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Ask Slashdot: With Grants Drying Up, How Is a Tech Non-Profit To Survive?

Splat Re:Kickstarter. (178 comments)

"Kickstarter cannot be used to raise money for causes, whether it's the Red Cross or a scholarship, or for "fund my life" projects, like tuition or bills."

Welp, so much for that idea.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

Splat Re:Most common recycling programs (260 comments)

The point is - you have to be dirt poor to not be able to save up $250 to buy a desktop computer or used laptop from the pawn shop. If you can't afford that, then you can't afford internet access or electricity or backup storage media to use a computer, of any kind, and you would get more done by simply getting a smartphone. If the donation thing just makes you feel good about yourself, buy a new computer and donate that.

You... don't really understand poverty much, do you? There are discount Internet connectivity programs (Comcast Internet Essentials) that can get you online for $10 if you are below certain income criteria. Even if you're having trouble paying your electric bill, you can get help with that too from most utility companies.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Web Content?

Splat Re:This depends on the use and purpose (282 comments)

Precisely.

There is no "proper", or "best practice" place. Your two questions are entirely dependent on your use-case scenarios. If you want to block flash scripts on your kids browsers, do it host level at the OS. If you are dealing with a gigantic 2000 employee office campus, then you'd want to probably handle that centrally on a giant honking appliance/router designed for it where you can centrally manage policy.

But ... you can flip both scenarios blocking mechanisms I just mentioned and they'd still work. "Proper" can be entirely subjective based on what you're trying to accomplish and other factors involved

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

Splat Re:2006? (260 comments)

A full, true, Raspberry pi setup that could replace a computer (including a case + power supply + sd card, etc) will run you around $85. There's not $85 of scrap value in an old P4 unfortunately.

ExtremeTech did an article on this:
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/148482-the-true-cost-of-a-raspberry-pi-is-more-than-you-think

There's been many valid points made here about the long term costs of power consumption versus the short term upfront costs of new hardware investment. Unfortunately the issue with most non-profits is they don't have the upfront capital to invest in say 50 Raspberry Pi systems, but they can easily spread out the power consumption over the long term of 50 P4's (as inefficient as they are - agreed!) through operating expenses.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

Splat Re:Difficult (260 comments)

Pittance? I helped a local non-profit earn $3000 last year by salvaging their "junk" through my volunteer work.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

Splat Re:Difficult (260 comments)

They're doing it wrong then. There's money in scrap boards, memory, CPUs, and the metal itself. I can understand turning the things away however if there's not a support structure in place for them.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Donate Older Computers to Charity?

Splat Re:2006? (260 comments)

Your kind of thought process is exactly the problem. A P4 system is perfectly usable given the correct software configuration, and as timothy already stated they're working well enough running Lubuntu to be a basic word processing/information device. Just because it's not the newest technology doesn't mean it's trash. There are plenty of people out there who would be perfectly well served by a basic computer that can run a web browser to look up information, and type up emails on it.

about a year and a half ago
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Has Lego Sold Out?

Splat Qualified to comment ... (425 comments)

As a 30 year old guy who has gone back into his old childhood Lego sets recently, as well as recently bought himself some new ones I uh, feel sadly qualified to comment on this story. My recent purchases were one LOTR set, and a Lego City set. In response to the lack of "creativity" in these sets, it's not the sets that have gotten less creative. It's the engineering in the brick placement amongst everything that has gotten better.

If you compare the brick selection and design of say, a 2012 LOTR set vs my early 90's Pirate sets you can easily see this. The 2012 sets use a number of small, angular pieces from what I've noted, that fit together in creative ways that the early 90's sets could only dream of. The pieces in question in the 2012 sets did indeed exist in the early 90's set, so it's not a case of simply making "less flexible" pieces.

You can tell that the designers of these sets have gotten really, really good at their jobs, in no doubt likely as a result of the difference in computing power between the early 90's and now. To suggest that the sets have gotten less "creative" is asinine. Have we gained more themed and licensed sets? Absolutely. However, the pieces they are equipping these sets with are simply fitting together better and looking more streamlined. You've still got your 4x2 bricks, your 3x3 plates, there's just less usage of them as the primary shape of a vehicle/building, and they are enhanced by the smaller 1x2 45 angle bricks say that really help bring out the details in the design.

In the end, they're still freaking Lego you can put together any way you want. It's simply the brick selection has changed for the better.

about a year ago
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Open Hardware and Software Laptop

Splat Re:Actually closed-blob free? Re:Except that it's (152 comments)

horseshit.... how many netbooks/tablets/convertibles/whatnot have a RPi header + many servo/motor PWM capable controllers?

