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Unix Guru Evi Nemeth Missing, Feared Lost At Sea

djh101010 Re:Rawr (156 comments)

Purple? Newb...it's red. No, green. Wait, I'll come in again.

about a year ago
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MakerBot Merging With Stratasys

djh101010 Re:Fuck Bre Pettis (65 comments)

Exactly. Us Cupcake owners financed his team's development of the Thing-O-Matic. We were fine with that, we welcomed it as the next release of an open-source success story. And then Bre abandoned us Cupcake owners, 3 months afther the ToM was live, with a tacit "fuck you, buy the new stuff" message. Out of stock for months is a passive-aggressive approach to abandoning your supporters. Not cool, Bre.

about a year ago
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MakerBot Merging With Stratasys

djh101010 Bre is a whore. (65 comments)

Bre has abandoned the people who gave him his start. Sorry, but abandoning the first-gen "Cupcake" bot, 3 MONTHS after the next bot came out, and doing the same to the Thing-O-Matic folks, is a slap in the face to the open-source community who gave him his start. He's nothing other than a money-seeking whore, who betrayed his early supporters for the Almighty Buck. Even today's software updates, which have nothing different from the Whatzitplicator mark 1 and 2 other than a volumetric envelope setting, Makerbot Industries have abandoned the ones who gave them their start and turned into the entity that they pretended to not be part of. I wonder how many months before Bre adds some DRM crap to his supplies so you can only print stuff on Makerbot printers if you buy their own branded, DRM'd, overpriced filaments. And to think that I supported you, Bre. What an idiot I was. You seemed so sincere.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

djh101010 Because they don't know why it works. (614 comments)

This isn't complicated. They stay with old unsupported crap because they know that the people who set it up are gone, and they aren't sure how to make it work again. They lost the recipe. They would rather saddle their support organizations with bugs that were fixed years ago, than to risk the unknown. The pathetic part of this is, that they miss out on years of bug fixes and performance improvements, because they think they're saving money by laying off the people who built their critical infrastructure. Intangible costs are intangible. ...but, they make it hard to retain support staff...

about a year ago
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Harvard Grid Computing Project Discovers 20k Organic Photovoltaic Molecules

djh101010 Re:Misleading statement in TFA (125 comments)

Laboratory samples don't count until I can buy them in 1000 piece quantities. Right now, I can buy 17% efficient solar panels all day, every day, at $1.25 per watt. Until the other options improve on that, they're just a waste of investment.

about a year ago
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Harvard Grid Computing Project Discovers 20k Organic Photovoltaic Molecules

djh101010 Re:Misleading statement in TFA (125 comments)

Nitpicking, my ass. The difference between 10% and 17% is huge. Wake me when someone finds a mass-producable solar cell that has better than that efficiency, and decades of life at that output. Current (heh...) silicon PV cells have reached the point of a 6 year payback on investment, and where the rails to mount them on cost more than the panels they hold. Until someone finds a hypothetical breakthrough, anything less than this efficiency is a waste of time and money other than for pure research.

about a year ago
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Oracle Releases SPARC T5 Servers; Too Late?

djh101010 Re:New Intel 8088s while we are at it? (175 comments)

Interesting, I might have to contact Oracle support on that one (when I tried to install Solaris 11 on a client's server, I got a "your system isn't supported" error.

Support contracts have to be paid, or that's the answer you get.

about a year ago
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Oracle Releases SPARC T5 Servers; Too Late?

djh101010 Re:Probably not. (175 comments)

So, Sun support sucked because your employer didn't pay for a support contract, and you wanted the benefits of one (the downloading of patches) without paying for it? I'm guessing it's not even worth discussing threading models at this point.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

djh101010 It's a "Jump to conclusions" mat. (635 comments)

See, it's a mat with conclusions on it. And then you jump to them.

about a year and a half ago
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State Rep. Says Biking Is Not Earth Friendly Because Breathing Produces CO2

djh101010 Re:Cars produce more (976 comments)

No, pendantic is right, he's hanging around making comments.

about a year and a half ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

djh101010 Re:I must be getting old (281 comments)

WTF?

