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Comment Re: This always worked for me... (Score 2) 217

My company does something similar.

Basically just triple whatever estimate we come up with.

This comes with a huge benefit: If it turns out we over-estimate, the client is happier with an earlier finish date, or we can put a little extra time/effort into something that just didn't feel as polished, and the client got an even better value for their money.

We also have a policy to not bill over our quotes, so over-estimating is crucial. It holds us accountable so we don't bleed our clients and create bad blood.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 232

Sounds like you just did a bunch of research on the colder places in Canada.

Your post history, literally from the last day or two hours, indicates you're in Ontario.

Living in a small town in Saskatchewan, I experience what you've described every year. Year after year. The only difference is I have a relatively decent sized center about 40 minutes away.

I built my own business up from nothing, specifically so I wouldn't have to move away from here, because one of the few things I actually enjoy here is the cold winters. Some other great things: tons of snow in winter, lots of light in summer (to grow my own food), low population densities, super fast internet (thank you gov't owned fiber network), no daylight saving time, and so on and so forth. The only thing I don't like is our current Provincial Government, but they'll be voted out in 3 years.

Fact is, -40 and colder sucks and because I'm not a sadist, I don't make my kids walk to school in it. -10? -20? Not a problem. That weather is quite enjoyable, in my opinion. Even into the -30s if there is no wind, but living in the flattest part of the country means there is usually wind.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 232

Do you count the "Windchill Factor"? If so, yes it does get to -60C, and -45C without.

Besides, it's not MY comfort, its my childrens comfort. Seeing as they are both under 10, theit bodies can not handle the cold nearly as well as I can. Personally, I rather enjoy the cold.

Boy Slashdot is full of a bunch of ignorant pricks lately.

Comment Re: who knew (Score 1) 232

I work from home as well.

It really helps to keep a routine when you work from home. I walk my kids to school when it's nice out (too cold most of the winter), and their not on holidays.

During the summer, while my kids are not in school, it's much more difficult. I think the worst part is the constant feeling that I have to work on all stuff outdoors. Today, in between some scheduled calls, I fixed a gate on my fence, laid tarps over my veggie garden to stop weeds from germinating, and lubed up the parts that need lube on my bicycle.

I find it much easier to work in the evenings anyway, so that's when I get the majority of my work done.

Comment Re: Attitudes (Score 1) 81


I manage backups for some of my customers. Some from a couple of GB, up to around 12TB. I know, I know, very small scale for most of you.

I replicate this across 4 locations:
- a local backup (usually a NAS type of device, in their office) which backs itself up to
- on my servers (in Montreal, Canada)
- on my office backup server (located in my office)
- then another copy in Backblaze B2 (wherever their DC is)

So typically the data syncs to the NAS pretty much continually, then the NAS pushes out (encrypted) incremental backup archives to my servers in Montreal, my office server downloads from the Montreal server every couple hours, and the Montreal server also pushes up to Backblaze's B2 object storage.

All really affordable and mostly automated.

Comment Re:The corporate shell and registration requiremen (Score 1) 60

Providing false information on your domain registration is against the registration agreement, and they have every right to terminate your domain name without notice.

WHOIS privacy services cost what they do for two reasons:
1) They have a list a mile long of compliance crap they have to keep up on
2) They are required to forward any messages they receive to the domain owner. This means e-mail, telephone, and postal mail.

One trick they use to get around this: They set up a shell company in a small foreign country that would cost a lot to call or send postal mail to. E-mail forwarding is easy, and really low cost. This heightens the bar for people to actually try and contact the company behind the domain name to a point where most people and scammers will simply not try.

They also have to submit your real information to the Registry, where it is held in escrow for situations where law enforcement needs to be involved and only the public WHOIS database receives the privacy protection companies information.

Comment Re:The corporate shell and registration requiremen (Score 1) 60

This is not true. The Registry still receives your information you submit at the time of registration from the Registrar, to be held in escrow (for law enforcement, or proving who the legal owner of the domain is). They then submit their own information to be placed in the WHOIS database.

So you are still the real owner, and only the public record (WHOIS database) of the domain is masked with the WHOIS Privacy companies information.

Comment Re: Good job guys! (Score 2) 133

I've found that some (most?) Linux distro's recompile FF to their release packages, instead of simply using the Mozilla provided binaries.

This creates a much more stable browser.

I use Funtoo Linux, and always go the compile route when updating FF. The one time I decided waiting for it to compile would be too long (was in a time crunch) it was a terrible experience. When I later "upgraded" to the self-compiled version it stablized.

I guess a lot of it depends on what your system has for native libs, and compatible versions. If you're using a huge binary blob from Mozilla you're missing out on utilizing shared libraries, and possibly using out-dated, bundled in versions of those libraries.

Comment Re: Good job guys! (Score 1) 133

I set FF to just download PDFs, that way I can open them in something that can render PDFs properly.

Don't get me wrong, pdf.js (what FF uses to render in browser) is incredibly useful. Unfortunately it can be slow, and some issues with embedded fonts still seem to exist.

Personally I use Evince on Linux to read PDFs.

Comment Re:The corporate shell and registration requiremen (Score 2) 60

The Canadian TLD (.CA) masks personal domain registration information.

When you register a .CA, you define if you are a business or individual. If it's a business, the information is available to the public via WHOIS, if you register as Personal, the information is not available to the public to search. In the event the domain holder needs to be contacted for legal reasons, the CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) will hand over the info in compliance with the law.

This is how all TLD's should be run.

As a business owner, and Domain Reseller, I have a lot of domain names under my business. The biggest issue I have with it being on public record, is the SPAM e-mails. I get so many SPAM e-mails, I created a special e-mailbox just for my domain names (domains@mybusinessname).

I'm actually in the process of setting up a special service for my own clients to "mask" just the e-mail addresses on their domain registrations, where I pass it through a spam filter and flag messages before sending them over to the client where it's clear as day that the messages are probably spam. Think of it as an inbound spam filter, but only for domain registrations.

The worst SPAM is where the spammers claim that your domain name has expired (even if expiration is weeks or months away) and send out fake renewal invoices. I get so many calls from clients wondering why they've received a bill for $200 for a domain name, when they already paid for the registration.

My goal with this filtering is that anytime something looks like an invoice, I'll inject a big red banner to the email saying this is probably a scam and should simply be discarded.

Now, you may be thinking "Why not just trash the spam?" Well, according to ICANN and the CIRA (and friends), if you provide an e-mail masking service, ALL messages must be delivered. The whole point of the WHOIS is for users to get in touch with domain owners, and a single false positive would be in violation of the domain registration agreements I am a part of.

I am currently working to automate this process for my own customers, and may open it up to the public if there is any interest in it from outside users. Depending on message volume, it will be free, or really cheap. Ideally I'd like to offer it to other registrars/resellers to utilize and I would charge them a minuscule fee just to cover my costs.

Comment Re: What about the delivery of insulin? (Score 1) 94

Clearly you didn't read my post.

I am not a diabetic, and in pretty decent shape. Can I stand some more gym time, absolutely. But nearly everyone can.

I actually grow my own produce, we eat quite well. Very little carbs. Today I'm actually roto tilling in some compost in preparation of growing season.

Reducing carb intake for my son will not help anything.

Fuck off and quit making assumptions about people.

Comment Re: What about the delivery of insulin? (Score 2) 94

You're a fucking idiot. My son has an auto-immune disease, not because he eat too many carbs.

Please learn the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. He's in perfect health, and always has been. Can't control when your body decides to kill off it's own insulin producing cells.

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