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IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?

dsoltesz Re:I'd rather make peanuts telecommuting (470 comments)

Flagstaff, AZ, baby. Ski in the morning, hike in the afternoon. "Civilization" is just a couple hours down the Interstate (though there's plenty here). Within the radius of a six-hour drive, you can find the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, salt water scuba diving, and some of The Best Hikes the U.S. has to offer (I think the phrase "Southern Utah" sums it up). Finding good IT and CS folks here is a bitch. The students all want to move off to the Big City for the Big Bucks. Cost of living isn't so hot, but it beats Silicon Valley. You won't find the Intels and Motorolas here... Keep an eye out for the federal jobs: NPS, FS, USGS, NOAA (i.e., the fun agencies for geeky science nerds)... there's also university, medical, bio, astronomy, etc. as well as plain ol' vanilla local government jobs to be found. Generally, the workplaces and teams are small, but frankly, that's a plus.

more than 4 years ago

UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

dsoltesz Re:Frustrating (340 comments)

Gossipy, nosy, lecturing family members... I don't even want them knowing my latest blood pressure reading. All I need is my mother saying "Should you be putting butter on your potato? Your cholesterol levels are a bit high." And. Yeah. I don't want her to know about the damned gerbil.

more than 4 years ago

Google CEO Confirms Social Integration

dsoltesz Re:Uh, no thanks. (96 comments)

Welcome to Eternal September.

more than 4 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Back In Development

dsoltesz Re:Vaporware (356 comments)

It spent 12 years looking legit. I will not be fooled again. I've had enough heartbreak.

more than 4 years ago

Stupid Data Center Tricks

dsoltesz Re:Video FTW (305 comments)

Thank you... you've single-handedly made spending my time on recycled, old digg news completely and totally worth it.

more than 4 years ago

Stupid Data Center Tricks

dsoltesz Re:bad article is bad (305 comments)

*yawn* That's because it was on digg, posted in a nearly identical fashion, two days ago. Agreed. Bad article is bad. And now it's old.

more than 4 years ago

Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax

dsoltesz /., you're trying too hard (147 comments)

Dear /.,

Please stop trying to be Digg/Reddit. It's really quite embarrassing. You post these stories way past their expiration date and provide no meaningful content to contribute enlightenment or lolz. We've already seen the story. We've already read the comments. Don't fall into the trap of pandering mainstream drivel to drive traffic. If my grandma knows about it, it doesn't belong on /. Even in "Idle" your readers expect more.

Lovingly yours,

more than 4 years ago

Denials Aside, Feds Storing Body Scan Images

dsoltesz Re:Wrong, that is YOUR stuff (560 comments)

Airports are private facilities? No. The airlines are choosing to enforce business policies they've written? No. The government is conducting an unreasonable search in a public place on public property while I, a private citizen, am conducting private business with a private company. Me wanting to fly from point A to point B is not reasonable suspicion. My car. My home. My pockets. My labia. I choose for whom and under what conditions I disrobe or reveal my tits, ass, ankles, nose, or any other part of my body I choose to cover.

more than 4 years ago

Officials Use Google Earth To Find Unlicensed Pools

dsoltesz Re:They collected $75,000... (650 comments)

Since using aerial photography to spot permit violations (construction w/o a permit) is an common activity that's been going on for a very long time, municipalities are actually saving money by using freely available data instead of buying it, paying for overflights, paying for image processing and mosaicking, paying for software that can do all this, etc. Since Google provides data collected from previous years, folks doing the work can easily do a temporal change comparison to spot new construction. Brilliant way to work on a shoestring budget... of course, I don't have an illegal pool.

more than 4 years ago

Artist Photoshops Scenes From WWII Into Present Day

dsoltesz Re:Very well done? REALLY? (150 comments)

Exactly. When I saw these photos a few days ago, I immediately recognized the lack of technical skill... however, I was still moved to tears (yeah, I'm a girl, get over it) and several other emotions. These images are simple yet powerfully evocative and completely fantastic as is. The sense of seeing ghosts, or better yet, viewing a memory through someone else's senses is amazing.

