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Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100

fm6 Re:You Get What You Pay For (114 comments)

Can't give you a citation. I don't recall the tech, but the digitizer always misread finger touches. Worked fine with a stylus. And no, it was not a Wacom digitizer. I know those (used to have Motion Computing tablet), and besides which they add too much cost to be used with a cheap tablet..

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

I've seen the site. Believe it or not, I know how to use Google.

Show me where it says why the distro exists.

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

Jesus Hieronymous Christ on a Pumpkin! Are you arguing with me or your imaginary friends? Because nothing you're saying has anything to do with my post. Which was about the fact that distro announcements never bother to explain why the distro exists. What are its goals? What are its special features? Why should I take the time to evaluate it?

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

Again, arguing with something I didn't say. I did not say that Linux Mint was a sucky distro. I said that if people want people to try it, they should explain why it's so hot.

about 2 years ago
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Geomapping Racism With Twitter

fm6 Re:niggers (409 comments)

Speaking of old people with outdated vocabularies, can anybody explain to me why "suck" and "screw" no longer have any sexual connotation? It's just weird.

about 2 years ago
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Geomapping Racism With Twitter

fm6 Re:This whole topic is full of shit (409 comments)

How is that when people speak their mind it is labeled "racist"? Isn't there a freedom of speech?

It's funny how trolls (and aren't racists a kind of troll?) always get all mad about their freedom of speech being violated, just because somebody points out that they're trolling. As if the 1st amendment covers saying things that are offensive, but it doesn't cover telling people that they're saying offensive things.

about 2 years ago
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Geomapping Racism With Twitter

fm6 Re:News Flash (409 comments)

So you're saying all racists are assholes? If I were a racist, I'd be offended by your stereotyping!

about 2 years ago
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Geomapping Racism With Twitter

fm6 Re:How about black-to-white racism? (409 comments)

almost ALL black people are racist.

LOL. I mean jeez, the irony! You obviously have no idea how racist that statement is.

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

Can you read? I didn't ask why we should care about Linux, I asked why, out of all the gazillion Linux distros, we should care about this one?

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

The worrying think here is you have posted 8 times

Yeah, nothing wrong with your writing.

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

And that's relevant because....

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

You know, I can't make a whole lot of sense out of your writing. Which fits. You can't be bothered to express yourself clearly, so you just throw a blob of words at me and expect me to puzzle out what you're trying to say. And by the same token, you think I should just install the distro and waste a lot of time trying to figure out whether I like it or not. Thanks, no, I got better things to do.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100

fm6 Re:You Get What You Pay For (114 comments)

Yeah, I bought a cheap non-name Chinese Android tablet too. There are small outfits importing them to the U.S. As in your case, the build quality sucked, Plus the screen wasn't a touch screen! (You had to use a stylus.) Many video apps didn't work, including Netflix. And the glass broke real easy.

I think it's safe to say that $200 is the current lower bound for a 7" tablet that isn't crap.

about 2 years ago
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Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100

fm6 Kickstarter is not a Store (114 comments)

OK, they're not using Kickstarter. But the fact remains that the crowdfunding mechanism is a stupid way to buy stuff. If you think the project is unbearably kewl, by all means donate some money. But if you think "buy it in advance so we can get the money to develop it" is a reasonable way to buy stuff, I have a Nigerian prince who wants to talk to you.

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

If this is just about the user interface, why is this a distro and not a shell? A decent distro makes it easy to change the shell.

about 2 years ago
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Climate Change Could Drive Coffee To Extinction By 2080

fm6 Re:We'll run out of oil by the year 2000. (345 comments)

No it doesn't. But the report does say that the main way the process uses up water is in cooling. Ever try to use salt water as a coolant?

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

Yep, so it is (according to ZDNet). And you know something? I never heard of it before. Maybe that says I'm not paying attention — or maybe it says that nobody cares about desktop Linux any more.

You want us to care? Tell us why.

