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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

fair_n_hite_451 Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

And yet Canada - geographically the largest part of North America - is nearly universally known as a punchline for being unfailingly polite.

As someone said above, the so called "logic" being thrown around this thread is appalling.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Nonsense (294 comments)

Go directly to your Change Manager (not the CAB, but the person who is invested in the day-to-day management and running of the process).
Utter the following sentence "I wish to get regular patching of Windows Servers defined as a standard change, what do I need to do?"
Follow those instructions.

It might seem like more beauracracy for the first run through, but it'll be smooth and seamless after that. As a Change Manager for years, I can tell you that the people in that position are far more worried about project managers trying to push through craptastic updates at the last second than they are with competant domain support people. They'd love to get you off their radar just as much as you want to be off the CAB's radar.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

fair_n_hite_451 I can also weigh in from experience (263 comments)

About 10 years ago I left a fairly established consulting gig with a company that was winding down operations / being acquired.

Had to make a decision to move to the new company & stay in the same becoming-boring job or strike out again and search out the small internet startup / potentially rich-making / more exciting and hugely more risky gigs.

I chose the latter.

End up getting screwed on the IPO on both of them (one went private instead of public and screwed everyone but the founder), one reneged on the handshake deal I had with the president (since he left before the IPO happened - he'd been outsted by the founder). With my kids getting a bit older, I then went and hid out at a big company where the money was stable for 6 years to trade on benefits instead of income potential. However, I wouldn't trade the experience of working for those small, nimble outfits for anything because I've carried the "of course we can change that - what's to stop us?" attitude that you build up in that environment everywhere I've been since.

It's made me a better consultant, no doubt.

Someone above questioned where you are in life and that to me is a huge factor. Are you married? Do you have children? Are you the sole breadwinner in your family? What financial obligations are going to be there whether you are working or not (like a mortgage or retirement savings)?

The choice between a small company where you can make a difference every day and decisions are made in the president's office in an afternoon (but "the money" can vanish overnight) and a large company where it feels like you are trying to steer the Titanic (but the money will be there all day every day) is somewhat about what makes you tick. Are you an adreneline junky? Are you risk averse? How about the other people who are counting on you? (if there are any)

about 7 months ago
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No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

fair_n_hite_451 Re:"As addictive as drugs" (285 comments)

Perhaps this was the actual experiment. "Postulate the different take-up rates of a poorly configured fake science experiment. Measure the difference in the overall takeup rate between media classed as "Left Wing" and media classed as "Right Wing".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

fair_n_hite_451 Re:short answer (167 comments)

Slightly longer answer:

yeeeessssss.

about a year ago
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David Cameron Wants the Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Double standards? (279 comments)

Who the fuck is Emmanual Assange?

See, that whole "unperson" thing is already working...

about a year ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Hmmm (548 comments)

What is that in Celcius?

... very hot...

about a year ago
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Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Hmmm (548 comments)

You rang?

about a year ago
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"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

fair_n_hite_451 Re:woosh (255 comments)

Well, I made the connection... ;-)

about a year ago
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UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

fair_n_hite_451 Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (976 comments)

It's disgraceful that the general public is so eager to watch porn, but is so unwilling to actually teach sex education to it's youth.

FTFY

about a year ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Probably (761 comments)

I was going to threaten him with that same punishment, but then figured out that my dog sled was frozen to the igloo driveway ... so I'll sit here on my chesterfield and steam politely instead.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Moon Prism Power, Make Up (789 comments)

Hey, I know you ... you're that 300 pound guy from the last Comic-con.

more than 2 years ago
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Dozens of Reported Plagiarism Incidents On Coursera's Free Online Courses

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Obligatory George Carlin (210 comments)

I'm confused. If big business owners "have us by the balls" and "have bought and paid for the Senate, etc" then why do they also need to "spend billions of dollars every year lobbying". Are you saying that's just theatre to keep people from noticing?

more than 2 years ago
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The Rapid Rise of License Plate Readers

fair_n_hite_451 Re:I see a lot of negative posts on this (302 comments)

You've obviously never had your license plate swapped by thieves with a stolen car similar to yours. Contrary to popular belief, all criminals aren't stupid. 1 - steal car 2 - drive directly to mass transit parking lot in middle of the work day 3 - cruise around to find similar looking vehicle 4 - swap license plates. I have no idea how long I drove around with "stolen car" plates on my vehicle, but I can just imagine what would have happened had I been pulled over because I was flagged by some license plate reader. Wouldn't that be fun to have the cops storming my house because my car was parked in my driveway....

more than 2 years ago
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UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Yeah (1065 comments)

. What is the proper way to apologize for smearing rape victims?

Volunteering for a Rape Crisis Hotline?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles

fair_n_hite_451 Re:Fahrenheit 451 (641 comments)

Hey man, leave me out of this.

Do you know how hard it is to be a fireman these days?

Burning ebooks gives off no warmth whatsoever... Brrrr.

more than 3 years ago

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