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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

Anon-Admin Re:Embrace (172 comments)

The more they try the more money they spend. The more they take away from their primary product development. The more money they loose when they fail.

Eventually they will run out of money and go out of business.

Which will be followed by "The year of the Linux Desktop" :P


Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Anon-Admin Re:undocumented immigrant (428 comments)

Really? If you don't believe in god then you have to at least admit that your mom created you and thus endowed you with rights as a human being.

2 days ago

How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Anon-Admin So which came first (137 comments)

They have the loss of teeth and the development of the beak, but where did the gizzard develop? They would not have been able to loose their teeth and develop a beak without one, and birds are the only animal (That I know of) that has one.

Plus gizzards are great when fried. ;)

2 days ago

French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

Anon-Admin Re:I am wondering (295 comments)

That would be different based on the city and state (US)

A friend drove a cab for years and around here that is not how it works. The cab company rents the cabs to the drivers at a set amount per day. The driver can accept jobs that come in across the computer but there will be a small handling charge that is built into the price per mile printed on the side of the cab and used in the meter. If they pick up some one who flags them down or some one who calls their Cell and requests a pickup then there is no handling charge.

The friend of mine that did it treated it like a small business. He had cards made with his cell on them and kept his car immaculately clean. After the first year 90% of his calls were from customers and word of mouth. He would also give discounts to his regulars. Really the discounts were nothing more than him deducting the handling fee from the printed cost.

3 days ago

Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Anon-Admin Re:Is it more difficult? (238 comments)

IThe problem with IT's reputation is that it is a cost center

Next time a manager points that out to you, ask them where it comes from. Oh look it comes from Accounting and they are a cost center as well. Oh and so is Marketing,

There are lot and lots of examples where IT was divided off the business and the department began billing all the other departments for the work preformed. In every one of those instances IT becomes one of the biggest profit centres in the company. It is amazing what happens when the IT department has to be paid for the services provided.

5 days ago

Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Anon-Admin Re:Cloud (238 comments)

You IT security is only as good as your control of the hardware!

I dont care if it is Windows or Linux, if someone other than the company personal can get to the hardware they can access your system and all the data in it. When you outsource your services to a data center provider you are trusting there security, there hiring practices, and there employees. Ill tell you right now, having worked for several of the BIG data center providers, most of them dont do a background checks. I have worked with many that were felons and in three cases worked with people convicted of credit fraud as well as hacking.

How many CIO's/CTO's/etc ever investigate the data center provider to determine there hiring practices and who has access to the hardware they will be storing the virtual machines on?

IT people say is it insecure because we know that #1) the person making the decision does not understand technology and #2) s/he simply went with the lowest bidder.

5 days ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Anon-Admin Re:Fire all the officers? (512 comments)

I say head to the local federal magistrate and file charges under USC 18 > Part I Chapter 13 241

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

It seems to me they violated the 4th amendment and stopped her from exercising her first amendment rights.

The 4th amendment
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Though it is a strech seeing as the woman was black she may also try to apply

USC 18 > Part I Chapter 13 242

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

IANAL so that is just my take on it.

5 days ago

"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Anon-Admin Re:Sweet! (153 comments)

To answer that question you just need to log into second life. The answer appears to be the size of a baseball bat.

5 days ago

Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

Anon-Admin Re:Betteridge says (184 comments)

You don't have to drive it, go to your local municipal airport. You can get a short flight like that for a little more than the airlines charge and if you get to know some of the pilots you can get the flight for the cost of the fuel. You can also ask around, I bet you know someone or someone who knows someone with a pilots license. You could even get your own and just rent the plane, it is not hard.

The small municipal airports dont have all the BS security, the flights tend to be shorter as there is no waiting in line. In most cases it is you and the pilot on the plane so no crowds. That's assuming you don't have an issue riding in a small prop plane.

5 days ago

Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Anon-Admin Re:Consumers are cheap (415 comments)

Mine works as a music player, xbmc remote, and as a phone for $0 a month. Install csipsimple and it connects to my Astrix box anywhere there is a network. So my house, my work, my local bar, my local cigar shop, the local McDonalds, heck there is free wifi all over the place. The only place It does not work as a phone is in my car, but using your cell while driving is illegal here.

about a week ago

Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

Anon-Admin PolyLacticAcid? (52 comments)

So they are trying to make a drone from a biological material?

Just 3d print it from PolyLactic acid, The stuff is made from corn and is biodegradable. On top of that it is only $18 a 2kg spool on ebay. :P

about a week ago

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Anon-Admin Re:Huh? (107 comments)

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.

about a week ago

IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

Anon-Admin Right, the IoT (196 comments)

I did not read the article, I quit reading the IoT articles some time ago. Seems they all revolve around the wonderful new advertising and data collection methods that arise as people adopt the IoT.

