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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

JasoninKS No idea! (278 comments)

I have no honest idea how long my CFL bulbs have lasted, but I've been happy overall. I've generally had better luck with better brands though. I had some cheaper ones that burned out fairly quickly. I'd like to try out an LED bulb in a couple places, but am willing to wait until the price comes down some more.

about 2 months ago

FCC Approves Plan To Spend $5B Over Next Five Years On School Wi-Fi

JasoninKS Re:Provide money and guidance (54 comments)

I preface my answer by saying that I have worked in a K-12 school district as the lone IT guy.

The most honest answer I have (unfortunately) to your question is: "tough sh**". Too often, school funding comes with so many flipping strings attached it's sickening.

i.e. "We can't afford to fix the AC because that budget is dry, but the XYZ funding is overflowing, even though we don't need new XYZ this year. But we're not allowed to move money from the XYZ fund to the maintenance fund due to funding rules. But if we don't spend the XYZ money the state may not even give us that money next year, so we'll blow the money on XYZ anyway because we have little choice"

about 2 months ago

BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

JasoninKS Bad idea to me (139 comments)

Oh Blackberry...what ever were you thinking? It looks like a phone and a tablet had a child. Too big for a phone, but too small for a functional tablet. Looks too big to comfortably fit in a pocket too. The screen will be full of wasted space. Apps have been designed to fit vertically or horizontally on a widescreen type device. Is anything designed for a square screen?

There just seem to be so many misfires on this one. I applaud their effort for trying something different, but they don't rule the roost anymore. People have moved on to Android and iOS devices. People (to my knowledge) aren't objected to having two different sized devices, smaller for phone and larger for regular use.

about 2 months ago

B-52 Gets First Full IT Upgrade Since 1961

JasoninKS Scary to think about on 2 fronts (190 comments)

There are a couple things that come to mind in regards to this upgrade.

1. These planes are older than the flight crews and maintenance staffs upkeeping them and flying them. Last ones entered service in the early 60's. Pushing 90 years old by the time of retirement! That's simply insane.
2. There are good and bad to upgrades like this. Yes, it makes you more efficient, but you lose the skills of being able to do it by hand. Also, old systems are damn near impossible to hack, unlike newer, shiny systems.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

JasoninKS I'm good (343 comments)

I'm an I.T. hardware tech/purchaser. I'm good. I'm the centralized purchaser of computer hardware for a couple hundred stores. I'm also one of the hardware support people for the call center my office is in. Now do we have needless people at my company? Oh I know we do.

about 4 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

JasoninKS My thoughts... (453 comments)

Should friendly aliens visit tomorrow, the puny humans on this planet would quickly split into a few groups.

1. Those that are truly honored and would welcome the visitors.
2. Those that want to cover the whole thing up.
3. Those that want to convert them to their particular religion.
4. Those that want to blow them up because the aliens aren't of their religion.
5. Those that would want to blow them up because "they ain't white".

And I haven't even figured in your "young Earth" groups, crazy militias, and those whose heads would implode from the sudden realization that our little rock isn't so very special.

about 4 months ago

Favorite Star Wars Movie?

JasoninKS 4 or 5 for me (457 comments)

For me it's a bit of a toss between 4 and 5.

I think we can all admit though, all 6 of the movies are flawed to some degree. Yes, even the beloved 4, 5, and 6. You can take a farm kid, drop him into a military grade ship, and he flies circles around the "vets"? Armored ground troops are beaten by teddy bears with sticks? Our ships are being fried by a giant moon sized laser? Hmm, I wonder if we should fly around to the backside of that moon where the laser isn't. Artoo can fly? Oh wait, now he can't.

about 4 months ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

JasoninKS And here in KS... (504 comments)

And here in KS your rates get raised if you use too much, so they need the funds to "build capacity". Use too little and your rates get raised because of "budget shortfalls". Water, electric...doesn't matter. Happens either way.

about 5 months ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

JasoninKS Easy to translate (465 comments)

