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Comment Meh (Score 4, Informative) 480

First off the article linked was poorly written. It is only their professional services arm that has these new restrictions. R&D does not. Secondly who cares? I prefer business casual over some of the other forms of outfits that you can wear. Yes I can wear sneakers (trainers) and they might be very comfortable, but I buy an $80 pair of shoes, wear them every day, and they last 5 years. That is not all that expensive. Khaki's are lighter than Denim Jeans .. so I prefer them. Hey, less ball sweat. $40 a pair (you need five). I have light button down shirts that I wear over my under shirt and have never had a problem of being hot, or feeling constrained. Again, spend $40 on each shirt and you will only have to replace them if you get fat (or skinny) or after like 5 years. So lets see. $500 for 5 years worth of NICE clothes you can wear anywhere (church, wedding, christmas dinner, etc.) and you are more comfortable than when you wear jeans and a polo.

Of course this is all subjective. My current job allows people to wear jeans instead of Khaki's. I told my boss that I will never wear jeans, but if he lets me wear shorts that will be a different story. I would prefer to wear shorts and a t-shirt, but it is work. Seriously. If you are customer facing, it is not hard to look nice and professional. If you are a back room guy - Who cares.

Comment Lots of reasons (Score 1) 688

1) Costs. A car costs about $35k - $40k new. IF you qualify for the rebate, you get that back (it is not automatic, you have to have certain tax levels). So they are not cheap.

2) Most people only have one car per adult (over 18). This is so they can go to work, etc. Most people need this car so they can do all tasks needed (the jack of all trades sort of thing) which includes road trips to grandma's 2 states over. If you are married it becomes much easier to have a pet car that has limited ...

3) Range. Cars need to get you from point A to B, and range is key. If you don't work some place where you can recharge, you cannot top the tank at work. They you are stuck with the range you have. If you live in a place with cold weather winters, your range decreases by as much as 15%. Your 100 mile range now is 85 (not including the heater having to be run) just from the physics of the battery.

4) People have different needs on different days. I work as a consultant, and a college professor. When I consult, I drive 20 miles a day to work or so. When I teach, I drive 40 miles one way to teach. I cannot consult and teach on the same day with most modern electric cars (outside the volt or tesla). I would have to drive to work, drive home, pick up my other car, and drive to teach. Not going to happen.

5) They are picking shitty bodies/designs. I don't drive a chevy cruze, or a sedan at all. I drive a crossover due to its ride height and utility and size (I am a big dude). I don't fit in tiny sedan cars. If they put the guts of volt in a crossover, it would be a hit. GM sells more trucks and SUV/crossovers than they do cars. Same with Ford. Same with Chrysler. It is not what the masses want. I would love to own a volt. I have been following it since 2007 when it was first announced. However when I first sat in it after waiting 4 years, I don't fit. Too small of a driver cockpit.

6) People are uneducated about what a car can do. Many people just don't know how to deal with the simple way that things work as they don't become educated about the cars they purchase. You cannot believe the comments I have seen on several EV boards about cars.

7) People are stuck in their ways. Gas is good and electric is bad. I have an electric but have to rent a car to drive to grandma's two states over for christmas. Okay. But it is not my vehicle ... wahhhh ... wahhhh. They are stuck in their ways and don't want to change.

8) Cars are not available everywhere. I don't live in California. I live in Indiana. I don't get a Kia Soul EV. I don't get a Toyota Rav4 EV. These are only sold in California for CARB compliance reasons. The manufacturers don't want to have to deal with them so they allow those cars to be sold out of that state.

Comment Following this closely (Score 1) 249

I have been following these two cars for years since they have been announced. I have seen nothing on the features offered on either car, outside of the price and range promises. The pictures of the bolt look nice (maybe) but until I can sit in one, I will withhold my judgement. They have not released any info on the model 3 so I can judge nothing.

