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Comment: Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by axl917 (#46725427) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Yes, Colbert is much, much more than the faux-O'Reilly persona he's affected in recent years. All the work he did on the Daily Show...I recall the "Even Steven" segment he did with Steve Carell was rather brilliant.

I feel a bit bad for Craig Ferguson. He's a great comic but his shtick is a bit out there at times, and much less scripted and structured than I think CBS wanted for the prime night-time slot

Comment: I no longer flash lights to warn of speed traps (Score 1) 457

by axl917 (#46173871) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

I really hate to fall on "what if?" arguments, but I on the local radio here they have a lawyer ( shoutout to ) on to answer listener's legal questions, and one time one posed a question very much like the situation here. His response was, "what if the person you warn is actually doing something bad? "

What if they are driving drunk and the flash snaps a tiny bit of sense into them, long enough to slow down a bit and drive straight, but as soon as they pass the cop, are off and weaving again.

What if there's an Amber Alert in the area, and the guy you flash those beams to has a kid in the trunk? What if you prevented him from getting pulled over for speeding, when the cops would've seen or heard...

I know it's logically fallacious and one-in-a-million, but I couldn't live with myself if I found out something bad happened because of it. The only downside of not warning oncoming drivers is that maybe they get ticketed.

That I can live with.

Comment: Re:Suck it up, buttercup (Score 1) 383

by axl917 (#45595133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

Relax, sport, it was just a bit of sarcasm.

We handle things just fine. AD, Spiceworks, WSUS, and the like, many things that used to requite sneaker-net back in the day are either automated or can be addressed remotely.

If I could just get users to stop using their local Desktop as a cluttered filespace, life would be heaven. :)

Comment: Re:After five years... (Score 5, Insightful) 655

...whatever you learned in school is already out of date...

Quite true, but as one of my professors said, "In this course, you will not learn how to code in Turbo Pascal*; you will learn how to learn to code, and then apply that to Turbo Pascal."

A good teacher can make all the difference to impressionable 18-yr-olds.

(*Yes, I am old)

Small is beautiful.