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Comment: Re:Comcast and ipv6 (Score 1) 574

by jbgeek (#46281577) Attached to: Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Yep. Residential is getting /60s AFAIK. I'm part of the Comcast business trials and they're delegating /56 subnets to biz customers at this point. We're presenting working out some firmware issues with DHCPv6-PD (Prefix Delegation) so that we can get my router/FW talking to their CPE router and start dolling out subnets.

Comment: Is it such a bad comparison? (Score 1) 683

by jbgeek (#46096511) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

It wouldn't surprise me at all if these protests against the bus programs ultimately erupt into violence, damaging property, terrifying the passengers, and perhaps even resulting in injury or death.

To a Google or other bussed employee, broken glass of a bus window would probably invoke similar fears to those felt by the persecuted of Nazi Germany when their shop windows were broken. Would it not?

Violence is a very under-reported fact of the Occupy movement. There were more than a few injuries, fights, and lots of property damage, including, incidentally, broken shop windows.

These are likely the sorts of thoughts that provoked Perkin's Op-Ed.

Globalization, a changing economy, and class warfare promulgated by the politically "Progressive/Liberal" are what is spurring these sorts of protests and actions. Obstructing buses, picketing employees homes, etc.

And the folks doing the bus thing aren't by any means "1%ers". Which is probably why Perkins put that term in quotes. They are basically middle and upper middle class folks.

Regardless of the validity of the protestors' position and beliefs, the sorts of actions they've been taking are troubling.

Sure. Gentrification would suck if you are being forced out of your place of residence by rising rents. But is it really right to blame folks for the effects of supply and demand?

Anyway, I'm sure the primary goal for these protests is to try to cajole the government into some sort of action, such as rent control, or some other artificial means of keeping rents down. Whether that is fair or not is the subject of a separate debate. I just hope the so called "99%ers" don't take things any farther than they have already.

Comment: How do "progressive" Googlers feel about this? (Score 1) 683

by jbgeek (#46096109) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Given the general demographics of the SF Bay Area, I presume there are many Google employees who identify as "Liberal" or "Progressive".

I'm wondering how Googlers feel now that many of them are the targets of this sort of protest?

From a Googlers perspective, they're simply taking a bus ride to work. This allows them to relax, and be productive and get some work done instead of sitting in horrific Bay Area traffic for an hour or more. It's a win for both employee and employer. Is it not also the ultimate form of carpooling, an environmentalist win? Is not carpooling and HOV lanes something championed and endorsed and often claimed as an exclusive province of the left?

It's quite the tangle of conflicting leftist ideas, no?

BTW, I'm not a Googler. I have my own issues with Googler having to do with anti-2A policies, which pretty much prevents me from considering employment there, despite semi-frequent contact by their recruiters.

Comment: Re:IPv6 Internet is "here" for some of us (Score 2) 327

by jbgeek (#42489387) Attached to: Worldwide IPv6 Adoption: Where Do We Stand Today?

Yeah. And ironically, Comcast Business doesn't offer IPv6 yet, so I'm still tunneling. :-(

If only their "business class" service were as aggressive about it as their residential service. And more irony, the only reason I have business class I can have static IPv4 addresses.

Comment: KISS: Try a fan (Score 2) 474

by jbgeek (#41509151) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?

Keep It Simple Stupid :-)

I'm fairly sensitive to outside noise, and my solution for years has been a simple electric fan. It generates plenty of local white noise which drowns out all the noise from outside.

Works great with no need for parabolic reflectors or active noise cancellation or anything else that might require a DARPA research project. :-)

Comment: It's all up to you (Score 1) 266

by jbgeek (#40270475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting a Tech Job With Skills But No Formal Degree?

Speaking for myself, I've been in IT as a Unix sysadm and a Networking guy since 1988, and I have no college degree, and a night school HS diploma. I'm completely self taught. However, my background as a programmer hobbyist since age thirteen helped a lot here. I likely was a better programmer with more real world experience than the average CS grad by the time I was sixteen, having put out a few shareware programs.

My entry to my first IT job came directly from attending a local Amiga users group meeting. I was showing off some program I wrote, and one of the guys there happened to work for my future employer (a well known Govt agency), and set me up with a sort of internship. And it was actually for more money than I ever made before, and quite a good salary for someone in their early 20s.

So I reiterate some of the other posters advice. Go to users group meetings, and teach yourself stuff. Today, the opportunities for self instruction are WAY better than they were for me back in the early 80s. Back then, I had an 8 bit computer and a few books I had to mail order to help me learn. Today, we have the internet with a vast array of free software and web sites with free tutorials and references everywhere, as well as free visualization software to allow you to explore different OSes, etc. There are pretty much endless opportunities to help learn on the web today.

Just about any degree, even a liberal arts one, is better than no degree for employ-ability. So don't worry about that. I've actually met many extremely good programmers and sysadmins with totally unrelated degrees.

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum