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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

LWATCDR Re:Bruce Perens (221 comments)

Yes you could.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...
It has been fully tested and used in all the VA hospitals. BTW the problems in VA hospitals where not caused by software.

7 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

LWATCDR Re:uhh (493 comments)

Funny thing is his brand of "righteous living" is not all that different from common sense to day.
He was anti-smoking, anti-drunkenness, and pro child support.
What a terrible thing.
"He did seem to have a lifelong obsession with that, but it tended to be very much of the "if you'll all just live exactly the way I tell you you'll be better off" variety that doesn't necessarily deserve to be lionized"
So he was a democrat like Mayor Bloomberg?
 

9 hours ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

LWATCDR Re:Bruce Perens (221 comments)

That is just it. The VA has already developed the software to do all this and it is in the Public domain.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...
All you have to do is state that if you take medicare you must use a system compatible with VistA.
It has been used for decades and has been updated as well. A lot of companies even use it as a base for their products.
I would love to see the US government move it from public domain to GPL but I doubt that is possible legally.

10 hours ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

LWATCDR Re:Bruce Perens (221 comments)

So he is a Democrat and they getting elected is all that matters. BTW I also have no tolerance for devout Republicans.

Actually this could have easily been solved by FOSS.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

11 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

LWATCDR Re:FP? (805 comments)

Because measurement is a vital part of the game. You have to move the ball 10 yards in four downs.
It is not like soccer, basketball, baseball, or cricket.

11 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

LWATCDR Re:uhh (493 comments)

Yep but what people do understand is that anti-semitism was not abnormal for the time. It was very common for hotels, country clubs, and so on to be "restricted". Would he have supported the extermination camps? I really doubt it. As I said you need to look at everything he did. A lot of them were good and others are bad. but to throw out the good is just as wrong as ignoring the bad. What would Henry Ford be like if he was born in the 1960s instead of the 1860s? He might have been Elon Musk or Steve Jobs or maybe even better.

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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

LWATCDR Re:uhh (493 comments)

Actually history is not all that simple. Henry Ford also started paying his employees a living wage long before it was popular. In fact other industrialists hated him for raising wages.
Ford hated unions but actually paid his workers very well for the day. It was in 1935 that the problems with the Unions happened and Ford was getting up in years. It is a lot more complicated than you think http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

Of course Auto Workers Union revises their own history and has removed a lot of the influence of radical communists from the official history.

He also "interfered" with his workers lives and offered programs to help with "heavy drinking", gambling, and dead-beat dads. He got a lot of flack for these programs in the day as being too intrusive.

Henry Ford in the end was a great man but also a product of his day. Today he would be seen as racist and anti-semitic. In the early 1900s he was seen are a radical progressive. No man is all good or all bad.

yesterday
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

LWATCDR Re:FP? (805 comments)

Think about the word degrees. You have 360 degrees in a circle.
For practical use the unit is about half the size of the unit in celsius which give you finer granularity but not a ridiculous amount so the need for a decimal place is less common.

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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

LWATCDR Re:uhh (493 comments)

1 Everybody changes the world. Some good and some bad.
2. Musk is right now building a super expensive electric car for the rich. He is right now Mr. Royce he is not yet Henry Ford.
3. He is build rockets but so are several other companies. He is doing well at it but it is not like he has made spaceflight cost $10 a kilo yet.

Everyone can and should politely question things like this. What kind of almost religious zeal causes you to result to insults at such a simple statement. I happen to think that Musk is doing a lot of good things. Mars may be over ambitious but their is a very wise saying. If you never fail you never tried hard enough. You on the other hand have resorted to worship and adoration for the man. You attacked the none believers with insults and I doubt that you brought any light on the subject. You most certainly did not inform anyone. In other words you have failed to take an opportunity to make the world a better place.

