62 posts • joined 7 Jun 2011
Already bought two. Will probably buy another soon.
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.
There are many paths to programming.
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 ?
Re: Interesting @dogged
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.
Re: Problem I have with the hologram theory...
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.
Awww, the good old days...
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.
Re: "the tone is rather unremittingly despondent"
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!
Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...
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 $600 bucks for and runs win 8 is pretty much useless if it's not hooked to the wired network and even then it's no speed demon. The second one I bought got taken away from me by my daughter. She's typical of the younger generation in that nothing about technology slows her down, but again the pure speed of the Chromebook in most daily operations made it seem silly to lug around anything with a Microsoft OS on it. I know not to assume national trends based on local experience, but I definitely see something here. Now, I just have to figure out how to crash these other laptops so I can get my own Chromebook. Probably won't have to wait long until someone downloads a patch that bricks them. Oh noes.
I've worked for more than one company that's asked me to spice up my code to make it look like the company was making less money than they actually were and wondered about my health when I said no. I think the real reason the American Mafia is in decline is because normal business has made them redundant.
You've done this before, I see.
M$ more lawyers than engineers
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.
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
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
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
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.
PR for your honey pot?
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.
24 years Professional Programmer/Analyst/Developer wth they want to call us this year
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.
Lie detectors? Not really.
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.
Take your dirty hands off of me you damn, stinking ...
No, wait that's the wrong angry Charlton Heston quote.
Re: "pain in the arse to retrain"
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.
"pain in the arse to retrain"
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.
Perfect description of a 4chan exploit
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.
Re: love the USofA @ fehu
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.
Re: love the USofA
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?
Re: love the USofA
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.
I, for one, welcome our new overlord masters.
Any openings in your clan, master?
Please, blighty, take these tea partiers back.
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
Re: Security?!?! We don need no stinging security!!!
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.
Security?!?! We don need no stinging security!!!
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.
Jumping the shark
Quick! Get Balmer a leather jacket!!!
Re: Actually ...
Grass watchers are so easily offended!!!
Re: Actually ...
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.
The interface is not and should never be the same as the OS. As Linux has demonstrated, an OS can scale from hand held devices all the way up to the mainframe, but having the same interface or trying to shoehorn one interface onto all these devices is ridiculous. You don't have to be an IT professional to know that. Even lay people know that. Hence the dismal sales figures for windoze ate
angry old codger rant
Ok, first of all(that's how these things always start) I plan to buy some sort of tablet with my next bonus, but I have no intention of using it for work. Mainly, because I understand that they are pretty much useless for doing any real work. Note to all those dam(have to intentionally misspell to get around profanity filters at work) hipsters HR just hired: cruising the net and looking at content someone else has created does not fit the definition for work. Well, ok, for a lot of us maybe it does, but still ... Not as much as we actually do. Doing work and getting paid for something are not always the same thing. So, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, Windoze ate one too. I doubt if the slab I buy will have that on it. Going to take my nap, now.
Re: There'll always be a future in security
Good point, but don't worry about working yourself out of a job. For every one PHB that has an inkling about security, there are 100 that think the firewall needs to be done away with entirely as it prevents them from getting to all the really neat stuff. So, you will constantly have tickets open fixing things they have damaged. It isn't always fun, but it can be counted on.
Re: In IT being normal is a disadvantage.
Oh, almost forgot: Don't ever confide to a "normal" about how you feel and think. They'll try to use it against you. But no worries, they're all doomed to genetic extinction eventually. Look at how much the average IQ has increased in the last 40 years. Before long "normal" will be the new mentally challenged.
In IT being normal is a disadvantage.
As someone old enough to have missed the great ADHD epidemic( or the over diagnosis of same), I was lucky to have been branded as "intelligent and quirky". If I were growing up today, I'd be given a "borderline personality" diagnoses at the very least. While I may have been considered an odd egg on most of the teams I've worked with, I've always had a good sense of humor and could make people laugh. Knowing I was not "normal" has never been a burden. Although the attention to detail can be annoying to some people, it has really helped when it comes to debugging code.
The only odd thing that has struck me about myself is that with people I have absolutely no patience. If you ask me a question and you don't understand the answer, I will simply walk away. That really bothers some people(phb). On the other hand I can spend hours, days and even weeks working on getting some process to behave on a server and think nothing of it. I've often felt that IT was invented just for me and people like me. To over generalize, if you understand computers and programming, you probably don't understand people to a certain degree.
Re: Oh, come on.
If you worked in IT, you'd know that about 60% of what we do is cover up so the boss thinks we're being productive. Like learning to sleep with your eyes open. And nodding and saying "Yes" every time they pause in whatever little speech they're making at the time. I for one applaud the softie that was goofing off, got caught out and parlayed the goof into a production project. This guy or girl is a true child of Wally.
I was told something by the owner of a business I worked for in the 80's and that I've heard echoed a few other times over the years: It really irks business people that they have to deal with all these different OSs on all these different platforms. Why can't there be just one OS that runs on them all?
Knowing IBM's commitment to bending technology to business needs, I wonder why they haven't jumped all over that.
Re: And yet, and yet ...
Yep. You could. But you would have a problem with all the people in the winders world that would not have an idea of how to deal with the plain text documents you'd send them.
1) when I click on it, Word doesn't start.
2) when I get this file open in a word processor, it looks funny.
That kind of stuff.
I currently work at a fortune 100 company that has a strong investment in Linux. Been here for six years. Previous six years at a different company that ran the majority of its business on Linux. The myth that Linux is not ready for the enterprise is very weak. Please, find a different one.
Sickeningly, one of the gang took photos of the attack. The images were distributed
So, "insufficient evidence" means that they didn't post the required number of pictures of themselves committing the crime? Note to all Sexual Perverts: make sure you only put nine pictures of yourself on the net instead of ten. The boys in blue have strict guidelines on how to handle their "evidence".
We're having the same revisionist tripe issued over here on this side of the pond where numerous ultra-conservative echo chamber types are pronouncing that George W. Bush and John McCain tried vainly to stop the impending financial meltdown by "reforming" Fannie May and Freddie Mac on numerous occasions. Just exactly how they tried to do this is a little foggy, however. McCain signed on as co-sponsor of a couple of bills that would have moved ownership of said entities from one government agency to another, but would have done little to fix any of the bad practices that later came to light and did nothing at all about derivative trading. W.? Well, he started some wars. That's about all I remember him doing. And speechifying. That, too.
Free speech even in modern societies is very limitied
In a modern society like the US where you can be fired for disagreeing with the religious, political or just about any beliefs of your supervisor. Where most fortune 500 companies pay other companies to scan facebook and all the other social media outlets for people that say bad things about them, no matter if what they say is true. In such a society, CoS is the norm not the exception and the ability to be somewhat anonymous is the only recourse some of us have in expressing our opinions.
/climbs down off soap box
Aww, lay off the laddie...
I mean how much can you say about a site that consists mainly of stuff like: "To upload a document, on the menu click Upload a document." That's pretty much the state of "Educational" material these days. Makes you wonder at the intended audience, too.
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