1454 posts • joined 17 Mar 2010
Re: The whole News is a sham.
I rather thought it might be a hoax. It just sounded way too much like that Swedish 'city of lesbians' rumor that had the men of south east Asia so excited a few years back.
Re: Department of H and HS is looking for national security threats?
That's where term limits come in. Yes, they're all corruptible, but the worst ones are the ones who've been there for 20 years and have no plans on leaving any time soon. That and they're less likely to be as bad if they know that they're going to have to go back to living under the laws they make in 4-8 years.
Re: Department of H and HS is looking for national security threats?
Can we somehow start over?
Yep. It's actually quite easy to do once we get everyone to agree to do it. All we have to do is vote all their corrupt asses out of office over the course of the next few years.
So when they're done with this the next step is to prove the simulation argument by showing we live in a simulated universe. Then, of course, we need to set up a communication interface with the engineers so they can send us the documentation for the simulator, allowing us at last to just RTFM instead of fumbling around like a bunch of n00bs.
Landslide or not there's no escape from reality. Even if it's just a hologram.
Re: Interesting times
In science, you can't prove a theory to be true. You can only prove it false.
But you also can't prove a negative, so where does that leave us?
Judge Koh ruled against Apple? It's about damn time. That should have happened when she denied the appeal that should have happened based on jury misconduct.
if they're not very good at using Wall Street, then what unholy deals are they cobbling together without that adult supervision?
Wall Street? Adult? Are you kidding? These are the bastards whose selfishness (which puts the selfishness of my toddler to shame) tanked the entire world economy and who went so far as to actively TAUNT the demonstrators when the Occupy movement hit (not to support the Occupy movement....it was always doomed to failure in my opinion, but watching the tycoons go 'neener neener' did nothing good for my opinion of Wall Street).
Personally I say if they don't need Wall Street then good for them for not using Wall Street. As is usually the case the banks need them a whole lot worse than they need the banks.
Re: @Daniel B. - You may not want to read this
You mean those that are constantly hiding behind NDAs...
To be fair they don't have a whole lot of choice in the matter. They can 'hide behind NDAs' or be sued into oblivion. AMD actively supports the FOSS version of their driver, but even they can't reveal all the technical details to make it as good as the proprietary one. On the other hand NVIDIA's proprietary driver is a joke. I'd be embarrassed were I on the team that wrote it.
Re: Choosing a distro is like choosing a car.
Debian's the "I just want it to keep working" option irrespective of whether it's server-room or desktop.
Perhaps if you let it do one of the standard installs it lets you choose from during the installation, but if you do the minimal install and then build up from there (which is how I typically set up Debian) it becomes much more flexible.
Choosing a distro is like choosing a car.
With cars, if you need to haul kids around you get a minivan or a station wagon. If you work on a farm or in construction and have to move around heavy stuff, you get a pickup truck. If you just want to get around for the minimum money you get a Vespa. If you need to conduct business while moving around the city you get a limo and a driver.
With distros, if you're building a server room and want enterprise grade support, you get SUSE, RHEL, or CentOS. If you're just browsing the web and checking email and don't want any hassle you get Mint or Ubuntu. If you're installing it on a Pentium II you get DSL or Puppy. If you're doing security testing you get Backtracker.
And then there's Debian and GenToo. Those are like getting a well rounded pile of car parts: you can build whatever you want to with them, but you have to know what you're doing.
Re: You may not want to read this
#4 is my most commonly received answer.
Though to be fair the Linux questions I have long ago left the realm of newbies, wandered through the land of "Oh that's on page 5 of the old version of the manual, but they cut it out of the current one", climbed up the hill of "yeah, ALSA can be a real pain, but here's a little black magic to fix your problem" and now firmly reside on the border of "That's a tricky one. If you ever figure out a solution let me know" and "I've never heard of anyone having that problem before"
And yes, those are all answers I've gotten on various Linux forums over the years. Pretty close to exact words to.
Re: Just my worthless opinion
Eh, most packages released 5 years ago will still work in a modern distro. Probably even a good chunk of the ones released 10 years ago will. You'd probably have to compile something that old against modern libraries, but back you pretty much had to compile anything not coming from your disto's repository anyway.
We no longer equate the GPL with open source. Restrictive licenses don't fit with our view of the world. It's no longer necessary and often outright toxic to a project.