"The Sun Fire server brand was a series of server computers introduced in 2001".

You think something from 2001 is old? What are you? 12?

Eh, it's past end of service life. Fine for a home or lab use, but, yeah, a 1280 is old. Beautiful hardware, built like a battleship. But at this point, having any of the purple generation of Sun gear in a datacenter is just a disaster recovery situation waiting to happen. So, old, certainly. Useless? Not by a far stretch. Just no longer enterprise-ready.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

djh101010 Project Exile, not gun bans, is the answer. (1591 comments)

How about we put bad guys in jail, instead of punishing the millions of gun owners who haven't done anything wrong? A dramatic, double digit drop in murder rates for "Project Exile", vs. "challenges in discerning the effects of the ban"? Richmond, Virginia, had a program in the 1990s. "Project Exile". Short version: Mandatory additional 5 years in jail if you use a gun in a crime, or if you're a felon found possessing a gun or ammunition. Crime went down 40%.
https://house.resource.org/106/org.c-span.153371-1.pdf
From page 2 of this report, "Since the project began, the results have been evident. More than 200 armed criminals were removed from Richmond streets during the first year of Project Exile alone. An entire gang responsible for multiple murders has been dismantled. In 1998, murders were 33 percent below 1997, the lowest number since 1987. In 1999, murders are down yet another 29 percent."

Compare this with the Assault Weapons Ban, which accomplished nothing. Here's the National Institute of Justice's report, describing how it had no effect in reducing crime:
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/jerrylee/research/aw_brief1999.pdf
"A number of factors—including the fact that the banned weapons and magazines were rarely used to commit murders in this country, the limited availability of data on the weapons, other components of the Crime Control Act of 1994, and State and local initiatives implemented at the same time—posed challenges in discerning the effects of the ban."

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

djh101010 Re:Hair-splitting (1862 comments)

A century and a half of evidence says otherwise. Unless you intend to include sources that are, you know, ignorant and wrong. Referring to the cartridge as "casing" may be used in as many as several percent of references. All of which are, like you, wrong. Sorry to be blunt but, words have meanings.

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

djh101010 Re:Technology Misuse (1862 comments)

Can you name one gun control measure, ever, which has reduced crime? Chicago has 'em all, it's one of the worst places in the country.

I'd rather we go with "Project Exile" as implemented in Richmond, VA, in the 1990s. Mandatory 5 years additional in jail if you use a gun in a crime, mandatory jail if you're a felon in possession of a gun, etc. Punishes the bad people, while not disarming their potential victims. Oh, and crime went down 40% in a year.

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

djh101010 Re:I don't understand the "high cap" magazine ban (1862 comments)

Here are my views on gun control:

Every year, an average of 9,200 Americans are murdered by handguns, according to Department of Justice statistics.

They are murdered WITH handguns, not BY them. They are murdered by criminals. Focus on the bad guys, not the hardware. Blaming the hardware, then, by extension, blames the millions of us who are NOT criminals. And you people wonder why gun owners find this offensive.

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

djh101010 Re:Hair-splitting (1862 comments)

The cartridge is just the brass part. The round includes the cartridge, the primer, the propellant (powder), and the projectile (bullet). I know this seems like pointless discussion over terminology, but, it's the equivalent of someone pointing at their PC and referring to it as the "CPU".

about a year and a half ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

djh101010 Re:Holy overrated (1862 comments)

Exactly. Treat it like being defib or CPR certified. Those who qualify and take the training, should be allowed to protect our children in this way also. And if they can't pass a background check, why the hell are they around our kids? Don't force them to do it, of course, but give them the option. Almost all states have CCW permits with the usual requirements, and those requirements match up pretty well to who we allow to be teachers (I'd hope).

