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Scoble, Alex Scoble

Scoble, Alex Scoble

Gamer, home theater enthusiast, IT Security professional ex-CISSP, lover of cats, married to the always wonderful and compassionate (and passionate) Cassie.
Looks like I'm going to let my CISSP lapse as I failed to get 20 CPEs in 2011. Just as well as it no longer aligns with my career goals of focusing on devops, automation and enterprise Linux administration
That's basically what I'm doing currently at work. - imabonehead
Who out there is getting a Coin Card? Sounds really interesting. All your credit cards in one card.
I'm pretty tempted but I'd rather wait until a few get out in the real world and tested. I'm wondering how stores and restaurants are going to handle not being able to flip a card over for a signature? - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
Brett King's answer to: ★ Coin (startup): What are the risks associated with Coin as a product? http://www.quora.com/Coin-st... - Eric Logan
For anyone who does a lot of git commits this is so true http://xkcd.com/1296/
Mine get better. *shrug* I have a really hard time explaining what I'm doing from a blank slate. Productivity increases as well. - Not Me
Heh, Jimminy, my commits have a flow where they get more explanatory as I add features and then get a lot more vague as I am troubleshooting the same bug or problem for the 5th time - Scoble, Alex Scoble
For bugs I generally do: "Fix [issue] in class::method" Occassionally add descriptive text past the commit title. I usually ignore the diff when writing commits. So they do get less explanatory, but still useful enough. - Not Me
The most non-explanatory line in my logs for my current projects: "Flesh out index" - Not Me
Yeah, I'd say that half the time, a detailed explanation of a change is pretty unnecessary. People can do a diff if they really want to know where you added that single comma. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
LOL, "Add comma to by-line" - Not Me
If the comma was actually important for execution, it shouldn't have been committed in the first place. :P - Not Me
Because you never make mistakes? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
In Puppet there are times when you need commas in a list, hash or array and times when you don't. Sometimes I forget which is where when I'm creating new modules. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Alex, because if it doesn't run, or pass the tests, it doesn't get committed until it's fixed. But I drop comma's by accident on occasion, they're just always fixed before a commit. - Not Me
Ahh, yeah, we aren't that mature yet...getting something like Jenkins up and running is something I need to do within the year - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Jenkins is easy to set up. I have set up a couple of instances at work. - imabonehead from Android
Present tense, Cristo. :P "Clean up code" Just noticed the comic failed at that, too. - Not Me
But it's not imperative. [1] I should probably use bullet points, now that I'm thinking about it, because there's always the possibility of someone doing something that collapses whitespace. Normally I just use a hanging indent. Though listed points usually only fall under subheadings REASONS:, TODO:, or FIXES: with a hanging indent. [1] http://tbaggery.com/2008... - Not Me
Why am I arguing with Cristo, when it's Alex's thread? - Not Me
I don't agree that commit statements should be in present tense because it makes no sense to me to say that I'm doing something that I just did, but I'm not a programmer. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Then again it appears that even programmers disagree on whether to use present or past tense when doing a commit. Anyhow, just because present tense was Linus' choice, doesn't mean I need to adhere to it, because grammatically, it doesn't make sense. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I guess the question revolves around whether the commit message explains what the commit does, or what was done in the commit. Religious wars for the win! - Scoble, Alex Scoble
You just ask this question: "What will the commit do: It will [imperative clause]" "What does the commit do: It [declarative clause]". Either way, you're not supposed to talk about yourself. - Not Me
We can never work together. Your syntax is wrong. :P I don't care that much, but personally I do stick to it, and have immediately run --amend -m to fix the message to be imperative. - Not Me
git commit statements in present tense or past tense? #religiouswarsforthewin
It's odd that many, if not most, Thanksgiving Turkey recipes still recommend washing the bird even though researchers have found that to be a very bad idea that won't do anything to kill the bacteria that may be on the bird. Plus with modern processing methods it's absolutely unnecessary.