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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

LWATCDR Re:uhh (493 comments)

No he is just dreaming big. I do question his statement that their would be no oil or natural gas. If mars had life it might be possible that oil and other hydrocarbons did form.
It is unlikely that they are around but impossible. If so we just need a lot of 02 and then burn baby burn! Mars needs CO2.

yesterday
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

LWATCDR Re:FP? (805 comments)

It is simply hard to get ride of a few centuries worth of knowledge.
In Britain you order a pint of beer.
If you give an inch they will take a mile.
In the US liters and quarts are still fighting it out. Soda is in liters milk in is quarts.
"I have a feeling any "conversion" would be about as difficult to handle as your cable company changing the channel lineup around. Perhaps a few weeks of grumbling, but eventually you get used to it."
No you are wrong.
I was in school in the 1970s when they made a big push for metric and it is still a pain. You have generations of people that are used to cups, quarts, pounds, ounces, miles, feet, inches, and yards. Just in the UK it would take decades if not longer to make people comfortable with those measurements. Even then they will keep using the old systems forever. An American football field will always be 100 yards. You have at least a century of cookbooks that use ounces and cups. You have homees full of 2x4s. The change would require every lumberyard to have both traditional as well as metric wood sizes. And so on.

Finally when you get to temperature Fahrenheit is the one that is more mathematically correct. 180 degrees between freezing and boiling makes a lot more sense than 100 degrees. The one issue with Fahrenheit is the zero point was set at the lowest temp they could generate at the time. Just change that to the freezing point of water and it would be very close to perfect. The units in C are just too big for common use IMHO.

yesterday
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

LWATCDR Re:How important is that at this point? (192 comments)

I think you are going too far the other way. GIMP on windows and Linux are not bad at all. GIMP on OS/X is really hard to use probably because GTK for OSX really lags GTK for windows.

GIMP is good enough for a lot of people and it is much more powerful than photoshop elements.
If you need Photoshop then you need Photoshop. Gimp is a really powerful program and not terrible to use but it is not Photoshop.

yesterday
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

LWATCDR Re:It's sad (419 comments)

"without Google exerting legally questionable pressure on OEMs."
What? That has got to be the dumbest statement I have ever heard.

Google says you can use all of the Google services or none. You can use Android with no google services as at all like.... Amazon does.
Google allows the user to put on other search engines, It allows other browsers. It allows other nav.....
There is nothing questionably legal about it. Frankly it is about 1000% more permissive than IOS, WP8, or Blackberry.

yesterday
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Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

LWATCDR Re:How important is that at this point? (192 comments)

Sorry but no you are wrong.
My wife has spent a lot of time learning GIMP, Photoshop, and Photoshop elements.
GIMP is much better than elements but is not as good as Photoshop.
She still uses GIMP for some projects and recommends it to people that are just starting out or do not have the money to spend on Photoshop but GIMP is not a good replacement for photoshop.
GIMP is actually a good tool and a great value for the price but it is not a replacement for photoshop. Your comments about lemmings is a good example of what is wrong with the FOSS community.

yesterday
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

LWATCDR Honey Pot. (68 comments)

Of course it is a Honey Pot people .

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

LWATCDR Re:How does the quote go...? (267 comments)

Actually I expected this level of FanBoi response it is a real shame that people don't bother to read anymore.
"He said Tesla will remain a "fringe brand" until it launches its next generation of vehicles and the smaller, less expensive Model 3. "

Just how right can anyone be. The current Tesla is in the same price range as the Audi A8, MB S Class, and BMW 7 series. In other words a lot more than the average annual income in the US.
When it launches the Model 3 and if it can for a good price it will be moving into the mainstream.

So exactly how is this in anyway ignoring them or even fighting them. Sounds like simple facts and observation to me.

2 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

LWATCDR Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (383 comments)

What I don't understand is why you think the story about NBC editing the Zimmerman call was right wing fud?
They did edit it in a way to make Zimmerman seem like he was a racist. Editing that call was wrong no matter what side you are on.
Samzenpus posts lots of extreme anti nuclear stuff all the time as well. Maybe he just likes to troll both sides?

2 days ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

LWATCDR Re:It's sad (419 comments)

Humm. The problem that Google is trying to solve is that some companies "Verizon" sold a phone with Bing as the default and locked in search engine.
Most Android users really did not like that.
And you do not have to install any Google apps to use Android but if you want to load any of the Google Apps you have to install all of the apps.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

LWATCDR Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (451 comments)

So they do not believe in science?
Over 16 thousand people died from the tsunami.
According to the World health organisation report the expected deaths from radiation are below the statistical limits of detection.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...
In other words water is far more deadly than a worst case nuclear disaster.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

LWATCDR Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (451 comments)

You mean the same Germans that are building more coal fired power plants?
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

Yeah Solar supplements natural gas peaking power. It does not compete with Coal...
Yeah you have just proved my point.

