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Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

Homr Zodyssey Re:Was it a bait and switch? (451 comments)

I saw a similar tactic recently from a non-open-source product. We are implementing a properly licensed software package. The purchased license comes with support. I contacted support because I'm trying to use their import functionality to import an xml file, and the data wasn't importing correctly. The response that I received was "There's something wrong with your xml file. If you want us to tell you what's wrong with it, you must purchase our *Premium* support package." After running some SQL traces, I figured out that it was a bug. I was able to fix it by altering one of their stored procedures.

about 2 years ago
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Democracy Now Asks Third Party Candidates Questions From Last Night's Debate

Homr Zodyssey Re:Gary Johnson = Libertarian candidate (257 comments)

"Obama has let slip more than any politician I can recall in years"
Wow. People you've already forgotten George W. Bush?

"yet half the country still slavishly supports him, and thinks he's going to deliver them to some Nirvana of some sort- free from all suffering and, I dunno, rainbows and ponies or something."

No. We just think he's going to screw it up less than the other guy. You know. The one who thinks airplane windows should roll down, dogs like to ride strapped to the roofs of cars and cutting taxes magically fixes the deficit.

about 2 years ago
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Student Publishes Extensive Statistics On the Population of Middle-Earth

Homr Zodyssey Re:Allow me to be the first to say... (218 comments)

<irony>
jerk: someone who makes up spurious definitions to common terms and then applies those definitions in order to make other people seem less credible.
</irony>

According to Merriam-Webster:
Geek (noun):
1: a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake
2: a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked
3: an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity <computer geek>

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Dragon Set To Launch

Homr Zodyssey Re:/. timing always sucks (111 comments)

something that will be the biggest success for probably the rest of our lives

I bet you're a lot of fun at parties....

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

Homr Zodyssey Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

For the record, bicycle helmets are not mandatory for adults in the US ... at least not in my city/state (Louisville, KY).

about 2 years ago
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If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

Homr Zodyssey Re:Back to the Future (658 comments)

"I'm Feeling Lucky" is good enough for The Doctor, so it's good enough for me.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

Homr Zodyssey Re:"we have guns" . . . (468 comments)

Cake Day, Massage Day, paintballing, etc... and you want to do more carrot less stick? If you seriously have all of these motivational perks and your team isn't responding, then I think it is time to pull out the stick. People shouldn't be in constant fear for their jobs, but they shouldn't assume they can slack off all day every day without repercussions, either.

about 2 years ago
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What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

Homr Zodyssey Re:Do unto others (480 comments)

If we remove the adjective "Brilliant", it seems that the original post is saying that people who produce things are jerks and business people aren't. That would be the opposite of my experience.

It also sounds like he's saying, "We have a guy who did all the work to get us off the ground. He's not as necessary anymore, so the PHBs want to sideline him and reap the benefits of his hard work."

Perhaps you should think about giving HIM a golden parachute like you would one of your "Brilliant Business People" buddies.

about 2 years ago
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What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

Homr Zodyssey Re:easy (480 comments)

FYI, your "fact" that "the only growing sector of the economy is government" Is utter bullshit. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Government jobs have declined nationally since June of 2010 -- Remember because of all the budget cuts. Mean while the private sector has added jobs every month since March of 2010.

Wanna talk about villification, lets talk about the vilification of Government, instead.

about 2 years ago
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What Should Start-Ups Do With the Brilliant Jerk?