Despite the lack of technical skill, the artist achieved the goal of having me feel that I was standing in another's shoes. And the fact is, he got better at it with practice. With some work (and a good drawing tablet), he could easily learn to rework these photos to eliminate the technical rawness that distracts the eye and impedes the viewer's immersion in the work and its meaning. I won't hold my breath - I'm more than satisfied with what he has chosen to share with us.

more than 4 years ago

Artist Photoshops Scenes From WWII Into Present Day

dsoltesz Re:Brillant! (150 comments)

I think we can all "relate" to war and the death and destruction it entails.

more than 4 years ago

DefCon Contest Rattles FBI's Nerves

dsoltesz Re:This is refreshing (136 comments)

Sheesh people! Who the hell left the front door unlocked? Next thing you know we'll have Twilight fans wandering in here. Perhaps it's time to add a "Poser" moderation category.

more than 4 years ago

DefCon Contest Rattles FBI's Nerves

dsoltesz Re:This is refreshing (136 comments)

At one time, about five minutes ago, I would have agreed wholeheartedly. But now that I've seen grim humorless clueless trolling dicks in action, I'll take the lame geek humor. That's what comment moderation is all about.

more than 4 years ago

Pentagon Workers Tied To Child Porn

dsoltesz Re:Summary snipping (253 comments)

(2) So the government should employ every single person required to do any high security level work it requires? That's practical and completely feasible.

(3) As AC notes, this is a standard term used to discuss people suspected or charged with a crime. To state a person is guilty before the result of a trial proves that guilt leaves the author open to a defamation suit, particularly if the person is found innocent.

(4) Yeah. People are that fucking stupid. And not high school drop-outs either... Ph.D.'s are really that stupid. It boggles the mind.

more than 4 years ago

Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

dsoltesz Re:Wait 'till it hits IT (569 comments)

...then you only pay for the one you like - but keep everyone elses servers as well.

No, the buyer ONLY has rights to the "winning" design he paid for if he pays for it, and only the rights stipulated in the proposal. Losing designers keep complete ownership over their work.

more than 3 years ago

Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

dsoltesz Re:Slashdot? (569 comments)

Web design? Nerd stuff. Icon design? Nerd stuff. Computer art, graphics, illustration? Nerd stuff. If it weren't SIGGRAPH would be a LOT more boring.

more than 3 years ago

Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

dsoltesz Re:Quote: (569 comments)

If the design isn't picked, the designer still owns all rights to it and can submit it again. It's also part of his or her portfolio. "Real" designers work the same way, often developing several candidates for consideration or being pitted against other designers.

more than 3 years ago

Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

dsoltesz Re:Interesting Spin in the Summary (416 comments)

So, do you believe Apple will create/buy a new ad delivery platform to deliver "Advertisement in Operating System" instead of using iAds?

more than 4 years ago

Ban On Photographing Near Gulf Oil Booms

dsoltesz Where's the digg down button on this thing? (435 comments)

The title of this article is an absolute embarrassment. This is beyond inaccurate, it's inflammatory. Photography is not banned. A reasonable safety margin has been set around the response equipment and boats - and it's about fucking time. Scuba divers and other special activities are routinely given a 75 foot (more or less) safety margin, and it seems absolutely reasonable to make everyone stay clear while these people are trying to work. Frankly, 300 feet would have been completely reasonable. It's bad enough this "news" is already ancient (par for the course on /. lately), but now we have to deal with mind-boggling bias... is this /. or Greenpeace?

Nothing to see here. Move along.

more than 4 years ago



dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dsoltesz writes "The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE camera caught a peek of the rover Opportunity at it's current location on the rim of Victoria Crater. Opportunity reached the rim of the half mile crater a few days ago, and rover mission scientists are eager to explore the crater. The rover team is using the incredible high resolution (~12in./30cm per pixel) resolution image from HiRISE to plan the rover's exploration around and into the crater. The rover and its tracks leading up to the crater can be seen in the image."



Flagstaff Presentation: Embedded Systems Using Linux

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Join the Linux Users of Northern Arizona (http://flaglug.org) at the USGS Shoemaker Center for Astrogeology, Building 6:00pm, September 11. Spread the word!

Maps to our campus (on the #2 bus route): http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/About/Visitors/

Bus routes (head for Buffalo Park): http://www.naipta.az.gov/MountainLine/index.htm

Overview of Embedded Systems Using Linux: In this presentation, Dr. Salazar will give an overview of what is embedded Linux, tools, bootloaders, filesystem, as well as the steps needed to configure and create a small root filesystem from scratch for an embedded device using Linux. All of this in 90 minutes. Q and A follows presentations.

