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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

houghi Re:So I'm confused... (67 comments)

It stopped airtravel in more than just the UK. How about all of Europe (exept Portugal).

Here an image of where it was disrupted. Red is completely and orange is partly.

yesterday
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Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

houghi Personal CSS files can be the answer (34 comments)

If the majority of your marketshare says NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO and you still go ahead, I doubt that they are interested in your silly CSS sugestions.

If they REALLY were interested in customer input, they would make it possible to upload your own CSS file and use that. That way people would not need to use Stylish and then either make something yourself or use comunity made looks for slashdot.

If it looks ugly, it is YOUR problem.

It should not be too hard to load your personal /. css file when you are logged in. In the end it is just another field in the database, just like your name. As long as it isn't an extra feature for paying customers, because that would mean they will make it ugly on purpose.

They could even load three css files.
1) The standard
2) The (optional) users css file
3) The ads css

That way the ads will still be visible for those who have no right to turn them off. (Yes, I know that that won't be 100% proof and people will still be able to turn them off if they realy want.)

You will be able to just increase the font or only change the background, turn everything in OMGPonies or do a complete re-layout of almost everything.

For a site like /. I think that would be a solution to a lot of moaning. Finaly a good technical solution to a mainly social problem.

yesterday
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

houghi Re:Automation, remote controls already exist (237 comments)

Or they can just park the car somewhere and blow up whatever they want. Or just watch the news and see that you can blow up busses, trains, metros and a lot more with a backpack.

Why maker it complicated if easy is possible as well?

And terrorizing the public, which is the goal of terrorism, ther governement is doing a great job. No need to outsource that.

2 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

houghi Re:I hate to inform you (369 comments)

You make it sound as if they like other business managers. They don't.

3 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

houghi Companies don't respect anybody. (369 comments)

Why would engineers be any different? Do you think they appriciate the rest of the staff?

You are there because they can not do without you. If they think they can do without you (or without your function) they will fire you. That goes for EVERY job in the company, including the CEO.

The difference is that for some jobs it is very hard to change on short notice. Sales can push a few deals so they will make the new requirements or hold them back so they will have it easier for next years budget.

So they can react to the question of 'increase profit by X percent for the next 3 months'. There is no such thing for e.g. IT without cutting in projects/jobs. (Sure there are some ways to do it)

The real issue is that the majority of companies are in it for the money, so if you want to be understood, you need to speak the language of money. In companies that means budgets. This means when you take a decision in your job like "how should I set up this database" they do not care as long as you can provide the information on cost and profit both short, middle and long term and then they will decide what you should do.

If your datafield for the year still has 2 digits, why should I make it 4? Show me the outcome in $ and then we will see if we do it or not. THAT is taking a business decision, not if it is technically the best solution. Sometimes the technically worst decision is best for business.

I have seen (easy) technicaly solutions overturned time and time again. One time I asked for a soltion and they told me it was 3.000EUR as quoted by Cisco. A while later I told them I had a solution for a problem and would they OK it if I did it for 100 EUR. I never detailed that it was the same problem that had been denied for several years. Without blinking they said yes and looked if I was stoopid because I could spend 250 EUR per month on anything I wanted.
Bought two hubs and solved the issue.

Lesson: They must not talk your language. They must not understand you. You must understand them.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

houghi Browser or Web? (413 comments)

As they use generic names like "Word" and a while ago "Mail", I can see them going with 'Browser' or 'Web".

3 days ago
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Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

houghi Re:We are surprised because... (58 comments)

Hey, you have voted for them. Several times. And will do so agian.

4 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

houghi Re:Minimum wage (417 comments)

A kid has every right to say "50 cents for 4 minutes. It's the law."
Here's a dollar. Blow me. (Yes, I am going to hell for this.)

5 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

houghi Re:ERMAHGERD SNER! (417 comments)

As I read it, they were not concerned about the video game, as they were alowed to play it later, if they so wanted. He was worried about the glorification of war that the kids were showing.
And he took them to a city impacted by war, not to a warzone.

So he was not teaching about what war was, but about the impact of war.

I think that is better than showing all the "Surprise the family. I am back fro war" videos that are shown all over. He showed the other side of the medal.

5 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

houghi Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (417 comments)

I hope you then also disagree with the MPAA rating system. Especialy the porn part of it. We all know it is fake, so kids should also be able to see this, right?

