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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

TWX So I'm confused... (66 comments)

...the headline and article summary at the top says that air travel is threatened, but the quote from the article indicates that Iceland is concerned with ground effects of an eruption, without much concerns for the air.

Which is it, is one party just playing alarmist to sell more subscriptions?

yesterday
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The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

TWX Re:Chicken coop? (58 comments)

Shut up and make me a chicken sandwich, bitch.

*waves magic wand*

*POOF!*

Congratulations, you are now a chicken sandwich!

2 days ago
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The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

TWX Chicken coop? (58 comments)

Why did the chicken coop have two doors?


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Becauase if it had four doors, it'd be a chicken sedan!

2 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

TWX Re: Call it Web? (413 comments)

How about "Stool" instead.

No, you see, they're trying to change how we perceive it, not reinforce the current perception...

2 days ago
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Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

TWX Re:As a chrono-American, I can remember... (110 comments)

When was that exactly?

Probably '86 - '88, when Paul Hogan fleetingly made a particular self-reliant stereotype popular.

2 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

TWX Re:serious confusion by the author (235 comments)

Closed centralized platforms are winning. Email is dying.

E-mail is not dying, I expect that its growth is not necessarily increasing at the same rate as before, but it's certainly not contracting.

Besides, as has been proven, many technologies don't die off just because new ones are added. At work I still occasionally receive paper intra-office memos that aren't mass-distribution. We still have a FAX machine and routinely use it to both receive and send. We all still have landline telephones at our desks through our private, carrier-grade phone system, and there are only a handful of us that have forwarded our desk phones to our cells. We still send and receive via postal mail, and hell, in some countries one can still send a telegraph that's hand-courier delivered.

Facebook right now is the most popular Compuserve or AOL, or even Myspace. It will fade in time as they make missteps and as peoples' interests change.

3 days ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

TWX Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

I see it as two parts, really...

First part is that a car company has to satisfy the new-car buyer. That means the car must meet the needs of the first buyer and that the buyer be happy up to and including the end of their ownership in the car. Some new-car buyers will drive a car for a couple of years or through the end of payments and then sell, so those customers need the car to have strong resale value in the 2-7 year range.

Other customers will drive a car until it's not economically viable to repair, and those customers want to get their purchase-price value out of the car, and basically want everything to wear out at the same time, so that it demonstrates that the car was well and truly done, not that one component failed leaving an otherwise good car ready for the scrapyard. I suspect that many Tesla buyers will be the latter, wanting the car to last a long time in a good state, without much regard to resale value.

Second part is what a self-imposed quality initiative can do. Hyundai forced themselves to recognize a ten year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty with an inexpensive upgrade to bumper-to-bumper if memory serves, while their competitors were generally only offering three year, 36,000 mile warranties. This forced Hyundai to design and build better cars to keep the warranty costs from eating them alive, and combined with fairly low prices, convinced a lot of buyers, especially first-time-new-car buyers to take the risk even with a car that might need more service. In return they've brought their quality WAAAY up, and have shown trust to their customers to help ensure repeat business in the process.

Tesla could well be trying this with the customers-of-means that might be considering their first luxurious car- demonstrate that the car costs very little to operate, demonstrate that it has all of the tech of the other entry-to-mid-level luxury cars, and has the warranty and lack of need for service to boot. If that car satisfies its buyers then they'll be much more likely to show brand loyalty down the road.

4 days ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

TWX Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

You are making the assumption that his garage is connected to his house and that he has an insulated garage door.

And you all are making the assumption that he even has a garage. Yes, it's uncommon, but possible, and it's also possible that the owner of such a car would want to be able to leave the car outside if needed, like if the garage were being used for a project for a few nights.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

TWX Re:This strikes me as spectacularly unhealthy. (153 comments)

Heh. I've got a cheap netbook up in the family room to use in the evenings, and I'm sitting on a reclining Lazboy and it's really not as comfortable as one would think. I find using computers, even portable computers, at desks or tables to be much more conducive to getting results.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

TWX Automotive bucket seat (153 comments)

Or save a whole bunch of money and go to the junkyard to get the high-backed bucket passenger front seat from a comfortable car. Build a base for it to sit on, and use that base as the means for attaching the shelf for the keyboard and pointer.

Go with the passenger seat because it's usually less worn. If you're feeling inventive you can go with a powered seat, but those are usually biased toward the driver rather than the passenger.

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

TWX Re:Where are all the nerds? (263 comments)

Based on the content of the list alone, either you're not nearly as nerdy as you think you are, or else you're so nerdy that you've transcended normal nerd culture to the point that you are a thing to be feared and reviled...

