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Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 3, Insightful) 184

by ohnocitizen (#49144605) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch
This is dangerously false, and should not be modded insightful. All it takes is a quick google to find examples ( of people who committed suicides who first posted to Facebook.

People talking about it on Facebook just seek attention and don't have the courage or conviction to actually do it, nor do they actually want to do it.

That is harmful bullshit for many reasons. One being that committing suicide is not about courage or conviction!!! Honestly who talks about suicide that way other than an internet troll? Because that is how you push someone over the edge.

Comment: Re:hackers oligarchs & thugs (Score 1) 268

by strikethree (#49134933) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Eh? The results are clear and effective. General Petraeus and Mr. Spitzer found out the hard way.

I would be surprised if these capabilities were not abused to blackmail or otherwise coerce leaders of industry and members of congress.

Someone has a LOT of power at their fingertips now because of these "programs". People are getting hurt already.

Comment: Re:This is hilarious... (Score 1) 268

by strikethree (#49134733) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

They're doing it so that US businesses will pressure the NSA to stop, and then if it succeeds, China will have the upper hand in espionage.

Boo fucking hoo. If the NSA had not abused its privileges, they would not be in this position now. They should have stuck to their job instead of trying so hard to become Big Brother. This could potentially tumble America into destruction. They should have thought of that before they started this bullshit.

Comment: Re:we already have killer robots (Score 1) 318

Missile defence systems normally have a fully autunomous setting.
The machine is trusted not to shoot down airlines.

Worked real well in the Ukraine recently eh? (CAPTCHA is grossly relevant this time: obituary, are these really random coincidences?)

Comment: Re:I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant (Score 1) 213

by strikethree (#49111379) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

Whan I want to really listen to music, I far prefer my Sony noise-cancelling ear-cup headphones to using speakers. Ambient noise in this place is just too high to really enjoy music any other way.

Then you are not turning the speakers up loud enough. Funnily enough, the CAPTCHA is demolish.

Seriously, someone was asking me to tell the difference between a wav file and an mp3 file, both were sent to me as a wav. Once I turned the volume up loud enough I was correct on one song 100% of the time (Primus - My Name is Mud) and 2/3 of the time for a Metallica song. I would have had perfect detection for mp3 on the Metallica song but I had my amp (accidentally) still munging music to make MP3s sound better. The Primus song is never in question when encoded as an MP3. Something about it defeats the algorithm no matter how you tune it.

Comment: Re:Now they just need intensity from the actors. (Score 1) 165

by strikethree (#49086907) Attached to: Star Trek Continues Meets Kickstarter Goal, Aims For Stretch Goals

It had more than its share of gimmicks (engineering failures used as plot devices, apparently the concepts of fail safe and even the lowly circuit breaker don't exist in the 24th Century) but on balance it stands the test of time.

What annoyed me the most is that no prisoner could ever be contained. Every. Single. Prisoner. Left. Their. Cell. Every. Fucking. Time.

Really? They don't know how to do security? Oy oy oy.

Comment: Re:Preloaded Crapware? (Score 1) 148

by ohnocitizen (#49070833) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6
Read the articles I linked to - where the company refuses to give info about what (and how much) is being downloaded. Then there is the fact that if a user is advanced enough to find the screen to disable an app - they know what they are doing and should be allowed to. Removing choice is crappy. In the end it doesn't matter whether or not you see the problem. Samsung lost a customer :).

Comment: Re: Yes (Score 1) 716

by strikethree (#49058643) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

It's right in their "Why SystemD" document.

I am flabbergasted. The reason Debian does not get corporate contracts is because they do not have a corporate program to provide assurances to customers like Redhat does. It has nothing to do with SystemD.

Redhat is about to lose a largish DoD contract because of SystemD. Debian has removed themselves as an option with this crap. Will my decision hurt Redhat? Individually, no. I will not be surprised if lots of other people responsible for choosing technologies refuse this crap as well. Will it hurt Debian? I was already not using them but now they have excluded themselves. They have limited their own potential growth.

