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Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 484

Back in 81-82 I carried brass knuckles, a pocketknife and a taped-up roll of pennies in my pocket to counter bullying. And I went to a fairly wealthy, upper class high school where most of the parents were engineers, doctors, etc. I can't imagine what it would have been like in a really rough school.

Comment: Re:Do you need a database? (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by boristdog (#46703839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

As someone who is currently trying to convert a 20 year-old, multi-million-entry flat files DB into a real DB for a major corporation without bringing the corporation to its knees I heartily concur with NOT using flat files if there is ANY chance of this growing beyond a few hundred entries.

By now hundreds of applications are using the old flat file DB, I have so much re-coding to do that I will probably retire before it is all complete.

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 5, Informative) 423

by boristdog (#46596665) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

At my company we have dozens of $500K+ machines that are controlled by NT 4.0 boxes, and dozens of somewhat newere $2M machines contolled by XP boxes.

The vendor has no incentive to upgrade their software to work with a new OS, they'd rather we spend several hundred million on new equipment. And the software that controls the machines is closed and proprietary to the vendor.

We'll still be using NT and XP in 2020.

Comment: Re:Hentai Futanari Furry (Score 2) 119

by boristdog (#46545531) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

New Braunfels IS a popular destination for Comal and Guadalupe river riders, many of whom are college-age females wearig skimpy bathing suits.
New Braunfels is also home of Schlitterbahn, usually voted the worlds best water park and therefore also often full of nubile women in skimpy bathing suits.

So during the warm months there are many hot women in New Braunfels. However, I would wager that few if any of these hot women are registered republicans.

But if you want to look at hot women in skimpy bathing suits, New Braunfels is a pretty good place to go. Maybe that's it.

Comment: Re:Once compromised, it's a two way street.. (Score 2) 147

by boristdog (#46542537) Attached to: Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

I had to point this out to our security dept several years back. They were scanning everyone's computer and user drive and building cases to fire people for anything they considered inappropriate. I told them that just because something is on someone's computer doesn't mean they put it there.

They finally listened when I secretly buried an empty directory called "kiddie porn" on one of the security managers user profile. Root access is awesome. The witch hunts stopped soon after.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 4, Informative) 676

by boristdog (#46458453) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

I worked at the IRS for eight years in a program that checked all income sources reported by employers and others (1099s, W2s, etc) against income reported on individual tax forms.

If you had a hispanic last name the odds were good someone illegal was using your identity for a job. We'd get 20 or more W2's reported for some people who only had one or two jobs. That means illegal workers are paying withheld taxes, SS & Medicare into the system, with no hope of recieving benefits.

I saw thousands of these cases, and I was only one person of about a hundred working this program in a 5 state area. The amount paid into these programs by illegal immigrants is huge.

Comment: Re:What are these shiny discs you speak of? (Score 4, Interesting) 250

by boristdog (#46450169) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward

I live twenty minutes from a high tech city. A city that even hosts a world-reknowned "interactive" conference (along with a movie and music conference) around this time of year.

The best uncapped bandwidth I can get? About 1.2 Mbps. And it's wireless with intermittent drops in coverage.
The best capped bandwidth I can get? About 9 Mbps, but I'm limited to 12GB/month.

Hundreds of thousands of people live near this same city with similar or worse bandwidth availability. Unless I spend hundreds of thousands of dollars or more to start my own ISP and run some fiber for me and my neighbors, that's what we're stuck with.

Comment: Re:The fed killed drug research for decades. (Score 1) 221

there are some benefits using marijuana, but if it's useful only for a few terminally ill people and dangerous for most normal people

I believed this old saw for 48 years of my life. Then I tried cannabis. I've been a semi regular user for about 3 years now. Let me tell you about my life for the last 3 years:

I have far less stress, even though my job has become more stressful.
I sleep much better, helping relieve even more stress.
I seem to have more free time, so I am using my time more wisely.
I have finished projects around the home that have been languishing for years
I have a better attitude about life
I plan more for the future and I do more
Sex is even more awesome

So where I used to be a prohibitionist, I am now an advocate. YMMV, but it works for me.

Comment: Re:same as booze being illegal in saudi arabia (Score 3, Informative) 221

From what I know of LSD (not having tried it) most of the bad effects are due to impure product, substituted product (i.e. it wasn't LSD) or wildly improper dosage.

Unsurprisingly, this is what happens when ANYthing is illegal and therefore all usage is uncontrolled. Look at alcohol during prohibition. It was frequently tainted with methanol, ethelyne glycol and god knows what else. Many people went crazy, committed horrible, violent, harmful acts or died suddenly because they drank tainted product. The major harm from illegal drugs stems from the very fact that they are illegal.

If drug purity and content were controlled and dosage information were freely available, the reduction in harm from these drugs would drop significantly. People who are going to do drugs are going to do them if they are legal or illegal. But if they were legal and controlled, people would know what they were getting, they would know how much they could do and they would be more likely to seek help if they had problems without fear of jail time. And far fewer people would commit crimes to get their next fix.

Yes, there would still be abusers and harm done, just like we still have chronic alcoholics, but the harm to the general public would be much less.

So no matter what your grandma said about LSD abusers there are far more reasons to legalize and have some control over drugs than to leave them in the murky shadows of the underworld.

"Regardless of the legal speed limit, your Buick must be operated at speeds faster than 85 MPH (140kph)." -- 1987 Buick Grand National owners manual.