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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

Joe_NoOne Re:Maemo did it first again (40 comments)

Um, yea - Lynx (the text based browser) has been around since the '90's (1992 I think). How is this a "new thing"?

3 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Joe_NoOne Re:COBOL (385 comments)

Even more modern applications like Banner which is a Higher Ed. ERP system use COBOL...

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Joe_NoOne SNOBOL (385 comments)

Anyone remember SNOBOL (StriNg Oriented and symBOlic Language)? My Dad was a systems analyst and worked a lot with COBOL and SNOBOL. I used to go in to work with him on the weekends when he'd pickup the output from his batch jobs (no real-time processing back then) and often I'd just play with the card-punch machine. We'd take the "chads" from the machine's bin and put it in a bag and take it home to use as hamster shavings...

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Joe_NoOne missing relevant stuff (1037 comments)

I would argue the Christian Right and all the televangelist scandals of the 80's did MUCH more to turn people away from religion.Then factor that most of us X-gens from that era have gone on to raise families who we don't introduce to religion and it multiplies from there...

about 5 months ago
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Motorola Is Listening

Joe_NoOne Your complaint has been heard... (287 comments)

Thank you for your complaint - please remain seated and an NSA agent will be by soon to "assist" you....

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: the Best Linux Setup To Transition Windows Users?

Joe_NoOne Sad confession of a Unix Admin (448 comments)

For background - I'm a hard-core Unix Administrator (professionally) for the last 15 years (supporting SGI Irix, HP-UX, Solaris, RedHat, VMWare, etc...) who's mantra is "GUI's are for lazy people" and approach tasks from the concept of "what can you do when the system is down and you're using a VT term".

However, as much as I hate to say it, each time I try switching my home systems to Linux there is always something seemingly simple (in Windows) that after days/weeks researching I can never get working, so I go back to windows. Wi-FI? Forget it. Winamp replacements to listen to streaming audio? Forget it. Gnome3 desktop on dual monitors to work right? Forget it. Yes, I've tried lots of different distros, but I always eventually find SOMETHING that I can do easily on Windows that I can't do with Linux (and lets not even talk about games).

I can't even imagine trying to explain to a novice about device drivers and how to find, install, and make sure they work. Oh, you are trying to get your WiFi/Sound/Video card working? No, you have to search by the chips it uses, not the brand name. How do you find that? Depends on the distro which tools you can use. How do you add new software? Well, check your dependcies ("What are those???"), make sure those and their respective dependencies are installed ("How? Depends on your distro what tools it has...") and then install the app you want. Oh, it requires a kernel patch to work?

  Gimme the damn Windows install disk.....

more than 2 years ago
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US Gov't Lobbied EU To Approve Oracle-Sun Merger

Joe_NoOne Wheee.... (169 comments)

Yea, and us old-hat Solaris Admins are left to mire in the bog that is now Oracle/Sun post-merger with many of our clients sick of their new [lack of] support so much so that we now have to port entire data centers over to RedHat and realize that all those years of Solaris experience on our resume will soon mean nothing... Thanks USA/Oracle!!!!

about 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Joe_NoOne Re:You're not an admin. (592 comments)

Nah, I'm old-school. I never claimed expertise in Perl, just use it on occasion. Awk is my weapon of choice because "Back in my day that's all we had, and we LIKED it that way"....

By the way, never seen memory referenced by Kilowatts before - is that the current draw of the vacuum tubes in use?

more than 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Joe_NoOne Re:You're not an admin. (592 comments)

No, compiling is for the Apps people, not us admins.

Your ID isn't much higher than mine. Are you so young you didn't have to write your own admin tools? Now I feel really old.

Sure, I've written lots of tools, but I never had to use a compiler for them. Shell scripts are all you need. Awk & Perl are the closest I come to programming languages generally speaking.

more than 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Joe_NoOne Re:Rebooting (592 comments)

No, it's simpler than that - Developers and Applications people never bother with (or even think about) start/stop scripts, so after a reboot none of the applications are working (or working right because dependent applications aren't running) and they all blame the Unix Admin when after a reboot everything doesn't work right and expect us to fix their messes...

Stupid lUsers.......

more than 3 years ago
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Phoenix BIOSOS?

