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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

VonSkippy Host your Resume (206 comments)

You should use them to host various flavours of your resume, because once everything is settled in to the cloud, your employment will be the next thing to expire.

2 days ago
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James Cameron and Eric Schmidt's SOI Grieve Loss of Nereus ROV

VonSkippy Oh Boo Hoo (72 comments)

6 million to a billionaire is like me losing a $50 Toy RC Helicopter. Only I don't whine about it as much, or milk it for all the PR I can get.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Commercial Hardware Routers Be Trusted?

VonSkippy Why bother? (213 comments)

So what exactly do you have to hide?

Just kidding (more or less) but really, what difference does it make. If NSA (or any other powers that be) wants to "get you", does it matter if they have "real data" they sniffed from one of your digital systems or not? If they truly want to arrest/harass/make you disappear whether they have real data or fudged data is rather moot.

So why worry? Either you're below their radar, and they can collect or not your precious data, or you're a target, in which case no matter what you do/hide/avoid won't help you in the long run.

Privacy went out the door along with all those AOL CD's - what's amazing is that people are just starting to notice (or care).

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations

VonSkippy Who Cares? (224 comments)

A free turd is still a turd.

about 9 months ago
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OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

VonSkippy Bullshit (361 comments)

With OpenOffice (and LibreOffice) even the most minor of updates REQUIRES a full download.

Apparently writing a simple update API is beyond the scope of the project (or skill set of the programmers - take your pick).

So assuming that each download is a NEW user (and therefore counts as if they were buying a commercial office suite) is complete bullshit.

about a year and a half ago
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Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

VonSkippy Ignore it (305 comments)

If it didn't arrive by certified mail requiring a signature, ignore it. Don't respond, don't ask for more details. D O N ' T.

Email has no authority, no authentication, no traceability, nothing.

Responding just adds more burden to you - so don't do it - just ignore that email, and any future emails.

Until you get an official snail mail letter, preferably from a legal firm, relax they're just trolling for a easy fix.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

VonSkippy Get them a book and a ball (267 comments)

How many studies do you need that show TV/Computers/Consoles are BAD (bad bad bad bad bad) for young kids?

Get your kids a book and encourage them to learn to read well, remember well, and imagine well.

Then get them a rubber ball and teach them to invent their own physical games out doors.

The world already has enough fat, apathetic, couch potato kids (and parents). Get off your ass and teach your kids to use their brains and their body instead of just twitching their nacho encrusted thumbs.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

VonSkippy Collectorz (230 comments)

http://www.collectorz.com/book/

I've used both their Book and Movie apps for several years.

For the book collection (with just under 8000 in four sections: technical/non-fiction/fiction/collectable) I have a relatively cheap (i.e. $120) cordless bar code scanner.

I've just moved my Video collection (around 700 dvd's) from their PC Application to their Cloud app (which I have mixed feelings about. Nice to have it on the cloud and shareable, don't have to worry about updates or backing up, but lose a handful of useful features - like loaning and list printing).

about a year and a half ago
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Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools

VonSkippy Surely Apple has a Patent for that (75 comments)

Hope the bird has a good lawyer, I'm sure Apple thinks it invented the stick, so watch out birdy, the black turtleneck of the law is on your tail.

about a year and a half ago
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Pixar Names Main Studio Building For Steve Jobs

VonSkippy So... (71 comments)

Selfish Rich Fuck had too many letters???

All this Saint Jobs bs is crazy. Did I miss the announcement about the Jobs Foundation (ya know like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) being formed?

Maybe it was pushed below the fold by the HUGE USELESS FREAKING YACHT news.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe With Apple iPad

VonSkippy FAIL ! (521 comments)

When your competitor has OWNED the market for several years, you don't MATCH their price, you blow it away.

Who would be dumb enough to pay the same price as a 3rd generation device to guinea pig a 1st gen device from a company that is known to suck at first releases?

And then there's Google's tablet for a dainty $199/$249

Microsoft really does suck at new things.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Work In IT Freelancing?

