Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

cedarhillbilly Kochs will ruin capitalism by short sighted greed (531 comments)

Kochs aren't worried about capitalism which is a system of exchange. They are worried about not being able to their own profits in the short term. As extractive industries they want to buy protection from other advocates with environmental views by starving them out of the discussion! Here's the problem. Capitalism (market economies) only works if there is a fair balance of power among the buyers and the sellers. That other thing that the Kochs are protecting is oligarchy--rule by the wealthy.

about a month ago
top

Goodbye, Google Voice

cedarhillbilly Re:Save google voice! (166 comments)

yes and I'm a /. classic fan, sorry about that.

about 6 months ago
top

Goodbye, Google Voice

cedarhillbilly Save google voice! (166 comments)

Maybe it is a good headline because it caught my attention and drove me to comment. Being backwoods senior citizens, my wife and I use google voice all the time. No cell service where we live so we stay in touch with our family and our volunteer activities without paying for long distance using google voice. Besides, some of us less dexterous seniors need a keyboard to respond to texts. Google if you are listening, don't dump voice cuz some yuppie in a metro area has a bug up his a**

about 7 months ago
top

The Role of Freeloaders In Open Source Communities

cedarhillbilly This article is very helpful. Thanks for sharing (120 comments)

Maybe this will help people distinguish between participation in an organization (personal) and participation in a network or movement (virtual).

about 9 months ago
top

Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo Form Alliance Against NSA

cedarhillbilly ganging up on a competitor (293 comments)

If NSA can't get info on us by its own methods, they will need to buy it from Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Yahoo...just saying

about 10 months ago
top

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

cedarhillbilly Re:The American Dream (629 comments)

I'm not in IT but grateful to have enough working knowledge of telecommunications systems to continue to share what I've learned with others in my field. From out in the woods I can continue to be a mentor to my former co workers but now I can do it without worrying about the overlords telling me "you can't say that..." I can also mentor younger people in other organizations...maybe getting them to shake things up a little where they work. And I have time to think about how to adapt the wonderful new tools being created in the 21st century world back to the 19th century world of social welfare organizations. I just finished The Power of Scrum and I'm wondering how my former colleagues can adapt rapid change and customer feedback into their service delivery models. I have been fortunate to have wonderful family, relatively stable health, enough income to survive, and an internet connection that permits me to live in the beautiful Pennsyltucky and still communicate with my peers. I have given up catering to the neuroses of the bosses and the funders. Count me lucky. Sorry to talk so much about myself but here's the take away: Retirement is the time we can REALLY tell the truth without being caught up in organizational gang fights and turf wars. Take what I know and deploy it in an open sourced sharing environment and learn some new stuff too.

about 10 months ago
top

UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

cedarhillbilly approach3 works for me (521 comments)

I'm using a System 76 laptop for about 4 months now. I like the choices of hardware options. Here's the downsides. I had a rocky ordering experience: Billing address and shipping addresses were different and 'broke' their system so it took a phone call to fix the problem. Then I had to reinstall the operating system to fine tune Ubuntu; Not a biggie since I normally make my own install on any new box. Since then it runs like a clock. Laptop (Lemur is the model) is light, fast, has a nice touch...everything I wanted and no MS TAX. check them out at https://www.system76.com/ Maybe if there's more demand for open hardware...more people will build it.

more than 2 years ago
top

OH Senate Passes Bill Banning Human-Animal Hybrids

cedarhillbilly who wouldn't want that... (197 comments)

The Ohio Senate has not succumbed to the stupidity pandemic sweeping the state. This is a conscious strategy to avoid voting the apportionment reform bill. "In the last few elections, an almost equal number of voters statewide voted for Republicans and Democrats. Yet our state Senate has a 2-1 Republican tilt. And that enables them to rush through legislation prior to recessing banning the development of human/animal hybrids — a problem that, you know, doesn't actually EXIST in Ohio right now." Anastasia Pantsios in Ohio Daily Blog http://www.ohiodailyblog.com/

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

top

Psychohistory advances

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  1 year,7 days

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "Conflict reduction turns out to be the driver for emergence of complex civilization
from the article: "The study focuses on the interaction of ecology and geography as well as the spread of military innovations and predicts that selection for ultra-social institutions that allow for cooperation in huge groups of genetically unrelated individuals and large-scale complex states, is greater where warfare is more intense."
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130923155538.htm"
top

cleareye view of 3 D printing

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "In "Drilling into 3D printing", Professor James Woudhuysen writes a nice analysis of why the US has become enamored with 3D printing. Hint: not just the technology, maybe the desire for resurgent domestic home based manufacturing: a cultural artifact dug up from the 19th century, enhanced by entrepreneur promoters in the tech media world? "To do justice to 3D printing, it needs to be seen clearly, without rose-tinted spectacles, and in perspective. ""
Link to Original Source
top

Geeks in the Public Forum?

