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Comment: Re: WSJ is owned by NewsCorp now, right? (Score 1) 225

by ArmoredDragon (#49759013) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

Yes because everybody loves listening to a monotone voice for hours on end, as monotone means proper unbiasedness. And we get great gems of news stories like "Ottawa just began increasing the number of bike lanes throughout the city" because news stories like these are so heartwarming, even if you don't live in the same country as Ottawa.

Comment: Re:Absolutely (Score 1) 168

by ArmoredDragon (#49758701) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

I was a huge gamer as a kid (still do, when I have time) but the best programming I ever got into was scripting.

Though I think gaming did get me into my current career. Basically I used to spend a lot of time on IRC for the express purpose of pirating games when I was about 15, and basically learned about the innards of TCP/IP after learning about the back and forth hacking attacks different groups would use to take over each other's IRC channels. There was that, and trying to troubleshoot network issues for multiplayer gaming.

Of course, having a PC for gaming also motivated me to learn how to be a PC technician just for my own uses, which I did in my early 20s.

However I wouldn't say gaming in general is a good path to a technology-based career. Console gaming will never motivate you to learn anything at all about technology. Seriously, it won't, if you're going to learn about technology from gaming, it would HAVE to be on a PC where you have room to experiment.

Comment: Re:And most don't care (Score 2) 93

by ArmoredDragon (#49752123) Attached to: NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones

"Black Lives Matter" isn't simply about the lives of Black people. It is specifically about how Black people are treated by law enforcement and the System in general. It is different from how White people are treated. I don't think that's really controversial. I'm not sure where your statistic about the fresh-off-the-boat African comes from, but he did not grow up in the same environment as the African American. It is about culture, as you say. But you can't critique that culture divorced from the context within which it formed.

Sure, black lives matter, but American blacks really need to clean up their act more than everybody else needs to give them a hand up. By constantly saying it's everybody else's fault, we're reinforcing their ideas about how they themselves deserve the world for free, which is the underlying cause of their problems.

And I can prove to you, without a shadow of a doubt, that the police, or even "the white man" are NOT the cause of it all. First, let's start here:

Anybody remember the big media shitstorm crying racism when Anthony Stokes was denied a heart transplant because of his long criminal record? Essentially he was given something so profoundly good, which would NEVER be given to a white person in the same situation: Even though the transplant team knew he wouldn't last long post transplant, he got it anyways because they were forced to feel sorry about black history. Not less than 18 months after his transplant, he dies in a criminal rampage after he shot an elderly lady and ran over a pedestrian.

Now, who do we blame for that one? Well, look at the photos he took of himself. He fancied himself a thug, plain and simple. You can tell that's what he wanted to be when he grew up, because he thought it was cool. That is something he learned from black culture, (think like hip-hop music that always glorifies that) not from the white man, not from police.

Now let's look here: https://maggiemcneill.wordpres...

Most call girls, especially black call girls, refuse to take calls from black men. The black call girls indicate the same reason as the white ones, and that reason is very interesting: Black men have a cultural mindset that they are god's gift of masculinity to the world and can just do whatever the hell they want, and are really rough during sex to the point of it being painful, and they also try to short them on money because they have the attitude that they were so good that they get to pay less.

They do often make exceptions for men who don't sound black on the phone, because they say that usually those ones aren't tainted by "black culture" and will actually behave like gentlemen. That and they'll often accept blacks who are current or ex-military (as I myself can attest, the military will take that shit culture out of anybody) or older blacks who tend to have a better sense of humility.

These are the kind of black men who escaped the disaster that is black culture.

As for why a lot of American blacks tend to behave the same way, look here:

Basically, we as humans are naturally driven to associate with people who look like ourselves. When people tend to stick around one another, they tend to develop similar mannerisms and cultural traits that are different from others. That said, it makes perfect sense why blacks in America would act differently than any other ethnic group in America, and also why they would act different from blacks in other countries (there's a geographical separation.)

That said, very often it occurs that blacks reinforce to themselves that they, as human beings, deserve more than they are given, so they have to take it by whatever means necessary.

Comment: Re:Oh for fucks sake (Score 1) 615

by ArmoredDragon (#49748963) Attached to: The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks

as the ACA does contain measures to address how much is paid out to those services.

True, however they don't actually work. Does that make sense to you? I get it that you're biased and you really want it to work for idealistic reasons, but I'm afraid reality has to piss in your Cheerios. Haven't you noticed how a lot of investors are taking their money out of other stocks and throwing it into health care stocks? Here's a hint: While the rest of the market is expected to see a correction VERY soon, health care providers aren't expected to see their margins decline. Why? ACA basically guarantees that they're going to do better than the rest of the economy.

If that doesn't make sense to you, then sorry, but I can't help you.



Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 379

by ArmoredDragon (#49748153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

IF there's no security

There's probably not security per-se, but I strongly suspect that a firmware update would have some kind of error detection that may panic somewhere along the line if say one of the layer 2 FCS didn't match after being transmitted across one of the lines, causing a TCP segment to get dropped. For that one pump it would work, but it would screw over the rest of them.

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 379

by ArmoredDragon (#49740155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

Not to mention none of your suggestions will work anyway if the destination IP address must remain the same single IP address assigned to all pumps, which appears to be the case based on the problem description. You can't differentiate between pumps if the update application on the laptop doesn't allow you to change IP addresses.

Good point. Though I'd make it even simpler (once configured) than what you're doing if that's the case. Use two switches, set a vlan for each pump, trunk that through a single cable to another switch located in the office, then create a switch port that goes to each different pump vlan. Just connect it to the respective port for each respective pump as you update.

Or if you really want to speed things up, skip the second switch, get the free version of VMware ESXi 5.5, configure its host interface in trunk mode, and create a separate VM for each pump and put it on the respective vlan. Then make all of the VMs use a common filer location that has the update files, that way you only have to copy the firmware image once, and you can switch from tab to tab in vSphere and just click the "update" button or whatever each time you switch.

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 379

by ArmoredDragon (#49739031) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

Yeah that would actually work better because the host device might fail to send ARP requests to the switch with what I suggested (though what I suggested would work if the traffic originated from the laptop and wasn't needed after the ARP cache expires.)

But if you wanted to do it with say a switch that doesn't do VRF, and the host devices won't need to send ARP requests, then with my method the switch itself technically has no idea what the host IP address is, rather after it passes through the PBR ACL (policy based routing access control list) the source and destination IP addresses are changed without the need to configure their subnets.

I.e. say the device has an IP address of, and your SVI is configured as You create a policy that says traffic aimed at has its destination IP address changed to and source address changed to as it leaves the interface.

When replies to that traffic to, it sends it ingress to the SVI. You then have an ingress policy that says that traffic destined for has its source address changed to and destination address changed to (the IP address of the laptop) as it leaves the interface

ARP should be fine here so long as the first packet originates from the SVI (it will get the SVIs mac address,) however after the arp cache expires, the device might fail to initiate traffic in the other direction, which may be a concern depending on what exactly we're doing with the end devices. However even that can be solved by creating a secondary IP address of on the SVI, like this:

conf t
int vlan 300
ip address
ip address secondary

That *should* allow the end device to properly ARP the switch. And for each other SVI you can do the same, just use a different subnet range, making sure to stay within the /24 of the host device.

That of course, is an ugly hack, and VRF would be better.

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 379

by ArmoredDragon (#49737905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

Engineers have a code of ethics

I'm not aware of any code of ethics. Though the company I work for has a general saying that when you do an action, ask yourself if it's something that you'll want to be remembered for, which all employees do, even the management, accountants, etc.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.