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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

nblender Re:Pork, Republican pork, previously documented. (189 comments)

They should have two ribbon cutting ceremonies.. One in which the senator cuts the ribbon and officially opens the test stand. Then 5 minutes later, another one where he cuts the ribbon on the wrecking ball as part of his plan to save useless maintenance dollars when instead a pond can be built for Ducks

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

nblender Re:Traffic Furniture (593 comments)

I don't know. I find myself offended by this sort of traffic management. Around here there's a real separation between inner-city rich people and urban-sprawlers who have to get through rich-people-land to get to work. But rich-people want quiet peaceful streets while also being able to walk to work. So they petition the city to put concrete planters, barriers, speed bumps, one-ways, etc so only they get to go through their neighborhoods and the riff-raff are confined to two highly clogged routes into the downtown core... These rich folk can often be heard at coffee shops and comment forums putting down the urban-sprawlers clogging up the streets while they themselves have built erstwhile gated communities that block off many other routes into town... My feeling is, if you want to live in the inner city, then suck it up and take the good with the bad... The bad being traffic, no parking, sirens, and street people.... If you want quiet, move out of town...

I know I'm tilting against windmills... My truck has about 14" of suspension travel. I can take their speed-bumps at the speed limit.

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

nblender Re:If it was that easy, spammers would have done i (130 comments)

Or password protected RAR's which is even more infuriating because they're the correct size but the password collection thing is just a scam... I don't know how to get SABnzbd to stop downloading them and I don't know how to get Sickbeard to select a different one...

2 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

nblender I don't really get it either. (431 comments)

I grew up with albums. I remember many hours spent flipping through them at the record stores... But I didn't have good equipment so never really developed that Romance with vinyl that so many people have... Rare was the time that I just sat down to listen. Listening was always something done while vacuuming, or cooking, or studying or whatever... Having to flip the record or change it every 20 minutes was just a pain in the ass.. That's why I bought my vinyl and then immediately transcoded it to streaming tape...

High school aged children of my friends are all gaga over albums... They play the stuff on mom&dad's old turntables/amps in the basement... I've asked them and near as I can divine, they're into vinyl for the novelty of it. Their friends come over and they listen to records in social fashion but not because they sound better, or are more convenient, or have music available only on vinyl... They do it because it gives them something to look at while gossiping about who kissed who's whatever at the whereever... So I can't help but feel the novelty will wear off but clearly it hasn't so <shrug>.

4 days ago
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BGP Hijacking Continues, Despite the Ability To Prevent It

nblender Re:BGP? (57 comments)

I guess I disagree. I don't want to have to see "Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol" the first time in every article that mentions TCP/IP... I'm surprised you also didn't mention that "ARIN" wasn't expanded, or "IP"... Probably because you know what those mean. I've been in this industry for dozens of years and there are abbreviations that come up all the time that I don't know but I just google them... It's not a big deal.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

nblender Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

Thankfully you inform the parents of all children who will come into contact with your child that there is a possibility he/she may be transmitting chicken-pox so they can make an informed decision about whether they want to let their child hang around with your child...

Also, I'm not sure where you read that the vaccine is highly likely to cause a case of CP. It was probably not a credible source because I just googled for it and could only find information that conflicts with your statement. I would be greatful if you could provide a credible citation for that statement, since it seems your reasoning revolves around it.

5 days ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

nblender Re:Someone has (270 comments)

wow. that looks cool.

I hadn't paid attention to consumer kitchen appliances but I bought a Breville Blender and I've been nothing but impressed with it... I didn't want to spend the dough on a vitamix or whatever those thigns are ...

I wish I could find a toaster oven that works as well as my Krups (which is itself kind of a piece of shit but works better than any other toaster oven I've ever owned).

ok, so I'm off topic.

about a week ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

nblender Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (768 comments)

<quote><and zap them with a MIG Welder.</p></quote>

You're going to bathe them in a mixture of Argon/CO2 while poking them with a steel wire that has a small ball on the end?

wow.

about a week ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

nblender Re:What a shock (409 comments)

I'm a fan of diesel engines, and I have two of them. I would like to see citations for all of your claims because based on what I know from many sources, each one of your claims is wrong. Did you just pull that stuff out of your butt?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

nblender my data point. (376 comments)

48 here. Been coding since I was 12. Been doing it professionally since I was 18. On my team, I'm one of the younger coders. The folks who work nearest me are 51, 52, 49, and 55... There are young-uns on my team and my managers range from late 30's to early 50's in age. I ran my own company at one point, had up to 12 employees. That's where I learned that management was not my thing. I'm not a people person, I don't enjoy it, and as a result, I sucked at it. The company wasn't doing well so I shut it down and went back to working for others. The stress relief was amazing. Now I waltz in at a time that's convenient for me, and leave when I feel like it or when the work is done, depending on the current deadline. I bill for the hours I work. Annually, I get paid more than any of my managers do and I work fewer hours. They're not eligible for overtime but expectations are higher on them. As an old guy with tons of experience, I don't have to take every task they offer me. I make suggestions for things that need to be rewritten and get support for doing it. I have a fairly steady stream of solicitation from other sources so I grant myself some leeway. My current customer has had me for almost 10 years so I'm fairly certain they like what I do. Don't get me wrong, I do work hard and there are things I do that no one else on the team can do (though it'd be easy to hire someone else if they wanted).

