top It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...
Thank you so much! That site brings tears of happiness to my eyes
top LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation
Perhaps you are correct about the value of YOUR union, but in my own experience with two somewhat-non-technical unions (IATS&E, and another national one I won't name) I was treated as a disposable non-entity whose only purpose was the payment of dues, my verbal or written input was not solicited nor heard, and I never even SAW my union "representative" at the jobsite(s). Ever. NOT EVEN ONCE. I'm not bitter about it (much.) To this day I avoid all "Union Shops" because of those two jobs
top Critics Reassess
Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece
Supplying War, by van Creveld. Never thought much about logistics before reading it. Finest kind!
top Home wireless security level?
... now with a link that works ... here.
top Home wireless security level?
I see your 5 year old advice and raise you the following from only 2 years ago:
Turn Off SSID Broadcasting To Hide Your SSID . Time marches on, eh what?!
top NSA Recruitment Drive Goes Horribly Wrong
What's your next scoop, attending a recruiting session for ADM and calling their recruiters for the practices of the CEO? Some bottom-level NSA workers get a chance to go to a major university and talk to people they were told
wanted to hear about working for the NSA and they get ambushed by you and those toadying up to you. And wasn't it Oh-So-Very-Classy of you, jumping into a session by LYING ABOUT YOUR INTENT so you could call them out for the activities of their bosses. When the recruiters answer your question by pointing out that the Administration (President Obama and his folks, you may recall) sets the agenda for targeting of intelligence collection you played silly word games, ignoring the multi-colored truth for your own black-and-white world view. You are a fine example of the navel-gazing hypocrisy of what-passes-for J-school these days.
TL,DR: You think everybody should be like you, and you are wrong. Grow up, why doncha!
about a year and a half ago
top New Study Fails To Show That Violent Video Games Diminish Prosocial Behavior
That's funny, people say that "surely these violent behaviors you watch MUST have a negative effect" yet every study finds no evidence for the claim. And now the corresponding viewing of "good | prosocial" behaviors ALSO shows no effect. Maybe we all are actually able to differentiate between inputs and choose to or not to model them.
Or to put it another way, "I do not think that behavior does what you think it does ..."
about a year and a half ago
top I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...
I agree that
in a court of law that everyone is but IRL the person shot and killed evading the cops is looking pretty guilty already, and I expect the trial of his brother is going to produce more evidence than we have seen already. I am willing to wait and see how that shakes out, are you willing to admit the possibility that the dreaded authorities might have caught the right guys?
assumed to be innocent until proven guilty about a year and a half ago
top Physicists Turn Pull Into Push
I was a starship trooper till I took a matter beam to the knee
top Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?
Anecdotal but true: My wife went to UW-Madison and got her Masters in CS, and of her classmates only 30% reported having an IT undergrad degree. My favorite was the girl with the Forestry degree, who learned in the first 4 years she liked being inside more than she liked being out in the woods
top WRT to the next major election where I live:
vote against! This may be the best election ever for NoneOfTheAbove. Since both sides are pretty much interchangeable, don't vote for any of them - write in NOTA and vote out the incumbents.
top B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire
Content is content
... get it where ever you want, the Nook is just a device for displaying it. Here's my anecdata: I get most of my videos off the web, converting them to the appropriate format with Handbrake directly onto an SD card which I then stick into the Nook. I get ebooks from a number of sites, reformat them (if necessary) via Calibre, and copy them over the same way. The device never has to connect to B&N or any particular network.
top Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:
Since those top 10% are paying 69.94% of the taxes AND funding business through their capital outlays I'm thinking they ARE paying their share
... unless you think the "poor" are creating and funding new businesses somehow.
FWIW, as a desktop support tech I don't make it into those ranks on my own income, but add the wife's income and we do ... and I sure-as-hell don't consider us rich in any significant way. We happen to live in the SF bay area where salaries are high but the cost-of-living keeps our discretionary income at about the same dollar level (and not percentage, either) as when we lived & worked in a MidWest "flyover state".
top The Petition to Classify Wikipedia a "World Wonder"
If this drive succeeds, don't the maintainers have to lock down the site, preventing any changes? That's how all the other "World Heritage Sites"(tm) are treated, as pretties to be seen and admired. (OTOH, the thought of a final end to the WikiEditWars makes me all warm & happy inside.)
top Pakistan Lifts Ban After Facebook Deletes Offending Page
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! Wrong answer, sunshine!
The complaint is that people are DRAWING MUHAMMAD at all - they say it's idolatry to depict him. Showing him with a panda rather than involved in gay porn is still idolatry.
Thanks for playing, tho
top Dune Remake Could Mean 3D Sandworms
On the off chance your sig wasn't just meant to be funny:
JUCHE is pronounced "joo-chay" with a slight emphasis on the first syllable, and is most-often translated as "self-reliance". It is used almost exclusively by the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea AKA North Korea) in reference to the nation - I cannot recall reading an instance where it was used by an individual to refer to himself or his actions on his own behalf.
It goes well beyond the concept of 'dependability' and has a big "In Your Face!" component - it's more along the lines of "screw you guys, we'll do this ourselves, we don't need any of you".
Just my [$0.02US | 23 won], of course
top Why Counter-Terrorism Is In Shambles
No, the FISA requires they get a warrant within 72 hours if they want to keep the intercepted data - it does nothing to prevent gathering it in advance of getting a warrant.
There ARE Directives which govern the activities & practices of SIGINT organizations (see James Bamford's books Body Of Secrets or The Puzzle Palace for details about USSIDs) but those also limit what you can keep and not what you can gather.
top Whatever Happened To
Part of it all I think is the problem CNN has. They don't have enough
news to fill 24 hours and I think the web as a whole might not actually have enough
content to fill it all.
It's funny, but I can spend all day reading different news sites, covering different
countries or disciplines (science/finance/funny_pictures_of_cats today) and yet CNN
can't seem to produce more than about 43 minutes of bad summaries of (mostly 1st-)
world events. There's NEWS aplenty, but they don't seem to care about sharing the
majority of it.
top When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...
It's not that the speed of transmission is much faster this time, since one of the scariest things about the 'Spanish Flu' was just how quickly it spread. The difference between than and now is that we will SEE it faster, in living color, on our babbleboxes
... look how the media is ALREADY in hyper-freakout(tm)mode. That's gonna be the panic-driver, like it was the economic-depression-driver, the get-Blago-out-of-office-driver (STILL hasn't had his day in court), etc, etc, etc.
top US Military Issuing iPod Touches To Soldiers
I have now been out longer than I was in (the Marines) but I can tell you that using COTS (Common Off The Shelf, or regular consumer-grade) gear is an idea whose time has come many times already. And yes, REI makes some nice stuff that may be better at one facet of the requirements but that nice stuff fails completely at satisfying other requirements.
For example, I have purchased several warm coats over the years, but none came with pockets big enough to carry a grenade much less an MRE, while every coat I was ever issued could do so. I wore the same "Field Jacket" for 10+ years and through numerous deployments, which included crawling under vehicles, carrying & installing & recovering (!) barbed wire a zillion times, etc, and the worst damage it suffered was a torn pocket. I wore my new REI jacket skiing and by the time I got home a seam had split and feathers were poking out through the very fabric.
As to recharging the Touch, as somebody who humped hundreds of pounds of spare batteries over the years, I say YAY! Today's military forces HAVE computers and power outlets, so finding a place to recharge isn't going to be the problem it might have been for Col. Hogan or Rambo.
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