VonSkippy Just to clarify (140 comments)

Just to clarify, what you're describing is web development or application programming - neither is really IT.

IT's purpose is to integrate technology (hardware and software) into the organization so that it aligns with the business model and goals.

Mostly it's designing, installing, maintaining the infrastructure to allow Tech to work for the business.

Coding is a very small part of that - especially in todays market where it is mostly out sourced.

Freelancing in IT is hard (except for the bottom feeders that help the mom and pop business shops and home users). Freelancing in Web dev / coder work is a dime a dozen - just join one of the hundreds of websites that specialize in cheap code work.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: To AdBlock Or Not To AdBlock?

VonSkippy Block'm (716 comments)

Until the site owners stop pimping out their sites to any and all ad engines, I'll use Adblock, NoScript, Flashblock, and anything else I deem necessary to prevent my systems from being targeted by Malware.

If site owners would run their own tested and approved ad's, I'd have zero problem with that, but since they don't have a clue what crap is being passed out by their site, I have no moral problem blocking them all.

about 2 years ago
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China Plans Manned Space Mission This Month

VonSkippy Meh (168 comments)

Meh.

Might have a women crew member.

Won't disclose how long the mission will last.

Just another long line of China BS disclosing just the bare minimum to garner some "face" for their "great" space accomplishments.

Of course nothing that goes wrong will be reported. They're barely a step above NK for their PR releases, but wait, they prop up the US economy so lets all give them a rousing pat on the back.

So golf clap for China, they've stolen enough IP to duplicate what US/USSR did back in the 80's.

more than 2 years ago
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Battery-Powered Plasma Flashlight Makes Short Work of Bacteria

VonSkippy $100USD (133 comments)

Which means with enough middlemen, the standard good old boy networking, and the proper paperwork, the US Military will be paying somewhere between $7000-$9000USD each in large quantities.

Yeah for the 1%er's!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Note-Taking Device For Conferences?

VonSkippy How Quaint (300 comments)

A real live face to face conference, how 20th century.

Stay home, read the lecture notes and publications online.

Conferences are a huge time suck, rarely (make that pretty much never) a good use of your time, with little to no payback.

Anything worth learning will be in a peer review publication. Either the lecture will rehash the publication, or it will be pre-reviewed info, which means it's pretty much useless.

more than 2 years ago
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Japan Plans To Scrap Nuclear Plants After 40 Years

VonSkippy Great Semantics (229 comments)

I find that statement very reassuring, unless with future data, it's not.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech For Small Library Automation?

VonSkippy possible solution (188 comments)

Check out http://www.collectorz.com/book/

$50, catalog, search, lists, sort, entry by isbn or barcode scanner, loan management, publish to web, etc.

I've used it for my home library (1500+ technical/scientific books, 15,000+ fiction books) for several years, and it keeps getting better with each release.

more than 2 years ago
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China Reveals Its Space Plans Up To 2016

VonSkippy Sure they will - Bwahahahahahahaha (218 comments)

Lets see, China will announce their pie-in-the-sky space dreams years in advance, but won't show a single minute of their current space program in realtime.

The only thing China has mastered is stealing (or buying when necessary) other peoples designs and IP and then making cheap knockoffs in a attempt to show their citizens that China is a "player" in modern technology.

Where's their Saturn probe, or Martian robots, or Mercury explorer or Pluto flyby? Where's their space station?

They put a few dinky probes to the moon, and a few 1980's tech low earth orbit test ships and want the world to be impressed.

Lets see what happens if they ever actually expand the human races knowledge of space exploration, then they can brag how great they are to the world.

Until then they can steal Star Trek's slogan and say "To boldly go where numerous men have gone before".

more than 2 years ago
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Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

VonSkippy Meh (298 comments)

Let me know if MIT or some other big Tech Uni cuts CS, then I'll care.

Hearing about some cost cutting measure in a state college offshoot - not so much. //go bears//

more than 3 years ago

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