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

WarJolt install Eucalyptus (206 comments)

I'd install Eucalyptus and develop an application. Then when my lease ran out I'd redeploy it on AWS.

4 days ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

WarJolt Re:Great! (59 comments)

I was just thinking "I don't own enough expensive single-use gadgets whose meagre functionality could be replaced by a few lines of code."

Yeah and this one comes with it's very own useless HD h.264 video decoder and HDMI port.

about 2 months ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

WarJolt Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Reminds me of running instances on AWS. AT&T has no financial incentive to reduce these surprise charges. Seriously there should be a hard cap that we can set. Sure we are responsible for these charge, but most of the times naive consumers are not aware. Amazon clearly posts the prices of their instances, but it's not uncommon to get a $30,000 bill accidentally due to some developer testing out their application by spinning off instances. You get charged for the whole hour when an instance starts on AWS and things can show up on their accounting system weeks later.

A real time system for monitoring usage should be mandated by law and sufficient warning should be available. A data roaming plan should automatically be applied if it will save you money. Most importantly we should have the ability to set a cap.

about 2 months ago

MIT Working On Robotic Limbs That Attach To Shoulders, Waist

WarJolt Redundant Refernce (12 comments)

Yeah we know....Did you even read the summary?

about 2 months ago

NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121

WarJolt Deeper Underground (208 comments)

My theory is that any legislation will just put the covert back into intelligence gathering.

about 2 months ago

Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

WarJolt Re:What about inbound? (347 comments)

You think the NSA really needs customs to help them spy on US citizens? They really don't have to be that clever about it.

about 3 months ago

Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

WarJolt Re:Typcial (143 comments)

The answer is simple. Cloud based medical records and disallow local caching. A PC is disconnected, no problem. It scales and it allows you to consolidate security. I never understood why we trust IT staffs with medical record security. You really need a Dev Ops team for that.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

WarJolt Open your mind (306 comments)

There are other programming languages besides those listed in the article. It's interesting there is a whole resurgence of new programming languages.
Some people need a little encouragement. Write formally verified code and learn Coq. Learn a functional programming language like haskell or take a blast from the past and learn smalltalk.

You might never use these for anything practical, but what you learn from them is invaluable. You need to constantly be learning new things.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

WarJolt Re:Ask the OSM community. (52 comments)

Works on android too as a pretty good replacement for the Google maps api.. I've found it fo be a little slow at times and google maps api is a bit more mature. Gotta get your hands dirty and write some code.

about 5 months ago

Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

WarJolt Re:Stop (349 comments)

I use googles dns. I figure since they already know everything about me anyway, why let them know which domains I'm visiting. Cox redirects unresolved domains. I hate that.

about 5 months ago

The Brief Rise and Long Fall of Russia's Robot Tank

WarJolt Re:Grooming propaganda for Google's Robot Tank (79 comments)

The owners of Slashdot have been previously grooming you by constantly promoting the nonsense of 'self-driving' cars - the first stage of Google propaganda to prepare the way for their robotic killing machines. The self-driving algorithms, while utterly useless for a vehicle that could tolerate not even one mistake, are perfect for robot tanks that can crush and slaughter a bus full of the 'other' without a murmur of complaint from the sheeple of the USA. By self-driving, the LAST thing Google means is 'safe' for civilians.

Tin foil hats are pretty fashionable, eh?

Car companies are investing millions in this stuff.
Without the DARPA we wouldn't have ARPANET, the precursor to the internet.
Of course this technology is going to emerge out of defense research, but it doesn't mean it won't be used for automobiles.

about 5 months ago

Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

WarJolt Re:i interpret it to mean (497 comments)

Laws have been settled and theories haven't. Thats not to say laws shouldn't be challenged, but they can be considered more or less doctrine. Think about how much science would unravel without the 2nd law of thermal dynamics and there could easily be something akin to a religious war if it was ever disproven.

about 5 months ago

Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

WarJolt Re:Obama (187 comments)

We've equated job creation to economic growth. Not all jobs generate the same economic growth. The discrepancy mentioned in the article is a result of more people going to work to less productive jobs. This is a result of economic policies from republicans and democrats, but creating jobs is one of the reasons Obama was elected as president. Unfortunately that is only one side of the equation. The economy is a complicated system and any statement that overly simplifies it to create jobs and the economy will grow should be called into question.

Politician are to blame on both sides of the isle, but we elected them, so we have only ourselves to blame.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

WarJolt Re:Follow your fascination (451 comments)

Working on a cs undergrad at 27 has taught me a thing or two. The difference between older people trying to learn and younger people trying to learn is that older folks are stuck using the same skills and techniques and young folks are ready to adopt new tools, techniques and ideas very readily. If you maintain an open mind you are never too old to get a new career.

about 5 months ago

What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

WarJolt Re:I would.. (143 comments)

Such a buzz kill, man. When I invent a shrink ray to shrink the laser, guess whos going to be the laser shark's first victim. Muhahahaha

about 5 months ago

How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

WarJolt Re:Ticket use rules (240 comments)

Can't get any clearer than that. They could use some form of biometrics to enforce this.

about 6 months ago



iPad 3 was plan B

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "Ever think your iPad is too bulky? Brooke Crothers writes about how the iPad was plan B for apple. They wanted to use IGZO displays from Sharp. This may make some folks feel better about skipping a generation. Hopefully the next iPad will be smaller thinner and just as beautiful."
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Proposed Bill Allows Fed to Shut Down Your Interne

WarJolt WarJolt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

WarJolt (990309) writes "The 197 page bill will allow the president in a time of an emergency to flip a "kill switch" in a time of emergency. Do you think giving the federal government power over the greatest forum for free speech in a time of an emergency is a good idea?"
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