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Comment: Re:To the editors (Score 1) 44

by umghhh (#49762625) Attached to: Software Patch Fixes Mars Curiosity Rover's Auto-focus Glitch
I do not know this so I am guessing but it may be that the number of people that are so limited (deep Asperger and any such)) as to not care about anything other than 'how' is limited which means that as the /. crowd grew, they became increasingly outnumbered. You may be displeased by this of course but if you are old enough you will understand that this is unavoidable. I dislike all the information foam around subjects too. I still learned how to cope. Filter the necessary stuff yourself it is not that difficult. BTW: In some cases the infofoam carries some vital clues needed to communicate with the rest of humanity. I did not believe that either but painful lessons of the past taught me to change my perspective.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 1) 156

by umghhh (#49755103) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
there are some studies that show that good students can benefit from contact with weak ones. OC this must not be a contact with drug dealing bullies that are out of control etc. US society problems is not only with its penitentiary. No amount of money thrown at US military will stop the rot that spreads inside. The fireworks over every capitol that US decided to teach a lesson were spectacular tho.

Comment: Re:Are you saying that criminals don't exist? (Score 1) 156

by umghhh (#49755061) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
How come Finns or Danes do not have these quite serious and real problems that you describe? I am sure one can pick many other nations but even the corrupt and barbaric Russians do not look at US of A for the successful, effective and ethical way to deal with criminals but rather to Switzerland.

Comment: Re:Not the Issue (Score 1) 156

by umghhh (#49755031) Attached to: 'Prisonized' Neighborhoods Make Recidivism More Likely
One you have to admit - if the bloody (rather incompetent hypocrites pretending to be) puritans went all the way and executed every criminal that the court decided is guilty, the problem with recidivism would disappear for good. Other than that US as a folk could have looked at some other countries how they deal with the problems the society has - only the US citizens in its entirety do not want to look elsewhere. This could destroy their illusion of being superior to everybody however so no chance of it happening and if so then no huge enough group of politicians can gather and change the rules of the game. Not only in penitentiary but also judiciary and also in social support systems etc But that is communism and serves the enemy or even Putin.
If one looks at other areas where US think being superior and acts like it were the results are quite bad to disastrous. One can be excused thinking that at one point their economic system dominated by finance and military complex may become unable to cope with global challenges. Romans did not have WMD. I wonder if that was good or bad. I guess it depends....

Comment: Re:Why not just... (Score 1) 375

by umghhh (#49737773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
I have worked with systems that had hard coded networking parts that were used for software management i.e. mostly installs and upgrades. In test environment we had multiple machines connected to one start server trough the switch. In some configs we had different vlans to make man installs going trough in such env. You can automate this either way. The question is:why would you and if so how would you go about it in a secure way (that is not the original question tho is it?). In some situations it is desired not to have a connection to wider networks. This is not meant as protection but one more level of difficulty for intruder - s/he has to physically plug their dirty cables into the virgin slot. OC usually this is a major vulnerability - most of such devices have no protection whatsoever, produced by SW plumber from Zamunda for spare cents ears ago when they did not about Putin palladium hackers nor NSA democracy fighters etc, no consideration and no competence enforced protective measures - you can install whatever you want if you have physical access. I wonder if this is the case here. I hope not but we know how that works...
Do we know anybody who updates software to those nifty highway toll cameras? I am sure with some digging the credentials are root/root or some other such....

Comment: Re:Why not just... (Score 1) 375

by umghhh (#49737531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
In the corp I work for they had an education program for engineers like cisco and shit. Some people went but then cost cutting machine came, after that only internal courses were offered. Some went for that too. Both classes of people were as useless as managers at talking about networking issues. The fun part was fixing all different types of loops at customer suites during epic installation battles. Good that our customers were (so far) as clueless as the rest of us here are. Bottom line - the networking stuff on the level where you actually understand the question and why the post is a bit odd, goes where all other serious skill-sets went : to the cellar, where they came out from, many many years ago. I would have won lots of lots of 20$ if you were working with us :)

Comment: Re:nature will breed it out (Score 1) 950

Two things.
One is this: nature does not work like you guys think it does. Its power is in producing apparently senseless types like us mama's basement dwellers because they may at some point in time be important for survival of the species. As unlikely as it may sound to you. If that were not so we would not have gays among us because they would be die off. We still have them around.
Second thing is this: I am a basement type (have my own by now), I dislike social environs because they confuse me and I see no point in casual conversations in such setups, most of the normalos do not enjoy conversations with me all that much either so all is well. Yet I managed to get involved 'romantically' anyway and to pass on my genes. Well to be true I did not run the test so I just think I did - still I had some warm body to play with and reproduce. I returned to my basement years ago and go out only for exercise, work, food acquisition and some such, I also give up my basement life style when kids are around. So both things happen - random deviation in how genetic makeup works produce all different sorts of beasts and even the least attractive beast (from the perspective of majority) can find another beast ready to cooperate in reproduction like activities that, even if only accidentally, may actually produce offspring.

Programming is an unnatural act.