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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

DaveV1.0 Re:On-campus groups (38 comments)

This simply accelerates and eases the process by allowing more interaction at a faster rate. This also increases the probability of meeting people on the other side of the classroom.

1 hour ago
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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

DaveV1.0 Re:What could possibly go wrong? (38 comments)

Hmm so the fact that some people are unfaithful, lying scumbags, a group which seems to include you, makes this feature designed by divorce attorneys? Interesting. I would say it is more likely that Facebook is hoping to become the hub of people's social lives. If one isn't an unfaithful, lying scumbag, then one shouldn't have any problem.

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

DaveV1.0 I'm fine. (730 comments)

I am a problem and puzzle solver who applies those skills and abilities to computers, networks, and electronics. My skills are infinitely transferable.

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

DaveV1.0 Re:more pseudo science (852 comments)

we cannot ascertain the temperatures of past centuries with enough precision to make any such study nor claims

That's not a fabrication. That's just wrong. Calling it a fabrication bestows too much grace on it.

Please provide the evidence that his statement is "just wrong", specifically provide credible evidence as to the accuracy and precision of the methods used to determine the temperatures of the past centuries.

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

DaveV1.0 Re:more pseudo science (852 comments)

Alternativly use "proxies" which are equally accurate over those 500 years.

Well, how accurate and precise are they?

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

DaveV1.0 Re:more pseudo science (852 comments)

What is the margin of error for the records? I don't see anything in the article about that.

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

DaveV1.0 Re:more pseudo science (852 comments)

we can create a fairly educated surmise of the reality based on what we observe today

What is the margin of error for that "educated surmise"?

4 days ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

DaveV1.0 Re:more pseudo science (852 comments)

None of your links actually address the point raised by rubycodez. Rubicodez questions the precision, and/or possibly the accuracy, of the temperatures. I see nothing in your links about margins of error for the temperatures. How precise are the temperatures? What is the margin of error?

4 days ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

DaveV1.0 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

I am in the South as well, Southwest Florida to be precise. I think it may be more your industry than your location.

And you wonder how a circuit breaker for the B2 bomber could cost $1500?

Nope, I am an ex-Navy nuke. I know exactly why those things cost so much, and most of it is that they can tell you where the part came from, back to the mine the metal was mined.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

DaveV1.0 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

One's pay is not based solely on what one does now. It is also based on what one has done in the past and what one was paid in the past. Why do you think businesses don't want employees discussing their pay? It is because two people, even two men, can be working at the same job, doing the same work, shoulder to shoulder and one be paid much more than the other because that one's past experience and pay is greater and he asked for a higher salary as a result. If you don't understand that, you are either ignorant or an idiot.

like giving the two slightly different job titles that idiots can then latch on as proof it isn't the same, but it is.

Have you even worked in a major corporation before, or even worked for that matter? Slightly different job titles? There is no HR department in the United States that would put up with that because of the work alone. And, that ignores the fact that most HR departments are made up of women. Don't believe me? Check it out yourself.

And yes, men do need to cover women taking time out for children to some extent.

Congratulations on shooting yourself in the foot. If men have to pick up the slack for women, why should women be paid the same? If you were always picking up the slack for a co-worker, would you be happy to be paid the same as that co-worker, or would you resent that co-worker and be a disgruntled employee because you work more and harder than that employee?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

DaveV1.0 Re:Huh? (451 comments)

If you require QuickBooks Pro 2013, then you require a newish windows / office, which require new hardware + new licenses...

Ok, how about another version of QuickBooks? Every version from 2009 onwards either doesn't run or runs like crap.

I don't know of any useful userland linux program that hasn't been ported to windows...

Which is irrelevant because the suggested direction is Windows to Linux, not Linux to Windows. What is needed is Windows apps ported to Linux.

You'd never switch to linux to increase productivity by upgrading your tools...

You are thinking like a techy, not a manager. Productivity is a primary concern.

1) It's easier to mantain than widnows, (for the little guys), and that reduces support costs.

Having supported both in variously sized companies, I can safely say this is a false statement. In fact, the primary reason for maintenance was people doing non-business things(surfing porn, etc) on the business computers.

2)It's more secure than for the user (not because of the os, but because dancing pigs won't be able to dance on linux). That also reduces support costs.

I am not sure what you mean by "dancing pigs". If, by "dancing pigs", you mean users, then you are also talking about increased salary costs because higher quality workers cost more. If you mean downloadable games, apps, etc., then you are talking about people doing non-business things on a business computer.

3) It provies longer life to your hardware, saving you money.

Except hardware is a depreciable capital cost and the only time one needs to upgrade is when one needs better hardware for an application or just preference, which would still result in a new purchase.

4)Its free and that saves you money.

If you haven't noticed, it is often times cheaper to purchase a new computer with the latest version of Windows than to purchase one with no O/S or to build a system.

The mayor obstacle for typical environments that don't require special sofware are the huge amount of VBA excell files. If your company doesn't use them much then with some windows boxes kept for those special case you'd befine.

Remember what used to be said about IBM? Now, it is "No one ever got fired for going with MS Windows on the desktop." Especially, with the popularity of MS Office. Another big reasons is Outlook and Exchange.

You are looking at this from a tech angle and are missing a lot of things management and business owners look at, including lost productivity, retraining costs, and all the other switch-over costs.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

DaveV1.0 Re:Huh? (451 comments)

Well, if I prefer it, I evidently don't consider it subpar.

