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Open Source Beehives Designed To Help Save Honeybee Colonies

caferace Re:No, it affects MORE THAN ONE SPECIES ! (172 comments)

We had mites through the fall, and killed most of them by dosing the entire colony with .... powdered sugar. Yes, we lost a bunch of bees, but the mites are gone.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

caferace Re:You're not trying hard enough (629 comments)

I'm 72 now, and still gainfully employed...just not by 35-year-old "managers" (or worse, "executives") who haven't got any substantive experience to evaluate competence. After a career consulting to IBM, Intel, HP, Amoco, DuPont (and lots more) at the CxO level on IT strategy, I semi-retired in 2001, to a small mountain town nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Interestingly enough, I too (and I'm the guy who Asked Slashdot this question) I located myself in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Howdy, neighbor.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

caferace Re:Lie a little (629 comments)

But when I send out a perfectly good resume and use the more obvious resources there are still precious few bites for someone requiring to work remotely

How come nobody has commented on this part? No matter what age you are, requiring that you work remotely is going to make things difficult, no matter your age.

When you live in a rather remote part of the world (by choice and necessity) there aren't a lot of options. I get that I may not be paid as well for doing so, and am totally fine with that. But I'm simply not willing to move back to Silicon Valley just to make a living wage.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Us Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

caferace Re:Ageism is real, but... (2 comments)

The thing is, I have relevant and current skills and if something new comes up I will learn it faster than anyone. I can lead a team of newcomers (common in SQA) like no ones business. I've worked with outsourced teams, and am quite well versed in overseas contacts. I've worked with github and 27signals through their earlier work and others along with tons of FOSS and OSS projects. My name is out there. You, as a fan of my side project (www.motopodcast.com) know how hard we work and how incredibly diverse we are.

It's just frustrating. I'm not done yet breaking things.

about 5 months ago

A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

caferace Sorry, but ... (668 comments)

Have any of you RTFA, and looked at the website this is posted on? Pretty much a blog, a year and a half old with "stories", i.e. bloglinks so vacuous towards everyone. "Independent Journal Review" ? Slashdot just got Onion'ed.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Development Leadership Overvalued?

caferace Hands On (252 comments)

As a manager, you tend to get very little inside info into what your miscreants are up to because you're dealing with administrative bullshit. I'm managed. Not fun. I've actually demoted myself from management so I I could go back into the code base.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Building a Cheap Computing Cluster?

caferace Re:Don't do it (160 comments)

I just left a place that had over 100 M2075's used for R&D and test dualed up and all on the same network.... During the day, they were mostly real hot, all day. Some jobs ran overnight or the weekend. As they say, YMMV.

about a year ago

Popular Wordpress Plugin Leaves Sensitive Data In the Open

caferace Link in TFA is hacked. :D (54 comments)

With a whole bunch of payday loan text spam at the top. Wonder what plugin caused that?

about a year ago

VLC For Windows 8 Reaches $65,000 Funding Goal On Kickstarter

caferace Re:VLC (210 comments)

Or 10 anons at Microsoft with $6500 a piece.

about a year ago

How Can Wikipedia's Visual Editor Top Other Word Processors?

caferace Specifically for Wikipedia.. (196 comments)

..they need to make something that imports the current format in a WYSIWYG fashion, renders and exports it properly. Dealing with the table structure there is a nightmare for low-intermediate experience editors.

about a year and a half ago

100GbE To Slash the Cost of Producing Live Television

caferace Is the Network really the bottleneck? (180 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the bottleneck in broadcasting isn't necessarily network speeds, but dealing with the disparity in ingest formats. Loads of non-interoperable formats come in, and broadcast teams have to transcode them into something that works, and quick, especially in live mediums. 10Gbe is fine for that. It's the hardware that does the transcoding that is holding things up. Finally, there are some companies that are using GPGPU boxes to speed it up..

about a year and a half ago

Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

caferace Re:Run your own NTP if it matters (290 comments)

Many (if not most) medical devices (think MRI/CAT/US, whatever) run on a variant of Windows as the underlying OS, be it standard or embedded. Switching to use an NTP server on the local network would be trivial.

The BIGGER problem (IMHO) is that these devices aren't shipped with any sort of malware protection, for the most part. One bogus USB stick plugged in, and..... I've spent years in the medical device field. The reliance on hospitals securing their networks, and not securing quarter million dollar devices at the manufacturer end always freaked me out. But again, the problem was how do you get updates, without communicating with the outside world and make it easy? Hospital IT staff are notoriously overworked and underfunded.



about 2 years ago

Kodak Basement Lab Housed Small Nuclear Reactor

caferace Neutron Radiography (169 comments)

In the early 80's, fresh from a move to Northern California I took a job ($7.50 an hour or so) working at a lab that did Neutron Radiography. The process and results themselves are actually really cool. We'd test things like turbine blades for jet aircraft for porosity or residual casting material, welding flaws in Space Shuttle engines. Neat stuff. Then, it was sort of off in an orchard area with a few houses around. Now? Subdivisions, crowd it. That being said, it really is a low-impact sort of deal. Fire up the reactor in the morning, work, power it down in the afternoon. Within 20 minutes of shutdown you could walk past the containment wall, peer down into the pool and watch the blue glow fade. Neat job, for someone just exploring their potential career field. Twenty years later, I was back in the radiography field from a medical devices software bent.

And yes, well after, my reproductive organs functioned just fine, thank you. ;)


about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?

caferace Re:You have no rights. (1059 comments)

As far as they are concerned, you have no rights.

Actually, you have three. With eternal thanks to The Clash

nice reference. Old-school... -jim

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

caferace Twelve years... (443 comments)

... and my options still haven't vested. Feh. :)


more than 4 years ago

Shedding Your Identity In the Digital Age

caferace I think if you're really trying to hide.... (138 comments)

... (and I did RTFA and the ones before) that getting offline (both 'net and financially) would be a wise thing. Seems like most people get tripped up by that, out of curiosity, cash troubles and loneliness.


more than 4 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Are Us Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

caferace caferace writes  |  about 5 months ago

caferace (442) writes "I've been around the block. /. user #442 ... Long time worker in the tech industry (nearly 30 years), absolutely kickass SQA and Hardware person, networking, you name it. But. I'm 50+ now and finding new regular or contract work is a PITA. And it shouldn't be. I have skills and aptitude to absorb and adapt to any new situations and languages way beyond what any of my college age brethren might have. But. I send out a perfectly good resume, use the more obvious resources, and still few bites for someone requiring to work remotely. Am I just whining, or is this common? Are we being put out to pasture far too early?"

Electric Motorcycle sets new record at Bonneville

caferace caferace writes  |  more than 4 years ago

caferace writes "Despite an underwhelming start at the classic IOMTT races this year, electric sportbikes are looking to have some promise. "Mission Motors, a San Francisco based company redefining the world of performance motorcycles, announced today that its zero-emissions Mission One electric superbike has claimed the national AMA top speed record for an electric motorcycle, achieving a record 150.059 mph two-pass average run sustained for one mile at Bonneville Speedway on September 1st, 2009. Lead up to runs for the record saw one-way speeds across the mile stretch at 161mph.""
Link to Original Source

caferace caferace writes  |  more than 7 years ago

caferace writes "In an apparent lack of any self-respecting journalistic continuity, TIME (read, parent/child of AOL/Tim Warner) has collapsed into itself and decided that we all rock. Me, and especially You . If this was the front page in 1995, perhaps I'd agree. But not now. They're too late. What do you think?"


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