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

Sir_Eptishous Re:PCs aint expensive (448 comments)

the man hours you will waste on transitioning and people having issues with the new machines

Yeap, because with Win8, no difficulties to transitioning from XP, right?

Classic Shell to the rescue!

5 days ago

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

Sir_Eptishous Re:Looking like Windows (448 comments)

"How do I get out of whatever tonka-toys demo software this is and back to the OS? I want to check the specs."

Windows Key - X

5 days ago

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

Sir_Eptishous Power management on Ubuntu (448 comments)

So a while back I tried several different Linux desktops. Probably around 6 or 7. I used each one for about a week or two. They all had their Pros and Cons, but I went back to Ubuntu. I went back(it was the first one I tried...) for the stability, ease of use and software available.

And yes, I know all about the concerns with Amazon and how RMS feels about Ubuntu(which for the most part I agree with).
However I would reccommend it.

About a week ago it started automatically going into sleep mode after ten minutes.
As of this writing I haven't figured out how to correct this.
It never did this before and it appears to ignore whatever Power Management settings I give it.
Yes I have Googled this and have tried many things suggested but nothing has worked so far...
If anyone has experienced this and knows the fix I would appreciate advice...

5 days ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Sir_Eptishous Re:Hypermiling (364 comments)

So where do you draw the line?
Is driving the speed limit, lets say 30 mph in a residential neighborhood, too slow and a "capp-able" offense?
Ten mph over the limit?

about two weeks ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Sir_Eptishous Re:Its called paying attention (364 comments)

This "technique" you describe is something most drivers of standard transmission have used and known about for over a century...

IMHO, it was automatic transmission, and it's "asleep at the wheel" style of driving that is encouraged where nary a thought travels the synapses as one languidly applies pressure to either the brake or gas pedals. People driving automatics are the ones speeding up to lights and stop signs, only to then have to slam on their brakes and repeat the cycle to the next light/stop sign.

Stick drivers are more thoughtful regarding how they drive.

about two weeks ago

Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

Sir_Eptishous Cable and Satellite are way too expensive (323 comments)

I used to have Direct TV. For years... It was great.

But the monthly bills were too high, and I also had NF. I wondered why I had both and did some hard thinking about it.
I got rid of the satellite and kept NF.

I was totally satisfied with the DVD only plan for a while.
Then streaming came out and I tried that...
It worked great for about the first two years.
Now it is spotty and annoying.
Both NF and my ISP point the finger at the other one.

Right now I'm probably ok with NF not having the latest CRAP you can get from RedBox...
I always have to laugh at people who complain about what NF doesn't have...
I ask what films they want to watch and have to hide my derision.

NF actually has a large amount of incredible foreign and indie films, docs, all kinds of cool shit.
I never have a problem finding something to watch.
The problem is with the streaming itself.

What it doesn't have is the latest garbage peddled by the big studios, that for some reason most people want to watch.

The Hobbit?
Give me a break.

about three weeks ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

Sir_Eptishous Streaming is more inconvenient (490 comments)

Inconvenient you say? Not for me...

I've been a NF user since they started(2004?) and have had a streaming plan with them since that was possible.
I can say unequivocally that their streaming performance has gone downhill to the point I'm considering cancelling and going back to the 3 DVD at a time plan.
I've called(yes you can do that...) NF several times to complain. I get the same excuses everytime, which boils down to "It's not our fault".
I've contacted my ISP who shows that I've got the latest/greatest DSL modem, etc and that speedtest and streaming others like Youtube all check out fine.

There is a problem with NF streaming.

Should I assume this has something to do with the recent ruling about Net Neutrality?
In my case the problem started about six months ago and has gotten worse in the last two, so it was before that.

So when I watch a DVD I don't have all the bullshit to put up with that I do with streaming. To me NF streaming is akin to the early days of telephone or telegraph.

And yes, I do TOTALLY blame the ISP, but I really have no way to prove it.

My other choice of ISP?

about three weeks ago

WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

Sir_Eptishous Re:People like you increase pollution (97 comments)

But AGW Warmist Fanatics such as yourself don't want to reduce the air pollution that causes health issues (Carbon MONOXOIDE, Sulfur dioxide, CFC, various particulates, etc) - they want to reduce CO2.

So you force efforts and money away from REAL pollution reduction to waste on reduction of a pretty much harmless gas that the entire biosphere of Earth has spent millions of years evolving to process in mass quantities.

This is in fact really my only beef with AGW religious fanatics such as myself, otherwise I wouldn't care how much you lie or mislead to make your case. But you are harming the environment directly, which is why I work to stop your dark and twisted philosophy from taking root where possible.

Wow, where do I begin replying to this...
1. When did I say I "don't want to reduce the air pollution that causes health issues"?
2. When did I "lie or mislead" to "make my case"?
3. Explain how I am "harming the environment directly", anymore than you are...?

And now to the piece de resistance(this is too good for words):

which is why I work to stop your dark and twisted philosophy from taking root where possible.

