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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Edgester Tourism industry won't allow it (421 comments)

In North Carolina, USA, There was a surprising opponent to year-round schooling. It was the tourism industry.

about 2 months ago
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US Requirement For Software Dev Certification Raises Questions

Edgester Re:So that's what the model is based on (228 comments)

What? What planet are you living on? There is no insurance requirement to get a drivers license, and no requirement for a drivers license for that matter. Most states will require you to have insurance in order to register your car, but that is not the same thing as having Drivers License or State ID.

Care to retract your fabrication and start over?

Insurance requirements vary by state.

You are required to have liability insurance to get a driver's license in the state of North Carolina, USA. This is a requirement even if you don't own a vehicle. You may get a state ID card without insurance. The liability insurance follows the person, not the car. For example, if person A drives persons B's car into person C's car, then person A's liability insurance covers C's car, but not B's. Person A & B's insurance companies would have to figure out who covers the damage on person B's car.

about 10 months ago
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Hearing Shows How 'Military-Style' Raid On Calif. Power Station Spooks U.S.

Edgester Re:This? Again? (396 comments)

... Frankly, I'd be far more concerned about a coup from within than a bunch of moonshine-laden rednecks who have watched too many Dukes of Hazard episodes.

I'll take those rednecks over some of the "civilized" people.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Assess the Status of an Open Source Project?

Edgester Re:Technical debt (110 comments)

If you're a user of an open source project, how do you tell if the technical debt is increasing or decreasing?

about a year and a half ago
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South Carolina Department of Revenue Hacked, 3.6 Million SSNs Taken

Edgester Wrong slogan (112 comments)

North Carolina claims "first in flight", and has that phrase on the license plates, and South Carolina does not. Please don't confuse North Carolina with South Carolina.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?

Edgester Ask the participants beforehand (291 comments)

Talk to the participants beforehand. Ask about their pain points. Put up a survey with a few ideas for a presentation, then do the one with the most votes. See what the audience wants to hear. Show them stuff that will make their jobs easier.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

Edgester Use a license manager (635 comments)

Use a common license manager like FlexNet (FlexLM) from Macrovision. Another alternative is Sentinel. Most of the big commercial packages use it. You can license the software per computer, per seat, concurrent or time-limited. It's your choice.

more than 2 years ago
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Dealing With an Overly-Restrictive Intellectual Property Policy?

Edgester Re:Two mostly similar choices (467 comments)

You overlooked a third option: The company sees that you aren't over-worked enough and want to work more, so they just make you work more hours per week.

more than 2 years ago
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FAA Bill Authorizes Surveillance Drones Over US

Edgester Invest in balloons and awnings (294 comments)

I wonder how long before people start investing in awnings, nets, kites, balloons and other devices that can hide what's happening on the ground?

more than 2 years ago
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The Zuckerberg Tax

Edgester Re:Such systems have been proposed before (1065 comments)

I don't like mark-to-market. Even these billionaires need income. I would guess that their income comes from dividends. Let's just tax the dividends at the normal income tax rate. The different dividend tax rate is a large part of why billionaires pay less in taxes.

more than 2 years ago
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Actual Damages For 1 Download = Cost of a 1 License

Edgester Cost of infringing open source? (647 comments)

Does this mean that there is no cost to infringing on an open source license? If that's true, then there is no penalty to breaking an OSS license. This worries me.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Twitter Aiding and Abetting Terrorism?

Edgester Re:you might as well ask (315 comments)

if the internet providers are aiding and abetting terrorism, or the phone system operators, or encrypted radio manufacturers, or SMS users etc etc

Yes, but some or all of those are already being monitored by the government. I wonder if this is a ploy to get more government access to Twitter's database.

more than 2 years ago
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Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers In the Internet

Edgester How can I improve my own connection? (124 comments)

What can I do with my own laptop and wifi router to make my own situation better?

more than 2 years ago
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Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life

Edgester Re:Huh? (289 comments)

On my CV, I list things that I have less than 2 years experience, but I put skill level qualifiers like "Novice" ,"Intermediate", and "Expert"

more than 2 years ago
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Your Tech Skills Have a Two Year Half-Life

Edgester Re:What about languages? (289 comments)

Yes, I have seen versions numbers for platforms on CV's. I have them on my CV and I look for them in applicant CV's. I'm a Linux admin who manages two student interns (Jr. Admins). I do the screening of my interns as well as helping to screen full-time co-workers. When reading CV's, I give a higher weight to those with version numbers. I'm not too worried about minor numbers (i.e. RHEL5.4 vs. RHEL5). I'm not too worried about older versions. Version numbers act as a shibboleth to weed out the posers from those who have actually worked with a technology.

