Level 3? Seriously?
Consider the source. No pun intended.
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Consider the source. No pun intended.
Hard and fast rule: anything that's marketed as being pretty good at doing everything probably isn't very good at doing anything.
Of course my/our incentive structure was quite different. Fuck it up and spend your some or all of your life in federal prison being guarded by a bunch of pissed off US Marines
Maybe that's why there are so few programmers/developers in the US Armed Forces. Most of the software used by our military is developed by contractors. If you mess up really bad, they just don't extend your contract. That hardly ever happens. Nice story, bro. Zelazny would be proud.
The part they didn't mention, but everyone except the tea party dullards understood is that this was just a pitiful bit of political theater that Rand Paul wants to use in an advertising campaign. "I single handedly stopped that evil bugger Obama from listening in on your phones!" he will say. Even though that is hardly the truth and the provisions of the Patriot Act that were allowed to expire will be reauthorized later this week providing no interruption in warrantless spying on American citizens. Same as it ever was.
"As a general rule, your boss probably knows things you don't."
So, tell us how long have you been a manager?
Speaking of jackasses, my favorite kind are Windows Network Administrators who like to tell people they're the head of the IT department. I bet you know some of those, too.
At least, I know where the down vote came from. Yes, I know what cancer is. My mother died from it last November. She was 85 and had a good life so no worries.
Back to adult conversation: I forgot to mention War. The republicans are always itching to start a war. Health care is peanuts compared to a medium sized war for any reason. The only thing is war produces casualties and severely injured veterans have to be cared for. They hate that. I bet they're looking for a war where everyone either dies or escapes completely unharmed. Is that why they're always talking about Armageddon? Pricks.
Obamacare, Abortion, Guns. With all the things that really need attention in the U.S., that's all the fright wingers can talk about.Taking the profit motive out of health care blunts that legendary "American Exceptionalism" that's got us so far. Funny, Cuba has a vaccine for cancer and has had for 25 years. Costs $1 per shot. They also have a higher ratio of doctors to patients than the U.S. Maybe they meant "Central American Exceptionalism". Stick that in your iTock, el Jebbe.
Not possible. Simply not possible.
So, wow, that's an amazing leap to equate an MCSE with being tech friendly. Quite a lot of the population can make selections from a menu. And some of them even guess which selection is appropriate occasionally. Prickish enough for you?
Paris, cause she's attractive and tech friendly. Sort of.
I had just taken my second full time Linux only development job and moved to a new city. So, I was looking around for a nice place to get my hair cut and stumbled on a little place with several attractive young ladies. Imagine my surprise when the one that was cutting my hair upon finding out I was a developer announced that she and the other young ladies had started taking classes for their MCSE. I know I must have looked surprised and when she asked me what I thought their job prospects would look like once they had said certification in hand I started to laugh. Worst haircut I ever got.
A brewski and a hat was the only thing that got me through that week.
For one thing because time is not physical. It's just a unit of measure. And the one little phrase that so many seemingly intelligent people gloss over in conversations such as these, the amount of energy necessary would approach infinity. Same thing as traveling at the speed of light. Apparently, some people don't get what infinite means. As the subject for movies that we all agree are just ways to waste some time, it's fine. As a subject for serious study? Come on, guys. You've already answered the question. Why keep asking it?
The pints all I need to travel to any space-time continuum I desire.
Do I use our Samsung Chromebooks for real work, development, reports, etc? No. But checking email and checking the real story behind news you see talking heads trying to explain without having to get up and go to the home office is very useful. The Chromebook is not a fire breathing desktop gaming machine, but only a fool would buy one thinking that it is. But it's extremely good at doing what it was intended to do. Many windows laptops can not make that claim.
My B.S. is in Psychology, but in my senior year I found myself spending more and more time in the computer lab writing programs to analyze data from studies my classmates were doing and playing backgammon against the mainframe. At that time, my wife would not let me change majors again so I finished the degree and went back for an Associates in Data Processing. Programming is like the ultimate Skinner box. You try a little something and the results pop up on the screen and you get the reinforcement. And you think, "I wonder what would happen if did this?" And you try it and again you get reinforcement. Of course, people who don't get reinforced don't see it as quite so much fun. That's where skilled programmers who can guide new students come in. And let's be honest, all education is not equal. At my first job as a professional programmer I sat next to a guy with a B.S. in CSC that couldn't format a floppy disk. I had to write a batch file to do it for him to stop him from asking me how to do it every day.
