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Disempowering the Singular Sysadmin?

ushering05401 Re:Too many cooks... (433 comments)

The description of the individual's dedication to the field does not validate possession of superuser powers. Perhaps the description is an unfair one. Either way, putting specialists between a legit C and a switch is how you ensure moderation and peer review in a hierarchy. So dude prolly needed an Actionable Process more than direct access.

more than 3 years ago
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US Revamps NIST's Standard-Setting Efforts

ushering05401 Re:Missed the best part... (64 comments)

Good luck if you are going to exclude the already captured, already cheap hydrocarbon sources.

We agree, I think. Harvesting energy is like the traditional domestication of horses. You do not raise a lithe Dandy to run itself to death except in the case of final defense. You do not raise a Dray to outpace a Dandy, nor to eat through your pantry.

Fast energy supplies should be kept fresh and available in reserve. Slow energy should be expected to pay incremental dividends each day in a methodical manner.

more than 3 years ago
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US Revamps NIST's Standard-Setting Efforts

ushering05401 Re:Key role in standardisation? (64 comments)

I've already posted here or I would hit you with a +1. Well done.

more than 3 years ago
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US Revamps NIST's Standard-Setting Efforts

ushering05401 Re:Missed the best part... (64 comments)

Does that have something to do with the story or are you making fun of the origin of my nick - which has to do w/the apocalypse, not creation. I'll woosh myself just in case... *woosh*

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US Revamps NIST's Standard-Setting Efforts

ushering05401 Missed the best part... (64 comments)

For example, the White House's National Science and Technology Council recently issued a notice in the Federal Register looking for public input on development and implementation of future standards. "The subcommittee is seeking answers to such questions as: How is the Federal government doing with respect to standards activities? What works well? What can be improved? The challenges of the 21st century, including the need to build a clean energy economy, reduce the high cost of health care, and secure our information technology systems, require that we actively consider ways to enhance the efficiency and responsiveness of the standards development process. Send responses to SOS_RFI@nist.gov," according to the to the government's Office of Science and Technology Policy blog.

Seems like this is the part that would draw more readers on this site.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Lays Claim To Patent On 'Fans'

ushering05401 Re:We Live in the World of Unfettered Rent Seekers (114 comments)

First, I don't believe you are actually addressing the point made above. 'Rent' is a commentary on the intersection of interest with the origin/dynamic of capital acquisition/maintenance. A more software relevant example would be in the question of what qualifies as rent now that software is making the final transition to Public Good status.

As far as I can tell, m00t has an idea that rent is paid by originality - see the 4chan cancer problem. Linus feels that rent is paid by people that choose to find their own interest in his company. Taco apparently thinks rent is paid by not abusing his board too heavily. All of these forms of rent have other facets that result in income - the evolution of content through distributed action, large scale data sets demonstrating patterns of attraction, the reputation/rank/tradition that establishes advertising desirability.

On the IP side of things a more accurate translation to real estate terms would be that your $100,000 home improvement only costs that much because of collusion between the builder, the material suppliers, and the governing authorities. IMHO the IP players are price fixing in an attempt to keep their industry from collapsing into Public Good status. I can prove this by the fact that the cost to infringe upon a lot of IP is sitting down in front of your computer and programming something in an obvious way, then finding out via a lawyer that you have violated IP rights. With a cost of infringement that low the IP is demonstrating its invalid nature.

Until I really got involved in Linux I was more tolerant of tech IP. When your base OS is only a suggestion of packages that work well together, and it is your job to customize the computer, you end up realizing just how many patents you are violating with nothing more that custom configuration of existing libraries and basic knowledge common to the field.

Long story short, Rent becomes a metaphysical concept where we are going. There isn't much to do about it, people want to eat and more are learning to grow their own every day. Did that even address the point? Not sure. Hope so.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Lays Claim To Patent On 'Fans'

ushering05401 Re:It's as if... (114 comments)

The system gets the joke. They also have to live with the consequences of change. At this point any IP changes will make a global impact, and must be considered both as Domestic and Foreign Policy.

I hate it too. Find thanks in the fact that we are not waking up to this steaming pile on our plate each morning. Someone is, though.

more than 3 years ago
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I would pay ___ monthly for a good online newspaper/magazine

ushering05401 Re:Oh crap... (315 comments)

A good source that I would pay for is different than a good source.

You raised a good point, you are a good source. $TECHGIANT spends a couple billion a year on R&D, they might be a good source.

You came here for a conversation, I am not going to pay you. They don't want to talk to me that I know of... If I want that source I'll pay.

Long story short, I would pay to hear opinions from people that would not otherwise be in the conversation.

On a similar note, something smells like mildew.

more than 3 years ago
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'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?

ushering05401 Re:Whats next? (1219 comments)

stonewallred, I have something hugely disappointing to share with you. The baby Jesus in and of Himself is not all that special.