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

djh101010 Brilliant! Now, all we have to do is... (1388 comments)

...But how are we going to get the criminals to follow the law that says they should use that kind of gun? Every attempt at legislating the problem away ignores the basic, obvious fact, that criminals don't follow the laws.

about a year and a half ago
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Einstein@Home Set To Break Petaflops Barrier

djh101010 Re:Any suggestions for a distributed client? (96 comments)

See. when an app gives a control panel mechanism that claims to care what percent of a given resource pool it will use, yet, it uses 100% of the resources, it leads to questions such as mine. But thanks never so much for being useless. Let me guess, you want to pretend MacOS Wotever Cat is the problem, when in reality it's some misbehaving app that I tried to help with but which won't play nice. Huh.

about a year and a half ago

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Firehose Paused due to inactivity - WTF?

djh101010 djh101010 writes  |  more than 5 years ago OK, I'm a reasonably tech-savvy person, really I am. But in the last week or so, my up-to-date, fairly generic Firefox install, has been displaying a popup on my Slashdot tab, telling me that "Firehose Paused due to inactivity". If I try to ignore it it comes back. If I click unpause, it goes away until (something times out?).

It's annoying. I've googled without success - but I do see where it is in slashcode. I checked my preferences to turn whatever the hell this is, off. Can't find it. Anyone know how to make this stop?

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iPhone 1.1.1 firmware jailbreak success!

djh101010 djh101010 writes  |  more than 6 years ago Well, it took a couple of weeks, but the smart folks on the iPhone Dev team have succeeded with a jailbreak on iPhone firmware version 1.1.1 There's a good description here: http://www.tuaw.com/2007/10/08/announcing-a-preliminary-iphone-1-1-1-jailbreak It's "not ready for prime time" yet but, the fact is that they're in and can navigate the filesystem and deploy files to it. Springboard apparently has some tweaks to make life more difficult for 3p apps (GRRRR....) but ... this is Unix, we have the root password, and as any good sysadmin will tell you, if you have physical access to a box, _and_ especially the root password, anything can be done. So, how will Apple respond? I can see a few scenarios:

1. They give us a software development kit and acknowledge reality (30% chance)

2. They pretend that this is as good as they can do, tell AT&T "Well, we tried", shrug, and we get on with business as usual (40%)

3. They choose to continue the cat&mouse game, trying to lock us out and succeeding for a week or two per iteration. Yet in the meantime we always have 1.0.2 and now, apparently, 1.1.1 to work with. (30%).

If they choose to go with 3, it's annoying but not insurmountable. Unless they decide to get really nasty about it and use (mumblesnarf grumbly naganaga). Which would suck. But we'd _still_ have a good version to work from. Taking that thought a bit further - 1.0.2 is _completely_ open. Worst case, smart people get into 1.1.1 and friends, and back-port the good parts (double-tap home button for instance) to 1.0.2, releasing community issued patches just as happens in so many other projects. So the worst case, isn't all that bad, and I don't think it's all that likely. I think it'll be just fine, and we'll be playing tetris and PigShooter on 1.1.1 soon enough, is what I'm saying. I could be wrong though, it's happened before a time or ten.

So - how about the iPod Touch then?

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Interviews + unqualified applicants = AAAAAAAARGH!!!!

djh101010 djh101010 writes  |  more than 7 years ago OK so we're trying to staff up. This is good. Looking for strong Unix guys with a very well defined job description handed out to headhunters. The market is apparently tight. That, is _not_ good, at least from our perspective. Yesterday, I lost an hour or so of my life that I'll never get back. Let's see.

Guy number 1: technical phone screen. Can't hear him, static on the line throughout. Threw a pretty medium question at him to see how he responds; I don't care _what_ the answer is as long as it's appropriate, but show me how you think, y'know? Well...inappropriate answer. Didn't hear? Didn't understand? Don't know? Hard to say. Probe deeper. Back off to basic question. Another inappropriate answer, eerily similar to the first. The 3 of us in the room, on phone with interviewee, exchange the "wait, what?" look. As time marched on, it got actually painful.

Guy number 2: in person interview for "fit" rather than "techie", he passed the tech screen with one of our gurus. Scheduled time comes, and goes. No guy #2. Recheck calendar and manager, yes, time is right and has passed. OK, working, let me know if Guy shows up. Nearly an hour late, Guy does. No phone call, no apology, just nearly an hour late. Dressed...interestingly. This for an IT position at a company you've heard of, known for being somewhat conservative. Manager asked if Guy had his phone number, Guy had come without it or a map to find the (yes, on google and mapquest maps) location. Sigh. Into the Room Of Torment (for us, lately).

"Tell me about an interesting problem you've had recently and how you solved it." Come on, this is THE classic interview question. Give me a war story, embellish, hell, make shit up completely, I don't _care_, I want to hear how you think, how you fix stuff. War stories. Engage me. Make me want to know more. "Well, I found a shell script once where the #! at the start pointed to the wrong path." Share the "Wait, what?" look with the manager. Try again with something else. Lather, rinse, repeat. (sigh).

Friday we try again with two more guys. My hopes are high, they always are. I guess my point here, is why do headhunters send us people who don't have the skills we state we need, and more to the point, why would someone read a job req they're clearly unqualified for, and then go to the interview anyway? Alternately, from the other side of the table, any hints for me? I don't pretend to be a master interviewer (on either side of the table); I certainly don't want to pass over someone that's really worth digging into further, but any thoughts on better ways to find out what these guys are thinking? We're trying to balance an intense staffing shortage (growth-induced) with the whole "but don't settle for good-enough" thing. Our team is top-notch, works great together, not one stinker on it, and it benefits us all to keep it that way. Any thoughts? Are we doing something wrong, or is interviewing always like this?

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Wow, I got two foes in one day. eBay haters, or what?

djh101010 djh101010 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Hm. Seems there are some pretty serious eBay haters out there. I now have 2 foes, because I had the audacity to point out that people who bid more than they want to pay for an item, might pay up to the amount they bid. Somehow suddenly I'm apparently defending shill bidding, which I've also been pretty clear about.

So what really makes people so damned passionate about eBay and PayPal? It's a marketplace, people use it. There's some crooks and ways to deal with them. But if you dare to point out that there are mechanisms to report shills, to pull out of shilled auctions, and to recognize shills in the first place, somehow it gets people all worked up. What's up with that?

Initially I figured it's the typical "hate the successful e-business" thing, but it seems to be bigger than that. Any thoughts?

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No really, I've never done this before!

djh101010 djh101010 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, that was interesting. I just did something I've never done before...given notice at a "real job". An opportunity found me with more responsibility, better pay, and closer to home. So what's not to like?

Serious question though - this hiring process involved phone interviews, and that was it. No face-to-face interview, at all. Anyone else had that happen? It's odd; not complaining mind you, I just thought it was strange not to have some sort of personal one-on-one meet & greet. Is this common?

Followup 7 months later: Consider lack of in-person interview to be a warning sign. Trust me on this one. Details soon.

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What I think SCO is really up to...

djh101010 djh101010 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I don't think SCO's goal is to win a lawsuit, I think their goal is to cast FUD on the GPL specifically, and open-source in general.

Let's look at this logically. SCO isn't stupid, they know that they have no case. Therefore, winning isn't their goal. Even if they lose, the FUD that they've spread is going to stick, even if it's just a little bit. I can't even propose linux-based projects because my employer (a fortune-50 insurance company) doesn't want the hassle. The FUD is working already.

If they just go away, the FUD sticks. If they get bought out, the FUD sticks. If they get shot down legally in no uncertain terms, some of the FUD will _still_ stick. Their goal isn't to win money, their goal is to try to destroy or cripple the Open Source Software community.

When one's enemies' actions are illogical, it makes sense to re-evaluate what that enemy's goals might be.

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