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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Walter White Home and offsite data center (287 comments)

No racks. I have a Thinkpad T500 ('08 vintage) that I've bumped up to 8GB RAM and 240GB SSD so the T9400 Core 2 Duo provides decent performance. I've recently added a similar vintage aluminum MacBook that's been bumped to 4GB RAM and I've installed an SSD in that as well. Despite the 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo it does a decent job for surfing and perhaps some day some light IOS development. For heavy lifting I have a dual monitor workstation powered by an i7-4770K with a 260GB SSD (and an older 30GB SSD) for boot, system and home and a couple of RAIDED 7 year old 200GB Barracudas for scratch storage. This all gets backed up to a box with a couple 2TB drives that are mirrored. It was running on an Atom D525 but that motherboard stopped working a few weeks ago and has been replaced with one sporting a J1900 Celeron. With a newer PSU it idles along at 24 watts. That system also serves as NAS on the home LAN. I have a similar system (still running on a Atom) that is located at my son's place for offsite backup. In the middle of the night I send it a Wake On Lan packet (over the Internet), kick off the backup and when that's finished, it goes back to sleep. SWMBO has a couple year old Thinkpad that she uses. I have some older equipment that I don't count since it rarely gets used. I also don't count my smart phones or HP Touchpad since they're not real computers. ;) At the moment I also have a Cisco router that VPNs into work and an i7-4770 based Dell box (tiny little thing!) that I develop on. Everything except wife's laptop, MacBook and the work computer run Debian or Mint Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Walter White More tools (387 comments)

The more tools you have in your box (that you are actually skillful with), the more valuable you will be to any given employer/client. I got my foot in the door at a particular trading shop because I could program in C/C++ on OS/2. Later on I did another job for them because no one there wanted to deal with SNA networking. Skills like that earned me a *lot* of money over the years.

about three weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Walter White What about advancement? (546 comments)

I'm not going to comment about the value of the degree to the employer. I have my own opinion and it and it has already been covered more than adequately. I want to point out the value of the degree to the developer.

When my son was in college he mentioned that a friend of his had been offered a job with a decent starting salary without the need to finish his degree. That was in 1999. The industry was flying high. I pointed out that he risked stagnation w/out the degree. It would be difficult to move to another employer w/out the paper. This meant that his current employer need not pay him commensurate to his skills. I saw it as a cynical move on the part of the company to capture talent that would then find it harder to leave. Worse, if the economy tanked. he would be competing with degreed professionals for the better jobs.

He took the work, the dot com boom turned into the dot com bust and he was out of a job. At that point he returned to school and finished his degree. Fortunately he was in a life situation where he had that kind of flexibility. Had he a family to support and perhaps a new car and mortgage to pay off, he might have been in a pickle. Lots of degreed professionals found themselves out of work at that point but I'm sure the degree gave them an advantage finding something else to do.

And just for grins, I interviewed for a position today and they *did* ask about my degree (earned in '82) and how applicable it was for the work involved. And yes, I will start Monday.

about a month ago
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Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

Walter White Fix groups! (79 comments)

Maybe they can turn their attention back to some of their existing code. I'm the owner of a Yahoo group that is receiving spam. There is a spam folder but not all of the emails are marked as spam. I can find no way to mark them as spam. Doh!

about 1 month ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

Walter White Google-like? (207 comments)

A "Google-like" search engine? Does that mean they are serving ads to the law enforcement agencies that use it?

about a month ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Walter White Re:Why 80% (278 comments)

... some President or intelligence chief ...

I doubt that "some President" would be wielding this power. It is much more likely that he would be the subject of the power. First off, the agency would be loathe to be controlled by an external political agent. Secondly, it seems like it would be more useful to have a disposable puppet in charge rather than put one of their own in such a highly visible and yet temporary position. After all, their normal MO is to work in the shadows.

about 3 months ago
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Android Wear Is Here

Walter White Re:Instead of buying a phone every three years... (129 comments)

There are three broad categories of watch people these days: ...