I have quite a few Linux servers under my control. SystemD buys me nothing. SystemD has not caused me any problems in my professional life (yet) but it has caused me numerous problems in my personal life.

In my professional life, I have two services that I would like SystemD to restart when those services die. It does not restart them. Is this a problem? No. It is no different than previous behaviour.

Other than service monitoring, I am unsure what else SystemD is supposed to offer to me. My servers never change hardware, never change networks, never do anything at all other than the two services they provide. Binary logs makes troubleshooting transient boot problems impossible. It never gets far enough to start writing text logs through the other interfaces. I do not even bother to troubleshoot anymore. I have an ISO image that tkes less than 10 minutes to install and make fully functional. Is this the goal of SystemD? To just reinstall like we do with Windows?

Meh. There is no point in discussing this. Some people want SystemD. As a rejection of init, I can understand that position, but it is like worshiping Satan because Beelzebub was too evil. All I can say is, What the fuck is wrong with you people?

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 677

Ya, you're not the first to comment on my fat-fingers - though that you (both) felt compelled to do so might say more about you two than me. :-)

In this particular case, it is not about you, it is about the humour. It could have been anyone... even me. It is not the fact that a mistake was made that is important, mistakes are common in casual conversation like this. It is that the mistake was made in relation to the meaning of the word that the mistake was made upon (is that even coherent?!). :)

Comment: Re:College requirements are why.... (Score 1) 809

by strikethree (#49058599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

If a hiring manager could filter on "really can do what the CV/resume says", that would be great. Unfortunately, they can't.

I understand this, you understand this, it is orthogonal to what I am saying however. I was illustrating how "increasing requirements" merely result in increasing lies. Ask for what the job entails and filter on that. It will not help with the liars but it gets rid of the absurd, such as 10 years of experience with server 2012 when it is only the year 2015.

I'm going to suggest that, all other things being equal, a person with a college degree is a better bet than a person with a high school diploma, who in turn is a better bet than a high school dropout.

For apprentice level jobs, I wholeheartedly agree. If you want to play the odds then that is the way to go; however, for non-entry level jobs, I would say it is counter-productive, if not outright incorrect. A person who has 5 years experience actually doing something, and doing it well, is a FAR greater bet than someone who has 20 some certifications and a masters degree, but who never stays in any one one job for more than two years. I say this from experience.

I would go even farther (further? I need education) than that and say that the high school dropout who has 10+ years experience and great references is more valuable than a PhD in respect to getting the job done. Clearly there are things the PhD person can do that the high school dropout can not, but are those things relevant to the business? I would argue that those things will drive up the price of PhD in relation to the high school dropout.

The hiring manager is not looking for the best possible candidate, regardless of cost.

Change your filters and you have a better chance of finding the right candidate.

So, if you and I apply for a job, and we're both good candidates, I'm likely to get the interview before somebody who doesn't have the degree, and you may never get a chance.

I have been responsible for the hiring decision for numerous people. I have been burned many times by using degrees and certs as filtering tools. If there is nothing else there then yes, but otherwise, it is all about the experience and the employment history. Your experiences and employment history is what will get you the interview when I am reviewing CVs and resumes.

I don't know if this bothers you (you may run your own business or have enough people who know you're good), but it isn't going to bother the hiring manager.

I am not currently running my own business and I have suffered greatly at the hands of ignorant hiring managers, but then, I would argue that we were both better off never meeting. Willfully ignorant people piss me off. I have been making a six figure salary for over a decade. I have made enough money for them to stop taking social security taxes out after only 6 months because the maximum for the year had already been paid. Most people are not even aware there was a maximum that could be paid in a year.

My thesis is that filtering by education is counter-productive unless there are no other discriminators to use. Even then, we are talking about making it to the interview stage only, not as a hiring decision. If you can not find interesting people to interview, I would say your hiring practices need to be re-examined.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.