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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Technician Re:Why not a "$0" only option (240 comments)

Seeing no reason to pay redundant prices, and have a company issued smart phone, I don't pay to install apps as I have no way to buy the apps, or permission.

With company issue, am I don't own or buy no apps? How many have a company issued device?

I don't own my own smart phone. I do have laptops, etc that are much better for many applicaitons I do use. Instead of Photoshop - The Gimp, MS office - Open Office, Cakewalk - Rosegarden, etc

3 days ago

93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

Technician Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (214 comments)

I wonder how many of them drive a car, or ride in one, or a bus, etc. I wonder how they heat their homes. I think they should also cut off using fossil fuels. If everyone used wood heat, that is not sustainable. Ever seen an apartment complex without electric power? My fossil fuel use is supplimated by solar. I don't own a large enough plot of land to solar power my transportation requirements, let alone the home energy requirements.

5 days ago

In-Flight Wi-Fi Provider Going Above and Beyond To Help Feds Spy

Technician Re:The feds can have the data from my last flight. (78 comments)

1 back up your drive.
2 encrypt your back up drive
3 ship the drive to your destination
4 wipe your drive with a clean install, don't encrypt it.
5 fly and enjoy something from a ripped DVD No need to set off alams with encryption or shady content.
6 after passing security with a sanitized drive, arrive and pick up your real data.

about a week ago

It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

Technician Re:It's time to bring SCIENCE into classrooms firs (470 comments)

Something I never understood, how did the creation story get so much later evidence in science?

The creation and big bang closely match. There was nothing and it exploded.

The great flood. Lots of water from the deep.. Now we find moons or planets with underground oceans.

How did ancient writings get some wild concepts right? Proving creationism and thus God isn't likely to happen with scientific method, but there may be more than psedoscience to it.

about two weeks ago

Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers

Technician Re:rushed target selection? (42 comments)

Not everyone on Monster is unemployed.

I fired my last boss. It was a pay increase, addition of medical, dental, paid relocation, stc.
Sometimes it is a way to transition from a bad job match.

about three weeks ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Technician Re:Stastaticians (397 comments)

Unfortunately, the diversity of the population does not equal diversification in job skills.

This is a repeat of Equal Oppertunity and job quota's from 2 decades ago. In the 70's I had a job with a TS clearance in a technical field and I noted the stark lack of some ethnic groups. I asked my employer about this ethnic bias toward White. He showed me the stack of applications. Minorities very rarely applied or even trained in the high tech trades.

Due to affirmative action in the 80's by t US Goverment, a family relative applied for an apprenticeship with Bonniville Power Administration. He had the highest test score, until another canidate passed him due to race, ethnicity, etc. My brother was passed by for the position. The selected canidate failed out of the program. By this time 6 months had passed and he took another posiiton in private industry.

Now 30 years later, the BPA HR staff is in the hotseat because they gave preference to minoriities as part of Affermitive Action, but did not give any preference to Veterans. I and my brother are vets. I did not even apply with BPA because at the time I knew the deck was stacked against me.

Mainzer's email to staff said BPA was now working with DOE to identify the first wave of applicants, including veterans, who were disadvantaged and provide them with priority consideration for positions at BPA. But his email also suggested that the problems went on until April 2013, a year longer than initially reported.


Stating only a low number are hired is only part of the story. Poor inner city schools, culture, and other factors disadvantage these minority groups. When they change culture, work ethic, schooling, etc and enter the trades, only then will the numbers start to match up.

Do not fix a lack of a race by hiring 100 percent of the applicatents from a race while only picking 5 percent of a mjority. Testing and qualifications do matter to private industry. It should matter in government positions too.

about a month ago

Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

Technician Re:sure, no problem (245 comments)

A more common control with this type of critical limits is an elevator. The digital controls calls the cars to the floors, opens doors, etc. Between the digital world and electrical/mechanical world is control relays. Limit switches are in pairs. One you are used to. The elevator arrives at a floor and there is a pause while the fine alignment is completed to level with the current floor. The hard limit on the other hand such as exceeding safe space below bottom floor or past the top floor, does interrupt power to the control for the power relays. One drops power to the motor and the other drops the power to the brake pick solonoid. Brakes fail safe in an elevator. Need power to release the brakes.

