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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

neurovish Re:My opinion on the matter. (773 comments)

- Useless on a server - where you only reboot 4 times a year or so and never have to hot-plug anything or change wireless networks.

Bull. Lots of servers currently run daemontools or similar, or else they use some other hack, because the SysVinit doesn't have any way to restart services (like crond) the one time they exit after running fine for months...

Alternatively, somebody has to take the time to set-up exhaustive monitoring, including ALL the trivial services running on the servers, and some dummy has to watch it around the clock, and manually perform this extremely simple and menial task. Or else maybe you're the dummy who gets paged at 3AM to do a trivial service restart, due to some simple and transitory event.

I would have been just as happy with upstart or anything else, but it was a dammed nuisance lacking that 30 year-old feature, and downright embarrassing that Linux still lacked it, while it's been working well in the base of Windows since the first version of NT.

You're going to need the exhaustive monitoring anyways. Just because you say "don't worry, it'll automatically fix itself" doesn't mean that anybody will buy it, and all it takes is the one time where things do not come back cleanly. That is going to happen.

1 hour ago

Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

neurovish Re:you must not have done well in math class (214 comments)

Of the top ten States in terms of strictest gun laws, 7 have the lowest number of gun deaths.

You know when gun deaths were really low? Before guns were invented. The homicide rate, however, was about an order of magnitude higher than it is now.

Your statement is true, but utterly irrelevant to the question of where the safest places to live are. Does it matter what weapon is used to kill you? Or rob you or, rape you, or... Of course it doesn't. You have fallen victim to (or else are disingenuously pushing, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you're foolish, not malicious) to a very clever stratagem pushed by advocates of gun control: Focusing only on gun crime and ignoring other crime.

The statistic that matters isn't the number of gun deaths, it's the number of homicides, assaults, rapes, robberies, etc., total. And on any one of those scales, those states with strict gun laws don't do particularly well. To make them look good you have to do exactly what you did: arbitrarily exclude much of the violence.

Maybe because places that don't have a problem with crime in the first place don't care about making laws to restrict access to weapons?

about two weeks ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

neurovish Re:Strange (391 comments)

Looks like I last bought everything for a new computer in 2005. I updated the CPU/mobo to a Lynnfield i5 in 2010 with an SSD system drive and have been using that ever since. I didn't even realize it had been that long since it still works rather well.

about a month ago

Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

neurovish Re:Um... (151 comments)

They have no way of predicting when an eruption might happen, but the potential seems greater than ever.

They say they can't predict it, then in the same sentence predict it. Amazing.

It only seems that somebody was sitting there looking at Mt. Fuji and got the willies.

about a month and a half ago

HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

neurovish Re:I don't get it (68 comments)

We got demoed this 6 months or so ago.

I still fail to see what this buys you over a bunch of regular blades or rackmounts running your virtualisation platform of choice.

Best use-case proposal I've seen is for something like VDI. Instead of sharing the resources of one server, every desktop gets their own processor and memory.

about a month and a half ago

Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

neurovish Re:Question... -- ? (215 comments)

"How do you delete a file whose first character is '-'"?

about 2 months ago

What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

neurovish Re:Not the data I was looking for... (148 comments)


The worst STEM majors earn more than the best high school graduates. Those in the bottom quintile of ability who go on to major in STEM have lifetime earnings of about $2.3 million, compared to $2 million for high school graduates in the top quintile of ability; business majors do slightly worse than STEM majors. The worst social science majors earn about the same as the best high school graduates, and the worst arts and humanities majors earn less.

Full time salaried job versus burger flipper - yes, that's what the degree gives you.

