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Comment: Re:GPA (Score 1) 125

by sdinfoserv (#49686825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Security Certification For an Old Grad?
As a 52 year old in the tech world, I vouch for the accuracy of this statement. GPA means nothing after a few years of experience. I just changed jobs 2 year ago (only took 3 months to find a new position once deciding to change companies). So... in my case... a high GPA would prove I have mastery of what? a PDP 11? ya. right. GPA hasn't been a topic in 20+ years. Interviews have been discussions about processes, my levels of understanding of current technology specifically related to the job on topic. Projects, effectiveness, insights, organizations, personnel interactions.. .

Comment: Follow the money (Score 3, Insightful) 420

by sdinfoserv (#49655091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?
There will always be need for some local ‘hands on’ help. Networking is highly local, cabling, fiber , technicians, etc.
However, so long as scum bag companies (like Disney, firing 100’s of US programmers then claiming they can’t find help and pushing for an increase of H1B’s), the job problem will only get worse.
The fact is, the oligarchy that runs this country only cares about market cap, eps, and shareholder value. Screw American jobs, if they can reduce a cost by a penny, it’s done. If you’re at the top of the living scale country, you’re screwed – if you live in a 3rd world sh#t hole with no environmental, intellectual or labor laws, you’re king.
They only way to stop the trend is to take big money (IE: corporate dollars) out of politics. Use tariff’s like they are intended, recognize corporations are NOT people (neither are chimps) for the simple fact that no one is ever held accountable . So, unless you all want to start crapping in outhouses over rivers in which you bath and drink from (google river pollution in India – the nexus of where your job likely went) , get politically active and vote OUT anyone opposed to campaign finance reform.

Comment: be careful what you wish for.... (Score 1) 649

by sdinfoserv (#49515371) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
Kill off nascar, mechanics, after market upgrades, personalization this is the type of crap that will push everyone against the DCMA resulting in wide spread copy write law reform. I hope these greedy bastards get exactly what they want in the short term then get blind sided by the tidal wave of consumer revolt that ensues.

Comment: Robbin - to the bat cave! (Score 1) 365

by sdinfoserv (#49469505) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
Technological evolution, like biological evolution gradually move from simple to complex. Simple being the wood (trees) next to your village. Oil used to ooze out of the ground and coal could be easily collected lying on the ground in shallow dug pits. Trees may not have repopulated, and easily to gather fossil fuels are no longer plentiful and easy to get. Copper and tin are not easy to access either – thus no bronze age or early metals. There will be no raw materials to forge heavy goods. Nope, when mankind reboots, its tribal for good.

Comment: the answer is at the vet. (Score 1) 1081

by sdinfoserv (#49262787) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
Last year after a horrible accident I put good friend. It was painless, peaceful and almost instant. It was in a vet’s office. My dog was hit and dying and in great pain. The vet described the process as ‘the same chemicals used for anesthesia before surgery, just more of it”. I was with him and held him as he simply layed his head on my arm and went to sleep within 3 seconds of receiving a single injection. If we can quickly and humanely put pets to sleep, we can darn well use the same process on people except for the lawyers.

Comment: missed the basics. (Score 1) 531

by sdinfoserv (#49139709) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion
The statement displays a profound lack of religious principles. Most Christian faiths believe the soul enters the body at the moment of conception; thus making the zygote pure
. Since AI, no matter what level of autonomy is never conceived, it never has a soul, thus need not convert.

Disclaimer: former Lutheran, raised in Catholic schools, now a devout atheist.

Comment: Government bait and switch (Score 4, Insightful) 80

by sdinfoserv (#49051451) Attached to: Unearthing Fraud In Medical Trials
Most government agencies are mere puppets for the owned representatives in office. Like the FDA, the EPA will not protect the interest of the citizens but rather corporate interests. Many victims of fracking where once fertile land has become toxic have found the EPA's sole job is to protect the frrackers, not the land they supposedly steward. Commerce Department is another example. The Commerce Departments job is to protect and secure 'commerce' not individuals but huge corporations. The FBI diligently attacks people who illegally share music - with the same ferocity as mass murders or terrorists.

