Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
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.
Where Whistleblowers End Up Working
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.
Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
"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.
Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Hold by beer. Y'all watch this.
Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?
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.
Which desktop environment do you like the best?
Check out the UI on Bodhi Linux to see how an Enlightenment desktop should be used.
Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations
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?
Why Should Red Hat Support Competitors' Software?
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.
A Case For a Software Testing Undergrad Major
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.
If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...
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.
Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building
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?
Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??
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/
A $25 PC On a USB Stick
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?
Intel's First SSD Blows Doors Off Competition
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?