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What is your computer most often plugged into?

chromaexcursion Re:UPS - don't need one (172 comments)

I use the same system. Every "computer" in the house has a battery. Laptops, table, smart phones.
Much simpler than trying to manage a UPS.

2 days ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

chromaexcursion They're a high end contract agency (215 comments)

I'm a contract programmer. I got my current position through an agency. They got the contract, do the negotiating, and take a cut. Where I work there's no way in without going through an agency. It's part of the business, and the cost of doing business.
I've looked into 10x. This isn't the first / post about them. They were swamped for a year from the last one. Likely to happen again.
They manage to stay in the press. Free advertizing can't hurt.
Not a bad business model to have more business than you can handle, and do as much as you can.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

chromaexcursion Re:I know! (223 comments)

You need to learn to pack light.
Don't bring what can be acquired locally.
Concentrate on getting a GF while you're there.

might be more fun ....

about two weeks ago

How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

chromaexcursion SO many stupid comments these are hybrids not GMOs (377 comments)

Hybrids have been around officially for over 200 years, unofficially 5000.
It's called selective breeding. It's been going on since man discovered agriculture.
Hybrids loosing effectiveness in subsequent generations, is a well known problem. It's not something engineered in by man. Mother nature is a bitch,

This isn't Monsanto enforcing a patent for their GMO seeds, that do spread that gene.
These are hybrid seeds, with no GMO genes. They've just been carefully selected.
Many hybrids are mules. Look at seedless grapes. The desired hybrid can't reproduce.

The post is a bit skewed, the text for the link to the story tells the story. The author has an agenda.

about two weeks ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

chromaexcursion Re:Feds leaking shit for the election (265 comments)

nice post, now if you had logged in more than a handful would see it
I mod often, and read at score:-1. posting not logged in gets you a score:0, the default, and many don't know how to change it is 1.
/. skews to those willing to own their comments.
Original reposted below the fold:
The feds sure seem to be leaking a lot of things in the run up to the elections on Tuesday.
George Zimmerman going to a fed grand jury [], where a witness has suddenly "remembered" something:
>Following Zimmerman's acquittal on a murder charge, Taaffe has reversed his position and now says that he believes Zimmerman was motivated by race the night he followed then shot Trayvon in 2012.
>Taaffe cites a phone conversation he had with Zimmerman in the days following the shooting but before Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
>When originally interviewed by federal investigators in the weeks following the shooting, Taaffe did not tell them about the phone call...

about three weeks ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

chromaexcursion Re:Political science (265 comments)

The lawyers.

the whole system has become shit.
We need a better septic system.

about three weeks ago

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

chromaexcursion Re:What a surprise (not) (265 comments)

A boat load of federal crimes (maybe a helicopter load). A lot of people (police and local officials) deserve to go to jail.
There are too many he said she said. Unconfirmable statements, only muddy it further. Unless an insider blows the whistle, the guilty will walk.
A really nasty federal grand jury could put the screws on those who deserve to be punished. They might have to dig into their retirement fund to pay for legal advice. Some pain, less than what most of them deserve. The ones simply following orders don't need a lawyer. The truth, my boss told me to do this and I believed him/her, should protect them. They didn't commit a crime. Don't kill the messenger.
Perhaps the idiot at the FAA that accepted this may pay. Probably not fired, but at least enough damage to make someone else think twice before accepting a sack of bull$#1t.

about three weeks ago

US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

chromaexcursion Re:There's hope (112 comments)

I should have looked it up. Given the naivete of the sheriff I assumed it was a rural county.
Having looked it up. Joe Arpaio is likely to have a difficult time when it comes to re-election, if he runs. He has a lot of problems.

about three weeks ago

US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

chromaexcursion There's hope (112 comments)

The former County Lawyer has been disbarred.
That jackass is financial road kill.
There is no insurance for this kind of judgement. The county is on the hook. They are worse than broke, since this judgement spans bankruptcy.
That county is dead. The residence of the county are legally responsible for the debt.
Their home values are in the dumpster, and paying for the privilege.
Nice to see the legal system work.
I'm not being sarcastic, the people that have the most to loose are paying, as it should be, for a change.

will anyone learn?

about a month ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

chromaexcursion Having a Surgeon General would help (384 comments)

The fools are yelling for an Ebola Czar.
Perhaps filling the position of Surgeon General would be simpler. Controlling the spread of disease is one of the functions of that office.
But, approving the the candidate for the office would require the Senate to actually do something.

about a month ago

32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

chromaexcursion Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

Old news. 15 years ago Philadelphia was trying to build out public WiFi.
Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T had nothing to do with ensuring it failed.
Verizon is far more evil than Comcast or Time Warner. They've been at it longer and are more entrenched and subtle. They're the phone company after all.

