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Comment Re:Always (Score 1) 765

I work for a small (formerly family-owned) company.

That's one of the secrets, right there. Work in a place where the decision-makers actually reside and whom you will occasionally encounter, and you have a chance of being treated with respect. If "corporate" is in another town, all bets are off.

I'm probably the exception rather than the rule but I'm an American working for an Indian company with > 100k employees. The spousal unit got very ill and spent three weeks in the hospital, after about the third day I called my boss, told him I was setting my out of office and that I would keep him informed. Long story short I took three weeks off without getting charged one day of vacation or sick leave and when I got back to the office the boss insisted I work from home for a couple weeks. I finally had to tell him that I *had* to go back to the office, that my wife wasn't being neglected and that the spousal unit's daughter was pitching in and I wasn't needed at home 24/7. A lot of the time this company pisses me off but when I really needed some help they didn't hesitate. I can forgive a whole lot of stupid if I'm sure people are taking care of me :)

Comment former kde evangelist here... (Score 1) 111

I feel as if KDE is the beset Desktop Environment Linux ever produced. with maybe the exception of KDE 2, it has been one of the most methodical, configurable environment there is. It should have been the defacto Environment space for Linux.

KDE has been my preferred desktop until four or five years ago when I discovered #!. I run Debian Sid, and in the past few years have taken *box about as far as I cared to and decided to give Plasma5 a spin - and was pleasantly surprised. I found a service menu on kde-apps that gave me the right-click application menu I missed in *box and I still have to edit .kickoffrc to get it to display the way I want, but my seven or eight most-used applications are just a right-click away now. Not a fan of the flat theme either (or the fact that the KDE team doesn't love any color but blue) and fixed both of those - here are a couple of screenshots, one clean and one dirty. Linked images are kinda big - 1920x1080.

clean screenshot

dirty screenshot

Comment former trucker here... (Score 2) 615

...I was a trucker long before I was a geek.

Autonomous trucks will still need fuel, most truckers don't sleep in hotels and I can't speak for anybody else but when I was a driver I ate one sit-down meal a day when I stopped for fuel.

Will be interested to see how AI deals with a mountain pass or city traffic; I think autonomous trucks will need human assistance for at least the foreseeable future.

Comment i do use the cloud... (Score 1) 446

...but encrypt everything I can't afford to lose with my own 2, 048 bit key. IM frequently less than HO encrypted cloud storage isn't secure unless you have control of the encryption key.

I keep the key on optical media in my house and a printed copy in a safe deposit box at the bank.

Comment i have some of the same hardware as you (Score 1) 253

I have a pair of WD TV Live boxes in my house and love the little gadgets. I've used them for four or five years and have yet to see a video file they wouldn't play so for me, transcoding is not a requirement. My media server is an HP Atom N270 netbook with 2GB RAM running Debian Unstable and I use minidlna to serve up video and audio; I also use this machine to manage network backups to an external hard drive. Works like a charm.

Although the netbook has a GUI installed I never use it, preferring to manage it over an SSH session.

If you're committed to the crawlspace thing (and it appears that you are), as others have mentioned as long as you can keep water, dust and critters out of the machine you should be fine; but with the WD box you really don't need anything fancy to act as a DLNA server. You seem to be committed to running a Windows machine as well, so I'm not gonna debate that point :)

I think the biggest challenge you'll have is keeping critters out of the machine while still maintaining reasonable airflow; so I'd think that a low-power box that didn't require much in the way of cooling would be the way to go; I think your biggest issue will probably be keeping bugs out of the thing.

Comment disagree with corenominal a little bit (Score 1) 129

...I’m leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value,

Would disagree pretty strongly. I was a longtime KDE user and was scared witless of lightweight WM after a few failed attempts back in the day. #! gave me a lightweight distribution that worked OOB and gave me a usable system; I felt free to backup configs and tweak to my heart's content, knowing I could always put it back the way it was if I screwed it up.

That's how I learned openbox. That's also how I learned that I preferred fluxbox to openbox.

Then I figured one day that since I had a really nice #! configuration I could migrate the thing to full Debian. After that I learned that migrating a #! install to Debian isn't as easy as one would think, but I got through it. That gave me the confidence to clean-install Jessie and later, Sid which is where I am now.

But I'm still using the default #! theme :)

corenominal saved me a lot of pain and I learned a lot. I'm not sure there really is anything to replace what #! is out of the box.

Comment Re:Well duh. (Score 3, Interesting) 293

Actually, no... They are discriminated against based on salary expectations.

This. This right here.

I'm an American working for an Indian IT company in a middle management position. The company for which I work seems to believe that employee attrition is cost of doing business and although I'm compensated fairly (which was a pretty good trick all by itself), the majority of my peers and subordinates are not. I wouldn't blame any of them for leaving. If my company hadn't made things right with me I'd have left a year and a half ago.

Most companies based in India don't pay anywhere near market; that's how they win contracts. Sad to say, but the customer gets what he pays for; if you want to outsource and want American workers the customer has to be prepared to pay the price. There is one client at this location that requires their service desk to be all native speakers; since this will be staffed with all US employees they're gonna pay more than if the company had outsourced some or all of that service desk to India.

High employee attrition appears to be an acceptable business risk to most of these companies.

Comment Re:Crunchbang! (Score 1) 573

Seconded.

#! Waldorf is Debian Wheezy running openbox with training wheels installed. It comes with a working panel, compositing, wallpaper, screensaver, conky and as parent pointed out, one tool per task. I wanted to learn a lightweight WM without all the pain of first-time configuring a lightweight WM ;-)

I won't need crunchbang next time I install but am grateful to the #! team for teaching me openbox in the most painless way possible.

Firefox

Submission + - Firefox remarkably improved in latest browser showdown (tomshardware.com) 2

Billly Gates writes: Tomshardware did another benchmark showdown since several releases of both Firefox and Chrome came out since the last one. Did Mozilla clean up its act and listen to its users? The test results are listed here. Firefox 13.01 uses the least amount of ram with 40 tabs opened while Chrome uses the highest surprisingly. Overall it scored medium with memory efficiency which measures ram released after tabs are closed. What is also surprising is IE 9 still is king of the lowest ram usage for just 1 tab. Bear in mind in the comments below is that these tests were benchmarked in Windows 7. Windows XP and Linux users will have different results due to differences in memory management. It is too bad IE 10 which is almost finished wasn't available to benchmark.

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