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buss_error (142273) writes "I've been watching the NSA and related stories. All I can say is that my personal feeling is that our government is completely out of control, ignoring our rights, and doing what ever they want. I hate to say this, but it seems that no matter who we vote for, it doesn't affect the out of control cowboy moves made by the minions of Bureaucracy. Peaceful protests are ignored. Legal challenges, directives, and congressional orders are shrugged off with less effort than rain. They do what they do when they want, how they want.
No one sane wants to see a city vaporized by a terrorist's atomic bomb, but it that any worse than a society where we have no secrets from the Government? "I've got nothing to hide" is a mind set that trusts that someone won't find a rationale that something you did was harmful. Then make your life a living hell with "secret evidence" you are not able to see or refute.
To quote Ben Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
How do we, the citizens, reign in the over broad, overzealous surveillance culture? Normally I'd say "cut off the money" but that depends on elected representatives to pass a budget to do just that. Time and again, they have failed to do so." top
Sites that don't tell you the price without signing up
buss_error (142273) writes "I've been noticing more and more sites that simply will not tell you the price of their items without creating an account and logging in, or giving them your email and telephone contact. My reaction in such a circumstance has always been "Then I guess they're doing so well they don't need my business."
Are sites that do this shooting themselves in the foot and losing a lot of sales, or am I a stick in the mud for not wanting to part with my email and telephone number to get a price?" top
buss_error writes "My employer is requiring a promissory note for any training given. In exchange for the training and continued employment, for 30 months I must repay 100% of the training costs, the cost of attending training, and my meals if I leave employment. There are no exceptions.
If I am released due to budget cuts — I owe it 100%.
If I die, my estate owes it, 100%.
If I must take medical retirement, I owe it 100%.
If I leave to care for a terminally ill mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, I owe it 100%.
Human Resources says that this is "common industry standard." I don't think so. Human resources says that this is "normal" and "accepted", that any that object are "irrational" and "over reacting". Human Resources also say "we'll carefully consider the circumstance" and "not require repayment in true hard ship cases" but will not exclude anything in the contact.
I think this is dishonest. Add in that I've requested training since 2006 but have always been denied until this contract was formulated, and I was ordered (upon pain of dismissal) to take the training I don't want, didn't ask for, and can't use. In private, they say they won't ask for repayment if budget cuts deem they have to cut my job. But they won't put it in writing.
I don't mind if the costs were called due if I left to accept employment elsewhere. I wouldn't mind if it called for repayment if I violated work rules — I've been there for 15 years. I know the rules and obey them. Worse, there isn't anything from keeping $DAYJOB from demanding that I take $10K, $20K, or 100K of training.
I would like to ask you to post what your employer requires for training." top
buss_error writes "Went to the store today to purchase a 12' HDMI cable for a Blu-Ray(TM) player. most were in the range for $50, almost half what I paid for the player. I got curious, went and looked at USB cables — same story, cost a lot. Why are the new cable technologies cost so much? Is it the proprietary connectors? It can't be the wire — there just isn't that much copper in them and the cables are not gold plated (though some connector contacts are)." top
buss_error writes "I have old TiVO hardware that I'd like to reuse — however, I find in searching that the most frequent reply is "Don't cheat TiVO!" I don't want to cheat TiVO — In fact, I'd like to nuke the drive with a completely open source distro with no TiVO drivers at all. Some uses I'd find interesting:
A PVR for security cams A PVR for a drive cam A unit for weather reporting FAX/Telephone Power monitor for the home Other home automation
Again — I would prefer a completely TiVO free install — this is because I have major issues with TiVO and don't want the slightest taint if their intellectual property. But since I paid for the hardware, I'd like to wring some use of it rather than simply put it in the landfill. I won't give it away for some other person to experience my issues with TiVO — I'll throw it away before I'd do that." top
buss_error writes "CNN and others are reporting that the icon of modern news reporting, Walter Cronkite, has died. I remember when "Uncle" Walter reported that JFK had been assasinated, at the time, I lived in Lake Worth, TX, just outside of Dallas. For you young ones, I'm sure this isn't really all that important, but for me and those in my generation, this is a major rock to our world." Link to Original Source top
buss_error writes "Up until last night, I was keeping an eye on the situation in Houston via traffic cams. However, all traffic cams are now off line. I've heard referance to some live web cams still operating in Houston, but I've not located any my self due to a lack of time to properly research aside from the TV stations in town. Anyone got a link to web cams still operating in the area?" top
buss_error writes "At workplace (K-12 education), we've had a massive management change.
Old management consulted with the techs, sought buy in to management changes, and generally involved us and engaged us with change. New management is far more likely be autocratic: "This is the WAY you will work, there is no discussion, our way or the HIGHWAY, sucker!". Almost all of them are ex-or-reserve Air Force. To be utterly honest, I don't think they see their management as I do.
Lately, all the rage is to control all change, no matter how trival, and gain mangement approval. While I wouldn't mind that if Management knew an HBA from a USB port (or their elbow, for that matter), sadly, my current management knows absolutely nothing about tech at all, and seems to actively avoid gaining Clue. (Much worse, they THINK they understand tech.) It seems that while they do not understand that which they manage, they are bound and determined to approve the least little thing. We no longer have any self direction at all, even in the smallest things. Adding a key in a database reqires management approval, while I'm almost sure that only one manager even knows what a index is. Worse, we've been informed that "Emergency Change logs" have become too common, and now such will most likely be denied out of hand.
On the one hand, I COULD just say "I don't care anymore, what ever pleases my management team", or I could take a (what seems to me) an utterly futile stand and insist that while business considerations and planning are firmly within the perview of management, tactal planning and configurations are within the sole perview of the tech team BECAUSE management does not understand it, can't appreciate how important it is, and is only slowing the answer to problems for reasons that don't make sense, business or technical wise. I'm 100% sure I'll be dismissed for doing so. In fact, I am sure that if they suspect that's what I thought, I'd be dismissed.
Add to that: my technical team is one of the best I've ever worked with, I get along well with them and they with me, our business is pretty much recession proof, and while we aren't paid market rate, not even close, we still only work about 230 days a year, medical is 50% covered, retirement is not through SSA, we get 11 days vacation, 10 days sick, and 5 days personal per year. Lastly, I do feel that what I do is important, makes a difference, and that I am honored to be working at it.
Get a bop - email rejected at someone else's server - cause, SPF. Huh? Out bound farm has been stable for more than 3 years!? (None added/removed in the IP pool.) Dig the TXT record - yup, that's right. Call the remote site: whistle cycle on hold for a bit, get a tech that can talk to a senior admin about the issue. What's your allocation? I tell 'em. What's the IP of the server? Tell 'em. I ask, what's the last received line leaving? He tells me - yep, it's one in the SPF record. "So why is the SPF check failing?" I ask. "Surely you aren't using SPF checks past the first received line?"
Dead silence for awhile. I ask, "Are you inspecting SPF past the first received line?" More dead silence. "I'll have someone get back to you." he says.
I'll just bet you will, and I'll hold my breath waiting.
About an hour later email to them stops bouncing. No call back.