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Comment Serious Replay to your Question (Score 1) 197

I understand you are small and need to get a little more growth out of your workers so you can invest in your core. This is double edged, but I will no try to disuade you.

There is an excellent online learning site called Lynda.com $300/year per employee and you can create custom learning playlists for them to build their skills from nearly all of the Microsoft Certification Exams/Linux/Opensource. In fact, if you want to give them a bonus for getting A+ certified, they have a learning path for that as well. It covers nearly every topic from systems administration to advanced excel to could computing.

I used it all the time to train myself and train up developments teams. I mean, do you know how to write python app so that you move it to a Heroku container in Amazon Web Services and horizontally scale it as big as you need to? Well Lynda has a class for that. :)

Here is the trick. PICK A CORE PLATFORM AND TOOL SET, or you will have eventually have a mess beyond belief as people cycle-in and out. If you don't limit the tools and just tell people to learn stuff, they will, and eventually you will have experts in an unsupportable disaster. You don't want this. Chose your platforms and tools, then give people a learning path and incentivize them. Use Lynda.com.

THat is all.

Comment Re:fast solution (Score 1) 66

Companies spend some dollars on security to comply with audits and 1) know they are going to get owned (due to having their data managed on servers all over planet earth) 2) know they have a risk rider on their insurance. If the government wants to get in their face, they can just point to the CIA Vault#7 leak and if they haven't heard about that, they can point to the DNC email server.

Security is officially and illusion. Even the high-end "super secure" stuff is owned by the CIA, so what are you going to do? Another sad day in IT.

Comment Re:Mistake (Score 4, Insightful) 159

Yes, UEFI is a poorly implemented, bad idea, and full of never ending critical vendor security flaws. When you can extract the code, change it, compile it, and put it back, that is scaarrry! I have personally extracted the code from APCI table in the UEFI, tweaked it, compiled it, and put it back. UEFI is a security hole like no other. It can access all the hardware, including memory and the network without the host O/S having any idea.

To quote Linux: EFI is this other Intel brain-damage (the first one being ACPI).

Now root kits can hide after reboot and re-install. UEFI was supposed to make us secure, but all it accomplished was trying to lockout Linux from PC hardware.

Comment Re:Haters gonna hate. (Score 1) 398

All I can say in reply is ask a small to medium business owner how they felt under ACA (Obamacare regs) and Obama vs. how they feel now. When people feel squeezed and backed into a corner by the "boogie man" they will resist. You can see a similar effect with the left right now as they protest their "boogie man". To be fair, under Obama the taxes, regulations, and sternly worded letters were real. I am pretty sure he was shooting for a statue on the Washington mall next to Lincoln when he wrote his pièce de résistance, the letter to high school principals on tying transgendered bathroom access to federal school grants.

Comment Re:Haters gonna hate. (Score 3, Insightful) 398

Business was punishing Obama for Obama-care by not hiring. Whether there was an upside or downside to the bottom line, there was an attitude of Obama isn't going to tell us what to do. Business and companies have been short-staffed as we have seen in the productivity statistics, but now the percieved pressure is off and businesses are hiring again.

Comment Re:Yeah (Score 1, Insightful) 398

This has more to do with Republican-ism that Trump-ism. The people who own businesses are primarily Republican. Many of them had very bad attitudes when Obama-care was launched and they refused to hire full-time because they thought Obama was picking their pocket. Now that Obama is gone the mood of business has changed drastically. They feel like their is relief, whether real or imagined. In any case, business owners are in a better mood with Trump as president and are hiring again. I don't think this has anything directly to do with policy.

Comment Disconnect the antenna, disable the interface (Score 3, Informative) 140

Just Google the model of the laptop in question and teardown, example, "thinkpad yoga teardown"

Many laptops still use WIFI+Bluetooth cards which can be physically removed. The antenna wire runs directly to the module and can be removed disabling the antenna if you don't want to pull the module.

Even the newer Yoga's have WIFI modules which can be physically removed.

So if you want to make outside WIFI access difficult or impossible, remove the module and it will be impossible. Plug the laptop into physical wiring only and secure your network.

As for running Windows 10, that OS has a mind of it's own and the only way you can stop the madness is at the network level.

Comment Re:Sue them Immediately (Score 5, Informative) 206

Here is a case where that statue was applied, http://caught.net/prose/STATE%...

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
SUPERIOR COURT---PROVIDENCE, SC.

THOMAS P. SEYMOUR [Pro Se],
Plaintiff

COUNT II-- VIOLATION OF PLAINTIFF'S DUE PROCESS RIGHTS AND RIGHTS OF EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE

14. Defendants actions created a type of malicious prosecution based on "guilt by association," which violated Mr. Seymour's Due Process rights under the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution [under 42 U.S.C. 1983] and Article I, sections 2, 6, 10 and 14 of the Rhode Island Constitution, on or about 6/28/02 and 11/28/02 to the present. See United States v. Robel, 389 U.S. 258, 266 (1967). Mr. Seymour was denied notice of accusation, the right to confront his [would be] accusers, and of his presumption of innocence. See Vachon v. New Hampshire, 414 U.S. 478, 480 (1974)[citing Thompson v. Louisville, 362 U.S. 199 (1960)][notice of accusation]; Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 447-8 (1966)[illegal police procedures]; Pointer v. Texas, 380 U.S. 400, 404 (1965) and State v. Brown, 706 A.2d 465, 473 (R.I. 1998)[citing Davis v. Alaska, 415 U.S. 308, 316 (1974)][right to confront accusers/witnesses]. The Plaintiff is being deprived of significant liberty and property interests under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (i.e., the ability to decide who may visit or enter his home). See L.A. Ray Realty v. Town of Cumberland, 698 A.2d 202, 210-11 (R.I. 1997)[citing Zinermon v. Burch, 494 U.S. 113, 125 (1990)][Substantive Due Process]; Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. at 481-6 [cited in Lawrence v. Texas, Case No. 02-102 (USSC, 6/26/2003)], and Aurelio v. R.I. Div. of Motor Vehicles, 985 F.Supp. 48, 56-57 (D.R.I. 1997)[Procedural Due Process].

Comment NASA Discovers Distant Planet Located Outside Fund (Score 1) 224

The Onion says it all: NASA Discovers Distant Planet Located Outside Funding Capabilities

http://www.theonion.com/articl...

Never will you see photos of any of these planets nor will you know if they are habitable or harbor life. It is all just black dots in front of distant stars and press releases.

Comment FIRST Robotics is to blame for this (Score 4, Funny) 81

Yes... this is the result of FIRST Robotics. Former high schoolers have gone "pro" and are now producing robots for the robot apocalypse. They finally got the CIM motors, gyros, and accelerometers all working and now we have this, this beast. I wonder if the control code is written in labview, C++, or Java.

When robots like this finally get real battery life, we are all doomed. Doomed I tell ya!

Comment Don't show this to the Linus/Linux Kernel Group (Score 0) 54

Make people feel welcome!

A welcoming community is an investment into your project’s future and reputation. If your project is just starting to see its first contributions, start by giving early contributors a positive experience, and make it easy for them to keep coming back.

or

Call your contributors Brain-damaged sh*t-for-brains' devs tell them to drop 'drug-induced crap' and use asterisks properly.

Whatever works! :)

Comment Re:europe (Score 2, Insightful) 141

Maybe you are correct, but Ebay is a hot shopping mess. Descriptions, categories, titles are a mess. Make a typo on Ebay and you won't find your stuff. Make a typo on Amazon and you still gfindet your stuff. Ebay is sloooow and requires critical thought to sort through inconsistent listings. Amazon has a faster website which takes you right to the lowest price and has Amazon Prime. Order on Ebay, get it in a week. Order on Amazon, get it in 2-days.

Amazon is neatly organized and the ease at which you can buy stuff is far superior to Ebay. Amazon reduces the friction to buy with one-click ordering and now their Alexa product. Need to do a return? Amazon gives your money back as soon as the item is scanned for return while returns can be painful.

Amazon lets people harvest local deals, stuff it in a 50lb. box, then send it to an Amazon fulfilment center where they handle inventory and shipping. If you are a good harvester, you barely have to touch the product. Using Ebay you have to harvest the products, store them, inventory them, and ship them.

Amazon is clearly continuing to innovate while Ebay lumbers along playing constant games with fees.

For full disclosure, I am an Ebay seller and investigating moving to Amazon.

Comment Re:europe (Score 1) 141

Believe it or not, Ebay and Paypal get a cut of postage fees. It didn't used to be that way, but now Ebay charges a fee for the total (item + shipping). Historically, Ebay used to just charge a final value fee on the item, but idiots started selling items for $.01 + $99 shipping thus the crackdown. So the sellers are just rolling the fee increase into shipping, but Ebay and Paypal are still profiting.

I think Ebay will slowly die as Amazon marches forward. Unfortunately, Amazon is usually more expensive than Paypal. Ebay on average gets 11% and Amazon is currently at 15%. Shoppers that blindly buy off of Amazon may be paying higher prices than on Ebay.

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