Now, the Baby Jesus in rainbow short-shorts and on roller-skates... that sorta shit would save Vegas in a time of famine.

more than 3 years ago
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One Tip Enough To Put Name On Terrorist Watch List

ushering05401 Re:TSA Agents (446 comments)

Yeah, fine. That doesn't go far these days.

I have evidence that the CIA intentionally left evidence of potential CIA malfeasance in Switzerland for Swiss investigators to find.

Wanna do another go-round? Maybe this time you can (wo)man up and post non-anon?

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One Tip Enough To Put Name On Terrorist Watch List

ushering05401 Re:TSA Agents (446 comments)

Sorry, point is, talk about them here.

more than 3 years ago
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One Tip Enough To Put Name On Terrorist Watch List

ushering05401 Re:TSA Agents (446 comments)

My understanding is that anyone that posts here is already being monitored. That isn't to say you are elevated in any way. /. showed up specifically in at least one DHS report, but is not listed in the last schedule I saw on a leak site. Maybe just a different department. Don't know.

more than 3 years ago
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One Tip Enough To Put Name On Terrorist Watch List

ushering05401 Re:TSA Agents (446 comments)

Hmmm.. DHS head is suddenly abroad and discussing the future of international aviation. Too Big To Fail is meeting Who Will Stop The Rain.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech History Behind New York's New Year's Eve Ball

ushering05401 Re:Dumb (106 comments)

Pervert and a Prude. Come on 'spewey, you can't go making too many distinctions with a nick like that. At a certain level it all spews, man - it all spews.

more than 3 years ago
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Tech History Behind New York's New Year's Eve Ball

ushering05401 Re:Just the east coast? (106 comments)

They arm instead.

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

ushering05401 Re:troll detected (710 comments)

The mods are d3d. Where is the modern movement for intelligent deconstruction? The above is +5 funny. I'm tired of playing sonar in this pond.

WAPR

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

ushering05401 Re:troll detected (710 comments)

I post without my karma bonus for a reason. I know I don't belong at +2 to start. That being said, the mindlessness gets to me and some days I do want to be a jerk.

A post that includes something like this is trash:

I hate religious conversation because it's generally a waste of time but, unfortunately, there is a reason people generalize about Christians being against everything related to freedom and choice.

It does not bother me that it gets modded up, but don't people see this bias is being applied to all of humanity by all sides. Bring up any topic - Islam, Evolution, Global Warming - and otherwise well spoken people start talking like they couldn't think their way out of a paper bag.

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4chan Has Been DDOSed

ushering05401 Re:Aw thanks... (710 comments)

Take the Bible literally? You mean like believing that there have been many tribes since recorded history began, and will be many tribes until the end? Or did you mean interpreting the words literally?

At least in the U.S. most content fundies basically boil the Book down to "We will, We will rock you." They are simply noisier than the others... which the Book suggests we should allow them to be. Look up flagellation.

Two different things, the form and the content, you know?

more than 3 years ago
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4chan Has Been DDOSed

ushering05401 Re:First post (710 comments)

I'm out, all I have is this shrubbery. In fact, I'm coming to terms with the fact that I may, in fact, be a shrubber - given how often I find myself be-shrubbed.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 6950 Can Be Unlocked To HD 6970

ushering05401 Re:It is still different HW (191 comments)

Bell curve dude. You got one system out in the fourth standard deviation.

I don't know about that. I'm not an over-clocker, but my C-64 SX, Amiga 2000, and my grandmother's 8086 on which she wrote her life story all still boot. Computers Pentium era and later I have had fail for all sorts of reasons - and I am not including any sort of storage failure - that is a different issue.

I'm betting the problem is just the integrated aspect of everything. My mother's expensive laptop had everything and the kitchen sink on-board - and then the wireless stopped powering up or something... Doorstop despite the fact that it has more computing power than all my fossils combined.

Anyhow, I'll check my museum pieces again in 2-3 years. Worst problem so far was actual storage media failing - but the net provides and I found the images on-line along with replacement media.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Steve Fossett possessions found in mammoth?

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ushering05401 (1086795) writes "KCal-9 news Los Angeles is reporting that a pilot's license bearing Steve Fossett's name was found by a hiker in the mountainous Mammoth area of California. In an interview with KCal-9 the hiker indicated that the items were found partially concealed beneath decomposing pine needles some way up a steep ridge. The hiker had been far from any established trail at the time of the discovery, and was initially more interested in the weathered hundred dollar bills he found scattered about the area than the possibility of discovering further evidence of a missing person. A friend clued him into Fossett's identity Tuesday morning at which point the hiker hired a lawyer to contact Fossett's family on his behalf. It is unknown if Fossett's family or the hiker contacted authorities about the discovery, or why the hiker felt he needed a lawyer to deal with the situation for him. Authorities are reportedly pouring into the local airport to begin an in depth search of the area."
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Microsoft & Citrix to Double Team VMWare?

