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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

SpaceCracker 9 was Steve Ballmer's brainchild (399 comments)

Ballmer's innovations ran MS to the ground.
Satya Nadella wants to leave a mark with his own ideas.

about three weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

SpaceCracker Re: Email? Ha. I remember em saying fax is dead (235 comments)

Those are great examples. They don't really need a computer for their work, maybe except for accounting.
For taking orders or placing orders with suppliers fax makes more sense, provided the supplier is small enough.
Heck, snail-mail is still around, ain't it?

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

SpaceCracker Re: No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Why stop at 2 or 3 months? Kids should be allowed to BE KIDS all year round. It's the education system (mistakenly known as 'school') that should use 'being a child' as a major guideline rather than some idiotic grown-up ideal.
Kids' natural curiosity, creativity and playfulness should lead them in exploring the subjects they are interested in. Teachers should facilitate access to resources and encourage them to overcome difficulties.
In such a school, attendance should be year-round. Family vacations should be allowed at any time up to N days per year.

about 2 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

SpaceCracker Re:How should this poll converge? (267 comments)

Here is a consideration that might skew the poll:
I guess that a color blind reader would have a greater tendency to take part in the poll than a reader with "normal" eye sight.
Therefore as a percentage of each of the two populations, among color-blind readers there would be a higher percentage of voter as compared to the others.
I speculate that there might be more people who voted CB than their actual percentage in the entire population or even just the male population.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

SpaceCracker This doesn't make sense (209 comments)

sooo, let's see if I got this right:
- you "spent millions of dollars investing in an ERP system"*,
- then you "discovered" that the system only does input/output
- so for managing the data you use "systems of spreadsheets and access databases wrought with macros to turn them into functional applications"***
- on top of that you have empty data centers you can't really find any good use for****
- and you just learned some new buzz words related to cloud technologies but heard someone say cloud is counter productive+
- now your "CIO wants to dump everything" (as in throw the garbage) into the ERP but the accountants don't want to pay up
- so you're asking for our advice +++

If I were you I'd tell the CIO I'm "on it" then go play golf or make myself seem busy. From time to time report that there was progress but you need more time and maybe an assistant. Prepare a nice looking excel for days when he actually wants to see what you've been up to. If he wants you to explain this to management, prepare a nice PowerPoint with colorful graphs and a few acronyms and buzzwords (use the cloud words you learned).
Since I'm not you, I offer you my services as a contractor for a modest fee. I'm sure I can come up with a figure that your accountants will be willing to cough up and will enable me to retire comfortably. I have enough experience to make your boss believe he's getting his money's worth and can make nice presentations to upper management.

* you mean wasted millions, not spent or invested**
** "spent" or "invested" would be words used by Larry Ellison or your incompetent third-party implementer
*** gasp. someone please help! This is like taping a cardboard on your overpriced Bentley to block out the sun and then using a piece of string to tie a shopping cart to it when you go to Walmart's.
**** how about selling them or putting the place up for rent...
+ what (wtf) does cloud have to do with your ERP woes? Besides, why talk about cloud if your DC is idle? The whole irony here is that ERP is counter productive. ++
++ I had too many stars to signify footnotes so I decided on using pluses instead.
+++ I know you asked for our experience, but you're really looking for a way of making everyone happy.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

SpaceCracker Re:ERP system from *Oracle* (209 comments)

"Suits"/PHBs (see one of the comments above) have a often-quoted phrase for these situations: "No one ever got fired for choosing Oracle (or IBM, etc.)"

While I agree with all 3 of you, THEY would truly believe they made the right choice.

about 3 months ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

SpaceCracker Re: Yep. (649 comments)

It's based on scientific method - graphs of climate change vs. number of pirates. (See FSM for more info).

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

SpaceCracker Re:Python (466 comments)

Remarkable language C#. Beautiful plumage, ain't it?

[Sorry, couldn't help it...]

about 4 months ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

SpaceCracker Re: Space travel (357 comments)

Will they go back to sleep volenterily? It might be so boring to stay awake that they will. OTOH some might abuse their awakened advantage over the others. Hey, we're only human...

about 7 months ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

SpaceCracker Re: We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Who is this 'We' you speak of? Lets see... The Ukraine needs a US base in the Ukraine... no... /.ers need a US base in the Ukraine... help me out here.

about 7 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

SpaceCracker Re: God (794 comments)

'OR' would suffice.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

SpaceCracker Re: Confiscate cameras (478 comments)

Well, it certainly aint stuff that matters.

about 8 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

SpaceCracker Re: Go back .... (326 comments)

I find it hard to believe there are creationists. I mean, if god created perfect brains for them, why don't they use them?

about 8 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

SpaceCracker Re:Boeing is in S. Carolina (665 comments)

Fly Airbus? Good question. White Christians in Europe stopped having children. They leave the fertility stuff to the Muslim immigrants.
So, a generation from now, Hillboingy or Air-Quaeda? No thanks.
I think I'll go with the Chinese. (I'm surprised they haven't taken over the aircraft industry yet)

about 8 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

SpaceCracker Re:Wrong argument (665 comments)

Actually, if I understand correctly, Christianity is probably the only religion that doesn't claim their bible was written by god. The Jesus stories were written by mortals, I haven't heard any other claim.
As for creation stories, Christianity gets those from the Jewish bible which it adopted, including the Jewish "calculation" for the age of the world.