The brewsky is for the best kind of positive reinforcement.
Mystery Windows 3000 ?
And to extend the safe analogy, guessing the combination of the safe if it is someone's birthday is low tech; actually drilling through a wall and cutting the safe away from the bolts that hold it to the floor takes a much higher level of criminal sophistication and commitment of resources. Lots of people can take wild guesses or less wild guesses if they know you have a habit of using your own birthday as your passcode; very few people have the expertise to actually steal the entire safe. But, to make it easy for every Tom, Dick and whoever to guess your easy password because someone might actually steal the safe? That's a very large logic fail. Make the easy stuff hard and the hard stuff close to impossible, then you can sleep at night.
Paris, 'cause like M$ she has lots of money, but not much idea of how she got it or what to do with it.
The concept of solidity is assumed by the observer. Studies of matter at the subatomic level show that matter is much less solid than it seems. The analogy has been made that atoms are like tiny solar systems with vastly more space in and around them than actual stuff. That and the understanding of how we experience the world around us through sight, sound, touch shows that the construct of reality we build in our minds probably doesn't have that much to do with what is really real.
I am Billy Pilgrim and I have become unstuck in time. Now, I'm just waiting for everyone else to catch up. The tall cool one 'cause it makes it so much easier to become unstuck.
I'm going on 13 years of working primarily in Linux at my real job. My boss tells me which distro we're going to use and supplies the media that's installed on our servers. At home, I have one machine that has the open source version of our company's supported distro on one machine, a copy of Ubuntu on another and two Chromebooks. I have a gaming machine running Win 7 and that's about all I have time for. Gone are the days when I would download a new distro about every other week and try it out. I think that's what they mean when they talk about a market maturing. I still visit DistroWatch.com occasionally, but I'm kind of afraid of wiping out something that's working and I might need for work just for curiosity. And isn't Miller really saying that the distribution mechanism is changing more than that interest in Linux is lessening. The first distro I ever downloaded was over a 56K modem. I'm kind of glad we don't have to do that anymore.
Don't the dudes in question have some prohibition about pictures of a certain "prophet"? The service in question simply edits their pages to display a small picture of said person and, wala, being the totally OCD'd, can't get past the small crit types that they are they implode. Apart from that, being slightly familiar with the powers of even the lowliest SysAdmins, I find it hard to imagine that anyone could put any content on a server that I had scripting privileges on. These protestations that "There's nothing we can do to stop it." ring hollow.
Perhaps, you're simply noting a measure of maturity in the writer. There comes a time in all our lives, if we live long enough, that we realize that life as humans live it is not all that great. Young men of color are being executed in America for jaywalking; people in several parts of the world are being beheaded for various and sundry reasons; and horrible diseases keep popping up to make us suffer and die in huge numbers. All the while rich people break laws with impunity and rarely have to suffer more than a small fine. On top of that, there's the nagging understanding that even under the best of circumstances a large number of us will be dead in 20 to 30 years no matter what we do and you see that outside of young adult fiction and Hollywood there really are very few "happy" endings. So, maybe Mr. Watts is just being realistic. Have a nice weekend!
I bought my first one just to check out and it was taken away from me by wife who is not exactly tech savvy. She likes it because she can be on line and reading email in seconds anywhere in the house whereas the name brand laptop I shelled out $600 bucks for and runs win 8 is pretty much useless if it's not hooked to the wired network and even then it's no speed demon. The second one I bought got taken away from me by my daughter. She's typical of the younger generation in that nothing about technology slows her down, but again the pure speed of the Chromebook in most daily operations made it seem silly to lug around anything with a Microsoft OS on it. I know not to assume national trends based on local experience, but I definitely see something here. Now, I just have to figure out how to crash these other laptops so I can get my own Chromebook. Probably won't have to wait long until someone downloads a patch that bricks them. Oh noes.
I've worked for more than one company that's asked me to spice up my code to make it look like the company was making less money than they actually were and wondered about my health when I said no. I think the real reason the American Mafia is in decline is because normal business has made them redundant.
You've done this before, I see.
