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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

daemonc Correction (234 comments)

From the summary:

If you previously were getting 15 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up, you'll be automatically upgraded for no extra cost to 15/15.

Wow, upgraded from 15/5 to...15/5. What the summary meant to say is if you were getting 15/5, you're now eligible for FiOS 25/25 Mbps, which is a pretty decent upgrade.

about 6 months ago

School's In For Summer At Udacity

daemonc Re:I haven't read the article, but (105 comments)

Er... are you factoring in that many of the online students may have other things that consume their time, like say... a job and family?

I know that when I was a "brick and mortar" student, I had much, much, much more free time than I do now. And I am exactly the sort of person that considers taking an online course such as this.

more than 2 years ago

West Virginia Buys $22K Routers With Stimulus, Puts Them In Small Schools

daemonc Re:How the money could better have been spent (295 comments)

Or they could spend more on training and education so we don't end up with someone who is "not an expert on the technical side" running our state broadband deployment program...

This small organization has started 60 public computers, equipped with 10 computers each, loaded them with Open Source software, provided a free curriculum, and trained hundreds of computer mentors - all for 1/8 the cost of these routers...

more than 2 years ago

Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

daemonc Re:Purely out of curiosity (692 comments)

As an admitted droid fanboy and avid user of Android's Voice Actions, I see some major differences in the video, namely: Siri talks back to you. This is something I've always found to be lacking in Voice Actions.

Continuing with your example - you only covered step 1.


  • Step 2 - Look down at the phone to verify that it interpreted what you said correctly.
  • Step 3 - Press "send", or go back and manually correct it.


  • Step 2 - It reads the message back to you.
  • Step 3 - Say "send", or maybe you can tell Siri to correct it?

Revolutionary? Maybe not. Evolutionary improvement? Definitely.

Can't wait for Google / Android hackers to copy this. :)

more than 3 years ago

GNOME 3.2 Released

daemonc Re:Where the Hell is panel decoupled from shell? (205 comments)

Where the Hell is panel decoupled from shell?

The same place it's been since 3.0 was first released: choose the "GNOME Classic" session when logging in.

Where the hell have you been?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Could We Deal With the End of Time Zones?

daemonc AM/PM? (990 comments)

So here on the eastern seaboard of Australia, lunchtime will now be at 2 a.m., In New York it will be 4 p.m., and in Moscow it will be 8 a.m.

Why in the world would you go through all that trouble, and still keep a.m. and p.m.?

I have never even seen anybody express UTC in anything other than 24 hour format.

more than 3 years ago

GameStop Opening Deus Ex Boxes, Removing Free Game Coupon

daemonc Wow (343 comments)

What a bunch of deusbags.

more than 3 years ago

Long Now Clock Advances With Bezos Cash

daemonc Re:What the fuck is this? (169 comments)

It is obvious that:
1. You didn't read the article.
2. Even if you had read the article, and understood how they are engineering it to run for 10,00 years without human intervention, you are not the sort of person who would understand the "why".

more than 3 years ago

FTC Approves Microsoft's Takeover of Skype

daemonc Re:Quis custodiet? (153 comments)

(SIP) sucks little black toads: abysmal audio quality, ludicrous registration procedures, non-existent global directory services, and far too many competing clients.

All of these things are true except for the audio quality*. SIP does not specify any particular audio codec. There are high quality codecs available, it's up to the clients to support them. So, I don't see how having many competing clients is a bad thing.

* And possibly the toads. I have not had any toad related issues on my PBX yet.

more than 3 years ago

The Average Human Has 60 New Genetic Mutations

daemonc Re:makes sense to be (246 comments)

of course, i'm not educated in the field, but if parent's dna were copied exactly the same, then you wouldn't be much different from your brothers and sisters.

Yikes. You don't have to be a geneticist to understand the very most basic things about genetics - things that affect your daily life, things like "Do I share all the same genes as my brothers and sisters?"

I remember learning about Mendel and the principles of segregation and independent assortment in 7th grade science class.

Are you 12, or did you just sleep through that class, or has the public education system really gotten that much worse?

more than 3 years ago

Google's Android Ambitions Go Beyond Mobile

daemonc Re:Unwritten Addendum: (174 comments)

so that your Android device phones us to deliver vitally handy information that we can use to make educated guesses about your lifestyle habits

If only there were some way to look at the source code for this Android operating system, so we could know for certain what information is being sent back to Google...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?

daemonc Re:NPACI Rocks (264 comments)

Seconded. I used Rocks to build clusters for the university for which I worked, and it made my life much, much easier.

