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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

i.r.id10t Re: artist's use of space (74 comments)

Dunno but it may help to keep him on ice ice baby if he is under pressure a lot ....

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

i.r.id10t Re:My policy (116 comments)

And, not nearly as fun as a FN-FAL or similar with milsurp ammo.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

i.r.id10t Re:cost is to high and 4 years is to long for that (205 comments)

For tech/it we have community colleges (or junior colleges or state colleges or whatever non-University places are called where you live) that offer AS degrees. Some University type places also offer BAS - Batchelors of Applied Science - more in-depth tech and hands on, plus a little more gen-ed stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

i.r.id10t Re:Congratulations! (131 comments)

The League for Innovation also does conferences. Educause may be good.

  Both of these are education focused, but there is plenty of technology going on as well.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

i.r.id10t Re:It Depends (348 comments)

Depends on the quality of the web apps running under LAMP

If they get hacked, it may be possible for the attacker to spawn a new process running on some other port (ie, a shell), or sending stuff out to other machines, so having a firewall that only allows the services you have listening may be good, as well as possibly having it restrict new outgoing connections.

And no, you don't need to write complicated iptables scripts/rules to do this. The ufw utility (available in Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc) has truly simple syntax

ufw allow ssh
ufw allow http
ufw allow https
ufw enable

about three weeks ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

i.r.id10t Re:Repeat after me... (315 comments)

Indeed. While I may know the technical details of how style sheets work, etc. I'd rather write the back end code and spit out HTML/CSS that a web designer has generated for me to format the text I'm generating. Works great - he doesn't need/want to learn PHP, I don't need/want to learn about design, and our web apps look good.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

i.r.id10t Re:Fish Tank (208 comments)

Tall and skinny... tricky to do.

With appropriate lighting, etc. you could maybe duplicate part of a kelp forrest/bed w/ one or to plants going all the way up and then the wee beasties like sea horses, etc.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

i.r.id10t Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Noting on the case is allowed to indicate it contains a firearm.... just gotta get an airline approved case for it, put said case in larger "regular" luggage, and off you go.

Perfectly legal, but to smooth your way you may want to print the FAA policy as well as the airline you are flying's policy.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

i.r.id10t Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Is Verizon service even available wherever the main netflix datacenter(s) is/are? If it is, wouldn't they just need to offer a better monthly connection rate, or better speed for the same rate, and let it be a "normal" competitive service for business?

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

i.r.id10t Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

If residential use was closer to symmetric, just what would the outgoing content be, and how many people would want to be consuming it?

Not only that, but just how many of the residential type customers *want* to be hosting services and offering content? How many kernel source mirrors, debian/ubuntu/mint/whatever binaries mirrors, etc. do we need?

Residential, and probably quite a few business accounts, are always going to be consuming more than producing.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

i.r.id10t Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Take a gun with you. Doesn't even have to be a complete gun, just enough for the ATFE to consider it a gun. Less than $100, often closer to $50 for a old single shot shotgun. Ditch barrel, stock, etc. and just keep receiver.

Then you can put it in a true locking case, declare it, and by law you do not have to give a key to anyone, and you can't use the "TSA keys" which they all have master copies of.

Get your luggage lost? Simply look at the airline rep and say "Well, you gonna call the BATFE or am I?"

Pro photographers, etc. use this trick....

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

i.r.id10t Re:What?!? (928 comments)

except there are the lovely post-9/11 laws about "not following the orders of flight crew"

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

i.r.id10t Re:this is why... (291 comments)

But that doesn't get me back the few megs of storage it was using. Which means a few less pics of my kids, or a few less mp3s to listen to.

On my iPhone I just move off to a virtual desktop (or whatever they are called) and create a folder or two and move all the "can't remove" apps I don't use/like/care for into the folders. Again, out of sight out of mind...

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

i.r.id10t this is why... (291 comments)

This is why I hated the first generation of "almost smart phones".

Instead of being just a phone, they added half-assed features that got in the way of the phone being a phone.

Strangely, this is why I first went to an iPhone - it was the best at letting me get all the other crap out of the way (out of sight, out of mind, just wish I could delete more crap) and being just a phone.

about a month ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

i.r.id10t Re:In Iraq? (435 comments)

Car heaven is where the mechanics are German, the drivers are Italian, and the leather is maintained by a British butler.

about a month ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

i.r.id10t Re:and what would i do with it? (127 comments)

On the other hand, when I went looking for stuff to run some CAT-5 in my house HD had everything needed, including 2 models of switches (4 and 8 port both 10/100). This was in late 2000.

about a month ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

i.r.id10t Re:Bah humbug. (415 comments)

My big joy when I went from BASIC on a TRS-80 to turbo pascal on a 286 was that I no longer had line numbers. Which means that if I found an issue, I could fix it right there no matter how many lines of code it took, whereas in BASIC w/ the line numbers, if you spaced 'em by 5 or 10, well, any fix had to fit in there. Need a second fix? Delete the code, use a GOSUB to go waaaay down the line numbers, have your longer-than-spaced-for fix, then return back to whence you came.

about a month and a half ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

i.r.id10t Normal humans exlcuded from practicing law/medicin (608 comments)

"The bigger injustice," Edwards writes, "is that being a doctor or lawyer has become an elite: a vocation requiring rare talents, grueling training, and total dedication. The way things are today if you want to be a lawyer or doctor you had best be someone like me on the autism spectrum who has spent their entire life mastering vast realms of arcane knowledge â" and enjoys it. Normal humans are effectively excluded from performing surgery or arguing cases before a judge. The real injustice of legal or medical inequality is that it doesn't have to be this way." Edwards concludes with a call to action, "The web triumphalists love to talk about changing the world. Well if you really want to change the world, empower regular people to perform open heart surgery and argue cases before the supreme court. Disrupt specialist knowledge and training! Who's with me?"

about a month and a half ago
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Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

i.r.id10t Re:Noooo! (88 comments)

Ah, but Debian has old software not that bleeding edge new versions of stuff so no disc brakes, only drums

# apt-get install disc-brakes
E: Unable to locate package

# apt-cache search brakes
drum-brakes - A working automotive brake system although may experience fade as it heats up, recommended for advanced users only
drum-brakes-resurface - A utility to resurface the drums in an automotive brake system :)

about 2 months ago

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Happy Sys Admin Day!

i.r.id10t i.r.id10t writes  |  about 5 years ago

i.r.id10t (595143) writes "Just a reminder to my fellow users out there — today is Sys Admin Day. Celebrated on the last Friday of July, we should all take the opportunity to send a thank you to the people that keep our infrastructure going. Of course, I'm sure a pizza or a few pints wouldn't be refused either..."

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