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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

dawich Re:I'm not even a fan, but (1174 comments)

I would be fine if he wrote a story that pushed an anti-gay moral... as long as the story is good.

_Lost Boys_ certainly leaned heavily on the anti-gay. And it was pretty much the opposite of good. The writing quality felt like he was channeling Piers Anthony.

about a year and a half ago

Intercontinental Mind-Meld Unites Two Rats

dawich There's no way this could go wrong... (176 comments)

Tie a bunch of animal brains together around the world? Have it make decisions? Nope, no way...

about a year and a half ago

Elon Musk Offers Boeing SpaceX Batteries For the 787 Dreamliner

dawich Re:Batteries if you must (163 comments)

Disagree - some shavers yes, but my older Norelco I replaced the batteries 3 times before I gave it up as a bad idea. My new Braun (basic model) is good. But our big Oster clippers? 3 months on the battery, and now it only works if it is plugged in. Next set of clippers will not be cordless.

about a year and a half ago

Virginia Woman Is Sued For $750,000 After Writing Scathing Yelp Review

dawich Re:The original review (424 comments)

She says he lied about the licensing thing - I've had this happen as well - contractor said he was licensed, had a copy of a license, but research with a friend proved that the license was long expired. And licensing, in some states, is just paying a fee.

about 2 years ago

Gmail Accidentally Resets 150,000 Accounts

dawich Re:What idiot trusts the cloud? (401 comments)

And Google doesn't backup, and tells companies that want to move to their product that they don't have control of the data, including archive and backup, because it's all in the cloud, and duplicated in many datacenters.

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

dawich Re:The Quote of the Article (705 comments)

There is no professional license for network engineering, or any other computer related engineering, unless you are a mechanical/electrical/industrial engineer. Though I see the EIT qualifying exam now has computers on it, so maybe all engineers get some of it? I know the ACM and IEEE talk about licensing software engineers, and there are plenty of certifications for networking jockeys, but nothing yet.

more than 3 years ago

Simple Virus For Teaching?

dawich Re:What OS? And how annoying? (366 comments)

"That ITs internal HP printers LCD panels suddenly started displaying "INSERT COIN" had nothing to do with this, I swear." Ah, playing with LaserJet front panels... Making them talk to the person stand at the printer...

more than 3 years ago

Selling Incandescent Light Bulbs As Heating Devices

dawich Re:Easy Bake Ovens (557 comments)

Since they're going to end up doing the same here, and some manufacturers are already shutting down incandescent lines, what's Hasbro going to use for future versions?

more than 3 years ago

What To Do About CC License Violations?

dawich Re:Doctorow (437 comments)

There's the fact that the photo in question is of a hammock which is described as "Cory's Hammock" in the photoset. It's possible Cory believes that a) it's non-commercial, and b) it's his owned damned hammock, so it's cool.

more than 4 years ago

MacPaint Source Code Released to Museum

dawich Re:Really? (175 comments)

If you diagrammed the sentence, you would find out that the "that had never been released to the world" refers back to "a flavor of the old Lisa" which many would take to mean a variant. It's easy to believe that not all Lisa variants were released to the world.

more than 4 years ago

NASA's Juno, Armored Tank Heading For Jupiter

dawich Where's Steve Austin? (185 comments)

If this thing crashes on takeoff, someone's going to have to stop it.

more than 4 years ago

Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills

dawich Re:Wot? (515 comments)

Citation? I still see a number of people who do carry hundreds, because they've been brought up/trained themselves to believe that it makes them (wealthy|important|happy). Other people do because they're much less likely to spend it - it's harder to let go of a $100 than a $20 or smaller. Personally, I'm not one of those, so it'd be a curiosity.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Asks You To Test Your Broadband Speeds

dawich Re:Hmm... (454 comments)

Mine changes at least 3 times a week, and it changes in several octets, so I'm not sure their database is going to do much.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Volunteer Professional Services?

dawich Look for a local provider to non-profits (366 comments)

Where I live, there is a provider for non-profits - cheap access, connecting them with cheap hardware and software licensing, etc. Every so often they ahve an IT day of service you can sign up for to wire a space, or configure a bunch of servers/workstations for a youth center, etc.

Look for names like community computing, communitynet, net, etc.


more than 4 years ago

Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats

dawich Re:Well, I guess it's business as usual... (225 comments)

Did this before. When 2000/AD came out, they started claiming huge numbers of NOS seats, more than Netware, because everyone who owned 2000Pro, or XP, had an AD/Server CAL. It was determined that the majority of these weren't being used to connect to domains anyway, but they were advertising their obvious superiority to Netware based on seats sold. So, yeah, business as usual. Many of these 'licensed' SharePoint seats are probably from a CAL package that includes SharePoint, in Enterprise Agreements. Many state government entities are having the basic SharePoint CAL included in their EA in the hopes that they might use it later on.

more than 4 years ago

Revisiting DIY HERF Guns

dawich Re:From the last Slashdot article and FYI: (425 comments)

From a MO Highway Patrol friend, 15 years ago, MO would specifically target the left lane people, even if they knew the guy in the right lane was speeding to pass the car in the left. They aggressively enforced the state law about keeping the left lane clear. Nowadays, I don't know if that's still true, not being back except on short visits.

more than 4 years ago

Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist

dawich Re:Perfect storm of regulation and corruption (419 comments)

Assistive devices for the vision-impaired do not receive the same scrutiny as a medical device like an ultrasound machine, or an IV pump. But they cost the same. There are a bunch of companies that make Braille printers, readouts for laptops, screen readers, etc., and the devices are often poorly built, and outrageously expensive. Mainly because the government was the only one buying them for people who needed them. And when I say outrageously expensive, I mean a talking tape measure for $150, a 40-character braille readout that sticks to the bottom of your laptop for $2000 (the 80-character was quite a bit more), and so on. But I would certainly not classify these as medical devices as far as quality - there weren't any requirements for higher spec power supplies, special sealed plugs and casings, and so forth. They just charged like there was.

about 5 years ago

Cisco Introduces Rackmount Servers

dawich Re:Take that, HP! (93 comments)

SmartNet is only dumb if you pay too much for it. TAC is still way too useful to drop SmartNet and self-insure.

more than 5 years ago


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