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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

colenski Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Escalator repairperson. Think about it.

about 5 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

colenski Re:Russia (417 comments)

That is incorrect. "The only other user [of the nuclear missile Genie] was Canada, whose CF-101 Voodoos carried Genies until 1984 via a dual-key arrangement where the missiles were kept under United States custody, and released to Canada under circumstances requiring their use. The RAF briefly considered the missile for use on the English Electric Lightning." source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIR-2_Genie

The GENIE and Bomarcs deployed in Canada were missiles designed to engage clouds of incoming Russian bombers, and by 1984, that tactic was pointless as the Russians most certainly had MIRV ICBM's, making a bomber attack obsolete.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

colenski The Jamaica Gleaner print edition (285 comments)

The Jamaica Gleaner has excellent writing, actually employs professional reporters and fact checkers, and keeps an NPOV. The problem is, it only covers Jamaica.

about 8 months ago
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How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

colenski Re:Stupid (359 comments)

Putin and his cronies vacation there. Seriously.

about 10 months ago
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California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

colenski Re:Uh (396 comments)

You mean the 29,000 tons produced annually worldwide? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

colenski Re:typical (471 comments)

Donna Chang? I should have talked to her. I love Chinese women. My friend asked me if that was just a little racist but I said: "if I *like* their race, how could that be racist?"

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Run a Small Business With Open Source Software?

colenski SQL Ledger (195 comments)

http://www.sql-ledger.com/ ugly as sin but it does *everything* and it's reliable. Good community support.

more than 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

colenski Re:Window 8 game plan - tablets first? (671 comments)

>>>That still leave 5.6 billion who've never used Metro because they don't own an Xbox

Windows does not have an installed base of 5.6 billion. More like ~ 1 billion. My point was, that the UI is not completely coming out of left field. They have a strategy that is as every bit as legitimate as Apple's, or anyone else's. If FOSS desktops had used same strategic planning instead of bickering over KDE vs Gnome or whatever the UI du jour is, you would see a hell of a lot more penetration of FOSS desktops "in the real world".

more than 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

colenski Re:Window 8 game plan - tablets first? (671 comments)

Everyone seems to be missing a key part in the Microsoft strategy. Metro is running in production TODAY on > 60 million Xbox 360's. Metro is running in production TODAY on > 360 million Hotmail accounts (if the user opts in via outlook.com). Metro is running in beta on Sharepoint 2013, arguably Microsoft's #1 Office product. By exposing users to Metro through it's huge installed base, the effect of Windows 8 UI is that a "typical" user would at least have SOME exposure to the UI metaphor once they sit down to a Windows 8 machine. That goes a long way towards corporate adoption, just as user exposure to iOS led to iPhone adoption as the standard phone in the enterprise today (hard to believe, but it's true.)

more than 2 years ago
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Study Compares IQ With Browser Choice

colenski Re:Conclusion (380 comments)

I find your lack of faith disturbing. -Sent from my ducking iPhone

more than 3 years ago
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New Film 'Zenith' Now Available For Free BitTorrent Download

colenski 6856 seeds 2993 peers (123 comments)

Down speed 3 megabit. ETA 1 hr for 720p. This model works. You just need enough people streaming legal content.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

colenski Re:Right then (528 comments)

Wasn't Amazon the one that got hit with the 10 gigabit or something insane like that DDOS? I wouldn't blame them - thats an insane amount of traffic they have to handle.

Someone should figure out how to get Wikileaks running in Freenet, build a peer tracker or something, and let the rest of the world play wack-a-mole with the public website, and the real copy of Wikileaks runs encrypted and anonymously.

Damn, I like that idea.

about 4 years ago
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Flash Can Rob 2 Hours From MacBook Air's Battery Life

colenski And, predictably... (509 comments)

...viewing TFA caused a Flash popover ad to appear over the article text. Just sayin'.

more than 4 years ago
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The Sad History and (Possibly) Bright Future of TiVo

colenski Re:Lousy marketing? (490 comments)

I would say that Tivo's biggest asset is the name. The name has fallen into common vernacular: People say "I'm going to Tivo Lost tonight*" - and in fact that line is often written into TV scripts. It remains to be seen whether that brand will remain in people's mind *cough* Napster *cough*.

