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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

Last_Available_Usern Re:Good For Him (74 comments)

Geez, who introduced a urine-based liquid into your corn-derived breakfast cereal?

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Last_Available_Usern Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

>innovation

They were streaming TV shows over the internet.

The innovation was the business/distribution model, not the technology.

about 1 month ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Last_Available_Usern Time to min/max... (366 comments)

My ability to optimize a character in video games can finally translate to parenthood.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Last_Available_Usern Re:PHOTOSHOPPED! (62 comments)

Comet, sorry.

about 2 months ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

Last_Available_Usern Re:PHOTOSHOPPED! (62 comments)

Of course it is. It's two exposures (one short and one long) combined into one frame to accurately show the detail on both the spacecraft and the asteroid.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

Last_Available_Usern Bad publicity. (204 comments)

Make things uncomfortable for them publicly, and who knows, maybe you'll encounter a few other of their customers who are having similar experiences that will help pile on to get a solution fast-tracked.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

Last_Available_Usern Re:VPN and tethering (209 comments)

You can no longer get subsidized phones through Verizon if you want to keep your Unlimited. Your options are to get a subsidized phone and move down to one of the metered plans or purchase a phone at full price and keep your unlimited (that is, until Verizon pulls the plug and you have the choice to going metered or switching carriers).

about 3 months ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Last_Available_Usern Same conversation at GM a while back. (142 comments)

Pretty sure this is the same kind of conversation that was had at GM before the fatalities and subsequent massive recall took place. Cut your losses Boeing and fix this now.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

Last_Available_Usern Time will tell... (49 comments)

Lenovo has made their money selling very cheap equipment with very small margins in very large quantities. I'm really not sure how well this will translate into a market where buyers like you or me apply a lot more discretion to our choices. They are going to have to come out of the gate with excellent hardware and likely take a loss just to prove their merit.

about 3 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Last_Available_Usern But you can't know how long you will live. (478 comments)

To say you shouldn't work as hard at living longer because you don't want to live to 80+ is a bit off. For all you know, your body may require all that preventative effort just to reach 75. Not only that, when you start closing in on 75 you might find yourself feeling differently about the topic. Furthermore, the quality of life through advanced science and medicine may differ significantly from what it is now.

about 2 months ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Last_Available_Usern Re:Why is this Google's problem? (155 comments)

Actually, it would be more accurate if someone else was holding the sign and Google was just pointing it out. In this case I still say the guy holding the actual sign is the one you go after.

about 4 months ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Last_Available_Usern Simple... (162 comments)

I don't get what's so hard. Just have Jebidiah Kerman exit the rover and fix the wheel.

about 4 months ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Last_Available_Usern Why is this Google's problem? (155 comments)

They aren't hosting the content, they're merely making pointers to it. Isn't this an issue that should be handled by the company hosting/managing the web content? I'm surprised Google is getting involved in this at all and it makes me wonder what their motivations for doing so are, given the obvious administrative burden this is imposing.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Last_Available_Usern Better question... (272 comments)

How many employees does the US Govt really need.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Last_Available_Usern Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Why are you so hostile? Is this the website you come to for world and economic news? I bet it's not.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Last_Available_Usern Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Two other airplanes (non-commercial with much lower loss of life and thus less interesting to news outlets I presume) were shot down within the week in similar airspace. Why aren't we discussing those? Go ahead and try to put a techie spin on it, but the point remains that we're only oogling over this because a bunch of people died, which not only seem distasteful, but again, has nothing to with the type of news this site represents.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Last_Available_Usern Confused. (752 comments)

This is a tragic story, but why is this on Slashdot? This is indeed stuff that matters, but news for nerds? Not so much.

about 5 months ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

Last_Available_Usern I wonder... (90 comments)

Was John Romero working on this project too?

about 6 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Last_Available_Usern Re:Did someone just figure this out *NOW*?? (234 comments)

So what you're saying is the second anyone infringes on the rights of a group you belong to you automatically band together in protest, even if it's at the potential expense of your livlihood? Gathering legitmate evidence to make a reasonable case for your claim takes time. Rallying troops together takes time. Planning for possibly not having a job if this backfires takes time. I guess fortunate for you that firing off a [weird] rant on Slashdot doesn't take any time at all.

about 7 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

Last_Available_Usern I wonder... (250 comments)

...how many minorities Facebook hired between when the request was made and when they finally complied. Would be interesting to see before and after data.

about 7 months ago

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Supreme Court rules against Aereo streaming service.

Last_Available_Usern Last_Available_Usern writes  |  about 6 months ago

Last_Available_Usern (756093) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices by renting a small DVR and antenae (in supported cities) to record and then retransmit local programming on-demand over the internet."
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Last_Available_Usern Last_Available_Usern writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Last_Available_Usern (756093) writes "I've been using and supporting Microsoft OS's and products for most of my working life, but like most techies, I've always been drawn by new alternatives. About 8 years ago my then boss wanted to explore the feasability of using Linux as a low cost alternative to our small business customers. I was tasked with getting it up and running and seeing how it worked. I muddled my way through getting Redhat installed, Samba functioning, and even handshaking credentials with our NT network and it's clients. I of course found it clumsy, but was still impressed with some of what it offered. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has dabbled with it in the past, and then crawled back to their comfort zone though.

My question is this: How far has Linux come in the last 8-10 years? The new Ubuntu distro looks neat, along with several other offerings. What do folks like myself who experimented with it in the past have to look forward to nowadays? Is it worth reexamining?"

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