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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

cthulhu11 Re:My opinion on the matter. (766 comments)

Plenty is broken with "Linux", but systemd vs antique SYSV init vs upstart is the least of our problems. Let's first get a usable filesystem with integrated volume management and transparent compression. You know, like Solaris had 10 years ago. But if we're going to talk about systemd ... The sequential SysV init system has been a bottleneck for years. If systemd is too pervasive, why not port SMF to replace it? Yep, another place that Solaris solved the problem years ago, but Linux NIH syndrome and solipsism prevail.

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

cthulhu11 Re:Surprise? (578 comments)

I try OpenLibreOffice every few years. To date it has not been able to consistently open and display MS-created files. It can get back to me when it does.

about a week ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

cthulhu11 Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

Libertarianism is a great idea as long as every actor is altruistic and interested in the welfare of the society above themselves.

Exactly. Everyone Libertarian I've ever encountered is exactly the opposite.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

cthulhu11 Re:Cheaper drives (183 comments)

System vendors have always been like that. All of them, not just Apple.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

cthulhu11 Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Agreed, though this view is often unpopular. Clarence Thomas got blasted a while back for (rightly) thinking that affirmative action is insulting. If any ethnic/racial/gender group is getting discriminated for/against in hiring, that's one thing -- and a thing that shouldn't ever happen. If there are educational / opportunity barriers to ethnic / racial / gender groups getting getting educated, that's where the focus should be, equal opportunities. I worked for a tech company back around 1991 or so. The VP of engineering left and there was speculation as to who would replace him. A co-worker asserted that a certain software doc manager should get the job, but that she wouldn't because she was a woman. The idea that maybe a tech writer with *any* set of chromosomes might not be the right choice to lead a hardware / OS engineering department fell on deaf ears. That said, when I read this article on MacRumors, my first thought was "Are all the Indians considered White???".

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

cthulhu11 Re:The problem of Microsoft (337 comments)

Agreed. After all the outcry over the ribbon foo, when I finally saw it I was like "What's the big fuss?"

about two weeks ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

cthulhu11 Re: what a douche (166 comments)

That, plus when they do actually hire people, it's at 2/3 the going pay. I looked at government jobs during my last search, the pay was pathetic.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

cthulhu11 Re:No relationship between online app & gettin (278 comments)

It is well established (through most of history) that direct contacts and personal networks are the most likely way to get jobs.

And what is one to do if there is no available GOBN to troll for a job? In my last search, pestering everyone I know about job openings got me nowhere. What did get me hired was applying for a position via a company's online job site. A well-designed LinkedIn profile is also valuable, though it does result in being spammed by offers for worthless contract jobs.

This means that while it is still important to apply through the web because they pull many workers through there, it is far more effective to get an employee referral.

And whose butt are those employee referrals supposed to be pulled from? I did once get a job this way, in 1989, though that was a bit of an anomaly. It's a different world now and a different market.

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

cthulhu11 Re:Wyvern = Wyrm (306 comments)

CMU losing status is, to CMU, absolutely an intolerable option.

Some argue that happened years ago when the hypen was removed and the logo buggered.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

cthulhu11 Re:Least green logo ever (141 comments)

You're pretty much accurately depicted Bruce Bohmke there.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

cthulhu11 Re:+1 for this Post (427 comments)

Maybe their "carrier-class" gear is better than the WAP from them I had and tossed out in disgust. Dropped connections frequently, the goofy management application was no more robust and had to be reinstalled with every new firmware version, which was inevitably a beta as they never seemed to offer real releases. When the thing's resets became more common and it died entirely, I engaged warranty service, and it took something like two months for them to send me a replacement, because -- get this -- they didn't have any! I gave up and bought an ASUS that's been working well, though the coverage pattern is bizarre.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

cthulhu11 Re:Logitech Skype device (194 comments)

And what happens when someone changes the input on the TV connected to the thing? It'll sit there "broken" indefinitely. How many times have you walked into a coffee shop or even someone's home and found their big expensive TV stuck on the wrong zoom mode, then come back a year later and found it unchanged? Oh and what happens when Samsung buys that product and kills it? Like my Boxee Box?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

cthulhu11 Re:Online, free, very simple solution (194 comments)

. I don't know what is there [sic] business model and how long they'll be able to sustain it, but it looks like they got video-conferencing right.

... and right there you've nailed why this isn't a viable solution.

about three weeks ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

cthulhu11 Re:Yes! Copyright terrorism must be stopped! (207 comments)

Yes, it is unfortunate that Napster did not succeed in staunching Metallica's creative death-spiral. But In this case, here we have Lionsgate mostly creating advertising. It's a second sequel to a movie nobody heard about in the first place. If 180k downloads have happened, that's probably double the number who would have seen it theatrically. "Near DVD quality" is hardly impressive in 2014 and they worked hard to find six obscure sites. I'm not getting into the copyright argument on either side here, but I think it likely that this is more about publicity for a bomb of a movie than the ostensible rights.

about three weeks ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

cthulhu11 Re:This naming trend has to stop (188 comments)

This seemed to start when people started devolving to Linux in significant numbers. First time I subjected myself to a Linux desktop I was puzzled by the names. "Bonobo"? Seriously? And then when OpenOffice became OpenOffice.org that was just stupid.

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

cthulhu11 Re:Common? (348 comments)

For years I worked for a global company - almost all servers run by a certain BU are on public addresses with little or no ACL / firewall protection. I periodically tried to get at least ACL's set up, but the team responsible for adding those to the router configs couldn't be bothered, no matter how clear I was about our exposure. I had to disable network IPMI on servers to remove that intrusion vector. After a number of years of trying I'd started to get some traction on setting up a private management network for the netmgmt and other embedded interfaces, but again disinterest from those in the deployment path stalled implementation. I'm astounded that we never got pwned in a serious way.

about a month ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

cthulhu11 Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

I hatched 6 emus a while back. I used to play chase with them for exercise -- rattites grow quickly and their legs need exercise. When they were running toward me the t-rex factor was a bit unnerving.

about a month ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

cthulhu11 Re:Link doesn't work (124 comments)

Guns don't kill people;, gargoyles kill people. - O'Malley, SU2

about 1 month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

cthulhu11 Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Verizon is choosing not to upgrade it's peering points with Level-3 because they are no longer evenly sharing traffic up/down as all free peering arrangements have ALWAYS required, yet Level-3 doesn't want to pay for the imbalance, and Netflix doesn't want to shift some of their Verizon traffic to a different transit provider than Level-3.

That's been clear to me for some time, but so few seem to get it.

Considering the huge imbalance in download and upload speeds, how exactly is anybody supposed to peer with Verizon?

Not everyone offers such imbalance traffic.

Verizon knowingly set up a situation in which it is impossible for any peer to be on traffic parity with Verizon. Furthermore, traffic parity is almost impossible from a business perspective. Verizon and the last-mile providers have consumers and creators at one end, everyone else has pretty much only creators. The only way for corps like Level 3 to achieve traffic parity is to offer last-mile services,

No, they could pay Verizon for transit, as is the customary practice, rather than expecting Verizon to give them service for free, because you know all the other links in Verizon's networks cost $0/month and Juniper/Cisco give them M20's and 9922's for free.

about 1 month ago

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