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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

whitroth So that's what's wrong with slashdot today (446 comments)

All the idiot 20-somethings and 30-somethings who are *SURE* they're going to be millionaires, and so want to make sure millionaires pay lower taxes than they are now. And they'll never need to worry 'bout healthcare, and of *course* they'll retire at 40.....

Allow me to reiterate: there are two kinds of Republicans, Libertarians, and neoConfederate "Tea Partiers": millionaires, and suckers.

                    mark

7 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

whitroth Analog? F&SF (273 comments)

Depending on your tastes.... Mother Earth News?

                mark

7 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

whitroth Things to try (269 comments)

First, as some other folks have said, give them a weekly list, not every day, or every time one's announced.

Actually, that might burn them out... or, they might decide to batch them on their own, and think they'll get to it eventually.

Here's one: give them a weekly list, AND INSIST on a weekly meeting to discuss it. EVERY WEEK, without fail, without cancellations. Tell them that you'll also want a spot meeting, when you get critical updates (like yesterday's Java from Oracle, with it's 4 that had a CVA rating of 10 on a scale of 10). Insist that if you get those, they need to meet that day, or the next, or give you the pre-approval to put those in without consulting them.

The weekly meetings will get to them in relatively short order, they being so busy and all....

Also, here's another pushback: do you have a testing group, that runs regression tests before regular updates, and especially on ermergency ones? If no, question the committee how they expect you to regression test everything. Also, do you have test, as opposed to development systems? If not, that's another budget item the board needs to approve..

Make them do that real job, professionally. See how much they hate doing it, and maybe it'll go away.

                    mark

7 hours ago
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I expect to retire ...

whitroth For all the 20-somethings... (118 comments)

Used to be social security in the US, you could retire at 65. Now... 62... but you get a third or more less monthly. 67 gets you your "full" amount, but if you wait till 70, you'll get more.

So, enjoy your jobs, and your bosses, and let's not forget that we have to spend for overpriced crap, so that CEOs can get their increasing millions, y'know. It would be *such* a hardship on them to pay what we pay in taxes, and maybe we could go back to retiring at 65 (oh, and opening up jobs for you kids....)

              mark

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There are two kinds of Republicans and Libertarians: millionaires, and suckers.

7 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

whitroth Re:Militia, then vs now (1430 comments)

Not looking at all the libertarians here, are you? Skimming their posts? It's *much* worse than it was 10 or 12 years ago....

              mark

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

whitroth Re:Militia, then vs now (1430 comments)

Amen. The populace was to be armed to ->protect the country (A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State). There's *nothing* in that about self-defense, or collecting nuts. Now, in what way are the gun nuts "defending the US"? If they want to, they're free to join the US Army, or maybe the National Guard.

And how many gun nuts who read and post to slashdot have ever used one in "self-defense"? (And, if so, did the cops agree?)

Note that until around 1980, *ALL* the decisions of the SCOTUS were for what I say above. Since then, it's all part of the real right wing agenda, to make this country what it's become: the home of the cowards and the terrified (they're *so* much easier to control).

                mark, who grew up non-Black in a slum, has lived in rough city neighborhoods, and has *never*
                                          needed a gun... but then, I'm not scared shitless of Those People

yesterday
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

whitroth Who doesn't want it to happen? (135 comments)

I mean, let's be real: the US right wants lower taxes, and to spend it on as little as possible (except for defense).

The NIH, arguably the largest, and possibly best medical research organization in the world, has had their funding either stagnant or cut (remember the Sequester - it's still there). They then allege that corporate and academic research will take its place, and do better.

Riiight.

Where do the academics get theif funding? Surprise, a lot comes from the NIH.

Corporations, doing basic research, that may eventually lead to important discoveries? I mean, *really*, what kind of ROI is there for this quarter or the next quarter in *that*?

              mark

ObUSTaxDeadlineDay: simplify the 1040:... eliminate forms D (capital gains) and B (dividends and interest)... roll them *DIRECTLY* INTO GROSS INCOME, and tax them *ALL* at the full rate, not 15% or less. And shut up, slashdotters, not mnore than 10 of you makes any major percentage of your income via stock trading, nor is ever likely to.

