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Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

dugjohnson Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (953 comments)

Maybe I didn't understand your comment, but do you believe that medical software doesn't need access to the internet?
Connectivity is actually mandated by some of the meaningful use requirements and there are more coming. That said, the US government has made a lot of incentive money available for people to update their software to meet those requirements, so the 10,000 cost could have been defrayed by some planning on the part of the practitioner.
And, yes, I have spent much of the last 10 years writing medical software in exactly this market.

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Receives $2 Billion From Japanese Banks

dugjohnson Re:Turbine-themed limericks (185 comments)

There was a wind farm in Nantucket
Delivering power by the bucket
Though the U S of A
With it's bucks said "no way"
There were people with yen who could ....back it

about a year and a half ago
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Brown vs. Startup Over a Sandwich

dugjohnson Sandwich Man (119 comments)

I was a "sandwich man" when a student at a different Ivy League school. In that case I had no choice but to buy from food services. You were not allowed to sell or deliver to the dorms unless you were authorized by food services.
This is, most likely, a case of Brown having its own service and not wanting the competition.

about a year and a half ago
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Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

dugjohnson Re:I grew up listening to music on the radio (749 comments)

I grew up with the same thing (AM radio, no less) and I've lost most of my highs in both ears and a lot of everything in my right ear at this point, so mono works fine for me...in fact, listening to some OLD recordings from the sixties and seventies when they really thought that separating the voices into different tracks was cool makes listening on headphones nearly impossible...I get left track only. Although a great take on the backup singers sometimes, depending on the mix. Frankly, if you stand behind me with a drum and a bass, I'm pretty much set for rest of my life.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electrostatic Contamination?

dugjohnson Re:Next Ask Slashdot Question: (197 comments)

Wow, I can see how that would shake your world...it would mine. Everyone knows that it's bathing that causes death, not the other way around.

about 2 years ago
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Bezos Expeditions Recovers Pieces of Apollo 11 Rockets

dugjohnson Re:I'm glad somebody is doing it (119 comments)

I'm not sure reefs grow at that depth. Even deep water reefs are barely over a mile deep. I'm not saying NOTHING is down there, but the junk at 3 miles down isn't keeping a reef from growing.

about 2 years ago
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OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out

dugjohnson New Distro (62 comments)

Will it be called Francis?

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Kinect 2.0 Specifications Leak, Includes Support For USB 3.0

dugjohnson Re:Hand states (49 comments)

Depending on your actual need, you might want to check out the Leap motion controller. It CAN track finger position, although not from the same distance, nor in the same way as the Kinect. But more granularity. https://www.leapmotion.com/

about 2 years ago
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EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

dugjohnson Make the lawyers code it (130 comments)

To be able to bring a patent infringement lawsuit in these software cases, they should require the lawyers to do the coding live. It would either slow them up, or make the courtroom more interesting. You'd at least have an idea that the people involved knew what they were doing.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

dugjohnson Re:Contact EFF (347 comments)

Backing up folderol on this. Keep your mouth shut until you talk to YOUR lawyer.

about 2 years ago
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Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit

dugjohnson Plus 50? (289 comments)

What's the big deal? It's 54 degrees here in Texas right now...what? metric? we don't do metric here in Texas. How much is that in 'merican? Wow, that IS hot. Never mind.

about 2 years ago
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Your iPhone Will Soon Detect Bad Breath

dugjohnson Apple fanboyz don't... (114 comments)

Apple fanboyz don't have bad breath...they're too cool for that.

about 2 years ago
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The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

dugjohnson Re:As an art student... (194 comments)

In the US, the principle is that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Whether what they did was right or wrong according to our (yours, mine) standards is irrelevant in a court of law...what matters is if they are convicted of doing something illegal.
Another principle of US jurisprudence is that everyone deserves a fair trial including having a lawyer, even if they can't afford one. And that the lawyer is to act on their behalf...again, whether what they did was right or wrong (or even legal or illegal). It is the basis of the innocent until PROVEN guilty thing.
And if I am in court as a defendant, I certainly don't want my lawyer deciding that what I did was wrong so he isn't going to defend me properly.
Like it or not, if the lawyers of the prosecution couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did the deed, he deserves to go free...in the US. And, no, I don't consider that evil.

about 2 years ago
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The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

dugjohnson Re:As an art student... (194 comments)

I'm kind of glad I'm not a lawyer, since I don't need to attempt to persuade a judge that up is down and black is white.

