Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!



Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

Anon-Admin 4 years??? (253 comments)

Really, 4 year life span and they are replaced?

God I need to work for a company like that!

  I am so tired of dealing with these RS/6000 systems that were made back in 1994, and these intel systems made back in 2002.

2 days ago

New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

Anon-Admin Re:removing the speed of light barrier (58 comments)

I wrote it to be funny and I am aware that it is Planck.

I am just as surprised as you that it is rated "insightful." I expected it to be rated Funny.

3 days ago

New Micro-Ring Resonator Creates Quantum Entanglement On a Silicon Chip

Anon-Admin Re:removing the speed of light barrier (58 comments)

Entanglement communicates state by some mechanism that has no measurable latency.

The two wave forms are entangled below the plank layer, thus being outside of standard space time you see no measurable latency.

Maybe we need to coin a phrase for this area blow the plank layer and outside space time. I say we call it subspace, seems to fit. :P

3 days ago

Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Anon-Admin Re:WTF (236 comments)

Reminds me of a Babylon 5 quote

" There are things in the universe billions of years older than either of our races. They are vast, timeless. And if they are aware of us at all, it is as little more than antsand we have as much chance of communicating with them as an ant has with us. We know. We've tried. And we've learned we can either stay out from underfoot, or be stepped on."

3 days ago

US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Anon-Admin Re:More proof (666 comments)

> The only controversy is "is 97 larger than 3".

On a scale of 1 to 100 with 1 being a pure fact and 100 being a pure lie, where would you rate the global warming debate?

Yep, 3 is bigger than 97 :P

The old saying is that “figures will not lie,” but a new saying is “liars will figure.” It is our duty, as practical statisticians, to prevent the liar from figuring; in other words, to prevent him from perverting the truth, in the interest of some theory he wishes to establish. -- Carroll D. Wright 1889

about two weeks ago

US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Anon-Admin More proof (666 comments)

More proof that this debate is political and not scientific.

Passing a law that says it is real is like voting on the sex of a chicken. No matter the outcome of the vote, only testing can provide the answer.

How about we get politics out of science and rely on the scientific method to determine if "Global Warming" is real or not.

about two weeks ago

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Anon-Admin Re:All about keeping IT Salaries low (263 comments)

Yep, and to that I say:

People Soft, ERP, Email, etc,etc,etc. How much is lost when they go down? Name one department that does not require an application or system to be up all the time! If the sales system is down, the sales department does not make sales!

If you think a medium sized company or larger can continue to operate in this day and age without IT. Simple let your IT group go and see how long it takes.

about two weeks ago

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Anon-Admin Re:It all comes down to payroll (263 comments)

That is every consulting firm I have ever worked for! Not once has any of them had bench time or training, it is just hire people for the contract and let them go when it is over.

about two weeks ago

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Anon-Admin Re:So...don't be disposable. (263 comments)

What you are suggesting is that a generalist will be kept while a specialist is disposable.

Simple question, when the MBA/management person is looking at the spread sheet with all the numbers on it trying to decide which people should be laid off, which filed is the one that indicates your skill set?

about two weeks ago

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Anon-Admin Re:How much of this is due to mergers? (263 comments)

LOL, the last company I worked for Laid off the IT staff in a "Re-org" They had just announced how they had made 3 Billion euros in the last year and the President of the company took a multimillion Dollar bonus! However, no raises as there was "no budget" for it, then they laid off all the IT staff, to cut costs. Turns out they out sourced it to a firm in India that thoroughly failed at managing the systems.

9 months later, they run ad's looking for IT people. They were having trouble finding people because they are offering 40% less than market. So they decide to call the people they laid off and offer to bring them back. We have all turned them down.

