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Comment: Long Term Benefits (Score 2) 263

by shadowknot (#46336513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?
I took a pay cut to move in to the digital forensics field in 2007 mainly because of the large volume of included training that was offered and the prospect of increased salaries in the future. I feel that it paid off, I got to learn a great deal about a field I was unsure of using software I could never have afforded to purchase on my own. Self study is how I've learned most things in my career but there really is something to be said for having access to experienced real-world professionals.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Comment: Distributed Systems? Bah! (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by shadowknot (#46046163) Attached to: Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion
The truth is that IBM's primary server market has never been its x86 offerings. The pSeries and System z market is much more lucrative what with engine licensing (CP, IFL etc) and massively expensive platform specific operating systems (z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, AIX etc) along with decades old products like CICS powering the vast majority of the financial world. I work closely with a contractor who worked for IBM for nearly four decades and his attitude to the distributed world is likely representative of a general antipathy to x86 on the server side within IBM (though I have no evidence other than him to back that up!) I suspect though, that the fact they can focus on "real" servers on the hardware side will probably be seen as good by most in Endicott.

Comment: Part of the reason I left (Score 2) 2

As soon as I saw the headline I knew this would be about the UK. Free speech is a precious commodity there and having an opinion that does not fit the current definition of politically correct is, literally, a crime. I certainly don't support hateful speech such as that exhibited in this example but the right to free speech no matter how egregious, disgusting or abhorrent we find it should never be abridged. I had a prolonged discussion/argument with some of my British friends about this one time and they honestly couldn't see the potential danger this precedent sets. What happens when the government changes and criminalizes you saying something you're passionate about and end up being prosecuted for thought crimes. It really is as if people have no idea what Ingsoc is.

+ - Men arrested for 'anti-Semitic' comments on Twitter, after football game-> 2

Submitted by magic maverick
magic maverick (2615475) writes "Reuters reports that three men were arrested for posting anti-Semitic comments on Twitter following the English Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United in October, police said on Friday.

Two men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested on Thursday in London and in Wiltshire, while a 48-year-old man was arrested at his home in Canning Town in London last week on suspicion of inciting racial hatred. The investigation following the match on October 6 was triggered by complaints about tweets that referred to Hitler and the gas chambers.

I guess it goes to show, you'd be stupid to use your real name, or identifying details on Twitter. Perhaps the British should also work on reforming their laws on free speech (or lack there of)."
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+ - Slackware 14.1 Released

Submitted by shadowknot
shadowknot (853491) writes "Patrick Volkerding announced the release of Slackware 14.1 today: "Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.1!" The latest release features a 3.10.17 kernel as well as the KDE 4.10.5 and Xfce 4.10.1 desktop environments. Slackware 14.1 also marks the first major release to feature MariaDB in favor of MySQL in the light of ongoing licensing concerns with the latter."

Comment: Re:Why is he special? (Score 1) 180

by shadowknot (#45361423) Attached to: French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

erm, he isn't putting any money up - he's sued all those newspapers and made more cash than a nazi war criminal's swiss bank account!

And now, I guess he's spent it all so .. its off to the courts to say how dreadful these images and videos are still on the internet and unless Google (or whoever) pulls them off, he'll receive another £1000 per day.

Frankly, for the amount of cash he screwed out of the papers, I'd let some fat german chick whip me.

Clumsy wording on my part, I consider spending a buttload of money on a legal case to suppress information that's out in public a sort of indirect use of hush money. I suspect that the option several people have already suggested will have to suffice, provide a message to all users originating searches from French IP blocks. If the French courts think they can compel Google to enact this on a global level, they're dreaming however.

Comment: Re:Why is he special? (Score 1) 180

by shadowknot (#45360841) Attached to: French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

He was engaging in private consensual acts that harmed no one and are nobody elses business. For that he was crucified in British tabloids to the point where he had to battle in courts and in media for months just in order to keep his job. I believe he won the court case and got quite a tidy sum from News of the World and in revenge he helped bankroll the court expenses of claimants in the phone tapping case against the paper which finally killed it. IMHO fair play to him. Going after google is a bit ridiculous though but not as ridiculous as the French law that apparently allowed him to win the case.

I completely agree, he hurt nobody but himself and I agree privacy should be protected. He won his case against that rat infested, mercifully now passed, den of knuckle-dragging imbeciles that was The News of the World and that was the right decision. As a private citizen he can do whatever he likes so long as it doesn't violate the rights of others as far as I'm concerned. There comes a point, however, when the cat's out of the bag and no matter how much money or power you have (or think you have) you're not going to squash it being exposed, especially in a world of near-instant global communication. I think old Max should just embrace it, give it up and realize that it's out there and it's never going away. Maybe if your public image is so precious then make a wise choice and don't engage in such activities or realize that if you do it could get out and ruin you, even if you win your case against whomever leaked evidence of your actions.

Comment: Re:Why is he special? (Score 4, Interesting) 180

by shadowknot (#45358119) Attached to: French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley
It also doesn't help his case that he's the son of a noted British fascist leader. Dressing up like a Nazi to get your rocks off when your dad was a Mussolini-loving totalitarian probably isn't a good idea, no matter how much hush money you think you can put up to keep it quiet. Interesting though that the FIA is based in France, I wonder if the courts had any incentive to rule in his favor eh?

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