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Comment Just get any high quality laptop (Score 1) 237

We've come far enough now that pretty much any non-budget laptop should be able to run Linux without the gamut of driver issues that existed in years past. I don't think there's much of a difference between the sets of reliable Windows laptops and reliable Linux laptops anymore. The keyword to look for is _reliable_, not Linux.

Comment Re:Nonsense. Again. (Score 1) 432

What is the difference between selective breeding and genetic modification?... nothing.
GM is more efficient at selecting genes but no qualitative difference.
BTW, mother nature has been doing GM for millions of years and randomly inserting genes across all types of organisms and so far, that seems to be working out just fine.
So please, Keep Calm and Don't Panic.

Once upon a time, certain single-celled organisms happened upon a new process to make food, and its only novel byproduct was free oxygen. For a time, things continued swimmingly as the iron on earth rusted, until it was all rusted and no longer consumed the oxygen. Then most organisms couldn't cope with this highly toxic element and died. Certainly today, this is seen as a valuable transition on the way to life as we know it, but I'd hardly like to be on the other side of it.

Comment Re:Relieve pressure? (Score 5, Interesting) 151

Part of the problem with trying to relieve the pressure is that many eruptions occur because of gases suspended in the magma. Once the pressure drops enough, the gas ceases to be soluble in the magma and it's the expansion of the gas that causes the violent eruption. It follows that relieving the pressure could easily trigger the eruption you are trying to prevent in this case. Whether this is the actual cause of an eruption in a specific case is dependent on the volcano, I believe, and is implicated in the more explosive ones, as opposed to the gentler flowing eruptions found with others.

Comment Re:whistling (Score 1) 682

This isn't the first time the Redskins trademarks have been revoked. The previous case started in the late 90s and ended on appeals in maybe 2009 with the finding that the plaintiffs didn't have standing to bring the case, as I recall.

Comment Solution (Score 1) 213

After careful consideration, I've come up with the following function which should fit their needs:

int detect_sarcasm(string potential_threat) //return 0 if serious, 1 if sarcastic
    return 1;

I guarantee it will improve their false positive rate.

Comment What's your role on the CAB? (Score 1) 294

If you're in a small company but still managing 50 servers, what is your role on the CAB? You should advocate to be part of the CAB, at the very least, so that you can coordinate processes to streamline critical and security patches, and keep management informed of the process. If you are approaching this with a hostile or obstructive attitude, it doesn't reflect well on you and it injures your ability to get management to listen to you when it counts. A CAB can be a rubber stamp, for the most part, that ensures that there is at least documentation and a modicum of thought going into the maintenance of the company's infrastructure. The creation of a CAB is pretty reasonable, but the key is to be involved in its creation and ongoing existence as well so that you can eliminate the red tape while still documenting the process to CYA in case something goes wrong. And something, sometime, will go wrong.

It's possible that moving to a more validated and controlled environment will increase your workload, but again, documenting the volume of changes, etc. is to your benefit. That is the data you need in order to provide management the justification for getting a second admin hired. This is also the data that you can use to justify a big raise or promotion at your next review, instead of people wondering what exactly you do all day.

Also, as mentioned previously, you really should have WSUS or a similar solution to deploy patches across your organization, both to make administration easier and to help enforce a consistent environment across all the systems. If you patch everything piecemeal, it's quite difficult to tell whether a patch will break one system with a different set of patches than this other one.

Comment Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (Score 0) 698

Oh look, it's the "language evolves" horse shit again.
Language also devolves. People using the language incorrectly is detrimental the core purpose of the language (communication), and thus detrimental to the language itself.

Yes, because 20,000 years ago we all spoke the one pure language that perfectly described everything and since that fell apart the world has gone to shit.

Comment Re:jerk (Score 2) 1440

Traffic stops are one of the most dangerous activities that the police engage in on a regular basis. It's very easy to get hit by traffic, and you don't know who the person in the car is. They might just as well decide to pull a gun on you and when you try to put a little distance between you, you get hit by the truck in the next lane.

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