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  1. Mercutio

    Something Random

    I'm not well compensated, LM. As I recall, dd's assistant makes more than I do. I like my job a lot because of the flexibility I have and the number of different hats I get to wear, plus the fact that stable full time/permanent IT gigs are not a thing that seems to exist, at least around...
  2. Mercutio

    Something Random

    Kids are a deal breaker, even grown ones. I don't have the life experiences at this point to deal with having to interact with someone who needs the approval of third (kid) or fourth (exes) parties to manage their romantic affairs. Hilariously, universally among other single people I know who...
  3. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    Maybe split your job in to a few smaller ones, just to see if you only lose connectivity on specific files or somesuch?
  4. Mercutio

    Something Random

    This is also what I'm saying. I hang around with 19 - 30 year old girls because I like spending time with them and my credentials as a decent person have been established with them. They're completely off the table for dating though because I'm the same approximate age as their parents. I have...
  5. Mercutio

    Something Random

    They don't grow up. Truly. The nearly universal expectation is that relationship follows a casual affair. You have to practice dealing with that or deal with the consequence of not being able to.
  6. Mercutio

    Something Random

    sed, you're at an age where you still have to be around people who are your own age. Do. Not. Fucking. Waste. That. Go do things that involve people who are your own age. College has social opportunities that you will never see again. Maybe, if you're lucky, after college you will move to a...
  7. Mercutio

    Something Random

    I usually take off from work from my birthday in early December until after the new year, but this year I'm getting pretty hosed by that. I'll get 13 work days off plus one that would be a holiday anyway, but I'm actually going to wind up with an extra week of time off I can't use. Something...
  8. Mercutio

    Politics

    That's the central premise of a lot of right wing political thought in the USA.
  9. Mercutio

    Phone Dying

    A non-destructive starting point is to encrypt and then reset the device. Having a spare phone around isn't a terrible thing.
  10. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    The only errors I saw were simple path length issues.
  11. Mercutio

    Politics

    Cost of the single project is not the only measure of its value. Rural electrification and public education are both drains on public coffers that still have immeasurable value.
  12. Mercutio

    Best movie you've seen

    I think Doctor Strange is an edge case where 3D is really cool and does add something to the experience, even if it's not the vertigo-inducing trip it might've been. Am I alone in thinking that 3D glasses kind of wash out color? The 2D screening seemed more colorful.
  13. Mercutio

    Politics

    "I Got Mine and Fuck Everybody Else" might as well be the title of every Heritage Foundation Policy paper. The public good is a concept seldom recognized in their line of thinking, which leads to Louisiana's governor complaining about public research into Earthquakes and Volcanoes a few short...
  14. Mercutio

    Best movie you've seen

    I rate it five out of seven. It's an enjoyable movie but it's flawed. I think there's some pothead philosophy going on and it bugged me.
  15. Mercutio

    Best movie you've seen

    Doctor Strange: If you got the sense from the trailers that there would be amazing 3D... I wasn't sold. I saw it in IMAX 3D and while the visuals were as stunning and frankly trippy as they needed to be, this had the potential to be the closest thing to a theme park motion ride of any movie...
  16. Mercutio

    PC Gaming = World of Suck

    I do think it's kind of cool that you can get a $50 keyboard with enough programmable LEDs and the sequencing software to do a respectable light show. I do remember that cheap keyboards had real problems with Descent, so the idea of needing six-key rollover doesn't seem completely out of the...
  17. Mercutio

    PC Gaming = World of Suck

    I'm coming to the realization that adding "Gamer" to hardware really just means "we put funny color LEDs on something so we can charge you five times as much."
  18. Mercutio

    Something Random

    Well usually the gunfire is just a random shot or two.
  19. Mercutio

    Something Random

    Did anyone else get treated to two solid hours of neighborhood fireworks and/or random celebratory gunfire last night?
  20. Mercutio

    Politics

    I'd kind of like to see Hillary win with 400 electoral votes, just so we can get another four years of republicans yammering that they just didn't nominate a conservative enough candidate. Who am I kidding? They'll do that regardless.
  21. Mercutio

    PC Gaming = World of Suck

    I was thinking $50. The "don't buy a Razor" comment is helpful since that's the one brand name that specifically came up. Gamer friend mostly plays LoL and clicky RTSes, but she's already got the fancy mouse of her dreams.
  22. Mercutio

    PC Gaming = World of Suck

    Anyone have a suggestion or opinion for a "gaming keyboard?" My first thought is to just buy one with ridiculous LED illumination. The person asking isn't concerned with mechanical springs and AFAIK the only other thing that influences whether or not a keyboard is for gaming is how many...
  23. Mercutio

    Something Random

    That sounds crappy Lunar. Hopefully it will bring good news.
  24. Mercutio

    Politics

    I'm sure all the Teahadists who are not Mormons and in the House will love that idea.
  25. Mercutio

    Enterprise Firewall

    I used to use SonicWall products because one of my customers had a Sonicwall system set up before I started doing work for them, but they're expensive to maintain and not as flexible as using Untangle, pfSense or IPCop. My customers aren't so large that running a security appliance in a firewall...
  26. Mercutio