Cause everything has to be right? - Johnny from iPhone
It's done to rid the cooties. :P - imabonehead from Android
Wait, why would researchers feel it is a "bad idea" if it simply does nothing? - Soup in a TARDIS
it spreads the bacteria all over your sink/kitchen when you wash it (while it does nothing to the bird) - holly #ravingfangirl
But, if Alex says above, it's doesn't need washing, what would it be spreading over the sink? - Johnny from iPhone
Not everything has to be right, Johnny, but credible sites should at least avoid tips that are unsafe. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Johnny, the washing doesn't do anything to get rid of the pathogens that may be on the bird. Cooking the bird to 165 degrees F does that. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I think it's the same advice as for chickens: They *can be presumed to have* salmonella or other bacteria on their surfaces; washing just spreads the stuff around; cooking properly kills them. ("Modern processing methods," I assume, means cooking to 165F?) - Walt Crawford
I assume "modern processing methods" refers to what goes on at the abattoir. - John (bird whisperer)
I just hate organized washing. - Akiva
LOL, modern processing methods is what happens at the poultry processing plants. The birds are completely plucked these days, so no need to remove the odd feather that may be left as in the days of yore. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Forsooth! From yonder hilltop, Cristo leaves a comment - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I swear that thermodynamics must work differently in my kitchen than anyone else's. It's supposed to take 4 to 5 hours to cook a 19.5 pound turkey and in my kitchen it takes about 3. This is is doing 450 for half hour and 350 for the rest. Guess I need to start doing 325 for the bulk. I think next year we're going to tell people to arrive at time...
Whenever I "smoke-grilled" our turkey (using indirect charcoal heat and damp apple wood on a Weber grill) the recommended time per pound was at least 2 or 3 minutes too much. It took me 3 times before I figured out it's about 11 minutes per pound. And that was often in single digit weather. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
There are so many factors that effect cooking times. The temperature of the bird when you put it in, the volume of the oven, the air patterns, shelf position. I know that if I cook a lamb roast in our oven, if I put the roast with the leg shank bone facing out it will cook faster that shank bone facing in. That's why chef's are so nurotic about their ovens. - Johnny
Google's Thanksgiving doodle is pretty cute https://www.google.com/
http://qz.com/113597... This is pretty interesting. I wish that more restaurants would try this as I think that far too many people stiff wait staff by paying a mediocre tip.
Link to Jay Porter's actual blog, where he's got 6 posts on the issue. http://jayporter.com/dispatc... - Not Me
^And just clicked on it, and noticed his site has become a usability nightmare, do to low-contrast background and text. - Not Me
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there! Hope you have a good Turkey day.
Happy Thanksgiving, Alex! - Anne Bouey
Enjoy your holiday Alex! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Thanksgiving! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
This is complete BS http://www.buzzfeed.com/stevefr... Companies that contract with the US government should not be able to give money to politicians in any way shape or form. Period. End of story.
I think that it's pretty safe to say at this point that Bill Gates doesn't know jack about education and that his foundation is doing more harm than good in the space. But hey, thanks for ramming the Common Core down teachers' throats without using their input to craft it.
He doesn't know much about agriculture either. Or the internet. - Todd Hoff
Or a science book, nor the french he took. :) - Ken Gidley
This dude puts a serious spotlight on the new Common Core education standards, why they won't improve education in this country and is a very targeted argument against just about everything that the so-called education reform movement stands for. http://www.youtube.com/watch...
This dude puts a serious spotlight on the new Common Core education standards, why they won't improve education in this country and is a very targeted argument against just about everything that the so-called education reform movement stands for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PprP5TCZBRI
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If you really want to know what's wrong with education today, watch this five minute video. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I agree with his comments but I don't hear any suggestions on what to teach and how in this presentation. He just says we need change. Great what's the change? - Dough Balls
In a presentation limited to 5 minutes it's difficult enough to effectively rebut a large scale effort to steamroll a state education reform proposal, much less lay out an alternative in any specific manner. The main point that I took away (as far as what "kind" of change) is that the teachers and local communities need to play a much larger role in formulating reform proposals, and... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
http://neowin.net/news... Yep, I'm not going with either the PS4 or the XBOne.
