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Comment: Intellectual != agreeing with status quo (Score 1) 949

by Servo (#36367074) Attached to: Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

The biggest problem is that the definition of "geek" has been widely expanded. What people consider as a geek is not what it used to be. There are many internet/it/technology pundits calling themselves geeks out there that might otherwise be written off as kooks with a soapbox if it weren't for the internet or TV.

As for the anti-college kick, I think some people are missing the point. Its not so much that college is useless, its that the ROI for some folks isn't worth while to attend. On one end of the spectrum, you might be better off going to a technical/trade school instead of spending a ton of money on a degree that may not land you a job paying all that much better. On the other end of the spectrum, you might be better off skipping an expensive education because you've already gained skills enough to learn and grow on your own. The folks in the middle are still probably better off going to college because of lack of skills or because specific jobs require large amounts of training (ie, a doctor).

People who end up in the innovation industry (computer or otherwise) usually learned what they did by dyi trial and error or early on the job experience. Just taking a look around my own office, the people I look up to and respect are also the ones that either didn't go to college, or didn't go to college for what they are doing now. The people who don't can't be left alone and expected to get stuff done without a script are usually the ones who went to school for the specialty they work in now.

Comment: US Dollar (Score 1) 868

by Servo (#34974186) Attached to: I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

Considering I live in the US, the US dollar makes the most sense. Getting paid in any other currency would make things more difficult since EVERYBODY else in the US uses the US dollar (save a few places along the border). I'd like to buy groceries without having to pay a currency exchange fee. I'd like to buy a pack of gum without having to weigh out gold dust in the exact amount for whatever gold is trading at when I decide to buy said gum.

So yeah, the US dollar makes sense.

Comment: Interesting building (Score 1) 87

by Servo (#34444610) Attached to: Google Buys Manhattan Office/Telecom Hub

Years ago my previous employer had equipment in two different datacenters in the building. Its more than real estate, or a massive datacenter. Its a very dense internet peering hub with datacenters and office space. I can definitely see this move as strategic, as it puts Google in the "middle" of all the different players.

Comment: For the average person, gas savings is important (Score 2, Interesting) 762

by Servo (#33195322) Attached to: Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

There are definitely folks out there who can afford to buy a hybrid without concern of gas savings, but most people are going to buy a vehicle that is within their financial means so the upfront cost has to face the reality of cost of ownership. I was one of those people who put enough miles on their car to warrant a hybrid. I did the math and it was cheaper to buy a brand new Prius than continue driving my paid off SUV, due to ongoing maintenance and fuel costs. Several years later, I opted to trade the Prius in for a "clean diesel" that delivers nearly the same MPG but with more comfort and space than the Prius offered. It costs me a bit more overall but due to my changing needs and cramped legroom I think its worth it. Environmentally speaking, I like having a vehicle that pollutes less, but I can't afford not to drive something as fuel efficient which is ultimately why I bought one.

Comment: Sell it (Score 1) 417

by Servo (#33022806) Attached to: What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

A G5 isn't that old and is still pretty powerful. It still has a lot of life left in it. If you can't figure out what to do with a high end workstation from 1 or 2 processor generations ago then you're best bet is to sell it to somebody who does.

If you're not going to sell it, put a more recent version of Mac OS X Server on it that supports the G5 CPU and put it to use for whatever you need it to do.

Comment: Dlink DIR-825 (Score 1) 14

by Servo (#29731713) Attached to: b/g/n router

I had a Netgear Wireless N router and was unhappy with the speed of the router itself as well as the lower than expected performance in mixed G/N modes. I now have a Dlink DIR-825 "Dual Band" router. It can run multiple wlans on each band so that the traffic doesn't interfere with each other and so that you can support older devices that use WEP (like my Tivo) at the same time you can use WPA2 on Wireless N. Wireless N on 5Ghz band gets nearly full strength signal all the way from my basement up to the 4th floor loft where my mancave is.

Comment: Was the witness a gun expert? (Score 1) 746

by Servo (#29344619) Attached to: Police Swarm Bungie Office Over <em>Halo</em> Replica Rifle

The average person probably doesn't know much about one gun from another. I don't fault them for not knowing the make and model. It doesn't look like an assault rifle to me though, it looks more like a high powered long range sniper rifle. Not the sort of thing you bring in to shoot up the office.

I like the comment from the cop though.. be more discreet. Yeah, next time make sure you hide it under your trench coat. :)

Comment: Do you always call the cops on deliveries? (Score 1) 329

by Servo (#29236931) Attached to: FBI Investigating Mystery Laptops Sent to US Governors

"We received one package, opened it and realized that it was an error since no one in our office had ordered them," she said. "The next day we received another package. At this point we realized that they needed to be turned over to law enforcement."

So you receive something you know you didnt order, and instead of refusing shipment you call the cops? What?

The article also makes it seem like the shipments came from HP, not from somebody who had some sinister intent. It sounds like someone was ordering a bunch of stuff to cover tracks or maybe it was from Ben Bernanke's credit card. LOL

Journal: Cyclops upgrade to 10.6

Journal by Servo

Fedex showed up with Snow Leopard about 45 minutes ago. Upgrade went without a hitch. Everything seems pretty normal and the same so far, except my screen saver(s) dont work anymore.


Journal: Why yes, I am the opposite of dead, thanks for asking! 1

Journal by Servo

Lurking but still alive.

It has been a long time since I posted on here. Much has happened. Went back to Japan, this time around I spent about a month backpacking and seeing a bunch of places outside of Tokyo. I did another backpacking trip to Europe and spent a couple weeks and managed to see 5 countries. I've been at a new job for about two years now. Pace is much more sane... really great team.. commute still sucks though.

Comment: Other (Score 1) 155

by Servo (#28324755) Attached to: SAP &mdash; Open Source Friend Or Foe ?

Seems to be an RMS religious rant to me. SAP is a for profit company. They write proprietary software. They have interests to protect. I can fully understand why they don't want the government coming along and forcing their applications to either become open source or allow open source clones of their proprietary application. It is also reasonable that SAP likes Linux, open source development tools, and consortium's that produce open source software that extend and interact with their proprietary software. Presumably this allows them access to additional market share, cheaper development costs, etc. There is no friend or foe. Get over it.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982