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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Zaelath Re:Cloud (238 comments)

Hahahahaha, good one.

4 days ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

Zaelath Re:Assault and battery (99 comments)

Loss of the records would be catastrophic for the police and district attorney to punish the mugger.

So the edge case is losing information about the mugging? Which for most people would be none at all.

This is related to fitness monitoring and privacy/insurance/big brother concerns... how?

I'll miss you most of all, scarecrow.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

Zaelath Re:Assault and battery (99 comments)

I assume you're very keen on some kind of edge case where you are unable to get to your home in time to offload your extensive GPS/fitness records, so you need to upload them to a cloud service (which really, could be under your control fairly easily if it wasn't /forced/ to be under theirs) via a mobile phone uplink, because the loss of those records would be .. catastrophic if you were mugged in deepest Africa and unable to sync to your desktop, but somehow still had good mobile phone coverage.

Is that right?

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

Zaelath Re:Assault and battery (99 comments)

That's why it should sync with YOUR computer, not the global corporate overlord's computer. These devices don't tend to have mobile uplinks, they sync through a desktop. I think you're missing the point.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Zaelath Re:Missing the point a bit? (376 comments)

Your handicap argument has nothing to do with age discrimination in employment in which you're conflating extant disability with risk of disability (or you mean something else entirely by "employers can do the math", feel free to elaborate). Sure, disability management is a problem, but it's a *different* problem to excluding people over 50 for employment they're otherwise qualified for, based on the fact that they're more likely to become disabled than a 25 year old (younger than that there's some pretty horrible accident rates due to their inability to assess risk).

BTW, I'm not suggesting re-skilling in "hot" professions against a tide of experienced people, that's a straw man. I'm suggesting finding employment in a different field that is viable with reduced physical ability.

It seems like you're arguing a personal situation against the general case, and that is not the question at hand. If you want to argue that society/government need to do more for the disabled, then you won't get any argument from me, but to posit that it's OK for business to manage their personal corporate risk at the expense of society, I won't accept that at all. Alternatively we could go all Logans Run and solve both problems, but I don't think we're there yet.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

Zaelath Re:Missing the point a bit? (376 comments)

That has little enough to do with age though (more likely, not inevitable), and not something you can plan for (other than income protection insurance to give you some income while you re-skill).

I think your actual point was that employers manage the risk by hiring younger people, but that's because most of them are facile idiots, and the solution is to punish them for their ignorant, unsustainable attitude, not accept it and start a market garden. We're only living longer and longer and the retirement age is pushing further and further back, if you're going to accept that 40 is unemployable when retirement is 75 then you have a *massive* social security problem which is not resolved by wishing things were different.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Zaelath Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

Hanlon's Razor applies here; "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

about a month ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

Zaelath Re:There is a difference ... (105 comments)

And when you think about it, less than 150 years ago, ALL surgery was done without anesthetic..

Yes, but most of them died from shock, hence chloroform which had a much better death rate but much worse (~8x) than ether, and so on to modern anaesthesia.

about a month ago
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Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

Zaelath Re:Flag (63 comments)

Just so long as you don't mind me smearing anti-whateveryouare slurs on your house in faecal matter, you might have a point.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: There's a Wi-Fi Hotspot For Every 150 People In the World

Zaelath Re:Flag (63 comments)

Maybe if enough people flag spam posts they disappear? If that includes FRIST PENIS posts, all the better.

But really, I'd guess it's about avoiding legal responsibility for user content.

about a month and a half ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Zaelath Yes, worse (313 comments)

Of course it's much worse than the data collection from a "technical preview". It's whole purpose is to discover how people use the damn thing and you sign up to be a guinea-pig in exchange for getting the advanced access.

However, it's "to be expected" from Apple. You don't own their phones or laptops, they own you.

about 2 months ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

Zaelath Re:Apple effect (137 comments)

You don't have an innate right to anything, however you have innate desires for rights like control over your property up to and including your own body. Society has organised such that we have set aside a portion of our resources to defend these "rights" collectively and make them a notional fact of life in that society.

We pay taxes to defend our "rights" from our neighbours. In your erstwhile sharing economies, it was still collective contributions to the good of the whole and people that didn't want to contribute were removed from the group.

All that said, Disney are dicks.

about 3 months ago
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"Net Neutrality" Coiner Tim Wu Is Running For Lt. Governor of New York

Zaelath Re:great state of New York - Citation needed (40 comments)

That's probably a cross-state dig, but prefacing every state with "the great state" of looks kind of frantically desperate to the rest of the world.

about 3 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Zaelath Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

It's not a minute though, on most servers it's single digit seconds, and it's not even "up" once the login prompt comes up. The "compute-hours" are still spent if you're rebooting all day, they're just spent after the "boot" is complete.

Or do you really think tomcat is "running" when the command prompt returns and not 2 minutes later when the applications are responding, and not minutes after that when the JIT has cached everything so it actually runs at a decent speed?

about 4 months ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Zaelath Re:Chokehold (102 comments)

It's just you.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Zaelath Re: Surprise? (579 comments)

You mean cue.

You're right about the names though, what you call a thing is THE most important thing in making it successful. Using a name that is easy to find on Google doesn't matter at all.

Trying to find people to dedicate free time to a dead paradigm on the other hand, simplest thing in the world. I don't know why they can't get that right.

about 3 months ago
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The IPV4 internet has broken

Zaelath whargarble? (2 comments)

The linked solution is a work around for people with little to no need for IPv6, so they can reallocate storage from IPv6 to IPv4. If everyone was on IPv6, a much larger dataset, then that would fit into the TCAM ... how?

about 4 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

Zaelath Re:Most Tv's can already do that by themselves (112 comments)

Because they're horribly vulnerable to all kinds of ancient XSS and other vulnerabilities that mean outgoing connections from the TV aren't safe; not all hacking is described in WarGames (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/)

about 4 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

Zaelath Re:Most Tv's can already do that by themselves (112 comments)

Yeah, they can, sort of. My Samsung TV can do it without any Samsung application (just general DLNA), but it sucks ass at it compared to the PS3.. and it's remote is garbage.

Besides, it's means the TV has to be connected to the network and TV network security makes Sony network security look good, and how sad is that?

about 4 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Zaelath Re:Wont matter (158 comments)

That's what the TSA agent told me about 5 times while searching my carry on bag on the jet-way while other passengers struggled past and gawked at me. Also that if I didn't declare I had cash in there, they'd seize it.

Her dog looooooved my bag. Unfortunately it didn't have any money in it, just residual dog from my friend's house.

So yeah, I just hope this device is more accurate than the pups :)

about 4 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Can you block sites from search?

Zaelath Zaelath writes  |  about a year ago

Zaelath (2588189) writes "Today I found my first Quora link in my search results on Google, and I really would like to ensure that it's my last.

Are there good add-ons for managing a block list of worthless sites like Quora, or do I need to write one?"

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