If you are already familiar with Redhat administration, you'll be happy to know Rocks can use either Redhat or CentOS as its base OS.

It uses meta-packages called "rolls", which completely automate the installation and configuration of your computing nodes. There are rolls that include most of the commonly used commercial and Open Source HPC software out there, or you can "roll" your own. Basically you just configure your head node, and then adding a compute node is as simple as setting the BIOS to boot over PXE, plug it in, and done.

Rocks, well, rocks.

more than 3 years ago

The Microsoft High-Profile Exodus Continues

daemonc Re:Mayeb Not a Bad Thing? (331 comments)

No, I think the good Dr. is referring to a device which uses an infrared projector to cover the room in an array of invisible dots which are then picked up by an infrared camera to rapidly create a 3 dimensional map of objects in the space, not an over-priced webcam.

more than 3 years ago

Dolly the Sheep Alive Again

daemonc Re:A major "con" of cloning falls apart (233 comments)

I had never heard that argument, but even if it were true it would still be absurd. Compared to the horribly unsanitary conditions that exist on most factory farms, and the painful end in store for them at the slaughter house, I'd think a little arthritis would be the least of the animals' worries.

But all that aside, this is still not the "major con" to cloning. The big one that comes to mind is the susceptibility to disease due to lack of genetic diversity. All it takes is one mutation in some common disease, and not only is your herd / crop wiped out, but so is everyone's who bought the same clones.

more than 4 years ago

Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

daemonc Similar situation (600 comments)

I'm in a similar position at an NGO, except that we have offices in 4 other countries with 20 or more people each.

Here's what worked for us, your results may vary:

New desktops: should it be laptops (with dockingstations), regular desktop machines or thin clients?

Laptops. We are frequently traveling, often to areas with little to no internet access, and being able to bring your data with you is a good thing. Mostly Macbooks, as they are reliable, easy to use, and integrate well with the rest of our systems.

Servers: We need a server for authentication and user management.

We use Zimbra for authentication and user management. It also serves our email - IMAP and SMTP, shared calendars and task lists - synchronized over calDAV, and a web-based interface to all of the above.

We also need an internal media server

Each office has an internal Linux server running Samba, authenticating over LDAP to Zimbra. Works equally well with Mac and Windows clients.

Finally we would like to have our web server in house.

Are you sure about that? Do you have the bandwidth and a reliable enough connection? We went with a dedicated server hosted somewhere with multiple redundant connections.

feel free to comment on anything important not on the list.

Email and collaboration software?
Again we use Zimbra, and it integrates remarkably well with iCal on Mail on the Macs. Windows users can use Thunderbird + Lightning or the Zimbra desktop client.

We run CUPS on the Linux server, so the Macs pick up the shared printers automatically. Windows users can print over Samba with click to install drivers.

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Introduces Electric RAV4, Powered By Tesla Motor

daemonc Re:Can't wait! (243 comments)

Remind me again when I can buy a diesel Golf

Seriously? Just walk into just about any VW dealership, and say "I would like to buy a diesel Golf".
Or buy a used one like I did. The early 2000s models still get the best fuel economy, with many people seeing over 50 MPG combined highway/city.

We even have our own online clubs, where we share helpful tips on maintenance, repair, and improving your fuel economy and power: http://forums.tdiclub.com/

I know VW doesn't put a lot of marketing effort into the TDI line in the US, but damn... I'm amazed that someone who sounds genuinely interested in a fuel efficient vehicle doesn't even know they are available...

more than 4 years ago

Nokia Paying $10M For Symbian Software Devs

daemonc Urine-based analogy? (210 comments)

So if using Android is "like peeing in your pants to stay warm", what would be the appropriate urine-based analogy for this attempt to compete with Android?

Paying a million bums $10 each to pee on you, instead of in their own pants?

more than 4 years ago

Android Outsells iPhone In Last 6 Months

daemonc Re:Here's the trouble with Android (514 comments)

You're right that the comparison is confusing, but it may be you that has been confused.

What is being compared here is the market share of smart phone platforms, not particular devices. So when you read "iPhone vs. Android", think "iOS vs. Android". It just happens that iOS is only available on 4 phones at the moment, versus dozens of Android phones from different manufactures.

So why does it matter which platform wins?

Developers, developers, developers! /Balmer
The platform with the biggest market share will attract the most developers. More developers means more and better quality apps.

more than 4 years ago


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