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Replacing the World's Largest IMAX Screen

locokamil Re:HOW many *iggers? (89 comments)

Came here looking for this. Was not disappointed.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Is Online Engineering Coursework Viewed By Employers?

locokamil Re:It depends on what you mean by "online" (201 comments)

Oh, I graduated. Actually, the resume looks pretty awesome...until you start asking questions. That's when you start noticing that sickly-sweet smell of something "off" just beneath the surface, out of sight.

These work references...how does one go about getting them? Would they be managers? Sympathetic co-workers?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Is Online Engineering Coursework Viewed By Employers?

locokamil Re:It depends on what you mean by "online" (201 comments)

I'm at the point in my career (five years in technology at a large investment bank) where I kind of need to be getting another degree to move on and up. The problem is that I messed up my undergrad degree from a very good university to such a degree that I can't see any responsible university worth its salt letting me into its online masters program.

Is there any way to "rehab" your educational credentials so that you can get into a masters program?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Deploys IPv6 For Internal Network

locokamil Re:IPv6 (260 comments)

Nice random hit on H1B's there. Blame ignorance and lack of initiative on the foreigners -- that always works out!

about 3 years ago
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GCHQ Challenge Solution Explained

locokamil Re:I've been having a go... (107 comments)

I didn't mind it too much...I managed to find a wife, start a family, have a hobby shop and write a book while I was in the system.

The key is to not become addicted to the fat paycheck. It's hard for some people to do, which is why they stay in and subject themselves to the stress for years on end. I saw far too many people with empty million dollar Manhattan apartments to fall into that trap, so when the wife got a teaching job in another part of the country in my sixth year, I packed up and left. We bought a house, have enough left over for our kids' college educations, and keep family-friendly hours now.

There are tradeoffs for everything, but if I had a chance to do it all over again, I can't imagine what I'd do differently.

about 3 years ago
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GCHQ Challenge Solution Explained

locokamil Re:I've been having a go... (107 comments)

In at 6:30, out by 7, with monitoring of risk jobs overnight if need be.

about 3 years ago
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GCHQ Challenge Solution Explained

locokamil Re:I've been having a go... (107 comments)

Top grade banks. Look to get hired as a quant, not a techie. Starting salary in the US was $160K flat, plus bonus when my college friends were doing it a few years back. Things have cooled off a bit since then, but it's still possible -- especially with a finished masters or half-finished doctorate.

about 3 years ago
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GCHQ Challenge Solution Explained

locokamil Re:I've been having a go... (107 comments)

It's absolutely not worth it to get through to the end.

Salary from their job posting:

£25,446 (GC10) £31,152 (GC9)

Why on earth would a top notch graduate apply for this position when s/he could make 4x that in the private sector? As the professor in the third video said: that's rather a disappointing end.

about 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

Whoa -- this is a migration path I've come across yet. Why are you guys doing this, if you don't mind me asking?

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

I've read the handbook, thanks. While it's good for your desktop, it just doesn't work for a cluster. See my response to laffer1 above. Packages aren't enough, especially when you need to customize what you're installing.

If I'm doing it wrong, I'd be interested in changing my ways -- what should I be doing differently?

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

This. I should have been clearer right off the bat. When I say "package management" I really meant software management. And since I like to keep things updated, that means ports on FreeBSD. Which, for a non-trivial deployment means cron-ing compile scripts, a staging area for /usr/local, and NFS exports to all my worker machines. For a small operation like mine (10 machines), it's a headache I'd rather not have to deal with.

I'm not dissing FreeBSD here -- it is a great operating system. I'm just saying things could be easier.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

I'll check it out -- thanks for the reference.

I don't manage a lot of servers (10 in my little farm, maybe a 100 jails on those 10), but configuration management and software upgrades have become a bit of a chore. I've taken to simply committing /usr/local/etc and /etc to an svn repo for each host, making edits on my dev box, and then having a periodic script "pull in" the necessary changes from the repo. It works, but occassionally I look at the size of the repository and get kind of scared... surely there's a better way to do this?

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

Yeah, I looked into it a couple of months ago. It looks like a good start, but there are a few problems, at least from my point of view:

1) They appear to have knocked out the FreeBSD userland and replaced it with a GNU one. Nothing wrong with that, of course; the problem is that my "stack" (random scripts, and actual project code) assumes a FreeBSD userland. This is probably my fault... I should look into making my code more portable.
2) It's pretty sparsely developed. I don't expect corporation-backed support a la Redhat, but active forums and plenty of FAQs would be nice for any distribution I decide to use.
3) Finally (and this is strictly personal preference) architecturally, I like where the FreeBSD userland is/is headed. Clang/LLVM, ZFS, jails... all good things. I'm not if/when these things (or their equivalents) will ever make it into Linux.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Re:Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

Interesting!

I moved over to FreeBSD after ext3 ate my data a few too many times. It's a good operating system, but package management is a pain. If only if someone could port APT over to FreeBSD... sigh.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

locokamil Definition of Linux is...muddled (685 comments)

I wasn't aware that FreeBSD was a Linux distribution. At least it appears to be on the ranking site linked in TFA...

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Researchers Propose Asteroid Deflection Mission

locokamil Re:Apophis (198 comments)

Indeed.

(Filler to get around garbage filter...)

more than 3 years ago
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Linear measure of books on shelves in my dwelling:

locokamil Re:Kindle(s) (576 comments)

Ever since I started using my books as Kindle, I'm down to about 4 feet.

more than 5 years ago
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Good Physics Books For a Math PhD Student?

locokamil What? (418 comments)

Why are you taking partial differential equations as a graduate student?

more than 6 years ago

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