Do you know how nutty that sounds?
"Dark and twisted" philosophy? You need to crawl back into under your rock...

Damn Kendall, you gave me the best laugh I've had in a while!
Good luck on the comic book writing, and don't quit your day job!

about three weeks ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Sir_Eptishous The Threshold... (870 comments)

There will come a time when the profits made by the corporations will start to be affected by the unemployment created by automation and robotics. It's inevitable.

How will the corporations and governments deal with mass unemployment?
That is as important a question as any of the other major crises that are headed our way.

Will we end up "living" in the "Foam Cubes", guarded and monitored by a Robot Police Force?
Will we end up like the people in "Surrogates"?

It is fascinating that no one wants to really take a hard long look at what is coming, isn't it?

Yes, we could live the utopian dream Marshall Brain presents in "Manna", but how likely is that to occur?
It is obvious with the manipulation that the 1% is marshaling, they are not going to let that happen under any circumstances...

about three weeks ago

WHO: Air Pollution 'Killed 7 Million People' In 2012

Sir_Eptishous AGW Douchebags (97 comments)

This right here is something that anyone who lives in a highly polluted urban area knows instinctively. You don't need studies and scientists to point out that pollution(air) is not healthy, and that exposure to it over time(years) is bad and probably contributes to Asthma and Emphysema(would appear obvious) and also things like Lung Cancer and Heart Disease... Common sense would dictate this observation.

This Common Sense observation, that air pollution is bad, is my main, MAIN point of animosity towards all the "there is no human caused global warming due to pollution or putting carbon into the atmosphere" douchebags.

Who gives a flying f*&k if the billions of tons of air pollution each year are causing climate change? Really! Why worry and argue about that when we know beyond any sort of Koch brothers funded propaganda that air pollution, the same air pollution putting billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, is also killing the oceans via acidification, browning the forest and(drum roll please...) killing humans.

We should be doing everything in our power to reduce the amount of air pollution we put into the air, if not for what it is doing to the climate, at least for what it is doing to our health.

about three weeks ago

IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

Sir_Eptishous Thank God! (703 comments)

It always amazes me these idiots who make bold and sweepingly broad statements about California: "It's a desert! It's always been a desert!" Well, people, WTFU, because California actually has quite a few different climatic zones, and declaring the Central Valley a desert is nonsense.

Thanks for pointing this out!

about three weeks ago

Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

Sir_Eptishous Re:sure, no problem (245 comments)

watch a divx movie on the screen of an ABB Gas Chromatograph.

You mean they watched a movie using the computer connected to the GC...

If you have your acquisition pc network vlan'd AND have that vlan blocked from going to the internet via firewall rules and/or proxy and/or GPO, then they can't be streaming movies.

If the pc in question auto logs on, and the logon account isn't administrator(and this isn't XP), and the usb ports are turned off in BIOS, then they couldn't install DIVX viewer or other such software for watching movies.

But yes, people are ingenious in finding ways to get around rules designed to stop them from having fun.

about a month ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Sir_Eptishous Re:Maybe... stop growing food in a desert? (545 comments)

Not true.
What do you think Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas were before HP, et al took up shop?
Farms, orchards and ranches. And this was before the 1950's.
From Salinas, Watsonville, over the hill to Los Gatos, all of the Santa Clara valley, up the peninsula, across the bay, up in the north bay...
Tons of food was grown and rasied around the bay area before it turned into a hipster billionaires playground. Hell, there may still be some orchards hiding in Los Altos...

I think you are talking about southern California, which is a desert.

The Mediterranean Climate areas of the state, and especially the bay area and areas north were extremely fruitful and supported the largest numbers of native Americans on the continent before Europeans arrived.

about a month ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Sir_Eptishous Re:Stupid "Activist" Junk Science (545 comments)

and turn California's most fertile farming area turn into a desert in order to "save" some freaking minnows that actually need MORE water, not less.

TFA speaks about alfalfa growers in the Imperial Valley of California, which was and is a desert.
From Wikipedia: "Bordered by sand dunes and barren mountains, it was uninhabited until 1901, when the Imperial Canal was opened and diverted Colorado River water into the valley through Mexico."

With the water restrictions that are coming due to changes in the Colorado River Compact(which is where Imperial Valley gets its water, not from any source in California proper...) the Imperial Valley alfalfa farmers are going to be hard pressed. Their cheap water is coming to an end and they know it...

There are water issues in the norther third of the state regarding the Delta and fish on the Trinity and Klamath rivers. However that is hundreds of miles away in northern California. Maybe those are the minnows you are mentioning. You need to remember though that there is a fishing industry that makes money from the Salmon up there, and they are being hurt by the water being diverted in northern California and southern Oregon for the same type of alfalfa growing...

It's usually better to research what you post before you post it. It saves you from looking like a tool.
Perhaps you should stick to letting Big Money steal elections in Michigan...

about a month ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Sir_Eptishous Re:"Exporting" water? (545 comments)

because that whole area is just one big parking lot.


about a month ago


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