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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

gothzilla Re:Might that still benefit the US another way? (223 comments)

If the H-1B process increased the number of jobs in the USA and gave all of those displaced workers better jobs then you'd be right, but you're not. It's very much the opposite. Those jobs are lost and all of those people end up fighting for much lower paid work, and many times have to take minimum-wage jobs.

3 days ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

gothzilla Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Look another Verizon shill! The expensive part is building it. Maintaining and upgrading over time is a lot cheaper.

about two weeks ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

gothzilla Re:Infectious diseases ... (493 comments)

You can't get AIDS or STD's by being in the same room as someone. Terrible analogy.

about 2 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

gothzilla Re:Well... (493 comments)

A registry of vaccinations already exists and has existed for a pretty long time. All this is talking about is cleaning it up. If the laws of unintended consequences was going to rear it's ugly head it would have already.

about 2 months ago

Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

gothzilla Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

What planet are you living on? On a normal budget, rent is not supposed to be more than 33% of your take home pay. Please tell me where in the US you can find a 2 bedroom apartment for $333/mo? Even if two people are working that's $666 per month. If you do happen to find rent that low, you're either in a very high crime area or you're in a small town with some serious limitations on employment.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

gothzilla Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

You changed the subject. AudioEfex wasn't talking about a ratio of competent to incompetent professionals. He's only talking about the competent ones and how there's a severe lack of competent linux professionals. If you do manage to find one, you're in a world of hurt if they leave. There may be a large number of incompetent windows professionals, but there's more than enough competent ones to make finding a replacement pretty easy.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

gothzilla Re:True Costs (589 comments)

The jump from Office 2003 to 2007 was the last time there were compatibility issues. We deal with a lot of very complex spreadsheets and word docs, and the only problems we see are with people who are still on 2003. Everything from 2007 forward has been compatible. I also haven't seen any issues with different print drivers in many years. I think you're working from really old information.

about 3 months ago

London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

gothzilla Re:All that is left (193 comments)

That's mostly because kids today are too many generations away from buggy whips and don't know what they are. The analogies have moved on to things they can relate to, like cd players.

about 4 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

gothzilla Re:No, not those who don't understand... (921 comments)

If you took your cell phone out and held it up and pointed the camera in every direction you looked, then yes you should expect people to object.

about 5 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

gothzilla Re:NAT (574 comments)

One of our remote offices was connected via cellular. It was actually very usable and far more stable than you might guess. It's in a small town in Arkansas that didn't have access to anything but dialup. We couldn't even get a T1 without a huge build cost. Fortunately there were only 4 people there that needed access too. We just plugged a USB hotspot into a Cradlepoint router and it worked very well. We couldn't get a static IP but DynDNS + LogMeIn was good enough for what we needed there.

The mom & pop cable provider there finally got internet access a few years back so we switched to that and it's so unreliable that I wish we could go back to cellular.

about 5 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

gothzilla Re: Well if HP didn't already have a terrible rep. (385 comments)

I can still go to Dell's site and download firmware for really old servers for free. It's one of the bigger reasons why we still buy from them.

about 6 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

gothzilla Re:Misunderstood? (664 comments)

Like what happens in the show Undercover Boss?

about 6 months ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

gothzilla Re:Privacy Issues (273 comments)

Talk about FUD...

Office 2010 is the standard for office in enterprise environments. I've tried many times to replace it with Libre and OO and they can't come even close to comparing. Complex spreadsheets will not open in any other program than Excel, and nothing in either of those can replace the functionality of Exchange when it comes to having multiple apps and information sources integrated with it.

Now if you want to say Office 2013 is difficult and confusing then you could have a point, but 2010 is pretty solid. Not perfect, but close enough that everyone can do their jobs without having another product butcher the formatting of Word docs and wreck formulas and macros in Excel. Office tends to go in cycles like Windows does. Win 98 was great, ME terrible, XP great, Vista terrible, Win 7 great. Same as Office 2003 was great, 2007 terrible, 2010 great, 2013 not so great.

about 6 months ago

The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

gothzilla Re:So, whom to H8? (325 comments)

If you're Mormon, girls are very much a minority. They are to stay home, cook, and make babies.

about 6 months ago

Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

gothzilla Re:What's so bad about it... (210 comments)

Ever use VNC or something like TeamViewer or GoToMyPC? Ever have a virus that copied your keystrokes or screenshots and sent them off to some server somewhere? Ever see a picture on the net where someone had something on their screen that was embarrassing? How exactly do you plan on ensuring the decrypted message doesn't get copied? A system having it's own viewer does nothing to help the system. The only thing it helps with is fooling people into believing their messages will be erased.

about 7 months ago

Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

gothzilla Re:What's so bad about it... (210 comments)

A company that makes a peer to peer protocol to send encrypted messages where the key comes from multiple clients (and each client will not send the piece after the expiration date) is going to make money.

This has nothing at all do to with an erasable internet. You've described a system where someone has a time limit to view information, and if they fail to view it then it's destroyed. Anything that can be seen or heard can also be copied, so once it's decrypted and visible it no longer matters that there's a time limit.

