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Comment: Re:That's nice, but... (Score 1) 373

by bwcbwc (#47795687) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Actually, this is probably the main reason MS is defying the US court order. If they give over the info without getting permission from the Irish government, they are likely to be in violation of Irish or EU laws on data privacy. They have some ground to defer the compliance with the US court during the appeals process, so they are deferring the risk of violating the EU laws until absolutely necessary. Or they may elect to take contempt charges in the US over greater charges in the EU, and reap the PR benefit. It definitely isn't a purely altruistic "defend the consumer" action, even if they choose to play it that way.

On the other hand, it does defend their customers against overreaching by the US, so more power to them.

Comment: Re:bandaid solutions (Score 1) 359

by bwcbwc (#47790793) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Well, yeah - cops and arrestees are both human. That's the fundamental problem. Are we ready for RoboCop?

The practical issue here is that courts and juries give more weight to cop testimony than Joe Schmoe's testimony. So most of the time when the cops do something wrong, Joe loses. The cams are the best way to generate evidence and history to counteract that bias. In the short term, they also provide final proof between the cop said/Joe said testimony.

Comment: Re:Take it for what it is. (Score 2) 441

by bwcbwc (#47729155) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

One reason I route all email from my company's PAC to my junk folder. Why should I help fund legislation against my own interests as well as those of the country.

Now if there was a permanent residence visa program, I might go for it. The foreign workers would have more bargaining power over their salaries/benefits and they would be long-term paying payroll taxes and other things that would help the US economy and budget.

Comment: Re:Barnes and Nobles still lets you preorder (Score 1, Informative) 210

by bwcbwc (#47215977) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Walmart used to do (and probably still does) this to their suppliers. The only difference is the consumer never knew their was a coercive price negotiation going on because the product simply never appeared on store shelves, and usually there was a substitute from another vendor.

Comment: Chu's certainly up on his current events... (Score 1) 1198

by bwcbwc (#47111629) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

but his history is pretty weak. Up until the rise of the internet in the '90s (or possibly the "Weird Science"/"Revenge of the Nerds" era in the 1980s), nerds/geeks/otaku were right up there with gays, women and ethnic/religious minorities for being bullied, harassed and abused by the crueler edges of the mainstream. And this kind of harassment still goes on in certain areas/communities - try being a geek in a gang-ridden slum sometime.

That certainly doesn't justify a nerd perpetuating the cycle of abuse onto women or any of the other groups. But it does mean that there are better ways to engage the "nerd community" than by claiming that they aren't the subjects of abuse themselves.

Comment: What went wrong before? (Score 3, Informative) 294

by bwcbwc (#46777893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

In my experience a CAB usually gets introduced in a small organization if something really got screwed up under the old process. There are exceptions - you could get a CTO who is gung-ho for ITIL, or you may have a new, important customer who insists on "process". But a CAB is an attempt to manage change and prevent problems in the working environment. So unless you have a better solution that will prevent negative impacts from your change process, go do the paperwork, with special attention to any risks or issues associated with the change (extended maintenance window, complex install or backout process, partial or incomplete fixes that still leave issues open). You can probably half-ass the CAB and get your work done almost like the old days, but when the next failed change occurs and they find out you hid risks or didn't do proper research, your ass could be out the door.

OTOH, if you really hate bureaucracy that much, hauling your ass out the door could be your best option - as long as you have a different career in mind besides sysadmin.

Comment: Inheritance... (Score 1) 632

by bwcbwc (#46755123) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

This isn't just randomly going after relatives to pay a debt. The chain is
1) person A (allegedly) receives an overpayment
2) person A dies. The overpayment is a liability of the estate of person A.
3) Persons B and C inherit from person A. If no reserve is left in the estate, the IRS will come after the heirs for recovery.

Comment: All in all, this will probably go one of two ways. (Score 1) 498

by bwcbwc (#46447613) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

1) Rollback Ukraine to previous "territorial integrity", possibly with some bargaining over the structure of a new government.
2) Russia annexes Crimea after their puppets declare independence and the remainder of Ukraine joins EU (and possibly NATO), starting a new cold war. Ukraine gets screwed over in this case because they don't really have any guarantee that NATO would back them up any more than the current coalition fails to.

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