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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Idbar Re:PCs aint expensive (451 comments)

This is a great point. If what you really want is to save on hardware, you can migrate the whole company to TinyCore. It's really cool, but I don't know if you want to go through the process of teaching everyone how to use it.

But hey, we have the whole company running on calculators!

about two weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Idbar Re:Give us better battery life (217 comments)

Second this. It feels like the number race of PC's of years ago: "This one has more pixels", "This one more GHz", "This one more MBs". But nobody seem to care about more autonomy.

Did they bring in all the marketing guys from the 90s? I guess is what all those tech reviews with meaningless astroturfing performance tests have given us. "Hey this phone can decode and re encode 4k videos on the fly! while you play angry birds!" WHO CARES if it's going to get hot as hell and die in 1.5 hours?

about a month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

Idbar Re:If time machines exist, what should warrants me (320 comments)

One part is that they can go back and look for anything that may sound incriminating and use it. Like the quote: "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

The other, is, how easy is to "plant" evidence that only they have access to?

about a month ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Idbar Re:"Robots" will never be as smart as a human. (294 comments)

The internet holds more knowledge than a single human ever could, but machines cannot do anything without direct, explicit directions - told to it by a human.

I'm sure not doing anything would still be way better than someone only checking facebook for a whole day. Which increases the score on the Robot side.

about a month and a half ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Idbar Re:Ya think so? (606 comments)

Not sure, but my first thought is: Have you seen the prices of land downtown? Then you'll figure out what's the first thing companies see on moving out of town. They get their own building at a cheaper price, and they gain in traffic (commute time), if they have/provide their own cafe, then also keep people near the office during lunch time (so they engage in conversations and probably creative talks, and reduce information leaks). Clearly there are more sides to the story.

In any case, if Google offers free food, how are the neighborhood restaurants going to compete against that? (If some local businesses are the issue)

about 2 months ago
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

Idbar Re:I saw faster screening at Orlando (163 comments)

I don't know if people receive background checks when they belong to "elite" airline miles programs. But many first class and other people in those programs for sure can go through the fast line.

about 2 months ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Idbar Re:Questions. (597 comments)

The proportion of people who can actually afford to stay at university for a very very long time (either rich or living with parents) AND who actually desire to do such a thing is so small it's almost zero.

I thought the word to describe those individuals was "post-docs". ;-)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Idbar Re:Bad Analogy (716 comments)

Bad analogy also because bricks have a single shape. Now go ahead and give the builder many different shapes that they have to use in a particular order so the wall actually holds together in the best way. Then ask them to put those bricks in such a way that the end result is the one the customer required.

Or maybe, you can just ask your manager to provide you only one line of code you can use and you'd glue the many lines with semicolons. (I guess you can do anything you want with just NAND gates, but it may turn fairly unmanageable rather quickly).

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Idbar Re:Text-based books (876 comments)

Hey, the last thing is touch, we should be migrating to touch!

Clearly, some ladies will find it awkward at first, when introducing your self to them, but hey... it's the new thing, waaaay better than words!

about 2 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Idbar Re:Colonialism??? (398 comments)

Permanent Resident and Visa are two different things.

H-1B Visas are tied to a company, and legally you're bound to the company that got it for you. If they fire you, you have about 2 weeks to leave the country as the visa automatically expires. (Which seems in line with the proposed idea, just you'll have the visa not as long as you remain in the company, but rather in the state, however, another company can pick that visa up and renew it and you can move around).

Permanent residency is not actually a visa and it's not bound to a particular company.

about 3 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

Idbar Re:You poor baby (277 comments)

Indeed.

I lived for 1.5 years in a place. Since I didn't originally know the length of my stay in that city, I contracted Sprint 4G instead of a wired network provider.

Turned out my connection was very spotty, so I had to tape the usb dongle to the window, use a USB cable extension and use a laptop to share the internet. I still had about 1Mbps, with 100ms+ latencies to Google. I streamed Netflix and hulu without much issues (unless it was heavy raining, or something happened at Sprint).

Not sure what's all the fuzz about this article.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Would Be Proud: Wireless Charging For Electric Cars Gets Closer To Reality

Idbar Re:Efficient? (176 comments)

Some people keep thinking about the convenience of parking without plugging. I see it as the future possibility of charging while you're driving (Am I the only one thinking those could be used in some roads? Probably charge your car while in a traffic jam. And even reduce the anxiety that your battery is depleting while stuck in traffic).

about 4 months ago
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Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

Idbar Re:Except (299 comments)

Reading the summary, implies that people picked Blue because it was in the company logo. I wonder if the COMPANY picked blue because it's likely a color many people like, and therefore people use it in their passwords. As in "correlation is not causation".

Or you're telling me that Facebook just came up with blue because they had "intel" or "IBM" logos in front of them?

about 5 months ago
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Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

Idbar Re:Not shocked (276 comments)

What? You mean you haven't gotten to a desktop computer with the password written on a post-it affixed to the monitor? I think you're among the lucky ones!

about 5 months ago
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Big Box? Nissan Note the First-Ever Car You Can 'Buy' On Amazon

Idbar Re:No a real Amazon item (182 comments)

Yes, and the pricing problem from dealers is still there with a note

[1] [...] Dealer sets actual price.

If I go to Amazon and get my orders fulfilled by them is the "this is what it costs". Sometime sellers play you with "this is 0.05 dollars, but with $10 shipping", but you're fairly aware of that.

If Amazon doesn't offer the "No BS" pricing, this is just ridiculous.

about 7 months ago
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My favorite season:

Idbar Re:Missing (346 comments)

While I enjoy the joke. I put "some other", because on tropical countries you don't have seasons. You mostly pick your weather depending on Altitude. You want "hot/warm" go to lower altitudes, you want "cooler" go to higher altitudes. You want snow, go very high up (but expect nobody to live there). You want rainier, go to mountain surrounded cities.

In my country, if you want "summer like weather" you just drive 3 hours down the mountains, any time of the year.

about 7 months ago
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My favorite season:

Idbar Re:Autumn (346 comments)

I live close to the Ecuadorian line you insensitive clod.
What are those seasons you're talking about?

about 7 months ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

Idbar Re:Matlab and a few games (222 comments)

I don't know. I was trying to measure this "percentage". But how do you measure it?

I have OSS that being useful, I hardly use (HDGraph for example), while I have particular software I use all the time. In your case, if you use Matlab 8 hours a day, but you putty ssh into your server for 1 min a day, how does that count?.

Is it size in bytes? Length of the package name (OSS probably wins with their odd naming conventions)?

In short, the "regularly use" seems like a non-quantifiable value I failed to understand.

about 8 months ago

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PRS Wants ISPs To Pay For Pirating Customers

Idbar Idbar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Idbar (1034346) writes "A group representing British songwriters and composers will on Wednesday call for the introduction of a levy on broadband providers based on the amount of pirated music they allow to pass through their networks.

Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, will argue at a Westminster conference that a piracy fee would better align the financial interests of internet service providers (ISPs) with rights holders at a time when the two industries are at odds over who should bear the costs of online song swapping."

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Will Lightning Strike?

Idbar Idbar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Idbar (1034346) writes "I ran into a document today unveiling a new car company in the UK. They are presenting an electric car capable of producing 700bhp. The lightning car company in their website, compare their achievement with the Prius and a Jaguar (Not to the Tesla, though). The main core of the design appears to be what they call NanoSafe(r) batteries and motors on each wheel. Can 700bhp on batteries be a real claim? If you believe so, you can reserve yours already."

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