When interviewing a potential Linux admin, I always ask what version and flavour of Linux that they have experience with. If they can't give something credible, then I don't rate them as having that skill.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Proposes Ripping Up Dead Satellites To Make New Ones

Edgester Re:Ownership (186 comments)

If the original owners own the satellite, then would they be liable for the space junk they leave behind? Company A's space junk takes out Company B's working satellite. Let the corporate lawyer death-match commence! If there was real punching, then I would buy a ticket.

about 3 years ago
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Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

Edgester Re:10 years later (804 comments)

What should the US be doing instead? I'm being serious.

more than 3 years ago
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Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

Edgester Re:Over-reaction (369 comments)

Even though universities are separate legal entities, they are owned by the state for the most part. Public universities are still considered part of the state, and are subject to most of the same rules as regular state employees along with a few new ones like FERPA.

more than 3 years ago
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Japanese Build Robot Toddlers

Edgester Just get a cat instead (81 comments)

Get a cat instead, they probably work better.

more than 3 years ago
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Robots May Inspire Suits Against Programmers

Edgester Most software licenses limit liability (202 comments)

Most software licenses have waivers of liability, and have a limit on the monetary damages. The limit is usually the purchase cost of the software. So, you can get a refund, and that's it. The only place I see that isn't waived are safety-critical applications, like medical devices, nuclear devices, vehicles, and factory floors. These are typically hard real-time systems. Besides, you can always blame the owner for not patching the system! The "unlock your car or home from your iphone" apps really worry me.

more than 3 years ago

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First look at Nokia N810 successor

Edgester Edgester writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Edgester (105351) writes "Mobile Review got its hands on the successor to Nokia's N810. The community has dubbed it, the N900. The screenshots hint that it will be a phone. The article is a little light on specs, but mentions an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, 32GB internal memory and a microSD slot that can take 32GB cards. Photos, screenshots, and the review are at http://www.mobile-review.com/review/nokia-rx51-n900-en.shtml"
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Blastwave project forked

Edgester Edgester writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Edgester (105351) writes "It looks like the Blastwave project has forked. Blastwave is a project that makes various FOSS packages available on Solaris using a apt-like packager, but it has no affiliation with Sun Microsystems. It looks like the project has forked with a good dose of finger-pointing and some ill will.

One side's tale and The thread of rebuttals. The new sites after the fork are blastwave.org and opencsw.org.

This whole fiasco started around discussion of whether or not to drop support for solaris 8 and other solaris releases vs. supporting opensolaris and the newer versions.

Those of you using blastwave or csw packages on Solaris should take note and evaluate things for yourselves."
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How would you word a law to enforce net neutrality

Edgester Edgester writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Edgester (105351) writes "If you could write a new law to encourage or enforce Net Neutrality, how would you word it? How would you balance tiered customers who pay for SLA's that guarantee a level of service with discouraging the the throttling of a non-partner's content, but being able to throttle or block botnets and other bad guys.

While I don't want preferential throttling of content, I can't think of how to write a rule to enforce this without eliminating the other two sides. It's all firewall rules or or router policies, who and why you throttle or block is all subjective. I think I'm to the point where I don't want to legislate this, but instead just force full disclosure of policies and let the market sort it out.

I'm also doubtful that the congress critters would get it right. I'm afraid that the uber-regulated net neutrality option may leave us worse off than letting preferential filtering happen. Opinions?"
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Apple release iPhone/iPod Touch dev kit

Edgester Edgester writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Edgester (105351) writes "I just received this:

Available to all ADC Members, the iPhone Dev Center is your complete source for technical information, resources, and expert advice on how to design, code and optimize web applications for iPhone and iPod touch. Take advantage of the iPhone Reference Library, web development guidelines, and sample code to build or optimize your web application. Through ADC on iTunes, you can watch iPhone experts discuss everything from user interface design to optimizing your web applications and content for iPhone.
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