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Reinventing the Axe

chuckymonkey Re:not an axe (212 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.

yesterday
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Reinventing the Axe

chuckymonkey Re:Neat (212 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.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

chuckymonkey Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (690 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.

4 days 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 three weeks 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 3 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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.

about a year and a half ago
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Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity

chuckymonkey Re:I want to hate Anonymous (234 comments)

I wish I had mod points for you. This statement is so very much the truth, I also believe in the rule of law, however I also believe in ethics and morality. It's a large reason I left the military after two war tours. Just because I was given an order didn't make that order right or just despite the lawfulness of it. It's also why I believe in civil disobedience and standing up for what's right.

about a year and a half ago
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When Antivirus Scammers Call the Wrong Guy

chuckymonkey Re:I got one of these, too (473 comments)

I think a good tactic is to do what this guy did or something similar. Waste as much of their time as you can because they're not going to make any money off of you and the longer you tie them up the less profitable they are.

about 2 years ago
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US Justice Dept Defends Right To Record Police

chuckymonkey Re:About time (306 comments)

I know I'm responding to an AC here, but I think this needs to be said. Every cop is culpable for the actions of these bad cops because almost none of them stand up for what's right. What happens to these guys is they're put on paid vacation for a couple weeks until everyone forgets that they did something, no matter how heinous or egregious the violation was. When the rest of the police force stands up and starts throwing the bad cops out to the curb, then I'll stop lumping them in together. Until then, they're all in cahoots as far as I'm concerned and I'll avoid dealing with them by whatever means I have.

about 2 years ago
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3D-Printed Circuit Boards, For Solder-Free Printable Electronics

chuckymonkey Re:Clunky is right (106 comments)

I don't actually, I wasn't even trying to be funny. I was showing the absurdity of an argument like that, saying that something is unimpressive merely because you can do it cheaper and smaller a different way doesn't make that way necessarily better. This is the first use of this, much like anything else it can get smaller and faster as time goes on. How much fun would it be to have a small 3D printer on your desk to rapid prototype boards? Things like this eventually lead there.

about 2 years ago
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3D-Printed Circuit Boards, For Solder-Free Printable Electronics

chuckymonkey Re:Clunky is right (106 comments)

Not impressed, my vacuum tubes were plenty good enough for adding and subtracting. They're cheaper than those new "transistors" too. I can put an array of tubes together for much cheaper than you can put transistors on a board.

about 2 years ago
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Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids

chuckymonkey Awesome (531 comments)

If this does nothing else but push the science of rocketry and space travel further then I'm all for it. If they succeed though, I can't wait to see what comes next. Haters be damned, I love that people still want to explore and see what's out there. You can't move the species forward by taking no risk at all.

about 2 years ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Goes Stable On Linux

chuckymonkey Re:Why all the hate /.? (231 comments)

Well, before that I'd honestly never posted AC before :P. I didn't know that the CAPTCHA was just for AC since I post fairly infrequently these days I actually thought it was something new. But when you say it like that, yes it was kinda stupid.

about 2 years ago
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Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Goes Stable On Linux

chuckymonkey Re:Why all the hate /.? (231 comments)

Dammit, posted AC. That'll learn me to not log in.

about 2 years ago
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Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"

chuckymonkey Re:Tennessee Theocracy (796 comments)

People often ask me why I decided to home school my children and love to say they'll be socially stunted. Here is the reason, when you can't rely on teachers or textbooks to teach actual science or the search for knowledge then they stop being able to teach. I want my children to be critical thinkers, ones that believe in the scientific method and have a strong curiosity of the world around them. Here's also a fun little thing for you, despite all the wonderful anecdotal evidence out there I bet that most of the time you couldn't separate a home schooled kid from a public schooled kid if the home schooled kid isn't one of the religious nutjobs(of whom there are far too many).

about 2 years ago
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Linux 3.3 Released

chuckymonkey Re:Way to go....... (314 comments)

There's valid criticism and then there's just being an asshole, they're very different.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

chuckymonkey Re:I did it; here's what you need to know (504 comments)

You're right that it's starting to change. About 4 years ago I landed an exempt position that normally requires a degree, but because I had demonstrated my skills as a tech they were willing to take the risk. I've since moved up very quickly by working hard and making sure that I'm better than my peers with degrees, most of whom seem content to rest on their laurels and do the minimum. Two years ago, the company changed the policy that you have to have a degree to get into a position like the one I started in as exempt. There is a waiver process, but it's almost impossible to get through. Our management hates it because there are more people like myself in lower positions that they would love to promote up, but their hands are tied. Whereas we frequently get people now that have degrees, but have no experience and quite frequently expect to be paid more than their actual worth. That's not to say that some of the recent hires aren't good, we do have some that are, but it would be nice to promote those people that have demonstrated talent and are itching to move up, but have no degree. The one nice consolation is it really grinds some people's asses that a guy with no degree is promoted above them, but I'm lucky enough to have gotten in before the company came down with that stupid policy.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Could you help with a nonprofit name?

chuckymonkey chuckymonkey writes  |  more than 4 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 6 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 6 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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