I do have to agree with you on this point. The GPL is, in my opinion, long winded and nearly as restrictive as a proprietary license would be. My license of choice these days is the BSD license when I decide something done in my free time is worth licensing at all (if it's not in my free time I don't own it - pretty standard when someone pays you to code). Really more often my free-time projects end up getting thrown out to the wild with a public domain release. But then they tend to be dinky little things because, who wants to code for 8 hours on someone else's pet project and then come home and code some more on another big project?
Seems to me, they're among the "original" BOFHs. How are they not called out in the poll?
Oh come on now. We want a competition, not a slam dunk victory.
On the subject of World War Z I think it should be pointed out that the world's militaries had little trouble dropping zombies by the horde once they accepted that zombies were not human. Both the shock and awe tactics and entire classes of conventional weaponry were utterly useless, but when they went back to the good old bolt action of yesteryear and focused on marksmanship above intimidation the zombies ceased to be a real threat. They pretty much wiped out all the zombies in the US with no more than a handful of casualties once they did that.
Movie? What movie?
Re: 23 Years
But Dell offered Linux (do they still?) as an option so I'd have expected more consumer penetration by now.
It was offered as an option for a while, but it wasn't pushed nor, really, advertised at all outside of the IT community. Most people took the default Windows, and even those who looked mostly ended up thinking "Hmm, XP or Vista, and what's this Ubuntu thingy?" It also didn't lower the price any, so even though you were buying a Linux computer you still felt like you were paying the "Windows tax"* .
In order for Linux to make a significant impact on the consumer desktop Dell or HP or Lenovo or some other big brand will have to offer it as a default OS choice on a popular model or push it heavily in their marketing, which, face it, is never going to happen. I've long since accepted that running Linux as my desktop OS puts me in a small niche and always will.
Not that it matters. Linux owns the networking equipment, server appliance, TV, BluRay player phone, car computer, programmable coffee maker and dead badger markets. There's no need to own the desktop too.
Sadly, the zealots seem to be in tha majority amongst Linux users.
Vocal minority != majority.
*Even though the way Microsoft gets Windows to the big manufacturers means the consumer doesn't really pay for it on pre-built machines most people, even geeks, don't seem to understand that so the perception of the Windows tax remains.
denigrate their intelligence & suggest they can't know anything
tech because they are men?
Eh....I share an office with a few of those if you just leave it at 'can't know anything'. One of them seems to truly think men are useless and the others just seem to go along with it. Either way I'm pretty sure a man speaking about women the way they do about men would be shown the door. But, like the pervy creeps at a show (who, by the way, would likewise been shown the door were they working for anyone I've ever worked for and word get back to the boss about their behavior), they're the exception not the rule.
A sad state of affairs
I don't care how drunk you are you treat people with respect. Drunk is not an excuse. When I was in college I could drink everyone I knew under the table and would still hold the door for a lady (and for balance too by that point, but I digress) and tell her to call me when we were both sober. If I can keep my manners about me when I'm piss drunk I find it hard to give anyone else a pass just because they're drunk.
I'll say it like I always say it when I see these sorts of stories: Guys, grow up. There's just no excuse for that sort of behavior. If you have that much trouble controlling your libido then you probably shouldn't be allowed in public.
I don't think I've ever had enough drinks at any event to tell any random girl, mid conversation, that you've gotten my er...attention. That's just vile. It sounds like the stuff you overhear from spotty 18 year olds at the local Wetherspoons
I disagree with that last bit. Most guys I know had figured out mid-way through junior high that you don't say things like that in the presence of a lady, and a good chunk had abandoned such juvenile topics even in the locker room by the time they were 18. That's more what I'd expect from a 12 or 13 year old.
I'm of the opinion that intentionally seeking out and watching a video of a man being murdered in cold blood is in poor taste, but calling it a crime is way over the top. Somebody's stirring the pot to serve an agenda here, as if it weren't a bad enough situation already.
Re: Take a note from the US
Call me crazy, but shouldn't the public website of a body that prepares for disasters be somewhat capable of sustaining a sudden peak in traffic, such as might occur after a disaster?
