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Box With Hidden Camera Travels Through the Mail

Forge Re:Looks like a bomb... (136 comments)

I'm actually surprised this didn't get flagged as it looks like a bomb.

Bet it doesn't SMELL like a Bomb. (I.e. No fumes from the usual explosive or poisonus chemicals).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Open Source Jobs?

Forge Re:Find a new job, then quit (506 comments)

Look for a mixed house. Very few companies even try to use one OS exclusively. At my current workplace, we have Solaris, Linux and Windows stacked floor to ceiling across more than an Acre of Data Center space. Within the environment, different people are recognized as experts on different platforms and expected to administer accordingly.

I.e. I am one of the Linux guys and I am in a department where everyone else is a Cisco or Firewall specialist. End result I do Linux 40 hours or more, each week, and once in a while help out with hardware, Windows, Networking etc...

This is a phone company/ISP with 2.1 Million customers (in a 2.7 Million person country). So there may not be an identical company in your area. However, look out for those features, which may have contributed to my ability to find work doing Linux full time here.
Telecom (Primarily cellphone)
ISP
Rapid growth
New company (10 years old)
Market leader
Young staff

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Snags Patent On Half-Day Off of Work Notifications

Forge Re:Huh (163 comments)

It does. Both to get approval, then to notify those who must know I am out and finally an auto-response.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Snags Patent On Half-Day Off of Work Notifications

Forge Re:Huh (163 comments)

We have that where I work.

I am not sure of the name of the package.. but it has a web interface that you can use to check how many days you have available and to apply for time off. I can use that to not just request a 1/2 day, but also to request just a few hours.

Does this mean we (and whoever created our HR software) have to sue IBM? Or can we just ask for a cut when they start collecting license fees on this patent?

more than 2 years ago
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$1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Coming To Jordan

Forge Re:Scotty is dead Jim (233 comments)

Beam, Shuttle Craft or some primitive transport (Like Jet plane or Camel). I still want to get there.
BTW: How many TV Series can boast having 2 of the best known "Kings" as Fans (The other being Martin Luther King)

more than 2 years ago
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Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold

Forge Re:Going back to 1998... (277 comments)

I can vouch for the vintage of that UID. I was around here when it was assigned :)

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

Forge Re:Holodeck (633 comments)

Time to ad FaceBook's "Like": button to Slashcode.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Solar Sail Lost In Space

Forge Re:Long gone (111 comments)

Thank you Thorgil. I stand corrected.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Solar Sail Lost In Space

Forge Re:Long gone (111 comments)

Perhaps it slipped into a Neutrino flow and hit warp speeds. The Cardassians are now trying to figure out where it came from.

more than 3 years ago
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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Forge Re:Is this Wikileaks day? (810 comments)

Opps... Ended a sentence too early.

Dose America have the resources to fully protect 200+ facilities around the world ... At the Same time?

more than 3 years ago
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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Forge Re:Is this Wikileaks day? (810 comments)

Work at the data from the other direction. Start from the guy who has some explosives and some people to plant it, but is looking for a target.

This list provides him the raw data to find the easiest target for his particular teem, gear and location.

Worse yet, for those talking about the perils of security throgh obscurity. Dose America have the resources to fully protect 200+ facilities around the world?

How much less will be left for Medicaid if they spend that much on this mission?

more than 3 years ago
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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Forge Re:a clarification to my comment (810 comments)

The news story I saw (over on BBC) mentioned an anti-venom site in Australia. If you know how this stuff is made, then you would also know how vulnerable such a facility is and how difficult to secure.

I.e. It's basically a zoo and a Vet station with a little lab attached and a dozen clones of Steve Erwin on staff.

more than 3 years ago
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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Forge Re:Is this Wikileaks day? (810 comments)

We occasionally listen to music by characters facing some pretty serious charges. Some of them have even been convicted. And that's just music. Helping someone leak information that you want, may still be a good idea, even if for an unrelated reason you want that guy locked away.

