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Comment Re:Poland (Score 2) 40

I'm with you. I'm not saying they weren't hacked. I'm just saying it's a lot easier to say you were hacked from an unknown source than it is to admit you allowed someone to monkey with the live reservation system.

Comment Re:High Throughput Computing not HPC (Score 3, Insightful) 54

The problem is that in a number of cases a researcher could easily use HTC, but they follow the fashion of HPC, using more specialized resources than necessary.
Don't get me wrong, there are a number of cases where HPC makes sense, but usually what you need is a large amount of memory, or a large amount of processors.
HPC only makes sense where you need both.

Comment Re:Will they ship without a sudo that works with l (Score 2) 226

sudo-ldap is kind of an out-lier; I've set up NSS LDAP I don't know how many times, against both OpenLDAP and Active Directory, and I've never bothered with sudo-ldap. I can see why people would but it is entirely possible (and IMHO just as easy) to not use it.

One thing that does bug me is that nslcd doesn't understand nested Groups in AD.

How do you authenticate to do sudo then?
The only think I can think is that you are authenticating locally instead of against ldap.

Comment Re:Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken off... (Score 1) 1264


Forget Office and all the other arguments.

Make a distro of Linux that:
1. There is no monthly fee to install games (that you could make work with enough of your own research)
2. Supports an EASY install button.

I'm quite surprised that there isn't a Gaming Distro. I tried linux on my home boxes for many years, but eventually we ran out of games to play and resorted to Windows installs in order to play.
I keep hearing the "oh games are for kids" or "death of PC gaming" or whatever- Completely invalid arguments. I mean really- How many people needed that more powerful machine "to crunch numbers" better or "for photoshop" when really it was for the game of that time (Doom, CS, Crysis, Skyrim, etc)???

Comment Obviosuly the UW sports teams are a problem too! (Score 1) 259

You know, the football team at UW Madison might compete with the NFL for ratings.
Also the basketball team may compete with the NBA for ratings.
Obviously there is MUCH more to privatize.

(Or maybe there is a role for publicly owned things?)

It gets even more crazy. On the UW, Madison campus the UW hospital is a public authority (basically a separate entity from the UW) Can the university provide LAN access to that building? Not the way things are written now.


Comment Re:I do NOT have a hard time (Score 2) 218

>The trick therefor for companies is to both have good account management AND hire professionals who care about not becoming a criminal.

I found myself on the receiving end of the recession a year ago, having to suddenly tune my interviewing skills again. I still think one of my best selling points was being able to answer the "Why should we hire you?" question with this:

"My position was eliminated and I was given a 90 day notice by my previous employer. At which point I was allowed to work through the full contract and not immediately escorted out. As an IT professional working under IT Managers who understood the security risk I posed, this was not an oversight, but the result of 8 years of working for this employer with integrity."

I think if I had been removed from the premises, as policy normally dictates, I wouldn't have even brought it up. But since it played out this way, it gave me an angle to show loyalty and some dignity. And yes, my accounts were set to expire at 5pm the day I left.

Comment Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (Score 5, Informative) 494

Actually there are generally not many low-skilled jobs out there.. they slowly dissappear.
There was a research project in the 90's called "The midwest Job Gap". It's basic conclusion was there were 2-4 low-skill workers (for various reasons, these people aren't going to learn their way up to high skill jobs) for every 1 low skill job.

Here's an old reference to it:

The premise that there is enough work to go around for low skill workers is generally false.

The hardest part of climbing the ladder of success is getting through the crowd at the bottom.