Yea, it is a pain to reset the elevator at 3 am with someone stuck inside, but that is better than a runaway elevator. And no, there is no software defeat for the hardware limit switches.

about a month ago

Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

Technician Money Issue (77 comments)

Itunes is for profit. Lovers of preservation of old text is on Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/

about a month ago

Neil Young's "Righteous" Pono Music Startup Raises $1 Million With Kickstarter

Technician Re:So much marketing, so little fact (413 comments)

Reality check. Use Audacity or other program and make a voice recording. Use Amplify to set the peaks at 0 DB. Duplicate the track and shift it several seconds later. Apply Amplify on the new track. Math test, how many DB do you need to attenuate the new track to make it only 8 bits of a 24 bit recording. Each bit is 6 DB. 24 bits to 8 bits is cutting 16 bits at 6 DB per bit. Set the peaks at the new level. Take a listen without changing volume. You will need more than a 16 bit sound card and better ears than I have to hear the echo.

about a month ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Technician Re:Nobody cares (194 comments)

On printers, I prefer them wired to my LAN. Interface is unimportant other than the correct Net printer protocol for a network port has to be used in addition to adding the printer to the Network Printer Port. My comment orignally was in regards to finding the PRINTER driver, not finding it's LAN port.

Comments regarding older printer is right on. The laser printer was an office tank. Toner carts are less than 1/3 the price of ONE Color ink cart for my inkjet. Drafts are defalted to the laser. OEM price for the printer was originaly $2400.00 US. It has outlived several ink jets that died.

about a month ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Technician Re:Nobody cares (194 comments)

I have a wireless LAN. I can use the Ultrabook, Netbooks, Subnotebook, etc in a recliner, no cords. Using printer, NAS, etc is all wireless. The printers sit on a shelf out of the way. Cutter is moved to the closet. Ok I have to get up to retrive a print job, but that is much better than damaged USB ports on a laptop. Yes I have several machines as some are optimised for specific tasks and backup for the new machine when it fails to perform. I have Ubuntu, Linux Mint, XP, Windows 7, and the Ultrabook all on portable recliner frindly formats and all connected to LAN resources.

about a month ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Technician Re:Nobody cares (194 comments)

As an older guy who has received an Unltrabook recently, and trying do do production work instead of consuming media, I had some issues. Installing older paralell port printers attached to my LAN via Trendnet or other devices proved to be very difficult. Visiting the manufacture of the printers for updated drivers was a total failure. As mentioned, there is a learning curve. To get the drivers, you have to use Windows Update instead. Trying to sort a list of files proved difficut too. A long list has the traditional scroll bars on the right just where you expect them. Dragging the bar does scroll the list, but at the top and bottom are the two buttons which also used to scroll the list without dragging, usefull if you only want to scroll small distances in a long list. Unfortunately in Windows 8 they are only decorations with no function. You either need a touch screen to scroll the list, or highlight a file and arrow up/down through the list, which defeats picking multiple files for copy by Control Click. A small wiggle on a extended list can scroll it by several hundred items making picking files difficult.

Maybe there is a trick to this I haven't learned other than drag drop each by itself..

The touch screen is not the preferred method of picking files from a list. My fingers are about 5 lines tall. A mouse is a much better and precise way to do fine motor skills. Photo editing suffers the interface issue too.

I tried to burn some CD's from a band I recorded. Windows 8 had a serious issue with my external USB DVD drive. Using Windows Media Player had no problem burning ONE disk. The media player on the left side properly identified if the drive contained a music CD, Data CD, or Blank CD. The information IS NOT passed to the right side which stubbornly recommended I insert a Blank CD before I could burn another. I went back to a Windows 7 machine which did properly recognise blank disks in the right side. Too bad they didn't keep Windows 7 functionality in the Window 8 Media Player.

In a nutshell, don't ditch your other machines when you get a Windows 8 machine. You may need the older machines to do older tech stuff like burning CD's, sorting photos, editing audio tracks, editing photos, etc. The Windows 8 machine is a great Facebook, Skype, social media and connected machine, but for production, keep your other hardware.

about a month ago

The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle

Technician Re:oops (122 comments)

Codes should need tied to the unit serial number. When RS buys there inventory with the NetFlix deal, the website should require the device model/serial number pair to match the devices purchased by RS to be validated.

about 2 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Technician Re:And Taxes. (606 comments)

Intel in Oregon was slammed in the Oregonian, the local metro paper for hurting the schools due to the tax break they negotiated to build D1X there and hire 900 new employees. Their arguement was Intel was getting a break that the schools needed so the cost to the community was higher to pay for the taxes Intel was not paying.

