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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

erroneus Big company experience comes to small company (234 comments)

Yes, I know how they are thinking and the pain you are feeling. To accomplish the implementation of this change management process you will need a lot of people working for you. Use this to your advantage. Quickly study up on the subject so your experience with the systems will not leave you with a dog pile of new bosses to tell you how to do your job. Instead insist that you need to hire more people to manage the overhead.

In the end that probably won't work and you'll be kept "at the bottom" where you are now.

These changes are going to be enormously expensive and despite all you have done, it will be perceived that you created this mess by not having a change management system in place to begin with. Of course, they will also see that you don't know about change management and will prefer to hire someone who already knows about it.

Now I'm not going to down change management processes. They can prevent problems and identify people who would otherwise deflect blame and hide in the shadows. But from what I have seen, you're just getting the beginning of the tsunami of changes.

Push for testing systems and additional hardware to support it. Of course it will also require more space and other resources. Try to get ahead of this beast.

7 hours ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

erroneus When someone else controls your stuff (124 comments)

When someone else controls your stuff, it's not your stuff. Look at Germany's gold! Where is it? It's in the US. They want it back, it's supposed to be on its way over... slowly. Net result, it's not Germany's gold. And if this tech makes it into our phones? Yeah, same thing. We "give up" our phones in order to prevent them from being stolen. Nice trade.

yesterday
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

erroneus Re:Open source was never safer (536 comments)

One problem I see that is huge is in where it affects Android. It is an unfortunate reality that phone makers do not want to update or patch their phones as they would rather sell people new phones and carriers would rather extend contracts. So yes, perhaps I did understate it a bit.

There needs to be a push for phone makers to update their firmware NOW.

yesterday
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

erroneus Re:most lego's are a rip off (345 comments)

Well yes and no. Yes, it's overpriced. But when my son plays with them in ways I don't like (that is, I like to follow the instructions and only sometimes make changes for improved look or structure) he gets many hours more. He builds crazy and silly things but then again, he's 7 so what do you know?

Sad that kids can't use their hands. I didn't realize it was becoming a problem as I am trying my best to give my son the type of childhood I had. And yes, that includes teaching him how to go camping and fishing and shoot a gun and all of that. Am I a caveman?

yesterday
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

erroneus Re:Open source was never safer (536 comments)

Closed source is hazardous in many ways. Along with being more frequently targeted, the NSA revelations showed that Microsoft worked with the NSA when deciding how quickly to close some holes. Another hazard is the threat of being attacked and/or sued by companies whose products were found to have problems.

No question the heartbleed thing is a huge and embarassing problem. But you know? It's actually kind of hard to count the number of high-profile vulnerabilities in F/OSS software as not a whole lot come to mind. On the other hand, the list is enormous for closed source from large companies... also hard to count but for another reason.

It does highlight one important thing about F/OSS, though. Just because a project has enjoyed a long, stable and wide deployment, code auditing and other security practices are pretty important and just because it's a very mature project doesn't mean something hasn't been there a long time and had simply gone unnoticed for a long, long time. People need wakeup calls from time to time and F/OSS developers can be among the worst when it comes to their attitudes about their territories and kingdoms. (I can't ever pass up the opportunity to complain about GIMP and GNOME... jackasses, the lot of them.)

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

erroneus Re:Obama Care Gotta Problem ! (622 comments)

Ever notice it's always anonymous coward who respond to people who oppose obamacare? It has already been widely established there is an army of people hired by government and political agencies to troll the internet forums. Here on slashdot, we are seeing them here and now.

The slashdot demographic is not generally of the opinion expressed by these leftists. It's very out of control.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

erroneus Next up, prison for crimes of relatives as well (622 comments)

How much tyranny before it's too much? I expect this one to be the last straw and yet some will suck this one up too and start blaming their relatives.

2 days ago
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Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

erroneus Okay, so Pluto isn't perfect (47 comments)

But seriously. It's barely considered a planet and now people want to point out its faults? Leave Pluto alone!!!

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

erroneus Re:Good. Time to kill this project and support KDE (682 comments)

I don't know what KDE is like now, but I was seriously annoyed by KDE at first -- everything with a damned K in it and giant frikken icons that looked like they were designed by mechanical (excuse me, mekanikal) engineers. Maybe it's better now... who knows... I'm still kinda angry that GNOME betrayed the usership so badly.

