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Comment Randomization Between Accounts (Score 1) 339

I use a separate random user/password for each online account. If I post comments to "angryITworkers.com" (example), and the uid/password gets compromised, there's little to worry about. It cannot be used to access my bank account or other resources. Invalidate the compromised account, and damage will be very limited.

Comment ...And Exactly What It Gets Us (Score 2) 1167

At my company, even the existing "non-overtime / exempt" allows the employer to put forth such abuse to IT employees that there were 4 recorded suicides out of the same building in a year. Oh... and that was when they treated their employees "better".

When you have a situation where an employer can ask for any number of hours as a condition of employment, it is ripe for abuse. It prolongs the buffer zone in which they can lay off IT workers, and pile the work on so 12-16 hour days are not uncommon. Meanwhile the folks left deal with the stress of the workload, no personal time for non work related responsibilities, and the constant nag in the back of their mind: "I'm I next to get the pink slip?" At a minimum, I know of several folks--including myself--developing stress related illness. Some of this is non-recoverable and will take years off your life.

My recommendation is to send the legislation straight to /dev/null, throw these buggers out at the next election, and push for actual improvements in working conditions. (Obviously things will have to be sequenced carefully to avoid an even stronger corporate rush to off-shore more IT work.)


Change (n) - The actualization of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Comment In IT and Why I Hate It. (Score 1) 960

Quite a few reasons I'm not a fan of IT, though I work there:

1. The jobs where you get to be creative no longer exist*. I started as an application developer / coder and thoroughly enjoyed it. (Though the boredom did set in as 2k of the 3k source code modules were strictly profit reports.)

*Unless you have a Ph.D. in computer science AND 35+ years experience in technologies that were only out for 2 years.

2. Where I am currently, IT is cannon fodder for every reduction. (This has been going on 2-4 times a year for the last 12 years.) Given the constant increase in additional responsibilities, hours are often unpleasant. They can get away with it, thanks to a loophole that allows abuse of "exempt" employees on overtime pay: If you are in IT they can ask you to work 24 hours a day as a condition of your employment, no overtime.

3. While I'm a "knowledge worker" in a "specialized field", I spend 90% of my time fighting the "cookie cutter" workstation image which breaks my development and security related tools. (Never mind the hour and a half reboots, corrupted file systems, occasional A/V scans in the middle of the day, failed automated installs and other periodic checks that make the machine unusable for at least 2 additional hours of the day.)

Had I seen all this coming, I would have left programming as a hobby and found some other way to make a living.


Change (n) - The actualization of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

Comment Re:I'll use the equinox for official stuff, but... (Score 1) 454

I LOVE that! I should have registered that domain name when climate change started killing Florida weather. I always handled the mid-range forecasts better, IMO. I would have published my numbers and verification.

My big gripe is I like the ultimate hot in beach weather. We kind of have two seasons here if you're a warm water person: in (3-5 months) and out (7-9 months).

Take care...

Comment Re:Mandatory IBM Model M zealous fanatism in 3, 2, (Score 1) 362

That is very much me. The IBM Model-M is the only keyboard that lasts me more than a couple weeks. Back in the mid 90's, my IT dept was a little frustrated as I'd finish off the stock Dell and newer IBM keyboards in as little as 2 weeks. They finally found an old "M" and told me if I broke that one, there is no hope. When they talk about pounding code? Yes. Literally.

Take care...

Comment Re:Typing and Morse code (Score 1) 362

I agree: If you have to switch between keyboard and mouse frequently, it really does slow things down. For the sake of usability, I've always coded applications to fully support keyboard navigation and shortcuts. Poor application design often does have me turning a bit purple when I'm trying to get work done.

Having picked up on UNIX several years back, I also think that it's best practice to create command-line interface in addition to a GUI where practical. In my line of work, automation through shell scripts means getting the job done.

My learning started on the old Commodore computers, where I managed 80WPM on a modified hunt & peck. Later, I did take touch typing and was glad for it. (It makes it easy to spot mistakes as you type.) School had a range of equipment from the old mechanicals to IBM Selectrics and even newer models.

