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

MindStalker Re:PCs aint expensive (451 comments)

Donate the hardware or sell it, sure. But wasting thousands of man hours in order to "save the environment" is wasteful ecologically in the long run because is leads to greater energy, paper, and food waste in the long run.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

MindStalker Re:PCs aint expensive (451 comments)

Agreed, they should keep whatever MSWord licenses they are currently running. There is almost no need to upgrade Office unless you need more than the maximum Excel row count.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

MindStalker Re:PCs aint expensive (451 comments)

Honestly, this is the solution. Unless you and your coworkers are working for free, the man hours you will waste on transitioning and people having issues with the new machines, be it not knowing the file system or the differences between MS Word and LibreOffice. You should run the numbers and find out.
The machines you need, over their projected lives of 4 years cost $X per employee per day. That $X is likely less than 30 minutes. Is it likely that the new systems will cost you more than the same amount of man-hours in conversion and support?

about two weeks ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

MindStalker Re:clunky software? (143 comments)

Yeah, but they will work perfectly fine for board game pieces, art pieces, simple kid toys, cups, plates.. Yeah, that's about it :)
But the technology is advancing, give it a few years and you'll be able to create most home tools, Legos, and other everyday objects.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

MindStalker Re:Moo (469 comments)

Another big issue is that these were 12 top of the line violins. Its pretty impressive honestly to say that violins that hundreds of years old can sound identical to 12 top of the line modern violins. No other 300 year old instrument is likely to sound as good as a modern top of the line version.

about two weeks ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

MindStalker Re:They talk very big (62 comments)

It allows you to build and upgrade your phone a piece at a time.

I think the biggest draw for me would be "replace your screen after you drop it". Feature :)

about three weeks ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

MindStalker Re:Pie in the sky (62 comments)

Its electro permanent. Meaning it requires a power to connect and to disconnect, but no power to remain connected.

about three weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

MindStalker Re:Why separate layers? (149 comments)

Most things don't use the entire stack.
TCP/IP needs to be seperate layers because you don't want to use TCP for everything.

Everything on the internet has an IP address, so that is the universal internet layer. You can put TCP or UDP or any number of more obscure layers on top of that.

Most applications squish the sesson,presentation,application layers into one, keeping them seperate is optional, there isn't a separate encapsulation header for each just a session flag to keep track the individual connection.
Under the IP layer (network) you have the data-link and physical layer. data-link is your MAC address (this is neccesary) and physical is your wire, there isn't a protocol there generally, though there is for WIFI for example which doesn't use wires.

about three weeks ago
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MariaDB 10 Released, Now With NoSQL Support

MindStalker Re:Crash free vs crash-safe (103 comments)

No such thing as crash-free. Hardware/power/other software can cause crashes as well. Its way better to be crash-safe than crash proof. Crash proof is just waiting to be proved wrong.

about three weeks ago
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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

MindStalker Re:Ohhh... they just invented MultiMUD (75 comments)

I doubt they are doing this, but I had thought up an interesting solution to this a while back.
XP can be treated as a universal currency. All servers are assigned XP points based upon the users % spent on their server. So you have a central authentication system that knows user Z spend 40% of his time this month on server X and 60% of his time on server Y this month. Server X in total is slightly less popular and given its 1000 users and their time spent gets allotted say 4000XP, and Server Y with its more 1200 users who spend more time on it gets allotted say 8000XP.
Those servers can have their own internal economy and XP distribution systems, but when you leave the server the server has to decide how much XP to give to this leaving user. It can give it 0, but nobody will use this server, it can give that one user all 8000XP of its monthly allotment but then would piss off the rest of the userbase :) . Upon entering other servers that new server can have a conversion factor in the universal XP that user came in with to their local XP. Now I guess the real issue would be how to stop cheating servers that suck away a users entire XP and never give any back. I guess a universal rule that new servers can't take away XP, and trusted servers can't take away more than 10% of a users XP. Maybe special authentication system for when I user wants to voluntarily give away more than a certain amount to the server they are entering into. Shrugs, something should be workable.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

MindStalker Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

The answer is C, you can break 7 up into 5 and 2
So in your head you can subtract 5 from 15 quickly to get 10, then subtract another 2 to get 8.

about 1 month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

MindStalker Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

Have you looked at the budget this is referening?
http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/...
Table 6.1â"Composition of Outlays: 1940â"2019

The "Budget" consist of essentially 2 items.

National Defense: 506 B
Payments for individuals: 2221B
Net Interest rounds up the 3rd biggest item for 208B

While yes, we probably do spend too much on some of these "payment to individuals" items, essentially all services the government buys/pays for is a payment to an individual.

about a month ago
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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

MindStalker Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (597 comments)

I think the best system would be a mixed system.
1) Have a tax that pays a high percentage up to a certain amount (State colleges work this way) per credit hour or whatever.
2) Have a national scholarship program that pays for good grades. Our currently scholarship program are a patchwork system and leave out many students.
3) Strict requirements for attending college. If you can't make the grade you get kicked out. Do allow for reentry after a few years, sometimes people have to grow up and mature.

about 2 months ago
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EA's Dungeon Keeper Ratings Below a 5 Go To Email Black Hole

MindStalker Re:Makes sense (367 comments)

The game itself is providing an interface to rate the game. If you tell it you are going to rate the game a 4 it has you send an email. If you tell it you are going to rate the game a 5, it sends you to the play store, where you can then rate it however you like.

Don't use in-app rating. Go to google play store and rate the game however you want.

about 2 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

MindStalker Re:How short sighted... (306 comments)

The problem here is that our laws haven't kept pace with technology. In the height of the Cold War, you didn't want our nuclear scientist teaching the world how to build atomic bombs, and yet every student who went into physics at US university was basically taught the core technologies. The list goes on. Export of knowledge is thus highly regulated. Hopefully coursera will lead the charge in changing the laws, but we can't pretend these laws don't exist.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

MindStalker Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

I was referring to an accident. In the event of a major malfunction the manufacturer would probably be found liable (they can be found liable now if my breaks go out due to a known defect for instance), All of this is rather settled law.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

MindStalker Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

Of course in the real world the driver is almost never personally held liable. If I let my friend drive my car and he causes a crash on accident My insurance for My car will pay for the accident. I didn't cause the crash my my car which I insured crashed so ultimately my insurance pays for it and my rates go up. Who the driver is, my friend or an AI system is irrelevant.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?

MindStalker Do they know what they want? (365 comments)

It seems to me that a company asking software developers what it would take in hardware might possibly not know what they want.

Its highly possible that a small CPU and program on flash ROM solution might be all they really want. Do they really NEED it burned into the hardware?

about 3 months ago
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Ford Will Demo Solar-Charged Car At CES

MindStalker Re:Fresnel lens, concentrate about 10x the energy? (179 comments)

Didn't read the headline or article correctly did you? The car will come with a carport (open garage) that you park the car under. While parked the carport/garage will contain a lens as its roof which will concentrate the light onto a small spot on the roof.

about 4 months ago

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