My bets are: If we are talking tesla, it will be $30k but if you want any feature that makes a tesla a tesla, you will have to spend another $15k to make it right. If you are talking chevy, it will be pretty good, but another $2k for leather and heated seats and a sat nav. That is the difference between companies. Tesla is not going to give you self driving, or the IPAD style interior unless you pay for it. Chevy will give you most of it.

Comment It is I/O (Score 1) 517

In Windows, you need enough resources. If you only have 4GB RAM (and it is a laptop, sharing video memory), you can only open a few apps before you run out of memory. Windows allows any program to request how much memory they want. When they request more memory, and there is physically no more, you go to swap. Again, instead of stopping apps from asking more, they give it more and more. For example, my firefox right now is running at 19GB of memory. It just keeps asking for more memory (of course I have 1000+ tabs opened). So it just keeps moving memory to swap. Swap is SLOW as it is on disk.

Second, as you mentioned this is a work laptop, they have a HIDS/IPS/firewall software installed. Every time you access a file that is checked for viruses/etc. before it is opened. (Not to mention all the stuff is loaded into memory, giving you less space for apps). Also there are full anti virus scans on laptops that run weekly? Daily? depends on your company. This takes up I/O which slows things down, especially when you are swapping memory.

Hints to fix. Get enough RAM. I think 16GB is enough, 8 is a min now days. Make sure your HIDS/IPS/Firewall is not scanning your page file (very common mistake). Ask IT to move your virus scans to lunch time (ie. Noon, instead of 10am). There are other suggestions but they get into the pros/cons of security and expose your company to more risk.

Comment My main PC (Score 1) 558

My main PC is as follows:

Phenom II 6 core (2.4 GHz)
16GB RAM (DDR3, 1333MHz if I remember correctly)
2x 128 SSD disks (Raid 1)
1x 2TB disk for TV Recording
1x 16x Blu-Ray drive
1x 48x DVD drive
1 Radeon 74xx video card (2 GB DDR5 ram, 720 threads)
2x 24in 16:9 monitors
IBM Model M keyboard
Microsoft version 1.0 laser mouse (from 2000)
Windows 7 Ultimate

I have a low powered (6 watt CPU) linux box running on the network as my file storage through Samba, mail server, web server. This is more than enough power for me and does what I need it to do.

Comment Every time this is brought up, the point is missed (Score 1) 1032

Every time this is brought up, the point is missed. A few decades ago, people would go to college to be educated. You left with a broader understanding of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Now you are expected to graduate college, fully trained, to hit the ground running in your career. Colleges have had to follow suit so that industry would hire their graduates .. to make their numbers look good .. to market the university .. to get more students. So industry is shifting their responsibility of "training" new employees to universities.

I have a buddy who graduated with a BA in Philosophy. He is a director of application development. Why is this? He is a smart dude, and his passion is coding. He learned about life in college, got a degree, and learned to code on the side. Some company trained him and he became good and went on to bigger and better things. This is what is missing. Companies are not taking fliers on people like this anymore. They won't look at someone unless they have XYZ degree from a top 10 school, with a 3.5 GPA, etc. They want their students to come out 100% trained, to hit the ground running.

The other side is people are not willing to take a low level job to be trained. They come out of school, and expect to get this $80k a year doing their dream job, with no skills, just given to them. People have to work, pay their dues, and show they are a good employee before they can demand their dream jobs. Work in the mailroom, work in another department, etc. You graduated with an MIS degree, and cannot find a job because you have a 2.5 GPA, then work in accounting or marketing before you transfer to IT. Prove you can work a job before you expect one to be given to you.

Comment Re:Easy to turn off (Score 1) 531

In theory it is a couple of mouse clicks. The issue becomes how do you know? Without deep packet inspection you will never know what exactly your browser is sending to websites. The issue is not how trivial it is to turn it off, it is that now Mozilla as an organization is now in the ad business, taking my privacy is no longer a concern. The sheer fact that they are considering it means that my privacy has moved down the list of priorities for the foundation than functionality or user experience.

There is a reason I don't use Chrome. I can tell you for a fact that even with every privacy based extension turned on for all sites, Chrome can still phone home to google and give it anything the coders want. I don't like that and refuse to use Chrome for that reason. Now that Firefox is going down that path by their actions, the trust is being broken. Once trust is gone, everything fades.