2 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

whitroth Re:A voice of reason? (578 comments)

I almost forgot: if the miner's pver 30, and doesn't get a BS degree, what HR moron is even going to consider them? Who's actually going to *hire* them, when so many people with a lot of experience and degrees (and are over 30 or 40) are having trouble finding and keeping work?

Retraining does *NOTHING* if you don't have any reasonable expectation of finding a job.... (Oh, and you should expect to pick up yourself and maybe your family from where your family's lived for maybe generations, and move somewherre else....)

                  mark "come the Revolution, we'll lead HR depts into the parking lot, throw asphault on them, and PAVE THEM
                                            INTO THE ROADWAY, so that they'll provide *some* social utility...."

about a week ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

whitroth Fox News story on this: "labor expert... (477 comments)

calls this absurd".

Dear Rupert F.* Murdoch,

      I realize that you're an 0.01% Australian who bought citizenship in the US, so perhaps you might have one of your lawyers explain the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, that mentioned indentured servitude.

      And then you can tell us how all of *your* employees get 10% over base salary while they're on-call, and what your *official* comp time policy is. Oh, and about the annual bonuses *all* of *them* get.

      Alternatively, FOAD. I haven't answered any since I worked for a Baby Bell in the mid-nineties, and have no intention of ever doing so.

                    mark

* fscking

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

whitroth This is hard to believe... (451 comments)

Someone who wants to set up one or more test boxes, and let the END USERS try it out and get used to it? Doesn't that violate what MBAs are taught, that only upper managers know enough to design stuff (even if they've just been hired from another industry)?

Seriously, I'd start out with several boxes, and *ask* if someone(s) would be willing to try it out, noting that XP *must* go away. I'd also recommend *NOT* using a bleeding-edge Linux like, Fedora, or any of them that have tons of updates almost daily. Go for an enterprise distro (ok, I'm biased: we use CentOS (== RHEL), becuase the enterprise distros' big emphasis is on STABILITY, and reliability, not the latestgreatestneetk3wlcrap. Note also that enterprise distros have five or 10 *years* of support, so you'll see the bugfixes and security patches for that length of time.

                    mark

about a week ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

whitroth An unskewed clarification (721 comments)

As a personal side note, when did the GOP bring up a bill to force all insurance companies to offer medical coverage to *all*, and not refuse due to "pre-existing conditions"? Did I miss that?

Did they also have, in the same bill that I missed, where > 80% (or is it > 90%) of the insurance money was to be spent on healthcare, and 10% on "administrative costs" (including CEO's bonuses)?

                  mark, in the home of the cowards and suckers

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

whitroth A voice of reason? (578 comments)

You also can't teach some Kewl White Boys how to code, either - over the decades, I've had to deal with utter *crap*, with inconsistancies, lack or piss-poor error handling, and on and on.

Current pet peeve: a few months ago, I had to build BioPerl as an rpm at work. It took, on and off, about a month - some modules had hard-coded /usr/perl, /usr/bin/perl/ /usr/local/bin/perl into them; then there were the documented circular dependencies....

Oh, and if you want to teach everyone to code, and give them a job (yours?), then who are you going to get to fix your car, or your plumbing?

              mark

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

whitroth Re:Do you need a database? (272 comments)

Flat files? What was the world's *largest* database, at least as of 6 or 8 years ago, is Daytona, with trillions of records. It's Bellcore, it's flat files, they write quesies in C... and it's the record of every phonecall ever made, back to "Come here, Mr. Watson, I need you".

                  mark

about a week ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

whitroth Oh, *those* bugs (144 comments)

The ones that were fixed by the updates for all RHEL-derived distros, like CentOS, a month ago?

                  mark

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

whitroth One simple thought (312 comments)

What data and metadata do they have on the President, and his advisors, and the Cabinet? I mean, if they were listening to Prime Minister Merkel of Germany, and on, and on, why wouldn't they listen locally, if only to ensure their own funding?

                mark

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

whitroth Fat chance (119 comments)

Given the way so much stuff - including internal to companies I've worked for, no way. Links work... if you're on the internal network, not outside. Software runs SO FAST... until you're not on the intranet, and then it's a dog.

