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Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

tinkerghost But THAT's NOT HOW IT WORKS!!!! (203 comments)

See, managers don't manage things, they manage people. And as long as you can manage your people you will lead your business to success. It says so right there in every MBA book ever written.

about a week ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

tinkerghost Re:Jealous? (138 comments)

They got cheaper gas they were entitled to. They didn't get a deal for cheaper gas. They essentially stole cheaper gas.

Um.. I do not think those words mean what you think they mean.

about a week ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

tinkerghost Re:They are going big into alternative energy (163 comments)

They already sent a directive in the budget that they are not to spend money preparing for global warming related issues. That includes things like loosing some of the atoll emergency landing strips in the far east, the failure of the south Florida fresh water supply. Coastal base issues etc.

about two weeks ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

tinkerghost Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Formally, a flash bang is a "stun grenade" and falls in the "less than lethal" category of offensive weapons.
Note it is not harmless, most people report significant temporary (1 year or less not 5-10 minutes ) or permanent hearing loss. If close to the detonation point, 2nd & 3rd degree burns are common. Vision problems (retinal damage, corneal burns, etc) are another frequent side effect.
These weapons are designed for high risk breaches, not raiding a house in the middle of the night to serve a search warrant after you've already arrested the suspect.

about a month ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

tinkerghost Re:Nevertheless, Microsoft is doomed (93 comments)

You mean the patent to use the technology already baked into the web protocols - that was patented after the web protocols were written? that IP? "On a computer" is a magical phrase. If no one has patented it yet, it's fair game - everything on a computer is novel to the patent office. - I'll be very happy if the courts actually apply July's ruling on patent eligibility like they are supposed to, rather than just ignore it again.

about a month and a half ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tinkerghost Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Trade has existed long before mathematics were formally codified.

Not really. The whole 60 seconds to a minute & minutes to hours is because the Babalonians used a base 60 counting system for trade - that's pushing math in trade back 5K years to when they BUILT THE WHOLE NUMBER SYSTEM AROUND IT.

Individual barter goes back earlier, but pretty much as soon as you get into "Trade", you need math to handle it.

about 2 months ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

tinkerghost Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

You are a little out of date, Odin was downgraded during the pantheonic reorganization. Unfortunately due to a clerical error the one true God is now a central park squirrel named Skippy.

Foamy - his name is Foamy the Squirel

about 2 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

tinkerghost Re:NT is best (190 comments)

3 times this year MS has bricked my system with updates. I run a stock install from HP - the only software on the PC is Firefox, LO, Steam, and ARC. All 3 times it's corrupted my system hive. The first time I ended up re-installing, the last 2 times I've just replaced the hive.

about 3 months ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

tinkerghost Re:LibreOffice (190 comments)

...the braindead HR manager...

Is there any other kind?

Actively malicious?

about 3 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

tinkerghost Re:Microsoft Products "Just Work" (579 comments)

but unfortunately when you go to do complicated things, you frequently find the Microsoft product has a feature to handle it and the open solution either doesn't or it is rather messy.

Can you provide some examples? I generally find that the OS versions of software conform to the guidelines of GUI design as well as MS products do. I also find that the error messages provided in OS software are usually more informative than Microsoft's.

about 3 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

tinkerghost Re:Document formats... (579 comments)

MS Office didn't read or write OOXML, and just after it was passed they said it never would. So if 2013 is working with it now - great. Just one thing - could they please explain the "asWord98" flags? As a full and complete standard, "do it like MS Word 98 would have" isn't exactly proper. In fact it's so incomplete that last time I used Word, it couldn't import documents from 2003 let alone 98.

about 3 months ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

tinkerghost Re:Freedom of Expression... (424 comments)

Btw, how do you distinguish between defamation/slander and critics in the US?

If the statements are true or opinions:

  1. The service was poor - I had to request silverware 3 times before I could eat my salad. Not libel/slander/defamation if true.
  2. There was a cockroach in my salad. Not libel/slander/defamation if true.
  3. The food was bland and flavorless. - opinion

about 4 months ago
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Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents

tinkerghost Re:OCA (184 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U... The US Government used their privilege to avoid embarrassment - claiming the crash report exposed damaging information about the classified equipment being tested on the flight - when the document was de-classified, the only comment was that it was testing classified equipment and the equipment was unrelated to the crash. From the start, the government has been lying about the need to classify information simply to avoid accountability, is it surprising that they are not trusted to do so?

about 5 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

tinkerghost Re:Another Snowden lie, given the circumstances. (346 comments)

Given that the Russian government is protecting him as much as they are, he handed some intelligence over to buy himself some time. That's the most likely manner in which they'd offer him protection.

