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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

Bocaj Re:They risked a valuable Monkey? (425 comments)

What does Iran's sexual discrimination have to do with their space program?

Because jkflying, it's been generally accepted for some time now that education lessens crime and discrimination among other things. Iran's current treatment of women would appear to contradict that.

about a year and a half ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

Bocaj They risked a valuable Monkey? (425 comments)

I'm surprised they didn't start with some something more disposable, like a woman. I'm sorry, but it just shocks me that a society can make this kind of technological achievement and still treat some humans as second class citizens.

about a year and a half ago
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Android App Lets You Steal Contactless Credit Card Data

Bocaj It could be so much better. (221 comments)

With NFC phones you could make an almost crack proof system. Since the phone has a second line of communication it could use NFC to generate an an encrypted transaction with the merchant terminal and then use it's cellular connection to verify that transaction with the bank, and at last the merchant terminal would use it's network connection to the bank to finalize that transaction. Yes that means both devices need a working network connection to make the transaction work, but it would be super secure since there would be no CC number. Each transaction would be unique and unrepeatable. The bank would get verification from both the merchant and the customer for each transaction.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple vs. Nokia, RIM and Motorola On Nano-SIM Standard

Bocaj Re:Too small (144 comments)

Not a problem. You can just pop down to your local mobile shop and they can move the card for you for a small fee and.... wait.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Missing Hundreds of Moon Rocks

Bocaj I use to keep better track... (132 comments)

I use to keep better track of the moon rocks, but then I took an arrow to the knee.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's a Good Tablet/App Combination For Note-Taking?

Bocaj The original is still the best. (425 comments)

After trying many options over the years I still find the tried and true paper version works the best. I recommend a small netbook + real notepad. There is just no real substitute for paper yet. I love das blinkinlights as much as anyone but when it comes to a classroom environment, a paper and pencil just works. Especially for math formulas. The only college classes where I used a computer to take notes were programming ones. A laptop or netbook works better because you can use VI or other editor of your choice to copy code examples much more quickly. Also doesn't hurt to be able to actually compile and test something right then and there.

more than 2 years ago
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How can I justify using Red Hat when CentOS exists

Bocaj Re:Where's the beef? (7 comments)

Web hosting is one thing. What we're doing is clustering, virtualization, NAS, databases, almost everything. We're going to run the entire company backbone off of this system. If it goes down, we go down. Out of my depth? Not really. I've been doing the GNU/Linux sysadm gig for a while now and I'm RH certified, but I am the only one. Having a support contract means that not only do I have backup if I do get in over my head, the support techs could probably walk one of the junior admins through fixing a problem if I'm unreachable. You'd think that statement alone would be enough to convince someone to purchase support, but no. If I where to be hit by a truck and they had to fix a problem they would spend whatever it took to hire a consultant and get it fixed. If that meant spending more than the cost of years of a support contract then so be it. They would be fine with that because they have no choice. My issue is that, according to what my superiors tell me, if CentOS didn't exist they would gladly purchase Red Hat. The rational is that we could instead invest the software budget in more hardware, except my hardware budget didn't go up, the money just vanished.

more than 2 years ago
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Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

Bocaj Re:What? (770 comments)

From TFA:

Why stop at June 2010?
I’m not going to. I do think that having 15 months or so of history gives a good perspective on how a phone has been treated, but it’s also just a labor issue - it takes a while to dredge through the various sites to determine the history of each device. I plan to continue on and might also try to publish the underlying table with references. I also acknowledge that it’s possible I’ve missed something along the way.

more than 2 years ago
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Obama To Sign 'America Invents Act of 2011' Today

Bocaj We'll just have to see how this goes. (244 comments)

You never know the full effect of legislation until it hits the courts. We'll see if this has any improvement. Personally I feel that new copyright law for software is needed and then limit patents to only physically producible items. No software patents, no business practice patents. If it can't be manufactured, you can't patent it. Patent infringement should be handled first by submitting documentation of a product that is actually being sold and your patent number to the patent office. If an examiner finds that the product matches your patent you may file with the court system. If not, you're out of luck.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Sells Space Food, Shuttle Tiles To Schools

Bocaj Space food is not that special anymore. (120 comments)

Now that freeze dried food is more readily available (http://www.mountainhouse.com/) it isn't as much of a novelty anymore. I am surprised we don't see the heat shield tile technology more. Lining an oven with these might improve efficiency. They just need to work on manufacturing costs.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Put an End To Smelly Socks

Bocaj Clean vs. Dirty (238 comments)

Any just how am I suppose to discern which of my clothes are good-to-go that morning? Seriously though, this could be huge for outdoor clothing used by hikers and the like. No more smelling ripe after a week in the bush. It could also allow clothing to last longer because most of the damage it takes these days is from the washing machines. We often wash clothing that has very little actual dirt on it, but a little sweat and oil with bacteria that smells.

about 3 years ago
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Hackers Expose 26,000 Sex Website Passwords

Bocaj Stigma (497 comments)

If it weren't for the stigma surrounding porn this would just be another hacked website. I still don't understand societies taboos about sexually related things. Especially when we are so accepting of of violence and death. The number of crime scene centric shows on public TV is staggering. The number of sex centric shows? Almost non-existent. People are perfectly fine looking a images of death and dismemberment, but put naked people on TV and it's a travesty. Personally I think the world would better off if people spent more time watching pornography than watching people get killed. Remember, you can have safe sex, you cannot have safe war!

