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Texas Instruments Builds New Energy Technology For the Internet of Things

chuckymonkey Re:As long as it doesnt SUCK. (54 comments)

I have a CC3200 and it works pretty well. I'm using it with the Energia IDE and for the most part it's not too bad. I agree that they should do more to embrace the community, but at the moment I don't find developing for these boards that much more onerous than Arduino.

5 days ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

chuckymonkey Science (284 comments)

Working in climate science I can tell you that tape for us isn't going anywhere. Our investment gets larger in it every year, at least monetarily and capacity wise. Several of our groups have growth curves that scale linearly with the output of the supercomputers, meaning our growth is almost exponential. Most of this data is static and doesn't really change once it's been produced, but it does need to be read from time to time. There's no other solution out there that takes little to no power to store, no cooling, and can keep the data for years with minimal loss of integrity. We have data that goes back to the 1940's that we have to keep almost forever, this historical data is hugely important in how we create the models and cannot be lost. So we have to have somewhere to store all that data for the long haul, LTO is the medium of choice because it's vendor agnostic, fast enough, cheap, and large enough to handle what we need it to handle.

about a month ago
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Five Years of the Go Programming Language

chuckymonkey Re:So no one has used it yet? (82 comments)

It says right in the summary. Docker is one of them. Here's a few others: Doozer(Heroku) DropBox backend services CloudFlare SoundCloud BBC uses it pretty extensively etc....etc

about a month and a half ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

chuckymonkey I might actually buy one (107 comments)

I actually really like the redesign. One reason I didn't buy the previous Model A was that I already had a Model B in the same form factor. This one is nicely squared, will fit in a project box nicely, and is definitely fast enough for some of the project I have in my head. Plug a cheap wifi dongle in and you've got a great IoT platform to play with. It's on par for price with the CC3200 from TI, and while it doesn't have PWM it'll still do quite a lot and is significantly faster than the CC3200.

about a month and a half ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

chuckymonkey Re:Agreed (574 comments)

I wish there were more people like you. My problem is that on paper I don't look perfect, but at my last job I created the entire monitoring and configuration management system from the ground up. I mean literally, I wrote it from scratch(DoD, restrictions on open source, no money to buy anything). I bought a book and started writing, I didn't stop until I'd written a complete product. One that could do everything we wanted from verify configs to monitor the entire system for problems, it was even cross platform with Windows, IRIX, Solaris, and Linux support. I go into interviews and people immediately judge me based on my youth and the fact that I'd only been programming for 3 years without a degree. So they offer me peanuts compared to what I was making. I finally found a job at a national laboratory, but I'm a senior sysadmin instead of programmer which is what I wanted to do.

about 2 months ago
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Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

chuckymonkey Re:Wish Red Hat 7 had a better interface (209 comments)

What we're trying to move towards where I work is RHEL on the server and making use of Docker. The plan is that we'll put some more user friendly OS on the desktop so our users aren't endlessly frustrated by the desktop being shit and let the developers use Docker to create application stack builds. Once they go through the testing and vetting process we'll just push the containers up to the production RHEL servers. This serves two purposes, the people that actually have to interface with the desktop can have something that looks nice like Ubuntu(I get it you don't like Unity, grow up and realize that it's not the horrible end of the world.), Elementary, or some other more desktop oriented distribution that supports Docker. On the other side we get all the excellence that is RHEL on the server side with a nice clean and seamless integration for out developers. It also allows us to keep our developers from needing root or even sudo access because they can do whatever the hell they want with the Docker containers. Once they're vetted for stability and security I honestly don't give a damn how they handle them. I'm very interested in this Atomic Server Red Hat is exploring for this very reason.

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

chuckymonkey Re:500 TB? (231 comments)

It's not what it's capable of, it's what's been tested and is supported. You can certainly go bigger if you want, but don't expect support.

about 7 months ago
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Valve In-Home Game Streaming Supports Windows, OS X & Linux

chuckymonkey Re:SteamBox just got really interesting (106 comments)

Where it gets even more interesting is when you have things like GPU passthrough to a VM. That's something I'm working on right now, virtualizing Windows and passing it a GPU. I have the VM bridged to the network so it has a native IP address and assign it whatever resources I think it needs to play games. This lets me have a pretty beefy server that's running Windows in a VM as well as doing all the other server tasks I ask of it like file serving, Plex, a VM for web development. All in one machine. Then my desktops/laptops are relatively low powered and let my server do all the work. What was old is new again.

about 7 months ago
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Red Hat Acquires InkTank, Ceph Maintainers

chuckymonkey Re:How do you back up Ceph? (18 comments)

It has the ability to do RBD Snapshots, it's not a perfect solution but it does work. We're actually in the process of building a Ceph system for testing of climate modeling data. https://ceph.com/community/blo...

about 8 months ago
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Reinventing the Axe

chuckymonkey Re:not an axe (217 comments)

I grew up splitting wood with a single bit axe instead of a maul and wedge(all hardwood, maple, oak, cherry, beech, ash). I could hit like the fist of an angry god with an axe because I could get a lot more velocity out of it, plus if you've ever swung a splittle maul that weighs in at six pounds-ish you get really tired really really fast. All that being said this is a great design.

about 8 months ago
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Reinventing the Axe

chuckymonkey Re:Neat (217 comments)

