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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

djl4570 Linus is damaging the reputation of Linux (1501 comments)

Linus is damaging the reputation of Linux one profane outburst at a time. His conduct towards the developers, abusive language and such would get you fired in any Fortune 500 environment. CIO's will read about the petulant profane behavior in industry rags and ask themselves if they want to build an enterprise around software controlled by someone who cannot control his own emotions. Professional behavior is not about fake politeness or passive aggressive behavior. Professional behavior is about engaging your peers in civil discourse. You can say something is broken or the code is wrong with critical analysis and without angry profane screeds.

about a year ago
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Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

djl4570 Re:Eh (129 comments)

Wasn't Bose behind the "direct reflecting" loudspeaker? It couldn't have been designed by an engineer with a basic understanding of reflected waveforms, phase and wave interference. I listened to a set of these at a stereo shop in Monterey, California back in 1983. The space in front of me with sound, but the violin solo was distorted and smeared across the space.

about a year ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

djl4570 Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

Did you factor in the energy required for building and maintaining the wind turbines? Are they as green as you think?
14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA Lays out a more comprehensive environmental cost of wind turbines including this:

Altamont's turbines have since 2008 been tethered four months of every year in an effort to protect migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, 75 to 110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-tailed Hawks, and 333 American Kestrels (falcons) are killed by Altamont turbines annually.

I was aware of wind turbine bird strikes. I didn't know the numbers.

about a year ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

djl4570 Re:Solution in extensions (778 comments)

I'm running FF23 beta on my personal system and NoScript is still working as before.

about a year ago
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DNA Fog Helps Identify Trespassers, Thieves, and Brigands

djl4570 Re:Why stop there? (129 comments)

Rat poison would be reckless endangerment. Like gun trapping an empty house. There are non lethal approaches.
A friend told me of a time at TPC where a plate of brownies laced with Ex-Lax was left in the fridge for the resident fridge thief. It worked well. Five brownies were missing. The suspected thief clocked out sick less than an hour into his shift and there was evidence that he didn't make it out of the building without shitting himself.

about a year and a half ago
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Physicists Attempting To Test 'Time Crystals'

djl4570 Thiotimoline (231 comments)

Wasn't all of this in "The Endochronic Properties of Resublimated Thiotimoline" by Asimov?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

djl4570 A couple of titles (203 comments)

These might be a bit much for middle school kids. I'm not sure what they're capable of these days. Both are available on Amazon.
The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? by Leon Lederman
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

about a year and a half ago
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Coelacanth Genome Sequenced

djl4570 Re:Why Evolve (82 comments)

That was my thought. Evolution requires selective pressure that causes certain traits to become assets or liabilities. The coelacanth fills an ecological niche and doesn't have much if any competition in that niche except from other coelacanths.

about a year and a half ago
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Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?

djl4570 Re:The DEA (195 comments)

Go spend some time with Google.

I don't disagree with you, but digging up citations to support your argument is your job, not the readers.

about a year and a half ago
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The ATF Wants To Know Who Your Friends Are

djl4570 Re:Convenience Store (131 comments)

Ahhh .. Deluxe Liquor and Sporting Goods in Roseville, Ca. How I miss thee. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (Both rifles and handguns) in one convenient stop. Store closed years ago but the memories live on.

about a year and a half ago
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Wiping a Smartphone Still Leaves Data Behind

djl4570 Re:A contrived test: old phone, old operating syst (155 comments)

No so contrived. These are the phones that are entering the used market. The early adopters are getting the next great iPhone and selling their old one. A lot of these users don't want to spend time or money upgrading the OS of an old phone and may be blissfully unaware of the security issues of the outdated OS.

about a year and a half ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

djl4570 Re:More facetime (1145 comments)

Anyone remember the tech advertisement "Lost the Dongle" that ran in just about every IT rag published back in the nineties. It featured a picture of a famous nude statue that was missing its "dongle".

about a year and a half ago
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Copyright Trolls Order Wordpress To Disclose Critics' IP Addresses

djl4570 Just one (119 comments)

127.0.0.1

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

djl4570 Noscript kills this feature (217 comments)

I just tried it on the Taylor Swift article. Running Firefox v20 (beta) with Noscript and it worked without any problem.

about a year and a half ago
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Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos Talks About Managing Remote Workers (Video)

djl4570 Re:Performance Metrics (100 comments)

Within the scope of a team I agree with you except for the "weak, immature and cowardly" part. Metrics allow management to document performance. This is important when the recently dismissed dead weight sues for wrongful termination.

about a year and a half ago
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Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos Talks About Managing Remote Workers (Video)

djl4570 Performance Metrics (100 comments)

All you need is a method to accurately measure productivity.

about a year and a half ago

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Slashdot Security Certificate expired on 04/21/2013

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "Here's what Chrome has to say about this.
The site's security certificate has expired!
You attempted to reach slashdot.org, but the server presented an expired certificate. No information is available to indicate whether that certificate has been compromised since its expiration. This means Google Chrome cannot guarantee that you are communicating with slashdot.org and not an attacker. Your computer's clock is currently set to Monday, April 22, 2013 1:02:39 AM. Does that look right? If not, you should correct the error and refresh this page.
You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site."
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Hello Kitty in Space

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  about 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "The four minute video documents a seventh grade science project that uses a helium balloon to lift several Go Pro cameras, a high altitude data recorder and a GPS tracker to an altitude of over 90,000 feet. This science project is an excellent example of integrating technology to measure, document and recover the experiment."
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Apple Whinging about Samsung Press Release