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ushering05401 (1086795) writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Microsoft is preparing to announce an alliance with Citrix Systems. This announcement, along with disclosure of the acquisition of Calista Technologies, precedes the imminent release of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology. Hyper-V, formerly known as Viridian, has been a source for speculation for the past year as Microsoft continually pushed back release dates and waffled on feature lists. It now appears that Redmond may simply have been taking their time to position themselves to take on VMWare, who last year experienced a highly successful IPO.

Story: http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8034939?nclick_check=1"
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New Defiance of Congress

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ushering05401 (1086795) writes "The White House has launched a new defense of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, and if allowed to stand it may set a precedent in the ability of the President to defy Congress. Today the White House used multiple spokespersons to air the defense which consists of this: Gonzalez did not lie, but we can't offer any supporting evidence to Congress because of potential threats to National Security.

This latest defense tactic comes in the face of a perjury charge expected to be brought against the Attorney General after Robert S. Mueller III, head of the FBI, offered Congress testimony that directly contradicted testimony from the A.G. A subpoena has been issued to Karl Rove as Congress is searching for further clarification of related issues.

A brief New York Times overview is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/27/washington/26cnd -gonzales.html?hp."
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ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ushering05401 (1086795) writes "Multiple news sources are reporting at least eight deaths across North America due to failures in the calibration and use of pumps designed to deliver cancer medications. The medications being administered are so powerful that once an overdose has occured there is not a way to save the victims life. The case reviewed in this article http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.h tml?id=d296990e-fc05-4b5d-86b4-32d3c2e4be9b&k=6732 3
  describes a woman who recieved an overdose living for twenty two days after the overdose knowing she was going to die.

In addition to the human element, regulators reviewing the cases cite the lack of sanity checks embedded into the pump as an issue that needs to be addressed. Yet another example of technology designed without proper validation testing to account for human error.

The nurses involved in most of these cases are not being disciplined. Regulators cite systematic failures that should have been addressed when the procedures and technology were implemented."
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ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ushering05401 (1086795) writes "The BBC writes about info delivered at the current Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting (Concluded today, April, 20).

Apparently solar flares follow 'coronal loops.' These loops funnel acoustic signals much like a pipe organ does — leading the reporter to liken the sun's corona to a musical instrument.

From TFA: "These loops can be up to 100 million kilometres long and guide waves and oscillations in a similar way to a pipe organ," said Dr Youra Taroyan, from the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC) at the University of Sheffield.

Other info here : the sun's corona is up to 300 times hotter than the surface of the sun. There is some basic explanation of this phenomenon. Also some suggestions that these discoveries may help work out earth based fusion kinks...

regards."

Journals

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Curry and Question Marks.

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Some heavy reading.

Small motions of Civic Duty must be small. Show me the smallest observance a citizen may make. Measure from it the effort, implication, and value of reward. Combine these to interpretive metrics and play.

Plant your tongue firmly in cheek and compare across communities, then reinterpret the Police Blotter. The fact that we have them at all is pretty telling - Blotters that is. Their presence indicates "Humans Are Here." A kind of Syndrome, defined by a general rutting and bashing of various meats, minerals, and things that rot after a while anyway.

Anywhere enduring H.A.H.S. must be on guard night and day for the excessive mixing of disillusionment and Crossed H - the one from the beginning and the one from the end. Bad Crossed H can mean Home Trouble, and I certainly hope the marches planned in India are done with this in mind. The operative phrase is "gathering is not clotting even if it looks the same." Clot is monoculture bad. Gather isn't polyculture, but permaculture. Gathering in a time of hardship should be expected. It is a known process that should not be avoided by large masses of people out of fear or intimidation.

What is on trial here, anyway? The fact that disingenuous behavior exists or that we have placed the power of total communal ruin too deeply within institution? If your homeland is to be riven wouldn't it be nice to at least be party to the preamble? Waves that form out of nowhere to swamp sitting politicians simply don't form out of nowhere. That should be enough for honest citizens to refuse to be overthrown themselves by such a wave. Claiming the problem has been known long is proof that all assemblies must be peaceful - these are assemblies of people that are late to their own defense. May each act accordingly.

But we need institutions if we are to gather with regularity in any large numbers, so reforming the existing should trump burning down. It seems that the codification that allows institution is great for auditors because it can cut the most rambunctious out of sensitive positions. Those auditors had better be Tight to play that game. Rambunction goes feral and to seed soon after the heralds of disillusionment and clotting begin to sneer and ... clot. The poorly aimed cut of some past auditor, perhaps weeding out a few Public Servants that wouldn't abide corruption by which the Overseer profited, can lead directly to the filling of a People's Ark. The concept is simple. Illicit activity creates unnatural selection pressure, incorrectly denying placement to able bodied applicants who go on to form the opposition to the offenders. This is a real phenomena that can be observed when the marginalized yet able move to offer their skills to the Public Body.