It's the polite way of saying they told the show to F off while they all walked out the door.

about 6 months ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

JasoninKS All too common thread... (367 comments)

"We are a school district! We are above the law!"

about 6 months ago

Volkswagen Chairman: Cars Must Not Become 'Data Monsters'

JasoninKS OK to a point (89 comments)

I'm fine with my car storing data up to a point. It shouldn't be accessible to anyone short of some "black box" data in the event of an accident. Beyond that, what would anyone truly need the data for?

about 6 months ago

Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

JasoninKS Seems reasonable (294 comments)

It actually seems reasonable enough. Electronic computers are less than 100 years old. We've gone from a house sized machine that was a glorified basic calculator, to having reasonably powerful computers the size of a pack of gum. (the raspberry pi is what was coming to mind) 2029 is 15 years off, a lot of progress and breakthroughs may come by then. Granted, yes, there are plenty of things about "thinking" we just have no clue about. But all it takes is one "Eureka!" moment and the world can change.

about 6 months ago

Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

JasoninKS Re:Untested? (357 comments)

You're right, that definitely smells like a crap ton of money was on the line and the USOC was happy to cash the check regardless of complaints. But I have to wonder if some piece of it is what I like to call "Dumbo's feather". Never needed the feather, but it kept his head in place. They think they'll skate better, but it feels different with the vent, so it messes with their head and suddenly they've screwed themselves up, not the suit messing with them. Get their head in the game and they'd skate just fine. Although I still can't figure why a vent is even needed, just use heat/water wicking fabric if that's the intent.

about 7 months ago

Old cellphones, in my household ...

JasoninKS Donate (171 comments)

I donate mine. Once in a while I get a bag that lets me ship them off to be reused for military purposes or for abuse victims.

about 7 months ago

Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

JasoninKS Torpedo in the water? (293 comments)

Poor guy doesn't stand a chance, nor does Microsoft in the long term. Both previous CEOs are on the board, so both former CEOs are amongst his bosses. On top of that, I'm sure he'll be expected to maintain the status quo as opposed to being allowed to think in new directions.

about 8 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

JasoninKS Re:huh? (593 comments)

Sadly, I see this same thing happen when I judge novice high school debate. "Well they didn't counter arguments X, Y, or Z, just A through W, so therefore I should be declared the winner."

about 8 months ago

Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

JasoninKS Re:Debate? (593 comments)

Except that your "poking of holes" does nothing to actually prove your point. I have yet to see a Creationist willing to stand up and offer their points in a valid scientific setting. Their entire argument is "Well it's right because the Bible says so", despite all the evidence to the contrary. It's nothing new. Despite evidence showing the sun was the center of our galaxy, the all-knowing Church cried "heresy" because it was against their beliefs.

about 8 months ago

Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

JasoninKS Gives me a headache (335 comments)

And here again we see a fine example of someone "explaining" something they truly have no clue about. PHB (pointy hair boss) picks up on recent buzzwords and tries to use them to sound smart.

"If it's "anonymous" they must be hiding something! And open source can make things anonymous! So open source users are hiding something, like drugs and guns and other evil things! Oh think of the children!"

Apparently he doesn't realize black markets existed looong before the internet ever came around.

about 8 months ago

Genome of Neandertals Reveals Inbreeding

JasoninKS Not surprising (109 comments)

Not a surprise really. There weren't exactly large groups running around to intermingle. You want to procreate and expand the species you had to look within your own local group.

about 9 months ago

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

JasoninKS Re:Self-absorbed twit (845 comments)

Exactly. As I see it he had three choices:

1. Remove his Glass and eat at the restaurant like a civilized person
2. Get up and leave
3. Throw a temper tantrum and make a scene

If someone wants to take a picture of their dinner, or they're out with friends and take a few pics of each other, I'm ok with that. As someone else mentioned, sometimes workers are on call and need to use their cell because they're getting a call from work. Personally I try to step away to take that call. But beyond that it's just having basic courtesy and manners. Both of which this idiot seems to be lacking.

about 10 months ago



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