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 Re:And This is About... (295 comments)

Hey, I said I was stupid, didn't I? And we stupid people have trouble keeping up with stuff.

about 2 years ago
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The Release Candidate For Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" Is Out

fm6 And This is About... (295 comments)

Maybe everybody but me keeps up with all the strange little Linux distros. But I don't. So just for stupid people like me, could all these breathless distro update announcements take just a little time to explain why I should give a shit about their distro? What does it have to offer that better-known distros do not?

about 2 years ago

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How Inept IT Cost Romney the Election

fm6 fm6 writes  |  about 2 years ago

fm6 writes "A key part of winning an election is the GOTV (Get Out the Vote) effort. A key part of GOTV is a low tech tool called the "strike list", a list of friendly voters your volunteer takes to the polling place and strikes off names as the voters show up. Every hour, somebody from the campaign comes and checks the strike list. Missing voters get phone calls with reminders, offers of free transportation, etc.

Sounds like a process ripe for modernization, right? The Romney campaign thought so, and launched Project Orca, a mobile web app designed to replace strike lists. The result, says Romney volunteer John Ekdahl, was "an unmitigated disaster". Lack of proper training, failure to distribute polling place credentials, even a missing http-to-https forwarder were just some of the glitches that doomed the Romney GOTV effort in all the swing states. Bethany Mandel at the conservative Commentary Magazine web site has further details."
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Santiaga, the Orc Assasination Rogue, Runs for State Senate

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fm6 writes "Colleen Lachowicz is running for the Maine State Senate. Among her hobbies is playing World of Warcraft. She's quoted as saying "So I'm a level 68 orc rogue girl. That means I stab things... a lot. Who would have thought that a peace-lovin', social worker and democrat would enjoy that?"

According to Kotaku, the opposing party thinks this is something voters should worry about. They've started a web site, colleensworld.com, documenting her deep dark secret. "Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world."

I usually cringe when other people say it, but I can't resist: THINK OF THE CHILDREN."
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Sequel to Plants versus Zombie To Go Ahead -- Without George Fan

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fm6 writes "Plants versus Zombies is one of the most beloved games ever. It's creative, witty, and absurdly original. So of course a sequel is planned. But George Fan, the whimsical game designer behind the original, won't have anything to do with the sequel. PopCap Games decided it needed to lay off about 50 people, and Fan is one of those let go. I, for one, offer our brainless corporate overlords a big fat rasberry!"
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Car Dealer Attempts to Raise Price Retroactively

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "Haven't had your weekly outrage fix this week? Here you go:

We've all had experiences with car dealers that try to put on the squeeze, with bogus charges and warranties that never seem to actually cover anything. But now Walser Chrysler in Hopkins MN has raised the bar for creatively squeezing extra money out of a customer: they claim a customer still owes them money, even though she's already paid for the car.

Last October, Tammie Townsend paid Walser $11,639 to purchase a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica she had been leasing. This was about $6000 less than the amount specified on the original lease agreement for conversion to a purchase, and much closer to the Blue Book value of the car. Blaming a "clerical error", Walser claims that Townsend should have known that the price was wrong, and is demanding that she pay the difference or return the car. They've even tried to repo the car,. Townsend's husband, who recently lost his job, claims the stress of dealing with Walser exceeds that of unemployment. Meanwhile, Doug Sprinthall, Walser's operations director, states that if the error had been the other way, they certainly would have reimbursed Townsend!"

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Convicted Terrorist Refused Access to Obama Books

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "If the weird bureaucratic logic of the "War on Terror" amuses you, here's your LOL of the week. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali is serving 30 years in a supermax prison. He was convicted in 2005 basically for being an active member of al-Qaeda and plotting various terrorist acts, including the assassination of George W. Bush. All his reading material must be approved by prison authorities. Recently he requested access to two books by one Barrack Obama's two books, Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope. The request was denied after the FBI determined that both books contain information that could damage national security! No word as to whether the FBI is investigating the author.

