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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

fishthegeek Respectfully (213 comments)

There are extraordinairly few developers that have a decent understanding of security principles, networking, or any one of a thousand things that the sysadmin does every day. The mistakes I've seen well educated developers make.

2 days ago
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ICE License-Plate Tracking Plan Withdrawn Amid Outcry About Privacy

fishthegeek No sir. (152 comments)

The governement does not own the highway, the public owns the highway in common. The government is nothing more than a steward of the public's property and if the public decides to change that they certainly may. As a matter of fact the public doesn't need the governments consent to change how our highways are managed either; the public can vote and make it happen.

about 2 months ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

fishthegeek Re:Wages as share of GDP dropping since 1972 (754 comments)

So according to you no businesses have been created in the last 100 years? Seriously.

about 6 months ago
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Robots Join Final Assembly Line At US Auto Plant

fishthegeek Re:Coming Soon (223 comments)

I'll go so far as to say that 95% of people are probably biologically capable of going to college.

With all due respect you're about 70% too high. If you honestly believe that all we need to do is "straighten out" our education problems by fixing only the educators you will be very disappointed by the results.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

fishthegeek My solution (259 comments)

My solution is to stay a Sprint subscriber, that way I am never near any towers and if I see more than 2 bars I know the FBI is close.

1 year,16 days
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What Will The Expanding World of ChromeOS Mean For Windows?

fishthegeek Re:LiveBook (263 comments)

That shouldn't be a problem. Either your cannibalize your own products or your competitors will do it for you. Better to the control it methinks.

about a year ago
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Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu

fishthegeek Re:Darkside (380 comments)

It's a damn shame you posted AC. I for one would like to know the person that so brilliantly (possibly accidentally) quoted one of the creepiest movies ever made.

Freaks

about a year ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

fishthegeek Re:Stop watching Fox (1719 comments)

The parent said that crime was lower. The parent was wrong.

about a year ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

fishthegeek Re:Stop watching Fox (1719 comments)

Australia and Europe both got lower crime rates.

You're a little bit ill informed my friend.

http://www.nationmaster.com/compare/Australia/United-States/Crime

http://io9.com/5933173/three-strange-theories-about-why-americas-crime-rate-is-so-low

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2012/08/crime-in-europe-and-the-u-s.html

about a year ago
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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

fishthegeek Mr. Stallman... (573 comments)

Where exactly DO babies come from?

about a year ago
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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

fishthegeek Re:Get homeshcooled (743 comments)

I think he meant public "owned" as opposed to public place. The school is required by law to know the whereabouts of minors in their care the exact same way parents are. Imagine needing to know where several thousands kids are in a decent sized high school? This isn't about privacy, that is a stupid argument. Everyone in that school knows where she either is, or supposed to be, without that badge. She is also a minor, and like it or not she does not have any expectation of privacy during normal school functions such as classes. I am all about protecting private things that are supposed to be private. She does not have a right to be anonymous in going to and from class.

about a year ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

fishthegeek Re:And as a white parent who knows the realities . (622 comments)

Ford was an anti-semite. It is perfectly acceptable to dislike him on that regard, and I would actually encourage it. That said, he was also right. By the way your economic fate is not set in anything other than your mind and what you're capable of.

about a year and a half ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

fishthegeek Re:And as a white parent who knows the realities . (622 comments)

For most, setting aside luck, regardless of what you do, the class you were born in is the class you die in.

I can't bear to think about how horrible your world must be to live in. The outcome of ones life is by-and-large a result of the choices one makes. If you want to double your chance of success you have to double your rate of failure. To quote someone who might know about things like this.... "Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right." --Henry Ford

about a year and a half ago
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Watson Goes To Medical School

fishthegeek What I want (100 comments)

Is a computer psychiatrist .... let's call him Marvin!

about a year and a half ago
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Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?

fishthegeek Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (570 comments)

I addressed this above. I'll do it again since I'm already here. A teachers contract is a contract for a number of instructional days plus prof. development etc. Those days are the days that the pay is based on. Anything outside of those contractually obligated days (or hours during a day) is gratis. Think about those teachers manning the football games. Yep.... they have to be there, and no they aren't paid. As for you claim of accuracy you are spot off. Wrong. I taught for ten years before going back into the private sector (I was an award winning teacher by the way). My terms are entirely accurate, and you should probably learn a little about what you're talking about before painting with such a broad brush. There might be some districts that do things a little differently, but by and large you are mind boggingly wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?

fishthegeek Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (570 comments)

Nope. Teachers are paid by the school day. No students. No pay. I exclude benefit days such as sick days. A teachers contract calls for a set number of days and pay is based on those contractual teaching days.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?

fishthegeek Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (570 comments)

A three month vacation? Pardon me but uhmmmmm no. What you get as a teacher is a three month layoff without pay. Yes they might receive paychecks but that is money withheld from their "in-session" checks. As for working during the summer, yes teachers do. Even if it's two weeks it's still two weeks without pay.