About the presenter, Dr. Raul Salazar: Raul A. Salazar, Ph.D. President and CTO JHL Technologies, Inc. Technical training, Mentoring, Multimedia, embedded and Software Development

Dr. Salazar is President and Chief Technology Officer of JHL Technologies, a global provider of advanced technical training; software, embedded, and multimedia development. Prior to joining JHL he was an assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University where he was instrumental in securing over $800,000 in donated computers and software from Gould, AT&T, Harris Corporation, and Digital Corporation. At Nova, he was instrumental in establishing a successful relationship with industry. While dedicated to academia, industry was demanding more of his time and expertise. In 1993, Raul became a joint owner of JHL. Even so, Raul maintains his roots in academia and continues to teach computer science and computer information systems courses as an adjunct professor.

For over ten years, Raul has designed and developed embedded Linux systems for the cellular and small screen industry. He also designs total home and condominium automation systems based on embedded Linux. This includes design and development of DIY Home and Environmental Monitoring, Control and Automation using Traditional Interfaces and protocols (Panel computers, sbcs, USB ports, Serial ports, X10, Insteon, UPB, etc).

Today, Dr. Salazar has over 27 years industry experience, 22 years university teaching experience, and 24 years technical training and development experience to Fortune 500 companies. He has taught and designed over 150 technical courses, which also include software development, mentoring, and consulting services in these areas. He manages a diverse team of developers and contractors. Given his broad technical and management expertise, coupled with his commitment to excellent customer relations, has garnered him the respect of his colleagues in industry, academia, and from corporations for whom he has provided his services.

This event sponsored by the Linux Users of Northern Arizona: http://flaglug.org


Hmmm... what is advertising?

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 7 years ago I've noticed in the "related links" for any given article that the first links are "comparison shopping" links (and I'm finally getting grumpy enough about it to whine in my journal). Now, I've got a subscription set to "never show me any ads ever," yet here are these advertising links cluttering up what should be a nice, focused list of links to the sites mentioned in the article and topics the article is posted in. Am I wrong? Is it okay for SlashDot to be putting links off to OSTG Price Grabber as the most prominent Related Links? I don't care what the company relationship to SlashDot is or how handyPrice Grabber might be, the point is to sell stuff and make money. Next time my subscription runs out, maybe I should reconsider subscribing (after all, AdBlock will take care of the really annoying ads for me). Maybe I'll get annoyed enough to file a complaint.


Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk - You Can Help!

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Please support fellow geek Tracie as she takes an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days, October 21-23, 2005. Net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.


Bill's right on this one

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 9 years ago In the purest sense of the term, Bill's comment is correct. The difference may lie in whether or not one has the right to give his content over to the community or is forced to...


Work E-mail: You don't need my stinkin' e-mail

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  about 10 years ago

I don't feel bad about not getting any wierd e-mail at work to share with you recently, since my co-workers are keeping you entertained ... again.... and again.. Thank heavens one or two people RTFA.

Freedom of speech is great, but the freedoms the press takes with taking one tiny statement out of context, wrapping their own context around it, then blowing it completely fscking out of proportion has me gagging on my Wheaties.


Printer finger printing...

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  about 10 years ago Why do I want to be able to print anonymously? Perhaps I am printing...

  • Political pamphlets
  • Financial information
  • Bisexual newsletter
  • Photos of my kids
  • Photos of my pets
  • Photos of my privates
  • Photos of your privates
  • Shopping list for the militia's annual banquet
  • Love letters to Martha Stewart
  • Photos of Martha Stewart
  • Photos of Martha Stewart's privates
  • Anonymous letter to the editor I wrote on the subject of abortion, gun control, education, animal rights, oil exploration in the Arctic...
  • The Terrorist's Handbook
  • Draft of the comedy I'm writing, 101 Ways to Kill an Annoying Neighbor
  • Diagram for my patent application for a new kind of bomb
  • My thesis on the state of airport security
  • My diary

Frankly, I don't want the government, a stalker, a criminal, or anyone else tracking my activities, behavior, movements, beliefs, personal interests, family members, friends, and so forth through

  • my printed documents
  • contents of my garbage
  • personal information collected under pressure by a minimum wage store clerk
  • lipstick left on a coffee cup
  • magazine subscriptions
  • shopping cards
  • credit cards
  • fingerprints
  • browser cookies
  • subdermal ID chip
  • RFID in canned goods
  • street corner cameras
  • stop light cameras
  • medical records


70+ teraFLOP/s - Need I say more?