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "Samsung released to the press documents that had been excluded by Judge Lucy Koh. According to Samsung "The judge's exclusion of evidence on independent creation meant that even though Apple was allowed to inaccurately argue to the jury that the F700 was an iPhone copy, Samsung was not allowed to tell the full story...The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design," An article at another site described judge Lucy Koh as "Livid" The defendant released exculpatory evidence that had been suppressed by the judge. This after many stories in the tech press portray the case as Samsung versus Lucy Koh instead of Samsung versus Apple."
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Formation of an Ox Bow lake as seen by the Google Earth Time Machine

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "An excellent study in the gradual change of geographic features as a river meander becomes an ox bow lake when the river current cuts through the meander. The same Google Earth feature can be used to view changes in urban and suburban geography. The historical data is a work in progress. The region I looked at only has images going back to 1993. Other regions will have a different mix and depth of data."
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Tablet Newspaper c1994

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 writes "Paleofuture has an interesting video of a tablet computer envisioned by an Information Design lab founded by Knight Ridder in 1992 to bring the newspaper into the electronic age. This video is an interesting look at early tablet concepts in light of Apple and Samsung litigating over Tablet related IP. The video looks like a promotional video for internal use or to woo investors. It is surprisingly prescient for an era when we were running Mosaic or a beta version of Netscape and that many of us were using third party software such as Trumpet for a SLIP connection.
Of course this video does not foresee paradigm changes such as the massive expansion of the Internet which gave us sites such as Drudge, the explosion of blogs or the corresponding erosion of trust in the main stream media."

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Does the iPad canniblize Macbook sales

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "CEO Tim Cook thinks so. I've spent some time playing with an iPad. It was interesting enough for me to test the waters with a Galaxy Tab. This submission originates from my Galaxy Tab docked in an external KB. I've been surfing casually for awhile now and the answer is no. Tablets will not replace laptops anytime soon. Far too many sites have tablet hostile controls. Even /. Places the UID icon right next to the logout button. Works if you're using a stylus but not so well with a fingertip. The clickable NWS maps are unpredictable using a tablet. Other sites such as Darkroastedblend.com have mobile sites optimized for the portrait format used by smartphones. The onscreen keyboard is awkward and slow to use but I have moderated and posted a comment or two using the on screen keyboard. I don't see tablets replacing laptops any time soon, but I do see them converging much the same way this tablet is docked to a keyboard looks like a small laptop."
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Life on Mars found – in 1976 by Viking Lander

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes ""The USA’s Viking mission found life on Mars, says a new paper that has re-analysed data collected by the two probes." Using advanced mathematical techniques to treat the old experimental data as complex system could reveal a signal that was not previously detected. Time will tell if we actually get to see the rat-bat-spider-crab live in 1080p."
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A Homemade Sterling Engine

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 writes "A two minute Youtube video of a proof of concept Sterling engine made from a tin can, rubber bands, plastic wrap and what looks like paperclips soldered together all powered by a single candle. This is a bit of engineering geekdom that demonstrates a deep understanding of the principles behind the Sterling design."
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NASA Inquiry Halts Sale of $388,375 Apollo 13 Chec

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "Astronaut Jim Lovell held on to his Apollo 13 flight check lists for over forty years. Sells for serious bucks, now NASA claims ownership. NASA obviously has no sense of shame about waiting forty years before claiming something that Lovell almost threw away. Is NASA in it for the money?"
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Google Punishing Chrome for SIxty Days

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "

Google is pushing its own Chrome browser down in search rankings for 60 days following reports that the company was involved in an ad campaign that paid for links to bolster search traffic.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/google-chromes-sponsored-posts-explained/2012/01/03/gIQAascfYP_story.html

According to Sullivan, it appears that Google contracted its Web ads out to a firm called Essence Digital, which in turn asked a company called Unruly Media to implement the campaign.

I see this as an astute move on Google's part. Rather than circle the wagons they say oops and correct the problem. Google understands that such link pimping is a cancer that undermines the integrity of their search engine. That's why it isn't allowed and now Google is saying we don't support a double standard either."
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Righthaven Looses In Colorado

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

djl4570 writes "Federal Judge John Kane ruled that Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas lacked standing to file copyright infringement lawsuits in Colorado under its lawsuit contract with the Denver Post and abused the Copyright Act in doing so. Righthaven was ordered to reimburse the defendant his costs including reasonable attorneys fees."
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Sympathetic Treatment of Patent Troll in MSM

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

djl4570 (801529) writes "This story is a good example of why the general public does not understand the problem with patent trolls. This MSM story paints the patent troll with a sympathetic human interest "I just want my day in court" brush. Unless you recognized the name Larry Lockwood you would have to read several paragraphs to get to the name PanIP which I do remember reading about here on /. and elsewhere where he was not a human interest story."
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Teacher reinstated after Ender's Game Controversy

djl4570 djl4570 writes  |  more than 2 years ago It's scary that any action was taken because of an ignorant parent whinging about these books or that the bureaucrats needed three weeks to clear this matter up.

A Schofield Middle School teacher was reinstated Monday after being placed on paid administrative leave for about three weeks. The leave was related to supplemental book excerpts he read to his students during a class session.

Among the books were Ender's Game, The Devil's Paintbox and a murder mystery by Agatha Christie. The linked story is vague on details such as what was allegedly pornographic. http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/0329-schofield-teacher-reinstated--3896149

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