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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

LoudMusic Wow rip off (205 comments)

I _was_ going to say, "I can't imagine blocking such a product would increase RIM's market share. All this does is make people hate Blackberries even more."

But then I saw what it looks like. It's a freaking Blackberry keyboard rip off! At least take the time to design something a LITTLE new, guys.

about 6 months ago

The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex

LoudMusic Curved display (92 comments)

I actually like the idea of a curved display. I don't fully understand the point of flexible - especially in this instance where it has to be forced so hard.

about a year ago

Crazy Eric Schmidt, His Yacht Prices Are Insaaane!

LoudMusic Re:Yacht? (179 comments)

It's more of a research vessel with amenities for the pampered. I've been on Falkor (also mentioned in the article) which is their current SOI vessel. It's far nicer than a typical work boat, but certainly not up to the class and sophistication of the actual super and mega yachts I've been on. I never had an opportunity to visit Lone Ranger, but I imagine it's quite similar to Falkor with possibly nicer owner spaces.

I guess you could think of these ships more as SUVs than luxury autos, to belabor the car analogy. They can still be luxurious, but their purpose is more about "going anywhere" and being self sufficient. There is a building trend of "fleet" ships rather than solo ships as well. See Golden Fleet as an example. They have three ships and a plane. Golden Odyssey and Golden Osprey being the 'pleasure craft', and Golden Shadow being a support vessel that carries fuel, toys, machine shop, and the seaplane Golden Eye. It's likely that Lone Ranger could fill a similar role. But it would need to be renamed ;)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

LoudMusic Two things have worked for me (418 comments)

A) Users aren't administrators. Don't give them administrative access.

2) No Internet Explorer. Ever. At all. For any reason.

If you want to go above and beyond install Microsoft Security Essentials, Chrome, and some remote management tool like LogMeIn so you can see what they see. You will also need to have an administrator account (I prefer to have my OWN account with administrative access, rather than use the "administrator" account).

about a year and a half ago

Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

LoudMusic Ban Studded Tires!! (686 comments)

If they would just ban the use of studded tires they wouldn't have to replace the roads every fucking year.

Yes, it pisses me of, in case you were wondering.

about a year and a half ago

Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps

LoudMusic Explain. (99 comments)

So who detected the remaining 85% in order to give us this statistic of 15% detection rate? And why isn't that being used instead?

about 2 years ago

Battery-Powered Transmitter Could Crash A City's 4G Network

LoudMusic Improperly tuned repeaters (121 comments)

I do IT on yachts and heard a story of a yacht that had cell repeaters on board. The installation company had the power cranked all the way to 11 and knocked an entire coastal town's cell service out while they were in port. Vodafone politely asked them to turn that shit off.

At a wireless training session with one of our vendors they said that the US navy aircraft carriers jam all radio transmissions when they enter port. That sounds like a bit of a frustration.

about 2 years ago

Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

LoudMusic Now? (469 comments)

Ehh, you're just now figuring that out?

about 2 years ago

Wikipedia Is Nearing "Completion"

LoudMusic Re:War of 1812 is an odd example (248 comments)

I think it's a safe bet that this article references the War of 1812 to glean a few search hits from people searching for actual information on the War of 1812.

Marketing tactics at work.

about 2 years ago

What tech would you un-invent?

LoudMusic Segway (572 comments)

There are very few forms of technology that can't be removed without causing other significant detriment to the technology ecosystem.

However, the Segway could go away without making too much of a dent.

about 2 years ago

Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer

LoudMusic Re:OMFG (231 comments)

Apple figured something out several years ago. There are more idiots in the world than intelligent people. And they're taking money away from those idiots at an alarming rate.

about 2 years ago

Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry From Employee Smartphone List

LoudMusic Re:Interesting rationale (192 comments)

Sure, but Yahoo doesn't make hardware or consumable software. They provide services on platforms created by other people which are used by their customers. You have to know your customers' experience before you can improve it.

about 2 years ago

Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

LoudMusic Re:Apples and Oranges (992 comments)

But there is no maximum speed limit, so driving fast is not a fault directing condition.

Lanes with different speeds would not mean a lot of changing speed. It would mean accelerating to your chosen lane and staying there. I suggested overlapping speed zones to offer drivers the ability to change lanes for passing slower cars without having to change speeds. It doesn't create inconsistency - it actually categorizes cars into lane of the driver's chosen speed - producing more consistency. This is actually how multi-lane roads are intended to be operated anyway. Slower cars near the outer lanes and faster cars near the inner lanes. It's just not enforced by any actual speeds.

In regions of the United States there signs that read "Slower cars keep right", or "Left lanes for passing only". There's just no enforced speeds for these purposes.

about 2 years ago

Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

LoudMusic Re:Apples and Oranges (992 comments)

I'm not saying you're wrong, but look at it from the other car's perspective. They're gaining on the truck at 40 KPH, which is fairly quick, and they check their mirror and see nothing so they go for the pass. Before they get around the truck you've shown up gaining on them at 130 KPH. Before they can accelerate out of the way you have to slow down to avoid rear-ending them.

