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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

jtseng What they're really saying is... (441 comments)

We're too cheap to hire a less experienced person and train them to do their job properly.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

jtseng Re:Deep down.. (610 comments)

I think it will affect a lot of us. One big potential scenario is the banks would run low on money, so they call in all outstanding loans, including home mortgages. Unless you're 3 mos or so from paying off that 30-yr mortgage, a good number of homeowners in the 98% will get totally shafted since they obviously don't have the money to pay the loan off.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is an Online Identity Important When Searching For Technical Jobs?

jtseng For software developers (358 comments)

For the last round of hiring my company did, it was strongly suggested that any applicants open a Github account so they can use it to save the code they wrote for our evaluation. Having a Github account can give software-oriented people a chance to publish any projects they've written, akin to a portfolio for graphics design artists.

about a year ago

Google Maps Used To Find Tax Cheats

jtseng Re:Why wouldn't the people support them? (174 comments)

Dear 'Murrikans,

The city on a hill is a myth. Manifest Destiny is a myth. 'Murrikan exceptionalism is a crock of shit. Any sort of decency or aspiration is a universal human trait. And unless you graduate from college/vo-tech, work damn hard, and/or get lucky, you're not going to do better than the clowns that appear on the Jerry Springer show.

PS - see if you can find Benghazi on a map. Hell, see if you can find the US on a map.

about a year ago

Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

jtseng Not on modern Macs (385 comments)

It's made for PowerPC Macs, so the rest of us using Intel Macs are out of luck. :(

about a year and a half ago

Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

jtseng Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

When did it become right to not help other people? When exactly did we reach the utopia that you preach about where people collect their wealth and give nothing back to society?

From the Intertubes:

"Prosperity theology is a Christian religious doctrine that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to Christian ministries will always increase one's material wealth."

about a year and a half ago

Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

jtseng Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

The people in the middle (like me, and mine) get just about nothing from the government, but the government is in our pockets, taking about 1/3 of our wages every week. All the entitlements go over me, past me, or under me. We, the working people, don't benefit from food stamps, free housing, free utilities, and sure don't benefit from an inverted tax schedule scheme, and we DAMNED SURE don't benefit from wars being fought halfway around the world to enrich the oil industries.

If you're in a city, do you take the subway? If you're traveling to another area, do you drive on the Interstates? If you get robbed or your house is on fire, who do you call? If you're hiring someone to fill a job, who provided that person with their basic education? Where do you get a book to read? How do you know your water is clean? Your food and drugs are safe? Your house is safe to live in?

I'll call it - your claim of getting nothing from the government is bullshit.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Files Patent For "Active Stylus" For Use With Capacitive Touchscreens

jtseng I can see it now... (112 comments)

Samsung sues Apple for capacitive stylus. Wouldn't Sammy win just based on prior art?!

about a year and a half ago

What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

jtseng To quote Marvin the Martian (544 comments)

Where's the kaboom?! There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!!!!!

about 2 years ago

Project Orca: How an IT Disaster Destroyed Republicans' Get-Out-The-Vote Effort

jtseng Re:Serves them right (578 comments)

From Wikipedia:

Adkisson's manifesto also cited the inability to find a job, and that his food stamps were being cut.

And he blames his problems on Democrats and liberals?! WTF?!?!

about 2 years ago

Astronomers Search For Dyson Spheres of Alien Civilizations

jtseng So why can't we do it? (686 comments)

I suspect at this point humanity, as a collective whole, is still too small-minded to consider such an endeavor. Our politicians are narcissistic/sociopathic, and private industry would want it to be profitable.


about 2 years ago

Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains

jtseng Re:parental self control (322 comments)

As a parent, I totally accept responsibility for my kids' well-being and health. I am totally guilty of taking my kids through drive-thrus and letting them watch TV. The wife and I have adopted an American suburban, 2-car, 2-income, white-collar lifestyle with the kids also being swept up in the hectic pace that it entails.

