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  1. Mahone

    Career Change - Advice?

    The CCNA route and switch is an excellent cert to get, even if you end up going down the systems path. Managing systems is that much easier if you also have a good understanding of the underlying network infrastructure and employers recognize this. Plus, in my experience, it’s rare that you find yourself in a position where you only do systems or only networking. There is almost always an overlap, even if that overlap is merely communicating proficiently and/or resolving disputes with the teams responsible for network infrastructure. Unless you go down the dedicated networking career path, the CCNP is completely unnecessary, but fun to do if you have the time. Let us know how it goes.
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    Internet Girlfriend

    In a criminal defense context, i'd absolutely agree with you. But immigration is a different beast entirely. From those I associated with while going through this process, of those that said they had a lawyer, many later regretted the choice to do so because they didn't believe the advice they received really assisted them in anyway and others claimed they in fact made the process harder than it needed to be due to the lawyer giving them incorrect advice. is a good forum for those going through US immigration - the question has been asked countless times on there and the answer from those that have been through the process is nearly always the same. A straight forward case does not need a lawyer; most people don't use a lawyer and are almost always fine. The exception is waiver cases and in said waiver cases, a standard immigration lawyer is not going to help. You need one that specialized in waivers and they will not be even close to cheap. I don't anticipate that most of those going through the criminal courts will advise to not use a lawyer and it seems to be the exception, not the norm when they don't use one. It's apples and oranges.
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    Internet Girlfriend

    The first bit of research would tell them they can't do this. If they aren't going to even bother checking the basics of US immigration law then yes, hire a lawyer.
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    Internet Girlfriend

    Agreed. Had I not been through the process myself and associated myself with dozens and dozens of others doing the same thing for a couple of years, some with and some without lawyers, I'd be arguing for getting a lawyer right now and telling everyone who disagreed with me that they were idiots for not getting legal counsel. It does seem counter intuitive, but of the immigration lawyers that are even close to affordable, most of them are like the quack doctors of the medical field. Those that are genuine and really know what they are talking about will likely cost everything you have and more and their expertise is generally only needed in waiver cases. But take this for what it is, advice from a stranger on the internet.
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    Internet Girlfriend

    I'm not so sure that this is necessary. Having been through the process of applying for US residency and now about to go through the process again for US citizenship, my experience is that so called "immigration attorneys" are at best very expensive proof readers and in some cases their knowledge of US immigration is so poor that they actually make the process more difficult. Most people who hired them ended up saying it was an unnecessary waste of money. In 99% of cases, everything an immigration lawyer can tell you can be found on the USCIS website. Just do the research and you'll be fine. Assuming you end up marrying this girl, make sure you collect as much evidence as possible to prove your relationship is bonafide and not a sham marriage. Keep things like text messages, facebook messages and photos. DO NOT ELOPE. The exception to this is if you need to apply for a waiver for whatever reason. Lets hope you don't, but if you do, an immigration attorney that specializes in waivers is definitely what you need. Outside of immigration, be prepared for your family to potentially express their displeasure at you having a relationship with a 'foreigner'. We had issues on both sides, with my family having a predisposition against Americans in general and her family accusing me of marrying her for a green card. Others went as far as to place bets on how many months/years our marriage would last. You may end up having to grow a pretty thick skin.
  6. Some application software is available for Linux, some packages have equivalents, others can be emulated. Some you just can't use on a Linux OS. Choice of operating system is like choosing any other tool, just depends what you want it for. Personally, I rarely use Linux on my personal workstation, it just doesn't do everything I need it to do. But I have used it for many servers. Linux is always my first choice for external DNS servers and web servers. I have also used certain Linux distros for penetration testing in the past.
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    What to do about your death?

    As I get sent off for cremation, I want the song 'Firestarter' to be playing for the audience. As long as I get that, I'm happy.
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    Phone Spam

    The caller ID that you see can also be easily forged. Many telephony providers allow the customer to have control of the outgoing ANI/caller ID that will show up on the called persons phone, particularly if the customer making the call is a business. I've been managing VoIP telephony systems for a few years now for various companies as part of my job and I can easily configure our systems to make a call to my cell phone or anyone else's phone and have the caller ID show up as any number I like, including numbers that don't comply with national standards here in the US, such as '012345'. That's not to say that every telco the call passes through en route after the callers own telco will allow a blatantly forged caller ID, but in my experience, they do.
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    Filthy Lucre

    So is such counsel for US members of the church only? Or does it apply to all LDS members worldwide? Should British LDS members heed to the rating guidelines provided by the United States only, or that of their own country only, or both? Is a movie acceptable for a US LDS member to consider seeing because it's rating a PG-15 in the US despite higher rating in other locations, but not for a British LDS member to consider seeing the same movie because it's rated an 18 in the UK? I'm terms of your analogy, would you consider going into a mine because the US rated it as safe, despite the warnings of it being dangerous by other countries? What about the other way around? I'm glad you have such faith in the rating system provide by a single entity. But for me, I take into account many more factors before making a decision as I see the world as far less black and white than you do.
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    Filthy Lucre