Neither is nearly the leap forward that we should be getting and both are completely mismanaging their respective ecosystems. No 1080p for BF4 on XBOne and now this for PS4? No thanks. Just when you thought that PC gaming was dead, both of these companies are making so many mistakes that they are leaving us no choice but to go back to the more open PC gaming space. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
When you say "us" you mean "you", right? I haven't PC gamed since 1995. - Johnny
I've never PC gamed. I have no street cred. :) But I won't be getting the upgraded systems either they don't look leaps better. - Dough Balls
I'm sorry, who thought PC gaming was dead? - Soup in a TARDIS
Soup, it was on the brink of death for several years, from about 2005-2010. A lot of development shifted to being console first, and a lot of games either didn't get ports or got crappy ports to PC during that period. One of the big issues was cost in comparison to the consoles. It didn't die, it just kind of faded and PC game development was mostly dead. - Not Me
Odd. My nephew with his souped-up custom-built PC to use mostly for gaming might argue that PC gaming isn't dead. - Walt Crawford
I'm not sure the change in their agreement is automatically a cause for panic. It doesn't say that Sony or third-party game developers can't authorize the resale of discs if they want to. (Although I'm still not getting a PS4 anyway.) - Victor Ganata
I don't think anything has changed in the ToS - Rodfather from Android
I'll eventually pick up a PS4 for the indie support and exclusives. - Rodfather
Well those of us who don't rent or resell games are still perfectly happy with our PS4 preorders (said the PC gamer who never thought PC gaming was dead because the world cannot exist solely on consoles). - Hookuh Tinypants
Dollar Shave Club? Sounds like a good premise, but I have one even better. Stop shaving altogether and just trim. A decent trimmer costs $30-$50 and I guarantee you'll have it for far longer than it would take to save money by not buying blades and shaving gel. Not to mention that your face will be far happier. No ingrown hairs, no razor burn, etc.
Do men need a shaving club in the first place? - Steven Smith
Remember when being a Boston Red Sox fan was about the same as being a masochist guaranteed to be disappointed yearly? Yeah, me neither. (For the record, I am not a Red Sox fan, but know people who are and who wore that yearly badge of disappointment and shame with honor, but happily took it off when the Red Sox won the world series)
I do, and I still feel no pain for them. - Eric - Watch Me Now
TBF, most Red Sox fans genuinely thought [Year X] would be 'The Year We Make It All The Way' over and over and over - Soup in a TARDIS
I do, but I grew up rooting for the first franchise to lose 10,000 games, so I was never sure rooting for the Red Sox was true baseball masochism. - John (bird whisperer)
When the team honored Bill Buckner in 2008 after the second World Series win. The curse really was over. It was also one of the most moving events I have ever seen in sports. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I always thought Cubs fans had it worse. - Rodfather
These days, I give props to people who grew up an Astros fan and are still sticking with them. - Rodfather
Nothing can be worse than being a Cubs fan. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Being a Tigers fan is pretty close ;) - Soup in a TARDIS
Being a Cubs fan is a philosophy of life. - Ivan Crema
Heh, Cubs fans have it way worse. They even missed the Back to the Future deadline. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
after you've put up with this, you can put up with everything: http://youtu.be/_SEXJeSLblI - Ivan Crema
That teachers get 2 months of paid time off a year has to be one of the more sinister myths spread about the profession. They are only paid for the days they teach plus the 10 or so holidays they get. If they actually got paid for those two months off, I don't think that we'd be having any conversations about how poorly teachers get paid.
One punch to the groin to whoever says that they get paid enough as it is. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Thank you so much for posting this. - Jed from iPhone
Even worse when fewer hours count as "full time." - Julian
If they got paid for those 2 months off, I wouldn't be seeing so many of them working as cashiers for minimum wage during the summer. - April Russo
April, our teachers choose how their salary is dispensed. Less amount for 52 weeks or larger amount for time worked. - Janet from FFHound!
Our dog, Leela's leg has been bothering her for a few weeks now. She hadn't really been able to walk fully on it for about two weeks now...and of course she starts to get better right before her vet visit to get it checked out, LOL.
