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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

robbiedo Re:One would hope (186 comments)

The problem is that the Federal Government over classifies jobs and information. There are lots of people with secret clearance who are not guarding state secrets, but what private companies would simply classify as confidential information. This creates an overly hostile, paranoid work environment where there is a tendency for the security personnel to abuse their power to create fear as an end unto itself.

about a month ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

robbiedo Re:Ok (187 comments)

Sorry, I meant to say "buy all the cable" and shut it down.

about 2 months ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

robbiedo Re:Ok (187 comments)

Fundamentally, municipal fiber is ultimately the answer. It's expensive, but fundamentally necessary, even if we have to use eminent domain to buy it, and eventually shut it down.

about 2 months ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

robbiedo Re:Ok (187 comments)

No one cares about those channels. They care about the broadband connection since everything will switch to IPTV.

about 2 months ago
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Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

robbiedo Re:Ok (187 comments)

You are apparently not the "smartest man in the thread". Enron was up to their eyeballs in manipulating the California energy market, and I blame GWB for allowing it to happen.

about 2 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

robbiedo Fuel Costs (473 comments)

It is the fuel costs that are killing general aviation. That is this largest plane rental cost for the casual pilot.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

robbiedo Logic is $200 (299 comments)

Think about that. All the pieces in Logic cost a small fortune not too long ago.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Review Sites Do You Consult For IT Equipment?

robbiedo My goto bible (129 comments)

I have a large back catalog of 1990's Computer Shopper.

about 5 months ago
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Glut In Stolen Identities Forces Price Cut

robbiedo Re:Capital Crime (152 comments)

Graffiti should be a capital crime.

about 5 months ago
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Intel's Haswell Chips Pushing Windows RT Into Oblivion

robbiedo Re:Now.. (321 comments)

Android: The OS built from the ground up to spy on you.

about 7 months ago
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Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

robbiedo I stick with proven tech (440 comments)

Wax cylinders are the way to go. Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow.

about 7 months ago
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IBM Takes System/z To the Cloud With COBOL Update

robbiedo Re:Anyone? (256 comments)

BACCE has been around forever, too.

about a year ago
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IBM Takes System/z To the Cloud With COBOL Update

robbiedo Re:Anyone? (256 comments)

mmmm...steak, onion, and mushrooms with a sprig parsley. What were we talking about?

about a year ago
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How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

robbiedo Another option? (523 comments)

Live in the US and make $120k/year? That would be my preferred option.

about a year ago
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Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools

robbiedo Re:Stupid bird (75 comments)

Cockatoos are some of the most adorable, sweet, cuddly...flip the switch...mean, aggressive, dangerous animals I have ever worked with.

about a year and a half ago
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Arizona H-1B Workers Advised to Carry Papers At All Times

robbiedo Chandler Arizona (884 comments)

I bet Intel is not amused by this. They have a huge presence in Chandler, AZ, and employ a multinational workforce.

about 2 years ago
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The Race To $1,000 Human Genome Sequencing

robbiedo Cheap Sequencing (153 comments)

All your base are belong to us.

about 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

robbiedo Finally... (567 comments)

I am glad to see someone finally write this. I worked for one of the major labels for nearly a decade, largely on the business side. Frankly, I am fed up with hearing how "evil" the records companies were, and how exploited the artists were under the old system. When it comes right down to it, we invested in people. The vast majority of those investments never paid off. We made a lot of guesses about which bands and artists would be "commercially" marketable. As a front employee, I spent tremendous amounts of time and effort evaluating up and coming artists, made the pitches to my bosses that we should invest in specific acts because they had talent and marketability. We spent money trying to help them create an image, and try to give them an edge to compete in the marketplace. Occasionally, it would pay off. Personally, I never saw what I was doing with quite the cynicism, and malice people usually ascribed to record label "fat cats." Our company executives, were like any company executives. They were reliant on all the hard work of their front line employees. To me, the interesting part left out of all this is the fact that you could make a living in the music business. You could be skilled as a producer, engineer, session musician, manager, etc and make a living at it. Most of that money is just gone because artists do not get the venture capital to find their business anymore. Interestingly, I make my living at one of the big tech companies now. (and I really like my job and make a good living).

about 2 years ago

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