You'd think. Technically though the CDC only has responsibility for outbreaks of disease, which very rarely happen over night. FEMA would be the agency in charge of the types of natural disasters that are usually sudden and unexpected. Contagions tend to not be so sudden. Even the ones that hit public awareness very rapidly don't usually cause such a huge spike in CDC's traffic.
Re: Take a note from the US
To be fair the Zombie Apocalypse thing was a general disaster prep guide written by a CDC staffer with a sense of humor (and serves as the only publicly accessible proof that such people do, in fact, exist). Seriously, that guide works just as well for a flood, tornado, or earthquake as it does for a zombie apocalypse.
Also resulted in the total collapse of the CDC's public network due to a sudden 10,000ish fold increase in incoming web traffic when it went viral, so it's perhaps not the best idea to emulate.
What are your plans to respond to an asteroid impact?
In the aftermath of an impact event within the council's area of influence large enough to warrant a response from your town council it will be dissolved. As will the council members. And town hall. And the town. You might escape dissolution should you be fortunate enough to be on vacation at the time.
Re: Thunderbird + Lightning
I believe Gmail accepts text files, to handle some repetitive tasks. I know I could use it to create a large number of users.
Couldn't they be used to update and/or delete accounts? Never looked into it.
The only task we could use text files for was importing users. Mind you I wasn't the one maintaining the student email accounts, so my knowledge of it is mostly via hearsay, but I do know that three days were spent correcting an error that was in the text file last year because they couldn't edit or delete the accounts via text file.
Re: Thanks for that
Have you actually used Thunderbird recently? I didn't think there was anything that could out-crap Apple Mail, but there it is. I also wouldn't shout too loud about "reliable". Yes, the Linux kernel is reliable, but that doesn't mean that the desktop productivity applications that run on it are.
I've TRIED to use Thunderbird recently. Lets just say I get all my personal email on my phone for lack of a decent email client that will run in Linux. LibreOffice is another story though. I've found it to be extremely reliable.
Re: Thunderbird + Lightning
Freeware type Office copies might work for small business and home users, but for the vast majority of enterprise users, it's simply not up to the job. Especially Excel.
Anecdotal though it may be I've never had a need that Calc wasn't more than up to. Though, to be fair, I mostly use spreadsheets as a place to dump database queries to so that I can easily give them to someone else. Someone else does all the book keeping and accounting that is Excel's strong point.
As for Thunderbird + Lightning, on that I have to say it's just not up to the job even for my relatively modest needs. I've been there and tried that. After a couple months of frustration I gave up and went back to Outlook. GMail Enterprise can do the job, but it brings in its own headaches. The biggest one for us is that there are no bulk tools except an import. If you need to change a huge batch of accounts you have to touch every single one of them.
For most businesses that wouldn't be a problem, but we were using them for student email accounts. That meant every June some lucky sod got to go in and delete 600 email accounts for outgoing students one at a time over a not-especially-fast web based interface. Even worse, every time the suits (AKA the guys with PHDs in education who can't find Outlook if you delete the shortcut from the desktop) decided something about those accounts needed to change we had to touch every single one of them, which took about 3 days of mind numbing click-click-click. I could see GMail as an alternative in a more normal enterprise, but it doesn't cut it for us.
So apparently the biggest bitch is there's no direct equivalent to Outlook?
Actually....I can sorta understand that one. If they were complaining about Word or Excel it'd be a toothless argument, but Outlook is, dare I say it, damn useful. Integrating a calendar with email is so obvious and so useful that I've often wondered why the concept hasn't been cloned into open source yet (and before you say it, I don't have the time to do it myself or the leadership skills to assemble a team to help).
Try hitting one on a motorcycle, then... Not to be recommended.
I don't know about pigeons, but I once saw a guy take a pheasant to the chest on a motorcycle. The bird won. It knocked him clean off the back of the bike and wandered off into some tall grass while he was testing how much protection leathers give against road rash (quite a bit, apparently, but not so much against bruises and broken arms).
Somewhat humorously, the bike continued down the road for about a quarter mile before it realized it had lost its rider and laid down in the ditch to wait for him.
The kill button is a step in the right direction, but it really needs to be an opt-in if they want to include this feature, not an opt-out.
Then again I've never liked Ubuntu. All the user friendliness - or lack thereof - of Debian with all the stability of Windows XP before its first service pack. I'm a recent convert from Debian to Linux Mint Debian Edition. Its as easy to use as the more traditional Mint and has all the stability I've always loved in Debian.