    I don't see it as black and white as this. It's fairly common for church members in the US to boycott R rated movies, and this has rippled over to the UK where LDS members often avoid the closest UK film classification equivalent, an 18. But then we have films rated 18 in the UK that are rated a PG-15 here and vice versa. So would that make it okay for LDS members in the US to consider viewing it, but not in the UK? Every classification board makes a decision on rating using their own criteria and it's far from uncommon for them to come to different conclusions. Therefore I research each movie individually and use the local rating as only one of several factors contributing to my decision as to whether it would be suitable or not.
  11. I had to provide the National Visa Center with an enhanced criminal record/police certificate from the UK and they performed further FBI "background checks" afterwards, before I was issued a US visa. Bear in mind that many of these immigrants come from countries where such records are either not kept, not kept in any centralized location, have long since been lost or destroyed through war or the government aren't going to cooperate with US embassy requests for such information. So unless an individual has garnered the attention of a foreign government that is included in FBI background checks, such checks will likely not help much.
  12. Fair enough. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Obama supporter. But being a Muslim and acting like a Muslim are not the same thing and I will correct anyone who tries to imply that they are.
  13. Mostly true, but it still wasn't the question you asked. In fact you just partially answered the question you actually asked.
  14. The other reason that is matters is for the same reason those teenagers who recieve an email in their inbox, or on Facebook telling them that a virus is going around that will destroy the "zero sector" of their hard drive (this one has been doing the rounds since the 90's). They don't know if its true or not but decide the best course of action is to forward or repost it "just in case", assuming no harm comes from doing so, but in actuality do cause harm by spreading false information all over the Web. Real viruses do exist and are dangerous, but this one doesn't and passing it on just does more harm than good.
  15. Actually you asked why I'd assume he is being facetious. As that is what I said I had assumed.Happy to hear the evidence you have. Yes, it matters. Spreading false information, at the least contributes to ruining the credibility of the person who made the claims, even if their other claims are valid and stand up to scrutiny.
  16. The latter claim of yours is not the same as the one I responded to. He isn't Muslim. Trying to claim he is often has the side effect of ruining the credibility of any other claims mixed in with the statement, no matter how valid they might be. Let's not perpetuate demonstratively false information here.
  17. I'm assuming you are being facetious?
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    Pretend It's 1995

    Yeah I'd be careful very careful about having credit card processing equipment on the same physical network as the public access wifi, even if the traffic is logically separated, although from your post I'm guessing that it isn't? There are some extremely strict rules that networks with credit card data passing through have to adhere to the point that many companies find it easier to simply use an analog phone line to send this data instead, with an air gap between this and their LAN.
  19. When we first moved here I told my wife that the US does two things to a substandard level - chocolate and TV. The BBC spoilt us a little in the UK and the commercials on most American TV channels ruin the experience for us. In some cases it appears the combined length of the consistently repeated adverts is longer than the movie or episode itself. BBC channels broadcast in the UK don't have any commercials. The one disadvantage of that is the small albeit outdated BBC TV license fee. So no, we haven't paid for any TV packages since we moved to the US, with the excepion of the small monthly fee we pay for netflix (which we don't pay in reality as we share an account with family). I actually did review this decision yesterday but the combined monthly fees for a cable TV service, the content of which I consider to be substandard was reason enough to continue the status quo.
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    Suits on hot days

    My suits are all semi decent but inexpensive ones from the British equivalent of JC Penny. I enjoy expensive clothing as much as the next person, but once you've had several suits ripped on the edges of server racks and powered on a high performance, but old router whilst standing behind it and come out covered in several year old dust blown out by the fan running at the max RPM, you quickly make compromises in choice of attire. I have to wear suits, but they will never cost me more than a couple of hundred dollars.
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    Don't make the mistake of assuming that a cause of all this is him no longer being attracted to you. Men who look at pornography often do so despite their active attraction to their spouse and his lack of affection is more likely than not a symptom of repeated pornography use as opposed to the other way around.
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    Suits on hot days

    Between 2008 and 2014 I had a job that required a suit, plus the climate in the UK meant that jackets are generally worn at church throughout the year. So for six years, I'd been wearing a suit for six days per week and now I'm not comfortable wearing anything else to work or church. Since moving to Florida, I'm definitely the outlier when wearing a suit and people tend to just stare at me incredulously.Initially I was taken aback at how few people wear suits at church here.
  23. Business cliches irritate me a little. Going forward, I will reach out and ping you an email to arrange a time to touch base and we can ensure we handle this paradigm shift.
  25. Percieved mispronunciation of words dont bother me so much. There are so many regional variations and it irritates me a little when people here in the US attempt to correct my own pronunciation and then insist the way we pronounce certain words in the UK is simply wrong. For the most part I attempt to pronounce words in the US variant as I am after all in the USA, with the exception of tomato, route/router and solder. I just can't get myself to use the American pronunciation of those words without shuddering.