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New MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals 'Shoddy Assembly'

VoxMagis Yes I'm now a troll (531 comments)

I think this is it - the last time I bother with Slashdot. Troll posts (like this one) I can bypass, but the constant troll articles are getting out of hand.

Screw it. It's not just the Apple crap, I get it, you hate Apple. It's the ridiculous sensationalism that has crept into all of it. I won't let the door hit me on the way out.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

VoxMagis Content? (2254 comments)

On my iPad it looks nice, clean and fast.

Sadly I am bothered much more by the moderators and story pimping than the look of slashdot any more.

about 4 years ago

Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

VoxMagis Re:Really? (424 comments)

I'm not an explosives expert but perhaps the worry is moving/jostling the stuff, especially in a tight environment?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans Android Magazine App From App Store

VoxMagis Why does this matter? (574 comments)

I'm sorry - but do we now insist that WalMart have Best Buy employees in their store? Maybe we should make Borders put up an Amazon order kiosk?

I don't really agree with many of Apples AppStore policies, but geez, why are they supposed to be required to promote the competition?

more than 3 years ago

Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions

VoxMagis Re:Maryland has a state income tax (650 comments)

What percentage of that 'growth' is government jobs (paid for by taxpayers) or those who support government institutions?

more than 4 years ago

Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

VoxMagis Re:Not a fan, but Jobs is right (827 comments)

Interesting - Doesn't that mean the system works?

I mean, an 'expert' paid by Apple fixes the problem, and you don't have to. An 'expert' sorts through the bizarre contortions of software configuration and incompatibilities and he doesn't have to call Microsoft (Press 1, press 4, press 3, type in your number, verify your code, press 2 to not be hung up on) or the dozen other application providers, or skim through Google or ten different forums to find the right answer?

I actually am an Apple fanboi, but I also love my Linux, and even like my Win7 laptop. Each has a terrific purpose. However, I can say that my wife sits at her Win7 laptop and argues with a small photo edit... when she moves to my Mac she just 'does' it.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Exec Stashed $150,000 In Shoe Boxes

VoxMagis Re:he's not the brightest... (345 comments)

Wait though - so you take your cash, put it in a pvc pipe and cap off both ends... then bury them all over the yard?

Then during the search, the police stumble across what appears to be a dozen PIPE BOMBS buried under a few inches of dirt all around your house.

I think I'd rather they just find the money than bring in the bomb squad and hit you with those charges.

more than 4 years ago

Coronal Mass Ejection Hits Earth

VoxMagis Don't Give In! (154 comments)

Damn it, we need to shoot back. Don't let the Sun see us flinch, make sure that we retaliate in kind!

more than 4 years ago

Interview With the Man Behind WikiLeaks

VoxMagis Re:Blood on his hands (489 comments)

I have several uncles that served in Vietnam - including a couple that became peace agitators when they came home. All of them hate Jane Fonda for what she did, regardless of their feelings on the war.

We should have never let her back in the country. I'm sure she would have been a big star in communist Vietnam now.

more than 4 years ago

Khan Academy Delivers 100,000 Lectures Daily

VoxMagis Slashdot QC Fail, but Thanks Anway (213 comments)

Would have been nice if they had spelled the name right. My GOD, KDawson didn't even have to do anything like actually verify or read the site to review, he could have just looked at the two links in the damn summary.

Still, I had heard inklings of something like this somewhere before, but never hunted it down. Thanks for providing it. As someone that came to a mind-boggling late interest in actually learning any real math, I may have found a place to spend some serious time.

Thanks so much to Mr. Khan - a noble and important effort to drag those of us in dark ignorance into some level of glimmer.

more than 4 years ago

Confessions of a SysAdmin

VoxMagis Toasters (385 comments)

Computers are the Toasters of the '00s'. Our users expect them to toast. If they don't toast, they call us.

I spend my day doing many many different computer tasks. I help users, I do some light coding, I work on web pages, email servers, file servers, domain servers, track minor issues with printer drivers or email clients, and whatever else. I can really relate to the article.

The issue is that a computer as an appliance isn't a reality in the everyday world, except to users. They want them to do exactly what they expect them to do, every time, without having a 'burnt part and an uncooked part'. For those of us that spend all day dealing with computers, we come to know that it doesn't work that way. Our problem is that we live in two different realities, and they are not yet compatible.

Of course, once they really do work like a refrigerator or a toaster or a coffee maker, I'll be out of a job. Most days I'm not sure that's a bad thing.

more than 4 years ago

ClamAV Forced Upgrade Breaks Email Servers

VoxMagis Re:It's not like they didn't tell... (299 comments)

I totally agree. I was bitten by this on several servers. The sad part is that in some cases this is NOT really always our choice here.

Sometimes management or customers (in my case) CHOOSE to not allow me to spend the time or money to do more than the minimums. In this current economy, it's become a serious situation.

I really appreciate CLAM and the coders that support and maintain it. It is their prerogative to make the call. I just wish they would have done it differently. If a closed-vendor did this (see the examples in the parent post), there would be geek-riots in the street.

I was lucky - I had been planning this move for awhile, so I had everything happy rather quickly.

