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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

LostMyBeaver Re: In unrelated news: Average IQ up 5 points in U (221 comments)

I must admit, I wasn't really on the band wagon of making the comments. I came here looking to read the humor.

I personally don't depend on any of the networks because I have had the displeasure of having the opportunity of learning how broadcast journalism actually works. As a result, I have absolutely no use for their media. I certainly don't wish to be a target for what passes as journalism today.

The government operations (like the Senate, House, etc...) are broadcast an televised. We're choosing candidates as members of a team. We pick a team like Fox or CNN and they broadcast play by play or blow by blow reports of how they interpreted events in the government. We don't choose politicians to represent our best interests. We choose politicians to be a member of one team or another. We want our teams to win and we don't care what they have to do in order to do it. We love the technicalities too. Like, "My team doesn't like what the president did. Look here, there's a little rule in the rule book which says we can throw a card and sue the president for doing his job the best he can".

I must admit, I put little faith in the silliness you seemed to come here to attack. I have far less use for a drone like yourself who seems to think that just because someone won a popularity contest and was voted CEO (which actually doesn't mean what you think it does) he/she or they are special by some means.

Comments here are a waste of time and effort, but for many of us provide an outlet for our frustrations with the system. It's probably no more productive than talking sports at a bar, but it at least keeps us from being drunk all the time. If you're not interested in the Slashdot method of communicating, why would you bother coming here? Of course, I guess maybe you're just using the comments as a place to be a dick and unload a bit. More power to you. Enjoy, Slashdot is here to offend and we are its little helpers :)

7 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

LostMyBeaver Re:Project spark? (120 comments)

My son uses it and loves it. It's an awesome system even if they are trying to make the money off of in-game purchases for additional assets

yesterday
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

LostMyBeaver Re:Plastic socket wrench? (137 comments)

<quote>Maybe, but don't forget its hard to exert much torque when you're in zero G</quote>

Muscle loss?

yesterday
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

LostMyBeaver Re:My sockets are made of high quality steel (137 comments)

There almost certainly was a socket wrench available. The point is that a socket wrench is a highly complex tool that depends on precision and rigidity to produce. The fact that the multiple components of a socket wrench could in fact be printed is a major accomplishment. A hammer or screwdriver would not have been an appropriate test. This was.

The question is, after printing it, was the produced wrench a suitable alternative and could it accomplish the task it was needed for. ABS, even in the resolution and density they're printing isn't very rigid. I have seen a great deal of information regarding the fact that the tool was printing and more so, how excited everyone was that Autodesk Inventor was used. What I haven't seen is whether ABS used :
  1) had a negative impact to the air quality and scrubbers on the ISS. The ABS I use (even stuff I specially looked for) produces a great deal of noxious fumes. I tend to print with the windows open.
  2) The printout was rigid enough to be useful as a tool. I have absolutely no doubt that making extra parts for the station is entirely possible and smarter than keeping spare parts for everything. But did they manage to produce a wrench worth using?

As a bonus... can they release the design they printed as a benchmark for the hobbyist community to use for making their own improved printers. The high resolution photos of the wrench looked great.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

LostMyBeaver Re:Why bother? (358 comments)

In my city, PHP completely dominates... that is of course unless I look at things asking for skills other than PHP.

I did a few searches on Monster.com and found that Java and .NET are about the same. There is however a single employer posting way more java jobs in Minneapolis.

This is actually not meant to be a troll or rude, but having traveled 42 states and 60+ countries, Minneapolis, while being an amazing place and a diamond in the rough was strangely, from an employment perspective, one of the most unusual places I encountered in my travels. I've been an instructor (ever since I found out that it pays much more to talk about working than actually working) and have met people everywhere. I felt like engineers in Minneapolis were much more likely to be happy with less overall ambition. It's an odd generalization, possibly more poorly researched than your own, but it struck me as if engineers were just another cog in the machine and many of the engineers I encountered adopted an almost Scandinavian lifestyle of working to live instead of living to work.

While here in Oslo, Noway I consider that the norm or the average, in the U.S., I consider it highly unusual and somehow a little scary.

My point is, that I feel that Minneapolis from my perspective probably should never be used as an example of "normal". There are some special things which make Minneapolis a wonderful place to live. In fact, if it weren't for the impressively awful weather (which makes Norway look warm), I would love to live there... as long as I didn't need to work there.

yesterday
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

LostMyBeaver Really? (469 comments)

It sounds like the cops have nothing better to do that waste time on pot arrests. They just want money from taxes on pot without having to collect it themselves

2 days ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

LostMyBeaver Re:This reads like a hit piece (222 comments)

Exactly!!!