2 days ago

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Scientists say cutting soot and methane is the bes

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "In this report http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-cut-soot-methane-curb-warming-190656506.html scientists say that reducing methane and soot are more important to reduce the effect of climate change than reducing CO2 emissions. The logic is simple, methane is a far more potent green house gas than CO2 and both methane and soot do not stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2 so a reduction will have more immediate benefits than a reduction in CO2. CO2 emission still need to be reduced for the long term but cutting back on methane and soot will make the biggest impact short term. So in other words boycot Taco Bell folks for the good of the planet."
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Google releases the source for Android 4.0 and 3.0

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Google is dropping not just the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich but also Honeycomb. I can hardly wait for Cyanogen to get to work on this. I wonder how it will run on my wife's GTab and my Evo 4G. I guess the worries about Google not releasing the source to Android can now be put to rest. Check out the announcement here https://groups.google.com/group/android-building/msg/c0e01b4619a1455a?pli=1"
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Intel Shows RealVNC in the BIOS

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 3 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "At IDF Intel and RealVNC demoed RealVNC integrated at the BIOS level. Using VNC one can now power down, power up, reboot, go into the BIOS, and even mount disk images on the network. All of this has been available for a while using IPMI but how it is can be done using the open standard VNC. It is available now on Q57 and Q67 motherboards. One can just imagine how useful this could be in a data center, school, or any other system with a large number of computers. Let's hope AMD joins in."
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Fashion and Freedom of Speech

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Should someone be fired for a an opinion? Should someone become unemployed for getting drunk outside of work and saying something stupid? Well Christian Dior has started proceedings to fire designer John Galliano after he was filmed making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris restaurant. It seems that Mr. Galliano got drunk at a cafe in Paris and said some ugly things about Jewish people. http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/03/01/portman.galliano/index.html
For that it looks like he is going to be fired, probably more disturbing is that police arrested him on charges of assault and making anti-Semitic comments after a couple pressed charges.
It seems that you can go to jail for just making ugly statements.
So where is the outrage? Yes he is being a jerk but how is making an anti-semitic statement anymore of a crime than a lot of what is written right on the pages of Slashdot? Frankly I got no love for an anti-semitic idiot that makes hyper expensive ugly clothes for the famous and uber rich but where should the protections on speech end?"

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Haiti still off line after the quake.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "The US military http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/01/earthquake-hit-haiti-still-offline-military-relief-agencies-rush-to-rebuild-comms/comment-page-1/#comment-80488 and other groups are trying to aid to Haiti as fast as possible but the total destruction of the infrastructure is hampering efforts. The destruction seems to be complete, power, phone, internet, air traffic control, and cell service seems to be down. The only reliable communications are by satellite and amateur radio. Right now they are saying that the dead could number more than 100,000 and many more injured. Medical facilites have been destroyed they are running out of medical supplies and there are dead bodies in the street.

So what can a geek do to help. The first thing is to donate money to the reputable charity of your choice. The Red Cross, Doctors without Boarders, and Catholic Charities are all good choices. Second get your friends and family to also help. Even five dollars will help. Third help your less savy friends avoid the scam websites out there. Yes the scum of the earth are already setting up fake charity websites to take money that should go to the victims. Hopefully Mozilla and IE will start to black list those as soon as possible. Finally you are an amature radio operator check in to the nets and see if you can help.
One final thing that is very ungeeky but needs to be done. If you have friends or coworkers that are from Haiti ask them how they are doing and let them know that you do care."