After yesterday's leak, they may as well dump the whole shebang. IMHO: "A list of stuff that people can blow up if they want to screw with us", is something that legitimately deserves to be hidden from everyone but the guy dispatching people to guard that stuff.

That so many of these assets are important to other countries, compounds the danger.

What Ambassadors have to say about the Government's that host them? Bring it on. Back door deals on how to cover up embarrassing events? OK. Private communications that conflict directly with what was said publicly by the same people? lovely.

Just go easy on the target lists.

more than 3 years ago
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Dolly the Sheep Alive Again

Forge Obligatory Dune reference. (233 comments)

So what trauma must these golas be subjected to in order to trigger the memories of the original dolly?

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

Forge Re:Oh, just great (841 comments)

So you are saying that if it was genetic the trait would have died out because it dose not promote it's own propagation?

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'

Forge Re:Oh, just great (841 comments)

Now that we we have that cleared up. Dose this renew hope that, they will one day find the illusive gay gene?

more than 3 years ago
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Hard-to-Read Fonts Improve Learning

Forge Re:Comic Sans (175 comments)

I wonder how well Pink text on Yellow paper will work?

more than 2 years ago
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College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

Forge Re:Finders Keepers? (851 comments)

The technology can't be all that interesting considering that the device in the picture is bigger than my "TomTom". And my commercial GPS had to make additional room for a touch screen and battery. Why wasn't the FBI device seriously tiny?

Unless it's like those giant pieces of Armor some ancient army discarded to intimidate the enemy? I.e. This was a not so subtle hint that: "We are watching you so you better not try any $#!!7"

more than 3 years ago
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Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

Forge Re:Waste (553 comments)

How about dumping the flight attendants? On short flights and budget airlines, they hardly serve a purpose. (Unless you were going to follow the suggestion of lowering the educational requirements and removing the uniforms... Ohh... and adding some music, mood lighting and garters designed for holding cash.)

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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Marc Andreessen and gulf bodies buy Skype.

Forge Forge writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Shoutandbuy writes "From the press release: Online auction site eBay is poised to say it has agreed to sell internet phone company Skype, reports say. Skype is expected to be sold to a group of private investors, including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and private equity firms."
Link to Original Source
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Forge Forge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Forge writes "Who has the wealthiest name.

Alan Greenspan (Fed Chairman)
Johny Cash (Country Singer)
Chris Moneymaker (Poker Star)
Don Banks (Former governor Bank of Jamaica)
Credit Card Neil (Slashdot CFO)"
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Forge Forge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

An Ominous Cow Herd writes "There is a story over at oreillynet. It also links to a before and after photoshoot at Tech Republic that ends in some shots that would should inspire lust in most Slashdoters. Cable Management is one of those art forms that all sysadmins should understand at some level. This is a good place to start.

From the article -: Cabling is an artform. You need good tools, supplies, patience, and above all, discipline. You can't just wire up a new server room and leave it at that. Because sooner or later the quality starts to fade. Somebody will use the wrong color cable, or they'll run a patch in between cabinets for a temporary job. Then in a year, what started out as a nice setup has turned into an unmanagable mess."

Journals

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Day 1. 26-01-2006

Forge Forge writes  |  more than 8 years ago

This is my 1st Journal entry of any kind. I just never thought I had anything worth logging. I still don't but I'm doing it anyway. Prepare for the worst grammar on Slashdot.

Now to dive right into the gripeing and complaining.

1. I was scheduled to do a bit of diagnostics on one of our Servers last night. Now to explain clearly. I am NOT the internal sysadmin. But we have 1 internal admin for the whole Caribbean. That guy is in Trinidad and I am in Jamaica.

So to do hardware level work on this box, I have to be assigned temporary admin access. So called the guy up at the appoint ted time and wow. He was asleep and cranky. Needless to say no work got done.

2. Our Prime Minister is retiring and his party is having an internal election among it's 4,500 delegates for his replacement. On Sunday he announced the date and location for this election. 25/2/2006 at the National Arena.

An OK plan except that the Gibson Relays are on the same day at the Stadium. 40,000 Sprint fans and 4500 Party fans. In a country where people do get killed over politics.

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