I don't think this dog feels any pain though...as much as she was hopping around, she was still able to jump up using both hind legs. How did we end up with such an odd dog? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Are you still going to have it checked out? - Katy S
My Zahra is quite stoic when it comes to pain. The vet says that makes it harder to judge sometimes! Hope you still take her. Poor baby! - Jenny
We got her legs xrayed and it appears that she has a torn doggy ACL (yes, it's called something else in dogs, but I don't know what it's actually called, nor do I care to look it up and it's more fun to call it the doggy ACL anyhow), so we are waiting a few weeks to see if she improves before deciding to shell out the $2500 required to fix it. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Hopefully R&R will do the trick. On a cautionary note (regarding surgery) a friend's 9 y.o. yellow lab had a similar injury on her rear leg. They had the surgery done (about $1000 at the time) to replace the ligament and during her recovery phase the injury recurred. They re-did the surgery (this time at the vet's expense) and before long the same thing happened. At that point the vet... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I was going to ask if it's a lab, it's pretty common injury for them - Dough Balls
My friend had it done on her 13 year old labor doodle and she said she moves like a 6 year old! So much playing and vigor! - Jenny from Android
Lab, pit, pointer, greyhound mix, SteVe. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
That's a cool dog, best wishes to her whatever path is taken - Dough Balls
http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.co.nz/2011... This is a great primer on how evolution works and why it's the best (and only scientifically valid) explanation of how life on earth got where it is today.
that's pretty neat - Dough Balls
Heh, for everyone who watched Gravity and wanted to know how realistic it is, here's a great review from a former NASA astronaut http://www.forbes.com/sites... (Contains spoilers for those who haven't seen the movie)
http://www.theatlantic.com/educati... 1. Because they aren't respected 2. They aren't paid a wage that is requisite with their level of responsibility, education, skills and dedication 3. These days they have very little say in how to actually do their jobs 4...feel free to add your reasons
My first real github repo https://github.com/ITBlogg... Still a work in progress, but it's already managing splunk on CentOS quite nicely I also contributed to my first github repo https://github.com/wcooley... (and yeah, you'll need that to get my splunkmgr class working)
https://www.facebook.com/RobertS... My brother is absolutely right on this one. The Tea Party extremists are seriously hurting this country and for what?
Random comment to that post: "Obama, being a community organizer, did not run the federal budget process according to law, like a chief executive would, but instead purposely took us to the brink to ram his gross overspending through. His punitive shutdown is insubordination all too familiar to people who have ever tried to control expenses." FFS, really? Really? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The monied class, Wall Street and the Banksters will find out soon if Ted Cruz or Elizabeth Warren is a better Senator for Wall Street. Post shutdown I'm 60-40 that we are going to default. The Tea Parties last battle will be ruinous for all of us - WarLord
When your schtick is based on being extreme your only option is to become more and more extreme. This will be difficult to top. - Todd Hoff
Today's AP poll find more than 4 in 10 Republicans polled identify with and support the Tea Party. That is a significant number. Don't approach them like they are a small group of radicals. They may be a minority in Congress, but they still have broad support. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Considering, though, that only 22% of Americans self-identify unequivocally as Republican, 40% of 22% is a very small minority keeping the rest of us hostage. Even if you include all the people who lean Republican, that's still only 40% of 41%. http://www.gallup.com/poll... - Victor Ganata
I think Lessig calls this the tyranny of the minority. - Todd Hoff
This is pretty much the factional scenario Madison was trying to avoid. Ah well, it worked for a couple of centuries, at least. - Victor Ganata
I'm sorry, Eric, but when your political stance makes a federal default ok, you are an extremist. Period. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
http://www.slate.com/article... Teach for America is doing serious harm to the students that can least afford it.
You know, when long time supporters of charter schools like Ravich wake up and realize the damage these schools are doing, that something stinks about the corporatization of our education system. I hope that all of those like Michelle Rhee and her supporters soon come to understand how much damage they are doing. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
What is up with getting hiccups twice in a night?
Didiaphragm - Johnny from iPhone
Johnny, say what? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Hiccups are from the diaphragm. Di (2) diaphragm. - Johnny from iPhone
I hate you. (sarcasm) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I can only imagine what goes through your head when you think about the fact that dubstep has gone pop (or that pop has gone dubstep).
Doesn't bother me. Same thing happened with big beat in the mid 90s. Hell, even The Fall have had their music in car commercials. - Akiva
Yeah, I think it's funny that the stuff I was listening to 9 months ago on Slacker is on the top 40 station that Cassie listens to... - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Zedd's Clarity is all over the place right now. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
It was all over the place a year ago, too. Spectrum was a hit of the summer last year. - Not Me
https://plus.google.com/1148737... The rebuild of our front porch/deck is finally done. It's not perfect, but good enough for government work.
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