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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

i.r.id10t Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

Don't feel bad. One of my students has already taken an Objective C class here, but since he changed his degree track he is now being forced to take "intro to programming concepts".. because the Objective C class has been replaced with (back to) C++ and the degree track changed for new incoming students to required the concepts class before any other real programming class.

5 days ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

i.r.id10t Re:Great story of unintended consequences (118 comments)

Fish eggs are sticky, and will stick to the legs of wading birds at one pond/stream/lake and wash off in another.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

i.r.id10t Re:Stangley yes. Probably better than we have (143 comments)

More likely they have the cheap labor and lack of environmental laws so the processing of the materials and disposal of the waste is much more economical.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

i.r.id10t More non-tradtional systems may need to (118 comments)

The college I work for (not in IT but in academic technology) has a support contract with IBM for Linux on the p-series boxes that have replaced the mainframe and zVM. Needed too due to some network issues.... Of course, since there was a support contract for the mainframe, not much has changed as far as the bean counters are concerned.... Note that while they use RedHat on some x86/amd64 boxes, they don't have a special support contract for those - just for the "new mainframe replacement systems".

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

i.r.id10t Re:German cars (525 comments)

We had annual inspections here in Florida in the 70s and maybe even the early 80s. They checked function of all lights, turn signals, wipers, and braking system (ie, accelerate hard until this line then slam on brakes). Also did a visual on tires. Took about 10 minutes, and honestly anything that can't pass that kind of test really shouldn't be on the road.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

i.r.id10t Re:Okay, this is a great idea (647 comments)

Screw this pixel stuff... 80 colums and 25 rows. Anything more is a waste.

about three weeks ago
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2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

i.r.id10t Re:Marketspeak (125 comments)

So you don't think that having a known character assist wtih something educational is good? If my kids can learn the 50 states and their capitals with the assitance of the Warner brothers (and their sister Dot), why should I complain that a cartoon franchise character is doing the teaching?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Granted, with the Frozen tie in it is much more appealing to my 4 year old than my 14 year old daughter, Now to get my 10 year old son involved, you'll need to fall back to Lego... or Star Wars. Or Lego Star Wars.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

i.r.id10t Re:First and foremost (176 comments)

"Lets try this again. Have you ever been employed and paid for work in this field?"

Why is a pay check important? Having a portfolio of work, be it class projects, contributions to an open source project, perhaps having a patent granted, etc. should count just as much as earning a pay check for a few years working as an assistant code monkey to the junior developer of some corporate sub-project.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

i.r.id10t Re:VW Bug (195 comments)

There is also a guy in the Daytona area that was making adapters to let you put a Harley engine in any vehicle wiht teh 200mm Porsche/VW clutch (so 356B or C/SC, 912 - but not hte E from '76, 914, VW bug or bus made after '65). And there is an outfit in Tampa that has electric conversions for same that run about $9k.

about a month ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

i.r.id10t Re:Shared hosting... (212 comments)

SNI is now supported by all the major players (IE was the last hold out) but... I'm pretty sure the current free cert providers don't support it.

about a month ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

i.r.id10t Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

Here at the "former community college" I work for (we offer a few BAS degrees, so we legally can't be a CC anymore) the Linux admin courses I teach do minimal programming - admin 1 covers shell scripting, admin 2 has a little SQL for managing virtual email users on a postfix system.

Our programming track covers C++, C#, Objective C, Java, and PHP+MySQL, both iOS and Android development, as well as stand alone DB management wtih MySQL, HTML with CSS, and JavaScript.

By contrast, the large state university in town (hint - they just fired their football coach) that has a Comp Sci/Engineering program teaches one language (Java) for one class for one semester.

MindTree recently moved ot the area, thinking they'd be able to hire these software engineers.... who as it turns out really don't know how to crank out the code to create useful stuff. Prove algorithms and theories, sure, but not create usable applications. Guess which school they are hiring graduates and near graduates from?

about a month ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

i.r.id10t Re:BIOS (260 comments)

Or AMD/Cyrus/etc did wtih the x86 instruction set. Or what Intel did with teh amd64 instruction set?

about a month and a half ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

i.r.id10t Re:Split this baby down the middle... (260 comments)

You create what amounts to a function, accessed either by including a library/header/whatever, or perhaps by passing a bunch of particular GET/POST/PUT arguments to a particular URL structure on a webserver. You know if you ask item foo to process bar you will get back fee in some agreed on form. You then make this public knowledge, or at least known to your customers and whoever reads your publicly available documentation. This shouldn't be protected. Anyone should be able to make an item called foo that when asked to process bar will return fee in a specified format.

Now, what happens internally when foo is running and doing its thing can be protected, and should be.

about a month and a half ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

i.r.id10t Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (161 comments)

Depends on where in Florida. You realize it is a big state...

Here in N Florida (Gainesville) we've had snow as many times as hurricane hits in my life time.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

i.r.id10t Re:I'll explain it this way... (928 comments)

Yup - ya can't grep a dead tree.

But in the mid-late 90s, everyone was pretty much on dialup, unless they were at a college in a dorm, etc. I had a high speed connection thru work/school but then CD burners were several hundred dollars each. For me at the time, the best way to get a new distribution for install was to buy the book that came wtih the CD. The various Unleashed books, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

i.r.id10t Re:I'll explain it this way... (928 comments)

Funny, every copy of Red Hat and Slackware I bought in the late '90s ('97 thru '99) came with a nice book/manual. Often times, worth the price of just the book/manual, install and source CDs were just gravy.

about a month and a half ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

i.r.id10t Re:Just like "free" housing solved poverty! (262 comments)

Yes. But at the same time, some apartment complexes do have their own cable tv, internet, etc. that is included in the rent, at least here in a college town. As do several of the "old folks not quite nursing home apartment dwelling" places around here.

So yeah, if everyone in the building is gonna get it, makes sense to just make it part of the building.

about 1 month ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

i.r.id10t Re:Windows 20 will be POSIX compatible (230 comments)

The gnu32 utils were the textutils, fileutils,etc. collections compiled for Win32. I would imagine you can still find them on the interwebs somewhere.

about 1 month ago

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Happy Sys Admin Day!

i.r.id10t i.r.id10t writes  |  more than 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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