The day my toaster tells me about the great new pop tarts I could be eating, is the day I take a large axe to it and give it a reprogramming it will never forget.

about two weeks ago

10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

Anon-Admin Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

Did I miss something? You can load MP3's and M3U play lists on an IPod with Linux. Get rid of Windows/Mac and the problem goes away.

about two weeks ago

US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

Anon-Admin Re:Business as usual for US justice (173 comments)

Schlumberger made, tested, and certified the part that failed. Releasing all the oil into the Gulf. Yet everyone blames the company that was using the part as it was designed to be used.

Yet no one even seems to know who they are.

about a month ago

US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

Anon-Admin Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

Then explain why every apartment complex will refuse cash and tell you to go get a money order to pay your rent?

Note: I have not lived in a rented apartment in years, this may have changed. When I did live in apartments they would NEVER accept cash.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Anon-Admin Re:Same issue... just relayed all outgoing mail (405 comments)

Ditto! I had the same issue and solved it the same way. Comcast has an SMTP relay that will blanket allow all internal ip's. I simply pointed mine to there smtp relay and it was allowed.

about a month ago

Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Anon-Admin Re:What is the point, really? (265 comments)

I converted to Linux when Windows 3.1 went to windows 95 and have not managed, trouble shot, or worked on a windows system other than the work laptop/desktop, and help desk handles the problems with these systems.

I have no idea how to diagnose an issue with a windows system. I can however do anything and everything with Linux. I did watch the help desk guy grab files off the system that he said he had to analyze. If it was just me, I would assume bad hardware. But with everyone complaining about there system crashing it does not appear to be hardware related. Maybe a bad batch of Dell laptops, who knows, I really don't care as my job is to manage the Linux and Unix infrastructure.

I am a Unix/Linux engineer, and like a maid service "I dont do windows"

about a month ago

Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Anon-Admin Re:What is the point, really? (265 comments)

My Windows 7 laptop for work crashes 2 to 3 times a week with a reboot and a popup that says there was a "BSOD Error" After months of diagnostics by the help desk people and days of down time the best they can say is it looks like a "Video Driver issue" but there are no updated drivers. Thus I have to live with it rebooting and crashing tell microsoft/intel/someone releases a new driver.

Compared to my Linux Desktop at the house

07:42:39 up 316 days, 19:56, 7 users, load average: 0.97, 1.07, 1.20

Windows is still crap in my book and still "Blue Screens" on a regular basses they just call it a BSOD error and use a pop up to tell you instead of a blue screen. Hoping no one will ever realize that BSOD == Blue Screen Of Death

My Daughter has a Windows 8 laptop that I had to get her for school, in the last year we have had to re-install it three times. It gets an update that causes it to continually reboot with an error about the update failing and it rebooting. After the third time she brought it to me and asked me to wipe the crap and put linux on it. Why? Because in 10 year of her running a linux laptop it never crashed on her, yet the first windows laptop she had crashed every couple of weeks and the new one crashes to the point of re-install several times a year.

Don't give me the crap that windows is stable or good. Would you put up with a car that broke down twice a week? or even 3 times a year? Then why put up with windows doing it?

about a month ago

PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

Anon-Admin Re: Just (208 comments)

So by your definition if I break into a house and steal everything, then sell it at my store... Thats Capitalism.

Sorry, you are wrong. What they have done is not capitalism, it is fraud and IMO Theft.

about a month and a half ago



The ISP--The Uncommon Carrier

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "Every time there is a question of an ISP monitoring, censoring, or blocking content some one comments about Common Carrier requirements. It is true that most do not make attempts to claim Common Carrier Status. There are many pros and Cons to being a common carrier and it is best summed up in Geoff Huston's article The ISP — The Uncommon Carrier

"Today the short-term expedient measures abound. There is enormous pressure on ISPs from both the Internet's user base and numerous legislatures to take an active position of being responsible — and liable, for the content on the networks and the actions of their clients. If left unchecked, this will have severe longer-term consequences for free speech, basic personal privacy, and uncensored, nondiscriminatory, universal access to the Internet. And when the user base comes to recognize the debased value of such a compromised communications system, they will inevitably look to other means of communication that have retained their essential integrity as a common carriage service."

Maybe we should push for ISP's to be covered as Common Carriers. What do you think?"

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "It would seem that the US Homeland Security is worried about the Internet! Here is the story over at www.prisonplanet.com

From the article:

Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.

"We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anon-Admin writes "SEATTLE Microsoft said Wednesday that its forthcoming Windows Vista would take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the software's functionality in computers found to be running unlicensed copies.