4 days ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

TWX Re:beware falling gargoyles!!! (98 comments)

Someone never studied how shale and other rocks cleave...

Mind you, it's certainly desirable to stuy other forms of cleavage...

5 days ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

TWX Re:The Death Ray Hotel (98 comments)

If omitting something that's largely cosmetic turns the building in to a death-ray, then the design of the building is fundamentally flawed. Someone down the road migth decide to revitalize the building by removing the sun shields, which would spawn the problem all over again.

5 days ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

TWX Re:The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Agai (98 comments)

If your building can hurt people because non-architects can take away some nonstructural bolt-ons, then your building has a design fault.

Buildings are often modified as tastes change, if something is as simple to remove as these sun shields proved to be, then it's not unreasonable to assume that in the future, after the building is older and the purpose of the shields long-since forgotten, that someone would restyle the exterior and remove them, creating this problem again.

5 days ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

TWX Re:Hipsters. (98 comments)

Still I suppose, at least it's not brutalism. *shudders*

I actually like the look of the AT&T Long Lines Building. I think the term is too all-encompassing, and that there needs to be more than one category when structures identified as Brutalist vary so significantly. Hell, even older Romanesque buildings could qualify based on the use of hard materials with few windows, but either way, comparing the Boston City Hall with the AT&T Long Lines Building one sees quite a difference.

5 days ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

TWX Re:Paving to the road to hell (130 comments)

I look at it that nothing is free. We pay for what's "free" in other-than-currency means, but we still pay. Advertising and the subscriber's or reader's looking at it has been a way to pay for "free" newspapers for well over a hundred years. Attempting to adapt it to the world wide web model was no surprise.

And for those that want to argue that FOSS is truly free, anyone that has spent hours and hours of their time attempting to get something to work that would have worked out-of-the-box with a commercial solution definitely know the price of free software. We still pay it, mind you, but that price exists.

5 days ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

TWX Re:Not sure I believe him... (130 comments)

Heh. The screenwriter that took L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth and turned it into a movie later apologized too; apparently he met a hot girl that turned out to be a scientologist and she convinced him to do the screenplay, and his libido obliged.

5 days ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

TWX Re:Obvious (149 comments)

But since we can cram a LOT into today's smartphones VERY CHEAPLY, why not do so, and depend less on the network infrastructure, not clog up the 'tubes so much, etc?

I agree, and I don't have any visual impairment to speak of. That's almost more a storage-density matter though, rather than a processing power issue.

I want a good nonvisual UI because of driving. I think that this push for touchscreens in cars is foolhardy at best, outright hazardous at worst. We need to get away from interfaces for secondary functions in cars (radio, HVAC, etc) that require eyes to use.

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

TWX Re:Shall we play a game? (263 comments)

Why can't anyone make a decent version of Global Thermonuclear War?

Or Tic Tac Toe...

5 days ago

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Poll: Magnets near my electronics?

TWX TWX writes  |  yesterday

TWX (665546) writes "Poll Options:
Get that thing away from me!
I know in my head it's fine, but no.
Eh, whatever.
Pretty magnets stuck to my case.
Tablet magnetized to my case!"
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The sorry state of FOSS documentation

TWX TWX writes  |  about two weeks ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago.

TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?"
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Resources for a new Infrastructure Specialist

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've just graduated at my employer from desktop support to network infrastructure support, dealing with everything from smashed telecom receptacles to switch failures and single-mode fiber between campuses. They're interested in purchasing equipment for the job beyond the punch tool, sheetrock saw, and 10/100 Fluke Nettool that we already have. I'm looking for suggestions for tools and equipment, specifically to test gigabit copper and both single and multimode fiber. Anything else special that you think would be useful for an infrastructure technician in an organization with upwards of a hundred sites with hundreds of telecom rooms, a hundred-thousand copper horizontal runs, and miles of fiber would be much appreciated."
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Would you buy a color E ink ebook reader?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "Yes!
Maybe, depending on how it looks.
No, I prefer my ebooks LCDish
No, I prefer dead-tree editions
I'm stuck with monochrome, you insensitive clod!"
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Inexpensive wifi/radius for home hobbyists?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I'm looking to get some hands-on experience with Radius and commercial-style Wifi. I'll also soon have an environment where three or four APs will be necessary to cover everywhere, so there's a practical side as well. The trouble is, all of the equipment that I can find is prohibitively expensive, and while I expect to spend something on APs and cabling, I really would like to avoid paying for expensive commercial APs if I can avoid it. I'm looking for consumer-priced solutions, if any exist, and documentation. I know that several consumer APs are marketed as friendly to hobbyists who wish to modify them, so I'm hoping that some project for those APs to make them work with Radius is available..."

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