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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

paitre Re:stupid (695 comments)

Depending on the day of the week, the US is -currently- either the #1 or the #2 producer of convention oil in the world. It's actually why oil prices have been crashing - we don't give a fuck about OPEC, and we're producing it as fast as we can frack it out of the ground. We produce, domestically, about half of the petroleum that we consume, and import half of the rest from Canada & Mexico and the rest from nations that arguably don't like us but love our dollars.

There is a CO2 sequestration, "Air Mining" operation that just opened up in San Antonio (which has pretty shitty air quality due to a variety of factors, not limited to the large number of very large quarries that are littered in and around the city). It will be interesting to see how that project goes and if it is long-term successful.

about a month and a half ago
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Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

paitre Re:Allow me to burn som Karma by saying (489 comments)

If you want population-proportional representation in the HoR, get their dumb asses to unlock the 435 limit and set it per-X-residents with no fixed number of representatives (only the ability to change "X" in that calculation when every state has a minimum population value for X). Currently, 1 representative per 700k residents is just about right (300M / 700k = 428-ish). Alaska has just above 700k residents, and North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming have a bit less, but could have 1 representative each anyway.

Agree in principle, but your representative counts are way, way off. The 435 limit was set in 1911 for the 63rd Congress, and followed that up in 1929 with the "Permanent Apportionment Act", because they couldn't get their shit together and fulfill one of their obligations (which was to properly re-apportion, including ADDING OR SUBTRACTING seats based on the census results). Kinda like today - you had members of Congress playing the anti-immigrant card as hard as they could, and in the process, really broke things for us a hundred years later.

Anyway, the US population after the 1910 census was a bit over 92 million (92,228,496) giving a population to representative of ~212k. If we were to maintain even a remotely similar representation, we would be looking at a HoR with ~1456 members, with the least populous state (Wyoming) having 2 representatives - which is, interestingly enough, directly in line with Madison's original Bill of Rights proposal for Article the First, which explicitly set the minimum number of reps per state at 2 after crossing the 30k per rep line, and setting 30k per rep as the hard line for the number of representatives in the HoR (which would have today's HoR be 10,300 and change)

Hell - I'd be okay with setting the reps per population to, on average, be roughly equivalent to smallest state population divided by 2, until such time as that's back up to, say, 350k, after which it becomes divisible by +1. That would mean that, should Wyoming's population reach 700k, we would, instead of dividing their population by 2 to get the population per rep (and the total number of reps from there). This would allow for the HoR to increase in membership still relatively infrequently, but unlikely to stay static for a century as it has, largely due to incompetence.

about a year ago
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Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

paitre Re:Allow me to burn som Karma by saying (489 comments)

Yes, that is its political effect, and it is extremely anti-democratic. But the reason it exists is simply that independent states varied in size at the time of the Constitutional convention. There was no intention at that Convention to give rural people a political check over those living in cities.

Except YOU ARE WRONG.

That was almost precisely the intention of the proponents of the New Jersey Plan prior to its combination, in modified form, with the Virginia Plan, also modified, to form the Great Compromise. The entire point of the Senate was to provide a check against large population state representation, and force the rest of the Congress to actually listen to the needs of the smaller states.

about a year ago
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Goodbye, California? Tim Draper Proposes a 6-Way Split

paitre Re:Allow me to burn som Karma by saying (489 comments)

You, and everyone else bitching about the makeup of the US Congress and specifically the senate, need to go back and retake middle school civics.

The Senate, at the country's inception, WAS NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE POPULARLY ELECTED.

You have a bicameral legislature - the House of Representatives, who's members are popularly elected by the residents of the states, and the Senate - who's membership was, until the horrific fuck up that is the 17th Amendment was passed shortly after the turn of the 20th century, selected by the legislatures of the states to represent their interests in crafting national law - and SPECIFICALLY to prevent large states, like California, New York, Florida, and Texas today; New York and Pennsylvania in 1789, from running roughshod over the interests and needs of the smaller states. So yes, the Senate makeup IS DELIBERATELY set up to fuck over the large population states, because they are able to fuck over the small states in the House of Representatives.

