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Comment: Re:Breaking News! Slashdot only 12 hours late! (Score 1) 114

by Eristone (#46610015) Attached to: 5.1 Earthquake Hits California

Any magnitude >= 5 earthquake with an epicenter in the middle of a large urban area is going to cause some damage and make the news. One that is 100 miles away from the coastline and 800 miles away - less so unless it causes a tsunami (which the one two weeks ago didn't do). Why is it news for nerds - Irvine, Downtown LA (One Wilshire) and El Segundo are all within 30 miles and a decent amount of network traffic passes through those hubs or point of origination is in one of the data centers there.

Comment: Re:Whoa ... (Score 2) 397

Normally I'd avoid doing the feeding -- but what the hey - it's a Monday.

You'd like a satisfactory explanation -- okay. Fair enough. From 1791 to 1965, the statement "The Man is keeping me down" was actually true. It was the law of the land for things like "Separate but Equal", "No You Can't Ride Here", "No You Can't Have This Job" - etc. Second Class citizenship and all the trappings that go with it. Those that were successful in spite of things (Arthur Ashe, Bill Cosby, Diana Ross) were the exception to the rule. Since 1965, the official government rules were changed but things didn't change in the job market for another decade or so. Look up Red Lining. It is hard to get a house somewhere else if you can't get a loan for it, or if you do get a loan, the interest rate is so far above and beyond what the market rate is... And there are still places where the color of your skin will determine a multitude of thing.

Now we all know that networking helps to provide opportunity, and a lot of networking is done during the college years. If you can't get into the colleges to network in the first place it is hard to get the networking...

In any event, to match the comparison between the Vietnamese immigrants and Black Americans - the Black Americans are about a generation behind - the kids that are coming up now are being exposed to the same opportunities and are starting to be able to prosper. There is a lot of institutional backlog that is only now going away. Give it about another 3 or 4 generations.

Comment: Re:Politics as usual (Score 1) 348

by Eristone (#45737737) Attached to: Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Sadly though - the rules on left turn is the person turning left is always at fault - they are responsible for watching oncoming traffic and making a safe turn. If they are doing so, the person running the light would continue through and no accident would happen. I had this discussion with an officer friend after checking into whether or not another friend was at fault for the idiot who hit her car in Beverly Hills blithely talking on their cell phone while doing about 65 in a 30 zone.

Comment: Re:Finally a flat playing ground (Score 1) 293

Umm.. (eeep - I'm sticking up for Fry's - must be burning some karma somewhere) Fry's doesn't require an Ad - I use a phone app that does the price comparison for local stores and pull up alternate prices and they will match after figuring in shipping costs.

Comment: Blockbuster failed like Sears (Score 1) 385

by Eristone (#45412135) Attached to: How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

Blockbuster fell into the same myopic hole as Sears did in the 90s. At the start of the Internet boom, Sears had everything in place to be what Amazon is - they already had a full catalog service that delivered by mail and also had in-store pickup. A simple "order from" website would have been all that was needed as the rest of the infrastructure was already in place. Instead, Amazon owned that space and Sears is struggling to remain relevant.

+ - Judge Orders Patent Troll to Explain its 'Mr. Sham' to Jury->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has no problem calling Network Protection Sciences (NPS) a patent troll. What he does have a problem with is NPS telling a Texas court that NPS had an “ongoing business concern” in that state run by a “director of business development” when all it really had was a rented file-cabinet room and the “director” was actually the building landlord who merely signed legal papers when NPS told him to do so. Judge Alsup calls the alleged business a “sham” and the non-employee “Mr. Sham,” yet he declined to dismiss the patent infringement lawsuit filed by NPS against Fortinet from which this information emerged. Instead, he told NPS, “this jury is going to hear all of this stuff about the closet. And you're going to have to explain why ‘Mr. Sham’ was signing these documents.”"
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Comment: Unions - viewed as evil but... (Score 3, Informative) 467

by Eristone (#44182997) Attached to: BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

My fellow slashdotters keep forgetting that Doctors, Lawyers, Writers (in Hollywood) and Actors are all members of unions as well. The Bar, the Medical Association, the Screen Actor's Guild - all are unions no matter the name given. There is a way to make it work so that it benefits all involved - but then again we as techies have no problems when the networks are good enough to where once something is plugged in an engineer in the Philippines can take care of the rest of it...

Comment: Re:BYOD means IT imagines less control over it (Score 1) 377

by Eristone (#43857225) Attached to: Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

I had this problem with my parent company - Engineering and R & D would be trying to find coding examples and the sites they would end up trying to reach were flagged by the web filters as hacking sites or game sites (which they were a lot of times). The train of thought they were following would stop because it took days to get an approval for opening up a site. They finally said to heck with it and started using their phones as hot spots, plugged their computer into the corporate network and then used local route statements to define what went where - Internet traffic vs. corporate traffic (tech savvy developers).

The key for security is having it in such a fashion that people use that security vs. trying to work around it to get what they need.

+ - Former Amazon cloud engineer spills to Reddit audience->

Submitted by Brandon Butler
Brandon Butler (2829853) writes "Amazon is usually pretty hush-hush about the internal workings of its cloud. But, an anonymous engineer recently did a Reddit IAmA and spilled the beans about the company's cloud and what it's like to work there.

Some highlights:
-Amazon uses a lot of secreet sauce in both hardware and software, including multiple flavors of "Amazon Linux"
-Pay and benefits aren't that great, but having AWS on the resume is worth it
-How VPCs work and what the best way to deal with "noisy neighbors" is

Read the full IAmA post here http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1e5o4p/iaman_exaws_engineer_ask_me_anything_about_the/

And a summary here http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/051713-amazon-reddit-269890.html?page=1"

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Comment: Re:Not just MSFT (Score 1) 353

by Eristone (#43081643) Attached to: UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

NickGnome, you might want to look at the American Medical Association or the American Bar Association. Both organizations are basically "unions". They just don't call themselves such because they are "white collar" unions. If you want to practice law or medicine, you have to be a member of the "Association", pay dues (mandatory) and while the collective bargaining agreement isn't quite the same, you don't see doctors or lawyers fighting employers as much for their jobs.

Comment: Sure - no problem (Score 4, Funny) 240

I say absolutely. As long as part of the law is continuous video surveillance of all executives of the companies that install the spyware. (Bedroom, bathroom, mistress' place, hotel room, etc.) And their families. And it has to be accessible by any Canadian citizen to do with as they please at any time.

Real computer scientists don't comment their code. The identifiers are so long they can't afford the disk space.

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