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Comment: Re:Lenovo. (Score 1) 477

by baerm (#45531907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

+1 on the Lenovo. My work MacBook Pro recently croaked and, skipping the hilariously ludicrous IT support (Corp. not Apple), I ended up replacing it with a w530. It was cheaper than an equivalent MacBook and easier to update (ultrabay, express card, etc.). I've been very happy with it. Just having actual mouse buttons made it more than worth it. The only drawback I can see is that the screen is not as high res and I don't believe quite as bright as the current MacBooks. But overall, I'd take one of these over the current MacBooks any day.

Comment: Re:Basic seamanship (Score 1) 236

by baerm (#41659003) Attached to: US Navy Cruiser and Submarine Collide

Not much of a sailor on the cruiser. According to TFA he saw the sub 100-200 yds ahead and ordered "all back". Should have been hard a port or starboard

The story didn't have a lot of detail. It said the sub rose to periscope depth. My guess (with of course no experience it handling big ships) was that if they could only see the periscope, they may not have been able to determine quickly the speed or direction of the sub. Turning could make a collision better or worse. Slowing down or stopping could avoid and at a minimim will lessen the damage of any collision. Someone mentioned earlier that some naval vessels can stop in 1.5 times their length. If this ship could stop anywhere near that quickly, It seems to me to be the safest quick decision. Order all back, then try to determine the subs direction, try to communicate with the sub, take next steps to avoid a collision, if possible.

Comment: Re:Probably (Score 1) 683

by baerm (#40559127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Implications of Finding the Higgs Boson?

To be prepared for unexpected, unpredictable negative events is the very definition of responsibility. How have we lost that as a society?

Interesting, my definition of a national health care would be exactly this. A society being responsible for the unexpected and unpredictable health events of its members is a responsible society. One very effective method of doing this is universal health care. Judging by numbers such as longevity, child mortality, etc., compared to cost per individual, universal health care in most other countries is a more efficient (both more effective and cheaper) method than what the U.S. currently has (mostly job based health insurance). IMO, a responsible society would choose the cheaper more effective alternative (and would be irresponsible not to).

Comment: Re:Maybe not Gypsy or Jew... (Score 1) 467

by baerm (#40336857) Attached to: Hungarian Sequencing Company Vets DNA For 'Gypsy Or Jew' Genes

People are lazy and shorten names, 'American' actually makes sense as a shortened (English) term that is still unique enough to differentiate the country.

United States of America => American
United States of Mexico => Mexican
Canada => Canadian
etc.

Of coures there are many more examples in North American alone. Most can easily be shortened to one word and still be unique, just like 'American'. Off hand, I don't believe there actually is a conflict in this method between using 'American' for the USA and a similar term for any other country in the Americas. Although, you are on your own for 'Dominican'.

Comment: Re:Congress, our representatives? (Score 1) 302

by baerm (#38079396) Attached to: SOPA Hearings Stacked In Favor of Pro-SOPA Lobby

... Thus, the problem is the voters.

I would actually re-phrase it as the problem is the voters are human. By that I mean, people are easily swayed by massive and often fraudulent advertising.

If you want to run for any office, the first thing you are going to be asked is how much money do you have. The best way to fix the problem that comes to my mind is to get money out of politics: Do not allow campaign contributions, do not allow massive advertising campaigns. Big money (large corps and the less than 1%) would have a much harder time working the US government as oligarchs without the massive amounts of money legally paid for elections. Without getting money out of politics, any gain will be a short term one. A huge grass roots campaign (OWA multiplied by x) may win short term gains. But as long as money is king in our politics, there will be lobbyist working 24/7 to push any gains back, while the rest of us are trying to live our lives.

Of course, the impossible question is how to get money out of a political system controlled by money. Most if not all of the big money interests that control US politics will obviously fight tooth and nail against any such change.

Comment: Re:the way to go (Score 1) 743

by baerm (#37954072) Attached to: Tough Tests Flunk Good Programming Job Candidates

Agreed. The interview is often a very good indicator of what the job is like. It's just as much of a way for the interviewee to evaluate their prospective employer as it is for the employer evaluating the employee. Even if HR is administering the test or it has been outsourced, that tells you something about how you'll be treated. I remember being rejected based on one of these idiotic interviews for one particular job. It was crushing at the time but in hindsight boy am I glad I didn't get that job! It certainly didn't hurt my career in the long run.

+1 to this. When I was just out of college, I interviewed at a company once where everyone was very friendly, including the VP I would be working for, up until I took the test he wrote. I got everything correct on the test and the VP became seriously angry. I was very confused. In retrospect, instead of continuing a polite interest for the rest of the interview, I wish I had just gotten up and left at that point. But definitely glad they didn't offer me the job, I may have taken it and that guy would have been awful to have as a boss.

Comment: Re:What's the alternative? (Score 1) 944

by baerm (#37769086) Attached to: Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

2) SUGGEST SOMETHING BETTER. Seriously. I agree, a system biased in favor of the wealthy and powerful sucks (unless you are one).

Okay, I'll bite, off the top of my head without a whole lot of though:

* Don't allow any campaign contributions from corporations, business, entities, etc.

