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Red Hat Hires CentOS Developers

HoldmyCauls Re:Desktop Linux (91 comments)

It's called Windows XP. Don't want viruses? Install Chrome, they hear from their friends, and continue plugging away on what Microsoft won't support, but which runs fine for them. Plus it doesn't have to be associated with that 'Linux' that nobody ever heard of or be installed in what is usually a destructive way even when you know what an operating system is and to be careful.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

HoldmyCauls Re:Crime does pay (111 comments)

This. Not everyone worth their salt in security sees financial gain as the sole objective, or there would be no honest work left in the world. Would the GP recommend to a factory worker that if he just stole 10 of the devices on the conveyor a day, or drove the forklift full of pallets to his house, he could make his yearly wage in a week? If you work on the wrong side of the law (in this case, the laws being entirely ethical as so much is at stake), you are not guaranteed to not get caught, nor are you guaranteed a working wage after finding and selling a flaw. Jailtime and honest work in this case are carrot/stick factors deciding how finding the exploit is to the benefit of the discoverer.

about 3 months ago
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Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

HoldmyCauls Re:Debunk? (301 comments)

Found your site yesterday linked from Yahoo! Shared some of the things you found with friends, who also thought it was cool. Don't mind the people saying it's needless, as I found it really entertaining, especially where you identify commonly found code being presented, as in the Iron Man case or how it would actually be interpreted, as in the Malbolge from Elementary. It's a little educational but mostly fun, which is what it should be. I look forward to what else you and your subscribers find!

about 3 months ago
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MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

HoldmyCauls Re:That's not the most important thing (372 comments)

Just tried it in Virtualbox, and it has made strides since I last tried it some years ago. Some notes:
Select "Other/Unknown (64-bit)" in the Operating System type drop-down, unless you specifically download the 32-bit version.
Add a floppy controller and add the image as a floppy disk attached to that. Delete the other controllers that are present by default, unless you have a specific reason not to (like listening to your outdated music on disc from within MenuetOS, or loading a WAD or PAK file for Doom/Quake).
Does not work with my work MacBook's iSight camera (afaict).
Boots in 5 seconds, and I'm thinking of ways to demonstrate it to students at the schools where I work.

about 5 months ago
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Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones

HoldmyCauls Re:Not going to happen (112 comments)

When has Google followed the model you're describing? Theirs is "support a dev phone for at least two major release cycles, sell at less than half the price of a similar-spec OEM phone, put a dent in the entrenched scheme of subsidized phones at appalling retail prices." Everything Google has done in this space has been good for Google, and often good for nerds who like having a decent device that's also hackable. Modular phones means that the few friends who trust someone like a Slashdotter to help make purchasing decisions get to see what something like this can become in the hands of a capable nerd. And the OEMs who build a disposable phone type are the ones who lose market share. Those who create something worth supporting for its product lifetime will continue to provide for those who want something integrated and are willing to keep signing a 2-yr (now, potentially 1-yr, though with the caveat of selling your old phone or paying more upfront or over time) contract.

about 6 months ago
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Google Offers Cash For Security Fixes To Linux and Other FOSS Projects

HoldmyCauls Re:No. (94 comments)

How many exploits do they have to find as "security researchers" in order to make six figures? You really think those companies that hire them pay six figures for just one (apparently, since you called a 5-digit payout per exploit "short of the mark"). That amount of money adds up quickly for those with the expertise, and they don't even have to be under Google's employ to earn it, meaning that their options are open and other companies won't balk from fixes and reports coming from a potential competitor, and they can increase their worth by finding multiple exploits in a given length of time. I don't have that level of expertise, but from what I gather, the potential in a professional white hat is often so great that they can dedicate their time to it without having a full-time job.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway

HoldmyCauls Re:Credulousness (311 comments)

For the last three years, I have been driving between multiple locations for my job. The next on my list is rarely the nearest, sometimes in a different city, nor is it even often the one I'd planned on visiting during the morning, or day before. As such, I have been struggling to find the quickest route between any two given locations. I still consult my GPS from time to time to make sure I'm not losing valuable time to actually *perform* my job once I arrive, simply by heading directly North when I should head West first. I know *where* all the locations are, but the roads to the next change depending on the starting point.

