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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Nethead Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (431 comments)

But then there are the stars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Kassahun Tsegie was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. His mother died in a tuberculosis epidemic when he was three years old. He and his elder sister, were subsequently adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson, a homemaker.

4 days ago
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CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

Nethead Re:Bugs? (116 comments)

Hell, give me that on a ball of rice with some wasabi, let me dip it in soy, I'll eat it. Google knows that I've eaten worse and stranger, and paid good money for it.

about a week ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Nethead Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

The opposite of "Heads down, bums up."

about two weeks ago
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If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

Nethead Re:And, there could be a notice: (353 comments)

But Washington State has laws on who can sell weed and what the tax is.

about three weeks ago
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Could Earth's Infrared Emissions Be a New Renewable Energy Source?

Nethead Re:Better way (78 comments)

Then we could put steam vents at 90 degree angles and spin the earth faster. The increased spin could then be used to generate power off of the magnetic field of the Van Allen belt.

Profit!

about a month ago
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Could Earth's Infrared Emissions Be a New Renewable Energy Source?

Nethead Re:Dyson Sphere? (78 comments)

Yes, we become a world of programmers and gamers. The whole is is our mothers' basement.

about a month ago
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Could Earth's Infrared Emissions Be a New Renewable Energy Source?

Nethead Re:Dyson Sphere? (78 comments)

For this to work we'd may need to have a "hindmost" central world that was almost all arcologies. Nothing we need to worry about soon. I mean, I've been to Montana.

about a month ago
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Could Earth's Infrared Emissions Be a New Renewable Energy Source?

Nethead Dyson Sphere? (78 comments)

A mini Dyson Sphere around the earth?

about a month ago
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College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

Nethead Re:A toy for the 1%ers (100 comments)

I think you stretch it with innate talent. Far more important are connections.

Yeah, but when you get both working together, that's when the world changes.

about a month ago
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Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

Nethead No worries for me. (178 comments)

Considering that my 1998 Volvo V70 wagon (versatile) should last me another 20 years, and I'll be 73 then, this will come in handy when I'm ready to buy again. And if that dies, I still have my 2001 S60 to putz around in.

about a month ago
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Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

Nethead Re:Owned by Ford, an American company (178 comments)

Neeerrrrrt! That is incorrect. The correct answer is, "Who is Greely of China."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

Ford sold the Volvo Car Corporation in 2010 to Geely Automobile of China for $1.8 billion, following on from their sale of Jaguar Land Rover in 2008 and Aston Martin in 2007.

about a month ago
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Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

Nethead Re:Because no analog system has (245 comments)

What does the "D" in ISDN stand for? "does."

As in It Still Does Nothing.

Old telecom joke.

about 1 month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Nethead Re: Combined with the ringing phones ? (382 comments)

On original POTS circuits the ring tone was actually the 25Hz signal sent to the phone with the phone's bell coils supplying some of the ringback harmonics along with a ring generator. With a good ear you could estimate how many phone sets were ringing. The audio path was already set-up while the phone rang. If the called party was too near an AM broadcast transmitter you might even hers some of the program between rings. The off-hook condition on the called party just disconnected the ring generator at the CO and started any billing equipment.

Of course this all ended with the last of the Stroger and crossbar offices.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Nethead Re:Apply to jobs (451 comments)

I use to be a Sr. Network Engineer in 2000 for Amazon. I could only drink the Kool-Aid for about a year. Then went on to work with smaller companies and burned out on that. Worked almost 2 years installing DirecTV, I was 2 stone lighter on that job. Then ran around as a service tech fixing strip mall stores and big box stores... go tired of all the driving.

Now, at 53, I'm working for a medium size aerospace firm and learning MS. We got bought out by the French and will be switching to Zodiac and having to renumber the whole shop. I'm getting paid half of what I got at Amazon, but much better healthcare. I have a very short commute and love the people that I work with. My job title is SysAdmin, but really it's network engineering, facilities, plumbing, help desk, electrician, cable monkey, and AV club. I love the verity and am very happy.

Look for a smaller place where all the little things you've learned over the years come in handy.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

Nethead Re:Yes.. (130 comments)

'twas a joke.

I've seen mine go from 5 to 15 and back and forth. Never seen a 10 though.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

Nethead Re:Yes.. (130 comments)

5 digit UIDs are far beyond caring about mod points.

4 digit UIDs have unlimited mod points anyway.

3 digit UIDs can take mod points away from users.

2 digit UIDs.. well, there's only one still posting and he bought his so he gets jack shit.

about a month and a half ago
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Damming News From Washington State

Nethead Re:Lower the river, obviously (168 comments)

But Rocky Reach has a cool electrical museum. Anyway I always thought that Wanapum was closer to Matawa than Vantage.

about a month and a half ago

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Once you have a SWAT team the only thing to do is kick some ass.