Why does "best high school graduate" mean burger flipper? There are plenty of trades that pay a good wagw where you will get ahead easier by putting in your time learning the trade than going to college. A lineman can pull down 6 figures, also plumbers, electricians, etc. "no college" doesn't mean "completely unskilled". Most of these jobs will be a straight 40 hours/week and done, so they are coming out ahead of a similarly paid computer scientist working 60 hour weeks.

about 2 months ago
top, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

neurovish Re:But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

On a side note, if you have an IQ of 150-170 and are not doing your own research or tinkering to come up with something new, you are wasting your brain. Start tinkering, start building, there HAS to be something you know you can do better or build better.

meh, that sounds like a lot of work

about 2 months ago

High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

neurovish Re:Mmhmm (382 comments)

As for TFA's comment about dividend stocks... Yeah, they count as a pretty decent safe-haven in a bear market; but overall, they have a piss-poor return - Three to four percent sustained, at best. Beats (core) inflation, but not by much... Certainly not enough to retire on unless you literally sock away half of your paycheck for the next 40 years.

We appear unwaveringly headed for a securities market implosion, and not merely of the recession/depression kind, but something much, much worse.

3-4% with another 3-4% on top in dividends is in-line with the historic market gains. There's math involved, but how does that compound when the capital gains are recycled back into buying more of the same stock? No, I didn't read much of the article, so I don't know what it said about dividend paying stocks.

about 3 months ago

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

neurovish Re:secure by default (248 comments)

Are you seriously suggesting that most of people knew about NSA directly intercepting a buttload of normal civilians' internet traffic, for example?

From 2000,
Snowden's revelations should not have surprised anybody here.

about 3 months ago

In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

neurovish Re:secure by default (248 comments)

Are you seriously suggesting that most of people knew about NSA directly intercepting a buttload of normal civilians' internet traffic, for example?

On Slashdot? Yes.
In the general population? No.

about 3 months ago

A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

neurovish So... (255 comments)

What if the idiot on your team *is* the bully.

about 3 months ago

Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

neurovish It's an illusion (154 comments)

It only feels like a tech bubble similar to what we had 15 years ago because all of the tech workers are still paid what they were 15 years ago. I don't see VCs running around throwing money at every startup they can find, product be damned. At least the companies getting the money these days have *something*.

about 3 months ago

Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

neurovish 25% voted for our president (557 comments)

US voter turnout in presidential elections has been about 5x% of the voting age population for decades, and we are the "shining beacon of democracy" for the world.

about 4 months ago

OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

neurovish Re:He's right when he's driving in the UK (144 comments)

Driving around "country roads" in Scotland, I was left with the impression that they don't really have "sides". You just go along down the middle until you come across an oncoming car, then rock/paper/scissors to decide who is going to back-up to a spot wide enough for two cars to pass or just pull into the sheep field. These "country roads" also seemed to be the most direct route from one place to another.

about 4 months ago

Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

neurovish Re:Humans hide things from each other all the time (93 comments)

G+ is explicitly designed around this idea. That is the whole purpose of circles which is at the center of everything. You create a boss circle for those in your management-chain, a co-workers circle for the co-workers, a family circle for the wife, and a douche circle for all of the cute florists.

about 4 months ago

Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

neurovish Re:Likely death not likely (104 comments)

19x a tiny number is still a tiny number. These kinds of headlines always disappoint me since the pertinent information is buried far beneath the hyperbole. Thanks for digging it up.

about 6 months ago

Book Review: Sudo Mastery: User Access Control For Real People

neurovish Re:NOPASSWD and su - (83 comments)

I always get a bit of a laugh when an email comes through that a user tried to sudo su. Fortunately they haven't figured out the trick of using one of the programs with a shell escape, or even sudo bash.

The scary bit is when the audit trail just disappears or they don't followup with an email asking for something.

about 6 months ago

DDoS Larger Than the Spamhaus Attack Strikes US and Europe

neurovish Re:Update your NTP sw! (158 comments)

Thanks for the need a +6 informative. The article was pretty light on how NTP was being exploited for a reflection attack.

about 7 months ago

Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

neurovish Re: Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

Jeez, 10? How much did that cost? ...and if you didn't buy it, do you have any idea how much somebody probably would've paid for that UID before the looming beta threat.

about 7 months ago


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