    Presenting "The Coffin"

    I just found this on Imgur, somebody else's "Coffin"-type wallmount design.
  27. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    I think I pay about a $30 premium for being on a business plan and I just moved to 100/20 service, something that costs a whole $130/month. Comcast won't even give residential customers in my area a 75Mbit plan, but wants $130 for 50/10 "with 220 channels", so I'm A-OK with what they're doing...
  28. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    1TB/month doesn't seem that much if you're streaming anything at 11GB/hour.
  29. Mercutio

    Media Player Appliances

    The Dot I have won't output stereo from its 3.5mm jack, or at least won't with the four things I've tried doing that with. It does from Bluetooth but I think that qualifies as something wrong with the one I was shipped. It also can't detect when external speakers are available and when they're...
  30. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    Encrypt the stuff you don't want your provider to access. Do I care if somebody can see the pictures I took of my cat or know that I have a large collection of classical music? Not really. Are they going to do something with my mom's recipe collection? Doubt it. My medical info and receipts and...
  31. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    My big problem with Backblaze is that they don't offer unlimited file versioning, something I'd get with most other backup tools I might want.
  32. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    None of this would really be necessary if Amazon just had a decent client application in the first place. I suppose that's the trade-off for theoretically unlimited storage.
  33. Mercutio

    Something Random

    My parents live in a house that is specifically not part of the homeowners association for the other homes in the neighborhood; the person who owned the property originally didn't include their private home when they sold the rest of their land to a developer. They've been involved in a...
  34. Mercutio

    Merc's Useful Tools of the day

    Here's a tutorial describing how to integrate NuGet providers like Chocolatey for Windows Package Management. You can just install Chocolatey directly, but this works with generic sources and as such you could technically roll your own repo or install from multiple sources.
  35. Mercutio

    Media Player Appliances

    Well the Dot plugs in to AC power so that would be a neat trick. The Tap is the one with a battery. I'm only mildly concerned about it, but I just realized that Alexa doesn't have a parental control of any sort. You have to trust that no one in your house is going to go on an Amazon shopping...
  36. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    At the moment, I'm just doing a basic file sync of media files that more or less never change. Backup is another issue and I'll address that after my ~4.5TB transfer completes. I sent just under 1TB in 1 week at 10Mbps to Amazon, which is in line with what I think I should be getting given my...
  37. Mercutio

    Something Random

    That's deeply crappy, Chewy. I had something a bit similar happen, in that I lived for about a year beneath a drug dealer. But that's the sort of thing that really could happen anywhere.
  38. Mercutio

    Media Player Appliances

    I'm not a huge fan of my Echo, but I really like the Amazon Dot. The $50 thing with just enough speaker to give me news and podcasts + order stuff from Amazon makes more sense than the $180 thing with a fancy-but-not-even-remotely-nice-enough-for-the-money speaker. I can see why Amazon sells...
  39. Mercutio

    Up to date Malware Removal

    Looks like MalwareBytes bought Adwcleaner. I've been advocating use of both for some time, with adwcleaner as a quick clean-up/check up prior to a full scan with MBAM. I'm a bit troubled that having the detection engines come from the same people will mean that using both will be less useful...
  40. Mercutio

    LTFS and LTO7?

    Bad tape? Did you do a verify on your initial copy?
  41. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    I've read up on it. In a lot of cases the easiest way for me to deal with it is to handle my file manipulation with shell scripts, but here's a case where I'm having to work with something external to my control. I can't imagine that Amazon Cloud has arbitrary path length limits, but both the...
  42. Mercutio

    "THE" Cloud

    My value stems from knowing "enough" about lots and lots of things. Big companies have specialists who are cross-trained to across maybe one other area of related responsibility and that's a level of specialization I can't afford to take the time to reach.
  43. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    255 characters, apparently. Some Windows applications don't have a problem with it and some do. It's an inconsistency I really wish somebody would fix.
  44. Mercutio

    iPhone syndrome

    Difference between benchmark and real world activity. Not that hard to understand.
  45. Mercutio

    "THE" Cloud

    No, because absolutely the only thing that anyone uses is Quickbooks. To put it another way, I support some folks who use PerfectOffice in place of MS Office. I don't support anyone who uses anything but Quickbooks. Lunar, the largest organization I directly support has, at last count, 43...
  46. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    I mean, you could rsync or robocopy every two hours and probably get pretty close for any normal use case. edit: Also, one of Windows, the FS driver or Amazon Cloud has a problem with long file paths. God. Dammit.
  47. Mercutio

    Politics

    I suspect it's a similar level of trivial scripting, if you're more concerned about that than basic sanity and coherence of platform.
  48. Mercutio

    Politics

    Either way, for people who want to make an issue of information security to be running a 13 year old commercial OS is a bit too off-message, isn't it? Was it too much work to install Ubuntu 14.04 and at least claim to be current on patch levels?
  49. Mercutio

    Cloud Backup

    How synchronized do they need to be?
  50. Mercutio

    Politics

    Turns out that Donald Trump's campaign doesn't really get the Cyber, either.
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