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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

bchat Good vs Evil (224 comments)

These guys are the first people I'd choose to hire if I had a position to hire them for. I want to work with people who are willing to fight against deception and corruption. They value the good of the people, that's you and me, above everything else, even their own job.

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

bchat Redirected Blame (435 comments)

Google and Yahoo can only hire from the available, qualified workforce. Anyone who has been through a degree in Computer Science knows that very few women choose that career path. It's not Google or Yahoo's fault that women don't choose computer careers. I know women who have chosen an IT career path and they are just as competent as the men. Personally, I gladly welcome more women to go into IT and become qualified. But, most women seem to think that IT is too geeky for them. People who write these articles completely miss the real facts. They spread more misinformation and become part of the problem rather than the solution.

about 6 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

bchat Re:We already built a new Internet (305 comments)

I assume you're more polite and compassionate when you communicate with your associates on Internet 2 about the mysteries of the universe than with us low-lifers who all must be spammers and haters.

about 6 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

bchat Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

What I meant to say was that your idea is good and maybe LDAP could be adapted to provide the very service you're talking about.

about 6 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

bchat Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

Yes, and LDAP can already to things like this.

about 6 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

bchat Re:New OS? (257 comments)

Well, I hope HP is smart enough to do what you're saying. But, you just need to look at Windows 8 to see how stupid some companies can be when it comes to providing user interfaces that are substantially different.

about 6 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

bchat Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

Those are good points. But, on my home network, where I have both Windows and Linux machines, I don't have DNS. mDNS doesn't work reliably on Windows; it just quits working altogether sometimes. And WINS/samba is hard to configure on Linux so that it works well with Windows machines. So, I always end up using IP addresses. In addition WOW! forced me to add another 192.168.0.0 subnet where I already had a 192.168.1.0 subnet and have to keep it because WOW!'s Wiffee has a very short range. I will have to setup a DNS server I guess. I can do that, but most people can't. There really isn't a good solution for diverse home networks. I guess if you have all Apples or all Windows, you're fine. If I could get to all Linux machines, mDNS would be a good solution. Maybe when Skyrim and Diablo run on Linux...

about 6 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

bchat Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

I think reducing the length of the address by using a larger number of symbols (a larger number base) would make it easier to remember. My brain can remember the meaning of the symbols in a larger symbol pool easier than it can remember a longer string of symbols. The numeric meanings of the symbols in a larger set of symbols only needs to be memorized once. Then you have increased the efficiency and power of your numeric symbol system. Whereas if you use a longer string of symbols, you have to memorize more data every time you see a new number. In other words, if you put in a little extra work up front, it will pay off over time.

about 6 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

bchat New OS? (257 comments)

What a waste of time, with all the people developing operating systems today. Why would they create a barrier to adoption by introducing an unnecessary learning curve that requires people to learn yet another way to use a computer?

about 6 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

bchat IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them long enough to read the address from one machine and type it into another. I understand it requires a long number to have a large enough address space. But, it seems unworkable from a human perspective. No I haven't thought of a better solution. I'm just saying that this is a significant usability problem and a barrier to adoption.

about 6 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

bchat Re:Good! (521 comments)

It certainly is for me. And I appreciate Microsoft for helping out by releasing Windose 8.x and Soreface.

about 7 months ago
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Symantec Fires CEO Steve Bennett

bchat Re:There's only one way to make biz with Sym "smoo (111 comments)

I agree. Their malware products don't detect malware and they consume a large percentage of machine resources doing it. You have to buy Malware Bytes AntiMalware to get good malware detection.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

bchat Prevention (68 comments)

So what do we tell people to do to prevent this type of attack. We need something simple enough that ordinary (non-./ers) can do it. Here's my thoughts:

WPA2 without Wi-Fi Protected Setup (to avoid a vulnerability)
A customized SSID not matching: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_table
A random pass phrase of 13 characters

Anything else for a simple-as-possible, end-user setup criteria?

about 10 months ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

bchat Re:Blocked Due to Stupidity (221 comments)

Yes I agree those shows on the History Channel are junk. But, they also have good content: Vikings, Hatfield & McCoys, Ancient Discoveries, etc. I don't think I called anyone an idiot. If you took offense, I apologize. I was complaining about the content.

about 10 months ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

bchat Re:Blocked Due to Stupidity (221 comments)

the History Channel

Look, I love shows about ancient aliens visiting the Vikings as much as the next guy. But I still have appreciation for some good satire too.

