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Comment: Seconded. (Score 2) 98

by Slartibartfast (#46783069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Before I posted, I searched to see if someone else had mentioned Gargoyle already. And, indeed... someone had. I really like it. It's *NOT* as powerful as (say) OpenWRT, but jeepers, it's got a nice GUI and pretty much all the features you discuss, and a decent (but not great) slate of plugins. I'd definitely recommend kicking the tires on it.

Comment: I probably *could* retire around 65... (Score 1) 242

by Slartibartfast (#46780283) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

But will I? I dunno. I mean, I love playing around with computers and t-shooting, etc. Kind of like I am right now -- except getting paid for it. Yes, being able to knock off the zillions of books on my "to-read" backlog would be nice, and maybe finally getting a degree in... something. Perhaps learn some languages, and do some traveling. But I'll have a month's vacation by then, anyway, so I'm not sure I'm willing to "work at home" instead of "work at work." (And, oh yeah: my company doesn't mind me working at home. So I don't even have to sweat the commute.)

Ask me again in 20 years.

Comment: After further consideration... (Score 1) 1482

by Slartibartfast (#46657655) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

I think I see the problem. I'm going out on a limb here, completely without anything other than your words to go by... but you're so willing to engage confrontationally, indeed, even looking for it. And yet you are an anonymous cipher to boot. I think you come to Slashdot to live the life you're afraid to in real life. You're clearly intelligent -- unlike you, I'm willing to acknowledge that in an opponent -- but your willingness to jump for the put-down, to leap with great alacrity to prove you're right, no matter how many disagree, and damn the facts... these all strongly suggest someone who's both deeply insecure, and deeply angry.

I'm sure you'll happily come back with some more of your snappy comebacks; you vastly prefer an argumentative stance instead of considered discourse. And that, right there, is another indicator of your anger and insecurity.

Is it the attention you desire? The need to put forth controversial opinions that you know will get responses? Are you aware that not all attention is good attention?

I ask these things rhetorically, because I don't expect you to engage; I expect you to attack, or ignore. Those are your phases; you're very binary -- and nowhere have I seen you be respectful of an opponent, so I won't even bother considering you as trinary.

I will concede, I initially found your tirades somewhat compelling; it's not often you find someone so willing to piss everyone off. But now that I've come to realize that's *WHY* you do it, it seems trite and silly. Enjoy your high-level linguistic skills, and sophomore-year social skills. I do wish you'd go somewhere where you could rant and rave to a more receptive audience; trolls are the bane of the Internet, and you most certainly qualify. But if you insist on being here, well, I can only hope your karma continues to drop. And I rather doubt you've risen to the point where the administrators bother smacking you down; I think it just falls into your whole need for importance and recognition: it *must* be them! It *couldn't* be because some of my comments are modded down...

Goodbye. I wish you the best... but I rather doubt you'd even bother looking for it. You want your lead lining.

And, no -- barring an actually thoughtful response, something I believe you're almost incapable of -- I have zero intention of reading anything else you have to say. I simply have better things to do with my time.

Comment: Certainly not. (Score 1) 1482

by Slartibartfast (#46656701) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

However, when *every single* political stance I've seen you take is of the same persuasion, well... if it looks like a rose, smells like a rose, and has thorns like a rose, it's a conservative stance. Perhaps it's your own thinking that's one-dimensional, to the point where you don't see the forest for the trees.

Though I do enjoy your attempt to smear my point by attempting to denigrate my logic. You're very good at verbal judo, and are to be commended. You'd make a fine debater. That does not, however, mean that you'd be one who used facts; I think we've already established that you're very willing to ignore them in the name of making your point. (In case you're wondering what I'm talking about, I've already pointed out several objectively factual statements you've made, the most obvious -- and demonstrable -- being your attempt to blame Obama for high inflation... when there isn't any. The others, while less concretely black-and-white, nevertheless stand.)

Though I have to commend you on one other thing as well: I saw you make a technical comment! Perhaps you are not here *entirely* for the trolling.

Comment: Forced to disagree. (Score 1) 824

by Slartibartfast (#46641445) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

While I agree with you *in principle*, I can't agree with you as a blanket statement. If my CEO were an actual Nazi in his off-hours, or a cap-wearing KKK member, I think a) I'd be rightfully worried for how my company would be perceived based on my CEO, and b) I'd find his stances so odious that I wouldn't wish to continue being employed by him. BUT, while not wishing to be employed by him is easily solvable, I'd also hope that the BoD would share my opinions, and would force him to step down.

