Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?
Spoken like a snot-nosed coder who can't be assed to explain his delicate genius even to the people hired to listen.
$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow
I've owned multimeters but never heard the Fluke name before today. It sounds like their main feature is the color of the case rather than the gizmos inside. I think I'll go out of my way never to buy their products.
Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
Who would have thought that this thread would turn into a flame war?
What flames? All I'm reading are valid complaints from real-world experience and a delusional person trying to defend horrible UI decisions for a corporation that we all know doesn't care one way or the other.
Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School
Big fukn surprise that the girls who belittled us in high school and college might have a hard time dealing with the social outcasts they themselves created later on in life. Remember, ladies, cosplay says you're slutty, not necessarily nerdy. There's a difference.
The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?
"significant resources are spent to maintain 'legacy' POTS service" and when we kill POTS we can fire everyone and then keep our rates as high as they are and steal more money. An obvious win-win. For the telcos. Lose-lose-lose-lose-lose for us.
Also, the zoning board of my old town is so full of nimbys that they'd rather fall off the comms grid than erect a cell tower where it might be *gasp* VISIBLE! (ie. the only place a point-to-point signal is reliable.) Pretty sure they're not alone.
Fukt on many levels.
Why Does Windows Have Terrible Battery Life?
Why the FAA May Finally Relax In-Flight Device Rules
I always fly with a giant book that I read prominently during takeoff and landing in the hopes that it will take off someone's head in the event of an emergency and I can point at the episode and say "See??? Electronics has nothing to do with it. Fuck your regulations!"
When Metadata Analytics Goes Awry
Their incompetence earned them a free procmail rule.
Yeah, man! Fight the power, hit 'em where it hurts. Accept their email and use your electricity and CPU cycles to process it and pipe it to /dev/null. That'll show 'em!
TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport
two points about valet keys.
Most cars have folding seats which can be opened into the trunk from the inside. second a lot of cars have internal trunk release levers. you can open the trunk from the front seat.
two points about people who have never had a valet key.
They're oblivious to the fact that a proper valet key can LOCK THE FUCKING SEATS. second there's a switch in the glove box that you lock with a key to turn off the electronic trunk release.
Car designers are smarter than you. And unlike you, the people that valet park at the airport probably aren't borrowing your ex-roommate's little sister's 3rd generation hand-me-down Saturn.
Apple Powering Nevada Datacenter With Solar Farm
Are you kidding me? Have you seen the size of Nevada? Do you know how far Reno is from the Hoover Dam?? 2 seconds on Google would have shown you that Reno is powered by the natural gas fired Frank A. Tracy Generating Station. Furthermore, Clark County has FIVE nat-gas plants AND a coal burner to power Vegas and friends. The vast majority of Hoover power goes to CA and AZ.
US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits
Wait a minute, is this proposed legislation or a review of Neal Stephenson's "REAMDE"?
Judge Denies Class Action Status In Tech Workers' Lawsuit
I'd love to see their faces when you tell half of your programming staff that they get paid less than their immediate peers because they chose to live in a less hip ZIP-code. That doesn't go over well.
Security Vulnerability Found On US Federal Government Contractors Site
Making all government contractors to sign in in a single "trusted" site is a good recipe for disaster. In fact, is the perfect honeypot to convince people that we are under attack.
This is a troll, right? If you think the government is capable of gathering information from MULTIPLE sources and making heads or tails from it, I have a couple of memorial fountains to sell you in lower Manhattan. Likewise, if you think that that 5 websites would have fewer bugs than one website ... How the hell did you get such a low ID anyway?
What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring
Not EMC! Had to deal with them on multiple products at my last job and they were horrible. Their own professional services people would tell us so regularly. Their salesmen consistently lied about product capabilities and management at my company ate it up. Millions of dollars were given to them for what amounts to shelfware and their storage was swapped out for Hitachi because it also didn't live up to the promises. But because they're a "partner company" it was the ops department's job to eat as much shit as EMC could spew at us and like it.
Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math
Oh fuck that. Define server. # of CPU cores? My i7 blazes past common SPARC machines which are arguably servers. Listening on a port? Better not use standard FTP because your client will be listening for the server to connect to it! Don't get me started on all the ports that Windows opens up without ever asking.
The differences between consumer and business grade are the speed options and the SLA. You want to run a business off your home line? Go ahead, just don't complain when yours is the last one fixed after some kinda failure.
Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?
MIS != CS
If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:
they eat each other.
Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?
If I give $10 they will spend that same money trying to solicit me for more. It's impossible to get them to stop. They can't spend my time.
Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones
Funny you should mention billboards. I was visiting friends in SoCal a few months ago and as we were driving to LA from OC traffic suddenly got really thick, from a steady 70mph to around 40. I looked all over for accidents and on-ramps and anything else that might give a reason for the slowdown. Baffled, I asked my friend, "WTF??!" His answer: "It's the digital billboards, everyone slows down to read them. Just watch, the traffic will clear as soon as we get past them."
Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing
I went to Linux World in San Jose in 1999. All the distros were there giving away their CDs for free. Some BSD flavor had a booth (which doesn't make a lot of sense at Linux World to begin with) and they wanted $50 for their CDs. That was enough for me.
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