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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

bferrell Business tool, ignore at your own peril (234 comments)

Sorry "youngsters". Arrogantly ignore business tools at your own peril. I'm personally acquainted with someone who ignored their voice mail for several days and missed job interviews. Not cool at best.

4 days ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

bferrell How is it (208 comments)

That pilots aren't distracted while communicating to ground controllers or flight deck crews? Are drivers similarly distracted by conversations with passengers?

I sense something amiss here

about 3 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

bferrell Translation... (993 comments)

They're being mean to me and I don't like it!

Well, boo hoo!

about 3 months ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

bferrell Get it right... (249 comments)

Richmond California

about 3 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

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

and to piggy back, I just had systemd go wonky on my system... Seems it decided not to talk to dbus. dbus was actually running. I couldn't login, issue a reboot command, start or stop processes. As I'm working remotely, I was kind of hosed. I kill'd -9 dbus, and that seems to have caused the system to reboot. I'm not sure though... there was no logging to investigate before OR after.

As has been mentioned, the idea of systemd seems like something to be looked at. Having poorly tested coded rammed into a critical part of systems is a very poor idea. The often espoused idea that if it's not rammed in it will never be sufficiently tested. That to me speaks of monumental arrogance and impatience at a minimum.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

bferrell Network best practices may say this... (348 comments)

"A firewall is a MUST".... However

1.) If you are a contractor (or an employee for that matter), and you're explicitly told not to do something, document your concerns, in writing and either do what they tell you or quit. This covers your butt when thing blow up. Note I said, when, not if. You don't get to dictate the business objectives in either case (contractor or employee).

2.) The networks/firewalls are only one part of the picture. I've noted other posts asking questions concerning the surrounding environment. These are good, even if they don't address point (1.) If a "best practice" for an element in the environment breaks the environment, then the "best practice" is invalid and MAY be ignored. It may also be that the app in question is brain dead, but that's a whole 'nother topic.

I've seen way too many "best practices" that do not account for the specific environment and even more "checklist" jockeys who can't figure out how to make things work without them. Learn to do more than to follow a flowchart/checklist.

about 5 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

bferrell Anytime there is significant money and pressure (511 comments)

There are "solutions" that become problems in and of themselves. Workaholism is in the same category... It solves a problem for a while and then becomes a problem itself.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bferrell Re:I've been toying with rolling my own distro (533 comments)

... and the idea that they are pure poison is why I want away from distro packagers who think that way.

As any decent toxicologist will tell you, the poison is in the dose.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bferrell Re:I've been toying with rolling my own distro (533 comments)

I started in '93 with Yggdrasil and slack. Ygg was a non-starter. slack is OK, but difficult to deal with even if I do like like and admire Patrick

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bferrell I've been toying with rolling my own distro (533 comments)

I've also been considered insane from time to time.

What I want:

1.) rpm/zypper/yum based package management. This allows rpm dependency resolution and installed package verification by the package manager.
2.) SysV init. It's clean and it "just" works.

I think those two are a good start. Being able to use an established automated build system is probably a good idea too.

    Any other thoughts?

about 8 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

bferrell Re:elections are bought (465 comments)

...Actually, I THINK we may be able to give 'em a run for the money

about 8 months ago
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

bferrell "but... but... but..." (113 comments)

It's a best practice... how can it be wrong?

about 8 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

bferrell Unfortunately IT has become checklists (306 comments)

and my favorite dirty phrase "best practices"... Meaning "tell me what to do, I have no clue what the theory of operation is"

It's sad and in my opinion, from over 30 years experience, the product of testing and certification programs.... And manager/HR people who look for exactly those properties.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

bferrell Aren't these the same people... (390 comments)

Who will come to sneer about how others have made choice's that make them poor?

I'm just askin'

about 8 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Yeah, like that... And while it seems a whole different issue, it's really not. It's ultimately all about the power of money and do we really want to feed and help grow corporations?

about 9 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Not rent. Mortgage. The additional lien/contract can make the home more difficult to sell.

*might* is an interesting word. I *might* win the lottery... It's unlikely, but it *might* happen.

In the mean time, we have an unregulated corporation with their hand in the consumers pocket for the lifetime of the rooftop lease (20 years).

The equipment, if purchased outright with all the incentives available, is paid off in 7 years or less... At which time, the energy would be truly free to the consumer and the installation becomes a powerful asset when it comes time to sell the property vs a contractual liability to be navigated and re-negotiated. Generally speaking, property improvement loans are paid off at the time a property sells and the new owner is now running without an electric utility bill. How's THAT for a selling point even at a 5 to 6 year occupancy estimate?.

Someone mentioned greed. The first scenario looks like corporate greed to me (and swapping one corporate "master" for another). The second looks like independence to me. Both are debatable as to how green (what IS the carbon/environmental footprint of panel/battery manufacture anyway?)

about 9 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

There is the letter of the law and there is what is right.

There are a lot of things people CAN do... They just shouldn't

about 9 months ago

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bferrell bferrell writes  |  more than 10 years ago

It may seem odd to some, but until just a few weeks ago, I was completely unaware of the meaning of "cruise at -1".

Now that I know, I still don't use the filter.

Am I odd?

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