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Comment Re:Trading one for the other (Score 1) 186

In this fictitious example, DoD is paying Gmail for a proven email system and the personnel to keep it running, up to date, and secure.

The other huge difference in your example is that DoD would merely be paying for something already built and functional.

TFA is about three companies building a system from scratch. Even if they use something that mostly already exists, it will be highly customized for DoD, to the point that it will be different from anything they have already done, and nowhere near "proven" or "tested". Since the history of those three companies shows they want nothing more than keeping their clients locked in as long as possible, it's not a recipe for long-term success.

Comment Re:Two-factor auth. Buy some cheap Yubikeys (Score 3, Informative) 142

The Feds always look for the most expensive option. They'll end up with pricey battery powered hardware tokens when they could look at cheap Yubikeys.

Every employee of the US government already has two-factor authentication in the form of a smart card. The problem is that there are many programs that don't have the hooks for two-factor authentication built in.

For example, a web app that queries Active Directory almost always asks for username and password, when Windows Authentication can use either username/password or smart card/PIN. This is because smart card/PIN requires trusted code to run on the client computer, and we all know that isn't really possible.

Comment Re:Yes if you can afford the time (Score 1) 267

Throw that same programmer into a FORTRAN, LISP, or eris forbid Prologue, and there will be a larger learning curve than just the syntax and limitations.

Modern FORTRAN won't be that big a deal for anyone familiar with C and bash. Same looping structures, free-form code (indent however you want), etc., but just no braces to mark blocks.

Comment Re:Upstart or Systemd? (Score 1) 494

Systemd has mount unit files that can specify before and after dependencies so I can tell it I want it to load after the network and daemons they depend on but before things like ftp, apache etc.

When this works, it's great, but when even mounting NFS (what used to be quite a simple thing) can cause the system to hang because of errors, it's not really a step forward.

On previous init systems, if your NFS mount wasn't available before the subsystem that needed it, then that subsystem might not start up correctly, but the system would finish booting and give you a login prompt A little tweak to a startup script to add a check and the problem is solved for the next boot, with only a little time when the service isn't available (after a manual start). But, I've seen systemd just stop the boot process when it can't fulfill a dependency like this, and the only solution was to reboot into single user mode, tweak config files, and try the boot again.

Comment Re:Too late; already sold my EVO's on eBay (Score 1) 72

Yes, I believe I am a reasonably savvy consumer when it comes to SSD drives. I am a Business Intelligence specialist and I am quite confident in my ability to understand and evaluate disk read performance. It is part of my job. When analyzing large amounts of data or operating virtual servers (booting or resuming), sustained data transfer is very important.

In which case, you shouldn't have picked the 840 EVO to start with, but rather the 840 Pro (or 850 Pro now).

If you want true performance, you have to pay for it. I have a pair of 840 EVOs myself because I don't need the extra speed from faster drives, and the price was right.

Comment Re:Negotiating is necessary. (Score 1) 892

i'm terrible at negotiations (coz i'm not an extroverted sales-arsehole) but even i know to reflect that question back by asking what's being offered.

The right thing to do is go in with "best world" and "worst world" numbers, and when asked what you want, give your "best world" number.

That number shouldn't be a pie-in-the-sky, set you for life number, but instead a real idea of what it would take for you to live at your standards in that part of the country. This means you have to think about what commute you are willing to put up with and what that means for housing prices, and what the overall cost just to keep alive (electricity, transportation, food, etc.) will be. Add enough that you can save about 15-25% per year, and then add on enough to be able to relax when you want to. That means you have to define what "relax" means (go skiing, play video games, travel the world, etc.). That'll be close to your "best world".

You're "worst world" depends on your current situation. If you already have a job that is OK, maybe you only drop about 10% from the best to get your worst. If you've been unemployed for a while and bill collectors are camping on your door, maybe you'll take less.

With those numbers firmly set in place, you don't have to let them make the first move, as you know your upper and lower limit. It's just up to you to decide what happens if they counter and are still above your worst. Then, it's a matter of how much the quality of the job fits with what you want.

Comment Re:Is negotiation a skill required for the job? (Score 1) 892

When is the last time you negotiated prices at the grocery store?

I don't generally negotiate at grocery stores because it's just not a good ROI. Sure, getting an extra $0.25 off a 2-liter bottle of soda might be a 12% savings, but it's only a quarter. On the other hand, if I wanted 50 pounds of meat for a party, I might ask them for their normal "sale" price even if it wasn't on sale right now, because that could save me $100.

I already do this with items like appliances, where I ask for the best sale price. I'm likely to get that price, because whatever store I'm in knows that some other store either currently has a price close to what I want, or will soon. And, no store sells those kind of things at a loss even on sale, so it's not really a problem for them.

Comment Re:Idiotic Nonsense (Score 1) 141

It would be a lot less exciting if the CSI's job were more realistic. They go to a scene, spend a few hours poking around, then write up a report and hand it over to the detective? Who wants to watch that?

Strangely enough, The Flash gets this right. Barry Allen is a CS tech, and he goes to the scene, gathers evidence, and writes up the report for the cops. Sure, he's now a superhero and does other stuff, but when doing his normal job, he is much closer to what a CS tech does in real life than any other show has given us.

Comment Re:What is systemd exactly? (Score 1) 765

wrong, all the other processes are optional.

Here's a test: uninstall all those other "optional" processes and see what happens. Is systemd still installed, or does it get uninstalled because of dependency resolution? Does your system still boot? Can you log in?

Report your results back here, so we can all see how "optional" those extra processes are.

Comment Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Assuming that I took more than just myself, I don't think burning on a large stake would be a risk, we have automatic weapons. :)

That being said, your example proves my point, it would look like magic to those people who have no frame of reference.

BTW, firearms are a bad example of "looks like magic" to somebody 500 years ago. Those automatic weapons haven't changed much in 100 years, and single-shot firearms very similar to what we have today have existed for over 400, with gunpowder-fired projectiles around 800 years old.

The only significant firearm-specific advancement from 1600 to the late 1800s was the cartridge (which also made clips possible). Better metalworking techniques, etc., also helped, but those were general-purpose. At that point, the first self-loading firearm that didn't use human power to load the next cartridge (i.e., a semi-automatic) came along in the early 1900s. Since then, the change in firearms is almost identical to the change in rocket technology...scale is larger, and materials are stronger, but the design really hasn't changed much.

Comment Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Even once we had airplanes, you have only a lifetime from 1903 to 1969, yet people in 1903 couldn't have dreamed of what the Saturn V would look like or how it would work.

There were rockets in 1903. They weren't as powerful, but the physics of rocket flight was pretty well known at the time.

The only difference between fireworks and the Saturn V is scale...more powerful fuel, stronger materials, etc.

Comment Re:what's the big deal? (Score 1) 591

If a kid threatened me with the One Ring, I might feel utterly terrified if I didn't know what it was.

If you didn't know any of Tolkien, why would you feel "terrified" by a ring?

Everyone (children, too), learns through exposure to things. They learn that hot stoves hurt you when you touch them, and that ice cream tastes good. So, where, exactly, would you have "learned" that a ring has the power to turn you invisible other than fictional stories like Tolkien? If your home life has led you to believe that magic is real, then you have a lot more problems than being threatened by a magical ring.

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth. -- R. Stallman