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "New Scientist reviews the Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson. In the book, Henderson pleads for citizens who value science to force it onto the mainstream political agenda and other main walks of life. Questions for real life are "Do you have to give up tech practice to undertake a public role (MIT inventor to tea party favorite)?" also "Is political life (compromise, working by consensus, irrationality) antithetical to the 'geek' values?""
Link to Original Source
top

Elgin Gas Leak: who's paying attention?

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cedarhillbilly writes "New Scientist has been doing a bang up job of covering a major drilling 'accident' in the North Sea where a drilling rig operated by France's Total has released a pool of natural gas into the atmosphere. Because it's not on CNN's doorstep and no one's been killed so far, the Elgin leak has received scant attention in US media. Still it's huge and raises some interesting questions about drilling safety. In today's installment of the coverage, New Scientist shows the 'purple haze' (great graffix) hovering over the site of the leak. Look at the photo, then drill down (ouch) thru the links to get the rest of the story!"
Link to Original Source
top

Gas leak in North Sea

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cedarhillbilly writes "North Sea oil drilling seems to have opened up a previously unknown gas formation. Gas is seeping into the drilling columns and flowing uncontrolled into the ocean and atmosphere. New Scientist reports: "Many questions remain. Total (the well operator) says that until it works out the capacity of the source and the rate at which methane and gas condensate are leaking into the environment, it is impossible to say either how much gas will be released or how long it will take to block it, despite some reports putting it at six months.

Scary reprise of Deepwater Horizon"

Link to Original Source
top

Mapping Deceptive Systems

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "CMI researchers have mapped the networks of email contacts in 6 Enron projects to show that projects that were based on deception were hub-spoke networks and legitimate projects were more cloudlike 'webs'. Probably a bigger breakthru for network science than for social scientists who work with groups and organizations, but a nice mathematical 'indicator' of when a system is behaving badly. Predictive? Still need to develop markers to give an early warning rather than a post mortem."
Link to Original Source
top

Microsoft in DC, lessons learned

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cedarhillbilly writes "Michael Kinsley writes in Politico about Microsoft's introduction to the wacky world of DC. Lessons to be learned. Kinsley writes: "As the Microsoft example suggests, the Washington culture of influence peddling is not entirely, or even primarily, the fault of the corporations that hire the lobbyists and pay the bills. It’s a vast protection racket, practiced by politicians and political operatives of both parties. Nice little software company you’ve got here. Too bad if we have to regulate it or if Big Government programs force us to raise its taxes. Your archrival just wrote a big check to the Washington Bureaucrats Benevolent Society. Are you sure you wouldn’t like to do the same?""
Link to Original Source
top

The Next Wave?

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "From my perspective as a non-developer, Matt Asay consistently delivers way more insight into the emerging digital culture than anyone I customarily read. Today's essay in the Register takes on Google Wave from the perspective of visionary change versus incremental change and suggests that visionaries should be transforming the todayness of our lives rather than leapfrogging. Wondering if Google sensed this when they famously said they were worried about having too many geniuses http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/02/google_hiring_practrices/ Asay re-makes the point that the open source development model necessarily builds on a community of contributors and users and not the mad scientist in an ivory tower."
Link to Original Source
top

it's there but you can't see it

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "Wikipedia is featuring a story http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_henge_at_Stonehenge on a new neolithic wooden henge identified by ground scanning radar and magnetometers adjacent to the more obvious (big stones in the ground) Stonehenge. Scientists are reporting this find in July 2010. Wikipedia cites a press release, a BBC article and an article in the Guardian. Wait, is Wikipedia almost breaking news?"
top

Demythologizing ACTA

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "Andrew Orlowski's article "Lizard People drop ACTA draft from Black Helicopter" in The Register is a nice response to the ACTA paranoia. Most importantly, Orlowski presents a tutorial on 'the real world' of public decision making. On conspiracies, Orlowski notes: "The problem with this sub-adolescent view of the world, is that in the end, it really does leave you powerless." Check out the article, then get engaged."
Link to Original Source
top

chaos in multiprocessor computers?

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "Computers should not play dice. That, to paraphrase Einstein, is the feeling of a University of Washington computer scientist with a simple manifesto: If you enter the same computer command, you should get back the same result.

Maybe this why OpenSUSE periodically detects a new monitor on my laptop which runs a dualCore processor?"

Link to Original Source
top

get connected on the road

cedarhillbilly cedarhillbilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cedarhillbilly (940464) writes "Cnet is featuring a series by By Daniel Terdiman called High Tech road trip. I thought his June 29th column http://www.cnet.com/4520-13386_1-6744577-1.html?ta g=inside on getting connected on the road was pretty blah, mentioning internet cafes, ISP/cell phone vendor services and sniffer appliances as ways to find internet access for your portable device. I think slashdotters will have a hundred additional ideas that I could benefit from learning about. Read the article, then post your own ideas about how to get on line on the road FOR FREE. my idea: public libraries. If it's nice outside you can usually log on from the parking lot with fewer noisy young people to contend with; if it's hot and sweaty, put up with the kids and enjoy the AC."

Journals

cedarhillbilly has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?