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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Floyd-ATC Not again (216 comments)

Is this another case of "misguided politician hears about Watch Dogs"?

about 3 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed


Is this what they taught you in school or did you figure it out yourself? Either way, you may want to update yourself on the constitutions of the ~50 countries you're talking about. For starters, there is no "the Governent of Europe". Each country in Europe, even those within the European Union, have their own elected government. By the way, over here the governments are elected by actual majority and not by proxies. Further, if you do some research on the US constitution, you may even find that most of it can be traced back to France. Sorry.

about 3 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

Floyd-ATC Reliability (409 comments)

Working for the local government means we can't rely on internet services or utility power to stay operational. Even if a major disaster hits, we need to be able to keep services running. That's why we have fault tolerant systems set up in multiple server rooms that we control. Our servers, our storage, our backup.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

Floyd-ATC Re:Not MySQL (281 comments)

I call BS. For most non-enterprise purposes, MySQL is more than good enough as long as you make regular backups and use any modern operating system with a journaling file system.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

Floyd-ATC Try a different perspective (281 comments)

IMHO MS Access is a poor alternative to a database. Poor jokes aside, MySQL or PG are obvious candidates for the backend but the real problem here is agreeing on a front end that lets the user accomplish more than he/she can already do in MS Access. The obvious question that needs to be answered is therefore "what are you trying to accomplish from switching to a different tool?" First decide what to build, THEN look in the toolbox.

about 4 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Floyd-ATC Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

There's probably an app for this anyway, the badge is unnecessary. Chances are, you're already carrying a computer with an accelerometer, GPS and microphone in your pocket. And you probably even paid for it yourself. You just have to trust whoever built the damned thing that it's not recording everything you say and do. Go ahead, tell me it can't be done.

about 7 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Floyd-ATC Re:Let me be the first to say... (664 comments)

The worst is that damned communicator that just won't ever stop beeping whenever some idiot wants to ask a stupid question or tell you some irrelevant story about a sign he saw or a funny cat video. Wait, we actually have those now. Nevermind.

about 7 months ago

Elsevier Opens Its Papers To Text-Mining

Floyd-ATC Hey IBM! (52 comments)

Get Watson over here will you?

about 7 months ago

South Koreans Using Kinect To Monitor DMZ

Floyd-ATC I see what they're trying to do here... (133 comments)

1. Find a way to crash Kinect, a Microsoft product. 2. Invade North Korea undetected. ...This is obviously an attempt to have the south koreans and americans laugh themselves to death.

about 7 months ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Floyd-ATC It's an art form (533 comments)

If you want to paint a barn, you hire a painter. If you want to decorate the ceiling of a cathedral, you hire an artist who is passionate about her work. The painter will usually have more predictable working hours and make enough to support a family. The artist is the one who will be remembered :-)

about 8 months ago

CES 2014: Formlabs 3-D Printing Redux, With New Software (Video)

Floyd-ATC Re:Only $2.95?? (14 comments)

This must be some kind of record :-)

about 8 months ago

Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Floyd-ATC Re:Read between the lines (317 comments)

+1 Indeed, all helmets are meant to be discarded after an accident, including $2000 MC helmets. Even if they do not visibly crack.

about 8 months ago

4K Is For Programmers

Floyd-ATC Re:Why not just multiple monitors. (520 comments)

Don't hold your breath, Microsoft is busy optimizing all their software for handheld devices.

about 8 months ago

Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

Floyd-ATC Re:Makes sense, but weird (186 comments)

RH used to give away their Linux for free before RHEL so this isn't a dramatic change. Also, they can't legally stop CentOS so it makes sense to keep them close. Those of us who already use CentOS may consider it a free RHEL without benefits, but to marketing and executive droids every CentOS installation just means one more server that isn't running RHEL. This may simply be a move by RH to make CentOS "officially count" as RHEL market share so RH looks better on those pie charts.

about 8 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Floyd-ATC Re:Just ask (465 comments)

Same here but they chose to ignore us because of "practical verifiability concerns". And they call themselves researchers...

about 8 months ago

I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

Floyd-ATC Re:Buckazoids (265 comments)

Why was this not one of the options? I honestly scanned the list for it. Twice! :-D

about 9 months ago

Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

Floyd-ATC Cosmic rays? What about latitude then? (190 comments)

If cosmic rays were the cause (presumably from the sun since that's the closest source) then I would assume that latitude would be an important factor as well. Less sun means less cosmic radiation. My money is on the simplest explanation: Heat.

about 10 months ago


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