It looks like Microsoft is making a futile move to stop piracy, once vista comes out I wonder how long it will be before a crack is released."

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes " www.voanews.com has a story of the software glitch on the spacestation. Looks like it just needed a reboot :)

Astronauts working on the International Space Station faced a delay Thursday after a computer software problem temporarily held up plans to unfurl two large solar panels."



Where to find a good Content Management System?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been asked to find a Content Management System that would let us import and manage our existing library. After searching high and low for one, I have not found a single product that fits our needs. It would seem that some one would have done this before me.

So I put it to slashdot, what should I use? It would need to be web interfaced, and have a management system to restrict access to some areas of data. It needs to be able to catalog our existing library and make it available. Even if the availability was just as a document revision control system with search, read, and check out (edit) abilities.

This library consists of 15Gigs of images (Using image name, existing directory structure, etc. would be fine), 30Gigs of MP3's (Prefer it to scan the ID3 tags), 50Gigs of TXT files (Full Text search), 50Gigs of .gz and .zip compressed TXT files (It would be nice if it scanned inside the gz/zips and knew how to open them and display them, not all those text files end it .TXT so it needs to know how to test file types), 45Gigs of DOC files (Full Text Search), 20Gigs of HTML files (Full Text Search), 30Gigs of ODT files (Full Text Search), 45Gigs of PDF Files (Full Text Search), and 500Gigs of Video (Using Video File name would be fine). Plus miscellaneous files, For example Word Perfect files, Open Office spreadsheets, Power points, etc, etc. All in all we are talking about a library that is sitting at just over 1.8Tb

It should be noted that the Image library grows at an average of 500megs a week so adding large numbers of images should be something that a photographer can do!



How would you do data acquisition on the cheap?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been working on a science project studying the effects of micronutrient deficiencies in plants. I will be building a new environment chamber soon and was looking at automating the data acquisition portion. I am a little tired of manually taking the data and know that a computer could do a better job than me. I looked into data acquisition systems and was shocked at the price. Cheap ones are $500 - $1000 for the main unit with probes costing $50 - $300. I know that a printer port is a digital I/O and can be used to do data acquisition. After spending some time looking it up, I am not finding anything on it. So how do you do data acquisition on the cheap?

I am not a programmer (other than perl) so I would need a program or a perl module to pull the data. I can build circuits provided I have a diagram of the design. I have a system and can install any OS to get the job done.

What I need to monitor is Chamber Temperature, Chamber Humidity, Chamber Light State, Room Temperature, Room Humidity, and Room Light state.
Temp = +/- .5c

I would like to monitor Chamber CO2 level, Room CO2 level, Chamber O2 level, Room O2 level, Nutrient Levels, Nutrient Ph Level, Nutrient Temperature level, Nutrient PPM (EC) level, and Moisture in soil (Does it need to be watered?)

There will be 6 plants and 6 1gal nutrient reservoirs.

With this in mind, I have a limit of $500 for the data acquisition portion of the project. So what is the best way to get the most bang for the buck?


How to Protect a Windows laptop?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

After more than 10 years with out a Windows system I broke down and bought a Windows XP laptop. I write articles for a few magazines and, for years, I have used IBM ViaVoice on Linux to dictate the articles directly. On the last upgrade of my Linux system, I lost ViaVoice and can no longer find it or buy it for Linux.

So to solve the problem, I bought a simple Compaq Laptop and Dragon Natural Speaking. I was amazed at the crap they installed. 2 hours after turning it on I had successfully removed over 20 gigs of junk/trial/nagware software.

I installed Spybot S&D and found that the laptop came preinstalled with 12 different spyware programs. I followed this by installing CLAMAV and found that it also came preinstalled with a Trojan, although there is a possibility that this was picked up when I put it on the network to grab the software.

So now that the laptop is clean, my question is simple. What should a new Windows system have on it to stop all the junk? What software do you suggest I install to protect this laptop or to extend usability of the unit?


My daughters science fair project

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well it is science fair time and my daughter has decided that she wants to enter. There is a short time frame on this. They have only given us 2 months to come up with and do the experiment. This eliminated most of the plant experiments as well as the hydroponic experiments that she wanted to do. So I thought to my self "Time for some great science fun!" Only to have every idea we have come up with shot down by the teachers.

Ideas so far.

#1) The extraction of naturally occurring MAOI's from local plants.
              a) Can we extract natural MAOIS?
              b) Can the natural MAOI's help mom with here moods?

        Shot down for the following reasons
              1) Extraction of MAOIs may violate the controlled substances act
              2) Human and animal testing is not allowed.

