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IT Managers Are Aloof Says Psychologist and Your Co-Workers

mick88 Re:and you wonder.. (378 comments)

I noticed the same thing. However /. got the quote right: the author in TFA did in fact say "life".

more than 2 years ago

Student Suspended For Posting On YouTube

mick88 Re:Not funny (375 comments)

Yep - you are completely correct: a lot of bad decisions are made as a result of just drawing a line in the sand. However, there would be even more bad decisions if we had no line or, worse yet many lines for many people for many things.

It would just be too complex to have individual cutoffs for all the many things you allude to (voting, criminal offenses etc.) By betting on the average, we take the simplicity is a tradeoff. There isn't a realistic way to accurately gauge exactly which individuals are fit to do what. I'm pretty sure 18 is based on some actuarial data that says "it ain't perfect but it should work in general".

Oh, and at least in the US - 18 is considered the age when you are useful enough to fight in the armed services. So we changed the voting age from 18 to 21 as well, because after after sending kids who were 18 to their death in Vietnam without giving them the right to vote out the leaders who were sending them was rightly seen as an injustice.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: FOSS, Multiplatform Skype Replacement for PC-to-PC Video Chat?

mick88 Re:Skype just works (281 comments)

Microsoft's existing Voice over IP product, Lync (and OCS before it) both work by using voice over port 443. By default, they will try to use encrypted UDP. But if UDP is blocked, it will fall back to encrypted TCP over 443. Skype works similarly and won't pose any new problems for MS that they haven't already addressed with Lync and OCS.

more than 3 years ago

Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

mick88 Re:So? (537 comments)

>> about half or more of the adult congregation probably owns porn

I rent it. I have a lease with an option to buy.

more than 3 years ago

Minnesota School Issues iPad 2 To Every Student

mick88 Re:level (456 comments)

The unfortunate thing is that apart from science, classes to teach basic computing skills and the computer lab, there's little reason to believe that technology is going to solve any problem that most students are likely to have.

Easily the most insightful comment in the thread... wish I had mod points.

more than 3 years ago

Cambridge Computer IDs World's Most Boring Day

mick88 Re:I can say now: faulty (186 comments)

Amen, Brother. I wish I had mod points for you.

more than 3 years ago

Net Neutrality — Threat Or Menace?

mick88 Re:here we go again (253 comments)

why is this feller modded troll? He's responding to a question about his use of the "word" que... There is no mod for "responding to troll", but please someone have some pity on Sir Lewk and at least mod him back to 1 please.

about 4 years ago

Microsoft Shows Off Future Product Tech

mick88 Re:One of these words does not belong (61 comments)

The sad fact is Yankees win world series and Billy Beane's A's never do. Microsoft _is_ the Yankees (or modern-day Chelsea for our UK brethren) of technology. Lotta money and they keep winning, even if people don't like it.

Yes there have been teams on the cheap that pop up and win every so often. But when it's an open-market free-for-all (no salary caps or revenue sharing) like MLB or the English Premier League, the teams with the money win the leagues.

So Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and HP (and now Google?) will keep winning - that's what money does for you. Not romantic, kinda sucks, and makes us all a little happy when one of the big boys fail and the upstart gets a moment in the sun.

But that doesn't mean you can't be a twins fan / scunthorpe united supporter / linux nerd. Just recognize that you're in the minority and so what? Who gives a rip? Be happy.

more than 4 years ago

MS's "Lifeblogging" Camera Enters Mass Production

mick88 Re:Little Brother for everyone! (119 comments)

It's funny you mention Little Brother. Gordon Bell, who is cited in TFA, has a new book out called "Total Recall" in which he talks about the future state of having us all recording / logging everything we do. He says it's not big brother you need to look out for, it really is Little Brother. We will all be each other's own paparazzi, in essence.

It is a pretty good read in general - and TFA is just one of the ways that his predictions are coming true.

more than 4 years ago

The Sidekick Failure and Cloud Culpability

mick88 Re:What IS cloud computing? (246 comments)

I think more people should be asking your question: "what is cloud computing?". Because, in my opinion, it's easy to hide behind the name "cloud" - hell the name itself implies obfuscation and mystery.

But the real answer is that the "cloud" just is an internet-facing datacenter housing services or data. The trustworthyness (is that a word?) of the cloud is really dependent on the provider of the cloud. Some clouds are more redundant, resilient, and secure than others. That's important to consider when you're evaluating a move to the cloud. You _need_ to know where the data lives & how it's being backed up / secured. The term "cloud" implies it, but doesn't ensure it.

