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Comment: The Guardian article is not accurate (Score 5, Informative) 476

by taikedz (#46713993) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Reading the original article on Les Echos.fr, it seems to me this is not law but an agreement between a coalition of enterprise owners and the unions - they've signed an agreement to implement this.

La semaine dernière, après six mois de négociation, le patronat des sociétés d’ingénierie et de conseil et des bureaux d’études (Syntec et Cinov) a signé avec la CFDT et la CGC (56% de leurs salariés à elles deux) un avenant à l’accord de 1999 sur les 35 heures qui pourrait avoir valeur d’exemple.

"Last week, after six months of negotiation, [ a union of ] bosses of engineering, consulting and design departments (Syntec and Cinov) signed with CFDT and CGC [workers' unions] (56% of their joint workforce) an ammendment to the 1999 agreement on the right to 35 hour working week which could set an example [to the rest of the country?]."

A third union that didn't sign, the CGT, is actually deploring the fact that it still has a loophole allowing it to be ignored, and a previous agreement between the two camps to try and improve working conditions was struck down by a court of law:

Cela suffira-t-il à convaincre les juges? L’avenant est un nouvel épisode du feuilleton juridique, que les signataires espèrent être le dernier dans leur profession. En avril 2013, la Cour de cassation avait invalidé le précédent dispositif, jugeant le contrôle de l’amplitude et de la charge de travail insuffisant.

Will it be enough to convince the judges? The amendment is a new episode in this jurisdiction saga, which the signatories hope to be the last in their profession. In April 2013, a high court rejected their last attempt, judging that the control of the amplitude and amount of work insufficient.

French journalistic style is not as easy to decipher as English-language journalism -- the French style is very fond of appearing as literary as possible. I'll post extra translations at some point if anybody wants.

Comment: Pro tips for beginners confuses beginners (Score 1) 162

by taikedz (#46685267) Attached to: Judge (Tech) Advice By Results

I'd phrase it like this:

If the advice you gave was too difficult to follow, you didn't take your audience into account. / If the advice they need requires extra knowedge/effort, be there to help them implement.

On the whole however I think the idea is spot on. Could do with some <h1> and <h2> lines to help the TL;DR crowd.

Comment: No, just give them Free, Ope Sourced LibreOffice (Score 1) 226

by taikedz (#46684101) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

TDF should be pushing their scriptable LibreOffice, and point out the benefits of not having to purchase it either now or in the future, the freedom of open formats, and also the benefits from a "smart kids" point of view to giving them an open-sourced office suite they can tinker with.

If companies see value in using Microsoft's full suite and stack, more power to them both. In the mean time, from an educational, budget and general open formats point of view, LibreOffice is the way to go.

Heck, if it's about kids' programming skills, and if the kids think they can improve the scriptability of the application itself, they could even submit their own patches and features to LO. Not so with MSO.

Comment: some notes (Score 1) 186

by taikedz (#46671197) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

I know you've said you're trying to avoid screwing it up, but if you want, the CentOS wiki is pretty good for explaining what and why, and since it's a kernel firewall, it applies to Ubuntu too. In fact, I suspect all other "firewall tools" are basic GUI frontends to iptables. If you are indeed concerned about firewalling (though not quite as concerned as crypto-specialists), you probably at least want to have a go at it manually with some easy to understand notes

When in doubt, try it on a virtual machine of course.

I put together a general, documented, script that I run on all my new installs; comment out any lines you don't need. nixCraft has some notes on restarting the Ubuntu iptables/firewall under what I assume is upstart.

Comment: RollbaIs there anywhere that /does/ do rollback? (Score 1) 199

by taikedz (#46516465) Attached to: A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Where have we seen in consumer space the ability to rollback an uncompleted install? Once it's installed, the only way back is to find a previous installer, nuke, and reinstall.

This has been standard IT procedure since Microsoft invented "service packs."

Indeed, and since way before too.

It used to be that you never went for the x.0. Nowadays, we have to be wary of getting any x.y.0

+ - Ask Slashdot: Did Ubuntu for Munch Citizens Fly or Flop? 1

Submitted by taikedz
taikedz (2782065) writes "A few months ago, the Linux community was awash with pride as the City of Munich responded to Windows XP's EOL by offering Ubuntu installation CDs for free. It was a triumph in the choice of Free Software over the most significant prorpietary software vendor in desktop space.