Comment I wonder if this integrates with SCCM (Score 2) 265

Part of SCCM is the DSC for Windows servers. What this allows is to validate (ie. scan) for changes to the default build for servers, desktops, and provides integrated reporting. While there are many tools to do this, it is free from MS (minus the OS and SQL DB). If adding Linux to this is a possibility, having your compliance and reporting in one tool, which can leave you from having to run tripwire enterprise or the like due to compliance requirements, might be a win.

I am not saying it is the best thing on the planet, but if it does what the theory states, that would be a huge deal to have 1 less tool to manage to provide compliance reports.

Comment Re:Net metering is unstustainable (Score 1) 374

I don't understand your comment and there is zero way to store AC power (your excess from yours example). It just goes out on the grid and someone else uses it and the generator at the power plant produces less.

If you are talking about "hey I am producing more than I am using" and 4 hours later have to use more than you make, then that is the part that net metering takes into consideration. Where I live, it is $0.10 a kWh to consume, and $0.01 kWh to produce (ie. your excess from solar). They pay you for your generation and charge you for your usage.

Comment What I did w/ my geek son (Score 3, Interesting) 698

I am sorry to hear about your prognosis. As someone with a Geek child (now 20) I can offer some stuff for you. There are two ways to go about this: Regular Advice or Geek advice. You can go exclusively geek advice, but that is a short list and technically rather short sighted. You can give regular advice, but can add geek references would probably be more appropriate.

* How to pick a good mate (interests, money, sex, religion, etc.) Maybe include stories of your wife/your courting
* How to succeed a marriage (how to fight, alone time, sex, money, etc.)
* How to be a good partner in a relationship (no passive/aggressive, fight fair, etc.)
* Sex in general
* Self Esteem (how she is good how she is, don't change, positive notes, etc.)
* Geeky stuff you like (TV shows, books, games, etc.)
* Encourage who she is (follow your passions, be strong and confident, etc.)
* Encourage talents (you should be able to see them there, give her suggestions on what to do)
* Money (how to invest, save/emergency fund, net worth, save for retirement, keeping up with the jones, etc.)
* General advice like (top 3 reasons people get a divorce .. money, sex, religion)
* General tech advice (password resets, no 2 passwords the same, once online always online, etc.)
* More general stuff about the world around her (world economy, driving in your area, etc.) anything that you would tell a kid during their lifetime.

Comment Updates are not always better (Score 0) 157

I will never let a dealer touch my ECU. I explicitly forbid them for "flashing" or "updating" it. I have had two examples of where my ECU were updated (without my permission) and they have ruined a car. One was a EPA change which made my car run 5 MPG less after that oil change (at a dealer, who updated the ECU). The other added some self tests to the car which made me lemon law it (but every single person that got these changes, had this issue).

If there is nothing wrong, I don't want any changes done to my car.

Comment Re:Notice is 2 Months Late (Score 1) 223

Because as any good Security person knows, you have to follow the trail, and find as much information as possible about the hack. Notice they did not say a lot about how it was done, and they cannot even tell what was taken. They need time to work on that, and that is why they hired a digital forensics company to do that. They were required by law to disclose after a certain time frame (2 months), so they did. Otherwise they would have sat on this so they could answer every person's question properly and not say "we don't know" for a lot of the really basic questions. The more time they take, the less bad PR they take because a lack of a definitive answer to the press means you have speculation, and that is more hurtful to companies than bad things happening.

Comment Re:SSN as an ID not password (Score 1) 223

The issue you are talking about is not exactly right. SSN is an ID .. that is a fact. ID's are never, ever, supposed to be secret. They are in fact supposed to be public so we can discern whom is who. However what you are railing against is the proof of identity, which is a separate issue. For example, knowing someone's SSN should not be proof of identity. The issue is that banks/insurance companies/etc. are using insecure practices when it comes to establishing proof of identity.

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