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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

mosel-saar-ruwer MANAGEMENT == PSYCHOLOGY (125 comments)

Management is all about psychology.

Slapping clients on the back.

Getting them to open up their wallets and... SHOW YOU PICTURES OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN!

Slapping employees on the back.

Getting them to open up their wallets and... SHOW YOU PICTURES OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN!

As long as you continue to think like a gearhead, you haven't made the necessary mental and spiritual transition which is necessary to become a true manager.

You need to start thinking like a shrink.

Or at least like a father.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

mosel-saar-ruwer "Science" == "Argumentum ab auctoritate" ?!?!?!? (247 comments)

Cite Knuth... This is, of course, good science.

Well at least Professor Knuth is still alive, and I don't [YET!] need to refer to the poor man as spinning in his grave.

Good grief.

And folks wonder why you fools believe in myths like ManBearPig.

about 5 months ago
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Computer Spots Fakers Better Than People Do

mosel-saar-ruwer WHAT WERE THE VARIOUS CONTROL GROUPS? (62 comments)

What did they use to teach the computer?

Did they torture a bunch of undergraduates with cattle prods, and then load the photographs of the undergraduates screaming in pain into their great big giant neural network of "true positives"?

Versus photographs of other undergraduates, deeply immersed in their favorite pornography websites, as their "true negatives"*?

And who were the human beings who were competing against the computers?

Random joe sixpacks plucked right off of the street, or folks like Military Medics and Civilian EMTs and Oncology Nurses and Trauma Surgeons, who have a lifetime of experience watching true pain in their patients and who know exactly what it looks like?

*And God only knows how they would categorize the undergraduates who like to hang out at sites like kink.com, watching naked people being tortured with cattle prods.

about 6 months ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

mosel-saar-ruwer DON'T BE SUCH A SPERG!!! (236 comments)

I have a hard time calling a book with torture, revenge murder, drug use, and a special forces raid on a Vietnam POW camp a "romance novel". It's a character origin novel, and a really good story.

He was JOKING.

Good grief.

about a year ago
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SUSE's LibreOffice Core Team Moves To Collabora

mosel-saar-ruwer I'll try ANYTHING. (72 comments)

I'll give almost ANYTHING the benefit of the doubt.

But there is a very finite upper bound to my patience, and as soon as that foreboding "Not Ready For Primetime" feeling starts to sink in, I'm outta there.

Again, though, my larger point would be that there is MASSIVE value-add in simply "getting it all to work together seamlessly", and unless and until the FOSS/Linux/BSD community [-er-, non-Apple BSD community] starts stepping up to the plate and actually putting in the elbow grease and peforming their due diligence on customer relations and making the whole process more or less "seamless" - until that time comes, M$FT is gonna keep eating their lunch in the Enterprise space.

Folks in the real world simply do not have the spare time to do the whole "poor fat bearded dude living in his mother's basement" routine for very long, before they actually STARVE to death [for lack of sufficient income stream].

1 year,26 days
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SUSE's LibreOffice Core Team Moves To Collabora

mosel-saar-ruwer "drop-in" != "figuring out how" (72 comments)

There are drop-in replacements for Exchange Server, it's just a question of figuring out how to do it...

"DROP IN" means there's a readily available "Downloads" page at some website, where you go to download some 250MB executable file with a free 2-user licence, and once you download that file, you double click on it, and it brings up a choice panel between "Basic" and "Advanced" installation, and 99% of all n00b users can choose the "Basic" installation, and within 5 minutes or so, you're up and playing around with the system and getting a feel for how it works and how your users could benefit from switching to the system.