Some firm that uses decent cryptography will make a mint just assuring people that a conversation has a high chance of staying stays private and vanishing after it was done.

This is not possible. You do not have control over the recipient's system so there is no way to ensure it's actually erased. It doesn't matter how much encryption or protection you use on a message. Once it's decrypted it's out of your control and the recipient, or anyone with control over the receiving device, can do anything they want with it. Even if you did create an easy to use system of encryption, those keys would be stolen and shared just like passwords are.

about 7 months ago

NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

gothzilla Re:Then Fire Him (509 comments)

It shouldn't be hard to believe that they couldn't function without the mass collecting of data that they do. Before the internet and cell phones bad people had to plan bad acts using paper letters and landline phones. Do you not think those were being monitored back then? Way back in the 80's I remember learning about that spray that turned paper translucent so they could read what was written without opening the envelope. I remember learning about the system that listened to every phone call made over copper wires that could pick out certain words and notify someone if key words were said in a phone call. I also remember learning that a really long time ago, a past President authorized the copying of telegraph messages for the sake of national security. The reason he doesn't know how to do his job without collecting data from everyone is because that's how they've been doing thier job for generations. We're now asking them to stop doing something they've been doing for decades. Go back and watch "Enemy of the State" which was made in 1998 and see how much of that stuff turned out to be real. The problem isn't so much that the data is being collected. It's that there's no oversight and rampant abuses of that data.

about 7 months ago

Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile

gothzilla Re:Can someone please explain ... (658 comments)

I work in the trucking industry and we already pay gas taxes per mile per state. Your claim that we could just collect odometer readings is grossly over-simplified. Nobody is "trying" to over-complicate anything. It is by it's nature a very complicated concept that there are no simple or cheap solutions for.

A state cannot collect gas taxes for miles driven in another state. If you live in Oregon on the Washington border and do most of your driving and buy most of your gas in Washington then you're already paying gas and road taxes. If Oregon taxed you by your odometer then you'd be taxed twice for the same thing from two different states. That would be like buying something from Amazon and paying sales tax from the state the warehouse is in and again for the state you're in.This leaves you with two solutions. Either trust the driver to log how many miles they drive in each state or you install expensive equipment into every single vehicle to automatically track those miles. If you go with a device you also have to figure out how to make it perfectly reliable, impervious to GPS/cell blocking, and it has to be very cheap. When we had big satellite domes on our trucks the drivers would throw a metal pail over it when they wanted to drive somewhere without it being logged. You've got to create a system that cannot be defeated by something as simple as wrapping the module in foil. Do you really think we're going to create a massive system where everyone's car is inspected and scrutinized to make sure it's working? How do you tell that someone hasn't just taken the foil off right before going to have their GPS monitor checked? The bottom line is that you can't.

In the "old days" the driver would have to keep a log of his odometer reading each time he crossed a state line. That log came back to the office where someone would have to enter all those numbers into a spreadsheet and calculate the number of miles driven in each state. Those numbers then went to each respective state's revenue office where taxes were calculated, then we paid them. If he missed a number it was a pretty good chunk of work to figure out what it should have been based on his route and the previous and next odometer readings. Today it's a lot easier now that we've got GPS/Communications on all of our trucks. We pay a service to scrape the GPS data and auto-calculate the miles driven in each state. It's more accurate but it still isn't perfect but the states have agreed to just go with those numbers unless there's a big discrepancy somewhere.

Do you have any idea what it costs to do this? Do you have any idea the hundreds of thousands of dollars this costs a company to do for a fleet of just a few hundred trucks? For us we get so many benefits from having GPS and comms on a truck that it's worth it. We can monitor the ECM data and pull data like fuel mileage so we can spot a truck that's getting 3mpg instead of 5 or 6. The fuel savings there alone are huge. We can also monitor events like a hard brake so we instantly know if a driver somewhere slammed his brakes on. If it weren't for all of these benefits there's no way we'd spend the money it costs to do it all automatically and we'd still be collecting paper logs from the drivers.

This is one of those ideas that sounds great as an idea, but the reality is that it's impossible to actually implement.

about 9 months ago

German Scientists Achieve Record 100Gbps Via Wireless Data Link

gothzilla Re: Speed? (67 comments)

With this technology, latency will be the least of your issues. 237.5GHz is in the upper EHF range and have a very short range because they get blocked by pretty much everything from molecules in the air, smoke, fog, rain, snow, humidity, and physical objects like walls and trees. In areas with high humidity you'd be lucky to get a signal to travel more than 1km and you still need line of sight. You won't be replacing fiber with this anytime soon.

about 9 months ago

US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

gothzilla Re:Geopolitics (416 comments)

We've been independent of mideast oil for quite some time. We import as much as we do because we refine it and resell it as gasoline. The US is the worlds gasoline refinery. If we never exported gas then we wouldn't have needed the imports from them.

about 10 months ago


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