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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

imac.usr Re:10000 feet (176 comments)

That whoosh sound is a jet flying 49,000 to 56,000 feet below its normal cruising altitude.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

imac.usr Re:At that price point, not much... (116 comments)

You'll be getting crap for $100-150. Sorry, but you will. Now that being said, I have found a Syma x5C from Banggood for $63.51 CAD and has a 2MB camera. http://www.banggood.com/Syma-X... [banggood.com] and it's not bad for a beginner but it's going to get broken and then you'll be pissed off.

Not as fucking pissed off as he will be when his $400 drone crashes, eats a prop, gets caught in a gust of wind and wanders out to sea, etc. etc. It's much better to start with a $60 Hubsan or Syma and get some inexpensive practice flying in before moving up to something Phantom-level.

about three weeks ago
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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

imac.usr Re:If they're doing it, it's correct. (162 comments)

I call shenanigans, nobody in their right mind would claim to be interested in selling HP-UX. /shudder.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

imac.usr Re:A Truely "Killer" App (471 comments)

"Still press here, do I?"

about 3 months ago
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Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

imac.usr If it means faster CentOS development, good (186 comments)

CentOS 6 was delayed quite a bit from the corresponding RHEL release, for a variety of reasons. If being an unofficial-official Red Hat project means that CentOS 7 tracks the upcoming RHEL 7 release better, then everybody wins. (Conversely, if they turn into Sunacle, then we're likely moving to Debian.)

about a year ago
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Home wireless security level?

imac.usr Re:works for me (438 comments)

Ah, the David Ortiz method.

about a year ago
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How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

imac.usr Re:the bizarre part to this (277 comments)

> the 70 man junket to GarbageCon'13

Can you imagine the cosplay outfits? Yuck.

about a year ago
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What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring

imac.usr Re:WTF? (223 comments)

I got it, even if (apparently) nobody else did.

We joke at work that once Oracle, Microsoft, and EMC merge we will have achieved the IT singularity. (At which point, it's already too late.)

about 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

imac.usr Re:It's too bad (933 comments)

Although I presume it's too late to change your mind, you should know that you can in fact enable focus-follows-mounse at least for Terminal windows, with an app like TinkerTool. Hope it makes the last few months more tolerable at least. :P

more than 2 years ago
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Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

imac.usr Re:Why is this moderated down? (707 comments)

Okay, if I contort myself, I can sort of rationalize everything on that list, except kite-flying. Seriously, who could possibly be against that?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Techie Wedding Invitation Ideas?

imac.usr Re:Um (399 comments)

The only concern I would have with the mini-CD idea is that they tend not to play well with slot-loading drives, such as those in many laptops.

more than 2 years ago
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Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years

imac.usr Re:Is it working for Google? (473 comments)

The omission of Chrome is rather interesting.

To play devil's advocate for a moment, isn't Chrome built on top of WebKit?

about 3 years ago
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Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication

imac.usr Re:Yikes (754 comments)

I don't know, I feel like that's an arms race you just can't win.

about 3 years ago
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Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names

imac.usr Re:Everyone does it (249 comments)

> bankofamericaspies.com

How *are* Bank of America's pies, anyway?

more than 3 years ago
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House Overwhelmingly Passes Cybersecurity Bill

imac.usr Re:I'll be your John Wayne (170 comments)

What have you got against Doritos?

more than 4 years ago

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Washington Post fires mobile team

imac.usr imac.usr writes  |  about 2 years ago

imac.usr (58845) writes "The Huffington Post is reporting that The Washington Post has gone through yet another round of layoffs, but this time instead of cutting editorial positions, they're apparently cutting IT positions, specifically in the mobile applications department. According to Washington, DC media blog FishbowlDC, 54 people, including the General Manager of Mobile and Director of Mobile Products were given the axe on Valentine's Day. A particularly damning quote from the FishbowlDC article: '“[CIO and VP Shaliesh] Prakash thinks these are ‘inefficiencies’ – that is the exact word he uses for human beings who are not useful according to him,” said a source who spoke only on condition of anonymity. “Get rid of experienced people to save money, under the garb of streamlining is the new trend inside the Post.”'

Given that mobile products seem somewhat more likely to succeed than printed newspapers, this seems a strange decision at best."

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VA court to review "official" email rules

imac.usr imac.usr writes  |  more than 2 years ago

imac.usr (58845) writes "The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments today on a case brought by a Fairfax County resident alleging that the county's school board members violated the state's Freedom of Information Act. The suit alleges that board members colluded to close an elementary school in the county through rapid exchange of emails with each other. The state's FOIA rules stipulate that such exchanges can not constitute "virtually simultaneous interaction" and that any assemblage of three or more members constitutes a formal meeting which must be announced. The article notes similar suits are popping up across the country, highlighting one of the difficulties governments face in balancing communication with transparency."
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Arlington National Cemetery: massive IT fail

imac.usr imac.usr writes  |  more than 4 years ago

imac.usr (58845) writes "A story in today's Washington Post calls to light the utter failure of the nation's most sacred final resting place to modernize its pen-and-paper record system. According to the story, the cemetery's administrators have spend over five million dollars without managing to accomplish the seemingly-simple task of creating a database record of the site's graves. As Virginia senator Mark Warner points out, "We are one fire, or one flood, or one spilled Starbucks coffee away from some of those records being lost or spoiled."
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