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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

shrikel Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

I have the exact same problem, in Salt Lake City, and I've run into the same issue for a good 2 dozen of my clients on Comcast's network. It is a categorical block of Comcast's IPs, regardless of business / residential status.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

shrikel Re:IP is licensed separately. (224 comments)

probably best not to mention any patents you are holding

Mod parent: -1 (Bad advice)

Frank, honest communication is one of the pillars of a lasting business relationship. Hiding things from your employer is only likely to cause more problems later when it comes out, with potential consequences ranging from a soured relationship with your boss all the way up to an expensive, bitter lawsuit. (Not to say you'd lose the suit, but I can certainly see it happening, and it's something you don't want to be involved in.)

Definitely bring it up, and definitely make separate arrangements for use of the IP. I would have that complement your salary rather than being a part of it. Not only is there the chance you might sell the IP elsewhere, but what happens when you leave? On either good terms or bad? As an employer, if I hire you, it's because I think you (and your knowledge / capabilities / skills) will be an asset to the company. I would not put myself in the position of bringing you on, becoming dependent (to any degree) on your IP, and then having you rip that out of my company when you leave.

Granted, on some level we employers EXPECT to become dependent on some level on our new hires' skills and abilities. But that particular person we hire does not have a monopoly on skill or ability, so if they get hit by a truck / leave / whatever, they can be replaced, though perhaps not easily.

With patents, you DO have a guaranteed monopoly on that particular benefit you can bring to the company. If you were applying to work for me, I would want to arrange -- perhaps parallel to your salary -- a separate licensing agreement for the IP. At the very least, I would require a perpetual (or at least renewable-at-my-option-under-original-terms), non-exclusive license to any IP that make their way into the business's core operations. I'm not saying I'd require that for free, but without the guarantee that bringing you on wasn't going to cripple me in the future, I would definitely not hire you at any price.

The simple fact that you were capable of developing the patented methods that I find important adds to your value as an employee, and therefore to the salary I'd be willing to pay.

Disclaimer: I consider myself a high-integrity businessperson, so I could be overlooking some way that a scoundrel would try to take advantage of you. Get a lawyer's advice on the contract. And don't apply to work for any scoundrels anyway, because that's just asking for trouble. ;)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

shrikel Way more work than you would want (174 comments)

How can I...

Simple. Just write a custom driver on both the Windows and Linux boxes to handle both ends as described (you'll want the traffic duplicated both ways, I'd imagine, since you're not just dealing with one-way communication here).

I doubt there's anything off the shelf that will handle what you want. Sounds like a fun project... but don't undertake this unless you think the project will be as fun to work on as actually playing your game. And be prepared to drop a hundred hours into it (depending on your coding abilities and familiarity with the associated APIs).

about a month and a half ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

shrikel Re:It's okay when I do it... (429 comments)

I'm using a Linux PC as the LAN server/router, and you can blast around what you want, have 10K NATed TCP connections and everything works fine.

Great for you. Now try doing the same thing on $30 of hardware that draws 5 watts. (And no, a crappy old computer doesn't count.)

about a month and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

shrikel Re:Cartels (253 comments)

Well, actually, it may not change your belief. But it will stop you from getting reminded of those women when you visit the site.

about 6 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty To Defeat Extradition

shrikel Re:Cartels (253 comments)

Using Adblocker will solve 50% (!!!) of the disadvantages you've listed. (Though it may slightly expand "people" in the other listed disadvantage to include the folks at TPB as well as the content industry.)

about 6 months ago
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Physicists Test Symmetry Principle With an Antimatter Beam

shrikel Everything looks okay... moving forward. (106 comments)

The purpose of the experiment is to test CPT (Charge/Parity/Time) inversion to determine if the universe would look the same if we simultaneously swapped all matter for antimatter, left for right, and backwards in time for forwards in time.

"As long as no red flags are raised in the experiment, we plan to move forward with the project in November," said top engineer Fedwick McGillicutty. "Our hope is that, by reversing time itself, we can do away with the whole debacle that is 'daylight savings time.'"

about 9 months ago
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The NSA Is Looking For a Few Good Geeks

shrikel Re:world ramifications... (388 comments)

Come on, what's one measly little "A" going to change?

1 year,19 days
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Read Better Books To Be a Better Person

shrikel Re:Nonsense. (158 comments)

No single book can ever do that.

Of course, LotR is really three books... (Or six. Or seven. (Depending on how you count them.))

about a year ago
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It Takes 2.99 Gigajoules To Vaporize a Human Body

shrikel Re:Disintegration (272 comments)

Agreed. I don't see why "vaporization" must be defined as "completely separating all atoms within a molecule." Evaporation and boiling are two means of vaporizing (making into vapor) without complete atomic separation.

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

shrikel Re:Proud? (1233 comments)

The 50 states are mostly too small to exist on their own as viable nations (except for California and Texas) without being part of some kind of union, the way small European countries have banded together into a union to increase their trading and economic power and reduce the frictional losses of having separate currencies and economies and having trade barriers.

The population of the US in 1790 was 3,929,214.

about a year ago
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My credits by name in (released) software:

shrikel Wrong name change then (190 comments)

Win the poll? Then you should have changed your name to "None, but I still write code."

about a year and a half ago
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Over 100 Hours of Video Uploaded To YouTube Every Minute

shrikel Re:So how long... (83 comments)

Ah, but you're assuming videos will continue to be uploaded at a constant rate. Extrapolate future upload rates based on the past 10 years' growth history (or an estimate, if necessary), and recalculate. I'd do it myself, but I'm too lazy and I'm pretty sure somebody else here will take it as a challenge.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Trust When a Vendor Tells You To Buy New Parts?

shrikel Re:Stop buying gear without lifetime warentee (156 comments)

now remembering which drives are which a few years from now should one go bad, that's a different story

You could splurge and invest another $50 in a label maker...

about a year and a half ago

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Poll: Best year for linux on the desktop

shrikel shrikel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shrikel writes "Best year for linux on the desktop:
  • 1991
  • 1999
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2016
  • The same year Duke Nukem Forever comes out
"

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