A few years ago I worked for a company that caused me to have to communicate with people that I thought were developers at Microsoft. Invariably, these "developers" would refer me to section and paragraph of such and such contract to help answer my technical question. Apparently, it has gotten worse there not better.
We find ourselves having this discussion over and over again:
You remember that horrible thing we told you would happen if you forced us to do that thing we told you we should not do? Well, it happened. No, we can't just reboot the whole network. It doesn't work that way. I'll have to get back to you. All my other phones are ringing now.
Oh, wait, do you have your hard drive encrypted, too? Sure it only takes about 10 to 20 seconds for the pre-Windows environment to ask for credentials, but I'm pretty sure any time you see "pre-Windows environment", it's probably Linux. After I authenticate for that, it's another minute or more before I get the Windows 7 login. And my Win PC is a gaming beast. That's pretty much all Windows is good for. IMHO
My windows 7 box boots in about 12 seconds.
I wonder what your definition of "boots" is?
So, win 8.1 is faster than win 8. The only time that would matter is if you were running from a bear.
The only ones that will fall for that are the really dumb ones. Which sort of proves your original point. Like a prof once said, "What we measure, we increase. So, be careful what you measure."
Brewskies 'cause it's always appropriate.
I agree with AC_17:53, but I thought Hungry Sean was speaking to the almost universal requirement that every report be presented in the form of a graph, because most management only like to look at pictures, not read words and numbers. Personal side: BS Psychology: started working on an area in CIS but that had a 5 year requirement and after 2 years I was sick of school again, so I just took an AD in Data Processing.
To reiterate, very little in business level programming is very hard. Lots of programs I've "written" were based on a process that someone in some department set up, but since they really didn't understand programming or databases, it got out of hand. I just normalized their data and translated their process into whatever programming language the platform required. But don't tell anyone I told you this.
I held a management position in a company where I handled large sums of cash on a routine basis. Consequently, I had to take a polygraph every six months to make sure I was the kind of person they wanted to continue to employ. Because I was still quite young and the job paid very well, I routinely spent much of my salary on loose women, alcohol and casual drugs. I just wasted the rest of it. At any rate, I passed every polygraph except one. The reason I failed that one was because the person administering the test sprang an unexpected question on me. He asked "Have you ever done anything that you are ashamed of?" I laughed and said "Where do you want me to start?" He said that indicated that I had something to hide. I told management that I thought he was joking and that the test was over when I laughed. I didn't get fired and passed several more of the tests before leaving of my own accord for a better job. Take away: polygraph == snake oil.
4.7 falls in the light category, but still can cause structural damage and definitely can be felt. The irony is that this was taking place within a hundred miles of the site of one of the most powerful faults in the US: the New Madrid fault. The last major quake associated with the New Madrid fault occurred in 1812 and could be felt as far away as New Jersey. Such an event today would cause billions in damage, but the brain trust at places like Halliburton have no problem with taking chances with other peoples lives. Hopefully, the companies involved in your country are honorable, but over here in the states we are at the mercy of wanted war criminals. I'm looking at you DICK Cheney.
I don't think I'm unique in that understanding my wife and kids are going to shop and try to do banking on line, I've set up a PC with Linux for them to use for those purposes. Criminals are probably seeing that trend, as well, and are simply responding to it. When asked why he robbed banks famed criminal John Dillinger reportedly answered, "Because that's where the money is." Don't read more into it than there is.
No, wait that's the wrong angry Charlton Heston quote.
That puts you on a very short list indeed. Be sure to let us know how you make out. Oh, you do know that four of the top ten enterprise features that M$ brags about were available previously in either Vista or Win7? The only people in our org that are hot for 8 also refuse to read instructions. Everything has to be explained in a video or they won't touch it. I hate gen Xers. Just kidding.
Coat because I look terrible in skinny jeans.
I work for a rather large company. Tens of thousands of users. I really don't see us ever moving to 8 except in some small departments, mainly because we only just moved to win7 on the desktop. Would there be massive retraining costs if we moved to a different desktop OS? Not really. Because 80 to 90% of everything our CSRs already do is through the browser. Gates was only right about a couple of things. When he recognized that Mosaic and Netscape was a massive threat to MS Windows he was correct. But he's gone now and his replacement sees threats everywhere but where they really are. Things like reorgs make VPs nervous. They like to think they look ahead of the curve. Just saying something like, "I sometimes wonder if Microsoft will even be in business in 5 years." in their presence puts their little heads a spinning. Like a head of an IT department I once worked for that blew 500G on Apple kit 6 weeks before Apple went to Intel making his bosses wonder about his "vision", no VP wants to be that guy.
