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Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars

evil_aar0n Re:Easy enough for a 3 year old (716 comments)

I second this. My sister-in-law has Down's Syndrome and can almost independently manage the iPad we got for her. I wouldn't even think of getting her a netbook or some other device with lots of keys.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Prepared Are You For a Major Emergency?

evil_aar0n Re:Are you armed? (562 comments)

I'll second this. Last week, I think it was some flooding in downtown Sleepy Hollow, but it took literally over an hour to go the maybe six miles from the west bank of the Hudson, across the TZ (Tappan Zee Bridge), to my work location. It was horrible. I can't imagine what it would be like if there were something more serious. People trying to get out of the metro NYC area would be fucked.

more than 3 years ago

Leave a Message, Go To Jail

evil_aar0n Government is a myth (486 comments)

As I've posted previously, there's no such thing as "government": It's a collection of people acting like assholes and everyone else letting them.

more than 3 years ago

Student Sues FBI For Planting GPS Tracker

evil_aar0n Government is a myth (586 comments)

There's no such thing as "government": It's a collection of people acting like assholes and everyone else letting them.

more than 3 years ago

Reminiscing Old School Linux

evil_aar0n Re:Old School (539 comments)

Uh, you're not serious, are you? If so, you're beyond shit-faced or you got whoosh-served off this fuckin' planet...

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US

evil_aar0n Re:It's just a part of peoples lives (292 comments)

But you notice it less if you're dead. And as they say, perception means more than reality. :-)

more than 3 years ago

Comment Profanity by Language

evil_aar0n Re:Perfect? (263 comments)

It's hardly manly if you don't stick your balls in the vice and give the handle an extra turn or three. Quit being such a pussy... /sarcasm

more than 3 years ago

US Gov't Mistakenly Shuts Down 84,000 Sites

evil_aar0n Better to be safe, (296 comments)

than sorry. Take 'em all down - let God sort 'em out.

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

evil_aar0n Re:Smart people are criminals. (705 comments)

Uh, yeah. But our TPS reports, with those new covers, just kick ass!

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology

evil_aar0n Re:Not stopped by CIA bombs (339 comments)

Yeah, just like the "liberal media" universally condemned our ginned-up involvement in the Iraqi War, part II. In fact, the White House term for the "liberal media" and their "military consultants" was "message force multipliers."

more than 3 years ago

Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

evil_aar0n Re:Non-human intelligences (785 comments)

Your first assertion is patently not true: otherwise, we'd have endless prison riots every day at every prison. And schools.

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

evil_aar0n Re:It's not the OS alone... (1348 comments)

This strikes me in the same way as the rabid OS X fanboi that said that any OS X failure was _my_ fault, because OS X _never_ failed. Baloney. Why do they need patches, then?

I've set up close to a dozen Mac OS X machines, over the years, and have never had any experience close to what you mention. The worst one was when a MBP of mine died and I had to set up my replacement from the dead unit's HDD. I was shocked at how easy that was. I connected the HDD to the new laptop, which recognized that it had an OS X installation on it, and it proceeded to ask if I wanted to initialize my new MBP from that drive. After some time to copy files, it was ready to go, configured almost exactly as my previous unit. There were some things I had to handle manually - HP scanner shit, which is buggy, anyway - but it was automatic, for the most part.

I don't know how you ended up in your situation, but yours is definitely an outlier case.

more than 3 years ago

Research Shows How Deaf Cats' Brains Re-Purpose Auditory Centers

evil_aar0n Pointless (100 comments)

They didn't need to go to the trouble to "discover" that: they could have asked me. I lost my hearing at age 17 and, in response, my brain increased its abilities 10-fold, easily, so that I'm now the smartest man on the planet. Why, yes, I am wearing my underwear outside of my pants. Why do you ask...?

No, seriously, I did lose my hearing. I found that I compensated for it by paying way more attention to non-verbal cues. For example, I can tell before an interviewer even knows it, himself, that I'm not gonna get the job. I can also see it, clearly, when someone's trying to BS me. You also learn introspection, since you don't have the auditory distractions.

more than 3 years ago

The New Data Center Capital of America

evil_aar0n Re:Canada is where it should be (162 comments)

Ok, having lived in WNY for years - was around for '77 blizzard - I know what you're talking about, but even _I_ would say this hyperbole goes a wee bit over the top. I think it was Wednesday _and_ Thursday.

more than 3 years ago

The New Data Center Capital of America

evil_aar0n Re:Not as cool as it used to be (162 comments)

Roger that. I live further south, in Cattaraugus county, but have to commute weekly to Westchester county - 20 miles north of NYC - to work.

more than 3 years ago

Safety Commission To Rule On Safety of Rulers In Science Kits

evil_aar0n Re:But knives still are. (446 comments)

Ditto that. I'm far from a redneck, but my father - RIP, old man - taught me how to safely handle knives, guns, and bows and arrows before I was 10. That's not exaggeration: we used to walk about with small arms weapons and bows on my grandfather's land, and he passed on when I was 12.

more than 3 years ago

Canadian Government Muzzling Scientists

evil_aar0n Re:no surprise (352 comments)

Does this count?

more than 3 years ago

Tech Sector Slow To Hire

evil_aar0n Re:Skills Mismatch (450 comments)

Your anecdote doesn't hold water - at least in my group. Here, at Global MegaCorp, outside of NYC, I'm American, and solidly in the minority. Most of the people walking around, here, are of Indian descent. Two of the higher level managers at this site are also Indian, so I'm not terribly surprised by the hiring preferences.