Having grown up splitting enough wood to fill a 30'x30'x10' wood shed every year(not all of it was split but a lot was) and all of it by hand because I grew up poor as dirt I can tell you that it's not as bad as you think. The way this thing rotates is actually how you should split wood anyway, it just takes a ridiculous amount of practice to get it right. With a more traditional single bit axe(no maul, too heavy to swing for hours like I used to) you come down as hard as you can and then right at the moment of impact twist to transfer some of the inertia laterally causing a wider split. The only thing this changes is makes it a hell of a lot easier to do and more efficient because you can get consistent results.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

chuckymonkey Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (702 comments)

We had a LaserJet II when I deployed with the Army in 2003. It had been in constant use all the preceding years and it's the only printer that made it through every single deployment. That thing went all over the desert, was filled with dirt and dust, bounced around in trucks, flown all over the place, shocked, dropped, banged and beaten. As far as I know it still works.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

chuckymonkey EC2 Compute (88 comments)

I know for certain that Amazon is building up some GPU in their compute data clusters. I wonder if they're going to start to offer a game streaming service like OnLive. That would actually be pretty cool if they did it, not only video streaming, but game streaming also.

about 9 months ago
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Public Libraries Tinker With Offering Makerspaces

chuckymonkey Re:Used to have something like this in the Air For (90 comments)

The AF may not, but the Army does. Theirs are really well equipped too(as of just a couple years ago), the one I used to work on my car in had nice lifts, paint shops, experienced mechanics(professional), great tools, and lots of other perks. They had 40 bays and it was hard to get in to one because people were always in there doing things from just changing their oil to in my friend's case welding a truck frame back together after it cracked. Right next store was a wood working shop that was really well equipped, and if you stayed in the barracks they also picked out technically savvy people to handle basic building maintenance which required training and access to all sorts of shops and equipment. I really wish that we had them in the normal world now that I'm out. It was a fantastic resource that wasn't ridiculously expensive.

about 10 months ago
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Are Programmers Responsible For the Actions of Their Clients?

chuckymonkey Car Analogy (222 comments)

Are car designers responsible for drunk drivers?

about 2 years ago
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New Releases From FreeBSD and NetBSD

chuckymonkey Re:FreeBSD 9.1 Is Unix Heaven (149 comments)

INDY were garbage, it was great on the Onyx3 or Tezro(basically the same thing) systems.

about 2 years ago
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New Releases From FreeBSD and NetBSD

chuckymonkey Re:FreeBSD 9.1 Is Unix Heaven (149 comments)

Oh man, IRIX. You know, that's still probably the fastest and most responsive DE that I've ever used. At least it was on good hardware, I think overall the user interface blew, but it was fast.

about 2 years ago
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3-D Printing Enables UVA Student-Built Unmanned Plane

chuckymonkey Parts Spec (87 comments)

I think it would be interesting for the Maker community to come out with some part specs for this. Think a standard body and motor mounting structure that have interfaces to take different wing configurations, tail configurations, even wheels and whatnot. Kinda like an API for a plane model where you have a few basic standardized parts and you can then print out all manner of different things to try that just basically bolt onto those standards. They could probably do much the same for the quatro/hexa copters as well. Hell, there's probably a ton of applications that would benefit from a library of standard parts that you can build on.

more than 2 years ago

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Could you help with a nonprofit name?

chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

chuckymonkey writes "I am starting a nonprofit organization. I will be collecting old computers, refurbishing them, installing Linux, and giving them to deserving students in the area, who may not be able to afford them on their own. I already have some corporate backers, so I need to get this ball rolling. I could use the help of fellow Slashdotters to come up with a good name for my new non-profit charity here in Aurora, CO."
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Folding@Home as a supercomputer?

chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chuckymonkey (1059244) writes "I was just browsing the website for the Top500 supercomputers in the world and found no mention of the Folding@Home project. In my mind the project is just a variation on cluster technology that takes advantage of the internet and multiple types of computers to make its distributed cluster. I was curious to see whether or not any slashdotters think that this project should be included in the list. While it does not have a central location it is producing over 700 teraflops of computing power (as of 20 July 2007), which is more than many on the Top500 list."
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chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chuckymonkey (1059244) writes "I'm a relatively young new guy to the IT world and am interested in teaching myself my first programming language. What I would like to know from the Slashdot community is what programming language would you recommend for me to learn first?"
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chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chuckymonkey (1059244) writes "If man were to truly create artificial intelligence would you treat it as an equal subject to the same rights and laws as yourself or would you treat it like a slave to do your bidding? Keep in mind that its basic needs actually aren't that much different from our own, however its wants may differ wildly."

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Free computers

chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago I'm going to start putting together edubuntu machines with donated hardware and give them to schools. Anyone with me?

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How do I get two AccessT CSU/DSU systems to talk?

chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 7 years ago I'm making a T1 test bed system for my company and I need to know if anyone knows the pinout for connecting two Larscom AccessT-100 CSU/DSUs together. I want two of them to be connected to together via null modem to simulate a T1 connection. We're using this for testing of routers and switches as well as pre-config for said devices before we put them in full op. I trust that some fellow /.er out there has played with these before. I looked through the old manuals that we have and even googled the heck out of it to no avail.

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