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Journal: Undercover police cars 3

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I was on my way to work today and saw a State Trooper's car on the side of the road. I knew it was a State Trooper not because of the distinctive two-tone blue that cruisers have (this one was black), but because it had several antennas and a radar gun on the driver's side.
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Journal: H2G2: The saga?

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I was talking to someone at work about how some of the best political wisdom I've heard came from a Douglas Adams book, specifically the bit about how the ones who aspire to positions of authority are those least qualified to have said positions. The conversation then devolved into how the Beeb had created a site to act as a real-life Guide.

Comment: Re:How does it rate (Score 1) 2

by Timex (#47737551) Attached to: Certification: Update

Considering this is my first professional certification, I don't know if I can aptly answer that. I can tell you this:

  • SANS certifications are notorious for being difficult.
  • SANS Certifications are well-known in the industry. These are not some fly-by-night "let's give certs away" things.
  • They certainly are not inexpensive. This certification costs something in the neighborhood of $4,000 to take. The first exam attempt is around $600. If you fail and need to try again, it will cost you around $300 or so.
  • The certification is good for four years.

So... I'm actually pleased at having passed this. :)

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Journal: Certification fun! 1

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My employer pretty-well insisted that I get a certification. They went so far as to pay for the training and the first exam attempt.

To that end, I'm working on GCUX through SANS. So far, so good. It's pretty interesting.

From what I'm reading about how to prepare for the exam itself, it would be to my benefit to prepare a thorough index- something in the area of 30-50 pages long. O_O

Comment: Re:Oh, no (Score 1) 2

by Timex (#46859547) Attached to: This should be one of those "I told you so" moments...

See, that's the trick: He doesn't have to sign anything he disagrees with.

I know that it is not uncommon for Congress to send "poison pills" to the President (whoever it happens to be at the time). Bush the Younger got many from Congress, and he wasn't the first. He won't be the last. It's one of the reasons I favor giving the President some form of line-item VETO power. If there's a reason he doesn't like a bill, he can go on record as not liking a portion by striking it and send it back to Congress to re-consider.

Better yet, I would like to see some responsibility in Congress. Something that requires "riders" to a bill actually be related to the bill would be nice. "But that's the only way some things can get passed," I hear someone say. My reply is, "Yeah. Do you suppose there might be a reason for that?"

It would also be nice if Congress would spend more time reviewing laws that have been on the books for a while and consider repealing those that are deemed to be no longer relevant. I would rather they do that than sit around wondering what else they could do to micromanage my life.

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Journal: This should be one of those "I told you so" moments... 2

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...but I won't say it, even though I'd be justified in doing so.

I was just looking through the beta for Slashdot (which I don't like, by the way) and saw a "Hall of Fame" page. I looked at it and this was one of the most popular stories of all time. It was posted when Obama was elected the first time.

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Journal: Updates from Chez Timex 5

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Things are going fairly well, I think.

I gave up playing WoW. I started playing SW:TOR, but found I didn't have time to play.

The only game I've been keeping up with lately is Second Life.

I've also been getting into Ingress lately. Does anyone else play? I like it because it gets me out of the house (even in these cold northeastern winter days) and I occasionally meet new people.

COBOL is for morons. -- E.W. Dijkstra