I don't know if my company competes poorly on salary or what - I'm happy with what I make, so I don't pay more attention than that. We had a couple of Americans who left for greener pastures, once the recession lifted, and they were replaced by Indians in almost no time at all.

more than 3 years ago

A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?

evil_aar0n Re:Is it just me? (711 comments)

When I was a kid, I was always outside running around with friends. Playing by the local pond catching tadpoles, frogs, fish, etc. Playing in the fields catching snakes and bugs while eating raspberries and strawberries. Playing in the woods and streams making dams. Riding our bikes _everywhere_. In the winter we were always outside sledding and having snowball fights. etc. etc. etc.

Hello..? Is this my alter ego? Um, we're not going to share the details of the "Noodles incident," are we...?

about 4 years ago



Mandatory DNA Testing and Storage for Newborns

evil_aar0n evil_aar0n writes  |  more than 4 years ago

evil_aar0n (1001515) writes "For many typical /.'ers, this shouldn't be a problem: the likelihood of getting a date, let alone getting married, or — gasp! — having sex with someone else, is statistically low, in the first place. But, for those rare few, this might come as news to you."
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How to request payment for work done

evil_aar0n evil_aar0n writes  |  more than 4 years ago

evil_aar0n (1001515) writes "For over 2.5 years, I performed my "daily" job as a software developer for a major, world-wide conglomerate, in their medical division. My project delivers over $1 billion in annual revenue for the company. In addition, I performed soup-to-nuts Solaris sys admin duties for the project. Even though many days, often consecutively, I was at the office for 14 or more hours, I never complained. We've recently hired a contractor to perform the Solaris sys admin work and I'm now not supposed to do any of that stuff. We're paying this contractor approximately $100k per year. Because I did that work for quite a while, as well as my official job, I think I deserve compensation for my past efforts, "exempt" status notwithstanding. How should I request the $250k I've earned? I know some of these things depend on which state I live in, so I should point out that this is in New York."

What should a sys admin know in a job interview?

evil_aar0n evil_aar0n writes  |  more than 5 years ago

evil_aar0n (1001515) writes "Management has asked me to conduct the technical portion of an interview for a candidate for Solaris Administrator. We run Solaris 2.6 for legacy stuff and Solaris 10 for the current product. I do the majority of the work, right now, but they want to bring in another person to help out. What sort of things should she know? What kinds of questions should I ask? I'm not looking to be a hard-azz, here, asking for esoteric — and mostly useless — knowledge, but I want to make sure this person doesn't sell us a load of bollocks. If it matters, we're in New York state. Also, I'd like to have this person perform some simple hands-on operations on a test machine — disconnected from the network, of course — so I can verify that they know what they're talking about. Is that legal? Is it considered "gauche"?"

Looking For A New Home

evil_aar0n evil_aar0n writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evil_aar0n (1001515) writes "With the near-daily stream of stories about unjust wars, torture, corrupt or outright incompetent government, domestic spying, and general neocon lawlessness, it's becoming clear that America has jumped the shark. Even if Obama should win the presidency, can he fix the ills that have befallen this once-proud country over the last few years? Or will he spend his entire time in office fighting the Republican slime machine? Who knows.

On the assumption that things will get worse before they get better, and having no desire to see the country I once volunteered to serve and defend devolve into a third-world dictatorship, valuing the military more than its own people, much like North Korea, you might say, I think now's about the time to get out. Call me a rat deserting a ship, but it's fairly clear to me that this ship is going down, and I've no wish to sit idly by while the band plays "Nearer, My God, To Thee."

If the sublime Slashdot readers were to choose a new country to call home, where would they go?"

Lamest. Advertising. Concept. Ever.

evil_aar0n evil_aar0n writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evil_aar0n (1001515) writes "I saw this ad for a book — "Mommy, why is there a server in the house?" — on a web site, and, out of curiosity, I clicked it. Turns out it's a link to a Microsoft Windows Home Server page, and the book is real: you can read it on the site, or buy it. For your kids, I guess? WTF? Since when did we need childrens' books to explain computing equipment? Is this some insidious attempt to indoctrinate our kids toward MS products? One other intriguing aspect is the bold use of the American flag as a background on one of the displays. Is it fundamentally American, now, to either "Stay At Home," or buy Microsoft Windows Home Server? Either way, I'm repulsed."
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Time for the "Slashdot Party"?

evil_aar0n evil_aar0n writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evil_aar0n writes "(I didn't see a "Your Rights On-line" topic, so I went with

Is it time to form a "Slashdot Party"? It's clear we can't sit idly by and do nothing while career politicians, at the behest of their corporate masters — see recent story re: Google and their nascent lobbying efforts — run this country, and the rest of the world, into the gutter, all in the name of greed.

I've read Slashdot for years and one thing that continually amazes me is the breadth and depth of knowledge contained within this community. It's a shame — almost criminal — not to organize and harness this staggering accumulation of brain-power (don't let the compliments go to your head, though). I think we, the Slashdot crowd, could actually solve some of the problems in this world. It's just one technical issue after another, right? Just a day at work for us.

Some questions I have:

How would we do this? How would we organize our "nerd forum" into a political force?

Would it kill Slashdot as we know it? I think not. We're already somewhat fractious and disjoint in our opinions, anyway; that's what makes the site interesting. We just mod people down when they get a little too "out there." In fact, I suspect it would make us stronger: our opinions would actually carry some weight.

As a localized political entity, should we allow people from other parts of the world to contribute? Actually, as we, as a society, become more and more global, the boundaries between countries become blurry. Certainly, the actions of one country are less and less contained to just that country. I think, since all of us have to live with the consequences, we should all be given a say. How 'bout we leave it open for debate?"


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