3 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

erroneus Might get support if they supported people (682 comments)

There is simply no end to the complaining about the latest GNOME desktop. It is exactly as Linus Torvalds said it was. It's an unholy abomination and most people don't want it. They should have kept the old desktop and offered an alternative to see how people wanted to go. But no. They just had to annoy the hell out of so many people. I want to say "let them die" but then I wonder what would happen with the GNOME2 stuff... is MATE being actively developed? If so maybe the likes of RedHat will shift over to supporting and developing MATE/GNOME2 again.

3 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

erroneus German Ebonics? (428 comments)

Sorry if I'm not the first person to wonder about this question, but there are some eery and striking similarities in my mind with ebonics and common core. I know they have a problem with Turkish people there but I didn't realize it was that bad.

3 days ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

erroneus Re:what that leaves out (384 comments)

Well, looks like I didn't have to say any of what I have to say. So I'll say this instead.

Look to Louisville, KY for how bad things can get when we try to be desperately politically correct or try to sweep it all under the rug. The "teens" have formed a gang among three+ schools and have exceeded the capacity of the police there. Oddly, only a small number of arrests have been made and of those they do not fit the profile of the "teens." Meanwhile, among the terror and chaos, the mayor essentially says "shelter in place" and "be unarmed" after the police leadership came out to the people saying they could not manage this situation and could not protect the public. The FBI has come forward to open all of this up and the truth is far worse than any previous reporting.

It's beyond control and media and others are STILL trying to cover this up. This is not the sort of thing which can simply be ignored. At some point, this sort of problem will be visible from space and people are going to have to ask some serious questions about all of this.

It all leads to this: ignoring crime and crimina tendencies only leads to its growth and intensification. Remember Trayvon? Turns out, he would be alive if only the school police were allowed to do their job instead of suppressing information about black criminals in their schools. Had he been referred to the local police after being caught with stolen articles and "burglary tools" he might have been detailed instead of getting into a violent confrontation which resulted in his death.

People can cook up all sorts of ways to spin this and you could be on every side of the issue. Some people generally feel "who cares!? let them kill each other off and stop trying to slow it down!" There seems to be evidence that this is precisely what is happening though the question of intent remains unanswered. And while stats say black people are far worse to each other than they are to other people, there is clear evidence that they are a danger to everyone even if it's not everyone equally.

Smart black people generally try to make a living for themselves, raise families and do all the right things and, individually, they are great people. But somehow, in numbers, things always seem to deteriorate.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

erroneus Re:Let it die (507 comments)

To be fair, IT security is usually more religion than science.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

erroneus Re:Let it die (507 comments)

You mean like the poor white people who talk about accumulation of wealth and barriers of entry into the marketplace and stuff like that? I agree. It's not quite enough to explain it as "racial" or like that.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

erroneus Re:This guy supports it. (673 comments)

Why do women need anything more than men? Are they inferior?

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

erroneus Inequality starts with unequal interests (673 comments)

Most people have been human their whole lives with an understanding of human nature which goes back as far as humans have existed. There are reasons for our body forms, our mental and emotional structures and patterns and more. Yet somehow, in a window of less than 50-60 years, all of that wisdom and understanding is to be challenged as completely false and that it is opportunity which is to blame for women not being involved in certain fields and occupations and discrimination against women which yields lower pay for women.

Study after study has shown that most of the occupational choice issues are just that -- choices. Women are born with careers in being female and most are practically obsessed with merely being female. (By comparison, how often do men go around seriously saying "because I'm a man!"? I haven't seen or heard anything like that in more than 20 years.) And even the POTUS who is supporting propaganda about an alleged "war on women" spouts out nonsense about 77 cents on the dollar and when challenged with that very "problem" in his own administration, they make excuses which sound REMARKABLY like the results of so many studies on the matter. And if what the POTUS says is true of his administration, how can they make claims of 77/100 with a straight face against the rest of the nation? It's completely disingenuous.

At the end of the day, women want what they want. I would personally prefer to see more geek girls out there giving me fewer awkward conversations with people I would otherwise have nothing in common. That's not the way it goes. And here's stark reality no one ever seems to talk about.

Women with careers are frequently torn between two careers where one is motherhood. Heaven help the woman who is accused of being an unfit mother. Does this seem at all reasonable or fair to you? What's the end-game? Population decrease among more intelligent people?