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

HoldmyCauls Saw one on the way home. (165 comments)

Thought it was silly, but the message was clear: "It can wait -- Text stop 5 miles." Which, of course, means nothing to the impatient texters.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

HoldmyCauls Re:Sorry - Apple is still dying. (432 comments)

Yeah, I talk to grown-ups mostly, too. Not sure why that's surprising to so many people.

about 7 months ago
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A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

HoldmyCauls Still a lot (391 comments)

No matter what the materials and other costs per unit, $900M still means a large number of units. There's ways they could use that stock to help keep up their fight for real estate in minds and hearts of users who still consider Microsoft and Windows and Office to be relevant, many of whom probably think the iPad was made by the "Windows people" since they've never seen anything by anyone else. Just imagine if they made a deal to start giving these away with Time-warner or Verizon service. As many home users consider the device and the network to be one thing anyway, they could gain a lot of mindshare that would be lost simply by doing so. Even $200 or more in rental fees from users adding a $10 line item to their bill for it would drop that $900M almost by an order of magnitude. App store purchases would increase overnight, and the remainder of the loss would disappear within a year. There's a lot of creative ways Microsoft could come out of this smelling roses, without "dumping" the stock, and end up better off. Just looking at the numbers you can tell they might be down, but they're not out.

about 9 months ago
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New Asus Device Runs Both Windows and Android

HoldmyCauls Re:Both computers can be used simultaneously (126 comments)

That does raise some interesting power-user possibilities, now you point it out. Tablet as remote display, media remote control, presentation remote control; debugging Android development on a second monitor, regardless of how the tablet is connected (I enjoy debug and test deployment to my Nexus with adb over TCP).

This is before even considering the possibility of using Linux as the x86/base laptop host or dual-boot OS, though I'm wondering just what hurdles would be to making the tablet/screen recognize the host? Anyone have more technical specs on this that can elaborate whether it's just a DVI or HDMI connection with a special pin short to tell the tablet to sleep the Android system and connect the display to the output, or if it has some more complicated or proprietary mechanism for switching modes?

I was already considering this as a machine to request from work for my next laptop, partly to eliminate the clutter in my bag (currently a Win8-running bulky Acer Iconia Tab W500, Lenovo SL400, Nexus 7 in case, iPad Mini in covers, and a hotspot) and partly for its utility -- switch to Android tablet for running Wifi-analyzer or Fing, back to WIndows to configure settings over the network with touchpad/keyboard.

Strange bedfellows, indeed, but quite the interesting marriage of good technology. Especially given the quality of the hardware.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?

HoldmyCauls Re:Why not just "relax" and enjoy travel WITHOUT w (273 comments)

Because growing as a developer is enjoyment for him. I have trouble explaining to my significant other that building electronics, developing software, and yes, even maintaining my work's servers in offtime, gives me not only a sense of accomplishment, but also a feeling of growth and even pleasure.

Otherwise, I might just find a deserted island and maroon myself there (possibly with my family).

But I would expect not to have to explain that on /.

Also, development skills can (sometimes, even in isolation from other developers) be grown with little more than a book, an IDE, a compiler and time -- the kind of time he's looking to avail himself by travelling while he has no immediate debts or job responsibilities. That's leaving the question of Internet connectivity and all that entails: wikis, IRC, Youtube, etc...

Again, not the sort of thing you think you'd have to explain to a fellow /.er

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Game For Young Kids?

HoldmyCauls Re:GCompris (338 comments)

Seconded. Married to a teacher who is now running daycare for some friends' kids so she can stay home with ours. I'm a tech for local catholic schools whose teachers and staff can't deal with Linux though I myself have been a user for more than a decade.

We have acquired some older P4 machines and I have one slightly newer one that I set up as an Edubuntu LTSP server. The older ones NetBoot from it.

Point is, my 3-yr-old and her friends between 3 and 4 love Gcompris, and my wife thinks it's incredible. Connect-the-dots, memory, typing blaster and even a simple mouse-learning game where one wipes translucent bricks away to reveal a fun animal picture. It gets used for maybe an hour total per day, so it's a fun reward for good behavior and a pastime while the babies need feeding or lunch prepared or laundry done, not a mindless zombie creator. Compare the activities with what's playing on the Disney or nick channels and you can easily see which is better for a developing mind. Most activities are nearly if not entirely on par with the sensory and craft activities my wife plans with the kids, though visits to the rec center are a nice break from monotony, and they also attend a nursery school 2 days a week. Nice days are also used well with play on the swings and trampoline. I'm just saying by way of comparison for the benefit of those commenters who will say, "why stick your kid in front of a screen?" As though life is binary.

about a year and a half ago
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Angry Birds Exec Says Console Games Are Dying

HoldmyCauls Re:How Ironic (350 comments)

And scorched earth. And GORILLA.BAS. And Planet Wars.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

HoldmyCauls Re:Open Platform? (459 comments)

You mean T-Mobile needs Samsung's permission. I can run 2.2, 2.3, Cyanogen or another variant, without anyone's permission. I just don't get the support level they would promise. That's been the issue from day one. If I don't need support, why follow the rules?

