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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'.

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 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.

Comment 'Anonymous writer' is an oblivious douche (Score 4, Insightful) 190

Jeezis F hell, who are you people who write up this shit? I think if plugging in USB/HDMI cables and writing a completely pre-figured, tested OS distro to an SD card is a difficult line of steps, then find a new F hobby and get off the rest of our lawns. What the Raspberry Pi Foundation has dropped in your lap is about THE SIMPLEST FORM OF ABSTRACTED HIGH LEVEL EMBEDDED DEVELOPMENT YOU WILL EVER GET TO WORK WITH. Period.

I'd honestly hate to see the thought of you doing FPGA programming over a JTAG interface. Heck, I bet an Arduino anything is probably too much for you.

You damn millennial babies make me want to gouge my eyes out sometimes. Go turn your Playstation/XBox back on.

Comment Re:Shoddy Workmanship (Score 1) 182

Couldn't agree more. You can thank bootstrap + CMS for that crowd.

And not just web development, but 'true' professionals all-around. So maybe this makes me appear pretentious, but I feel I work pretty hard to know all the tech hats I wear and do wherever I work that mix across all those specific job titles ITFA, but case in point: There's ALOT of self-proclaimed 'professionals' that are hobby-shop single-tech-specializers, one-dimensional in skills and horrible (I mean, HORRIBLE) at their job. It's not surprising most are unemployed if you're a poser and a resident shitbag expert in nothing. Tell me a sys-admin that doesn't need to know about network administration? Tell me a network-admin that doesn't need to know multiple OS's and their supporting TCP stack for tuning? Tell any IT related field that shouldn't know at least ONE type of scripting/programming language (low or high-level) to be better and more efficient/effective to their job? Many don't and that's why they make up that 5%.

I agree some markets and areas are harder to stay employed in with a cut-throat/downsizing/outsourcing mentality, but that still doesn't warrant always consistently being on the chopping block side of things.

Comment Ever thought of a wiki? (Score 1) 227

Many years ago, I started taking all my 'text-editor-alike' notes, setup up a wiki (dokuwiki plug, but there's definitely others like Mediawiki, ect.) and added a bit of light wiki markup to them equaled instant, half-ass-looking pro-like documentation with an authentication/group control wrapper around it (e.g. local accounts or AD/LDAP tie-in).

I don't know what organization you are in or what you can/cannot setup on a whim --- but that's what I'd do. It's SUPER cool to hear you actually care about documentation and daily note taking, ect., but the step beyond IMHO is a searchable and share-able interface to it.

And even taking documentation with you is a cinch --- I just recently changed jobs and I was able to take 8+ years worth of documentation/notes/you-name-it that wasn't company specific or had a NDA attached to it, tarball it up, set up a new wiki, unpack it and I was done.

At most if you really hate the wiki, just write a few reg-ex commands to mostly strip off your markup business and you're left with what you've started: ASCII text files again.

Comment Out of touch educators or just obtuse? (Score 1) 956

This is really unfortunate to see this happen and it's really no wonder why this kid got chastised for this. I'm sure it boiled down to this: Kid proud of his achievement (regardless if his own classmates were going to grapple the concept of what he did or not), . Heck, name one kid you didn't know that wanted to show something they bought/got/made/received to show their friends or a teacher they lookup to; my kids do it ALL THE TIME. Now with the larger population, not everyone is bringing in home-brew EE projects, but the majority of us can wrap out minds around what we're presented with. Get something slightly technical or outside our metal capacity or comfort zone and everyone starts shitting themselves and crying chicken little.

What you never hear in these situations is a success story where teacher/educator saw mind-blowing potential in this that their school system was never (repeat, NEVER) going to aide this student in, reached out to some maker group in the city and got the kid and his parents introduced and/or involved. Nope, we just see school board dick swinging to the 3rd degree and toss the quick-to-use endangerment card.

I wish I was dabbling with EE at 14 vs early 20's and I'm sure glad my boss hasn't labeled me a metal-box-bomb-toting-going-postal-terrorist and fired me for the nixie tube clock I am staring at right now while typing this.

Comment What's the wide-spread use of Watson for medicine? (Score 1) 53

Throwing out the idea that this is going to make radiologists jobs and half of their depended employed medical-field co-worker obsolete is kind of far fetched IMHO. I've lived in some pretty big urban areas down to po-dunk no-where and I've never had a diagnosis or analysis done with Watson. It's probably more with my sheer lack of knowledge on the topic and 'real' (not theoretical or proof-of-concept uses) of Watson in the real world. Maybe I'm the outlier here, but I've honestly never experienced them first hand (and no I'm not counting e-medicine or skype-like appointments). Has anyone else?

I support remote sensing science applications and regardless of how much image processing, trained models and HPC crush power for analysis we do, most of the scientist in our GIS department still prefer human analysis with the naked eye as the final approval. Not that GIS is anything close to medical field, but from a pure analysis perspective, human processing and interpretation still rule those domains.

The only real cool thing I've seen Watson do in my life is play an impressive game of Jeopardy and quite honestly, I wish it would have blasted Trebek SNL style. I hate that pompous guy.

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