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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

tchuladdiass Re:No (545 comments)

It actually depends. Back a while ago, a large consulting / outsourcing firm had faced a lawsuit, that a bunch of their IT employees were mis-classified. The outcome of that suit is that they were all reclassified as hourly, eligible for overtime -- but their pay got slashed by about 30%.

For myself, I like not having to punch a clock or fill in a time sheet. And if I have to run out an hour early, I like that my pay won't be docked by that amount. (Note, that employers can deduct hours from your vacation pool for less than either 8 hours a day worked, or 40 hours a week, can't remember which, but they can't dock your pay if you are exempt).

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

tchuladdiass Re:nope (73 comments)

The way the updates work: When the device check Google for an update, for the first few days it gets a random chance of 1 in 100 of being selected. That chance is then reset after a few days, so when it checks again it gets another chance, maybe 5 in 100. Note, that once the dice is rolled, no matter how often it checks for updates, it will always get the same decision until a certain time has elapsed. This chance increases as time goes on, allowing more devices to get the updates. If there are a significant number of issues reported during the first few days, this gives Google a chance to address the issues with additional patches, or to pull the update completely if required.

about two weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

tchuladdiass Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

Let's say you pay the burger flippers more. That means the price of the burger goes up (the money has to come from somewhere). Now, the person working at the bread factory is going to want more pay to afford the higher cost of the burger. And so is the plumber. And the construction worker building a house. All of these companies now have to raise the price of their products to accommodate the higher payroll. Looks like raising the pay of the burger flipper really didn't accomplish much, as bread and housing is now more expensive. Congratulations.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

tchuladdiass Re:"Finds Fault" is faulty reporting (269 comments)

That 25 seconds of fuel was landing fuel. If they ran out before landing, they would have pushed the abort button and shot back into orbit with the takeoff fuel allocation. Now I don't know if this was automatic, or if the launch fuel physically separated (to absolutely prevent using it for landing), so that could have been a factor also.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

tchuladdiass Re:Practice colony in Antarctica first? (269 comments)

How would the reactors provide power? Remember, Nuke just provides a lot of heat, which is used to boil water to generate steam, which powers dynamos. And they use so much water that they are almost always built near the sea, a lake, or river.

about 2 months ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

tchuladdiass HAL 9000 (120 comments)

Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

about 3 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

tchuladdiass Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

I agree that most of what people have can be re-downloaded. However, separating that out is a chore, and what if you miss something? Might as well back up the entire drive just to make sure. But that would be a great product -- a search engine service that you can upload a list of file hashes and have it return a url for each file that is available online.

about 4 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

tchuladdiass Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

I haven't used rdiff-backup, but I used to use rsnapshot (actually a homebrew equivalent to it) -- was backing up several hosts to a central one. But I really missed having all the backup metadata in a database, where I could do simple SQL queries to find out file patterns were taking up the most space (this helps you tune your include/exclude list). Also, trying to replicate a rsnapshot volume that had a bunch of hard links (each day's backup's common files were hard linked to the previous days' files) -- this made for some very slow copying, unless I did a raw image copy (30 systems, with 10 daily, 6 weekly, and 12 monthly backup each made for a lot of file inode entries). That's why I wrote Snebu, so for each file that doesn't change between backups, only one gets stored. And references between backup sets are handled in the DB (sqlite3 based) instead of via hard links in the filesystem. Oh, and files are also compressed (lzop compatible format), which is something that rsnapshot didn't give me.