Welcome to basic civics.

If you want to fix the Senate, repeal the 17th.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

paitre Re:Get a local phone number (506 comments)

The digital front in Portland, ME is about 110 miles south of you in Boston. Might be able to find something in Concord or Manchester (NH), but those are also pretty hefty commutes from Portland.

Honestly - if you can bootstrap it, start something up. Write apps, do SOMETHING in addition to pounding pavement. A year 'vacation' can be overlooked if you took the effort to keep your skills up to date, and can prove it.

1 year,12 days
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

paitre Re:Forgot something (506 comments)

Yes, really. You're not their target employee.

Former military enlistees getting out after the enlistment are their target demographic. That, or you get into a company on the commercial side and talk them into dealing with getting you a clearance so you can work on the good stuff.

1 year,12 days
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AFL-CIO and Big Content Advocate For SOPA

paitre Re:Do something! (295 comments)

This is pretty much =exactly= what I did.

I pointed out that this law will have a negative impact on millions of IT workers in the US, at a time when we can least afford to be fucking the one major industry that seems to be doing well.

more than 3 years ago
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AFL-CIO and Big Content Advocate For SOPA

paitre Re:Fallacious (295 comments)

I'm waiting on a response, but essentially told them that if they vote for this law, I will actively engage in getting them voted out of office.

Fuckers.

more than 3 years ago
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IT's Next Hot Job: Hadoop Guru

paitre Re:"hot" trend? (112 comments)

There are positions out there.

Most of the folks that are hiring Hadoop and HBase folks are doing it on the sly.

It's how I got my current job :)

more than 3 years ago
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IT's Next Hot Job: Hadoop Guru

paitre Re:The Future (112 comments)

There already exist tools/frameworks to work with Hadoop and HBase using SQL :)

more than 3 years ago
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IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty

paitre Re:Law firm fails because of single disk failure? (352 comments)

I'm not at all surprised by this, actually.

In my experience, there is a significant percentage (IME, most, but others may differ) of businesses that rely on Best Buy for hardware replacements. They see additional hardware lying around as a waste, and will not keep spares handy.

I can EASILY see this happening. EASILY.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Alternative To Dropbox?

paitre Re:Sparkleshare (482 comments)

*looks in his datacenter*
Ext3 is ubiquitous.... EXT4 is comin'. VERY few of the others around...

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Compensating Technical People For Contributing to Sales?

paitre Re:It doesn't work (331 comments)

-all
+most

And the answer at that point is any tech company.

Most of our folks are customer facing and =have= to have a personality to get past our interview process.

I've recommended not extending offers to prospects because of personality dissonance despite having the technical chops.

more than 3 years ago
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Bubble Bursting On the MMO Market?

paitre Re:Rubbish (162 comments)

True enough. I'm a bit irritated with myself that I hadn't purchased a couple just as a 'savings' plan :(

more than 3 years ago
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Bubble Bursting On the MMO Market?

paitre Re:Skinner Boxes (162 comments)

Their full-time economist isn't all that great.

Honestly, the market is continuing to succeed in SPITE of him, not because of him.

more than 3 years ago
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Bubble Bursting On the MMO Market?

paitre Re:Rubbish (162 comments)

I can haz ISKies?

I generally make about 50mil a day, mostly through PI. If I actually tried, I could make a ton more. Heh. People who complain about making ISK in EVE are clueless - you don't have to live in Null or grind missions to make that kind of dough, either.

more than 3 years ago
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What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

paitre Re:EC2 is a standard (396 comments)

Umm, no. EC2 is not 'open'. You have access to their API to develop applications that run on the Amazon cloud, but in no way are you able to replicate that cloud internally without completely re-engineering it.

