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Comment Re:Break The NDA (Score 1) 366

All iFixit has done here is made sure they won't receive any developer units from Apple in the future.

Apple has a looong history of "accidental" leaks. A month from now, Apple will quietly reinstate iFixit's account, and go back to business as usual. And yes, iFixit will continue to get pre-release gear.

It seriously wouldn't surprise me to someday learn that Apple outright conspired with iFixit on this one - iFixit looks good to their fans for "taking one for the team", Apple gets its standard slate of fake-viral marketing, everyone wins.

Comment Re:Explosions are not that easy (Score 2) 146

Not entirely true... you're assuming that a 3 oz. glass of anti-matter water is an impossibility :)

Yeah, but then you'd have six ounces. And the TSA has already impressed upon us that, although 3oz counts as completely harmless, more than three can take down an airplane!

Comment Spit and duct-tape... (Score 1) 127

Cheapest solution possible (short of just going with VNC), and arguably the most flexible as well:

1) Get a normal 4-way KVM switch for your mouse and keyboard.
2) Get two monitors that support three inputs each (most do anyway these days).
3) Make sure all your PCs/laptops support dual monitors (again, almost ubiquitous).

Then just use the monitors' source selection to pick what you have on any given screen, and the dirt-cheap normal KVM to pick which box gets to have a keyboard.

Quite likely, your existing hardware already supports all of what I describe, except needing the el-cheapo KVM for kb/mouse.

Comment Re: "....appoint a non-financial manager..." (Score 2) 152

Wrong kind of "financial manager".

TFA doesn't mean that as some sort of investment advisor, but rather, a manager over an accounting department (or a subspecialty thereof, for a large enough company).

In fairness, though, I do agree that makes a bad example, because in accounting, you have the skill levels across the corporate food-chain almost entirely inverted from IT - Companies tend to hire unskilled minimum wage people for the "boots on the ground" accounting functions, and trust a handful of people in the upper tiers of the department to make sure the work meets the various applicable regulatory requirements. No sane company would ever hire a generic MBA as their treasurer, even though in theory that job doesn't need to "do" anything but delegate to team leads.

In IT, by contrast, you simply don't have any unskilled doers (aside from the deadweights like the owner's nephew that everyone goes out of their way to give shiny but harmless projects to); yet two or three levels up the ladder, you have people who don't know a browser from a file manager (damn you, Microsoft, for putting the word "Explorer" in both their names!).

And that, I think, leads to the real reason we have a problem here - In most aspects of a modern business, the structure matches the accounting department - Peons in the field, and actual accountants near the top. Businesses really don't have any traditional frame of reference for how to manage some of the most highly skilled people in the company as bottom-tier employees. Sure, they understand that they need to throw money at us, but aside from that, most companies still try to treat IT as the equivalent of cashiers or delivery drivers or AP entry clerks. Even in the other "skilled" trades, people usually progress up the food chain based on experience. The grunts haul pipe / pull wire / etc, the apprentices get the easy-but-unpleasant tasks, the journeymen get to do most of the actual work, and the masters plan out how to make the project as a whole successful. You just don't have any useful positions below the "journeymen" skill level in an IT department (aside from interns, but most companies treat them as little more than either welfare cases or slave labor, they certainly don't plan to put anything an intern does into production).

Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 5, Informative) 618

The hard part here comes from "get it in writing".

When someone three layers of food-chain above you tells you "do this", you don't get to refuse until you have it in writing (unless you already have a new job lined up - and even then, don't expect that one to go any differently).

Now, you can certainly try to get them on record - You can ask them to write up a quick spec for what they want; you can ask them to submit the Change Management request because you don't have the authority to approve this one; you can send emails asking for clarification; and as a last resort, you can just document the change as "at the request of Boss X". In the real world, however, we've all dealt with people who refuse to do anything except by phone or in person.

And at that point, it becomes your word against theirs. Guess who can afford the better lawyer? And even that assumes it completely blows up - If it remains an internal matter, you won't even get the chance to present your side of the situation, just pack your belongings up and GTFO.

Comment I actually prefer non-revokability... (Score 3, Insightful) 79

TFA doesn't really deal with the problem of deleting personally identifiable information, so much as aggregate statistics derived from personal data.

And in that context, I far, far prefer that they can't remove my contribution from their aggregates (although I do opt out of personalized collection whenever possible).

Why, you might ask? Simple - I lie to companies that ask me for information. A lot. I do my damnedest to poison their databases to the greatest extent possible. Now why on Earth would I want to make it easy for them to redact the "facts" that I own a Veryron and a solid gold iWatch despite living in a cardboard box beneath a highway overpass?

Sometimes, the box of chocolates has Ex-Lax in it.

Comment Re:Typical sensationalist Slashdot subjectline (Score 1) 381

now entering [...] will in not far long future [...] requirement for new cars [...] then some years later [...] some company setting up a webshop [...] will not be liable for not having [...] breaking the law by using the car [...] nice fantasy world you live in.

And sometimes I consider myself a bit on the paranoid side - You just did the slalom down a whole mountain's worth of slippery slopes just to cap it off with a weak ad hominem? C'mon now, you can do better than that!

Comment Re: $949/week? (Score 2) 449

Don't forget that you need separate camps for the FTM an MTFs - Not to mention the inters and pans. And of course you wouldn't want to mix preops and post ops!

Really, if we want to make this "fair", we should put every precious unique snowflake in their own class. And spare me all this Western CisHetWhiteMaleShitlord "STEM" crap - If they want to learn computers - or for that matter, brain surgery - by coloring pictures of pretty rainbow ponies, what the hell gives us the right to impose our beliefs on them???

Comment Re:Typical sensationalist Slashdot subjectline (Score 2) 381

They want Google to apply them to all searched from France regardless of the domain name. Today you can just type in google.com or any other national domain and bypass the law.

So the French government blames Google for the fact that their population contains evil, evil lawbreakers actively seeking a way around whatever restraints on free speech the CNIL may, in its infinite wisdom, decide to use to "protect" the French people?

Ford make it possible for me to exceed the speed limit. That doesn't make Ford liable for my tickets.

Comment Expert knowledge and specialist tools? (Score 4, Informative) 145

Seriously? Find a pole marked in orange (or in this case, manhole). Take the bolt-cutters to the only armored cable on the pole / in the hole. Make sure to repeat at least a few feet away to make it virtually impossible to splice cleanly.

This doesn't take "expert knowledge and specialist tools", any moron could do it.

Now, doing it without blinding yourself with a 40W IR laser beam...

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."