With a whopping 1.2 star approval rating on www.glassdoor.com they will have trouble finding anyone to work for them!

about two weeks ago

The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Anon-Admin Bull Shit! (197 comments)

P@ssw0rd! did not make the list and half the places I have worked have used that as the password because it meets the windows complexity rules.

about two weeks ago

Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

Anon-Admin Re:Yeah.... (227 comments)

Well, Captain Obvious had to take a break from the hotels.com commercials. Guess he got a new job as a writer.

about three weeks ago

How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Anon-Admin Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

I have used Linux for decades and am a fond believer in it being a better OS.

However, it is now Microsoft that is the issue here. OsX and Linux have great package management and in most instances it is used. Once you get into commercial software the install shifts. I am not sure why they don't make RPM's, DEB's, etc but even the commercial Linux producers use these crappy installers. Try installing the NVidia Drivers from NVidia. They require you run the install script and run you through the next, next, next, are you sure?, are you sure the first six times that you made the correct choices?, etc, etc.

about three weeks ago

Hackers Steal $5M In Bitcoin During Bitstamp Exchange Attack

Anon-Admin Re: Thats why I keep my money in petro-dollars. (114 comments)

You are not exactly right. That only covers up to $100,000

So if you have a retirement account with $500,000 in it and the bank gets robbed, you get $100,000 back. Unless the bank has taken steps to guarantee amounts above $100,000. Thought most dont, they simply have you sign I form when you open the account that states you have been notified.

about three weeks ago

Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

Anon-Admin Re:Somehow banks... (161 comments)

Say hello to ChexSystems


Unlike credit reporting there is no time limit on it and banks will refuse to issue you an account based on the information. I know because the bank that I closed the account on charged me an account fee after the account was close. I was never notified so did not know it was there. Some years later (10) when trying to change banks I was declined because that was in the chexsystems report. The original bank had gone bust, been sold to another bank that went bust and was sold to another bank that later split into three banks. It took me 2 months to track down who had the original records and could clear the entry on the chexsystems report.

about a month ago

Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

Anon-Admin Re:Somehow banks... (161 comments)

Right, regulations help.

Back some years ago I was using a bank that over drafted me. I say they over drafted me because they showed an ATM withdraw some 50 miles from where I was that caused my account to over draft.

I had paid the overdraft fees and explained to them that I could not have been there to withdraw the $62 they claim. The lady tells me that as per bank policy I am responsible for the first $50 lost from the account and there would be a $10 "search" fee for them to research what had happened and determine if I had withdrawn the money or it was a bank error. My simple question, "If it turns out to be a bank error do i get my $52 back?" Well no, as per policy I was responsible for the first $50 lost so I would only get $2 back.

I told them to do the research, give me my $2 and close my account. The bank persons response, "Absolutely, there is a $2 filing fee to start the search, $10 for the search, and you are responsible for the first $50 lost. Then there will be a $15 fee to close out your account."

It amazes me how they lost the exact amount that it would require to $0 out. I close that account and simply moved of. The moral of this story is you may have faith in religion, with all others watch your ass because they will take all they can get.

about a month ago

Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Anon-Admin Sounds great! (552 comments)

I love the Idea, we are looking for the top 5%. We need the elite of the programming world to immigrate to the US and help us keep the US are the top of our game.

Seeing as we agree on that, then I am sure you will agree that the best way to get exceptional programmers, is to offer them exceptional wages. So lets work together to change the H1B's requirement and to require that all H1B's are paid in the top 1% of the pay scale.

about a month ago

The World Is Not Falling Apart

Anon-Admin Re:Interesting. I'd think the opposite (208 comments)

OMG, really? That is how you took that statement?

#1) I have run for state office as a Libertarian
#2) I am a proud supporter of the party.
#3) That was a reference to the 2000 Libertarian presidential TV spots.

about a month ago

The World Is Not Falling Apart

Anon-Admin Re:Interesting. I'd think the opposite (208 comments)

progressives say "let's change things for the better" conservatives say "don't throw the baby out with the bath water".

Libertarians say "If it is Rosemary's Baby, through out the baby and the bath water and start over."

about a month 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  |  about 8 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.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?