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I expect to retire ...

SQLGuru Re:Software developer (323 comments)

If you only want to code for 25 hours a week, just join a large company. You'll be in meetings for 25 hours a week and have to work 50 hour weeks to get all of your work done....... :)

about a week ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

SQLGuru Re:LibreOffice (285 comments)

This is my biggest gripe with open source. You *SHOULD* be concerned whether the format changes or not. All of these different versions of similar products fracture the landscape which hampers the adoption. Just like there are too many Linux distros for Linux to ever win, too many Office products will keep adoption numbers lower than they could be.

about a week ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

SQLGuru Re:What now? 1 billion! (285 comments)

While I don't condone it, people in the Finance/Accounting departments have made complete applications in Excel. Then, they throw it over the wall to I/T and say "turn this into a web app for us -- it should take, what, two or three days?"

But again, I've seen plenty of complex spreadsheets that use way more functionality than I as a developer would ever use.

about a week ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

SQLGuru Re:What now? 1 billion! (285 comments)

And MS Access will upsize decently enough to SQL Server when you Access database outgrows the limits of Access (and I don't really mean the file size limits).

about a week ago
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I expect to retire ...

SQLGuru Re:Software developer (323 comments)

I already code as both a job and a hobby. I'm in the same boat -- when I retire, I'll still code. The difference will be what I work on.....and if I need cash, I can always pick up short-term gigs.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

SQLGuru Re:Holy shit (466 comments)

I expect to be a millionaire at some point in my life....but 1) I expect it to be because I've saved over the years and 2) by the time I have $1M or more, it won't be the same as having $1M today. I don't necessarily expect it to be my salary or that I've sold "the next big thing" to Facebook.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

SQLGuru Re:Why is Raymond's claim theoretically sound? (582 comments)

And a million monkeys will eventually type out the complete works of Shakespeare

Open source is no more (or less) perfect that closed source at a fundamental level. Bugs are introduced in both. The difference is that once found, open source has more eyes looking to try to fix it.

about a week ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

SQLGuru Re:Yes... (126 comments)

The notes at the bottom said to use [URL: blah blah blah] to auto link a URL (angle brackets instead of square brackets). That's what I tried. I know standard HTML.....I just didn't try it.

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

SQLGuru Re:Yes... (126 comments)

Sorry. I suck at Slashdot's markup.

Text version of the link (or autoformatted, whichever) http://picturedefense.blogspot...

about two weeks ago
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Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

SQLGuru Re:Yes... (126 comments)

Here's another site that can help. They have templates for emails/letters and guidelines on how to approach the situation when you find your stuff in use elsewhere. ahref=http://picturedefense.blogspot.com/rel=url2html-27041http://picturedefense.blogspot...>

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

SQLGuru Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

So....no preventative care, just reactionary care......even someone that seems fairly healthy can have untreated issues that early treatment can cure.

about two weeks ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

SQLGuru Re:This is Fantastic! (99 comments)

Looks more like the Y U No guy (facing left, with his mouth open).

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

SQLGuru Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

The difference between "some of them will die" and "all of them will die" is drastic. The first implies that some of them have a reasonable chance of survival. The government provides the training and supplies such that potentially all of them could survive with a reasonable expectation is that some of them will survive. I'd be ok with a voluntary mission with similar chances. I would not be ok with a mission where the expectation is that noone would survive.

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

SQLGuru Re:Space travel (357 comments)

I thought everyone got 80 virgins......

about a month ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

SQLGuru Re:Asleep at the wheel. (150 comments)

The 7-11 I used to frequent had a ethernet jack near the soda dispensers......this jack was where the nearby ATM was plugged in. It would have been quite easy for me to insert any sort of device between the ATM and the jack. There was enough space between the jack and the ATM and there was also a valid reason for me to be in the area that it wouldn't look like I was doing anything with it. While it wasn't an official bank ATM (unaffiliated), I still could have been malicious had I wanted to. [I also never had a reason to use that ATM and am always wary of using an ATM that isn't physically at a bank...not that those are drastically safer.]

about a month ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

SQLGuru Re:Headline misleading (126 comments)

I offer as a solution not covered by the patent the following. This solution is released free of charge to any and all podcasters / podcasting software / podcast playback devices:

Create a REST based url which requires a random number to be passed as the final argument. Without this random (non-predetermined) argument, the compilation file (aka RSS or ATOM feed) will not be returned.

From the patent statement linked in the summary: The compilation file was stored at a predetermined URL known to the Personal Audio player and was updated as new episodes became available

about a month ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

SQLGuru Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

I didn't read the article, but the summary says MORE THAN 30K. Maybe they matched them 1:1 which lead to the extra valuation.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

SQLGuru Re:Practical application is the only way (306 comments)

I've always mentored people because I don't want to be a star among numpties; it is harder to judge my true worth. I want to be the best player on the all-star team. The only way to do that is to make sure everyone around me is as good as they can be......and to stay ahead of them.

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 5 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 6 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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