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Comment: Re:No control is the real issue (Score 1) 91

by cstec (#49644727) Attached to: Superfish Injects Ads In 1 In 25 Google Page Views

How many cups do you drink total, though?

1) Get double-capacity mug.

As it happens, the SO got me this great TF2 'cup.' As it's double sized, I'm usually on #13-14 before I realize I need to Set the Twinkie Down and Step Away(tm)

Adding water is just.... gads, equal parts repulsive and rational

Comment: No control is the real issue (Score 4, Funny) 91

by cstec (#49643225) Attached to: Superfish Injects Ads In 1 In 25 Google Page Views

As a serious coffee consumer, their main problem is you can't customize the cup of coffee. I drink so much coffee that I started making it weaker, and weaker, and then half strength. The last time I stayed in an office with a Keurig setup, I think I nearly killed myself before I realized what was happening.

I'd love to have one, but the 'my way or the highway' reality of those little cups doesn't work. And don't even start on the cost.


Debian 8 Jessie Released 442

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next five years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team. (Release notes.) Jessie ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in Jessie. Screenshots and a screencast are available.

Comment: Get in line (Score 2) 222

by cstec (#48570141) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Been there, still doing that that.

Waste of time on a 4 year old. I have bright 11+ yr olds who are only beginning to really get it. Even while they have stuff in the TF2 workshop. It's both sad and hard to see that they, too, are distracted by the 3D shiny instead of the gameplay diamond. But they're getting there.

Comment: Re:And fyi, don't try for France (Score 1) 123

by cstec (#48109007) Attached to: US Remains Top Country For Global Workers
A lot of it was walking the walk, but search Amazon for "Working in France" books, or the dearth thereof to get a hint. Or for the full historical retrospective, look for a copy of the book with that very title by Carol Pineau and Maureen Kelly, 1991. That book actually tried to help with a lot of useful advice, but read it without the rose colored glasses and it's pretty dark read. It got worse since then.

Comment: And fyi, don't try for France (Score 1) 123

by cstec (#48099653) Attached to: US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

But citizens in the United States seemed a bit more reluctant to return the favor—less than 50 percent said they either lived abroad or would consider doing so for work. That's in sharp contrast to countries such as France, where a significant majority of citizens seemed willing to explore jobs in other nations. Of course, those who work in tech already know that globalization is a huge issue.

The elephant in the room is that American citizens aren't allowed overseas, because "We'd be dar to take der jobs!"

If you work for an established multinational, then you can get placed within that framework, or an within an established academic one, but just try an get a job in France as an American citizen -- it's laughable. They don't even pretend.

Speak French? Lived as an exchange student in France? Have ultra high-end tech skills? None of that matters once you try it for real. The door for 'skilled immigrant labor', or any labor, only opens towards the U.S. It's a shame there's no WTO for labor, because we could bust the rest of the world for non-tariff trade barriers.

Comment: Not all user error is equal? (Score 1) 70

by cstec (#48053425) Attached to: User Error Is the Primary Weak Point In Tor

A major meth dealer’s operation was discovered after the IRS started investigating him for unpaid taxes, and an OBGYN who allegedly sold prescription pills used the same username on Silk Road that she did on eBay. Likewise, the recent arrest of a pedophile could be traced to his use of “gateway sites” (such as Tor2Web), which allow users to access the Deep Web but, contrary to popular belief, do not offer the anonymizing power of Tor.

I'm a Tor fan, and think it serves a real need. But seriously .. am I the only one on Slashdot that is ok with busting the meth dealer, the OBGYN dealer and the pedophile?

Generally speaking, it's been the other way. It's the fake fanning of the flames of a -potential- drug dealer or pedophile that law enforcement brutally abuses to make everyone guilty until proven innocent and collect power unto themselves. But here, here we are are with actual bad people, doing actual bad things that got caught, and the /. response is to fix Tor.

It's true, Tor should be fixed. But can't we cheer a little that some bad guys went down?

Comment: Oregon IT mgmt was great (Score 1) 212

by cstec (#47738695) Attached to: Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

As a consultant I worked on Oregon's Medicaid system, directly with Oregon senior IT management. It was the first government work I'd done after swearing I never would again 20 years previous, for reasons many are familiar with.

It was shocking; those folks were top notch! No drama, no politics, no crap - just smart people who came to work to get things done, and did it well. I actually looked forward to meetings with the Oregon team because they were that sharp.

I can't say how many of those people might be there now, but knowing them they would have managed their successions too. If those folks think Oracle failed, not only did Oracle probably fail hard, but they will have that fail documented, down to every dotted i and crossed t. Those folks should have been working in the valley.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson