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Comment: I've toyed with this concept.. (Score 5, Interesting) 248

by grasshoppa (#47432041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

...and while I'm reasonably sure I can execute automated maintenance windows with little to no impact to business operations, I'm not sure. So I don't do it.

If there were more at stake, if the risk vs benefits were tipped more in my company's favor, I might test implement it. But just to catch an extra hour or two of sleep? Not worth it; I want a warm body watching the process in case it goes sideways. 9 times out of 10, that warm body is me.

Comment: Am I alone here? (Score 1) 160

by grasshoppa (#47376017) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

I mean, ya; "facebook is the enemy", sure. But honestly? Where's the personal responsibility? You can show me whatever you want, *I* control my emotions and my responses.

This whole thing has seemed a tempest in a tea cup, but because facebook is of questionable morals and ethics, it seems everyone is jumping on board how horrible this was.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 619

by grasshoppa (#47282389) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

I wonder if you are familiar with the US Budget. Take a look at it sometime. I don't think it's outside the range of possibility that they might divert funds from frivolous expenses to maintain critical infrastructure.

There is no need to give the government MORE money that they may or may not spend on what it's been earmarked for.

Comment: Let me see if I've got the shape of this (Score 1) 548

by grasshoppa (#47282243) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

Is the goal here to engage otherwise disinterested parties with the hope of said parties gaining employment?

Doesn't that suggest a shortage of viable, potential employees for those positions? Well? Are we really that short on coders that we have to start chasing currently disinterested people to fill those positions? Assuming for a moment that there is an abundance of currently viable coders on the market, wouldn't this then suggest that "better" employees for this position will be female? Wouldn't that then potentially lead to situations where otherwise disinterested women are being employed over interested men? Who's output would you expect to be better?

How does that make any damn sense?

Comment: Re:How is that stranger? (Score 1) 136

by grasshoppa (#47231623) Attached to: The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

How can computers be so alien to us when we've designed them? No, alien isn't quite the right word to use here, but rather lacking in development. You might say they are a proto-intelligence; all we've been doing, for the past 50+ years, is building the foundation for real artificial, rational thought.

You can't label something "alien" simply because you don't recognize it.

Comment: Re:Buzzword bingo 2.0! (Score 1) 162

by grasshoppa (#46995835) Attached to: The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

No, I'm the poor bastard that continually gets sucked into meeting after meeting with ignorant salesdrones spouting nonsense like "Internet of Things" and "Clouds" ( when they, themselves, haven't got a god damned clue what they're saying ), wasting time I should be spending on actual IT work.

High enough to be technical lead, not high enough to farm that shit out to my staff.

Ah, but if I don't go to it and correct the bullshit as it happens, it will have time to implant itself into management's head, and by the time I become aware of it it's already gained enough momentum to be called a "Project".

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.

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