I agree with you that arguing with creationists is futile. The argument isn't about who's right and who's not.It's not about trying to find fault with the natural law of evolution or with this or that bible or system of belief.
The issue is about politicians trying to get more power for themselves and more money in their bank along the way. Abusing the faith of gullible ignorant masses is a simple way of getting just that.

about 8 months ago
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Device Mines Precious Phosphorus From Sewage

SpaceCracker Re:Subject goes here (96 comments)

I'm not sure this is a job for congress. I believe this is a problem that creationists should be working on. If they can pull this one off they will demonstrate their superiority over that satanical ideology called science.

about 9 months ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

SpaceCracker Re:Well, thanks to Asimov we know (182 comments)

oh, and Douglas Adams had a much simpler answer to the ultimate question of life the universe and everything. (What was the question again?)

about 9 months ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

SpaceCracker Can Watson get its "head" around ... (182 comments)

the documentation IBM prepares for Watson?
If it's like other products, this should be some considerable task worthy of a system no less than Watson itself.

about 9 months ago

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Disney Conquers Physics: 3D Printing Impossible Tops

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  about 2 months ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "Techcrunch posted this article:

"Have you ever been sitting around bored and found yourself trying to get some random household object — a battery, a pen, whatever — to spin around like a top? Disney has taken that idea to a pretty grand extreme. Combining the power of 3D printing and some damned clever physics work, they’ve worked out a way to make just about any shape spin for ages. The idea: if you have near-perfect control of an object’s distribution of mass, you can also control its center of gravity. Disney just passes in the 3D model and plugs in their spinning axis of choice, and their algorithms figure out what sections of the model’s internals need to be made hollow (or, in some cases, use a heavier printing material) for optimal balance. The bad news: this project was built by Disney’s Swiss research team for the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference, but it doesn’t look like they’re releasing any of the tools they built for others to tinker with. You can read their pdf on the project."

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RC Transformers soon to be mass produced

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  about 2 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "Singularity Hub brings this story of the Japaneese firm Brave Robotics moving into production of robot transformers: [The robot] uses a game controller as a remote control for operation and has an on-board Wi-Fi camera that can be viewed on a tablet. Furthermore, the exterior parts of the 1/12 scale robot are now made using a recently acquired 3D printer, adding to its awesomeness even more. In vehicle mode, the car can be steered and moved around as a normal RC vehicle. In humanoid mode, the robot is able to walk, shoot projectile from its arms, and do some impressive hero poses."
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HP openstack cloud is now public beta

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "HP previously announced it will join the [already crowded] cloud IaaS market with it's OpenStack based offering. Now it's publicly available for beta users.
OpenStack, is an opensource cloud computing platform founded by Rackspace and NASA that has gained traction from quite a few large players, such as IBM and Red Hat, who wanted to present an alternative to Amazon and VMWare."

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Opensource community site for opensource product

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "The creators of the Cloudify Community site claim to have created the 'kick-ass community web site' in less than a month using opensource tools such as 'Github Pages, Jekyll, Disqus, Zendesk, Google custom search and others'.
This slideshare describes the process.
Would you have done it differently with these tools or with others?"

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Egyptian blogger poses nude to protest Islamic sex

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "A young Egyptian woman posted a nude photo of herself in her blog and on tweeter to protest against the harassment she feels by Islamic culture towards women.
In this CNN interview she says: "I am not shy of being a woman in a society where women are nothing but sex objects harassed on a daily basis by men who know nothing about sex or the importance of a woman...Women under Islam will always be objects to use at home. The (sexism) against women in Egypt is unreal, but I am not going anywhere and will battle it 'til the end. Many women wear the veil just to escape the harassment and be able to walk the streets."
About 40 Israeli women striped down in support of her protest."

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Java on Azure? Now you can.

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "Beats me why anyone would want to run their Java app stack on MS Azure, but now (from Q4) you can. Apparently Microsoft teamed up with distributed computation leader GigaSpaces to provide capability of deploying your complete Java application stack onto Azure. This is done using an Azure adaptation to "Cloudify" — GigaSpaces new PaaS enablement product."
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DIY Servers for Cloud Datacenters pick up the pace

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes "According to this Bloomberg article, hardware giants like HP and Dell loose out to Intel and others who were quicker to adapt to the trend of shifting from traditional off-the-shelf servers to custom-tailored machines.
"Hewlett-Packard, Dell and companies that sell the computers off the shelf are losing sales in a key market because Facebook and larger rival Google Inc. (GOOG) are leading a switch among Internet companies to do-it-yourself servers... Buyers say custom servers provide a cheaper, more efficient way of meeting the boom in demand for personal data shared via the Web... “It’s a completely different animal” than corporate servers, said Rejeanne Skillern, head of marketing at Intel’s cloud computing division.""

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How to grow nanowires and tiny plates

SpaceCracker SpaceCracker writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SpaceCracker (939922) writes ""Researchers at MIT have found a way to control precisely the shapes of submicroscopic wires deposited from a solution — using a method that makes it possible to produce entire electronic devices through a liquid-based process.""
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