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Comment Re:ZFS v31+ at last? (Score 4, Informative) 224

While ZFS at v28 has proven to be both a lot of fun and very useful for many of us, the updates since (first available for general use with Solaris 11 Express last year I believe) add a few really nice features

Careful, they've also abruptly removed a few really nice features in later versions that have caused major headaches for me and many others. For example the "aclmode" property was completely removed from version 31 - completely breaking a lot of deployments that made extensive use of ACLs. Version 33 released today with Solaris 11 thankfully restores that feature after significant outcry from affected customers (I believe Illumos went forward and restored it on their own as well) - but the damage has been done in a lot of cases.

Just a word of warning to be very careful before running "zpool upgrade" as Oracle's philosophy on backward compatibility and stability of existing features seems to be quite different than that of Sun.

Comment Re:*crickets chirping* (Score 1) 224

ZFS development has moved to FreeBSD.

Last I checked the most recent ZFS on-disk version available for FreeBSD was quite old. ZFS development has been picked up in earnest by Illumos as of late with a lot of backing from companies like Nexenta and Joyent.

Comment Re:Sincerity? (Score 1) 372

There are factories in the US building small volume high quality sports cars, Viper, Corvette, CTS, CTS-V (coupe, sports wagon, sedan), BMW, Audi, plus lower volume companies and aftermarket makers like Panoz

Every example cited there has the resources and capital of a large multi-national corporation from which to source parts and spread development/production costs of low-volume models over. Except for Panoz, which sources complete drivetrains and many other bits wholesale from Ford. Not an apples/apples comparison IMO.

Comment Re:You don't. (Score 3, Interesting) 659

Truth. Any extra resources in the public school system - which let's face it, there are no "extra" resources in our current public school system - are devoted to bringing those on the opposite end of the spectrum up to grade level. There are very few programs and opportunities to advance a gifted child within the system.

Public schooling in the US is not for gifted children. Your only viable options are home or private schooling. The child's opportunities for learning and enrichment are only going to be as good as the resources and involvement the parent can provide.

Comment Re:So, what are your vices? (Score 1) 366

But drunk drivers kill over 10,000 people a year.

Yup, and we as a society should have zero tolerance for drunk drivers, just as we should have zero tolerance for public smoking (which even by conservative estimates contributes to twice as many premature deaths per year in the US).

Your right to enjoy your vice stops where it impacts the health or life of another individual.

Comment Re:CS is part of IT (Score 1) 520

CS is programming.

Where did you go to school?

My "CS" University experience was quite different from yours, with four different emphasis tracks students could choose from - software engineering, computational theory, operating systems/hardware, and databases.

Yes, "programming" is a major component of all of those, but a proper computer science foundation will teach underlying fundamentals that a student could then apply equally well to most any skilled job in IT, from software engineering to systems administration. My computer science education was far from just "programming", and I'm thankful for it every day.

Comment What is lacking in your current solution? (Score 2) 384

Sounds like your current solution - "category" based filtering at the border combined with a strong company policy - is already more than adequate to cover most potential liability to the company.

The rest of your question sounds like you're using this legislation as an excuse to implement some downright draconian and invasive "productivity enforcement" measures that have nothing to do with the stated problem.

Comment It's called an Associates degree (Score 1) 913

... or maybe an "industry certification".

You will not receive a Bachelor's degree in the United States from an accredited university without somehow completing or receiving credit for general education requirements. You can argue the merits of this until you're blue in the face, but a bachelor's degree is generally _defined_ to be a well-rounded educational experience that consists of approximately four credit-years of instruction.

Even if the GE requirements were waived, you'd have a hell of a time coming up with 4 credit-years worth of instruction in your chosen field only - and "I don't want to" isn't going to fly as a valid reason for not meeting the minimum credit requirements to graduate.

Welcome to the real world.

Comment Re:Easy! (Score 1) 615

That's nuts. I hope its worth it. No trains or anything can take you? No ride sharing?

Sadly no. We made a conscious choice to move to a rural area to be closer to family and raise kids away from the city. There are certainly trade-offs with that, one of them being a longish commute for the schmuck who makes a living in enterprise IT. Not much "enterprise" close to home...

It's long in miles but low on stress - I pass more tractors than cars most mornings. I'd prefer this over 10 miles in gridlocked traffic.

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