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Comment Re:Both songs suck. (Score 1) 157

Seriously - I just listened to it on Youtube and it's AWFUL.

The Glee version is only slightly different but equally putrid.

vs. the original version which is absolutely brilliant.

Honestly, Jonathan Coulton's version makes it painfully clear he's one of the white people at the beginning of the Sir Mix-a-lot video...

Sadly, I agree. I checked out the links you posted to see what all the hullabaloo was... I got about 45 seconds in and couldn't bear to listen to the 'covers' of it. Its... just painful o_O

Comment Re:Maybe it's really family reasons.. (Score 3, Interesting) 214

And this is why Alan Cox is a legend. I've dealt with him a few times and EVERY time I have he has been a pure joy to talk to.

He has a great way of telling things how they are and even takes the time to help relative newbies into improving their skills and contributions.

So, three cheers to Alan and I hope we see him back in the future.

Comment Re:Passwords are a worse vulnerability (Score 1) 212

And no, last time I checked openssh could not do that

Last I checked, PasswordAuthentication is allowed inside a Match block, so

PubkeyAuthentication yes
PasswordAuthentication no
Match Address

        PasswordAuthentication yes

With a note that it doesn't always work:

Comment Re:Thunderbird works (Score 4, Insightful) 464

Now she received Thunderbird's "Chat" feature in recent updates which includes Facebook chat, Google talk, IRC, Twitter and XMPP.
I'm not sure why people are saying Thunderbird is not getting new features, that one came from a module for the InstantBird IM client, and Thunderbird will get all the new core features that Firefox gets in future.

Why the hell is there a chat client in a mail program to start with? I saw this new 'feature' and died a little inside. It is a classic sign on developers losing their direction.

Comment Re:Thunderbird works (Score 1) 464

My bug list with Thunderbird (Current as of 17.0).

1) A single new email received over a compressed IMAP connection (using Dovecot, imap-zlib plugin) shows stupidly high new message counts - ie You have 37845 new messages.

2) Randomly Thunderbird refuses to exit. This happens on linux as well as Windows. The GUI will disappear but thunderbird.exe / thunderbird-bin is still running. Only plugins are Lightning + Google Calendar connector.

Fix these two up and I'd be a much happier person...

Comment Re:Oh, this is sweet!! (Score 1) 145

CREW is objecting to the renewals because under U.S. law, broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of good “character,” who will serve “the public interest,” and speak with “candor.” Significant character deficiencies may warrant disqualification from holding a license.

Now this is gold. Especially if they reference the lovely 'phone hacking' scandal in the UK as ammo of how shitty this corporation is....

Comment Re:This isn't devs listening (Score 1) 197

This is just another account of how amazingly full of shit the GNOME team (Red Hat, let's just call it with it real name) continues to be.

I agree with you 100% on this. Have a look at some of the recent interactions with the Fedora (aka RedHat) team and them shoving Gnome 3 down peoples throats:
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Translation of it: Screw the End User, you'll do it OUR WAY.

Comment Re:Why did they change the requirements? (Score 2) 421

Pilots do it because they love flying.

Bullshit. They do it for the big money later in their careers. Captains in the majors make good money, get good bennies and union protection. From the WSJ link you provide:

You sir have no fucking idea. I would love to see what other industries require $100k+ investment in training to pay a $30k yearly wage - including benefits.

And how big is that big payout they hope to get someday? FltOps said on average, captains top out at minimum salaries of $165,278

That's the goal. I bet a lot wash out before they get there. That's the breaks. Don't like it get an office job.

But don't tell me about "they love flying." They love the big bucks.

Oh, and 100 passenger aircraft are getting rare in the US. We're flying ~70 passenger Embraers and Bombardiers for domestics today. The big planes left for prosperous countries in Asia.

Ummm yeah - $165k. Hell, training I was looking at in a 8 seat Learjet was $3000 per flight hour. That means a captains salary would earn him about 55 hours training for a year. And thats ignoring things like tax....

so, 1500 hours prior experience eh? I'll get right on that.....

Comment Re:Why did they change the requirements? (Score 5, Informative) 421

Pilot training up to the level required for even the most basic job (instructor) is going to cost $50,000 or more. You can't pay that back on a $20,000 a year salary. Pilots do it because they love flying.

Disclaimer: I am a private pilot doing my commercial flight test in ~14 hours time.

This situation is completely correct. I've lived on sweet fuck all incoming for 5 years (think less than $25000AUD). My training here in Australia has totalled to around $110,000AUD - not including interest on loans etc. After my test, I'll have ~250 hours total flight time. If I manage to get a job straight after my test, in reality, I can probably earn $35-40k AUD. How do most pilots in my situation survive? They get a second job. Not only does this add to fatigue, it certainly doesn't make things safer.

Why do I do it? Because its friggin awesome. If you want to fly to make a buck, then you live in another world.

In a nutshell, the aviation industry is fucked. Everyone wants to cut their costs as far as possible without violating the law. This means cheap labour in maintenance, cheaper pilots, crappy pay and benefits.

I really miss the wages I was paid in network administration, they were double what I'll get here....

Comment Re:Patriot Act? (Score 4, Interesting) 63

Nope, its true. I used to work for a US owned company in Australia - because of US law, we had to do everything in accordance with Sarbanes–Oxley. It was a royal pain in the ass - 100% pure bureaucracy - and just about doubled the work required to do most of our tasks.

Thankfully, I'm not working there anymore - but that little glimpse into American life really, really made me glad I wasn't working in IT in the US...

Comment Re:On the one hand... (Score 4, Insightful) 316

If you disagree, tell me one country which would do a better job. And then tell me how much influence they'd have over the ITU.

I'm not sure if there is ANY country up for the job - hence the UN is supposed to represent everyones interests. With the downward spiral being the norm for the US these days, its more scary to me to have them in charge of anything. A few successful lobbies (read $$$$$$) and the internet that we know of is over. No country should have veto powers on the Internet. This includes the US.

Comment Re:*I* Rather be tracked by default (Score 1) 360

It makes me feel good inside to know that I am creating revenue for the website that I visit, which helps cover the cost of providing that website. Tracking a user and giving targeting advertising increases the value of the advertising campaigns, which translates into more money for the website.

Don't fool yourself. I get about 800 unique visits a day to my web site - the data transfer out is about ~550Mb per day of mostly static content. I have a small block of Google Ads on my site - thinking it'd help me pay the bills.

Let me share some results:
In the last 7 days: 1,126 ads displayed, 0 clicks = $0.00
So far this month: 4,172 ads displayed, 2 clicks = $0.33
Last month: 3,903 ads displayed, 7 clicks = $2.98

Since the 1st of June this year, advertising has clocked up $11.02.

Advertising wouldn't even pay for the electricity to run the server. Yes, I could get obnoxious advertisements and make things nasty for the user, but I don't want to. Keep your privacy - as it certainly doesn't benefit the people running the sites...

Comment 208v? ha! (Score 1, Interesting) 21

Ok, so they're getting in on what the rest of the world does with a single phase.

Most of the world is 240v single phase, 415v 3 phase. I don't quite understand how they give up energy savings by using a higher input voltage?

Lower voltage = more amps = more heat
Higher voltate = less amps = less heat.

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