more than 3 years ago
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Pandora App Sends Private Data To Advertisers

Bocaj SELinux type security for Android (198 comments)

Google needs to change the security model to allow finer grained access and more information to users about how much information that access allows. I should be able to install an application that wants access to my contacts but choose to deny that access with a warning that it may affect the functionality of the app. There should be more detail information on just what information an application can get hold of with that access. I think using the SELinux model of security in the kernel would be a good idea. If I don't grant an application process rights to certain files, it can't get access no matter what.

more than 3 years ago
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Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot

Bocaj If you read TFA, (225 comments)

You might notice that the robot was "cemented" to the structure. It wasn't just a misplaced toy. Police found that odd enough to be better safe than sorry. I see this as a win. I don't care if looks like a ham sandwich, if someone permanently attaches it to a supporting structure like that, it should be taken seriously. Even if it was just a prank, stunt, promotional gimmick, or just the act of a disturbed mind, this kind of thing should carry serious consequences.

more than 3 years ago
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US Elections Dominated By Closed Source. Again.

Bocaj When the Libertarians win (403 comments)

When the Libertarians win a major election, martial law will be instituted and all voting machines and personnel will be quarantined until the source the corruption is found.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Board Sued Over Hurd Departure

Bocaj You say fiduciary, I say felatio, (136 comments)

let's just call the whole thing off. Seriously? I'm guessing they couldn't care less if CEOs where raping interns as long as they get a heads up early enough to dump the stock.

more than 3 years ago
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'u' — the First Authentic Klingon Opera On Earth

Bocaj Re:Wow (165 comments)

While you make a very coherent post ElectricTurtle, it's fundamental assumption is wrong. This opera, the radio transmission and even the /. post itself fall under the same umbrella of entertainment. It's all just fiction for fun. It looks "real" because the popular fiction of the times is reality fiction. To take a post on Slashdot seriously is true folly!

more than 3 years ago
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Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21

Bocaj Everyone who buys this will love it! (112 comments)

Really, everyone wearing one of these will swear,

"Emotiv is the greatest company ever. I love all of their products. I am mortgaging my house to purchase more of their products. Emotiv is my friend. Emotive is good."

more than 4 years ago
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Teen Wakes Up Covered In Stars

Bocaj Fell asleep? (18 comments)

Fell asleep my @55. She passed out is more likely. Tattooing hurts, it's not something you fall asleep during.

more than 5 years ago

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Can I call it a GNUix?

Bocaj Bocaj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bocaj (84920) writes "Most, if not all, "Linux" distributions rely on GNU tools. Some people prefer "GNU/Linux" but it just doesn't roll off the tongue. The newer Solaris and Apple distributions also rely heavly on GNU. People often use the term *NIX for some Unix like derivative. I'm going to start calling them GNUix. If see a bash terminal and bunch of GNU applications, it's a GNUix, reguardless of the kernel."
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How can I justify using Red Hat when CentOS exists

Bocaj Bocaj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bocaj (84920) writes "I recently spec'd out a large project for our company that included software from Red Hat. It came back from the CIO with everything approved except I have to use CentOS. Why? Because "it's free Red Hat." Personally I really like the CentOS project because it puts enterprise class software in the hands of people who might not otherwise afford it. We are not those people. We have money. In fact I questioned the decision by asking why the CIO was willing to spend money on another very similar project and not this one. The answer was "because there is no free alternative." I know this has come up before and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but this is still a very persistent issue. Our CIO is convinced that technical support for any product is worthless. He's will to spend money on "one-time" software purchases, but nothing that is an annual subscription. There is data to support that the Red Hat subscription is cheaper that many other up-front paid software products but not CentOS. The only thing it lacks is support, which the CIO doesn't want. Help?"
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Microsoft Live Cloud Burst

Bocaj Bocaj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bocaj (84920) writes "The college I work for recently switch to Microsoft's Live@EDU (http://www.microsoft.com/liveatedu/free-email-accounts.aspx) email system. It was considered to be more stable than our in-house system. Today is the first day of classes and Live@EDU has now been down for almost an hour with no ETA of recovery. So much for cloud computing."
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Corporate Print/Copy/Scan Solutions?

Bocaj Bocaj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bocaj (84920) writes "I work an office where we support about 7 multi-function copiers. They allow copying, printing, fax, scan to the network and print to fax. At least when they work. They break all the time and our support company promptly comes out and fixes it, but the downtime is still a problem. When a machine goes down, that office loses a lot of functions. I've thought about setting up a station with a PC, scanner, and a bank of printers (for redundancy and speed). Has anyone tried this? I'm ready to throw these multi-function machines in the lake."
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SCO stock plummets, the zombie destroyed

Bocaj Bocaj writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bocaj (84920) writes "I know the SCO fiasco has been covered to death, but I've always believed that the end wouldn't come until the money was gone (it's the American Way). So, it looks like as of yesterday the coffers have dried up according to ars technica. It seems this is the end of SCO, and not just the lawsuit. My condolences to those geeks that will get laid off because of this, but I don't feel bad for the company as a whole. It was a zombie resurrected from the corpse of a once proud UNIX corp., that was bent on eating the brains of its brethren."
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