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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

DrWho520 Good Bye and Thank You (1521 comments)

Thank you, Rob. I never felt more at home on the web than here. Good luck in your future endeavors.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Banned From Working With China

DrWho520 Re:How about a project like Openstack? (284 comments)

Hey everybody! There is a novel, technical question over here! Could we stop the political rants for a second and ponder this one?

more than 3 years ago

Google Says 3rd Parties Would Be Liable For Java Infringement

DrWho520 Re:Not quite what Google says (236 comments)

"Heavily invested in Java, I have no problem paying Oracle for it to stay a viable platform."

How much are we talking about paying at this time?

more than 4 years ago

Black Silicon Used For Surveillance?

DrWho520 Re:Any questions? (56 comments)

- Other posters have noted/claimed this is a result of high manufacturing costs making this material prohibitive for solar cell production. Could the manufacturing costs of this material be brought down to a point as to make it a good substance for solar cells? How close are we?
- What wavelengths does this material respond too/detect? Could it be modified/designed to image UV/Vis/IR?
- How linear is the response function, or perhaps would it require an exotic calibration procedure to translate photons into radiance?

Thank you for volunteering to answer questions and good luck in your academic endeavors! I wish I was in graduate school now and was positioned to work in this domain.

more than 4 years ago

WordPress Creator GPL Says WP Template Must Be GPL'd

DrWho520 Post on why Themes are Derivative (571 comments)

I do not code in PHP, so please bare with me. What I got was that since the PHP interpreter sees it all as the same code, all the same program, then it is a derivative work. "To the PHP parser, it is all one and the same." If a PHP GPL module presents an API and a PHP non-GPL module uses that API and they run in the same PHP interpreter, what happens?

more than 4 years ago

GOP Senators Move To Block FCC On Net Neutrality

DrWho520 Re:Hold the Spin (709 comments)

Some has stated (and rightly so) that we should call our congresspeople an voice our opinions. Even provided a nice little link to congressional contact information. I would say we should send letters, and not a form letter or e-mail. Form letters, e-mails and online petitions are not taken seriously. Take an hour and (neatly) put pen to paper describing your stance. Hundreds of pounds of post making its way to D.C. has an undeniable veracity.

I also think FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski needs a few thousand letters of support on his current path.

more than 4 years ago

Gaming in the cloud, a good idea?

DrWho520 What is old is new again... (1 comments)

While the connotation of a white, fluffy cloud floating along in cyberspace is diametrically opposed to a big, black lump of iron sitting in a server room, these two are essentially the same. Big Iron and terminals have returned, but now we call them clouds and netbooks (or smart-phones.)

more than 4 years ago

N.Y. AG Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Intel

DrWho520 Re:Why did Intel even need to do this? (169 comments)

You answered your own question. The K8 product line beat anything Intel was pushing during that time frame. It should have given AMD a sizable portion of the market share. The performance was that much better. In a free market, the obviously better product should take the market share, and as fast as the IT market moves, there should have a perceptible wave in market share and profit flowing into AMD. Who knows where AMD R&D would have gone with the influx of cash.

more than 5 years ago

Dell Rugged Laptops Not Quite Tough Enough

DrWho520 Re:In my case, temperature tolerance... (225 comments)

...part of the price premium means you're getting a laptop built by a highly skilled workforce with a keen eye on tolerances.

Were it not that we had to pay a premium for this...

more than 5 years ago

D&D Handbook Distribution Lawsuit Settled For $125,000

DrWho520 May I offer... (124 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

DrWho520 Re:Real world loans are going to really freak you (1259 comments)

You can always become a teacher in the inner city or work 2 years for Peace Corps or any of the other methods the government has setup for most or all of your loan to be FORGIVEN.

It has probably been said before, but it bares repeating. TANSTAAFL, let this be your first real world example that. There are alternative ways to replay your loan. For an example:

Peace Corps. Volunteers may apply for deferment of Stafford, Perkins and Consolidation loans and partial cancellation of Perkins Loans (15% for each year of service, up to 70% in total). Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of real people with two years of service in more than 70 developing countries. Contact the Peace Corps at 1111 20th St., NW, Washington, DC 20526 or call 1-800-424-8580 or 1-202-692-1845.

