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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.

4 days 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.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

i.r.id10t Re:VW Bug (194 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 week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

i.r.id10t Re:Shared hosting... (210 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 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 a 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 a month ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

i.r.id10t Re:Oh boy, another infection vector (230 comments)

But are there any dependency issues in Windows? Been ages since I've used it, but I don't recall having to chase down DLL files, other installers, etc. to get something to install or run properly....

(oh, and on the similar story the other day I got a -1 troll for asking if we could check out c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\apt\sources.list)

about a month ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

i.r.id10t Copyright laws? (275 comments)

Can the victim(s) use the various copyright laws against these pigs? And yes, I call 'em pigs - there is a big difference between an officer of the law and a pig or a cop....

about a month ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

i.r.id10t Does this work? (112 comments)

cat c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\apt\sources.list

?

about a month ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

i.r.id10t Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

In my case, Ubuntu was very close and 10.04 was working great for some very non-technical people who wanted to check facebook and gmail and write the occasional paper.

Then the gnome3/unity crap started....

Now they are very happy with Mint and the MATE desktop.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

i.r.id10t Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (334 comments)

The flood of Indian Ishsapore Enfields that hit the surplus market a few years ago are all 7.62 NATO ...

about a month ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

i.r.id10t Re:Local Backups (150 comments)

Additionally, in a year you may get much more for your $10 per month. I'll give an example using Linode - when I first started using them 10+ years ago, I paid $20/mo for 32mb ram and a few gigs of storage, and about 20 gigs of transfer IIRC. I still pay $20/mo... but I now have not quite 50gb on SSD drives, 2gb of ram, and 3tb of transfer.

about a month and a half 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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