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Comment Re:So let me get this right (Score 1) 214

A truly authorative answer would come from somebody that is actually a subject matter expert on DNS. There are quite a lot of those as well.

Is there anything that a person more knowledgable about DNS can add to that conversation? Are any of the engineers of DNS capable of addressed english experts in the proper manner that will get their answer marked right or upvoted? Would any of those people answer my email?

I reached out to ESR because I thought he would answer, and he can present himself as knowledgeable of arcane rules of english. Not because he knew DNS.

Comment Re:So let me get this right (Score 1) 214

If you lack the domain knowledge, then you lack the skills and experience to make it happen. Then you might probably also lack the awareness and the business knowledge against what you are proposing, meaning you probably shouldn't propose it in the first place.

Well if the person lacks the domain knowledge of television engineering, but not the domain knowledge of IT, he certainly would not fail in a pure IT department if he has suceeded as an IT guy reporting to someone in television engineering. If the person making the proposal has basic understanding the television engineering field, domain expertise in IT, but lacks the domain knowledge of business, then maybe he just needs a starting point to know what questions the business stakeholders will ask. Once this person knows what questions a business stakeholder will ask to see if a proposal makes sense. he can do his own research to put forth a proposal.

Going back to my original example, he knows a separate IT department benefits him, or at least thinks he does. He knows he has to frame it in terms of how it benefits the business. So he wants to know what he doesn't know so he can form that argument.

Comment Re:So let me get this right (Score 4, Interesting) 214

Maybe he is simply a bad communicator in general, or bad at communicating to the business stakeholders. From his point of view it would be a good idea, because he sees IT as a separate discipline from engineering (in the sense of the particular discipline of television engineering I presume). He knows it would be better for him if he was in a separate IT department, but he doesn't know how to sell it to the business. There have been times where I felt I was right, but lacked the domain knowledge to make the case to the other side. For example, look at this question on english.stackexchange.com. I emailed ESR and requested he answer this question because I knew he had 1) good communication skills, 2) a better understanding of English and languages in general then I had, and 3) an understanding of DNS. While I am an OK communicator, I lack the in depth domain knowledge of linguistics to put forth an argument as eloquently as he does. To put it another way, pretend you wanted a raise. You know why its good for you, and you may understand why you are undervalued. However, you may not know how to sell it to your boss.

Comment Re:It's about the prices (Score 1) 353

Support those businesses that are doing the "right" thing -- EVEN IF IT COSTS A BIT MORE.

Agreed, but nothing wrong with looking for the cheapest price for a registrar that does the right thing. In the case of an ISP, it probably makes sense for paying extra for service. In the case of a registrar, one that is anti-SOPA doesn't have any more overhead than one that is pro-SOPA. Also, using a cheap registrar is not like fast food.

Comment Re:Mechanics next (Score 1) 145

I don't know about you, but I think I'm a better programmer because I can build a PC, and used to be a syadmin.

I can't say that knowing how to make my own cat-5 directly makes me a better coder. However, I know how to make software that sysadmins don't hate, and documentation they can read.

I would think if a mechanical engineer actually serviced a few cars, he or she would be more likely to design a car a mechanical wouldn't mind maintaining then one who only did mechanical simulations.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 530

While it's true that hording money and living off interest is pathological in an economic sense, that's a whole separate problem which is more sociological/psychological than having anything to do with the economics of free software.

Those people "hoarding" the money are investing it, so that money is getting loaned, spent and repaid. What it gets invested in might be suboptimal if it doesn't produce enough useful things, and capital, but hoarding wealth in the forms of investments is not intrinsically evil.

Comment Why not Opt-In encryption or sharing the keys? (Score 2) 242

Generally speaking, why not use a solution where you can opt-in or out of the encryption? There can be a a clear radio channel that all emergency responders in a jurisdiction can broadcast to unencrypted to, and encrypted ones when that's deemed necessary. I'm not sure where I stand on the encryption. Honestly, encryption might work if it was was weak enough where you could brute force after a certain period of time. While there are abuses for closed communication of LEO's, there are plenty of channels where that could occur. If a scrambled signal was available that would be encrypted long enough to not let burgulars know the cops were coming, but would show weeks later that the cops planted those drugs on the suspect, that seems like a good balance.

Comment Re:Just another offload. (Score 1) 158

Yes, let's look at that. AOL didn't just dump the netscape source code and walk away, they created the Mozilla Foundation and provided $2 million of initial financing. MF hit a jackpot with search bar royalties and while it's open source, virtually all development is from paid Mozilla employees.

This is a slightly different situation. First of all, they probably will be offering some form of hand-off beyond "here's the latest source code on a thumb drive." It might not be $2 million dollars, but it should be something. Second, they are handing it off to an existing foundation, that doesn't need to bootstrap itself. Third, this is a developer tool, not a browser. The target audience has a higher percentage of potential contributors.

Comment Re:yes sir! (Score 1) 212

Worse is their yes man attitude. You can't get these guys to provide any useful input, when they think their input might conflict with that from somebody "above them". It doesn't seem like these guys can overcome that part of their military training.

Some bosses will like that. I dropped out of school and had to work my way through a few years of hell desk and system administration before I ended up being a programmer. While my ability to question orders and think outside of the box got me off helpdesk, it got me in a lot of trouble at first. I still keep in contact with that company, and I can tell you for sure that I would not be able to survive in that particular NOC the way its run today, but an ex-military guy would do great there.

Comment Re:good or bad? (Score 1) 147

My boss's boss worked for reagan. I seriously doubt that you had anything to do with reagan or know even a fraction of what transpired under him. reagan DID attack BC. In fact, reagan did a lot of things that so few realize.

Care to cite something he did that was anti-BC?

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