I agree completely. I don't think she belongs where she is... it has nothing to do with gender or her past. I honestly believe they are assets to her job. I just never got the sense that she understands her audience. For example, how would she attract the people like Slashdot readers to her services so that we'll feel comfortable putting them on millions or billions of phones and desktops? She has done nothing to attract and endear Yahoo! to the people who will get her exposure. Yahoo's investments in Alibaba also instills a great deal of mistrust. She's made her money there, it might be a good time to look elsewhere. I think she has to choose, either Yahoo is Yahoo or Yahoo is Alibaba. I don't think she can gain trust from Slashdot people when her company is basically one of the biggest shareholders in a company best known for fraud.

Without the trust and support from the "Advisors" in the IT world, I don't see how she'll get more users.

2 days ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

LostMyBeaver Re:Chickens return, roost (222 comments)

I would love to hear more about your point. There is merit to it... though it lacks a bit of depth in the writing.

I think the big problem is that many of the more technical users of the internet simply wrote off Yahoo and even teased people for using it. As a result, Marissa would probably have been better off re-branding it. Somehow, it's hard to take Yahoo seriously. I think the biggest problem I have with it at this time is that for every serious news article written by a journalist who actually performs research, there is three Kardashion or Hilton type articles which makes them unreadable. This of course might be their desired effect in the long term, but it makes it really hard for people like Slashdot readers to say to someone "You should really use Yahoo!" since we wouldn't use it ourselves. In fact, we're more likely to distrust it and steer people away from it.

2 days ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

LostMyBeaver Re:No, it isn't. (222 comments)

Hmm... She's managed to gain the trust and support of enough people to get into the position she's in. She's managed to build one of the most prolific, wide spread news sources (though painfully littered with tabloid nonsense) on the Internet. She has also managed to get to the point which more traditional media channels are genuinely being replaced by her company.

What she hasn't figured out how to do yet is to capitalize on all of it. There is a lot of potential... which is based on what she has done... but I for example had no idea there were Yahoo mobile apps before this article. Of course, I don't know why I would install one, but it means that a core component of their network isn't functioning (marketing) and needs to be fixed.

So, you seem to think that everything she's done is based on her dick sucking skills. As such, I'm sure you've accomplished more than she has. After all, you wouldn't make such a comment unless you felt that her actual achievements in life were minimal compared to yours. So what have you done?

2 days ago
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ODF Support In Google Drive

LostMyBeaver International document standard? (40 comments)

Great.. I heard of this. I can't really say I've ever seen it.

Apple iWork doesn't have it. The only office format which seems to be standard appears to me Microsoft's and PDF and PDF isn't really a great editing format.

I recently used LibreOffice and OpenOffice and I was just absolutely amazed at how bad they were. Don't get me wrong, they had gobs of features, they just didn't work well with Windows or Mac and had truly horrible cut and paste support.

Example, open a PDF file in Acrobat Reader. Copy a section of text (no images) and paste it into LibreOffice. Then select an image and try to paste it in. I can't for the life of me figure out how to insert the image where I want it instead of automatically creating an extra column and having to press enter a bunch of times and manually flow my text past the image.

It's just absolute shit. Even WordPerfect gets that one right.

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

LostMyBeaver Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

Forbes is a publications for uneducated gamblers and people who intentionally deprive their brains of oxygen by employing fashionable silk nooses.

about a week ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

LostMyBeaver Re:Misguided (295 comments)

Taxi prices are often too high because there are too many cars and the drivers have to feed themselves on less fares. :( I haven't waited for a taxi in years. There are ALWAYS a queue of 20+ cabs

about a week ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

LostMyBeaver is it cheaper? (295 comments)

Here in Oslo, I really looked forward to Uber. Now that it is here, it costs a minimum of $20 more than any taxi company I compare it to.

Is it different elsewhere?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:practical-based certs hold their value (317 comments)

CCIE is definitely a great cert. It's been a quest of mine for a while. I basically took off January to develop some software and to study and get my CCIE SP. I have more hours in studying than most CCIEs because I feed myself as a Cisco instructor. As an example, I'm teaching MPLS this week, so I get a lot of practice and am hardening those little corner topics like label filtering which generally don't play a big role in most networks since leaking is typically done through BGP as opposed to LDP.