Load Forgiveness Programs

I always wondered how my life would have changed if I had gone this route. I have this romanticized vision of working in dangerous, tropical climates with hot, altruistic babes with advanced degrees. I find a nice one and after a few years toiling away at toughest job we ever loved, we enter private industry and are bowled over by the size of our first paycheck. And since we were have a large portion of our loans out of the way and are accustomed to spartan living, we start building a roc sized nest egg. The naivete of youth.

more than 5 years ago

Dev Discusses Upcoming Spy-MMO, The Agency

DrWho520 James Bond (75 comments)

The sex. Because you cannot have a good spy story without the sex. Apparently, everyone in this game has sex with everyone else. And all the female characters are named "Pussy Galore."

more than 5 years ago

$338M Patent Ruling Against Microsoft Overturned

DrWho520 Re:Excellent news! (238 comments)

I am still on the fence about this and "by definition stupid" just does not do it for me. Patents were made to protect the effort and investment spent on innovation. If I build a new, novel system, I want to recoup my initial investment and make some profit without worrying about some other company copying my idea just for the cost of implementation. So is a software patent stupid because you cannot invent a new, novel system that is purely developed in software?

Let there be a widget A that does novel thing X via purely solid state components. Let there be a widget B that does novel thing X via software. If widget B is just a COTS PC, and the software was developed before widget A, is widget B not patentable. Two systems exist that do a novel thing. One is patentable because its build of components but the other is not because its a program that runs on a computer? Yes, its a generalized thought experiment and not a real world example, but I think it represents the question.

more than 5 years ago

Nominum Calls Open Source DNS 'A Recipe For Problems'

DrWho520 Re:Do something about it (237 comments)

1360899 / 655973 > 2

more than 5 years ago

Firefox To Replace Menus With Office Ribbon

DrWho520 Re:Ecchhh... (1124 comments)

Have you every had a problem finding something off the menu in a web browser? Sure, I lose things in Office all the time, but I cannot remember the last time I had a problem finding something off the menu bar in Firefox.

more than 5 years ago

Nominum Calls Open Source DNS 'A Recipe For Problems'

DrWho520 Do something about it (237 comments)

Do not fume about it. Do not rage on a forum about it. Do not send you buddy and e-mail pointing out the stupidity of their comments. Make a press release containing the facts and release it.

more than 5 years ago

Wolfenstein Being Recalled In Germany

DrWho520 Comparison Shots (625 comments)

Just wanted to thank eldavojohn for the review link. Apparently the site is blocked due to adult/pornographic content on my work network. Which is always a nice message to see pop up in your browser...

more than 5 years ago

SGI Rolls Out "Personal Supercomputers"

DrWho520 Re:PS3s (303 comments)

While clusters are cool for cranking away at data, any sort of real time application would get killed by the network latency pushing and pulling data between boxes. One of these SGIs can go to 80 processors, 960 GB memory and 726 GFLOPS but how fast can you get the data you need onto the processor it needs to be on? I find more and more latency acrros network, from disk and to the processor dominates performance. How many of those 726 GFLOPS are spent waiting for data to crunch? I would guess less than in a network cluster of machines.

more than 5 years ago



Stimulus Watch - Politics 2.0

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DrWho520 (655973) writes "StimulusWatch.org was built to help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend. We do this by allowing you, citizens around the country with local knowledge about the proposed "shovel-ready" projects in your city, to find, discuss and rate those projects. These projects are not part of the stimulus bill. They are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the bill passes."

The Republican October Surprise

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DrWho520 (655973) writes ""Retired General Colin L. Powell, one of the country's most respected Republicans, stunned both parties on Sunday by strongly endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president on NBC's "Meet the Press" and laying out a blistering, detailed critique of the modern GOP." CNN also has it here. So, do you think this qualifies as the October surprise"
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Hurricane Expert Calls Gore Theory "Ridiculous

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrWho520 (655973) writes "ONE of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works".
Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth."

Link to Original Source



DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 6 years ago I originally read this on IO9 which links to an English translation of the blog by EastSouthWestNorth. Apparently there has been a cholera outbreak at the Hainan University in Southern China. Officials have quarantined the campus to prevent the spread of the disease and have provided medication. Cholera can be treated with a course of antibiotics. The troublesome part is the lack of essentials on the campus. Food (even instant noodles) is in short supply and water was temporarily shut off in some instances, which is the correct thing to do if the water supply is your source vector. This could prove a little inconvenient if your diet consists of instant noodles and you are suffering from diarrhea. Oral hydration is an important part of cholera therapy. The student used QQ (Chineese facebook) to keep tabs on her friends and a blog to catalog and provide the most detailed news report of the situation.


bash.org, 1447 EDT 13AUG2008

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Does anyone have any idea what is going on with bash.org? The latest caching is from Jul 28, 2008 18:30:52 GMT. I have not been able to get to the site in weeks from work or home. Friends in Michigan are having troubles as well. I can find nothing revealing at Netcraft, though bash.org does not have an up-time chart. Is anyone else experiencing problems?

