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Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

JoeCommodore Re:So when will Ubuntu / Mint awaken to new versio (81 comments)

Knowing Ubuntu it can take months... at least not till the next release. If you want the latest on some apps you just have to forgoe the standard distibution repository and either add in the program specicic PPA or install it manually. Its not really THAT hard, once you have done it a couple times its not much extra bother.

7 hours ago
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

JoeCommodore Re:Why? (171 comments)

The name "Microsoft" on the app.

2 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

JoeCommodore Re:That doesn't sound bad (427 comments)

Teachnically the "have access to" 25mb down. It may not be affordable, but it's there.

2 days ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

JoeCommodore Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

I think part of that is the rural areas have virtually nothing, so as they are just getting broadband they are getting a newer infrastructure as a starting point.

Then agin in rural areas where only cable and sattelite or just only satellite is feasable those guys get gouged pretty good.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

JoeCommodore Re:It's been going on for years (388 comments)

Same here, my teachers were a bit smarter, giving us challenges - (this was early 80s) Write a TicTac Toe game, do a demo, heres a schools' competition to write a water conversation program,etc. We wrote some programs for the schools as well my brother was doing some list programs like library overdue list, I did some simple CAD extensions, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

JoeCommodore Re:MySQL, Python/MySQLdb/Tkinter (264 comments)

Both firefox and chrome seem to choke on tiff images... :-/

about three weeks ago
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War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

JoeCommodore How about hypersonic drones (290 comments)

Combine the technology hypersonic deployment with drone capabilities at the destination, could be pretty powerful,

I was just thinking if we had a hypersonic drone to quickly go on-site and do searches in emergencies like that recent asian air disaster, that could possibly save lives a lot faster than current methods.

about 1 month ago
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Pew Survey: Tech Increases Productivity, But Also Time Spent Working

JoeCommodore More productive with less people (82 comments)

Those surveyed were folks who still had thier jobs, and they are more productuive doing the work of multiple people thanks to computers. Let's get a little more balanced and see how email affected the folks who had jobs.

If you are in the tech sector, useful technology will usually make you more productive.

about 1 month ago
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2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

JoeCommodore Yeah, Right (130 comments)

(sarcasm) "easy and fast access to medical information", why dont you just throw in inexpensive there while you are at it.(/sarcasm)

We are talking about the US private health care industry, right?

about a month ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

JoeCommodore Something that challenges the body (232 comments)

I think some ultimate Dance Dance Revolution would make an interesting olymic event. Singles and in groups.

about a month ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

JoeCommodore Developers, Developers, Developers! (105 comments)

How about this idea:

Microsoft wants more developers using thier tools. They are having a problem getting experienced ones onto thier platform, so they are now training inexperienced ones the Microsoft way.

about 2 months ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

JoeCommodore Google Docs (193 comments)

I talked to a primary teacher this Thanksgiving (IIRC, 6th grade) about chromebooks in her class.. She loves it, kids do thier stuff in Google Docs can turn it in electronically, etc. Reports are done as presentations, so in part it is reducing a lot of paper...

Though I wonder what the long term cost for society will be. Possible dependency on on-line services?

about 2 months ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

JoeCommodore Re:Good news! (323 comments)

You seem to have some sort of mental illness, comrade, the Department of Love will be by soon to correct you illness.

about 2 months ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

JoeCommodore Re:Search and categorization are hopelessly broken (258 comments)

This, Just 'categories'?? really? How about a level or two of additional sub-categories, so when people are looking for say a graphics program they could go to productivity->graphics->cad..

about 6 months ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

JoeCommodore Re:You forgot the part about (197 comments)

Luxury.

My mates and I had to wire the core logic for each operation using barbed wire and hand tooled relays that we had to build in metal shop. I'll tell you, laddie, we smashed many a finger just to resolve 2 + 2 = 5 - but back then it was close enough.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

JoeCommodore Correction (365 comments)

Trade in a real computer for "store credit" towards an overpriced model of a POS tablet no one wants...

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

JoeCommodore Pre Macrovision with 4+ heads (201 comments)

Something before the macrovision chip with 4+ heads... Though Im not sure if the heads affect playback...

about 9 months ago

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Repurposing all the old RAM modules?

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "After buying a bunch of Mac Minis, it was not long we needed to upgrade the 512MB (2x256) to the 2GB max, this left lots of 256MB SODIMMs.

These joined with all the 128MB and less PC100, 32MB and less 68Pin DIMMs, which are also some 32-512K RAM sticks from the 680x0 days.

Besides junking them into something other than memory (they have quite nice capacity, could be used for a embedded system?) is there something modern that can employ mixed RAM DIMMs 'in general' or are we just making a whole lot of e-waste with all the proprietary DIMM specs with every new PC that comes out?

