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Comment: Re:Deep down.. (Score 1) 610

by jtseng (#45145721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

I think it will affect a lot of us. One big potential scenario is the banks would run low on money, so they call in all outstanding loans, including home mortgages. Unless you're 3 mos or so from paying off that 30-yr mortgage, a good number of homeowners in the 98% will get totally shafted since they obviously don't have the money to pay the loan off.

Comment: For software developers (Score 1) 358

For the last round of hiring my company did, it was strongly suggested that any applicants open a Github account so they can use it to save the code they wrote for our evaluation. Having a Github account can give software-oriented people a chance to publish any projects they've written, akin to a portfolio for graphics design artists.

Comment: Re:Why wouldn't the people support them? (Score 1) 174

by jtseng (#43878869) Attached to: Google Maps Used To Find Tax Cheats

Dear 'Murrikans,

The city on a hill is a myth. Manifest Destiny is a myth. 'Murrikan exceptionalism is a crock of shit. Any sort of decency or aspiration is a universal human trait. And unless you graduate from college/vo-tech, work damn hard, and/or get lucky, you're not going to do better than the clowns that appear on the Jerry Springer show.

PS - see if you can find Benghazi on a map. Hell, see if you can find the US on a map.

Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 1) 1059

by jtseng (#42518207) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

When did it become right to not help other people? When exactly did we reach the utopia that you preach about where people collect their wealth and give nothing back to society?

From the Intertubes:

"Prosperity theology is a Christian religious doctrine that financial blessing is the will of God for Christians, and that faith, positive speech, and donations to Christian ministries will always increase one's material wealth."

Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 1) 1059

by jtseng (#42518011) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

The people in the middle (like me, and mine) get just about nothing from the government, but the government is in our pockets, taking about 1/3 of our wages every week. All the entitlements go over me, past me, or under me. We, the working people, don't benefit from food stamps, free housing, free utilities, and sure don't benefit from an inverted tax schedule scheme, and we DAMNED SURE don't benefit from wars being fought halfway around the world to enrich the oil industries.

If you're in a city, do you take the subway? If you're traveling to another area, do you drive on the Interstates? If you get robbed or your house is on fire, who do you call? If you're hiring someone to fill a job, who provided that person with their basic education? Where do you get a book to read? How do you know your water is clean? Your food and drugs are safe? Your house is safe to live in?

I'll call it - your claim of getting nothing from the government is bullshit.

Comment: Re:parental self control (Score 1) 322

by jtseng (#41464243) Attached to: Fast-Food Logos Burned Into Pleasure Center of Children's Brains

As a parent, I totally accept responsibility for my kids' well-being and health. I am totally guilty of taking my kids through drive-thrus and letting them watch TV. The wife and I have adopted an American suburban, 2-car, 2-income, white-collar lifestyle with the kids also being swept up in the hectic pace that it entails.

By the time one of us gets to the child care center to get them (since the elementary school closes way before COB), they're whining how they're hungry, and on many days we need to get one of them to an after-school sports event. As much as we try to do the right thing, we're so physically and emotionally tired that we give in to doing the easy thing; we get them fast food and let them watch TV for an hour before we really sit down with them for homework time.

So am I an ideal parent? Do I make the absolutely best choices for them? No of course not. Unfortunately we cannot make those decisions in an ideal vacuum. I make decisions that still meet my kids' needs that still balances out with time constraints, external commitments, and, honestly, plain old selfishness to watch out for my own interests.

Comment: Re:frist (Score 1) 249

by jtseng (#41236077) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

Windows comes with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and a file system which supports block level snapshots. VSS works with VSS aware applications (VSS writers) such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Database Server, Exchange Server, Active Directory, NTFS and Hyper-V server. When a service is a VSS writer it participates in VSS coordination/synchronization to create consistent disk state.

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To my knowledge, Linux doesn't have anything like VSS. Which means that each application/service must be handled separately. Typically you will stop the service during the backup. Some services such as PostgreSQL can recover from a non-consistent disk image; others can not. Individual applications may have commands/services which allow admins to "dump" state to a file to be backed up separately. All in all reliably backing up a running Linux server is more complicated compared to backing up a running Windows server with VSS aware services.

I am currently running a number of VMs using CentOS KVM with virtual disks being hosted on volumes being managed by LVM. Granted KVM and LVM are separate entities, but they can be made to work together to achieve the same result you mention above. I've backed up and restored VMs a number of times (as validation tests) and it's pretty robust.

Comment: YMMV (Score 1) 660

by jtseng (#40713197) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

Sure, this guy may not want to supersize his smartphone, but he doesn't speak for me or other people who may want the functionality of a smartphone with the usability of a tablet. Either the author doesn't realize different devices fit different needs, or the author wasn't able to think of a more interesting or pressing issue to write about.

Comment: Re:Ending badly? (Score 1) 407

by jtseng (#40709587) Attached to: Plan to Slow Global Warming By Dumping Iron Sulphate into Oceans

The true underlying cause of this problem is that we simply have too many people on this planet all consuming finite resources at a rapid, unsustainable rate. You can't necessarily use technology to help humanity wiggle its way out of this problem. As nice as the Green Revolution was to improve the living standards of people around the world, this created a huge demographic bulge because people didn't realize this event had to be accompanied by a decrease in birth rates.

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