Nethead Nethead writes  |  about 9 months ago

Nethead (1563) writes "On Salon.com Alex Halperin talks with Radley Balko, the author of Rise of the Warrior Cop. They discuss [TFA] the rise of police SWAT teams, even in small towns. Balko show the political mechanisms behind why it is almost impossible to stem the tide of militarized police forces and the effects it is having on our communities. Though US centric, I'm sure that these same mechanisms play out worldwide."
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Missing keyboard symbols

Nethead Nethead writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nethead writes "Why don't we have a cents and degree keys on our modern keyboard? I know that on a typewriter one could hit lower case c, backspace and then hit / to make the cent symbol, and one would often move the platen back a half notch to make the degree symbol with a lower case o. But to be honest, if it wasn't for getting back to my home directory I would hardly ever use the ~ symbol. That keyspace (literally, key space) could have been used for the degree symbol. With 100+ key keyboards, that have many redundant keys (think number pad) and symbols that are seldom used, or only used in programming because they were on the keyboard anyway, what symbols would you replace?"
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T-Mobile WiFi (UMA) Calling Down Nationwide

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nethead writes "As noted by myself and TmoNews T-Mobile UMA service is down nationwide at this time. Calling T-Mobile support found that due to an "enhancement" that went awry service could be down for the weekend."
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A Vigorous Discussion of "Our Future In Space"

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nethead writes "At TAM 2011 presented by The James Randi Foundation (JREF) a panel with Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and moderated by Phil Plait, discussed our future in space in an environment where they could freely express their opinions. This is an hour video (so lay off first-posts until you've watched it) with humor, depth and frank realism. Where do we spend our dwindling monetary science funding, manned or robotic exploration?"
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How do you educate a prodigy?

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nethead writes "When he was 8 years old, Gabriel See got a score on the math part of the SAT that would be the envy of most high-school seniors. When he was 10, he worked on T-cell receptor research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He's built a Genomic Lab Liquid Handling System out of Legos. He's studied chaos theory, string theory, quantum mechanics and nuclear science. He's 13 now. How do you fit him into the American school system?"
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X10.com President charged in fatal DUI

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nethead writes "Alex Peder, the president and director of X10.com, know for their pop-up ad reign of terror, will make his first court appearance Friday in connection with a crash that killed two teenagers. Investigators said the Honda Civic that the teens were in was rear-ended by a Ford Explorer. The Civic had become disabled and had its emergency hazards flashing. Police arrested the driver, Alex Peder who they say hit the teen's car. Troopers say they could smell intoxicants on the suspect. Peder has a history of DUI arrests."
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LInux games for non-gamers

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nethead writes "Due to some down-time I'm looking for some Linux games to pass the time. I've been playing BattleMaster, a PHP web game but it's only two turns a day and I'd like something a bit faster. I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do the slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do. What's out there for Linux?"
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Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nethead writes "The Everett (Washington State) Hearld reports that tribes could gain trademark control over all future use of native plants. Tulalip Tribes claim that the Treaty of Point Elliott guarantees their world patent rights on native trees, flowers, shrubs and even weeds — the DNA of every plant that naturally grows on tribal land. The tribes already have put the case before the United Nations.

If the tribes have their way the future could hold virtual borders through which the plants — and their genetic codes — could not pass without tribal permission. "We not only have a property right to the plant, but also an intellectual property right to the use of the plant," said Terry Williams, a Tulalip tribal leader on environmental issues. "Any breakdown of that plant to look at what generates medicinal purposes of that plant in the genes, that's our right as well.""

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Zonk days

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Why do I only get mod points on Zonk days?


ThisOldHost:/home/joe>whois modpoints.org

NOT FOUND

I guess that I'll just go mod up some garcia posts ;)

27 Dec 2005: 7 Zonk posts today and I get mod points.

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Just so I don't have an empty journal entry

Nethead Nethead writes  |  more than 8 years ago

If you want to see the sites I visit often access nethead.org on TCP port 80. If you're a ham then I'm at w7com de CN87tt. My old nic handle is JH484. I use bluerazor.com now (commercial version of GoDaddy.)

I had once had my domain stolen via fax and it was wrote up in Wired.http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,33571,00.html?tw=wn_story_related

I've used the 'net since before the WWW stuff came along (dial-up at 14.4 (on a good day) with a login to a SunOS box (and trying to figure out what the new fangled SLIP stuff was.))

In '96 when I was working at an ISP (wolfe.net) I found out about this new site called slashdot. I was a Suse Linux user then (had suse.org reg'd as a domain even) and called Rob Malda and offered a box for images (we had a hunkin' Sprint T3, massive bandwidth back then.) He wondered how I got his phone number.. whois dude :) Anyway, images.slashdot.org was a Pent 133 with Suse and a 10baseT connection to a cisco 7507 (they spelled it with a small c back then.) I offered the same to freshmeat but he wanted me to load it with slackware and I didn't have the time.

I had a phone appointment Kevin Mitnik to tell him my story but I decided not to. I didn't need it published. Basic gist: C64, Sprint, $30M in phone calls, Secret Service, Ivan Boesky, "free long distance for $100/month", 1987.

As far as internet stuff I've worked at Wolfe.net, FlyingCroc.net (sextracker.com), Amazon.com, ACSAlaska.com, and now at a windermere.com. All these jobs have been as a network engineer. Before the intraweb I was a broadcast engineer in Washington State.

You can find a picture of me here: http://www.monorails.org/tMspages/HallofFame.html

I host the monorails.org site and it's lived through a few slashdottings (the back yard monorail article.)

If, for some perverted reason, you want to know more about me or contact me, send an electronic mail to: spudpecker@perverted.com, or joe@nethead.com,.org,.us,.org.uk,.whatever. (Charlie Fox in .au has nethead.net. Gimmie Charlie! Please?)

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