EDIT: 1659 EDT 15SEP08
Just saw this message posted on the site today. Do not know how long it has been up there.

I should have been more clear before, but here are the hosting details:
Bash is too big to be on a shared server.
We have a number of machines already, but are open to either colocating them or using a supplied machine.
Bandwidth is substantial but not ridiculous, remember we have no images, almost entirely text.
A trade or agreement can be made, but we try to:
A) keep the site free and clear of advertising clutter.
B) Not have substantial upkeep, as this is a hobby run by donated time and effort.

So, in effect, we offer some links to the host for their services, but no huge blocks of ads.
Thank you to everyone that has offered services thus far, there are too many to even respond to and we genuinely appreciate the support from this great community.

We'll be back up in a few days.
Interested in hosting us? Drop a line to "qdb-info" - AT - bash.org.


We Need Something Different

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 7 years ago My first exposure to Keith Olbermann was through Sunday night football where he is the latest non-football guy to talk football. In his 12DEC06 commentary, K.O. indites Bush and Cheney for incompetence or negligence in dealing with the latest NIE report on Iran. It is 8 minutes long. Watch it. I found this on http://www.crooksandliars.com/, which has transcripts and links to videos in WMV, MOV formats and on youtube. Just search on Olbermann (both places.) I decided to search on youtube and found a bounty of eight minute tirades. While you are waiting for your raid party to show, you should watch him lambaste Bill O'Reily. If you have more time, peruse the whole collection.


Support our troops

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Regardless to whether you agree or diagree with why they are they, US Troops (along with many others) are stuck out in the sandbox. They have a job that does not always allow them to pick and choose where and what they can do. US soldiers go to great lengths in an effort to carry on a semblance of normalcy. Thanks to Penny-Arcade, I found another story of soldiers trying to be normal. They are our people and could use our help.



DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 7 years ago You know, I just do not understand delivery companies. Why deliver to residences during business hours? The US is the home of the two income household. How much money is lost driving deliveries to residences during the hours people are least likely to be home? And then there is this:

Feb 21, 2007 2:12 PM Delivery exception - Customer not available or business closed
Feb 20, 2007 4:06 PM Delivery exception - Customer not available or business closed
Feb 19, 2007 9:08 AM Delivery exception - Customer not available or business closed

Is there any pattern to the drop off time here at all? How am I supposed to predict when my package will appear? Oh, and thank you for leaving a note the second time you tried to drop off my package, not the first.


DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 8 years ago It is absolutle amazing how much people feed the trolls. What is more amazing is how you can flamebait so hard, that people cannot see beyond the fury in their blood shot eyes and you transistion back around into being a troll. It is my new passion.


What is excellent karma worth...

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 9 years ago What is excellent karma worth if my entire subnet has been diabled? I found out a while a go that I can no longer post to slashdot.

It appears that you share your subnet with trolls, sorry.

You can see my posting history...ANYONE can see my posting history. So what is the point? I would appreciate it if all the 12 year olds out there on my subnet would shut their mouths until they were done slopping at the trough that is pop culture. Then I can get my slasdot fix the proper way - by posting comments to stories.

That being said, if you do not like taxes and you live in the US, consider an alternative. Take a look. It is an alternative to complaining and maybe it will do something for your stress level.


You guys are not even trying anymore!!!

DrWho520 DrWho520 writes  |  more than 9 years ago What the hell is this supposed to be?!?" Are you serious? I guess this is just a viscous slashdot cycle. So who stopped reading stories and started with mindless posts first? First I thought it was the comment quality of slashdot going down. Now I can see the editing is taken a hit as well. What is left? Come on, CowboyNeal. Are story submissions truly that far backed up? An anonymous coward submitted the story! Maybe your crap detector should start going off if someone has no desire to take credit for a story submission. What the hell, man!

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