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Comment Re:Details on benefits (Score 1) 569

I also work in the US, and I've never started a position where I had less than 2 weeks of ETO or vacation.
The one place that I had offer me 1 week of ETO got a nicely worded "hell no", even though the offer was for 15k more than I was making at the time.

If more people started quitting jobs that don't give acceptable amounts of ETO, as well as refusing to work for those places in the first place, the more likely they will be to increase that benefit.

Yeah, I know - easier said than done, especially in this economy.

Comment Re:From the article (Score 1) 144

I disagree. You can become absolutely competent and capable relatively quickly in EvE.

The main issue then becomes one of time to earn money - which the older, established players do have an edge over newbies on.

*shrug* I'd like more opportunity to play in nullsec, but I'm not going to be too irritated about it yet - I've only been playing for 6 months, and I'm only now skilled up enough to solo mine low-sec without the NPC 'rats getting me. PC pirates, otoh... fuckers.

Comment Re:*snort* (Score 4, Informative) 290

The -smart- people are doing precisely that.

The problem is that there really are still people out there who are using lists, such as SORBS, as absolute arbiters in what is, or is not, from a spam source.

Thankfully, this number is shrinking daily as they realize just how broken some of these lists have been as a matter of policy.

Comment Re:*snort* (Score 4, Informative) 290

And before anyone starts to give me any guff about being soft on spam -

I've been known to nuke accounts, and not bother asking questions. I chased down the Empire Towers group and helped put an end to them. I spent 18 months cleaning up the -very- tarnished reputation of a now bought out web host almost 10 years ago, and have the scars to prove it. I hunted a spammer down and ratted him out to his own mother in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The news regarding Ralsky had me drop a shot in celebration.

Believe me - I -detest- spam. At the same time, the methods utilized by SORBS were ineffective, and most legitimate hosts and providers stopped using them years ago.

Selective DNSRBL systems, as a practical method, WORK. Blocking residential cable from sending email? Hella good idea, for example. Blocking known dial-up ranges, as well. Blocking webhosts in an attempt to get their customer base to force them into canceling contracts that may cost the web host hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars? Nuh-uh.

When 'collateral damage' was useful, losses MIGHT have hit 10k. Now? Talking millions? Businesses will buy a new IP block and move the affected customers, and call it a day. Especially if they're blocked not because a customer has been an idiot, per se, but because the customer was hacked and used as a bot.

So, yeah. Rock on with your bad selves.

Comment *snort* (Score 5, Insightful) 290

"Such a shutdown could slow or disrupt anti-spam efforts for large numbers of mail hosts worldwide. "

You're kidding, right?

They have done more to give legitimate anti-spam efforts a black eye than ANY legislative attempts to 'solve' the problem ever could.

I -used- to believe that 'collateral damage' was a legitimate 'tactic' in the fight against spammers. I've grown up since then.

Comment Re:Hack-a-thons? No. (Score 5, Interesting) 469

Actually, there are some Really, Really good reasons for certain individuals to be 'on-call'. However, the result of on-call actions should have the commensurate benefit of having additional time off to recover from those over night sessions.

If THAT happened more often, people would be far more willing to do on-call.

SRSLY.

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