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Comment Re:Stay in school, don't do dope (Score 1) 1014 1014

"If you shoot and injure (or kill) a 15 year old who has walked in your back door in the middle of the night, but is otherwise unarmed and not a direct threat, you will be charged. Whether you go to jail or not will depend on a lot of factors, but you will probably also be a defendant in a civil suit which, if case law is any guide, you *will* lose."

Potentially incorrect depending on where you live and the State Laws that govern such actions. Especially considering these factors:

1) Trespassing during the night
2) Back door vs front ( means you intentionally had to climb my fence to get there )
3) Unarmed is irrelevant based on # 1
4) Especially if they walked through the door and entered the home

Comment Re:How about a really bright flashlight (Score 1) 1014 1014

Pfffff . . . . don't go there. Folks are already losing their minds that this guy shot the drone down with a shotgun.

If you start talking lasers, the same folks will want you in prison for putting commercial aircraft at risk by pointing your laser at the sky :|

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1014 1014

So I'm curious what your approach would be.

Call the police ? Tell them a drone is flying over your home and won't leave ? What do you expect their response will be when you can't tell them who is piloting it ?

And like I stated in another response, firing on a drone over a populated area is no more / less stupid than FLYING said drone over the same populated area. Especially if you're using it to circumvent privacy laws and spy on others.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1014 1014

Don't want to get shot in Texas ?

Don't do stupid things on private property that doesn't belong to you. If you're trespassing on private property in the middle of the night, it's likely you're not there with good intentions. Probably shouldn't expect a warm reception ( unless I have a flamethrower ).

Besides, there are still rules that must be followed even in defense of property. It's not like it's a free for all the moment you step across some line. I would post the relevant Texas Code, but this is Slashdot and no one would read it anyway :D Just trust me when I say some very specific conditions have to be met before you can shoot.

Comment Re: A simple proposition. (Score 1) 357 357

The solution is not to rely on advertising as your primary means of financing your business. Unless you're Google, advertising is an EXPENSE designed to promote something else you wish to sell. Yanno, kind of like R&D. It's a necessary evil to get your product from concept to purchased commodity.

Trying to profit / survive on advertising alone means you seriously suck at anything other than advertising and don't deserve to be in business to begin with.

If we use Cable TV as an example, even when we paid a subscription, they still innundate us with ads because they're greedy bastards so I have zero sympathy for overkill advertising.

Comment Downside to Union jobs (Score 1) 428 428

Is KNOWING what employee X gets paid while drooling on themselves, never doing anything nor showing any interest in learning anything. All the while you're busting your ass doing 2x the work because Captain Saliva is incapable of doing it at all.

Why should they show any motivation ?

Their pay is exactly the same as the top performing people without all the hard work and stress that comes with it. On paper the work gets done. The reality is it gets done by a fraction of the folks.

It is, however, a double edged sword. The top performers eventually burn out and question why they're working so damn hard when the pay is the same. Eventually, all the employees eventually align themselves with the bottom performers and the whole thing goes to hell.

Sometimes it sucks not being in a positio where you can negotiate salary. :|

Comment Amusing (Score 4, Insightful) 64 64

I find it odd that we're supposed to follow the rule of law, yet the very ones in charge of enforcing those laws seem to have no qualms at all about breaking them whenever it suits their needs. All under the guise of "protecting" us from $evilplot of course. :|

In the end, Orwell was right I guess. Some animals are more equal than others.

Comment Tell you what . . . . (Score 1) 213 213

I'll stop working on certifications when employers cease putting them on the job postings as a requirement for getting hired.

A lot of folks dismiss certifications as completely useless. While they don't gauge competency in any given field, they do at least show you've enough interest in the subject matter to jump through the hoops to attain the certification in the first place. I'm doing them because my company quit training their workforce about a decade ago. My hope is that the certifications give me other options when my company finally goes full blown stupid and implodes because the entire workforce is incapable of doing the work beyond following a flow chart.

From a Cisco point of view, it would be easy to see where a certified candidate might not be strong in all areas due to lack of exposure post certification. If your employer doesn't do BGP, IPV6 or MPLS, where does that leave you a couple of years after you test ?

Everyone seems to want a candidate with a bazillion years of experience under their belt, but it's unlikely you'll get to work at that level without a certification first . . . so you gotta start somewhere.

My current job doesn't even require a CCNA, but I went ahead and obtained it because . . . well. . . . I'm SICK of my job and I don't want to do it for the rest of my damn life. I'm studying for the CCNP for the same reasons. The odds of my getting to configure anything in my company at the CCNP level are pretty much zero, so I'm learning it in the hope I'll eventually get to leave this god-forsaken place and start doing something interesting again.

However, even if / when I achieve the next certification, I'm still currently doing a job that doesn't allow me to put to use anything I've learned. Over time, I'll forget a lot of it. But the only chance I have at landing a better job is through the certifications. It's certainly not going to be the twenty years experience in an obscure / highly specialized technology that no one outside of a telecom has ever heard of.

Comment Re:Wrong question (Score 1) 351 351

Oh yeah, they're definitely watching :D

I was looking for some Cisco gear and found it amusing that an add for Cisco gear showed up a few days later on a page completely unrelated to it.

It would be akin to finding advertisements for some religious group while perusing some adult oriented site :D

These days I block everything. Adblock, Ghostery, No-Script, TOR, proxy servers to filter the crap out, and am kicking around the idea of a VPN just because.

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? -- Woody Allen