about a year and a half ago
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The Problems With Online Math Classes

fishthegeek Online works for some (285 comments)

Online courses may work for a few people, but after having tought high school for more than a few years I can promise you they will not work for the majority. Teaching is essentially a controlled feedback loop (*Yes I understand it isn't ONLY a feedback loop) , and it is the back and forth (continuous) feedback that builds critical thinking skills, and enhances the learning for most people. Online videos can not see the face of a lost student, can't detect someone that is Googling an answer for each question, or in any other way rephrase the question.

about a year and a half ago

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It's official. Police DO need a warrant to instal

fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fishthegeek writes "In a rare move of legal brilliance, SCOTUS has brought sanity to the use of GPS systems by law enforcement. The decision was unanimous, and likely will frustrate current investigations. Justice Alito wrote "The use of longer term GPS monitoring in investigations of most offenses impinges on expectations of privacy,""
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1 down 9 to go. Jury invalidates bogus patent.

fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fishthegeek (943099) writes "On August 23rd a jury invalidated a patent widely thought to be less than valid. The patent in question was formerly known as the Firepond/Polaris patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,411,947). This patent was on the use of natural language processing when responding to email and was broad enough that Bright Response LLC felt justified in suing Google, Yahoo and others.. The Electronic Frontiers Foundation publishes a list of 10 Most Wanted patents that need to be busted."
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GPL wins in court.

fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fishthegeek (943099) writes "The Software Freedom Conservancy has received a judgement against Westinghouse Digital Electronics for $90,000 in damages, $50,000 in costs plus a donation of all of the offending HDTV's that were using BusyBox in violation of the GPL. Given that WDE is nearly bankrupt it's likely that most if not all of the cash will disappear in a legal "poof", but it is a victory regardless."
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Education

fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  about 4 years ago

I'm a teacher. I want the young adults I teach to excel and I work very hard at trying to find new ways to do better. Do my kids do better? Well, yes from the time we meet in August until we last say goodbye in May it is absolutely a fact that they are better at what I teach than when I started.

Imagine you're a carpenter and you've been tasked with building a house. You're required to build a house that satisfies for quality X, and if you do not satisfy quality X you will be released from employment. There are also a few catches I should tell you about before you accept the challenge. First, you will not be permitted to select materials for quality you MUST build the house from materials provided to you and those materials are only materials that are acquired locally (although some are actually imported). The second thing you should know is that you'll have a small budget with which to purchase tools to use in the construction, $500 is a good amount although it could be a little higher. If you need more money to buy better tools you must use your own funds and you will not be reimbursed later. There are probably more things to know but I think we have a good starting point for our mental exercise.

You build the best house you can under these circumstances. You are also a miracle carpenter and you meet the requirements to continue building homes. Year 1 of teaching accomplished.

Year 2 begins and you're excited fresh still from your successes. You are given a brand NEW set of materials with which to build a brand NEW house in the same amount and roughly the same quality as last years issue. Your tool budget was cut 7%. The new house now must be built with a quality level of X+1 (where X was the quality of the first years house with the +1 representing improvements such as spaciousness or other qualities). The same rules apply in year 2. You have no ability to select materials for quality and no ability to increase the tool budget. You work exceedingly hard and you are able to build a larger home this year than last with the same materials. You are a carpentry genius. Good job.

Year 3 begins. Same rules, same new materials only now your house must satisfy the demands of Quality X+2.

Year 4 begins..... you get the idea.

It's not as if one teacher follows a student throughout their primary and secondary careers. I am not complaining as I am delighted to accept accountability and responsibility for the success of my students. My beef with our current whipping-post mentality is that I do not actually have the authority to make the student study at home and work hard. I do not have the authority to say to their parents "Look, Johnny is failing because he isn't even thinking about this class outside of this class." I am responsible for the student outcomes, I get that. I actually like it. I am an award winning teacher and have been interviewed locally for television and newspaper. What I don't get is how I can be held accountable for what Johnny has chosen to learn or not. Where is the accountability for parents and the students themselves?

On to the arguments against me.

Argument: "You should make class enjoyable and fun!"
Answer: Since when is work fun? Exactly what should I do? Hire clowns? Dance? Sing? My job is to impart a job skill at a technical school. I will promise you that I do not care in the slightest bit if little Johnny is properly entertained.

Argument: "Stop complaining and just do it. You are a highly paid "baby sitter" or whatever"
Answer: Highly paid? Ha, ha, ha. Teachers are only paid for those days they teach. We have to save a little of each paycheck and have that savings redistributed over the 12 month year so that our budgets can be stable at home. You're ignorant of the mandatory layoffs we get each year. Additionally I do just do it, and I'm happy to. I resent our current system of testing because I'm accountable for results WHEN I am not permitted any level of control of the process or student selection.

Argument: "It isn't the parents responsibility to teach their kids, that is what we have a school system for."
Answer: You are the biggest idiot I've ever spoken with. For the love of $Diety please do not reproduce. I can not even begin to comment on how stupid this train of thought is.

