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Comment: Re:Whack-a-mole (Score 1) 87

I also don't think legality factors into it massively, particularly if it's legalized with the facts about safety and addiction clearly marked on the package.

The reason I don't get up in the morning and smoke heroin has nothing to do with the law, it's very similar to the reason I don't start the day with a double whisky - it's because it wouldn't have a positive impact on my life. Generally nobody believes they'll be caught anyway - there might be a little novelty at first, but by and large the people who want to abuse opiates are already abusing opiates.

Comment: Re:Delete stuff. (Score 3, Interesting) 279

by grahamsz (#49381059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

I've never had a particularly bad experience quitting jobs, and the more graceful employers have always left themselves in situations where they can call me up and ask if they need a particular file or piece of knowledge or hire me back on a short term basis to fix a problem.

One employer early in my career even pointed out that my workstation was slated for recycling when I was done with it and let me take it home. Somehow security didn't bat an eyelid when I signed that out and simultaneously handed over my termination documents and badge.

Comment: has never steered me wrong. (Score 1) 295

by grahamsz (#49283615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

I too have been using Joker for probably a decade and have had nothing but good experiences. The whole thing is nicely automated, their messages all come gpg signed and their customer service is pretty good and they helped me out recently by making exceptions to their automated rules.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 3, Insightful) 671

by grahamsz (#49176061) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Also I think it's fundamentally wrong to view "civil disobedience" as a one time thing. Him handing a bunch of documents to Glenn Greenwald wasn't the singular act of disobedience.

He's still acting in a disobedient matter. He's still sitting on the bus if you will. And he is still suffering the consequences of his actions, even if that doesn't mean rotting in prison.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 5, Insightful) 671

by grahamsz (#49174695) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

I think his own actions make that quite clear. If he's been stuck in a US prison do you think he's be able to still communicate with journalists to draw attention to his leaks, would he be able to testify at the European Union?

He's already demonstrated that he's more valuable to advancing his agenda when he's able to communicate, than if he were in prison alongside Chelsea Manning. He's not running away like a coward, he's running away like someone who's determined to make his actions count for as much as possible.

Comment: Re:Pcmcia + compact flash (Score 1) 466

by grahamsz (#49147513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Thinking back to this, you may have driver issues with this. If it's still in an OEM configuration then that'll probably be done for you by compaq, but on a clean DOS install i remember having to screw around installing cardsoft drivers to make it work.

I did find a bunch of updates to compaqs pcmcia stuff here, which suggests there's probably something there by default too:

Comment: Re:The best trick (Score 1) 260

by grahamsz (#49112711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Parental Content Control For Free OSs?

Which is great! I learned a lot of my introductory networking stuff trying to thwart my high school's web filters.

My son isn't old enough for this to be an issue yet, but I think my strategy will be to tell him that I log all the web traffic going through the house. I'll be clear that I'm not going through every single record, but if I have reason to believe he's up to something inappropriate then I'll be able to go back and check.

I think then just being open about why some internet porn is damaging and being available to discuss anything he does find is probably the best option. I almost wonder about giving him a zivity login or something that would let him look at naked people without going further.

Comment: Github have their own windows client now (Score 1) 343

by grahamsz (#49073927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

It's quite a lot simpler and idiot proof than tortoisegit.

I recently deployed it in a someone similar situation but we aren't really looking to do any kind of branching, just keep a set of shared files on machines in several locations that have a full version history and change log.

I still expect I'll have to go in myself and resolve any conflicts or deal with the situation where we need the version from september, but for day to day commits I think the github tool will work quite well

Comment: Re:You don't say! (Score 1) 580

by grahamsz (#49043399) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

I have no idea if the state rate is a median or mean rate, but it'd make pretty good sense for the state to express their rate as a median.

Given that, the fact that half the facilities in an area are below the median and half are above is completely unremarkable. It's indeed exactly what you'd expect to find if that area was totally average (by CA standards)

Comment: You aren't paying for them (Score 1) 330

by grahamsz (#49041843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

You aren't paying a penny for the typical "smart" tv feature-set. If samsung chose to make a dumb version of a tv then it'd cost at least as much because they'd effectively have the same BOM but end up with a product that was designed for a niche market.

Technology aside, i'm pretty sure TV makers actually collect from netflix/spotify/hulu and whoever else is pre-installed, which ultimately makes the smart product cheaper still.

It's much like adding video features to digital cameras - the extra features bring the final price down.

Comment: Re:Because everyone mono-tasks (Score 1) 255

by grahamsz (#48908475) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

We do it plenty.

Girlfriend is a graphic designer so she's routinely pulling/pushing gigs of files to dropbox, usually she'll be streaming something from netflix if she's waiting for files to transfer, then i'm working remotely on a terminal services session while streaming audio.

Having said all that, comcast recently bumped us from 50/10 to 105/10 and that rarely makes a difference. But I think we'd notice if we were getting less than 10 down.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.