*Disclaimer: I am old, so I say "I am going to TAPE Lost tonight" when I mean I am going to record something to my PVR.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone's Liquid Sensors Can Be Triggered By Wintertime Use

colenski Re:Scam (484 comments)

Also: My GF is a concierge in Apple. She has told me that techs *will* swap out iPhones even if the sensors are red, on a case-by-case basis, if the problem in question is not obviously a moisture problem. Really, the whole point of the sensors is to give the techs *some clue* about what the problem could be, *not* to unilaterally deny warranty claims. Apple really does kick ass on warranty and non-warranty claims. I am typing this on a beat-to-shit macbook that has been fixed numerous times *for free* by Apple, out of warranty. And before you ask, no it is not because of my relationship with the aforementioned GF. No one at the Apple store knows who I am, I just walk in with it under my arm.

more than 4 years ago

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USN's Littoral Combat Ships deploy while under heavy criticism

colenski colenski writes  |  about a year and a half ago

colenski (552404) writes "The United States Navy's Littoral Combat Ship system is currently deploying to Singapore as part of the Navy's asymmetric warfare strategy, but does so under heavy criticism for cost overruns, survivability, and many project setbacks. The Navy is still upgrading the fleet before it has even deployed, and the first vessel in the class, Freedom, has had many problems of it's own leaving Navy insiders to refer to the LCS system as the 'Little Crappy Ship'"
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Escher Lithographs Recreated Entirely With Lego

colenski colenski writes  |  more than 4 years ago

colenski (552404) writes "Andrew Lipson is a lego freak who does amazing creations. Neatorama has a nice page detailing his efforts in recreating famous Escher lithographs as real, 3D objects. He does admit to cheating a bit (to create the distortion in "Balcony", for example, he hacked together an image transform in C) but, still, the results are brilliant. For Escher and Lego fans, this is a must-see. Construction details for "Balcony", "Ascending and Descending", "Belevedere", "Relativity" and "Waterfall" are provided. Nice."
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Sat Shot Hits The Spot, Navy Cruiser Makes It Hot

colenski colenski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

colenski (552404) writes "Reuters is reporting that the missile shot to bring down an errant U.S. spy satellite was successful, countering earlier stories indicating that the seas were too rough to safely fire a Standard-3 missile into an object orbiting at 275km. AP is confirming the successful shoot-down. The northwestern continental United States and Canada should have clear views of the debris field with an orbit of 58 degrees. The STS-122 NASA briefing touched on whether ISS was safe, and if they were in a position to photograph the debris."
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Sat Shot Maybe Not, Lunar Eclipse On The Dot

colenski colenski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

colenski (552404) writes "The AP newswire and Reuters are reporting that the missile shot to bring down an errant U.S. spy satellite is a go, although other sources were indicating that the seas are too rough to safely fire a Standard-3 missile into an object orbiting at 275km. Whatever the U.S. Navy decides, the lunar eclipse is definitely on. If the Navy does shoot the sat during the eclipse, western continental United States and Canada should have clear views of debris field with an orbit of 58 degrees. The STS-122 NASA briefing touched on whether ISS was safe, and if they were in a position to photograph the debris."
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Eyeclops: 100% fun for your nephew this christmas

colenski colenski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

colenski writes "My vote for the coolest toy of the decade so far has to lie with the EyeClops Bionic Eye. As one reviewer noted, simply, "Microscopes never worked this well or looked this good when I was a kid." An ingeniously simple and brilliantly designed product, the EyeClops plugs into your TV and magnifies anything you put it on 200 times. Brain dead simple to use, EyeClops is a cheap $40 US / $60 Cdn gift that your nephew or nerdy niece would probably freak over. Here's some cool and disturbing pictures I got after about 20 minutes playing with it. Check out the money shot."
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