Not really - it's cheap political theater. He's a highly public figure that the US desperately wants back on US soil - it costs Russia nothing to have him & they gain a lot of 'respectability' points for sheltering a US dissident from the wrath of "an out of control US government". The political points for having Snowden lecture the US on privacy issues & transparency from Moscow are huge - Russia couldn't buy a better venue to tweak Uncle Sam's nose.

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

tinkerghost Re: Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Corporate whores and prostitutes are different. Prostitutes Fuck you for a fee. Corporate whores Fuck you over for a bribe.

about a year ago
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Charles Carreon Finally Surrenders To the Oatmeal

tinkerghost Re: Quite the Buddhist there... (173 comments)

You are supposed to help those on the path to enlightenment. Just because you can't lead them to enlightenment, doesn't mean you abandon them to their own devices.

about a year ago
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

tinkerghost Re:Yawn (278 comments)

"patents they've never disclosed" is kind of a contradiction in terms. Usually the claim is that they haven't disclosed which patents are being cross-licensed.

"Patents they've never disclosed" is acurate. They go to companies using Android and say - "Linux uses our patents, pay us or else.", but they never disclose which patents Linux infringes on - they just take the money for a no-sue promise.

about a year ago
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

tinkerghost Re:Nice summary (278 comments)

22%? um 2.25% as an opening bid with the normal ending point of 1.2% or 0% depending on cross licensing agreements. At no point was there a 22% offer on the table.

about a year ago
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Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

tinkerghost Re:Nice summary (278 comments)

Actually, 2.25% was the opening request - the same opening request they made to Nokia, Sony, and a bunch of other companies. MS ran to the courts to complain rather than negotiate. Not sure how it's abusive to make an initial offer that's higher than you expect to get. Now, had Motorola/Google refused to negotiate that 2.25%, it might be abusive - but that's not what happened.

about a year ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

tinkerghost Re:SPOILERS (1233 comments)

Silver nitrate in the film will set off the detectors they use - as will a wide variety of hand lotions and even perfumes.
Other things that will set off the detector/test if you handle your lugage at any time while contaminated with them include:

  • potting soil, grass patch, plant food, and of course straight fertilizer.
  • Cleaning products - anything with amonia in it.
  • attending a show with pyrotechnics
  • gun powder residue - black or smokeless.
  • nitrate based medicines for heart conditions
  • insecticides

The list goes on, but the point is, even transporting your lugage in the same trunk as you carried potting soil in 2 months ago is going to get you flagged as a positive. After that, it's going down hill for you.

about a year ago

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8X Spike in Asterisk Login Attempts in August

tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "Sometime this weekend, my Asterisk/mail server hit the disk limit on the /var directory. Why you ask? Because it turns out my Asterisk server has been logging about 4Gig worth of login attempts per week since late July. I had logrotate set to cycle the file out weekly and keep 4 weeks of logs. Since the log has been steady at about 500Mb/week for the last 2 years this has worked fine. Unfortunately, this new rush overwhelmed my disk space and locked out new voicemail & email messages. I've already re-configured logrotate to rotate on file size, but I'm wondering if any other SIP server users have been seeing a huge spike in their scripted login attempts."
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tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "Andrew Orlowski seems to have missed the point of net neutrality as most people in the tech industry use it. His latest blog gives the distinct impression that net neutrality forbids QoS packet shaping. It doesn't. Net neutrality, as used by most IT people, is about end to end neutrality, not packet shaping to benefit QoS for latency sensitive protocols.

QoS packet shaping was designed expressly for the purpose of reducing the latency of latency sensitive protocols at the expense of latency neutral ones. As such, it works well in the existing network neutral structure — VOIP and streaming media have reduced latency on congested networks, and http, bittorrent, and FTP transfers have a slight increase in latency that is imperceptible to the end user.

This is in sharp contrast to a non-network neutral structure — wherein your latency is not shaped based on the QoS requirements of your protocol, but on the fee paid by both you & the host on the other end. Since both the client & the server are currently paying their providers for the bandwidth they are using, I can only assume that latency fees in this new non-neutral network will have to be paid to each & every provider that the signal crosses in order to maintain your higher QoS rating — imagine the nightmare of trying to sort your bill at the end of the month & finding you owe 200+ telcos for QoS fees."
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tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "The Burning Man Festival is evidently a hot issue right now. CNN has a small article about one of the original promoters suing the other 2. He's trying to get the 'Burning Man' IP (Trademark & Logo) released to the public domain — I would thing that CC-Non-commercial might be a better way to go."
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tinkerghost tinkerghost writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tinkerghost (944862) writes "CNN has a quick run down on a study that reports that adolescents (13-17) who play FPS games show heightened emotional responses when compared to adolescents playing non violent games.
Can we just class that as Duh?
Have them get back to us when they have a long term study showing a lasting change, not just immediately following playing."

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