That EOL date is still looming, but we've had scant news since. The media has moved swiftly on, and no updates relating to this have appeared recently — at least, not in publications in Englisch.
Did the citizens take up the offer?
How many people converted their machines?
Did local computer consultants sudddenly get a surge of requests for help installing Ubuntu?

Or was this apparent win actually a quiet fail?

Did giving an alternate operating system away do anything in the bid to wrest computers from the dying grip of Windows XP?"

Comment: Choose whatever you can support over the phone (Score 1) 287

by taikedz (#46433981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Nevermind what the distro or the desktop environment is (well, within reason). So long as you can help her, even on the end of a crackly phone line, it's fine.

When installing for any non-techie, Desktop Environment aside, show them how to find their browser and applications, show them how to find the file manager, and install Synapse so that they can search for pretty much anything (for bonus points, set the Synapse shortcut to something simple like Super+Space). Basically, give them their starting points, and show them how to search.

Whether you choose to move your mother/relative/neighbour to KDE, Xfce, GNOME 3 or even Unity if you like (or even Windows or Mac at that) it has no bearing. Once you have set them up and you have installed the applications and configured all shortcuts, it's you who needs to know the system.

I support my dad on his Mac (he's die-hard Mac which is why I haven't moved him to Linux) piloting him blind because I know the system inside out, I know if he clicks in one place, I can predict the set of dialogs he'll see. I use Manjaro Xfce for Linux because it's install-once and sufficiently light. When setting up for a non-technician, I customize shortcuts my way, show them the ropes in person and hand them a cheat sheet based on my setup choice. If they mail me or call me, I know how to pilot them back to safety.

Comment: Get a head start by self-teaching (Score 1) 451

by taikedz (#46423969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

First off - if you're happy with your current role, why leave? Greener grass, etc. Talk to people in the area of activity first to get an idea of what it's like. The "private sector" (if there is much distinction) may work at a different pace with different imperatives than what you're used to, and the difference will be more business politics than actual technological differences/merit.

Secondly, what industry do you want to work with? I've worked 2nd level and 1st level support, mainly enterprise and some helpdesk, in a variety of industries; some experiences were enjoyable on average complex tech, some tech was amazin but for dull projects or industries... Make sure you're iterested in what the technology is applied to, and not just the technology itself. Applying great server products to manage a ball-bearing packing facility is not necessarily the most enriching experience after a few months, since most of the time it will just be maintenance.

Thirdly, if you want to learn about Microsoft products, you'll either need to shell out for them yourself, or find a job that makes use of them. Most likely is indeed tech support, from an entry level perspective. I can tell you that some support jobs teach you little by way of actual tech, some teach you lots, depending on the support level, and whether you're supporting users or integrators. Be on the lookout for technologies that interest you within the job descriptions, and go after those.

Finally, to learn about the underlying technologies before you can buy the software licenses, you would still do well to have a look at setting up enteprise Linux systems. I know you said you like Microsoft products but hear me out - administrative skills, troubleshooting, and many network-related tasks translate directly across platforms. You could be on CentOS, Ubuntu Server, Windows 200x server or OS X Server; from an administrative, and infrastructure and maintenance point of view, it's the same difference. Examples are setting up such things as web servers, SSL, LDAP, network troubleshooting, data migration, backup, SMTP server setup, database configuration, app server clustering, etc; and some non-technology stuff like change management, some minor project management, requirements gathering, system design, etc.

You can't teach yourself Enterprise stuff straight on Microsoft products on a hobbyist budget. Or you can, but it's an expensive hobby, which is why the normal route if you really want to pursue Microsoft tech, would be to change job. Your other option would be to convince your employer to invest in Microsoft.

But if it's specifically for your spare time, Linux is definitely what you want to look into.

Comment: War on factories - aw yeah (Score 1) 401

by taikedz (#46266207) Attached to: US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

"We have investigated US and allied European factories and found that they constituted weapons of mass desctruction posing a threat the security and safety of the world.

"We have declared war on these rogue factories, drones will be sent to all related company towns, and blackops have been deployed to known CEOs mountain hideaways in the Alps."

...one mused.

Never trust an operating system.

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