I can count them on no fingers.

So you're going to do what with this, put your entire laptop onto an RC Plane? No, for that you'd use a Pi, Arduino, or any more appropriate form factors. Same on a RPi shield - are you going to cut a hole in your keyboard for the shield to stick out?

about 2 years ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

Splat Easier then you think (368 comments)

I've looked into this myself. I have an associates and have been slowly chipping away towards a Bachelors for years. http://www.degreeinfo.com/forum.php has a lot of good resources on this, but basically you can hack together credit from a combination of CLEP, DSST, among other equivalency testing, and then transfer them into one of the friendly-towards-this-kind-of-thing schools like Excelsior or Thomas Edison State college.

I was actually enrolled in Thomas Edison prior to knowing about this, slogging away at online courses. After learning about this "hack", and even figuring out a sure-fire way to a Bachelors degree in like 6 months, I didn't do it and I now haven't continued any further with Thomas Edison. For some, having a "BS" or "BA" in and of itself might be worth it, but for me the whole idea/thing just made the online degree seem like a joke if you can test your way out of an entire degree basically

about 2 years ago
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How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

Splat Get off the cloud (303 comments)

This is the type of guy who will store his source code in the cloud, then act surprised when his VPS company crashes and he loses all his data.

Get off the cloud man, you clearly have no idea what you're doing and will pay dearly for it in the long-run.

about 2 years ago
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Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

Splat Re:Boatware (403 comments)

Does this still actually work in 2012?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

Splat Re:A tiny bit of Logic (823 comments)

Technology as Religion is an issue I have only recently begun to recognize in myself, and have completed eliminate as a result. I used to pick "Favorites" in technology, for completely stupid reasons, sometimes no better then just being more familiar with one then another. Fanboys, fangirls, appleheads, windows geeks, whatever you want to call them - they're all groups with inherent bias.

My new motto is, "It's technology people. Use whatever the fuck gets the job done for you." I dismiss no hardware, software, or OS. If you want to wax poetic and argue over how the VAX 4000 is far superior to the VAX 6000 or some other pointless bullshit (ford/chevy style arguments) , go right ahead and argue with the VAX 6000 idiot who wants to also argue his side. What's not OK is being a complete dick to those using any kind of technology if it works for them.

Suggestions of solutions that might fit their needs better are OK, but you damn well better make sure you truly understand their needs and you need to know how to take "no" as an answer. As someone who works in IT and loves technology as a hobby, I used to waste untold hours getting wrapped up in this crap debating the most pointless of things online or in person. Having spent some time volunteering at a non-profit that turns 6 and 7 year old computers that a kid would label "Old crap" into perfectly usable systems for those without a computer has given me a reality check. When it comes down to your love of Linux, Windows, OS X, iOS vs Android, whatever - 99% of the rest of us just don't care. It's ok to be passionate about something you love, but don't be a dick to everyone else. We use what works to achieve the desired result.

about 2 years ago
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Kaspersky To Build Secure OS For SCADA Systems

Splat Free with every purchase... (165 comments)

Monitoring and "remote support" by KGB included free with every purchase!

about 2 years ago
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Once Valued at $1.8B, OnLive Was Sold For Only $5M

Splat Re:Where's the Beef? (168 comments)

Well said. If Ouya succeeds, it will also be a nail in the coffin of this business model. When you can do a gaming console for $99, or you've got stuff like Roku's for $79 with gaming baked in you no longer need a dedicated "gaming box"

about 2 years ago
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Soon to Be Released CKEditor 4 Features New Skin And Inline Editing

Splat Aww man.. (69 comments)

You're telling me I need to stop using HotDog to manage my websites?!

about 2 years ago
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Motorola's Whacked Lapdock Can Make Raspberry Pi Base

Splat Re:Translation: (52 comments)

If you bought this one thing, you can combine it with this other thing, and then buy some additional things, to make an inferior version of this real thing.

about 2 years ago
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MARCH Presents: Apple I Reproduction In Action At HOPE 9

Splat MARCH Guys are good guys (80 comments)

I spoke with Evan at HOPE 9, and also attended the Vintage Computer Fest East in Wall, NJ recently. Evan, and the others, are all cool guys who are doing a great job keeping this history alive. The repros showed at HOPE were very cool, and even though I follow this stuff I did not a lot of the stuff they showed existed. If you're on the east coast and Evan or others from the club are around be sure to check it out.

more than 2 years ago

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