Now, on another note - if the maintainers had pushed an announcement of the result of this plan to Slashdot, Digg, etc. maybe there would be less howling. I have to maintain MANY different Open Source products, no matter how hard I try, I can't keep track of each of them through web pages and announce lists.

more than 4 years ago

Opera Mini For iPhone Submitted To App Store Today

VoxMagis Opera Marketing Win (314 comments)

Whether accepted or not, Opera has gained a lot of basically free publicity with this. That's what it is about, and good for them.

I am not absolutely sure that Apple will reject it. If I was Apple though, I would make them change the name to, for example, 'Opera Web Viewer', and not allow it to access https pages at all. Then they get to claim user-security and still let this thing in.

I love Opera and all, but I'm not sure I would use it myself. I'll look at it when it's available, no reason to worry until then.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

VoxMagis Re:It's Easy (483 comments)

I wish I had mod points for this - it's the most realistic answer yet!

more than 4 years ago

Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches

VoxMagis NASA Wasn't Always Like We See It Now (450 comments)

The politics of NASA killed the plans of NASA.

At one time, they had a plan that would have put a base on the Moon by the end of the 70's and missions to Mars in the 80's. Some of the Apollo astronauts saw themselves as part of that.

After we went to the Moon, Nixon killed the hope. Under his 'leadership' we scrapped the last three planned Moon missions, stopped building anything new outside of an under-funded (and possibly ill-advised) Space Shuttle, and those that led us to space, from Astronauts to Engineers to Machinists and Janitors, left NASA with the cuts. We never regained the drive, or the ability we had since then. NASA had become a tool of politics, which it hadn't really been before.

Sure, we went to the Moon to beat the Russians. Along the way, we learned things, and we even maybe pulled the nation and the world a BIT more together. Is that so bad?

Whether you like Obama or not, whether the realities of our current crises are the end, are we not losing sight of the grand picture given us by those who came before?

more than 4 years ago

Google.cn Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

VoxMagis Re:suspicious timing (515 comments)

No, not really.

I can't think why anyone would think that making such an international drama and giving up $600m in annual profit would be worth doing just to distract attention from the fact a handful of people are whining about getting the phone to use 3G instead of 2G in some areas on the Nexus One.

What next? Microsoft purchases a nuclear missile and launches it at Russia to distract everyone from the fact no one is buying the Zune?

Don't give them IDEAS!

about 5 years ago

Uniforms For the Help Desk?

VoxMagis Make them look good and optional... (837 comments)

We have 'uniform' shirts where I work. We travel to many customers, so I actually like them as an identifier. This is not the case you're in as your question states, but it's really not far off with a company location that size.

In our case, they are optional - We are expected to wear something professional or wear one of our work shirts. The boss came in with a catalogue with many different types and styles of shirts that get our logo sewn on, and that's it. It took a bit, but nearly all of us wear the work shirts. They are a style WE have chosen and WE can choose not to wear them, so, being a bunch of geeks, of course we do.

Besides, we barely have to dress ourselves that way! It keeps the bizarre color choices we come in with to a minimum.

more than 4 years ago

Extinct Ibex Resurrected By Cloning

VoxMagis iBex... iDoDo... iSlate! (238 comments)

Don't you see? It's a marketing ploy by Apple!

more than 5 years ago

Critics Call For NASA TV To "Liven Up"

VoxMagis Re:multiple feeds? (305 comments)

Hear, hear - I wish I had mod points.

Look, I love watching NASA TV when I can, as is. I also am very aware that the lack of commentary and descriptions makes it somewhat dull.

Why is it that the /. crowd can endlessly debate making science more interesting, then suddenly condemn the idea of trying to make science more interesting?

Split the channel. Part of the reason that NASA TV exists is to provide raw footage to other networks anyway, so keep one as is, then put some commentary on another one.


more than 5 years ago



More Info on New Star Trek Flick

VoxMagis VoxMagis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VoxMagis (1036530) writes "Entertainment Weekly provides a new look and new pics from the upcoming Star Trek movie. Am I one of the last few that never 'got' the new stuff and still worships the classic series (and at least some of the movies)? It seems to me to be the movie I've dreamed of, but is it too late to bring it to life, after years of the more modern characters?"
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NASA Unmanned Drone Used To Monitor Fires

VoxMagis VoxMagis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

VoxMagis (1036530) writes "CNN reports on NASA's version of the military Predator-B unmanned drone. This is being used to monitor the fires in SoCal and the damage caused. 'Ikhana' and Earth-orbiting satellites are being used by NASA to study the process of fire monitoring as well as to assist emergency response. The article is a bit short on information, but there are a couple of good pictures.
From the article: "Ikhana's main task is to scan the wildfires at close range and send thermal-infrared imagery to a central server accessible by agencies such as FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, emergency-service centers in Southern California, and even the Pentagon.""

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Hackers Unite: PSP can be downgraded, un-bricked

VoxMagis VoxMagis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

VoxMagis (1036530) writes "A group of talented PSP hackers have developed a system to downgrade and unbrick (permanently crash) the PSP. A group including the well known (in the PSP home brew world) Dark_Alex has developed a set of software that closely imitates the Sony Service Battery (Known as "JigKick").
This opens up amazing new potential for the home brew scene for the Playstation Portable. With the ability to repair a corrupted PSP or to reset a new one, the safety and usability of PSP software has truly taken a step up."


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