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Plex Cloud Means Saying Goodbye To the Always-On PC (theverge.com) 173

Finally, you don't need an always-on PC or any other network-attached storage device if you want to use Plex's media player. The company has announced that it now allows you to stream TV shows and movies from your own collection via a new online option called Plex Cloud. From a report on The Verge: Plex is giving the world another reason to subscribe to Plex Pass subscriptions today with the launch of Plex Cloud. As the name suggests, Plex Cloud eliminates the need to run the Plex Media Server on a computer or Networked Attached Storage (NAS) in your house. It does, however, require a subscription to Amazon Drive ($59.99 per year for unlimited storage) and the aforementioned Plex Pass ($4.99 per month or $39.99 per year). Plex Cloud functions just like a regular Plex Media Server giving you access to your media -- no matter how you acquire it -- from an incredibly broad range of devices. Most, but not all Plex features are available in today's beta.

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 5, Interesting) 566

Unfortunately that would never happen. I'm sure it would be the usual setup of a physician ensuring the location of the heart is marked as a target, multiple people firing, probably with a couple pointless blanks (shooters can tell the difference, hence pointless). A single shot to the head would be too reminiscent of executions by dictators and terrorists.

While I'm perfectly fine with execution when there is absolute proof of guilt there are too many people on death row under falsified evidence or just plain shit law enforcement or legal work. Right now incarceration for life is cheaper anyway.

Comment High school (Score 1) 351

In high school our computer lab had just gotten new PCs across the board the same time that the original "Doom Test" (playable multiplayer test version) was released. I actually spent a bunch of time playing it before and after school with the computer and math teachers (as opposed to other students).

Comment Re:End the theater (Score 1) 302

Not to mention that they offer the PreCheck lines to people who aren't enrolled in PreCheck... and who consequently have no fucking idea how to go back to early-90s security standards. I waited in line for five minutes last week while a guy kept failing the metal detector... because when they asked him if he had any metal in his body, he forgot about his hip replacement. Would have been faster to go through the regular line.

Even worse, I've been through airports where the TSA drone sitting at the empty Precheck line is basically talking shit to everyone in the regular line right next to her. "You know, you could just sign up for Precheck and not deal with that long line!" Why should I pay ANOTHER fee for pointless security theater?

Comment End the theater (Score 5, Insightful) 302

End the bullshit security theater. Do enough to keep serious explosives off (the crotch-bomber was no threat to the flight as a whole), basic metal detector.

People know now hot to cooperate with hijackers, and have started reacting appropriately (beating the fuck out of anyone attempting it). Cockpit doors are locked now. Those two changes alone were all that were really needed to improve airline security.

Taking away bottles of water and baby formula, stopping people with pocketknives, making everyone take off their shoes and gut half their luggage for the xrays are all a waste of time. They have caught NO THREATS yet. They have failed every single test to actually sneak stuff through.

End it.

Comment Re:H1B visa reform (Score 5, Insightful) 305

I've known a number of H1Bs, have some I've considered good friends, and all of whom will make excellent citizens--almost all are going through the process.

From the H1B perspective, they are effectively indentured servants. They are locked into their employer, and any progress toward citizenship is completely at that company's whim. The employee has no recourse other than to put up and shut up.

From a citizen's perspective, the whole thing has become a sham to replace expensive American workers with far cheaper H1Bs.

Here's how hiring an H1B works (at least part of it):
- Find an H1B candidate
- Make up a fake job listing with EXACTLY that candidate's resume as your 'mandatory requirements'.
- Odds are no citizen will apply that matches those requirements precisely.
- Congrats, the company has now found an "unfillable" position that demands an H1B to fill it!

Comment H1B program is bullshit, period. (Score 1) 429

Here is how the H1B program works:

- Company desires to hire a cheaper employee
- Company finds an H1B candidate that fits their needs.
- Company crafts a job ad for the position that matches the candidate's qualifications precisely.
- Company posts ad for required time period.
- Company doesn't find any Americans who matches their qualifications precisely (regardless of them fitting their actual *need*)
- Company then legally hires H1B

Now I've known some great H1B employees and consider some of them good friends. Most of them are on the path to US citizenship, and I'm all for that--well-educated, hard-working, and great all-around human beings.

That said, the very idea that there are "no qualified workers" is total bullshit. H1B employees are cheaper, and once hired are effectively indentured servants. They are highly restricted in terms of being able to travel, move to another job, etc, so they are basically locked in with that employer, who can then screw them over all they want. If there are any issues they simply toss them overboard, leaving the employee stranded in the US without work and without any ability to get new work without going back home first (most of the time, there are some small exceptions).

Comment Diversifying your specialties into obsolescence (Score 1) 211

I'm in the scenario where my work has continued to diversify to the point that my original strongest skills are now outdated. Truly the "jack of all trades and master of none" scenario. That has also put me in more of the position of taking on design and lead roles for larger projects where that diversity in skills is actually beneficial.

That also will mean heading closer and closer to a management position. I'm not sure this is too bad of a thing, honestly. I may not be able to sit down and directly utilizes the latest and greatest, but I do understand it, and understand it well enough to help others do that instead.

As my former boss--who originally wrote software for the Apollo missions--once said, the best advice he was given for management is that you didn't need to know how to do the job yourself, just how to find the right people who could do it and direct them as needed.

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