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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

couchslug Time to leave, Slashdot is dead. (2219 comments)

It's been interesting and fun since 1999, but now it's not even amusing.

Last post.

about 7 months ago

NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

couchslug Re:Buying Slashdot (127 comments)

Damn fine idea. Dice bought it to fuck it up and doesn't have a mission, so they should be willing to sell it.

We could return it to its former glory.

about 7 months ago

NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

couchslug Re:Beta (127 comments)

The redesign was ordered by a human.

Who is he?

about 7 months ago

North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

couchslug Re:Slashdot morphing into Kuro5hin? (252 comments)

That may be for the best.

The answer to a zombie infection is a headshot.

about 7 months ago

North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

couchslug Re:Fuck BEta (252 comments)

May the person who directed that it be redesigned die in a fire.

Not for the redesign itself, but for INSISTING on it instead of dropping it and admitting it was a fuckup. Their departure from this mortal coil would reduce oxygen wastage.

about 7 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

couchslug Readership isn't drying up. (412 comments)

If Dicedot weren't making more money this way, then the old Slashdot would be back.

about 8 months ago

Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

couchslug Why try to inflict it on them? (545 comments)

This desperation to lure fresh victims into tech doesn't really square with the MANY online complaints about the shittiness of many tech job situations.

Men trying to lure women into tech just want to change the workplace "scenery" and should admit it.

about 8 months ago

In an Age of Cyber War, Where Are the Cyber Weapons?

couchslug Overloading unprepared equipment isn't difficult. (94 comments)

" Those who created and programmed Stuxnet needed to know the exact amount of pressure or torque needed to damage aluminum rotors within them, sabotaging the country's uranium enrichment operation."

Mechanic with machinist training here. That's no big deal. Overloading a system by running it as hard as the drive motors allow will often break it as many machines aren't built with protective mechanical safeties such as simple wasp-waist shear points on driveshafts, shear pins, or mechanical governors.

It's easier to control machinery electrically and when a targeted operator doesn't expect malicious control operation they aren't likely to have designed with it in mind.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

couchslug Re:What works best. (503 comments)

"what about if a car came along that didn't have wheels?"

They have. It's called a "hovercraft" and proponents saw them as the wave of the future.
They are inefficient, lack positive steering or braking (good luck stopping one on a downgrade) and remain in the niche markets they suit.

If a future wheel-free car is offered, I won't need to "try" it to determine if it suits my requirements. I can infer that from what I see it do.

about 8 months ago

Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

couchslug Re:Using encryption is the better option (128 comments)

While encryption is desirable, hard disks, all of them, are trivially cheap compared to loss of classified into.

When in doubt, shred.

about 8 months ago

Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

couchslug Re:Better ideas anyone? (393 comments)

OP is right. Airliner environmental control systems move literally tons of air.

about 8 months ago

California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

couchslug Re: Curious where he'd draw the line (374 comments)

Nursing schools are a good example, as there is a surplus of nurses in many area due to older nurses staying in the job market.

Commercial shools exist to fill classes and make money, any other outcomes are secondary.

about 8 months ago

Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

couchslug When TAC ate SAC, such was predicted... (313 comments)

SAC was famous for tight discipline and esprit de corps. When TAC ate SAC, many SAC folks we'd inherited predicted slack standards and the end of the highly disciplined SAC culture. Years of fuckups proved their point.

Some jobs require performance of a very high standard. Go old-school and crush the cheaters in an exemplary manner. Do what Curtis LeMay would do to shitbags and replace the lot.

about 8 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

couchslug Re:Repurpose existing equipment (723 comments)

Quite right!
Snowplows do get chewed up in the North, but they'd survive just fine in the South and last many, many years.
Plow mounts could be swapped easily as generations of trucks are replaced. Both dump and garbage trucks already have hydraulic power takeoff systems so adding plows is is but mounting and plumbing.
The bed modification shown in your pic is easy to retrofit at a cost of a few hundred dollars per truck, and easy to repair if it gets bashed. Local fab shops and possibly the DOT shops could spit them out easily.
Spreaders can be purchased and fitted with quick-attach mounts.
If it were my tasking I'd set aside warehouse space and have plows spreaders palletized on steel frames with forklift pockets for easy handling and maintenance. One or two forklifts could feed the gear to a line of trucks staged outdoors. Lift the gear, attach the gear to the truck, move to the next truck while hydraulic hookups and functional checks proceed. That's faster than storing them on the ground outdoors and would involve less wresting to connect if done right.
When operations are complete, reverse the process, pressure wash and lube the gear on the pallets, then fork them back into the warehouse for the next adventure.
Have each device carry a set of printed maintenance forms in an attached container as is done with military ground support equipment to facilitate easy review and entry of discrepancies. No need to invent a new system as the military has done it this way for decades and it works well.

about 8 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

couchslug Re:Pffft (723 comments)

Local forecasters don't forecast nor do they own their own weather satellites.
Anyone using anything but the National Weather Service for weather information is a fool consuming altered data proffered with the intent to draw eyeballs to adverts.
I do on my home PC exactly what they did in Ops facilities when I was in the Air Force. They had the appropriate NOAA page refreshing on one monitor for local reference.
Of course mission data was provided by the USAF weather folks but that's a considerable additional level of detail ground users don't need.

about 8 months ago



Ask Slashdot: What site(s) are the "new" Slashdot(s)?

couchslug couchslug writes  |  about 2 years ago

couchslug (175151) writes "The changes to Slashdot making it a general news site make sense from a profit POV, but it's no longer "News for Nerds" and very little "Stuff That Matters".
Where should the original audience Slashdot no longer caters to or needs go to get what they once got from Slashdot?"

