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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

MAXOMENOS Don't start on the desktop (446 comments)

In my experience it's much easier to get Linux in the workplace as a server, and here there's lots of areas where it's as good as or better than Windows. Start with a LAMP server for internal web; use it to host a Wiki for documentation.

5 days ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

MAXOMENOS Four quarks! (99 comments)

Master Mark will have a field day!

about a week ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

MAXOMENOS Editorial/stats geekiness (99 comments)

Belle later confirmed the existence of the Z(4430) with a significance of 5.2 sigma on the scale that particle physicists use to describe the certainty of a result.

I believe that "scale" is called the normal distribution; that is to say, the odds of getting that result as a fluke are the same as finding a point 5.2 standard deviations away from the mean of the normal curve. If so, everything in that sentence after "5.2 sigma" can be left out.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

MAXOMENOS Re:Already gone to Linux Mint Cinnamon... (244 comments)

With all due respect, "looks and feels like XP" only gets you so far. If you're a home user, that's fine as long as you don't want to play PC games, or use most Windows software like Quickbooks. If you're an office user, that's fine as long as you don't need to continue to run Visual Basic 6 (yes, really) for critical business applications.

Where I work, we need to run legacy apps for the foreseeable future. So we're migrating, somewhat painfully, to Windows 7. Sure, there's plenty of Linux that can do 90% of what we need to do. That last 10% is a bitch.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

MAXOMENOS Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

I actually agree with the parent. Every single jar of peanut butter is a lawsuit waiting to happen, even if they give it away. Even if it's tested safe, Costco still assumes partial liability by handing that peanut butter over to the public. You could repurpose the lot into fertilizer or compost, but it's cheaper to bury the lot.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

MAXOMENOS It appears there's no additional sales tax. (229 comments)

According to the New Jersey MVC (PDF), if you purchased a vehicle in another state and paid sales tax on the vehicle, you provide MVC with the receipt. If you paid 7% or more sales tax in the other state, you pay no sales tax to New Jersey. If you paid less than 7%, you pay the difference to New Jersey. In practical terms, if the purchaser buys in the states neighboring New Jersey, there is no additional cost — New York State sales tax is 4%, Pennsylvania sales tax is 6%.

For example: Alice, who lives in Atlantic City, buys a Tesla in middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania (6% rate) for $60,000. Alice pays Pennsylvania sales tax on that vehicle in the amount of $3600. If she had purchased the vehicle in New Jersey, she would have to pay $4200 in sales tax. So when registers her vehicle with the MVC, she'll owe the difference ($600), plus title fee ($60) and registration fee ($59 assuming it weighs under 3,500 pounds, see here), and possibly, if Christie is really an a-hole, a 0.4% Luxury Surcharge ($240). Keep in mind, if she purchased the vehicle in New Jersey, she'd pay the same sales tax, but all of it would go to New Jersey. If she purchased the vehicle in New York (4% sales tax), she would pay $2400 in tax to New York and $1800 in tax to New Jersey.

But, I could be missing something. If so, please let me know.

about a month ago
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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

MAXOMENOS .300 Blackout? .458 SOCOM? (117 comments)

Not all AR-15s are in 5.56 or .223, you know.

about a month ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

MAXOMENOS 13" late 2013 MacBook Pro (371 comments)

I use this notebook for everything from typical web browsing through kernel builds on Parallels-hosted Ubuntu. The only thing that makes it annoyingly noisy is running two or more EVE Online clients at once.

about 3 months ago
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OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

MAXOMENOS Host a Kickstarter (277 comments)

Theo et. al. might turn up their noses at the idea, but a $40,000 kickstarter to keep OpenBSD going might not be a bad idea.

Rewards might include: kudos for contributions, limited edition (kickstarter only) t-shirts/posters/soundtracks, CD sets (duh), and for big contributors ($2500-$5000) a customized VDD set up for whatever purposes you want, yours to keep or share as you like.

about 3 months ago
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GNU Octave Gets a GUI

MAXOMENOS The point of most Open Source... (166 comments)

...is to keep vendors of commercial, closed-source software honest. Do you think Microsoft IIS would be half as good as it is if Apache and nginx weren't perfectly capable of doing the same job, for free and with the source code open to anyone? Come on. Octave will hopefully do the same for MATLAB.

about 4 months ago
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Chicago Public Schools Promoting Computer Science to Core Subject

MAXOMENOS Frankly (236 comments)

It's not racist to point out that Chicago Public Schools have been doing a piss-poor job of teaching anyone who doesn't get into an IB/magnet program. In fact, social justice requires working on this very problem.

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

MAXOMENOS Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (1251 comments)

Well, that's the problem. "Normal Circumstances" is vague.

I get that we as a culture have embraced Paul's hard-on for the Roman tradition of one man marrying one woman for life as a representation of Jesus's relationship to the Church, and that a lot of resistance against gay marriage comes from that. I just wish that people would be more up-front about their theological motives, rather than waving their hands or making things up.

about 4 months ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

MAXOMENOS My brother.... (644 comments)

....used Healthcare.gov from Illinois and he reported that his experience was quick and painless.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

MAXOMENOS Start by asking for more specific feedback (361 comments)

You've been told that your communication skills need some work. Part of communicating is asking for, and learning how to receive, feedback. So, I'd suggest the following:

  • Go to the people who gave you the advice to improve your communications skills
  • Ask them if they can point to specific areas where your communication needs work, and to provide examples
  • Listen to what they say. Take notes - just bullet points - of the important stuff. Sub-bullet the examples, if provided.
  • When they're done giving you specifics, ask them if they might have pointers on where to learn more about improving those areas.
  • Dedicate real time - an hour a week at least - towards improving those areas.
  • Practice, practice, practice, every opportunity you get.

DO NOT:

  • Get defensive
  • Retaliate
  • Brush off their advice

Good luck.

about 5 months ago
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

MAXOMENOS This sounds like a really bad idea (336 comments)

Are they trying to create an entire class of socially maladjusted kids? Because that sounds like exactly what they're doing. It's not like you can easily learn the subtleties of touch later on in life. Even a year gap can get you labeled a creep and carry nasty, debilitating consequences for decades.

about 5 months ago
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Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers

MAXOMENOS Re:Not to worry... (490 comments)

Considering that two of these delays have an ETA of 2015, almost all of the rest of the law is expected to come online in 2014, and the next President isn't sworn in until January 2017, I'd say that's some tall wishing.

about 9 months ago
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Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers

MAXOMENOS A year? (490 comments)

I'm hoping that this is because there's too many other things in the pipeline that are more critical to get done first, and not because, say, the system is so badly written that this one relatively minor looking task will take a year.....

If it's the latter, then I'm in the wrong business.

about 9 months ago
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Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

MAXOMENOS Re:Idiots (432 comments)

Do you have hard data to back up that distribution?

about 9 months ago

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Yahoo! Mail Compromised - Users Urged to Change Passwords Immediately

MAXOMENOS MAXOMENOS writes  |  about 2 months ago

MAXOMENOS (9802) writes "Today Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page that Yahoo! Mail was hacked, and advised their users to change their passwords immediately. Quoting:

Based on our current findings, the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise. We have no evidence that they were obtained directly from Yahoo’s systems. Our ongoing investigation shows that malicious computer software used the list of usernames and passwords to access Yahoo Mail accounts. The information sought in the attack seems to be names and email addresses from the affected accounts’ most recent sent emails.

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