* Only actual human beings can contribute and drastically limit the contributions from any one person ($100 or less?), including the person running for office.

* Drastically limit the max amount of campaign funds allowed to a candidate.

* Possibly don't allow any money contributions at all, but allow a relatively small amount of public funding given to candidates with enough supporting signatures.

* Require media to have a certain amount of time per candidate via small number of commercials and debates.

Have more of an actual democracy instead of an effective plutocracy were money is used to buy votes (e.g. advertising) and has very explicitly become the main driver of our elections.

Comment: Re:Like the alternative is so much better (Score 1) 315

by baerm (#37635706) Attached to: After Six Days of Outages, BofA Claims It Hasn't Been Hacked

Enacting regulations that simply shift power from the lenders to the debtors is not preserving a free market.

The theoretic free market also relies on a balance between buyers and sellers (lenders and debtors in this case). With the current government regulation, the balance between me and -insert large national bank here- is extremely one sided. I.e., it is not balanced and I'm definitely not on the winning side. To imagine that without any government regulation, it would be more balanced and not more unfair is (IMO, WTW) naive and historically ignorant.

Comment: Re:Just do IT! (Score 1) 231

by baerm (#37592022) Attached to: How Google Drove Samsung Away

I'm all for ending the bribery game, but as long as it
exists, let's not pretend that it's a union-specific problem, just
because unions play it too.

In fact, you could argue that unions are playing and losing the
bribery game. This is a game that is won by the guy with the biggest
bankroll. And that's not unions. And that's very likely not anyone
that's reading slashdot either (or frankly any human in thu US +/-
0.01% of the population).

Comment: Re:Why has it taken 50 years? (Score 1) 585

by baerm (#37523702) Attached to: The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia

When evolution theory has stood the test of time, being unchanged for over 1800 years and still relevant...then we'll have a contest.

I find after reading this I can only repeat my (current) favorite
sarcasm:

"it's not even wrong"

sigh.

okay, I can't help myself. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about
religions, I just don't care that much. But, even I know religions
have changed dramatically over 1800 years. Even the Roman Catholic
one (you are Roman Catholic aren't you?, or perhaps Greek Orthodox?).
Pick one, any one, just like human societies, religions change over
time. Read a book for god's sake (more than the same one over and
over again helps).

Hmm sorry, that was a bit ranty, but the brittle "this has always been
the way we've taught this" goes with "we've always been at war with
King Henry the VIII". As far as evolution standing the test of time,
evidence for evolution goes back millions (okay you got me, billions?)
of years. Although, I'm sure that as we learn more, the theory will
be changed to better fit the new facts.

But that's kind of the point.

Comment: Re:Sad (Score 1) 1017

by baerm (#36778576) Attached to: Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

we are conditioning people to accept more and more oppression.

its an unstated goal.

That's not the goal. It's an effect, certainly, but not the goal. Politicians are not comic book villains. They have very clear goals in mind: money and power.

Getting people to accept more oppression gives politicians more power

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 104

by baerm (#36696414) Attached to: IETF Mulls Working Group For IPv6 Home Networking

Perhaps you should include engineers from the real world in your deliberations. The IETF has consistently and adamantly refused to accept that NATs exist for security reasons (NOT JUST TO SAVE ADDRESSES!!) and are not going to go away with IPv6. In that regard, please stop inventing protocols that require a masters degree thesis to pass through NATs. (Thesis here: http://www.minisip.org/publications/Thesis_LaTorreYurkov_feb2006.pdf)

Perhaps, many within the IETF understand that NATs exist to generate more address space and they also provide some firewall-like security features. Perhaps some of them might even think that when the additional address space needs are unnecessary, the use of NATs as a firewall is also unnecessary. You might even just use, I don't know, something that is explicitly a firewall and not bother NATing.

If you really want security, having a device which functions explicitly for security might be better than, "Hey, I'm doing this NAT thing because I want more address space at home instead of that stinking single static (most people dynamic, sigh) IP my ISP is giving me. But now that I have 18 quintillion IP addresses at home I can't possibly get rid of NAT and use a firewall that blocks incoming connections because, ..., Bueller?"

Comment: Re:Google it (Score 1) 70

by baerm (#36655670) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Registrars Support DNSSEC?

My googlefu may be poor. I'd like to think that since I did this a few months ago, it has become more available since then. But it could be that my searching just kind of sucked. I had two problem though. One is that of the places saying they support DNSSEC, I had a very difficult time figuring out what that meant (they'll let you enter records on there site, you can have records in your own DNS (duh), or you can actually upload your DS records to your parent in some fashion). For the most part it looked like I would have to register domains at registrars to find out.

Time (maybe even laziness) was the other issue, particularly after a few conversations with the help contacts at different places. I figured I didn't want to spend the time to go from one person who has no idea what DNSSEC is to the next, to another, to finally someone who knows what it is but tells me they don't support it. I was pretty discouraged. Godaddy was the first one I found that had online instruction about what they did (upload DS records using a web based tool) so I went with them. But I figured there must be other choices. It didn't occur to me to ask slashdot at the time. But it did when the godaddy buyout came up.

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