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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Crudely_Indecent Re:Just a word of warning (154 comments)

I wish I had mod points because you make several very important statements.

To add to your good advise, I'd say that back exercise is also very important for anyone who has already had a back injury. I've slipped a disk three times. The first time was lifting something that was too heavy for me to lift (I did it, but paid for it and continue to pay for it). Now it's weakened in that area, it comes out easier now. My back exercises and stretching help me to reduce the chances of recurring injuries as a result of my now weakened back.

After my first injury, I spoke to my boss and informed him that I would periodically (maybe a couple of times per day) need to slip off to stretch for 10 minutes or so. Several times I'd have co-workers walk into a conference room for an impromptu meeting only to find me laying on the floor stretching my lower back with a towel on my feet. Since they had seen me walk around for a week using a cane, they understood - but the first few times asked if I needed help. I just said, "no thanks, this IS my recovery"

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Crudely_Indecent Automate it (228 comments)

I've done this many times.

In one instance it wasn't my task, but the task of 2 employees that I was supervising. My boss had given them a task that took each of them 8 hours to complete (turning phone logs into readable reports, daily). One would start the process and hand her work off to the other which was then turned into management at the end of the second shift. Each day, processing the logs from the previous day. At best, the report data was 24 hours old - often indicating trends after it was too late to deal with them.

The IT department had tasked several of their workers to automate the task but none were able to do it over the course of 6 months.

I spent three days learning what these ladies were doing and another three days coding it. When I was done, management could get the report they wanted up to the previous hour, and it was searchable.

At the end of the day, I got two workers back on the phones doing what they were hired to do.

I quit two days later - but that's another story.

about three weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Crudely_Indecent Re:Asuka Langley Sohryu (701 comments)

I was beginning to wonder if anyone would get it.

about a month ago
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Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road

Crudely_Indecent Re:bringing booze to a thirsty frontier (71 comments)

This is what I understood about the Johnny Appleseed story.

Apple seeds don't necessarily grow sweet apples. Some are sour. Modern eating apples are grafts from trees that product sweet fruit, while seedlings are a crap shoot.

Old and young alike consumed hard cider (children were given a watered down version) because of waterborne illness. You couldn't trust the water, but you could trust that your hard cider would be safe.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Crudely_Indecent Asuka Langley Sohryu (701 comments)

LCL Einlass. Anfang der Bewegung, bestätigt. Anfang des Nervenanschlusses, bestätigt. Anfang nächster die Herzmonitor, bestätigt. Synchro-start, nun!

about a month ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

Crudely_Indecent Re:Resolution (316 comments)

eBay!

I got 2 Thinkpad T520 laptops (Resolution: 1920x1080) for less than $1000 (total). Granted, one had a broken keyboard + bios lock and the other a broken screen - but less than $300 in parts repaired the keyboard and screen and now I have the hardware to unlock the bios password of many thinkpad models. Still, I paid less than $1000 total for both after repairs. It can be done if you're a cheap enough bastard and are willing to put in a little effort.

Not all roses though - neither came with a hard drive or memory - so that added expense did put my total above $1000 - but I have 2 high-res laptops and I spent less than $2000 for both after adding to each a 1tb hdd and 8gb ram. It's good to have a spare.

about 3 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Crudely_Indecent Re:Excersise for the reader: (409 comments)

Let the previous post serve as an example of how NOT to attempt comedy on slashdot (or anywhere else).

Some pointers for would-be comedians attempting to amuse the rest of us:

1. it should be funny
2. it should be funny to someone other than yourself (your other personalities don't count, neither does your mother - and no, combining the two won't count either)
3. humor should be involved

As a litmus test, if you think you should post as AC - it isn't nearly funny enough. True comedians want to take credit for their craft.

about 3 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Crudely_Indecent Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (386 comments)

My iPad 1 got slower and slower with each update, until IOS 5, when the updates cease. Now, many apps in the app store cannot be installed on my iPad 1 because the IOS version doesn't meet the criteria for the apps.

