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Comment: Six Sigma / Lean / PMM (Score 2) 317

by Proudrooster (#48552275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

It doesn't sound like you are a in the trenches programmer / admin so, why not take the strengths that you have (higher level technical ability and management) and work toward becoming a business process person. Being able to speak tech and business is quite valuable. Six Sigma / Lean are quite popular these days in organizations looking to become more efficient in their process then support the process with technology systems if appropriate. PMM is some sort of Project Management Methodology Certification, don't know much about it, but it seems popular in tech management circles.

Comment: Who likes loud PCs? Here is a solution with photos (Score 1) 720

by Proudrooster (#48487345) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

I hate loud PCs as well. Who wants to listen to fans run?

1. Find a Thermaltake case DH101 DH202, remove the bracket that runs front to back, it just gets in the way. I found mine on Craigslist.
2. Put in a quiet/silent PSU.
3. Put a short Zallman heat sink on your CPU with heat pipes with a 120mm fan on top.
4. Replace all your drives with SSDs, put noisy drives on the network, get a Western Digital My Cloud 4TB and wire it to ethernet for your PLEX library.
5. If the fan on the GPU is loud, get a bigger fan 120mm.

Here are some photos of a DH101 case and how I have it configured to be quiet.

I agree with your wife, your living room shouldn't sound like a datacenter. Women can hear better than men so it is louder to them.

Comment: Re:Who is going to get the pink slip (Score 1) 155

by Proudrooster (#48462543) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

We run with two accounts one for normal use and one for software installation (admin/root). In my opinion, it is bad practice to run any machine LINUX, MAC, or WINDOWS logged in as admin/root. Having to type a username/password into sudo or the windows/mac popup is minor compared to software "accidentally" getting installed. :)

Hey I heard from some guy that hates BYOD that SONY was taken down by an infected iPad. It had nothing to do with that last Microsoft patch that Sony didn't apply.

Comment: Re:Who is going to get the pink slip (Score 1) 155

by Proudrooster (#48457139) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

Don't you hate it when people disagree with your blind, error filled assertions? I bet you wanted to print this post off and show it to your boss and say, "SEE, LOOK, IT'S THOSE PEOPLE WITH BYOD!" when in reality YOU, Mr. Site Admin are the biggest security threat to your organization.

I was at least expecting you to lie and respond, "I am not logged in as DOMAIN ADMIN."

On a serious note, I would strongly suggest you look at your teams security practices before you end up in the same shape as SONY. Ransom ware is running wild right now. Making sure you have air-gapped backups, your servers are patched with all out of band patches, users and admins are NOT logged in as DOMAIN ADMIN, strong passwords with a password saved in a password manager like KEYPASS.

Comment: Re:Who is going to get the pink slip (Score 1) 155

by Proudrooster (#48456775) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

What if I told you this "ransom ware" attack was caused by network admins who were logged in as DOMAIN ADMINISTRATORS? Ransomware is usually the result of poor security practices by admins adding DOMAIN ADMIN to their groups in group policy. So, infect one DOMAIN ADMIN and ransomware is off and running through the entire network, encrypting and trashing as it goes. With ransomware the worst a nonadmin user can do is take out their own files, but infect an account with DOMAIN ADMIN and you can take out a network.

As for your ignorant remarks on BYOD. BYOD is a very low risk, especially if you keep them on a limited wifi then limit devices to iPhones & Windows PC with latest security updates, sorry droids.

And, I based on post with the (sic) advanced literary skills and complex reasoning ability, I bet you are an admin that logs in with DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR credentials, because you aren't the security problem, you are an all knowing GENIUS!

"Clever is easy, simple is hard." -me

Comment: Extra Hour Each Saturday and Sunday, Here's How (Score 1) 613

by Proudrooster (#48290393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Forget changing the clocks twice a year, let's do it twice a week. On Friday Night, 3pm will magically jump to 5pm, then Saturday and Sunday will both be 25 hours days where each day of the weekend gets ONE EXTRA HOUR EVERY WEEK! WHO HOO!

The stock market can just close an extra hour early on Friday.

I also have a plan for a METRIC DAY! This whole 60 seconds in a minute thing is ridiculous, it should be 100 metric seconds in a metric hour in a 20 hour metric day. Who ever came up with the stuff just wasn't thinking.

24 hours in a day... BAH!

Comment: Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (Score 2) 937

by Proudrooster (#47899057) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Bah Reason! Humans aren't capable of it. Seriously, as a race we just recently wandered in off the Sahara. Before we start down the path of reason we have to work on TRUTH and SHARING. When Mr. Reason Dawkins himself can't even tell the truth, there is no hope for reason. All of our systems are currently optimized for extraction of resources and not efficient distribution or sharing. Without TRUTH and SHARING we will not have trust, and without TRUST there can be no reason. See the endless emotional debates on energy, water, global warming, education, ideology. I appreciate and applaud you for your proposal, but it just isn't possible at this time.

