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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

SQLGuru Re:Infrastructure? (540 comments)

You remove the ability to configure, you remove the most important part of your user base.

Most important *today*. Not most important if you want to win the desktop wars.

And I didn't say that I wanted configurability to go away. But my mom and grandma and the lady down the street and any clueless redneck that uses a computer don't want as many options. THEY aren't "computer people" and there are only a handful of people that I'll spend the time helping when problems creep up.......

41 minutes ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

SQLGuru Re:Infrastructure? (540 comments)

I think the main problem is that Linux is *TOO* configurable. "Normals" don't want hundreds of options. They want people to tell them which of a limited number of options will work for them.

Which distro should I pick? Which window manager should I pick? How do I configure my computer to be optimal for *ME*? I'm a techie and I can't tell you which distro is really the best for most people. I can tell you which ones are more stable.....but it isn't just ONE.

With Windows....and even Apple.....those choices are more or less made for you. All a "normal" needs to do is decide which apps they need to run and whether their OS supports those apps.

yesterday
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

SQLGuru Re:Reduced rights (166 comments)

They also have a harder time installing executable code.....if my browsing user can't install code, then they've only got memory to play with.

5 days ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

SQLGuru Reduced rights (166 comments)

This is one of the reasons that I don't use an admin/root level account for normal activity. If I need those privs, I'll escalate my rights for a single action. While that also won't prevent all hacks, it drastically reduces my exposure.

5 days ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

SQLGuru Re:Enquiring minds want to know (107 comments)

A stack of dollars (implied ones) that is 200 millimeters high.

5 days ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

SQLGuru Re:Chess (273 comments)

Actually, if properly (perfectly?) played, doesn't White win? So that random selection at the very beginning really determines the inevitable outcome?

about a week ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

SQLGuru Re:Not Government (452 comments)

I agree. I browse Slashdot at -1. I'm an intelligent person and recognize that trolling can take multiple forms......it could be content (comments) that are trolling, but I've also seen moderation trolling (i.e. down-modding anything pro-Apple or pro-Microsoft depending on which side you are on). But browsing at -1, I know that I will be exposed to a lot of content meant to incite. I think those people need an outlet and at least on a moderated site such as Slashdot, their drivel is generally only seen by those who are prepared for it.

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

SQLGuru Re:Never read the comments anyway (298 comments)

This is Slashdot. We read neither the article, nor the comments.

about a week ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

SQLGuru Re:Nobody kills Java (371 comments)

I thought lawyers were a profit center based on the statement regarding all of the lawsuits........

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

SQLGuru Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

No, but when the girls were added, the writers resorted to traditional tropes. I blame it on the (lack of) creativity on the part of the writers. Every show eventually hits the point where they rehash story lines (there are, after all, only seven basic stories), but they could have taken a different spin on some of those stories if the girls hadn't been introduced (or not all at once). It really felt like as soon as Leonard and Penny started getting together that BOOM, everyone needs a girlfriend. The conflict between the "dating" and the "single" could have been played up more if it had been strung along more.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

SQLGuru Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

Adding the girls took it from a show about nerds and nerd culture to a typical sitcom with the same tropes you would find in Family Matters or Two and a Half Men. It's nerd-flavored, but it's just a typical sitcom......which is what I really meant by jumping the shark.

about two weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

SQLGuru Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

Even early on, I recognized a very real effort to make the science real (and there have been articles stating as much). For this, I can tolerate the sharks they have jumped (such as introducing the girls and allowing Raj to speak to girls and what not). It became less nerdy and turned mainstream once it became popular -- it's very much a more traditional sitcom these days......but it's one of the more scientifically accurate shows on TV these days. Especially over the more "scientific" dramas that we love to lambaste (the CSI franchise and the like).

about two weeks ago
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NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload

SQLGuru Re:How about wheels that work? (109 comments)

To me, the MOXIE experiment is the most interesting. It would lead to future colonization since all of their oxygen wouldn't need to be brought with the space-goers.

about three weeks ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

SQLGuru Re:Just get a case (544 comments)

I want a physical keyboard. People assume that if you have a physical keyboard you can't use a virtual keyboard, but you can.....at least every phone I had with a physical keyboard could do both. For typing short things, I would just use the on-screen keyboard. When I wanted to type a longer message or an e-mail, I'd slide out the keyboard and type away.

My wife likes a keyboard so much, she kept using her HTC Arrive (Windows Phone 7.5) up until a couple of months ago when she broke it. Had to replace it with a virtual keyboard phone and she dislikes it (only caveat is that I got her a bigger screen so it's easier to type on the screen).

about three weeks ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

SQLGuru Re:Cost (550 comments)

I get mine from Zenni Optical for a lot less than that.

But yes. Glasses only bother me when I'm sweaty (but I avoid that as much as I can). I like wearing glasses and like the way I look in glasses. I could go with non-corrective lenses for the look, but I think at less than $100 every few years, the ROI isn't really there.

about a month ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

SQLGuru Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

I've long said that the computing field is one where you can make decent money without a degree. I think a lot of that is due to how people in my generation started out tinkering in computers as a hobby and that mindset has still continued. Computer people value ability over certifications and degrees.

