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Comment: Good for him (Score 3, Interesting) 356

by roc97007 (#47568517) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

> Jackson spoke to press after meeting with Labor Secretary Tom Perez for a review of H-1B visas, arguing that data show Americans have the skills and should have first access to high-paying tech work.

I usually find myself disagreeing with Jackson, but he seems to be on the right track here. I'm really hoping his involvement doesn't muddy the issue.

Comment: What, seriously? (Score 2) 271

by roc97007 (#47567487) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

And this is different from itunes in what way? I have an ipod wired into my truck's sound system. (It's a feature of the stereo.) The (older style) ipod has an internal hard drive that contains music ripped from three crates of CDs via itunes. How is this different?

And how is this not fair use? The user is presumably the same person who bought the cd. Does the AARC expect me to buy it twice? (I know, stupid question.)

Comment: local firewalls (Score 1) 316

My current company has a firewall for the incoming internet connection. (What sane company doesn't?) We also have individual firewalls on each PC but no individual firewall on any server. I'm not a network administrator -- it's a black box from my viewpoint, but I can rattle it and guess what's inside. The servers, I believe, are protected in two ways -- (1) to get out on the internet, you must go through a proxy, and the servers do not know how to do that. (2) traffic on the server subnets are blocked by the internet firewall, except for a few in a designated DMZ. We run into this all the time when applications have features that report back to vendor tech support, but are always blocked by the firewall. (In one case we had an application that would hang when it couldn't make an ftps connection with the vendor's tech support site -- who the heck uses ftps anymore? We stopped using that app.)

So to answer your question, a well designed network will have clients that can get to the outside through a proxy server, and servers that can't get to the outside at all, and servers that can cautiously get to the outside from the DMZ. The servers that are blocked from getting to the outside by the network don't necessarily have to have individual firewalls, and in fact, local firewalls can cause problems with some applications.

Now, if you're running the back end part of the system on a local PC that can also get out on the internet... whoo boy... that sounds dangerous.

Comment: Re:Considering his history... (Score 1) 137

> Yet to see Much Ado About Nothing, though.

It's definitely worth seeing. The dialog is pretty much word-for-word, and we all know the story. It's the performances and directing that really make the film.

It's like... all your favorite people in the world getting together at a garden house to do Shakespeare. Cozy and fun.

Comment: Re:But what IS the point they're making? (Score 1) 326

Reminds me of a reporter having a conversation with a 99%er at Occupy Wall Street. She was pushing for everyone to abandon technology (apparently this didn't include ipods) and go back to a strictly agrarian society. The reporter commented something to the effect that this would probably lead to mass urban starvation. Her retort was "well, people die".

I guess that's true. Personally I wondered whether she and her friends even knew anything about proper crop rotation, but then I realized that it really wouldn't matter, because someone better armed would come along and take everything from her little commune anyway. Well, you know, people die.

Comment: Re:Whelp. (Score 1) 139

by roc97007 (#47533033) Attached to: Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Time to remake Jurassic Park. And while he's at it, Speilberg can change all the guns to flashlights!

Nah, with all the T-Rexes looking like chickens it just won't be the same... although... just imagine the Kentucky fired drumsticks.

...but having the T-Rexes looking like chickens, and changing their roar to something less intimidating would fit well with changing all the guns to flashlights.

Comment: Re:If it is paywalled... (Score 1) 326

World's gonna end whether I pay or not, right? Then fuck it, I'm going to do the smart thing and give my money to that Asian guy who comes on my TV at about 2 AM every morning, and tells me that if I give him my money, he'll teach me to get as rich as he is.

I think he already did. People just aren't paying attention.

But that method is so passe... Now it's "your miserable existence is ruining the earth. Give me your money so I can fix it." Now that I write that, I realize that it's a very similar mechanism to that used by the megachurches.

You are in the hall of the mountain king.