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nVidia to launch ION platform for the VIA Nano

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "nVidia is going to support the VIA Nano CPU on the ION platform. For those people that don't know the ION platform brings the HD video decoding to netbook and nettop class systems. nVidia has already shown the ION combined with Intel's Atom CPU but now it will be available for the higher performance VIA Nano CPU. What this means is that we could see some very nice, low power, and Linux friendly netbooks, nettops, media pcs, and set-top boxes. While nVidia doesn't offer FOSS drivers they do have a much better record of Linux support than S3 does. http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/20/nivida-ion-platform-to-support-via-nano-processors-this-year/ for a little more info."
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Mozilla donates $100,000 to the Ogg project.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Mozilla has given the Wikimedia foundation $100,000 to fund Ogg development. The reason is simple, "Open standards for audio and video are important because they can be used by anyone for any purpose without royalties, and can be inspected and improved by an open community. Today, video and audio on the web are dominated by proprietary technologies, most frequently patent-encumbered codecs wrapped into closed-source player widgets." While Vorbis is better standard than MP3 everything I have heard about Theora is that it is technical inferior to many other video codecs. I wonder if wouldn't be better if more effort directed to Dirac http://diracvideo.org/ and maybe even putting Dirac into an Ogg container. No mention was made of FLAC or Speex funding. If more media players supported Speex it would be an ideal codec for many podcasts and audio books. It really is too bad that these codecs get over looked so often."
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Android now source now available.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Well the Source for Android is now available. A will assume that it is GPL so it should make all FOSS users pretty happy. It is available for download here http://source.android.com/ So when will we see it on Palm Treos. What other devices will end up running Android? I kind of want to see how well it would work on a Netbook?"
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Light, fast software development in Linux.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Okay I have set up a Linux box for a group I am a member of to replace an old Windows 95 machine. This is to replace the computer in the media center. The old system was only used to look up information in a large text file that has a list of all the videos tapes on hand. I have already moved the data into an OpenOffice Calc. I hate using spreadsheets as a database but they are a good tool for converting a text file into something useful like a CSV or xBase file. I was going to use the database in OpenOffice to make a nice little application. The problem is that the "new" PC is only a 500 Mhz Celeron with 192 mb of ram. It will not run OpenOffice I have the spreadsheet moved over to gnumeric but I was thinking I should write a real media manager for them. I know Java, C++, and a few other programming languages but Java is too heavy for this machine. C# and Mono also seem a little heavy for this machine. C++ seems like overkill for such a simple application. I am just not fond of LAMP for local single user program. I mean why put a web server on this box? I figure SQLlite would be a good database for this but what language would be good for writing the GUI and logic in? Python would be fun to learn but what IDE and interface builders are available? Ruby could be an option as well. Or should I just bite the bullet and use C++? I have the box up and working with Zenworks and it seems pretty snappy. I would have to say I was impressed with Zenworks. So what is a good, fast, and light development platform to write a simple form and database application in Linux?"
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WalMart shuts down it's DRM servers.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 6 years ago

LWATCDR writes "What can you say? Another company that bet on Microsoft's PlayForSure is turning off it's DRM servers. You have until October 9th to back up your music to CD before they shut down. Here is the story on TG Daily http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/39505/98/. It would seems that DRM sucks for the customer and doesn't stop the pirates. Since even Microsoft stopped supporting PlayForSure and has turned off the MSN Music DRM servers I would have to say this proves one thing. Only a fool buys DRMed media from Microsoft. Frankly it looks like DRMed media in general is just a really bad idea."
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Computer class outside of a school setting

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "I work with a group of young men 16-18 and I am thinking of starting a computer class for them. I was thinking about teaching them how to clean off spyware, virus scanning, defrag, and removing craplets. You know the stuff that geeks are typically asked to do for their friends or what the Geek Squad charges way too much for. After that I hope to move on to hardware repair. Thinks like installing RAM, replacing hard drives and power supplies. Maybe even move on to building a PC. I really want to hit on the evils of piracy. I intend to show the young men where they can find free alternatives to pirating software. Things like OpenOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird, Linux, and so on. I hope that if all goes well I might even teach them the basics of networking and setting up servers. The problem is that I know that I want to include how to use Windows XP, and Vista. I might even include Windows server and WHS after I learn it myself. The problem is I don't want to pay for that software myself and the organization has no money to spend on it. The Linux stuff is free but the Microsoft software would cost money. Does Microsoft offer a program for small not for profits? If not I will be limited to teaching XP and Linux. Not a terrible thing but I would like to teach these young men how to deal what every they might run into."
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Dell to launch a EeePC competitor in August.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "From Endgadget http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/15/evidence-mounts-for-august-eee-pc-carnage-with-299-dell-e-launc/ It looks like Dell is going to launch a EeePC competitor. The Specs look very good. 1.6GHz Atom processor 512 Mb of RAM expandable to 1GB 1,024 x 600 display 3x USB SSD integrated webcam WiFi 2.2 pounds and a $299 price. Other rumors are an Instant on Linux "A flavor of Ubuntu?" and XP as an option. They also mention WiMax, WiWan and BT as wireless options. They are also bringing out a 12" model no info on the price yet. Well if they deliver it for $299 sign me up."
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Developers load Android onto Nokia Tablet

