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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.

Comment: Re:yes RFID (Score 1) 130

by bwcbwc (#46399685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

As an add-on to this, could you put covers on the control panels that only unlock after an RFID or badge swipe? That would help confirm use of a particular piece of equipment.

How many concurrent users do you typically get in the common room? If there are a lot of people that hang out waiting for equipment, or kibitzing, RFID would be less effective. But in that case, you would have witnesses as to who did a particular f-up. So I suspect you're dealing with small numbers of people in the room at any given time. This would make RFID more effective.

Comment: Re:No, not those who don't understand... (Score 1) 921

by bwcbwc (#46360991) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

To further elucidate:

" Given that much more hidden spy cameras are available for far less than the $1500 cost of Glass, what will it take for general acceptance to finally take hold?"

- This presupposes that general acceptance of Google glass is a desirable outcome.

Comment: Re:oh look, an actual tech related "ask slashdot". (Score 1) 573

by bwcbwc (#46170519) Attached to: HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

In that case, the time he's wasting trying to justify jQuery to the app reviewer should be taken into consideration. If he's going to lose 10 hours in multiple email exchanges trying to get them to accept it, he'd have been better off coding manually and testing the hell out of it.

Comment: The real reason they're doing it... (Score 1) 385

by bwcbwc (#46161375) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

HP wrote: “This type of support provider may appeal to budget-conscious procurement managers, but the support doesn’t match the breadth and depth of HP’s support expertise or global parts supply chain nor does it give our sales reps and partners the added loyalty that comes from an ongoing relationship built over time between HP and the customer, an attribute which often goes unrecognized.”

So among other reasons, they want to squeeze out or get a cut from the non-partnered support providers who are freeloading off of HP HW patches and making money from their own customers. Customers without any support contract at all are getting caught in the cross-fire. Another issue is that customers who don't _need_ a full-service support deal, but do want access to patches and parts don't have that type of option available from HP.

All in all a pretty dumb move: Not much immediate financial gain, and loads of customer ill-will.

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