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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

t0rkm3 Re:Money money money (163 comments)

Given that the spill was 1200 gallons... I may have seriously botched the math, but I think that equates to about 145m of pipeline. Given that the company manages 15000miles of pipeline, 145m between shut-off measures sounds pretty good.

It's not pretty for the neighborhood, but it really is small potatoes.

about 5 months ago

Apple Files Patent For Digital Wallet and Virtual Currency

t0rkm3 Re:First to file vs first to invent (84 comments)

You never saw those EasyPay things at the gas station? You know, where you touch the key fob to the base unit and voila! Money disappears!

Given that NFC has been around for a while... calling this non-obvious is a marketrologist move... not a technical nor ethical move.

about a year ago

OK City Data Center Built To Withstand Winds Up To 310 MPH, Says Contractor

t0rkm3 Re:Domes (139 comments)

That's kind of the problem... So, when your power is out for ten days and your basement is below the overly saturated water table and the sump pump can't run.... you end up with 18 inches of water. Just happened, we have 2500sqf basement that is 10' below the ground line... which puts the lowest point 5ft below the water table. Torrential rain and a power outage gave us 18 inches of water that it took 4 sump pumps most of the day to clear.

So? As a home owner... who wants that shit? Most don't. I've only ever seen 1 other basement larger in OK, and I was visiting to help my dad with finding the clog in the sump line.

Why do I have this? Cuz the house was built in 1901 and has been maintained very well. (Good bones ;-)

about a year ago

Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

t0rkm3 Re:Yes! (303 comments)

The problem is... what if you WANT to sort, like sending bugtraq emails to a folder to catch up on later?

As far as I can tell there isn't a good way to remove those emails from the current view other than Label->Archive.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

t0rkm3 Re:Hold tech companies' feet to fire about H1-Bs (694 comments)


Actual, deep understanding of network protocols and application behavior over a network.

Python, for something other than a simple looping structure.

I have interview 30 people for network security positions. 15 with >5yrs experience and 15 with >4yr degree. We have hired 0 from university. Even hiring the experienced people was difficult as most of the people that are really good at their job are also very employed.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Making Government More Open and Connected a Good Idea?

t0rkm3 Re:Baffling trainwreck of an article (73 comments)

Yeah... I think Tim kicked his dog once...

It is rare to see such an officious, self-important and clueless article. Usually the clueless people try to retain the appearance of objectivity, and the officious and self-important try not to sound clueless.

I'm not even sure what this guy thinks caused the internet to come in to being, or how it was possible. From his stance it seems that he thinks if Richard Stallman had been elected Dirty Dictator in Chief that we would all be driving hover cars to our communal quarters to watch the next video release from StarDate, the life of James Kirk.

The Internet is a morass of people trying to climb over each for bits of information. Like a swarm of army ants hungry for the bit of data that enriches their lives. It will absorb anything that is useful in it's path. It just so happens that 'open source' folks are more humble about their code than the closed source folks... so the open tech gets integrated more quickly. There are cases where the inverse is true... and it gets swallowed up just as efficiently. (VMWare)

Don't fight it, try to ride it. Certainly don't be a wanker. If it offends you that Tim is a great salesguy and has done a great job of making people climb over themselves to a get book published under one of his imprints... don't buy the books. There are other (often cheaper) alternatives.

about a year and a half ago

The End Is Nigh For the Linux Game Tome

t0rkm3 Re:Remember Pingus? (123 comments)

Perhaps apt-cache review freeciv?

I am certain there will be a utility to serve this function soon, or there already is one that I've never heard of.... like perlthanks or something.

about a year and a half ago

Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

t0rkm3 Re:There is no subsidy (409 comments)

Only for the first few years... then you end up the other way around. The subsidy is built to match the recovery curve on oil investment.

Essentially, you can either do a flat year over year depreciation or you can front load it. Either way, you depreciate the same number of dollars. I am not sure how this ends up being a subsidy rather than a tax break on business cost... the same as my construction business. In fact, I often try to structure my spending to get a similar effect.

about a year and a half ago

Obama Wants To Fund Clean Energy Research With Oil & Gas Funds

t0rkm3 Re:How is this not a good idea? (409 comments)

Solyndra is probably a poor example, as the primary shareholder was "THE" Obama fundraiser in the midwest and a powerful corporate force overall.