I keep it around because I must support iPad 1 for some of my customers, but its usefulness is fading - as designed.

about 4 months ago
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Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

Crudely_Indecent Re:Astrology is amazing (269 comments)

For those considering to flame this AC, there are 2 jokes here which aren't funny on their own - but combined are quite amusing.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Build Three Atom Thick LEDs

Crudely_Indecent What does it mean? (54 comments)

Is it a single LED that is three atoms thick, or are there 3 individual atom thick LEDs?

If the latter, 1 atom thick is just an atom. So these guys are claiming to have invented an atom.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Crudely_Indecent Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

They didn't completely remove annotation though, everything else is still there. We can still draw pretty boxes, circles, arrows and text. Those are features we don't use (often).

It just strikes me as odd that apple drops the feature, adobe drops the feature from reader, and a third party editor drops the feature - at roughly the same time.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Crudely_Indecent Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

We tried option B, and when the software received an update a few days later, link annotations were no longer available.

At that point, we went digging in the parts closet for the machines.

Personally, I think the Apple/Adobe relationship is driving this. Get people hooked on a feature, then yank that feature to force them to purchase an expensive product (Acrobat).

about 6 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Crudely_Indecent Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

One piece of older OSX that is no longer in newer versions is an (apparently) often used function of Preview. The ability to add link annotations to PDF documents has been removed. You can still add text and arrows and circles (the things we don't use it for). That particular function is the most often used, but there are others.

We used it for customer reports generated in other applications. To make it easier on our customers, we would create table of contents and link it in preview before sending it out. With older Snow Leopard machines in the office, the process now must be performed on an older machine before being sent out. Of course, we are now very protective of these older machines.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Crudely_Indecent Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

There are reasons not to upgrade. Apple has silently removed features from OSX that my business has come to rely on. New equipment, of course, runs Lion or Mavericks - but we keep a few older machines around to do the tasks that Apple doesn't think we need to do anymore (tasks that require us to spend $2500 on software for Lion or Mavericks but could do in Snow Leopard).

about 6 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

Crudely_Indecent Re:Its too bad.. (357 comments)

This was done in the ancient olympic games - sort of. It wasn't really that the competitors used the same gear - they competed in the nude, covering their bodies with olive oil.

The athletes usually competed nude, not only as the weather was appropriate, but also as the festival was meant to celebrate, in part, the achievements of the human body. Olive oil was used by the competitors, not only as a substitute for soap for washing, bathing, and cleaning, but also as a natural cosmetic, to keep skin smooth, and provide an appealing look for the participants. Because the men competed nude, married women were forbidden to watch the Olympics under penalty of death.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

about 6 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Crudely_Indecent Re:It's more science than religion (625 comments)

The positions of the planets and angular relationships isn't science? What the hell have astronomers been doing all these years?

The portion of astrology that deals with the positions of the heavenly bodies is exactly a science, and is provable FACT. When someone is born and their sun sign is, say Aquarius - this means that the sun was in Aquarius when the person was born, which is a provable FACT.

Astronomy was born from astrology. Many of the terms still used in astronomy came from astrology (conjunction, opposition, aspect, etc.)

Astrology has one non-scientific aspect (pun intended), the assignment of meaning to planetary positions and angular relationships.

about 7 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Crudely_Indecent It's more science than religion (625 comments)

While on par with most religious beliefs, at least astrology has some basis in science. Planetary positions and angular relationships between those planets isn't something that astrologers make up. The data is largely calculated from ephemeris (usually the Swiss ephemeris) and there is a lot of math involved.

If religion had as much science as astrology, everyone would believe in god.

The only thing not science about astrology is the interpreted meanings of the positions and angular relationships.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Crudely_Indecent Re:The more simple you make it the less complex it (876 comments)

The more simple you make it the less complex it is

Did you come up with that all by yourself?

What's wisdom will you bestow next? here are some suggestions off the top of my head:

"the more warm something gets, the less cold it is",
"more light leads to less darkness",
"as something dies, it becomes less alive" or
"as things speed up, they move less slowly"

Thank you, Captain FormulAiC.

about 7 months ago
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Not Just Healthcare.gov: NASA Has 'Significant Problems' With $2.5B IT Contract

Crudely_Indecent Re:Typical.... (176 comments)

In my life I've had only one boss that respected IT personnel. None of them were technical, and had some strange image in their heads of a magical fairy land where us IT folk would wave our wands and shit would get done.