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 10 years ago fsckheads rejected me again, so I'll share this tasty tidbit with my tiny audience:

The DOE has announced a record breaking performance of 70.72 teraFLOP/s from the BlueGene/L (BG/L) supercomputer, running at just a quarter of its final size. Not even finished, BlueGene/L is already kicking the daylights out of long-standing #1, Earth Simulator, and not just for speed: the completed BG/L will exceed Earth Simulator's performance by a factor of about nine (360 teraFLOP/s!) while requiring one-seventh as much electrical power, and one-fourteenth the floor space. Lawrence Livermore National Lab will be taking delivery of the first quarter of BG/L, developed by IBM and DOE for the nation's Stockpile Stewardship Program, this month.


Back from the dead!

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 10 years ago No, not a Grateful Dead tour, but I wish... loooong hours at work over the summer destroyed any chance of having a decent vacation, and autumn kicked off with more weddings than I could shake a stick at. I did get to spend a week in Sioux Falls, and while I wouldn't exactly call it a tropical paradise getaway, EROS Data Center is pretty cool.

Now the long hours are over, and I've got my life back - so I once again have time to read the latest /., metamoderate your dumbass moderations (if I don't laugh out loud, I'm not gonna agree with you that it's Funny), post some perverted links, share some of my bizarre Work E-Mail, brush my teeth, and pet the dogs...


Work E-Mail: Rotational Tuning Station

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm starting a new series in my journal called "Work E-mail" where I will post interesting e-mails I receive at work as part of my job as Web Goddess. I will refrain from commenting on these e-mails and leave the reader to draw his own conclusions.

The first post in this series concerns one of several government facilities designed to adjust the Earth's rotation as needed. One reference I found to this was Retroweb's Lynchburg attractions page.

E-mail Received at Work:

Hello, I found an article online that stated the following:

"Lynchburg VA is home to an unusual scientific facility, a "rotational tuning" station, part of a global network of twenty-four such stations operated jointly by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Each station houses three powerful F-5 rocket engines which are fired in tandem with those at all stations around the globe when it becomes necessary to make minuscule corrections in the Earth's rotational speed (angular velocity). The global array was built in the early 1970's and has been used for two corrections, the most recent firing occurring on August 16, 1988 in which a synchronized burn lasted 8 minutes and 14 seconds. Another correction was scheduled for May 2003, but was cancelled after it was deemed unnecessary. Rotational Tuning Facility #9 is just south of River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, however, the facility is within a government restricted area and visitors are not allowed."

I can not find any information online that this or any other facility exists. Do these exist, and is this possible?


The problem with being a web developer...

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 10 years ago ...is that publishing information on the web brings the crackpots out of the woodwork. In this case, it's some meanie who thinks I should take down some of my web pages because he doesn't like them. See the complete e-mail correspondence between me and the mean guy who wants some of my web pages removed from my site . IMHO, what he really wants is for me to stop promoting his competitor's business... but that's only my opinion and the sole theory I have at this moment.


The Links/Finding the girl for you redux

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 10 years ago If she turned her nose up at the lovely proposal, maybe it's time to find a more technological solution...

Are you a Het Hackerette? Gay Geek? Bi Beowulf Clusterer? They make 'em in girls and boys! Can't afford an entire artificial person? Check out the Accessories page where you can find affordable spare parts .


Don't forget your card in the ATM machine!

dsoltesz dsoltesz writes  |  more than 10 years ago

An acquaintance of mine relayed the following experience at an ATM:

He went to the ATM machine, performed a transaction, then walked away from the machine, forgetting his card. The next guy in line pulled the card out, put it back in and pulled out $100 and was never asked to enter the PIN number for the card. The third person found the card and turned it into the bank. My acquaintance complained to the bank, who said, in effect, "yeah, we know about this 'feature' but it's too petty to worry about" and reimbursed the stolen $100.

To clarify, it appears once a card has been used, the PIN successfully entered, and the transaction completed, that the ATM remembers the PIN/authorization and allows the cardholder to subsequently insert the card and complete additional transactions without reauthorization (i.e. entering the PIN) provided (I assume) second card hasn't been used and somehow cleared knowledge of the first card.

I cannot vouch for the reliability of this tale, and I didn't turn up anything specific about this 'feature' in the 15 seconds I spent searching the net.

Does anyone else have experience, knowledge, or information about this that corroborates this tale? I'll keep looking and post anything I find.

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