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Comment Re:Threshold (Score 1) 409

There will always be a need for manual labor,

Really? Seems to me like that will be the first thing to go, or indeed has already gone in many cases.

Lower skilled labor goes, but every time there is automation to remove a simple task the bar of "simple" gets raised as there is always more to do that we don't have the ability to automate.

They said Ford's assembly line was going to be the death of factory workers, but it proved not to be. They said robots on the assembly lines would be the death of the factory workers, but they haven't been. The backhoe and Ditch Witch didn't remove the need to have "ditch diggers". In all cases the human work changed, but humans were still needed. The workers that wanted to stay employed acquired the new skills that were needed.

It's up to the displaced to learn the new skills to fill the new role or some other existing role. I have no problem providing assistance to those that are willing to make the transitions while they are going through the change. It's those that stand by and complain without doing anything that I have no sympathy for.

I don't count myself as something special or irreplaceable. I know very well that I could be replaced at anytime by someone that can do it for less (H1B, off shoring, etc..). But rather than bitch about how life is "unfair" I instead bust my ass to keep my skills up to date so that I can continue to make a living.

At the end of the day we are the only ones responsible for making sure we have a job. If someone isn't willing to do what's needed to be employable, it's no one's fault besides their own.

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 2, Insightful) 409

But by not having a social safety net for everyone, this kind of thing looks like it might ruin the US.

Why is it the government's or society's responsibility to support those that refuse to support themselves?

There will always be a need for manual labor, at least until the machines rise up and successfully exterminate us. Every time there is a great advancement in technology we hear the same thing, yet we still have all kinds of work available for those motivated to do it.

Those that truly can't learn new skills due to REAL physical or mental limitations should always get our help. Those that simply refuse to transition or look at certain jobs as beneath them deserve neither sympathy nor support.

We can not halt progress and change simply because some can't/won't keep up.

Comment Re:AT&T -- pushing away their loyal customers (Score 4, Informative) 58

I was AT&T since before they sold off wireless to Cingular. Got tired of the iPhone and switched to a Nexus late last year, then I bit the bullet and dropped AT&T for Google's Fi service. My only complaint with Fi is that it just works for Nexus and Pixel phones. The service and cost structures are incredibly refreshing (what do you mean I get credit back for unused data and don't get raped for overage charges???).

tl;dr: To hell with AT&T and the rest.

Comment Re:Why not? Ask Lenovo (Score 2) 161

Meh. I tried multiple screens. It sucks having to always turn your head back and forth all day long. I prefer one giant screen to multiple tiny ones. Dell U3014 FTW.

I once ran 4 24" monitors laid out end to end and I hated it both for what you mention and also what I need always seemed to be on the farthest monitor which took "forever" to get to.

Now, however, I found standing them up in portrait mode is perfect for me since I'm working on code all day and it lets me see even more of it at once. I've also found that 3 seems to be my magic number as that is what I have connected to my laptop, but I have a 4th on my desktop and I find I don't use it much.

So as others have said, it just depends on what you are doing and how you use them.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 2) 161

This has very nearly no practical use.

Really? No practical use?

I haven't played any games on a computer in probably a decade at this point and I would love to have extra monitors. As it is now I have 3 24" monitors connected to my work laptop (plus it's 15" which I actually don't use) for working from home. When traveling, however, it is painful being reduced to one 15" monitor again.

Sounds like they have it set up so you can run it with 1, 2, or 3 monitors as needed. So when you are somewhere for a short period (say sitting in the airport) you just have it crank up one, but when you sitting at a remote desk all day you can kick up all 3.

The downsides for me would be the weight as that thing looks about like a 90s slab of shoulder pain. I also prefer standing my external monitors on end so I can get more code on a single display, but even "shorter" I still wouldn't have to overlap windows nearly as much.

If they do it correctly where it can actually stand up to some travel I can see it being a big hit for people like me that travel some, but like the extra desktop space.

Comment Re:how... what... (Score 4, Funny) 303

I assume he's worried about meth heads breaking in & stealing his stuff to sell to support their habit

In which case the answer to the question is to use that lump of money to move to a better area. Alternatively if they are really already in a good area where such crime is not really an issue, use it for treatment of their obvious paranoia.

Comment Re:"it was her turn" (Score 2) 332

It should have been a crowded field like 2008.

Because a crowded field did so well for us on the other side of the ballot? Both parties are their own worst enemy (and our's too). Nothing will change, however, without some serious reform (breaking up the 2 party system, term limits, killing the PACs and super PACs, etc..), but contrary to his campaigning Trump will not do any of that.

I agree with your general sentiment though. It was clear very early on that hell or high water, HRC was going to be their nominee. The Dems made it blatantly clear this time that there is indeed a ruling class in this country and we are just supposed to suck it up. It's clear the Reps also think that way too, but they were at least smart enough to not make it as obvious and even dropped Jeb when they realized that nepotism and dynasties weren't going to fly.

I'm not pleased that we got Trump, but I am estatic we didn't get HRC. Hopefully in the next 4 years either her health will have declined to make another run impossible or the Dems will have wised up and kicked her ass to the curb.

Comment Re:Best solution I ever heard (Score 1) 209

We already have the ability to do all that anyway. Somebody forces you to use your phone to take a picture. You may counter that taking a picture in a voting place is illegal, but so is vote selling and coercion.

But there are people in the polling place watching for you to be doing something like that. During the primaries I got chewed out by the staff in my polling place because I pulled my phone out to check a text message. So they are (or are supposed to be) watching for that kind of stuff and doing something about about it.