He's also fervently anti-libertarian, anti-republican in local politics. Thank you Mr Kaiser!

about a year and a half ago

US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

t0rkm3 Re:Pro Exploitation CEO (1313 comments)

I personally have shut down technical consulting groups and call centers in France because we were able to get better customer satisfaction and more work out of their German and English counterparts. The data was trended over a decade (I only had personal touch with 2yrs). I argued to attempt to rectify the issue by interviewing local talent via a very technical French Canadian friend of mine. We conducted interviews for 2wks (similarly to what we did in London and Hamburg) and found the talent pool was also shallow, with salary expectations sorely out of line.

Long story short. We fired the French. We hired more Germans and English.

I understand that different types of companies expect different results, and different behaviors. The talent pool in France was unable to keep up with our expectations.

about a year and a half ago

US Energy Secretary Resigns

t0rkm3 Re:Let's hope it begins a trend (141 comments)

As a local to one of the crony capitalists that benefited from the Solyndra deal. Kaiser knew what he was doing when he dumped a several wads of cash into the O-B ticket coffers. He was buying access to free money. Solyndra died and Kaiser was paid back before the govt debts were satisfied, which is supposed to be against the law.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

t0rkm3 Re:Waste of money (913 comments)


I don't use a mouse. I will usually install a plugin that allows browser use without a mouse and the keyboard is my friend.

I really don't use a mouse that often, and I do >10hrs daily of computer based work/study. It takes some adaptation, especially since everybody else pushed the mouse for even simple tasks (like word selection).

I certainly understand that I am in the minority... but I can dream, can't I?

about a year and a half ago

Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?

t0rkm3 Re:Couldn't we just charge them tuition? (689 comments)

I think the derision had more to do with the timing... as in, draft dodging.

I don't think I remember anyone who had a beef with accepting recognition and benefit from a foreign education institution.

just sayin'

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

t0rkm3 Re:Waste of money (913 comments)

Yes, I would love to be able to buy a laptop without a trackpad or a touchscreen. I disable the trackpad immediately upon boot on ASUS and HP laptops currently, if I could buy them without it would save me space and money. If I want a mouse, I will attach a little portable or use a bluetooth mouse.

about a year and a half ago

Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

t0rkm3 Re:How do they do it? (686 comments)

Yes. I am paying attention, and yes I work with state-run oil and gas conglomerates. Most of them are shite for safety and environmental controls. CNOOC is an abomination. Petrozuata is horrid (except at their press friendly sites.) Petrobras is another example of hateful most of the time, unless a camera is near. Lukoil? The reason it was sold back to Russia is that the upgrade costs... were going to be monstrous.

I could go on for days...

So yes, please go on in your armchair criticism and ignorance. I agree that the banking and auto industry got a nice bit of crony capitalism going on, but you should spend your anger on fixing that. As a whole, our system works failure well... We just have to figure out (as we have in the past) how to ratchet down hard on the people currently gaming the system.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

t0rkm3 Re:Fair for the goose... (476 comments)

Huh... it's still standard enough that all of my linux devices can sync to it... along with my Android devices. So your response is a canard.

USB mass storage an anachronism? Definitely showing the lace of your shill bloomers. It's a useful tool, one that should be standard across the board.

The button is a linked to a keyboard action (more or less), and you should be able to change keyboard actions... So, yes I am glad that MS is getting reamed. May the pain continue.

about a year and a half ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

t0rkm3 Re:Mommy... (1435 comments)

Flaming error. Interesting nick, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote, the amendment you are looking for is often referred to as the 16th.

about a year and a half ago

How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

t0rkm3 Re:n00b (303 comments)

Or not using nvidia graphics cards or broadcom chipsets. Archlinux handles these nicely, while Ubuntu chunders.

Also the Ubuntu folks are selective about what hardware problems are a priority. That is to be expected from a business. In contrast, Archlinux devs don't really give a lot of crap about your hardware, but there is likely someone who has had the same problem and has provided the fix. This method seems to work long term because Archlinux uses the vanilla builds.

about 2 years ago

Draft of IPCC 2013 Report Already Circulating


In short, everything will be same as humanity has had it for the majority of our existence. The GP is right, the world won't change a whole lot.

Call me when you get someone to figure out how the NIMBYs will get over thorium breeder reactors...

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

t0rkm3 Re:It's very possible (526 comments)

Heh... At my office we account for six. Once I demonstrated that I could dual-boot Linux and Android, so that it would be a very useful at the office, and could still be used by the significant other at home... they started breeding, setting up mated pairs(rsync) and otherwise carrying on.

ASUS needs a better marketing platform.

about 2 years ago


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