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Comment: Connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 (Score 1) 149

I live in the area and that's going to be a significant change to the landscape. Putting in what will eventually be a high-traffic road into an area (on the 50 side) with people who live there specifically to get away from this sort of thing. It's also going to cut one of the areas where wild Mustangs still roam in half.


Speaking of Mustangs, Mustang Ranch will be a big winner here as they will be located just a stones throw from the new Tesla factory....

Comment: Programming with a broken back (Score 1) 154

by James-NSC (#47680597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?
I broke my back a decade ago and kept working throughout. I built - well, I oversaw as I couldn't move - a custom rig using a wall mount for a small TV that, when inverted could hold a laptop upside down in just the right position over the hospital bed I was in for the next six months.

Since then, being comfortable while working is paramount to my survival - I've searched and searched, but in the end, if you want something that works just right *for you*, you're going to have to either build it from scratch or find something close and customize to fit.

For a recliner, if it's against a wall, you could go the TV mount route and have something that swings out when you need it - otherwise you can build a support on one side - recall that you have a lot of room under the chair for giving the side mount a large footprint so it's stable.

Good luck.

Comment: Salaried Employees Get This All The Time (Score 5, Informative) 108

by James-NSC (#47606759) Attached to: LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

Some companies skirt this rule simply by paying "hourly" employees a salary above $23,600 (per FLSA) then work them 80+ hours a week and call it good. More and more employees, regardless of actual job duties are being paid a salary so they are then "exempt" from any overtime pay, even those that would traditionally qualify under the FLSA & I see this more and more often in the IT sector. If you look at the Computer Employee Exemption - you can make pretty much any IT job fit the bill if you phrase it correctly.

Workers are left with little recourse because:

  • They've been exempt at every job they've ever had, so they no know different
  • Many - even some of the learned ones - do not know how the FLSA applies to them in this situation
  • Everyone around them is expected to work overtime w/out compensation, so it's not unusual.
  • Regardless of what job duties they will be doing up to and, frankly, especially those including "non-exempt" duties they are told by management that they are doing "exempt" duties
  • They have little real recourse, even if they know they are "non-exempt", unless other co-workers join them in a complaint. Co-workers who are unlikely to do so as:
    • There is little perceived gain and significant risk
    • It is expensive to the point of being cost-prohibitive in order to make a successful claim
    • Any employee who were to be successful would likely find repercussions pertaining to employ-ability later down the road. While not legal to do so above the board, it happens nevertheless (just look at all the wage-fixing and collusion in the valley - you actually think they'll hire someone again, or promote them over a co-worker who didn't sue?)

At the end of the day, LinkedIn is far from an anomaly, it is standard business practice - unless there is a top to bottom review by some third party (I don't know if there is even an entity that would be suited for this sort of endeavor), this practice will continue unabated. We will work more and continue to be paid less than what we earn.

Comment: Vendor vs In House (Score 5, Insightful) 209

One of the key problems I've run into, not only in regards to ERP, but in general, is that when you outsource all of your development your future is in the hands of someone who doesn't have your companies best interests as their primary concern. Their primary goal is to get paid and to keep their company in the green, the only way they can do that is to, as you noted, keep putting their hands out. It is not in their best interest to produce a system that is self sufficient, it is in their best interest to keep you on the line.

That said, it's not always practical to in-house everything, so a balance needs to be struck - keep the design and some worker bees in-house and then leverage vendors/contractors to spin up extra bodies for build cycles.

Regarding your single point of failure concern - while valid, a properly designed ERP system with redundancies and load balancing should alleviate the core of that problem. Again, balance needs to be struck, while you want a single place to do all of your ERP functions, it doesn't always make sense to have them in one application that has to be customized to within an inch of it's life in order to do everything it needs to do. This needs to be addressed in the design phase to create logical business units that can sit on separate applications that, ex, communicate with the proverbial mothership via an API

Comment: Re:What's so remarkable? (Score 1) 194

by James-NSC (#47349979) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

Tell it from both sides and you risk leaving the audience with unsatisfyingly ambiguous feelings about the whole affair; it's almost as if life isn't black and white!

No-one likes that in a movie.

Quite the contrary, had Gibson included the Roman perspective in "Passion" I would have enjoyed that movie a whole lot more.

Roman Citizen: You taking the chariot out tonight?
Roman Soldier: Yea, me any my cohort are going to do some drive by crucifixions...

Comment: Re:Hell Yes! (Score 1) 251

by James-NSC (#47070023) Attached to: It's Time For the <em>Descent</em> Games Return

And it supported zmodem. I spent my entire two weeks of a spring break in college playing descent with a class mate. So much so, that when I went to bed (in the morning, lol) my inner ear was playing tricks on me as I still felt like I was rolling around in three dimensions. An amazingly immersive experience for the time.

It even incorporated a POV flight recorder, so when I got back to class, I had a few 5.25 floppies with some great kill shots on them. Hanging against a wall as my opponent flew through the tube and came out above me, missing me completely, I rose up - ala Wrath of Kahn - and took him out from behind. Good stuff.

D2 even had a single from Type O' Negative "Haunted" that was, IIRC, released on the games soundtrack w/out vocals before the October Rust (1996) album was released.

D3 was a serious let down for the series, followed up by "Free Space" and by then, the ride was over. While Free Space was a decent game, it's inclusion in the Descent series made it drift too far from what made "Descent" Descent.

