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Comment Re:alternately: (Score 2) 492

I was working at Google when the borrowing owls showed up around 2008, it messed up the plans they had for the the big vacant lot next to Charleston Park. That place has a ton of gophers that are probably the staple of said owls. If I remember correctly they planed on making that space corporate housing, and yes the owls made it impossible.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 372

To be fair maybe the wife friends, parents, coworkers, other parents at school, etc... are dumb and can't check the dates and are applying the social pressure. Maybe the other children at school are calling the dad a man-whore. Maybe the husband had a bi-curious period years ago and is now being called out. Maybe the husband works for an uptight bigot boss. Nothing necessarily immoral by mainstream standards, but the individual consequences can be quite high.

Comment Re:i haven't bought a car in a while... (Score 1) 252

We are humans, not machines, as such we tend to be forgetful, or cannot predict things we will need by the end of the day.

I usually do groceries on my way back from work and have no room for bulky re-useable grocery bags, especially the cooler bags for frozen items. Sometimes I'll run an errand on my way to work and cannot store baby diapers on my desk either.

There is lots of stuff I keep in my car that make car sharing not desirable: tissue boxes are always full (allergies), extra pairs of sunglasses, hats for very sunny days, sun lotion, gum, water.

I also forget my phone or wallet once in a while in my car, I just take the elevator to get it back ... not so convenient with a shared car.

Comment Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 49

On port 80 it could be that they want to avoid issues with privilege ports. A good chunk of people will just run everything as root because it fixes the privilege port issue. I simply have our Ops team to configure authbind through Salt so that whatever user need to run the services can have access to the privilege ports required.

In all honesty if your application is not listening to the outside world directly, avoid using the privilege ports indeed. Your firewall/load balancer will get the port 80/443 requests and forward them to 8080 or 8443 (or whatever) for you. You can always configure nginx to listen on the privileged ports and do local forwarding.

I've had to deal with some pretty stupid secure configuration decisions such as:
  - switch ssh to port 22222 so it is harder to find in case of attacks ... on the internal network ... ugh.
  - remove the telnet client from the linux machines because "telnet is insecure" ... the client needs to be removed??? It's one of my go to tools to check connectivity with services, right after ping.

Cloud services are here to stay, and if you try to block them you will end up with your users going around your walls: block Box for file sharing and they will share with something shady you never heard of ... aka Shadow IT. So it is actually much better for you to embrace the 'grown up' cloud services that have proper security. There is a whole market for Cloud Security now and companies such as Skyhigh Networks that will help you Discover what services your company is actually using then help add a layer to enforce Data Loss Prevention policies for you. Now you become the guy that enabled them to get things done without risking the company intellectual property and not the grumpy old guy that gets in the way.

Disclaimer, I work for Skyhigh Networks.

Comment Re:cutting corners (Score 5, Interesting) 384

The contract includes fines for delays, and the Finns (no pun intended) have now charged Billions worth of 'late fees' to Areva. Areva promised the moon and can't deliver. It would be great if public projects in the US would include the same sort of strong rules as what the Finns did here. No more overtime and over budget as the norm when building roads and bridges. A project being late would mean that tax payer money would increase instead of dwindling.

Comment Re:Overly broad? (Score 3, Informative) 422

You have it wrong... there's no recommended daily dose of Refined sugar for sure.
You definitely need to eat products that contain sugars, or you will die.

I know that not eating fats and proteins will kill you, but not eating sugars (or at least extremely low quantities) will not kill you (I might be wrong, I'm not a doctor). For example Ketogenic diets have been studied for almost a 100 years by modern medicine, and is used very effectively to control epilepsy. A general public version is known as the Atkins Diet.

There are even some studies that suggest that such diets can protect against Alzheimers:

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat content diet in which carbohydrates are nearly eliminated so that the body has minimal dietary sources of glucose. Fatty acids are thus an obligatory source of cellular energy production by peripheral tissues and also the brain.

In the absence of glucose, the preferred source of energy (particularly of the brain), the ketone bodies are used as fuel in extrahepatic tissues.

there is evidence from uncontrolled clinical trials and studies in animal models that the ketogenic diet can provide symptomatic and disease-modifying activity in a broad range of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and may also be protective in traumatic brain injury and stroke

I don't have any specific citations but some believe that Alzheimers is like a form of brains diabetes, where the brain cells are no longer able to absorb sugars, which might be caused by modern high sugar diets. Switching to a Ketogenic diet, bypass the brain inability to feed on sugars and is fed ketone bodies instead, potentially reversing the symptoms.

Comment Re:more direct connection to producers (Score 1) 191

If i can buy a part directly from the manufacturer in China for $3.99, I'm not going to pay $11.99 for Amazon to deliver it to me or even $5.99 for an Ebay reseller.

The problem is, last time I wanted to get something through Alibaba, I had to order at least 10 times the amount I needed, or get a sample for 10 times the shipping costs through FedEx (or similar). I checked the shipping costs from china myself and they were correct. This made the transaction not worth it so I just waited 2-3 months for someone to buy in bulk to dilute the shipping cost and to resell in small quantities on eBay ... the middle man saved me money.
That was 2-3 years ago, but nowadays I see small items with low shipping costs on eBay. I also get daily spam in chinese now about similar items that I inquired 3 years ago, definitely through me trying to do business through Alibaba. For as much as I dislike having to use eBay, it is a much much better experience than Alibaba for the average person.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?