Hell, I vote by mail. How is there any proof my employer or whoever didn't force me to sign up to vote by mail, then supervise me as I filled out my ballot?

Very true and one of the many reasons I disagree with mail in ballots. They serve a valid purpose, but are far too over used by people that were never meant to use them. Counties should have "early" voting stations open for maybe a month or two (and not for just a day or two, the whole time the office is open) prior to the election so that people (who can prove) that won't be there on the actual day can cast their votes. Mail in ballots should only be available for those that can prove that they will not be able to show up on election day or any of the early voting days (e.g. working overseas).

Of course along with that is that they also need to have voting stations (on election day) setup properly so we don't get these ridiculous lines that take hours or worse to get through.

Comment Re: Best solution I ever heard (Score 1) 209

This is kinda an asinine criticism about electronic voting. There's all sorts of illegal things your boss can do. It's up to you to turn him in to the police, same as you would if he was committing any other federal crime.

Actually it's a very real outcome. Most companies are very easy to figure out how they lean. So with a receipt they will require you to prove you voted by showing it to them. Then while they can't outright terminate you then and there without opening themselves to a legal mess, you can certainly expect to see yourself getting worse jobs, lower bonuses/raises, not getting promotions, higher on the list for layoffs, etc..

That kind of stuff was done before and is what led to all the voter protection laws that we have in place. Take the laws away and we will devolve back to that stuff in fairly short order, especially as long as the political climate remains this contentious and ugly.

Comment Re:Best solution I ever heard (Score 1) 209

Instant voter fraud protection because if your vote mysteriously goes from Clinton to Trump or vice versa

Vote swapping is far from the only type of voter fraud out there and this wouldn't address the others.

It also gives rise to voter intimidation. Currently there is the one copy of the vote and the voter is the only person that actually knows who they voted for. So if someone is intimidating them to vote one way or another, they can still vote as they want and tell the intimidator whatever they want to hear. Add in receipts and not the intimidator can verify that they voted as directed and take action if they didn't. It's no different that the idiots wanting to strike down the laws about taking pictures of your marked ballot.

Comment Re:Thanks, *hats (Score 1) 80

Security is an ever evolving moving target. What is deemed secure today may very well become insecure tomorrow.

While I agree with you on this point, you aren't looking far enough at the problem.

The real problem is the number of these devices that never see updates/patches from the vendor. This plays out in two ways. The first being that the vendor never patches anything and the second is while they do, they don't make it simple for the average user to A) find out about the update and B) install it.

The other problem we have is that security is not a selling point for the average user. They pay attention to the bling, so even if there was somewhere you could go to get honest and up to date security reviews on products before you buy them, most people wouldn't. While I am no fan of government regulations (due to how they instituted and implemented in highly politicized manners), this is something where the world could benefit.

In the later regard I view it much like vehicle emissions. The majority of people just don't care and even many of the ones that do don't understand how wrong they are on the facts. As such it is valuable for governments to step in with clear and impartial (it's Monday, everyone needs a good laugh to start the week) requirements that manufactures must meet before their cars can be sold.

Something similar should be in place for network connected devices to force companies to be better actors. Otherwise, as in every other industry to date, corners will be cut on consumer/environmental safety since such enhancements will generate little if any revenue. It should not be left to the person that can't figure out how to connect their cable router who is also the same person that will think an Internet connected TV or fridge with built-in cameras are a good idea...

Comment Re: net6501 (Score 2) 247

Ubnt edgerouter

I'm a fan of their stuff so I recently picked one up to play with and use as a backup to my Juniper.

While the features are there actually configuring and using them is a PITA that is wrought with frustration if you have any experience with real enterprise level gear.

The biggest frustration for me was it's inability to load full structured (e.g. not a list of set commands) config files from a default configuration. The problem is that rather than wipe the existing config and apply the new one, it does it sequentially and not in a transaction. This causes problems when it realizes that you've deleted the default firewall, but it fails to remove it because an existing interface is still referencing it even though later in your config you change the settings for the interface and remove said reference. In such cases it also leaves the configuration in an odd state as some things get applied and other (even unrelated to errors) aren't.

After 2 months of fighting with it and still not being able to replicate my Juniper config I ended up dropping another $400 on a new Juniper to be my backup/dev router.

I like the idea of the Edgerouters, but they just aren't there yet. At least I'm only out $50 for it though. It certainly has a lot for $50!

Comment Re:NoSQL is amateur land. (Score 4, Informative) 96

The issue here really isn't SQL vs NoSQL. It's about securing the data and access. Lack of security is not inherent in NoSQL, it just occurs more often than SQL databases.

Well, I'd have to disagree here. If I install a MongoDB on some cloud VM using the default setup, I have an insecure database available on the internet. If I install Postgres, well... I can't even access the database remotely.

Ummm, unless something has changed recently the respective "createdb" tools for both MySQL and Postgres make it very simple to start up a new DB with an open root account and listening on an IP.

I agree with your general view on NoSQL and who tends to use it, but it's the ones using it that are the problem here and not the software itself. The only argument against NoSQL/Mongo here is that it is shocking in this day and age for any server to allow un-authed access. That can be applied to many server software packages though including OSS SQL DBs.

What this is really a symptom of is the people with no real experience that are just about "getting the job done" rather than understanding the actual problem and the potential risks. I don't know how many times I've seen cases in my career where the first sign of communication issues causes people to start tearing down the security barriers. Most of the time the real problem was a minor config issue (going over the wrong interface, missing host to host ACL, listening on the wrong port, etc..), but the damage done to "just get it working" is rarely ever fixed.

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