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+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

+ - IT Departments - How are you supporting your os code?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A lot of IS groups are using Open Source tools (Linux, MySQL, PHP, etc...) to build cost effective and reliable IT infrastructures for their companies. Upper and executive management wants to know how these tools will be supported since their isn't one single commercial entity that does by default (ie. Microsoft). So, what does your IS group do? Do you hire staff with the expertise to do support in-house or out source all your support to a third party? Or something else?"

Comment: Re:Trade-off (Score 3, Interesting) 65

by MoogMan (#39754875) Attached to: UK Web Snooping Plan Invades Privacy, Despite Claims To the Contrary

Privacy and security are almost never a zero sum game. In this case, reducing privacy isn't going to help find more 'criminal/terrorist activity'; It will just cause them to use Freenet, TOR, steganography, for comunication etc. instead and result in making it even harder to track real criminal activity.

Secondly, common people are really really bad at making these risk-reward trade-offs (for instance, many people have a fear of flying, but a more rational reaction would be to have a fear of travelling to get a flight as you're more likely to get killed in a car/bus on the way to your flight, than actually flying; you may tell your children to 'never talk to strangers', but in fact that would put them in a far worse position if they ever got lost -- the huge majority of people are not evil! etc.) - we'd be better off delegating to a panel of economists and statisticians to determine the outcome.

Comment: Re:Relax.. Take a deep breath.. (Score 1) 347

by MoogMan (#34353414) Attached to: Anxiety and IT?

The challenge vs skill image at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi sums this up I think - Anxiety happens because you're not in control (either you've not organised your thoughts/tasks as well as you need, or you haven't yet enough skill to be able to counteract it).

Exercise will help, but it won't get rid of the underlying reason for your anxiety. Find out what it is then determine how you can fix it.

The business will go on if you're not around for a day/week/month. Know this and stop holding everything on your own shoulders. Stop thinking about work out of work (turn your phone off when you're not in work (and not 'on call')) and enjoy life more.

Comment: Re:Maybe so but .. (Score 1) 483

by MoogMan (#33698112) Attached to: Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

A non-technical manager of a technical department will never be able to make the type of informed decision that a previously technical manager would be able to.

That's why companies like Google and Amazon are performing and scaling so well - because their IT management structure were geeks too.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle

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