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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

dragonturtle69 Re:Slackware (303 comments)

You are doing it wrong. Slackware isn't for gurus, it makes them.

Yes!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

dragonturtle69 Re:8 is an entirely arbitrary number (311 comments)

"people believe they are paying for time, and not for actual work done"

Yep, despite being salaried, and paid to provide a service, we get worked by time.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

dragonturtle69 Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (573 comments)

An accidental over-select would be my guess too. Depending upon how they are used, a file system explorer can be much more dangerous than a terminal. Always ls pattern before rm pattern is something I too learned the hard way.

about a year and a half ago
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Why The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing

dragonturtle69 Re:Rather than shooting with more FPS (599 comments)

Ah yes, Bored of the Rings, a fine read it was, and a good way as a Lord of the Rings reader to learn about good parody; you can laugh at something you like being poked.

about 2 years ago
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WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

dragonturtle69 Re:Huh (287 comments)

From the same Wiki article:

Although the 34 was very reliable and dominant on the battlefield, its dissemination throughout the German forces was hampered due to its precision engineering, which resulted in high production costs and a relatively slower rate of production.

Like a lot of the German stuff, really good quality is reported, but too few were made to really matter. Tiger versus Sherman is another example.

While there were opportunities, they common soldier ended up with the Karabiner 98 Kurz, a bolt action rifle with a five round internal magazine, through the end of the war.

The Germans had better tech and manufacturing, sorta like they do now, only their elected leadership really sucked. Those advantages were wasted starting WW II.

A lesson may be in here somewhere, about voting with one's mind, and not one's heart. Sorta like me and GB II in 2000.

Back on topic, it will be interesting when the message is decoded.

about 2 years ago
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WW2 Carrier Pigeon and Undecoded Message Found In Chimney

dragonturtle69 Re:Huh (287 comments)

Name the individual carried automatic weapons, by the Wehrmacht, in 1939.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

dragonturtle69 Re:No TV in the bedroom (372 comments)

Half right. Whole house is is for fun.

about 2 years ago
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Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

dragonturtle69 Re:Behold, our huge, mighty penises!! (718 comments)

Your point is true, though I think that we benefit from having both. Let the SSNs do the offense, let the SSBNs be the nuclear defense.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

dragonturtle69 Re:Behold, our huge, mighty penises!! (718 comments)

SBNS are insurance, two are enough to take out a third of the planet. You might kill me, but I will kill you in return, and then some of your friends too. Best case scenario for you is that we both lose.

more than 2 years ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

dragonturtle69 Re:Blames (505 comments)

No blame from me, none at all.

Business users will stay will stay with MS, the higher ups will go with Apple, the geeks go with Linux/Unix and similar. A few enlightened ones may exist, but if I want my stuff to play nicely with others, I have to expect MS or Apple. Linux in our corp. is on a few servers, little niche things that have no commercial equivalent.

The core problem is how business works, how the economy works, and if have no idea how to get around it, short of a Star Trek future becoming reality.

more than 2 years ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

dragonturtle69 Re:Blames (505 comments)

I've always thought that the "problem" with the Linux desktop was the compatibility of applications.

We spent a few years being Linux only. Teachers expecting the kids homework in .doc, and OO not being exactly right, Flash Player for Linux being so far behind that some websites failed to display content, stuff like that is what killed it as the day-to-day OS. Then again, on the security side, Linux is excellent. Even with Win Vista or 7, most of the Windows users I know kill off UAC and use administrator accounts to browse the web. I loved having near 0 hours per month admin time for the home PCs

OS X is the current primary OS (measured in hours used per month), with Win 7 and Linux behind. It still fails as some website use Win 7/IE only features, and commercial applications are far fewer than found for Windows, really an expensive middle ground.

So, it really is all about the applications. Once writing applications for Linux = $$$$$$$, Linux will be win the desktop war.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Training To Rekindle a Long Tech Career?

dragonturtle69 Re:Be realistic (162 comments)

First Google hit, being charged for meals has been around for over a decade too, even if found innocent you get to pay for the stay.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Training To Rekindle a Long Tech Career?

dragonturtle69 Re:Home-calling consumer services? (162 comments)

Not so sure about it being the "your own fault" notion, thought there is something to aging. I see several coworkers my age (35-45) just stop learning. What they know is "good enough", they make enough money to be satisfied and stop growing.

On the other hand, if you eat 4000 calories a day on a 1500 calorie activity level, getting fat is your fault. Don't exercise your muscles, getting weak is your fault. Don't exercise your mind, getting stupid is your fault.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Failure Be Rewarded To Spur Innovation?

dragonturtle69 Re:Alan Kay (146 comments)

So true. You learn from mistakes. The dolts that do not learn do nothing new; they are as they were when graduating from junior high 30 years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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The Most Dangerous Toys of 2011

dragonturtle69 Re:Clackers (292 comments)

They did teach coordination. :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Have Walled Gardens Killed the Personal Computer?

dragonturtle69 Re:Frameworks (848 comments)

... Apple controls the entire end-to-end solution.

And that is precisely why I will not be buying an iAppliance, that and the lack of standardized IO ports. The iPad (or any other slate), iPhone (or any other smartphone) is a device to display media. Apple's is just a bit more restricted, and hipper, and prettier.

The period of the multimedia PC purchased as a media display device may be over, but not the PC as a workstation.

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

dragonturtle69 Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

Unions help to restore the balance by consolidating the employees in order to bring it back to one-to-one.

Agreed.

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

dragonturtle69 Re:Plead the 27th (1167 comments)

One exception, could be, the military/ex-military join the "revolt". In other words, nothing or civil war. I'm hoping for the "people" to do something smart, like vote, maybe even for a candidate that they agree with, regardless of popularity.

more than 2 years ago

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Some New Toys for DHS, but do we need them?

dragonturtle69 dragonturtle69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dragonturtle69 (1002892) writes "An interesting though light on details article from Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN2143732820070921?sp=true, covers some of the advancements in "Homeland Security". My least favorite part was from Bruce Walker toward the end of the article, "We can read fingerprints from about five meters .... all 10 prints," said Bruce Walker, vice president of homeland security for Northrop Grumman Corp. "We can also do an iris scan at the same distance."

While I have true appreciation for the technology involved in these devices, this just seems like too much money to spend on high technology that is easily thwarted by low technological means (sunglasses, gloves).

Should we evolve toward a society that can guarantee no crime will go unsolved through surveillance from birth till morgue, or should we focus on the cause of criminal activity, including what is considered legal, and eliminate it through societal change?"

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The State of Technology Cloning in China

dragonturtle69 dragonturtle69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dragonturtle69 (1002892) writes "This Popular Science article goes into a little detail about Technology Cloning and its negative and positive outcomes for consumers. On one hand there is the miniOne (same design, more features, unknown safety concerns) and then there is the Chery QQ which looks the part but is much less safe. The article keeps a nonjudgmental view, staying to the facts.

If a larger view is applied, Technology Cloning is not used just by Chinese manufacturers trying to close the gap between themselves and others with more advanced technology. While cloning the look and feel of the iPhone feels like theft, even if there are added features, how does copying someone's code compare? We all imitate those who we see as successful. But, where does imitating someone else's behavior or product cease to be the truest compliment and become theft?

Zogger originally posted this article on Technocrat."

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