Just in case anybody still cares about due process, I have to mention that Abu Ali's conviction was primarily based on a confession obtained while in Saudi custody, one he claims was tortured out of him. He will be re-sentenced July 27, pursuant to an appellate ruling that the trial judge improperly ignored guidelines calling for a life sentence."
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New Science Books to be Available Free Online

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "Bloomsbury Publishing, best known for the Harry Potter books, has announced a new series of science books that will be available for free online. Bloomsbury thinks they can make enough money off of hard-copy sales to turn a "small profit". The online version will be covered by a Creative Commons license which allows free non-commercial use. They've already had some success with the one book they've published this way, Larry Lessig's "Remix: Making Art and Commerce thrive in the Hybrid Economy". The series, "Science, Ethics and Innovation", will be edited by Sir John Sulston, Nobel prize winner and one of the architects of the Human Genome Project."
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Oracle Won't Abandon SPARC

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "When the Oracle acquisition of Sun Microsystems was announced, it was widely assumed that Oracle was interested only in Sun's software technology, and would sell or discontinue all its hardware businesses. Larry Ellison, in an interview (PDF) just posted on the Oracle web site, says that's not what's going to happen. In particular, SPARC isn't going anywhere: "Once we own Sun we're going to increase the investment in SPARC. We think designing our own chips is very, very important. Even Apple is designing its own chips these days.""
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Science Project Reaches Stratosphere

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "In what has to be the ultimate high school science project, 4 Spanish teenagers at the IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia built a camera/balloon rig that brought back pictures from stratosphere. After launching the balloon, the teens chased it 10 kilometers, using a car with a special antenna on the roof. The balloon finally deflated and fell to earth, but not before reaching a mind-boggling height of 20 miles!"
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Obama May Get "Secure" Smartphone

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "As every tech geek knows by now, the guy who will be POTUS a week from now is a Blackberry addict — and he's under a lot of pressure to give up the habit. Security wonks are concerned about his messages being intercepted by unfriendlies, while his lawyers are concerned about the legal problems that leaving a paper (or electron) trail can cause.

CNET is reporting that one potential solution exists. General Dynamics makes the Sectera Edge which the NSA has certified for Secret communications (Top Secret for voice only.) This device is part of the military's Secure Mobile Environment, Portable Electronic Device. (SME-PED; can't have a DoD project without a fancy acronym!) The downside? The Sectera runs Windows. I'm not being PC here, but PEBO would have to change platforms, which can be a pain.

So much for the security issue. The legal issue probably comes down to whether Obama likes his email more than his lawyers."
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It's Official: The PDA is Dead

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "Some you will recall how Apple invented the PDA back in 1989. Their implementation had issues that we need not belabor, and was eventually discontinued. Its market niche was taken over by a simpler device, the Palm Pilot, which dominated the PDA market from that point on.

Nowadays, Palm mostly sells smart phones. Although they sold $11 million worth of PDAs last quarter, they haven't developed any new models since the TX and Z22 were released in 2005. Last Friday, CEO Ed Colligan announced what everybody had already figured out: these two models will be the last. The PDA is dead. Long live the Smart Phone!"
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Goatse.cx is still available

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "The auction for the infamous domain name goatse.cx, which I reported 20 months ago, is still underway. Or rather, it's underway for the third time, the last two auctions having been derailed by prank bids. The reserve still hasn't been met, even though bidding is now past the $50K mark. Guess old jokes wear out more quickly than the current owner anticipated."
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Max Planck Institute Advertises Strippers

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "We've all heard silly stories about people who tattooed some kewl-looking Chinese characters on their bodies, only to discover that the pseudoexotic text was nonsense or even said something embarrassing. Now, MaxPlanckForschung, the house journal of the Max Planch Institute has fallen into that trap. For their "focus on China" issue, they created a cover with what they thought was some classical lit. But, as The Register reports, they quickly pulled the issue because "it has now emerged that the text contains deeper levels of meaning, which are not immediately accessible to a non-native speaker." In other words, the text actually came off a poster for a Hong Kong strip club! The Hanzi Smatter Blog has more on this little faux pas, as well as many other examples of amusing examples of lame misuse of Chinese."
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The Great Muslim Meme

