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Comment: Just went through the same thing (Score 1) 317

by musicon (#48552507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?
I was laid off earlier this year, and like you, did not have any certs. From my research, the one that seems to pay off the best, and is in reasonable demand is ITIL. If you want to go more technical, look at CCNA and A+. All are fairly cheap and especially the ITIL can be fairly easy to study for and pass if you've been working in IT management for a while.

Comment: Re:Effects on Martian atmosphere (Score 1) 48

by musicon (#48347511) Attached to: Orbiters Study Effect of Giant Comet-Caused Meteor Shower On Mars

It took 70 years for voyager to reach the heliopause

Um, actually the Voyager probes were launched in the late 70s, so it's been less than 40 years.

A return trip would certainly take a while longer due to slowing down, sample gathering, and then managing to accelerate back home. But this wouldn't be the first time that projects have begun that are longer than a typical human lifespan.

Comment: Works Great! (Score 1) 93

by musicon (#47214137) Attached to: Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

I saw the announcement yesterday afternoon, and found it listed already in my available games (since I had previously purchased it for Windows, under WINE).

It works wonderfully under Linux: it's faster, uses less resources, and doesn't crash nearly as often as it did under WINE.

I'm extremely happy, as this was one of the few reasons I still have a WINE install in place.

Comment: Re:When you turn it on... (Score 1) 125

by musicon (#44446045) Attached to: Android Tablet Gives Rare Glimpse At North Korean Tech

I did what you suggested, spent about 10 minutes looking around.

Yes, there are buildings, and yes there are cars. But, I saw hardly any cars (mainly buses, and only a handful of those), and I also didn't see any parking lots. So, either I completely missed it, or you're seeing something I'm not.

Just for kicks, I looked up a list of the world's poorest countries, and picked #1, Congo. While I don't see as many industrial/high-rise buildings in the cities (definitely many more individual homes) I see more cars and other signs of human travel and habitation.

Comment: Lazy Programmers (Score 1) 778

by musicon (#44158561) Attached to: Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory
I'm sorry, but the statement

Today there are a lot of programmers of the opinion that if the user has JavaScript off then its their own fault and consuming the page without JavaScript is as silly as trying to consume it without HTML.

is asinine. It's not difficult to put a noscript tag with a reasonable explanation for clients. All production sites should have graceful fall-back for accessibility and other client issues anyway.

Comment: Re:I'll remember the pain. (Score 1) 285

by musicon (#43394447) Attached to: Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?
You're absolutely right. However, I'll admit to now being one of the people giving up. I happily spent days tweaking every config.sys and highmem option 20 years ago. Nowadays I'm lucky to get 2-3 hours a week to play, and I'm not going to waste half of it just trying to get the damn game started. Hell, I just bought and started playing the original Bioshock last week, and made sure before I did that it worked 100% under Wine before I did.

Comment: Discuss what things are appropriate (Score 2) 307

by musicon (#42484663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

Unfortunately, children will explore and learn things you don't want them to regardless how much we will (or want to) shelter them.

That said, the solution my wife and I have is we tell them certain things are appropriate, and others are not. When they're older, they can view them, but for now it's not appropriate.

We have two Popcorn C-300s, and the media I don't want the kids to watch are in a separate directory called "Not Appropriate". That way, you don't have to go nuts with security and lockdowns, and your kids know what's there. Knowing the media is there but shouldn't be viewed also teaches them self-restraint.

Comment: Completely True (Score 1) 234

by musicon (#41684779) Attached to: Malware Is 'Rampant' On Medical Devices In Hospitals
I once worked for a company that produced equipment used in hospitals, and I can vouch for the issues installing updates as well. Moreover, hopelessly stupid things were done such as hard-coding the hosts file for remote diagnostics, and logging in and running applications as the Windows Administrator account. Furthermore, the hospital IT staff was equally incompetent, in that even if (by some miracle) we wanted to patch the products we had to jump through hoops to do so, and even simple things like DNS resolution were filtered for our devices.

+ - Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install->

Submitted by
musicon writes "According to Nadim Kobeissi, Windows 8 is configured by default (using a new featured called Windows SmartScreen) to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install. This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because Microsoft is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users. This situation is exacerbated when Windows 8 is deployed in countries experiencing political turmoil or repressive political situations.

Additionally, it may be possible for a 3rd party to intercept SmartScreen’s communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target."

Link to Original Source

Comment: No Exemptions Allowed (Score 1) 1025

by musicon (#41108149) Attached to: Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

In order to drive a car, you need a government-mandated license indicating a minimum competency level so you aren't a danger to others.

In order to fly a plane, you need a government-mandated license indicating a minimum competency level so you aren't a danger to others.

The right to practice law, become a doctor, and even have a job (by requiring social security number) is mandated by law.

Why are people allowed to create a public safety problem by opting out of "required" vaccines?

Comment: Isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 394

by musicon (#40634423) Attached to: A Million-Year Hard Disk

Instead of using any existing language (written or spoken), you use mathematics and pictograms. Essentially the same as how they did the drawing on Voyager.

Just start with a basic number system, individual atoms, then a description of radiation, time periods, etc. None of those should change within a few million years.

If you want to give a start and end date, just use a star chart based on the current location of earth with of a few obvious bodies for reference and project it forward.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.