And developers always get and test on the hottest machines or servers... never mind the 95% of the folks going to that site, or using that software, are 1-2 generations of hardware back, and again, it runs like a dog, or requires you to buy new hardware.

So if you did it on superdooperpowerfast cloud hardware, you'd still not see how *users* see it.

                    mark

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

whitroth Are you out of your mind? (496 comments)

So, you want to pay, um, $400 every other year, or $800 for both, as the cameras break, or get broken, or the software goes buggy, or one of the vulnerabilities are found, and someone hacks your rear vision?

And for the moron who says get rid of all mirrors, I want your car taken away from you, and you banned from driving for the rest of your life.

              mark "for our next trick, we'll do the same for the fools doing their makeup while driving"

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

whitroth In 2009/2010? (173 comments)

The US is *still* doing this crap, presumably to cater to the folks who were for the dictator Batista, or the Mafia, who's still pissed at loosing all the money from those casinos?

Why is the US so in bed with China, if those in the "intelligence community" (for values of each of those words approaching zero as a limit) are so desperate to bring down China?

I want my tax dolars wasted on this back.

                  mark

about two weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

whitroth Famine? (135 comments)

Having just done something very un-slashdot-like (well, it *used* to be what a lot of us did, but not the last few years), i noted that it was hitting in the midst of a famine... which is when a) many, many people would have weakened immune systems, and b) did you unbelievably rich folks, who can eat three meals a day (or more)(or supersized) without thinking about it think that the concept of stewed rat was only in, say, Monty Python?

And if the fleas hit the folks catching them, and then it mutated, or there were both strains.....

                    mark

about two weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

whitroth Willfull blindness (870 comments)

94% of waiters will be replaced with automation? Ah, they didn't even do that in the old Horn and Hardart Automats. Do you *really* want all your meals out to be buffet style? Or is that all of them are prepacked and they nuke it for you? In that case, why go out?

Or, for that matter, would you trust a completely automated fast food joint? Wait until the first lawsuits over someone getting sick, or dying, becuase some sensor went off.

Reatil salespeople? You mean, like in the supermarkets with self-check? Those folks who come over to deal with when it goes off - they're not people?

And, for that matter, if you raise the minimum wage - and do NOT try to claim that most folks working minimum wage are teenagers living at home; that's an outright and provable lie - some of those folks might be able to go down to one or two jobs, instead of two or three. Or, if you raise it to a living wage, as some cities have done, or are doing, even more can go down to holding down one job.

But so many of you are stupid fools who think that working 80 hour weeks means you're Important, rather than that your manager sees you have no life whatever of your own, and that they own you.

                    mark

--
"There's a sucker born every minute" - PT Barnum

about three weeks ago

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De-Liberator, the plastic gun

whitroth whitroth writes  |  about a year ago

whitroth (9367) writes "Lewis Page, of The Register, writes, "When the nail hits the cap in the cartridge base in a Liberator, the expanding gas likewise pushes the lead bullet off the end of the cartridge and down the "barrel" pipe. Much of the gas leaks past due to the loose fit and soft material of the "barrel". The lump of plastic with the nail (probably) stops the cartridge case spitting out of the back, which is pretty easy as the bullet pops out of the extremely short, basically smooth* "barrel" almost immediately with very little push from the gas required. Most of the cartridge's hot gas spills out of the muzzle without getting a chance to do any work on the bullet, which is the main reason the cruddy "barrel" doesn't (always) come to bits on the first shot and the cartridge case (probably) doesn't just spit backward into the user's face.

The Liberator's bullet emerges going very slowly and wobbling or tumbling due to lack of spin. It might go almost anywhere, though not very far, and is unlikely to do much damage to anything it manages to hit."

Back to making zip guns with *real* steel pipes, kiddies, until you have a 3D printer that can print with steel, or something that strong.

                  mark"

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Bad software runs the world

whitroth whitroth writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whitroth writes "Excerpt:
What do most people think of when they think of software? A decade ago, probably Microsoft Word and Excel. Today, it's more likely to be Gmail, Twitter, or Angry Birds. But the software that does the heavy lifting for the global economy isn't the apps on your smartphone. It's the huge, creaky applications that run Walmart's supply chain or United's reservation system or a Toyota production line.