"Drop-In" does NOT mean that you have to spend a week at Amazon, reading through thousands of product reviews, deciding which stack of softcover programming books with pictures of bizarre esoteric mammals on their covers you will need to purchase, and then spending about three or four years of your life actually reading the stack of softcover programming books with pictures of bizarre esoteric mammals on their covers, until you have a PhD-level understanding of C-Compilers [and a worthwhile opinion as to whether you should compile with the GNU compiler or Clang/LLVM or the Intel compiler or the M$FT compiler or the WTFE compiler], and which libraries you will need to compile against, and the theory of BASH shells, and the theory of prime numbers & elliptic curves and LDAP authentication, and the theory of sector-level hard-drive replication living beneath WebDAV and blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

And then five or ten years later, when you've finally earned your "PhD" from the "School of Hard Knocks", you've still got to spend six or eight weeks at various internet forums, from Palo Alto to Bangalore, trying to figure out WTF line of code you need to add to some configuration file to get it all to work together reasonably "seamlessly", when finally some poor fat bearded dude, working for free from his mother's basement in Bulgaria, finally points out to you that your corporation can't do this because your 1,000 client computers have a known "issue" involving their 3Com ethernet chipsets in combination with their ATi graphics chipsets, but that no one has been able to chase down where that particular bug might live in the total code package, and so you're SOL.

At which point you learn that no one ever got fired for purchasing M$FT.

1 year,27 days
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Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

mosel-saar-ruwer Wow - how did this one get approved at /. ??? (435 comments)

It must be a cold day in Hades.

Relentless war which the globalist elites are waging against any possible middle class opposition - CHECK.

Utter hypocrisy of moving employees off-book, into sub-contractor scams, where hours are guaranteed to be less than 30-per-week so as not to qualify for Obamacare - CHECK.

Big-$$$ campaign contributions and other goodies being laundered from Bezos through Gorelick and into the Chicago Machine - CHECK.

Hypocrisy of Martha's Vineyard vacationing politician, who otherwise would love him some indie bookstores, heading to the mother of all vertical bidnesses for a little facetime on the evening newz - CHECK.

What's next, an honest discussion of why Fuckerberg and Ballzmer and L-Word-ison really want all those H1B aliens?

Might be a good day to go long on some snowball contracts in Hell.

about a year ago
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Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu

mosel-saar-ruwer Thanks! (72 comments)

Thanks!

about a year and a half ago
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Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu

mosel-saar-ruwer Re:TUTORIALS?!? (72 comments)

wtf? no WYSIWYG carriage returns at /.? 1995 just called - it wants its Web 1.0 formatting back...

about a year and a half ago
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Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu

mosel-saar-ruwer TUTORIALS?!? (72 comments)

Got any URLs for good tutorials on how to get the thing up and running? [Yeah, "Google is your friend", blah blah blah...] Thanks in advance!

about a year and a half ago
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Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

mosel-saar-ruwer TTIWWP (532 comments)


cameltoe

TTIWWP.

Just sayin'.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Targets Computing's Achilles Heel: Power

mosel-saar-ruwer 1984 called. (100 comments)


Sensors and the like are pretty awesome to have.

Indeed.

- BIG BROTHER

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM

mosel-saar-ruwer N900's from Hong Kong? (675 comments)

Anbody tried one of the eBay N900's from Hong Kong?

The price sure is nice, but I just can't help wondering whether they come with custom Red Army EEPROM.

/TIN_FOIL_HAT

more than 2 years ago
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Bob Anderson, the Man Behind Vader's Lightsaber, Dies at 89

mosel-saar-ruwer No, Jar Jar was racist... (99 comments)

GOOGLE: jar jar racist

Which means that Jar Jar could only possibly be, uhh, well, um, ah, gosh... oh, wait, I know - Herman Cain!!!

Yeah, that's the ticket!

more than 2 years ago
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MS Traces Duqu Zero-Day To Font Parsing In Win32k

mosel-saar-ruwer NT4 was such an abomination... (221 comments)

in NT4 and later fonts are parsed in kernel mode

Sometimes I feel like I must be the only geezer remaining who actually had the opportunity to use NT 3.51, so let me tell you: It was a GLORIOUS operating system.

EVERYTHING was client/server, and all the client stuff ran in Ring 3/User Mode.

Heck, you could even kill Windows, and run it as a multi-user "DOS" box.