This is a Glass half empty arguement. It's a big glass, a multi Billion project.. that without the break would have located elsewhere. Think of the children.

The tax structure in many locations is designed to keep large business out.

Most people do not realise Intel is taxed on not only income, but property. Employees pay income tax. Property includes buildings and the manufacturing equipment inside the buildings. A grocery store has property of the building, and a few shelves and freezer cases. Intel has property of wafer manufacturing tools valued as several million each. Intel needed the tax break to even consider building in a location where their equipment is subject to Property Tax. A wise move by some is no tax breaks to the rich, make them pay their full fair share.

As a consequence of the tax, any tool that is of marginal use or obsoleted is immediately packed up and shipped off. Think of the tax as storage facility monthly fees on steroids on your property. If you are not using it, get rid of it.

Oregon did need to negotiate to attract a large manufature to the area. Too bad the local socialist newspaper only sees the burden of not getting the entire full glass.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

Technician Re:non-issue (250 comments)

Actually the panel can be removed, and engraved in the machine. Remember to not watch the engraving with the covers removed so you don't engrave your vision. The covers do block the IR of the CO2 laser.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

Technician Re:non-issue (250 comments)

A laser printer does a much nicer job. Look for Laser Engraving services in your area.

Google link to some very nice jobs on laptops https://www.google.com/search?...

about 2 months ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Technician Re: And we're going to trust self driving cars now (664 comments)

A simple EMO button could work wonders. Power down the fuel, inverter, and computer would kill the accelleration and fail safe. Manual steering and brakes still function to maintain control.

about 2 months ago

Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

Technician Local source for Kinect for Playstation (222 comments)

If you want one cheap and don't want to wait for delivery for your Sony, simply check your area thrift stores. They are almost as common as Guitar Hero Guitars, Microphones, and Wii Balance Boards.

FYI, the Rock Band/Guitar Hero microphones show up on a PC as a decent Logitech USB Microphone. Not a bad mic for under $5.

about 2 months ago



When will SCO stock die?

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "I have been watching SCO stock waiting for them to die. Instead of dying, I noticed they have been ticking upward lately. This got me to wondering why? After some thought, I think I have the answer. Speculators are buying the stock, not because it may come back, but because it is threatened with de-listing as it has been under a dollar for some time. Speculators may have bought a bunch of shares in hopes that as last time it was threatened with de-listing, it jumped, investors will run up the price just before the deadline to prevent from being de-listed? Does anyone have any other theories why the stock is up from 0.15 to over 0.30? Is anybody holding SCO hoping it will hit 1.00 again? How can a stock that bad double in price in one and a half months?"
Link to Original Source

Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved.

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison."
Link to Original Source

SCO lost the Linux case. Stock drops 70%

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "SCO has lost the case in it's claim to Linux code. http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUKN10 31204220070811?rpc=44
Novell is in the clear to order SCO to drop the case against IBM for including SCO code in Linux.
"Judge Dale Kimball of the U.S. District Court for Utah said Novell Inc (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), rather than SCO, owns copyrights to the UNIX computer operating system, which also jeopardizes a related SCO lawsuit against IBM"
SCO's stock bombed over 70% today.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=SCOX&t=5d&l=on&z=m &q=l&c=
Novell is in the clear to order SCO to drop the case against IBM for including SCO code in Linux."

Technician Technician writes  |  about 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "SCO Relies on IBM-donated Servers to Provide Support for OpenServer/UnixWare Customers. It appears that SCO and Groklaw have the exact same tie to IBM. Does this mean that the IBM legal team is behind the anti-Linux SCO action? Aparently not any more than IBM is behind anti-SCO news. The kind folks at Groklaw have discoverd this and kindly provide an article here; http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200704072 21422994"

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "The 3 day 3 play limit on WI-FI sharing of MP3 files has a work around. In a nutshell, switch the unit to the hard drive mode and rename the MP3's you wish to share with a .jpg extension. There is no 3 plays 3 days restriction on shared photos. More info here; http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/how- to-bypass-the-zunes-wifi-sharing-drm-217042.php This has been tested on MP3 files. I don't think it will work with DRM files."


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