My favorite feature, that I'm testing out now (should be in the next version once it is stable and I hammer out the UI issues) is the ability to have a shadow copy of the backup DB that you stick on a thumb drive. This allows you to make incremental backups of your laptop to the shadow copy and sync it back to the main backup later on. Other features coming include external plugin modules to support moving / copying older backup sets to independent volumes, and potentially tape changers and cloud storage too (however these will all be secondary storage locations, the primary will be local storage).

about 4 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

tchuladdiass Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (316 comments)

Rotational Vibration (RV) is the vibration the drive experiences from the platters rotating at high speed. When you put a bunch of drives in a cage, some interesting harmonics build up which can shorten the life span of the drives further. Enterprise grade hard drives are built to better withstand these vibrations, lessening the chance of failure. (At least that is what their literature says -- personally I'd mount the drives using grommets or something like what Rackspace uses [rubber bands I think?]).

about 4 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

tchuladdiass Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

I remember when tape drives stored a few times more data than hard drives, and were priced about the same. I know I can back up to external USB drives (which I do using Snebu, but I which tape drives were more affordable.

about 4 months ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

tchuladdiass Not as good a field of view (496 comments)

Even if you put the screen up by the window, with a mirror you can always move your head a bit to get a bit more visual context. With a camera and screen, that doesn't work. Unless they also put in head tracking, or use a 3d screen.

about 9 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

tchuladdiass Re:where do I sign? (520 comments)

That one won't do 4K at any more than 30Hz refresh (HDMI 1.2 input only, no Display Port or dual-link DVI). And you won't have the same color calibration as a computer monitor. Other than that, if you are on a budget it's not a bad deal.

about a year ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

tchuladdiass Re:Redhat/CentOS is no substitute for Ubuntu deskt (186 comments)

RHEL 7 Beta is based off Fedora 19, with a 3.10 kernel. Usually their beta cycles run about 6 months. Oh, and they heavily backport to their stable kernel (it is "stable", not meaning crashes less, but referring too the fact that the API/ABI doesn't change when they release updates).

about a year ago
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Isaac Asimov's 50-Year-Old Prediction For 2014 Is Viral and Wrong

tchuladdiass Re:I beg to differ (385 comments)

Other than the not having to work part, we really do live like kings. We get to sit in a seat to be transported from place to place, our homes are heated and cooled, running hot water, plumbing, non-rancid food, quite a bit of food actually, we can pull up music and other entertainment on demand, and have great libraries at our disposal. The list goes on -- most royalty a couple centuries back didn't have it this good.

about a year ago
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FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

tchuladdiass Entropy source (178 comments)

Why not just hook a microphone on the inside of the computer to pick up the fan noise, and use that as a random source? I'm sure there's some entropy in there.

1 year,8 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

tchuladdiass Re:Fax machine (497 comments)

That's why whenever I don't recognize the phone number, I'll pick up but don't say anything. If it is a human on the line, they will eventually say hello.

1 year,25 days
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Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

tchuladdiass Re:The distinction is minor (223 comments)

For that to happen, the charging would have to be via beamed RF energy instead of magnetic induction. What I'd rather see is a return to devices that only needed charging or battery replacements once per month or so. Like the old 2-way pagers I used to carry.

1 year,28 days
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Ask Slashdot: Simple Backups To a Neighbor?

tchuladdiass Re:How close? Within WiFi range? (285 comments)

Personally, I've started syncing my files to a USB hard drive running off a Beagle Bone, via wifi, that sits in my vehicle. It syncs at night after I pull in. Now there is the possibility that the house will burn down, take my vehicle in the garage with it, but I figure I'm covered for a large part of the time when I'm at work (since my car is with me then).

about a year ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

tchuladdiass Re:like that works (545 comments)

Well here's a strange thought. If you don't have enough daylight after work, how about going to work an hour early, and getting out an hour early? Nothing really gets done early or late in the work day anyway, so co-ordinating with others' time in the office shouldn't bee that big of a deal (as long as everyone is there during a core 5-hour period).

about a year ago
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Root of Maths Genius Sought

tchuladdiass Talent is 90% desire (251 comments)

I believe that for the most part, people don't have a "natural" talent for what they are good at -- instead, they have a strong desire for it, which makes the many hours of work they put in seem more like fun than work. In order to be good, you have to put in many hours (4 hours a day, for 10 years) of progressive practice -- constantly working at the edge of your current skill, and pushing that edge slowly forward. It is that way with programming, math, music, art, etc. But to dedicate 10,000 hours, you have to be able to somewhat enjoy what you are doing, or you will give up.

about a year ago

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