But, of course, that meant that the video/graphics subsystem also ran as a client service, in User Mode, which [I guess] the suits perceived as being "slow", and therefore as being an impediment to the gaming experience which would come with the impending merger of code bases that we now know as Windows XP [2001].

So in 1996, some genius at MSFT decided to throw out all of the beauty and elegance and stability and security that had been NT 3.51, and to serve up, instead, the great big steaming pile of sh!t which was NT 4.0 [with its video/graphics subsystem subsumed into the kernel].

And the world was never again the same...

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon's Silk: SaaS Is Closing the Net

mosel-saar-ruwer Seriously. Large. Gonads. (95 comments)

Good-bye akamai....

Sorry I don't have mod points for you.

More generally, Amazon is showing some seriously large gonads in all of this.

They are simultaneously treading on various different territories which were [separately] once the exclusive province of Google, Apple, Facebook, Blackberry, Akamai, and many, many others [anyone remember the Sears & Roebuck catalog?!?].

It will be very, very interesting to see how all of this plays out.

It certainly shows that, if nothing else, they aren't satisified with standing still.

Steve Ballmer, are you paying attention?!?



PS: In honor of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, it should be noted that Akamai lost at least one top executive on American Airlines Flight 11.

[I don't know whether he was flying alone, or whether he had any Akamai assistants with him.]

more than 2 years ago
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Zotac Releases GeForce GT 520 With Classic PCI Connector

mosel-saar-ruwer SERVERS!!! (199 comments)

If the form factor is correct, then plenty of recent Xeon/Opteron servers, with a free PCI slot, suddenly become AWESOME desktop platforms. Around here, you can get late model 4-core Xeons, with maybe 8GB of RAM, on Craigslist, from name-brand companies [HP, Dell, etc], for circa $500. And they will be of VASTLY higher quality [with esp. vastly better motherboards] than the consumer-oriented junk that those same companies are peddling.

about 3 years ago
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HideMyAss.com Doesn't Hide Logs From the FBI

mosel-saar-ruwer Ah, the human element... (233 comments)

Since the investigation in these countries tends to leak like a sieve, we got info that that particular country was paying someone mid-level in customer support dept. to give them data on customers.

All the corporate privacy/security policies [and, for that matter, government privacy/security LAWS] in the world aren't worth diddly squat in the presence of a determined mole.

I seem to recall that the key element of the plot of Dune involved a traitor at the heart of House Atreides...





PS: Wow, has it been almost 30 YEARS since Dune was released?!?

Yikes!!!

I feel old.

Old. Old. Old. Old. Old.

PPS: Man, you know that Virginia Madsen was a world-class piece of tail if she was as hawt in Sideways (2004) as she had been in Dune [if not even hawter?].

Whew.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Use of 'Supercookies' On MSN

mosel-saar-ruwer God, I feel old... (45 comments)

by hiding data in content cached by certain ISPs transparent proxies

Okay, I'll say it: That's really evil.

Of course, if you miss even one of the 7 places the site hid the data, the other 6 are immediately restored from it next time you visit.

God, I'm starting to feel old.

7 places?!?

I think I might have just experienced a "get off my lawn" moment...

more than 3 years ago

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Dr Pepper 1-in-6 Prize is 1280x1024 Wallpaper

mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Dr Pepper is running a 1-in-6 WINS! sweepstakes in conjunction with the new Harrison Ford/Cate Blanchett vehicle, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. One of my bottle caps was pretty obviously a winner [its last four digits were "UWIN"], and when I logged on to discover what it was that I had won, guess what it was? Yep — I kid you not — a 1280x1024 desktop wallpaper for a computer screen. For the record, I love Diet Dr Pepper [at least when I'm in the mood for a caffeine jolt], so don't take this as a slam on the product itself."
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Cold Spring Harbor Suspends Chancellor Watson

mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "We all knew that it was only a matter of time, and tonight, it's offical: Cold Spring Harbor has suspended its Chancellor, the Nobel laureate, Dr. James Watson. Watson now joins Harvard's ex-President, Dr. Lawrence Summers, among prominent academics who have learned that there are some topics which we just don't broach anymore. Oh well, so much for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of inquiry. By the way, there was some worry earlier this week that Dr. Watson might actually be arrested in England, for having violated the British "hate crimes" laws; here's to hoping that he at least makes it home without being imprisoned."
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Madeleine L'Engle, 1918 - 2007

mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  about 7 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin passed away, on Sept. 6, aged 88, at Rose Haven nursing home, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Even before we discovered Tolkien, CS Lewis, or Robert Heinlein, many /.-ers' first exposure to Science Fiction & Fantasy was surely L'Engle's 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The Washington Post has an obituary, the New York Post's John Podhoretz relates his childhood memories of life at 924 West End Avenue with Mr. & Mrs. Franklin, and the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby recalls the horror of IT. Finally, the Wall Street Journal's Meghan Cox Gurdon describes a cynic's encounter with Wrinkle."
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Madeleine L'Engle, 1918 - 2007

mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  about 7 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin passed away, on Sept. 6, aged 88, at Rose Haven nursing home, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Even before we discovered Tolkien, CS Lewis, or Robert Heinlein, many /.-ers' first exposure to Science Fiction & Fantasy was surely L'Engle's 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The Washington Post has an obituary, the New York Post's John Podhoretz relates his childhood memories of life at 924 West End Avenue with Mr. & Mrs. Franklin, and the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby recalls the horror of IT."
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Madeleine L'Engle, 1918 - 2007

mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  about 7 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Madeleine L'Engle Camp Franklin passed away, on Sept. 6, aged 88, at Rose Haven nursing home, in Litchfield, Connecticut. Even before we discovered Tolkien, CS Lewis, or Robert Heinlein, many /.-ers' first exposure to Science Fiction and Fantasy was surely L'Engle's 1962 novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The Washington Post has an obituary, and the New York Post's John Podhoretz relates his childhood memories of life at 924 West End Avenue with Mr. & Mrs. Franklin."
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First Armed Robots on Patrol in Iraq

mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Noah Shachtman, blogging at Wired, notes that the first armed patrol robots have begun operations in Iraq. The SWORDS platforms, manufactured by Foster-Miller, feature a 'three-part arming process — with both physical and electronic safeties... required before firing', and 'now come with kill switches, in case there's any odd behavior'. Foster-Miller claims that SWORDS can be fitted with the Barrett .50 caliber, but apparently the units deployed to Iraq were fitted with the 5.56mm FNH M249 light machine gun. No details yet on the number of rounds of ammunition carried by the robots [which might very well be classified information]."
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mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "Ed Benedict, the legendary Hanna-Barbera animator who created the look of Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, and a host of other characters & their environs, has died at the age of 94. There is a nice profile of his work at Amid Amidi's Cartoon Modern blog, as well as in the hardcover book of the same name. Likewise, there are some excellent examples of 70 and 80 year old Benedicts in Animation Blast, Issue 8. Finally, there's a Streaming Media interview with Ed, from way back in 2001, at the tender young age of 89, wherein he expressed his disdain for computers and new-school animation."
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mosel-saar-ruwer mosel-saar-ruwer writes  |  about 8 years ago

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) writes "After ten years, the Bletchley Park Trust yesterday unveiled a reconstruction of Alan Turing & Gordon Welchman's 'Bombe', which defeated the Enigma Code. Approximately 200 of these machines were built by the British Tabulating Machine Company, of Letchworth, Herts, but the project was deemed so secret that, after the war, these machines were destroyed, and survived thereafter only in blueprints, a few photographs, and the memories of the progenitorial Hax0rs & Crax0rs who operated them. Details of the unveiling ceremony can be found in numerous stories in the British press — The BBC, The Times, The Scotsman — but The Telegraph ran with a particularly fetching picture of Jean Valentine, and of course there are further pictures on the newswire. The team of reconstructors was led by John Howard, and he has many detailed pictures of the mechanical parts on his website [which, I trust, is about to experience a big slashdotting]."

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