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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

ekimd Re:240km/hr? (419 comments)

Yeah, and population density certainly has nothing to do with it.

Given that Japan has a population density of 337.1 per sq. km, and the United States has 34.2 per sq. km, maybe when the U.S. has a population of 3.2 billion we'll start to see some maglevs here, too.

about a month ago
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Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

ekimd News for Nerds... (710 comments)

How is this news? We've all known about this for a very long time.

1 year,23 days
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Google Fiber To Come To Provo, Utah

ekimd Can't wait (92 comments)

As a current iProvo fiber user, I can't wait to welcome my new Google overlords.

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

ekimd Re:Too late (267 comments)

Hear, hear!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing a TI-84 With Software On a Linux Box?

ekimd Re:Python / SciPy / NumPy (254 comments)

Numpy / SciPy isn't just for use at home. I work in an office doing research with a bunch of Ph.D.s and we all use python exclusively. No $4,000 MATLAB licenses for us!

about 2 years ago
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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

ekimd Compiz (654 comments)

I loved the rotating cube!

more than 2 years ago
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How Intuit Manages 10 Million Lines of Code

ekimd Re:I thought I disabled ads. (304 comments)

I disagree. As long as your books are kept correctly, the accountant only needs three things:

1) Profit and Loss
2) Balance Sheet
3) Depreciation Schedule

Gnucash does all of those. Print them out. Hand it to your account. And you're done.

more than 2 years ago
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How Intuit Manages 10 Million Lines of Code

ekimd Re:I thought I disabled ads. (304 comments)

Bologna. I've been using Gnucash for years on a sizable business with no problem. I'm also very familiar with QuickBooks (I worked as a staff accountant for several years). Sure, there's a lot that quickbooks can do that Gnucash can't, but there's nothing fundamentally missing from Gnucash to prevent someone from using it for business purposes. If FOSS means anything to you, Gnucash is the only way to go.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

ekimd Re:Found happiness elsewhere (818 comments)

I've also found happiness elsewhere. A combination of XFCE + OpenBox does EVERYTHING I need *and* want.

more than 2 years ago
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Wal-Mart Jumps Into Video Streaming

ekimd Obligatory (150 comments)

But will it support Linux?

more than 3 years ago
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The last time I switched my usual GUI:

ekimd Gnome 3 sucks (249 comments)

'nuf said.

more than 3 years ago
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HDMI Labeling Requirements Promise a Stew of Confusion

ekimd HDBaseT (396 comments)

Looks like we'll just have to adopt the HDBaseT spec instead.

more than 4 years ago
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What IT pioneer do you respect the most?

ekimd Re:Not Stallman! Not ever! (737 comments)

Mod parent up. That's exactly why I voted for Stallman. The poll isn't "Greatest effect on IT", it's "Respect the most".

more than 4 years ago
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Six-legged Robot Teaches Itself To Walk

ekimd This is kinda funny (113 comments)

given the AI article just a few stories down.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

ekimd Re:Economics (1142 comments)

Dito.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

ekimd Simple (1007 comments)

vim -x filename

What could be simpler? It's easy, quick, and unless your laptop is stolen by an uber hacker, it's quite safe.

more than 5 years ago
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Cisco, Motorola, and Other Companies Take Aim At Net Neutrality Rules

ekimd Traitors to Freedom (239 comments)

"A group of 18 Republican US senators have also sent a letter to Genachowski raising concerns about net neutrality regulations."

