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Comment Re:Contractor Vs. Employee (Score 1) 193

Which means the people who engage my services likely end up paying about 3x my salary to have me as a consultant.

So if assuming your normal yearly rate is a respectable $100k, and you're on a consulting gig where your annual is effectively 3x that, or $300k, your hourly rate comes out to roughly $144 /hr.

For a short-term engagement, that's not bad at all, but it's awfully high for a 4-year stint. I'd love to learn more about how you came into the position, what it entails, etc. Would you be willing to share here, or at least privately?

Comment Re:Maybe selection bias (Score 1) 383

As long as you can control basic DNS records for your domain (GoDaddy even lets you do that) you can set the MX record for the domain to be the Dynamic DNS address and the whole thing should work just fine.

I've never actually tested it, but it sounds like it would work in theory.

DNS RFCs **require** that your MX records refer to IP addresses, not A or CNAME, which you'd get via a Dynamic DNS service.

I don't recall which RFC(s) at the moment, sorry.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 239

Cisco gear is *made* in China. We're not dealing with pin-heads here, if they wanted to "backdoor" routers, they would at least attempt to "backdoor" the real things with Chinese operatives in Chinese factories where these routers are made, while on Chinese soil...

Nice FUD. Most Cisco gear is assembled in Mexico from parts sourced worldwide.

Comment Re:How about Google does this.... (Score 1) 258

Geolocate source ip addresses.

This would be fine if Google (and others) didn't constantly mis-locate my home and work IPs. In fact, today, Google thinks that my office IPs are coming from the UK. My range is an old UUNet IP block, hasn't changed in 13 years, and whois (still) shows things properly registered to my physical address. In the past 12 months, Google has considered my office IPs to have been "in" Canada, California, UK, and Japan (should be NY state).

My home IP(s) (VZ FiOS) have had me in Virginia, Canada, and NJ in the same timeframe.

The problem doesn't seem to be limited to Google, either. showed me their UK site this morning, too, but I can't be sure if they geolocated me by IP address, or by an AdWords session cookie. At the same time,,, etc. see me where I should be, as do a few "what is my IP address" websites.

Anyone have any ideas how this whole geolocation thing actually works nowadays?

Comment Re:More Magnesium (Score 1) 347

If you suffer from anxiety (and even if you don't) I suggest you take a magnesium supplement, preferably magnesium citrate or magnesium ororate. Magnesium helps you relax.



Mass Effect 2 Announced For Early 2010 72

Bioware has confirmed rumors that development for the sequel to Mass Effect is well under way, and they're planning on a release in early 2010. They mentioned PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game, but no information was given about a possible PS3 version. CVG has a write-up of what we know about Mass Effect 2 so far. Quoting: "In the shooting department the developer's official announcement promises 'intensified combat' and 'expanded weapon options.' We're hoping some of the work goes on improving the game's shooting mechanics, which were solid enough but could certainly do with some polishing to meet 2010 standards — especially in the cover system department. As for 'expanded weapon options,' we can only assume this refers to the in-depth gun tweaking and customisation options available in Mass Effect 1."

Comment My Sperm Rul3z! (Score 1) 902

I have 3 kids. All are gorgeous and free from any genetic defects. I got lucky, but so what? I am FIRMLY against any manufactured competition for my offspring. Do it naturally, I say!

Seriously though, knowing that my spermies and my wife's eggs are worth a few million... TOTALLY awesome.

Antec Releases "Skeleton" PC Case 124

ThinSkin writes "It is appropriate to say that Antec was 'thinking outside the box' when the idea of the 'Skeleton' PC Case sprung to mind. The Antec Skeleton is an open-air PC case with a pair of shelves for the motherboard and other components — held up by arching arms. There are no side panels. This is ideal for the computer user who is constantly fidgeting with his PC parts, or someone who wants to show off his fancy components. Just have a compressed air can nearby. There is also a slideshow of Antec Skeleton images available."

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