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Comment Re: Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 439

If even true. The cost of a full solar setup is far far far over the claimed $30,000 that supposedly did the land, well, septic, home, and all.

Not really - 280 Wp panels can be had online for $300 each - 20 of them for $6k, which will give you 5.6 kW peak, an obscene amount of potential juice for a typical household that accounts for cloudy days.

Overall cost for a luxury rig if you do it yourself is maybe $12k, maximum (including the inverter gear, battery bank, a small shed to park the battery bank in, etc). You'll have to replace the batteries every 5-10 years (depending on brand/quality., where you live, how much you use it, etc), but otherwise it's quite doable, and you'll pay way more than $16k in power bills over the 25-year expected lifetime of the panels ($150/mo. average power bill over 25 years = $45k...)

Comment Re: Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 439

Lmfao. No. No 50,000. No internet in stix. No jobs in stix. Also need car. You do not live on minimum wage.

I live in "stix"... the nearest town to me is 20 miles away, and it has a population of 2000. Population density out here is 14 / sq. mi. The nearest city is 50 miles east of me.

I have Internet (I recently got 14mbps DSL, and still have 25mbps Satellite Internet as backup to it.) I work remotely most days, but the hour-long commute on the days I do go (downtown PDX) in is actually faster (and way more pleasant) than the commute of some of my co-workers who live in some PDX 'burbs.

  A car? Hell, my commuter vehicle, a cheap-but-damned-reliable 2000-ish vintage minivan, cost me a mere $2,500. I do not live on minimum wage, but once the house/land is paid off (10 years hence - I'm paying it down fast/early), I could *very* easily do so.


My neighbors? Many of them live and work at astoundingly low income (a substantial portion on a fixed retirement income), and do just fine.

Comment Re: All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 125

Actually, that's why stoned drivers tend to be OK but drunk drivers are a problem. The drunk driver is over-confident in their abilities and tends to crash. Stoned drivers are generally more capable than they think they are and slow down more than enough to compensate for their poor reaction time.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:Kids these days... (Score 3, Insightful) 402

Gotta agree with sibling, and can drill down even further...

There's a reason I still support and read our local paper, printed in the town nearest my house; this is a town that has barely 2,000 souls in it, mind. Oh, and the "local" TV news around here covers and centers on Portland, OR - which is 50 miles away.

The NYT isn't going to tell me the school board minutes, the city council minutes, or the local budget/tax/bond stuff. I don't expect the NYT to print a picture of my kid making the winning score at the last high school basketball game, or remind me when stuff like the Friendship Jamboree is coming up. No coupons for the local grocery store are going to be found in the NYT, either.


Also, there is a hazard in consolidation, one we can already see. The US (and UK, and etc) have a grand tradition of slanted/yellow journalism that is present even today, denials be damned. Only difference is back then, the papers proudly proclaimed their slants up-front (today? Not so much - you usually get denials from 'em). The best way to counterbalance that bias was to have competing outlets with different slants, then you could compare/contrast to get the actual truth of a given matter if you wanted it.

Besides, do you really want to go back to the days (1970's-1990s or so) where a select few outlets were the literal 'gatekeepers of truth'? Personally, well, fuck that. Let the marketplace win out - webhosting is cheap, the code for it is free of cost, and it doesn't take much more than a 10th grade education these days to set up a working bit of homegrown journalism. The market can (and in my opinion will) choose the winners and losers from the lot (see also The Drudge Report --love it or hate it-- as an example of a local gossip rag/site that exploded and went international.)

Comment Re:CTR was NEVER a good metric (Score 3, Insightful) 129

Time spent on a page or how deeply I scroll down an article is no indication of how likely that corporation is to separate me from some of my money.

I think the advertisers would disagree with you on that. A big goal of advertising is simple brand-recognition. The longer they can keep their brand in front of your eyes, the better. I believe that they believe this works.

Comment Let's be clear (Score 1) 508

The Constitution applies to the U.S. government and to the citizens of the united states. It does not include geographic limitations of any kind. All of this making borders a Constitution free zone is completely unConstitutional. I don't care if the ground I am standing on is legally considered to be the Greater 2nd Empire of Mars, I am still a U.S. Citizen and the border guard is still a representative of the U.S. government. The Constitution applies. Obviously it isn't being respected, but it certainly applies.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I based the estimate on $5o for a cartridge that prints an average of 3,000 pages. A color laser would be nice, but as you say, far more expensive both in up-front costs and toner. And changing toner in a color printer is a PITA, at least the ones at work were.

Comment Re: Leading Indicator (Score 1) 118

[...] was turned down as I had not been actively using Puppet in the previous few months. Sometimes the job requirements are strict.

There's a massive diff between Puppet 3.x and 4.x (or 2016-x), which likely explains why if they indeed gave you that reason (for example, roles and profiles are dead, and R10k became something entirely different along the way). It's a bullshit reason, but maybe they had a candidate who had demonstrated a more current and complex grasp of it?

Comment Re:Leading Indicator (Score 1) 118

In my experience, that is completely different. If you interview for a DevOps role, you will be asked a laundry list of programs like Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Bamboo, Jenkins, TeamCity, Vagrant, Terraform, Saltstack, Kubernates, Katello, Foreman, and Rake. If you don't know one of those programs (say you know the ins and outs of GitHub Enterprise, but not BitBucket), the interview stops -right there-, you are shown the door, and they call for the next candidate.

*sigh* - it's a troll, but I'm currently waiting for something, so...

I can count only a few companies that interview that way, and you're right... the interview would stop right there, because *I* would walk out of it, telling them in so many kind words to go fuck themselves on my way out. What you described is a laundry-lister, and any company which still (in this century!) interviews like that is either going to hire an incompetent or a liar.

Let me explain for the studio audience why your premise is bullshit and pick through a few of these: Puppet/Chef(or cfengine)/Salt are similar enough that finding experience in one means you can quickly train your candidate in the others at very little cost if they have the skills/drive to learn them. Bamboo/Jenkins/TeamCity? Same-same (though SCM tasks are more and more being automated into oblivion, handed off to the dev teams to do their own housekeeping, or still run by a dedicated team as a service to the devs). Few folks use Foreman anymore (you get what you pay for, no?), Kubernetes (- note proper spelling) is primarily for Docker (which curiously you did not mention), and Fleet (which you also did not list) still competes with it. You only list one language of sorts, and it's an extension set to Ruby, which you did not list. You also left out service discovery (e.g. Consul), process security (e.g. Vault, also a Hashicorp product), and totally left out deployment methodologies (though you did casually mention CI/CD), which is fucking *primary* if you want to fit into a new company (e.g. a company that is still religious about gitflow isn't going to cotton so well towards the GitHub feature/master branching model). Also left out are process methodologies, which often are akin to religion in the dev world.

TL;DR, you have no idea how this whole thing works, do you?

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