It interested me for a minute or two. I think I have the writing skills and I definitely have the tech knowledge for the job. Sadly though there's more to journalism than just being able to string words together and have them make sense. I'm somewhat lacking in the skills that let good journalists figure out when to ask whom which questions, not to mention the skills to actually get those questions answered. Besides I'm about 2000 miles from San Francisco with no plans to move.
I can't help but feel it'll be a rewarding career for whoever gets it though.
Re: I refuse to do backups - on principle
I'd point out that nowhere in the story does it suggest the files in question weren't on a server. No one in a company big enough to have an IT department backs up users' desktops except as occasional exceptions to their backup policy for exceptional machines (we back up the one that has the ID badge printer and software for instance). Who has that kind of storage to throw away?
As for PST files, my alternative is a trash can. In my experience most people who have a need for PST files are saving emails that no one needs anymore. The prime example around here had three PST files because he'd run into the 4gb max file size in FAT32 when trying to store them on a flash drive (and blamed IT for it when he had to have multiple files, but that's another story). Looking at them it was pretty easy to tell the man had never deleted a file in his life. He still had emails from 1994 talking about whose turn it was to bring snacks when he retired last year.
I am SO sending a certain user a link to this story. Maybe he'll stop deleting the same fracking file every 2 months and thinking I haven't noticed the pattern after he's read it.
Very well done.
Lighten up itzman. It's a joke. I didn't use the joke alert icon because I didn't think anyone would actually be simplistic enough to not realize I was joking.
Re: Humphrys can make inadvertent fun out of anything
Hell, chickens have several million years worth of evolution....
Evolution doesn't necessarily mean becoming more intelligent. Remember that evolution doesn't really have a goal, so any change which promotes survival and reproduction will stick. The movie Idiocracy pretty well laid out an example of how evolution could diminish human intelligence. It was taken to the extreme, but the scenario is realistic.
In animals I could see several scenarios where the most intelligent members of the species don't last long. Perhaps the most realistic is a situation where a given species survival is so mind-numbingly easy that they don't need intelligence, in which case natural selection would get rid of it. Chickens are a pretty good example. A smart chicken might find a way to escape the farm, and that chicken, as a member of the bottom rung of the food chain severely lacking in any means of hiding and only having a relatively weak means of defending itself, would be doomed.
It occurs to me that the ecosystem is currently in the worst shape that it's been in for several million years, thanks largely to human activities. Time to look up I think.
Re: Will the NSA tender thru a proxy party ?
Don't have to, Snowden is already in Russia. So if there really is a tender out in the ex-USSR then it means Snowden hasn't heard of any NSA crack and they probably haven't got one either.
The information Snowden had access to may have been damning to the NSA, but I've gotten the impression that it was a relatively small slice of their total operations.
Re: Will the NSA tender thru a proxy party ?
I'm slightly surprised the Russians still don't have it down to be honest.
I'm sure the KGB, or whatever their post-cold-war equivalent is, do. But just because they can do it doesn't mean they're going to let the interior ministry know they can.
Which all means that it probably really is a hunt for pedos rather than political divergents.
Congress actually did something that's good for the people and counter to what the corporations wanted? Excuse me for a second. I'm using every method I know to check and make sure I'm awake and not dreaming.
Oh for crying out loud. The ENTIRE SECTOR is mostly white and Asian males. It has nothing to do with discriminatory hiring practices and everything to do with the fact that most people who go into the tech sector in the first place are white and Asian males. Seriously, walking into any US university CompSci class and take a quick look at the demographics. They haven't really changed much since the infancy of CompSci, except there actually might be a few women in there now.
Can we please stop implying that tech companies are somehow sexist just because there aren't many woman with the interest and education needed to work in tech positions? That's society's fault, not Twitter's or Pintrest's or Yahoo's.
The stats that need comparing are company make-up vs the total appropriately qualified populations, not simply graduate population make-up.
I would point out that, while that's true, the graduate population is a much easier statistic to get and probably reflects the total population of appropriately qualified applicants. The reason I say that is that the graduate population for a given field will almost certainly give you an idea of what sorts of backgrounds find said field attractive, which, logically, should give you a very good idea of what the pool of qualified people in that field looks like. After all, if you have a field where only 10% of the graduates are women (a field like, say, IT) you can be pretty sure that women as a whole aren't very interested in that field.
