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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Ice Tiger Re:The actual technical fault. (865 comments)

Aircraft have had this ability for decades with the mag switch, off, left, right and both.

about 6 months ago
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Oil Companies Secretly Got Paid Twice For Cleaning Up Toxic Fuel Leaks

Ice Tiger Welfare Queens (113 comments)

Meet another example of the new US Welfare Queens.

about 8 months ago
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Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US

Ice Tiger Re:I find this strange (397 comments)

Good to see the spirit of Enron is alive and well.

about 9 months ago
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Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

Ice Tiger Re:oh come on (375 comments)

Does it work using cold fusion?

about 9 months ago
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Inside Tony Hsieh's Quiet Plan To Bankroll Hardware Startups

Ice Tiger Re:So why not build them in the US, then? (40 comments)

And yet the Rasberry Pi which has enormous cost pressure managed to be manufactured in the UK.

about 9 months ago
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It's Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car

Ice Tiger Glad to see my tax is being spent wisely (201 comments)

" Another man, who spoke to journalists but chose to remain anonymous to prevent further harassment, says he was stopped more than 25 times by police under a variety of pretences after he had attended a peaceful local protest against duck and pheasant shooting. He finally made a formal complaint after police armed with machine guns pulled him over during an evening out with his wife."

Apart from the invasion of privacy, what a complete waste of resources, maybe some budgets need to be reduced in order to cut down on waste.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

Ice Tiger Re:Build a business case (383 comments)

Don't forget to include the opportunity cost of the current setup. People not working on projects that might lead to business outcomes that enhance the bottom line etc

You also might want to consider shifting anything that doesn't add to the bottom line out the door, for example use O365 instead of local Exchange as that will mean less person hours spent on a commodity service rather than something that differentiates the company in the marketplace.

about a year ago
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Survey: Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks

Ice Tiger Re:one-way street (227 comments)

He's the CEO and it's his call, however he's going to wake up to the realities of not planning for something breaking down when it happens. Modern technology is great but doesn't have an infinite life span just yet. :)

about a year ago
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Survey: Most IT Staff Don't Communicate Security Risks

Ice Tiger Re:one-way street (227 comments)

Get the person next up in the chain of command to sign off the risk, then they pass it up the chain of command and so on and eventually you get the money you want.

Works every time as no one wants the responsibility.

about a year ago
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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant To Close In 2014

Ice Tiger Re: All about the money (249 comments)

Germany seem to be on the path to avoiding both.

about a year ago
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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant To Close In 2014

Ice Tiger Re: All about the money (249 comments)

Its a bad news as the nuclear power is most eco friendly

Really? I thought the waste products were a bit messy and expensive to contain until they decay.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

Ice Tiger Re:So it should (285 comments)

I don't just use the Internet. There is a polarisation here between (shall we say) people who are organised and people who are not. I know where my stuff is, in organised directories, but MS seems to assume that everyone is disorganised and needs to search. We organised people find that insulting and patronising.

The ability to create hierarchical file structures is still in Windows 8, however its a good point, I tend to work collaborative with lots of different people and finding something in someone else's file structure I find a real pain, hence would rather have a good search. Doesn't mean either of us are wrong, just different.

For your other points, I tend to use OSX for work and Windows 8 for play i.e. FSX, Electronics (IDE etc) so maybe that is why I don't mind metro as there is always a desktop to fall back on.

Different UI metaphor's are good though as what is good for one person may not be for another, is the up and coming generation going to be more familiar with how their smart phones work or a work desktop environment? What's important is the realisation that one size does not fit all.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

Ice Tiger Re:So it should (285 comments)

I'm not trying to convince anyone but just stating my own opinion which doesn't have to be mainstream.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

Ice Tiger Re:So it should (285 comments)

Reading through the comments there isn't too much disagreement about the underlying OS its with Metro.

I first used a computer back in 1981 and seen and used a lot of UIs over the years as well as using different UIs over different systems at the same time, hence I don't tend to invest effort in learning the ins and outs. On a desktop machine without a touchscreen I flip between desktop and metro and am fine with search to find something as that's how I find things on the Internet. My typing speed isn't so bad having used all those CLIs over the years.

Metro with a touchscreen works and in fact for my three year old she finds it awkward that my 2010 Mac Book Pro doesn't have a screen that responds to touch and what's this mouse thing on my Windows 8 desktop. Is Metro perfect, no, but at least its a start to move away from a desktop metaphor that was introduced way back when, in a world dominated by mobiles / browsers is the desktop metaphor still relavant?

My intention was to start a debate as I know my opinion about Windows 8 isn't mainstream.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?

Ice Tiger Re:Presentation (146 comments)

As someone who is doing this activity right now I 100% agree. These days you have to know your IT costs as if you were running it as your own business. For our activity our starting point was if the company was starting tomorrow, how would we do things and working back from there.

This also helps with the IT shop changing the mentality of having to provision all the IT instead of say cloud services for commodity services etc. As the OP said, phrasing IT spend in terms of commercial outcome will help with your case and no doubt you'll find that actually there are a number of areas where the world has moved on and you can do things better and or cheaper.

An example quoted in the original question was clusters used for computations, do they need to be kit that is housed in a company data centre, what about using Amazon Web Service clusters to do these computations? It may not be the right decision but its worth a look as there are a number of case studies where cloud IAAS can provided massive burst capability over a short time scale for tiny amounts of money.

about a year ago
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Windows 8 Passes Vista, Hits 5.1% Market Share

Ice Tiger So it should (285 comments)

It's the best OS MS have produced in my opinion, runs well and like the UI and yes I'm running a desktop computer! I use OSX, iOS, Ubuntu and Windows so maybe am used to switching UIs so learning Metro was no big deal compared to someone who has only seen the Start button all their computer life.

about a year ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

Ice Tiger Appropriate response (743 comments)

Your tax dollars at work here people.

about a year ago
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British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

Ice Tiger Re:Trust (404 comments)

Reminds me of:

Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

Ice Tiger Re:Why don't you pay them like everybody else? (524 comments)

Agree, you need to have some acceptance criteria and process where you pay for functionality that you have deemed acceptable. The product specs and so one would form part of that criteria along with any testing cases to support it.

Once past that stage any further bugs that come to light after acceptance is a paid for change request as you've accepted the unit of work and have to have taken responsibility for it being deemed correct.

Software development is like creating a prototype for something new every time, if it wasn't you'd just buy or subscribe to an existing service. It's the nature of the beast that bugs will crop up that might not even be captured until hit by an edge case that the user creates no matter what spec etc have been written.

Finally you saw what happened at Jurassic Park when the 'I won't pay for bugs no matter what' line is taken :)

about a year and a half ago

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