So, are you saying that only recent immigrants are sophisticated enough to understand that the crap being sold by organized religion is just that, crap? Or are you saying that if you believe in evolution you are not a "REAL" American? Sounds vaguely familiar. Now I understand why so many say that the Tea Party is the American Taliban. Yieks!! It's Mieks.
"Microsoft shops departing from the faith and running Linux will get a “consistent” experience on a par with its beloved Windows, Redmond promised."
Isn't that why we left M$ for Linux in the first place? Some people find breaking up very hard to do.
I found this on Fox News and would not normally repost it except... Well, you'll see:
That could be an homage to a famous Danish resistance poem published during Nazi occupation — or just a crude reference to an obscure sexual practice.
This was in reference to the Time Magazine poll rigging. If one can have your marks wondering between two such vast extremes, you have truly bent their reality.
So, because you have been around them, because you own it, doesn't make you an expert in any sense
Apply that to yourself, hoss.
I was struggling to find just the right word or phrase and I found it on a right wing blog that was discussing this very topic: anal retentive. That's how many describe people who get all riled up when they think people use the wrong terminology in reference to their favorite method of mass murder.
-= SMH =- And this comes from a proponent of a point of view that loves to demonize political correctness.
Well, smart boy, if you don't need a hundred round magazine to hunt, why is the NRA and all the other wing nuts so up in arms about it? As for my pedigree, I probably held a firearm before you stood up to pee. I lived on Army bases until I was 12. And I turned 12 before the Beatles came to America. Any more questions?
Actually, it's the ones carrying the guns that look like idiots. Very dangerous idiots, but idiots just the same. And before you need to ask, I'm an American gun owner, but some things have their limits. If you need a hundred round clip to go hunting, you are obviously a horrible shot and I don't want you in my party or within several miles of me. Saggy pants? Another case of old white people worrying about stuff that really doesn't matter while really important things like people starving to death gets ignored.
Any openings in your clan, master?
I'm a coffee addict myself, so I don't fully understand this infatuation with TEA(Tobacco Everywhere Always?), so forgive me if I offend your national beverage. But it just so happens that in the USofA we are being annoyed by a small group of tea drinkers that probably would be much happier somewhere else. Well, I know we would be much happier if they were somewhere else. So, how about it, your majesties? Do us a solid, for old times sake? Offer them all the tea they can drink and get them out of our hair. Thanks
Not meaning to slam windoze in particular, but it's more of an authority problem. We know what needs to be done to make systems secure and yet many times the people that know are overruled by someone higher up for some inane reason. Perhaps, it would be more correct to say that it's a "human nature" problem. Assuming no one will take advantage of a weakness you've introduced into your network is insane, but it is also very common.
So, basically, all our efforts at securing our networks will be foiled because some PHB must get pictures of his pets on his windoze desktop. These are indeed interesting times.
Quick! Get Balmer a leather jacket!!!
Grass watchers are so easily offended!!!
Onlookers?!?! Watching other people shoot guns?!?! So, there are actually people who have found an activity more boring than watching grass grow or golf. Who'd of thought it was possible.
The 4th Amendment only protects American citizens from unlawful search and seizure by government agents. Private citizens who are not acting as agents of law enforcement can conduct searches of private property without a warrant and any evidence uncovered can be used to prosecute. However, a private citizen who enters another persons property without their knowledge or permission has already committed a crime and might also be liable for prosecution.
All that said, however, it has little to do with the facts of this case or the similar one in Nova Scotia where the victim committed suicide when the police also said that there was not enough evidence to prosecute even though the perpetrators had posted pictures and video to the internet. The internet should abide by the same rules as a garbage can. The courts have held that when you put something in your trash can and put the trash can out by the curb, you no longer have an expectation of privacy and anyone can go through your trash and there's basically nothing you can do about it. Same way that the guy in Kentucky was just passing along pictures and video that someone else had downloaded from one of the sites that the perps had uploaded to. That was their little trash can. The hacking of the school web site was a separate incident and should be discussed as such.