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Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

OffTheLip Re:2014 is the year of the Linux Desktop! (65 comments)

Same, same for me with respect to Red Hat 2.0 in 1995. I still have my Red Hat 2.0 CD and the manual, the svelte tome it was.

about a month ago

Microsoft Releases Early IE12 Preview As Part of Its New Developer Channel

OffTheLip Re:Does anyone still use IE? (105 comments)

I use IE for work related OWA access. It's really the best app for that. For all other browsing, Firefox or Chrome.

about 3 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

OffTheLip Slashdot Beta (199 comments)

'nuff said

about 3 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

OffTheLip you've got male (315 comments)

If only there was a way to create a more equally gender balanced workforce...

about 4 months ago

OpenSSH No Longer Has To Depend On OpenSSL

OffTheLip Re:Nooooooooo (144 comments)

Queue the 'q'mail haters but djb stuff worked.

about 5 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

OffTheLip Re:1983 was not the "punched card era" (230 comments)

Depends on location and means. I took some programming classes at a NC public university in 1983 where we used punch cards for FORTRAN 77 programs which were batched and sent to the mainframe in Chapel Hiill for overnight processing. One job/run per day was normal. It paid to be a careful programmer.

about 5 months ago

Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

OffTheLip Re:Does it make me a bad person... (293 comments)

About the same time CNN decided the news "reader" was the story rather than what was being read. Just because some guy climbs under a table in his hotel room while continuing to speak in frightened, hushed tones does not a great newsman make. Now they are all personalities.

about 5 months ago

Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

OffTheLip Double A (358 comments)

I earned mostly A-B grades in CS and English because I saw value in each. I may have worked harder in some of the liberal arts courses but, as a returning student with a lot to prove, I demanded excellence.

about 5 months ago

Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

OffTheLip Felony vs terrorism deterence (798 comments)

Ordinary citizens face felony convictions for this while the feds do something similar and are combatting terromism to keep us safe.

about 5 months ago

NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

OffTheLip It's not a bug (149 comments)

it's a (NSA) feature...

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

OffTheLip Product of communite college reporting in (246 comments)

After bouncing around the tech world several decades ago I settled into the affordable/employable community college path. After looking into my options and expenses transferring to a 4yr BS in CS was the right option for me. My local, affordable, community college was the springboard. I am grateful.

about 6 months ago

Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

OffTheLip Good except for the politics (380 comments)

Rand may be right but his reasons for doing this are not us.

about 7 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

OffTheLip Re:Snow happens! (723 comments)

If you live in a region where snow and ice are an infrequent occurrence eventually a day like this will come. It's happened in other communities and while folks should be angry it will happen again. Perhaps not in Atlanta again but somewhere.

about 8 months ago

Python Scripting and Analyzing Your Way To Love

OffTheLip Translation (188 comments)

Slashdotter has vivid coding dream in Mom's basement and find love.

about 8 months ago

Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware

OffTheLip Values vs cash (107 comments)

Seems like an easy call from my chair but I am not, possibly, disenfranchised, poor, abused, indifferent, whatever. For many the return on investment (hey Wall Street) is too good to pass on. Just sayin...

about 7 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

OffTheLip 9.1 (1009 comments)

I'm waiting for 9.1. Don't want to be first in the pool.

about 8 months ago

White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Contractor

OffTheLip Re:We all know what this means..... (284 comments)

I guess the Department of the Treasury just prints the money they need, right?

about 8 months ago

The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

OffTheLip No NDA here (341 comments)

As a US citizen Mr. Gates is free to speak his mind as dictated by the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. He can also now expect to come under "friendly fire" as the political wheels churn but he knew that before writing the book. I see this is a useful debate as candidates are vetted for the coming elections. He may have his biases but as an longtime insider I'd like to hear what he has to say.

about 8 months ago



HP server killer firmware update on the loose

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  about 5 months ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "According to a Customer Advisory released by HP and reported on by the Channel Register website, , a recently released firmware update for the ubiquitous HP Proliant server line could disable the network capability of affected systems. Broadcom NICs in G2-G7 servers are identified as potentially vulnerable. The release date for the firmware was April 18 so expect the number of systems affected to go up. HP has not relreased the number of systems vulnerable to the update."