I understand. But, ask yourself if you're just accepting whatever they decide to put on TV or are you evaluating it against some intelligent criteria? Does good satire have to be as disgusting, revolting, insulting, disrespectful and ugly as they can get away with, or could it be done with a little more class? What do you think other countries think of us when we export the basest kind of entertainment?

about 10 months ago
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South Park Game Censored On Consoles Outside North America

bchat Blocked Due to Stupidity (221 comments)

Really I can't sit through even a few minutes of that stupidity. I don't understand the fascination with crap like this. Like so many other shows on TV, I block it using my cable parental controls. I can block by time, channel, and rating. But, I say I'm blocking it "By stupidity" because it makes me want to puke. I'm sure most of you will disagree with me, but I don't really care. You can keep watching crap if you want to and I'll stick to the National Geographic and the History Channel. It's a free country. (Yes I know those channels show some junk too, but its best there is to choose from.)

about 10 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

bchat Fork Slashdot (204 comments)

The slashdot.org code is open source. Someone with the time and bandwidth should bring up an alternate site where the community can continue and any needed changes can be made to the comment system to improve it. Just post a link to the new site in all the slashdot comments and we'll go there instead.

about 10 months ago
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Why Linux is About to Lose

bchat Linux is a slow moving steamroller (654 comments)

It took a long time for database vendors like IBM and Oracle to put their databases
on Linux. Linux as a server didn't happen over night. Linux as a desktop is going to
take a little longer because the UNIX environment it is modeled after is more of a
server OS than a desktop and the desktop is controlled by a monopoly, where the
server market was not. There were many people like you who said that Linux
would never make it as a server too.

Just because Microsoft is the dominant desktop platform today is no reason to give
up on a Linux desktop for tomorrow, even if it is five years down the road, or more.
There is an endless amount of time to develop Linux. Just because it is not a
"focused" effort is no reason for Linux developers to give up with they enjoy working
on. Linux is about doing what you want to do with your computer not getting in line
to fight a war. We don't need to focus. There are plenty of developers willing to
work on both the server and the desktop. Linux is constantly growing in popularity,
especially among developers. It will happen, in its own time. Some government
offices and schools are already removing Windows and adopting Linux on the
desktop to lower costs.

Eventually the demand for Linux desktop apps will be so overwhelming that it can't
be ignored by software companies. That is really how it happened with Linux on the
server. Server software companies were not proactive in putting their software on
Linux, they were reactive to the market. When Linux became nearly the dominant
web server platform, then they ported their software to Linux, because they had to.
That is how it will happen with the desktop. But, it will take longer because there is
a monopoly controlling the desktop. Linux is, in fact, the only effective way to
compete with the monopoly. But, it is a long term process because most Linux
developers don't get paid for their work.

Linux is a slow moving steamroller. It has rolled down Coherent, UnixWare, BeOS,
and SCO OpenServer. It will eventually roll down Tru64 UNIX, AIX, HP-UX,
Solaris, and finally Windows. There is no need to worry about it. It is a self
perpetuating phenomenon.

As the young Linux hackers of today become the vice presidents of technology and
the chief information officers of tomorrow, the world will become a different place.
Think about that. It's a long term process. It's not over today just because
Microsoft is still in the lead. Microsoft is actually in some ways behind Linux on the
desktop.

I really hope that nobody listens to you. I think that most Linux users and
developers are smart enough not to anyway. You're just slowing down the process
even further by publishing your short sighted views.

It really doesn't matter if Linux fails with businesses anyway. It's fun. People will
continue to do it and I will continue to run my desktop on Linux. Either way, we
win. So, you can continue to get screwed by Microsoft if you want to. Just leave
me out of it.

I guess the real reason that your article makes me so angry is that I have waited a
long time for Linux to be as good as it is on the desktop. I use it and it is good
enough that I don't need Windows at all. Windows does not exist on my computer
and that is the way I like it. Your words are a threat to the continuing development
of Linux on the desktop and a threat to the way I work and everything that I work
on. I am not in any way willing to give up my Linux desktop for Windows. That's
just ridiculous!

Linux is not at a turning point. It is on a smooth rising curve, both on the server and
the desktop. It's really annoying when half-way intelligent people write about
something they don't really understand. But, that's the way it has been throughout
Linux's lifetime. People have always been saying Linux will never be good enough
for this or that, but still it continues to grow in all areas.

I want a UNIX-like desktop and there are many people like me who want the
same. Linux is by far the best choice for a UNIX or UNIX-like desktop. I don't
care if Sun always continues to be better for the enterprise. Sun is UNIX. I am very
happy to work with Solaris servers because they make a very good version of
UNIX. Unlike Microsoft, Sun does an execellent job of creating server software.
The idea that Sun is the enemy and not Microsoft is just ridiculous. If Linux is my
desktop and Solaris is my server, that is just fine, as long as neither of them are
Windows. If you want to do something useful for Linux, you ought to write a driver
for Kodak's digital camera.

I think Linus wanted a UNIX-like desktop like I do. The fact that Linux makes a
good server...well...it's UNIX, of course it makes a good server. That's why we all
chose it because it is perfect as both a server and a desktop. It is having a
multitasking, multiuser, mainframe capability server system as your personal
desktop. That's what's cool about it.

more than 13 years ago

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