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "You know what I'm talking about: lots of people, especially in the right wing blogosphere, believe Barack Obama is a Muslim. I'd really like to know where the Slashdot community stands on this. So please answer three questions:
  1. Do you believe Obama is a Muslim?
  2. Do you care?
  3. Why or why not?
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The Ultimate Graphics Workstation

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fm6 writes "The Texas Advanced Computing Center has announced the deployment of the Spur visualization system. This is a cluster of systems with 128 cores, 1 Terabyte aggregate memory, and 32 GPUs. It will tie in directly with the existing Ranger HPC cluster, allowing users to visualize data on Ranger without postprocessing. And to answer the question the first poster is sure to ask: Yes, you could probably run Halo 3 on it (using WINE, since it's a Linux system), but getting access to do so might prove difficult.

Shameless blurb: I'm the documentation lead for the system that's used as the master node for Spur."
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No GTA for Electronic Arts

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "Nytimes.com is reporting that the Electronic Arts bid to take over Take Two Interactive has been withdrawn. Why? 'The economic model is obsolete.' By that, they mean that the takeover took too long, and now there's not enough time to integrate Take Two's titles into EA's product line in time for the holiday marketing push. Gotta wonder at a corporate strategy that doesn't extend past Christmas."
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The Photoshopped Iranian Missile

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "Yesterday, a photo of an Iranian missile test appeared on front pages around the world. Now, a New York times reporter, writing in his blog, reports that the photo was altered to add an extra missile. The altered version was distributed by Agence France Press which claims it retrieved the photo from the web site of Sepah News, the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Sepah has since started distributing a version of the photo without the extra missile."
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5 IT Skills that Won't Boost Your Salary

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fm6 (162816) writes "Network World has this list of IT skills that used to look really good on your resume, but no longer. Predictably, legacy programming languages such as COBOL and FORTRAN are on the list, as is the ability to code old-fashioned static HTML pages. Same for NetWare and non-IP networking skills. Interestingly, just knowing how to do simple fixes to PCs, printers, and such no longer does much for your employability. I guess it's just too common a skill."

Journals

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Very funny

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 8 years ago I wrote this post that comments on abuse of the word "troll". I guess it was inevitable that it should be modded down as "troll"!

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WTF?

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 8 years ago If you block banner ads, you'll have missed the recent series of ads on Slashdot from Lane Bryant, a clothing chain that caters to "plus size" women. There have been a lot of ads, mostly for, uhm, intimate garments. I wonder what that's about? Or maybe I don't want to know!

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So sad...

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I recently made this post, asserting there was no such thing as an "analog disk". Several people responded to point out the flaws in my logic, all of them describing real-world technology that contradicted my theory.

Not a big deal. Except my post continued to accumulate "informative" mods after I admitted I was wrong! Now that's sad.

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Love and Hate

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Here's my recent post about Google and their permanent betas. The mods follow a common pattern: quickly modded up, then eventually modded back down with the usual cowardly "overrated".

I don't give a shit about the mods. (And as usual, I ask people not to waste their mod points "fixing" the situation.) But something else does bother me. A dozen or so people responded, and not a single one of them seems able to grasp the idea that I admire Google, but am still critical of their screwups. Apparently you're only allowed to love or hate.

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Mod Storm!

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Moderations for a recent post. Not a good day for the mod system, since most of the mods seemed to be based on whether or not the moderator agreed with me.

Maybe it's time we injected some honesty into the system, and changed "troll" to "stupid"!

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (2).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (3).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Interesting (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Overrated (-1).