Joe_NoOne Dell MediaDirect (394 comments)

Sounds similar to Dell's MediaDirect...

more than 5 years ago
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Reducing Boot Time On a General Linux Distro

Joe_NoOne Laptops (354 comments)

Well, it helps if it's installed on a laptop or on old hardware.

Also it goes to quicker recovery time in case of outages. Coming from the Solaris world before they had journaling UFS filesystem it could take hours to FSCK a large partition before the OS would come up. On a production system that is a big deal.

more than 5 years ago

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NASA Successfully Tests The 'Impossible' Microwave Thruster

Joe_NoOne Joe_NoOne writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Joe_NoOne (48818) writes "NASA has achieved a breakthrough in space propulsion technology, albeit at a small experimental level. Researchers at the space agency have successfully tested the microwave thrusters that can work without any propellant. It was considered impossible because the propulsion system violates the law of conservation of momentum.

NASA said the electric propulsion device generated a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomena. The amount of thrust generated was only 30-50 MicroNewtons (mN), even less than the weight of an iPhone. But the fact that the system generated even a small amount of thrust without any onboard source of fuel clearly violates the law of conservation of momentum"

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The Indian boy who had a 'world record' 232 teeth

Joe_NoOne Joe_NoOne writes  |  about 2 months ago

Joe_NoOne (48818) writes "When the 17-year-old got to Mumbai’s JJ Hospital, the family learned the boy’s growth wasn’t cancer. It was a tumor — but a very peculiar, rarely-seen one. Gavai had been suffering from a condition called composite odontoma, which can foster a slow-growth tumor inside the jaw capable of birthing additional teeth-like structures. In Gavai’s case, he had a lot of them. There were at least 232 in his jaw, doctors say, calling it a “world record.”"
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Male facial development evolved to take punches

Joe_NoOne Joe_NoOne writes  |  about 3 months ago

Joe_NoOne (48818) writes "A new theory suggests that our male ancestors evolved beefy facial features as a defence against fist fights. The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early "hominin" evolution. They are also the bones that show most divergence between males and females."
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Film crew to dig up Atari landfill site, maybe score 3.5 million copies of E.T.

Joe_NoOne Joe_NoOne writes  |  about a year ago

Joe_NoOne (48818) writes "A documentary crew has received approval to dig up the New Mexico desert site where Atari supposedly buried millions of unsold pieces of Atari 2600 software and hardware. The crew hopes to finally confirm or refute one of gaming's most enduring urban legends.This year marks what will be the 30 year anniversary of the assumed September 1983 burial, which came during the height of the great video game crash. That sudden market reversal supposedly left Atari with millions of unsold and unsalable cartridges and systems, which were dumped in an Alamogordo landfill and later covered in concrete."
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Dennis Ritchie, C Programmer And Unix Co-Creator,

Joe_NoOne Joe_NoOne writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Joe_NoOne (48818) writes "Dennis Ritchie is being remembered today as a pioneering computer scientist, the "father of [the] C programming language," co-creator of the Unix operating system and "a 'titan' of the [computer] industry whose influence was largely unknown."
Ritchie, 70, has died. The news was confirmed this morning by Alcatel-Lucent, which owns the Bell Labs where Ritchie worked from 1967 until his retirement in 2007."

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Sun buys MySQL for $1 Billion

Joe_NoOne Joe_NoOne writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Joe_NoOne (48818) writes "Sun Buys MySQL. The deal which Sun Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz calls the "most important acquisition in the company's history can be read here:

http://www.forbes.com/technology/2008/01/16/sun-mysql-linux-tech-enter-cx_ag_0116sun.html

The purchase for one billion dollars, split between $800 million in cash and $200 million in stock options, may seem a hefty price tag for MySQL, which gives its software away to 99% of its customers. But the 1% of MySQL users who do pay for support include big names like Google (nasdaq: GOOG — news — people ), Yahoo! (nasdaq: YHOO — news — people ), Nokia (nyse: NOK — news — people ), and Alcatel-Lucent (nyse: ALU — news — people ). As Sun's (nasdaq: JAVA — news — people ) size lends legitimacy and the guarantee of long-term service to MySQL, the acquisition will likely convince more and larger enterprises to sign on to MySQL's cut-rate database systems, Yuhanna says."

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