They make it too easy to figure out who's in the pocket of big business.

more than 5 years ago
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US House Decommissions Its Last Mainframe

ekimd Re:12 Year Old Mainframe = 20+ Other Servers (152 comments)

And that's the difference between the government and profit driven corporations--because the government has no problem spending other people's money.

more than 5 years ago

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Fedora 19, Schrödinger's Cat, Released

ekimd ekimd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ekimd (968058) writes "Fedora 19 aka "Schrödinger's Cat" is released. Some of the major features include: OpenShift Origin platform-as-a-service (PaaS) management software, PHP 5.5, Ruby 2.0.0, MariaDB by default, and more. The full feature list can be found here."
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Samurai sword-wielding man aids woman being attacked

ekimd ekimd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ekimd (968058) writes "A Samurai sword-wielding Mormon bishop helped a neighbor woman escape a Tuesday morning attack by a man who had been stalking her. A fourth-degree black belt in the Kishindo form of martial arts, Hendrix owns a collection of swords and weapons that he trains with. "Some people have bats they go to," said Hendrix. "I have my sword.""
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Fedora 17 Released

ekimd ekimd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "Fedora 17 aka "Beefy Miracle" is released. Some of the major features include: ext4 with >16TB filesystems, dynamic firewall configuration, automatic multi-seat, and more. Major software updates include Gnome 3.4, GIMP 2.8, and GCC 4.7. The full feature list can be found here.

Personally, I still find Gnome 3 to be an "unholy mess" so I'm loving XFCE with Openbox."
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Adobe to Abandon Flash Player on Linux

ekimd ekimd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "Adobe has anounced their plans to abandon future updates of their Flash player for Linux. Partnering with Google, after the release of 11.2, "the Flash Player browser plugin for Linux will only be available via the 'Pepper' API as part of the Google Chrome browser distribution and will no longer be available as a direct download from Adobe." Viva la HTML 5!"
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Tech Support Help Desk

ekimd ekimd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "I have several clients (hotels, etc.) who need 24 hour technical support for guests (read, "Help! I can't connect to the inter-tubes at 3am!"). My consulting company just isn't set up to deal with that kind of support. Does anyone have recommendations for a great tech support call center?"
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Professor Says U.S. Will Disunite

ekimd ekimd writes  |  about 6 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "A Russian professor has stated that following the current economic crisis, the United States will 'fracture into six parts: the Pacific coast; the South; Texas; the Atlantic coast, central states and the northern states.' He also indicates that following this break up Russia and China will become the world economic regulators."
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Fedora 10 Released

ekimd ekimd writes  |  about 6 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "Fedora 10 aka Cambridge was released today. Some of the major features include: 'wireless connection sharing enables ad hoc network sharing, better setup and use of printers through improved management tools, virtualization storage provisioning for local and remote connections now simplified, SecTool is a new security audit and intrusion detection system.' Versions of major software include: Gnome 2.24, Eclipse 3.4 and RPM 4.6. A features list can be found here."
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Half of Americans Believe in ESP

ekimd ekimd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "A new poll by AP-Ipsos finds that nearly half of Americans believe in ESP. Also interesting is that 19% believe in spells and witchcraft, and nearly one third believe in ghosts and UFOs. 14% claim to have actually seen a UFO. Do you think these figures would differ much in other nations?

The poll was conducted Oct 16-18, involved 1,1013 adults and has a sampling error of +/- 3.1%."
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Sweaty man electrocuted by computer

ekimd ekimd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "According to the story 'The young man ... reportedly opened the external casing of the computer's CPU... [and] his sweaty legs came into contact with the computer's wiring, which might have caused a short circuit.' This begs several questions: How did his sweaty legs come into contact with the computer's wiring? How could the 12V inside the computer possible cause electrocution? Regardless of the exact cause, this is a reminder that certainly a little extra caution won't hurt any of us."
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ekimd ekimd writes  |  about 8 years ago

ekimd (968058) writes "Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks' new book "Who Really Cares" details research showing conservatives donate more to charity than liberals. Some highlights from the book: the same percentage of liberal and conservative households in America donate money, but conservatives donate 30% more money and earn 6% less; a religious person is 57% more likely than a secularist to help a homeless person; if liberals donated as much blood as conservatives, the blood supply in the U.S. would increase by 45%. A review in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review can be found here."

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