By the time one of us gets to the child care center to get them (since the elementary school closes way before COB), they're whining how they're hungry, and on many days we need to get one of them to an after-school sports event. As much as we try to do the right thing, we're so physically and emotionally tired that we give in to doing the easy thing; we get them fast food and let them watch TV for an hour before we really sit down with them for homework time.

So am I an ideal parent? Do I make the absolutely best choices for them? No of course not. Unfortunately we cannot make those decisions in an ideal vacuum. I make decisions that still meet my kids' needs that still balances out with time constraints, external commitments, and, honestly, plain old selfishness to watch out for my own interests.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

jtseng Re:frist (249 comments)

Windows comes with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and a file system which supports block level snapshots. VSS works with VSS aware applications (VSS writers) such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database Server, Exchange Server, Active Directory, NTFS and Hyper-V server. When a service is a VSS writer it participates in VSS coordination/synchronization to create consistent disk state.


To my knowledge, Linux doesn't have anything like VSS. Which means that each application/service must be handled separately. Typically you will stop the service during the backup. Some services such as PostgreSQL can recover from a non-consistent disk image; others can not. Individual applications may have commands/services which allow admins to "dump" state to a file to be backed up separately. All in all reliably backing up a running Linux server is more complicated compared to backing up a running Windows server with VSS aware services.

I am currently running a number of VMs using CentOS KVM with virtual disks being hosted on volumes being managed by LVM. Granted KVM and LVM are separate entities, but they can be made to work together to achieve the same result you mention above. I've backed up and restored VMs a number of times (as validation tests) and it's pretty robust.

about 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

jtseng YMMV (660 comments)

Sure, this guy may not want to supersize his smartphone, but he doesn't speak for me or other people who may want the functionality of a smartphone with the usability of a tablet. Either the author doesn't realize different devices fit different needs, or the author wasn't able to think of a more interesting or pressing issue to write about.

more than 2 years ago

Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans

jtseng Re:Ending badly? (407 comments)

The true underlying cause of this problem is that we simply have too many people on this planet all consuming finite resources at a rapid, unsustainable rate. You can't necessarily use technology to help humanity wiggle its way out of this problem. As nice as the Green Revolution was to improve the living standards of people around the world, this created a huge demographic bulge because people didn't realize this event had to be accompanied by a decrease in birth rates.

more than 2 years ago

To get me to switch jobs, it'd take ...

jtseng Screw finding another job (374 comments)

I know it's easier said than done, but why not start your own company? Hang your own shingle? Granted you'd need an idea and work some long hours to start, but once you get going, wouldn't you rather do what you love and not look over your shoulder for approval from a boss?

more than 2 years ago

Student Makes Real-Life Portal Turret

jtseng Re:Awesome! (91 comments)

He should send his resume to Weyland-Yutani - they might be hiring.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack

jtseng Another nail in physical media's coffin? (734 comments)

All the movies I've watched on my PCs/iPhone/Amazon Fire have either been via Netflix or video files of ripped disks I already own. And when I did (occasionally) watch DVDs on my PCs I did it via VLC.

All of the content we've watched off of a DVD were played using our home theatre system; I can't imagine there's too much penetration of media PCs.

more than 2 years ago

Statistical Analysis Raises Civil War Death Count By 20%

jtseng Re:Either way (139 comments)

IANAH, but it's been something I've thought about in the context of our current political climate. We've been taught in school that the casus belli was because of either slavery or "states' rights". Either way, doesn't that mean that the white soldiers of the South were fighting to protect a system that keeps wealth and money in the hands of a few wealthy plantation owners and keeps them down by owning slaves and keeping labor wages down? And this could also be an example of the people with power and money buying off their politicians, having them fight on their behalf for "states' rights." At the end of the day, these poor people fought for a system that kept them (and the slaves) down, and that war destroyed their farms once it was over (assuming they survived and weren't maimed), all in the name of Southern tradition.

I guess there will always be those who don't think for themselves.

more than 2 years ago


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