If you want to work with a truly open solution - http://www.openstack.org/

more than 3 years ago
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What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

paitre Re:Platforms vs. Hosting offerings (396 comments)

You seem to be focusing your definition of 'cloud' on application development environment clouds, while the poll is including IAAS clouds as options as well.

Let's be honest - IAAS offerings have there place, as do SAAS clouds. You need to select the correct tool for the job.

more than 3 years ago
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James Cameron Commissions Submarine To Visit Challenger Deep

paitre Re:Sequel? (285 comments)

I don't seem to recall any other "Highlander" movies.

Please. Please do not open that door in my mind. Please?

more than 4 years ago
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Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California

paitre Re:The leaf is not a hybrid (384 comments)

Not really - since the Prius DOES get the benefits that the Volt won't be.

So... yeah. It makes very, very little sense.

more than 4 years ago

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Amused.

paitre paitre writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Geee.
It's interesting how a single post can somehow make it impossible for me to continue posting. Good job mods.

Of course, this is retarded considering my karma is STILL excellent, and I'm sure I'll have mod rights (again) sometime soon, since I seem to get them at least once a month (if not more).

Still. If a single post out of over 300 can get down-modded so much to COUNTER-ACT MY ENTIRE 8 YEAR HISTORY, I dunno if I'm going to stick around. Good job mods. You anti-semitic retards.

Edited August 9th :
Lookie! A week later and I have MODERATOR RIGHTS AGAIN!!!
This site's a fucking joke these days.

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paitre paitre writes  |  more than 10 years ago

NOW I'm pissed.
Bruce Perens submits a story TWELVE FUCKING HOURS after I submitted the same GODDAMNED THING and he gets posted and I get rejected.

It's the same story fuckheads, and I'm fairly sure I got there first. Fucking idiots.

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*snort*

paitre paitre writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, first, sorry for feeding that troll.

Folks like that -really- irritate me, because they obviously don't know what a real SysAdmin has to deal with. -ESPECIALLY- at a top-notch research school where the need for high-end computing is growing.

Janitors don't develop processes the more effeciently manage remote systems. Janitors don't -write- all the design docs and actualy code that runs those processes. Hell, most "real" programmers wouldn't have a clue where to even start, what language(s) to use, or what the end goal is.

A SysAdmin does.

C and Perl are my tools, and I use them well. C++, Java, shell-scripts, etc are my specialty bits, and are used if/when necessary.
Linux is my workshop, and I make it sing.

Maybe when 256 and 512 processor HPC systems are commonplace (and listen people, there are less than a -thousand- of these systems globally, mmkay?), you can start saying they folks managing them are like "janitors". Until then, fuck off. We're the people blazing the trail so that fuckwads like that can get a 20k a year job pushing buttons.

*snort*

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*snerf*

paitre paitre writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hrm.
Y'know, Jack Daniel's is pretty good with Dr Pepper Red Fusion. It really is quite nice. *heh*

In other events...a couple days ago (or so) I posted about my moving from corporate life to academia. I'm -psyched-. I'm tired of dealing with stupid -FUCKING- users and their whiny ass bitching.
I'm sorry, you're server's down because the goddamn'd -harddrive- failed. It takes time to pull 12GB of data from tape, you MORON. *mutters*
Beholden to myself, and to the department head is gonna be nice...and having to support all of -MAYBE- 30-40 users (instead of the -250,000- I fight with now) is gonna be beyond nice :)

Nov 4 I start at Hopkins. Oh yeah...i can hardly wait :)

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*blink*

paitre paitre writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Huh.
I decide to poke about in my account menu for the first time in -years- (yeah, I've been around here that long...bite me lusers), and discover that someone likes me (ie. has me on their "Friends" list).
I mean, WTF? Not that I'm not grateful or anything, but this has to mean that my 3-ish years of lurking and keeping a low profile are starting to end....

*heh*
'bout damned time, too.

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