Also, in this advanced technology society can't we just standardize memory? (Desktop RAM, laptop RAM, etc.) We've done it with monitors, keyboards, drives and other peripherals."
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Microsoft Software Update Service More Reliable

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "You gotta love the spin on this one, Information week Reports that Windows update service is more reliable based on the hours of downtime for the servers as compared to apple.com and ubuntu.org servers. Not about the updates themselves but the service. This is according to a web research firm, pingdom. Apples servers were second because they were doen 2 hours 34 minutes during a three month period and Ubuntu was 5 hours and 34 minutes. No mention on the quality or timeliness of said updates provided."
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Browser Wars Wind Down

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "From the pages and on-line editions of Government Computer News comes this 'article' on the upcoming revival of Internet Explorer's popularity — Browser Wars Wind Down talking about how the major competitor, Netscape, is now long gone and that Internet Explorer 7 is now all spiffy and secure — thus the market for Firefox and Safari will soon start to dwindle. This is also taking into account that Mozilla isn't offering any upcoming innovations except plans to reduce the code footprint as well as increase it's operational speed.

Just seemed really out of place for the GCN I've read for over a decade, I noticed a lot less unbiased content — with the magazine now under 1105 Media's helm. case in point — along with that article was another story strategically titled: Library of Congress Taps Silverlight to Enhance Access. Maybe it's time to thin out my freebie magazine subscriptions."
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Microsoft Shows off Ad Prototypes

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "This is probably the most disturbing article I've come across it just seems so wrong to me on so many levels. It's a an article titled Microsoft Shows Off Ad Prototypes, to me it feels like the small start of an upcoming ad tsunami from all Microsoft originated content.

I'm trying to come up with a good analogy but the best is: it's like your OS/Office manufacturer started taking in/looking for major advertising revenue. Of course the article states web/on-line video oriented ads, but big money is money and some companies would rather want to advertise direct to the desktop or while you work.

What do you guys think? Ads revenue by your OS Company is OK or that they are jumping the shark here from making software solutions."
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Too Much Data! - What's Your Strategy?

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "I work for a small non-profit and do a lot of everything. As I work converting 15 years of independent desktops into a more centalized (manageable) system I find we have LOTS of data. and we are getting MBs a day it seems now.

Part of the issue is that we are a information referral and advocacy org., so we collect a lot of data, do newsletters, flyers, training materials, etc. We have lots of photos, clip art and PDFs all over the place. With the advent of web browsing and email it just gets worse now, insead of just what we produce we get copies of what our peers produce as well.

My current (plan as I go) strategy is setting up some archive folders on the servers and getting (most of) the photos and clipart off the desktops, as well as group folders for staff in similar jobs. I've implemented a Wiki to work reduce documentation mess, and LAMP apps are in the works. But I was wondering if any of you have insight and strategy to file/desktop/email management on such an organization.

FWIW: we are a Mac shop (Linux Servers)."
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "This year's East Coast Vintage Computer Festival (June 9th and 10th at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey) will mark the 30th anniversary of Commodore's entry into the computer market in 1977 with the PET computer. Part of the festivities includes a panel discussion with many luminaries of the company.

The story of how it happened and how it evolved is truly legendary in the industry. Above all, the 30th birthday of Commodore's computer division is worth celebrating! This panel discussion (on June 9th) features Chuck Peddle (creator of the 6502 Microprocessor and the PET computer), Bil Herd (designer of later Commodore 8-bit computers from the Plus/4 to the Commodore 128 & LCD), Bob Russell (software engineer — partly responsible for the VIC-20 and Commodore 64), and Dave Haynie (hardware engineer who worked on the Plus/4 series to the Amiga and end of the original Commodore in 1993). The discussion will include an audience Q&A session followed by autograph signings and maybe a few surprises.

Whether you love or hate Commodore they did have a big impact on the industry, the company may not always have been the best managed but they did produce some notably low cost and innovative computers. MOS Technologies (later bought by Commodore) created the low-cost 6502 Processor which helped make personal and hobby computing accessible to many of us either directly or indirectly."
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "In the over 40 years of videogames (arcade, home and compnuter) many really great games have come and also have unforunately gone with the platforms they were played on. Some of which never got the audience they deserved, partly because of the platform not being as popular as other or the original, the publisher could not advertisee it, was a 'cult-classic', or maybe it was just eclisped by some other game at the time.

What are the games you wish were once again made native for the modern arcade, game sytems or computer for you and your fellow Slashdotters to enjoy?"
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 8 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "It's that time of year where many of us review our last year and look at ourselves in the mirror, checkbook balance, and/or social schedule (EPs, stats, and skills, for those who relate to RPGs) and make resolutions to improve ourselves.

One of my resolutions is to stop my increasing diversionary tactics when working on my many projects at home. You know, instead of working on some problem problem I turn to the internet (Slashdot), games, snacks, etc. Either I need to get better at controlling my diversion habits or turn them them into something more healthier (any ideas?)

So what have YOU thought of doing for yourself in 2007?"
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 8 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "Ok at work we are planning a new facility, which will combine a lot of departments into one bigger building. We think it may be time to forgo analog key access and go with a card/whatever access security system for the doorlocks, etc. I could see the benefits (we don't have to collect keys and re-do locks on staff turnover, selective room access, access logs, etc.)

Beyond this we are pretty clueless on the ins and outs of such systems, so I am asking those of you who have had to shop, install, administer, or even just regularly use such systems, what are your thoughts/reccomendations/opinions? This is pre-building so we can do just about anything within reason."

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