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Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379

In all likelihood, the second the kid shows up with an attorney in tow, the school board will consult with their own attorney, apologies will be offered, and the idiot principal will be reeducated (preferably in a camp in Siberia).

Unfortunately, they're just as likely to bring the house lawyers in, dig in their heels, and wait for the kid to graduate and it not to matter anymore.

School boards have time on their side. This kid is a senior, so he's going to graduate in a couple months. Once that happens, how much money are the parents going to spend chasing after this? This is why the principal is threatening the suspension and loss of extra curriculars - that tends to include graduation ceremonies and prom night. Why threaten lawsuit when you can just say "nope, you don't get to walk the stage with your peers. Shoulda respected my authoritah." And by the time the appeals get done, it won't change the fact that he missed the event.

And the update on the article, while completely ditching the BS "I'ma gonna call the IRS on you" line, is apparently now claiming that he's in trouble for using school equipment to post non-school work. Which would seem to imply that if he takes the memory card home and uploads them from his personal computer, they don't have a concern? (Which leads to: how do you tell the difference?)

Comment: Re:Maybe because users feel entitltled (Score 1) 150

a user will always choose dancing pigs over security every time. Get in the way of their work, and users will figure out very creative ways around it.

That's because management will choose Getting It Done Now over Following The Rules every time. I've yet to meet a manager who, when it comes down to the deadline, won't tell me to "figure something a way to make it happen".

Which is the unspoken problem in the earlier post - it's all well and good that you updated your documentation, and now all the servers names are ISO certified. But if you forgot to tell anyone you were doing it, and now all the tools and reports that get used to keep the business running break? Don't be surprised when people are breaking rules left, right, and centre in order to get that report on the VP's desk for 3pm.

Comment: Re: Humans (Score 1) 150

As for TFA (I've followed the links) I find the 2/3 figure hard to believe and the article is light on facts and the form of the questions. Perhaps the 2/3 would not report in a case where they knew it was their own fault. I'm guessing, as I see no reason not to report any other breach that came to light. The resulting flap it would make an interesting diversion to the usual dull routine.

No, I'd believe it. Even ignoring the obvious reasons like "this security breach makes my life/job/day easier", there's the basic one - when you report a breach, the questions tend to start on "how do you find out?" "What were you doing to notice such a thing?" "That's not part of your job, so what weren't you doing in order to do this thing you're not supposed to do?", and that's if you're lucky enough that it stays internal and you don't get the Full Whistleblower Special.

Counter this with - what's in it for the employee? The best-case scenario is that it's dealt with quietly and you get nothing (because giving you a raise/bonus/cake would require admitting there was a problem). Then we slide very quickly to "major pain in the arse for weeks to come until they finally get over it", through "your career at this company is stalled because you made some boss look bad", and into "dismissal and court cases". There's not enough "win" there.

So I'd probably be one of the 2/3rds, unless I could find a very quiet, very anonymous, and very deniable way of getting word out.

Comment: Re:Right conclusion, wrong reasoning. (Score 1) 507

by anyGould (#49700093) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

I'd remind them that the *point* of a process is to cover for the quality. (That's why McDonald's hamburgers are consistently "OK").

If your company is full of AAA+++ ROCKSTAR DEVELOPER GODS, then who cares what methodology you use? But the real world is full of average, middle of the bell curve coders, who will come and go at arbitrary moments, and the methodology is there to keep things organized when Bob needs to replace Adam.

So... if the methodology isn't getting you there (because it requires above-the-curve people), you've got a niche market, not a save-us-all must-do design.

(I have no illusions that I'm any more than an average coder, myself - I just happen to be the one-eyed king in this office of blind men.)

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 202

by anyGould (#49675711) Attached to: Study Reveals Wikimedia Foundation Is 'Awash In Money'

Where does this idea come from that non-profits are some sort of money-eschewing order of monks?

Easy - because they're "not profit". Right in the title. And if they're not making a profit, they're not bringing in a lot of money, obviously

Seriously - there's a lot of people out there who haven't figured out that you can "not show a profit" by simply raising expenses to match income. It's why NCAA has sponsorships but manages to never show a profit.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 202

by anyGould (#49675653) Attached to: Study Reveals Wikimedia Foundation Is 'Awash In Money'

I have my objections to Wiki's policies (primarily editorial), but the fact that they have targeted a self-sustaining endowment, I don't fault them for - Quite the opposite, I give them credit for actually having a viable business plan. Yes, "business plan" - Nonprofits still need one of those, like it or not.

I don't fault them either - but I'd rather they sell it that way (as "if we get $X, it's all lollypops and candy from here on out!") rather than "the lights could go out AT ANY MOMENT unless you give us money RIGHT NOW". Because right now, they've got 20 years of bank, and probably longer if they invest it wisely. Not to mention that they're over 80% of the way to their 25x figure, so the lights ain't going out any time soon.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

Also worth noting that folks that I know who are 24/7 on call (either for emergencies, or because the job involves a lot of weekend/evening work) are both well compensated and have flexible hours (so if you keep them up all night with your emergency, there's no talk of "why aren't you at your desk at 8am?")

Folks always forget that part of the point of salary is that you're getting paid to get the work done, not to be there X hours. If you want to track my hours, then make me an hourly employee, with the overtime pay that entails.