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

HoldmyCauls Re:The Wheel (466 comments)

HAH! 'Tired' -- good pun!

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS

HoldmyCauls Re:I hope they name it CURRY (466 comments)

Yeah, and make it available cross-architecture. Those people put CURRY on everything!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Italy Execs Convicted Over YouTube Bullying Video

HoldmyCauls Good for them (391 comments)

I find myself surprisingly on the side of the convictors in this case. I don't care if every stupid video of some cretin doing something nasty gets posted publicly; free speech is a great thing, but it should not be Google's position to blindly defend it. Providing a place for this kind of media results in a gray area for the behavior depicted.

Copyright belongs to the person behind the camera, admittedly. However, responsibility for showing to the world mistreatment of living beings does fall to Google for *not* screening it privately first.

There can be other places to post videos of cruel behavior; Google does not to staunchly defend people's rights here, and unless they mean to, they should admit responsibility and discontinue allowing inappropriate media to be posted. If they don't want to provide the resources for financial or other reason, fine. Stop allowing posting altogether and get out of the video-hosting business. If they want to provide a place for people to show their true selves, however, they should be prepared to defend them or accept punishment on their behalf.

more than 4 years ago
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After 2 Years of Development, LTSP 5.2 Is Out

HoldmyCauls Quiet in here... (79 comments)

Not many comments yet, so I just thought I'd say "Huzzah!"

I'm a teacher for a catholic school on a tight budget with laptops with dying hard drives. Edubuntu has been a major lifesaver for me. I'll be checking out the improvements in the new version!

more than 4 years ago

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One thing to be alone, another to be lonely

HoldmyCauls HoldmyCauls writes  |  more than 10 years ago

There were three people at the show together tonight:

Me: the one who got there very early, and had a cup of coffee, so that when everyone else arrived, they wouldn't be lost.

Myself: the one who sat reading outside the theatre, hoping he wouldn't fall asleep and ruin going out for everyone.

and I: the one who took his seat alone, and wondered if it was his fault for getting the price wrong when he told everyone.

And why do I put up with it? What else would I do; how would I retaliate? I'm not violent, by practice and promise more than nature. Should I scream and yell for attention? No, thank you, I'll take my island and be done with it. Should I tell them I'm offended and angry? I don't want the pity, and I don't want them to react to me the way I figure I should expect *because* they're sorry.

That's the thing, I figure. The minute you *say* something's amiss, you know that if you get it, it's not because you needed it, or wanted it, or deserved it, or because someone *wanted* you to have it. You know that you would still not have it *except* as a reaction to your objection to *not* having it.

This is where I don't get the prospect of stories like that in "Castaway," or other island movies. The basic tenet is that one would go crazy not having other people around to talk to.

My life is the exact opposite of that. There's millions of people around, and I tend to see signs of craziness in myself for not being able to talk to them. I've often wondered if I was doing something wrong in my interaction with others. The idea that other people are all over the fucking planet that have no care to be near me, to know me the way most people say that people are supposed to be known, and love me the way they say that people are supposed to be loved, then the problem I have in my equation *is* other people.

I say, give me the fucking island. Remove other people from the equation, and I no longer have the need to interact with them. If there's no one to disclude me, I don't feel discluded.

So, can the forces in my life *please* conspire to shipwreck me (at the cost of no other lives) on an island? I could build a boat, but I have no sailing capabilities. And if I followed some course, it would be easier to trace it, thus removing the "stranded" aspect.

Give me a desert island. Let me make fire. Let me chart the constellations. Let me re-make science from the ground level. I will re-invent the things I miss, and write about the new things I discover. Hell, I wouldn't need a computer if there were things like glass, geology and astronomy to rediscover. I only have one now because I need a new challenge, now that others have beat me to the chase.

I mean, it's one thing to be alone, another entirely to be lonely in a sea of people.

Or maybe I'm just bitter.

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