Are these issues being pushed to distract or to destroy? Both? We should all be at least a little skeptical of the motives behind all of this.

about a week ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

erroneus Re:Who else misread the title as 'exotic hardons' (99 comments)

Yeah, me too... and uhm... when did that change for you? I'm in mid-40s and that still happens for me though I wouldn't say without thinking... there's almost always something I'm thinking about at the time.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

erroneus Re:Let it die (507 comments)

Is a world without sound a handicap? Absolutely. Is a world without sound dangerous? ABSOLUTELY.

What gets me is the obvious duplicity. They often feel loud sounds which can get their attention (as we all do) and that's good. But is that enough? NO. It's not and it can't be.

And if there were an additional sense which would allow humans to detect against other dangers in life, I would consider the absense of that sense to be a disability as well... or perhaps, the presense as a super-power. The point is having senses are essential. Having them reduced or absent is an impairment. Being about to get through life happily with an impairment is wonderful. But it's still an impairment.

It's when an impairment becomes something which must be agressively defended that things have gone too far.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

erroneus Re:Let it die (507 comments)

In so many ways this mirrors black culture and I'm willing to accept down-modding for this. But it's basically true.

1. Self-improvement is viewed as traitorous.
2. Entitled to royal treatment and royal public assistance.
3. Highly exclusive.
4. Views others with suspicion and contempt.

I think point #1 is especially important. EVERYONE, myself included, are perfectly comfortable around people who simply want to join in and be one of the crowd. We've got common interests and what have you and that's okay. We're co-workers and we can get along, work and play well together. But the moment words like "traitor" or "sell-out" get asserted by their other identity groups, things get pretty screwed up.

I don't mean to say being black is a disability. I don't mean to say being deaf is a race. I mean to point out that identity groups can be harmful at times. ID grouping is NATURAL. I'm a man. I'm white. I'm southern. I'm [fill in the blank]. And I like to do and share things with people who are like me. That's natural. But I might also identify with groups which tend to disagree with my other ID groups such as being atheist. Being atheist does not 'require' that I hate anyone else. Being white does not require that I hate anyone else.

But in the case of certain, let's say 'radical' members of these ID groups, they believe it IS license to hate.

about a week ago

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A Weekend at Bernie-san's!

erroneus erroneus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

erroneus (253617) writes "This JapanToday story tells: A 17-year-old girl who has remained in a coma for over four years left Fukushima Prefecture for Osaka Wednesday on a school trip with her fellow classmates. She suffered head injuries during judo practice at her junior high school in 2003 and is now receiving home healthcare. This is the first time for her to fly on an airplane as she was not able to join her school trip during her junior high school years, said her mother."
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Recent British terror! Reconsideration H1-B rules?

erroneus erroneus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

erroneus (253617) writes "Listening to the news on the radio, I heard one thing that the terror suspects in the most recent threats in the UK have in common is they are all medical professionals from outside of the country. It is said, since the security screening for professionals entering their country is less intensive than for less critical professionals, that this was the means by which these suspected terror participants slipped through screening. (The investigative bodies are still trying to learn if the threats were organized prior to entry or recruited after entry to the UK.)

This made me think about current practices in the US. H1-B and similar programs are ab/used quite regularly by many companies operating in the US. Now, without going into whether this is good, bad or indifferent (we all have thoughts, ideas and opinions on the topic) it would be interesting to know how much background checking is actually done by the US immigration people prior to admitting them into the US and if the depth of screening differs for other forms of immigration to the US. I'm going to guess very little at this point but would be interested to hear corrections if I am wrong.

Whatever the case, it would seem that security checks should not be relaxed regardless of a person's skill-set or the urgency or critical nature of their need. As illustrated in the UK, even doctors could serve as a critical threat to a nation's security. So regardless of whether or not you have leanings for or against the present use or abuse of H1-B and similar programs, I think we should look to see some changes in how it's to be done."
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erroneus erroneus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

erroneus (253617) writes "As I was catching up on some reading in my company's "library stall" I had selected this article in CIO magazine. It's doubtful that many will find too much in there that might surprise a typical slashdot reader, but that's not the value in this one I think. This experiment's summary gives one CIO's impressions on the current state of desktop operating systems. We know how things have been. We know a bit of how they are. In a comparison among WinXP, MacOSX and Linux (RHEL and FC), we can get a glimpse of what a real decision-maker sees in the present and maybe extrapolate some near-future possibilities. Further, we can get yet another reminder of where Linux development is lacking and consequently where development should be focused if anyone were interested in seeing Linux displace Windows."

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