Slashdot: News for Nerds


Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!



Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Enry Re:does not compute. (74 comments)

This should allow you to move a phone between Verizon and one of their MVNOs. While Verizon and AT&T use different technologies, T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM and LTE. As VoLTE becomes more popular and increases, I think most cell phone providers will start to standardize on that, which will mean they're all using the same technology (if not the same bands) and moving a phone between Verizon and AT&T may be possible in a few years.

2 days ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Enry Give #$%^#% like this 24 or 48 hours (860 comments)

Maybe it happened, maybe it didn't. But this immediate rush to blame/defend lets rumors fly around while the truth takes its time.

3 days ago

Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Enry Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

I never said they were immune to crashes, but I did say that the value of the money is based on the economic output of the country. So while the USD isn't backed by gold, it's backed by something much more valuable.

about two weeks ago

Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Enry Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

Actual currency has a value that's generally standardized and stabilized by the output of the economy of the country and its value is backed by the government. For all its faults, fiat currency is way more stable over time than bitcoin and its derivatives.

about two weeks ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Enry Re:bullshit (533 comments)

Aside from dog whistle theatrics, there's nothing that Rand Paul can do about governments at the local level.

about two weeks ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Enry Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (533 comments)

Once he comes out for legalizing drugs, he'll be back to being a libertarian again. That's really the only difference at this point.

about two weeks ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Enry Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (533 comments)

The government didn't build those things - they merely paid for them. Companies designed and built those things. Congress doesn't pass laws because it gets an idea in its head and does it. It's for one of exactly two reasons:

1) Companies (i.e. their lobbyists) convinced lawmakers that passing a law to let them do X is in their best interest and BTW, here's that campaign contribution that has absolutely nothing to do with your legislative agenda. But if you pass this we'll be able to make a lot of money....
2) Recognition that what they did in #1 was wrong and now need to fix it, or companies that abused the power they were given so much that there's only one organization that can fix it - the government.

about two weeks ago

Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

Enry Re:Storing cloud passwords in the cloud? (114 comments)

The local password is cached for LastPass as well. You can either have to re-enter it each time you open the browser, after a period of time, or only once. Having had a work laptop that had personal passwords stored in it taken back when I was laid off, I realized I needed a way to store passwords such that I can still store passwords but in a way it doesn't rely on a single system.

about two weeks ago

Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

Enry Re:Storing cloud passwords in the cloud? (114 comments)

In the case of LastPass at least, the passwords are encrypted locally and then sent to the server for storing. Your only possibility there would be searching through and finding stores with weak passwords, or finding a crack in the encryption. Otherwise, the attacks have to take place on the end user side.

about two weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Enry Airplanes/cars/whatever (608 comments)

Remember when you could build your own airplane, or build your own car, or maybe your own radio set? Well I don't, but you could. Heck, people built their own computers for the longest time (some still do).

But the nature of just about everything is it gets more and more complicated until it's much easier to just get something prebuilt than it is to do it yourself and those who choose to do it themselves are doing it either as a hobby or because of their employer.

I've been writing code for 20 years though I've primarily been a sys admin. There are things that are much more difficult but many of the tools I used in the early 90s (bash for example, or C) are still around and follow much of the same rules as now.

about three weeks ago

The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Enry 4/$2.50 (196 comments)

Granted, it was 4 night light bulbs. But that was better than the name brand pack next to it selling for 2/$2.50.

Otherwise I get CFL bulbs for $.99.

about a month ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Enry Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

She personally didn't lose the e-mail and much of it has already been recovered.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Enry Already own one (427 comments)

I keep my phone in my pocket and usually on complete mute. So when there's a phone call or meeting reminder I don't get it until it's too late. Broke down and bought a Pebble a few months ago and a slight buzz at my wrist tells me there's something I need to pay attention to, and in a meeting or with friends it's a lot easier to just glance at my wrist to read a text than pull my phone out, turn on the screen, enter my unlock code, get into the app, and read the message.

about a month ago

Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Enry Re:I just want to know (538 comments)

I've worked in IT at two major East Coast Universities for the past 12 years. There is a boatload of bureaucracy to be sure at almost all levels. Then again, some of it is warranted. Gone are the days of a researcher just getting a grant and spending it all on the research. You need to have grant administrators to make sure the grant is written properly and meets the needs of the funding agency, then you need them afterwards to let you know if you can spend the money you got on the things you want - these grants often times have strict rules on them.

Then there's all the federal regulations. Are you in a lab that got private (not public) money for doing stem cell research? Awesome! Just make sure that any equipment you use (staff payroll, PCs, consumables, anything) hasn't been paid for by a federal grant. So now you have to buy everything twice and make sure you don't cross the streams.

Even if you get a $500,000 grant, anywhere up to 2/3 of that goes immediately to the university you work for for overhead. Aforementioned administrators, physical space, power, cooling, IT...hey, so let's talk about IT for a bit.

So each researcher thinks they're the best thing to ever hit the institution and the way they do things is right. Forget the fact that your IT staff has way more experience and would be happy to help you design whatever you need - they're idiots! So you go off and design your own system and have the grant pay for it, but you ten forget that you don't have any IT staff, so you have a few postdocs take care of it until you realize they're spending all their time working on that and not doing research, so you call up the CIO and yell at him for a while. An IT person shows up and starts identifying problems with your design and why didn't you consult him when you were writing the grant but that's not your concern. So now you're telling the researcher you need a blue Hadoop cluster and you need it right now otherwise you'll take your entire lab across country where their IT staff is apparently more organized than yours. So the IT guy is building the blue Hadoop cluster, burning through IT budget since the CIO promised you they'd take care of it. IT is now underfunded and can't afford the $3 million for a new storage array since every other researcher is doing the exact same thing. But now there's a bigger problem - you ran out of storage space! Where are you supposed to put the 75TB of data you just remembered you needed a postdoc to download? Those stupid IT guys, saying that storage is $.50/GB. I can go to Best Buy and get a 2TB drive for $100! Why can't they just use those drives?

Hmm...I seem to have gone off on a rant. Anyway, a former director described one location as "land of 1000 CIOs". In a way it's true since it's the researchers that are bringing in money, way more than the students. So the researchers generally get their way or else they'll take off elsewhere and take all that research money with them.

And where's my blue Hadoop?

about a month ago

X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

Enry '89 or '90 (204 comments)

My campus had some Sparc systems and more DEC systems, but it wasn't until '91 when my campus got a boatload of AIX systems that we really got into it and then shortly after that I got into Linux.

about a month ago



Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Inc's Kindle.""

Link to Original Source



Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account