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Comment Re:The IT shortage in america is a myth. (Score 1) 660

Yes, just hop somewhere else. All of my significant salary raises have come from switching jobs. The added bonus is that it has usually meant to be exposed to different practices, some good, some bad, but always accelerating acquisition of experience as well with several *big* name companies on my resume now. Some employers might frown upon staying less than 4 years and value loyalty but there is little to no loyalty the other way around so I do not see why it is expected for employees to be loyal if: A) the company keeps you because you provide more value than hiring someone else, B) they refuse to give you market raise, knowing your replacement would get more than you currently get.

Comment Re:Don't use rm! (Score 3, Insightful) 356

Nowadays since nobody wants to do sysadmin work and since most startups and companies feel that a pure sysadmin job it is a waste of money they slap 'must code shell and chef' on top, call it DevOps but then just treat them just as badly as before. The 'DevOps' term is just is misused as 'Agile' nowadays. What I have seen in practice is DevOps are Ops that Develop scripts, or worse a DevOps team/role between Devs and Ops ... and a new silo is created instead of walls broken. Most Agile shops are actually chaos driven with anything goes since Sales promised a feature to a prospect customer yesterday, every week.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 89

Best company I worked for was Netflix. Google not so much, more like a hit or miss in what group/team/role you are and who your political allies are. I liked Google a lot the first year while the cool-aid was still fresh, then after tat I though Palm was a nicer place with more respectful managers.

What Google has for it is that they are very profitable and they used to have perks and food that were top notch but that degraded at scale, especially when they got over 10k employees.

Comment Re:alternately: (Score 2) 492

I was working at Google when the borrowing owls showed up around 2008, it messed up the plans they had for the the big vacant lot next to Charleston Park. That place has a ton of gophers that are probably the staple of said owls. If I remember correctly they planed on making that space corporate housing, and yes the owls made it impossible.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 372

To be fair maybe the wife friends, parents, coworkers, other parents at school, etc... are dumb and can't check the dates and are applying the social pressure. Maybe the other children at school are calling the dad a man-whore. Maybe the husband had a bi-curious period years ago and is now being called out. Maybe the husband works for an uptight bigot boss. Nothing necessarily immoral by mainstream standards, but the individual consequences can be quite high.

Comment Re:i haven't bought a car in a while... (Score 1) 252

We are humans, not machines, as such we tend to be forgetful, or cannot predict things we will need by the end of the day.

I usually do groceries on my way back from work and have no room for bulky re-useable grocery bags, especially the cooler bags for frozen items. Sometimes I'll run an errand on my way to work and cannot store baby diapers on my desk either.

There is lots of stuff I keep in my car that make car sharing not desirable: tissue boxes are always full (allergies), extra pairs of sunglasses, hats for very sunny days, sun lotion, gum, water.

I also forget my phone or wallet once in a while in my car, I just take the elevator to get it back ... not so convenient with a shared car.

Comment Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 49

On port 80 it could be that they want to avoid issues with privilege ports. A good chunk of people will just run everything as root because it fixes the privilege port issue. I simply have our Ops team to configure authbind through Salt so that whatever user need to run the services can have access to the privilege ports required.

In all honesty if your application is not listening to the outside world directly, avoid using the privilege ports indeed. Your firewall/load balancer will get the port 80/443 requests and forward them to 8080 or 8443 (or whatever) for you. You can always configure nginx to listen on the privileged ports and do local forwarding.

I've had to deal with some pretty stupid secure configuration decisions such as:
  - switch ssh to port 22222 so it is harder to find in case of attacks ... on the internal network ... ugh.
  - remove the telnet client from the linux machines because "telnet is insecure" ... the client needs to be removed??? It's one of my go to tools to check connectivity with services, right after ping.

Cloud services are here to stay, and if you try to block them you will end up with your users going around your walls: block Box for file sharing and they will share with something shady you never heard of ... aka Shadow IT. So it is actually much better for you to embrace the 'grown up' cloud services that have proper security. There is a whole market for Cloud Security now and companies such as Skyhigh Networks that will help you Discover what services your company is actually using then help add a layer to enforce Data Loss Prevention policies for you. Now you become the guy that enabled them to get things done without risking the company intellectual property and not the grumpy old guy that gets in the way.

Disclaimer, I work for Skyhigh Networks.

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