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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

ip_freely_2000 No thanks to kiddie porn on my drive.... (331 comments)

No way I'd want to support some a-hole keeping some kind of illegal garbage on my system. Is the company running this idea going to indemnify in all jurisdictions? Is some FBI guy going to kick in my door to grab my drive for the contents of some kind of nastiness? Just a bad idea.

about a month and a half ago

Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

ip_freely_2000 I really should turn off my adblocker (156 comments)

I originally set it up to reduce bandwidth limitations and then malware delivered through ads. Now, it just reduces clutter, but I have to admit I am part of the problem for sites that I truly do enjoy and appreciate the people who build content and publish. Bad on me.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

ip_freely_2000 Make age a strength (376 comments)

I did the programmer/manager/director thing ending about 10 years ago when I was in my early forties. Since then, I've been doing the consulting thing, mostly strategic and management consulting into large companies. I'll say one thing: It pays very, very well and if you know how to handle an interviewer, you'll rarely be out of a job. The hardest thing back in the day was to give up on the hands-on work. It's what I knew, I was very good and passionate about it. That said, kids today ( I mean kids under 30 ) have their own mind set and find it hard to relate to older people in the work place. Bottom line, I prefer working with my peers and by the time I hit 40 I noticed I wasn't really interested in what the kids were doing. So I moved on. I have never encountered age discrimination because I've always focused on (difficult) work that requires lots of experience and made sure that the interviewer got the sense of my laser-like focus on the statement of work and providing value to the customer. Every company worth a damn needs an old man. I just hope I'm not too old before I decide to pack away my FORTRAN user guide for good.

about 3 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

ip_freely_2000 Windows XP Tablets (321 comments)

"had one of the experimental Windows XP tablet PCs" Not experimental. They were all pen input devices and worked very well. Just ask Fujitsu and a bunch of others.

about 9 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

ip_freely_2000 1 compile a week. (230 comments)

High school senior in 1979: 1) Get assignment on Monday 2) Write code on paper. 3) Wait for punch machine to get freed up 4) Type in code 5) Give teacher punch cards on Monday 6) Teacher takes a box full of cards on Friday 7) Teacher picks up cards Sunday night 8) Get paper results and cards at Monday class. 9) Rinse and repeat until it compiles. I wrote TWO great programs that semester :)

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

ip_freely_2000 Grow a pair (125 comments)

You hire someone and hand over a COPY of the keys. Rule #1 is that you ALWAYS know admin passwords and whatnot. That's not only for your comfort, it's part of due dilligence as your new guy might be hit by a bus on the way home after his first day. Then you step out of the way and do the important job of running the company. If you're not comfortable with this, reexamine your career path. It's time to let it go.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

ip_freely_2000 Maybe the company's not actually doing it? (572 comments)

I'm not sure why they would need to do that as a routine task. It's fairly broad and consumes resources. It'd be pretty funny if you mentioned it to their IT Director and he replied with "huh?"

about a year ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

ip_freely_2000 There's a reason I'm not up in arms (794 comments)

I have never heard of Whole Foods. If people want to eat some organic stuff, why would I care?

about a year ago

Should Everybody Learn To Code?

ip_freely_2000 So very, very dumb. (387 comments)

The Association for Computing Machinery wants everyone to code? I wonder what The Association for Fixing Your Car, Association for Small Repairs Around The Home, The Association for Recognizing and Stopping Child Abuse, The Association for Common Courtesy and The Association for Reasonable Adult Relationships would think. All worthy, imo.

1 year,24 days

Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations

ip_freely_2000 A lot of religious people... (132 comments)

...say the Grand Canyon was formed last Tuesday, or something like that. Carved out by the Arc, that sat lower in the water because of all the dinosaurs on board. You betcha.

1 year,30 days

Accenture Faces Mid-March Healthcare.gov Deadline Or 'Disaster'

ip_freely_2000 That's an easy question to answer! (215 comments)

"What are their odds of success?" We're talking about Accenture, so it's an easy question to answer: Zero. Worst company I ever worked for by far. In six months, people are going to miss CGI.

about a year ago

NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

ip_freely_2000 They only look for chat in Uldum (293 comments)

Because that's where it looks like the terrorists would hide. Well, maybe Tanaris too.

about a year ago

Thor: The Dark World — What Did You Think?

ip_freely_2000 Meh (233 comments)

It is what it is. Not the best Marvel movie but I didn't mind the admission price. One thing though....why is it the heroes always run into the one, only and correct cave on an entire planet? Thor and Jane avoid a storm and run into the one place with a time/space wormhole. Almost as bad as Kirk getting chased into the only cave on a ice planet that had Spock sitting in it. ( First ST/reboot movie ).

about a year ago

Was Google's Motorola Mobility Acquisition a Mistake?

ip_freely_2000 Everything was fine yesterday.... (189 comments)

No one blinked an eye when Google paid what it did for Motorola. Now, one judge has brought out the critics and the second guessing. Unless you have a time machine, or can talk to every judge with a 'what-if', you can only do your due diligence. It's time to move on and look to the next problem, not rehash the past.

about 2 years ago

German Copyright Bill Would Let Publishers Charge Search Engines For Excerpts

ip_freely_2000 Just stop indexing them (114 comments)

Google, Bing, Yahoo et.al. should just stop indexing German news sites. Let's see what happens to news revenue when that happens.

more than 2 years ago

Cambridge University To Open "Terminator Center" To Study Threat From AI

ip_freely_2000 You people watch too many movies (274 comments)

It seems to me that AI would be focused on a function: Buy a stock. Diagnose a medical problem. Determine a better way to deep fry a donut. I hardly think it'll become sentient one day and say "Humans already have a well prepared donut. The next thing to do is.....KILL THE HUMANS!!" I'd worry more about HUMANS KILLING HUMANS before I worry about robot sharks with Lasers on their heads programmed to bring us to our doom.

more than 2 years ago

With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

ip_freely_2000 Friend's wife was killed by a driver that was high (608 comments)

and her two year old son spent six months in the hospital with a brain injury. This is why I'm opposed to legalization. I don't care if people smoke their brains out at home, but like alcohol, they can't be trusted not to drive. I think there's enough impaired drivers on the road already. Until there's a quick test for impairment, and good long sentences to throw offenders in jail, it's use should remain illegal.

more than 2 years ago


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