I had one non-programmer boss who proposed an amazing CONTACT FORM to her bosses, and I was required to be there so I could take notes and implement it. After watching her presentation, I was asked if I had any questions or comments. I had comments. Gems like: "Why am I putting EACH FIELD on a separate page? That's going to cause the users to submit the form 10 times before they're done" and "I'm supposed to look these addresses up in the CRM, but the CRM guys have plainly stated over the years that they will never ever Ever EVER let anyone query their DB, did something change?".

By the end of the meeting, the contact form was cancelled and my new task was to make a slideshow screensaver for someone's special project.

about 7 months ago
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Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon

Crudely_Indecent Re:Newtonian physics and ballistics don't apply! (202 comments)

With a beam that powerful, it won't take a direct hit to the cornea to cause eye damage. Catching a glint off of the windshield of the target (car, plane, tank, building) might be enough.

Forget walking around with mirrors, battlefield dress of the future might include welding goggles or a helmet mounted HUD to protect a soldiers eyes behind a video feed.

about 7 months ago

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NASA Confirms New EM Thruster Violates Laws Of Conservation

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  about a month ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "Mentioned here in a previous story ( http://slashdot.org/story/06/0... ), the EM thruster that generates thrust using no fuel, only electricity has been tested by NASA and confirmed to work!

Is this the Star Trek future tech we've been waiting for?

The NASA report titled "Anomalous Thrust Production from an RF Test Device Measured on a Low-Thrust Torsion Pendulum" was published 3 days ago and can be found here: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.js... From the abstract:

This paper describes the eight-day August 2013 test campaign designed to investigate and demonstrate viability of using classical magnetoplasmadynamics to obtain a propulsive momentum transfer via the quantum vacuum virtual plasma.

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Joomla! 1.6 released

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "Being an extension developer and a huge fan of Joomla! I was excited when Joomla! 1.6 was released last night. It's been a long wait. This new version brings a more flexible ACL, a content category depth enhancement (beyond the 2 levels offered in versions 1.0 and 1.5), and numerous API enhancements. FTA:

Rebuilt from the ground up in much of the application, this latest Joomla release will delight the casual site builder while helping small, medium, and enterprise businesses succeed in delivering web sites, intranets and applications to their respective markets.

Expect to start seeing sites running the newest version within a few days."
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University of Glasgow pioneers 1000 core processor

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "

Scientists have created an ultra-fast computer chip which is 20 times faster than current desktop computers. Modern PCs have a processor with two, four or sometimes 16 cores to carry out tasks. But the central processing unit (CPU) developed by the researchers effectively had 1,000 cores on a single chip. The developments could usher in a new age of high-speed computing in the next few years for home users frustrated with slow-running systems.

1000 cores could make short work of the video encoding that I'm doing tonight. Lets hope they finish their research soon and put a price tag on this technology!"
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Berners-Lee says Internet access is a right

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has likened being forced offline to 'imprisonment' and attacked the Digital Economy Act's lack of 'due process'

According to Sir Tim, "freedom to access the internet could even be linked back to Magna Carta.""
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Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Crudely_Indecent (739699) writes "I've always known that there is something wrong with this country. It was hard to put my finger on. Perhaps it is the fact that we haven't been out of war since WWI. There is always some sort of conflict...some kind of assault on another country, or watching good people become outcasts in their own country because of an accusation of wrongdoing. Or, perhaps it was watching politicians get away with anything, while the rest of us had to watch our every move.

Aaron Russo has produced a film entitled "America - Freedom to Fascism" and I believe it adequately explains much of what I feared about my government. The officials elected to serve us have been serving a different master. If you have two hours to spare, hop over to google video and search for "America Freedom to Fascism Authorized version"

This powerful movie depicts our government as a corrupt and wholly owned entity. It doesn't use accusation to make this point, but the words of our elected officials and court record.

This video has reached the google top 100 overnight."

Journals

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Draft on the mind of government officials

Crudely_Indecent Crudely_Indecent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

An article titled "Selective Service to test draft machinery" on San Jose Mercury News
FTA:

The Selective Service System is making plans to test its draft machinery in case Congress and President Bush need it, even though the White House says it doesn't want to bring back the draft.

Members of Congress seem interested in bringing back the draft.

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