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9107239&source=rss_topic122 From the article. "Developers have created an easy way to load Android, Google Inc.'s mobile phone operating system that is still in the works, on Nokia Corp.'s N810 open-source handheld devices. The development is of interest to people who are trying to build applications for Android rather than to general users. "So, from the point of view of someone who just wants to use his N800 and doesn't necessarily want to experiment for the sake of experimenting, what does running Android get me?" one person asked on the Internet Tablet Talk Web site that is sharing the technique for loading the software on the devices. " While this is kind of cool what I really want it for someone to port it to the Treo or Centro :)"
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Office rental program.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Yes it looks like Microsoft is going to a rental program for Office. From the article. "The software bundle, which also includes Microsoft's Live OneCare computer security software, will be sold at nearly 700 Circuit City stores for $70 per year." Well I for one will be happy to stick with OpenOffice for now. From Microsoft's point of view it means a constant flow of money. For the customer it means you only have to pay a little each year instead of a lot every few years. I don't think this will save the average user any money and I wonder about problems with "activation". So will this fly or will it give a big push to OpenOffice. Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080702/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_office_subscription;_ylt=Aglfs.0Rrm.XlMNYRXVQuI5Y.3QA"
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ZFS how to?

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "ZFS looks like the best thing since sliced bread. Any post about file systems will soo end up talking bout how great ZFS is and or about why it can not be used under Linux except using FUSE. But there is very little information about ZFS and how to use it. Wikipedia offers some information but I have yet to find anything that looks like a how to or even good documentation for what looks like a very powerful but complex file system. Anybody know of any in depth sites on how to use ZFS under Linux, BSD, and Solaris?"
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Atom based Mini-ITX mother board available.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "A company out of the UK has an Intel Atom based Mini-ITX mother board available. http://www.tranquilpc-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Motherboards.html It has a riser for for two PCI cards , two SATA ports and an IDE ports so it could make a grate little NAS, firewall, mame box, or low power workstation. To add to the fun it has a real parallel port "perfect for hardware hacking", a real RS-232 port "perfect for data acquisition", and two USB ports. The price is around $100 give or take so the price isn't bad and hopefully will come down over time. All in all a nice system to run Linux, WindowsXP, BSD, or maybe even OpenSolaris on."
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2008 the Year of the Linux Destop?

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "First there was the Everex gPC running gOS Linux, then the ever hackable Asus eeePC notebook, then the Everex cloudbook, Shuttle's new KPC and now the Mirus $199 Linux PC hits your local Sears. So what do you get for the money?

Intel Celeron 420 1.6GHz processor
1GB Memory
80GB Hard Drive
Card Reader
Modem CDRW
Keyboard, Speakers, and Mouse
Freespire 2.0
CNR Basic Service — providing one-click access to free and commercial Linux software
Nothing great but a good starter PC.

So this makes me wonder.
Is this a sign that Linux is going to finally break into the mainstream?
Did Palm make a big mistake by killing there Linux based sub-notebook?"
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New Graphics Cards from AMD/ATI

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "AMD has stepped up to the plate and now have a new middle price graphics card that can challenge the NVidia 8800GT. Life would be so easy if the new ATI card was faster, cheaper, and used less power than the NVidia card but life isn't that simple. The new AMD card is a little slower then the 8800GT but it looks like it may end up being a lot cheaper at around $169 and uses a little less power. The end result is a card that gives you a little more bang for your buck than 8800GT which was already a great value. So is it good enough? Take a look http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2217044,00.asp BTW since the 8800GT is sold out this maybe a great option."
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I want Slashdot without the ACs.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 9 months ago

Yes I admit it I am tired of the idiot ACs that post on Slashdot. Really just make people log in and even allow them to hide there Nick when posting but at least give them the karma hit when they post something foul and and or racist. It is not like Slashdot karma is important in the real world so the chilling effect should be very low.