OTOH when I look at religion, I doubt very much that people call fantasy apart from reality (Well, everybodies religion, except for the pone that the person who reads this right now.)

And from what I read, He still let his kids choose what to play afterwards. He just taught them not to glorify war.

5 days ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

houghi Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (303 comments)

Sounds nice. Does not work. Otherwise there would not be some people working 80 hours and others having no job. It would be that they both would work 40.
No I do not think all people without a job are lazy. Yes, they do it in some sort of way in Europe by limiting the maximum amount of hours you can work.

5 days ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

houghi How much do the backers get? (107 comments)

Is it pure risk for the backers? e.g. if they make a product, they get something they bought, but if the product flops, they loose their money.
And now if the product makes a fortune, they only get their product they bought.
In other words, is kickstarter just a pre-order sales website?

5 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

houghi IANAL (226 comments)

What a strange question to ask. Seeking legal advice for a British (or perhaps English) situation on a US oriented website where nobody is giving legal advice anyway.

If the person asking the question realy wants to know, find legal advice in the UK.

That said, as long as the clip is no longer than 3 minutes, it is not illegal in itself. It is possible to use the content. Obviously they are fighting it with all their might, bceuase they see it as slipping control on their assets and that is the broadcasting rights.

Just like any other major sports event, they make their gazillions by selling the TV rights. What they do is control of content and just like the MAFIAA they think that if anything that shows anything that belongs to them, they should get a shitload of money for it.
Jay! SPORTS!

I persnaly do not care for sports. Instead of some men running I rather do the unmanly thing and watch fashion shows with beautifull women instead.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

houghi Re:SEARCHABILITY (249 comments)

This. I somewhat can forgive Apple, but a company that owns the search business, Google should be able to do much, much better.
If anything, I want to be able to filter on the type of free and on what access it has.
Not even searching, but filtering.

And on how much you pay should not be the only option. Are there ads after I install it. And that includes enhancements. It also does not exclude asked if I want to join whatever social site.

I should be able to esily find a high rated solitaire game that does not have any ads, is free and does not need any speciall access.

And while I am moaning, please follow the language settings of my browser, nit where I am. (Dare I say it, Apple is much better in that regard)

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

houghi Never used one (274 comments)

Here is what I have done in the past. I call them. I tell them I do not want to waste their time or mine. e.g. I tell them what I want to earn and if that is in scope of what they are willing to negotiate about. Or where the company is located or something else I did not pick up from their job at and that I know somebody from HR will be able to answer.

I then also tell them my mini-resume (Last or current company, when I could be available) in 10 to 15 seconds and ask them if they are still interested in receiving my CV. If yes, I get the email adress.

To me this has several advantages. First they can easily say no if e.g. my asking price is too high. No need to waste time. The second is that you get a better treatment that others who just send it in, because there already was a contact. This means when they look at your CV they will remember that you already past the first test (otherwise they would have saidf they were not interested.
As you have spoken to the person who handles them and often send it to them personally, it will be read.

And again, if they say no on the phone, I thank them for being honest and not wasting either of our time. When I say no, I also tell them the reason (e.g. not the specific job I was looking for) and on various occasions was invited for another job opening that was not even online (and in 2 cases known by anybody but the manager and HR)

Sending CVs is not only what you you write in them. The main thing is that it is being read. That is however only the first step. The second is on getting an interview.

Has it happend that they said "Fill out the form!"? Yes. Not often and what I said I would decline of working with them. My explanation was that I was looking for a company that has a more personal aproach to people and still thanked them for their time.

Obviously looking for a job is selling yourself and as each person is different, what works great for one might completely not work for the other. In the end it is about both you and the company finding a common ground to work together

about a week ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

houghi Re:You can't travel anonymously... (127 comments)

I'm not surprised either, but I don't see, how this is unconstitutional

If that is true, that is your problem right there. (I would say it would be against the Fourth Amendment as I would say it is an unreasonable search)

If there is nothing to protect your right to privacy, then you will have no privacy. To me if you do not have th right to privacy, all the other rights will be compromised.

Just ask a European what they think privacy is and you will see that it is much more that just the stuff you do at home when you are alone. It inclused everything you do and what defines you as a person. That is the startingpoint.