And perhaps the most mission-critical of all mission-critical applications are the ones that underpin the securities markets a large share of the world's wealth is locked up. Those systems have been in the news a lot recently, and not for good reasons. In March, BATS, an electronic exchange, pulled its IPO because of problems with its own trading systems. During the Facebook IPO in May, NASDAQ was unable to confirm orders for hours. The giant Swiss bank UBS lost more than $350 million that day when its systems kept re-sending buy orders, eventually adding up to 40 million shares that it would later sell at a loss. Then last week Knight Capital — which handled 11 percent of all U. S. stock trading this year — lost $440 million when its systems accidentally bought too much stock that it had to unload at a loss.* (Earlier this year, a bad risk management model was also fingered in JP Morgan's $N billion trading loss, where N = an ever-escalating digit.)

The underlying problem here is that most software is not very good. Writing good software is hard.
--- end excerpt ---"

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What's wrong with slashdot recently?

whitroth whitroth writes  |  about a year and a half ago

whitroth writes "I've been reading slashdot since the late nineties. We always had the libertarian idiots, but you got *some* rational comments out of them sometimes.

In the last few months, it seems, I'm suddenly seeing blatant racists rants, and the kind of idiot cascades that contributed to usenet's downward trend. Just look, for example, at the comments following the huge Indian power failure: one thread of nieve wind power comments, a racists rant, and no real discussion of what happened or why, or what realistically needs to be done (cut corruption? have outside inspectors? power consideration?).

So here's an ask slashdot: how can we go back to actual nerdy conversations about how to actually do things in the real world?

                  mark"
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Why There Are Too Many Patents in America

whitroth whitroth writes  |  about 2 years ago

whitroth writes "The judge who just dismissed the lawsuit between Apple and Motorola writes a column explaining what he considers to be a resonable use of patents, and unreasonable ones. One of his thoughts would be to require a patent holder to produce the patented item within a certain time, to cut out patent trolls."
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Time for a new movement: Ugly Email

whitroth whitroth writes  |  about 2 years ago

whitroth writes "I just finished my annual (idiotic) security refresher, with its usual explanation of phishing, etc., and I think it's time for a new movement, one that might actually gain traction in companies if enough of us push it: the Ugly Email movement.

Simply enough: plain text, only. All pics, spreadsheets, etc *not* inline, but attachments. How complicated is that, Barbie?

It would shove in everyone's face that "Click here to contact your company/security/bank/offshore account" is going to gotyourinfonow.com

Opinions? Alternate names? Locations for demonstrations?

                    mark"
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How to get providers to drop dnsbl.manitu.net?

whitroth whitroth writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whitroth writes "I'm fed up, and I'm sure tens of thousands you slashdotters are, too. dnsbl.manitu.net has been offering their "service" to block spammers for a long time... and using an "algorithm" that would have worked 15 years ago, but these days is hostile to non-spammers, and useless.

He appears to target mailhosts of spammers. In these days, however, where hosting providers support tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands of domains (many running Windows, and so infected), and all the mail goes through one mailhost, this means many of us get unfairly blocked. And it's not like the hosting providers don't try to stop spam going out.

This has been going on for a long time, Years ago, Cogeco in Canada used him, and I was blocked, on and off, for months from emailing a friend. Right now, I'm being blocked from a CentOS mailing list, even though I did a remove.

So, suggestions as to how we can get this hostile force dropped by most providers?

                    mark"
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What's with slashdot's javascript?

whitroth whitroth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whitroth writes "Folks,

      What's with slashdot's javascripting? As of a few weeks ago, I pull up slashdot, and I'm watching my browser peg my CPU. Just today, I went to a story, and fired up top before I did so (openSuSE 10.3), firefox 2.0.0.11), and watched top report about 30 seconds or more with firefox running over 93% CPU usage.

      This never used to happen. slashdot *used* to load fast....

              mark"
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whitroth whitroth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

whitroth writes "Ten years ago, Received Wisdom said that virtual memory should be, on the average, two to two-and-a-half times real memory. In these days, where 2G RAM is not unusual, and many times that not that uncommon, is this unreasonable? What's the sense of the community as to what is a reasonable size for swap these days? mark"

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