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Comment: Re: Sad (Score 1) 438 438

So the 175.000 people that signed the "get rid of pao" petition are all mods? Wrong.

Hard to say, I don't know how many mods Reddit has and there are sure to be some users that signed. I don't think it's a very significant number, though, considering Reddit gets 2M unique visitors per day (20M per month) and it takes almost no effort to sign an internet petition.

Comment: Basically WiFi with Sabbath mode then? (Score 2) 207 207

There's no scientific evidence to support that lighting a stove on Saturday for use on Sunday is better for the soul, or that having the light come on in the refrigerator when I open it Monday through Saturday is fine, but distracts me from god on Sunday. There are a lot of people that believe those things, so the manufacturer accommodates them.

Comment: Re:I think it is the fear of being sacked (Score 1) 381 381

I'm not sure where you are from, but culturally the work ethic in the US can be quite different than elsewhere.

That's a fairy tale they tell people to get them to work harder for less. It has nothing to do with an "ethic" and everything to do with exploitation.

Even Greeks work longer hours than Americans. Mexicans work the longest hours of any developed country.

"Total number of hours actually worked divided by the average number of people in employment".

I'm not sure what you mean by "even Greeks" but, with Greece's unemployment rate over 25% for the past three years, I'm not too surprised that those who are still working are putting in long hours. Mexico is more equitable to the US in that regard.

Related but slightly off topic, another interesting way to look at it is the number of hours worked against GDP.

Comment: Re:I think it is the fear of being sacked (Score 1) 381 381

I'm not sure where you are from, but culturally the work ethic in the US can be quite different than elsewhere. The assumption you have that the teachers agreed out of fear of termination is probably unfounded. Teachers in the US tend to have strong union representation where cause for termination must be meticulously documented before any action is taken. The hostility directed at you may have simply been because they volunteered and you didn't.

Comment: Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 5, Informative) 206 206

Who the fuck would think it's smart to use some web service like that, where some third party ends up with your passwords, even if they are encrypted in some way?

People who understand how LastPass security works.

LastPass security is actually quite good, and designed to be resilient against data breaches. The attackers haven't gotten any passwords. What they have gotten is hashes, salts, and hints which could lead to passwords, given enough time and computational power.

The clock started ticking as soon as the attackers obtained the data dump. As soon as I reset my master password, the clock stops ticking. Between those two events is the only window of time the attackers have to brute-force the hash or guess my password based on the hint. As soon as I change my master password as prompted by the LastPass email, they have nothing.

If you use 2-factor authentication with LastPass, like Google Auth, even if they crack your master password before you change it, they still have nothing.

Comment: Re:What bright spark (Score 1) 48 48

What bright Spark at HP thought buying Autonomy would be a good idea?

Let me guess ... she's running for president of the United States. And we thought dubya was bad.

Apotheker was the one that put together the Autonomy deal, although I think they pulled the ejection lever on him just prior to it being finalized.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 2, Funny) 830 830

The British system is a mess. Speed is measured in miles per hour, but distance & fuel in kilometers & liters. Those poor kids in school probably get word problems like "Bobby is driving at a constant speed of 50MPH to his friend's house, which is 35 kilometers away. Given a fuel consumption of 40km per liter, how many clowns can fit in his car?"

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 227 227

It is. I don't see many comments addressing his question, just a bunch of posts about how he can't manage his finances without really having much context. There's even a comment about how he needs a new wife, for fuck's sake. We don't even know he's a he, right?

Perhaps he has his savings tied up in a 401k, IRA, and college funds for his kids. Perhaps he's purchased investment properties. Perhaps he's trying to accelerate his retirement. There are a number of valid reasons why he could have three months cash flow. Could be he's bad with his money too, who knows.

Comment: Maybe (Score 3, Insightful) 227 227

First, ignore the people who just want to shit all over you for making more money than them. They don't know anything about your situation and aren't qualified to comment. Savings and cash flow are two entirely different things, as I'm sure you know.

I've been in networking for about 20 years. I don't have a CCIE, but I've passed the written three times and sat for the lab once (I took a sales path instead). I have intimate knowledge of CCIE compensation. Starting level for a CCIE is around $135K, depending on where you live and what exactly you're doing. I believe there are salary surveys published every few years on this topic.

You will absolutely need extensive experience to become a network architect, though. The certifications would not be enough. Obtaining a CCIE is strenuous and would most likely require those years of experience anyway. You can do it, but it will take time and you will take a pay cut while you build your portfolio. Be aware, though, that networking is not immune to the outsourcing issues you're seeing in software.

As career changes go, networking is not a bad choice, but it won't be an immediate lateral move in terms of comp.

Comment: Re:Life of Crime (Major GTA V Spoiler Alert) (Score 2) 95 95

The cut scenes when you switch characters to Trevor were all pretty funny. The scene with Wade's cousin in pink pajamas in particular had me laughing out loud.

Wade also has a bunch of humorous one-liners he says, after he's been permanently located within a certain establishment.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.