That doesn't necessarily follow as you may be using it for ideological rather than technical reasons. And, again, you didn't answer the question.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

DaveV1.0 Re:Mixed Linux/Windows Environments Don't Work Wel (451 comments)

A) Those are three letters, not words. B) I am sure that PDF will import into Excel to allow them to examine how the numbers were derived quite well. C)Seven words: Only send us Word and Excel documents.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

DaveV1.0 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

No, the fact that women don't pursue higher pay does not support the contention that women are "disadvantaged in their careers by lower pay for the same work as men". It is funny that you accuse me of thinking women are weak and/or inferior then outright say that women are taught to be weak and inferior. Project much?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

DaveV1.0 Re:Huh? (451 comments)

You haven't answered the question. Rather, you stated an arguably subpar alternative you prefer. What if the ability to run QuickBooks Pro 2013 is required for business reasons?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

DaveV1.0 Re:Mixed Linux/Windows Environments Don't Work Wel (451 comments)

"Why is it that every single file you send me has to be reformatted? If you don't get your act together, I will have no choice but to cancel our contract and change suppliers."

Oh, you thought that the documents created are only used internally? Are you sure you have worked in the real world?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

DaveV1.0 Re:Huh? (451 comments)

Really? What if the company is using software that is Windows only and doesn't run right under WINE? What if they need QuickBooks Pro 2013 which runs like garbage under WINE?

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

DaveV1.0 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Where I live we have trucks that do all the heavy lifting. All the garbage collectors have to do is drive the truck, work leavers, and occasionally move cans.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

DaveV1.0 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

I spent the last 15 years in Telecom at large companies. While it wasn't as unbalanced as what you indicate, the majority of the tech side were men. But, the interesting thing was that most of the women who were on the tech side weren't Americans. They were mostly Chinese and Indian with a few Eastern Europeans and the occasional American sprinkled in. And, for the most part, the American women weren't as competent as their female counterparts.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

DaveV1.0 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Atypical? Says who? You? How many strippers do you know? I personally know strippers. I have tutored strippers at the local community college. I have dated an ex-stripper. Most of them make well over $50,000 per year. I knew one who routinely made $2,000 in cash a weekend.

I knew one woman who admitted to prostituting at the strip club while working as a dancer, or "providing extras" as she called it. She made over $150,000 a year doing that. The biggest money problem strippers have is that they get addicted to the money and the party lifestyle and the drugs that go with it. It isn't that they don't make a lot of money, it is that spend everything they make.

about a week ago

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Attack of the fanboys

DaveV1.0 DaveV1.0 writes  |  about 6 years ago

Looks like my karma is going down because I am not a linux fanboy.

Got to love it when assholes think saying anything negative about linux, even if it is the truth, should be modded into the ground.

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A better user desktop O/S part 1

DaveV1.0 DaveV1.0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago What would make an O/S better for the general user desktop than what is available now?

  • Security should be the priority
  • Support for hotplugged devices
  • Network transparency
  • Performance
  • Customization
  • Ease of use
  • Good, complete user programs

Currently, neither MS Windows nor Linux support all of these. MS is trying to improve its security, with mediocre results. GNU/Linux/XFree86 seems to be focusing more on server capabilities that user needs.

What is needed is a new O/S that combines the best of both worlds. This is an achievable goal. Now, all that is needed is a group to take up the task.

This new O/S would have:

  • A command line mode for maintenance and server use.
  • A simple, ease to use system configuration system.
  • A native GUI. The GUI should be a module that can be removed for system that don't need it.
  • A command line application, like xterm.
  • The keyboard driver should actually use the keys on the keyboard. Pause, Break, and SysRq should work.
  • A better file system. Maybe, one that is journaled, and has a better attribute system.
  • A clean dynamic device system. It could be a DevFS like system or something totally new, but the /dev/ directory has to go.
  • The GUI will allow the user to change the look by installing a different widget set. Widget sets should be distributable as themes. The widget interface will be well designed and clean to allow third party theme development.
  • When a user logs in, he only see the things he has rights to use. When the user looks at the file system, his home directory appears to be the root of the file system and he can only see those files, directories and devices he has access to.
  • Network services should not be installed by default. Services should only be added on request and configured as a part of the installation.
  • Services and Deamons should run as a special user with the bare minium access needed to run. They should NEVER run with root privilages.
  • The sys admin should be able to specify what devices and files are available over the network for the general computer. The user should be able to share his resources over the net as desired. Nothing should be shared by default.
  • Applications should tell the O/S what widget to use, where to use it, and what to fill it with. They should not have their own widgets. The apps will be able to send the widget requests over the network, transparently. Apps will look the same no matter where they run.
  • Application communication over the network should be encrypted by default.
  • A native distributed computing client (like Beowulf) would be nice. It would be load on request and allow networked computers to share processing power.

What else would make a better user desktop O/S? I will add things as I think of them and any comments or suggestions are welcome

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What is a "Modern Computer?"

DaveV1.0 DaveV1.0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago This is something I have been thinking about for a long time.

What exactly is a "Modern Computer"?

With this comes the questions:

"What is a properties of a modern O/S?" "What can a modern O/S do?"

So, tell me, what do you consider to be the features and properties of a modern computer and O/S?

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MS vs Linux

DaveV1.0 DaveV1.0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago So, here I am reading the latest Microsoft article on Slashdot. I am struck by the fact that everyone is hung up on innovation.

I think it is less important who innovates more, but rather who innovates better, and who provides the more usable end product. This is a problem for the OSS community.

Having used Linux for many years, I have noticed that OSS projects will get to a certain level of usefulness and then stop. Generally, when the "sexy code" has been written, development slows to a crawl, minor functionality code and minor bugs live on.

Microsoft and other corporate software companies pay people to put the finishing polish software. This makes their software easier to use and more complete.

In my humble opinion, if OSS and other want to lure customers away from M$ and other closed source, the programs need to be polished up and made more usable.

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