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Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 45

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

Comment Been there (Score 1) 194

You're clearly a technical guy that's used to having his hands in the guts of it, so to speak. You have to learn to be able to work with a degree of separation through other people. It's extremely difficult and takes an entirely new set of skills that you will need to continue to be successful. You have to learn to trust (but verify) other people.

Personally I don't find it nearly as fun as doing it myself, but it's much more lucrative and allows you to have a much broader impact in the organization. You can only do so much directly, by yourself.

Comment Re:A counter-example already exists: Chernobyl (Score 1) 164

True, but then again I live about 60mi from one of the largest nuclear generating stations in the world. The amount of worry I have over it? Pretty much zero. Most people around here also have zero worry, hell the biggest problem most people are concerned about has to do with the mega dump they want to put at the old caramuse lime pits.

If for some reason bruce nuclear goes tits up, there are going to be a lot of other things to worry about. Especially in terms of food production, especially since we export most of our harvest crops in SW-Ontario to either Europe or the US.

Comment Re:Well that's great... (Score 1) 173

Mashiki, this is getting old now. Like clockwork, you make your second standard mistake: assuming that women are not interested in tech.

Care to explain why in the past more women went into technology than do now? Or why these courses are generally quite successful at attracting girls to study them?

Well, except I didn't make a mistake. I'm going off the actual employment records that happily list exactly what fields that women are drawn to, it's not tech. It's the humanities and psychology areas.

Oh, and someone else already gave you the reason why. Of course, in my own case at Waterloo, we had about 70 women in the applied mathematics course, by the end of the year there was one. The rest had left and went into...did you guess humanities, history, or psychology related areas. So, sure they're successful at attracting, terrible at retaining because they discover it's not something they'll enjoy.

Shocking. Women don't seem to like particular jobs and find something they do like. Then again, I'm sure you'll be leading the charge to get women working as oil field drill monkeys right? The shitty, well paying job that it is.

Comment Re:Well that's great... (Score 1) 173

It's about giving everyone an opportunity.

Well that's great, since the opportunity already exists right? Never mind that those barriers in said oil field workers don't actually exist, much like they don't in tech. They're jobs that don't draw existing groups because said groups have no desire to go into that field. You seem to be repeatedly making the same mistake in believing that if you throw money at something, while claiming 'we want diversity' at the cost of quality isn't a recipe for failure.

Comment Well that's great... (Score 1) 173

We'll just shoehorn people into fields they may not want to follow. Up next: We'll see IBM and the government fixing the dangerous jobs industries like mining and commercial fishing, while ensuring men don't have problems being called pedophiles for becoming k-12 teachers. And while we're at it, we'll ensure that there are more males entering psychology related fields. Should work out well, since women now make up the majority of the student body in universities.

I can't wait to see women enjoying a long day in the oil patch while men go off to become teachers with no issues.

Comment Re:LDAP (Score 1) 87

Not possible. No business of any reasonable size is going to not purchase a particular software because it doesn't support a particular authentication mechanism. There are too many other requirements to write something off just because of no LDAP/RADIUS. There are far more complex reasons behind purchasing software of any real scale.

As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.