It is currently scored Insightful (3).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Funny (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (5).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Troll (-1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (5).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Overrated (-1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Troll (-1).

It is currently scored Insightful (3).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (5).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Overrated (-1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Troll (-1).

It is currently scored Insightful (3).

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Rather appropriate, posted to RMS to Move Into Bill Gates Building Today, has been moderated Insightful (+1).

It is currently scored Insightful (4).

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The Funny Troll

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 10 years ago This post got 4 "funnies" and a "troll". It's nice to have my humor appreciated, but it's the "troll" I truely find flattering!

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A Job, at Last

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 10 years ago After 15 months of unemployment, I finally got a writing contract. At Adobe no less. Not a lot of money (in fact, my entire pay will certainly be consumed by some endodontal work I need), but darn, I was sick of not working. And it's plain old nitpicky API writing, which I dearly love to do.

I got this job partially because of my experience with API work at Borland, but mainly (I think) because I had some heavy experience with JavaDoc, which experience translates nicely to working with Doxygen. Doxygen is supposed to be a language agnostic answer to JavaDoc, but in practice it's mainly used for C++. To support other languages, you need to writer a parser. (JavaDoc uses the Introspection API to pull signatures out of Java class files, so it doesn't need to do any real parsing.)

I actually have some technical issues with Doxygen. It generates some very weird HTML. And the way it generates XML (assembling all the markup strings by hand, instead of using a standard API, such as SAX) makes me very nervous. But Doxygen's markup language is 10 times more powerful than JavaDoc. And JavaDoc doesn't even do XML. Wouldn't be very hard to do. Except certain people with the Java Division happen to be painfully XMLphobic. Which is why ... (bites tongue until it bleeds).

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Late Mods

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 10 years ago This post just got an upmod. Hey, I appreciate the compliment, but I wrote that 4 days ago -- it's much too late to affect the visibility of the story. Besides, the story only has 24 posts, so visibility isn't that big an issue in any case. A wasted mod point, in other words.

Moderators need to concentrate more on raising the visibility of good posts (and helping bury bad ones), not on rewarding people they agree with.

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I'm a karma whore!

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago My latest batch of moderations contains 15 upmods and no downmods. How embarrassing!

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God and Malice

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago No, not the cam girl. (Who owes me money, BTW. Which, despite my own financial problems, I find to be actually kinda cool. It gives me a small claim to celebrity...) I'm referring to something Einstein once said. This was back when his theories were still sort of controversial, and a lot of people were thinking up experiments to test them. Except the experiments weren't as crucial as you might think: there was a school of thought that saw his theories as the only possible way to deal with a lot of nasty paradoxes. Einstein himself was of that school, of course. So when somebody asked him, "What if the experiments prove you wrong?" Einstein replied: "God is subtle, not malicious."

A lot he knew.

OK, I've been unemployed for almost a year, and I'm gonna have to give up my apartment. Not as desperate as it sounds -- I have a house-sitting gig, and after that I can scrounge and borrow until something comes up. My big plan is to hit the road and wander off somewhere where there's a bit of contract work to be had. Job shops aren't enthusiastic about hiring non-locals, but if I can honestly say, "I just moved into the area" (but not mentioning that my place of residence is parked outside) then I might have a shot. I've actually been looking forward to it. See some new sights. I've been in one place much too long.

So I'm triaging my possesions, putting the stuff I can't bear to part with into storage, and getting rid of the rest. Gotta get it done soon, I have to be out of here in less than a week. I told myself that I'd stay offline -- there just aren't any jobs in my area, and I don't have time for Slashdot, so why bother? But I decided I had to check my email. Which told me that somebody had posted a job on the Silicon Valley STC site that I'd be perfect for.

So I hurriedly write a cover email talking about all the ways my skills and experience match this job, attach my resume and writing samples, and shoot it off to the headhunter. So now I'm in job search mode, I can't stop myself from doing my normal daily search. There are a couple of fair prospects, none of them to get excited about. I go through the motions. One listing is for an EDA software company. This is technology I learned a little bit about decades ago, but I have a what-the-heck moment because they want a bunch of technical skills I happen to have. So they get an app too.

