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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

cthulhu11 Re:what? (239 comments)

When did we start saying "remediate" instead of "fix"?

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

cthulhu11 Re:Ready the Lawyers (639 comments)

If anyone with a regular cast role on any of the Trek series is hurting for money today, they're doing something really wrong.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

cthulhu11 Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

Another situation is hardware with embedded Java code that won't run on modern versions, eg. the ILOM on Sun x4100/4200/4600 systems. I have an XP VM around just for dealing with them. There's never going to be an update to the firmware, so there's little choice in the matter.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

cthulhu11 Re:nope! (496 comments)

This would add I'm guessing another $1000 to the price of the car, and who knows how much over time to repair. Feh.

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

cthulhu11 Re:No proof so far (148 comments)

Round and round we go. Agreeing to not actively poach from each other does *NOT* limit anyone's opportunities or wages. Workers were / are still free to apply for any job they damn well please.

about three weeks ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

cthulhu11 Re:At least it's on our side! (123 comments)

And as usual nothing said about what should be cut, just the usual mindless libertarian bandwagon.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

cthulhu11 Re:Newsgroups anyone? (323 comments)

How would Usenet be "illegal"? As someone who used to administer Usenet servers, though, I can tell you that abuse of the system by flooding binaries is one factor in the demise of Usenet as a viable discussion forum.

about three weeks ago
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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

cthulhu11 Re:It's conservation of size (138 comments)

I hereby propose that Pluto be renamed Leon.

about 1 month ago
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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

cthulhu11 Re:It's conservation of size (138 comments)

Oh I can make a hat, or a brooch, or a pterodactyl...

about 1 month ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

cthulhu11 Re:Salary amplification in... (285 comments)

I wonder if this report factors in that in Austin one has to run AC a *lot*. Yes, I lived there for a year. The summer was brutal.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

cthulhu11 Re:Is that legal in the UK? (306 comments)

... or to understand that the charge is for the service in the first place?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

cthulhu11 Re:Almost always yes, with a but (263 comments)

Oh yes it entirely my fault that my ex-wife went violently insane, that the housing bubble happened, and that my son would be born autistic. Those were deliberate on my part.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

cthulhu11 Re:Almost always yes, with a but (263 comments)

If you've been working as an engineer for 30 years and you still need the money, you're doing it wrong.

Or, perhaps, you live in a community property state that allowed your ex-wife to bleed you dry, and you have a mortgage a family with medical needs. Maybe you're set for life, but many of us aren't.

about 2 months ago
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Delayed Fatherhood May Be Linked To Certain Congenital and Mental Disorders

cthulhu11 Re: In other news.. (192 comments)

Order a wife from the Phillipines. Two guys I know seem to have done so. My son was conceived when I was 42. I'd had multiple abdominal analog and CT imaging. Supposedly the germ plasm wasn't irradiated, but it's hard to be sure. And yes my son is autistic. Had I known about the correlations with older dads and other factors I wouldn't have had him.

about 2 months ago
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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

cthulhu11 Re: Fish antibiotics (279 comments)

It seems awfully convenient that *every* drug expires after exactly a year.

about 3 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

cthulhu11 Re:Oh (474 comments)

Does not the quote strictly speaking concern the companies themselves, whether or not they still make computers?

about 3 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

cthulhu11 Re: So, cue up.. (462 comments)

It's only hard to find good employees if the company has its head up its collective ass. Not long ago I interviewed (through the slimiest recruiter I've ever encountered) with a company sited across a lake and toll bridge. They cling to an obsolete OS version and wanted me to spend 1.5 hrs every day commuting so I could sit at a cluster of desks shoved together 8' from their suite door. For this they offered substandard benefits and less money than I was already making. The newish IT director was decent enough, but the others I interviewed with included a twitchy paranoid type and a cocky slob. Other places took over a month to get back to me, or had interview processes including skills outside of the scope of the job. I'm not a swdev, don't ask me to code college algorithms class problems on a whiteboard while an H1-B records my every move. In the silly valley there's perhaps always a job across the street, but for the rest of us, often not. And I really don't want to move my family to that nightmare of a region and pay $4k / mo rent for a tiny home.

about 3 months ago
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How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

cthulhu11 Re: So, cue up.. (462 comments)

Nope. Agreement to not actively poach does not stop anyone from applying on their own. That would be a non-compete clause and a whole different subject. I've read a claim that most employees who use an offer as leverage with their current employer end up leaving within a year anyway. Bidding wars no doubt happen for a small fraction of people, but for most I would expect the companies to have a take-it-or-leave it policy. They want to hire people who want to work for them.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

cthulhu11 Re:Thinkpad line (160 comments)

I eval'd an IBM server a couple of years ago. I really wanted to like it, but the serial console didn't work out of the box, and their SE's couldn't give me a simple procedure to make it work. This confounds the hell out of deployment at any scale, and when you aren't on-site with the box. Having to plug in a legacy monitor and keyboard is a dealbreaker. HP wins in that respect, you still need the factory Administrator password to log into iLO the first time, but at least that's printed on an exterior label. Unfortunately for all the features of the Gen 8 systems -- especially 3-way mirrors on the HBA's -- they seem to have reliability issues.

about 3 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

cthulhu11 Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

Excellent points re parity RAID, ones that I make to people all the time. The biggest problem with triplex mirroring is that LSI's cards, which dominate the market, refuse to support it. HP's cards do, and of course many software RAID schemes, but for ease of management and deployment not having to do it at the OS level has appeal

about 3 months ago

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