I have been using my somewhat visible position to start altering universities in Norway to require that Information Technology education looks more like Computer Science. I feel that the standard for IT guys is WAY TOO LOW!!! Even a CCIE who might be the ultimate troubleshooter probably is a half ass scripter. I refuse to have anyone on my team which actually performs changes without making change scripts and verification scripts and uses revision control and scrum. I tell all my adult students that they better learn to program because in the future, IT guys out of the university will have those skills and banging on keyboards like lower primates is not interesting in the new world.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

I spent 4.5 days using training videos (had no idea there was such a thing as a dump) to go from "What's a Cisco?" to CCNA. It's pretty simple stuff. Never touched a Cisco either. CCNA just says "I'm ready to start now"

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

I train 200 people a year in networking. The first two courses (think of these as the ones you teach to simply feed the family and keep your job) is almost 2 full days of understanding binary and subnets. 30% of the people who take the course will fail the exams because they don't understand it. I spend another day or more in CCNP level training trying to teach the math right.

You'd be utterly surprised :(

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

As an engineer who has implemented IP in VHDL for a custom device, I can safely say that most people don't actually know what subnet mask is. They know what it look likes, but ask them to explain why we even have a subnet mask as opposed to simply using prefix length and most CCIEs will go cold on that.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

ASR1000 routers do CEF in hardware
Cat4900s do IPv6 in software

Fact is, it's generally functionality per port. Hardware is nice (FPGA is much better). The real deal is, can it do NAT? Can it do application layer packet inspection? Can it encapsulate traffic in GRE tunnels? Can it...

Routers are the devices of a gazillion functions.
Switches are devices which move packets from A to B.

Devices like 6880s blur lines because they add features like NAT to a switch.

Another great idea is... a switch typically supports a single media type like Ethernet. A router can support different physical medias and typically bunches of virtual media.

I prefer to simply analyze devices based on the features I need and the cost per port.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:practical-based certs hold their value (317 comments)

I am heading for a CCIE attempt next month. I was a live long protocol engineer, software engineering, OS design engineer, compiler guy. I have little respect for the computer field where there's no real math involved.

I quit programming about 3 years back. I don't even have the CCIE yet and I've moved WAY UP the list. I have dozens of certs (all earned). IT is great since it's super easy and all you typically do is the same stuff other people did before you. There's always a web page that explains it for you step by step.

It's really funny, I have been making a gigantic push to bring TDD to IT. I am designing systems for it. I'm also going to get involved with the universities and business schools to rewrite their IT related curriculum. Since I've moved into IT, I have not yet seen :
  a) Originality. Everyone just does the same thing as everyone else and does it over and over again... differently... for no reason
  b) Verification and rollback scripts. People just bang on keyboards and hope it doesn't break anything. It's the most horrible thing I've ever seen
  c) Up to date documentation. People just change stuff all the time and never update the docs.
  d) Active management. People are always managing project reactively... or should I say the networks manage them.
  e) People insist on using command lines and GUIs for everything. WTF!!! How stupid can you be? I honestly watch TOP IT guys typing commands on keyboards during rollouts and manually verifying things. What's worse, they make constant assumptions (if this link is up, the other 5 must be too).

That said, certs are expensive but easy for anyone who has a real education in computers. It's mainly just memorization of commands and features.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

LostMyBeaver Re:Certs are for grunts (317 comments)

Jobs wasn't technical, he was artistic. If he needed his computer fixed, he had someone else do it.

Gates probably screws around with a lot of IT stuff. But, even riches, fame, etc... aside, he wouldn't do IT. That's for those other guys. He was a programmer

about two weeks ago

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Intentionally disposable computing, a good thing?

LostMyBeaver LostMyBeaver writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LostMyBeaver (1226054) writes "I just read about Eric Schmidt's goal of moving everything to "the cloud" and making it so that in the future Chrome OS devices will be "disposable by design". To take a quick sucker punch on the guys at Eric, this sounds like he expects anything running Chrome OS to be garbage by design."
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Environmental cost of battery recycling?

LostMyBeaver LostMyBeaver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LostMyBeaver (1226054) writes "I have been considering the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle for some time. The biggest problem I have currently is that both technologies make use of rechargable batteries. The same tree-huggers telling me gasoline is bad are telling me that batteries are bad too.

I'm only partially knowledgable in this area, but it appears the battery technologies are generally based at least on lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, lead acid and nickel-cadmium. I was hoping someone on Slashdot would be knowledgable enough to explain the environmental cost of recycling these batteries. If I understand correctly, after these chemicals are "spent" so the cells no longer maintain a charge, they are not useful for producing new batteries.

I can only imagine that the most common method of recycling the cells is to store the toxic chemicals of the batteries in barrels and refilling the cells with new chemicals. This sounds like an environmental distaster to me. Is there someone here that can help me sleep better at night by explaining what really happens?"

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