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Comment Re: 24/7 job (Score 1) 513

I find this saved my solid private sector job. But of course some of my junior colleagues do not have it so well flexibility wise due to skills. If the they had better skills I'd certainly lose my leverage on flextime.

We are all lucky to work for a company though that does not overly abuse us. Cost: you are a number and one day it will come.

Comment Re:At it seems that she reads some good books (Score 1) 642

She must be an idiot, because this 1) required a massive super computer under threat of duress from earth 2) the help of rebels 3) more natural launch capability than the moon could ever realistically provide for a gravitational artillery launcher. Science Fiction indeed.


Congressional Candidate Brianna Wu Claims Moon-Colonizing Companies Could Destroy Cities By Dropping Rocks ( 642

Applehu Akbar quotes a report from Washington Times: A transgender-issues activist and Democratic candidate for Congress says the advent of the space tourism industry could give private corporations a "frightening amount of power" to destroy the Earth with rocks because of the Moon's military importance. Brianna Wu, a prominent "social justice warrior" in the "Gamergate" controversy who now is running for the House seat in Massachusetts' 8th District, suggested in a since-deleted tweet that companies could drop rocks from the Moon. "The moon is probably the most tactically valuable military ground for earth," the tweet said. "Rocks dropped from there have power of 100s of nuclear bombs." After users on social media questioned her scientific literacy, the congressional candidate clarified that the tweet was "talking about dropping [rocks] into our gravity well." Small space rocks can indeed do nuclear-weapons-scale damage if hitting the Earth at orbital speeds. But launching one from the moon, even setting aside issues of aiming, would still require escaping the satellite's gravitational field, a task that requires the power and thrust contained in a huge rocket.

Comment Renegade BBS (Score 1) 615

I am a Renegade expert. And I don't mean setup a BBS and called it a day, I have hacked the OVR (data file) 6 ways till sunday.

What always amazed me about Regegade is how well coded it was. It allowed for us to extend a whole bunch of things by merely changing ANSI logic in the OVR.

For instance Renegade was always limited to 5 line File_id.diz (filename desciption files) but was well enough architected that I was able to use ANSI escapes to exploit how it rendered the lines, and make it support an unlimited length of File_ID.diz

There were a few "mod releases" to accomplish this, but none of them actually work and in fact went about it the wrong way. To my knowledge no one has ever accomplished this hack of the OVR except for me. The day I made it work in Renegade by Hex editing a file was my "neo moment", long before the Matrix was a thing. It also made me pretty leet in my circle.

Comment Re:Hint: It ain't the guy called in all the time (Score 1) 229

I worked with a fella like this when I was still pretty junior, who was a trainwreck, but played the IT game brilliantly. He brought positive influence to our team and taught me a lot in a short time. I do not idolize him but I respect him greatly.

He also showed me I could do just about anything I set my mind to, including moving a 250lb drunk man to a better spot, after he fixed it.

Comment Ding dong (Score 1) 127

I've been administering since Solaris was a we babe.

It used to be rock solid, but somewhere shortly after Java, it truly died and went in a direction of differentiating itself from the competition by layering trashpile over trashpile, over POSIX.

Every time I get asked to fix or deal with a Solaris 10/11 server these days, I cringe and immediately start avoiding it. Mainly because basic tasks still aren't efficient, or even make sense in approach. It's like Oracle is determined to be stable, but different for no reason other than to sell the next version and call it an enhancement. Solaris has not seen a true enhancement since 9 and that was 10 years ago.
So glad to see that witch dead.

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