Obama Plan Privatizes Astronaut Launchings

couchslug couchslug writes  |  more than 4 years ago

couchslug (175151) writes "President Obama will end NASA’s return mission to the moon and turn to private companies to launch astronauts into space when he unveils his budget request to Congress next week, an administration official said Thursday.The shift would “put NASA on a more sustainable and ambitious path to the future,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But the changes have angered some members of Congress, particularly from Texas, the location of the Johnson Space Center, and Florida, the location of the Kennedy Space Center.
“My biggest fear is that this amounts to a slow death of our nation’s human space flight program,” Representative Bill Posey, Republican of Florida, said in a statement."

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Microsoft Word Sales Banned In 60 Days

couchslug couchslug writes  |  more than 5 years ago

couchslug (175151) writes " A Judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling its popular Word document creation application in the United States in 60 days, after finding that the software contains technology that violates a patent held by a third party. Judge Leonard Davis, of U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas, said Microsoft "unlawfully infringed" on a patent that describes how programs go about "manipulating a document's content and architecture separately." The patent, No. 5,787,449, is held by Toronto-based i4i, Inc. i4i develops "collaborative content solutions," according to its Web site. i4i originally sued Microsoft for patent infringement in 2007. "We are disappointed by the court's ruling," Microsoft spokesman Kevin Kutz said in an e-mail. "We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid. We will appeal the verdict.""

County Attorney says email not a "public recor

couchslug couchslug writes  |  more than 5 years ago

couchslug (175151) writes "In an attempt to block FOIA access to possibly compromising emails, Sumter County, SC attorney Jonathan Bryan is contending that electronic mail not printed out is not a "document". ""In my opinion, e-mail is a series of the numerals '1' and '0' in electronic format. I will acknowledge that once e-mail is printed on paper, then it becomes a document and potentially a public record," Bryan wrote. "However, I am not willing to concede that electronic media which require a computer and certain software in order to be deciphered constitutes a document." The squabble is over the medical costs of a bank robber shot by police (Sumter has the fifth highest metro area crime rate in the country) with the county suing the city over his medical costs."

Mongols biker club IP targeted by Feds

couchslug couchslug writes  |  more than 4 years ago

couchslug (175151) writes ""LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Federal agents and police in seven states arrested more than 60 members of the Mongols motorcycle gang on Tuesday in a sweep that also targeted for the first time an outlaw group's "intellectual property," prosecutors said. The arrests cap a three-year undercover investigation in which U.S. agents posed as gang members and their girlfriends to infiltrate the group, even submitting to polygraph tests administered by the bikers. Those arrested were charged in an 86-count federal racketeering indictment accusing the California-based gang of engaging in criminal acts ranging from murder and robbery to extortion, money laundering, gun trafficking and drug dealing. The Mongols are particularly associated with violent attacks on blacks and have engaged in an escalating battle with the rival Hells Angels gang since clashing in a 2002 casino riot in Laughlin, Nevada, prosecutors said. The gang also has been feuding with Mexican-based organized crime figures over the Mongols' drug trafficking in areas controlled by the Mexican mob, according to authorities. "In addition to pursuing the criminal charges set forth in the indictment, for the first time ever, we are seeking to forfeit the intellectual property of the gang," U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien said in a statement. He said the name "Mongols," which appears on the gang's arm patch insignia, was trademarked by the group. The indictment seeks a court order outlawing further use of the name, which would allow any police officer "who sees a Mongol wearing this patch ... to stop that gang member and literally take the jacket right off his back," O'Brien added.""
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Microsoft kills off HP legacy drivers

couchslug couchslug writes  |  more than 6 years ago

couchslug (175151) writes "I went looking for drivers for a friend and found this proof that Microsoft can make use of older Windows versions more difficult." "As of July 2007, HP will no longer be able to offer driver downloads or replacement driver CD ordering for Windows 98, 98 Second Edition (SE), or Windows Millennium (Me) for your HP printer, all-in-one, camera, or scanner. Microsoft has stopped providing and supporting certain files related specifically to Windows 98 SE, and this change affects all technology companies. HP, along with other technology companies, is no longer able to use selected components in support of Windows 98SE, which has an impact on our software strategy for Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows Me. HP will continue to provide other selected HP software and applications that do not depend on Windows 98 SE components for the foreseeable future.""


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