Comment: All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (Score 2) 287

by James-NSC (#46747263) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

That's not my experience in the "tech industry". Every job I've had - Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee - have required a BS at minimum. I work with people who don't have a degree, and they are in "tech" positions that pay less and have fewer advancement options.

I guess "Tier One Help Desk" would meet the articles criteria, but who would want to do that job for the rest of your life?

In fact, now that I think about it, TFA is 180 from my experience, not only is higher education critically important, but almost equally important is *where* you went to school. Ivy > state > trade > Pheonix > none

Comment: Re:Should void warranty (Score 1) 208

Actually, we do something very similar to jailbreaking in the world of sportbikes, as we replace parts and alter components around all of our engines computers in the name of performance

I personally, have a SPST switch under my seat that will jump two pins on the main CPU with a resister,when on,it "tricks" my bike into believing it's in 6th gear no matter what gear it's in. It is only In 6th gear that I have no timing retardation (retardation set by the factory) and have access to all the power my bike can produce throughout the entire gear range

Additionally, I run a PowerCommander, which allows me to attach a laptop to my bike and load custom fuel maps into it

We've been "jailbreaking" our bikes for years since fuel injection became the norm in the early 00's - this was actually why I purchased my last bike as a fuel injected one, normally I prefer the throttle response of a normally aspirated carborated super sport (600cc) - I went with a fuel injected super bike (1000cc) just so I could "jailbreak" it... in 2001..

lastly, less I upset anyone by omission, the Import Tuner - or "Hot Hatch" with a nod the Jezzer - crowd have been doing it to the computers in their cars even longer.

Comment: Re:This is a "me too" post. (Score 1) 2

by James-NSC (#46640255) Attached to: Best Alternative Client for Outlook/M$ Cloud Mail

Don't use Mozilla Thunderbird. I figured I'd just use that, but it came packaged with so much bloatware - PC system "tuner", weather alert app (that crashed as it was a 32 bit app on my 64 bit OS), a tool bar that my AV blocked and no check box to decline such additions.

Shoddy, shoddy packaging.

I uninstalled it immediately and my search for a good mail app continues - unassisted by /. moderators. Cheers guys!

+ - Best Alternative Client for Outlook/M$ Cloud Mail 2

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James-NSC (1414763) writes "My company is switching from onprem mail to a hosted "Exchange Online". This requires Outlook 2013, however, O13 is a *really bad* mail client — particularly in it's search function. Worst case I'll use two clients, one for actually interacting with my email and Outlook to interact with it's services, but it would be super handy if there was a good client that also supports all of the various added "functionality" bundled with Outlook. As I'm sure I'm not the first to be subjected to the "everything is better, because Cloud!" line of IT executive reasoning, what have my fellow /.'rs used as a mailer in this setup?"

Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 1) 323

No, no it isn't

Last night I was surfing netflix and noticed the old Twilight Zone, so I went to watch "Time Enough at Last" (Episode 1 from Season 8 which aired in January of 1953) - but noooooo, netflix only has S1-3 and 5.

The *only* reason I couldn't watch the episode I wanted is because someone, somewhere, is a fsking arsehole.

Comment: No Expansion for x360 users? (Score 1) 166

by James-NSC (#46578069) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

I just searched google, amazon and gamespot and no where can I find an expansion for the x360. Not even a commitment to release it. I found multiple references to D3 being worked on for the x1 and p4, but nothing for the 360. I haven't found confirmation yet - though with all the news on this right now, finding meaningful search results is getting arduous - but it doesn't look like x360 users are getting this expansion and if they do, it will be via the x1 - can anyone confirm?

What a great way to screw your customers, sell them a game for one system, then only make expansions available for the next gen console - which, BTFW, *requires* them to purchase the game a second time in order to play it on the new system. Making their purchase on the 360 a total waste of money in the long run.

Comment: Re:To be fair? (Score 5, Insightful) 95

by James-NSC (#46488097) Attached to: Target Ignored Signs of Data Breach

I'd wager it wasn't the security team that dropped the ball. I work in the same role (I'm the most senior member of the security team), and I can tell you first hand that I don't have the authorization to act in matters of that scope independent of the executive team in situations like those. I have to forward my recommendations up the chain and get approval.

That causes delays. Often times, things then get lost in the executive level. Whenever there are contractors involved it's even worse as they spend a week or so arguing over whose responsibility it is, who is going to pay for it, how much down time it's going to represent, how much money they're going to lose, etc,etc, etc. Executives are also really bad at judging risk when it comes to security. They'll expose themselves and their companies to staggering amounts of risk - if for no other reason - than the fact that the failure/security breach/what-have-you isn't impacting business "right now" but shutting down an ecommerce system to patch it will impact the bottom line *right now* and they would rather risk "maybe" losing money at some future date than know they're losing money "right now".

Executives will mortgage their companies futures at every possible opportunity for a few extra dollars today.

The number of times I've taken a GLARING security issue up only to have the "how long can we leave it before it impacts business" be their main concern. If it's a vulnerability on a production, WAN facing system - but we don't have evidence of it being actively exploited - it's not considered to be as critical as taking that system offline for an hour to patch/test it. The certainty of lost revenue in that hour is more meaningful than the potential of abuse at a later date. Worst part of it all is that when that later date does come around and things get really bad, they all point their collective fingers at the security team and none of them take any responsibility whatsoever.

You're damned if you do, damned if you don't and blamed all the way around.

Corporate InfoSec is a very, very frustrating occupation. I feel for those poor guys at Target.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?