Why women don't seem interested in IT on the whole is a whole 'nother issue, but you can hardly blame Twitter for that. Personally I think that has more to do with the long-standing stereotype about computer types (you know, the one that says we're all socially awkward, unattractive men? If you had that idea and were a woman would you want to be in the IT field?)
In the US at least there seems to be little female interest in technology. I'd be willing to bet that an overwhelmingly large percentage of Twitter's qualified applicants are male and either white or Asian just based off of the demographics of computer science majors, who are, shocker, mostly male Caucasians and Asians. THAT is why you see such a lack of diversity in American tech companies. What you're looking at is reality, not discrimination. It's simply a reflection of who chooses to go into the IT field. Diversifying in this context means turning away qualified people simply because of the color of their skin or their gender. That's illegal, though for some reason I never quite got it gets a pass if you call it 'affirmative action'.
GURPS, the RPG that makes income tax instructions look easy.
GURPS is actually one of the easier systems I've used. You have to reference the books whenever you add skills, but aside from that it's very easy. Roll 3d6 and if you're under your target number (The appropriate attribute adjusted for your skill level) you succeed. You should have all your target numbers written on your character sheet, so that's not hard at all. Even someone only passingly familiar with the system can get their character put together in 30 minutes or less.
Compare that with Rifts, a system wherein I once finished my character in only an hour and a half and kept looking at it convinced I'd made a mistake because it should have taken twice as long.
I dunno about that. 3rd edition was a much simpler system than AD&D 2nd edition I thought, and the skill/feat system that replaced 2E's proficiencies was a vast improvement.
Can't comment on anything past 3.5E though. When 4th edition came out we switched to Pathfinder for a fantasy themed games. Not only was it compatible with our 3rd edition books, but we were all in agreement that 4th edition just plain sucked after one session with it.
Re: I'm firmly...
I'm well into adulthood and my oldest kid is almost old enough to start joining in the games (though, if my past experience with very young players holds true, probably not mature enough to do so without making all the adult players want to slap her). I still play a regular rotation of games (currently GURPS) every weekend with the same group I've been playing with for the last 20 years. The membership has changed over the years as people have moved away or new people have joined up or life has forced other priorities on people*, but it's been a constant group. To me it's become an excuse to get together every Sunday afternoon with some of my closest friends than anything else.
*"Other priorities" in this context is mostly spouses who don't approve of the hobby, but I've been lucky in that regard. My wife games with us and is no happier about missing sessions than I am.
android is Linux
Yes, but only by strictest definition. Remember that what most people think of as 'Linux' is mostly GNU with a Linux kernel, though most distros fall short of GNU's official standards by letting users choose to run non-free software. You could be forgiven forgetting that considering what a nightmare trying to run GNU without Linux is (good luck making Hurd work for anything more than an interesting side project). Android lacks the GNU part of the normal formula and so is radically different from what most people think of as Linux.
Re: Typing texts at the wheel is incredibly dangerous
If this is to be taken to its extreme, every driver would be required to have both hands on the wheel
Then I would argue that the extreme is appropriate. There's a reason we were all taught to use both hands to drive. Just try to make a quick correction to avoid a deer that ran out onto the highway with one hand and you'll understand.
Here the law is that you must have both hands on the wheel any time the car is in motion. The only exception is when you're shifting gears on a standard transmission. Any other time you take one hand off the wheel you can be fined. It's a law I completely agree with, having been on the receiving end of someone's inattention while they tried to eat and drive.
Personally I've always doubted the studies saying hands-free was as dangerous as holding a phone to your ear. After all talking hands-free should logically be not much different than carrying on a conversation with a passenger, and perhaps even a little safer because you nullify your instinct to look at the person you're talking to when they're not there. On the other hand it's pretty stinking obvious that you have less control over a vehicle when you're only using one hand on the steering wheel.
Now texting and driving....That's the act of the stupid and the insane. Ditto for using whatever social media app is currently popular.
Personally when I'm driving my phone stays either in my pocket, in the console storage cubby (if I have it plugged in to charge), or in the mount on my dash (if I'm using GPS, in which case I make my wife fiddle with any settings that need fiddled while I'm driving).
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