I stay current by contributing to one or two open source projects here and there. I also hack on my own personal projects learning new skills in the process. My mind isn't what it used to be. I don't find myself 'in the zone' as often and I find that I have to force the code out of me more often. I keep wondering when someone in management is going to realize that I'm just not as smart as they think I am, but then I seem to consistently pull off something amazing and everyone's happy.

There are younger folks on my team who do some amazing things that I can't do and there are younger folks on my team who are largely useless...

I like this place in my life. I realize I'm one catastrophic medical event away from unemployment and have been saving accordingly. If necessary, I could stop working any time, simplify, and live on a fairly meager but manageable income. If I can hold it together for 7 or 8 more years, I can retire in relative comfort.

about two weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

nblender Re: How about over 10 years? (291 comments)

oh crap.

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HTML is trivial to learn. I use "<pre>" and "</pre>" for everything. I used "<img>" once... I also used "<blink>" once too but that was a stretch goal

about three weeks ago
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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

nblender Re: How about over 10 years? (291 comments)

HTML is trivial to learn. I use "" and "" for everything. I used "" once... I also used "" once too but that was a stretch goal.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

nblender Re:systemd (267 comments)

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

mod parent up.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

nblender Re:Why the troll? (178 comments)

no you idiots. I'm complaining about a flashlight app wanting access to my text messages.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

nblender Re:VoIP is the whole problem (159 comments)

Around here (Canada) there's a long-running scam perporting to be a local airline (WestJet)... I get a few of these calls a week on either my cellphone or the landline at work... They always spoof the caller ID with the first 6 digits of the phone number they're calling. ie: if they're calling 780-656-1234, the spoofed caller-id will be "780-656-xxxx" where "x" is random. If they're calling "250-684-1234", the spoofed caller-id will be "250-684-xxxx"... The automated recording is the same in all cases. So it _looks_ like a local call and it's tempting to answer it...

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

nblender Re:Why the troll? (178 comments)

yup. lots of texting apps. Just like lots of flashlight apps. All of the ones in the first 10 pages of results want access to your address book, text messages, wireless settings, blah blah blah ...

I have both a Nexus5 and an Iphone 4S... It's not all peaches and cream over here in Android-land and it's not all fuzzy slippers and hot chocolate in iOS land either...

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

nblender a single data point. (459 comments)

I have only a single data point so it's probably not worth anything... My only experience with a Black IT professional was a network admin for the company who took over my employer. I was the previous defacto network admin even though my job description was 'embedded firmware developer'. So this company takes us over and hires this guy as the network admin. I meet him in a conference call and his first task is to come up and migrate our servers over to their corporate platform. So I volunteer to give up my weekend to facilitate since he doesn't know our existing infrastructure... He shows up and I give him the nickle tour, show him to a meeting room where he can unpack boxes and start bolting things together. I go back to my cubicle and work on some bugs telling him "if you need anything, just come get me." ... So everything's cool. He gets things connected, and starts migrating data... Around dinner time I check in with him and suggest we go across the street for a bite and a pint while data copies across the network. We have a lovely dinner and chat about families, school, weather, previous work places, etc.. All the usual stuff when you go out for dinner with a co-worker... Then we go back to the office, stop in the machineroom and it's back to business... So that was basically the whole weekend... I made sure he had what he needed from our old servers and instead of sitting around like a lump, I try to get some work done while he configures his new servers...

Monday afternoon, I get a call from my ex-CEO who says there's been a complaint made against me and I need to fly down to meet with HR. In short, the complaint was that I treated him like a subordinate because he's black and that I should remember he doesn't work for me and that I'm not his boss. Prior to that meeting, it hadn't really registered that he was black. I mean sure, I could tell his skin color was different but so is the skin color of 75% of the people I worked with back then. None of my other co-workers were black though. They were either of asian descent, italian, or middle eastern... To me, they're just my co-workers... So I get this mark on my employee record and everything kind of blows over. My future dealings with this IT guy were subsequently 100% about work and that was that. I stayed away from him as much as possible except when unavoidable. A year later, I left the company but reports from my ex-co-workers were that this guy had complained about at least 2 other people in the company and they had eventually let this guy go... Of course you never find out why someone is let go but they hired someone to replace him in exactly the same position almost immediately so the subtext is "this guy has too much 'victim mentality'."

On LinkedIn, this guy doesn't seem to hold on to any jobs for more than 1-2 years and he never seems to 'move up'.

about a month ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

nblender Re:NOOO!! Mythbusters needs it! (89 comments)

you think Google won't allow MythBusters to use it? You gotta think most Googliers watch MB religiously.

about a month ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

nblender Re:Worthless degrees (438 comments)

I also have a kid in 8th grade. They seem to teach things differently. I remember we did an entire 1/3rd or 1/4 of a year on each major concept and then that was it. So we did a few months of algebra, a few months of trigonometry, a few months of fractions, etc... What my son has been doing has been a few days to a few weeks on each major thing, but more comprehensively each year. So as his mental faculties improve, so does his ability to understand more of each core topic. He's been doing algebra since 5th grade, a few weeks every year, but each year it gets more in-depth...

It makes more sense. Thankfully I can still help him with it.

His whole life, unbeknownst to him, I've been teaching him basic math concepts... 'This 1/2" socket is too small, get me the next size up' instead of asking for a '9/16"'.. He'd trundle off and spend a few minutes figuring out what the next size up is... When he got older, I was able to say 'this 9/16" is too small. Get me a 10/16"' and he'd spend a few minutes, then come back carrying a 5/8" and a bit of a smirk on his face ...

I think Parents are partly responsible for their childs' education. So many parents leave it up to the school and stay out of it.

about a month ago

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