(And in-before-internet-tough-guy, I have had this exact conversation with a boss in the past who decided that even though I'd stayed til midnight the night before putting out fires, I still had to be at my desk at 8:00. I pointed out the extra hours, he played the salary card. I suggested that we should put me on the time clock, and we'll see in a month who owed who. Never heard about that again.)

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776

Ray Rice is a public figure and as such a public face of the NFL. He as obligations to the NFL in his public persona which are spelled out in his contract.

.. and is compensated accordingly. On the other hand, Mike the equipment manager makes a lot less money, but no-one cares what he does in his off-hours.

But reading the article, they've glossed over one very important point - it's a company-provided phone. Which means the company has a fairly easy defense here - it's their box, they can put whatever they want on it. And she was making 7K a month, so it's not like she couldn't afford to buy a personal phone for off hours.

I think she still has a case, but it's certainly going to be a tougher slog than the summary suggests.

Comment: Re:It's the same old lies from these H1B advocates (Score 1) 612

by anyGould (#49673939) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

"they have an obligation to their shareholders to make as much ROI as possible."

I get sick to my stomach every time I read this bullcrap. ROI is not simply just cash. ROI can be a lot of things, including the improving of the quality of life for the workers, or the areas in which the company operates. Since nobody has the balls to fight the "it's only the green" mentality, we all get fucked in the end.

Sure, ROI could be a lot of things, but remember that ROI is measured by who gets the returns. The shareholders invested dollars, and they expect their return to be in dollars. Not a lot of investers put money in and are happy to "improve quality of life" (they can donate to charities and get tax deductions and free press).

So, let's back up the problem - you're at work, and your boss brings in a passel of new folks and tells you to train them. Why are you doing this? At the least, unless your job description is "Trainer", you should be chasing the boss for more pay. You may say "but they'll just tell me to shut up" or "they'll fire me". Guess what - they're already planning on firing you. The only leverage you have is your knowledge, so why are you giving it away?

Comment: Re:This is a publicity stunt. (Score 1) 128

by anyGould (#49556143) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

And, if it just sits on top of the berg, who cares? If it's inside the berg, again, who cares?

My read was that he planned to sit on an iceberg while it melted (presumably to draw attention to global warming)? It's a stunt, but sometimes those are fun too.

Personally, I'd take one of those 10-man ones for houseboating. Just pop that sucker in the middle of the lake, and float around for a couple weeks...

Comment: Re:Too early for criticism. (Score 1) 238

Check the math again.

The $1.7 mil is how much the companies have invested in those jobs. The state has spent $53 million on this project.

So, New York is getting about 3 cents on the dollar in value here. (Or, to be more perverse, the companies that signed up are getting $31 back for every dollar they invested. Great value for the companies who got in on the deal, less so for the taxpayers.

Comment: Re:Pen name? (Score 1) 148

by anyGould (#49077751) Attached to: Wheel of Time TV Pilot Producers Sue Robert Jordan's Widow For Defamation

And a damn good job he did, as much as I love the series, the middle of it was a grind to get through. Seemed like a lot of dress twitching and braid pulling to me. Especially book 10, although the end was awesome getting there was painful (and I took a day off work to read it). But Sanderson brought the series back to vivid spectacular life again.

The middle books grind down because Jordan kept wandering into side plots that would have been better served as standalone books (say, similar to how the Dragonlance books were handled). He knew where the finish line was, just wasn't in a hurry to get there.

Sanderson, on the other hand, was brought in to do the "last" book. (Yes, Jordan had claimed there was only *one* book left). It's pretty easy to see Sanderson picking out the leftover plots, punting them to the curb, and goosing the accelerator to get the plot train home ASAP. Which also made the books way better, since we finally get to the finale.

I think it could make a good mini-series, though - you can consolidate a bunch of points, ditch some of the sideplots that aren't necessary, and keep the plot train moving.

Comment: Re:the winter dragon is coming, (Score 1) 54

by anyGould (#49077719) Attached to: Something Resembling 'The Wheel of Time' Aired Last Night On FXX

And I've always thought WoT would make a decent mini-series, since all that futz turns into action - it's far less annoying to watch those tics than to read it over and over.

My wife is the real WoT fan in the house, though - not sure if I should tell her this exists...

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 716

by anyGould (#49051365) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

Not saying it was the wrong software (and the second laptop I tried worked fine out of the box).

My point was intended towards the tendency in the new distros (at least in my experience) to insulate the user from details, even when they're looking for them. For instance, the Network Manager (which cheerfully pre-install found both wired and wireless networks), after install refused to accept that a network card might exist, and didn't expose any method to see that a blacklist existed, much less change it. And installing packages wouldn't help because the package is already there - the install disabled it and didn't tell me.

My daughter is actually enjoying her new Linux box (now that it has a network and runs Minecraft) a great deal - my issue was that the installation has moved a bit too far from the old "OK, I hope the user knows what he's doing because the OS ain't gonna help" to the new "OK, I hope the OS knows what it's doing because we're not going to tell the user anything" model.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 716

by anyGould (#49044431) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

What distro, what machine, and did you do a live CD/DVD boot first?

Bet really, being repository based, a working network card is needed for the very install. itself.

Was the current version of Ubuntu, an old Dell, and I booted using a USB key, network worked there, installed from that, no network.

Google seems to say it's a known issue of some sort. Didn't need to install anything, just edit some obscure file and type the usual arcane words into a terminal.

But the take-away is that requiring a network connection doesn't help if your system disables all the network connections. (And worse, the GUI was no help in correcting the problem.)

Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.