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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.

5 days 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 two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

nblender Re:VoIP is the whole problem (157 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

nblender Re:Beach (264 comments)

Clearly you should offer to sell him your excess sand that mysteriously builds up every year, at 3/4 the price...

about three weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

nblender Re:Still a second class citizen (214 comments)

I can plug a 128GB USB stick on the bottom of my nexus5 if I really want to get more space; but I haven't even used the 16GB it already has... I realize some people want to be able to load their entire music and movie collections onto their phones just in case they're on the bus and they get struck by the sudden urge to watch S03E01 of Gilligan's Island ...

It's a fucking phone ...

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

nblender Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

Or she's out riding her bike, is side-swiped by a car or hits a tree and is rendered unconscious. She's bleeding or not breathing. Someone unknowingly gives her CPR or takes her to a hospital ...

Not that the scenario is overly likely and she's also apparently asymptomatic (she registered a fever at airport security but later did not have a fever when check by a nurse...

about a month ago
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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

nblender Re: Yes, what are YOU going to do? (95 comments)

Lots of people seem to be in favor of unconstitutional, rights-violating mass surveillance of our communications, so that's just a bit of an exaggeration. The mass surveillance is just less visible.

I think people aren't in favor of it so much as they'll only object in so far as it doesn't inconvenience them... ie: "I hate all the bullshit I have to go through at the airport but it's worth it if I can spend a week at an all inclusive in Mexico... I'm not doing to deny myself my semi-annual beach vacation!". "I know Facebook uses my data against me but it's the only way I can keep in touch with friends!" "I don't care if Facebook knows what I had for breakfast". "If you have something to hide ... "

That's the sort of bullshit that allows it to continue. The average person has no principles.

My wife and I have elected to take a personal stand against all this stuff by not participating but it's resulted in ridicule and mocking from family and friends... We've been accused of damaging our child because we haven't travelled out of country with him... etc ...

about a month ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

nblender clinical trials. (124 comments)

I still emotionally struggle with the clinical trial approach of giving half the participants a placebo to see how many of them die vs. the ones who were given the drug under study... I understand that it's statistically necessary but that doesn't make it easier to digest.

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

nblender Re:easy workaround. (324 comments)

See the part where I said ":-) (just in case)"

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

nblender easy workaround. (324 comments)

Just get a VPN account from some UK provider and route all your traffic through there. Easy peasy! :-) (just in case)

about a month ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

nblender Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Generalize much?

I live in an RF hole so even a high gain antenna up on my roof can't pick up any terrestrial channels... In actual fact, I can pick one channel up but the signal strength is low so it freezes and cuts out making it essentially unwatchable, and that's during clear sunny weather.

Fortunately, I get everything I need from the Bittorrent channel.

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

nblender Re:Goal Should Be Zero Revenue (398 comments)

It shouldn't be zero revenue because there would be no 'deterrance' which is their stated goal.

However, the revenue should go into a different pot, like an annual donation to local charities that are not otherwise funded by the city.

about a month ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

nblender esr will save us! (245 comments)

gah.

Seriously, what does he care what repository some other project uses... I know various people have experimented trying to shoehorn the NetBSD repository and history into Subversion, Hg, and git over the years and they've always ended in failure... So far CVS is working even though it's not super awesome. But at least it works. Why should NetBSD switch to something that can only barely work from something that's already working.

I'm sure I'll get flame-broiled because I'm not wanking my pud over Git.

about a month ago

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