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Submission + - Delta Airlines seeking a "Operations Manager IT - Crisis Management" (greatjob.net)

McGruber writes: Delta Air Lines, grounded around the world after an unexplained computer glitch (https://it.slashdot.org/story/16/08/08/1251252/delta-air-lines-grounded-around-the-world-after-computer-outage), has an opening for an "Operations Manager IT — Crisis Management" (https://delta.greatjob.net/jobs/JobDescRequestAction.action?PSUID=66c3ea1e-88b3-4ad4-b1e6-7b79cec74147) The job responsibilities include "Help to resolve identify, troubleshoot and resolve Crisis Situations within the IT organization; Ensure the availability, performance and operational integrity of the Information Systems and Networks serving the Delta enterprise; and Communicate the business impact and ensure the right resources are available and engaged to quickly resolve any technology issue."

Comment Report: Fire destroyed generators (Score 4, Informative) 239

A fire at the datacenter caused the outage, according to a post on post from "walterD" in Flyertalk.com's "Delta computers down ..." thread:

According to the flight captain of JFK-SLC this morning, a routine scheduled switch to the backup generator this morning at 2:30am caused a fire that destroyed both the backup and the primary. Firefighters took a while to extinguish the fire. Power is now back up and 400 out of the 500 servers rebooted, still waiting for the last 100 to have the whole system fully functional.

Comment uMatrix (Score 2) 195

I love uMatrix, an extension for Firefox. It's like noscript, but much more powerful: "uMatrix puts you in full control of where your browser is allowed to connect, what type of data it is allowed to download, and what it is allowed to execute. Nobody else decides for you: You choose. You are in full control of your privacy."

Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 1) 614

It's a joke that someone can put 40 hours in per week with one employer and still need to work a 2nd job or require government assistance simply to pay the bills and put food on the table.

That's only the setup. The punchline is that thanks to computerized "optimization" of shifts, those kinds of workers don't get told what their schedule is until a few days before, and you know if they miss a shift they're fired, the result of which is that one cannot hold two such jobs.

Comment Re:I'm totally shocked... (Score 1) 614

Well, yeah, you can both be right. Taxes went down, but spending didn't. And of course WHAT we spend on matters, and we spend a lot more of our GDP on social programs than we used to.

Repeat after me: 4 trillion dollars wasted in Iraq, 4 trillion dollars wasted in Iraq...

You know those pie charts showing how government spending is distributed? The GOP ones always show military spending as a minor thing; because the GOP assholes count veteran's "benefits", ie medical care for people who are disabled while serving their country, as entitlements instead of as military spending.

Submission + - Debate over use of 5.9 GHz is delaying Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) rollout (amazonaws.com)

McGruber writes: In a June 30 letter, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO, http://www.transportation.org/), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America, http://www.itsa.org/ ) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE, http://www.ite.org/ ), requested that the US Secretary of Transportation finally release the Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Deployment Guidance. The organizations note that the draft V2I guidance was issued in September 2014 and, in the two years since, the federal government and the auto industry have been funding V2I deployments that have proceeded without the final V2I Guidance.

The delay is apparently related to the National Cable & Telecommunication's (NCTA) efforts to allow wi-fi to share the 5.9 GHz band used for V2I. That effort is described in a July 11 article, "NCTA, Wi-Fi Alliance push for 5.9 GHz sharing":
http://www.fiercewireless.com/...

At least two FCC commissioners have shown an interest in sharing in the 5.9 GHz band. More than a year ago, Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel rallied around the idea, saying there are ways to use it for Wi-Fi while protecting the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) systems that are intended for road safety.

Comment Re:Untrue (Score 1) 765

I realise what you are saying is effectively believed to be true by millions, but its little more than a cultural myth.

A bit of history, young man: it was first widely promoted by Jack Welch in the 80s (IIRC), CEO of GE at the time. Before that, it was an obscure theory by an obscure academic from the 70s (IIRC). Before that, the idea had never even existed.

Companies have responsibility to their shareholders, to their employees, to their customers, to their partners--how they balance those will vary, but the notion that their only responsibility is to shareholders is utter bullshit, promoted by self-serving sociopaths.

Submission + - Georgia investigating Google Fiber Installer after it repeatedly hit gas lines (wabe.org)

McGruber writes: WABE, one of the NPR stations in Atlanta, is reporting that Georgia’s Public Service Commission is investigating Google Fiber contractor S&N Communications after it reported damaging gas lines 36 different times in the past year. In the first quarter of this year, utility company Atlanta Gas Light had a 67 percent increase in reports of damaged natural gas lines within its service areas.

Atlanta Fire Department Sgt. Cortez Stafford said sometimes the fire department responds to five calls in one day. "Due to the amount of crews digging and boring in the Atlanta area, there has been a significant increase in our number of emergency responses to gas leaks," Stafford said. "It's a pretty severe incident because with that amount of gas flowing, if it ignites, then that could start a fire in another location." Sgt. Stafford said some of these crews are operating boring machines to install fiber optic cables for companies like Google Fiber. He said the drills are hitting gas lines that can range in diameter from 1 to 4 inches. They can be high pressure lines or supply lines that feed off to other feeder lines.

In May, WSB-Television news reported (http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/google-fiber-contractor-connected-to-several-line-breaks/296434858) that Google Fiber contractors were responsible for hitting gas lines at four different locations.

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