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Comment Re:Backups are really painful in fishing expeditio (Score 1) 80

Ugh, Bit9 is pure evil, from a programmer POV.

It hashes every file you read and write and denies you access to them.

We had that configured on a whitelist basis. The programmers had the option of overriding it, but as you can imagine, clicking through a dialog every time you make a 1-char change to every script file can be quite frustrating.

It also took a file-heavy process that used to run in 90 seconds and made it consume 14 minutes.

Comment Basically a giant Stanford Prison Experiment (Score 4, Insightful) 128

It's like the Stanford Prison Experiment, only with a lot more experimental groups.

This and the whole situation you have with shootings of blacks should be no surprise. You give one group of people power over another group with insufficient checks and balances, they misbehave and turn into giant douches.

Comment No beige (Score 1) 326

  • Core i7-2600k
  • Geforce 980 Ti (recent upgrade for the HTC Vive)
  • 16GB RAM (upgraded some years ago for some heavy Java work)
  • 512GB SSD for operating systems
  • 2TB spinning rust for games and home folders
  • Obutto r3volution desk with 3x 24" 1920x1080 monitors mounted on it
  • HTC Vive
  • IBM Model M

All home-build from parts, I've had the same case for over a decade.

Dual-booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 ; Ubuntu is where it spends most of it's time, as this is my work OS. I no longer attempt to be productive on Windows (and haven't done for around 7 years), it contains only games. If I need Windows for work purposes, I have a Windows 7 VM I use for that.

For work, Eclipse, a bunch of text editors (usually ones with a vi emulation... or vim), normal Unix tools like VPN clients, secure shell, etc.

When I got a job that was mostly working at home, I also upgraded from an external USB drive to a RAID-0 NAS box, which has 4TB of RAID-0 in it. It's an x86 box rather than one of the ARM ones, so I can run normal Linux stuff on it in the potted Linux the vendor supplies.

Wireless router is an Asus RT16N flashed with OpenWRT (chosen specifically for compatibility).

My laptop is a Thinkpad 460s - slim and light but upgradeable enough to take over from my desktop for development if need be.

Comment Re:Yes it is a straw man argument (Score 1) 1143

America blows 17% of GDP on healthcare when systems in other countries prove you can have healthcare of equal or better quality for 12% or less. The world-renowned UK NHS is spending a mere 6.6% of UK GDP this year (although in reality we should be targeting more like 8%).

Move to a single payer system that cut costs down as far as an easily-attainable 60% of your current spend and you'd have an extra trillion dollars or so a year.

Comment Re: The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 5, Insightful) 1143

So, your parents depended on social services to get started, and you got a scholarship.

You are the very definition of not pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, but benefiting from the kindness of strangers. The bequests that paid for your scholarship and the taxes that paid for your parents to integration in your new home are as responsible for your success as your hard work is.

Well done for your hard work, but for every guy like you, there's a bunch of guys in the same situation who fought for those opportunities and came second, didn't get the scholarship, couldn't go to med school. Just because their story didn't resonate as well with the scholarship board doesn't mean they are any less talented, or any less talented than the rich kids who's parents paid their way - why don't they get your opportunities too? Because equality of opportunity is a lie.

Comment Re:Seems useful (Score 2) 56

My last lot used Zoom.us

Upside : free, works on all three big desktop OSs and both big phone OSs (I think Windows Phone too..), 50 participants in the free plan, up to 40 minute meetings in the free plan (TBH - this is a feature! Who wants to webconf for more than 40 minutes....)

Downside : not all the features work on Linux.

You'd have to be nuts not to be thinking about using a WebRTC client though.

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