Boston bombing prosecuter the same as the Aaron Swartz case

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  about a year ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz will lead the prosecution team working on the Boston Marathon bombing case as criminal charges are brought against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Ms. Ortiz is the lead federal law enforcer in Massachusetts recently drew criticism for her heavy handed prosecution of Aaron Swartz, some say leading to his suicide. The same tough tactics approach used in the Swartz case may well be more suited to this landmark case."
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The role of the internet in the news

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  about 2 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "The web site Info Wars is reporting on a possible connection between a posting in 4chan and the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut. According to the article a post was made on 4chan at 10:18pm Wednesday. The authenticity of the post is unclear but the bigger question for Slashdot, does the on-line community have an obligation to "out" this type of posting?"
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The time for e-readers on the college campus

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "A recent storm forced me into my attic for a repair but my path was blocked by many boxes filled with college textbooks, many over 25 years old. My wife and I are in professions where it seemed possible we would use the texts for research but they have remained boxed until the fateful storm. I'm sure many others are in a similar situation. With the advances in technology I see a perfect opportunity for colleges to provide required course material electronically via an e-reader such as the Kindle or the Sony offering. The authors could still claim a fee, although much less than the cost of a book, and the college could be a leader in green thinking. While this may not be practical for all materials there are plenty of use and toss coursework imposed on today's student. What do you say Slashdot readers?"

Mystery computer virus targets the law

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "According to the article (, law enforcement agencies were struck by a "Mystery computer virus" Thursday. Systems belonging to the FBI and the U.S. Marshals were to shut down part as a precaution. An FBI spokesman claims no data was compromised by once again the question must be asked, why are these agencies connected to a public internet?"

2008 list of banned words and phrases

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "As we head into the new year Lake Superior State University (;_ylt=Ar9ZyVbXoaITQrY30nZuTfCs0NUE) has provided a list of banned words and phrases. Many are not likely to appear on Slashdot but the sentiment expressed is often a subject on Slashdot. Words like "bricked" are subverted and over used. What words would the tech community contribute to this list?"

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "Chinese meteorologists claim to be able to force rain ( ml) to fall before the 2008 Olympics begin thus insuring clean, clear air for the games. After years of work on cloud seeding the meteorologists hope their efforts can improve the probability that rain will not fall during the events.

"Technicians with the Beijing Weather Modification Office said they fired seven rocket shells containing 163 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide over the city's skies. They claimed it provoked a chemical reaction in clouds that forced four-tenths of an inch of rain."

Beijing's air pollution is among the worst in the world but can this be a good thing?"

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "AP Technology Writer Brian Bergstein discusses security advantages touted by Microsoft for their new Vista operating system . According to Symantec Corporation' Oliver Friedrichs, "Microsoft has made the core of the operating system more secure, but they've really solved, by and large, yesterday's problems". Many of the threats Vista addresses, such as worms, have already been handled within an fully patched version of Windows XP.

Will the next generation of internet centric security threats be immune to Vista protective measures?"

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "Several western European countries were in the dark after a power outage attributed to higher energy consumption due to cold weather. "We weren't very far from a European blackout," according to a senior executive with French power company RTE.
  As winter approaches and power requirements continue to grow will the current infrastructure be able to support the demands? While this outage was brief and no injuries were reported how long can a modern society pin it's hopes on such a system? It could be argued the power system worked as expected, shutting off some customers to prevent a total blackout but offers little comfort to those without."

OffTheLip OffTheLip writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OffTheLip (636691) writes "The US Department of Homeland Security is funding research into teaching computers to distinguish opinions from fact in written text. Cornell University professor Claire Cardie and associates from other universities will use machine learning algorithms to scan text examples containing fact and opinion with the goal to distinguish the difference.

From the article:
"Lots of work has been done on extracting factual information — the who, what, where, when," explained Cardie. "We're interested in seeing how we would extract information about opinions."

Besides the obvious ramifications to the veracity of Slashdot discussions is this a good thing for US security?"


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