It is not naturally to the good that these offended ones join their will if violence by action or reaction is accepted by them. The cumulative experience of corruption is not healed by the slaughtering of current targets. This knowledge can be expressed when families lock arms together and stand for simple justice. Do not leave the boys out to throw rocks at paper tiger bad guy. If the current targets were truly to blame you would see isolation in the criminal occurrence whether by M.O., location, or affiliation. The pattern reported in the Guardian does not indict the currently indicted. When a Public Servant goes bad you must deal with it sternly. When many Public Servants go bad you must treat them like children. Clearly it is a family problem. We know something about those in my country too.

With this in mind, is it too far for an Ally to encourage respectful public demonstration of the Indian people? Is this a step too far against the diplomatic expectation of International Relations. Could it be received as a show of faith in the core integrity of the Incumbents now turned Inquisitors?

This is the question I would send off in a bottle to the people now faced with widespread inquest. This is the sort of situation a bad ally exploits, so watch the U.S. very closely right now for her citizen's sake, my Indian friends. I like India, and I will like India more if She can help my country understand the respectful way to assist Her people.

How does a compassionate ally act at a time like this? Let's read about it in the newspapers.

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Three to get ready...

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

"He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went."
- Matthew 21:29
        via The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, Thomas Jefferson

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Lions and Tigers and Bears...

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

So the Anna Chapman dish continues to flower. Oddly, I found my heart-strings twanging out a solemn dirge as I read about Ms. Chapman's most recent public appearance. I can only wonder if her adoring audience didn't just watch their heroine have her heart torn out before the people of the Earth, the Universe, and Everything.

NY Times
AP via Google

Surely the strategists love the beautiful woman to be at repose with the image of the lion and the hue of international serenade. Surely the woman, now deemed muse of the political youth, would defy the rift of the stage to rise up singing with her people.

Is this salvation? Would Ms. Chapman, in trouble due to her long term application of Faith against odds in a shattering world, dare whisper to a single soul if she suddenly realized a misunderstanding from her earliest youth? What if it took the sight of the lion to know that it was not her lion brought, but again one with which she must bite her tongue, bind her heart, and persevere.

Even the possibility is horrific. We outsiders will likely never know without a time of signs and wonders what goes in the true hearts of our compatriots.

Ms. Chapman, wherever you are, a Blessed New Year to you. If you should read this, please pass on an American blessing to the Tiger as well. It isn't as if cursing a Tiger will chip fang or claw, though the Opposition now falling will wish otherwise. You should know better than I what to do with Bears, just make sure they are confident that Winter coats will grow thick each year and they will love you.

P.S. The best surprises are first rumors, then vapor, then true. Oh My!!!

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To the Broken

ushering05401 ushering05401 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tonight my family has gathered. The eating is done. My nephews sang carols with the ladies, and when it was time for the men to join in we were as on-key as possible for a couple resentful former choirboys. Dishes are going into the sink. My sisters have settled in with their boys bundled in blankets to watch the Grinch, Frosty, and Santa.

Somewhere in rural Tennessee an ex-con uncle of mine has hopefully remembered to stock up on frozen meals so he doesn't have a repeat of last year, when he woke on Christmas morning to find that there was only one Hungry Man to split with his housemate and no stores open for miles.

Somewhere, every few minutes, a fellow American is checking to ensure that a certain Private is still in solitary Hell. Somewhere terrorists are plotting their revenge for crimes real and imagined. Somewhere, an African child is learning who and what America is and is all about. We can thank the private security forces and the American flags they fly at the refineries and pipelines for that. We will need to kill some of these children someday soon, and our politicians will tell us it is freedom the children hated, and that hatred is what made them take up arms. Our politicians are liars.

Tonight I have everything I need. Naturally, that is not enough anymore. I cannot heal the broken. I cannot heal the barrio. I cannot heal the wounds of life in a society of controlled neglect and premeditated ignorance that allows our industrial prison complex to thrive. Yet the words Ya Basta shall not cross these lips. It is time to finish the game.

Guilty or innocent, the form of our justice has failed the test of sanity. Our forms of discourse, appropriation, negotiation, and legislation have passed from flawed and of mortal vein to a type of perfection shared by all things that have been, and will not be again. Tonight I stand with the dispossessed and say to them - all you have seen in your American life will be thrown down and trod into the dust. The sins of our fathers are coming home.

I will not stop until the spirit of the Magna Carta is restored; the Constitution is observed; the lies of our modern history undone.

Merry Christmas if you roll that way. I'm thinking of you tonight.

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