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Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405 405

The hateful pricks get that way when they stay somewhere too long or feel like they have no options. I'm closer to being old than being young and I LOVE having that youthful energy around me. It keeps me enthused about the stuff I love (and sometimes forget to love because I'm mired in the bureaucracy that is required to make it possible).

On the wrong day, it sounds like bitching, but, really, it's like a horse chopping at his bit: Come on, you old bastard, LET'S DO THIS. I want to do it, I really do, but give me a chance to do the paperwork and get my old bones moving.

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405 405

This is how a civil society survives. It takes a generation to enact a radical new idea, because the oldsters resist the change long enough to let the youngsters really think it over. Progress can be good, but it can also be bad. It takes time to learn that.

The young people get pissed because patience is not innate, it is learned. Eventually, (hopefully) the young will get to be old and the cycle repeats itself.

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405 405

Large corporations have, largely, ignored IM until it could be managed like Lync (or O.C.). Yes, XMPP and the like have been around for years, but uptake has been, mostly, limited to smaller corps. AIM, ICQ and other externally hosted IM services are taboo is larger environments (due to data exfiltration concerns).

Comment: Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405 405

I've made it personal policy to not return unexpected emails immediately. I might read the email, but I won't immediately respond to it or address it if it is not a priority by my reckoning.

I don't even decline last-minute unsolicited meeting requests until the next working day. As a salaried professional in upper management, I believe that I've earned the right to manage my time and resources as I see fit. Fortunately, I work for an executive staff who agree with me, so the others who disagree with MY standards for time management are, invariably, told to pound salt.

I also hate phone conversations that will set some sort of precedent. I'm perfectly content to collect data to make a decision via phone conversation (I will often also rehash the conversation via email to give the other party an opportunity to clarify or readdress my perspective), but I do not like to debate a position in a voice conversation unless I'm very well prepared. It's probably just my communication style, but I'm aware of my fallacies and try to adjust my processes to minimize their impact.

Of course, having said all that, true emergencies exercise all potential exceptions. Again, I've earned the authority to determine what constitutes an emergency. My CEO might complain about the order in which I address his concerns, but he grants me the discretion to do so. (Yes, I know I'm very fortunate in that regard.)

+ - Mozilla Wants To Deprecate Non-Secure HTTP

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today announced its intent to phase out non-secure HTTP, and that it will be making some proposals to the W3C WebAppSec Working Group soon. Specifically, the company says it is committed to "new development efforts on the secure web and to start removing capabilities from the non-secure web." Richard Barnes, Firefox's security lead, emphasized the company needs to work with the broader Internet community to achieve this ambitious objective. "Since the goal of this effort is to send a message to the web developer community that they need to be secure, our work here will be most effective if coordinated across the web community," Barnes said, and then outlined Mozilla's plans as two-fold, though details on how exactly Firefox will be impacted are still unclear.

Comment: Re:Keep it Vintage (Score 2) 281 281

So far, you're the only one who gets it. Take one nice example and stick it in a museum or tour the shows with it (whatever it is). Crush or upgrade the rest.

Old cars and computers are garbage, simply because the market drove manufacturers to improve their game. There might a styling or nostalgia angle to an old product's appeal, but no one wants to live with a stock Model A in today's environment. However, that same Model A with a modern drivetrain, chassis and interior provides the best of both worlds. And can be very pleasant to gaze upon...

A perfect example is when Ford bought Jaguar. They tossed all the unreliable and overly complicated crap and replaced it with production-ready hardware, while keeping most of the kitsch that people seek. Never in my life have I seen so many 10+ year old Jags still on the road (and not on the side of the road) and it's simply because there's a plain old v8 engine sitting in the front and decently-engineered technology beneath the knick-knacks.

Comment: Re:same as before, use Cat5 (Score 1) 132 132

+1 Hillbilly

Aw heck with that, I pull wires for a living. Last thing I wanna do when I get home is pull more wires. I had a gaping hole in the plaster from where I installed a new bathroom door (plaster in old houses is so hard to keep from cracking into a larger hole than you wanted), so I just pulled a random 50' cat5 cable I had lying around. It travels across the attic and out to a WiMax antenna on a pole on my roof. (I share a network between my house & my shop 2 blocks away; it works pretty awesome, and it's a lot cheaper than a VPN. Plus as a bonus I only have one Internet acct to pay for.)

I later mudded up the hole (family was visiting, so it was a last minute repair) with this blue cat5 cable sticking out randomly. Then I felt bad about it, so I screwed a wall plate over it to look like there was a box in there. Then I just dragged my desk in front of it.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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