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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

i.r.id10t Re:this is why... (288 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...

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

i.r.id10t this is why... (288 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.

2 days 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 week 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? (126 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

i.r.id10t Re:at least I can compile my own updates as after (88 comments)

I'd bet any automaker would end up wtih binary blobs, much like NVidia and their non-open drivers. Which means that yes, you may be able to recompile the kernel, but getting the binary blobs to work may not be so doable...

Of course, then you have to get your kernel onto the device and get it to boot... sorta like the Tivo issue.

about three weeks ago
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Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

i.r.id10t Re:No voice control? (88 comments)

Or google will grab the source and spin off a new version of Android just for the car makers, including the voice recognition bits, mapping, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

i.r.id10t Re:No sovereign immunity (534 comments)

Better, possession of un-taxed NFA items.

Especially if anything is select fire and made after '86 since the only non-mil and non-LEO that can possess such are FFL holders with the SOT to deal in NFA stuff....

about a month ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

i.r.id10t plugh (178 comments)

It may be a bit dark, but I don't think I'm likely to be eaten by a grue

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

i.r.id10t Re:It depends on the field (538 comments)

I work at a formerly-community-college-but-we-can't-be-that-any-more-because-we-offer-a-4-year-degree in Florida. I also teach a course or two per term as an adjunct. Adjunct pay for *all* courses in *any* department is just under $700 per credit. Most classes are 3 credits, so for your $2100 per term you are expected to be in the classroom for 3 hours per week and have 2 hours of office hours - either online (via big blue button, our course management system, or some other virtual meeting software), a scheduled time you can be reached by phone, or in a lab or library area. So the average hourly pay rate (assuming no students show up during your office hours - and they typically dont - and you use that time for your grading, etc - is about $25/hr. If you were working 40 hours per week, you'd have about $50k per year to pay taxes on, etc. from a job like that. The problem is lack of hours, and lack of benefits. Which is why a lot of A&P (admin and professional) folks here teach a class or two as adjuncts.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

i.r.id10t Re:Ummm (364 comments)

Or using vid2mp3 or downloadhelper to just download the audio and then load it on your preferred playing device

about a month ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

i.r.id10t Re:Networking 101 (186 comments)

Or make beer and other hobby money fixing things for people...

about a month ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

i.r.id10t Re:You make it... (519 comments)

And to protect those who do things that are perfectly legal, good education, etc. but very unpopular with administration. See the story about Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" being banned by a school in Texas.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

i.r.id10t Re:Problem solving (158 comments)

A former coworker got a job like this - he had a hobby background in computers and programming (this was early 90s), but his "real job" was in medicine (X-ray tech/CT scan guy). He got a job at Medical Manager translating between the geeks and the doctors

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

i.r.id10t Re:In the US the people running the organization (389 comments)

If you are an AAA member w/ the "gold" level then if you are arrested for anything but DUI AAA will pay your bail/bond and arrange for a local lawyer.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces "Classroom"

i.r.id10t Re:Why do we need this? (143 comments)

The Microsoft solution is "do it in Sharepoint / Exchange". They are clearly targeting business-only. And though education discounts are good, they aren't free by a long shot. The home-brew method is beyond just about every school that doesn't have a full-time team of people.

The college I work for just went from locally hosted/managed Exchange to Office 365. According to our CIO, currently enrolled students are no cost, students who aren't currently enrolled are $3/month to keep active accounts for, and employees are $5/month.

Considering that we have 15k enrolled students per term (comes out to about 11k FTE) while not free it is certainly darn cheap.

about 3 months ago

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Happy Sys Admin Day!

i.r.id10t i.r.id10t writes  |  more than 4 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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