That being said, those pieces of paper open more doors (especially at larger corporations) than not having them. But it is quite possible to be gainfully employed at above median income levels without ever having taken any formal training in computer.

* I use the generic term "computers" to mean both the programming as well as the technology side. Whether that is coding in Java or Javascript or C++ or C# for programming, you can find someone that will hire you. For the technology side, it can range from desktop support to server admin or DBA. If you know what you're doing, other computer people will recognize that and respect you for it.

about a month ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

SQLGuru Re:Code the way you want... (372 comments)

1) You assume I'm independent instead of working for a consulting firm.
2) You assume that I have no knowledge of project management even though my previous gig was as an employee of a company that followed project management processes.
2a) You also assume that the employed project management processes are optimal. Usually they are not because the money people hamstring any attempt at doing any sort of true agile process.
3) You assume that meetings are the only way to convey requirements instead of working closely with the subject matter experts in a more collaborative manner.

about a month ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

SQLGuru Re:Eh? (137 comments)

Yeah, even reading the PDF (http://www.bromium.com/sites/default/files/bromium-h1-2014-threat_report.pdf/) didn't show any sort of "AAAAAHHHHH!!!! The world is ending!" type of numbers. They show IE decreasing the patch time since 2007. There are charts showing that Zero days are decreasing. The Appendix shows 3 more entries in the National Vulnerability Database. Reporting statistics in percentages without referring to what the percentage is based on is just clickbait.

All software has holes. Larger use base makes for a bigger target. Blah blah blah. These stories aren't going to chance what people use because the common person isn't reading them.

about a month ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

SQLGuru Re:Code the way you want... (372 comments)

I finally got to code when I switched from being an employee to being a consultant. My bill rate is high enough that they would rather me work than to get bogged down in meetings. Not saying it will work for everyone, but it worked for me. I've done more REAL work in the past two or three years than I did in the previous 10.

about a month ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

SQLGuru Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

It looks like the Level 3 post has been pulled. It goes to their 404 page which has a link to recent posts which lists the very post linked in the article.....and the recent post link ALSO takes you to a 404.

about a month ago

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One step closer to Jurassic Park

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/nation/11/20/1120mammoth.html Scientists are exploring techniques to salvage DNA from Woolly Mammoths and bring the species back to life (as well as possibly other extinct species). With current samples, they think they can get 80% of the way from an elephant to a mammoth. The article also talks about doing the same with Neanderthal and the religious implications (and circumventing it by using a Chimpanzee as the host instead of a human)."
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A case for evolution

SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SQLGuru writes "A scientist at Michigan State has some significant findings that make a really strong case for evolution. He's been growing E. coli bacteria for over 20 years to observe how they have changed over time. One group has developed the ability to metabolize a nutrient that E. coli normally does not process. He's found where the mutation happened and is now researching what the change was that led to this capability.

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn14094-bacteria-make-major-evolutionary-shift-in-the-lab.html?feedId=online-news_rss20"
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=printArticleBasic&articleId=291633

Digg Inc., which operates a news aggregation Web site that lets users determine the placement of stories through voting, last week found itself at the center of what some analysts and academics are calling a test case on who has control over user-generated content on social networking sites. What happened on Digg.com was described even more trenchantly as "an Internet riot" by many bloggers and online posters. And the outcome was clear: The rioters won.
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.thestreet.com/pf/funds/toponepercent/10 336694.html This article shows reasons why a company may do well with spending money on R&D and why others may be better off not spending on R&D. I know that there was an earlier Slashdot discussion on the benefits of R&D (couldn't find the link). This article refers to a study that looked at how much of that R&D money translated to money on the bottom line."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070124/sc_nm/germs_sp onges_dc_3

People who read the article the other day that talked about how 2 minutes in the microwave would kill 99% of the bacteria on the sponge were complaining that they tried it and it ruined their microwave. Apparently, reading the whole article should have clued them in that the sponge needed to be wet. It isn't just Slashdot where people don't RTFA."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "As a follow-up to the discussion from YRO: Face Recognition: Real or Science Fiction (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/25/1 353221), I came across this article that seems related. http://www.livescience.com/scienceoffiction/061009 _technovelgy.html
Polar Rose is a new search engine now being tested that will allow you to find anyone in any photo on any site. Type in the name of a person you know, and find pictures of that person all over the web, on sites like MySpace or blog pages using face-recognition technology.
Or just skip the article and go to the web site: http://www.polarrose.com/ (not much to see on the web site yet)."
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SQLGuru SQLGuru writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SQLGuru (980662) writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/19/ati_gpgpu/
Even before its merger with AMD closes, ATI plans to charge the server market with a new type of graphics product that could shake up the high performance computing scene. Advocates of ATI's technology say it could create a lucrative new revenue stream for the company and add some weight to the ATI/AMD marriage. ATI has invited reporters to a Sept. 29 event in San Francisco at which it will reveal "a new class of processing known as Stream Computing." The company has refused to divulge much more about the event other than the vague "stream computing" reference. The Register, however, has learned that a product called FireStream will likely be the star of the show.
While the ideas aren't new, direct support by the hardware companies is pretty cool."

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