Homr Zodyssey Re:The Jerk (480 comments)

Masturbation is mentioned at the end of that definition:
jerk (n.2) "tedious and ineffectual person," 1935 (the lyric in "Big Rock Candy Mountain" apparently is "Where they hung the Turk [not jerk] that invented work"), Amer.Eng. carnival slang, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from jerkwater town (1878), where a steam locomotive crew had to take on boiler water from a trough or a creek because there was no water tank [Barnhart, OED]. This led 1890s to an adjectival use of jerk as "inferior, insignificant." Alternatively, or influenced by, verbal phrase jerk off "masturbate" [Rawson].

about 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Homr Zodyssey Re:And this is tech news (1469 comments)

"Voting for" an amendment is a bit different from "Co-Sponsoring" an amendment. The latter implies that he had some editorial control over the content.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Homr Zodyssey Re:Short Story (1365 comments)

I hadn't seen it yet, and you just gave away the ending. You insensitive clod!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Homr Zodyssey Re:Does Ayn Rand count? (1365 comments)

There are two kinds of people who have read Ayn Rand... Those who understand her ideas and see them as value to society... and those who are too stupid to understand.

Because obviously, if someone doesn't agree with your way of thinking, the only possible explanation is that they're stupid.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

Homr Zodyssey Re:Okay? (286 comments)

"don't see any compelling reason to use it."

Maybe...all those things you just said?

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

Homr Zodyssey Re:So? (286 comments)

That's what she said.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

Homr Zodyssey Re:So? (286 comments)

Same here.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

Homr Zodyssey Re:Google What? (286 comments)

Well, I've known since "Wargames" that any teenager with an acoustic coupler modem could hack into a government super-computer. The password is the programmer's kid's name, for chrissakes.

Yes, you were delusional if you thought that stuff that you made digital and put on a network was somehow "safe". Somehow, eventually, it's going to make it to the public. Ask any teenage starlet who send nude pictures to her boyfriend's cellphone.

This is why my wife only lets me take her nude pictures with a poloroid. Man, I wish they'd fix the resolution on those things.

more than 2 years ago
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The Web Is Not the Internet

Homr Zodyssey Re:And 2+2=4 (412 comments)

Even if you use a web-client to access your email, the email still uses other protocols (POP, SMTP, IMAP) to move from server to server. So yes, we are using things other than the World Wide Web. Also, I thought Web Services are were being obsoleted by WPF Services and the like...No longer restricted to HTTP protocol.

more than 2 years ago

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Cracking Open the Nostromo SpeedPad n52

Homr Zodyssey Homr Zodyssey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Homr Zodyssey (905161) writes "As part of their "Cracking Open" series, a contributor over at TechRepublic has disassembled a Nostromo SpeedPad n52. While the articles in this series don't really give a lot of technical details, they can be quite entertaining for the technology voyeur. They allow you to inspect the innards of some electronic devices without running the risk of destroying your own treasures. Past articles in the series have deconstructed an iPhone, a DVR and a PS3, among others."
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Homr Zodyssey Homr Zodyssey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Homr Zodyssey (905161) writes "The AP is reporting about a fossil skull that exhibits Neanderthal features as well as human ones. Science Daily ran a similar story back in November. From TFA:

Some scientists argue Neanderthals were slaughtered or out-competed by ancestors of modern humans, but NGN said the new research, suggests a more intimate relationship, with Neanderthals becoming absorbed into the human race through interbreeding.
"

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Video Card Upgrade

Homr Zodyssey Homr Zodyssey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

My PC is about 3 years old. I've done some hardware upgrades in the past -- added RAM, new hard drives, and upgraded my video card once. However, I'm a programmer and my strengths lie in software rather than hardware. I don't do a very good job of keeping up with whats going on in the hardware world.

A few months ago, I started shopping around for some new video games -- mostly because it was my birthday and people kept asking me what I wanted. I realized that my ATI Radeon 9600 just didn't cut it anymore. Most of the newer games recommended (if not required) better. So, I also started trying to figure out what would be a good video card upgrade.

Much to my surprise, its hard to find a decent video card for my antiquated AGP slot. Add to that the fact that the ATI and nVidia seem to have changed their naming schemes a few times. I'm finding it difficult to determine which cards are better, are available for AGP, and are worth the price.

I would welcome any suggestions of where to shop and what I could hope for. I'd prefer to keep it under $100.

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