Then I decide to call the search firm for that first job. Who tells me, Forget It. The client specified no college dropouts. Doesn't matter how good my resume is, they're not gonna show it to him.

Pretty depressing. I'm trying to mellow out enough to go back to the triage thing, when my phone rings. It's a guy at the EDA software company. He's all excited because I have a couple years experience documenting application frameworks, and in his mind that more than cancels out my ignorance of the tech. The actual hiring manager doesn't agree, but he's going to go lobby her. More news tomorrow.

Aw jeez. This is the best shot I've had so far. I mention the degree issue to the guy and he doesn't have one either! But it's all kind of painful. I mean, if this had happened a couple weeks ago, I could have just canceled all my plans. Or if it had happened a month from now, I'd just sort of reroute things. But no, it has to happen while I'm in the middle of the Big Transition. Should I borrow some money and hang onto my apartment? But I don't know for sure that I'm going to get this job. I've got one enthusiastic ally -- maybe everybody else will say, "Let's hold out for somebody who knows EDA." I don't deal well with this kind of uncertainty.

The job itself is kinda scary, since I'd have to spend a lot of effort learning the whole EDA thing. This guy who is so enthusiastic about hiring me says no, I just have to do a sort of sanity check on the docs for the application framework they're doing. Well, there are tech writers who can BS that way, but I'm not one of them. I need to have a sort of schematic understanding of the stuff I'm writing about. If I get this job (I'm not even thinking about refusing it if they offer it to me), I'm in for a lot of hard work. Oh well, it'd keep my brain from calcifying.

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A job I'm not quite qualified for

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago In my search for an actual job, I ran across this listing. I'd love to get an editorial job in San Francisco. Alas, I'm just not qualified for this one -- on many levels.

This particular magazine sort of amuses me. I'm not saying that in a condescending way -- it's, nicely put together, well-edited, and well-written. Thing is, it tends to get carried in certain liberal-minded bookstores that would never think of carrying Playboy. I wonder how many of them have noticed that Girlfriends also features a nude centerfold?

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Pat my own back

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago OK, I'm pretty proud of this post. It's not that I said anything really insightful, despite the upmods. But I did manage to ask a question that provoked some insightful answers.

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That Other Blackout

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago When we had the big blackout, everybody talked about how disruptive it was. It didn't occur to anybody that a certain region has gone without reliable power for much longer. Except, of course, to the people who live there.

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This woman has evocative dreams...

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I wanted to link directly to Malice's blog from my sig, but a blogger URL is just too long. But hey, I wanted to see everybody's theories anyway, so post them here if you want.

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I have sinned

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago This post just appeared in my metamod queue. "Flamebait" isn't quite correct, but it's close enough to "Offtopic" not to matter. But I couldn't bring myself to endorse the moderation -- because I strongly agree with the observation.

I know some of you think that the mod system is completely broken, so what the heck. Well, if I ever become convinced of that, I'll stop frequenting Slashdot.

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More Submissions

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago It's been over a year since I last shared my submissions.

