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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

acvh Non-tech sounds (790 comments)

Cap guns. Baseball cards in bicycle spokes. The crack, as opposed to the ding, of the bat in baseball games.

about three weeks ago

Open Source Increasingly Replaced By Open APIs

acvh Re:I see no problem here. (224 comments)

The same can be said of an OS's APIs: "DOS isn't done 'till Lotus won't run".

more than 3 years ago

Is Google Playing Fair With Groupon, et al?

acvh so what (193 comments)

google gives you a free email account, then uses it to market stuff to you. why would anyone be surprised, or upset? there are many free email options out there, use another one if you don't like how this one works.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast's 105MBit Service Comes With Data Cap

acvh Re:I'm using the 105Mbit service. The datacap is r (372 comments)

A HD movie on iTunes is 4.7GB down. One movie a day 30 days = 141GB. Now let's do some TV. 4 shows a day also HD ~1GB per. (22min for 3 and 1 40min show) that's another 4 GB * 30 = 120 GB and voila, 262 GB / month.
who the hell watches one movie and four tv shows per DAY? if it's you, turn off the tv and take a walk.

more than 3 years ago

What Kind of Data Center Can You Build With $500M?

acvh Re:The Unfortunate Reality of Maintaining Legacy (204 comments)

re: your "designed in reverse" observation. Right on. And not only that, but many organizations still use those metrics of cpu cycles and I/O to bill internal clients for running reports. Which explains why people here in my current office are afraid to request reports.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

acvh Be Professional (958 comments)

In a meeting with your boos tell hom/her that one of your responsibilities as the IT guy is to ensure license compliance and that you would like to document all of your software. Ask for access to invoices to see what's been purchased. Inventory all software installed and prepare a report showing where there might be an issue. Offer a solution or solutions to dealing with the issue: buying licenses, researching alternative programs, etc.

Don't be confrontational, don't be a dick, don't make threats or demands. Do tell them about the BSA and what can happen if they are to get audited. Turn your concerns into a positive for the company. That's why they hired you.

more than 5 years ago

Court Demands Private Facebook Data

acvh Re:With all due respect to our Canadian neighbors (113 comments)

with all due respect to a fellow slashdot poster, if you are asking a court to give you money for "loss of enjoyment of life" then your life is now fair game for examination. relying solely on the plaintiffs statements would not make for a just proceeding.

more than 5 years ago

Could Fake Phishing Emails Help Fight Spam?

acvh Re:Seriously? (296 comments)

I'm not a kernel developer, but every mailing list to which I once subscribed moved to web based forums, which I find much, much more convenient to use. I think mailing lists are a relic which some are reluctant to give up, and I'm sure there may be good reasons for that. I just don't know what they are.

If a "solution" to spam were to exist or be developed, and mailing lists suffered collateral damage, there are other ways for the participants to communicate and discuss.

more than 5 years ago

Plethora of New User Space Filesystems For Mac OS X

acvh Re:Because... (225 comments)

much of that problem is a holdover from pre-OS X days. many Mac users got so used to using little hacks from garage developers that they keep using them with OS X rather than finding a better way to do it. I've been a productive Mac users since 10.0 and haven't seen the need for "haxies" or other Rube Goldberg type programs.

more than 6 years ago

"FOSS Business Model Broken" — Former OSDL CEO

acvh Re:Well, duh (412 comments)

Perhaps, but solutions make money. I'm using some genuinely crappy software on an assignment now, but it's got the largest share of its market, and my employer is paying bags of money to use it. There is no open source equivalent, because it requires more expertise than just writing good code: legal, financial, and regulatory expertise isn't cheap.

more than 6 years ago

How to Deal With an Aging Brain?

acvh I'm 47 (684 comments)

and I've started making efforts to use external memory as much as possible: calendars, phonebooks, todo lists. All the things I didn't need 10 years ago.

i've been told that a good diet and exercise can help, but it's not THAT bad yet.

i forget people's names right after they introduce themselves. i lose my car keys every morning.

my daughter (8) is taking advantage of this; "daddy, remember you told me you'd take me to a movie." shit, maybe I did.

more than 6 years ago

Review: Gears of War 2

acvh Re:Simply not for PC (193 comments)

not very relevant to the overall discussion, but my public library has PC games available for borrowing. Some new ones, even.

more than 6 years ago

Otherland MMO Announced

acvh The Books... (142 comments)

like many other SF/Fantasy series, Otherland started strong, but it became obvious in the second volume that the author hadn't thought it all through and just started making it up as he went along (ala George Lucas).

there should be an exception to copyright rules that would let someone step in under these circumstances and write the sequel that the initial story deserves.

as for the online game aspect, why should we expect it to be anything other than one more level grinding bore with pretty graphics? when it's gotten to where character classes have generic descriptions (tank, etc.) no matter what they are supposed to represent, all that's left is changing the pictures.

MMOs have become a lazy way to make games.

more than 6 years ago


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