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

houghi Re:San Francisco mentality... (260 comments)

They [...] their [...] them. [...] they [...] your [...] your [...] Oh, the irony...

Also:
People are group animals. News at 11.

about a week ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

houghi Half of this is good news (383 comments)

The good part is that they are concerned about passwords. The bad news is that they do not come up with a good alternative.

There are two issues with passwords. The first is that we are looking for a technical problem with what is essentialy a social problem. Security in itself is already a social problem. How many people will give uup their password to the IT guy or their boss without any question? To their SO, kids or parents?

The second isssue is that we have way too many passwords to remember and there is no single solution. (1) IT people are only looking to how THEIR system is secured and look at it from an, again, technical and not a social point of view. They do not count in the weakest point : humans.

And as long as you do not caqlcualte those in, it won't be solved.
So instead of saying 'We want to replace it with ..." they should have said "We want to replace it". That way you are open for a REAL solution.

(1) If you have a solution, please let me know. It must be one that I can use at home (Linux), at work (Windows, but I am not allowed to install anything and have no Internet access and am not allowed to use any cellphone or other device), on my phone, on PCs that are not mine, on my ATM machine.

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

houghi Re: CSS? JavaScript? PHP? HTML5? (306 comments)

To write better Apps and Websites?
Are these what the kids call programming languages these days?
It doesn't sound very serious.

It is all the NSA needs to get access to your Internet Connected device. That means everything nowadays, including my Linux toaster.

Yes, I am very sceptical if I see the letters N, S and A. (It isn't paranoia, because that is only when you THINK you are being followed, not when it becomes a fact.)

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

houghi Re:School vacations are not flexible (421 comments)

In Belgium the schools also have a fixed period. That is a result from when the kids had to work on the farm during summer.
We also have a period where some companies used to close. Especially the house building industry.

However that becomes less and less the case. So now all the places I used to work, the poeple with kids take the high season and everybody else takes it outside the high season.

In Germany the schools have differnt periods so no the whole of Germany has the same time off.

I can imagine this is not needed in the USofA because most won't get 20+ days payed vacation. (I have 34)

about two weeks ago

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Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about 5 months ago

houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union:
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.

The original paper can be found right here

Furthermore, in the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely refelecting increased manmade polution."
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Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year ago

houghi (78078) writes "The defense lawyers of Guantanamo prisoners are ordered to stop using government computers for sensitive information.
They are also asked as can be read on politico.com, that they are asked to stop using e-mail as well. It is stated there as well that 7 GB of information is gone for good.
The Washington Post quotes that there is no proof, but when you can read between the lines, it is clear that they believe they have been hacked.
One News from New Zealand says "In another case, system administrators were searching files at prosecutors' request and were able to access more than 500,000 defense files, including confidential attorney-client communications, [...]". There were also bugs placed.
Due to all this, hearings are postponed as can be read on reuters"
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openSUSE 12.3 is out

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick.
When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are then also an option.
ARM images are available as well.
More information about the release can be found in this announcement by Jos Poortvliet."

Link to Original Source
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Google changes the images layout

houghi houghi writes  |  about 4 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "Google has a new Bing style layout for their images section as explained here. It shows only the images with an on-mouse-over. On the page of the image, you are not able to browse the site itself anymore.
At this moment it is available to about 10% of the people and depends on country and browser.
A demonstration can be seen here. The first part is the new layout. The second part is after changing the User Agent identity."
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openSUSE 10.3 released

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.3 has been officaly released. From the anouncement: The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

Downloads can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/ in both CD and in DVD, both BitTorrent and FTP/HTTP"
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houghi houghi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 is anounced in this mail. There are several ways to download it. Normaly you only need CD1-3. There are 7 CD's in total and a DVD containing those 7. Obviously the best way is with Bittorrent.
32 bit torrent and a 64 bit torrent to the DVD.

From the mail: openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs, you need CDs 1-3 for a normal installation with just GNOME or KDE (any language)
* 1 AddOn CD with only binary packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for our tier 2 languages (tier 1 languages are english, french, italian, spanish, german, chinese, japanese and czech — and support for those is on the standard 5 CDs) (the 5 CDs have support for installation in all languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the above 7 media
* a FTP tree with open source packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory tree)
* a FTP tree with binary packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory-extra tree)"

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