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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

cruff I agree (57 comments)

I've watched everything they've made so far, it really is well done. I like how the stories flow from the original episodes on which they are rooted.

4 hours ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

cruff Re:these goddamn kids on my lawn. (55 comments)

... back in my day we played nethack on the VAX-785!

I started out playing rogue on the Vaxen. Then there was plain hack. Those were the days. Still play nethack now and again.

3 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

cruff Re:Time to mourn another passing... (155 comments)

Linux Journal is still around as an electronic only publication. They keep sending me emails to subscribe again years after I gave up on it for becoming too light weight. As far as leisure reading, track down the IBM z-Series and Unisys Clearpath architecture reference manuals and see how things are done in mainframe land. :-)

4 days ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

cruff Re:Curiosity must have a leak (67 comments)

And is too embarrassed to admit it farted to its NASA overlords.

4 days ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

cruff Re:Oh lordy! (55 comments)

Yes, the neighbors will love it when you take off in yours for work at 7 AM. It would be damn cool, though.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

cruff Re:VPS (405 comments)

I second this. When the Century Link customer service drones stated, for the second time, that my third party ISP could not support the upgraded DSL connection (much to my ISP's surprise), I said "goodbye" and ditched my land line at the same time. I ordered a $20/mo VPS from my ISP, with whom I was very happy with their service, to host my email. I use a VPN connection initiated from my Comcast provided dynamic IP address to my home. A happy side effect is that I no longer receive unsolicited phone calls on an expensive land line either. :-)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

cruff Repeal it! (613 comments)

A real pain in the ass it is, we should abolish it completely.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

cruff Re:What I think would be most useful (471 comments)

1) GPS / pedometer for running

It isn't clear to me from the info available yet if the watch has stand alone GPS functionallity, or has to be tethered to an iPhone. Anyone know?

about 3 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

cruff One still needs to learn the fundamentals. (546 comments)

So much of the code that I've seen is poor because the people writing it have not learned the fundamentals of requirements determination and problem solving skills. Then you need to understand how to choose appropriate algorithms and tool sets to apply. Then you learn what you should have known in the first pass and you start again on a better solution. While colleges attempt to produce people having those skills, they often do not provide enough practice. For all four years of my degree program, only one course was about software engineering itself, and because it was only for a quarter, not nearly long enough to cover what takes years to pick up once you are out in the real world.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

cruff Re:First things first... (154 comments)

Ekornes Stressless recliners are very comfortable, and have a swiveling table (Stressless PC-table) that holds a laptop, but can be moved out of the way when you don't need to use it.

about 4 months ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

cruff Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Nine openings, seven list at over 100K/year. Good luck!

And nary a one is for the job category in question: Patent Examiner.

about 4 months ago
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

cruff In Other News... (119 comments)

The Milky Way Galaxy was seen running off while crying about its impending demotion to dwarf galaxy status.

about 5 months ago
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New Map Fingers Future Hot Spots For U.S. Earthquakes

cruff Happened in Colorado also in the 1960s (49 comments)

A deep waste injection well was drilled at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NE of Denver in 1961 as a test for the disposal of toxic wastes. A test was run injecting water, and earthquakes resulted. I experienced a magnitude 3 or 4 quake myself as a result of this test. A report by David Evans documented this in 1966.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

cruff Just a fad (143 comments)

Nothing beats post it notes on windows, doors, other people's foreheads to get the creative juices flowing.

I've only seen this technique described in one of those all hands employee training meetings. You know the type, a useless meeting that is a mandatory attendance training session. Never once seen post its used in any meetings after that. What a waste of money.

about 6 months ago
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Perl Is Undead

cruff Re:Yes, Perl is indeed dead and rotting (283 comments)

Meanwhile, Perl 5 being phased out of system building / admin tools and web frameworks. Even Perl 5 is dying.

Not for me, I write new Perl 5 code all the time. Get some real useful work done with it too.

about 6 months ago
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Fabien Cousteau Takes Plunge To Beat Grandfather's Underwater Record

cruff Submariners can have fun too (84 comments)

My cousin served on an attack sub years ago, and he told me about the "diving parties" they had to break in the new junior grade lieutenants on their first patrol. When said lieutenant was standing watch, the diving party call would go out. The party members would all run to the rear of the boat, and the Lt would call for the necessary trim changes. Then the party would run to the front of the boat, repeat as required until the Lt figured out what was going on. Good training for the newbie.

about 6 months ago
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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

cruff Re:LOL ... (73 comments)

...think in German.

FTFY: think in Russian

about 7 months ago
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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

cruff Re:IIIum? (129 comments)

Is that IIIum, Illum, or IlIum?

The font slashdot uses makes it impossible to tell.

Quite, but feel free to override their fonts to make it obvious. :-) I really hate sites that think setting a small font size is the right thing to do, and always have the minimum font size override turned on.

about 8 months ago

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USB Chainsaw - when you need to open something up!

cruff cruff writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cruff (171569) writes "Don't know if the USB Chainsaw is real or not, but the 500 ma provided by a USB port probably won't cut the stuff they show in the video, unless you spend a long time charging a battery. :-) However, imagine the uses to which a properly trained IT person could utilize this new tool!"
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