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Comment: Re:Yes. It will. (Score 1) 146

The average slashdot reader doesn't watch television or play video games.

Most slashdotters are either engineers, attorneys, or other high-esteemed professionals; usually with their skills transcending other fields.

Your average slashdot commenter has created algorithms that have revolutionized computing, practiced law in the highest of the courts, had their works published in the journals that hold the highest esteem, filed patents only to give them to the world to use, donated large amounts of their wealth to charities, and works out four times a day to satisfy their wife from Maxim Magazine.

There is no need for a slashdot reader to indulge themselves in fantasy video games and television programs when reality is so sweet.

Comment: S/MIME called .. it wants it's something something (Score 3, Informative) 222

by ModernGeek (#48995969) Attached to: GPG Programmer Werner Koch Is Running Out of Money

I switched to S/MIME because of the easy ability to have a third party sign your key, and the recipients recognize it; utilizing a similar web of trust that we use for SSL. Sure it isn't perfect, but it's a good platform. All the major mail clients support it as well. Unless you're really worried about privacy, it's good enough.

However, I feel it's the duty of large corporations that profit from the efforts of men like Werner Koch to hire, retain, and support these people, and allow them to freely continue their research. If not through employment, then through grants.

<joke>I guess he shouldn't have sold all his Radio Shack stock</joke>

Comment: Re: Screenshots (Score 2) 378

by ModernGeek (#48906185) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

I hate that now we're left with a bunch of icons that don't match each other, as if they used two or zero user interface guidelines to build this thing.

It's like we have two platforms that were smashed together with a sledgehammer, and they're not able to fully separate them. They should talk to the scientists that unboiled the eggâ¦

They either need to redesign all the icons or revert back to the Windows 7 ones. I could live with Windows with those registry changes, I would hope for Microsoft that those be controlled with toggle switches and not removed.

Comment: Betteridge's law (Score 0) 317

by ModernGeek (#48552633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?


Also, you seem to have squandered all of your time at the current company you're at by not engaging in continual professional development to better yourself while working. You've been milking the job you've been working at without taking a real interest in the work you're doing, and without thinking of ways to better yourself or your company; and it appears that you have gotten what you deserved.

Leave Information Systems and change your career, everyone will be better off for it, including you. Go back to watching football, hanging out with your friends, and eating wings on Tuesday nights; the rest of us are working.

Comment: I am not going to convert (Score 4, Insightful) 245

by ModernGeek (#48189865) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

I might do it for some things, but right now the ability to only checkout a subdirectory[source] is paramount in the way we use svn around here. Nestled with the fact that there are so many git solutions that are third-party hosted only, and so many hostable open source subversion options available, I'll stick with svn.

Moving everything to the cloud, which is marketing speak for someone else's servers, for increased functionality is not an acceptable solution. Sure, you can host your own git repository, but the functionality in the available F/OSS solutions blows.

Comment: Re: I am not alone when I say.... (Score 1) 139

by ModernGeek (#48158285) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Does chromecast work on my television that only has VGA or Component? What about my raspberry pi driven LCD mounted next to my bed? They will never touch the lucrative market of Free Open Source Software users until they remove the DRM and start accepting DogeCoin without having to use a third party to accept said coins. I can live with giving them a throwaway email address, but some of us still value our privacy as well.

Comment: Elon Musk had nothing to do with this (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by ModernGeek (#48059677) Attached to: A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

The only purpose for putting Elon Musk's name in this is to grab the attention of the reader by dropping a popular name, I'm sure that he isn't proud of this truck; the article doesn't even mention his name. I'm sure that the "editor" that put this up didn't even realize they weren't talking about Elon Musk, they just skimmed through, saw "Tesla Co-Founder" and assumed said article was about Musk... I want to even say that the two aren't even on good terms anymore for some reason, something the "editors" should have looked into.. I'm with Steve Jobs on this one, Bloggers are not Journalists.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein