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Comment: Backups for Mac: Time Machine + offsite (Score 4, Informative) 297 297

For Mac users, time machine is a complete no-brainer. RAID won't protect you against data corruption...but time machine will. Stick it on a NAS and you'll be fine. Then use BackBlaze or CrashPlan to back that NAS up offsite. Heck, there are crashplan clients for synology systems, so there's no excuse. And it's cheap! Would you rather rebuild your whole music library from scratch, or pay $60/year for some insurance? Hello!

Note that you probably don't want to back up your TM folder.

Comment: How do you find and cut fiber? (Score 1) 168 168

This article shows that there's a major problem, because: how do you find the fiber to cut? And how do you cut it?

It's not like a backhoe, that cuts the fiber "by accident." You have to go into a manhole, find the line you're looking for, then cut it. That takes work, planning, and intelligence. You can't just wander around in a manhole, looking for stuff...can you?

Comment: Structured transactions are illegal (Score 2) 510 510

From what I understand, any form of structuring is illegal.

Structuring is manipulating the amount of cash to evade detection by authorities. $10k USD requires a mandatory report by FinCen, but that's on deposits. I'm not sure there's any mandatory reporting on withdrawals, so I'm not sure why the FBI would be interested. It's not money laundering if you're withdrawing money from your bank account.

It sounds like he got caught lying about a crime he didn't commit, which is one of the more ridiculous aspects of the US judicial system.

Comment: Networking is like plumbing: mostly boring (Score 2) 227 227

Just to warn you, networking is ultra-boring. Do you think software engineering is bad? Networking is worse. You don't really make everything - you spend most of your time trying to get configurations to work, working around bugs in firmware, or figuring out how some numbskull screwed up the various configs.

It is, basically, plumbing.

That's not to say it isn't important, but if you're actually good at software engineering you'll probably find networking ultra-tedious. Do you really want to learn the ins and outs of the OSI stack? All the weird things about hooking Cisco gear to other gear? Troubleshooting connectivity issues due to someone plugging a switch into itself?

Just writing about it makes me want to lobotomize myself.

Comment: How to read f*ucked up code (Score 5, Insightful) 336 336

The biggest skill in C++ is how to read code that's got templates, generics, overloaded operators, and custom keywords.

"What do you mean they overloaded '+' to merge objects?"

"This doesn't look like C++, it looks like some foreign language."

"Oh, we reversed the meaning of + and - because the senior guy thought that the original semantics were incorrect. But only for some objects."

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker