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Comment Why would anyone be surprised? (Score 1) 538

...I'm surprised this hasn't surfaced on Slashdot already...

I wish it did, but you just had to go and submit an article about it. I thought there was great hope in /.'ers to stop responding to systemd news and we finally stopped feeding the bear and it, indeed, went away...... from our rss feeds.

Unfortunately, the bear lives on.

Comment Typical Government Escalation Kickbackers (Score 1) 156

This is business-as-usual government foo-bah of putting people they can influence on fictitious, red-tape-induced board to make themselves more paper-tiger worthy down the road.

Every time I see a bunch of former C[TEIF]O titles on a board, it'll just be a bunch of 'big idea' movement with zero skills and lots of tax payer money going to government contractors who'll milk every penny out of it for medeocre-at-best results. I agree whole-heartedly that there needs to be some real, proven technical people who make up that board --- not the suits. They are good at pushing agendas and this will be nothing more than polticial-career on-the-job training for most of them.

Comment This is ridiculous. Stop it, Bob Saget. (Score 1) 75

I don't need to re-clarify the many points already made here about thumb make-out sessions ruin teeth or chewing on nails makes you look like you have mutant finger nails, ect. I agree with all of it.

The point I will make is this just a new, generational way to shovel new, cute 'alternative-parenting' parents bullshit into stop their kids from having bad habits? Just plain ridiculous.

If chewing on my toe jammed crusted nails, wiping my own shit under my nose like smelling salts, washing my face with soap and my own urine, drinking my own respiratory infection phlegm like Rocky Balboa raw egg shakes, eating my own mucus boogers would stop me from having real deal shit like cancer or some other terminal disease, then sign me up. Otherwise, show me out to get researching funding for outrageous hypothesis ideas. Sounds like a hoot!

Comment I guess it just depends on the type of person? (Score 3, Insightful) 765

I will caveat this with that I actively have just over 14 years of workplace experience in my "field of employment", which since I am a /.'er, I guess that lumps me into IT in some what shape or form.

With that, I live in a right-to-work state and spent almost 9 of those years as a government contractor. I endured the typical BS: pay cuts, freezes, lousy raises, a government furlough, health care hikes to make you make less for that year with your raise, benefit slashes with contract renewals going to the next company, shitty co-workers, shitty projects, shitty managers, worker shortage, attrition, ect. I could go on and on. The point I am making is: I was afforded every opportunity, reason to quit and walk the fuck out and there will always will be reason after reason to make you want to quit your job without reason and throw up the double fingers. The grass is never greener anywhere, it's always the same, drab shade it will always ever be, it's just what you make of it.

When I finally decided it was time to go, and move onto another position I was approached with in the private sector, I had plenty of vacation banked to take off a month paid, then put in a hastily typed immediate resignation letter and walked right out the day after coming back in. Did I? I would have loved to like anyone else dreams of doing but I didn't. I worked out my two weeks faithfully, documented things, properly transitioned work off as best as anyone can and took the high road. Why? What reason did I have to burn bridges? None. What if I want to go back? Would it be worth the happy hour story of being the Robin Hood of Everyone-Wants-To-Be to tell that one story where you told your employer to fuck off? Probably not.

People have very little reason to in general to spite their employer back and not put in a courtesy two weeks --- usually the things that burn us and drive us to that point all are business or environmental culture things that are most of the time out of our control and end up in the constant cross fire in. Did your job, as long as you did it, always yield a paycheck and some sort of benefits? Isn't that why you were there to begin with?

I'm not advocating you stay in toxic, cancerous or career suicide workplaces, what I am saying is there is this definite trend in people today, especially the millennial YOLO brats that have an over-inflated ego of worth and dedication. I was raised to do a job, do it well, never half ass and build a brand and name for yourself. Others don't operate that way.

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 189

The manufacturers are not implying your warranty evaporates if you break the seal. It's more that you will never succeed in convincing them that you did not cause the problem at that point. In a more extreme example, would you want to be a manufacturer and honor a warranty on a (spinning) hard drive with a broken seal?