I know that the tablets and smartphones do require alternate methods. In my experience, the best one I've had was the palm Treo. With the touch screens it's a last resort to actually send information out on a smart phone. I still need my full sized keyboard.

Take care...

Comment And We--as a Public--Have a Right to Evidense (Score 1) 1123

I've heard of cases where people were charged for taping their arrests or interactions with police. I'd say if an officer compels an individual to not record the proceedings, the officer should be charged with obstruction of justice. The recording may have information pertinent should the case end up in court.

Comment Re:Environmentalism (Score 1) 593

Agreed: It is the estuaries and salt marshes. It's the coastlines that have the greatest biodiversity, and therefore the most activity. Most of the open ocean is quiet, when it comes to sea life. The shallow areas got the vegetation, the sunlight, etc. Sea grass cannot grow below a certain depth. It's these shallow muddy areas that fish thrive in, leave eggs, and birds feed. The water is warmer, and the sea grass beds are food for Manatees, as well as providing shallow warm areas to swim in.

What I saw in LA state made me and a buddy sick. I'd say 10 days, and it's here where I live.

I'll help with cleanup, but no more swimming, and time to sell everything off and immigrate to Australia.

Comment Re:This is horse shit (Score 1) 593

My taking is--if the emergency response equipment is not available--drilling should never have started. And, wow, I thought the Exxon Veldez was scary. Exxon was a one shot event. This gross misconduct is still going on, this very minute.

Some theorize the flow rate is even up to 4M gal/day. Recalling the Exxon Veldez, it was a one time shot of 10.8M petrol. This fiasco has been going on for > 30 days.

I really like the second paragraph, though I don't think it would adequately plug it. Maybe a layer of concrete--then toss them in--and more concrete.

Comment Mitigation? (Score 1) 593

Thirty-thousand horsepower pumps with high pressure drilling "mud", injected into the system, backwards. That is a lot of pressure feeding into ruptured pipes, which they think may be holding back the maximum flow. Could it make it worse? I'd say the possibility exists. It's an unknown.

As I understand it, the system failed on the well sealing process, when a cost savings measure was introduced: Replacement of the drilling "mud"--in the upper third of the column--with water to speed production. (It seems to me that "savings" were the whole idea behind the projects, at the expense of something you cannot put a price tag on.)

I'd say their "mud shot" will be met with failure, as well: Now you are resisting a high pressure flow on a source thousands of feet below the sea floor that has momentum.

Yet, BP has resisted scientific involvement, and even threatened reporters attempting to document the spill with arrest.

BP says there is no way to measure the flow, and that is a lie. We've had doppler radar since 1988, and I know doppler sonar would work; you can hear the difference in engine noise as they drive past. Doctors use the same tech to monitor cardiac conditions non-invasively. Yet they are not allowed in.

I'd say that the failure to release information should fall under Obstruction of Justice. Though I am certainly hoping that the courts are working hard to make an example out of these donkeys.

Comment Re:Nuke it. (Score 1) 334

I've thought of it, myself. Though we do have some non-nuclear options, especially if they are designed in such a shaped charge as to not make a crater, but create an intense shear in the horizontal plane. It would need to be thick enough to bury the pipe and stop the leak. A spherical shock-wave would probably only make things worse.

Our GBU-43/B has quite a punch at > 22k lbs material.

Comment Re:Oil at Key West already. (Score 1) 334

Also, I was out at a beach 4 mi north of Venice, FL today, and the volatiles were certainly killing the sea breeze. The bulk is still better than 100 nm off shore, but on a light WNW wind reach, it was enough to have you clearing your throat. (Worse than allergy season, BTW).

The water is still clean, but I fear it might not be there much longer.

I guess NOAA has to build a new computer model for trajectories further south of 27.1*N. Models last night definitely had an indication of loop current entrainment.

Looking at the size of this, I don't think that you can put a price tag on it. Even if they seized all assets--personal and corporate owned--it still wouldn't do justice. (Unless someone can make a time machine real quick, and have the place raided about 24 hours before.)

I've been tracking for some time, and I think 210,000 US gal / day is too low. My conservative estimate is 5x that, given rate of change on the size of the NOAA trajectory plots, and on some satellite imagery I've looked at.

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