Consider a fourth category, though likely not as broad as what you have already listed. That would be athletes and fitness buffs who obsess over the statistics of our training activities. We regularly wear huge GPS enabled watches that track our activities and statistics. The more popular brands include Garmin devices and if you have ever had the "pleasure" of using anything designed by Garmin's UI team you can imagine how excited some of us are to have an alternative. A cell phone with a watch peripheral would be a great combo. In my particular case, I perspire heavily when I run so I have to carry my cell phone in a zip lock bag, making it awkward to get to. Having a display on my wrist would be a significant usability factor. At ~$200US the watches are priced competitively with the stand alone units.

The only reason I have not ordered one is that I'm waiting to see how the Moto 360 stacks up against these two.

about 3 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Walter White Re:Lets list other free energy communication scams (448 comments)

I didn't check your link. I just wanted to let you know that when I was a kid, I had a crystal radio that produced sound in the earphone solely off the energy captured in the RF received. It had no batteries or external power source.

about 3 months ago
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Fish-Eating Spiders More Common Than Thought

Walter White Appropriate comment? (39 comments)

Can't think of much. Maybe this:

What has eight legs and a fish?

A Spider!

... How about this.

Moe: What is big and hairy and has eight legs?

Joe: I don't know, what?

Moe: I don't know either, but it's on your shoulder and it has a fish!

Note to self: Don't quit day job.

about 3 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Walter White Re:Dear federal government: GTFO (216 comments)

Your point would be better taken if you (and I mean the generic you, not you specifically) did not risk others lives by the actions that you take. I'd be perfectly happy to let you do whatever you wish in your vehicle but when a mistake on your part can kill me, then I'm happy to have the government interfere with your ability to do so.

about 3 months ago
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Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

Walter White Prions in the brain? (132 comments)

And woe betide any zombies who eat his brain!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Walter White Re:Law of Leaky Abstractions (352 comments)

Someone pointed that one out to me when I started working on a framework to manage timers, digital I/O and so on on the Arduino platform. Apparently Joel feels that abstractions are not useful because they cannot be perfect. He points out that stream sockets hide the errors in network transport by 'guaranteeing' packet delivery order and retransmiting dropped packets but cannot mask the problem when the cable is pulled. So what? If someone needs to read this to understand that the network is not going to work when the cable is disconnected, they're probably in the wrong business.

about 5 months ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Walter White Re:...news for nerds.. (405 comments)

Golf is dying because it's boring and pointless.

As an avid fisherman I hope to see the popularity of golf grow.

about 5 months ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Walter White Re:Just one more reason (258 comments)

Come on, I refuse to believe that these entities are actively working to put more people in prison for no good reason. ...
I think it's more likely that private prisons advocate for more prison time, etc. That would be the American thing to do :)

Are you suggesting that money is not a good reason?

http://cca.com/

  Prison operation is now private and they want to grow the business.

about 5 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Walter White Re:Anyone know if there are regression tests? (304 comments)

... Does anyone know how good their test coverage is?

Not obvious to me if by "their" you mean OpenSSL or OpenBSD (*) but it seems to me the answer is "not sufficient." I'm sure it will be enhanced to cover Heartbleed.

(*) OpenSSL, OpenBSD ... phrased that way it sounds like a match made in heaven! ;)

about 6 months ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

Walter White Re:Trollolololol! (146 comments)

What annoys me is that this is happening on a weeknight. Seriously??? Can't anyone think this sort of thing through??? ...

Very poor planning IMO. Whereas we had temps in the 80s a couple days ago it is presently 27F when the eclipse seems to be at totality. Oh well, at least I got to see it and capture some crude images before the clouds moved back in.

about 6 months ago
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

Walter White Re:It's not the thing... (90 comments)

There are faster, cheaper boards than the Pi.

Can you suggest any? My google-fu is not up to the task...

about 6 months ago

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