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How to get marked down on Slashdot.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 4 years ago

All you have to do is same anything critical about Google.

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AMDs new CPUs

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 7 years ago

AMD has released their new CPUs. Other than the low clock speed they look great. They are very fast for the clock speed and have made some real big jumps in SSE performance. The really big win is in power use. They use no more power than the dual cores they replace.
Now the big question. What about the CPUs for notebooks. Quad cores are very exciting but the real truth is that very few people need a quad core CPU. If they can really get the low power version of these CPUs down to the 50 watt level then what can they do with a duel core version? Could we see a 30 watt dual core for notebooks? Maybe a 50 watt duel core with a GPU for notebooks and desktops?

These server chips are very interesting but I think that wee will see a lot more interesting stuff in the consumer area.

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New iPods

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Apple will be coming out with new iPods very soon.
I will go out on a limb a make a wild guess about the future iPods.
I think we will see an iPod with 160 gigabyte drive and Wi-Fi and or bluetooth.
Why Wi-Fi and or bluetooth?
Simple, they will allow you to stream content to your iPhone!
You will get the big screen and good battery life of an iPhone with a massive amount of storage on your iPod.
You don't believe that Apple would want people to just buy an iPhone do you?

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Website Ads

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I admit it. I use adblock and I wish I didn't have too.
I do not have any problem with web ads. I don't block Google ads because they don't get in my way. Web ads are a good way for websites to make money. They are sometimes even useful. Ads are in themselves not evil. It just that some ads drive me to block whole domains.
Some ads are so distracting that they generate not interest but hate. Here are some tips on how not to be hated.
1. No Flash! Flash banners get blocked every time!
2. No animation! Why do I block Flash all the time? Because animated ads make me crazy. If you don't loop the animation then it isn't so bad but most in general animated ads are just too distracting. They create in me hatred and not interest.
3. No sound. I am reading I like quite. Again it generates hatred and not interest.
4. Don't stick them in the middle of the text of what I am reading! Put them at the top or off to one side.
5. Intellitxt ads. You have seen them on websites certain words in the story are links with big honking tool-tip when your cursor moves over them. HATE THEM they make reading the site next to impossible and are just annoying. BLOCKED always. Just put this in your adblocker *.intellitxt.com* you will thank me.
6. Make them small. Really nothing is worse than half the page being eaten up by ads.

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Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn far from perfect....

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Just finished installing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn x64. I had the typical 64 bit problems but I also had some that are really annoying and frankly just shouldn't be problems.
The first problem is that Ubuntu just couldn't detect my monitor. Now the thing that I find unacceptable is that OpenSuse's SAX2 can find and configure it. Opensuse isn't perfect but SAX2 seems to be the best X configuration tool around. It is also FOSS so here is the big question. Why doesn't Ubuntu use it?
The next problem is that I can get my WiFi on my notebook to work. The driver for my wifi card is in kernel and I can see my WAP but I can not connect to it! What is worse is I am not the only one. The Ubuntu Forum has a several threads about WiFi just not working.

So why is Feisty Fawn getting such rave reviews? Does Ubuntu have a reality distortion field that rivals Apples? Is the OSS community afraid of being critical? The thing is it is so close but frankly I feel OpenSuse is a better desktop then Feisty Fawn.

Well I am downloading the 32 bit version and see if that impresses me any more. And of course I am downloading the latest from OpenSuse for my notebook.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Yes we got our power back last night after 9 days. Once FPL sent the second truck and I showed them where the problem was it took all of 5 Minutes to get us back up! Yes the first truck came while I was at work and they "couldn't" find the problem so they left. FPL still sucks.

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Florida Power and Light

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 8 years ago

FPL sucks. They are the worst company in the world. Why? We got hit by a cat two hurricane! Guess what no power a week+ later! I have power at work but my house is dark and we have no water! After a week we are still bathing out of water I stored before the storm! No help from FEMA or the county government to speak of! If you have never been without power for a week you have no idea just how bad it is!
FPL needs to be account for this massive failure! This is Florida and hurricanes happen! A category 2 is not even considered a major hurricane. If peoples homes, cars, and most places of business can survive with little to know damage then why not the power grid?