Furthermore, when I get hired, as a general rule, at the Fortune 500 companies I've worked for, they make me sign something about being careful when in the guise of a $COMPANY employee about what I say, regardless of whether I'm on the clock or not. While I don't know that the CEO would be forced to sign the same stuff I am, I *do* know that the CEO is the CEO 24x7, and that, by choosing that position, he really has acceded to the fact that his personal life and corporate life overlap substantially, and that one is no longer entirely distinct from the other.

So, yeah. Don't think he gets the slack. I side with the FF employees on this one.

Comment: What strikes me as humorous... (Score 1) 1482

by Slartibartfast (#46633757) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Is that you'd almost certainly support the boycott of a company that was divergent from your political views.

Honestly, why are you even on this site? Slashdot is kinda meant for tech talk, and all you do is rant with right-wing Rushtalk.

I'm all over political discussions of a dispassionate, objective nature, but you clearly aren't. And this site, while certainly willing to engage the political side of technology, is, at its core, a *technology* site. And yet after looking at many, many of your posts, I'm yet to see *ONE* that discusses something technical. Have you noticed the tagline, "News for nerds, stuff that matters"? I'm thinking you're just here because you love trolling.

Please go away. Slashdot will be better for it.

Comment: Dude. When you pick fights, it helps to use IQ. (Score 1) 91

by Slartibartfast (#46627197) Attached to: Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

There are many things to pick on in this administration; make no doubt about it. But several of the things you bring up are either silly or stupid.

1) Obamacare that nobody wanted; I'm sorry -- you don't like health insurance? Clearly, large segments of the population don't want it, but "nobody" is such a sweeping, wrong-headed generalization that it shows your huge bias.
2) Errr... the economy isn't recovering? Unemployment is down, the market is way up. Which metrics do you use? Yes, it could be *better*, even a fair bit better, but pretending it *isn't* is just stupid.
3) "Inflation rate that is only now beginning to hit home." WAT. After GWB left office, we haven't had inflation break 3%. Honestly, if you'd made point #2 well, you could have used the low inflation rate as a sign of a weakly growing economy. Instead, you're just speaking out your a**.
4) "Wildly expanded NSA surveillance." Citation, please. I'm not saying it's *not* true... but I won't believe it is until you prove it. What *is* true is that Edward Snowden let the cat out of the bag. Much of what he let out of the bag, however, predated Obama, and I see no particular reason to believe government snooping has changed much since... well, Hell, since before J. Edgar Hoover.
5) "Imaginary climate change." Okay, again -- screw what the politics of *anyone* is. Show me objective, not-cherry-picked proof. I'd say it's objectively demonstrable that the climate is changing; the only thing that is left to debate is whether its cause is humans or not. If you actually think the climate isn't changing, however, you may be immune to facts. Indeed, I think we've probably already demonstrated that.

Please. Informed debate is one of the things that makes this country great. Ill-informed spouting of kneejerk $PARTY talking points only shows your bias, and inability to objectively consider multiple points of view. Perhaps you don't *care* to consider multiple points of view, and that's your prerogative... but don't bother trying to ever convince anyone of anything.

Comment: Protip: EYES (Score 4, Funny) 285

by Slartibartfast (#46577091) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...

I'd been known as the guy who liked spicy food in my group. One day I came in, and there was a pepper sitting at my desk. One of those bonnet ones, though I didn't know that until I found it on Wikipedia. Anyway, I started nibbling it lightly, and it was sweet with a bit of spice. Then I ate the whole thing, and, yes, it was pretty darn hot. I wasn't dying, but it was definitely hot enough to make me sit up and take note. And, yes, my eyes began to tear.

So I wiped them. With the hand I'd been holding the pepper with.

Any semblance of nonchalance immediately left the building as I writhed in pain while simultaneously running for the sink to wash them out. Screw the burnt *finger* teaching best...

Comment: Way to slant it, there. (Score 1) 273

by Slartibartfast (#46475003) Attached to: Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Common Core is not perfect. Not much is. But the language used in this post was well and truly slanted. I suggest that, in the future, you avoid politicking in your posting, and instead be an objective reporter of facts. Words like "acknowledge" strongly imply an associated guilt. Likewise, the rest of the OP's slant.

Comment: Says who I didn't pull cables? (Score 1) 48

by Slartibartfast (#46459805) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

I just wasn't pulling them on 12/31/99, which is the date I think of when I think of "Party like it's 1999." 'Cause everyone *else* (except a few closet survivalists) that I knew was out having fun. I got to work until roughly 4:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. PST, but I was east coast) to make sure that Cisco wasn't experiencing systemic Y2K issues. And... it didn't. The rest of the time, I was Joe Sysadmin, pulling cables, bitching about Windows, and trying (successfully, as it turned out) to get Cisco to accept Linux.

P.D. Se habla español?

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