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Comment: Push for a Fast Track Process (Score 1) 294

by sinequonon (#46783219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board
After many years of working with a CAB, my suggestion is to work with them but try to push for a Fast Track process that will allow you to apply lightweight changes with low risk. It will cut your struggles with the bureaucracy considerably. Also, when appropriate, try to bundle changes together into larger block releases, rather than taking through many small revisions.

Comment: Don't patent laws still apply? (Score 1) 212

by sinequonon (#46081495) Attached to: Edward Snowden Says NSA Engages In Industrial Espionage
The consideration of whether an idea should be considered "stolen" depends in good part on what use it is put. Regardless of whether economic secrets are being stolen and by whom, patent laws should still apply. Hopefully, that will have to serve to protect a company's investment in their R&D, as long as the law is applied at an international level. Even with hopes for patent reform, there is clearly still a need.

Comment: Sample rocks on the moon (Score 1) 161

Samples of such rocks may still be in lying pristine condition on the Moon. Their DNA won't have survived due to cosmic ray bombardment, but we may still find interesting information about early life. One day we'll send a robotic surface explorer to look... I hope.

Comment: Stick to Obscure Subjects (Score 1) 372

by sinequonon (#45218229) Attached to: Wikipedia's Participation Problem
If you don't want to deal with unpleasant editors and revert wars, your best bet is to stick with obscure subjects and try to follow the house rules for style and referencing. You can accomplish quite a lot that way with very little difficulty. Editing controversial or popular articles is asking for much unpleasantness, unless that's what really you want.

Comment: Turn off your devices (Score 1) 477

by sinequonon (#45081937) Attached to: HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You
Once our company forced us to stop telecommuting and come in to the office, it strongly incentivised turning off my remote devices (work pager, work cell-phone, work laptop, &c.) once I got home. If I'm spending two extra hours each day (10 hours a week) just commuting, that's enough of a commitment.

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