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Comment: Games (Doom) helped me into an IT career (Score 3, Informative) 169

by t0qer (#49753467) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

So it was 1993. My friends and I all loved video games, consoles, etc. In '92 we had all gotten hooked on Wolfenstien, and most of us already had computers cobbled together from things begged, borrowed and stolen. We spent days tweaking our config.sys and autoexec.bats to get the most of what little ram we had. (himem.sys, load TSR high) Then Doom came out.

We started doing dial up games almost immediately. Then one day one of our friends tells us about LANNING a game. We all bought into it, getting 3c509c's? Ahh those days, magelink for transferring maps, loading ipxodi, lots of fun. "WHO UNPLUGGED THE TERMINATOR?"

From there a lot of us went to tech support for the then blossoming ISP industry, and from that we went on to desktop support, and bigger and greater things. I owe my career to video games.

Comment: It is worth it. (Score 1) 267

by t0qer (#49622257) Attached to: Is It Worth Learning a Little-Known Programming Language?

They might not be programming languages per se, but I've spent a lot of time with autohotkey, NSIS, apple applescript and the like. The one thing all of these have in common is quick, clean looking applications with a narrow degree of focus; automation and deployment.

I've done some pretty nice tricks with them, mostly from a IT side of things. I've done a few applications with autohotkey. One startup I worked at couldn't really customize their helpdesk system, but wanted more info from tickets. I made a nice little app that took it from editing a txt file, to a few tabs of checkboxes, radio buttons, etc that would copy the answers to the clipboard.

Automator has helped me tons, especially when creating apple accounts. I started with a script I found, and I've been customizing it for our own needs within the company. We have a few services that only have a web interface to administrate them. Using the appleIDautomator script as a base, I've been able to tweak it to set these up as well.

Finally did an active directory rollout a few weeks back and needed to bundle meraki, bit9, and forsit's profile migrator. Bundled all 3 setups in NSIS. I've done even better installers than that with NSIS. I took a 7 server JBOSS application, bundled mysql, apache, etc and made an installer that even did CRC checks on the files post install. Meh, it did all kinds of crazy stuff, changed the machine name, added entries to the hosts file. It cut the install time down from 40 hours to 4.

Comment: Re:seems like a back door (Score 1) 566

by t0qer (#46952467) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

I currently work for a company wrought with H1-B abuse. Scam goes like this.

Passover a bunch of US resumes/candidates.
Recruit someone from India
Promise them a $100k+ salary.

2 months later.
"Sorry, but you're not as good as what you're getting paid, how about you take a pay cut or quit?"

At this point the H1-B has "If I quit, I have to pack up in 30 days and go home" running through their head, so they accept.

The sad thing is, they expect US workers to be just as complacent as their H1-B counterparts. I won't, I've had to fight hard the last year just to not get screwed over. I've had enough, I'm so tired of it, that I'm going to file a WH-4 with the department of labor on my employer. Someone needs to tell them this is not OK.

The actual H1-B workers, they're hardworking, good people, but the system has been setup to screw them. This needs to change.

Comment: Sync Licensing. (Score 1) 490

by t0qer (#46585989) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Mechanical, compulsory is easy licensing to deal with. Not really much restrictions on the distribution format. Sync licensing on the other hand gives the artist the right to dictate which methods of distribution are allowed. So if an artist says, "NO STREAMING" there will be no streaming.

There. TL;DR;'d that for ya.

Comment: The real reason FB has an officer. (Score 3, Interesting) 235

by t0qer (#46431899) Attached to: Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

I work down the street from their menlo park/willow road campus. Right now Facebook is building an apartment complex across the street from HQ. They've promised to only rent 10% of the apartments to their employees with the other 90% being offered to the general public at market rate.

Despite the nice sounding name, Menlo Park's east side is akin to East Palo Alto. Slum neighborhoods, crime, ghetto. With the influx of google/facebook employees however the neighborhood is slowly gentrifying.

I think facebook wants to turn the neighborhood into something more appealing for their employees.

Comment: What would happen if they just let it meltdown? (Score 0) 157

by t0qer (#46305299) Attached to: Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

Just curious,

Instead of pumping in (then polluting) seawater, why not just let the thing meltdown? It would essentially bury the fuel. After it drops down a 1000' or so, fill the hole in with cement. I wouldn't be too worried about volcanic eruptions, radiation is what keeps the earth core nice and soft.

Comment: What makes an OS realtime? (Score 1) 64

by t0qer (#46299399) Attached to: BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

Had a friend ask me this once. I honestly couldn't come up with an answer. You look at the nuts and bolts of O/S's both realtime and non realtime, and it's basically all the same stuff, with more emphasis given to lower transaction times. Is it just a buzzword? Not trying to troll, but if someone has a definitive answer I'd love to hear it.

Comment: ASCAP/BMI/SESAC/SOUNDEXCHANGE (Score 2) 118

by t0qer (#46251323) Attached to: Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

These are the 4 agencies you have to pay royaltees to.

I've seen the rates. Altogether it's about $6k per year to stream your standard shoutcast style station. When streamers like spotify, etc have revenues in the millions, that's a drop in the bucket.

The only time there is a sabot in the gears is when it's video. Then your standard mechanical/compositional licenses fees are required, and on top of that a Sync license is required which adds an entire clusterfuck of problems. With non-sync you just pay the 4 agencies, but none of them collect Sync rights. You have to track down every person involved in the production to get permission to stream any music with video in it.

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