The cloud is like the internet - you could think of it as one giant nebulous entity, but in reality it's a bunch of independently owned & run services. just like AOL != the internet, geocities != the cloud. But there is a relationship there.

To me, this story about the "cloud failure" is like having someone's local ISP have an outage, then cry about how the Internet isn't reliable.

more than 4 years ago

Is Cloud Computing the Hotel California of Tech?

mick88 Re:Facebook/Myspace != cloud computing (250 comments)

Even though your MS comment was humorous, the reality is that MS actually is in the cloud computing business:

It's becoming a huge part of MS's strategy. And as someone who works with customers to move to cloud services, I can also confirm that it is much easier to move your data to the cloud (both to MS and Google's clouds) than it is to move the data back. There are ways to move data back out, but most of what I've seen / used have been manual. For example - you can always export your Outlook data to a PST and re-import it to an Exchange mailbox. So it's possible, but not pretty.

more than 4 years ago

"Windows 7 Compatible" PCs Must Be 64-bit

mick88 Re:Competely untrue.... (440 comments)

Completely true!! re-read your quoted text: "this time PCs will have to work with all versions of Windows 7 to qualify for the sticker".

The last bit important - this is only about the sticker. At no point in TFA does it state Win7 will only run on 64-bit capable systems.

more than 4 years ago

"Windows 7 Compatible" PCs Must Be 64-bit

mick88 Re:Good (440 comments)

Yup you are correct: there is no Office 2007 64-bit. It obviously runs fine on 64-bit windows, but until Office 2010 there's no true 64-bit office apps.

more than 4 years ago

The Perils of Ramming Products Down IT's Throat

mick88 Re:Rant (461 comments)

You should check out Jim Collins' book "Good to Great". It's basic point is that the most successful, well-run companies are seldom led by the kind of CEO you describe & he's comes with a lot of data to back it up. Jackasses like that typically can't hold a large organization together because no one likes working for a jackass.

There _are_ plenty of a-hole leaders/CEOs like you describe - I'm sure. But the stereotype doesn't hold for most of successful ones out there.

more than 4 years ago

The Perils of Ramming Products Down IT's Throat

mick88 Re:Had a chuckle at this. (461 comments)

Totally agree - a pattern of bad decisions should be enough to send anybody out looking for a new job. But I gotta say: most of the best IT people I know don't run from a job because the boss wants to change the platform / put it a new one- however crappy it may be. The best ones out there usually find a way to learn something new, work around the limitations, and maybe add another valuable skill to the resume. And then if life is still sucking, they hit the bricks.

In my own experience - it's been the crappy, do-the-minimum, the-world-is-so-stupid, IT people that throw the biggest tantrums when the boss or anyone decides to implement a solution that they didn't personally back.

The best IT people seem to be ones who got into IT because they love learning something new and are usually up for a challenge. Most of the garbage ones are just collecting a paycheck and don't like work - which is required to put in a solution you are unfamiliar with or don't like.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Project "Gaydar" Shakes Privacy Assumpitons

mick88 Re:you are wrong. (508 comments)

Don't get me wrong - I love slashdot. But I have to disagree that posting on slashdot raises your logic quotient. 50% of the reason why I skim posts is to watch the irrational / illogical comment wars unfold. It's kinda fascintating.

more than 4 years ago

Nissan Gives Electric Cars 'Blade Runner' Audio Effect

mick88 Re:I'm not sold... (553 comments)

As I mentioned, the civic and prius I drive / have driven are not noiseless. The tire noise & the motor noise are plenty to alert pedestrians. Not to mention the engine noise - you really only are on electric only for very short periods, usually less than a minute & at extremely low speeds. I've had one hybrid or another for 6 years and never once - ever - have I had anyone not pick up on my presence due to low noise. I know it seems like it would happen, but I'm telling you from experience it doesn't. Until someone shows me some data, it is a completely manufactured problem.

more than 4 years ago

Nissan Gives Electric Cars 'Blade Runner' Audio Effect

mick88 I'm not sold... (553 comments)

TFA links to the National Federation for the Blind's article about this topic. Here's the most relevant snippet: >> While there are no national data on pedestrian injuries or deaths related to low-noise cars... Ok - guys: get some data! This is just plain ridiculous to pass a law based on a mere assumption that quiet cars might cause a problem. If someone can prove that this is a plague upon the nation - great; pass the law. But otherwise this is a fake problem. I've owned a civic hybrid and a prius. Neither were really noticeably quieter (even when the prius was operating electric only) than your typical accord / camry. Does anyone have any data at all anywhere showing the increased incident rate for quiet cars? I'd love to see it, but I'm pretty sure it's not there.

more than 4 years ago


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