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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

cryingpoet They stopped paying because the car does not run (907 comments)

Many people (numbers vary) stop paying because the car does not run and it is too expensive or not worth repairing. The problem is that many poor are taken advantage by paying $6,000 for a car that is not worth $2,000. The poor that need a car to get to their job do not often have the cash or knowledge to take the car to an independent mechanic to have it checked out before purchase. I have seen "low cost" dealerships try to sell cars with cracked blocks and bad transmissions. This device is a waste of money. What dealers need is device to find the car when it needs to be repossessed which has its own safety issues.

about 3 months ago

Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

cryingpoet Saddle up your horse before you cuss out the boss (224 comments)

The trick with whistle blowing is to make sure you have left the job BEFORE you blow the whistle. Snowden made sure he was out of the country. Others found employment elsewhere before blowing the whistle. With digital finger prints left in logs a whistle blower cannot assume that attempts to be anonymous will be successful.

about 3 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

cryingpoet Light (or lighting) a shuck (701 comments)

"Let's light a shuck out of here."

Lighting a corn shuck (husk) meant you had less than ten minutes of light before it burned out so you has to ride like hell or you were left in the dark.

about 5 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

cryingpoet Red-neck (701 comments)

Hold by beer. Y'all watch this.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

cryingpoet That is what Ruby is for (536 comments)

Ruby is a great Perl replacement. It generates really nice looking content and is very readable. Do more with it than Perl with spending hours trying to understand some else's "snoopy swearing" code in Perl. Please be sure to look into Rails and Rake as well.

about 6 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

cryingpoet Enlightenment (611 comments)

Check out the UI on Bodhi Linux to see how an Enlightenment desktop should be used.

about 7 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

cryingpoet A new humanitarian ward (304 comments)

Being order by an Iranian judge to appear is akin to being nominated for a humanitarian award. I cannot image now proud I would be if asked to appear. Has anyone worked out some kind of award system for being asked to appear in foreign country or tried in absence for human rights work?

about 7 months ago

Why Should Red Hat Support Competitors' Software?

cryingpoet Support contracts is how Red Hat makes money (111 comments)

Red Hat essentially provides all of their software offering for free. They make the money off the service contracts. Supporting a couple of additional third party applications is just one more thing they can charge for. I like free money.

about 7 months ago

A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major

cryingpoet B grade tallent (220 comments)

Testing work is seen as a horrid job in my opinion. I see more tester jobs posted than any thing else in my field due to turnover and a reluctance to fill the positions from within the company. What makes the matter worse is that since most engineers will only apply for the positions when they have no other option so it attracts B grade talent. Given this I would not higher someone with a Software Testing degree since I would see them a low grade talent no matter their performance.

To reduce the test team size and tighten the schedule I instead push for test driven development. The tester team should only have to pass off one the tests that the engineers already developed and crack the whip.

about a year and a half ago

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

cryingpoet A lie detector is really bad idea (456 comments)

In the past I studied how to tell if a person is lying. I was quite distressed to find out how often the average person tells lies, white and otherwise. With effort I forgot everything I learned. I would rather be blessed with ignorance than a lie detector.

about 2 years ago

Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building

cryingpoet Compressed earth is a much better choice sandstone (74 comments)

I love the idea of a 3D printer house. The original concept from Contour Crafting using quick dry concrete and plaster of Paris is better than the man made sand stone used by D Shape in both construction time and durability. The problem is how to add rebar to either design to make them earthquake resistant. Using Giant Compressed Earth Blocks (GCEB) are more environmentally friendly idea since no concrete is used. A machine can extrude giant earthen Legos that can then be assembled. Rebar can then be pounded or drilled in before the blocks cure in place.

How do they intend to put the rebar in the D Shape blocks?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??

cryingpoet Get a certificate or college credit (364 comments)

Computer training option 1: Go to college

When I started at my local university there were several high school students attending classes through various programs. Junior colleges and state schools have free and reduced price classes for high schools who want to attend classes part-time. Your brother can also take classes full time at the local junior college by getting his GED. Classes from the Management Information Systems department (a.k.a. Computer Information Systems) will teach the basic computer usage skills you have requested.

Computer training option 2: Get certification

The problem with homeschooling is at the end of an excellent education you have no real way of proving your computer skills. After all, the SATs do not test your skills with Excell. Getting Microsoft or some other certificate would be an excellent way of to test your brother’s skills and have a curriculum to follow.

Does anyone have suggestions for what certificates a high school student should get?

Computer programming option 1: Java

The Advanced Placement tests that give high school students college credit assume the student knows Java. I suggest an online introduction to programming college course, however these are more often taught in Visual Basic or C rather than Java.

Computer programming option 2: Ruby

The Ruby scripting language would give you brother an easier starting point that Python or Java while still teaching object oriented programming concepts. The best part is that he can use “Why's (poignant) Guide to Ruby,” a short simple introduction to the language written by an insane man. I think the text would be very appealing to a high school student. Please check it out and enjoy the soundtrack.

HTML version: http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/

more than 3 years ago

A $25 PC On a USB Stick

cryingpoet DisplayPort for a one stop solution (352 comments)

To make it easier for everyone the device could use a DisplayPort rather than an HDMI and USB connectors. The DisplayPort has audio, video, and USB in it. Ethernet-to-USB would typically be in the dongle that splays out the connection. The problem is that the dongle to convert DisplayPort to USB, Ethernet, stereo audio, mic, and HDMI costs more than the mini-PC, but standardizing on the DisplayPort would make it easier for the kids and the schools to use them.

What percent of TVs have DisplayPorts in addition to HDMI connectors?


more than 3 years ago

Intel's First SSD Blows Doors Off Competition

cryingpoet What is the best Filing System for a SSD? (282 comments)

Filing systems such as EXT2 have to update a lot of nodes when a single file name is altered. Unnecessarily updating tables may cause additional wear on the flash drive. Samsung is working on a new filing system for SSDs, but I do not know anything about the impimentation or the advantages.

For Linux based systems perhaps one of the NAND Flash based filing systems could be altered to better fit the needs of a NAND hard drive. Does anyone know what changes could be made to UBIFS or LogFS to better fit the needs of a SSD?

Do any of the current filing systems work effectively on SSDs?

more than 6 years ago


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