Everyone loves to hate the cable company. The phone company is so good at fucking you over, most have no idea how badly they've been screwed.
I'll take Comcast any day over Verizon. I caught Verizon padding my bill, it took far too much of my time to force them to drop a little over $100 in charges.
The PUC investigator admitted he wished there was a way to more severely punish the phone company.

about a month ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

chromaexcursion Re:lol (328 comments)

40, 50, + years ago Bose did original research in speaker design. It changed things.
They patented it.
If physical patents were treated the same way as intellectual property patents are now, Bose would rule audio.
Is Bose over priced? yes. I won't pay for a name, but some will. At least it works.
All Beats has is a good marketing director.

about a month ago

Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

chromaexcursion You could see this coming (328 comments)

Win, lose, or something in between. Once Bose sued Apple they were going to be out.
Apple has it's nice walled garden. Only good little boys and girls are allowed to play.
By suing, Bose became a bad boy. They would be ejected from Apple's garden.
At this point Apple can't stop Bose from selling Apple compatible products. They just won't sell them in their store.

Bose has been around longer than Apple. This wasn't their first patent fight. I suspect there was no surprise in Bose' boardroom when this was announced. I have a feeling that Bose' CFO is not happy but not unhappy. It's business.

about a month ago

FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

chromaexcursion Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

there's much to be said for college chicks.

about 2 months ago

Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

chromaexcursion What a fool (302 comments)

Pay a fee for a license?
This idiot lives in the UK. Obviously totally clueless.
I though US lawmakers were stupid. This toad is a dumb cop from a different country. Gives new meaning to stupid.

I suspect this story won't get much more press, this guy is up there with Sarah Palin for intelligence.

about 2 months ago

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

chromaexcursion It's now assured destruction. (342 comments)

Any rogue faction than uses nuclear arms (they may have 1 or 2) against the US can be assured their cause will not survive.
For the peacenicks, The policy of MAD has been around for 50 years, might be more. No one has died. Perhaps millions have lived. If you don't remember the 60's...
either you where there ... or most likely you weren't.
Second problem.
We've planted our own seeds of need. We can shoot down missiles. The Russians are getting close. The Chinese are working on it.
The plants aren't for more weapons, just new ones.
The sometimes more than slightly crazed world governments have managed not to start a nuclear war in the past 60 years. Though I admit they came close at times. Effective deterrents are important.
The disarm at all costs idiots fail to understand the US can't afford a nuclear war. It would destroy the economy, period. US nuclear weapons are only a second strike weapon. But, for that to work, the second strike has to be decisive, at least in the eyes of an aggressor. But good bet the test needs to be real.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

chromaexcursion Re:Business IT is Boring...and that's good. (275 comments)

Physicists, and other hard math scientists still prefer fortran. It's more efficient at math than anything else. Sometimes old, simple, and purpose built still wins.
There is some movement in the C++ standards to include these fortran features.

I've been programming for over 30 years. Moving to new technologies and industries is a way to keep things fresh and challenging. I've lost track of the times I've submitted support requests and the first response was "No one has ever asked that before", or something like that.

about 2 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Raptor? (108 comments)

et tu Brute.

Caesar never got to finish his reforms.
Brutus, and other supporters of the bureaucracy, had him murdered.

Bureaucracy is a killer.

about 3 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Can't we clone them? (108 comments)

because it will take years to actually build one.
because it's rocket science, blue prints are only 1/3 of the way there.

about 3 months ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

chromaexcursion Re:Fuck Lockheed (108 comments)

Well known and understood. But P&W deserves to burn for this failure.
A a manager of mine used to say "failure to plan, is not my problem".
The general contractor is at fault for all failures, except it seems with the US military. That needs to change.
These companies exist in a notion of the world that they can't fail. They need to have a few negative quarters!
Perhaps even fail, though with some of the infrastructure that isn't possible.
Lockheed made their bet. They can eat it. Congress is too stupid to understand. Yet again it will take an executive order to sort this out.

about 3 months ago



DigitalGlobe Images it's newest Satellite launch

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 3 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "DigitalGlobe recently launched it's newest satellite, which features 31cm resolution (just over 12 inches).
The images were taken from another DigitalGlobe satellite. A neat way of demonstrating what you can do when you own multiple satellites.
The new satellite has the highest resolution imaging capability of any civilian satellite.
There's a good video of the launch at the bottom of the page"

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Independance Day from big corporate campaign money

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 5 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "This is Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.

I am stunned.

In the last 24 hours, literally thousands of PCCC members responded to our call of Mayday! — and donated to our "Super PAC to end all Super PACs."

Our ambitious goal is to raise $5 million by the end of July 4, to declare our independence from the big-money funders who hold our democracy hostage. We have one day left!

We just passed $3.3 million raised. I don't know where we'll end up by midnight tomorrow, but between now and then, we need to give this everything we've got.

Can you watch our video explaining MayDay PAC — and with just one day left, chip in $3 to help take back our democracy?
This has always been a long shot. And until today, our shot was looking even longer.

But I'm seeing a glimmer of hope. Every minute, new people are coming in to save our democracy.

If you've been waiting to pledge, or learn more about this, now is the time.

Watch our MayDay PAC video. And chip in $3 or more to be part of history.

With hope,

Lawrence Lessig"

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Lawrence Lessig 2nd round of Mayday funding may not reach its goal

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 5 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "With 8 days to go Mayday's 2nd round of funding is coming up short.
Recent stories in the news, such as have highlighted this bold approach at campaign funding reform.
The first round had a goal of $1 million, and raised $1.2 million. The second round goal is $5 million, and is currently at a little under $2 million.
I first heard about Mayday from a slashdot story, during the first round of funding. Others might be interested in an up date."

Thunderbird upgrade utter fail!

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 5 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "It will list all my mail boxes, but will only access one.
NOT the one I care about. multiple mailbox access is totally broken.
I had to delete the mailbox it wanted to use fortunately one that is backed up elsewhere.
Still can't access my other email accounts
Utter failure! (was so tempted to milk this story and say udder)
way to go guys"

The current Slashdot comment system is terrible

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about 8 months ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "The first comment or two get all the responces, even if they are stupid.
Most just add to the noise
Instead of defaulting to showing all comments, only showing the first comment for a thread; and in cases where the first comment was deemed to be flamebait not bothering to show the thread at all.
Looking at comments on a post over a few hours old is waste of time. Too much filtering the crap."

SO. global warming doesn't kill....

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a year ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "Deadly forest fires are just one aspect of global warming.
Sandy was another one.
When will the average person connect the dots?
This is a horribly sad story. Too many things went wrong. Everyone involved on the ground is dead. Everyone should be screaming, WHY?
The people that put them there need to be investigated. If only to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Better to let the fire burn than kill so many firefighters.
The US southwest is a tinderbox, this will happen again."

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Aurora Borealis likely to be visible in southern NY and PA tonight

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  about a year and a half ago

chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "Several news source are reporting the likelihood of an impressive show of the Aurora Borealis visible as far south as even Washington DC this evening. NPR and AccuWeather both have the story. Check the map, if you're in a fair to good zone head out after sunset to see the show."

my bank is run by a bunch of idiots

chromaexcursion chromaexcursion writes  |  more than 3 years ago

chromaexcursion writes "I can't use firefox or chrome to access this credit union's website. Each rejects it as a security risk.
I've sent several emails to the credit union, all ignored. I'm hoping a severe public outing will get a few idiots fired.
A good credit union (in the USA) is a good thing. Management that uses sites that have invalid SSL certs is abysmal.
How many other slashdot users have been faced with such profound idiocy?"

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