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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

adam.voss Re:Hmmm... (641 comments)

Chimps are no more legal persons than corporations are. Oh wait...

So appoint the chimps as members of a corporation?

1 year,17 days

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

adam.voss Re:Great read: The Pragmatic Programmer (598 comments)

Here I liked Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship better than Pragmatic Programmer. I guess it just seemed a little more modern to me, though in general the knowledge of both was timeless.

I may have to go back and read Code Complete, it was thick and seemed to cover topics I had already read or been reading about in other other books, so I passed it over.

about a year ago

German Parliament Tells Government To Strictly Limit Patents On Software

adam.voss Re:The only exception... (75 comments)

Exactly where I was going with this.

Step 1: Write a software emulator for a mechanical computer
Step 2: Obtain a patent for said software
Step 3: Use above to obtain patents on any other software patents you want
Step 4: ???
Step 5: Profit!!! (at society's expense)

about a year and a half ago

German Parliament Tells Government To Strictly Limit Patents On Software

adam.voss The only exception... (75 comments)

computer programs which replace a mechanical or electromagnetic component

What would be realistic examples of this?

about a year and a half ago

Trade Group: US Software Developer Wages Fell 2% Last Year

adam.voss The recession continues (237 comments)

As the recession continues, ...

By what definition is the recession continuing? While, the job market has not recovered, I do believe we have been experiencing economic growth.

about a year and a half ago

Real World Stats Show Chromebooks Are Struggling

adam.voss I want ChromeOS but not a Chromebook (250 comments)

I already have a netbook with suitably classed hardware and have no need to buy another. For my use or that particular device, a lightweight, no hassle, Internet centric OS like ChromeOS would be ideal. Unfortunately every time I have looked at installing ChromiumOS there have been video driver issues with my hardware.

about a year and a half ago

The Hacker Lifecycle

adam.voss Re:Stupid n00b. (77 comments)

Thanks for the Insightful post. Is there a souce for where this three phase idea comes from?

about a year and a half ago

Got a Cell Phone Booster? FCC Says You Have To Turn It Off

adam.voss Booster sticker (245 comments)

How do I turn off my as seen on TV signal boosting sticker?

about 2 years ago

Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

adam.voss Re:Does it matter. (437 comments)

Thankfully there is scala ( http://www.scala-lang.org/ ) on the JVM to advance language functionality while Java is not. I would say C# and scala are more feature similar than C# is to Java anymore, especially if Macros end up coming out of the Roslyn project.

about 2 years ago

Security Expert Says Java Vulnerability Could Take Years To Fix, Despite Patch

adam.voss Re:So? (320 comments)

Well put. I had to post because I accidentally pressed the wrong moderation entry and near as I could find, there is no other way to remove the moderation.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

adam.voss Re:Sage or Python + IPython + SciPy + NumPy (254 comments)

Rather than running Sage in terminal, look at Sage Notebook. It is Sage with a web-based GUI. I have not played with it since they went to the new versions that include the OpenID auth; however, the math department at my alma mater host s server and had students use it for class as a replacement for Mathematica in a number of courses. I found it worked well for many things. You could either run a local copy or use one of the freely accessible online servers.

about 2 years ago

Emperor Penguins Counted From Space

adam.voss Species (102 comments)

the total number of emperor penguin species on the continent.

Can a satellite really tell us the number is not 1?

more than 2 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Non-Profit Database Solutions

adam.voss adam.voss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

adam.voss (1854938) writes "I am a computer science major one year away from my degree who has work experience in the IT field as well. I am hired for a summer fellowship at a small research non-profit where one of my many duties is to be the resident geek. They piecemeal a bunch of software systems in a way that works, but frustrates users due to poor interface and always having to find workarounds. A database seems like the logical solution (mainly survey data and contact management); however, I am the first techie beyond MS Excel/Access experience the org has had in its 5 year life. The org has no servers, so online/cloud is ideal; I have found some APIs, but I am hesitant to code something because no one could maintain it, where Excel/Access level things could be. From what I can tell this seems to be a pretty common problem for small non-profits. Is there an online/cloud equivalent to Access (Google Spreadsheets is too slow/limited)? Or some other solution people can suggest? Do I just need to convince the org they need a server and then use OOo Base? Is the only real solution to find funds to hire a full-time tech person (unlikely)?"


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