Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Things

which no one will read but which I will post anyway -

1.  Rand Paul (blech) pulled a filibuster yesterday to protest the possible re-authorization of the Patriot Act (or at least re-authorization of section 215).  Paul like his father is a douche not my cup of tea but it got me thinking -  If I was a Republican running for President, who wanted to stand out, one of the moves I would make, to appeal to millennials among others, would be to commit to appointing a Special Adviser on Privacy and Civil Liberties.

2.  Over at Ars Technica they have an article regarding Brianna Wu's latest death threat saga.  Apparently she can't get the cops to take it seriously.  Or at least she claims she can't.  The threat sounds serious enough that if I were the cops I would at least be paying the guy a visit, and maybe they have.  I don't know.  I am however slightly conflicted about this:

2.1.  I, kind of, in a general way, support the claimed goals of Gamer Gate. Like a lot of people I get tired of having someone social / political agenda shoved down my throat when all I want to do is read about a movie or a video game (Boing Boing I am directly referencing your shitty Mad Max Fury Road review).  However I am also a grown up so I do the grown up thing.  I don't buy their product and move on.

2.2.  I find Brianna Wu unpleasant (at least in the couple interviews I have seen.  I have no intimate knowledge of her personality) and if I recall correctly she started trolling GamerGaters and sort of injected herself into the on going spat.

2.3.  Despite my tepid support of the general GamerGate philosophy and my mild dislike of Wu the idea that anyone thinks it's OK to make death threats for fun is just wrong.  If you think that it is in anyway OK please sterilize yourself now before you reproduce.  If you already reproduced please put your children up for adoption and then sterilize yourself.

2.4 On the other hand - all you anti-GamerGaters who feel like it's OK to brand everyone who disagrees with Wu, Quinn, Sarkinean etc. as a subhuman idiot who deserves to die or be put in prison - Please go f**k yourselves too.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Need a job in Atlanta?

45 hours a week 7-5 as stated in the job posting. 1 week vacation after a year. 3 personal days after a year.

Atlanta

35k max.

The following requirements

In-house IT Support & Customer Service position

In-house IT Support & Customer Service position (Alpharetta)
compensation: Salary Range $30-$35k annually dependent on experience
The In-house Support & Customer Service position will answer directly to management and will be responsible for assigned projects that will include shipping & receiving, and inventory management.

An understanding of basic PC support, server support, and client relations are necessary. Helpdesk support for clients involves being in a support queue and having an excellent customer service attitude while troubleshooting VoIP, phone system configuration, and networking issues.

The position requires strong communication, technical, and organizational skills. This is a great opportunity for a person who is self motivated, task oriented, eager and energetic, and looking for an environment where learning never stops.

Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
• Network Administration (including backup, security management, user account management, email systems, VOIP phone systems, security system, internet access, office systems and applications support).
• Supports servers, networks, and desktop hardware, software and applications.
• Helpdesk support for customers opening tickets with VoIP, PBX Configuration, or Networking issues.
• Quarterly technology needs/performance analysis and reporting.
• Plans, implements, and supports the network and computing infrastructure and assists with technology planning.
• Manages data growth on servers, video surveillance systems &, maintain UPS Battery BU.
• Assists clients with server/desktop install support.
• Configures and troubleshoots network printers and all network devices

Requirements:
• Working knowledge and experience with computers, network operating systems, Linux, and TCP/IP networking
• VoIP experience a plus
• VLan understanding and implementation
• Good understanding of VPN technologies like IPSec protocol and implementation on routers and firewalls
• Familiar with Tigerpaw CRM a plus
• Deployment of IP phones (SIP - Digium, Polycom, and others) a plus
• Understanding of public Internet routing and carrier services (T1, T1-PRI, Sip, & analog)
• Understanding and experience with website design & creation a plus.
• Knowledge of the traditional telephone systems desirable (Avaya, Nortel, Comdial, Vertical, etc.)
• Cabling understanding and experience is a major plus, including the ability to terminate voice and data jacks.
• Experience with Asterisk beneficial
• Strong presentation and communication skills
• Good project documentation skills
• Excellent internal and external customer service as well as excellent written and verbal skills
• Must live locally - North Atlanta area
• Have a can-do attitude with an ability to work in a high energy, team-driven environment
• Part time considered for the right person

Compensation:
• Salary Range $30-$35k annually dependent on experience

Work Expectations:
• 45 hours weekly (7:00-5:00), with 1 hour lunch (may vary or be adjusted based on events).

Benefits (90 Day Probationary Period):
• Paid vacation (1 week after first year)
• 3 accrued personal days first year
• Group Health, Life, dental Insurance available
• Paid holidays

Send Resume to jobs@uscomm.net

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do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Re-reading the 9/11 Commission Report

Like many people I read the 9/11 Commission Report when it was first released, and I have had occasion to read certain sections again in the years since, but this is my first complete reread in 11 years.  Currently I am finishing up Section 9, which discusses the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.  While we remember the heroism, and rightly so, I at least had forgotten just how truly fucked up things were on the scene.  It's amazing that the losses weren't much worse that day.  It is really sobering to read this and be reminded of all that again.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What a bunch of f**king retards

The televised incident between CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt and fans at Sunday’s Toronto FC game featured several bystanders mimicking a viral trend seen across North America, in which on-air reporters are harassed with the phrase, “F--- her right in the p----.”

Hydro One is firing an employee involved in Sunday’s incident, while Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is taking steps to have the fans involved banned for “at least” a year.


All I can say is I hope the joke was worth the $106,000 / year it cost the guy.  Seriously when did stuff like this become acceptable.

Source

h/t @DrewMtips on twitter.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Verizon buying AOL for $4.4 billion

Perhaps of most concern to anyone who reads news sites, Verizon noted that it would own AOL's "premium portfolio of global content brands, including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com."
source
Endgaget at least is claiming that there will be no editorial changes.  I sincerely doubt that.  Not that I begrudge Verizon the right to make those changes or even completely agree with the current editorial slant of many of the sites.  I just think it's both naive and borderline dishonest to claim there won't be changes.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I am seriously considering going to Blackhat in August.

I don't really have the skills, qualifications or intelligence to be welcome but I am think about going nonetheless.  Now I just need the $1700.


Started "The Definitive Handbook of Business Continuity Management"

HELP ME JEEBUS - leave it to MBAs to make earthquakes, fires and alien invasions with multiple butt probings dull.



OK being honest now, I am only into the first chapter, but it seems pretty informative so far and as far as business / IT / Textbooks go the writing style could be much worse.  On the other hand if everyone who reads this were to donate a dollar - well I still wouldn't have any money, and I would still have to read the book so I could become a high powered executive (read: janitor) but it's fun to dream.