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Comment sounds logical, but I got LOTS of dates, awesome (Score 1) 192

Your reasoning sounds logical. When I actually tried it, I had conversations with many women, went on dates with over a dozen, including one who looked liked a supermodel, and eventually found my AWESOME wife on mate1.com.

I'm a scrawny nerd who isn't handsome, but I did some things right, like posting action photos. There was me in my jetski, me on horseback, etc. I guess women seeing those photos consciously or subconsciously saw that dating me would mean doing fun stuff like jetsking and horseback riding, etc. Also I suppose those pics suggest I may be financially stable. Women like stability, security.

Comment "how attractive" is wrong, Chris Brown Pavarotti (Score 2) 192

The summary talks about "how attractive you are" and "supermodels". I hope the study doesn't look at it that way, because that's incorrect. The correct question is "to whom are you attractive?"

Chris Brown dated a superstar. Is he attractive? I'm a total nerd, and not particularly good looking. My wife married me and finds Chris Brown revolting. So who is more attractive, Chris Brown or me? Neither, we attract different women. On the other hand, my wife thinks Pavarotti is extremely romantic. Is Pavarotti more attractive than Lil Wayne? Each is more attractive to some some women.

If I were single, I'd date Alyssa Milano for sure. Miley Cyrus, I take pity on. I wouldn't sleep with her, I'd suggest she put her clothes back on.* So which is more attractive? A good system would match pairs likely to find each other attractive, not assign a single attractiveness score.

* okay so maybe I'd pity her AND sleep with her before I suggested she put some clothes on.

Comment 24K would, 56K might. Try different fax speeds. (Score 1) 582

VOIP can be set to different bandwidth. A high bandwidth setting has clearer sound but is more likely to drop out. A modem or fax will work over a VOIP line that is set to about twice the bandwidth of the modem. So for example a 64K voip channel will support a modem of up to about 32K.

Comment Yes, sewer & water issues more than overhead c (Score 1) 582

Where I live, the underground water and sewer lines have far more problems than the overhead cables. In the last 18 months, our water has been off for repairs three times, our cable has had no problems. That suggests to me that underground is not necessarily more reliable than overhead.

Comment bah, next you'll claim MDs better than paperwork (Score 1) 356

Bah. I bet you think it would be more effective for doctors to spend 20 minutes with the patient rather than 4 minutes with the patient and 16 minutes on t government paperwork.

I bet you also think eating healthy foods like vegetables and whole grains works better than eliminating $15 copays by exchanging them for $163 tax expenditures.

Comment yes! the UK did remove guns and what happened was (Score 2) 784

Indeed that is the proper question. Does outlawing guns mean that you've assured bad guys that the law-abiding citizens are now defenseless victims, or will the criminals stop commiting crimes? The UK did ban guns, so we can actually see what happens.

Comparing the five years before the ban and the five years after, violent crime doubled. Murder increased about 70%. Rape increased by about 80%, as I recall. I can link to all the exact numbers if anyone cares to see them, but the overall trend is extremely clear - you should ban guns if you want more rapes, murders, and robberies. You should support self-defense if you prefer less violent crime.

Comment If you have 1 Apache admin, they better know Apach (Score 5, Insightful) 465

There is a good reason and a bad reason.

Where I work, there is very little overlap in skills between the IT people. One person is responsible for the old IBM database, for example. It's not a relational (sql) database, so nothing I know from MySQL applies. When we replace the IBM database guy, we're going to need someone else who knows that exact system. In fact, because there are so few people remaining who know the system, we are engaging in an 18 month project to rewrite everything for MS SQL shortly before the person retires.

My own job is programming Moodle, an LMS with over a million lines of code. That's roughly equal to an entire Linux distribution. Hiring someone with no Moodle experience would be roughly similar to hiring a Linux programmer with no Linux experience.

On the other hand, I once spoke to someone who wanted to hire a "PHP guru". I tried to explain there's no such thing. What he SHOULD have been looking for would be a web PROGRAMMER who knows PHP well. In many cases, skill in the field is far more important than above-average proficiency with a particular tool, but management sometimes doesn't understand that. If the person doing the hiring isn't particularly skilled in the job they are hiring for, they just don't know what is most important. For example, I would argue that for web programming, the WEB part is super important - good programmers who aren't web programmers aren't in the habit of thinking about security at every step, or scalability, nor are they necessarily skilled at stateless programming. A manager who isn't a very web programmer herself wouldn't know that though, so the best they can do sometimes is to look for someone experienced with the tools the company uses.

Comment same for Slashdot "foes" list? (Score 1) 170

Should you be fined if you put someone on your Slashdot "foes"list? It's pretty much the same thing. It's a list of IPs that Spamhaus is wary of because their system detected [criteria].

As it happens, some of their lists also works pretty well as an element to feed Spamassassin to help determine the likelihood that a message is spam. How that's weighted and if it's considered at all is entirely up to the admin of the system you're sending mail to.

Comment very clear in context, and easy configuation fix (Score 1) 170

While it's certainly possible for Pelosi or her UK counterpart to pass a dumb law so that they can find out what's in it, I don't think that's what Spamhaus is suggesting. In context, they could be talking about either of two things:

First, one could get a ticket for the specific issue that caused the problem in the article. The law doesn't say "your car must be safe", it explicitly says "your turn signals must work". Same here, you could specifically say that this particular common problem could result in a ticket.

Alternatively, TFA made reference to "once you know that your server is participating in an attack". A law could be made that once you're notified that your server is being used in an attack, you then need to take reasonable measures to prevent that from continuing or recurring. Here again "vulnerable" is clearly defined - if your server is still participating in the attack 48 hours after being notified, you can get a ticket. You can defend that ticket if you show that you took reasonable measures to address the problem.

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