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Comment Re:You're opening the door to your competitors... (Score 1) 271

I'm not ever again going to pay more than maybe $10/month (adjusted for inflation) for "content," no matter how new it is. Studios can either recognize that reality or go fuck themselves. If Netflix prices themselves out of that range (or reduces content to the point of uselessness) then I'll just fire up my OTA DVR again.

Comment Re:Get some fucking hobbies. (Score 1) 767

It would also help if you didn't go around telling everyone how much money you're worth. T-shirt and jeans, move to a new city, just be one of the crowd. (change your name if you have to)... If no one knows you're a billionaire, but maybe at best some kid with a trust fund, you can still be a regular person...

Comment Get some fucking hobbies. (Score 1) 767

Seriously, I would have no such problems with 2.5 billion. it would allow me to dip my toes into many, many things without the worry of financial ruin. I could throw 10-20 million at various projects and get involved with the actual process, and possibly help change the world for the better. I could do things on a whimsy. Shit, I would start another band and tour 9 months out of the year, but wouldn't have to weigh "gas, food, or a motel room because the floor in that house is soaked in cat piss and roaches". (I still wouldn't do a goddamned tour bus though..) But then again, I have very simple "needs", but lots of interests.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 2) 300

Well, that's exactly what their contract says; it's not weaseling. My contract says unlimited phone data, with explicit exclusions for tethering. The fact that they let me tether is amazing enough but I do watch my usage when I'm tethered because I'm not a fucking asshole.

Comment Re:Have you? (Score 1) 258

Most of them have the cheese up front with the deli. The trend seems to be various cheeses at the deli you can get sliced, and then a separate display of a bunch of other block cheeses you can browse. As I said, they like to locate the deli up front.

That's because the cheeses available up front in the deli are much more expensive than the ones at the back in the dairy case.

Comment Re:oh, man. Prepare for another round. (Score 1) 86

Last time it was the Sorbanes-Oxley act. The company security policies were changed by a committee mainly run by lawyers. These 300$/hr billing rate guys have never logged into anything, always had a bevy of flunkies who did all the access to the computer, who printed out emails and who typed back the responses scrawled on the print outs.

And that's IT admins' OWN DAMN FAULT!

The regulations governing civil engineers are sane and good. You know why? Because organizations like the ASCE stepped up to create reasonable professional standards. That's how it works, people: you have to put on the big-boy britches and take some responsibility, proactively, to get the result you want.

If IT admins want that non-braindead regulations to happen to IT, then they need to fucking make it happen themselves -- otherwise the lawyers will step in and they'll deserve whatever ridiculous BS they get.

Comment Re:Corporations (Score 2) 86

It should work the same way professional licensing for civil engineering works: the technical professional involved should hold the legal liability (and be licensed so that it's abundantly clear to everyone that he is the one liable), but the company should be required to have its personal-information-holding servers administered by such a licensed professional so that he has the job security to be able to stand up for himself.

In other words, make it so that all professional server admins can (and will) refuse to obey "skip the security" orders, and make it illegal for the CEO to replace the professionals with unlicensed yes-men.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly

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