Net neutrality will become another victim. It will eventually die since It 'burdens' profiteers.

. Our rights as citizens is a veneer. Till we change how campaigns are financed, corporate puppets will continue to operate with impunity sealing more and more wealth from the masses for the benefit of the few.

Comment: Re:Mange: Mange /mend/ is a class of skin diseases (Score 1) 716

by sdinfoserv (#49039521) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?
Other issues..... It didn't automatically install dual core processor support, I had to add that later. I didn't recognize and install the WiFI driver, I had to manually download and install the separately..(via a USB from another machine what PITA). Like I said... too much 'tweak'.

Comment: Re:Mange: Mange /mend/ is a class of skin diseases (Score 1) 716

by sdinfoserv (#49039507) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?
I had an older laptop that was running XP just fine. It was an HP convertible with a touch screen. I loved the foot print but couldn't keep unsupported windows. I tried several flavors of 'Nix on it. I settled on Mint due to the older hardware and I wanted a smaller software foot print.

However – there’s 3 annoying issues
1 – There’s a message on the screen before the GUI starts about invalid user. From the research, this is a debian bug. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t affect anything. I ignored it.

2 – There’s no support for Netflix?!? This surprised me, as it would be similar problem with any version of Linux. According to posts on the internet, this is because Netflix requires Microsoft Silverlight, which is not available on Linux. I really, really have to say I don’t believe this at all. I have Netflix on both my android phone and my iPad. Both have a Linux connection. There’s no excuse not to run Netflix.

3- This is the killer -. After the initial install of Linux Mint, I performed an update. The update killed the OS. No boot, just a brick. I re-installed Mint and it worked, however I didn’t perform the update.

Issue number 2 makes the device unusable for the majority of my entertainment. Issue number 3 makes the device just plain untrustworthy.

Comment: deeper problems than complexity (Score 2) 716

by sdinfoserv (#49028879) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?
I've made several attempts to use Linux for the desktop... all have failed. Worse than being too complex, after 20 years of development, it fails the ‘just work’ test. I’m a techie by trade, a programmer longer than I want to think about. I do network support, server support and mange a team. I have kids, a wife, home interests.. I don’t have the time or patience to futz with computer problems when an install or an app refuses to function. When I was younger, I enjoyed the hack to make it work. That was 20 years ago. Now it annoys me. I just want it to work. After 20 years of Linux development there needs to be some level of maturity, stability, uniformity.. It needs to just work without having to hack it for the casual user to accept it. unfortunately, Linux doesn't pass that bar. I’m done with Linux at home. It’s nothing more than a toy for hackers who want to tweak. For people who just want their stuff to work, Linux is not the answer..

Comment: The good old days are now... (Score 1) 840

Well: corporate manufacturing bids out components to attain the cheapest by a fractional cent costs – often from 3rd world suppliers using sub-par components final goods are specifically designed to wear out requiring replacement – Labor costs of actually fixing broken things exceeds the cost of just buying new one cheap ass ones. Consumers perpetuate the problem by refusing to pay more for reliable items. This results in the growth of Walmart and the decline of high quality merchants outside of boutique locations or niche markets Hell, look at the GM V6 – the home garage mechanic can’t even replace the spark plugs because the motor needs to rocket for plug access. Now – combine all these trends and this twit author is going to somehow blame people who grew up in a post disposable world? I’ll bet his house is filled with new cheap disposable shit too. So, rather than spending your weekend screwing with some $40 vacuum that broke, throw it, buy a new one and spend some quality time with your kids. Go fishing, teach them something, go have fun - They'll be better off and so will you.

"Your attitude determines your attitude." -- Zig Ziglar, self-improvement doofus