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Comment: The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 4, Insightful) 31

The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.

Comment: Re:Next up... (Score 1) 84

by Shakrai (#49551825) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.

Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.

Comment: Re:Windows !!! (Score 5, Insightful) 78

by Shakrai (#49548841) Attached to: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?

Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.

Comment: Re:Comcast and Time Warner, a match made in . . . (Score 1) 111

by Shakrai (#49547423) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

Where I live they haven't bothered to make any provision for back up power to the repeaters on their coax plant. Power goes out? Kiss your phone service goodbye, even if you've got the battery in your modem. They finally did upgrade us to DOCSIS 3, about eight months ago, so now our peak hour speeds have gone from atrocious to tolerable FWIW.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 391

by Shakrai (#49530193) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

In my experience (New York State) they tend to side with the employee at the first level of appeal. If the employer contests that decision it goes before an administrative law judge, where anything can happen, though even there they tend to favor the employee in this blue state.

I quit a job once upon a time and secured unemployment. The employer attempted to retroactively impose random drug testing, I asked for an opt-out since it wasn't part of the conditions of employment when I was hired, they said no. I cited the applicable case law with HR, they still said no, so I quit. Won that one at both levels of appeal, found a new job three weeks later, started it two weeks after that, using the interim to take a nice vacation to Finland on the ex-employer's dime. I may have sent them an unsigned post card from Helsinki saying thanks for 50% of the salary for 0% of the work.....

Comment: Re:I don't know what to think (Score 1) 391

by Shakrai (#49527143) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

That said, we already live in a world where use of stimulants in the workplace is expected. As the summary points out, 85% of people use caffeine.

And you've concluded stimulant use in the workplace is expected from the fact that 85% of people use caffeine? Have you ever known someone who was fired or held back from a promotion for a failure to use caffeine? I haven't. I've worked in offices my entire professional life and managed to go that long without picking up a caffeine habit; it hasn't held me back any. *shrug*

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 2) 391

by Shakrai (#49527071) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

The next day, I explain to my team leader what my family does to people who get any of us into drugs, and quit. My father disapproves of the decision because he says I should also have punched the guy out after quitting.

I would have filed a claim for unemployment, then when said claim was initially denied because you quit voluntarily tell the Department of Labor why you quit. You would have doubtless been approved at that point and DOL starts an investigation of that company, a win win.

Comment: Re:How about basic security? (Score 1) 381

by Shakrai (#49516877) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

What's truly pathetic is I can't get it from Time Warner Cable on our dedicated fiber (not DOCSIS) connection, despite their claims that it's available to DIA customers. They have been dragging their feet now for eight or nine months, professing that we're the first business in our whole area (~250,000 people) to ask for it, so they don't actually have any experience getting it to us.

That's either complete bullshit (we have one of the largest universities in NYS here, along with major defense contractors and even a Fortune 100) to stonewall my request, or it's actually true and a sad reflection on our complete lack of progress on this issue.

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