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Comment: We the sheeple of the United States (Score 2) 113 113

by mmell (#49769575) Attached to: Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden
In order to form a more secure union, establish control, insure domestic profitability, provide for the common subjugation and secure the blessings of security to ourselves and our chattel do ordain and establish this reinterpretation of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Any questions?

Comment: Gee, it's just like the A-Bomb! (Score 1) 55 55

by mmell (#49727201) Attached to: Swedish Court Orders Seizure of Pirate Bay Domains
Even our politicians have caught on that you can't stuff the genie back into the bottle. I wonder how long it'll take the entertainment industries of various nations to catch on.

Illegal filesharing could conceivably nuke the entertainment industry - not completely, but enough to get their attention. They should consider an alternative to the adversarial approach - deploy their own fileshares and make it economically and technically desirable to use those sources. It would be like nuclear power for the entertainment industry. But no - they just seem interested in garbage like the TPP, torrent cache posioning, idiotic lawsuits, domain takedowns and other WMD technologies. Entertainment is becoming the North Korea of industries.

Comment: Re:Telnet shell? (Score 1) 216 216

by mmell (#49726753) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
Telnet is a great diagnostic tool. I wouldn't use it for connectivity, but to see what's happening on a specified network port somewhere it's great. Microsoft still provides the telnet client, even with Windows 8.1 - PuTTY not required. Then again, the average Windows user should probably use PuTTY's telnet client - the averagre Windows user actually shouldn't use Telnet at all, but at least PuTTY makes it point 'n' click easy.

Comment: Personally, I prefer Cygwin's OpenSSH client. (Score 1) 216 216

by mmell (#49726723) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
Unlike PuTTY (which is a fantastic piece of work, BTW), I understand the OpenSSH client. I guess my UNIX roots are showing.

With that said, I do routinely install PuTTY - I've gotten tired of the old arguments:

(ME): "What ports should I use on the jump server, and is Netcat installed there?"

(COWORKER): "Just click on PuTTY and go to the Tunnels part . . ."

(ME): "Can't you just tell me what ports to use?"

(COWORKER): "The only way I know how is in PuTTY."

Anybody but me ever felt the urge to punch the monkey?

Comment: Re:I feel he should've gotten life no parole. (Score 1) 649 649

by mmell (#49702201) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing
Well . . . that, and to avoid living in a state which sponsors murder. That is what the death penalty is, is it not? State-sponsored murder?

If Tsarnaev were to choose to commit suicide during a life sentence, I suspect he could find a way. Does that assuage your distaste for my motives?

Comment: I feel he should've gotten life no parole. (Score 5, Insightful) 649 649

by mmell (#49701991) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing
To borrow a concept from a classic movie . . .

The dead do not exist for all their lives in a six foot by ten foot box. They do not weep for lost freedom, nor yearn for sunshine and gentle wind. They do not slip gradually to the madness of long isolation. Tsarnaev should be made to know these things.

Comment: Oh, wait. You mean "Digital Natives", right? (Score 5, Informative) 405 405

by mmell (#49650667) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?
You know - those kids who currently have over eight years experience with RHEL 7, nearly a decade with Windows Server 2012 - those kids who grew up with FaceSpace, WhoTube and YouTome? Oh, yeah . . . I remember them.

And for the record, we who have been in the industry long enough to remember a time without all these resources - we who are decidedly not "Digital Natives" - we're the ones who created FaceBox, YouScreen and WhoBook et. al. And we still have a much older word for "Digital Natives" - we still call 'em "n00bz".

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.