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Comment Amateur Sys-admin deserves the time (Score 5, Insightful) 78

As making a living out of being all things 'admin' (sys/network/engineering, ect.), he totally deserves this. This guy is total amateur-hour and quite simply deserves what he got. If it was really about your scripts, then they were probably garbage anyway. Any admin with have a brain keeps copies of their stuff; I actually use version control systems right long with software developers and engineers, so an even bigger reason to manage your domain better.

I'm sure he had a fair bit of perceived egotism and elitism in his attitude and work ethic, which made the situation what it was and resulted into today for him.

Even that, if he was able to log on to absolutely anything after his contract was terminated, then shame on the ISP, too. That's probably why they don't exist anymore. In any fairy constructed IT shop of sys-admins, regardless of how the rest of his co-workers felt about the situation of all of it, his access to everything would have been gone the second he was being walked out the door by security, HR, ect.

Comment what does 'online' really mean, anyways? (Score 1) 19

Does online mean they have to have a device and some sort of access to the internet as 'they' know it? If that's the case, it's probably just the classic case of watering down statistics to manipulate this into this some sort of seemingly still existent 'technical divide' problem in this world.

In regards to the African statistic that was tossed out, 1 in 10 people is on the internet. Throwing out the fact that if 'online' means having/owning your own device and access service, I'd like to think that chances are, they are on occasionally already or are already exposes by the 9 others around them.

Comment Re:Another sham class action (Score 2) 177

Exactly this. It seems more like a violation by the advertisers to make use of available options that are illegal in their specific cases when they should know damn well it is illegal for them to do so. Facebook providing the options in and of itself isn't what is at fault here as there are definitely certain products and services that appeal more to certain demographic.

Also given that there will be very easily associated keywords it should be very easy to provide the courts with advertisers for housing and lending who made use of these options.

Comment Smartwatches have a finite cost justification (Score 1) 330

Honestly, I'm ok adopting the smartwatch fad but not particularly sad it could just go away --- because I'd be ok with that, too. I jumped in on the Pebble bandwagon for it's price and pure simplicity of display and notifications.

The only reasons I really did it was to wear a watch again (duh), have some detachment from my phone without having dig that damn thing out of my coat/pants/jacket pocket every 5 seconds to 'see' what notification/calendar event got pushed to me, being able to get updates in a no-phone meeting at work, and it was a nice addition (IMHO) to commutes with not being a dipshit 'phone glancer' while on the road since my hands were already on the steering wheel. Are those great arguments? To me they are. To most, probably mediocre at best.

I guess for the $200 I put into both of the Pebble watches in the last 3 years I'm more than ok with. That's certainly being able to stay "I did it", enjoy it for what it is (and soon-to-be was) and not break the bank or cave getting yet another $500+ device.

Comment What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1, Flamebait) 401

Seriously, this is the dumbest most "hey lets try to generate views by ranting comments" stupid bullshit I've seen in ages. That is taking into account the completely unrelated US politics bullshit that has been barfed out of the firehose these days.

Popularity of a language is immaterial to the usefulness of a language, to the creation of solutions with whatever language, and certainly will never have a final answer.

What the sincere fuck Slashdot.

Comment Re:Deforestation (Score 2) 167

Algae is definitely the single big player producing 70-80% of available atmospheric oxygen overall, and trees are a fraction of the remaining 20-30% so they aren't the definitely go-to overall. However, for a study like this it would only require trees to be roughly 7% of global free O2 production for a 10%ish drop in available forests to equate to a 0.7% reduction in atmospheric O2 versus other molecules.

This wouldn't even take into account an increase in the amount of atmospheric oxygen ending up as other molecules due to the rapid increase in different forms of combustion.

I don't have any direct data on global O2 production by forests as a portion of the whole versus other plants beyond algae, nor any on the precise amount of deforestation as a percentage of the whole either, but the proportions required for parents description to be viable seem likely enough that it might be worth considering as a potential answer if anyone bothers looking into it.

Submission + - Chinese Man Attempts To Destroy Internet to Prevent Spread of Images (thenanfang.com)

Adambomb writes: A man from Shandong, China tried to destroy the internet in an attempt to prevent embarrassing photos from spreading.

The man, identified only as Liu, was a newcomer to Weifang who had come looking for work. One night last summer, Liu took part in a neighborhood square dance, a popular activity usually associated with middle-aged women. However, Liu noticed that people in the crowd were laughing at him, and had taken photos of him dancing.

At the end of June, the man went out one evening and destroyed four optical cable network receivers, causing over 100,000 yuan in damages.

Submission + - US Appeals Court Dismisses AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc (T.N) of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the slowdowns, also called "data throttling." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it ordered a lower court to dismiss the data-throttling lawsuit, which was filed in 2014 by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC sued AT&T on the grounds that the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier failed to inform consumers it would slow the speeds of heavy data users on unlimited plans. In some cases, data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent, the lawsuit said. The FTC said the practice was deceptive and, as a result, barred under the Federal Trade Commission Act. AT&T argued that there was an exception for common carriers, and the appeals court agreed.

Comment Why would anyone be surprised? (Score 1) 541

...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'.

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