Comment: Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (Score 1, Insightful) 937

by Proudrooster (#47898865) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Tell that to Dawkins. He is trying to turn (sic) "reason" into a religion for atheists.

I maintain that our puny little brains aren't even close to capable of "reasoning out" the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. I think we will have to build a machine to do it. The big question is will the answer be '42'.

Comment: Energy storage systems that are stationary..... (Score 1) 245

by Proudrooster (#47802169) Attached to: Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

What if you were working on batteries the size of a tractor trailer that had the energy density to power large cities for a week or two. Then you wouldn't need the grid. You could just drive the battery to where it could be charged, near the wind or sun, then when it was full, move it to the place where it was needed.

I appreciate the real time complexity of the power grid, but it is time to rethink distribution. It would be cool if every house in the USA could get off the grid through local energy storage.

The sun and wind are essentially free endless energy, the challenge is buffering, but I challenge you to think outside the grid. The solution is a new battery or fuel cell.

Comment: Re:Wonder how Elon Musk (Score 1) 262

by Proudrooster (#47659659) Attached to: Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

You are correct in saying that these devices all existed and have owned hand held Garmin and have worked with stereo sized GPS units. Unfortunately, I never had access to military tech like crusie missles or 1-jigawatt orbital death rays. All I am saying is that I am impressed at the refinement. sophistication, and packaging of what I can hold in my hand.

Comment: Re:Thank GOD (Score 1) 96

by Proudrooster (#47652361) Attached to: Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

Dude, the electronics industry needs 4k to sell us 4k panels for our living rooms. Right now, everyone is happy with a el'cheapo 1080p. Time to step it up to 4K. Personally, I am happy with my 720p plasma TV. I am sad to see plasma go in favor of LCD, LED, OLED or whatever over-saturated color technology is being pushed out cheaply.

Comment: Re:Wonder how Elon Musk (Score 1) 262

by Proudrooster (#47652333) Attached to: Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

I am with you, but keep in mind, these projects are hard. They need years of a dedicated team working together on the problem. I always think of Dragon Dictation and how they were on the path to decent speech to text. We still haven't gotten past that hurdle yet due to semantics, grammar, accents etc....

I do marvel at handheld devices with 1080HD cameras capable of video editing, GPS, accelerometer, flash memory, digital audio capability, unbelievable fast with decent battery life. To me the iPhone is an amazing piece of tech only a few steps away from the tri-corder on Star Trek (just add a sensor package). Google has the self-driving car (in BETA), doesn't work in snow, and of course we still don't know who is responsible if the car gets in an accident or is caught speeding.

To me technology is moving pretty fast, must faster than our species can evolve or adapt to the new technology like the NSA's Total Information Awareness Project.

So while the work is incremental, it is becoming highly refined. I still say groups staying together for decades are the only way to pull some of this big stuff off.

Comment: Hattie's Meta Analysis says........ (Score 4, Insightful) 421

by Proudrooster (#47639659) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Summer vacation has an effect size of d=.02 on learning, which is not good. .4 = 1 year of growth


But here is the deal, the longer we stop doing something, the less proficient we are at doing it. Think balancing a chemical equation in chemistry or solving the a Lorentz time dilation problem in physics, or remembering the plot of Snow White (assuming you haven't seen in 10 years).

Sure kids forget, we all do, but it is easy to dive back in and strengthen those memories with review, just like exercising a muscle.

To me the point of education should be this, teach kids to love learning, be curious, and learn how to learn. As a teacher, if you have done this, you have done your job. The goal of teaching is not to turn kids into homework machines that suck the life out of them so they can perform on the standardized test, all the while making them hate school and learning. Anything you learn today is obsolete in less than 4 years anyway and many things forced on kids in schools via state standard wish-lists are useless.

Childhood is a precious time where we learn lots and lots of stuff without sitting quietly in a desk. We build, we play, we explore the world, we ride bikes, dance, sing, play with dad's tools, and make all sorts of discoveries which aren't covered on standardized tests.

So it comes down to this, do we want study machines or children? Ask the children in South Korea.

Scroll down, school is like prison.

Comment: Re:Load of Horse Shit (Score 2) 502

Yes it can, as long as battery technology improves. Did you happen to see the article on the new Panasonic/Tesla GigaFactory for batteries? Really the only thing holding us back is batteries. As long as the sun keeps on shining, we have a near infinite amount of FREE energy.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll