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Comment: Re:Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167

They're broadly synonymous, but "workshop" has in my opinion a connotation that implies the work going on there is on a bit higher of a level, more complex, and overall productive and goal-oriented.

Makerspace, to me, implies more of a "the act of working on the project is it's own end goal", and any outcomes (magic smoke or otherwise) are more or less incidental to what's actually being undertaken.

Even with the same equipment, say, a retail space randoms drop into and pay by the hour to play with fancy gear they can't afford for their own hobby is a Makerspace. The exact same lab, being used in-house by a commercial outfit, would be a workshop.

Comment: Re:ADA insanity... (Score 2) 278

by man_ls (#49396165) Attached to: 9th Circuit Rules Netflix Isn't Subject To Disability Law

Legally there are a few types of animals. A real service dog is like a seeing eye dog, or a seizure warning dog. They're ridiculously trained and only available from a prescription...which is fairly difficult to get, and bringing them with you is backed up by the force of law. I'm sure the people who need service dogs really would prefer they didn't need them.

On the other hand, "emotional support animals" and "therapy animals" require little more than self-report, or an advisory note, and most of the time aren't afforded the same legal protections as genuine service dogs.

It's often up to individual establishment's policy on such animals, but few make such a differentiation since the penalty for questioning someone and getting it wrong is somewhere between a bad Yelp review and a lawsuit. It's also too easy to just put a dog in a purse and get away with it, without even the pretext of a condition. So, yeah.

Misplaced anger, man.

Comment: Disregard All VC Comments (Score 5, Insightful) 552

by man_ls (#48676943) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

VCs like Mr. Graham here have a vested interest in driving down the wages of U.S. employees so they can extract a greater amount of value from the companies they invest in. Those exceptional programmers who are missing from the pipeline are choosing to go into finance and other professions where they can make huge sums of cash with their natural talent because anti-competitive and anti-worker agreements between tech companies, such as the recent and absolutely massive "anti-poaching" agreements, have suppressed wages to the point where good talent is choosing to go elsewhere.

If they want more talented programmers in the United States, then pay them more. The petroleum industry suffered a shortage of talent a while ago, raised their wages, and now there's no shortage of petroleum engineers and other related roles. It's disingenuous at best to continue to assert that immigration rules are causing a tech shortage. It's simple laws of supply and demand: tech companies aren't willing to pay tech workers enough to make it worth their while. Letting in cheaper foreign laborers to drive the prices down further for everyone is only good for two groups of people: CEOs, and venture capitalists.

Comment: Had the same issue. (Score 1) 405

by man_ls (#48381489) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

I had the same issue and it did take quite a bit of digging to nail down. Comcast Business with 5 static IPs, same setup as yours.

1. Make sure your reverse DNS entries are correctly configured such that the domain of your reverse DNS lookup will match the domain your messages are claiming to be from. dashed-ip.sea.wa.comcast.net will generate spam warnings on many mail servers if your server claims to be mail.joecorp.com. Call Support and they will update it for you on the phone within a couple of minutes. Also make sure you're not in a residential IP block.

2. Make sure you're not actually an open relay or otherwise allowing unauthenticated senders to generate outbound messages. I was using MailEnable, and had it misconfigured such that it wasn't actually doing the authentication I had selected. This got me blacklisted quickly. A few bounce messages had links to the blacklists themselves to submit appeals; they'd dutifully take me off each time but I'd get re-added automatically. It took a few weeks of trial and error to get this one fixed. I know you say you're not...and I thought I wasn't either, having specifically taken steps to disable open relaying. But it turns out I didn't quite get it the first time, and was still relaying messages without authentication.

I'd imagine issue (1) may be a big contributor to your problems, personally.

Comment: Server (Score 1) 250

by man_ls (#48329573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

What's the power consumption of the server? Depending on the load, you might be well-suited to pick up a small ARM-based system (or more than one) if the loads are somewhat light. Personal web server/file server/LDAP/etc. doesn't need a lot of horsepower and there's a good chance you might be burning extra electricity unnecessarily.

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