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Comment: just go ahead and insert your holiday (Score 1) 3

by Bill Dog (#48674441) Attached to: Happy $INSERT_WHATEVER_HOLIDAY_FLOATS_YOUR_BOAT

I wouldn't be offended if someone said Happy Hanukkah to me. I'm not Jewish, but not everything's about me and my feelings. An expression of goodwill from someone is about their feelings.

I would take it as it was meant; as someone who's Jewish who's expressing to me warm wishes in their way of doing it. That's not being divisive or exclusionary; I shouldn't have to take 5 minutes to express happy holidays in all the major ways, like a voter guide printed in umpteen million languages.

Nor should we need to templatize it. I don't want to Mad Lib all my user interactions with people, I want them to re-learn how to put themselves in another's shoes for just a second, and reject the hair-trigger offense reaction the Left has trained us to have.

So please, fill in what applies to you (and hopefully, in the spirit of the season it's something positive and not Happy There's No God Day or something like that!).

Comment: Re: WTF UK? (Score 1) 350

by Bill Dog (#48670417) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

I still don't get how every discussion about the U.K. on Slashdot gets dragged off topic into a discussion about the U.S. or comparing the U.K. to the U.S.

I don't think it's just a U.K. thing. It's not unheard of in the U.S. for folks on the political Left to compare the U.S. to European countries in general, in making the suggestion that the U.S. is "behind the times" on things.

Comment: "unique photo"? (Score 1) 6

by Bill Dog (#48642365) Attached to: What should I do with this catfisher?

If someone's grabbing images of a person off the web, they can just send one they haven't added to the profile. You would have to ask them to send you a photo of them holding up the front page of today's newspaper I guess. And then look closely for photoshopping. (Or them holding it up over their face! :)

I'd never heard that term, but I did see something on TV years ago about jr high or high screwl age girls playing pretend online with adult men, trying to string them along to get multiple faux romances going on at the same time, to enjoy the attention and for something to do/entertainment and to talk and laugh about with their friends. People are swell.

I would be interested to know what %-age of profiles you think/feel are non-legit.

Comment: Re:And this attack ad is brought to you.... (Score 1) 141

by ncc74656 (#48628473) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

They establishment Republicans have already rolled over with the passing of Cromnibus. I expect that if the push Jeb Bush to the front there will be record apathy among conservatives in the 2016 election.

To amplify on that point, never underestimate the ability of the Republican Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. :-P

Comment: Re:Rethuglican hypocrites (Score 1) 141

by ncc74656 (#48628415) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

the composition and political thrust of the parties changed dramatically with the Republican southern strategy of the 60s

Let me put you some f'in knowledge.

And more.

And even more.

On top of that, how do you explain the Democrats' only really starting to lose their stranglehold on southern-state governorships and legislatures in the '90s and later?

Comment: Re:wireless (Score 1) 115

by ncc74656 (#48572753) Attached to: FreeNAS 9.3 Released

What if I want my server in a different room from my router?

Minimal solution: run a cable between rooms.

Better solution: put in structured wiring and use that to make the connection between rooms.

Best solution: buy a home where the builder put in structured wiring, and use it. :-)

Comment: Re:Like the space shuttle-------- (Score 1) 140

by ncc74656 (#48531177) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

We keep hearing this is going to be the vehicle that's going to take us to Mars. Excuse me? Exactly how is a vehicle that can only carry 6 people carry supplies for even one person for nearly a year?

Multiple launches to first put supplies for the trip in orbit, with the last launch bringing the crew up on one of these. Assemble the Mars-bound bits in orbit, then send them on their way. I read something about this the other day, but don't remember where.

Comment: Re:Monorail - define trivially. (Score 1) 93

by ncc74656 (#48526749) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

Actually it'd have to go through the Tropicana, and/or swerve around several blocks because the side of the airport that faces the strip is the runways. Getting the monorail out there would be a clusterfuck to say the least.

The part of Trop that passes north of the airport is mostly empty near the street, with the few businesses in there set well back. They could bring the monorail down to ground level (or even dig a trench for it) to keep from obstructing air traffic. Instead of bringing it down alongside Paradise Road, they could avoid that disruption by turning south sooner and going through the economy-parking lot and by Terminal 2 (which AFAICT is no longer in use) to bring it to Terminal 1. There should already be something in place to move people between Terminals 1 & 3, but if they want to extend the monorail out to Terminal 3 (I've only flown through it once), that'd be a bonus.

Comment: Re:Own loud is great! (Score 1) 30

by ncc74656 (#48526565) Attached to: Using OwnCloud To Integrate Dropbox, Google Drive, and More In Gnome
ownCloud's worked pretty well for me the past few months, but v7.0.3 caused all sorts of breakage on Android when accessing WebDAV shares. Switching photo uploads from FolderSync to the ownCloud Android client fixed that, but Keepass2Android still won't open my password archive directly. I can get to it over WebDAV with ES File Explorer and open it read-only in Keepass2Android, but that's a kludge I didn't need with the previous version. I'd downgrade, but the previous version is only available as source and the downloaded .deb for the previous version is gone from /var/cache/apt/archives. Hopefully they'll undo this breakage in 7.0.4.

Comment: Re:Simple... (Score 1) 376

by Bill Dog (#48494471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

but most experienced folks (rightfully so) want to step in and take a leadership role,
Also unfortunately, is many older folks bring a lot of bad traits with them: cynicism, bad attitudes, general negativity.

As an older dev, allow me to translate: We're sick of seeing the same old dysfunctions at job after job. It's like the Groundhog Day movie. We want to spare our new team from committing the same kinds of fuckups, and therefore spare ourselves from having to relive them yet again. But being closed to outside perspectives is the "dynamic of the team", ergo older devs don't "fit".

Memory fault -- brain fried