#2) The generation of hydrogen in sufficient quantity to run a vehicle.
              a) Can we separate H2O at a sufficient speed to produce the hydrogen needed to run a car?
              b) At what rate can we produce hydrogen by the separation of H2O into hydrogen and Oxygen?
#3) Can we make a philosophers torch?
          a) How does it work?
          b) Why does it work?
#4) Can we do tests with thermite?

                  All Shot down for the following reasons
                          1) It could be dangerous to work with hydrogen.
                          2) We can not do anything that burns or explodes.

#5) A microscopic taxonomy of the commercially available Ps. Cubensis mushroom spores.
                a) Are all the spores of this species the same or are there sub-species within the commercial strains?
                b) Are the commercial strains different that local wild strains?

                Shot down for the following reasons
                  1) Although the spores are legal, this is considered to be drug related and no entry can involve drugs or drug related items.
                  2) Picking the wild strains my be in violation of the controlled substances act. Possession of a schedule 1 narcotic.

#6)An examination of the radioactive decay of U238 in comparison to Am243.
              a) Do both substances provide the same amount of radioactive decay when placed in proximity to a CCD imaging chip?
              b) What are the differenced in the radiation between the two substances?

              Shot down for the following reasons
                1) NO RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES!!!
                            No other reasons stated.

So we are 1 week in and still no ideas that they will accept.


Time for fun

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago I get lots of contracting firms calling and e-mailing me to see if I am available to take a new contract. Many will send a list of requirement like the one listed. I have included my translations of what they are really looking for. This has been done many times by many people, I just thought it would be fun.

I should add that I normally respond to these and let them know that I would be happy to take the contract at an hourly wage of $350. I figure if they are willing to pay me that much, Ill be willing to do that job. :)

Production Support experience on UNIX and Windows Intel servers with an excellent working knowledge of operating system concepts (Client-UX 11.xx preferred) to provide performance tuning and timely troubleshooting resolution of complex issues including high-pressure system down events.

Meaning, Our outdated computer systems go down and we want it fixed yesterday!

Broad B2B application background with some experience desired on TIBCO products, Oracle, SQL, MQ, Cyclone AS2, Apache, GXS, PGP, FTP, Peregrine, Client Openview

We do not want to hire a DBA so you should be able to run the servers, databases, and monitoring system with out any help.

Experience in System and Network Security including SSL, SSH, TLS, VPN, TCP/IP, Firewall, Proxy, encryption and certificate management.

You will be handling all the servers and the networks. We intend to hold you responsible for all breaches of security from servers being hacked to the virus that Marry Lou opened and now infects the whole network.

Good understanding of basic Internet concepts (e.g., routers, firewalls, Web Server, Web browser, load balancing, DNS, portal, HTTP, HTML, XML)

You will be managing our online presence including developing our web page in your spare time.

Familiarity with Java - JavaScript J2EE (JDBC, RMI, EJB, JNDI, JMS).

We are looking at expanding our web site with these nice new java features and want you to develop them.

Sets priorities; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can juggle numerous tasks and priorities while maintaining productive flow of work; is flexible and adaptable

We are constantly in a state of chaos because of our old equipment. We want some one who can fix everything that breaks and still do the other jobs we line up for him.

Communicates clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect, including ongoing issues and infrastructure; Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation, including interaction with outside vendors and customers.

We want some one who will take the blame and not complain about being treated like crap. We should not be able to tell that he is unhappy no matter how we communicate.

Practices attentive and active listening; flexible and adaptable; drives for results and knowledgeable about how projects and tasks should be accomplished; demonstrates good follow through on information and project status.

Understands that upper management knows what is best for the company. Even if the product dose not fill the need he should be able to make it work.

Strong time management skills. Ability to juggle priorities and adapt to very rapidly changing and growing environment,

Should be willing to work 80 hours a week on 40 hours of pay. Understands that we change our mind in mid-project and can completely rework the project in just a few minuets.

Ability to think creatively and "out of the box" in order to troubleshoot and resolve challenging system and infrastructure issues

Should be able to provide a solution to any problem that will cost the company 0$ and provide all the features that are requested.

Ability to troubleshoot problems quickly, as well as able to work the resolution to completion.

Has the ability to implement Band-Aids on problems just to get it fixed.

Must have ability to be responsive and effectively work through difficult situations rather than avoiding them.

We have people who complain about everything. Even when there is not a problem the person should be willing to work with the people and find a solution that fixes what ever it is that the user thinks is the problem.

Experience working in a 24/7 enterprise environment, and must be willing to participate in 24/7 on call rotation to support Production environment

Willing to work 20 hours a day on our problems and carry a pager/cell phone the remaining 4 hours so that we can will him back if we think there is a problem.

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