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Capitol Punishment

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Okay I feel that capitol punishment is wrong. I freely admit that world would be better with some people taken from it. The problem with capitol punishment is that innocent people have been put to death. The rich are far less likely to be put to death than the poor. And the white people far less likely than none white.
The problem is what about the guy that that raped and killed that little girl. He admits he is guilt. There is no doubt. I admit it part of me wants to see this guy dead. At this point what is right and what is wrong? What he did was wrong. Would removing him as a threat be wrong as well?

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America does the heavy lifting again

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I read this in the news.
The us is doing most of the heavy lifting again. So many people like to say that the US is too powerful and does not care about others should read this. The US military is providing most of the airlift and helicopters for this work and is sending the Mercy as well. US servicemen and women are busting there butts and risking there lives to save people. Not to say that others are not doing there bit sometimes there are things that it seems only the US can show the will and has the resources to do.

""We've been racing across the ocean," said Rear Adm. Chris Ames, commander of the strike force.

The strike group, which had been headed to the Persian Gulf, was diverted while near the Pacific island of Guam. Ames said the Marines' primary responsibilities would include transporting food and medical supplies.

The Pentagon (news - web sites) also has decided to send the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship based at San Diego, to join the relief effort, officials said.

U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said he was encouraged by the military response to the Dec. 26 tsunami, singling out U.S. Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman for praise.

"The group that the U.S. initiated have proven very useful in responding to my 12-point wish list for everything from helicopters to transport planes to air traffic controllers," Egeland said in New York.

The U.S. operation in Sumatra is part of a wider international effort. The American helicopters brought survivors to an air base in Banda Aceh where medical teams -- including Chinese, Australians and Indonesians -- tended to their immediate needs before putting them into trucks destined for nearby hospitals. "

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Next Generation OS

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Okay I have to admit it. I want something better than UNIX or Windows. Why have we seen no real improvement in OSs since Unix?
I am no fan of Microsoft but I have to say at least they did not just copy Unix. Windows in my opinion is a huge disaster that is a huge pile of everything thrown together. It is a server a desktop and now an embedded system. It was not designed as much as it mutated. Mac OS/X has a great UI but it is still ruining on top of Unix.
I want something different.
Here is what I would like to see.
1. Object oriented. Yes I have heard all the anti OO people but I can honestly say that I enjoy writing OO code. I want the OS to have a root object that everything is descended from.
2. Integrated DB. I want a database to be part of the OS. It could be used for the file system and for configuration files as well.
3 Networking centric. Unix and Windows both have networking tacked on. Why not design the system from the ground up to be networked.
4. Replace X. Can't we do better than X after all these years?
5. Clustering. VMS had a great clustering system in Vax Clusters. I would love it if every desktop that was added to the network became part of a cluster.
6. Cpu independent. All programs would compile to an ideal byte code. When installed it would and a compiled blob to the executable. The new OS would not care if you wrote the program for a Power PC or Athlon 64. This is not all that different from how the Transmeta cpus work or the IBM AS400 worked.
7. Good install system. Not a tacked on solution but making installing new software as much a part of the OS as the API to put a letter on the screen. Ports is great. Yum works pretty well. Apt-get works but I have had issues with all of these. Since it is network centric how about a bittorrent like system integrated into the OS for APT like stuff?
8. A good UI. This just goes without saying that with out a good UI it will not work.

What is the biggest problem with a new OS? That is easy hardware support. Oh well I can dream and Linux does not suck.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 10 years ago

Okay yes we have been hit by two hurricanes but Adelphia's service is the pits.
First let my dispel a myth or a marketing lie.
1. Cable is more reliable than a dish.
This is not true. my sister has a dish and was much closer to the coast than I was. She still has no power but she does have TV. She is running her dish off her generator. The dish stayed attached to her home and did not move. Now there is a power pole down in her backyard so I think we can say that the dish is pretty sturdy. I have some other friends that also have the dish and they are all up and working. No one with Cable is working.
2. DSL is more reliable than Cable.
True.
I have a support tech working for me that is running his computer off his generator at home and using his DSL.