  • 2002-01-26 19:19:09 Upscale, and I mean, *Upscale*, Cell Phones (articles,tech) (rejected)
    Does anybody remember those overpriced cellphones Nokia tried to sell to Cross Pen crowd? Months later they accepted this story from somebody else, probably because he was less sarcastic than me.
  • 2002-02-07 16:29:29 An impressive new meta-search engine (articles,tech) (rejected)
  • 2002-02-12 15:31:05 The Cold War's Legacy of Mutation (articles,science) (accepted)
    Too many twits saw this as an X-Men reference
  • 2002-02-12 16:24:28 Star Trek: TMP finally released (articles,movies) (rejected)
    Something about the director's cut finally getting out or something. Probably just as well it was rejected
  • 2002-02-13 18:01:38 When lightening strikes (articles,science) (rejected)
  • 2002-02-13 18:11:12 Can the Mac invade the Unix workstation market? (articles,unix) (rejected)
    The short answer: no.
  • 2002-03-22 18:07:46 Guilt-Free Meat (articles,science) (rejected)
    The older SF that I prefer has things like "meat trees" or "chicken vats". But in this nanotech/cyberpunk world, cultured meat is no longer a geeky concept
  • 2002-03-26 01:19:38 It's not a cell phone -- it's an Instrument! (articles,tech) (rejected)
    Tried again for the actual product launch
  • 2002-03-30 22:30:04 Thumbs Up! (articles,tech) (rejected)
    I'm mystified at this rejection. It turns out that things like cell phones and game controlers are causing basic changes in the human hand. I'd have thought Slashdotters would be fascinated
  • 2002-04-16 15:45:24 The Threat of Nanodust (articles,tech) (rejected)
  • 2002-04-18 15:48:44 Google Lockouts (articles,internet) (rejected)
  • 2002-06-20 16:34:20 Just when you thought it was safe to download .... (articles,security) (rejected)
  • 2002-07-16 22:54:25 Schneier Calls Unicode Insecure (articles,news) (rejected)
  • 2002-09-20 17:04:43 Firefly Premieres Tonight (articles,tv) (accepted)
    Two sad/silly things about this one: Lots of clueless conspiracy freaks "proving" that I was a shill for Fox. And internal network politics managed to kill the show even before the first episode aired. Another thing: I liked the show better than 90% of the TV SF I've seen, but the sad fact is that Joss Whedon doesn't have a "hard SF" mindset.
  • 2003-04-17 05:49:30 Six wireless protocols in one (sort of) little PDA (articles,portables) (rejected)
    I tried for a humorous take, and got rejected. More solemn submission accepted a few days later.
  • 2003-05-10 07:14:45 A Palm for Every Purpose (articles,pilot) (accepted)
    Being a compulsive/professional nitpicker, I always say "Palm" instead of "Palm Pilot". Strictly speaking "Pilot" only refers to certain discontinued models, though most people still refer to all Palm PDAs as "Palm Pilots". Maybe the temptation to make masturbation jokes is why....
  • 2003-06-06 06:18:46 The Sim on TV (articles,tv) (rejected)
    Duh! Was on Slashdot months ago!
  • 2003-06-30 17:30:47 Do the Google Dance! (articles,internet) (rejected)
  • 2003-06-30 17:58:11 Can Madison Save Itanium? (articles,intel) (rejected)
  • 2003-07-09 16:28:14 Can WirelessMAN solve the Last Mile Problem? (articles,wireless) (rejected)
    Metro Area Networks may well be the Next Big Thing. Shortsighted of the editors not to be interested.
  • 2003-07-19 21:51:49 The end of the Devil's Highway (articles,news) (rejected)
    U.S. 666 (so named because it was the sixth spur of old Route 66), got renamed. I thought it was a good story, but I guess it wasn't geeky enough.

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The Righteous Moderator

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago I freely admit it: this post was fairly modded down. But just because a downmod is fair, doesn't mean it makes sense. This is an obscure post that nobody's gonna read anyway, unless they read everything (as some Slashdotters seem to do, don't ask me why). So why waste your points on it? To punish me? I generate karma a lot faster than I can possibly use it up

People need to stop thinking about moderation as a moral issue and use their points in a useful way. That means making the forum more interesting, not punishing people who irritate you.

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Turan Likes T3?

fm6 fm6 writes  |  more than 11 years ago One of the few movie critics I have any respect for is Kenneth Turan. He manages to say something interesting about a movie whether he loves it or hates it. In a word, he's smart. So I'm a little taken aback to find him liking T3: RotM. Maybe I'll have to go see it.

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