I agree. MFWAL (My father was a lawyer) and he was paid to defend people, whether what they did was right or wrong...and he was very good at his job. So if a lawyer is paid to argue that up is down and black is white, that the lawyer will do.
My father didn't always win (USUALLY, but not always) and I can remember him talking to a con in prison on the phone...very pleasant, cordial, helpful, polite. I questioned him about why he was so nice to the guy, who really was "not a nice person". His reply..."Everybody else is beating up on him in there, somebody should be good to him."
Not all lawyers are evil. That said, I don't think I could do it for a living.

about 2 years ago
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The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

dugjohnson Re:As an art student... (194 comments)

I actually CAN'T argue with his interpretation, since IANAL. He contends that an automobile is sculpture. There is, as I understand it, a large body of law that would say that it is not. I could argue that there is more of a correlation between fashion and the styling of automobiles...fashion which is also not copyrightable for some of the same reasons.
I DO understand copyright, in so far as it affects my life as a writer of software (it does) but in this case, the bat-mo-people are arguing trademark with a crossover into copyright and derivative works.
I suppose I could have just said, "No, your interpretation is probably wrong", but this is /.

about 2 years ago
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The Copyright Battle Over Custom-Built Batmobiles

dugjohnson Re:As an art student... (194 comments)

An art student AND a lawyer...that is not a combination you see every day.

about 2 years ago
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West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought

dugjohnson Re:How about the rest of Antartica? (247 comments)

You got in an argument with your boss? About weather? And you want to keep this job? If the latter, I'd figure out a way to prove your boss right and then suck up. Or you can just be right and hungry. Just a thought.

about 2 years ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

dugjohnson Re:Missing the problem here (218 comments)

I wonder if GitHub couldn't clear this up by picking a fairly restrictive license (maybe good for personal use, but not for commercial) and make that the default (as opposed to no license, or a very vague one as we see now).
Then if I wanted things looser, I could pick from other licenses, if I wanted things tighter, I could pay the money for the private repositories (again, this is what I do). The problem is that to make things private costs money...not a LOT of money, but some. But it occurs to me that the intent of making you allow people to download and fork would be to make your code available, not necessarily to enrich the downloaders, but in the spirit of knowledge sharing.
So a default "personal use" license, but no commercial use required on the free GitHub seems like a reasonable compromise...and more explicit than the current situation.
I doubt they'll be calling to ask my opinion, but there it is.

about 2 years ago
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Half of GitHub Code Unsafe To Use (If You Want Open Source)

dugjohnson Re:Missing the problem here (218 comments)

Agreed and I understood that (which is why I have some private repositories). It's the fork part that is "interesting" from a copyright standpoint. What does that really mean, legally (I know what it means technically)? I guess that's why the lawyers continue to do what they do.

about 2 years ago

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What's on those boxes? Preparing to move a data center.

dugjohnson dugjohnson writes  |  about 2 years ago

dugjohnson (920519) writes "The data center that holds the boxes that run the various and sundry pieces of our applications is being dismantled. We are moving from individual computers to VMs and from one location to another. I am an application developer, not a hardware or network guy. My department "owns" about 50 of the boxes that are being moved and they have not been well documented over the years. The people who are really going to do all the heavy lifting want to know what is on the boxes and the dependencies, ports, connections. While it's a team effort, my team is supposed to take the first run at our boxes.
What is the process for going about this? I supposed I could just get a login for each of the 50 boxes and go poke around, but I'm willing to be that isn't "best practice". I've done some initial looking, but most of the suggestions I've found so far tell me to check the documentation and to figure out the things I want to figure out. I believe I understand "what" I'm trying to accomplish, including documenting what is there to make it easier next time, but I could use some guidance on the how."
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Fixer's Manifesto charts a better life path

dugjohnson dugjohnson writes  |  about 2 years ago

dugjohnson writes "The folks at Sugru came up with this fixer's manifesto which just spoke to so much of how I look at the world. Hacking a solution or a fix is so much more gratifying than just buying new.
From the site: Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity. Let’s wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others see their value."

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R.Q. Riley setting up for XR3 kits

dugjohnson dugjohnson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dugjohnson writes "R.Q.Riley http://www.rqriley.com/xr3.htm the company that has created the XR3 plans-built hybrid, has plans of its own, to build and offer parts leading to a kit. This announcement came from xr3sales@rqriley.com.
XR3 Hybrid Update
XR3 Motors LLC to Supply Kits
There are lots of developments to report on the XR3 Hybrid.


XR3 Motors LLC has been formed in Ohio with development facilities located on the outskirts of Cleveland. In a few weeks, the existing prototype will go to a prominent university research center in Ohio for power train optimization. Chassis jigs and body molds will follow, along with several additional prototypes, which will make it possible to supply kits.

XR3 Motors LLC will supply the kits. Everyone who purchased plans will be notified in advance of the release of kits and have an opportunity to take advantage of a special discount.* If you purchased plans, you will receive a notification like this one, along with a link to an order form where you can place your order and select financing or payment options.

Your notification will include a detailed description of the contents of kits (body kit, chassis kit, etc.), along with prices and your discount.

Since plans were first introduced, we've added a special Plans-On-Disc package at half the price of the Deluxe Plans Package. If you have not purchased plans, please visit the recently updated page at http://www.rqriley.com/xr3.htm"
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Aluminum + H2O = Hydrogen

dugjohnson dugjohnson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dugjohnson writes "A Chinese scientist working in Portugal has come up with a way to combine modified aluminum and water to create hydrogen for fuel cells as reported in Science Daily The process uses less expensive materials at a lower temperature making for a potentially safer, cheaper fuel cell than has been previously available."
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