Right. It's not that you can't open it or incapable of fixing whatever-it-is yourself, but I see as more of a support guarantee that if Johnny Amateur who thinks he knows what he is doing tried to take a shot at fixing whatever-it-is, that it's a good litmus test to toss in the 'dont-waste-your-time-with-this' pile vs. we, as a company, can almost 100% guarantee what is under that hood is still how it was when we put it in that box, thus carry on with the fixing on their end.

But I'd never exercise the concept of this. For starters, it would be mega douche-baggery at it's end-user finest, not to mention, if I was on the other end of that phone listening to it, you'd get what anyone would expect in terms of end-user satisfaction: "Good Flippin' day, sir." Willy Wonka style.

BTW, Was TFA suppose to be an 'empowering' tech article post? It wasn't for me. Too bad I couldn't overall mod the article as 'Score: 10,000,000,000 Funny'.

Comment If this replaces repos... ugh (Score 2) 274

Seems like all my /. posts have been crabby, complacent, old-hat UNIX/Linux sys-admin ranting as of late. F me I need to lighten up...

With that out of the way, I do have to say: Who said that installing packages was hard on a *NIX platform that we needed snapd to solve this? I'm sorry, I really think package repositories like apt/yum are gosh-darn God-sends when set up, populated, built and maintained correctly. I use them in-house and it really makes deployment, configuration management, deployment and all that stuff most people care about, well, easy. Why would I need 'another' package manager to sit 'alongside' my existing one to do updates? In regards to RPM based distros, isn't that what drpms and alike were suppose to solve? And not to mention you can checksum, roll-back, push/pull version specific, ect.

This just sounds like yet another shitty reinvention of wheel idea with YOLO douchey distro dev backers that I'm going to see take over yet another great part of Linux distro's as we know it --- I thought enough was enough with systemd.

Comment Re:I stand with Kodi developers. (Score 1) 90

In this case, the defendants in question are ones who preload their boxes with plugins that specifically access copyright infringing content sources. There are other companies in Canada unaffected by the injunction because they were smart enough to just provide the basic Kodi and such pre-installed. The problem isn't that Kodi is preinstalled, it is the addon packages they pre-install. Basically the difference between providing copies of Chrome or Firefox, or providing the same in a package that preinstalls extensions for specific to torrenting/streaming infringing content sources.

Of course, it is trivially easy to then install the plugins on the more intelligent companies set top boxes but the onus for doing so is on the user not the set top box retailer. Skipping this step is rather monumentally stupid of the defendants.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 2) 232

You're missing the big picture. This was a Triumph for them in that the case ended up with no ruling in a situation where public sentiment was being stirred against the government stance. This means they're free to continue to bring it up in this fashion again and again until it occurs at a time when the majority is distracted by the Kardashian's dog being run over or something and the precedent they want to build gets through the courts.

Any time it looks like the end result would be a ruling in favor of the public in these cases, it will be dropped. Any time this occurs and nothing keeps it in the limelight, that is a success to the strategy.

Pretty straight forward.

Comment Ingenuity over Security == usually wins (Score 3, Funny) 68

The whole IoT movement is ridiculously scary IMHO. It certainly champions innovation, creativity and sense of coolness to your technical engineering feat, but having new ideas, making cool devices you can interact with over a network/lan/internet unfortunately will always be the lower hanging fruit to becoming even an amateur fly-by-night web/os/network security expert, even with the gobs of free security tools out there to scan your device and mitigate the easiest of attack vectors.

It's honestly almost too easy anymore for anyone at any level to grab an Arduino, RPi, some turn-key sensor solutions and with a handful of pre-written code off Github or a blog post, be excited about 'look what I did' while Johnny Hacker owns it and makes it a part of his Botnet network.

Bring back the physical serial port to manage it all, man! Like "more cowbell", we need "more RS-232" ....totally kidding.

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