No one is at fault for this - it's just the nature of a road system that allows such diverse speeds. In the US on roads which allow high speeds, typically greater than 60mph, there is also a minimum speed not more than 30mph below the maximum. If you don't have a maximum speed designated for the road it's much harder to manage a minimum speed.

One thought I've had is to have speed ranges defined per lane. It works best on roads with 3 or more lanes. Lane 1 would be 50-100 KPH, lane 2 would be 80 - 150 KPH, lane 3 would be 130 - 200 KPH, lane 4 would be 180 - unlimited KPH.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

LoudMusic Tall chair (347 comments)

I don't know so much about stand up desks, but I did enjoy having a tall chair desk. If the desk could be used while standing and ALSO have a tall chair or stool I think it'd be great. That way when people walk up to you for a conversation they're not hovering above you.

It would also give me a better view of the street through my second floor window ;)

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Explaining Role-Playing Games To the Uninitiated?

LoudMusic Not an explanation - an experience (197 comments)

I don't think explanations work with this topic. It's not like there's a lot to explain. The issue is experiencing roll playing games. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an experience is worth a lifetime of explanation.

You can read about the Grand Canyon on Wikipedia and look at thousands of pictures, but until you've stood on the rim at Sunset you have no idea what it's like to stand on the rim at Sunset.

about 2 years ago

Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

LoudMusic Required for that market segment (673 comments)

If I had the money, and was enough interested in having such a device, the Macbook Pro with Retina display is worth every penny. It's also required that it be non-user upgradeable in order to be what it is. If the parts were upgradeable it would be a more clunky computer and therefore not what was the target of the design. I don't think they logically came to the conclusion of eliminating upgradability as the primary goal. Their goal was to eliminate unnecessary bulk and weight while expanding functional capacity.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung: Apple Stole the iPad's Design From Univ of Missouri Professor

LoudMusic Stop the madness! (362 comments)

The only people prospering from all this are the lawyers and the journalists. STOP THE MADNESS!

more than 2 years ago

On my summer vacation, I did / will do / am doing:

LoudMusic Re:All of the above (240 comments)

I was in La Spezia and Lerici for a week.

more than 2 years ago



Documenting Network Devices

LoudMusic LoudMusic writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LoudMusic (199347) writes "One of the many tasks of a network administrator is documenting the network so that other members of the administration and support teams can find devices on the network. Currently my organization uses Excel spreadsheets to handle this, and it's invariably error ridden. We also save a new file with the date in the name each time an update is made.

I'd like to move this to a more intelligent database system, but the driving force for keeping it in spreadsheets is the ability to take the document offline, edit it, then upload this new revision to the file server when we have a connection again. Our clients often don't have reliable internet connections, especially when we're tearing their network apart and rebuilding it.

The information we're currently documenting about an individual device are; device name, device model, description, IP address, MAC address, physical location, uplink switch & port, and VLAN.

What tools exist that would allow us to have multiple users make updates both online and offline simultaneously, and synchronize changes into both the online and offline copies?"

Sauteed Apples

LoudMusic LoudMusic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LoudMusic (199347) writes "Firefighters put out a three-alarm blaze that burned for more than three hours at Apple's Cupertino campus late Tuesday night. The Santa Clara County Fire Department says the three-alarm fire scorched the roof and the second level at one of the six buildings on the company's campus. It was extinguished early this morning and no one was injured. The blaze at the Valley Green 6 building, which appeared to have started under a ventilation and air-conditioning unit on the roof, was reported by workers at around 10 p.m. Senior Communications Dispatcher Rafael Salcedo says the fire was "not very big, but there is going to be a lot of smoke damage.""

Google Image Labeler

LoudMusic LoudMusic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LoudMusic writes "Google has a new service that you actually provide to them. Google Image Labeler 'allows you to label images and help improve the quality of Google's image search results.' You're randomly paired with another participant where you both enter labels for random images until you get a match. You are scored on your matches and ranked as a pair at the end of 2 minutes. It's a pretty interesting way to generate labels / tags for data. There is even an 'all time records' leader board for users who log in."

LoudMusic LoudMusic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LoudMusic (199347) writes "I work for an advertising agency of sixty-plus employees as the systems administrator. Eight years ago there were two of us but we successfully eliminated the need for a second administrator. I've now been doing my job essentially by myself for over six years. My boss is the CFO and a geek in his own right, but he's both busy with his own work and not adept enough in support and technology to truly be a peer. We are friends, but he's nearly old enough to be my father, so we have a little bit of generation gap. As for the rest of my coworkers, they're all sales people and artists and we have very little in common. So at work I have just a handful of people I would consider friends, and none of them capable or willing to help me with my work. Nearly all my geek friends have migrated to the regional technology corporations, one in particular, and spend all day working together on common projects — motivating, educating, and supporting each other in their careers. I've intentionally avoided moving to a corporate field because I enjoy working for a small business and I hear too much negative feedback about "corporate life". But maybe it's time to bite the bullet and be with my friends. Who has experienced both areas and which do you prefer? Why?"


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