments)

No.

I work in WebOps for a Government and I most definitely don't develop software. That's the job of the developers.

I maintain the build systems and I integrate tools which give the Developers the ability to publish their software. I describe our systems (in Puppet) to allow us to deploy them at will and I monitor the heck out of them. Each of those items does require some level of scripting or programming, but I don't consider that "what I do" - my focus is on building and maintaining an operational platform on which other people can deploy code they have written, I may have to write some code to do that, but it's an incidental part of my job, not the main focus.

I put myself down as "Other".

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

ZG-Rules Re:RTFA - really, it's interesting! (845 comments)

This is a maths test, not a test of guestimation. I knew which was the right answer just from inspection, however the test is supposed to be whether you can *work* it out.

Incidentally, I'm currently a Systems Engineer, I do real work on running Computers, not design.

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

ZG-Rules Re:RTFA - really, it's interesting! (845 comments)

I don't have an attitude, my degree is irrelevant to my job and I rarely mention it, but I do have a big problem when people say "I can't do this stuff, so it must be too difficult for these children" without considering the possibility that the child is smarter than they are.

These tests are supposed to identify the brightest children, so that they can be encouraged to develop. Whether that cumulates in a degree is irrelevant, that's the young person's decision to make - but dumbing down these tests is not the answer.

I'm not saying everyone without a degree is stupid, what I am saying is that this guy, how apparently has more degrees than I do, is stupid. At the same time I was insinuating that perhaps his degree(s) was not particularly taxing intellectually...

Do you understand my point now?

PS: My mother is a Maths Teacher (at a high school). I bet I know more maths than she does, but she's a far better Teacher than I will ever be. She would never go toe-to-toe in a Math-off with me, but she would also never dare to tell me that something is too difficult for me, just because she could not do it.

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

ZG-Rules Re:RTFA - really, it's interesting! (845 comments)

At worst, you have to multiply by numbers like 29.

No you don't.

"Last week Maureen earned $288.00 (before taxes) for working 40 hours. This week Maureen worked 29 hours at the same rate of pay. How much did Maureen earn (before taxes) this week?"

Divide 288 by 4 to get $72 for 10 hours. Multiply that by 3 to get 30 hours ($216). If 10 hours is $72, then one hour is $7.20

216 - 7.20 = $208.80

That is why I have an engineering degree from a world class university and this guy is a Teacher.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Helping UK Police Track Down Rioters

ZG-Rules Re:"Poor London Neighbourhood" (343 comments)

That doesn't actually show the event (I saw that report before I posted my original update), it's a report by a bystander of the event. That might be dismissed as hearsay... as that bystander may or may not be correct, and without evidence (and again, I don't believe having been caught up in this kind of event before, that the Police just randomly "set upon" people) it's hard to form a considered opinion.

But even if there was such a girl and she was involved with an incident with the Police, which I acknowledge is possible, I still don't see a justification for this kind of disorder

more than 3 years ago
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RIM Helping UK Police Track Down Rioters

ZG-Rules Re:Invoking Star Trek *and* Daily Mail law! ;-) (343 comments)

  1. I used the Guardian, a bastion of liberalism and reasonably fair journalism as my second example, just o make it balanced
  2. I was playing to the audience ;o) - had I wanted to invoke a popular book of earlier provenance instead, I might have said And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. - John 11:49-50

more than 3 years ago
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RIM Helping UK Police Track Down Rioters

ZG-Rules Re:Blame the people? (343 comments)

Why do you say that they don't have proper riot shields?

Are you seeing footage of them using small circular shields, which are better for mobility (try running with a full-size riot shield...) and assuming from that they don't have the full-size versions?

Using those shields is a tactical choice, not a lack of equipment...

more than 3 years ago
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RIM Helping UK Police Track Down Rioters

ZG-Rules Re:"Poor London Neighbourhood" (343 comments)

I believe you skipped the word "alleged" when reading my sentence. I don't believe there is such thing as absolute truth in the media either, but whether the shooting of Mark Duggan was a righteous action, or not, does not change the fact that rioting is not a proportionate response.

There are also allegations that at the peaceful protest about Mark Duggan's shooting, a teenage girl who threw a stone at Police was beaten by Policemen and that is what all the rioting is about. I find that quite hard to believe as no-one is able to substantiate it, or name the girl and no reputable Journalist has given it anything more than a passing glance for credibility. Beatings by the UK Police really isn't that common.

Even if it were true and could be proved, rioting and general disorder will not fix that - bringing it to the correct channels for Police complaints should. There is no valid excuse for this riot, it's just young people using something for which the truth is not yet known as an excuse to wreak havoc.

more than 3 years ago
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RIM Helping UK Police Track Down Rioters

ZG-Rules Re:"Poor London Neighbourhood" (343 comments)

Yes, opinion varies, but it is alleged that Mark Duggan both owned a handgun (an offense under the Firearms Act 1997) and used it to shoot at Police, injuring one: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2022670/Gangster-Mark-Duggan-shot-police-London-cab-shootout.html

Incidentally, for those fans of history, what happened last time there was a riot in this area, is documented in history as the Broadwater Farm riot: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/from-the-archive-blog/2011/aug/08/anger-tottenham-broadwater-riots-1985. Given that then an innocent, unarmed policeman was brutally hacked to death, by person or persons unknown, I would not blame the Police for going in hard and fast with all means at their disposal, including asking RIM for some messages.

Don't get me wrong, I am just as much of an advocate for free speech and privacy as the next man, but there are considerations that outweigh this. I shall quote you Mr Spock, from the 1982 classic STII: The Wrath of Kahn - logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

In this case, the vast majority of people don't believe that rioting is a proportionate response. It is their property that is being destroyed, and I bet they don't care one iota if their BBM messages are read as a by-product of the search to catch the opportunistic thugs who are doing this.

more than 3 years ago
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Woman Gets Revenge Courtesy of Google Images

ZG-Rules If this girl is legal, and in my ballpark, I would (487 comments)

She is sheer awesome.

I'm not too bothered about the technicalities and whether this counts as "tech savvy", but this girl is smart, sassy and interesting.

She shouldn't have a problem finding a replacement.

However... that man who had to get him MOM to do all the fighting to get his images taken down, well... I think his man card needs to be revoked...

more than 3 years ago

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Slashdot eliminates all future duplicate stories

ZG-Rules ZG-Rules writes  |  about 3 years ago

ZG-Rules (661531) writes "In shocking news, Slashdot today announced that it has enacted an autonomous configuration change to remove duplicate posts. This change involves a core resource self-reconfiguring to eliminate errors. This has significantly slimmed the codebase, but many users have expressed surprise, anger and a desire to roll-back to the base configuration."
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