Before anyone thinks I am being unfair about his let me just point out.
1. I have power and my phone back.
2. Adelphia never came out to fix my cable after the last storm. I fixed the connection to the house myself but the cable was still laying on the ground.
3. Adelphia has provided NO information on when the I can expect the problem fixed. Florida Power and Light at least have completion date for the county. Adelphia has provided no information at all as to when I can expect my service back. Phone and power are both up and working at this time. So Adelphia is the only utility not working. I am very glad I do not have my phone or alarm through them.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 10 years ago

Yes we got hit again. The storm did little damage to my house but we lost power again.
The office is back up with power so the guys can get back to work and I can sit in AC at least during the hottest part of the day.
I have to give Home Depot a big thumbs up for being so well stocked this time. They had lots of everything and did not raise the prices too much. Power is already coming back so this might not be that bad after all.
We can hope.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 10 years ago

Well we got hit hard by Hurricane Frances. We just got our power back last night but still now cable or broadband at home :(
Over all a bad thing if you ask me. But what can you do a tree took out the cable and power line. On a bright note I have seen trucks from everywhere including Canada working full of utility workers. They are working there butts off after Charley and Frances and now Ivan is going to nail Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and the panhandle of Florida. Those poor crews are going to be dead on there feet. I hope they all get through this safe.
And I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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New Movies????

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

What the heck is going on? Has Hollywood now totally devoid of any originality? Was there any to start with? Okay first they trash the Stepford Wives! Now they are going to screw up the The Manchurian Candidate. Why do they have to mess with a perfectly good movie? From the trailers it no longer looks as if it is Red China that is trying to control the US government hence the name The Manchurian Candidate. No it is now the new boogie man multi-national corparations that are the behind the plot. ARGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

I have not seen it yet and it might even be a good movie but it is not the The Manchurian Candidate anymore than I Robot was I Robot.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Even though she or he has put me down as a foe. I read some of there posts and technicaly they where very good.

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The Project

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well my project at work is moving along well. I do have to say that I HATE WINDOWS! I HATE WINDOWS, I HATE WINDOWS.
Get the feeling that I hate windows?
My CAD system was locking up left and right on me. I finaly did an uninstall/reinstall! Guess what it worked. How the heck does Windows allow executables to be trashed like that. Is the file system that bad?
My wife is now head of technical support so she now gets to have much of the fun I used to. It has not been easy for her but she is doing the best that she can. So far she has done a stellar job. Well the parts are being SLAd now and the LCD is on the way so all is going pretty well.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 11 years ago

I added Jgardn to my friend list.
He is brave enough to try and to the missionary thing on Slashdot. Of course you will have many people praiseing OSC for his artical on file shareing. I wounder how many people know that he is also LDS.
Good try. Sorry that you got flamed.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 11 years ago

Who is them and who is us.
The Who are the extreme Right and the extreme Left.
My sig still gets comments. I really want to change it just for change sakes but I do want to let the bigots think they won. Truth is I have more tolerence for people that try to deny God than those that try and get Evolution kicked out of schools. There is not such thing as Scientifc Creationism. It is an oxymoron. However to deny God seems equally as stupid. Why God can not be proven the effects seew wide spread. Of course there are those that would point to the evil that has been done in God's name as an effect. Yet if you look that evil has always happened when men of power have twisted religion and convinced the weak minded to follow them. Just rember that Hitler and his friends where not Christians but where pagans. The where into the Norse Gods, Fire, and even there symbol was stolen from Hindism. Good old Stalin, Chairman Mao, and the current leaders of North Korea are all athists. Evil comes from all directions. So does good. One should not jump to a conclusion to the good or evil nature of a person just from the fact that they do or not believe in a God. I personaly think that Christ loves thoses that try to good without the benifit of his teachings every bit as much as those that believe in him. Well I guess I can take the comments of fools if it helps other to be more tolerent.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well our computer room/den/scrapbooking room is up and running. I will not say it is done because is anything a programer does ever really done? Got the network working and the server is up and running. I still need to get the Windows box on the Samba server. We have a 120 gig drive on the server just for storage. I also got a 21" monitor at the computer show on staturday for $115 Yes that is the correct price. As well as two APC ups for $20 each. I need to get some more ram and maybe a faster cpu for the Linux workstation I have set up. It gets very slow sometimes It is only a 400mhz with 128 megs. But it works.

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