There are more arguments that I don't really feel like typing. I'm sure that were I to publish this on /. I would hear them all very quickly. Fortunately for my Karma I have no intention of publishing this. I'm just ranting.

For those that may be thinking about a career in education take note. The institution is rapidly degrading and will likely continue to. Education is a very poor choice right now for a career. So much so that I'm thinking about leaving it and going back to my chosen profession (network admin / engineer).

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Ohio Linux Festival 2008

fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago Good times. Eric, Jordan and myself drove to Columbus Ohio this on Saturday (Oct 11) for the Ohio Linux Festival.

Last year was my first year and to be honest my expectations weren't very high for this year. In 2007 the atmosphere was decidedly "counter culture" and off the main stream. Not that this was a bad thing but a great many of the attendees were the "I'm 17 and I wear all black all the time" type and there were old men with neck beards. My hopes weren't high.

2008 proved that things (and times) are changing for the FLOSS crowd. I was amazed at the diversity of people. The crowds average age was considerably more adult (think mid twenties). There was a fantastic racial mix. Black, white, asian, and whatever were well represented. There were also women there that were (at least by appearances) NOT drugged and placed in the trunk of the car for transport. Don't get me wrong, I saw several cases where it was obvious that at least some of the female attendees were humoring someone but they were in the minorty. There were also a good chunk of parents there with their kids. It was nice to see.

The conference vendors were dominated by HP. The HP OSS Community Manager well represented his company and he did a great job. Novell also did fantastic at bringing Suse (OpenSuse) to the table. Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier (Novell Community Manager) was a top notch presenter. Say what you want about Novell, they really are trying to do their part. IBM, well they showed up. Gale (IBM) was late getting set up because some of their display wasn't delivered until noon. Gale didn't have much to work with but at least she was there and very personable. There were quite a few other companies there, and I talked with nearly all of them.

Most of the mainstream distros were represented with Ubuntu being both the most popular booth and the most widely used distro among the surveyed attendees. This does not shock anyone.

The sessions that I attended were more professional and educational than the previous year. Check out the OLF2008 program guide at their website for any details you might want.

Jono Bacon's closing keynote was well delivered and entertaining.

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fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago I bought an iPod Touch about a month ago and my experience has been, well let's just say I haven't been healed of a debilitating disease while holding it.

I should have been patient and waited for the price of the N800 to come down, but I just couldn't. Anyway in an effort to make this short post even longer I decided to jail break the ipod touch today. The short of it? I love it. It still doesn't work with my beloved Gutsy install, and since I don't own a machine with windows I have to use it at work (which is okay with my employer). Want a buy recommendation? Get the N800 or if rumors are true wait for the N810. If you can't wait this thing is well worth the cash once its out of jail.

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fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago Wow. It's been a while since I posted. Apparently I've made a few people angry with me (not that I care). Every time I make a comment that gets modded up, there is this mysterious 20% of the mods that are overrated. Kind of makes me think that I must be doing something right. 20% of the people that I've met in my life have been idiots, and if my theory holds true on Slashdot the same percentage of people would be found here :-)

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fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 6 years ago http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/financialpost/story.html?id=c47c1209-233b-412c-b6d1-5c755457a8af

Read it. Read the whole series if you can. There is a conspiracy regarding climate change but that conspiracy isn't coming from the right it's coming from the far left.

Anti capatilist, anti growth, and anti poor policies from the left are destroying lives. DDT is a major example of stupid environmental policy. Millions died before DDT of malaria. DDT cut those deaths down to thousands. By the time DDT was banned the science was already showing that it was harmless when used correctly but it was too late and now we are back with millions of deaths. Who dies? The poor. Yay for the left. They might as well accept that they are practicing eugenics instead of love.

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War on the War declared by environmental nutbags.

fishthegeek fishthegeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago Quotes from the Global Warming Caused By Humans nuts.

"Because there is considerable uncertainty in current understanding of how the climate system varies naturally and reacts to emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols, current estimates of the magnitude of future warming should be regarded as tentative and subject to future adjustments (either upward or downward)." -- Climate Change Science - An Analysis Of Some Key Questions, p1 (Committee on the Science of Climate Change, National Research Council) ISBN 0-309-07574-2.

"In sum, a strategy must recognize what is possible. In climate research and modeling, we should recognize that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the prediction of a specific future climate state is not possible." -- Final chapter, Draft TAR 2000 (Third Assessment Report), IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

"At this point in the debate, it is intellectually dishonest and borders on fraudulent to continue to maintain that there is any reasonable basis to fear a coming climate apocalypse. Yet the scientific establishment continues to grind out tortured "studies" to prove black is white. Those involved in this charade are doing lasting damage to science and the reputations of scientists. Hell, you are no different than the worst lawyers - you will say whatever people want you to say so long as you are paid." -- Fred Palmer, president of the Greening Earth Society.

Global warming is NOT caused by humans. If you believe it is your are factually impaired.

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